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  1. Miguel Tejada is willing to move to third base

    Dec 2, 2009, 5:25 PM EDT

    Miguel Tejada has never played an inning anywhere other than shortstop during his 13-year career, but Jose De Jesus Ortiz of the Houston Chronicle reports that “he’s willing to move from shortstop to third base.” Based on both Ultimate Zone Rating and my eyes his range his slipped to the point that a move to…

  2. Frank McCourt is MIA

    Dec 2, 2009, 4:57 PM EDT

    So says T.J. Simers of the Los Angeles Times.  McCourt hasn’t been around the team’s offices, Simers says, has no comments on any baseball moves and has not been handling the day-to-day operations of the club.  Simers doesn’t say how different than this is from previous offseasons (though he does suggest, in his T.J. Simersish…

  3. The Astros are interested in J.J. Putz

    Dec 2, 2009, 4:25 PM EDT

    Following up on the Brett Myers stuff from this morning, the Astros are reportedly interested in J.J. Putz as well, says MLB.com’s Brian McTaggart.  I guess if they get them both the team would have two putzes. As Matthew said in his free agency preview, Putz has slid down the slope in the past three…

  4. Mets interested in re-signing Carlos Delgado

    Dec 2, 2009, 3:58 PM EDT

    Carlos Delgado earned $12 million this season, so the Mets choosing not to offer him arbitration was a no-brainer despite his Type B free agent status. However, according to Bart Hubbuch of the New York Post they remain interested in possibly re-signing him to a one-year deal at a lower salary. As a 37-year-old who…

  5. Bay has no time frame for a deal

    Dec 2, 2009, 3:27 PM EDT

    All of the cool kids are setting arbitrary deadlines for signing them, but not Jason Bay. Maybe it’s because he’s a nice, polite Canadian-American. Maybe it’s because unlike Roy Halladay he actually, you know, doesn’t have a job right now so he can’t exactly impose any kind of deadline. Either way, according to ESPN Boston’s…

  6. White Sox not seeking Jenks deal, but may listen

    Dec 2, 2009, 2:52 PM EDT

    Bobby Jenks made headlines last month for suggesting that the White Sox weren’t treating him fairly regarding his injuries and conditioning, at which point general manager Ken Williams publicly stated that Jenks should focus on losing some weight. Despite that back and forth in the media, Williams made it clear today that he has no…

  7. Michael Weiner: draft slotting is a salary cap and the players are against it

    Dec 2, 2009, 2:18 PM EDT

    The Executive Board of the Major League Baseball Players Association just had a conference call with the media to formally announce Michael Weiner as the new Executive Director and to field questions from the media. I guess I’m the media now, so I called in. I even asked a question and may have actually committed…

  8. Wagner shows Red Sox are smarter than Mets

    Dec 2, 2009, 1:55 PM EDT

    Now that Billy Wagner has signed with the Braves we can fully assess just how masterfully general manager Theo Epstein and company handled his brief time in Boston from the Red Sox’s point of view. Back in late August the Red Sox sent a pair of players to be named later to the Mets for…

  9. Grady Sizemore sics his lawyers on a blogger

    Dec 2, 2009, 1:28 PM EDT

    The Diamondhoggers blog put up a couple of those oh-so-sexy photos of Grady Sizemore yesterday.  Last night, Sizemore’s lawyers sent them a cease and desist letter, threatening suit if they don’t take them down.  I haven’t practiced law since last Friday, but I suppose I can brush off the rust and parse this bad boy:…

  10. Red Sox reach bottom of SS barrel in Crosby

    Dec 2, 2009, 12:56 PM EDT

    How low are the Red Sox willing to go in their search for a new shortstop? Well, according to Michael Silverman of the Boston Herald they’ve “expressed interest” in free agent Bobby Crosby. Crosby is a recognizable name thanks to being a former first-round pick who was the AL Rookie of the Year in 2004,…

  11. The Cubs reportedly still interested in Burrell, but should be more interested in Pagan

    Dec 2, 2009, 12:30 PM EDT

    A couple of rumors that could impact the Cubs this morning. First, according to Joel Sherman at the New York Post, the Rays and Cubs are still talking about a Milton Bradley for Pat Burrell trade, and there’s a “strong possibility” that the deal goes down. The second rumor has the Mets shopping outfielder Angel…

  12. Teams pursuing Washburn are making a mistake

    Dec 2, 2009, 11:58 AM EDT

    Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports reports that the Twins, Brewers, Mariners, and Rangers are in the mix to sign free agent Jarrod Washburn. Meanwhile, the Tigers declined an arbitration offer and apparently have no interest in re-signing Washburn despite trading two prospects to get him at midseason. Washburn went 1-3 with a 7.33 ERA in…

  13. Don Fehr speaks

    Dec 2, 2009, 11:29 AM EDT

    Outgoing union head Don Fehr, the guy baseball fans love to hate, sat for an extended interview and as you might expect, said a few interesting things.  Most interesting to me is his answer to the question about his biggest regret: “There’s not anything that I’m prepared to talk about with one exception. In 1994,…

  14. Legal stimulant use in baseball increases slightly

    Dec 2, 2009, 11:00 AM EDT

    A couple of years ago Congress started making Major League Baseball turn over figures showing how many drug exemptions it gave out in light of concern that players were falsely claiming to have ADHD or related disorders in order to get their hands on banned stimulants.  The numbers are in for this year, and they…

  15. John Henry thinks Red Sox fans don't understand economics

    Dec 2, 2009, 10:30 AM EDT

    John Henry, regretting that the Red Sox are raising ticket prices again: “I am concerned with how expensive it is for four people to attend a game these days . . . Unfortunately virtually all contracts in baseball go up each year for on-field and off-field members of the organization.” As Baseball Prospectus’ Joe Sheehan…

  16. Hall of Fame voter: Roberto Alomar dogged it one time, so I'm not voting for him

    Dec 2, 2009, 9:55 AM EDT

    On the heels of Hal Bodley’s questionable bit of reasoning comes Bill Livingston of the Cleveland Plain Dealer who likewise won’t be voting for Alomar this year.  His reasons? In addition to the idiotic “he’s no first ballot Hall of Famer” thing, he says Alomar failed to run out two ground balls that resulted in…

  17. Report: Ex-Agent Dennis Gilbert expected to buy the Rangers

    Dec 2, 2009, 9:21 AM EDT

    I’ve been hearing that the winning bidder for the Rangers is going to be announced this week. Today SI’s Jon Heyman reports that a front runner has emerged: Former baseball superagent Dennis Gilbert and his ownership group have emerged in recent days as the surprise frontrunner to buy the Texas Rangers SI has learned. The…

  18. Assistant GM Derek Jeter

    Dec 2, 2009, 8:55 AM EDT

    Derek Jeter told reporters last night that Brian Cashman picks his brain about potential transactions, and that Cashman tells free agents talking with the Yankees to call Jeter to answer any questions they may have about playing in New York.  I can totally see these conversations: A.J. Burnett: So, Derek, what’s it like playing in…

  19. Astros, Rangers interested in Brett Myers

    Dec 2, 2009, 8:31 AM EDT

    ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick tweets that both Texas and Houston are interested in Brett Myers.  This jibes with Matthew’s prediction that he’d wind up with the Rangers on a one-year deal. As long as the guy isn’t on my team I don’t care where he goes.

  20. Mauer denies report of a negotiation deadline

    Dec 2, 2009, 8:00 AM EDT

    Yesterday Yahoo! Sports’ Jeff Passan reported that Joe Mauer had imposed an Opening Day deadline on extension talks with the Twins. Mauer’s response? Wha?! “I’m not going to react to every story/rumor that comes out or comment on any negotiations. As far as that report, I don’t know where that came from . . .…

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