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  1. D'Backs add Bob Howry on a one-year deal

    Dec 26, 2009, 8:38 PM EDT

    Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports that the Diamondbacks have come to terms with reliever Bob Howry on a one-year deal with a club option for 2011. The contract, believed to be in the area of $2-3 million, is contingent upon a physical. Howry, 35, tallied a 3.39 ERA, 1.15 WHIP and 46/23 K/BB…

  2. Marlins making progress on new stadium

    Dec 26, 2009, 4:07 PM EDT

    Joe Frisaro of MLB.com has teamed up with Marlins president David Samson to provide fans with updates on the progress of the Marlins’ new ballpark. The latest developments can be found HERE and past updates can be found HERE. The new park is scheduled to open in 2012.  It is being built on the old…

  3. December 26, a date to remember

    Dec 26, 2009, 3:32 PM EDT

    As MLB.com’s Mark Newman points out, today — Saturday, Dec. 26, 2009 — marks the 90th anniversary of the Red Sox selling Babe Ruth to the Yankees.  The infamous deal lost some of its luster once the Red Sox snapped the supposed “curse” it brought upon the franchise with their sweep of the Cardinals in…

  4. Mets, Escobar agree to major league deal

    Dec 26, 2009, 2:47 PM EDT

    UPDATED: Escobar passed his physical, according to SI.com’s Jon Heyman. ESPN.com’s Jerry Crasnick has confirmed that the Mets and right-hander Kelvim Escobar have agreed to a one-year, $1.25 million contract. Francisco Blavia of Lider en Deportes, a Venezuelan news service, first reported the news on Twitter.  Escobar will be handed a $125,000 bonus if he…

  5. In the midst of a buyer's market…

    Dec 26, 2009, 2:26 PM EDT

    MASN’s Roch Kubatko thinks some of the remaining free agents on the market should consider lowering their asking prices. Adrian Beltre, for instance, is still seeking $10-$15 million annually.  Plenty of teams are interested in the defensively stellar third baseman, but not at that price.  Adam LaRoche is rumored to be asking for a three-year,…

  6. Oakland GM Billy Beane has a plan

    Dec 26, 2009, 1:36 PM EDT

    Around this time of year, MLB.com asks its beat writers to put together a year-in-review for each of the league’s 30 teams.  Tom Singer took care of the task for the Oakland A’s, who struggled to a 75-87 record this past season and a last place finish in the American League West division. Some lowlights…

  7. Was Billy Martin a Hall of Fame Manager?

    Dec 26, 2009, 11:30 AM EDT

    Not a lot of news today, so why not some links?  Here’s one from MLB.com remembering Billy Martin in all of his complicated glory twenty years after his death. Maybe it’s because he was in his managing heyday when I was introduced to baseball as a kid in the late 70s, but I always thought…

  8. Some Red Sox odds and ends from Peter Gammons

    Dec 26, 2009, 10:30 AM EDT

    Now that Peter Gammons is officially back covering the Red Sox as a part of his NESN gig, he probably feels a lot more comfortable simply working the Boston sources he’s cultivated for thirty some-odd years, and we get the benefit of it.  He was on WEEI the other day and offered the following Sox…

  9. The A's are talking with Adrian Beltre

    Dec 26, 2009, 9:39 AM EDT

    The Justin Duchscherer-to-the-A’s thing makes sense to me. He’s cheap and he’s familiar and even if things get sideways sometimes this season, he’d be easy to trade or release. But Adrian Beltre? It’s being reported that the A’s are talking to him too (Buster Olney says it’s a “serious look”).  Which seems kind of nuts…

  10. Justin Duchscherer signs with the A's

    Dec 26, 2009, 8:40 AM EDT

    Somewhere there’s a guy who came up with the idea to fasten all of the little parts of kids’ toys to the box with clamshell packaging, elastic bands and twisty wires.  While I’m sure the idea was to make the product look cool on the store shelf, the benefits of his innovation are far outweighed…

  11. Not a creature was stirring . . .

    Dec 24, 2009, 12:00 PM EDT

    Or tweeting, even.  Yes, even the hyperactive hot stove season sleeps sometimes, and it appears as though it has gone to sleep for Christmas as of late this morning.  Oh, someone may still be doing some last minute shopping — at least one store is open, with plenty left on the shelves — but most…

  12. Juan Uribe close to signing with the Giants

    Dec 24, 2009, 11:12 AM EDT

    Rosenthal tweets that Juan Uribe is close to returning to the Giants.  The Yankees and Red Sox have arms races involving ace starting pitchers. The Giants and Dodgers one-up each other with marginal infielders like Juan Uribe and Jamey Carroll. Seriously though, he had a decent enough year as a second baseman/utility guy in San…

  13. The worst Met moments of the decade

    Dec 24, 2009, 10:00 AM EDT

    Uncertainty is not comfortable, so as nothing continues to happen for the Mets this offseason, fans have a choice:  keep their hopes up or go into full-blown bitter mode.  For those choosing the latter course, Bill Price of the Daily News has just what you need: a rundown of the worst things that have gone…

  14. Annie and Nuke break up

    Dec 24, 2009, 9:30 AM EDT

    It’s Christmas Eve, so there isn’t a lot of real baseball news happening, so forgive me for delving into quasi-quasi-quasi baseball news.  The news: Susan Sarandon and Tim Robbins, who met on the set of my most favoritist baseball movie of all time, have broken up after 22 years together as a couple. Such a…

  15. Why would the Sox be back in on Jason Bay?

    Dec 24, 2009, 9:00 AM EDT

    Given that the Red Sox are reportedly making another pass at Jason Bay (or Matt Holliday) despite having the outfield seemingly covered with Ellsbury, Drew and Cameron, what does it tell you about their confidence that David Ortiz will be a productive part of the lineup next year?  Last season when Big Papi took his…

  16. UPDATE: the Pirates now deny that they have made Octavio Dotel an offer

    Dec 24, 2009, 6:30 AM EDT

    UPDATE: Dejan is now reporting that a Pirates source has refuted that any offer has been made to Dotel. Of course, the Pirates also said on the record — multiple times — that they were tendering Matt Capps a contract, and they didn’t do that. They also said they weren’t going to pay a reliever…

  17. Matt Capps signs with the Nats

    Dec 24, 2009, 6:16 AM EDT

    It’s $3.5 million. He can make another $425K in incentives.  Capps had an offer from the Cubs and a late one from the Mets, but he’ll almost certainly get to close in D.C., however, so it may be a better situation for him even if those offers were better or equal. Dejan Kovacevic reports in…

  18. Red Sox consider increasing offers to Bay, Holliday

    Dec 24, 2009, 1:37 AM EDT

    The Boston Red Sox loaded up on pitching and defense this offseason by bringing in John Lackey, Marco Scutaro and Mike Cameron, then said they were pretty much done with Jason Bay. But guess what? Even the great Theo Epstein can change his mind. According to the Boston Herald (via our sharp-eyed friends at Rotoworld)…

  19. Not even Chad Kreuter can hide from TMZ

    Dec 24, 2009, 12:25 AM EDT

    Athletes have already received advance notice that TMZ plans to start a site devoted solely to sports. If today’s story is any indication, the new site will neither step lightly nor stick to chasing only names in Tiger Woods’ area code. Case in point: Chan Ho Park is suing Chad Kreuter, claiming his former Dodgers…

  20. Damon: "My price is too high right now"

    Dec 23, 2009, 9:08 PM EDT

    This just in: Johnny Damon is pessimistic about a return to the Yankees (from the New York Post, via Sporting News). “I know I don’t fit their payroll,” Damon said. “We’ve had a little bit of communication with them, but my price is too high right now. I don’t think I’m their solution.” Despite the…

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