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Baseball Insider: December 28, 2008 - January 3, 2009

Nats' Shawn Hill on Winter Rehab

A couple people brought up Shawn Hill's rehab in comments yesterday, which turned out to be a particularly fortuitous concern. Why? Because the recovering starter called in to MASN's Hot Stove show last night to address his road toward a comeback from surgery to remove bone spurs in his elbow...

By Cameron Smith  |  January 3, 2009; 7:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  Nationals  
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Two Chicago Suitors for Brian Roberts

The Cubs have long coveted Orioles second baseman Brian Roberts, but Baltimore -- to this point -- has been hesitant to move the former All-Star infielder. Well, now the Cubs may have company from the other side of the Windy City, and the Orioles might just been a bit more...

By Cameron Smith  |  January 2, 2009; 9:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Cubs , Orioles , White Sox  
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Jones Defers $12 Million to Leave L.A.

Some people are made for California. Others are made to be consumed by the sense of self idolatry and myopia that can run rampant in Los Angeles. Now we know that outfielder Andruw Jones can be squarely slotted into that second group. Jones signed off on a deal to defer...

By Cameron Smith  |  January 2, 2009; 9:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Cubs , Dodgers , Mets , Nationals  
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NL West Rivals Jockey for Manny Ramirez

It looks like there actually might be a second team interested in Manny Ramirez, but it's not the Nationals. Rather, it's the biggest rival of Ramirez's most recent team, with the Giants actively poking around to investigate a potential contract offer for the perennial All-Star, according to a number of...

By Cameron Smith  |  January 2, 2009; 2:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  Dodgers , Giants  
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New Year, New Deals for Relievers

As the year slipped from 2008 to 2009, two relievers signed new contracts, with former Brewers closer Derrick Turnbow agreeing to a deal with the Rangers and longtime Joe Torre favorite signing with the Marlins to replace the departed Joe Nelson. According to MLB.com's Ken Gurnick, Turnbow decided on Texas...

By Cameron Smith  |  January 2, 2009; 12:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Marlins , Rangers  
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Orioles Make Offer to Japanese Pitcher

According to Patrick Newman over at NPB Tracker, the Orioles have made their final offer to Japanese pitcher Kenshin Kawakami, extending an incentive-laden deal that caps their chase of the starter, who has spent his entire career in Japan. Newman cites shoulder concerns as the reason for a lower base...

By Cameron Smith  |  January 1, 2009; 9:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Orioles  
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No Manny for Nats; Bradley, Hudson Possible

We interrupt your annual "USC blows out a poor overmatched Big Ten team before everyone wonders whether Virginia Tech will actually win a bowl this time" holiday festivus for a brief bit of local baseball news and innuendo, not necessarily in that order. There was rampant speculation after the disappointing...

By Cameron Smith  |  January 1, 2009; 7:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Nationals  
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Minor and Mid-Major Holiday Moves

Did you miss us? With all apologies for any breaking news you haven't seen up here in recent days, we're happy to report fully re-charged batteries and optimism for the rest of the offseason ... especially now that the excitement/headache that was Mark Teixeira has resolved itself. So what happened...

By Cameron Smith  |  December 30, 2008; 5:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Blue Jays , Diamondbacks , Giants , Rays , Red Sox , Reds  
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