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  1. Giving Thanks

    Nov 26, 2009, 8:15 AM EDT lists some of the many things we baseball fans have to be thankful for this fine morning: Thanks to Nationals right-hander Craig Stammen, Orioles right fielder Nick Markakis, Marlins club representatives and anyone else who was spotted this past week delivering turkeys and meals to families in need. There is only one word. Thanks…

  2. Blue Jays overcommit to light-hitting McDonald

    Nov 25, 2009, 7:50 PM EDT

    Alex Anthopoulos is a historically young general manager at 32, but his first significant move as the Jays’ decision-maker was certainly rooted in traditional, old-school thinking. On Wednesday, the Blue Jays agreed to terms with veteran infielder John McDonald on a two-year, $3 million deal. It was known that the move was coming, but indications…

  3. Moyer hospitalized for second time since surgery

    Nov 25, 2009, 7:29 PM EDT

    The Associated Press reported Wednesday that Jamie Moyer has been hospitalized because of recurring symptoms from September groin surgery, but lacked any information about his condition. Moyer was originally hospitalized in October because of a blood infection. The 46-year-old left-hander underwent surgery to repair three torn tendons in groin area at the end of September.

  4. Pouliot's thoughts on Wednesday's moves: Andruw, Liz, Hulett

    Nov 25, 2009, 5:47 PM EDT

    *White Sox sign outfielder Andruw Jones, who had been with the Rangers, on a one-year, $500,000 contract. Surprisingly, the deal includes just $1 million in incentives. Jones must have looked at what happened to guys like Jim Edmonds, Geoff Jenkins and Shannon Stewart last season and decided that taking an extremely modest deal was better…

  5. Add Duchscherer to the list of potential BoSox

    Nov 25, 2009, 4:45 PM EDT

    Other teams are interested in players too, we assume, but all indications are that it’s a lot more fun to report what the Red Sox and Yankees are doing. stated Wednesday that the Red Sox are displaying interest in free agent Justin Duchscherer, who missed the first three-quarters of last season while recovering from…

  6. Red Sox should forgo Halladay for Holliday

    Nov 25, 2009, 4:28 PM EDT

    After all, it’s only money. The addition of Roy Halladay to Boston’s already fine rotation would certainly provide a boost. Halladay is clearly one of the top five pitchers in baseball, and he’s about as much of a Yankee killer as anyone in the league, having gone 18-6 with a 2.84 ERA and seven complete…

  7. Angels baseball now 64 percent less annoying

    Nov 25, 2009, 4:07 PM EDT

    Sure, they still have the Rally Monkey and Thunderstix, but the Angels got rid of their TV duo of Steve Physioc and Rex Hudler on Tuesday, turning chores over to play-by-play man Rory Markas and color commentator Mark Gubicza. I’m not going to pretend to know much about Markas, who had been paired with Gubicza…

  8. White Sox sign Andruw Jones to one-year deal

    Nov 25, 2009, 3:20 PM EDT

    Andruw Jones and the White Sox have agreed to a one-year deal worth $500,000 in guarantees and another $1 million in potential incentives, with general manager Ken Williams making it very clear that the five-time All-Star is being brought in as a bench player: This is an opportunity to add a power bat to the…

  9. Some team should give Shelley Duncan a chance

    Nov 25, 2009, 2:24 PM EDT

    Shelley Duncan would probably have several seasons in the big leagues under his belt had just about any other team drafted him in the second round back in 2001, but instead he’s wasted away in the Yankees’ minor-league system. Duncan has accumulated 3,812 plate appearances spread over 905 games and nine seasons in the minors,…

  10. Blue Jays set to re-sign McDonald for $1.5 million

    Nov 25, 2009, 1:37 PM EDT

    While trade rumors swirl around Roy Halladay, it looks like Alex Anthopoulos’ first move as the Blue Jays’ new general manager will be re-signing John McDonald for one year and $1.5 million. McDonald has spent the past five seasons in Toronto, starting a total of 301 games, but was primarily a backup this year as…

  11. MVP voting confirms Utley as most underrated

    Nov 25, 2009, 12:51 PM EDT

    During his amazing playoff run last month I penned a lengthy article about Chase Utley being the most underrated player in baseball, writing: “Many media members and fans seem to think of him as merely a very good player rather than a truly great one.” Part of my evidence for Utley being significantly underrated was…

  12. Adrian Gonzalez is not available

    Nov 25, 2009, 11:01 AM EDT

    Someone let ESPN’s Buster Olney know that teams asking the Padres about Adrian Gonzalez are being told to take a hike. Which makes perfect sense.  Gonzalez is cheap, he’s the only draw left in San Diego, and it’s season ticket renewal time. Trade him now and not only do you not likely get value back (wait until…

  13. The Braves would be a sweet spot for Billy Wagner

    Nov 25, 2009, 10:50 AM EDT

    And I’m not just saying that because I’m a Braves fan.’s Braves expert Mark Bowman thinks so too, reporting that Wagner’s agent has been in contact with Atlanta and making the excellent point that, though signing Wagner may very well cost a team a first round pick, the Braves are unique in that their…

  14. Lincecum poised to break the arbitration bank

    Nov 25, 2009, 10:23 AM EDT

    Yahoo!’s Tim Brown reports that Tim Lincecum’s agents could file a $23 million arbitration figure if the Giants don’t come to their freakin’ senses and buy out the guy’s arbitration years. $23 million would dwarf the previous largest request — Derek Jeter asked for $18.5 million in 2001 before settling on a ten-year contract.  The largest…

  15. The Red Sox are seeking Scutaro

    Nov 25, 2009, 9:50 AM EDT

    Last week Aaron ran down the Red Sox’ shortstop options. Among the possibilities? Signing free agent Marco Scutaro.  That possibility is inching closer to reality, as the Boston Herald’s Michael Silverman is reporting that Boston is, in fact, sniffing around Scutaro. Scutaro hits better than Alex Gonzalez, and for a team that lived and won a lot of…

  16. Frank McCourt pleads poverty. Relatively speaking.

    Nov 25, 2009, 9:23 AM EDT

    Frank McCourt — who owns a baseball team worth close to a billion dollars, multiple luxury homes and eats out at fancy schmancy restaurants seven nights a week — claims that he’s got a cash flow problem: Mr. McCourt’s filing paints the picture of a man who, relative to his lifestyle, is operating without much…

  17. Damon to the press: "Tell the Yankees I want to sign!"

    Nov 25, 2009, 8:55 AM EDT

    Johnny Damon, speaking to the press at a light switch-flipping event at the Empire State Building yesterday: “I know what’s here in New York – you have the new Stadium, you have the great coaches, you have the great players. You guys just have to tell Cash to get things going with me. I’m up…

  18. The Red Sox "putting on a full court press" for Halladay

    Nov 25, 2009, 8:00 AM EDT

    And now for your daily Roy Halladay rumor. This one, from Mark Feinsand and Bill Madden of the Daily News, sounds a bit bolder than your usual “Team X may be considering possibly maybe potentially trading for Roy Halladay” stuff: The Red Sox are “putting on a full-court press” to acquire Roy Halladay, according to…

  19. Peavy, A-Gone and beer-fueled trade rumors

    Nov 24, 2009, 10:32 PM EDT

    About a week ago, rumors cropped up that the Chicago White Sox were looking into dealing for San Diego Padres stud Adrian Gonzalez. There didn’t seem to be much to the rumors. The Chicago Tribune gave credence to a report that the White Sox, Angels and Padres had discussed a three-way deal that would send…

  20. Albatross Guillen doesn't expect to be back with Royals

    Nov 24, 2009, 9:12 PM EDT

    Upon hearing a hint of a rumor that he could be dealt to the Mets, Jose Guillen told Dominican paper Diairo Libre that he was open to waiving his partial no-trade clause to play for the club and that he doesn’t expect to be back with the Royals next year. According to the

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