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  1. Mike Scioscia prefers a pitcher to a hitter

    Dec 6, 2011, 7:00 PM EDT

    Mike Scioscia

    The Angels led the AL in ERA last year, while finishing 10th in runs scored, yet manager Mike Scioscia would prefer a pitcher to a hitter as the team’s big addition this winter. “We need to get stronger pitching,” Scioscia said. “I know you look at Weav and Haren and Santana and it sounds like…

  2. Red Sox sitting pretty in search for new closer

    Dec 6, 2011, 2:41 PM EDT

    Ryan Madson

    Here’s a list of the closers still available in free agency: Ryan Madson Francisco Rodriguez Francisco Cordero Brad Lidge Frank Francisco And following Toronto’s acquisition of Sergio Santos, here’s a list of all of the teams truly interested in spending significant dollars on a closer: The Boston Red Sox Really, that’s it. The Angels have…

  3. Blue Jays nab their closer, acquiring Sergio Santos from White Sox

    Dec 6, 2011, 12:53 PM EDT

    Sergio Santos

    Ryan Madson and Francisco Rodriguez were among those hoping the Blue Jays would spend liberally on a closer. Instead, those two got a nasty surprise today, as Toronto acquired Sergio Santos from the White Sox for top pitching prospect Nestor Molina. Santos, once a member of the Toronto farm system as an infielder before he…

  4. Red Sox didn’t match Marlins’ offer to Heath Bell

    Dec 5, 2011, 6:40 PM EDT

    Heath Bell

    In the news conference to announce his signing with the Marlins on Monday, Heath Bell said the Red Sox made him an offer, but that it came up short of the three-year, $27 million pact he got from the Marlins. “I thought, ‘Red Sox would be cool. I’ve got an inside track. I know [Adrian…

  5. The Phillies are having a woeful winter

    Dec 4, 2011, 10:15 PM EDT

    Ruben Amaro Jr.,

    The Phillies may yet be the class of the National League, but it’s no thanks to GM Ruben Amaro Jr.’s moves so far this winter. Already Amaro has committed $50 million to a closer and now at least $7 million and three roster spots to two on-base challenged role players and a future Hall of Famer…

  6. Previewing this week’s winter meetings

    Dec 4, 2011, 2:37 PM EDT

    Jose Reyes

    Expect the rumors to come fast and furious as the league’s top executives converge on Dallas. The winter meetings officially start Monday, but the general managers will arrive and start talking among themselves this afternoon. With so much of the free-agent talent congregated at a few select positions, there could well be more trades than usual,…

  7. Raul Ibanez surprisingly among Phillies arbitration offerings

    Nov 23, 2011, 4:45 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v Arizona Diamondbacks

    As expected the Phillies offered arbitration to Jimmy Rollins and Ryan Madson, but surprisingly they also did the same with Raul Ibanez. Ibanez is 39 years old and was paid $12 million this season to hit just .245 with a .289 on-base percentage and .419 slugging percentage in 144 games, which along with sub par…

  8. Underrated reliever Ryan Madson comes up big for Phillies

    Oct 22, 2010, 2:49 PM EDT

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    It’s probably time that Ryan Madson got some attention for being one of the best relievers in baseball. He’s appeared in four of five NLCS games, tossing 4.2 scoreless innings, and went 6-2 with a 2.55 ERA, .212 opponents’ batting average, and 64/13 K/BB ratio in 55 innings during the regular season. Since moving to…

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