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  1. No serious talks between the Twins and Mauer yet

    Dec 3, 2009, 4:20 PM EDT

    People with the Twins have said that they want to make a Joe Mauer extension a Christmas gift for Twins fans. The word right now from LaVelle Neal of the Star-Tribune, however: “A person of influence in the Joe Mauer contract talks: 1. No serious negotiations have begun. 2. Absolutely no deadlines have been set.”…

  2. Toronto stuck with Wells, so Wells stuck in center

    Dec 3, 2009, 3:59 PM EDT

    Lost in Vernon Wells’ steep decline offensively is that he also looked significantly worse defensively this season, but new general manager Alex Anthopoulos has made it clear that the Blue Jays won’t be moving him from center field any time soon: We don’t have any plans of that at all. We consider him a mainstay…

  3. Jason Marquis and the Rockies likely to part ways

    Dec 3, 2009, 3:23 PM EDT

    Jon Heyman tweets that Jason Marquis and the Rockies had a falling out over “his reaction to him not getting playoff start” so he’s not likely to accept the arbitration offer he got from Colorado. I’m guessing the reaction involved a flaming bag of dog poop on Jim Tracy’s porch. Whatever the case, his departure…

  4. Pirates confirm interest in Rick Ankiel

    Dec 3, 2009, 2:54 PM EDT

    Last week Dejan Kovacevic of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported that the Pirates were interested in Rick Ankiel, and yesterday team president Frank Coonelly confirmed their interest in a chat with fans on MLB.com: Rick certainly had an off-year at the plate for the Cardinals in 2009, but we believe that the Pirates could provide Rick…

  5. The Braves are about to sign Takashi Saito

    Dec 3, 2009, 2:38 PM EDT

    Your 2010 Braves bullpen is brought to you by: the 2009 Boston Red Sox. CBS Sports is reporting that the Braves are close to signing reliever Takashi Saito to a one year deal worth $3 million. We’ll have more analysis on this later. In the meantime, we can say that this all but ensures that…

  6. Quote of the day: Dave Cameron on the Polanco deal

    Dec 3, 2009, 2:20 PM EDT

    It’s usually hard to detect sarcasm on Twitter, but not so much here: Polanco is Beltre without power, experience at third, and a few more years of age. I can totally see why Amaro would prefer Polanco . . . I agree with Cameron. A year at $6 million or a couple of lower dollar…

  7. Saltalamacchia suffers setback following surgery

    Dec 3, 2009, 1:56 PM EDT

    Jarrod Saltalamacchia missed the final month of the season following surgery for Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, which involves a rib pushing against a nerve to cause neck, shoulder, and finger numbness. In order to make up for the lost playing time and get a feel for life post-surgery Saltalamacchia headed to the Dominican Winter League, but…

  8. The Mets scope Matsui's meds

    Dec 3, 2009, 1:20 PM EDT

    From an NPB Tracker tweet, the Mets have asked Hideki Matsui’s agent for the results of his latest physical. Matsui’s that is, not his agent’s. Those would be rather scary, I’d imagine, what with all of the cigar chomping those sorts of fellows do. Probably just idle curiosity on the Mets’ part, but is it…

  9. 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…

  10. 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,…

  11. 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…

  12. 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.

  13. Baseball is learning what value really is

    Dec 3, 2009, 11:00 AM EDT

    Matthew Leach at MLB.com 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,…

  14. Wanna get paid to watch baseball?

    Dec 3, 2009, 10:45 AM EDT

    MLB.com 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 MLB.com’s software. It’s a hard, hard job from what I hear, but it is getting paid to…

  15. 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,…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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,…

  19. 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.

  20. 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…

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