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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. A’s may non-tender Jack Cust for second straight year

    Dec 1, 2010, 12:45 PM EST

    Oakland Athletics Photo Day

    Last offseason the A’s non-tendered Jack Cust rather than pay him around $4 million via the arbitration process, only to re-sign him a month later for $2.6 million. And now Jane Lee of MLB.com reports that Oakland may non-tender him again by tomorrow night’s deadline. Cust was better in 2010 than he was in 2009,…

  4. Yikes: Carl Crawford wants eight years

    Dec 1, 2010, 12:30 PM EST

    carl crawford rays

    Michael Silverman of the Boston Herald reports that Carl Crawford is seeking a deal of at least eight years. Eeek. My general impression of Carl Crawford: free agent was that just about any deal for him would look pretty good for the first four years but would get a bit ugly in years five and…

  5. Salary caps make poorer teams worse off

    Dec 1, 2010, 11:59 AM EST

    stack of money

    Practically speaking, the idea of a salary cap in baseball is dead. Deader than vaudeville. It blew up the game in 1994-95, and the owners and Selig blinked rather than try it again in 2002.  Since then the money has been flowing, competitive balance has been better than most people will admit, and the owners…

  6. Royals “now appear open to trading” Robinson Tejeda

    Dec 1, 2010, 11:49 AM EST

    Detroit Tigers v Kansas City Royals

    Joaquin Benoit opened the free agent market by signing a three-year, $16.5 million deal with the Tigers and various other relievers are reportedly shopping for three-year contracts as well, so Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star reports that the Royals “are now open to trading” Robinson Tejeda. Dutton notes that general manager Dayton Moore…

  7. How scrappy is Ryan Theriot?

    Dec 1, 2010, 11:31 AM EST

    Los Angeles Dodgers v Colorado Rockies

    You’re not going to believe this, but in the wake of the Cardinals trading for a white middle infielder with moderate-at-best skills yesterday, someone has written a column praising him as a scrappy gritty hard worker, complete with a David Eckstein comparison. I’m so shocked that, as we speak, I’m clutching my pearls and hoping…

  8. Giants offered to match $21 million deal before Juan Uribe signed with Dodgers

    Dec 1, 2010, 11:16 AM EST

    uribe-101027

    Juan Uribe’s three-year, $21 million contract with the Dodgers strikes me as a significant over-pay for a 31-year-old with a career on-base percentage of .300 who’s cracked a .750 OPS once since 2004, but according to Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times the Giants offered to match that deal in an unsuccessful last-minute effort…

  9. The Rangers are going to make a five-year offer for Cliff Lee

    Dec 1, 2010, 11:00 AM EST

    Lee-cliff-101031

    George King of the New York Post reports that the Rangers are going to make a five-year offer to Cliff Lee. The Yankees may have already made one, with some putting the dollars at around $23 million a year, so they’ll have to top that. Or at least come close to it if you believe…

  10. Rockies interested in Troy Glaus as Todd Helton’s backup

    Dec 1, 2010, 10:48 AM EST

    Detroit Tigers v Atlanta Braves

    Troy Glaus finished the season in a horrible slump, going from the Braves’ starting first baseman to completely out of the team’s plans, so predictably there’s been little reported interest in him as a free agent. However, according to Troy Renck of the Denver Post the Rockies may have some interest in Glaus as “a…

  11. Albert Belle: voice of reason

    Dec 1, 2010, 10:31 AM EST

    Albert Belle

    LeBron James is heading back to Cleveland to face the Cavaliers tomorrow night. It’s probably going to get hostile. Thankfully, we have Albert Belle around to play the part of the sage peacemaker: From one Cleveland villain to another, Albert Belle hopes LeBron James and Cavaliers fans can play nice Thursday at the Q.  “My…

  12. Arbitration offers turned down by 25 out of 27 free agents

    Dec 1, 2010, 10:15 AM EST

    frank-francisco-rangers

    For all the speculation about which Type A and Type B free agents would and wouldn’t accept arbitration offers just two of the 27 eligible players said yes: Frank Francisco of the Rangers and Jason Frasor of the Blue Jays. I’ve seen some suggestions that the low number of accepted arbitration offers means this offseason…

  13. The Yankees don’t believe the “Greinke is OK with New York” story

    Dec 1, 2010, 10:00 AM EST

    greinke2

    Yesterday Jeff Passan reported that, contrary to our assumptions, Zack Greinke is indeed willing to pitch in New York, and that winning is more important to him than avoiding media scrutiny and crowds and stuff. George King reports this morning, however, that the Yankees “aren’t buying it,” and that they believe Greinke truly doesn’t want…

  14. The Rockies may not be done handing out long term deals

    Dec 1, 2010, 9:49 AM EST

    Ubaldo Jiminez windup

    With Troy Tulowitzki and Jorge De La Rosa under contract you think the Rockies would take a breather, but that may not be the case: Jim Armstrong of the Denver Post reports that Dan O’Dowd said yesterday that the Rockies are looking to lock up Ubaldo Jimenez and Carlos Gonzalez “indefinitely.” Such approach has its…

  15. Frank McCourt accepts the settlement proposal; Jamie rejects it

    Dec 1, 2010, 9:21 AM EST

    McCourt Divorce Trial Continues With Ownership Of Dodgers In Contention

    We’re heading towards a judge’s ruling regarding who owns the Dodgers. That’s because yesterday Jamie McCourt rejected the settlement proposed by the mediator.  Frank accepted it, but as we know, it takes two to tango. The best part was Frank’s statement afterward, issued through his lawyers, in which he said that accepting it was “the…

  16. The Yankees may go up to $51 million on Jeter; add a fourth year option

    Dec 1, 2010, 8:45 AM EST

    New York Yankees v Texas Rangers, Game 6

    As was reported last night, Jeter and the Yankees spoke again yesterday and things went well. Afterwards, Jon Heyman reported that, while there is nothing imminent, the Yankees may be willing to go up to $51 million over three years and to possibly add a fourth year in the form of an option. Moshe Mandel…

  17. Pablo Sandoval has lost ten pounds? I’ll believe it when I see it

    Dec 1, 2010, 8:22 AM EST

    Giants' Sandoval reacts during workouts in preparation for the Major League Baseball's World Series in San Francisco

    Last year I closely followed Camp Panda, Pablo Sandoval’s allegedly intense workout regimen that was intended to get the portly young superstar in shape.  That didn’t happen.  Sandoval reported to spring training in more or less the same shape he had been in in 2009 and got larger as the season progressed, ultimately losing his…

  18. The real reason for expanded playoffs

    Dec 1, 2010, 6:17 AM EST

    Bud Selig defiant

    Today Jeff Passan of Yahoo! takes the idea of an expanded playoffs apart piece-by-piece.  His criticisms track my own in their concern with (a) this being nothing but a money grab; (b) devaluing the  regular season; (c)  creating perverse competitive incentives among contenders; and (d) doing nothing to make the game better like, say, instituting…

  19. Jeter and agent met in Florida Tuesday with Yanks officials

    Nov 30, 2010, 9:43 PM EST

    New York Yankees v Texas Rangers, Game 6

    Craving more Derek Jeter news?  Of course you are. Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that Jeter and his agent, Casey Close, met Tuesday in Tampa, Florida with Yankees officials. The two sides had not spoken in several days, according to Rosenthal, and wanted to touch base.  It’s not clear if contract numbers were discussed, but…

  20. Giants reach one-year, $6.5M deal with Miguel Tejada

    Nov 30, 2010, 8:22 PM EST

    tejada in blue padres

    Brian Sabean strikes again. According to Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes, the Giants have agreed to a one-year, $6.5 million contract with veteran infielder Miguel Tejada.  The contract will also include about $500,000 in pefromance-based bonuses. Tejada no longer has good range at shortstop and batted just .269/.312/.381 over the course of the 2010 season. …

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