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  1. Notes on the catching market: Torrealba, Molina, Kendall

    Dec 9, 2009, 7:12 PM EST

    *’s Tracy Ringolsby reports that the Rockies and Yorvit Torrealba are about $1 million apart on a two-year deal, with the Rockies offering $5 million. Ringolsby also has the Rockies looking at Miguel Olivo, Josh Bard and Jason Kendall as fall-back options. The Nationals’ decision to give Ivan Rodriguez $6 million for two years makes…

  2. UPDATE: Astros trade for Matt Lindstrom

    Dec 9, 2009, 7:03 PM EST

    UPDATE: The deal is official now. Florida receives mid-level prospects Robert Bono and Luis Bryan, plus a player to be named later. And saves a bit of cash, of course. * * * * * * * * * * Houston has been shopping for bullpen help after closer Jose Valverde declined arbitration and setup…

  3. Report: Rangers, Red Sox discuss Lowell deal

    Dec 9, 2009, 6:43 PM EST

    According to the Providence Journal’s Joe McDonald, the Red Sox and Rangers are discussing a Mike Lowell deal, with Max Ramirez potentially being involved. The Rangers have been looking for a right-handed bat to pair with Nelson Cruz behind Josh Hamilton in the lineup, with Jermaine Dye’s name being mentioned frequently. Lowell, though, may well…

  4. Orioles bring in Millwood to head young rotation

    Dec 9, 2009, 6:35 PM EST

    It was a prerequisite to the Rangers’ signing of Rich Harden; Kevin Milllwood’s $12 million salary simply had to be stricken from the books. To make it happen, the Rangers ate $3 million and sent the veteran to the Orioles for former closer Chris Ray and a player to be named. Millwood is coming off…

  5. Random stuff from the blockbuster press conference

    Dec 9, 2009, 6:16 PM EST

    Josh Byrnes, Dave Dombrowski and Brian Cashman were just brought before us to “announce” the Granderson trade.  I think I could rip into about 2,000 words on the metaphysics of it all (i.e. has the trade really happened if no one has yet to announce it?) but I’ll save that for the bar and my…

  6. Harden picks odd spot to rebuild his value

    Dec 9, 2009, 6:09 PM EST

    As our own Craig Calcaterra reported earlier, Rich Harden is joining the Rangers on a one-year, $7.5 million deal with an $11.5 million option for 2010. The price seems about right, but the destination is still rather surprising. It’s hard to imagine that there weren’t going to be teams willing to present similar, if not…

  7. Source: Harden to join Rangers on one-year, $7.5 million deal

    Dec 9, 2009, 5:14 PM EST

    Update 2: Craig has confirmed that the deal is with the Rangers. One year, $7.5 million with the option for 2011. ***** Update: Craig’s source is hearing one-year, $7.5 million with an $11.5 million option for 2011. Possibly with the Mariners. ***** Sources are telling ESPN’s Buster Olney that free agent Rich Harden is on…

  8. Bay not a top priority for Angels or Mariners

    Dec 9, 2009, 4:30 PM EST

    The speculation Tuesday was that the Mariners were cooling on free agent Jason Bay, but that the Angels were becoming more and more interested. Apparently, that wasn’t quite the case. Said manager Mike Scioscia on Wednesday: “I have not reached out personally to him, but he has been in internal discussions that we’ve had as…

  9. Yankees-Tigers-Dbacks' deal to be announced at 4:30

    Dec 9, 2009, 4:11 PM EST

    They just announced that the GMs from the Yankees, Diamondbacks and Tigers will be up on the stage in front of us all at 4:30 “for an announcement.” I’ll totally tell you what they say.  Word on the street is that there was a trade or something. Aren’t you glad you have me here to…

  10. Jackson likely to struggle if asked to immediately replace Granderson

    Dec 9, 2009, 4:07 PM EST

    Austin Jackson is arguably the centerpiece of the package heading to the Tigers from the three-team trade with the Yankees and Diamondbacks, and Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that Detroit plans to have him replace Curtis Granderson as the Opening Day center fielder. Teams feeling the need to show immediate results from…

  11. Three weeks out of prison, Elijah Dukes' father dies of cancer

    Dec 9, 2009, 3:56 PM EST

    It’s a pretty horrible story, one we might be hearing about more in future weeks. According to the Washington Post, Elijah “David” Dukes Sr. died Nov. 23, just three weeks after being released following a 14-year sentence for murder. The 43-year-old fell ill after his release and was quickly diagnosed with cancer, which went undetected…

  12. What did you think of Hideki Matsui's performance?

    Dec 9, 2009, 3:45 PM EST

    I’ll give you three guesses what this guy was asking Mike Scioscia.

  13. Indians hit hard by injury bug as Santana, Miller require surgery

    Dec 9, 2009, 3:38 PM EST

    The Indians already have Matt LaPorta as a question mark for Opening Day after he required hip surgery in October. Now two more of their top youngsters have required procedures that leave their statuses for 2010 in question. Carlos Santana, one of the game’s very best prospects, suffered a broken hamate bone in his right…

  14. Scott Boras in the house

    Dec 9, 2009, 3:21 PM EST

    This is what happens when Scott Boras shows up right outside the media room and starts talking.  The crowd wasn’t even this big at the free buffet the other day. No, I did not hear exactly what he was saying. It was something like “Johnny Damon is like a better looking Ted Williams, and I…

  15. Great Moments in Technology

    Dec 9, 2009, 3:14 PM EST

    Announcement in the media room: “Folks, we’re aware of the Internet problems here in the room.  We’re working on it. But if you could, please try to refrain from streaming any audio or video for the time being.  Thanks.” I’ve got a Verizon card that’s going at about a million miles an hour, so it…

  16. Astros targeting Soriano or Lindstrom for bullpen

    Dec 9, 2009, 3:10 PM EST

    Houston has an opening at closer after Jose Valverde declined arbitration and an empty setup spot with LaTroy Hawkins is headed to Milwaukee, so the Astros are reportedly pursuing trades for Matt Lindstrom of the Marlins and Rafael Soriano of the Braves. Soriano surprisingly accepted Atlanta’s arbitration offer and because the Braves have already rebuilt…

  17. Joel Piniero wants more money than Randy Wolf

    Dec 9, 2009, 2:59 PM EST

    Randy Wolf just signed for $29.75 million over three years.  Jayson Stark is reporting that Joel Piniero thinks the he’s the No. 2 starter on market behind Lackey.  That means that he wants more than Wolf, which sets him up at about $10 million bucks a year. You have to figure he wants three years…

  18. Quotes of the day: Jim Leyland

    Dec 9, 2009, 2:53 PM EST

    Jim Leyland just sat for his press conference and had a couple of good lines. When asked about what losing Placido Polanco to the Phillies means, Leyland said “He’s like an old shoe. You know, sometimes you wanna go out and get some shiny new shoes, but you’re not gonna have anything more comfortable than…

  19. UPDATE: The Brewers sign LaTroy Hawkins

    Dec 9, 2009, 2:33 PM EST

    UPDATE:  The Brewers have signed LaTroy Hawkins. It’s a two year deal. Not sure on the money yet, but it’s all done but for the physical. 11:29 A.M. USA Today’s Bob Nightengale (and others) are reporting that the Brewers are getting close to signing setup man LaTroy Hawkins.  Nightengale says that the Brewers have a…

  20. Red Sox create Ramon Ramirez monopoly with waiver claim

    Dec 9, 2009, 2:33 PM EST

    The Red Sox claimed the other Ramon Ramirez off release waivers from the Rays on Wednesday, giving them two right-handers pitchers with the same name. The newcomer, Ramon A. Ramirez, was claimed off waivers by the Rays last month, only to be released four weeks later. The 27-year-old was previously ditched by the Reds, even…

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