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  1. Washburn says no to the Twins

    Jan 11, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT

    Jarrod Washburn doesn’t want to take $5 million to pitch for the Twins. I can’t decide if this is like a pledging frat boy inviting an ugly chick to the big hazing mixer and having her turn him down or more like a guy intentionally jumping out of a plane sans parachute only to land…

  2. Are the Astros hypocrites for signing Brett Myers?

    Jan 11, 2010, 12:00 PM EDT

    The Astros blog Crawfish boxes raises an interesting question regarding the Astros’ signing of Brett Myers, who as most of you know, has a domestic violence history: Considering the Astros once designated a player for assignment before the story of his domestic violence charges even broke, this seems very hypocritical . . . you can’t…

  3. Alcides Escobar has "the eye of the tiger"

    Jan 11, 2010, 11:28 AM EDT

    The Brewers are quite excited by the season their young shortstop Alcides Escobar had down in Venezuela this winter. He hit .393 and won the batting title.  But it’s not just the hitting that impresses them: Club officials were particularly impressed that Escobar – a noted free-swinger – drew 14 walks in 45 games to…

  4. What does Vlad's signing mean for Mike Lowell?

    Jan 11, 2010, 10:28 AM EDT

    MLB.com’s Ian Browne makes a good point: Vlad to the Rangers as DH would seem to signify no chance of Lowell to Texas ever being rekindled. Hmm. Hadn’t thought of that.  If the Rangers are out of the running — and why wouldn’t they be –  what on Earth is Boston gonna do with Lowell?…

  5. Source: The Jeter marriage thing is bogus

    Jan 11, 2010, 9:58 AM EDT

    I’m hearing word that the whole Derek-Jeter-getting-married thing is baloney. The story: it’s Derek Jeter’s sister Sharlee Jeter.  Not sure if that’s true or not, but (a) the person saying it is in a position to probably know; and (b) is Derek Jeter, the king of p.r. and personal stage management really going to be…

  6. Life is about to get tough for scalpers in Milwaukee

    Jan 11, 2010, 9:30 AM EDT

    There’s nothing quite like the ocean-sized parking lot outside of Miller Park. Beer. Brats. Happy Midwesterners.  It’s about as close to heaven a boring, baseball loving guy like me has ever been. But there’s a dark underbelly lurking: Team officials say scalpers are using increasingly aggressive tactics, stalking potential buyers, pestering families as they enter…

  7. Adam LaRoche may have miscalculated

    Jan 11, 2010, 9:00 AM EDT

    One followup thought to Bob’s post on the Huff signing:  How dumb does Adam LaRoche feel right now for turning down a two-year, $17 million from the Giants to be their first baseman? At this point I’m seeing a one-year, $6 million deal in Baltimore in his future. Maybe an option if he’s lucky.

  8. The Pirates are in talks with Ryan Church

    Jan 11, 2010, 8:30 AM EDT

    Dejan Kovacevic says that the Pirates have had “extensive conversations” with Ryan Church about coming to Pittsburgh. The idea would be for him to start a bit, but move quietly to a bench role if and when Jose Tabata can take over the position on a full time basis. If I’m Church I’d probably feel…

  9. Chapman will only cost the Reds $1 million in 2010

    Jan 11, 2010, 8:00 AM EDT

    Everyone was reporting yesterday that the Reds got Chapman for $30 million yesterday, but it’s apparently a bit more nuanced than that. According to John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer, it’s a $25 million deal that locks him up for over five years with a player option for a sixth, which would bump the total…

  10. Giants to sign Huff, likely keeping Sandoval at 3B

    Jan 10, 2010, 11:39 PM EDT

    The Associated Press is reporting that the San Francisco Giants have agreed to terms on a one-year deal with 1B/3B Aubrey Huff. The deal is reportedly for $3 million. Huff provides a solid left-handed bat with power (career line of .282/.340/.472) and seems likely to slot in at first base for the Giants, keeping Pablo Sandoval…

  11. Comment of the Day: Derek Jeter is dreamy

    Jan 10, 2010, 6:00 PM EDT

    One reader’s response to my take on the Derek Jeter-is-getting-married story: Who is this a*shole calcattera. he is very annoying and very stupid . . . Anyway, Derek Jeter has hos faults, believe it or not. I know a few of them. But Derek Jeter is the greatest athlete with the most class,generosity and kindness…

  12. Chapman is a good gamble for the Reds

    Jan 10, 2010, 4:52 PM EDT

    Jon Heyman tweets his initial reaction to the Cincinnati Reds’ unexpected signing of Aroldis Chapman: I think the Reds are cracked giving Aroldis Chapman $30 mil. There, I said it. I disagree. In fact, I think that reaction — and many others like it you’ll see in the next 24 hours — is borne more…

  13. The Cubs are "kicking the tires" on Heath Bell

    Jan 10, 2010, 4:30 PM EDT

    Whatever that means. It’s Phil Rogers’ phrase. Maybe they’re talking to the Padres about him, maybe they’re just talking about talking. Either way, if the Cubs snagged Bell off the Padres, they’d go into their second straight season with someone who will likely push Carlos Marmol into a setup roll.  Granted, Bell (42 saves; 79Ks…

  14. Derek Jeter is getting married

    Jan 10, 2010, 4:00 PM EDT

    I suppose this means that Tim McCarver will have to stop writing “Mrs. Derek Jeter” over and over again in his notebook: After months of speculation that the Yankees’ hunk and his sexy steady Minka Kelly are headed to the altar, The Post has learned that the super couple may have settled on a wedding…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. Updates on Josh Johnson and Felix Hernandez

    Jan 10, 2010, 11:13 AM EDT

    According to Joe Frisaro of MLB.com, 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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

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