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  1. UPDATE: Felix Hernandez deal for five years, $78 million

    Jan 19, 2010, 9:19 AM EDT

    9:52: Heyman and others are now tweeting that it is a five year deal worth $78 million. 9:19 A.M:  Francisco Blavia tweets that the deal is worth $78MM over five years. However,  Jason Churchill of Prospect Insider says the deal “may very well be six years guaranteed and less than $100 million, with some incentives…

  2. The umps have signed their new deal

    Jan 19, 2010, 9:00 AM EDT

    Though the deal was reached several weeks ago, the new contract between Major League Baseball and the umpires was finally ratified and signed by the men in blue late last night.  Rob Neyer was looking at it and found the provision on buyouts for older umpires to be quite interesting, seeing it as a means…

  3. Beltran's knee: were the Mets incompetent, cheap or both?

    Jan 19, 2010, 8:30 AM EDT

    Peter Gammons has this habit — which I love by the way — of casually dropping bombs in such a way that is sounds like it’s not news at all. But as far as I can tell, this is news: Everyone in the business understands that the Mets did not insure Beltran, so that when…

  4. Your pre-arbitration filing deadline signing scoreboard

    Jan 19, 2010, 8:00 AM EDT

    King Felix’s extension is obviously the biggest news in advance of today’s deadline for signing arbitration eligible players, and we’ll update that story with the details of the deal as they become available. We’ve also already filled you in on Dan Uggla, Jody Gerut and Shaun Marcum. In the meantime, here’s a rundown of some…

  5. While honoring MLK, also remember Robinson

    Jan 18, 2010, 9:47 PM EDT

    As everyone takes the time to honor Martin Luther King today, let’s also take a moment to remember Jackie Robinson, was breaking down racial barriers before King sparked the Civil Rights movement. Robinson played for the Kansas City Monarchs of the Negro Leagues in 1945. Two years later, he would break the Major League’s color…

  6. Diving into the depths: Toronto Blue Jays

    Jan 18, 2010, 7:32 PM EDT

    This is part of a 30-article series looking at each team’s depth chart headed into spring training. Toronto Blue Jays Rotation 1. Shaun Marcum 2. Ricky Romero 3. Brandon Morrow 4. Mark Rzepczynski 5. Brett Cecil 6. Scott Richmond 7. Brian Tallet 8. David Purcey 9. Dustin McGowan 10. Robert Ray 11. Brad Mills 12.…

  7. Plenty of outfielders still up for grabs

    Jan 18, 2010, 6:25 PM EDT

    Jim Edmonds, Jay Payton, Shannon Stewart, Luis Gonzalez, Geoff Jenkins. All had their careers cut short a year ago because teams decided to go young and cheap in the outfield. Edmonds and Jenkins are currently contemplating comebacks, but there’s still a crunch at the position, with few spots available and more than enough players to…

  8. Why McGwire couldn't win

    Jan 18, 2010, 5:55 PM EDT

    There isn’t much that can depress you more about the human condition than a group of P.R. professionals getting together and talking about their craft. For evidence of that I give you today’s Sports Business Daily feature on the McGwire p.r. strategy. Key points: It’s bad to release big news via what is perceived to…

  9. The Ozzie Guillen reality show

    Jan 18, 2010, 5:25 PM EDT

    White Sox chairman Jerry Reinsdorf on Ozzie Guillen: “There’s an old saying they say about people that, ‘When they made him, they threw away the mold.’  In Ozzie’s case, there was no mold.”  But there were three boys, all of whom are apparently like Ozzie. The family is profiled in an piece today. The…

  10. Indians acquire Bixler from Pirates

    Jan 18, 2010, 5:05 PM EDT

    Clearing a 40-man roster spot for Brendan Donnelly, the Pirates on Monday traded infielder Brian Bixler to the Indians for fellow infielder Jesus Brito. The Pirates looked at Bixler as the most expendable player on their roster, and they had made it clear he wasn’t in their 2010 plans after they signed Bobby Crosby, giving…

  11. Report: Dan Uggla and Marlins settle for $7.8 million

    Jan 18, 2010, 4:55 PM EDT’s Joe Frisaro tweets that the ultimatum keeps on paying out for Florida, with Dan Uggla and the Feesh* settling for $7.8 million for 2010. Uggla had been rumored to be going all manner of places — Atlanta, San Francisco and Baltimore just off the top of my head — and at least a couple…

  12. Major League Baseball is getting angry at Tom Hicks

    Jan 18, 2010, 4:20 PM EDT

    While everyone keeps assuming that the sale of the Texas Rangers to the Greenberg Group is imminent and that no one should be worrying, the fact is that the Friday deadline has come and gone and there’s still no deal.  Could last month’s report of financial difficulties be the problem? Or is it something new?…

  13. The Marlins now play in "Sun Life Stadium"

    Jan 18, 2010, 3:50 PM EDT

    In the future, everyone will hold the naming rights to the Marlins’ ballpark for fifteen minutes … The Marlins’ home for the next two years will be known by yet another name for the 2010 season. The football/baseball facility in South Florida, which is currently called Dolphin Stadium again, will be renamed Sun Life Stadium,…

  14. Jody Gerut and the Brewers avoid arbitration

    Jan 18, 2010, 3:17 PM EDT

    The Brewers avoided arbitration with Jody Gerut, who has agreed to a one year deal.  No dollars yet, but he made $1.775 million last year. Gerut hit 296/.351/.494 in 328 at-bats for the Padres in 2008, but he struggled for both San Diego and Milwaukee last year, finishing at .230/.279/.376. He finished strong while Corey…

  15. Albert Pujols downplays contract status … again

    Jan 18, 2010, 2:47 PM EDT

    Albert Pujols made an appearance at the Cardinals’ “winter warm-up” event this afternoon and naturally the assembled media asked him about his contract status despite the fact that he’s signed through 2011. Here’s what Pujols had to say: My timetable is when I’m a free agent. Right now we’ve got a couple years. I don’t…

  16. UPDATE: Jerry Hairston joins brother in San Diego

    Jan 18, 2010, 2:30 PM EDT

    UPDATE: Hairston is officially a Padre, agreeing to a one-year, $2.125 million deal. Ken Rosenthal of reports that free agent utility man Jerry Hairston Jr. is “closing in” on a contract to join his younger brother Scott in San Diego. Hairston would make more than $2 million with the Padres, according to Rosenthal, and…

  17. UPDATE: The Jays sign Shawn Marcum; Five arbitration eligible player to go

    Jan 18, 2010, 2:27 PM EDT

    UPDATE: One down, five to go, as Shawn Marcum signs, avoiding arbitration. The deal is for $850,000, which ain’t bad for your top starter.  Now, whether having Shawn Marcum as your top starter is another question . . . 1:25 P.M.: Richard Griffin of the Toronto Star reports that the Blue Jays have decided to…

  18. Bobby Valentine was done dirty by the Chiba Lotte Marines

    Jan 18, 2010, 2:25 PM EDT

    Robert Whiting wrote one of my favorite baseball books ever in You Gotta Have Wa.  Now he has the inside story of Bobby Valentine’s final days as the manager for the Chiba Lotte Marines. On level it wasn’t personal, it was just business: the team and the parent company was losing money and they just…

  19. Riggleman talks Capps, Guzman, and Dukes

    Jan 18, 2010, 1:51 PM EDT’s Ben Goessling “caught up with Nationals manager Jim Riggleman” for an interview this morning and the lengthy Q&A session included some noteworthy tidbits: Matt Capps will enter spring training as the clear favorite for closer duties, but Brian Bruney may also get some ninth-inning chances and Riggleman “might” use Eddie Guardado or Sean Burnett…

  20. Geovany Soto looks . . . interesting

    Jan 18, 2010, 1:10 PM EDT

    Aaron’s last post was great and all, but it left out one of the most important things about the Cubs’ chances this coming season:  the impact of Geovany Soto’s waxed eyebrows. Dear Lord. I think those are worth 3 points of WARJC alone (Wins Above Replacement Joan Crawford).

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