1. Joe Mauer and the "Legacy Contract"

    How will the Twins keep Joe Mauer off the 2011 free agent market? With a "legacy contract" that might, if you listen to yesterday's reports, keep Mauer under contract with the Twins for 10 ...

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  2. Let the Josh Beckett Watch Begin: Can Red Sox Retain Pitcher After 2010?

    John Tomase touches on a number of fascinating points as Boston Red Sox ace Josh Beckett heads towards free agency after this season. 1. Injury Protection "But there could be complications...

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  3. Can Aaron Miles Increase His Value With the Reds?

    When Aaron Miles was traded to the Athletics, I thought he would be in line for a boost in playing time. But today, Miles was traded to the Reds, which could be disastrous for his value moving ...

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  4. Joe Mauer Close to Re-signing with Minnesota?

    So much for a bidding war over Joe Mauer next winter. Well, not officially. But it certainly doesn't look like Mauer will become a free agent next winter...

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  5. Is Johnny Damon a Fit with the Rays?

    With almost no suitors to speak of, could the Rays make a move for Johnny Damon? According to Joel Sherman, it could happen: A darkhorse has emerged in pursuit of Damon, and it is an AL East rival of the Yankees...

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  6. Ben Sheets Signs One-Year Deal With Oakland A's: What Should Mets Do Next?

      With Ben Sheets now officially off the board thanks to a one-year, $8 million contract with the Athletics, the team that is left out in the dust once again is the New York Mets...

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  7. With Ben Sheets, Would the A's Compete For a Playoff Spot?

    Billy Beane's aggressive offseason continues with Ben Sheets. Maybe Beane will actually sign a free agent this time: "Confimed by ML source: #athletics have made "competitive" offer to Ben Sheets ...

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  8. Just Say No, BJ Upton

    A long term deal for BJ Upton? Doesn't seem out of the question: #Rays CF B.J. Upton says arbitration won't be a problem and he is "all for" discussing long-term deal I'm all for long term ...

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  9. Carl Crawford and Carlos Pena Are Destined to Leave the Rays

    Nothing shocking here: "5. Carl Crawford, LF, Rays - The feeling is that if the Rays’ financial picture gets any gloomier, Crawford will be trade bait by the trading deadline or even earlier...

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  10. Doug Davis vs. Randy Wolf: The Stats

    Pitcher A 2009 Season: 9-14, 4.12 ERA, 34 starts, 203 IP, 146 K, 6.4 K/9, 4.56 BB/9, .294 BABIP, 4.84 FIP Career: 90-97, 4.31 ERA, 6.67 K/9, 4.06 BB/9, .310 BABIP, 4.41 FIP Pitcher B 2009 Season: 11-7, 3...

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  11. Risk/Reward of the Doug Davis Signing

    1 year/$5.25 million (with a mutual option for 2011): Free agent starter Doug Davis has reached preliminary agreement with the Milwaukee Brewers on a one-year, guaranteed $5.25 million contract, a baseball source told ESPN...

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  12. Risk/Reward of the Joel Pineiro Signing

    The Angels reached an agreement with free agent right-hander Joel Pineiro on a two-year deal worth $16 million, two sources told SI.com on Wednesday night...

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  13. Why Did the Giants Re-Sign Bengie Molina?

    Reasons why the Giants signed Bengie Molina: 1. He calls a good game 2. The Giants felt that Buster Posey was not ready 3. Offensive production Offensive production! Wait, really.....

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  14. Why Orlando Cabrera Is Still Unsigned

    Last winter, free agent shortstop Orlando Cabrera struggled badly to find suitors for his services. The reason? Cabrera was a type A free agent and no team wanted to surrender a first round pick for his services...

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  15. Eight Costly Decisions This Winter in MLB

    In no particular order: 1. Jarrod Washburn Turns Down One-Year/$5 Million Offer from the Twins Given how many starting pitchers are on the market right now and how poorly Washburn ended the 2009 season, why in the world did he turn this down? 2...

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  16. Did the Colorado Rockies Overpay Huston Street?

    3 years/$22.5 million: The Rockies agreed to multi-year contracts with relief pitchers Huston Street and Rafael Betancourt, FOXsports.com has learned, giving the Rockies 11 players signed to contracts that tie them to the Rockies through at least 2011...

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  17. The New York Mets and Bengie Molina Just Cannot Come to Terms

    From ESPN's Buster Olney: Heard this: Bengie Molina has turned down the Mets' most recent offer, and the Mets are beginning to focus on Joel Pineiro... I find it hard to believe that Molina is playing hardball with the Mets at this point...

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  18. Seattle Mariners Sign Felix Hernandez

    The Seattle Mariners have made some stellar moves already this winter, but this one is probably the most important: The Seattle Mariners have been shuffling the deck, but it looks like they'll keep their ace...

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  19. Adam LaRoche: New York Mets' Missed Opportunity

    When news came down last night that Carlos Beltran was going to be sidelined for the next eight to twelve weeks and probably miss the beginning of the season, my immediate concern was for the Mets' offense...

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  20. Adam LaRoche Signed by Arizona Diamondbacks: Risk/Reward

    Adam LaRoche turned down a two-year, $17 million dollar offer from the San Francisco Giants a few weeks back. Today, LaRoche signed a one year deal with the Diamondbacks worth roughly $4-6 million dollars...

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  21. The Weak Market for Orlando Hudson

    Orlando Hudson is asking for $9 million in 2010. No, that's not a joke: It is believed Hudson is asking for $9 million for 2010, which is too much for the Nationals. And don't look for them to offer Hudson a two-year deal either...

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  22. Jose Valverde: Astros Closer Is in the Detroit Tigers' Crosshairs

    According to Lynn Henning of the Detroit News, the Tigers are going after Jose Valverde. The potential contract? Two years for $12 million. Yuck: Valverde will cost the Tigers plenty if he ends up signing with Detroit...

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  23. Was Matt Holliday Worth $60 Million More Than Jason Bay?

    Since free agency began in November, Matt Holliday and Jason Bay have been the consensus two best hitters on the free agent market...

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  24. Matt Holliday Signs: Risk/Reward of the Cardinals' Acquisition

    Almost by default, Matt Holliday and the Cardinals came to terms on a seven-year, $120 million contract. So much for the Yankees. From SI.com: The St. Louis Cardinals have agreed to a seven-year, $120 million deal with Matt Holliday, SI...

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  25. Should Adrian Beltre Have Accepted the Seattle Mariners' Arbitration Offer?

    Shortly after Adrian Beltre signed a one-year contract with the Red Sox, it became apparent that Beltre left a nice chunk of change on the table...

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