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  1. Padres first-round pick Donavan Tate breaks jaw in ATV accident

    Dec 3, 2009, 12:55 PM EDT

    Padres first-round pick Donavan Tate suffered a broken jaw and facial lacerations in an ATV accident over the weekend. He’ll be dining exclusively on liquids for a while following surgery to insert a plate and wire his jaw shut. Hopefully he went big during Thanksgiving. A high-school outfielder who was selected third overall in June…

  2. The Yankees' Roy Halladay math

    Dec 3, 2009, 12:30 PM EDT

    Buster Olney’s advice to Brian Cashman: ask your coaches and talent evaluators whether Joba and Phil will be big starters or shutdown relievers one day, then: And if the smart people that Cashman trusts believe that Hughes and/or Chamberlain will be anything other than (A) dominant closers, or (B) No. 2-type AL East starters, well,…

  3. Phillies, Placido Polanco agree to three-year deal

    Dec 3, 2009, 11:55 AM EDT

    Various sources are reporting that Placido Polanco and the Phillies have agreed to a three-year, $18 million contract with a mutual option for 2013. Polanco was not offered salary arbitration by the cash-strapped Tigers, allowing the Phillies to sign the Type A free agent without surrendering their first-round pick. Despite being a two-time Gold Glove…

  4. The Red Sox ask for Scutaro's medical records

    Dec 3, 2009, 11:32 AM EDT

    According to Augusto Cardenas, a reporter for Diario Panorama in Venezuela, the Red Sox have asked for medical records on Marco Scuatro. Dustin Pedroia: keep your second baseman’s mitt.

  5. Baseball is learning what value really is

    Dec 3, 2009, 11:00 AM EDT

    Matthew Leach at has a story up today that explains how baseball’s middle class — average veterans, mostly — is feeling the pinch in the free agent market. It’s a brains thing just as much as it is a money thing: As teams — and outside analysts — devise ever-cleverer means of evaluating talent,…

  6. Wanna get paid to watch baseball?

    Dec 3, 2009, 10:45 AM EDT is hiring some stats stringers in Boston, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Detroit, Miami, Milwaukee, and Texas.  The gig: digitally scoring games from the press box by entering the results of every pitch and game event (plays, substitutions, etc.) using’s software. It’s a hard, hard job from what I hear, but it is getting paid to…

  7. Joey Devine signs with the A's

    Dec 3, 2009, 10:26 AM EDT

    Lost this one in the shuffle yesterday, but Joey Devine signed a one-year deal with the A’s yesterday. He lost all of 2009 following elbow surgery, but had a stellar 2008. The deal is a single year for $560,000. If Devine comes back close to where he was and Andrew Bailey keeps on keepin’ on,…

  8. Brewers, Rockies and Rays all over Zaun

    Dec 3, 2009, 9:58 AM EDT

    I was sort of joking about Gregg Zaun calling his office earlier but it looks like he’ll have to soon, as Rosenthal has Milwaukee, Colorado and Tampa Bay all wanting a part of Z-Game. In addition to have the best personal website of any backup catcher in baseball, Zaun is probably the best remaining backup…

  9. Dick Enberg hired as Padres announcer

    Dec 3, 2009, 9:26 AM EDT

    Current CBS and former NBC announcer Dick Enberg has been hired to do Padres games. Like almost any multi-sport announcer, Enberg is on record saying that he likes doing baseball more than the other sports he covers, and given that he lives in the San Diego area, this is a great gig in terms of…

  10. The Yankees hold their annual summit

    Dec 3, 2009, 9:01 AM EDT

    Every team has big meetings in the offseason in which the future course is charted, but only the Yankees make a huge production out of it. It’s happening today. On the agenda: Setting the 2010 payroll.  This has to be the most hilarious portion of the meeting. “What’s our budget this year, Hal? [snicker!]”  “Well,…

  11. Ray Lankford for the Hall of Fame

    Dec 3, 2009, 8:45 AM EDT

    A non-serious proposal from DanUpBaby at Viva El Birdos that, amazingly, is far more convincing than the legitimate arguments sportswriters make in favor of guys like Jack Morris.

  12. The Giants survey their offensive options

    Dec 3, 2009, 8:30 AM EDT

    Rosenthal and Morosi have the Giants placing Adrian Beltre, Nick Johnson and Dan Uggla at the top of their wish list heading into the winter meetings.  The idea is that they could (a) just slot Beltre in at third base; (b) sign Johnson and have him play first and have Sandoval do his damndest to…

  13. The Mets are about to sign Henry Blanco

    Dec 3, 2009, 8:00 AM EDT

    The New York Daily News is reporting that Henry Blanco has left Venezuela and is on his way to New York to take a physical as a precursor to signing with the Mets.  This a couple of days after signing Chris Coste (or maybe signing him; it’s been reported that Coste has signed, but there…

  14. Phillies, Astros and Red Sox pursue Polanco

    Dec 2, 2009, 8:20 PM EDT reporters are connecting Placido Polanco to the Phillies, Red Sox and Astros one day after the Tigers declined to offer the Type A free agent arbitration, allowing teams to sign him without surrendering a draft pick. Todd Zolecki claims the Phils have been “very aggressive in their pursuit” of Polanco as their top choice…

  15. Red Sox lose scouting director McLeod to Padres

    Dec 2, 2009, 7:26 PM EDT

    Former Red Sox assistant GM and current Padres GM Jed Hoyer has recruited BoSox scouting director Jason McLeod to follow him to San Diego, it was confirmed by the North County Times on Wednesday. McLeod used to work for the Padres, so it was a natural fit, at least now that owner John Moores is…

  16. Oliver not invaluable to Angels after all

    Dec 2, 2009, 7:08 PM EDT

    Sure, Darren Oliver was eligible for free agency again this winter, but the Angels could have essentially held him hostage for the second year in a row by offering him arbitration. It’s the tactic they used last year, knowing that Oliver, as a Type A free agent, wouldn’t have a market once teams had to…

  17. Aroldis Chapman: big talent, but a bigger risk

    Dec 2, 2009, 6:40 PM EDT

    Melissa Seguara at Sports Illustrated has a fascinating in-depth look at Aroldis Chapman, suggesting both his undeniable promise and some less-than-well-reported weaknesses. Of interest: despite the stories he tells, Chapman’s removal from the 2008 Olympic team may not have been punishment for an earlier, unsuccessful defection attempt. Rather, he probably pitched his way off the…

  18. Report: Mariners have strong interest in Harden

    Dec 2, 2009, 6:21 PM EDT

    A day after reporting that the Red Sox were seriously eyeing him, is saying that the Mariners are showing strong interest in free agent Rich Harden. As an extreme flyball pitch, Harden would fit nicely in Safeco Field. Mariners hitters will likely strongly favor his signing, considering that he’s 5-2 with a 1.90 ERA…

  19. Ernie Harwell makes a surprise visit

    Dec 2, 2009, 6:00 PM EDT

    If you go by the actuarial tables, Ernie Harwell — a 91 year-old man who was diagnosed with terminal liver cancer months ago and decided to forego treatment — probably shouldn’t be able to make public appearances anymore. Heck, the fact that he’s still living is a blessing.  But he is living and he is…

  20. 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…

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