Monthly Archives: December 2009

Joe Mauer Tops Minnesota Twins All-Decade Team

As the first decade of the 2000s comes to a close, it seems like a fine time for a little reflection. The Twins have arguably been one of baseball’s best franchises during the past decade. Largely under the watch of … Continue reading

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Juan Pierre Traded to the Chicago White Sox

Juan Pierre is a free man. After two long seasons, Pierre’s stint as baseball’s best fourth outfielder is presumably over. The Chicago White Sox have reportedly acquired the slap-hitting sensation from the Los Angeles Dodgers in exchange for two minor … Continue reading

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Mike Cameron Signs with Boston and Ends the Jason Bay Era

Jason Bay? Nope. Matt Holliday? Pass. The Boston Red Sox balked at the sticker price on the two marquee left fielders on the market and went a different route by reportedly signing veteran center fielder Mike Cameron. The signing—which is … Continue reading

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John Lackey to Sign with the Boston Red Sox

The never-ending game of one-upmanship continues. The Boston Red Sox are reportedly on the verge of inking the top pitcher on the market, John Lackey, to a five-year, $85 million contract. Reports out of Boston claim that Lackey took a … Continue reading

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Minnesota Twins: Non-Tenders Provide New Free Agent Targets

Minnesota Twins general manager Bill Smith just got a reprieve. After sitting idly by and watching a number of the club’s offseason targets sign elsewhere in the past two weeks, Smith now has a second chance at making some major … Continue reading

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MLB’s Winter Meetings: Winners and Losers

Major League Baseball’s Winter Meetings have officially come to a close. What we saw this week was a lot of talking and very little action from most teams, but a few intrepid general managers forged headlong into the free agent … Continue reading

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Rich Harden Signs with the Texas Rangers

The (AL) West just got wilder. Rich Harden has reportedly signed a one-year deal, worth a guaranteed $7.5 million, with the Texas Rangers. The Rangers will pay him $6.5 million in a base salary for 2010, plus $2.5 million in … Continue reading

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Texas-Sized Trade: Rangers Deal Ace, Millwood to Baltimore

Kevin Millwood is headed east to Baltimore after the Orioles and Rangers made a splash in the trade market today. The Rangers receive former closer, Chris Ray and a player to be named later in the swap. Ray, 27, closed … Continue reading

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Randy Wolf Signs with the Milwaukee Brewers

Another one bites the dust. An already weak crop of free agent starters just took another hit as left-hander Randy Wolf has reportedly inked a three-year deal deal worth just under $30 million with the Milwaukee Brewers. The deal, which … Continue reading

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Curtis Granderson Heads to the Yankees in a Blockbuster Three-Team, Seven-Player Trade

The New York Yankees, Detroit Tigers, and Arizona Diamondbacks have reportedly completed a blockbuster trade that has seven players switching teams. All-Star center fielder Curtis Granderson goes from the Tigers to the Yankees. Pitcher Edwin Jackson goes from the Tigers … Continue reading

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Brave Decision: Rafael Soriano Accepts Atlanta’s Arbitration Offer

Rafael Soriano just threw a curveball and Frank Wren didn’t see it coming. In a move that the Atlanta general manager hadn’t planned for, Soriano has accepted the arbitration offer from the Braves and will return to the club for … Continue reading

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Ivan Rodriguez Signs with the Washington Nationals

An already thin catching market just got a little more barren. According to Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports, Ivan Rodriguez has reportedly agreed to terms on a two-year, $6 million deal with the Washington Nationals. Rodriguez, 38, hit .249/.280/.382 for … Continue reading

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Brad Penny Signs with the St. Louis Cardinals

Brad Penny is headed to St. Louis. According to ESPN The Magazine’s Buster Olney, Penny and the Cardinals have come agreed upon a one-year deal for the 2010 campaign. Penny, 31, will earn a base salary of $7.5 million and … Continue reading

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Sheamus: Too Much, Too Soon

Not like this. It just can’t happen like this. The WWE is completely botching the push of Sheamus. I’ve made it clear in the past how I feel about the WWE’s initial build of Sheamus and I still hold the … Continue reading

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Seattle Mariners Ready to Play with the Big Boys

The Seattle Mariners mean business. General Manager Jack Zduriencik is entering just his second offseason at the club’s helm, but clearly has the franchise headed in the right direction. Last offseason, he engineered a number of low-risk, high-reward deals and … Continue reading

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