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  1. Is it time to think about bringing in the fences at Citi Field?

    Jan 6, 2010, 11:59 AM EDT

    After noting that the Mets, if healthy, will have a lot of guys with some power, Bob Klapisch offers a suggestion: The Mets don’t appear to be close to any significant upgrades in their starting rotation, so if they want to improve their run-differential why not maximize their HR quotient by reconfiguring the ballpark?  Doing…

  2. The Cardinals are "intrigued" by Miguel Tejada

    Jan 6, 2010, 11:30 AM EDT

    With Matt Holliday in the fold for a gabillion dollars and an extension to Pujols in the offing, it’s not like they have a ton of room to work, but given that their current front runner for the third base job appears to have some issues taking care of himself, it’s not crazy for St.…

  3. Jay Mariotti wants to get kicked out of the BBWAA. Hey BBWAA: please do it

    Jan 6, 2010, 11:00 AM EDT

    Jay Mariotti didn’t vote for anyone for the Hall of Fame. Not a single person. He gave his rationale on his ESPN podcast (transcript via Baseball Ink): I didn’t vote for anybody in the baseball hall of fame this year. Ya know why?  To me…the first ballot is sacred. I think Roberto Alomar is an…

  4. Dan Uggla isn't going anywhere

    Jan 6, 2010, 10:25 AM EDT

    In the same article that brought us the Chapman report comes word that the it’s looking increasingly unlikely that the Marlins are going to be able to move Dan Uggla. Uggla is arbitration eligible, of course, and as Juan Rodriguez puts it, he’ll “take a huge bite out of what is expected to be a…

  5. Aroldis Chapman likely Toronto or Anaheim bound

    Jan 6, 2010, 10:00 AM EDT

    Juan Rodriguez of the Sun-Sentinel reports that while the Marlins have upped their offer for Aroldis Chapman, their offer is not the highest and they are hoping that his comfort level in South Florida helps make up the difference.  I guess I understand the Cuban-player-in-Miami thing, but Chapman has played ball all over the world…

  6. The Twins make an offer to Jarrod Washburn

    Jan 6, 2010, 9:30 AM EDT

    “Jarrod Washburn is the epitome of a bad free-agent target.” Aaron Gleeman, December 2, 2009 You may wonder why Aaron has been a bit quiet this week. I’m no good at keeping secrets, so I may as well just come out with it: Aaron is currently undergoing intense psychiatric counseling following multiple suicide attempts brought…

  7. Stay classy, Jeff Pearlman

    Jan 6, 2010, 8:55 AM EDT

    Sports Illustrated’s Jeff Pearlman — writing on his personal blog — reflects on the retirement of Randy Johnson and, as is typical for him, he totally takes the high road: I have nothing but negative thoughts for Randy Johnson, a brilliant pitcher but a pathetic human being. I covered baseball for a good chunk of…

  8. The details of the Holliday deal

    Jan 6, 2010, 8:30 AM EDT

    In the excitement of the announcement of the Matt Holliday deal, the Randy Johnson retirement announcement and what was probably one of the least inspiring BCS bowl matchups in recent years, I neglected to break down the details of the Holliday contract, but they’re as follows: Holliday will receive $17 million for each season from…

  9. The Braves sign Eric Hinske

    Jan 6, 2010, 8:00 AM EDT

    Yesterday began with the AJC’s Dave O’Brien speculating that the Braves could maybe sign Johnny Damon. Today dawns with a move that is somewhat less inspiring: Just a few hours after signing Troy Glaus, the Braves added his backup when they agreed to terms with Eric Hinske on a one-year contract to serve as a…

  10. Reliever Luis Ayala unharmed in kidnapping attempt

    Jan 5, 2010, 11:18 PM EDT

    Relief pitcher Luis Ayala, who is under a minor league contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers, was unharmed when gunmen stormed his house in Culiacan, Mexico, on Tuesday in an apparent kidnapping attempt. Martin Robles, a spokesman for the state prosecutors’ office, said investigators believed Ayala was the intended victim, whom police prevented from being…

  11. Tyler Flowers wants to start … if they let him

    Jan 5, 2010, 10:16 PM EDT

    My favorite catcher is now Tyler Flowers of the Chicago White Sox, simply because he has the guts to say he’s ready to be the starter, never mind that A.J. Pierzynski fellow. From MLB.com: “When I look at the whole offseason, I’m preparing myself to be the starting catcher for the White Sox,” said Flowers,…

  12. Randy Johnson retires, Cooperstown awaits

    Jan 5, 2010, 8:42 PM EDT

    After a stellar 22-year career Randy Johnson, The Big Unit, announced his retirement this evening.  He finishes with a record of 303-166. He racked up 4,785 strikeouts.  He won five Cy Young Awards, four of which came back-to-back-to-back-to-back, in the first four years of what has to be just about the best free agent signing…

  13. Matt Holliday signs seven-year deal with Cardinals

    Jan 5, 2010, 6:40 PM EDT

    Yes, this Hot Stove drama is over. Jon Heyman of SI.com broke the news just under an hour ago, as Matt Holliday has agreed to a seven-year, $120 million contract with St. Louis. Holliday will receive $17 million per season, according to Matthew Leach of MLB.com, and a no-trade clause. Holliday appeared on ESPN Radio…

  14. Holliday to stay with Cardinals for $120 million

    Jan 5, 2010, 6:20 PM EDT

    Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch reports that Matt Holliday will return to the Cardinals on a seven-year, $120 million contract, a deal that Holliday later confirmed on ESPN Radio. The contract becomes the fourth-largest ever given to an outfielder, behind Manny Ramirez’s eight-year, $160 million deal with Boston, Alfonso Soriano’s $136 million…

  15. The Sox will play Cameron in center, Ellsbury in left

    Jan 5, 2010, 6:10 PM EDT

    Most people suspected this already, but the Red Sox have officially decided that they’ll play the newly acquired in centerfield and shift Jacoby Ellsbury to left field.  It makes sense: Cameron has played all of three games in left field — none of which with the Green Monster behind him — while Ellsbury has played…

  16. The Jason Bay Press Conference

    Jan 5, 2010, 5:40 PM EDT

    I riffed on it earlier today, but if you’re interested in seeing the unadulterated version — complete with his “I signed with the Mets because I want to win” line — here you are:

  17. The Mariners to sign Gutierrez to a four-year extension

    Jan 5, 2010, 5:08 PM EDT

    Busy day in Seattle. Dave Cameron, backed up by Francisco Blavia, tweets that the Mariners are on the verge of signing the arbitration-eligible Franklin Gutierrez to a four-year extension valued at $20.5 million. (UPDATE: Rosenthal now confirms it). In addition to solidifying the M’s centerfield for some time, it means that Dustin Ackley — who…

  18. UPDATE: Randy Johnson announcing retirement tonight

    Jan 5, 2010, 4:51 PM EDT

    UPDATE: Rosenthal confirms that Johnson is retiring. He also notes that Johnson is moving his conference call to 7 P.M. tonight so as not to interfere with the Hall of Fame announcement tomorrow. 3:49 P.M.: Several baseball writers have tweeted that Randy Johnson has announced a conference call tomorrow.  My guess is that he’s not…

  19. Mariners to acquire Casey Kotchman from the Sox

    Jan 5, 2010, 4:35 PM EDT

    With a Youkilis and a Beltre in the fold, Casey Kotchman didn’t have a home in Boston. Now, according to Buster Olney, it looks like he’ll be shipped off to Seattle.  The deal — which is being reported as “close” but not final, is for a minor leaguer. Kotchman would likely start in Seattle. Kotchman…

  20. Thank God, a coherent Hall of Fame column at SI

    Jan 5, 2010, 4:20 PM EDT

    Yesterday Sports Illustrated upchucked Jon Heyman and Dan Shaughnessy’s Hall of Fame columns on an unsuspecting and unprepared populace. To atone for those sins, they run Joe Posnanski’s today.  Ahhh, sweet, fresh coherence . . . Best part: he comments on all 26 players on the ballot, including the Kevin Appiers and Eric Karroses (Karroi?)…

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