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  1. Joel Sherman: A-Rod was robbed!

    Dec 1, 2009, 10:00 AM EDT

    Via my buddy Jay at Fack Youk! comes a link to a wonderfully awful column from Jay Sherman at the New York Post. His beef: A-Rod, and not Jeter, should have won SI’s Sportsman of the Year Award: What’s next for Jeter? An Oscar? An Emmy? The Nobel Peace Prize? This is not to dump…

  2. The concept of "first ballot" Hall of Famer is meaningless

    Dec 1, 2009, 9:30 AM EDT

    MLB.com’s Hal Bodley repeats a bit of nonsense you tend to hear at Hall of Fame voting time, and that’s that some players are “first ballot Hall of Famers” and some aren’t: I’m wrestling with whether to check Roberto Alomar’s box. Alomar’s the most likely of those being considered for the first time to make…

  3. The Yankees may give Halladay a miss

    Dec 1, 2009, 9:00 AM EDT

    The New York Times’ Tyler Kepner thinks that the Yankees may pass up the chance to trade for Roy Halladay: Don’t expect the Yankees to make their Halladay strategy public – why not keep other teams guessing? – but the early prediction here is that they will not get him. History is a guide, and…

  4. The Pirates set their sights on Justin Duchscherer

    Dec 1, 2009, 8:30 AM EDT

    Dejan Kovacevic is reporting that the Pirates are interested in Justin Duchscherer, though they don’t know if they’d use him in a starting or a relief role.  Probably depends on the state of his surgically-repaired hip and elbow, not to mention his psyche. My first impulse was to make some sort of “pitching for the…

  5. The Mets hire Wayne Krivsky

    Dec 1, 2009, 8:00 AM EDT

    Ken Rosenthal reports that the Mets have hired Wayne Krivsky to be a special assistant to Omar Minaya. Krivsky is a former Reds GM and is currently a special assistant to Orioles GM Andy MacPhail. Krivsky’s real baseball bonafides, however, come from his time with the Twins.  As assistant GM to Terry Ryan in Minnesota,…

  6. Report: Mauer will set deadline for extension talks

    Dec 1, 2009, 12:37 AM EDT

    A source told Yahoo! Sports’ Jeff Passan that Joe Mauer will set an Opening Day deadline for extension talks with the Twins. If a multiyear deal cannot be completed by the end of spring training and the report holds true, Mauer would become a free agent after next season. Twins GM Bill Smith hasn’t seemed…

  7. Is the MVP award racist?

    Nov 30, 2009, 9:00 PM EDT

    Not the way its given out or anything. Just its name.  Blogger Tom Tango asks the question: Well, the writers DO have an official name for the MVP, and if wikipedia is to be trusted, it is named Kenesaw Mountain Landis Memorial Baseball Award.  For those not big on history, Landis was MLB’s first commissioner,…

  8. Report: Orioles discuss Millwood with Rangers

    Nov 30, 2009, 7:50 PM EDT

    Sources told FOXSports.com that the Orioles have approached the Rangers about Kevin Millwood, who is entering the final year of a deal that will pay him $12 million in 2010. Such news figures to be met with a collective groan from Orioles fans, but spending $12 million on Millwood probably wouldn’t do anything to impact…

  9. Monday's minor matters: Mets, Cardinals adding bench candidates

    Nov 30, 2009, 7:18 PM EDT

    - FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal says the Mets and catcher Henry Blanco are close to agreeing to terms. Blanco, 38, hit .235/.320/.382 in 204 at-bats while playing behind Nick Hundley in San Diego last season. He’s a career .228/.292/.366 hitter, but he’s always been very well regarded as a defender. It’s something of a surprise to…

  10. MLB average salary increases… barely

    Nov 30, 2009, 6:48 PM EDT

    Although the flailing economy had a big impact on the non-elite free agents last winter, the average major league salary did increase a bit this year to $2.996 million, according to numbers from The Associated Press. That’s up 2.4 percent from a $2.93 million figure in 2008. The increase was the tiniest since a 2.5…

  11. What is Albert Pujols really waiting for?

    Nov 30, 2009, 6:30 PM EDT

    Great piece in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch today by Bernie Miklasz wondering what Albert Pujols really means when he says he wants to wait to sign an extension with St. Louis so he can make sure “he’s playing somewhere that’s competitive.”  Bernie’s take: whaddaya mean? What team has been more competitive than St. Louis over…

  12. Report: Cuban umpire Diaz defects to U.S.

    Nov 30, 2009, 6:24 PM EDT

    El Nuevo Herald is reporting that Nelson Diaz, an umpire for 26 years in Cuba, has defected to the U.S. and arrived in Miami on Sunday. Diaz was behind the plate when Cuba sent a team to Baltimore for an exhibition against the Orioles in 1999. He also worked in the 2006 World Baseball Classic…

  13. Heyman: Mariners turn down Tigers' Jackson proposal

    Nov 30, 2009, 5:44 PM EDT

    SI.com’s Jon Heyman tweets that the Tigers offered Edwin Jackson to the Mariners for right-handers Brandon Morrow and Shawn Kelley, yet were turned down. It might well be the end of trade talks between the two teams, since it’s hard to imagine Detroit taking much less for their 26-year-old right-hander. Jackson faded in a big…

  14. The Yankees are all about value

    Nov 30, 2009, 5:23 PM EDT

    A couple of weeks ago I wrote that the Yankees would certainly re-sign Hideki Matsui because all of the marketing that surrounds him essentially allows him to pay his own keep. Today Buster Olney tweets that Matsui’s marketability is “no factor” in whether or not they re-sign him, and that, for the Yankees, “it is…

  15. Chip Caray fisted out of TBS booth

    Nov 30, 2009, 4:50 PM EDT

    In a rather surprising development, TBS has opted to part ways with lead baseball voice Chip Caray, even though he had time remaining on his contract. Caray received a great deal of criticism for his work in October. Most notable was his botched call in AL Central tiebreaker game between the Twins and Tigers, where…

  16. Your ballpark tax dollars at work

    Nov 30, 2009, 4:20 PM EDT

    For every pie in the sky ballpark deal floating around out there, there’s always a story like this later: Funding to pay off debt on Great American Ball Park, the home of the Cincinnati Reds, and Paul Brown Stadium, the home of the Cincinnati Bengals, is expected to be $14 million short next year, so…

  17. Sano signs for $3.15 million, then changes name

    Nov 30, 2009, 4:02 PM EDT

    Miguel Angel Sano has apparently changed his name, which is certain to raise a few eyebrows after the shortstop from the Dominican Republic signed with the Twins in September amid questions about whether he was really 16 years old. Kelly Thesier of MLB.com notes that he’d been using his mother’s maiden name as a sign…

  18. The Pirates make their move!

    Nov 30, 2009, 3:20 PM EDT

    Wil Ledezma (a) once missed time during the season because he ran his passport and Visa through the washing machine; (b) was non-tendered after the 2008 season; (c) wasn’t signed for 2009 until late December, and even then it was by the worst team in baseball; and (d) put up a 9.53 ERA in five…

  19. Mets re-sign Cora to 1-year deal with 2011 option

    Nov 30, 2009, 2:58 PM EDT

    WEEI.com’s Rob Bradford reports that Alex Cora is close to returning to the Mets for the same $2 million that he earned this season. According to Bradford the one-year contract will also include a vesting option for 2011, but the details of that aren’t yet available. Cora was slated for a bench job when he…

  20. The Rangers could be sold this week — maybe to Tom Hicks

    Nov 30, 2009, 2:25 PM EDT

    The Rangers’ economic doom and gloom is almost exclusively attributable to Tom Hicks’ practice of loading the team’s parent company — Hicks Sports Group — with boatloads (and soccer team loads) of debt. Unable to make their cash calls, the group has had to be bailed out by Major League Baseball once already, and Hicks…

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