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  1. Maybe Molina just didn't want to play for the Mets

    Jan 20, 2010, 1:49 PM EDT

    MetsBlog.com’s Matthew Cerrone wrote an interesting article about Bengie Molina’s surprising decision to return to the Giants yesterday after seemingly being all but signed with the Mets. Molina inked a one-year, $4.5 million deal with San Francisco, but Cerrone reports that New York’s offer–which was made in mid-December–included $1 million more in salary for this…

  2. And now some financial perspective

    Jan 20, 2010, 1:29 PM EDT

    As we’ve passed over several dozen million dollar contracts these past few days for players I’d wager a plurality of baseball fans have never even heard of, it’s probably worth remembering how the other half live: Baseball’s minor leaguers are getting a small raise–in the form of meal money. MLB team owners last week approved…

  3. Rangers take $5 million gamble on Colby Lewis' return from Japan

    Jan 20, 2010, 12:50 PM EDT

    Colby Lewis was one of the game’s best pitching prospects while coming up through the Rangers’ farm system, with Baseball America ranking him as their No. 32 overall prospect in 2003, sandwiched between Adrian Gonzalez at 31 and Josh Hamilton at 33. That season he made 26 starts for the Rangers as a 23-year-old rookie,…

  4. Does Ben Sheets expect $10 million+?

    Jan 20, 2010, 12:15 PM EDT

    Via MetsBlog.com comes Jon Heyman talking on the MLB Network last night about Ben Sheets’ expectations.  After suggesting that he’s going to see offers in the $7.5 million range — which sounds reasonable to me — Heyman says: I have a feeling he is seeking more than that, though . . . the buzz around…

  5. Eric Gagne trying out for the Phillies today

    Jan 20, 2010, 11:45 AM EDT

    Eric Gagne told a French-Canadian radio station that he has a tryout scheduled for today with the Phillies, but general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. was unavailable for comment when Philadelphia Daily News reporter David Murphy tried to get in touch with him about the former Cy Young winner. Gagne signed a minor-league deal with the…

  6. The Zack Greinke season ticket plan

    Jan 20, 2010, 11:25 AM EDT

    Neat idea from Sam Mellinger at the Kansas City Star: In Zack Greinke, the Royals have a superstar with more unabashed love from the local fan base than anybody else in baseball with possible exceptions for Derek Jeter, Joe Mauer, and Albert Pujols . . . The Royals should take full advantage of this by…

  7. The Mets may make an offer to Yorvit Torrealba

    Jan 20, 2010, 11:00 AM EDT

    I’m not going to go with the easy joke about how the Giants saved the Mets from themselves with respect to Bengie Molina, because as Aaron’s going to say later this morning, that’s not necessarily the case. Short version: it was a bit more complicated than that, with the Mets initially (and laudably) holding the…

  8. Your pre-arbitration filing deadline signing scoreboard, Part IV

    Jan 20, 2010, 10:30 AM EDT

    We’re reaching the point where only the true completists among you — the sort of people who are such big Pixies fans, for example, that they bought The Amps’ CD when it came out — will care about these signings. But dadgummit, when I start something I’m going to finish it. Unless I, you know,…

  9. Quote of the day: Whitey Herzog

    Jan 20, 2010, 9:30 AM EDT

    The White Rat is none too thrilled with the steroids business: “The people in St. Louis give Mark McGwire a standing ovation the other day, and (former major leaguer) Jack Clark said every steroid user should be banned for baseball, and they booed him. Now, what the hell is the matter with society when that…

  10. Ethier and Broxton sign two-year deals

    Jan 20, 2010, 9:00 AM EDT

    I was so distracted by the scores of trivial one-year contracts that I overlooked two of the few significant deals yesterday: The Dodgers’ signing of Andre Ethier and Jonathan Broxton, $15.25 to the former and and $11 million to the latter, both on two year deals. Ethier made $3.2 million in 2009 and Broxton got…

  11. The real problem with the Molina signing

    Jan 20, 2010, 8:30 AM EDT

    Grant at McCovey Chronicles has a hilarious — though painful for Giants’ fans — takedown of the Bengie Molina signing that’s definitely worth a read.  But it’s something that he says after the phony press conference that I think gets at the basic problem with the signing: I’m actually fine with the idea that Posey…

  12. Carlton Fisk goes off on McGwire

    Jan 20, 2010, 7:55 AM EDT

    I think the best thing about the steroid revelations is that every time some new user is outed, some old timer goes absolutely nuts.  Yesterday it was Carlton Fisk’s turn.  There’s so much gold there that, rather than quote it line by line, it’s better that you just read it all.  First, though, I will…

  13. Earthquake shakes up Rollins' wedding prep

    Jan 19, 2010, 8:57 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins received quite a scare in preparation for his upcoming wedding in Cayman Islands when an earthquake struck the Caribbean territory on Tuesday morning. From CBS3.com: Rollins, who was at the Grand Cayman Beach for his upcoming wedding to Jahori Smith, sent a message to teammates saying he was ok. Several…

  14. Rockies consider Lo Duca on minor league deal

    Jan 19, 2010, 6:26 PM EDT

    The Rockies are considering signing Paul Lo Duca to a minor league contract, according to Troy Renck of the Denver Post. Such a deal would seem to give Lo Duca nothing more than a chance to prove he can still play. The Rockies would only have room for him on the major league roster if…

  15. Diving into the depths: Atlanta Braves

    Jan 19, 2010, 6:20 PM EDT

    This is part of a 30-article series looking at each team’s depth chart headed into spring training. Atlanta Braves Rotation 1. Tim Hudson 2. Jair Jurrjens 3. Derek Lowe 4. Tommy Hanson 5. Kenshin Kawakami 6. Jo-Jo Reyes 7. Kris Medlen 8. James Parr 9. Todd Redmond 10. Kyle Cofield The Braves had one starter…

  16. Damon, Yankees still a match

    Jan 19, 2010, 5:47 PM EDT

    As we covered yesterday, there are more outfielders available than jobs open at the moment. The odds of anyone stepping up and offering Johnny Damon the two-year, $20 million+ deal he expected at the beginning of the offseason fall somewhere in between slim and none. Cincinnati is the one team that has an obvious need…

  17. The Giants lowball Tim Lincecum with an $8 million arbitration figure

    Jan 19, 2010, 5:03 PM EDT

    Heyman reports that Tim Lincecum has filed an arbitration request for $13 million and that the team’s number is $8 million.  That seems like an unbelievable lowball offer by the Giants.  I think Lincecum wins. Indeed, I’d say that Lincecum would win even if he asked for $18 million and probably should have asked for…

  18. REPORT: Bengie Molina re-signs with the Giants

    Jan 19, 2010, 4:51 PM EDT

    CBS 5 in San Francisco is reporting that Bengie Molina has re-signed with the Giants. Earlier I compared Molina and the Mets to some dysfunctional couple.  Now Molina is going back to his old flame after cheating on her all winter. Hey, at least Buster Posey will now be unfairly blocked by someone he knows…

  19. Your pre-arbitration filing deadline signing scoreboard, Part III

    Jan 19, 2010, 4:29 PM EDT

    First we had Part I, then we had Part II, and now we have even more signings!  We will not be undersold! Carl Pavano, Twins, $7 million.  Heyman says he “wouldn’t give that guy a penny.”  Maybe $7 million is a lot, but aren’t there such a thing as average starting pitchers in Heyman’s world?…

  20. Video: Jose Offerman punches an umpire

    Jan 19, 2010, 3:56 PM EDT

    Here’s video of the incident that got Jose Offerman suspended for life from the Dominican winter league: Not that the quality of the punch should really matter when it comes to Offerman’s suspension, but it sure seems like the umpire took a dive. Click here to contact Aaron Gleeman or follow him on Twitter.

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