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  1. Damon turned down Yankees' offer last week

    Jan 29, 2010, 12:23 PM EDT

    SI.com’s Jon Heyman reports that the Yankees made a final offer to Johnny Damon last week that would have paid him $6 million for 2010, although half the money would have been deferred without interest. Damon turned that down and the Yankees quickly signed Randy Winn for $2 million instead, so now he’s searching for…

  2. Blue Jays' manager, GM disagree about Delgado

    Jan 29, 2010, 11:45 AM EDT

    Cito Gaston has said previously that he’d like the Blue Jays to bring back Carlos Delgado and MLB.com’s Jordan Bastian reports that the manager “spent time lobbying” for the move while appearing at a team function last night: If there’s some way to bring Carlos back here, I’d love to see him back here, because…

  3. The Nats sign Miguel Batista

    Jan 29, 2010, 11:20 AM EDT

    Washington has signed Miguel Batista, late of Seattle, to a minor league deal. He turns 39 next month.  Last year he went 7-4 with a 4.04 ERA in 56 relief appearances for the Mariners. Before last year he had mostly been a starter, though he’s spent some time as a swingman and was exclusively a…

  4. Bill Buckner: I definitely would have been tempted to take steroids

    Jan 29, 2010, 11:00 AM EDT

    Hey Howard Bryant, does Bill Buckner count as someone “around the game”? Because if he does, you’re going to have to update your toxicity scoreboard: “I tried a million different things to combat the injury. I had to stay on the field. I was a little bit aware of the extraordinary physical gains some guys…

  5. Omar Minaya: "I'm in charge"

    Jan 29, 2010, 10:29 AM EDT

    Omar Minaya was on SNY last night and was asked, in light of assistant GM John Ricco handling questions on the Beltran stuff and Ken Rosenthal’s recent report that the Wilpons micromanage the free agent process, whether he has full autonomy over the direction of the Mets: “Yes, I do. I know there’s been some…

  6. Jake Peavy grooved one to Barry Bonds

    Jan 29, 2010, 9:58 AM EDT

    Before we get to that, some followup from Mike Bacsik, who was accused by former teammate Tim Redding yesterday of grooving home run 756 to Barry Bonds. Bacsik tweets: For everyone on my page that needs a denial; I didn’t try to give up the homerun. I was crappy enough to do it without trying…

  7. Mike Lupica is never going to be happy

    Jan 29, 2010, 9:35 AM EDT

    This morning Mike Lupica spent two nearly incoherent pages complaining about the Yankees not giving Johnny Damon whatever he wanted to play in New York and scoffing at the notion that the Bombers would impose a budget. Ten years ago Mike Lupica spent two nearly incoherent pages complaining that the Yankees threw money at all…

  8. The Blue Jays are thinking about Johnny Damon

    Jan 29, 2010, 9:00 AM EDT

    MLB.com’s Jordan Bastian reports that the Blue Jays are interested in Johnny Damon and have spoken to Scott Boras about him. GM Alex Anthopoulos said the team was really more in the “information-gathering stage” for Damon, which can probably be translated to “we’re waiting to see how cheap we can get him,” but unlike the…

  9. The Mets sign Fernando Tatis

    Jan 29, 2010, 8:28 AM EDT

    It was reported yesterday that the Mets were close to a deal with Fernando Tatis to be their part-time first baseman. Now that deal is done, according to the New York Post. Tatis will get less than the $1.7 million he made last year, but there are some incentives built in that can get him…

  10. Yankees fan cancels season tickets over Randy Winn signing

    Jan 29, 2010, 7:57 AM EDT

    New Stadium Insider got hold of an email exchange between the Yankees’ season ticket sales people and a now former season ticket holder who isn’t doing anything to fight the Yankees-fans-suffer-from-an-overactive-sense-of-entitlement-stereotype: After an amazing season in which the Yankees brought the trophy back home, sadly it seems they have lost their focus on winning another…

  11. Setup man Brocail opts for retirement

    Jan 28, 2010, 6:36 PM EDT

    As expected, free agent Doug Brocail has chosen to retire, according to MLB.com’s Alyson Footer. Brocail, 42, was injured for much of 2009 and finished with a 4.58 ERA in 17 2/3 innings. He reemerged as a solid setup man during the latter part of the decade despite missing three entire seasons from 2001-03 when…

  12. Report: Royals interested in Bedard

    Jan 28, 2010, 6:27 PM EDT

    The Kansas City Star’s Sam Mellinger says the Royals are showing some interest in Erik Bedard, though he thinks it’s unlikely that they’ll sign him. Since he’s not yet able to throw for teams following shoulder surgery, the 30-year-old Bedard hasn’t found much of a market for his services. The oft-injured left-hander went 11-7 with…

  13. Diving into the depths: Seattle Mariners

    Jan 28, 2010, 6:18 PM EDT

    This is part of a 30-article series looking at each team’s depth chart headed into spring training. Seattle Mariners Rotation 1. Felix Hernandez 2. Cliff Lee 3. Ryan Rowland-Smith 4. Ian Snell 5. Luke French 6. Garrett Olson 7. Doug Fister 8. Jason Vargas 9. Yusmeiro Petit 10. Ryan Feierabend 11. Gaby Hernandez 12. Andrew…

  14. Checking in with Bernie Williams

    Jan 28, 2010, 5:45 PM EDT

    Tyler Kepner caught up with Bernie Williams over the weekend and found that the guy is keeping busy: These are busy days for Williams, who performs on Monday at Feinstein’s at Loews Regency on Park Avenue in Manhattan to benefit “Ed Randall’s Bat for the Cure,” which fights prostate cancer. Williams also appeared at the…

  15. Keith Law ranks the top 100 prospects; Jonathan Mayo ranks the top 50

    Jan 28, 2010, 5:15 PM EDT

    ‘Tis the season.  Last night MLB.com’s Jonathan Mayo released his Top 50 prospect list. Today Keith Law doubles down and gives you his top 100.  They agree that Jason Heyward and Stephen Strasburg are numbers one and two respectively, and they both have Buster Posey at four, but as you might imagine, they diverge from…

  16. Did Mike Bacsik groove HR 756 to Barry Bonds?

    Jan 28, 2010, 4:45 PM EDT

    Former Washington Nationals’ pitcher Tim Redding was on the radio yesterday, accusing teammate Mike Bacsik of intentionally throwing a fat pitch to Barry Bonds, giving him the record breaking home run: “I think he wanted to give it up. And he can say what he wants in defense or whatnot, but doing the chart, I…

  17. Edmonds should be threat to Hart, not Gomez

    Jan 28, 2010, 4:15 PM EDT

    Never finding the kind of deal he wanted, even after he hit .256/.369/.568 in an 85-game stint with the Cubs, Jim Edmonds sat out last season. Now that his itch to play again outweighs his pride, he’s accepted a minor league contract in an attempt to make the Brewers. The initial thought will be that,…

  18. Rays sign former No. 1 pick, giant bust Matt Bush

    Jan 28, 2010, 3:46 PM EDT

    Tampa Bay has signed one of the biggest busts in draft history, inking former No. 1 overall pick Matt Bush to a minor-league contract. When last we saw Bush in July he’d been sentenced to 120 days in residential rehab, 240 hours of community service, three years of probation, and $2,000 in fines after being…

  19. Yankees picked to finish third, miss playoffs

    Jan 28, 2010, 3:21 PM EDT

    PECOTA — or “Player Empirical Comparison and Optimization Test Algorithm” for those of you who don’t like clever acronyms — is the statistical projection system owned and operated by the good people at Baseball Prospectus. While the specific means by which PECOTA predicts what players and teams will do is proprietary — and while the…

  20. Gammons: 'Mets were only team in on Jason Bay' and Red Sox 'were scared to death of his knees'

    Jan 28, 2010, 2:45 PM EDT

    Last week Peter Gammons reported that Boston and Jason Bay “had agreed on the framework” of a four-year, $60 million contract in July, but the Red Sox pulled the offer when an MRI exam raised red flags about the health of his knees. While appearing on WEEI radio today Gammons revealed a few more details:…

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