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Baseball Insider: January 11, 2009 - January 17, 2009

Impact of Boston's Youkilis Extension

When the Red Sox didn't sign free agent first baseman Mark Teixeira, many analysts said the team would immediately turn to locking up its own arbitration-eligible players. That was seen as a smart move, but one which the Red Sox might have been reluctant to do, given their success in...

By Cameron Smith  |  January 16, 2009; 11:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Red Sox  
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Bill Werber In Failing Health

I got an e-mail this morning from the son of Bill Werber, the 100-year-old native of College Park who is the oldest living ex-major leaguer and the last surviving ex-teammate of Babe Ruth. When I visited Werber in his Charlotte, N.C. nursing home last June -- for an interview, one...

By Dave Sheinin  |  January 16, 2009; 9:34 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
 
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It's Official: Orioles Sign Greg Zaun

The Orioles have their starter catcher, and he's their former starting catcher. In a deal that's been rumored to be in the offing for more than a week, Baltimore agreed to terms with former Blue Jays catcher Gregg Zaun on Thursday night, signing him to a one-year deal with a...

By Cameron Smith  |  January 16, 2009; 3:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Orioles  
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The Colon Plan Moves to Chicago

Last year, the Boston Red Sox signed Bartolo Colon to a relatively low-risk contract in an attempt to add zest to a rotation that unexpectedly found itself without the services of Curt Schilling. The results were decidedly mixed, with Colon making only seven starts, but winning four of them, finishing...

By Cameron Smith  |  January 15, 2009; 8:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  White Sox  
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Baseball's Version of eBay: How Much Is He Worth

Boz alluded to this in his Wednesday story, but the true measure of the ongoing recession's effect on baseball is only know truly showing up, as evidenced by the number of "top-ticket" free agents who are still out there. The thing is, it's not just Manny Ramirez, who Boz cites...

By Cameron Smith  |  January 15, 2009; 11:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Marlins , Red Sox , White Sox  
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Meanwhile, Up the B-W Parkway...

The Baltimore Orioles today hosted a player-introduction news conference unlike any in the franchise's history. It was attended by about 50 media members -- about half of which, representing 12 different outlets, were Japanese -- plus representatives of the Japanese Embassy in Washington. The Orioles have talked a big game...

By Dave Sheinin  |  January 14, 2009; 2:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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Scully Revists Larsen Game

If you are a Dodgers fan, or someone who grew up listening to Vin Scully call the Game of the Week on Saturday afternoons, or just someone who appreciates baseball history, this piece by Diane Pucin, talking to Scully about his call of the Larsen game, might be worth a...

By Tracee Hamilton  |  January 14, 2009; 2:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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Wednesday Triple Play: Pitchers

1. Time to adjust the Braves' offseason grade. If you'll recall, we gave the Braves an emphatic "F" last week, following John Smoltz's unceremonious exit -- which came on top of the Rafael Furcal fiasco and the failed runs at Jake Peavy and A.J. Burnett. But this week they have...

By Dave Sheinin  |  January 14, 2009; 9:32 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
 
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Braves Sign Derek Lowe

The Atlanta Braves took a second step toward a legitimate rotation in two days this morning, signing former Dodgers ace and Red Sox World Series champion Derek Lowe to a four-year deal worth $60 million, just a day or so after adding Japanese ace Kenshin Kawakami, keeping him from joining...

By Cameron Smith  |  January 13, 2009; 12:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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Tuesday Triple Play: M. Young, Rice, HOF '10

1. Michael Young wants to be traded. Michael Young's contract is virtually untradeable. This is a problem for the Rangers. If you trade him, fans will expect a commensurate return, but there is almost no way to get that when you're talking about a 32-year-old shortstop with declining range who...

By Dave Sheinin  |  January 13, 2009; 8:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
 
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Cooperstown Calls For Henderson, Rice

As expected Rickey Henderson sailed into the Hall of Fame today with 511 votes (94.8 percent), while Jim Rice squeaked in (412 votes, 76.4 percent) in his 15th and final year of eligibility on the writers' ballot. Just missing out: Andre Dawson (361 votes, 67.0 percent) and Bert Blyleven (338,...

By Dave Sheinin  |  January 12, 2009; 2:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
 
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Making Sense of Boston's Moves

There was no mistaking the bottom line just before Christmas: Losing Mark Teixeira really hurt the Boston Red Sox. Oh, Boston wasn't hiding it. The city's sports talk callers pulled out their metaphorical violins and went on sports suicide watch, passing on yuletide cheer for another healthy dose of offseason...

By Cameron Smith  |  January 12, 2009; 11:04 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Monday Triple Play: Bargains, Manny, HOF

1.The flood of post-Christmas bargain-touting e-mails from all the retailers whose goods I have purchased online in the past has finally slowed to a trickle. But pretty soon I half-expect to start getting the same e-mails from agents ("Bobby Abreu, now 75 percent off!... With FREE shipping!!!") For those who...

By Dave Sheinin  |  January 12, 2009; 10:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
 
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