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  1. 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…

  2. Where's the rest of's draft series?

    Dec 18, 2009, 11:30 AM EDT

    Monday through Wednesday, 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. Javier Vazquez is not going to Anaheim

    Dec 18, 2009, 8:58 AM EDT (found via 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…

  8. Jon Heyman: "mystery team" in the running for Bay

    Dec 18, 2009, 8:22 AM EDT

    SI’s Jon Heyman writes that, despite the fact that that all of the other teams that need a left fielder are not really interested in Jason Bay, there is a “mystery team” in the running for him, making life harder for the Mets.  At the risk of falling into conspiracy theory land, I’m going to…

  9. Roy Halladay left a lot of money on the table

    Dec 18, 2009, 8:00 AM EDT

    Yesterday I noted that Roy Halladay’s 9 year-old son is the one who allegedly pulled the trigger on the deal sending him to Philly and agreeing to the contract extension.  According to Baseball Prospectus’ Joe Sheehan, little Braden Halladay really made a bad deal: The story here is that one of the best players in…

  10. Report: Yankees sign Johnson to DH

    Dec 17, 2009, 7:32 PM EDT

    According to Newsday’s Ken Davidoff, free agent Nick Johnson will return to where he began his career and sign a one-year, $5.5 million contract with the Yankees. It seems like quite a bargain, though Johnson isn’t necessarily any better of a bet for the Yankees than Hideki Matsui would have been. Johnson can still play…

  11. Padres shouldn't declare Gonzalez off limits

    Dec 17, 2009, 7:05 PM EDT

    We’ve been playing this game for nearly six months now: some team is talking to the Padres about Adrian Gonzalez — usually the Red Sox — and then the report goes on to state, in some similar but perhaps not identical fashion, “yet the Padres have no reason to trade their first baseman.” But they…

  12. Shameless Self-Promotion Dept

    Dec 17, 2009, 6:20 PM EDT

    If you happen to be in the greater Champaign, Illinois metroplex, I will be on WDWS 1400 with host Brian Moline talking about the St. Louis Cardinals and all things baseball in, oh, about ten minutes.  If you’re otherwise indisposed but just can’t get bear to miss me, they’ll have a link up to a…

  13. Dodger signings: Mientkiewicz, Towers, Ayala

    Dec 17, 2009, 6:18 PM EDT

    While the Dodgers have yet to confirm the Jamey Carroll signing (his agent has, however), they did add several veterans on minor league deals announced Thursday, including first baseman Doug Mientkiewicz, infielder Angel Berroa, RHP Josh Towers and RHP Luis Ayala. It’s necessary depth for a team that’s bled prospects recently and can’t afford a…

  14. Gookie Dawkins suspended for drugs. Yes, THE Gookie Dawkins.

    Dec 17, 2009, 5:53 PM EDT

    Remember Gookie Dawkins?  Formerly his claim to fame was taking over for Pokey Reese as the most ridiculously-named infielder on the Cincinnati Reds. In a serious lowering of standards, the title was assumed by Ray Olmedo upon Dawkins’ departure prior to the 2003 season.* But Dawkins now has a new claim to fame: he’s been…

  15. Mets add right-hander Igarashi to bullpen

    Dec 17, 2009, 5:52 PM EDT

    The Mets confirmed the signing of reliever Ryota Igarashi to a two-year contract on Thursday. The financials weren’t disclosed, but it’s believed the deal is worth around $3 million. It’s a nice little gamble for the Mets, and I thought Igarashi would get twice as much when he announced he was coming over. The 30-year-old…

  16. Are the Mariners interested in Johnny Damon?

    Dec 17, 2009, 5:30 PM EDT

    The New York Post’s Joel Sherman tweets so. The Seattle’s Times’ Larry Stone expands, though there really isn’t anything there to illuminate how serious the Mariners’ interest really is. The Mariners have been linked to everyone, it seems, so this could be anything from real interest to phony Boras-leverage-creation interest to some random mention of…

  17. Stubborn Francoeur has a ways to go

    Dec 17, 2009, 5:05 PM EDT

    Matthew Cerrone has a fine interview with sabermetric whipping boy Jeff Francoeur over on, where you can watch the video or read the text. I’ll just post the first question and response, since it was the one most interesting to me: Cerrone: Yesterday, you did a chat with, and, on it you were…

  18. The Mets and the Reds are working on a deal "with a lot of moving parts"

    Dec 17, 2009, 4:47 PM EDT

    Mark Healey of Baseball Digest reports that the Mets and the Reds are in “serious talks” about a trade involving Bronson Arroyo. Nothing is likely to get done quickly, however, because according to Healey’s source there are multiple other players involved — including more Reds — and because the Mets “have a player under contract…

  19. Miami taxpayers are buying some giant jumping fish home run thingie

    Dec 17, 2009, 4:20 PM EDT

    On Tuesday, Miami-Dade County approved proposals for $5.3 million in public art projects for the Marlins new ballpark.  They rejected my Jeff Conine fresco — apparently they didn’t believe me when I told them that the nudity would be tasteful — but they did approve some jumping fish contraption: It’s still conceptual and difficult to…

  20. Alex Rodriguez won't need a second hip surgery

    Dec 17, 2009, 3:52 PM EDT

    At the time of Alex Rodriguez’s hip surgery in March the doctor believed that he’d eventually need to go under the knife a second time once the season ended, but today A-Rod was given a clean bill of health and told that he won’t need another operation. Rodriguez missed the Yankees’ first 28 games following…

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