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  1. Should Russell Martin be watching his back?

    Jan 2, 2010, 10:27 AM EST

    MLB.com is running a “10 questions” series for all 30 MLB teams and I’ll go over a few of the more interesting tidbits today. We’ll start with a piece by Ken Gurnick about the Dodgers: Is this a make-or-break season for catcher Russell Martin? Management hasn’t given up on Martin, but it isn’t ignoring his…

  2. It's oh so quiet in free agency

    Jan 2, 2010, 9:25 AM EST

    It could be something spooky and nefarious like collusion, or perhaps that general managers have become more savvy about how they spend their team’s money (Jim Hendry excluded, of course), but Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports notices that there’s a striking difference between this offseason and 2006-07: Thus far, more than halfway through the 2009-10…

  3. New Year's resolutions for all 30 teams

    Jan 1, 2010, 4:45 PM EST

    I’m kinda mad I didn’t think of this bit myself, but FanHouse’s Matt Snyder does a pretty good job of it, so I’ll get over it: Once the clock strikes midnight and the calendar turns to a new year, millions of people decide they are going to change something about themselves that they could just…

  4. Matt Kemp doesn't want a long term deal

    Jan 1, 2010, 4:00 PM EST

    The Dodgers have started to talk to Matt Kemp about a long term deal, but Kemp seems content to go year-to-year through arbitration and hit the market one day: “We’ve got to figure out if it even makes sense to do a multiyear. The club is looking for something, the player is looking for something.…

  5. Oh, and the Blue Jays are into Chapman too

    Jan 1, 2010, 3:30 PM EST

    It’s not just the Angels. ESPN’s Jorge Arangure reports that the Blue Jays are making a play for Chapman too, and it’s more than just talk: The Toronto Blue Jays held a private workout for the touted Cuban pitcher Thursday morning in Florida, then met with his representatives, a source close to Chapman told ESPN…

  6. Dept. of Things You Didn't Know: Roger Clemens' kid raked last year

    Jan 1, 2010, 3:00 PM EST

    Sure, it was at a very hitter-friendly park in a very hitter-friendly league, but Koby Clemens hit the cover off the ball last season: Say what you want about the Astros’ eighth-round pick of the 2005 Draft, that he’s a product of a hitting league and a very friendly ballpark, but it’s difficult to look…

  7. Chipper Jones: "I'm on a year-to-year basis"

    Jan 1, 2010, 2:00 PM EST

    Chipper Jones sat for a wide-ranging interview with Dave O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.  Among the nuggets: He’s spent a lot of his offseason hunting. Shocking. Despite what a lot of Braves fans thought last year, he wasn’t hiding an injury or anything. His season-long slump was merely a function of things not coming together.…

  8. The Angels are going to make an offer to Aroldis Chapman

    Jan 1, 2010, 1:20 PM EST

    Mike Saxson of ESPN Los Angeles is reporting that the Angels are going to make an offer to Aroldis Chapman, and they think they have an ace in the hole: Chapman has become a close friend of Angels first baseman Kendry Morales, a fellow Cuban refugee who recently helped convince him to switch agents. Chapman…

  9. The Padre player profile

    Jan 1, 2010, 12:50 PM EST

    MLB.com’s Corey Brock does a Q&A — apparently with himself, about the state of the Padres. The most interesting one comes when he asks “what kind of player” new GM Jed Hoyer wants to bring to San Diego. The answer Brock gives, presumably based on conversations he’s had with Padre people: There’s not one type…

  10. What we'll be arguing about in 2010

    Jan 1, 2010, 11:50 AM EST

    I’m not the biggest fan of “storylines” in the “what storylines will we be following . . .” sense. Stuff is going to happen on its own anyway, so taking too much time to frame the issues beforehand seems somewhat artificial to me. But I’m obviously swimming against the tide here, because I’ve seen several…

  11. A different kind of "bash brothers"

    Jan 1, 2010, 9:32 AM EST

    According to the Associated Press, Gerald Laird and his 22-year-old brother Brandon were arrested Wednesday night following a brawl with security guards at Phoenix’s NBA arena.  From the AP: Police say arena security previously contacted the group of men about their loud behavior. Two of the men were allowed back into the lounge after a…

  12. Happy New Year

    Dec 31, 2009, 5:00 PM EST

    I suppose it’s possible that something else will happen in the world of baseball today, and if it does, we’ll be all over it. But for now I think it’s safe to slip out to bid goodbye to both the year and the decade. I foresee an adult beverage or two and a lot of…

  13. Steroids to one day be considered quaint

    Dec 31, 2009, 2:56 PM EST

    You think the Hall of Fame debates about Mark McGwire are thorny? Wait until my son strikes out 500 dudes in 2030 with the help of a bionic elbow: As advances make robots act more like us, titanium parts and artificial aids can give humans bionic capabilities. “I think this will be the decade when…

  14. Marlon Byrd to sign a three-year deal with the Cubs

    Dec 31, 2009, 2:17 PM EST

    UPDATE: According to Gordon Wittemyer of the Chicago Sun-Times, the Byrd deal is backloaded: $3 million this year, $5.5 million in 2011 and $6.5 million in 2012. I guess that’s because Byrd is gonna get more valuable as time goes on. 12:22 P.M.: Rosenthal just tweeted that it’s happening. A three year deal, details to…

  15. Phillies to sign Danys Baez

    Dec 31, 2009, 1:32 PM EST

    Remember how the Phillies were reported to be close to signing a mystery reliever that everyone knew was going to be Danys Baez? Yeah, it’s Danys Baez.  My guess is that the deal will be something of a comedown from the three-year $18 million the Orioles just got done paying him.

  16. Remembering Roberto Clemente

    Dec 31, 2009, 10:51 AM EST

    When I was little I was given a biography of Roberto Clemente. It wasn’t a tome or anything. It was one of those little Scholastic Readers, probably bought at an elementary school book fair. Though I would later come to appreciate Clemente’s game, his arm, his bat and his unique and colorful personality a bit…

  17. The Yankees are getting younger

    Dec 31, 2009, 10:27 AM EST

    Good observation at NoMaas: since Brian Cashman was given more or less complete control in 2005, the Yankees have gotten younger and younger, with the average age of the team’s pitchers clicking down nearly five years since then and the average age of the hitters going down nearly two years. So sure, the Yankees’ payroll…

  18. The five worst deals so far

    Dec 31, 2009, 10:00 AM EST

    I’ll be honest: I miss those halcyon days of the late 90s when guys like Pat Meares would get $15 million deals. Sure, we still see stinkers, but not in the sheer volume we used to. Now we’re left with only one or two total head scratchers every winter. There’s still plenty of time for…

  19. The Rockies sign Miquel Olivo

    Dec 31, 2009, 9:25 AM EST

    The Rockies were playing footsies with Yorvit Torrealba earlier this month, reportedly close to a deal to bring him back to Colorado, probably as Chris Ianetta’s backup, but maybe more as an 1-1A setup.  Now, according to Troy Renck of the Denver Post, they appear to have moved away from him, and have signed Miguel…

  20. Bill Conlin's less-than-perfect Hall of Fame ballot

    Dec 31, 2009, 8:55 AM EST

    There will probably be a lot of these today. They’re all kind of fun on some level. Here’s Bill Conlin’s: Blyleven, Morris, Dawson, Alomar, Martinez and McGriff. Conlin has been on the Morris bandwagon for a while so that’s expected. At least he pairs him up with Blyleven. I’m surprised to see him go for…

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