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  1. The Cardinals trade for Ryan Theriot

    Nov 30, 2010, 4:05 PM EST

    Los Angeles Dodgers v Colorado Rockies

    The Cardinals just acquired Ryan Theriot from Dodgers in exchange for righty Blake Hawksworth. On one the one hand: sure.  The Cardinals need some help on the infield, as Brendan Ryan was just atrocious this year. On  the other hand: Theriot ain’t exactly an All-Star himself, and his OPS was only marginally higher than Ryan’s…

  2. Astros and catcher Humberto Quintero avoid arbitration with one-year deal

    Nov 30, 2010, 3:47 PM EST

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    Arbitration eligible for the third time, Humberto Quintero and the Astros have avoided the process by agreeing to a one-year, $1 million contract. Quintero made $610,000 and $750,000 in his first two seasons of arbitration eligibility. He received a career-high 276 plate appearances this year, but hit just .234 with a measly .579 OPS to…

  3. The Dodgers are interested in Johnny Damon

    Nov 30, 2010, 3:30 PM EST

    Johnny Damon

    Or so Ken Rosenthal reports.  I can’t imagine why they’d want to go with another aging, ex-Red Sox defensive liability in left field after getting rid of Manny Ramirez, but there’s a lot I don’t understand about this world. If the Dodgers do sign Damon, it would just be the latest in a series of…

  4. Must-click link: Derek Jeter in all 29 non-Yankees uniforms

    Nov 30, 2010, 3:15 PM EST

    derek jeter beckett royals

    Last month ESPN photo-shopped a Red Sox uniform onto Derek Jeter and that made the internet rounds for a while, but now our friends at Beckett Media have taken the next step and put together fake baseball cards featuring Jeter wearing all 29 non-Yankees uniforms. Beckett: 29 Derek Jeters you won’t see in 2011 I…

  5. The Cardinals may owe the City of St. Louis money. And the City of St. Louis doesn’t seem to care.

    Nov 30, 2010, 3:00 PM EST

    Busch Stadium

    The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports today that a group that is against public funding for stadiums — they’re actually called “the Coalition Against Public Funding for Stadiums” — is giving the city of St. Louis hell over the fact that it apparently isn’t keeping tabs on whether the Cardinals are keeping the promises they made…

  6. Rangers sign Japanese reliever Yoshinori Tateyama

    Nov 30, 2010, 2:19 PM EST

    Yoshinori Tateyama

    Japanese reliever Yoshinori Tateyama has signed a one-year contract with the Rangers that also includes team options for 2012 and 2013. Unlike higher-profiles Japanese players such as Hisashi Iwakuma and Tsuyoshi Nishioka there was no “posting fee” required to negotiate with Tateyama, as he’s a 35-year-old veteran who was simply a free agent following 12…

  7. Oliver Perez is throwing in the low 90s. And a digression about Culiacan, Mexico

    Nov 30, 2010, 1:58 PM EST

    Oliver Perez Mets

    When Mets fans heard that Oliver Perez was getting rocked in the Mexican Winter League, they were cautiously optimistic that it would cause the team to finally part ways with the guy. I mean, if you can’t make it in Culiacan,* how are you supposed to handle the Big Apple? But now it seems that…

  8. Red Sox get free draft pick as Felipe Lopez declines arbitration

    Nov 30, 2010, 1:48 PM EST

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    At first glance it seemed odd when the Red Sox signed Felipe Lopez for the final week of the season. They were no longer really in the playoff picture and he wouldn’t have been eligible for the postseason roster anyway. He appeared in just four games before becoming a free agent. So why did they…

  9. Reader Dissent: Derek Jeter edition

    Nov 30, 2010, 1:30 PM EST

    Derek Jeter

    We’ve talked a lot about how, for Casey Close to get any leverage, he has to get another team in on the Derek Jeter bidding.  But there are other constituencies at his disposal. No, they’re not as strong as having a competing offer on the table, but there is a certain brand of Yankees fan…

  10. Orlando Hudson will decline arbitration as part of gentleman’s agreement with Twins

    Nov 30, 2010, 1:17 PM EST

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    Jon Heyman of SI.com reports that Orlando Hudson will decline the Twins’ arbitration offer, which is expected following reports that the two sides reached a so-called gentleman’s agreement where Hudson would turn down the offer if the team made it. That allows the Twins to essentially get a free compensatory draft pick. There’s no real…

  11. Pedro Feliciano will decline the Mets’ arbitration offer

    Nov 30, 2010, 12:45 PM EST

    New York Mets v Philadelphia Phillies

    There was some speculation that Pedro Feliciano would accept the Mets’ arbitration offer and ensure himself at least $3 million in 2011, but his agent has informed the team that he’ll decline the offer. Given some of the contracts already handed out to relievers this offseason Feliciano should have little problem securing a multi-year deal,…

  12. Daniel Murphy has a pulled hamstring

    Nov 30, 2010, 12:33 PM EST

    Daniel Murphy throw

    Remember last week’s story about how Mets possible second baseman Daniel Murphy had “leg fatigue.”  Yeah, turns out it’s really a pulled hamstring. Adam Rubin — who passed that along in his ESPN chat a few minutes ago — said that it was minor, but it’s still not great news.  Not for Murphy, who has…

  13. Quote of the Day: Why you HAVE to pay Jeter crazy money and give him more than three years

    Nov 30, 2010, 12:10 PM EST

    New York Yankees v Texas Rangers, Game 6

    “Face of the Yankees” alert! “Yankee Brand” warning! “Jeter is awesome and A-Rod is evil!” advisory!

  14. Kevin Correia will turn down the Padres’ arbitration offer

    Nov 30, 2010, 11:49 AM EST

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    Kevin Correia will turn down San Diego’s arbitration offer but is still interested in potentially re-signing with the Padres, according to agent Damon Lapa. Tonight is the deadline for free agents to accept or decline arbitration offers, and as a Type B free agent Correia will fetch the Padres a compensatory draft pick between the…

  15. Brian Cashman is going to rappel down the side of a building for some reason

    Nov 30, 2010, 11:37 AM EST

    Brian Cashman

    Pop quiz, hot shot! What’s the best thing about Stamford, Connecticut’s “Heights and Lights” Christmas event this year? (a) that it will feature Yankees GM Brian Cashman rappelling down the side of a building as a “guest elf?” or (b) that it takes place on the building directly outside of NBC Sports.com’s headquarters, and that…

  16. Rays reportedly on the verge of trading Jason Bartlett

    Nov 30, 2010, 11:18 AM EST

    Jason Bartlett

    An already underwhelming crop of free agent shortstops has seen Juan Uribe, Jhonny Peralta, and Tsuyoshi Nishioka come off the market and now it sounds like the Rays are ready to trade Jason Bartlett to one of the teams still looking to fill the position. Bartlett is coming off a sub par season and will…

  17. Help Rays fans say “thank you” to Carl Crawford

    Nov 30, 2010, 11:00 AM EST

    Carl Crawford running

    Tampa Bay Rays fans are pretty clear-eyed about Carl Crawford leaving the team. It’s business. It happens. It makes no sense for the Rays to try and match big offers.  They’re happy that he was in town for so long and wish him well on his future endeavors that do not involve playing against the…

  18. Not done yet: Jamie Moyer to undergo elbow surgery at age 48

    Nov 30, 2010, 10:47 AM EST

    Jamie Moyer throwing

    Jamie Moyer missed the final two months of the season with an elbow injury that he aggravated while pitching winter ball in the Dominican Republic earlier this month, which combined with his status as a free agent led many to assume that he’d be calling it a career at age 48. However, yesterday Moyer announced…

  19. The Diamondbacks will pull Upton off the market by the end of the Winter Meetings

    Nov 30, 2010, 10:33 AM EST

    Justin Upton

    Diamondbacks general manager Kevin Towers told Steve Gilbert of MLB.com that he plans to know by the end of the Winter Meetings next week whether the club will keep Justin Upton. “There comes a point in time when we’ve kicked the tires, gone through the process and you finally say ‘We’re keeping him. We should…

  20. Aaron Heilman will decline arbitration, may give starting a try

    Nov 30, 2010, 10:15 AM EST

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    Aaron Heilman is a Type B free agent and the Diamondbacks offered him arbitration, but Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that Heilman will decline the offer and look to sign elsewhere after making $2.15 million in 2010. Rosenthal also notes that Heilman is “drawing interest as a starter” after being exclusively a reliever for the…

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