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  1. Matt Stairs set to become a Padre

    Jan 23, 2010, 4:59 PM EDT

    Jerry Crasnick of reports that 41-year-old outfielder Matt Stairs has agreed to a minor league contract with the Padres.  From Jerry’s Twitter account, a must-follow for any baseball fan: “[Padres GM] Jed Hoyer was very aggressive in trying to bring Matt into a young team to have a veteran presence,” said Stairs’ agent, Bob…

  2. Johnny Damon could land somewhere soon

    Jan 23, 2010, 4:04 PM EDT

    UPDATE: Uh oh.  Yankees general manager Brian Cashman told The Journal News moments ago that Heyman’s report of a deadline is “not true.”  Considering Heyman’s involvement, it’s probably worth noting now that Damon is a Scott Boras client. 3:51pm: It appears free agent outfielder Johnny Damon could be close to finding a home for the…

  3. Astros, Hunter Pence avoid arbitration

    Jan 23, 2010, 3:13 PM EDT

    The Astros have reached a middle ground with outfielder Hunter Pence, agreeing Saturday on a one-year, $3.5 million contract for 2010.  The talented 26-year-old requested $4.1 million and was offered $3.1 million when arbitration figures were exchanged on Tuesday.  He hit .282/.346/.472 last season with 25 home runs, 26 doubles, 72 RBI and 14 stolen…

  4. Olney: the Nats are shopping Willingham so Adam Dunn can play the outfield. Yikes.

    Jan 23, 2010, 3:00 PM EDT

    Buster Olney passes this along:  “Heard this: The Nationals have Josh Willingham back out on the trade market, perhaps to give them the option of shifting Adam Dunn back to the outfield.” Willingham just signed a $4.6 million deal to avoid arbitration. He hit 260/.367/.496 with 24 home runs, 61 RBI and a career-high .863…

  5. The Orioles sign Miguel Tejada

    Jan 23, 2010, 2:43 PM EDT

    UPDATE:’s Jon Heyman hears that Tejada’s one-year deal is worth $6 million and contains some performance bonuses. So reports Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun. It’s a one year deal, and the terms have yet to be announced. Tejada will almost certainly play third, as , Andy MacPhail has said that he would prefer…

  6. Bobby Jenks has lost some weight

    Jan 23, 2010, 2:15 PM EDT

    White Sox’ closer Bobby Jenks has taken all kinds of heat from the front office over his weight since the end of the season.  A season, mind you, which was interrupted but bouts with kidney stones, a strained calf muscle and some other ailments which, if you believe Kenny Williams, were basically fat guy injuries. …

  7. Scouts on the Matthews trade: WTF?!

    Jan 23, 2010, 1:30 PM EDT

    Buster Olney canvassed his scouting sources for their views on the Mets going after Gary Matthews, and sums up the feedback thusly: He can’t hit for average, can’t hit for power, his defense ranks statistically among the worst outfielders in the majors and, to top it off, rival scouts have been reporting that in recent…

  8. Giambi is heading back to Colorado

    Jan 23, 2010, 12:40 PM EDT

    A couple of weeks ago some unnamed people “hanging out” at the Hard Rock in Vegas said that Jason Giambi was going to be staying with the Colorado Rockies. People loitering around casinos: is there nothing they don’t know? Jason Giambi is expected to sign a one-year deal with the Rockies, reports ESPN’s Andrew Marchand.…

  9. Diving into the depths: Chicago Cubs

    Jan 22, 2010, 6:23 PM EDT

    This is part of a 30-article series looking at each team’s depth chart headed into spring training. Chicago Cubs Rotation 1. Carlos Zambrano 2. Ryan Dempster 3. Ted Lilly 4. Randy Wells 5. Tom Gorzelanny 6. Carlos Silva 7. Sean Marshall 8. Jeff Samardzija 9. Mike Parisi 10. Andrew Cashner 11. Mitch Atkins 12. Jay…

  10. Bronson Arroyo and Eduardo Perez to appear in what sounds like a fabulous film

    Jan 22, 2010, 5:58 PM EDT

    Yeah, “The Amazing Race” is impressive, but how about this:  Arroyo! Perez! In theaters this fall! Cincinnati Reds pitcher Bronson Arroyo is heading to Tappan, New York this weekend for a cameo role in an independent film. Former Red Eduardo Perez will also make an appearance. The film, called “Goat,” is about a young man…

  11. Ex-Braves manager Bobby Bragan: 1917-2010

    Jan 22, 2010, 5:40 PM EDT

    Before my time, but worthy of note. Bragan managed the Braves in both Milwaukee and Atlanta, and managed the Pirates and Indians in the mid-to-late 50s.  He didn’t manage long and he was never at the helm of any transcendent teams. He was probably best remembered for the time that, while managing, he walked on…

  12. Rangers add Hall to catching corps

    Jan 22, 2010, 5:24 PM EDT

    It sounded like the Rangers wanted a legitimate alternative starting catcher because of the lingering questions about the health of Jarrod Saltalamacchia’s shoulder. Instead, what they ended up with on Friday was Toby Hall. Hall seemed to pretty much wreck his career when he opted to play through a torn labrum in 2007. He hit…

  13. Matthews OK for Mets, if he doesn't play

    Jan 22, 2010, 4:58 PM EDT

    It took eating $21 million of the $23 million he was owed over the next two years, but the Angels were able to move Gary Matthews Jr. on Friday. They even netted a decent piece in return, getting reliever Brian Stokes from the Mets. That makes it a clear win for GM Tony Reagins, who…

  14. The worst uniforms of the 90s

    Jan 22, 2010, 4:31 PM EDT

    ‘Duk at Big League Stew puts lie to the notion that the 1990s was some golden era of back-to-basics uniform styles by highlighting the worst baseball fashions of the decade. Was there anything as bad as the White Sox’ shorts? Nah, but there were some ugly stuff happening back then, most of it rooted in…

  15. The Jerome Holtzman Award?

    Jan 22, 2010, 4:00 PM EDT

    Jayson Stark thinks that closers don’t already get enough phony glory due to their often meaningless, personalized stat, so he proposes a special award just for them: It’s time for the Baseball Writers’ Association of America to establish a new award for relief pitchers. And if it were up to us, we’d call it the…

  16. Twins have 'real interest' in Jim Thome

    Jan 22, 2010, 3:40 PM EDT

    Joe Christensen of the Minneapolis Star Tribune did some investigating after a rumor began circulating out of Chicago that Jim Thome is close to signing with the Twins and much to my surprise he found that … well, there’s actually some truth behind it: I called a Twins official, expecting to hear that this is…

  17. Report: Phillies sign Jose Contreras

    Jan 22, 2010, 3:20 PM EDT

    Enrique Rojas — via Jorge Arangure’s twitter feed — reports that the Phillies have signed Jose Contreras to a one year deal. Contreras has been rumored to be all over the place this winter. Japan? Sure. Rockies? Diamondbacks? Dodgers? Sure, why not. But it’s Philly.  The Phillies rotation shapes up as Halladay, Hamels, Blanton, Happ…

  18. Indians third base coach on 'The Amazing Race'

    Jan 22, 2010, 2:54 PM EDT

    Indians third base coach Steve Smith and his 23-year-old daughter will be among the 11 teams competing for $1 million in the upcoming season of “The Amazing Race” on CBS. The show was actually taped last year, but Smith has kept a lid on the results and episodes premiere next month. He joined new manager…

  19. CTB is now available on your mobile device

    Jan 22, 2010, 2:43 PM EDT

    Well, I suppose it always kind of was, but it just loaded up slow and half-assed and sideways and everything.  Now, however, we’ve got a genuine, bona fide, authentic mobile platform for all of your mobile time wasting, real people ignoring, bad driving needs. That traffic in front of you isn’t going anywhere, but if…

  20. The Astros set a Monday deadline for arbitration eligible players

    Jan 22, 2010, 2:07 PM EDT

    The Astros aren’t going to dilly-dally for the next three or four weeks on their arbitration cases. If you’ve got pending litigation with them, they want it to be over by Monday or just forget it: Astros general manager Ed Wade said Friday he has informed the agents for the club’s three remaining arbitration players…

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