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  1. Manny Acta is lookin' good

    Dec 8, 2009, 4:23 PM EDT

    This is the look of a man with job security.

  2. Brewers make three-year, $31 million offer to Wolf and talk to Mulder

    Dec 8, 2009, 4:15 PM EDT

    Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that the Brewers have made Randy Wolf a three-year, $31 million offer and are now simply waiting for his decision. Wolf and the Brewers were said to be on the verge of a deal last night, but the Mets apparently changed things by expressing late interest. Wolf…

  3. Peter Gammons is leaving ESPN

    Dec 8, 2009, 3:55 PM EDT

    If the Yankees traded Derek Jeter to the Mets for two minor leaguers, about half of this media room would be running around like crazy.  About 15 minutes ago, the entire media room started running around like crazy.  Why? Because one of their own is getting dealt, and it’s a big big name: Baseball Hall…

  4. White Sox look to bring Godzilla to Chicago

    Dec 8, 2009, 3:51 PM EDT

    According to Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News, the White Sox have “emerged as serious contenders” to sign free agent Hideki Matsui. Even though Matsui posted an 876 OPS last season, won World Series MVP honors and brings in millions of dollars in revenue just by being himself, the Yankees have seemingly made…

  5. Twins cut Bonser to make room for Pavano

    Dec 8, 2009, 3:45 PM EDT

    Much like the Braves cutting Ryan Church earlier this afternoon to make room for Rafael Soriano after he surprisingly accepted arbitration, the Twins have designated Boof Bonser for assignment to clear a 40-man roster spot for Carl Pavano. Pavano accepted the Twins’ arbitration offer before yesterday’s midnight deadline, essentially agreeing to remain in Minnesota on…

  6. Blue Jays in running to acquire Doumit from Pirates

    Dec 8, 2009, 3:31 PM EDT

    The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Dejan Kovacevic reports that the Pirates and Blue Jays are discussing a Ryan Doumit deal, with Jeremy Accardo possibly going the other way. The Mariners and Giants also reportedly have some interest in Doumit. Because of Buster Posey’s presence, the Giants are known to prefer a catcher on a one-year deal, but…

  7. Great Moments in history repeating itself

    Dec 8, 2009, 3:20 PM EDT

    The same dude just struck again.  The scene: Joe Maddon sit-down. The reporter: the same Japanese guy from yesterday. The questions: (1) What did you think of Hideki Matsui’s World Series performance?; and (2) Would you like to have a player like Hideki Matsui in your lineup? I’m going to find that guy in the…

  8. BBWAA changes Cy Young ballot, adds Forman

    Dec 8, 2009, 3:05 PM EDT

    This afternoon the Baseball Writers Association of America got together to vote on various issues and the meeting produced a couple interesting pieces of news. First and foremost they voted to expand the Cy Young ballot from three spots to five spots, which is no doubt in response to the uproar caused by two writers…

  9. Report: Giants, Padres talk Kouzmanoff

    Dec 8, 2009, 3:03 PM EDT

    USA TODAY’s Bob Nightengale reports that the Giants have engaged the Padres on Kevin Kouzmanoff, though they haven’t come close to meeting the asking price yet. It’d be of little surprise in one of new Padres GM Jed Hoyer’s first moves was to shed Kouzmanoff. The 28-year-old has some ability to hit for average and…

  10. The world is made for people who aren't cursed with self-awareness

    Dec 8, 2009, 2:53 PM EDT

    Case in point, Jim Bowden, who just said this on Sirius radio about the Pudge Rodriguez deal: “Following in the footsteps of Paul Lo Duca and Dmitri Young, another bad [signing] by the Nationals.” That’s former Nats GM Jim Bowden. The man who signed both Lo Duca and Young.  I sure hope he had his…

  11. Someone needs to tell A.J. Hinch that Max Scherzer got traded

    Dec 8, 2009, 2:20 PM EDT

    A.J. Hinch is talking to the media now for his pre-scheduled availability, and he was asked a question about the development of the kids in Arizona, the young rotation, etc., and he kept going on and on about Max Scherzer’s development as a starter and how he’s an ace-in-training. I suppose it’s possible that he’s…

  12. Yanks, Tigers prevail in 3-team Granderson deal

    Dec 8, 2009, 2:09 PM EDT

    The incredible thing is that the Diamondbacks were supposed to be the driving force behind the whole thing. Maybe GM Josh Byrnes was simply so eager to get the deal done that he lost his way, but it looks like the Diamondbacks are really losing out in the three-team deal sending Curtis Granderson to New…

  13. Braves cut Church to make room for Soriano

    Dec 8, 2009, 2:08 PM EDT

    Atlanta clearly wasn’t planning for Rafael Soriano to accept their arbitration offer, but now that he’s back in the fold–until they can find a trade partner, at least–the Braves cleared room for him on the 40-man roster by designating outfielder Ryan Church for assignment. Church was acquired from the Mets in July for Jeff Francoeur…

  14. White Sox overpay for mediocrity, sign Teahen to three-year deal

    Dec 8, 2009, 1:40 PM EDT

    Mark Teahen and the White Sox have agreed to a three-year, $14 million contract, which will cover his remaining two seasons of arbitration eligibility and buy out his first year of free agency. That’s a lot of money for mediocrity, but comes as no surprise given the oddly prevalent notion that Teahen is somehow an…

  15. "Looks like the three-way trade is going to happen"

    Dec 8, 2009, 1:27 PM EDT

    So says the Inside The D-Backs blog at MLB.com.  “D-backs would give up Max Scherzer and Daniel Schlereth and receive pitchers Ian Kennedy and Edwin Jackson.” He’s the only one I’ve seen saying that so far, though there is growing optimism in all quarters. Jon Morosi is saying that it’s “closer” and that they’re “making…

  16. The Baseball Trade Show is insane

    Dec 8, 2009, 1:07 PM EDT

    I just took a break from reading everyone’s tweets and admiring Mel Antonen’s haircut to walk over to the Convention Center to check out the Trade Show.  It’s really something to behold. Geared more towards the minor leagues than the majors, the Trade Show is where some 300 exhibitors hawk wares ranging from caps, blankets,…

  17. Delcarmen kept injury hidden while struggling

    Dec 8, 2009, 12:58 PM EDT

    Manny Delcarmen had a 2.41 ERA in the first half and a 7.27 ERA in the second half, and today agent Jim Masteralexis explained that the reliever kept an arm injury secret while struggling: He told me his arm just didn’t feel right. He thought he could pitch through it and bounce back, but it…

  18. Rangers turn down Wilson-for-Snyder swap

    Dec 8, 2009, 12:27 PM EDT

    According to MLB.com’s T.R. Sullivan, the Rangers turned down the Diamondbacks’ offer of catcher Chris Snyder for reliever C.J. Wilson. Jarrod Saltalamacchia’s uncertain health status has the Rangers in the market for catching help, which is why they brought in Ivan Rodriguez down the stretch, but Snyder is owed $11.25 million over the next two…

  19. The Mets and Luis Castillo

    Dec 8, 2009, 11:58 AM EDT

    The New York Times’ Ben Shpigel asks why the Mets seem insistent on dealing Luis Castillo.  Seems like an easy call to me: he has no range he has no power, he makes too much money, and there are actually teams out there who might want to deal for him. The real question, it seems,…

  20. Orioles join Giants in the mix for Dan Uggla

    Dec 8, 2009, 11:44 AM EDT

    Last night Matthew discussed the Giants’ potential interest in trading for Marlins second baseman Dan Uggla in order to make him their starting left fielder and today MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro writes that the Orioles may also be interested in acquiring him to play a position other than second base. Baltimore reportedly would move Uggla to…

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