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  1. Gordon Edes doesn't like the Red Sox' moves

    Dec 15, 2009, 11:15 AM EDT

    Gordon Edes, late of Yahoo! late of the Boston Globe and now writing for ESPN Boston doesn’t like Red Sox’ recent moves very much. He notes that the Sox don’t usually sign free agent pitchers to big deals. He outlines Lackey’s health history, making what seems like a more aggressive case for Lackey as an…

  2. Juan Pierre traded to the White Sox

    Dec 15, 2009, 10:59 AM EDT

    They thought he was untradable with that contract of his, but Ned Colletti pulled it off. Tim Brown of Yahoo! tweets: White Sox acquire Juan Pierre for two minor league pitchers. Dodgers pick up about half of remaining salary. More than anyone Pierre has taken abuse by people for his contract — and he’ll make…

  3. The Rangers' sale deadline is today

    Dec 15, 2009, 10:29 AM EDT

    Tom Hicks has been told by Major League Baseball that he needs to pick the winning bidder in the Rangers’ sale today and to commence negotiations to finalize a deal.  No doubt today was picked as the deadline so that everyone can be free to celebrate my daughter’s sixth birthday later this evening. Hicks may…

  4. Halladay negotiations complete

    Dec 15, 2009, 9:58 AM EDT

    Buster tweets that the deal is in place and that, as we speak, Roy Halladay is taking his physical. We’ll update when we learn exactly when he turns his head and coughs. Heyman says that the deal is a three-year, $60-million extension with two vesting option. I’d presume its based on innings and that the…

  5. The Pros and Cons of Trading Draft Picks

    Dec 15, 2009, 9:55 AM EDT

    Day two of’s “Fixing the Draft” series deals with something for which just about everybody has advocated in some fashion in recent years: trading draft picks. While the article is set up as a pro-con piece, the pros get about 90% of the space, with the only real cons cited being that (a) a…

  6. The Mets, Orioles and Phillies are in on Fernando Rodney

    Dec 15, 2009, 9:30 AM EDT

    ESPN’s Jorge Arangure tweets that, while nothing is imminent, the Mets, Phillies and Orioles are “in on” Fernando Rodney. Rodney likely wants to close as opposed to serving as someone’s setup man, which makes Baltimore and Philly better options than New York, where K-Rod has the gig. Of course, if he thinks of himself as…

  7. What they're saying about the Lee-Halladay deal

    Dec 15, 2009, 9:00 AM EDT

    Taking the pulse of the blogosphere on Lee-Halladay: Big League Stew:  “It’s Jack Zduriencik’s world and all other GMs are just living in it.” U.S.S. Mariner: “I just have to say that this is so amazingly awesome, I’m still trying to figure out how on earth this is actually happening.” Crashburn Alley: “GM Ruben Amaro…

  8. The Yankees have "reached out" to Bay

    Dec 15, 2009, 8:30 AM EDT

    This smells more like due diligence than real interest, but John Tomase and Michael Silverman of the Boston Herald report that the Yankees are “lurking in the weeds” and have expressed their interest in Jason Bay. At the very least this returns some pressure to Johnny Damon after a day in which some of it…

  9. With Halladay in Philly, is Derek Lowe the Angels' Plan B?

    Dec 15, 2009, 8:00 AM EDT

    Though never considered a front runner, the Angels had been rumored at various times in the past few weeks to be in on re-signing John Lackey or trading for Roy Halladay. The point was that they want and need a starting pitcher. Now that those guys are off the table, they are turning to plan…

  10. Report: Cardinals offer Holliday eight-year deal

    Dec 15, 2009, 12:54 AM EDT

    Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the Cardinals have offered Matt Holliday an eight-year contract worth about $16 million per year. On the off chance that it’s accepted, it’d be the biggest contract in Cardinals history, overtaking the seven-year, $100 million deal that Albert Pujols is two years away from finishing up.…

  11. Mariners set to steal Lee in Halladay deal

    Dec 14, 2009, 10:59 PM EDT

    ESPN’s Jayson Stark’s latest has some new twists in the Roy Halladay deal, and they seem to clearly favor the Mariners. At 6:00 pm, the deal looked like this, according to Stark: Phillies acquire Roy Halladay, Mariners prospect, Mariners prospect Mariners acquire Cliff Lee Blue Jays acquire Phillippe Aumont, Travis d’Arnaud, Phillies prospect (likely OF…

  12. Monday evening signings: Blue Jays, Marlins, A's

    Dec 14, 2009, 9:34 PM EDT

    *’s Jordan Bastian reports that the Blue Jays and Ramon Castro have come to terms on a one-year deal worth about $1 million. The Blue Jays will get nice pop from their $3 million catching duo of John Buck and Castro. The two combined for 15 homers and 61 RBI in 341 at-bats last season.…

  13. Lackey done, Red Sox work to get Cameron

    Dec 14, 2009, 9:11 PM EDT

    Update: Rosenthal reports that a two-year contract worth $15.5 million is nearly done. ***** According to’s Ken Rosenthal, the Red Sox, who have already come to terms with John Lackey today, are working on a two-year deal with Mike Cameron. It’d be nice to see the perpetually underrated Cameron finally get a chance to…

  14. Former Ranger Lewis to return to MLB

    Dec 14, 2009, 8:21 PM EDT

    Citing family health problems, Colby Lewis has decided to leave Japan and return to MLB for the 2010 season. Lewis was viewed as one of the game’s best pitching prospects for a time at the beginning of the decade, but he was a complete bust for the Rangers. He had a 6.29 ERA in 34…

  15. Yankees-Red Sox to face off in 2010 opener

    Dec 14, 2009, 7:49 PM EDT

    And because the Red Sox haven’t been involved in enough news today. It was announced Monday that the Yankees and Red Sox would open the 2010 season schedule, with a prime time ESPN2 game on Sunday, April 4. The game was originally scheduled to be played Monday, but from the moment the schedule was announced,…

  16. Matsui, Angels agree on 1-year deal

    Dec 14, 2009, 7:46 PM EDT

    Craig noted earlier that the Angels were in “serious discussions” with World Series MVP Hideki Matsui. It turns out that the serious discussions will result in a serious relationship, as the New York Times reports that the sides have agreed on a one-year deal that will be announced as soon as Matsui passes his physical.…

  17. Halladay trade waits on extension, other details

    Dec 14, 2009, 6:34 PM EDT

    ESPN’s Jayson Stark, who still has some of the best Phillies sources in the business from his days in Philadelphia, appears to have the best handle on the Roy Halladay trade at the moment. According to his sources, the deal isn’t yet done. Besides the need for Halladay to agree to an extension — reportedly…

  18. Report: A-Rod, Kate Hudson break up

    Dec 14, 2009, 5:50 PM EDT

    I know. Cut me some slack. It’s been a monstrously news-heavy day, and a man is entitled to turn his brain off at the end of it, OK?  Besides, if all of that A-Rod-is-a-new-man talk is to be believed, this could have competitive implications for the Yankees: It’s over for Hollywood hottie Kate Hudson and Yankee…

  19. Astros bring back Michaels, sign Chacin

    Dec 14, 2009, 5:49 PM EDT’s Alyson Footer reports that the Astros have re-signed Jason Michaels to a one-year, $800,000 contract and added left-hander Gustavo Chacin on a minor league deal. After a brutal start, Michaels performed well in extremely limited action for the Astros last season, hitting .311/.400/.557 in 61 at-bats after the break to finished with a 752…

  20. Lackey signing could put BoSox in deal mode

    Dec 14, 2009, 5:15 PM EDT

    This is the most stunned I’ve been by a Red Sox transaction during the Theo Epstein era. I like to think I’m usually on the same page with the Boston braintrust when it comes to which players to pursue. But I fully expected the Red Sox to come out of this winter with Matt Holliday,…

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