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  1. Jamey Carroll has multiple two-year offers

    Dec 14, 2009, 3:15 PM EDT

    Ken Rosenthal is reporting that Jamey Carroll has multiple multi-year offers on the table. Blogmate Matthew Pouliot ranks Carroll as the 73rd most desirable free agent on the market right now, so we can totally expect the floodgates to open after he signs. I mean, all anybody could talk about in Indy last week was…

  2. Do Yankees really think Miranda can be the DH?

    Dec 14, 2009, 2:56 PM EDT

    Yesterday general manager Brian Cashman “cut off a question about not having a designated hitter” and insisted that “Juan Miranda can be a DH,” which is noteworthy following this afternoon’s news that Hideki Matsui is close to signing with the Angels. “I don’t want to over-sell anybody, but I think Juan Miranda will do a…

  3. The Angels thought highly of Hideki Matsui's World Series performance . . .

    Dec 14, 2009, 2:31 PM EDT

     . . . and would like to have a player like Hideki Matsui on their roster: The Los Angeles Angels are in serious discussions with Hideki Matsui about supplanting Vladimir Guerrero as their designated hitter, a source familiar with the team’s thinking told ESPN.com. I can only hope that those “serious discussions” are taking place…

  4. Surprise! The Pirates' misjudged Matt Capps' market; multiple teams interested

    Dec 14, 2009, 2:20 PM EDT

    While the Pirates were jerking Matt Capps around last week, and then blaming the media for their inability to trade him, GMs from multiple other teams were waiting for him to fall to them. MASN reports that the Orioles are interested. The Arizona Republic has the Dbacks interested as well. Ditto the Chicago Tribune and…

  5. Kelvim Escobar drawing interest as reliever

    Dec 14, 2009, 1:55 PM EDT

    ESPN.com’s Jorge Arangure reports that Kelvim Escobar is scheduled to pitch later this week in Venezuela after making just one appearance during the past two seasons because of shoulder problems. According to Arangure the Mets have already offered Escobar a minor-league contract and the Rays are also interested. Escobar has been primarily a starter since…

  6. Shameless Self-Promotion Dept.

    Dec 14, 2009, 1:40 PM EDT

    I sat for two (virtual) interviews over the weekend.  The first one was short:  Six “Batting Practice Fastballs” from Scott Simkus, the awesome brain behind the Negro Leagues Strat-o-Matic card set. Nothing as heady as that here. I mostly talk about my pajamas and the type of booze baseball writers drink. A much longer and…

  7. Lackey takes physical for Red Sox, may be close to signing

    Dec 14, 2009, 1:11 PM EDT

    This morning an unnamed source told Ed Price of Fanhouse that John Lackey would be taking a physical exam for the Red Sox and now FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal confirms that while offering further details: Free-agent right-hander John Lackey underwent a physical Monday with the Red Sox, an indication that he is close to an agreement…

  8. Brian McCann is the last 'Baby Brave' standing

    Dec 14, 2009, 12:54 PM EDT

    David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal Constitution points out that the Braves last won a divisional title in 2005 while using 18 different rookies, yet with Kelly Johnson getting non-tendered over the weekend only one of those guys remains on the team: Brian McCann. O’Brien notes that the “Baby Braves” were “celebrated for their energy,…

  9. Cliff Lee wants $23 million a year

    Dec 14, 2009, 12:45 PM EDT

    John Heyman reports that Cliff Lee is willing to do an extension with the Phillies, and that that wild idea of Rosenthal’s about Philly maybe trading Lee right now isn’t happening, but that if the Phillies want Lee beyond 2010, it’s gonna cost them:  $23 million a year.  No hometown discount. Lee thinks he’s worth…

  10. Report: The Red Sox have made an offer to Aroldis Chapman

    Dec 14, 2009, 12:15 PM EDT

    Kevin Goldstein of Baseball Prospectus reports that the Red Sox have made an offer to fireballing Cuban lefty Aroldis Chapman. The deal: a $15.5 million dollar package that includes a major league deal. As of this morning, Chapman was scheduled to audition for a number of teams tomorrow. One wonders if the offer is contingent…

  11. Is John Lackey taking a physical for the Red Sox?

    Dec 14, 2009, 12:01 PM EDT

    I put this in the form of a question, because the very guy tweeting qualifies it. It’s FanHouse’s Ed Price who is tweeting the Lackey-Sox rumor, but his own tweet says he’s “Working to confirm.”  Price is a nice fellow, but he’s been a bit quick on the draw before. Such as last week when…

  12. Cardinals prospect David Freese charged with suspected DWI

    Dec 14, 2009, 11:52 AM EDT

    General manager John Mozeliak has repeatedly said that the Cardinals are comfortable going with 26-year-old prospect David Freese as their Opening Day third baseman, so he can’t be too happy with this news from the weekend: David Freese was arrested in St. Louis County early Saturday morning on suspicion of driving while intoxicated, Maryland Heights…

  13. Santana Claus returns to Venezuela

    Dec 14, 2009, 11:29 AM EDT

    Great story about Johan Santana’s annual trip to his hometown in the remote mountains of Venezuela, where he spreads holiday cheer: He lives in Florida in the off-season, but late every year, he returns to Tovar, bearing gifts by the truckload. He organizes the Cy Youngazo, or the Great Cy Young, where he hands out…

  14. The Yankees sniff around Ben Sheets, Justin Duchscherer

    Dec 14, 2009, 11:00 AM EDT

    With Sabathia, Burnett and Pettitte ensconced 1-2-3, and with the Yankees talking up Joba Chamberlain and Phil Hughes as starters, and with the team tendering contracts to Chad Gaudin and Sergio Mitre, one would think that the last thing they’d need is another couple of starting pitchers.  According to Mark Feinsand of the Daily News,…

  15. A jersey tour with Jason Grilli

    Dec 14, 2009, 10:45 AM EDT

    Jason Grilli makes one of the most boring episodes of “Cribs” ever. He doesn’t even get out to the garage to show us the Bentleys or upstairs to show us “where the magic happens.” Gotta love the hate on Calgary, however, which Grilli calls “probably the worst place to have a baseball team ever.”

  16. Bay and the Sox had a deal in place last summer

    Dec 14, 2009, 10:30 AM EDT

    So reports Tony Massarotti in the Globe over the weekend.  Apparently it was derailed by health concerns on the part of the Sox’ medical staff. Specifically, the part of the medical staff — Mike Reinold — who was just promoted to head trainer, which may be part of what is firming up the Sox’ resolve…

  17. The Blue Jays reach deals with Dustin McGowan, Jose Bautista

    Dec 14, 2009, 10:00 AM EDT

    It’s for $500,000 for McGowan. Adam LaRoche understands the significance of that amount. McGowan was pretty awesome in 2007 and 2008, winning 14 games with a 3.62 ERA and 169 strikeouts in 32 starts.  Then there were concerns of overuse, then there was shoulder surgery. Last summer J.P. Ricciardi said that McGowan’s rehab had hit…

  18. Let's spend a week talking about revamping the draft

    Dec 14, 2009, 9:30 AM EDT

    The biggest item on the table when the Collective Bargaining Agreement is renegotiated at the end of 2011 will be the amateur draft.  And it’s not just one item, really, it’s a handful of them, including (a) internationalizing the draft; (b) instituting “hard slotting” for bonuses; and (c) allowing the trading of draft picks, among…

  19. Adam LaRoche wants $31.5 million, in talks with Seattle

    Dec 14, 2009, 8:58 AM EDT

    There’s word that free agent first basemen Adam LaRoche is seeking a three-year deal worth $31.5 million. Is it just me, or is demanding $10.5 million a year oddly specific?  I get this image of LaRoche sitting on a bus in the minors, riding from town-to-town in the Carolina league, wishing that, one day, he’d…

  20. The Lowell for Ramirez deal could fall through

    Dec 14, 2009, 8:28 AM EDT

    First it was Mike Lowell’s thumb, and now Max Ramirez’s wrists are getting closer scrutiny reports Rob Bradford of WEEI.  That and “at least one other issue unrelated to either player’s physical condition,” are holding up the deal.  If I had to guess I’d say that the “other issue” is the Commissioner’s office, which usually…

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