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  1. Inside look at the intangibles of catching

    Nov 12, 2009, 11:27 PM EDT

    Matthew broke down the free agent catchers last night, giving detailed predictions into where they are likely to go, and for how much money. It all gets one to thinking about what you should value most in a catcher: Is it offense? Defense? Calling a game? Handling pitching staffs and dealing with umpires? They’re the…

  2. Wetteland hospitalized for mental health issue

    Nov 12, 2009, 6:29 PM EDT

    Mariners bullpen coach John Wetteland was taken to Denton Regional Medical Center in Texas and hospitalized for a mental health issue on Thursday afternoon after police were called to his house. A call concerning a possible suicidal person brought officers to Wetteland’s home just after noon Thursday. As the CBS 11 report states: “When officers…

  3. Sifting through the rumors: Braves – Lowe, Uggla and Soriano

    Nov 12, 2009, 5:43 PM EDT

    *With Tim Hudson re-signed to a bargain three-year deal, the Braves are likely to step up efforts to move Derek Lowe, Javier Vazquez or Kenshin Kawakami, according to the AJC’s David O’Brien. It’s a given. Hudson, Jair Jurrjens and Tommy Hanson are all locks for the rotation next year, meaning that one of the expensive…

  4. Spared one tough decision on Owings, Reds still have another

    Nov 12, 2009, 4:35 PM EDT

    As mentioned last night, Micah Owings lost the tiebreaker that would have gained him super-two eligibility and increased his 2010 salary from $500,000 to likely around $1 million or so. Had Owings been made arbitration eligible, it’s possible that the Reds would have non-tendered him. The 27-year-old went 7-12 with a 5.34 ERA last season…

  5. Link-O-Rama: Valentine, Tigers, Schmidt, Griffey

    Nov 12, 2009, 3:01 PM EDT

    * Bobby Valentine revealed that he was “baffled” by the Nationals’ interview process and decision to choose Jim Riggleman over him for the manager job. “I’m pretty sure they had Jim in their back pockets the whole time,” Valentine said. * Asked about rumors that the Tigers are being forced to shop Curtis Granderson and…

  6. Free agency on a budget: Troy Glaus

    Nov 12, 2009, 2:10 PM EDT

    Struggles returning from offseason shoulder surgery followed by back problems left Troy Glaus on the sidelines until September and he played just 14 games overall this season, basically making 2009 a lost year for the four-time All-Star. His health remains a huge question mark, but Glaus batted .270/.372/.483 with 27 homers in 151 games for…

  7. Hudson, Braves make three-year deal official

    Nov 12, 2009, 1:22 PM EDT

    In a deal that was agreed upon weeks ago and delayed by the need for a pre-signing physical exam, the Braves and Tim Hudson have officially completed a three-year contract extension that includes a fourth-year team option for 2013. Atlanta held a $12 million option or $1 million buyout on Hudson for 2010, but the…

  8. Lidge's nightmare year now includes arm surgery

    Nov 12, 2009, 12:35 PM EDT

    What do you do after blowing an MLB-high 11 saves with a 7.21 ERA during the regular season and coughing up three runs to take the loss in your final postseason outing? Well, if you’re Brad Lidge you have your arm operated on. Lidge underwent surgery yesterday to repair the flexor pronator tendon in his…

  9. Link-O-Rama: Webb, Strasburg, Perkins, Pitt, Moneyball

    Nov 12, 2009, 11:50 AM EDT

    * Brandon Webb threw yesterday for the first time since August shoulder surgery, playing catch on flat ground from 60 feet for about 15 minutes. “No problems and no pain,” Webb said afterward. “I was very encouraged.” Last week the Diamondbacks exercised their $8.5 million option on Webb for 2010 and the hope is that…

  10. The Clemens-McNamee case gets even more pathetic

    Nov 12, 2009, 11:19 AM EDT

    You know you’ve done something wrong in this world when a guy who is famous for being (1) an admitted liar; (2) an admitted drug dealer; and (3) who was once implicated in an alleged date-rape drug incident (and lied to police about it) sues YOU for defamation of character . . . and HAS THE STRONGER CASE!…

  11. OK, so maybe the Twins and Mauer aren't talking yet

    Nov 12, 2009, 10:44 AM EDT

    Yesterday the Pioneer Press reported that contract talks between the Twins and Joe Mauer had begun. Joe Mauer, on the phone to the Star-Tribune last night: “I’ve been thinking about things like that, but to tell you the truth, we haven’t really started [negotiating with the Twins].” I suppose we could parse the definition of…

  12. Zambrano's mother recovered, but everyone's still antsy about Venezuela

    Nov 12, 2009, 10:01 AM EDT

    Victor Zambrano’s mother was recovered from kidnappers in Venezuela on Tuesday.  That’s good.  The threat to anyone connected with Major League Baseball, however, remains the same: if they think you can pay a ransom, your family is subject to kidnappers.  That’s bad!  So bad that the Mets are considering asking their catching prospect Josh Thole to return…

  13. Don't count the Angels out on Lackey and Figgins

    Nov 12, 2009, 9:25 AM EDT

    CBS’s Scott Miller talks to Angels’ GM Tony Reagins who says that we shouldn’t assume that John Lackey and Chone Figgins have played their last games in Anaheim: While that still could happen, Angels GM Tony Reagins said Wednesday that there’s “no question” the club intends to attempt to retain Lackey, as well as leadoff man Chone Figgins.…

  14. Jeter's contract is up next year. Any chance he bolts?

    Nov 12, 2009, 8:55 AM EDT

    The New York Daily News ponders whether, in the case of Derek Jeter, the Yankees will break their longstanding rule of not entering into contract negotiations with current players until their current deal is up.  The Captain is entering the least year of his ten-year, $189 million deal.  The most interesting question raised by the…

  15. Rumors: The Yankees, Omar Vizquel and Milton Bradley Edition

    Nov 12, 2009, 8:20 AM EDT

    The latest from FOX’s Ken Rosenthal and Jon Paul Morosi: If the Yankees decide not to re-sign Johnny Damon, they could look at a centerfield replacement, like Mike Cameron, rather than a leftfield replacement.  This would seem to make some sense in the short term: Melky is OK, but not a transcendent player, and especially…

  16. Free Agency Preview: Catchers

    Nov 12, 2009, 3:00 AM EDT

    This is part one in a series of columns looking at this winter’s free agents, trade candidates and non-tender possibilities. I’ll be making predictions for the key free agents, but try not to take them too awfully seriously. The catchers are up first. Bengie Molina (Giants) – While his stock appears to be down a…

  17. Panda attacks conditioning program like a jelly donut

    Nov 12, 2009, 12:16 AM EDT

    Good news for San Francisco fans: “Operation Panda” is underway, and if things continue at this pace, the Giants are going to be the biggest winners in the end. Joan Ryan of the MLB.com blog Inside the Giants Clubhouse reports that budding star Pablo Sandoval has already dropped 10 pounds as he attacks his offseason…

  18. A deal on Milton Bradley? You're buying a lemon

    Nov 11, 2009, 11:33 PM EDT

    The Chicago Cubs are eager to get rid of Milton Bradley. That much is clear. And here is Jim Hendry’s pitch to potential trade partners (as imagined by yours truly): Milton Bradley is a fine young man who is generally misunderstood. He has a wealth of talent, much of it as yet untapped. Just look…

  19. Orioles catch break: Jones loses super-two tiebreaker

    Nov 11, 2009, 11:04 PM EDT

    MLB announced Wednesday that the Cubs’ Mike Fontenot had won a tiebreaker against Adam Jones and the Reds’ Micah Owings to become the last super-two arbitration-eligible player. All three players had two years and 139 days of service time. Initial reports had the cutoff at 141 days, but that proved to be false. As we…

  20. Pete Rose wants his girlfriend in Playboy

    Nov 11, 2009, 8:46 PM EDT

    Forget the Hall of Fame, Pete Rose has a new, far worthier cause to throw his lobbying efforts behind. Yes, that’s right, baseball’s all-time hit king is pushing for Playboy to feature his girlfriend in a pictorial. Rose took his pitch public in an interview with KGOW in Houston (from SportsRadioInterview.com, via USA Today): “My…

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