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  1. Andre Dawson is about to make some money

    Jan 10, 2010, 3:08 PM EDT

    We talked about this some last summer, but Bill Madden of the Daily News reminds us today that the Hall of Fame debates which raged before and after last Wednesday’s announcement — and which will rage every year forever more, it seems — have to do with a hell of a lot more than history…

  2. REPORT: Chapman agrees to $30 mil. deal with Reds

    Jan 10, 2010, 2:46 PM EDT

    2:46 P.M.: Jeff Blair of the Toronto Globe and Mail is confirming that it is indeed the Reds. Given how late the Jays were in the hunt, they, and thus he, would probably be in a position to know.  UPDATE: Jeff Passan, who had the original report, confirms as well. 1:56 P.M: Surprise! It looks…

  3. The market for Jermaine Dye

    Jan 10, 2010, 12:28 PM EDT

    When Vladimir Guerrero agreed to terms with the Rangers on Saturday night, it dealt a heavy blow to the market for free agent outfielder Jermaine Dye. The Rangers maintained dialogue with Dye even as they negotiated with Guerrero, offering both similar base salaries in the area of the $3-5 million. According to Evan Grant of…

  4. Updates on Josh Johnson and Felix Hernandez

    Jan 10, 2010, 11:13 AM EDT

    According to Joe Frisaro of, the Marlins plan to meet with Josh Johnson’s agent Matt Sosnick about a new contract this week. Johnson is arbitration-eligible for the second time this winter, and figures to see his salary jump to around $4.2 million in 2010. According to Frisaro, Sosnick will listen to offers on a…

  5. Shocker: Gary Sheffield is still a free agent

    Jan 10, 2010, 10:46 AM EDT

    According to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe, nobody’s biting on 41-year-old Gary Sheffield. The veteran slugger, who is representing himself this winter, still feels he can be an everyday player and provide some right-handed thump, but so far no major league team has agreed with him. After being released by the Tigers during Spring…

  6. With Holliday signed, Damon still looking for new deal

    Jan 10, 2010, 9:59 AM EDT

    Johnny Damon, the unfortunate victim of the lengthy Matt Holliday negotiations, is still awaiting his next contract. “Well, I knew I’d have to wait until some of the bigger hitters like Jason Bay and Matt Holliday went places, and now I’m just waiting to see what’s in store for me,” Damon said. “I knew I’d…

  7. Busy Rangers add Khalil Greene

    Jan 10, 2010, 9:15 AM EDT

    The Rangers weren’t done after the signing of Vlad, as they also inked Khalil Greene to a one-year, $750,000 contract, according to T.R. Sullivan of Limited to 77 games last season due to anxiety-related issues, the 30-year-old Greene hit just .200/.272/.347 with six home runs and 24 RBI. With Elvis Andrus as the clear…

  8. Rangers sign Vladimir Guerrero

    Jan 9, 2010, 7:49 PM EDT

    T.R. Sullivan of reports that the Rangers have come to terms with free agent Vladimir Guerrero. A source tells Sullivan it is a one-year deal with an option for 2011. Guerrero, who turns 35 in February, batted .295/.334/.460 with 15 homers and 50 RBI in 383 at-bats last season. His 794 OPS was his…

  9. When will Erik Bedard be ready to pitch?

    Jan 9, 2010, 5:47 PM EDT

    We haven’t heard much from the Erik Bedard camp this winter. After undergoing shoulder surgery last August there have been some wide-ranging opinions on when he’ll be ready to to pitch in the majors again. Some say it could be as early as May, while others have suggested it could be mid-season. Orioles president Andy…

  10. Red Sox starting to "pull back" on Chapman

    Jan 9, 2010, 4:12 PM EDT

    Sean McAdam of tells us that the Red Sox are starting to “pull back” in their efforts to sign Cuban left-hander Aroldis Chapman. The Red Sox were one of the first teams to offer Chapman a contract, but as the price tag for the young fireballer has topped $20 million, McAdam reports that the…

  11. Dice-K didn't tell anyone about thigh injury

    Jan 9, 2010, 2:44 PM EDT

    Daisuke Matsuzaka told a Japanese publication that he hurt his inner thigh before Spring Training in the early part of 2009, but didn’t disclose the injury to anyone. Take a look at the (loosely) translated version of the story here, but it’s pretty clear something was off with Dice-K upon joining the Red Sox after…

  12. The Padres are in on Noah Lowry

    Jan 9, 2010, 12:17 PM EDT

    The Padres are among the teams that have interest and have requested medical records for free agent left-hander Noah Lowry. Lowry, 29, has a 4.03 ERA and 1.38 WHIP in 106 major league games (100 starts), but hasn’t thrown a pitch in the bigs since 2007 due to procedures on his forearm, elbow and rib.…

  13. Dodgers sign Russ Ortiz, for some reason

    Jan 9, 2010, 11:31 AM EDT

    According to Ken Gurnick of, the Dodgers have signed right-hander Russ Ortiz and outfielder Michael Restovich to minor league contracts with invites to Spring Training. Ortiz, 35, was 3-6 with a 5.57 ERA and 1.67 WHIP in 23 games (13 starts) with the Astros in 2009, his first full season back from Tommy John…

  14. The Mets are interested in John Smoltz, but we already knew that

    Jan 9, 2010, 10:58 AM EDT

    Matt Cerrone of reported it earlier this week, but Anthony McCarron of the Daily News confirms that the Mets are considering free agent right-hander John Smoltz “among a group of free agents.” Phew, I wasn’t sure if it was a real rumor until a mainstream reporter told me it was okay to think so.…

  15. Yanks, A's, Padres among teams bidding on Hairston

    Jan 9, 2010, 10:47 AM EDT

    Ken Rosenthal tweets that the Yankees, Athletics and Padres are among five teams that are in the running for free agent utility man Jerry Hairston Jr. Rosenthal believes Hairston could make $2-3 million on a one-year deal, but is also fielding multi-year offers. Hairston batted .251/.315/.394 with 10 home runs, 39 RBI and seven stolen…

  16. Rangers may or may not be close to signing Vlad

    Jan 9, 2010, 10:07 AM EDT

    We’re hearing mixed messages on Vladimir Guerrero. Yesterday Jim Bowden was harping that the Rangers were finalizing a one-year contract with him. The two sides are known to be talking, so we gave him the benefit of the doubt at the time, but last night a source told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram that nothing had…

  17. Brett Myers to make $5 mil. with Astros

    Jan 9, 2010, 9:45 AM EDT

    Brian McTaggart of reports that Brett Myers will make $5 million in his new one-year contract with the Astros. The contract reportedly includes an option for 2011. For those keeping score, Ed Wade has spent nearly $25 million on Myers, Pedro Feliz and Brandon Lyon this winter.

  18. Endy Chavez is on the comeback trail

    Jan 9, 2010, 9:03 AM EDT

    Remember this guy? Mets fans surely do, but he didn’t have much time to endear himself in Seattle before blowing out his right knee in a nasty collision with with shortstop Yuniesky Betancourt last June. Chavez underwent ACL and MCL surgery on the knee in July, but according to his agent Peter Greenberg, he is…

  19. Comment of the Day: Mike Lowell is a slacker

    Jan 8, 2010, 7:08 PM EDT

    A reader is not all that impressed with Mike Lowell’s “mission”: he’s bragging about working out 4 or 5 times a week? I work out 4 or 5 times a week, and I have a full-time+ job and a two year old.  WTF?! No wonder he looked slow out there all year. Maybe his defense…

  20. Blue Jays offer Chapman $23 million

    Jan 8, 2010, 6:00 PM EDT

    Because I don’t think I’ve mentioned Aroldis Champan since at least breakfast I may as well provide the latest:  The Jays are on top at the moment, having offered him $23 million, according to Alden Gonzalez of The Angels are still reportedly in it, and many who follow the Angels keep bringing up the…

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