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  1. Report: Giants re-sign Pat Burrell to one-year contract

    Dec 1, 2010, 11:38 PM EST

    Tim Flannery, Pat Burrell

    You know what 11 strikeouts in 13 World Series at-bats will get you? A new one-year contract, apparently. According to Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News, the Giants have re-signed Pat Burrell to a “discounted, one-year contract,” pending a physical. To be fair, while Burrell was all sorts of awful during the postseason,…

  2. UPDATE: Nothing “imminent” with Rockies and Lance Berkman

    Dec 1, 2010, 10:29 PM EST

    Berkman Yanks

    UPDATE: OK, so maybe the previous report was a little premature. Troy Renck of the Denver Post writes that there’s nothing imminent with Lance Berkman, but adds that the Rockies have a “real shot” at signing him. 8:19 PM: Didn’t see this one coming. The Rockies are close to a deal with free agent Lance…

  3. Red Sox to meet with Scott Boras on Thursday

    Dec 1, 2010, 9:38 PM EST

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    Business is about to pick up. Fresh off meeting with Carl Crawford and his representatives in Houston earlier today, the Red Sox are scheduled to meet with agent Scott Boras tomorrow, according to Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports. On the agenda? His clients Adrian Beltre and Jayson Werth. We learned earlier this week that Boras…

  4. Brewers hoping to lock up Rickie Weeks

    Dec 1, 2010, 7:53 PM EST

    Rickie Weeks

    Rickie Weeks told Adam McCalvy of MLB.com last month that he’s “open to listening” about a contract extension and during an appearance on WSSP in Milwaukee earlier today, Brewers general manager Doug Melvin confirmed that the club is trying to get something done. “We’re working on getting Rickie signed. He’s got a new agent, Greg…

  5. Dustin Pedroia’s surgically-repaired foot is almost healed

    Dec 1, 2010, 6:33 PM EST

    Arizona Diamondbacks v Boston Red Sox

    Good news for Red Sox fans. During an appearance on WEEI in Boston earlier today, Dustin Pedroia said that his surgically-repaired left foot is almost fully healed. “I saw Dr. Theodore today. The CT scan looked great, and he said I’m pretty much 99.9 precent healed,” Pedroia said. “That’s as close to 100 as we’re…

  6. Yankees under the knife: Wrist surgery for Gardner, clavicle surgery for Aceves

    Dec 1, 2010, 5:47 PM EST

    Gardner slide

    After playing through tendinitis in his right wrist for much of the season Brett Gardner is scheduled to undergo surgery next week. He had a very strong season offensively and defensively despite the injury, and Marc Carig of the Newark Star Ledger reports that Gardner is expected to be fully recovered in time for spring…

  7. The Diamondbacks sign Wily Mo Pena

    Dec 1, 2010, 5:30 PM EST

    Wily Mo Pena

    It’s kind of fitting that, on the same day, an all-time “what happened to that guy” guy like Andy Marte signed with someone, that another one does too: Wily Mo Pena signed with the Diamondbacks. It’s a minor league deal with an invite to camp, paying him $675,000.  Given the way he raked in limited…

  8. The Rockies are talking extension with Carlos Gonzalez

    Dec 1, 2010, 5:06 PM EST

    Los Angeles Dodgers v Colorado Rockies

    Following up on this morning’s item about how the Rockies may now look to give extensions to other players, Augusto Cárdenas of Venezuela’s Diario Panorama reports that Scott Boras — Gonzalez’s agent — and the Rockies are currently negotiating a long term extension. The Rockies are certainly wanting to get ahead of the game, no? …

  9. Former top prospect Andy Marte finds new home with Pirates

    Dec 1, 2010, 4:47 PM EST

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    Dropped by the Indians last month, one-time elite prospect Andy Marte has signed a minor-league contract with the Pirates that includes an invitation to spring training. Managing only a minor-league deal without a 40-man roster spot shows just how far Marte’s stock has plummeted since he ranked among Baseball America‘s top 15 prospects in 2004,…

  10. UPDATE: A’s met with Lance Berkman, but not Adam Dunn

    Dec 1, 2010, 4:45 PM EST

    Adam Dunn swinging

    UPDATE: Slusser just posted a few tweets walking back her report about Dunn meeting with the A’s yesterday, including: “I’m told much to my horror that the Chronicle’s report of earlier today that the Athletics met with Dunn is not accurate.” She stands by the information about the A’s being “in the mix” for Dunn,…

  11. The Red Sox are meeting with Carl Crawford today

    Dec 1, 2010, 4:30 PM EST

    Carl Crawford, Raul Chavez

    Tim Brown of Yahoo! reports that the Red Sox are in Houston meeting with Carl Crawford’s people today. Am I the only one who had it in his head that the Sox and Angels were going to honor some sort of gentleman’s agreement in which the former signed Jayson Werth and the latter got Crawford? …

  12. Astros, Nelson Figueroa avoid arbitration with one-year deal

    Dec 1, 2010, 4:18 PM EST

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    Nelson Figueroa was a non-tender candidate heading into his first season of arbitration eligibility, but the Astros have avoided having to make a decision on him before tomorrow night’s deadline by signing him to a one-year, $900,000 contract. Figueroa has bounced around for a decade in the majors and minors, but pitched well for the…

  13. ESPN sets its Sunday Night Baseball booth: Shulman, Hershiser and Valentine

    Dec 1, 2010, 4:00 PM EST

    dan shulman espn

    This was suspected, but ESPN made it official today: Dan Shulman, Orel Hershiser and Bobby Valentine will be be the new Sunday Night Baseball announcing team.  They replace Jon Miller and Joe Morgan.  Hershiser was the third man last season. I like Shulman. He’s a solid play by play guy and, most importantly for me,…

  14. Highlight video of Japanese shortstop Tsuyoshi Nishioka

    Dec 1, 2010, 3:46 PM EST

    While the Twins negotiate with Japanese shortstop Tsuyoshi Nishioka after bidding $5 million for his exclusive negotiating rights, here’s a five-minute highlight video put together by his representatives at the Beverly Hills Sports Complex: Nishioka looks pretty good, but then again I’m pretty sure someone could splice together five minutes of footage that makes Juan…

  15. Padres and Chris Denorfia avoid arbitration with one-year deal

    Dec 1, 2010, 3:15 PM EST

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    With tomorrow night’s deadline for teams to tender 2011 contracts to arbitration-eligible players looming, Chris Denorfia and the Padres have avoided the process by agreeing to a one-year deal worth $800,000. Signed last December after being let go by the A’s following a miserable Triple-A performance, Denorfia earned a mid-May call-up to San Diego and…

  16. The Orioles made a “significant offer” to Paul Konerko

    Dec 1, 2010, 2:59 PM EST

    Chicago White Sox Konerko watches his first hit of five against Minnesota Twins during the first inning of their American League baseball game in Minneapolis

    Heavy caveats here.  For one thing, the report comes from Jim Bowden. A man who, in my year or so of following him on Twitter, has one of the lowest batting averages among guys who purport to break stories. For another thing, the Orioles have been rumored to be in on a lot of top-flight…

  17. Jim Edmonds is on the fence about coming back

    Dec 1, 2010, 2:30 PM EST

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    Jon Heyman talked to Jim Edmonds’ agent who says that Edmonds is thinking about one more year. He agent says he goes back and forth, however. We heard similar things from Edmonds back in October. I feel the same way about it now that I did then: Who wants him?  He suffered some pretty significant…

  18. Another “Greinke won’t go to New York” report

    Dec 1, 2010, 2:02 PM EST

    Zack Greinke

    Following up on Passan’s from yesterday and King’s from this morning, Nick Carfado passes along word from a source that Zack Greinke would never accept a trade to New York. So it’s 2-1, no dice. Unless we get a matching bid, I’m going to assume Greinke goes to the Rangers.  Cool? Cool.

  19. Mariners expected to cut Jose Lopez at non-tender deadline

    Dec 1, 2010, 1:17 PM EST

    San Francisco Giants v Seattle Mariners

    A month ago the Mariners declined their $4.5 million option on Jose Lopez for 2011 and since then they’ve no doubt been trying to find another team interesting in trading for him with an eye toward taking Lopez to arbitration at a lower salary. Not surprisingly there were apparently no takers for the disappointing infielder…

  20. Of course Jeter is worth $20 million! Count the rings!

    Dec 1, 2010, 1:00 PM EST

    Derek Jeter triple

    No, that’s not parody. That’s the New York Post’s Kevin Kernan: If the frugal Colorado Rockies can give their shortstop $20 million a season, the cash cow Yankees can do the same for Derek Jeter . . . Yes, Jeter will be 37 next season and Tulowitzki will not turn 36 until October 2020, but…

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