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  1. Damon, Yankees still a match

    Jan 19, 2010, 5:47 PM EST

    As we covered yesterday, there are more outfielders available than jobs open at the moment. The odds of anyone stepping up and offering Johnny Damon the two-year, $20 million+ deal he expected at the beginning of the offseason fall somewhere in between slim and none. Cincinnati is the one team that has an obvious need…

  2. The Giants lowball Tim Lincecum with an $8 million arbitration figure

    Jan 19, 2010, 5:03 PM EST

    Heyman reports that Tim Lincecum has filed an arbitration request for $13 million and that the team’s number is $8 million.  That seems like an unbelievable lowball offer by the Giants.  I think Lincecum wins. Indeed, I’d say that Lincecum would win even if he asked for $18 million and probably should have asked for…

  3. REPORT: Bengie Molina re-signs with the Giants

    Jan 19, 2010, 4:51 PM EST

    CBS 5 in San Francisco is reporting that Bengie Molina has re-signed with the Giants. Earlier I compared Molina and the Mets to some dysfunctional couple.  Now Molina is going back to his old flame after cheating on her all winter. Hey, at least Buster Posey will now be unfairly blocked by someone he knows…

  4. Your pre-arbitration filing deadline signing scoreboard, Part III

    Jan 19, 2010, 4:29 PM EST

    First we had Part I, then we had Part II, and now we have even more signings!  We will not be undersold! Carl Pavano, Twins, $7 million.  Heyman says he “wouldn’t give that guy a penny.”  Maybe $7 million is a lot, but aren’t there such a thing as average starting pitchers in Heyman’s world?…

  5. Video: Jose Offerman punches an umpire

    Jan 19, 2010, 3:56 PM EST

    Here’s video of the incident that got Jose Offerman suspended for life from the Dominican winter league: Not that the quality of the punch should really matter when it comes to Offerman’s suspension, but it sure seems like the umpire took a dive. Click here to contact Aaron Gleeman or follow him on Twitter.

  6. UPDATE: Papelbon and the Sox probably have a deal

    Jan 19, 2010, 3:31 PM EST

    UPDATE:  Rob Bradford of WEEI.com is reporting that the Sox and Papelbon have a deal in place for $9 million for 2010. 9:55 A.M.: Or else they’re going to arbitration.  I’d bet on arbitration, as the Sox don’t seem all that interested in a long term deal, and Papelbon is reported to want to “raise…

  7. Ben Sheets is going to make a lot of money

    Jan 19, 2010, 3:14 PM EST

    We’re getting some partial scouting reports from Ben Sheets workout down in Louisiana today, courtesy of a series of tweets from Trenni Kusnierek of the MLB Network. The summary: there were about 20 scouts watching Sheets.  He started a bit erratically, hitting 88-90 on the gun and sometimes missing his spots, but then got comfortable…

  8. Marty Noble thinks you 'ought to get a life'

    Jan 19, 2010, 2:52 PM EST

    MLB.com Mets beat writer Marty Noble, responding to criticism of his Hall of Fame ballot: And those who have their noses pressed against their computer screens and think VORP is a valid means of measuring a player’s performance ought to get a life and a credential that would allow them to see and hear the…

  9. Mets, Molina may be going their separate ways

    Jan 19, 2010, 2:15 PM EST

    The Mets have played Paul McCartney to Bengie Molina’s Jane Asher all offseason.  It made so much sense. You just knew they were gonna be together. Then one day — bammo — Molina comes back from performing in a play at the Old Vic, finds the Mets in bed with someone else, and the Mets…

  10. Rockies ink Street, Betancourt to multi-year deals

    Jan 19, 2010, 1:45 PM EST

    With the deadline to submit figures for arbitration looming, the Rockies have agreed to multi-year deals with arbitration-eligible relievers Huston Street and Rafael Betancourt. According to FOXSports.com’s Tracy Ringolsby, Betancourt will get $7.5 million over two years while Street’s deal is worth $22.5 million over three years with an option for 2013. Colorado had previously…

  11. Your pre-arbitration filing deadline signing scoreboard, Part II

    Jan 19, 2010, 1:22 PM EST

    More of the arbitration filing deadline insanity Part I is here (UPDATE: We now have a Part III too!).  All are one-year deals unless otherwise specified: Jeff Francoeur, Mets, $5 million.  I’d lay into the guy here, but at this point I’d be like ripping on that awful, horrible girl you used to date but…

  12. Phillies manager Charlie Manuel sheds 56 pounds

    Jan 19, 2010, 12:46 PM EST

    Phillies manager Charlie Manuel told NBCPhiladelphia.com that he’s lost 56 pounds since signing a deal to do advertisements for Nutrisystem. He’s never going to be svelte, but the 65-year-old Type 2 diabetic has gone from 286 pounds to 230 pounds in less than a year, and as you can see from the photo there’s definitely…

  13. Programming Note: Arbitration signings

    Jan 19, 2010, 12:37 PM EST

    A metric crap-ton of arbitration-avoiding deals went down before noon, and they’re all starting to trickle in tweets and stutters. While we may highlight some notable ones as they get reported, rather than spend all day posting these little nuggets, we’ll simply do an omni-post running down the signings later this afternoon, kind of like…

  14. Tracy Ringolsby knows who will finish in last place

    Jan 19, 2010, 12:25 PM EST

    He sounds certain, but will FOX’s Tracy Ringolsby bet his hat on it? A month before spring training, fans of all 30 major league teams are supposed to have hope about what the coming season will bring.  Makes for good marketing. Bottom line, however, is while there is reason for hope with most teams, there’s…

  15. Gammons: Bay, Sox had deal worked out in July

    Jan 19, 2010, 11:48 AM EST

    Peter Gammons shed some new light on Jason Bay signing with the Mets, reporting that the Red Sox and Bay “had agreed on the framework” of a four-year, $60 million contract in July before an MRI exam raised red flags about the health of his knees. According to Gammons the Red Sox then lowered their…

  16. Yankees coach: Austin Jackson isn't ready for the majors

    Jan 19, 2010, 11:28 AM EST

    The Yankees’ AAA hitting coach, Butch Wynegar on Austin Jackson: “He still is raw, still has a lot to learn, but he’s an intelligent kid and a good athlete — and he wants to learn. I basically told the Yankees at the end of the year, if they were thinking about him being their center…

  17. Catch the wave of "new" shortstops

    Jan 19, 2010, 10:58 AM EST

    MLB.com has a story up today about the “next wave” of shortstops. The “new guard”  of “younger stars rising to the top at their position.”  Bet you can’t wait to click through and find out who all these hot young talents are! Maybe you’ll find out about them before your fantasy draft and scoop them…

  18. McGwire and steroids: Won't somebody think of the children?

    Jan 19, 2010, 10:25 AM EST

    The New York Daily News’ Denis Hamill wants you to think of the children. His own, who allegedly had this conversation in the back seat of his car on the way to basketball practice the other day: These kids, who will be playing on the same Little League team in a few months, were representative…

  19. UPDATE: Felix Hernandez deal for five years, $78 million

    Jan 19, 2010, 9:19 AM EST

    9:52: Heyman and others are now tweeting that it is a five year deal worth $78 million. 9:19 A.M:  Francisco Blavia tweets that the deal is worth $78MM over five years. However,  Jason Churchill of Prospect Insider says the deal “may very well be six years guaranteed and less than $100 million, with some incentives…

  20. The umps have signed their new deal

    Jan 19, 2010, 9:00 AM EST

    Though the deal was reached several weeks ago, the new contract between Major League Baseball and the umpires was finally ratified and signed by the men in blue late last night.  Rob Neyer was looking at it and found the provision on buyouts for older umpires to be quite interesting, seeing it as a means…

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