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  1. Andy MacPhail is BSing Orioles fans

    Nov 27, 2009, 10:22 AM EDT

    The Orioles have a long way to go, but they are actually doing a fairly good job of building their team (I don’t call it “rebuilding” because that would imply that there was anything there in the first place).  They have some good young position players. There are some young arms on the rise. There…

  2. Kevin Towers could join the Yankees

    Nov 27, 2009, 9:50 AM EDT

    Former Padres GM Kevin Towers wants to serve as an advisor to an AL team this year so as to better position himself for any general manager openings that may pop up in the future.  According to Newsday’s Ken Davidoff, it looks like he may land with the Yankees.  He’s meeting with them, the Red Sox and…

  3. Ross Ohlendorf: research intern

    Nov 27, 2009, 9:20 AM EDT

    There was a time when most ballplayers had regular joe jobs in the offseason. Some guys sold cars. Others sold real estate.  Richie Hebner dug graves for cryin’ out loud.  That practice is long gone now that even league minimum salaries are more than enough to live on through the winter, but somebody forgot to…

  4. The Jays in the market for a catcher, outfielder

    Nov 27, 2009, 8:50 AM EDT

    Yesterday wasn’t a holiday in Canada, and’s Blue Jays guy Jordan Bastian used his working day to get some dish from Toronto.  Among the items he learned: Catcher Rod Barajas is not likely coming back. The Jays won’t offer him a multi-year deal, and other teams may, so the team will go in another…

  5. It's rough out there for a gray hair

    Nov 27, 2009, 8:20 AM EDT

    You know that sinking feeling you get when your team decides to go all-in on some increasingly calcifying veteran free agent on the wrong side of 35? Well, it’s happening less and less: For a group of big-name baseball free agents over the age of 35, last year was a winter of serious discontent. Frank…

  6. Pujols and Mauer MVP press conferences

    Nov 26, 2009, 3:15 PM EDT

    Here are some of the highlights from the MVP press conferences for Albert Pujols and Joe Mauer. First up is Pujols, who talked about getting the news while driving his daughter to school and what it means to join some pretty exclusive company as a three-time MVP: Soft spoken as always, Mauer spent most of…

  7. Jays offense to suffer in wake of Gonzalez signing

    Nov 26, 2009, 2:14 PM EDT

    The Blue Jays are being aggressive early in their bid to hold on to fourth place in the AL East. One day after re-signing backup John McDonald for $3 milion over two years, GM Alex Anthopoulos nabbed Alex Gonzalez to start at shortstop, guaranteeing him $2.75 million. It’s a very, very good start for my…

  8. The Voice of the Yankees retires

    Nov 26, 2009, 12:53 PM EDT

    Bob Sheppard hasn’t announced games at Yankee Stadium since 2007, but he had not made his retirement official until today: Bob Sheppard served more than 50 seasons as the “Voice of Yankee Stadium,” his clear, concise and correct style proudly providing the soundtracks of summer for Yankees players from Joe DiMaggio to Derek Jeter. One…

  9. Alex Gonzalez signs with the Jays

    Nov 26, 2009, 11:27 AM EDT

    I told you something could happen today: The Jays signed shortstop Alex Gonzalez to a one year, $2.75 million deal with an option for 2011.  The fact that they did this one day after signing John McDonald is, well, curious.  Starting McDonald at short would be dumb, but so too is giving him a multi-year…

  10. Someone could sign today

    Nov 26, 2009, 10:18 AM EDT

    Doug Miller at reminds us that Thanksgiving isn’t necessarily a day off in the hot stove league: Mets GM Omar Minaya might have put it best last year when he told the New York Daily News, “In this business, Thanksgiving is still a work day.” Minaya’s Red Sox counterpart, Theo Epstein, proved that in…

  11. Justin Duchscherer's battle with depression

    Nov 26, 2009, 9:15 AM EDT

    Yesterday Matthew made reference to Justin Duchscherer’s struggle with clinical depression.  ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick goes deep on it in this feature story: Even as Duchscherer’s baseball career blossomed, his personal life began to unravel. He separated from his wife, Michele, in April 2007, and their four-year marriage officially ended in late 2008. The ordeal dredged…

  12. Giving Thanks

    Nov 26, 2009, 8:15 AM EDT lists some of the many things we baseball fans have to be thankful for this fine morning: Thanks to Nationals right-hander Craig Stammen, Orioles right fielder Nick Markakis, Marlins club representatives and anyone else who was spotted this past week delivering turkeys and meals to families in need. There is only one word. Thanks…

  13. Blue Jays overcommit to light-hitting McDonald

    Nov 25, 2009, 7:50 PM EDT

    Alex Anthopoulos is a historically young general manager at 32, but his first significant move as the Jays’ decision-maker was certainly rooted in traditional, old-school thinking. On Wednesday, the Blue Jays agreed to terms with veteran infielder John McDonald on a two-year, $3 million deal. It was known that the move was coming, but indications…

  14. Moyer hospitalized for second time since surgery

    Nov 25, 2009, 7:29 PM EDT

    The Associated Press reported Wednesday that Jamie Moyer has been hospitalized because of recurring symptoms from September groin surgery, but lacked any information about his condition. Moyer was originally hospitalized in October because of a blood infection. The 46-year-old left-hander underwent surgery to repair three torn tendons in groin area at the end of September.

  15. Pouliot's thoughts on Wednesday's moves: Andruw, Liz, Hulett

    Nov 25, 2009, 5:47 PM EDT

    *White Sox sign outfielder Andruw Jones, who had been with the Rangers, on a one-year, $500,000 contract. Surprisingly, the deal includes just $1 million in incentives. Jones must have looked at what happened to guys like Jim Edmonds, Geoff Jenkins and Shannon Stewart last season and decided that taking an extremely modest deal was better…

  16. Add Duchscherer to the list of potential BoSox

    Nov 25, 2009, 4:45 PM EDT

    Other teams are interested in players too, we assume, but all indications are that it’s a lot more fun to report what the Red Sox and Yankees are doing. stated Wednesday that the Red Sox are displaying interest in free agent Justin Duchscherer, who missed the first three-quarters of last season while recovering from…

  17. Red Sox should forgo Halladay for Holliday

    Nov 25, 2009, 4:28 PM EDT

    After all, it’s only money. The addition of Roy Halladay to Boston’s already fine rotation would certainly provide a boost. Halladay is clearly one of the top five pitchers in baseball, and he’s about as much of a Yankee killer as anyone in the league, having gone 18-6 with a 2.84 ERA and seven complete…

  18. Angels baseball now 64 percent less annoying

    Nov 25, 2009, 4:07 PM EDT

    Sure, they still have the Rally Monkey and Thunderstix, but the Angels got rid of their TV duo of Steve Physioc and Rex Hudler on Tuesday, turning chores over to play-by-play man Rory Markas and color commentator Mark Gubicza. I’m not going to pretend to know much about Markas, who had been paired with Gubicza…

  19. White Sox sign Andruw Jones to one-year deal

    Nov 25, 2009, 3:20 PM EDT

    Andruw Jones and the White Sox have agreed to a one-year deal worth $500,000 in guarantees and another $1 million in potential incentives, with general manager Ken Williams making it very clear that the five-time All-Star is being brought in as a bench player: This is an opportunity to add a power bat to the…

  20. Some team should give Shelley Duncan a chance

    Nov 25, 2009, 2:24 PM EDT

    Shelley Duncan would probably have several seasons in the big leagues under his belt had just about any other team drafted him in the second round back in 2001, but instead he’s wasted away in the Yankees’ minor-league system. Duncan has accumulated 3,812 plate appearances spread over 905 games and nine seasons in the minors,…

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