K-Rod to the Mets

We knew it was going to happen, but details are now emerging: Considered by many the top reliever on the free-agent market, Rodriguez saved 62 games for Anaheim last season. The Angels offered just more than $30 million over three years to retain the 26-year-old right-hander . . . . . . The three-time All-Star […]

Deep Thoughts

As the Winter Meetings get underway in Las Vegas, I can’t help but think how much fun it would be to sit in the Petrossian Bar with a cell phone up to my ear and exclaim loudly: “So it’s six years and $150M for Manny? This is confirmed? Wow. Who would have thunk that Theo […]

Following Up on John VanB

A couple of weeks ago I went on a bit about the Pirates releasing former first rounder John Van Benschoten. Today Van Benschoten has a new job: Right-hander John Van Benschoten, who was taken by the Pirates with the eighth overall pick in the 2001 First-Year Player Draft, has signed a Minor League deal with […]

The Waiting Game

Jason at IIATMS lists a number of reasons why anxious Yankee watchers should just calm the heck down about the lack of progress on the Sabathia-to-New York front. Perhaps the best one: The Yanks are not the destination they were in 2000, 2001, 2002, when they were making regular World Series appearances. The team is […]


WaPo’s Dave Sheinin notes that Frank Howard is out of a job and makes a pitch for the Nationals to do something about it: At 72 years old, Howard is, in fact, a free agent, having been let go recently by the New York Yankees, for whom he had been working as a professional scout. […]

Bring the Dunner to Washington

A lot of chatter about Adam Dunn today, as the D-Backs’ decision not to offer him arbitration has made him a more attractive target. Ken Rosenthal says that the market for Dunn is “shaping up” and includes the Braves, Mariners and Nationals. Over at ESPN Jerry Crasnick, in the course of his offseason breakdown of […]

The 2008 Arbitration Eligibles

Midnight was the deadline. The following guys have a decision to make: CC Sabathia Manny Ramirez A.J. Burnett Derek Lowe Oliver Perez Francisco Rodriguez Brian Fuentes Mark Teixeira Jon Garland Darren Oliver Ben Sheets Brian Shouse Casey Blake Juan Cruz Orlando Hudson Brandon Lyon Paul Byrd Jason Varitek Milton Bradley Orlando Cabrera Mark Grudzielanek Raul […]

Hampton to the Astros

That’s what ESPN is reporting anyway: Pitcher Mike Hampton has agreed to terms on a one-year deal with the Houston Astros pending a physical exam, two baseball sources told ESPN.com. The contract will pay Hampton a base salary of about $2 million plus incentives, the source said . . . . . . Hampton spent […]

Arbitration Day

The deadline to offer arbitration is midnight tonight. There are lots of stories floating around today about whether so-and-so will be offered arbitration. Many of them conclude with some variation of “worse case scenario, Player X accepts, and Club Y has the services of a good player at a manageable price without the risk or […]

Del Taco? Really?

Peter Gammons said something very odd over the weekend: We know the Yankees can, will and may keep moving up to make it impossible for Sabathia to go anywhere else. We also know that Angels owner Arte Moreno can make it very difficult for anyone to say no; ask Torii Hunter after Moreno put the […]