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  1. The Boras-Salcedo loan didn’t even violate MLBPA rules

    Nov 29, 2010, 3:30 PM EST

    Boras sulking

    Last week we spent a lot of time talking about the loan Scott Boras gave to his client, Edward Salcedo. You’ll recall that the New York Times portrayed it as something nefarious. Boras’ subsequent comments about it, however, combined with some of my own deduction, lead me to believe that there was nothing really wrong…

  2. Eric Hinske deciding between Braves and Brewers

    Nov 29, 2010, 3:15 PM EST

    San Francisco Giants v Atlanta Braves, Game 3

    Eric Hinske was hoping to land a two-year deal after playing for six different teams during the past five seasons, but instead Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports that he’s deciding between one-year offers from the Braves and Brewers. Hinske fared well as a part-time player for the Braves this season, hitting .256/.338/.456 with 11 homers…

  3. Assessing the first time Hall of Fame candidates

    Nov 29, 2010, 3:02 PM EST

    Julio Franco

    John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle has his Hall of Fame ballot, and he tweeted the first time eligibles who are on it. Here they are with my insta-take: Carlos Baerga:  There were about six months in the mid-90s when people thought he was a mortal lock. Of course, back then people thought Pamela…

  4. Declining fastball velocity makes Javier Vazquez no sure thing to bounce back in Florida

    Nov 29, 2010, 2:16 PM EST

    Javier Vazquez

    Javier Vazquez signing a one-year, $7 million deal with the Marlins has seemingly everyone assuming that he’ll fare well going back to the NL and away from New York, and admittedly that was my first thought as well. After all, Vazquez has a 4.02 ERA in eight career seasons in the NL, compared to 4.65…

  5. Meanwhile, the Mariano Rivera negotiations go smoothly

    Nov 29, 2010, 2:00 PM EST

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

    In contrast to the Derek Jeter fiasco, Mariano Rivera’s negotiations with the Yankees are reported to be going smoothly.  “Night and day,” a source tells ESPN New York’s Andrew Marchand. Rivera is expected to get $16 or $17 million a year. He wants two years, but it could be done with one year and a…

  6. Matthews: The Yankees aren’t budging off their three-year, $45 million offer to Jeter

    Nov 29, 2010, 1:32 PM EST

    mlb_jeter

    Can I tell you how much I’m enjoying all of this Derek Jeter business? Really, Gleeman and I are talking about just changing the name of this joint to JeterTalk and going 24/7 with this bad boy. Anyway: we’ve heard a few reports that the Yankees may nudge their offer to Derek Jeter up a…

  7. Juan Uribe “closing in on a three-year deal” with the Dodgers

    Nov 29, 2010, 1:14 PM EST

    uribe-101027

    According to Buster Olney of ESPN.com the Dodgers are “closing in on a three-year deal” with Juan Uribe and Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that the contract is worth $21 million, which is remarkable for someone who had to settle for a minor-league contract in 2009 and then returned to the Giants on a one-year,…

  8. Gammons: Nine teams “already in” bidding for Jesse Crain

    Nov 29, 2010, 12:45 PM EST

    jesse-crain-twins

    Peter Gammons tweets that Jesse Crain “may be the hottest reliever” on the market after Joaquin Benoit signed with the Tigers, reporting that the Rays, Rockies, Dodgers, Diamondbacks, Mariners, Orioles, Cubs, Nationals, and Blue Jays are “already in” the bidding for the 29-year-old right-hander. Crain was offered arbitration by the Twins, but as a Type…

  9. What can we expect from Derek Jeter at age 37 and older?

    Nov 29, 2010, 12:00 PM EST

    New York Yankees v Texas Rangers, Game 6

    The fundamental difference between Team Jeter and Team Yankees people (note: I’m assuming these “teams” exist, because the media is obsessed with such things in today’s discourse) is perspective.  Team Jeter seems to be looking backwards, at all of the things Jeter has accomplished and all that he means to the New York Yankees.  Team…

  10. Playoff shares: $318,000 for Giants, $246,000 for Rangers

    Nov 29, 2010, 11:49 AM EST

    Texas Rangers' Bengie Molina hits a two out three run home run as New York Yankees' Francisco Cervelli waits for the ball during the sixth inning during Game 4 of their Major League Baseball ALCS playoff series in New York

    MLB has announced the “postseason shares” for each of the playoff teams and the World Series-winning Giants lead the way at $317,631.29 per player, which is just slightly less than the MLB minimum salary for the entire season and some pretty nice change for a month’s work. Rangers players will receive $246,279.55 apiece for their…

  11. Jose Reyes is probably not going anywhere, but the Mets do have an open mind

    Nov 29, 2010, 11:30 AM EST

    Atlanta Braves v New York Mets

    A few weeks ago there was a report that the Mets were shopping Jose Reyes.  I could sorta see trading him making sense if the Mets were really intent on blowing it all up and starting over, but most people met that report with skepticism. Probably deserved skepticism, as Andy Martino reports today that Reyes…

  12. Frank Francisco likely to accept arbitration, return to Rangers

    Nov 29, 2010, 11:18 AM EST

    frank-francisco-rangers

    Tomorrow night is the deadline for Type A and Type B free agents to accept or decline their teams’ arbitration offers. For the most part it’s merely a procedural deadline, as nearly all the free agents will decline the offer on their way to the open market, but Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that Frank…

  13. Carl Crawford is in no hurry

    Nov 29, 2010, 10:58 AM EST

    carl crawford rays

    Ken Rosenthal takes a look at the free agent class as it’s currently constituted and observes that Carl Crawford may wait to sign — possibly until after Cliff Lee signs — in order ensure the maximum number of teams are in on the bidding, including the Yankees. I don’t think the Yankees will ever be…

  14. Happy birthday to the greatest announcer of all time

    Nov 29, 2010, 10:47 AM EST

    Vin Scully

    I first listened to Vin Scully call a Dodgers game when I was about 20 years old and he was around 75, yet immediately became such a big fan that I frequently tuned into their games on the MLB Extra Innings package despite a two-hour time difference and absolutely no allegiance to the Dodgers whatsoever.…

  15. Astros reject Lance Berkman’s attempt to return to Houston

    Nov 29, 2010, 10:15 AM EST

    lance-berkman-yankees-sad

    Richard Justice of the Houston Chronicle writes that Lance Berkman “believed he would return to the Astros in 2011 … from the moment he was traded to the Yankees last July.” However, when his agent approached general manager Ed Wade about potentially returning to Houston he was told “thanks, but no thanks.” “It wasn’t a…

  16. Marvin Miller sets the record straight on Jim Palmer and the union

    Nov 29, 2010, 10:08 AM EST

    Marvin Miller

    A couple of weeks ago Maury Chass and some others wrote about Marvin Miller’s Hall of Fame candidacy which, regrettably, has yet to be successful.  Chass made mention of Miller’s recent pessimism regarding his chances, and quoted Miller dismissing the makeup of the Veteran’s Committee in whose hands his Hall of Fame case currently rests.…

  17. Scott Boras proposes posting fees for minor leaguers

    Nov 29, 2010, 9:22 AM EST

    boras

    Ken Rosenthal passes on a bright idea from Scott Boras: a minor league posting system: Each team would protect a set number of players: 40, the current number, or maybe even 45. Every other player in a club’s farm system would be available through a blind posting process similar to the arrangement baseball maintains with…

  18. The Dodgers are looking at Juan Uribe

    Nov 29, 2010, 9:06 AM EST

    uribe-101027

    Multiple sources are saying that the Dodgers are taking a hard look at infielder Juan Uribe. I like Uribe and I like that the Dodgers would look at trying to take away a key part of the Giants’ 2010 success. Some nice in-your-face value to it, ya know? At the same time, I think Uribe…

  19. So, I’ve been doing this for a year now

    Nov 29, 2010, 8:27 AM EST

    Working at home

    While HBT launched in April 2009, I think of today as being a bit more significant, anniversary-wise. That’s because today marks one year since I ditched the legal gig and started blogging here full time. In some ways this year has flown by. It has certainly gone by quicker than any of my years working…

  20. HBT Weekend Wrapup

    Nov 29, 2010, 6:21 AM EST

    Michigan v Ohio State

    What? That pic has nothing to do with baseball? Hmmm. Let me check into it. It may take many, many hours to fix the “problem,” however, so please bear with us.

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