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  1. Adrian Gonzalez wants an eight-year deal

    Jul 15, 2010, 4:12 PM EDT

    Tom Krasovic of AOL Fanhouse is reporting that Adrian Gonzalez will seek an eight year deal when he becomes a free agent after the 2011 season. That would seem to be the going length for stud first baseman contracts in light of the Mark Teixeira deal. But of course (a) that was handed out by…

  2. Todd Helton 'unlikely' to come off disabled list when eligible

    Jul 15, 2010, 3:47 PM EDT

    Troy Renck of the Denver Post reports that Todd Helton is “unlikely” to return from the disabled list when eligible next Tuesday. Colorado has gone with a platoon of Jason Giambi and Brad Eldred at first base since placing Helton on the DL last week due to back soreness and a strained hamstring. Giambi has…

  3. The St. Louis Cardinals give their GM a three-year extension

    Jul 15, 2010, 3:30 PM EDT

    The Cardinals just announced that they’ve given general manager John Mozeliak a three-year contract extension.  I can’t say I’m an expert in Cardinals’ Kremlinology, but this doesn’t seem like a surprise. The biggest knock on Mozeliak is probably that his moves — while keeping the big club competitive — have come at the expense of…

  4. Is Jamie Moyer a Hall of Famer?

    Jul 15, 2010, 3:15 PM EDT

    Ed Barkowitz of the Philadelphia Daily News writes today that Jamie Moyer is “entering the Hall of Fame conversation.”  The case is not a surprising one: wins and age. He’s lasted forever and thus he’s starting to get near big names in the win column, Barkowitz basically says, so that makes him a legitimate contender…

  5. Edinson Volquez on the verge of return from elbow surgery

    Jul 15, 2010, 2:47 PM EDT

    John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer is “hearing” that Edinson Volquez will come off the disabled list to start Saturday against the Dodgers, which would mean returning from Tommy John surgery less than 12 months after going under the knife. Volquez has been excellent while rehabbing in the minors, going 4-0 with a 1.45 ERA,…

  6. The Aroldis-Chapman-to-the-bullpen experiment is not going so well

    Jul 15, 2010, 2:30 PM EDT

    Because the let’s-take-a-young-starter-and-turn-him-into-a-reliever trend is one of the latest windmills at which I like to tilt, I got all upset last month when the Reds said that they were converting Aroldis Chapman into a relief pitcher. Maybe I won’t need to worry about it, though, because John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer is reporting that…

  7. Should the White Sox extend Ozzie Guillen's contract?

    Jul 15, 2010, 2:14 PM EDT

    Joe Cowley of the Sun-Times thinks so. If for no other reason than because he thinks the Marlins would be eager to snap up Guillen to manage the club when they move into their new ballpark in 2012 (Guillen’s contract runs through 2011). You may recall that we talked about this last month when the…

  8. Yunel Escobar may have 'attitude problems' but he also has a track record of being a very good player

    Jul 15, 2010, 1:46 PM EDT

    Yunel Escobar made his big-league debut in 2007. Since then a total of 27 players have accumulated at least 1,000 plate appearances while seeing at least two-thirds of their starts at shortstop. Here’s how he ranks among those 27 shortstops in OPS: Hanley Ramirez .935 Troy Tulowitzki .849 Derek Jeter .813 Jimmy Rollins .796 Jose…

  9. Rumor: a Roger Clemens indictment is not far off

    Jul 15, 2010, 1:12 PM EDT

    Put this firmly in the category of scuttlebutt and rumor, not news, but someone who tends to know about this kind of thing is telling me that the feds could obtain an indictment on Roger Clemens any day now. The last intelligence my source had on it was that it could happen “around the All-Star…

  10. Manny Ramirez set to return from the disabled list tonight

    Jul 15, 2010, 12:45 PM EDT

    Out since late last month with a strained hamstring, Manny Ramirez is expected to return from the disabled list tonight against the Cardinals despite going 0-for-9 with five strikeouts during a brief rehab assignment at Single-A. In his article about Ramirez’s impending return MLB.com’s Ken Gurnick writes that “he’s become more of a singles hitter…

  11. Dan Duquette says there's going to be more Clemens PED info soon

    Jul 15, 2010, 12:17 PM EDT

    Former Red Sox GM Dan Duquette was on The Pulse Network yesterday and the subject of Roger Clemens came up.  And when Clemens comes up, so too does PEDs. Duquette had this to say: “I’ll just say this…let’s let it play out a little bit more, I think there is more information and evidence that…

  12. Armando Galarraga and Jim Joyce, together again at ESPYs

    Jul 15, 2010, 11:45 AM EDT

    Armando Galarraga and umpire Jim Joyce teamed up again last night, going on stage together at the ESPYs to present the award for “Best Moment.” Joyce did most of the talking, saying: Every umpire strives for the same thing, not to be noticed. So much for that. But it’s good to be here and good…

  13. Thank you for your interest, but the Yankees are not for sale

    Jul 15, 2010, 11:30 AM EDT

    There’s a story over at The Daily Beast that tells the often-told tale about how the Dolan family (i.e. owners of Cablevision and the Knicks) want to buy the Yankees.  The reason to re-hash it this time, obviously, is George Steinbrenner’s death. From the article: Now speculation is beginning to mount among sources close to…

  14. Does PED use constitute fraud?

    Jul 15, 2010, 11:12 AM EDT

    Players who used steroids cheated and broke the law. But did they commit fraud too?

  15. Angels stick with Scott Kazmir despite MLB-worst 6.92 ERA

    Jul 15, 2010, 10:44 AM EDT

    Scott Kazmir has the highest ERA in baseball among pitchers with at least 50 innings this season, allowing 71 earned runs in 92 frames for a ghastly 6.92 mark. In his final start of the first half Saturday he allowed a franchise-record 13 runs in five innings against an Oakland lineup that ranks among the…

  16. Quote of the Day: Buster Olney on the All-Star Game

    Jul 15, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

    If the All-Star Game is supposed to count for something — like homefield advantage in the postseason — then the managers should manage the game in that vein . . . The culture of the event has shifted to the point where we are now at the every-Little Leaguer-gets-a-trophy stage, which is unnecessary. – Buster…

  17. The judge warns Frank and Jamie McCourt: shape up or I'll order the Dodgers sold

    Jul 15, 2010, 9:50 AM EDT

    Right after I got done reading that giant McCourts article posted below, I read Bill Shaikin’s article in the Los Angeles Times which reports the judge in the McCourts’ divorce case saying — contrary to what Frank McCourt has been insisting for months — that the Dodgers may have to go on the block: “The…

  18. Everything you ever wanted to know about the McCourt divorce but were afraid to ask

    Jul 15, 2010, 9:25 AM EDT

    Molly Knight of ESPN the Magazine has a long but very interesting and very comprehensive article up about Frank and Jamie McCourt, their ownership of the Dodgers, their divorce and what it’s done and continues to do to the team.  It’s must-read material for Dodgers fans or anyone who is interested in the politics of…

  19. When I was a boy everyone was a Hall of Famer!

    Jul 15, 2010, 8:55 AM EDT

    I’m thinking I need to come up with some award to bestow on columnists who play the “when I was a kid things were much better” card.  Maybe it should be the Golden Age Award or the Nostalgia Award or something, but whatever we call it, it should be given to those writers who use…

  20. What ever will the Red Sox do without Adrian Gonzalez

    Jul 15, 2010, 8:30 AM EDT

    Headline of Rob Bradford’s latest column at WEEI: “What becomes of the Red Sox without Adrian Gonzalez.” Only Red Sox Nation worries about what will happen if they lose the player they never had in the first place. And they wonder why the rest of the baseball world hates them. Headline and opening Adrian Gonzalez-coveting…

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