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  1. David Wright thinks he's going to bounce back

    Jan 8, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT

    This isn’t a “best shape of my life” article, it’s simply David Wright talking frankly about his bad 2009, his approach at Citi Field and talking confidently about 2010: “I felt very uncomfortable in the batter’s box . . .I think one of my greatest strengths as a hitter is going the opposite field and…

  2. The Holliday deal "will go down as one of the worst deals in major league history"

    Jan 8, 2010, 12:00 PM EDT

    Buster Olney and Ken Rosenthal were on the same page with their Hall of Fame voting pieces this morning. They’re likewise on the same page in passing along disdain for the Matt Holliday deal too.  First was Robo talking about Boras’ bluff and now here’s Buster passing along two quotes regarding the Cardinals’ overpayment, the…

  3. Rosenthal: BBWAA membership is too bloated

    Jan 8, 2010, 11:30 AM EDT

    Ken Rosenthal doesn’t mince any words when it comes to the Hall of Fame electorate: Our membership is too bloated, too riddled with voters who do not take the process seriously enough to educate themselves properly . . . Virtually every voter I know is honored to participate in the process. Virtually every voter I…

  4. Vlad "not happy" with $5 million offer

    Jan 8, 2010, 10:50 AM EDT

    Depending on who you believe, the Rangers have offered Vald Guerrero either $5 million or $7 million.  According to T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com, however, it doesn’t really matter as “one source said Guerrero wasn’t particularly happy with the Rangers offer.” Let’s say it’s $5 million. That’s what Bobby Abreu got to be Vlad’s teammate in…

  5. The Pirates have "zeroed in" on Octavio Dotel

    Jan 8, 2010, 10:16 AM EDT

    On December 23rd, I reported that the Pirates had made a $3 million offer to Octavio Dotel to be their closer. The team denied it. Today, however, Dejan Kovacevic says that “Dotel is one of several relievers the team has offered a contract,” and that they have “zeroed in” on him.  He notes that that…

  6. Mike Lowell is "on a mission"

    Jan 8, 2010, 10:00 AM EDT

    If I had any skills I’d create some sort of interactive bingo card for the right-hand margin on which we’d put chips every time a player is reported this spring to (a) be in the best shape of his life; (b) be working on a new pitch that he thinks will make the difference; (c)…

  7. Boras bluffed the Cardinals

    Jan 8, 2010, 9:30 AM EDT

    I and others suspected that the Cardinals were bidding against themselves in the Matt Holliday negotiations. Ken Rosenthal suggested yesterday that they had some help via some Boras bluffing: Would Scott Boras have pulled an Adrian Beltre with Matt Holliday, taking a one-year deal in search of a better free-agent market next off-season? The Cardinals…

  8. The Royals may sign Scott Podsednik

    Jan 8, 2010, 9:21 AM EDT

    9:21 A.M. UPDATE: Rosenthal now reports that Podsednik is saying he has a deal with a club and that the Royals are saying they have a deal with an outfielder and that we should “put 2 and 2 together!”  UPDATE: Now Jerry Crasnick has a source confirming this and that a formal announcement will come…

  9. Remember the Expos

    Jan 8, 2010, 8:30 AM EDT

    On the occasion of Andre Dawson’s election to the Hall of Fame, Tyler Kepner of the New York Times has a nice story up about the Montreal Expos.  Definitely worth checking out.  I rarely get too nostalgic about the Expos — in their latter years they were most bothersome competition for my Braves — but…

  10. Great Moments in Delusional Thinking

    Jan 8, 2010, 7:56 AM EDT

    “Our view of it is that with our ballpark coming online, there’s no question in my mind we’re the team of the Americas.” – Florida Marlins’ President David Samson, getting a little too excited about playing a random series in San Juan instead of the Miami suburbs this June. I’m not at all certain that…

  11. Don't get defensive over Red Sox's moves

    Jan 8, 2010, 12:45 AM EDT

    For those Red Sox fans out there grousing about Theo Epstein electing to replace Jason Bay with Mike Cameron, and Mike Lowell with Adrian Beltre (for far less money, too), remember that a run prevented is just as good as a run scored. And with Cameron in center field pushing Jacoby Ellsbury to left, and…

  12. Mindy McCready (finally!) has a TV show

    Jan 7, 2010, 11:34 PM EDT

    Remember country music singer and Roger Clemens temptress Mindy McCready? You probably thought she went away right? Not so lucky, I’m afraid: McCready, whose long-term romance with former Yankee pitcher Roger Clemens was exposed in the Daily News in April 2008, is one of nine cast members in the third season of VH1′s “Celebrity Rehab…

  13. Hall voting is tough, but not as tough as Bill Conlin makes it

    Jan 7, 2010, 10:54 PM EDT

    You know how every few years you have to go to the DMV to renew your driver’s license? They check your vision and take a new photo and make sure your stats are up to date? I’ve always thought that at a certain age – much older than my own, of course – you should…

  14. Wang could join a rotation 'at some point in May'

    Jan 7, 2010, 9:38 PM EDT

    Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe backs up this earlier report that the Red Sox are still in the mix for Cuban left-hander Aroldis Chapman. He also reports that the Yankees are out, and the Marlins have bowed out as well. For those of you keeping score, that leaves the Blue Jays and Angels –…

  15. Jose Valverde is getting offers

    Jan 7, 2010, 5:31 PM EDT

    After a couple of months of looking like the guy who would be left without a seat in the great closer musical chairs game of 2009-2010, Jose Valverde finally has some offers according to Yahoo!’s Tim Brown. Four to be precise, including one from the Tigers and one from the Diamondbacks. MLB Trade Rumors notes…

  16. Report: the Rangers have offered Vlad Guerrero $7 million — or maybe $5 million

    Jan 7, 2010, 5:21 PM EDT

    UPDATE: A source tells Jerry Crasnick that, no, the Rangers aren’t going any higher than $5 million on Vlad.  I love this: battling ESPN stories. I met both Crasnick and Arangure in Indianapolis. Crasnick has the reach, but Arangure is no doubt quicker.  Anyway, even $5 million is a good offer for a guy in…

  17. The Mets are interested in John Smoltz

    Jan 7, 2010, 4:15 PM EDT

    Because the sign-the-former-Brave strategy worked so well with Tom Glavine, the Mets are taking a look at John Smoltz, according to Matt Cerone of MetsBlog.com. OK, that’s not fair. Smoltz is someone the Mets should be looking at.  Lots of upside and very little risk, I would imagine.

  18. This is what Blyleven is up against

    Jan 7, 2010, 3:32 PM EDT

    It’s generally accepted that having fallen five votes short this year, Bert Blyleven’s induction in 2011 is a foregone conclusion.  That’s certainly the sensible position. And if I had to bet, I’d wager that he makes it. Part of me still wonders, however, if we haven’t seen his candidacy’s high-water mark — that place where…

  19. Yankees, Red Sox still in on Aroldis Chapman

    Jan 7, 2010, 2:45 PM EDT

    Remember when I said that the Yankees and Mets should be treated like movie slashers when it comes to the pursuit of a free agent? That you can’t count them out until they’re truly, truly dead, and that even then you should pour gasoline on the corpse and light it just to be sure? I…

  20. Report: Jack Cust signs with the Athletics

    Jan 7, 2010, 2:31 PM EDT

    Jack Cust knows that it’s hard out there for a DH. According to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle, he’s about to re-sign with the A’s for $2.5 million with incentives that could take it up to $3 million.  He made $2.8 million in 2009. Cust was non-tendered by the A’s.  If he had…

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