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  1. Report: Aroldis Chapman fires agent

    Nov 21, 2009, 8:28 AM EDT

    According to the Miami El Nuevo Herald, Cuban left-hander Aroldis Chapman has left Athletes Premier International (API) and agent Edwin Mejia in favor of Hendricks Sports Management. Now, keep in mind that the article is in Spanish, and with my loose translation, it doesn’t indicate whether Chapman broke any specific terms with API, but Mejia…

  2. Still acting cheap, Marlins decline to offer Johnson four-year deal

    Nov 20, 2009, 7:14 PM EDT

    The wheels were set in motion for Josh Johnson to join a sterling class of free agent starters in two years when he and the Marlins reached an impasse in contract talks on Friday. Agent Matt Sosnick told ESPN.com that he and Johnson were using the four-year, $38 million contract that Zack Greinke signed a…

  3. BoSox talk Holliday, Beltre with Boras

    Nov 20, 2009, 6:30 PM EDT

    The Red Sox have discussed Matt Holliday, Adrian Beltre, Mike Gonzalez and Rick Ankiel with agent Scott Boras, the Boston Herald’s Michael Silverman reports. There are no big surprises in the list. Holliday may well have taken over as Boston’s top priority following Jason Bay’s decision to reject a four-year, $60 million offer. That’s not…

  4. Report: Jays discuss Halladay with Cubs

    Nov 20, 2009, 6:01 PM EDT

    MLB.com’s Carrie Muskat reported Friday that the Blue Jays initiated contact with the Cubs on a potential Roy Halladay deal. Muskat doesn’t believe anything will happen with the Cubs in that regard, but, if true, it’s still awfully interesting that the Jays are calling around to discuss Halladay with other teams. That suggests a deal…

  5. Roster-setting day makes minor moves the theme

    Nov 20, 2009, 5:24 PM EDT

    Friday was the last day for teams to add prospects to the 40-man roster in advance of next month’s Rule 5 draft. That resulted in plenty of minor moves of interest mostly to geeks like me: *The Red Sox claimed reliever Robert Manuel off waivers from the Mariners. Manuel, 26, was the return from the…

  6. Rockies wrong to commit to second baseman Barmes

    Nov 20, 2009, 3:56 PM EDT

    From the Denver Post’s Troy Renck comes the news that the Rockies are looking to sign starting second baseman Clint Barmes to a two-year deal with an option for 2012 that would buy out his first year of free agency. On the surface, it might not seem like a bad idea at all. Having received…

  7. Yankees more likely to re-sign Damon than Matsui

    Nov 20, 2009, 3:31 PM EDT

    Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News has an update on the Yankees’ odds of re-signing Johnny Damon and Hideki Matsui: Multiple sources have indicated that the Yankees would like to bring Johnny Damon back on a two-year deal, but Hideki Matsui’s time in pinstripes is likely over as they would prefer to keep…

  8. Curtis Granderson, television star?

    Nov 20, 2009, 2:44 PM EDT

    Television website THR.com has the details on Curtis Granderson’s attempts to branch out: MLB All-Star Curtis Granderson is shopping a reality series with production company Authentic Entertainment (Food Network’s “Ace of Cakes,” Bravo’s “Flipping Out”). The Detroit Tigers player has agreed to host a TV and online series titled “Stadium Secrets” where he takes sports…

  9. Now that the BBWAA is enlightened, can we get a re-do on 2005?

    Nov 20, 2009, 1:55 PM EDT

    Since a big portion of the Baseball Writers Association of America seems to be beyond their past over-reliance on win-loss records to evaluate starting pitchers, can we have a good old-fashioned mulligan on the AL Cy Young vote from 2005? Bartolo Colon, who won the award that year, had a 3.48 ERA, 157/43 K/BB ratio,…

  10. Rangers official says 3-team deal 'not happening'

    Nov 20, 2009, 1:10 PM EDT

    Various rumors have been swirling around today about a potential three-team trade that would supposedly send Kevin Millwood to the Mets, Luis Castillo to the Cubs, and Milton Bradley to the Rangers. Even at first glance that seems like a “which one of these things doesn’t belong” test question, because while the Mets and Cubs…

  11. White Sox close to signing Omar Vizquel

    Nov 20, 2009, 12:25 PM EDT

    Omar Vizquel must not have drawn any interest for a possible full- or even part-time job, because FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal reports that he’s close to signing a one-year deal with the White Sox. Chicago has Alexei Ramirez entrenched at shortstop and plans to make Gordon Beckham an everyday second baseman after playing him at third…

  12. Garrett Atkins: 'I'll be on another team next year'

    Nov 20, 2009, 11:45 AM EDT

    For now at least the Rockies have held off on releasing Garrett Atkins, but the veteran third baseman admitted yesterday that he sees zero chance of remaining in Colorado: “I know that I’ll be on another team next year and I’m just getting ready to have a good season.” Atkins’ performance has declined significantly in…

  13. Keith Law's top 50 free agents

    Nov 20, 2009, 10:55 AM EDT

    Keith Law turns in his annual list of the top 50 free agents over at ESPN.com (Insider only).  On the heels of his Cy Young ballot yesterday, you won’t be surprised to learn that he has Carl Pavano at number one. OK, he doesn’t. I kid Keith because I love Keith.  His list, as always,…

  14. Lincecum apologizes for harshing everyone's buzz

    Nov 20, 2009, 10:25 AM EDT

    If Tim Lincecum truly regrets anything, he probably regrets getting caught the most. But he’s pretty hip to the P.R. issues surrounding his pot bust and because of it he offered a statement following his post-Cy Young interview yesterday: “I made a mistake and I regret my actions. I want to apologize to the Giants organization and…

  15. Gammons and Edes on the Red Sox' plans

    Nov 20, 2009, 9:50 AM EDT

    There aren’t many people who know the Red Sox front office better than Peter Gammons and Gordon Edes do, and this morning they provide their views as to what that front office is going to do this offseason. Their thinking: They both think that Jason Bay will stay in Boston, mostly because the Mets don’t…

  16. Dbacks to use Heilman as a reliever

    Nov 20, 2009, 9:20 AM EDT

    As Matthew noted yesterday, while Aaron Heilman has started before, he’s probably a better bet to pitch out of the pen.  Seems that the Dbacks’ GM Josh Byrnes agrees, as he said last night that Heilman “definitely strengthens our bullpen.” Remember back when Heilman’s agent made a big fuss over this, saying “The object is…

  17. Strasburg twists knee, Rizzo clenches sphincter

    Nov 20, 2009, 8:50 AM EDT

    Stephen Strasburg twisted his knee shagging fly balls yesterday. They say it wasn’t necessarily serious, but he “heard a ‘pop’ in his knee and crumpled to the ground” and is being sent to L.A. to be examined by an orthopedist.  This is the best part: Nationals General Manager Mike Rizzo did not immediately return voice…

  18. Paul Lo Duca wants to play again. Please try to contain your excitement

    Nov 20, 2009, 8:20 AM EDT

    Paul Lo Duca was on XM radio yesterday lobbying for a spring training invite: “I’m completely healthy. I feel unbelievable. I’ve been hitting the last four or five days constantly and started my workouts. I feel great. My hand feels 100 percent for the first time in a while. My hamstring and my knee finally…

  19. Free Agency Preview: Starting pitchers

    Nov 20, 2009, 3:08 AM EDT

    Free Agency Preview – Catcher Free Agency Preview – First base & DH Free Agency Preview – Second base Free Agency Preview – Third base Free Agency Preview – Shortstop Free Agency Preview – Outfield This is part seven in a series of columns looking at this winter’s free agents, trade candidates and non-tender possibilities.…

  20. Giants, Dodgers, Cubs just say 'no'

    Nov 19, 2009, 7:16 PM EDT

    On the day before teams could officially make offers to another team’s free agents, most of the talk from GMs and owners related to which players they wouldn’t pursue. *As we touched on earlier, the Angels are out on Matt Holliday. *The Giants say it’s doubtful that they’ll be involved in the chase for Holliday…

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