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  1. 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!

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

    Nov 30, 2010, 11:49 AM EST


    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…

  3. 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’s headquarters, and that…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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 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…

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

    Nov 30, 2010, 10:15 AM EST


    Aaron Heilman is a Type B free agent and the Diamondbacks offered him arbitration, but Ken Rosenthal of 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…

  9. The state of the Jeter negotiations

    Nov 30, 2010, 9:52 AM EST

    Derek Jeter triple

    We haven’t had any new twists or turns in the Derek Jeter negotiations for, like, 18 hours, and frankly I’m starting to get the shakes. So, in the absence of anything happening at the moment, let us review how we got to where we are, figure out where things stand, and figure out where we’re…

  10. Today is the deadline for free agents to accept or reject arbitration

    Nov 30, 2010, 9:12 AM EST

    Adam Dunn swinging

    Last week was the deadline for teams to offer arbitration to their free agents.  Today is the deadline for those so offered to accept or decline.  Some already have done so (guys like Trevor Hoffman) and others have already signed free agent deals, mooting the issue (Victor Martinez).  That leaves 12 type-A free agents and…

  11. Shaughnessy: The Red Sox should give Jeter $60 million

    Nov 30, 2010, 8:31 AM EST

    dan shaughnessy

    Last week a few people had some fun on Twitter suggesting that the Red Sox — in the interests of promoting chaos — should make Jeter an offer. Pete Abraham mentioned it. I did. Some others too.  It was mildly chuckle-worthy during a slow week. Today, however, Dan Shaugnessy shows us that not every little…

  12. Can someone please explain the Troy Tulowitzki deal to me?

    Nov 30, 2010, 6:26 AM EST

    Troy Tulowitzki

    At least from the Rockies’ perspective? Tulowitzki is a great talent. If I were starting a team now he’d be on the short list of players who might be my first pick. He’s obviously loved in Colorado.  But a six year extension that starts in 2015? Really? What was motivating the Rockies to extend a…

  13. UPDATE: There’s nothing to the Rangers-Andy Pettitte story

    Nov 30, 2010, 5:41 AM EST

    Pettitte looks in

    UPDATE: Call off the Pettitte-to-Texas party. Jeff Wilson at the Star-Telegram spoke with Nolan Ryan late last night and said that there is no truth to the report that the Rangers are interested in Andy Pettitte. To the extent Pettitte and Nolan Ryan talked, it was to exchange pleasantries, and to the extent Pettitte talked…

  14. The New York Times continues its assault on Scott Boras

    Nov 29, 2010, 11:20 PM EST

    Boras sulking

    Earlier today Keith Law posted his analysis of the relevant MLBPA rules regarding agents making loans to players and found nothing that would appear to make the loan Scott Boras made to Braves’ prospect Edward Salcedo improper.  This followed Scott Boras’ explanation of the loan and rather convincing (in my view) denial that anything improper…

  15. UPDATE: Rockies close to three-year deal with Jorge De La Rosa

    Nov 29, 2010, 11:07 PM EST


    UPDATE: According to Ken Rosenthal of, De La Rosa will receive $32-33 million from the Rockies, essentially matching the three-year contract Ted Lilly got with the Dodgers. 11:07 PM: It’s a busy evening for the Rockies. Not only are they about to lock up their star shortstop, but they are close to retaining a…

  16. UPDATE: Rockies close to ten-year extension with Troy Tulowitzki

    Nov 29, 2010, 10:35 PM EST

    Troy Tulowitzki

    UPDATE: Final word on this for the night. Tracy Ringolsby hears that Tulowitzki will receive $157.75 million over the length of the contract. This includes $23.75 million for the final three guaranteed years remaining on his current deal, his $15 million option for 2014 and $119 million for six new years. 10:35 PM: According to…

  17. UPDATE: Mets close to signing Chris Young

    Nov 29, 2010, 8:01 PM EST

    Chris Young throwing

    UPDATE: Not so fast. According to Steve Popper of the Bergen Record, a baseball executive says the Mets and Chris Young are not close to an agreement yet. The two sides are said to be talking, though. 8:01 PM: Buster Olney of hears that the Mets are closing in on a contract with free…

  18. Remembering those left off the ballot

    Nov 29, 2010, 7:20 PM EST

    ugueth urbina

    Craig did his thing, running down the first-timers included on this year’s Hall of Fame ballot. But how about those players left off. That’s always the first thing I look at when the ballot comes out. So let’s take a trip down memory lane with those not worthy of being included with possible immortals like…

  19. The Giants have been in contact with Derek Jeter’s agent

    Nov 29, 2010, 7:00 PM EST

    New York Yankees v Texas Rangers, Game 6

    You knew this was coming. According to Brian Costa of the Wall Street Journal, the Giants have been in contact with Derek Jeter’s agent Casey Close. Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle speculated earlier this month that the Giants would likely keep an eye on the negotiations — remember, general manager Brian Sabean was…

  20. Russell Martin’s agent hasn’t heard from the Dodgers in about a week

    Nov 29, 2010, 6:36 PM EST

    Russell Martin dodgers

    That’s the word from Russell Martin’s agent Matt Colleran, who tells Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times that he and the Dodgers have exchanged “general ideas” about a potential deal before Thursday’s non-tender deadline, but that the club has not presented his client with a formal offer. “If any offer is made to us,…

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