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  1. "The stat people are taking over"

    Dec 23, 2009, 8:55 AM EDT

    SI’s Jon Heyman on Twitter: “not that theres anything wrong with it, but the stat people are taking over [the Yankees]: johnson .426 OBP, vazquez 1.02 WHIP.” Call me crazy, but if recognizing on-base percentage and WHIP is the harbinger of the “stat people” taking over, the stat people took over twenty years ago. Maybe…

  2. The Dominican Jim Bunning

    Dec 23, 2009, 8:30 AM EDT

    And here I thought Raul Mondesi disappeared from the face of the Earth after putting in 155 atrocious plate appearances for the Braves in 2005: When Raul Mondesi left baseball after 13 seasons as a major league outfielder, he returned to his dusty, overcrowded and impoverished hometown determined to make a difference. And both of…

  3. Give the Braves a chance, OK?

    Dec 23, 2009, 8:03 AM EDT

    Like I said yesterday, I’m not going to sit here and pretend that the Braves did a good job in the Vazquez trade. There are many potential sliver linings to what some are unfairly calling the blackest of clouds, but Atlanta clearly didn’t get anything approaching equal value for a pitcher of Vazquez’s caliber. Melky…

  4. Aardsma-Bradley feud? Um, not exactly

    Dec 22, 2009, 8:45 PM EDT

    Seattle Mariners closer David Aardsma appeared to throw down a gauntlet of sorts to incoming teammate Milton Bradley when interviewed by the Sporting News over the weekend. His quotes, and the accompanying headline on the story essentially said this: “Milton, everyone knows you can play, but you better be cool in Seattle and not mess…

  5. The Nats to sign Eddie Guardado

    Dec 22, 2009, 8:07 PM EDT

    Jon Paul Morosi of FOX reports that the Nats are near a deal with Everyday Eddie Guardado.  Guardado went 1-2 with a 4.46 ERA in 48 relief outings for the Rangers this year.  He had talked about retiring at the end of last season, but he has a left arm, however, which means he’ll probably…

  6. Milton Bradley says goodbye

    Dec 22, 2009, 7:26 PM EDT

    Roy Halladay is not the only ballplayer taking out full-page ads as he leaves town.  Would you believe Milton Bradley? On behalf of the Bradley family, I would like to express my deepest ingratitude to the racist fans of Chicago, my former teammates, manager Lou Piniella, general manager Jim Hendry, the local media and the…

  7. Clayton Kershaw's uncle is famous. Sort of. OK, not really, but this is neat.

    Dec 22, 2009, 6:15 PM EDT

    Via Dodger Thoughts, comes word from Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw that his great uncle discovered Pluto. No real context there. Kershaw just asserts it in response to a question about, um, Pluto. OK, I’m guessing that was a plant by someone who knew that Kershaw’s uncle discovered Pluto.  If Wikipedia is to be believed, Kershaw’s…

  8. The Nationals are interested in Orlando Hudson

    Dec 22, 2009, 5:45 PM EDT

    So tweets’s Bill Ladson.  He says that if the Nats sign Hudson, Cristian Guzman would go back to short. Which would blow my mind just a little bit considering that just over a month ago the Nats made a big point of telling Guzman and Nats fans everywhere that defense is too important with…

  9. The Royals sign another sub-.300 OBP guy

    Dec 22, 2009, 5:15 PM EDT

    It’s Brian Anderson. The centerfielder of the .227/.290/.370 career slash line.  He’ll go nicely with Jason Kendall and Yuniesky Bentancourt and the rest of the Royals’ “attack.” Can someone tell me what was wrong with keeping Coco Crisp around?

  10. Attention Yankees Fans: Brett Gardner is your starting left fielder

    Dec 22, 2009, 4:39 PM EDT

    I’m just casually monitoring the Brian Cashman/Javier Vazquez press conference. Of note: Cashman says that “Brett Gardner is now in a position to be an every day player for us.”  He also said “We’ll continue to look at any remaining pieces, but it’s not going to be a big piece.” That seems to foreclose the…

  11. Great Moments in comparative media: the Orioles sign Garrett Atkins

    Dec 22, 2009, 4:20 PM EDT

    CTB readers knew this already, because Aaron wrote all about it on Friday. Orioles fans at large knew it because Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun originally broke the story the day before. This piece, in the Baltimore Sun, however, just popped up in my RSS feed, reporting that the physical has been passed and…

  12. Yankees add veteran catcher Rivera to compete for backup job

    Dec 22, 2009, 3:54 PM EDT

    Francisco Cervelli is seemingly the favorite to replace free agent Jose Molina as Jorge Posada’s backup, but the Yankees have brought in some veteran competition in the form of Mike Rivera. Rivera spent last season backing up Jason Kendall in Milwaukee, drawing a grand total of just 31 starts while hitting .228/.326/.346. He’s shown more…

  13. Four teams after Bay? Really?

    Dec 22, 2009, 3:20 PM EDT

    Rosenthal and Morosi report that, rather than the Mets-only show it has appeared to be so far, there are as many as four teams in on Jason Bay: the Mets, Mariners, Giants and Angels. Not that there is any stunning movement here or anything. The FOX guys note that the Mariners have no real need…

  14. Angels 'in serious discussions' with Rodney

    Dec 22, 2009, 2:50 PM EDT’s Jayson Stark reports that the Angels “are in serious discussions” with Fernando Rodney, who last week was said to be drawing interest from the Orioles, Phillies, and Mets. Rodney converted 37-of-38 saves for the Tigers last season, but would presumably slide into a setup role in front of closer Brian Fuentes. Or if manager…

  15. The Mets make their move!!

    Dec 22, 2009, 2:41 PM EDT

    Granderson? Vazquez? Halladay? That’s all you got Yankees and Phillies?  How about Dickey, babies? As in R.A., the knuckleballer, who the Mets are about to sign. Dickey is a knuckleballer. Knuckleballers rule. Ergo, the Mets are now the favorites to win the NL East, the NL Pennant, the World Series and the forthcoming battles against…

  16. Halladay says goodbye with class

    Dec 22, 2009, 2:17 PM EDT

    Roy Halladay took out an ad in the Toronto Sun thanking Blue Jays fans for their “overwhelming passion and devotion.” I assume he meant during those times when it wasn’t Leafs season. Seriously though, nice move by Halladay, a man about whom I’ve never read or heard a discouraging or disparaging word. Fun: The linked…

  17. So who else was in the Braves-Yankees deal?

    Dec 22, 2009, 1:50 PM EDT

    Jonathan Mayo of looks at the two non-Melkys in the Vazquez deal. He says Arodys Vizcaino “looks like a high-end rotation prospect with a ton of upside.” Of course at 19 it’s way too early to know what he’ll turn into.  As for Michael Dunn: he sounds like Ebby Calvin “Nuke” LaLoosh. Well, maybe…

  18. Capps choosing between Cubs and Nationals

    Dec 22, 2009, 1:30 PM EDT’s Bill Ladson reports that Matt Capps has narrowed his choice of teams down to either the Cubs or Nationals and will make a decision by tomorrow night. No fewer than a half-dozen teams have been seriously linked to Capps since he was non-tendered by the Pirates, so he figures to end up with more…

  19. League, Umps about to reach a new labor deal

    Dec 22, 2009, 1:10 PM EDT

    I didn’t even know that the umps’ labor deal  was close to expiring. But apparently it is, and apparently they’re about to ink a new one without any NBA-style strife. The only changes of note: the league wants more flexibility to assign umpires to the playoffs and World Series, moving away from the seniority/carousel system…

  20. Who will the Yankees get to play left field?

    Dec 22, 2009, 12:40 PM EDT

    On the surface trading Melky Cabrera for Javier Vazquez clears the way for Johnny Damon to re-sign with the Yankees, but Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that they still view him as “too expensive” after last week’s back-and-forth with agent Scott Boras. Sherman also notes that parting with Cabrera probably doesn’t make…

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