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  1. Jason Bay press conference highlights

    Jan 5, 2010, 1:23 PM EDT

    The Mets unveiled their newest bauble a couple of hours ago. After giving him a New York Rangers jersey with his name on it — seriously — Bay faced the press. The whole thing is here if you want to read it. Here are the highlights: Asked about leaving the Sox, Bay said that he…

  2. Beltre could make $10 million in 2011. Maybe.

    Jan 5, 2010, 12:56 PM EDT

    Ken Rosenthal (and others) have reported this morning that Adrian Beltre’s 2011 option could double from $5 million to $10 million based on incentives. What incentives? Rosenthal just tweeted that he gets the extra $5 million if he makes 640 plate appearances. For what it’s worth, Beltre has made 640 plate appearances thrice in his…

  3. More drip, drip, drip from the Matt Holliday faucet

    Jan 5, 2010, 12:25 PM EDT

    A lot of you get sick of the little piece-by-piece rumor mill of the hot stove season, preferring that we wait until there’s a solid news story instead of a mere rumor to talk about something.  I understand why you feel that way, but I disagree with that approach for the simple reason that I…

  4. Shelley Duncan, Austin Kearns sign with the Indians

    Jan 5, 2010, 11:51 AM EDT

    Shelley Duncan would have probably been a nice addition to any number of teams last year, but he had the misfortune of being one of the few — the Yankees — that had absolutely no use for him. So he ended up sitting in Scranton last season, where he hit 30 homers. Now he’s going…

  5. Why most arbitration cases settle

    Jan 5, 2010, 11:30 AM EDT

    Arbitration season starts in earnest today, as the filing period for arbitration begins. Players and teams will exchange figures on Jan. 19th. The hearings begin on February 1st. Arbitration, most people don’t realize, is basically litigation, and as is the case with litigation, most arbitration cases settle. Ninety percent, in fact. There are a number…

  6. The General Manager Gap

    Jan 5, 2010, 10:57 AM EDT

    There are a lot of reasons why the NL has been getting its butt handed to it by the AL in recent years. Money is one, the DH is another. Matt Klaassan of FanGraphs has another theory:  better GMs in the AL than in the NL. He doesn’t rank them, really. He simply creates two…

  7. The Braves should make Johnny Damon an Adrian Beltre offer

    Jan 5, 2010, 10:25 AM EDT

    Dave O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution spends some time imagining Johnny Damon in a Braves uniform, observing that Atlanta could afford to sign him if they could do a one- or two-year below $10 million. And he thinks that Damon would consider it because (a) he hasn’t received better offers; and (b) he’s told some…

  8. Miguel Olivo signs; Royals fans weep; Dayton Moore should be fired

    Jan 5, 2010, 9:55 AM EDT

    As reported by Troy Renck last week, the Colorado Rockies finalized their agreement with Miguel Olivo yesterday: one year and $2 million, with a club option for 2011. Good for the Rockies.  Even if the Rockies exercise Olivo’s option — which is $2.5 million — they will have saved $1.5 million over what Yorvit Torrealba…

  9. Francisco Liriano is "throwing the living fire out of the ball"

    Jan 5, 2010, 9:25 AM EDT

    And with this quote from Ron Gardenhire about Francisco Liriano, we officially begin to transition from the hot stove season to the “Player X is in the best shape of his life” season: “I just got a report that he’s throwing the living fire out of the ball down in the Dominican (Republic). He threw…

  10. Is Mike Lowell-to-the-Rangers once again possible?

    Jan 5, 2010, 8:55 AM EDT

    The first thought in most people’s minds after the Adrian Beltre deal was reported last night was what the Red Sox were going to do with Mike Lowell. OK, my first thought was “wow, Boras really misread the market for his dude,” but my next thought definitely was what to do about Mike Lowell. Almost…

  11. Matt Holliday and Cardinals are "on the brink of a deal"

    Jan 5, 2010, 8:25 AM EDT

    Joe Strauss of the Post-Dispatch reports that Cardinals’ Chairman Bill DeWitt Jr. and GM John Mozeliak met with Scott Boras over the weekend, and that the team and Matt Holliday are “on the brink of a deal.” Tony La Russa acknowledged that a deal should be done this week, though he did say “At some…

  12. Beltre allegedly turned down richer offers to come to Boston

    Jan 5, 2010, 7:55 AM EDT

    It’s probably rather galling to the rest of baseball that, in addition to being able to outbid just about everyone for any free agent, the Red Sox also get big discounts on guys who simply want to go there. That seems to be the case with Adrian Beltre: Beltre turned down more money from at…

  13. Mets 'very interested' in bringing back Delgado

    Jan 5, 2010, 2:37 AM EDT

    This morning, Craig touched on Carlos Delgado’s return to action in the Puerto Rican Winter League, mentioning that the Mets could be interested in bringing the slugging first baseman back to New York. Turns out that they are, indeed, interested. From’s Alden Gonzalez: One day after Carlos Delgado made his return from hip surgery…

  14. Vegas club-hoppers are sources you can trust

    Jan 5, 2010, 12:23 AM EDT

    Jason Giambi is considering re-signing with the Colorado Rockies. We know this because a source said as much to Troy Renck of The Denver Post. Giambi opened up his new club “Vanity” at the Hard Rock in Las Vegas this week. He’s a part owner in the venture, and lives in Vegas during the offseason.…

  15. Matt Kemp dating Rihanna? Now he's really big-time

    Jan 4, 2010, 8:45 PM EDT

    In just his second full season in the majors, Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp blossomed into a star. He hit .297, smashed 26 home runs, drove in 101 runs, and stole 34 bases. He earned both Gold Glove and Silver Slugger awards. It doesn’t get much better than that. Or does it? Now, according to…

  16. Report: Adrian Beltre signs with Boston

    Jan 4, 2010, 7:42 PM EDT

    Peter Gammons tweets:  1 year deal for $9 million and a player option for $5 million. There’s also a $1 million buyout, presumably so everyone can say he got $10 million. Physical pending, announcement to come later. Gut reaction: something of a comedown for the Boras-represented Beltre who, in addition to wanting $10 million, most…

  17. Because it worked so well with Van Benschoten…

    Jan 4, 2010, 6:33 PM EDT

    Anyone else see anything wrong here?

  18. Great Moments in Random Cool Stuff Sent to Me

    Jan 4, 2010, 6:00 PM EDT

    Normally if you get an unsolicited package in the mail from a group called “The National Ethnic Heritage Foundation in partnership with the Order of Sons of Italy in America,” you’re going to want someone else to open it. I got such a package today, but figuring that I have neither told anyone what I…

  19. UPDATE: At this point who the hell knows what's going on with Beltre?

    Jan 4, 2010, 5:37 PM EDT

    7:51 P.M.: OK, now we do know what the hell is going on: Beltre to Boston, one year, $9 million, with a player option for $5 million. 5:37 PM: First the Sox were in, then out, and now they’re apparently in again, as Gordon Edes at ESPN Boston is reporting that the Sox have actually…

  20. Transaction of the day

    Jan 4, 2010, 5:15 PM EDT

    MLB Trade Rumors passes this one along: The Royals signed lefty John Parrish to a minor league deal, according to a team press release.  Parrish, 32, missed all of ’09 with a shoulder injury . . . He has not had success against lefties in recent years. Hurt lefty who can’t get lefties out? Go…

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