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  1. "The NCAA makes its own rules and can do what it wants to do"

    Dec 4, 2009, 1:20 PM EDT

    James Paxton is a left-handed pitcher for the University of Kentucky. He was taken with the 37th overall pick by the Blue Jays in the draft last summer. He decided that he’d rather return for his senior year, however, and did so. Beginning in October, the NCAA started contacting UK about Paxton. It’s still unclear what about,…

  2. Orioles may give Mets competition for Delgado

    Dec 4, 2009, 1:02 PM EDT

    Following yesterday’s report that the Mets are interested in re-signing Carlos Delgado, Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com notes that they may have some competition from the Orioles: Carlos Delgado hasn’t started playing for Gigantes de Carolina of the Puerto Rican Winter League. The Orioles still intend to scout him later this month unless they find another…

  3. Is Adrian Belte worth eight figures a year?

    Dec 4, 2009, 12:40 PM EDT

    A lot of us have been giving the Phillies crap for going in at $6 million a year over three years for Polanco, citing Adrian Beltre as a younger, better option.  According to Buster Olney, however, Beltre’s asking prince is $10 million per, and you’d have to figure that starts at three years. Yes, Beltre…

  4. Nobody listens to Joe Girardi

    Dec 4, 2009, 12:15 PM EDT

    There’s a reason why the Yankees focus on free agent veterans: kids these days just won’t listen to Joe Girardi. The Yankee skipper tried to teach the Jets’ quarterback how to slide after getting his left knee banged up while pulling a Jim McMahon last week. So what happens last night? He forgets what Girardi…

  5. Red Sox fill shortstop void with Marco Scutaro

    Dec 4, 2009, 11:58 AM EDT

    Marco Scutaro’s contract with the Red Sox is a two-year deal with a mutual option for 2012 and ESPN.com’s Buster Olney has the monetary details: Signing bonus: $1 million 2010: $5 million 2011: $5 million 2012: $6 million team option, $3 million player option, or $1.5 million buyout Technically that means Scutaro is guaranteed at…

  6. The Angels aren't out of the John Lackey business just yet

    Dec 4, 2009, 11:25 AM EDT

    While the Angels’ baseball people are said to have moved on from the idea of keeping John Lackey around, owner Arte Moreno is not letting go: Club officials had all but decided to part with Lackey during the team’s organizational meetings at the end of the regular season, according to multiple major-league sources. But Moreno,…

  7. The Pirates are interested in bringing Nady back

    Dec 4, 2009, 11:00 AM EDT

    While Pittsburgh is sniffing around Rick Ankiel and Hank Blalock, they’re also thinking about Xavier Nady, according to Dejan Kovacevic: An X-Man sequel? The Pirates have made initial inquiries on free-agent outfielder Xavier Nady, as well as reliever Ron Villone and shortstop Bobby Crosby, though none of those inquiries is known to have moved past…

  8. Dennis Gilbert wants to run it all in Texas; Nolan Ryan wants no part of it

    Dec 4, 2009, 10:30 AM EDT

    It’s being reported that Rangers owner Tom Hicks has had a falling out with Dennis Gilbert, the guy who, just two days ago, was called the front runner to take over the team.  This is good news, reports Randy Galloway of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, because if Gilbert had come on board, Nolan Ryan was…

  9. The Royals are shopping Gil Meche and David DeJesus

    Dec 4, 2009, 9:58 AM EDT

    Rosenthal and Morosi report that the Royals are open to trading Gil Meche and David DeJesus, likely waiting until most of the free agents sign, making their market out of the teams who don’t have a chair when the music stops on the Randy Wolfs and Marlon Byrds of the world. Meche’s season ended early…

  10. Great Moments in Winter Meetings Previews

    Dec 4, 2009, 9:30 AM EDT

    From MLB.com’s Winter Meetings preview piece: What will Scott Boras wear? This one’s easy to answer. The agent who always seems to have a handful of hugely important clients during these Meetings rocks a blazer, a button-down shirt and jeans, in addition to plenty of smiles when his players get their deals. Glad to know.…

  11. Amaro had his reasons for the Polanco deal. Bad reasons, but reasons all the same

    Dec 4, 2009, 8:55 AM EDT

    Neither Aaron, nor Matthew nor I are all that thrilled with the Polanco deal, but via Rosenthal, Phillies GM Ruben Amaro, Jr. defends the length of the deal thusly: 1. “I think he’s going to be in shape — he takes care of himself. 2. “He’s versatile, he can move around. If he’s not playing…

  12. MLBAM comes down on the Yankee Universe

    Dec 4, 2009, 8:27 AM EDT

    The Yankee Universe is a blog run by some guys I know. It’s also the name of the Yankees’ little Red Sox Nation wannabe fanclub.  You can see where this is heading: Accordingly, demand is hereby made that you immediately cease and desist from using the YANKEE UNIVERSE name and the Logo, any other Yankees Mark…

  13. Marquis and the Rockies didn't have a falling out

    Dec 4, 2009, 8:01 AM EDT

    Yesterday’s report of hard feelings between Jason Marquis and the Rockies is being denied by both parties. Dan O’Dowd: “There was no falling out. He was extremely professional about it. It wasn’t an issue at all.”  Marquis says that not getting a start in the NLDS was no big deal: “I was prepared to pitch…

  14. Reports: Red Sox nab Scutaro to take over at shortstop

    Dec 3, 2009, 10:04 PM EDT

    Update – Multiple sources are now confirming the agreement. The Boston Herald’s Michael Silverman says the two sides have, in fact, come to terms on a two-year deal, likely with a mutual option for a third year. Sources close to Marco Scutaro told Venezuela-based Lider that the free agent has agreed to terms with the…

  15. Report: Mariners, Figgins involved in serious talks

    Dec 3, 2009, 9:02 PM EDT

    Multiple sources told FOXSports.com’s Jon Paul Morosi that the Mariners and Chone Figgins were involved in serious talks Thursday. Morosi labels Seattle as the clear favorites to land Figgins, who is believed to be seeking a four-year deal worth in excess of $10 million per season. The Mariners presumably would keep Figgins at third base…

  16. Pouliot's thoughts: Polanco wasn't the best phit for Phils

    Dec 3, 2009, 8:33 PM EDT

    Phillies sign infielder Placido Polanco to a three-year, $18 million contract with a mutual option for 2013. Polanco has already had a pretty unusual career, but the Phillies are showing way too much faith that he’ll continue to defy the aging curve. Second baseman have a nasty habit of falling off a cliff in their…

  17. Ranking the farm systems

    Dec 3, 2009, 7:02 PM EDT

    Baseball America’s annual ranking of the farm systems is out. The top five: Rangers, Rays, Giants, Phillies and Indians.  The bottom five: Nationals, Diamondbacks, Blue Jays, Cardinals and Astros. The Giants at number 3 seems like an empty ranking to me.  While they still technically count, the two blue chippers they name — Buster Posey…

  18. Probable No. 1 pick Harper now clear for 2010 draft

    Dec 3, 2009, 6:50 PM EDT

    Bryce Harper, who has long been viewed as the top talent in the 2010 draft, received his GED results on Wednesday and passed with “flying colors,” his junior college coach told Baseball America. Harper left high school early in an effort to clear the way for him to sign a professional contract next year. He’ll…

  19. A's get infielders Fox, Miles from Cubs

    Dec 3, 2009, 6:29 PM EDT

    ESPN Chicago is reporting that the A’s have acquired Jake Fox and Aaron Miles from the Cubs for reliever Jeff Gray and two prospects. It’s hard to imagine that the A’s actually wanted Miles. Instead, taking all or a portion of his $2.7 million salary was part of the price to get Fox, who is…

  20. Bay a surprising target for Mariners

    Dec 3, 2009, 6:28 PM EDT

    Jack Zduriencik has emphasized defense time and time again since taking the helm in Seattle. He acquired Franklin Gutierrez to play center, picked up and then re-signed Jack Wilson for shortstop and he traded for Endy Chavez, Jack Hannahan and Ryan Langerhans to occupy lesser roles. All are players who have been rated very favorably…

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