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  1. Report: Nationals sign Jason Marquis

    Dec 21, 2009, 2:43 PM EDT reports that the Nationals have agreed to terms with free agent starter Jason Marquis. No word yet on the details, but we’ll have an update as soon as more information becomes available.

  2. The Padres will break out the brown and yellow

    Dec 21, 2009, 2:20 PM EDT

    And I don’t mean mustard: Thursday afternoons at PETCO Park will be a blast from the past for Padres fans. For six midday tilts, the Padres will sport the brown and mustard uniforms of 1970s or ’80s vintage, according to a report by The Associated Press citing team president Tom Garfinkel as a source. When…

  3. Former top prospect Humber reaches bottom of barrel, signs with Royals

    Dec 21, 2009, 1:51 PM EDT

    Philip Humber was the third overall pick in the 2004 draft following a brilliant college career and went from the Mets to the Twins as part of the four-player package for Johan Santana, but just two years later he could manage only a minor-league deal from the Royals after being cut by Minnesota. Humber twice…

  4. Uggla to the Braves? Would you believe Damon or Swisher?

    Dec 21, 2009, 1:20 PM EDT

    Ken Rosenthal ponders some possibilities for the Atlanta Braves, who are in the market for a corner outfielder. First up: Dan Uggla, who could maybe be converted from second base. Rosenthal says the Braves and Marlins have discussed it, that Atlanta’s interest is only “mild,” and notes the difficulty involved with making Uggla a left…

  5. Blue Jays view Brett Wallace as a first baseman

    Dec 21, 2009, 12:57 PM EDT

    By trading prospect Brett Wallace just months after getting him from the Cardinals for Matt Holliday the A’s showed that they don’t think he’ll be able to stick at third base defensively and apparently his new team agrees. Wallace was taken in the first round of the 2008 draft as a third baseman and has…

  6. Chip Caray is fisted into a new job

    Dec 21, 2009, 12:20 PM EDT

    Well, that’s how he’d probably describe it anyway. The details: Chip Caray received an early Christmas present on Monday morning, when Fox Sports Net hired him to serve as their play-by-play announcer for all the Braves games televised by Fox Sports South and SportSouth.  This was the role previously held by Jon “Boog” Sciambi, who…

  7. Jonny Gomes might be Mets' fallback plan for Bay

    Dec 21, 2009, 11:55 AM EDT

    So what happens if Jason Bay actually decides not to sign with the Mets? Well, according to Bart Hubbuch of the New York Post general manager Omar Minaya would then turn to a second-tier free agent outfielder like Jonny Gomes. Gomes was non-tendered by the Reds earlier this month because they’re too cheap to give…

  8. UPDATE: Darren Oliver agrees to a deal with the Rangers

    Dec 21, 2009, 11:21 AM EDT

    UPDATE: T.R. Sullivan of reports that Oliver and the Rangers have reached a deal for $3.5 million with a vesting option for 2011.  The option may be moot, however, as Oliver has said that he’ll probably retire after 2010. I suppose that all depends on how 2010 goes for him on the field. 8:00…

  9. Sheffield in Tampa Bay? Why not?

    Dec 21, 2009, 10:58 AM EDT

    Gary Sheffield has been out peddling his I’m-in-the-best-shape-of-my-life and I-want-to-reach-3000-hits stuff for a while. The latest target? Tampa Bay, where a random note in the St. Petersburg Times has him saying that he wants to play two more years and finish his career with the Rays. I was going to make a joke about how…

  10. The Mets don't understand economics

    Dec 21, 2009, 10:28 AM EDT

    Via Matthew Cerrone’s MetsBlog is word from Newsday’s Ken Davidoff that “According to a Mets official, if the team fails to secure [Jason] Bay, it will strongly consider raising its offer to Molina.  But if Bay signs, the Mets will hold a harder line with Molina.” Which is profoundly stupid. Bengie Molina is probably not…

  11. Adam Dunn at first base? Good luck with that, Washington

    Dec 21, 2009, 10:00 AM EDT

    Some fun Adam Dunn chatter in the past few days, with Nationals’ President Stan Kasten saying that if Dunner wants a contract extension in Washington, he’ll have to improve his defense at first base, where he’ll probably be assigned on a permanent basis going forward. Dunn, who is a pretty agreeable fellow, agreed, saying that…

  12. Milton Bradley's greatest hits in Chicago

    Dec 21, 2009, 9:29 AM EDT

    The first round of analysis arising out of the Milton Bradley trade has followed this general narrative: the Mariners fleeced the Cubs, dumping a truly useless player in Carlos Silva for a troubled but useful one in Bradley. And I think, generally speaking, it’s the right call. If everything breaks right, this could be a…

  13. To Scott Boras, the free agent market is a one way street

    Dec 21, 2009, 8:57 AM EDT

    A revealing quote from Scott Boras in today’s St. Louis Post-Dispatch.  When asked about the timetable for Matt Holliday signing somewhere: “The acquisition of a franchise talent is not about a wristwatch. That’s about all I can tell you. It’s not a particular time. It’s about the club recognizing the benefit of having that player…

  14. Are the Cubs and Yankees potential trade partners?

    Dec 21, 2009, 8:28 AM EDT

    The Cubs need a centerfielder. The Yankees arguably have an excess of centerfielders in Melky Cabrera, Brett Gardner and Curtis Granderson. I say “arguably” because as things currently stand one of those dudes has to play left. But the Yankees may or may not be done making moves this winter, they may still yet bring…

  15. The Red Sox can't be happy with Mike Lowell right now

    Dec 20, 2009, 6:43 PM EDT

    During an appearance on Sirius XM’s MLB Home Plate on Sunday morning, Red Sox assistant general manager Ben Cherington addressed the right thumb condition that nixed a possible trade of Mike Lowell to the Rangers: “Even at the end of the playoffs, in our exit physical, he barely made mention of it,” Cherington said in…

  16. Is Mark DeRosa a fit for the Mets at first base?

    Dec 20, 2009, 3:54 PM EDT

    In his weekly column for the Boston Globe, Nick Cafardo reports that Mark DeRosa’s asking price — once in the $10 million range — has come down recently. He follows that up with a pretty innocent statement that the Mets could “pull the trigger and use him at first base.” This seems like pure speculation…

  17. Should the Padres wait to deal Adrian Gonzalez?

    Dec 20, 2009, 1:59 PM EDT

    He’s been one of the most bandied-about names this offseason, but Jon Paul Morosi of thinks it would behoove the Padres to wait until the 2010 non-waiver trade deadline to trade Adrian Gonzalez: By the middle of this season, it should be different. In July, other GMs can’t talk about free-agent options. In July,…

  18. Marlins join the bidding for Chapman

    Dec 20, 2009, 1:28 PM EDT

    Cuban left-hander Aroldis Chapman has another offer on the table, according to Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald. The Marlins offered Chapman a five-year deal in the vicinity of $13 million. Chapman already has one offer on the table from the Red Sox, believed to be for around $15.5 million. It probably won’t be enough…

  19. Anatomy of the Halladay swap

    Dec 20, 2009, 11:46 AM EDT

    If you’re snowed in like me, or just have a few minutes to kill before football dominates the day, I recommend reading Andy Martino’s excellent piece from the Philadelphia Inquirer recounting Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro’s pursuit of ace Roy Halladay. Of course, the Phillies tried for Roy Halladay in July, but the talks were…

  20. Quote of the day: Aardsma on Bradley trade

    Dec 20, 2009, 10:29 AM EDT

    “As long as he plays the right way, comes to spring training ready to work and ready to be part of the team that we have–good guys put their nose to the ground and bust their butts–we’ll take anybody.”“It’s good to have a power left-handed bat (in) Safeco (Field). His ability never has been the…

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