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Monday, December 08, 2008

Pickoff Moves, Lunchtime Edition

Dodgers Not Pursuing Sabathia — Yet

Now that the winter meetings have started, the Dodgers aren't chasing C.C. Sabathia, just yet, anyway.

Veteran's Committee Elects Joe Gordon To Cooperstown, Snubs Ron Santo (Again)

Well, at least they elected someone. It would have been pretty embarrassing if they hadn't elected anyone; there's a pretty compelling argument that Santo is the best third baseman not in the Hall currently, and the fact that the Veteran's Committee can't see it is just nuts.

Maury Wills was also on the ballot but failed to get the required votes.

MLB Won't Ban Maple Bats

Sanity, oddly enough, reigns, no matter how briefly. Was there ever anything besides anecdotal evidence to support the contention that maple bats shattered more frequently than ash bats? If so, I've never seen it.

Rangers Send Gerald Laird To Detroit For Two Pitchers

Now that's a deal I can understand. The returnees to Texas are Guillermo Moscoso and Carlos Melo, a pair of prospects.

Update: Allegedly the Tigers inquired about Mike Napoli but were rebuffed by a high price tag.

Juan Rivera Garners Tampa Bay Interest

Joe Maddon to Juan's rescue? Well, I'm not surprised; like Seattle, St. Louis, and Toronto, Tampa Bay lately seems to be another repository for former Angels.

It's Go Time For Tony Reagins

C.C. or Teix or nobody, i.e. fish or cut bait, Tony. I agree.

K-Rod Meets With Mets

Bill Plunkett reports that Francisco Rodriguez had a long dinner meeting with the Wilpons Sunday night in Las Vegas.

Dodgers Near Agreement With Casey Blake

Yahoo's Tim Brown reports the Dodgers are near a deal for Casey Blake, alleged to be for three years. Reports over the weekend had the Twins, his only other serious suitor, balking at offering a third year.

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