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Baseball Insider: January 25, 2009 - January 31, 2009

Orioles Angle for Another Cub

The Orioles are not done with their offseason makeover yet, and their next move very well may involve another Cub who's out of options. According to multiple sources -- most recently Roch Kubatko and Ken Rosenthal -- Baltimore is working on the parameters of a deal for Chicago starting pitcher...

By Cameron Smith  |  January 31, 2009; 11:39 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Cubs , Orioles  
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Varitek-Red Sox Saga Comes To a Peaceful End

I was going to say a "happy end" in the title of this post, except somewhere deep down -- or maybe not so deep down -- Varitek probably is not so happy about taking a 44 percent pay cut to stay in Boston. So I went with "peaceful" -- although,...

By Dave Sheinin  |  January 30, 2009; 3:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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The Yankees Won't Sign Manny ... They Can't

Thought I'd address a couple of points made by comments below. It's true that other outlets are reporting comments from Yankees GM Brian Cashman claiming New York could sign up to eight free agents. Peter Abraham of the Journal News in particular claims that Cashman himself is saying that the...

By Cameron Smith  |  January 30, 2009; 12:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Yankees  
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Bruce and Baseball

Just so everyone is clear about this: Bruce Springsteen is a baseball guy. We're merely loaning him out to the NFL for the weekend. "If there's going to be a lot of questions about football," Bruce told reporters at his Super Bowl news conference yesterday, "this is going to be...

By Dave Sheinin  |  January 30, 2009; 8:17 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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Heilman Keeps Jet Setting, Heads to Cubs

Well, the Chicago Cubs finally landed Aaron Heilman, swapping the recently acquired Garrett Olson (from the Orioles for Felix Pie) and shortstop Ronny Cedeno, both of whom were players without options and whom had only decent -- at best -- shots at making Chicago's major league roster. For the Mariners,...

By Cameron Smith  |  January 28, 2009; 7:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Cubs , Mariners , Padres  
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Another Free Agent Swallows Hefty Paycut

Right-hander Jon Garland, certainly one of the top half-dozen or so starting pitchers on this free agent market (off the top of my head, he's below CC Sabathia, A.J. Burnett, Derek Lowe, Ben Sheets and Oliver Perez), has reportedly agreed to a one-year $6 million deal with the Arizona Diamondbacks....

By Dave Sheinin  |  January 28, 2009; 2:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
 
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Update: Varitek Offer Expires Saturday

Well, now we know. Jason Varitek's two-year offer -- if you can call a one-year deal with mutual options a two-year offer -- expires Saturday night. According to the Boston Herald's Michael Silverman, it's been out there since the end of last week, so the Red Sox are giving their...

By Cameron Smith  |  January 27, 2009; 12:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  Red Sox  
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Tuesday Triple Play: Yankees, Yankees, Yankees

1. I joked yesterday about the "death" of the Yankees' "youth movement," but I fully understand the logic behind the signing of Andy Pettitte. A great signing, without a doubt. After all, the Yankees now have, as their fifth starter, a guy who won 14 games in 2008 (and equally...

By Dave Sheinin  |  January 27, 2009; 9:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
 
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Greinke Inks Big Extension With Royals

The Kansas City Royals took a big step toward securing their best assets, and the future free agent pitching markets until 2013 took a small hit in depth as a result. After failing to reach a short agreement to avoid exchanging arbitration figures, the Royals came to terms on a...

By Cameron Smith  |  January 26, 2009; 6:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Royals  
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Yanks Sign Pettitte; Youth Movement Dead At 1

Well, it was fun while it lasted, no? A year ago, when the Yankees decided to pass on Johan Santana, they went to great lengths to trumpet their dedication to young players, particularly pitchers. They were ready to give rotation spots to Ian Kennedy and Phil Hughes. They were done...

By Dave Sheinin  |  January 26, 2009; 4:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
 
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If Braves Pass, Glavine Could Pitch in D.C.

Those Tom Glavine rumors just persist, don't they? For the second time in the past week, MLB.com's Bill Ladson has thrown fuel on the fires of speculation that longtime Braves to Mets turned Braves pitcher Tom Glavine would be more than happy to pitch at Nationals Park, if his first...

By Cameron Smith  |  January 25, 2009; 12:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
Categories:  Braves , Nationals  
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