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  1. What I’d do to mess with the Dodgers if I were Jamie McCourt’s lawyer

    Dec 7, 2010, 1:59 PM EST

    McCourt Divorce Trial Continues With Ownership Of Dodgers In Contention

    I’m still processing the ruling in the McCourt case. One thought occurred to me, however: if I were Jamie McCourt’s lawyer I’d make a point to screw with the Dodgers, starting today, in order to force a favorable settlement. The judge just issued a ruling that Jamie has an ownership interest in the Dodgers. It’s…

  2. Report: there is a seven-year offer on the table to Lee

    Dec 7, 2010, 1:29 PM EST

    cliff lee on mound

    Jon Heyman is so deliciously schizophrenic today: The Nats are in, the Nats are out, seven years is on the table, seven years is not happening.  It’s been awesome. We’re now back to yang from his last ying: Heyman reports that Cliff Lee has at least one seven-year offer on the table. And it’s not…

  3. UPDATE: OK, now the Nats and Lee are talking

    Dec 7, 2010, 1:07 PM EST

    cliff lee in delivery

    UPDATE: I’m just going to stop updating this Cliff Lee stuff, because it’s changing too fast: now it’s being reported that the Nationals and Lee are “maintaining a dialogue.” Still, Lee’s agent is saying that a deal is unlikely this week, so take it all for what it’s worth. 11:57 A.M.: Well, there goes our…

  4. Casey McGehee is in the best shape of his life

    Dec 7, 2010, 12:59 PM EST

    Casey McGehee

    Even though we’re in the middle of Winter Meetings hysteria, there’s still plenty of time to pay attention to the sorts of matters which normally occupy this blog. For example: have you heard that Casey McGehee is in the best shape of his life? [Barry] Meister said he also now is representing Brewers third baseman…

  5. Gammons: Red Sox “continue to talk to Mets” about Beltran

    Dec 7, 2010, 12:47 PM EST

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    While appearing on MLB Network moments ago Peter Gammons revealed that the Red Sox “continue to talk to the Mets” about Carlos Beltran. Here’s more from Gammons, courtesy of transcriber-extraordinaire Matthew Cerrone of MetsBlog.com: The relationship between Beltran and the Mets is not great. He’s not going to play in the outfield for 150 games…

  6. Orioles among six teams interested in reliever Koji Uehara

    Dec 7, 2010, 12:15 PM EST

    koji-uehara-orioles

    Two weeks ago the Orioles declined to offer arbitration to Koji Uehara, but Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun reports that they’re now interested in re-signing the 36-year-old reliever. And they have plenty of company. According to Connolly at least six teams have expressed interest in Uehara, with the Orioles being joined by the Twins,…

  7. Breaking: Judge rules for Jamie McCourt; the Dodgers are community property

    Dec 7, 2010, 12:12 PM EST

    McCourt Divorce Trial Continues With Ownership Of Dodgers In Contention

    The Judge in the McCourt divorce case has ruled.  The post-nuptial agreement entered into between Frank and Jamie McCourt is invalid. Jamie wins. The Dodgers are community property. Frank has made every indication that he’s going to appeal, but this is a huge, huge win for Jamie McCourt.  If the appeal is unsuccessful, it likely…

  8. Baseball honors retiring managers; Bud Selig messes his facts up again

    Dec 7, 2010, 11:33 AM EST

    Selig Torre Gaston Piniella

    As I’m typing this, there is a press conference going nearby on in which Bud Selig and Major League Baseball is honoring retiring managers Joe Torre, Cito Gaston, Lou Piniella and Bobby Cox.*  It’s fun hearing these managers — with the still-active Tony La Russa, among the greatest crop of managers baseball has ever seen…

  9. At least seven teams “have checked in” on Rich Harden

    Dec 7, 2010, 11:18 AM EST

    Seattle Mariners v Texas Rangers

    Rich Harden was a bust for the Rangers after signing a one-year, $7.5 million deal last winter, posting a 5.58 ERA in 92 innings. Despite his lengthy injury history it was the first time that Harden’s performance ceased being fantastic, but Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com reports that at least seven teams “have checked in”…

  10. UPDATE: The Nats are out of the Cliff Lee Derby

    Dec 7, 2010, 11:07 AM EST

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    UPDATE II: Never mind. Seems the Nats are out. UPDATE: All kinds of mixed news on this Cliff Lee/Nats stuff. Mark Feinsand of the Daily News reports that, according to a Major League source, the Nationals are going to offer Lee a seven year deal and that the Yankees will not go seven.  Adam Kilgore…

  11. The BBWAA honors Bill Conlin; shoots down cool idea for a reliever award

    Dec 7, 2010, 10:55 AM EST

    Rivera delivers a pitch against the Orioles in the ninth inning of their MLB American League baseball game in Baltimore

    The Baseball Writers Association of America had their big annual meeting this morning.  Two things of note happened: The writers honored Philly writer Bill Conlin with the J.G. Taylor Spink Award.  This is what people refer to when they say that someone has been elected to the “writer’s wing of the Hall of Fame.”  There…

  12. Mariners sign 17-year-old Dominican shortstop Esteilon Peguero for $2.9 million

    Dec 7, 2010, 10:47 AM EST

    Esteilon Peguero

    Seattle has been quiet on the free agent and trade front so far this offseason, but the Mariners made a big splash in the international prospect market yesterday by signing 17-year-old Dominican shortstop Esteilon Peguero for $2.9 million. According to Ben Badler of Baseball America that represents the highest signing bonus given to an international…

  13. Dodgers and Vicente Padilla agree on a $2 million deal

    Dec 7, 2010, 10:34 AM EST

    Vicente Padilla

    The Dodgers are close to signing Vicente Padilla to a one-year, $2 million deal. Compared to what some guys are getting this is a bargain. Padilla was injured a lot of last season, but when he pitched he was effective. Padilla will be a swingman next year. Odds are that your team’s swingman will be…

  14. Red Sox target Magglio Ordonez in search of right-handed bat

    Dec 7, 2010, 10:15 AM EST

    Detroit Tigers Ordonez heads for the dug-out after hitting a three-run home run against the Cleveland Indians during the seventh inning of their MLB baseball game in Detroit

    After trading for Adrian Gonzalez the Red Sox’s lineup is heavily left-handed and Sean McAdam of CSNNE.com reports that they may try to balance things a bit by signing Magglio Ordonez. Ordonez is 37 years old and missed half the season with an ankle injury, but he hit .303 with an .852 OPS when healthy…

  15. The Rockies sign Ty Wigginton

    Dec 7, 2010, 9:44 AM EST

    Baltimore Orioles' Ty Wigginton takes off his helmet after striking out against the Tampa Bay Rays during the first inning of their MLB American League baseball game in St. Petersburg

    The big money continues to be spread around down here in Orlando. The latest: the Rockies have signed Ty Wigginton to a two-year deal worth $7.5 million. Wigginton is a utility guy. Sure, he got a ton of plate appearances last year in Baltimore, but that was because the Garret Atkins experiment didn’t work out.…

  16. Jim Tracy is resting; doctors have ruled out “everything serious”

    Dec 7, 2010, 9:30 AM EST

    Colorado Rockies v Arizona Diamondbacks

    Good news: Rockies manager Jim Tracy, who collapsed at the Meetings last night, is reported to be resting comfortably today and doing as well as can be expected. Tracy Ringolsby reports this morning that the doctors “have ruled out everything serious.” While the meetings are a lot of fun and there is a healthy amount…

  17. The Yankees won’t go seven years for Cliff Lee. Would you believe … The Nationals?

    Dec 7, 2010, 9:06 AM EST

    cliff lee in delivery

    More word this morning that, contrary to some speculation last night, the Yankees will not offer Cliff Lee a seven-year deal, on the basis that they will not exceed the contract length of the CC Sabathia deal, and that was a six-year thing.  So if there is a team out there willing to go nuts,…

  18. Report: Pujols wants A-Rod money

    Dec 7, 2010, 8:35 AM EST

    Albert Pujols

    Jon Heyman tweets that Albert Pujols — who’s meeting with the Cardinals today — reportedly wants “A-Rod money.” To which I’d say if I were the Cardinals: done. Here: take your ten-years and $275 million and we’ll see you in spring training. Really, even if A-Rod’s contract was an overpay at the time, it’s difficult…

  19. Good morning from Day Two of the Winter Meetings

    Dec 7, 2010, 8:08 AM EST

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    At least I think it’s morning. That ever-increasing light in the sky and the incessantly-beeping clock next to my bed says it’s morning, but my body is screaming at me that I require far more sleep than I just received, so clearly it must me, oh, midnight.  Oh well, the sky and clocks have been…

  20. Rockies manager Jim Tracy collapses at hotel

    Dec 7, 2010, 2:13 AM EST

    Colorado Rockies v Arizona Diamondbacks

    Jim Tracy collapsed near the elevator at his hotal at baseball’s winter meetings late Monday night, but he was conscious and responsive when emergency personnel arrived, reports MLB.com’s Thomas Harding. Tracy was standing with Rockies coaches when he collapsed just after 1:30 a.m. He was taken to an ambulance on a stretcher and sent to…

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