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  1. Carlos Silva is a "battler"

    Dec 18, 2009, 5:40 PM EDT

    I hope Bert Blyleven makes the Hall of Fame this year. I’m happy Bert Blyleven writes for NBC Sports.com.  I also wish I had some of what Bert Blyleven was smoking when he went on the radio this afternoon and gave us the Carlos Silva scouting report: “What the Cubs got is, if he’s healthy,…

  2. The Phillies exercise Jimmy Rollins' option for 2011

    Dec 18, 2009, 5:10 PM EDT

    It’s early to be doing this, but $8.5 million for Rollins is a really good deal, even if he’s not the player he was a couple of years ago. FanGraphs’ magic-player-value-contraption has him being worth north of $10 million in 2009, and that was probably his worst year since he became a regular, at least…

  3. The Cubs are close to signing Marlon Byrd

    Dec 18, 2009, 4:34 PM EDT

    Chicago had been waiting to move Milton Bradley before bringing in someone else to take his place in the outfield. Now they’ve moved Bradley, and according to Dallas Morning News blogger Evan Grant, they’re close to signing Marlon Byrd. Grant says what a lot of others have said: the Cubs were interested in both Byrd…

  4. Firestone becomes official tire of Major League Baseball

    Dec 18, 2009, 4:20 PM EDT

    Outside of the Big Bust Challenge Trade, there isn’t a lot happening in baseball today, so let’s look at little stuff. Stuff like Firestone becoming the Official Tire of Major League Baseball.  I just left the business world, so I don’t care about the synergies and cross-promotional opportunities involved here, but there were still a…

  5. Arizona makes offer to suddenly popular Kelly Johnson

    Dec 18, 2009, 3:52 PM EDT

    Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports that the Diamondbacks have officially made an offer to Kelly Johnson and speculates that it’s worth around $2 million for one season. Johnson has been linked to quite a few teams since being non-tendered by the Braves last week, with Piecoro noting that the Cardinals, Nationals, and Astros…

  6. Mariners fans like the Bradley trade

    Dec 18, 2009, 3:20 PM EDT

    Due to the vagaries of geography and time zones and stuff, we easterners don’t get to hear a lot about what happens in Seattle. Oh, we get the big stories: Ichiro is good, Steve Largent has sure hands, the Denny Party has found a new place to settle — but the little stuff often escapes…

  7. Jose Arredondo's terrible, horrible, no good, very bad week

    Dec 18, 2009, 2:55 PM EDT

    Jose Arredondo is having a rough week. First it was announced that he’ll need Tommy John elbow surgery, which will keep him out for the entire 2010 season. Following that news the Angels non-tendered him, dropping Arredondo from the 40-man roster. And now he’s apparently been stabbed. Seriously. Prior to being non-tendered Arredondo angered the…

  8. Beat writers would rather move to another continent than cover the Nationals

    Dec 18, 2009, 2:20 PM EDT

    Anyone who has a strong enough constitution to be able to follow the Washington Nationals on a day-in-day-out basis knows that the only nice thing about it is getting to read Chico Harlan, who covers them for the Washington Post. He writes one of your better big-paper-affiliated baseball blogs, and always seems to have his…

  9. Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome to the stage … The Amazing Jack Z!

    Dec 18, 2009, 1:52 PM EDT

    I’m now fairly convinced that Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik is some sort of magician. In his first year on the job he overhauled Seattle’s defense, cut dead weight from the previous regime, brought in nice low-cost pickups, and watched the team go from 61-101 to 85-77. Not satisfied with that 24-game improvement Zduriencik began…

  10. Jim Bowden thinks the Yankees are still in on Matt Holliday

    Dec 18, 2009, 1:38 PM EDT

    Jim Bowden left his last baseball job under a cloud of incompetence and corruption, and the last time we heard from him he was wearing bright-seamed designer jeans and taking the Nationals to task for signings he himself made.  But hey, a rumor is a rumor, right! Take it away Jim: Despite denials…Yanks are in…

  11. What they're tweeting about the Milton Bradley deal

    Dec 18, 2009, 1:20 PM EDT

    I usually wait for the blogs to start updating before I’ll write a “What they’re saying about . . .” post, but this Milton Bradley business has brought out everyone’s inner-Henny Youngman, and the one-liners are flying.  A sampling: Jesse Spector: “Cubs getting rid of a guy because he’s a pain in the ass. Mariners…

  12. Six years later, 'OBP Jesus' returns to New York

    Dec 18, 2009, 12:55 PM EDT

    Nick Johnson was amusingly tagged with the nickname “OBP Jesus” early in his career and has certainly earned the title in the years since then, ranking as one of just 10 active players with a .400 on-base percentage in at least 3,000 plate appearances: OBP Albert Pujols .427 Todd Helton .427 Lance Berkman .412 Manny…

  13. Milton Bradley traded to the Mariners: Wow, this is actually happening

    Dec 18, 2009, 12:33 PM EDT

    Larry Stone of the Seattle Times tweets that the Cubs are actually going to trade Milton Bradley to the Mariners for Carlos Silva.  An announcement could come later today. Holy Moses, it was more than just a rumor. Now all Seattle has to do is figure out where to play him. Left field seems the…

  14. Sox making noise about falling back to Kotchman

    Dec 18, 2009, 11:51 AM EDT

    The assumption has been that the Red Sox will sign Adrian Beltre, trade for Adrian Gonzalez, or make a similar move for a hitter if the deal sending Mike Lowell to Texas goes through, but recently general manager Theo Epstein and manager Terry Francona have both said that using Kevin Youkilis at third base and…

  15. Where's the rest of MLB.com's draft series?

    Dec 18, 2009, 11:30 AM EDT

    Monday through Wednesday, MLB.com was running a series about fixing the draft, dealing with international free agency, trading draft picks and hard slotting of draft pics, which I talked about here, here and here. It’s possible that I’ve gone temporarily insane, but I am certain that earlier in the week they had been scheduled to…

  16. Cliff Lee was stunned by the trade

    Dec 18, 2009, 10:56 AM EDT

    Cliff Lee thought he’d spend the rest of his baseball playing life in Philadelphia, saying “[a]t first I didn’t believe it. I thought we were working out an extension with the Phillies. I thought I would spend the rest of my career there.”  Ruben Amaro had other ideas, obviously, and it sounds like he was…

  17. Harang-to-the-Dodgers is "not happening"

    Dec 18, 2009, 10:27 AM EDT

    Yesterday we relayed word that the Dodgers and Reds were discussing a trade for Aaron Harang. Last night Yahoo!’s Tim Brown reported, based on word from a team source that such a deal was “not happening.” Probably for the best, at least from L.A.’s perspective. Because really, why would a team in the Dodgers’ financial…

  18. Scott Boras "caved on the third year" for Johnny Damon, but it was too little too late

    Dec 18, 2009, 9:55 AM EDT

    That’s what Mark Feinsand of the Daily News reports, however it still wasn’t enough to get a deal done for Damon as the Yankees wouldn’t pay him $13 million per, even for two years. Assuming this is true, this is a case of Boras seriously misreading the market for his client, and ultimately doing him…

  19. San Francisco threatens to sue if the A's move to San Jose

    Dec 18, 2009, 9:27 AM EDT

    Not the San Francisco Giants. The City of San Francisco: City Attorney Dennis Herrera gave Major League Baseball a little chin music on Thursday, firing off a letter suggesting San Francisco would sue the league if it approves moving the Oakland Athletics to San Jose . . . “I need to make sure the interests…

  20. Javier Vazquez is not going to Anaheim

    Dec 18, 2009, 8:58 AM EDT

    Angelswin.com (found via MLB.com) reports that the Angels are interested in Braves’ starter Javier Vazquez.  That’s well and good, but the article only makes brief mention of Vazquez’s limited no trade clause that allows him to veto a deal to western division teams. A very personal clause for Vazquez, as the entire reason for it…

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