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  1. Scott Boras: embodiment of the American Dream

    Dec 3, 2009, 5:38 PM EST

    You think you got Scott Boras figured out? Think he’s the Antichrist?  If so, check out this profile of the Uber Agent from FanHouse’s Jeff Fletcher: Boras, 57, grew up on his family’s dairy farm in Elk Grove, Calif., just outside of Sacramento. In this case “farm” isn’t just another word for “country.” It was…

  2. Sorry, Reds fans: Thom Brennaman takes over broadcast booth

    Dec 3, 2009, 5:19 PM EST

    It seems like a big step down from that high horse he’s usually on, but Thom Brennaman will step into the Reds television booth on a full-time basis next season, replacing the retired George Grande. Brennaman started out his career in Cincinnati and returned to work for the team in 2007. He had been doing…

  3. The Jays would play Scutaro in the outfield if he stays

    Dec 3, 2009, 4:54 PM EST

    MLB.com’s Jordan Bastian says that if Marco Scutaro accepts the Jays’ arbitration offer, he’ll play some outfield and lead off. Setting aside the fact that Scutaro is totally not going to accept the offer to begin with, how could such an “enticement” appeal to him? He’s way more valuable as a shortstop. And name a…

  4. No serious talks between the Twins and Mauer yet

    Dec 3, 2009, 4:20 PM EST

    People with the Twins have said that they want to make a Joe Mauer extension a Christmas gift for Twins fans. The word right now from LaVelle Neal of the Star-Tribune, however: “A person of influence in the Joe Mauer contract talks: 1. No serious negotiations have begun. 2. Absolutely no deadlines have been set.”…

  5. Toronto stuck with Wells, so Wells stuck in center

    Dec 3, 2009, 3:59 PM EST

    Lost in Vernon Wells’ steep decline offensively is that he also looked significantly worse defensively this season, but new general manager Alex Anthopoulos has made it clear that the Blue Jays won’t be moving him from center field any time soon: We don’t have any plans of that at all. We consider him a mainstay…

  6. Jason Marquis and the Rockies likely to part ways

    Dec 3, 2009, 3:23 PM EST

    Jon Heyman tweets that Jason Marquis and the Rockies had a falling out over “his reaction to him not getting playoff start” so he’s not likely to accept the arbitration offer he got from Colorado. I’m guessing the reaction involved a flaming bag of dog poop on Jim Tracy’s porch. Whatever the case, his departure…

  7. Pirates confirm interest in Rick Ankiel

    Dec 3, 2009, 2:54 PM EST

    Last week Dejan Kovacevic of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported that the Pirates were interested in Rick Ankiel, and yesterday team president Frank Coonelly confirmed their interest in a chat with fans on MLB.com: Rick certainly had an off-year at the plate for the Cardinals in 2009, but we believe that the Pirates could provide Rick…

  8. The Braves are about to sign Takashi Saito

    Dec 3, 2009, 2:38 PM EST

    Your 2010 Braves bullpen is brought to you by: the 2009 Boston Red Sox. CBS Sports is reporting that the Braves are close to signing reliever Takashi Saito to a one year deal worth $3 million. We’ll have more analysis on this later. In the meantime, we can say that this all but ensures that…

  9. Quote of the day: Dave Cameron on the Polanco deal

    Dec 3, 2009, 2:20 PM EST

    It’s usually hard to detect sarcasm on Twitter, but not so much here: Polanco is Beltre without power, experience at third, and a few more years of age. I can totally see why Amaro would prefer Polanco . . . I agree with Cameron. A year at $6 million or a couple of lower dollar…

  10. Saltalamacchia suffers setback following surgery

    Dec 3, 2009, 1:56 PM EST

    Jarrod Saltalamacchia missed the final month of the season following surgery for Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, which involves a rib pushing against a nerve to cause neck, shoulder, and finger numbness. In order to make up for the lost playing time and get a feel for life post-surgery Saltalamacchia headed to the Dominican Winter League, but…

  11. The Mets scope Matsui's meds

    Dec 3, 2009, 1:20 PM EST

    From an NPB Tracker tweet, the Mets have asked Hideki Matsui’s agent for the results of his latest physical. Matsui’s that is, not his agent’s. Those would be rather scary, I’d imagine, what with all of the cigar chomping those sorts of fellows do. Probably just idle curiosity on the Mets’ part, but is it…

  12. Padres first-round pick Donavan Tate breaks jaw in ATV accident

    Dec 3, 2009, 12:55 PM EST

    Padres first-round pick Donavan Tate suffered a broken jaw and facial lacerations in an ATV accident over the weekend. He’ll be dining exclusively on liquids for a while following surgery to insert a plate and wire his jaw shut. Hopefully he went big during Thanksgiving. A high-school outfielder who was selected third overall in June…

  13. The Yankees' Roy Halladay math

    Dec 3, 2009, 12:30 PM EST

    Buster Olney’s advice to Brian Cashman: ask your coaches and talent evaluators whether Joba and Phil will be big starters or shutdown relievers one day, then: And if the smart people that Cashman trusts believe that Hughes and/or Chamberlain will be anything other than (A) dominant closers, or (B) No. 2-type AL East starters, well,…

  14. Phillies, Placido Polanco agree to three-year deal

    Dec 3, 2009, 11:55 AM EST

    Various sources are reporting that Placido Polanco and the Phillies have agreed to a three-year, $18 million contract with a mutual option for 2013. Polanco was not offered salary arbitration by the cash-strapped Tigers, allowing the Phillies to sign the Type A free agent without surrendering their first-round pick. Despite being a two-time Gold Glove…

  15. The Red Sox ask for Scutaro's medical records

    Dec 3, 2009, 11:32 AM EST

    According to Augusto Cardenas, a reporter for Diario Panorama in Venezuela, the Red Sox have asked for medical records on Marco Scuatro. Dustin Pedroia: keep your second baseman’s mitt.

  16. Baseball is learning what value really is

    Dec 3, 2009, 11:00 AM EST

    Matthew Leach at MLB.com has a story up today that explains how baseball’s middle class — average veterans, mostly — is feeling the pinch in the free agent market. It’s a brains thing just as much as it is a money thing: As teams — and outside analysts — devise ever-cleverer means of evaluating talent,…

  17. Wanna get paid to watch baseball?

    Dec 3, 2009, 10:45 AM EST

    MLB.com is hiring some stats stringers in Boston, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Detroit, Miami, Milwaukee, and Texas.  The gig: digitally scoring games from the press box by entering the results of every pitch and game event (plays, substitutions, etc.) using MLB.com’s software. It’s a hard, hard job from what I hear, but it is getting paid to…

  18. Joey Devine signs with the A's

    Dec 3, 2009, 10:26 AM EST

    Lost this one in the shuffle yesterday, but Joey Devine signed a one-year deal with the A’s yesterday. He lost all of 2009 following elbow surgery, but had a stellar 2008. The deal is a single year for $560,000. If Devine comes back close to where he was and Andrew Bailey keeps on keepin’ on,…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

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