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  1. Brewers, Rockies and Rays all over Zaun

    Dec 3, 2009, 9:58 AM EST

    I was sort of joking about Gregg Zaun calling his office earlier but it looks like he’ll have to soon, as Rosenthal has Milwaukee, Colorado and Tampa Bay all wanting a part of Z-Game. In addition to have the best personal website of any backup catcher in baseball, Zaun is probably the best remaining backup…

  2. Dick Enberg hired as Padres announcer

    Dec 3, 2009, 9:26 AM EST

    Current CBS and former NBC announcer Dick Enberg has been hired to do Padres games. Like almost any multi-sport announcer, Enberg is on record saying that he likes doing baseball more than the other sports he covers, and given that he lives in the San Diego area, this is a great gig in terms of…

  3. The Yankees hold their annual summit

    Dec 3, 2009, 9:01 AM EST

    Every team has big meetings in the offseason in which the future course is charted, but only the Yankees make a huge production out of it. It’s happening today. On the agenda: Setting the 2010 payroll.  This has to be the most hilarious portion of the meeting. “What’s our budget this year, Hal? [snicker!]”  “Well,…

  4. Ray Lankford for the Hall of Fame

    Dec 3, 2009, 8:45 AM EST

    A non-serious proposal from DanUpBaby at Viva El Birdos that, amazingly, is far more convincing than the legitimate arguments sportswriters make in favor of guys like Jack Morris.

  5. The Giants survey their offensive options

    Dec 3, 2009, 8:30 AM EST

    Rosenthal and Morosi have the Giants placing Adrian Beltre, Nick Johnson and Dan Uggla at the top of their wish list heading into the winter meetings.  The idea is that they could (a) just slot Beltre in at third base; (b) sign Johnson and have him play first and have Sandoval do his damndest to…

  6. The Mets are about to sign Henry Blanco

    Dec 3, 2009, 8:00 AM EST

    The New York Daily News is reporting that Henry Blanco has left Venezuela and is on his way to New York to take a physical as a precursor to signing with the Mets.  This a couple of days after signing Chris Coste (or maybe signing him; it’s been reported that Coste has signed, but there…

  7. Phillies, Astros and Red Sox pursue Polanco

    Dec 2, 2009, 8:20 PM EST reporters are connecting Placido Polanco to the Phillies, Red Sox and Astros one day after the Tigers declined to offer the Type A free agent arbitration, allowing teams to sign him without surrendering a draft pick. Todd Zolecki claims the Phils have been “very aggressive in their pursuit” of Polanco as their top choice…

  8. Red Sox lose scouting director McLeod to Padres

    Dec 2, 2009, 7:26 PM EST

    Former Red Sox assistant GM and current Padres GM Jed Hoyer has recruited BoSox scouting director Jason McLeod to follow him to San Diego, it was confirmed by the North County Times on Wednesday. McLeod used to work for the Padres, so it was a natural fit, at least now that owner John Moores is…

  9. Oliver not invaluable to Angels after all

    Dec 2, 2009, 7:08 PM EST

    Sure, Darren Oliver was eligible for free agency again this winter, but the Angels could have essentially held him hostage for the second year in a row by offering him arbitration. It’s the tactic they used last year, knowing that Oliver, as a Type A free agent, wouldn’t have a market once teams had to…

  10. Aroldis Chapman: big talent, but a bigger risk

    Dec 2, 2009, 6:40 PM EST

    Melissa Seguara at Sports Illustrated has a fascinating in-depth look at Aroldis Chapman, suggesting both his undeniable promise and some less-than-well-reported weaknesses. Of interest: despite the stories he tells, Chapman’s removal from the 2008 Olympic team may not have been punishment for an earlier, unsuccessful defection attempt. Rather, he probably pitched his way off the…

  11. Report: Mariners have strong interest in Harden

    Dec 2, 2009, 6:21 PM EST

    A day after reporting that the Red Sox were seriously eyeing him, is saying that the Mariners are showing strong interest in free agent Rich Harden. As an extreme flyball pitch, Harden would fit nicely in Safeco Field. Mariners hitters will likely strongly favor his signing, considering that he’s 5-2 with a 1.90 ERA…

  12. Ernie Harwell makes a surprise visit

    Dec 2, 2009, 6:00 PM EST

    If you go by the actuarial tables, Ernie Harwell — a 91 year-old man who was diagnosed with terminal liver cancer months ago and decided to forego treatment — probably shouldn’t be able to make public appearances anymore. Heck, the fact that he’s still living is a blessing.  But he is living and he is…

  13. Miguel Tejada is willing to move to third base

    Dec 2, 2009, 5:25 PM EST

    Miguel Tejada has never played an inning anywhere other than shortstop during his 13-year career, but Jose De Jesus Ortiz of the Houston Chronicle reports that “he’s willing to move from shortstop to third base.” Based on both Ultimate Zone Rating and my eyes his range his slipped to the point that a move to…

  14. Frank McCourt is MIA

    Dec 2, 2009, 4:57 PM EST

    So says T.J. Simers of the Los Angeles Times.  McCourt hasn’t been around the team’s offices, Simers says, has no comments on any baseball moves and has not been handling the day-to-day operations of the club.  Simers doesn’t say how different than this is from previous offseasons (though he does suggest, in his T.J. Simersish…

  15. The Astros are interested in J.J. Putz

    Dec 2, 2009, 4:25 PM EST

    Following up on the Brett Myers stuff from this morning, the Astros are reportedly interested in J.J. Putz as well, says’s Brian McTaggart.  I guess if they get them both the team would have two putzes. As Matthew said in his free agency preview, Putz has slid down the slope in the past three…

  16. Mets interested in re-signing Carlos Delgado

    Dec 2, 2009, 3:58 PM EST

    Carlos Delgado earned $12 million this season, so the Mets choosing not to offer him arbitration was a no-brainer despite his Type B free agent status. However, according to Bart Hubbuch of the New York Post they remain interested in possibly re-signing him to a one-year deal at a lower salary. As a 37-year-old who…

  17. Bay has no time frame for a deal

    Dec 2, 2009, 3:27 PM EST

    All of the cool kids are setting arbitrary deadlines for signing them, but not Jason Bay. Maybe it’s because he’s a nice, polite Canadian-American. Maybe it’s because unlike Roy Halladay he actually, you know, doesn’t have a job right now so he can’t exactly impose any kind of deadline. Either way, according to ESPN Boston’s…

  18. White Sox not seeking Jenks deal, but may listen

    Dec 2, 2009, 2:52 PM EST

    Bobby Jenks made headlines last month for suggesting that the White Sox weren’t treating him fairly regarding his injuries and conditioning, at which point general manager Ken Williams publicly stated that Jenks should focus on losing some weight. Despite that back and forth in the media, Williams made it clear today that he has no…

  19. Michael Weiner: draft slotting is a salary cap and the players are against it

    Dec 2, 2009, 2:18 PM EST

    The Executive Board of the Major League Baseball Players Association just had a conference call with the media to formally announce Michael Weiner as the new Executive Director and to field questions from the media. I guess I’m the media now, so I called in. I even asked a question and may have actually committed…

  20. Wagner shows Red Sox are smarter than Mets

    Dec 2, 2009, 1:55 PM EST

    Now that Billy Wagner has signed with the Braves we can fully assess just how masterfully general manager Theo Epstein and company handled his brief time in Boston from the Red Sox’s point of view. Back in late August the Red Sox sent a pair of players to be named later to the Mets for…

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