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Baseball Insider: November 30, 2008 - December 6, 2008

NL East Watch: The Braves' Bold Move

Fresh off their trade for Javier Vazquez, the Atlanta Braves have moved quickly and aggressively to try to lock up another top starting pitcher, making a significant offer to free agent right-hander A.J. Burnett. The offer, which GM Frank Wren has confirmed, was for four years with a vesting option...

By Dave Sheinin  |  December 5, 2008; 7:57 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
 
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Renteria In; Burriss Out?

The Giants will announce today that they've reached agreement with free agent shortstop Edgar Renteria on a two-year, $18.5 million contract, according to this story by the Associated Press. What does this mean for Emmanuel Burriss, the 23-year-old District native who played 95 games last season as a rookie? And...

By Tracee Hamilton  |  December 4, 2008; 1:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
 
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So Much for the O's: Greene Headed to St. Louis

Well, that's what you get for being optimistic about Baltimore making a move: Just when it looks like things are lining up for the Orioles to land a shortstop, someone else swoops in and pulls the trigger before they do. The New York Post's Joel Sherman, who has been ahead...

By Cameron Smith  |  December 4, 2008; 12:28 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Cardinals , Orioles , Padres  
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Orioles Could Be Close to Khalil Greene Trade

Remember Marc's excellent post breaking down Baltimore's need for a shortstop? Well, they might be getting a lot closer to adding one, and doing it way below the radar, while they're at it. According to a report leaking out from Joel Sherman of the New York Post just minutes ago,...

By Cameron Smith  |  December 3, 2008; 9:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Cardinals , Orioles , Padres  
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Next Braves Target: A.J. Burnett

The Braves added one of the two starters GM Frank Wren said the team needed in an offseason makeover. Now they may be stepping up the pressure to get the second man they covet at the top of their rotation: free agent former Blue Jay A.J. Burnett. According to Mark...

By Cameron Smith  |  December 3, 2008; 4:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Blue Jays , Nationals , Orioles , Red Sox , Yankees  
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MVPedroia Signs Six-Year Deal With Red Sox

Dustin Pedroia is having quite a winter. Weeks after winning the American League MVP award, the second baseman just signed a six-year extension with the Red Sox worth some $40.5 million. That's an enormous raise of his 2008 salary of $457,000, but it's probably also a savings in the long-term...

By Cameron Smith  |  December 3, 2008; 12:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Red Sox  
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A Break for the Nats, Mets, Phillies and Marlins

Looks as though these four NL East teams won't have to worry about Jake Peavy being in the division, now that the Braves -- as Cameron examines one post down -- have traded for Javier Vazquez instead. (And yes, I know that Peavy is only 2-4 with a 4.18 ERA...

By Dave Sheinin  |  December 3, 2008; 11:14 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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Braves Land Vazquez From White Sox UPDATE

Just wanted to update with the actual, confirmed prospects that the White Sox received in return for Javier Vazquez. Brent Lillibridge and Tyler Flores were, in fact, the two main prospects involved, but Chicago got two other prospects as well: Jon Gilmore and Santos Rodriguez. MLB.com's Mark Bowman confirmed the...

By Cameron Smith  |  December 2, 2008; 7:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Braves , White Sox  
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Arbitration Offers Look at MLB in Recession

Since the end of the season, there's been a delicate balancing act in free agency; teams posture about offering lucrative contracts, then hesitate before making them official, or inking players to the aforementioned offers (with the notable exception of Ryan Dempster). To a large degree, the rumor-mongering and financial bragadoccio...

By Cameron Smith  |  December 2, 2008; 2:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Cardinals , Cubs , Diamondbacks , Phillies , Yankees  
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Why the Orioles Better Land a Shortstop. Like, Now.

It's well-known that acquiring a long-term option at shortstop remains one of the Orioles' top priorities this offseason. And various reports have linked them to some of the top free agents in the class, including Rafael Furcal. However, just how badly the Orioles need a legitimate replacement for Miguel Tejada...

By Marc Carig  |  December 2, 2008; 12:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Orioles  
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Full Arbitration List Released ... With Breakdown

This has slipped out on a couple of blogs already, but wanted to make sure everyone could see it here, too. So, without further ado, here are free agents who were offered arbitration, broken down in Type A and Type B and, finally, a group of free agents who weren't...

By Cameron Smith  |  December 2, 2008; 4:41 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
 
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O's Won't Offer Arbitration

Orioles President Andy MacPhail said the club isn't planning on offering arbitration to free agents Kevin Millar, Jay Payton, Juan Castro and Alex Cintron before tonight's midnight deadline. This comes as no surprise. But more importantly, after the deadline, MacPhail expects things to pick up in what's been a quiet...

By Marc Carig  |  December 1, 2008; 7:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Orioles  
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Kevin Mech is Going Japanese?

Sorry for the headline. Passing up cheesy pop songs in bigger typeface is almost as hard as walking by a 50-count, gold box of Godiva that just says "free" on top. It doesn't come up very often, so when it does, you probably want to go for it. That being...

By Cameron Smith  |  December 1, 2008; 7:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Blue Jays , Brewers , Rangers  
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Astros Sign Mike Hampton

So much for the Braves considering keeping the oft perma-injured Mike Hampton on for a make-good season; Hampton's going to pitch for the Astros. FOX 26 TV in Houston broke the signing this afternoon, with Ken Rosenthal swooping in shortly thereafter to confirm the pact is a one-year deal worth...

By Cameron Smith  |  December 1, 2008; 4:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Astros , Braves  
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Orioles Could Get Pie, With Cubs the Big Winner

Last year, the Orioles made it clear that they were very high on Cubs center field prospect Felix Pie, a phenomenal athlete who spent 2008 in Chicago bouncing between starts at various outfield positions and, more often, sitting on the bench. Despite his talent, the Cubs have clearly grown weary...

By Cameron Smith  |  December 1, 2008; 8:28 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Cubs , Orioles , Padres  
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