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  1. From Rosenthal:



    The Jermaine Dye-to-the-Reds discussions continue at a "moderate" level, but for the moment the White Sox continue to plan on Dye being their Opening Day right fielder, according to a major-league source.


    A deal for Dye was indeed close before Thanksgiving, the source said, with the White Sox expected to receive right-hander Homer Bailey and perhaps another prospect in return.


    The trade, however, stalled in part due to questions about how much the White Sox would pay of Dye's $11.5 million salary next season. The amount they paid would have affected the quality of the second prospect in the deal.


    Now, the Reds simply might wait to determine whether they can sign a free-agent outfielder such as Bobby Abreu or Pat Burrell at a comparable salary without giving up any players in a trade.


    Neither Abreu nor Burrell was offered salary arbitration by their former clubs, so neither would cost the Reds a draft pick.





    I'm not sure how I feel about this. I mean it'd be nice to sign Abreu or Burrell and give up nothing, but I have doubts either will sign for 11-12 million a year. Plus, if you're gonna sign Pat, why didn't they just resign the younger and better Dunn, as they are quite similar.



    The player I'd want the Reds to sign is Milton Bradley, I don't care about the attitude, the only thing that worries me is the injury history. But in GABP Bradley would put up great numbers and would be that switch hitting bat they need between Votto and Bruce.

  2. Tigers and Rangers making significant progress on possible trade






    LAS VEGAS – The Tigers and Texas Rangers have made significant progress toward a trade that would send catcher Gerald Laird to Detroit and pitching prospect Guillermo Moscoso to the Rangers.


    It’s not clear if the Tigers would include other prospects in the deal.


    Moscoso, a 25-year-old right-hander, made a splash in the Detroit farm system this year by going 5-4 with a 2.70 ERA in 21 games (12 starts) between Class A Lakeland and Double-A Erie.


    Moscoso has struggled in the Venezuelan Winter League, where he has a 2-1 record and 8.36 ERA, but his performance there is believed to be a function of his role and not an indication that he is injured. He prefers to start but has made all but one of his eight appearances out of the bullpen.


    He has had shoulder issues in the past – including surgery in 2005 – but the Tigers said recently that he is healthy.


    Detroit officials have been reluctant to move Moscoso, because he’s believed to be close to reaching the majors, but their need for catching is great enough that they have considered doing so. Dusty Ryan, the only catcher on their 40-man roster, is currently batting .163 in the Puerto Rican Winter League.


    Laird, 29, would likely become the Tigers’ starting catcher if a deal is completed. He is regarded as a good defender and batted .276 this season.

  3. I'm not really sure what to think, but Bailey needed a change and Dye has the potential to hit 30-40 home runs from the right side to go along with Bruce and Votto from the left. The Reds are one team willing to spend this offseason, they are willing to up the payroll to 90 million if need be, and are about 30 mill a year under that mark right now. Reportedly they have the highest amount out there for Furcal and Arthur Rhodes. And are looking for a catcher no matter the price


    The lineup of:









    Free agent/Trade for Catcher


    That lineup gives them a chance to win, especially considering their starting pitching really has a chance to be great






    Owings/Thompson or a free agent



    That potential top five of their lineup has a chance to be one of the best in the league







    edit--Now the Chicago Tribune is reporting that the Sox are denying a deal is done. Who knows

  4. It seems like a lot of owners are waiting as long as possible to see just how bad this economy is going to get. I wonder if there will be much action at the winter meetings. Other then Hampton and Affedlt has anyone signed a free agent?



    I know the Reds are rumored to be after Jermaine Dye, but I think they're holding off on pulling the trigger until they get a better idea of the economic outlook for the general public, as disposable income will be non-existent if we are about to enter another depression.


    Think about this, players like Abreu, Burrell, Dunn and Renteria weren't offered arb. Teams were so afraid that they may be stuck with one year of salary that they gave up 1st round picks by not offereing arb. That's how bad financial people think this will be.


    From the Torch Website



    Trish Stratus Open to Returning:



    Trish Stratus retired from WWE at the Unforgiven PPV on September 17, 2006 to pursue life outside of wrestling. Now, she might be eyeing a return to the ring two years later.


    I've heard that Beth Phoenix and this new Diva Natalya have talked [trash] about me," Stratus said coyly in an interview on WWE's website. "I've said it before, but if they ever decided to call me out, I wouldn't hesitate to step into the ring."


    Stratus recently completed filming for her reality TV travel show, "Stratusphere," which currently airs in Canada on the Travel + Escape channel. The show runs on Monday nights at 9:00 p.m. EST.




  6. Looks like our very own Fazzle reviewed that shit a bunch of times.



    You wouldn't believe the pussy I've gotten since I've bought that awesome shirt. Hell, I got laid by 4 different chicks while it was still just IN PROCESSING.



    I thought it was this wolf shirt that got you pussy?



  7. I love bananas, but hate all candies and foods with banana flavoring. I always get bananas at the grocery, my girlfriend even bought me those green bags (the kind you see on infomercials at 3 in the morning) because bananas go bad so fast. But banana candy is the worst. Except circus peanuts, those are the worst.

  8. Boras sets parameters for Manny deal 11/04/08 11:56 PM EST

    Says slugger should be 'treated at the same stature' as A-Rod, Bonds By Barry M. Bloom / MLB.com


    DANA POINT, Calif. -- Scott Boras hit the hotel lobby on Tuesday and said he was setting up meetings with Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti to talk about the future of his top client, free agent Manny Ramirez.


    But Boras, the agent who also represents other top free agents such as Mark Teixeira, Derek Lowe and Jason Varitek, laid down the gauntlet as far as Ramirez is concerned: He expects Manny to be recognized with the same length of contract and a similar rate of pay as Barry Bonds and Alex Rodriguez.


    "I did Barry Bonds' contract with Ned [with San Francisco in 2001] when he was a year older than Manny," Boras said. "Back then there really wasn't a benchmark. But last year, when we did Alex the key negotiating point was that he be paid to the same age that Barry Bonds was paid. And so we have two extraordinary hitters in Bonds and A-Rod that were paid to the age of 42.


    "Bonds was a franchise player who literally paid for himself with the people he put in the seats and his historic home run performance. Those players are like Manny Ramirez."


    Bonds, the all-time leader with 762 homers, was 37 years old when he signed a five-year, $90 million contract with the Giants after his historic 73-homer season in 2001. A-Rod was 32 last year when he signed a 10-year, $275 million contract with the Yankees.


    Ramirez is now 36, which prescribes a six-year deal for him under the Boras formula. That would seem to preclude the Dodgers, who internally have been discussing offering Ramirez two years at $55 million, although that offer -- or any offer at all -- has yet to be made.


    Asked if he would accept a shorter contract at this point, Boras said: "Let's see, would you rather have desert and coffee? No, I think Manny realizes he wants to go to a place where he'll be there a long time and being part of an organization. And this point he's just looking to be treated at the same stature as other players who are at that unique level of Bonds and A-Rod."


    As far as the Dodgers go, Boras said he had been in contact with Colletti via text messages, but declined to say whether he'd actually spoken with him on the phone or met in person.


    Colletti made it clear on Tuesday that the two parties had not yet met.


    "I have a couple of meetings set up, with Scott," he said. "It'll be the first time we've talked about [Manny]. I expect it to go the way initial meetings go."


    Colletti again made it clear that other free-agent signings could preclude the Dodgers from inking Ramirez later in the offseason. The Dodgers are interested in signing free-agent left-hander CC Sabathia, who pitched the Brewers into the postseason after being acquired from the Indians in July.


    The Dodgers are also talking to a pair of their own free agents, Casey Blake and Rafael Furcal.


    "We have to go about our business," Colletti said. "Any time you have more than one player you feel the need to add, you have to take them as the time line dictates, as circumstances dictate. Timing is an important piece of it. You can't dictate it. We've called our free agents and told them of our interest. They've expressed interest in coming back and also finding out what's out there. There's risk with everybody -- maybe some added risk with some [players]."


    The Dodgers obtained Ramirez from the Red Sox in a last-minute July 31 non-waiver deadline trade. Ramirez quickly became a fan favorite and had a huge impact on the field, carrying the Dodgers past the D-backs to win the National League West title and as far as Game 5 of the NL Championship Series, where they were eliminated by the eventual World Series champion Phillies.


    In 53 games with Los Angeles, Ramirez batted .396 with 17 homers and 53 RBIs as the Dodgers drew 3.7 million, second in the NL only to the Mets. In eight postseason games, Ramirez batted .520 (13-for-25) with four homers and 10 RBIs.


    Previous to that, Ramirez and the Red Sox had won the World Series twice in four years.


    Boras scoffed at the notion that the Dodgers might not be able to sign Ramirez if they spend their money on others first.


    "I don't know how many deals are out there that pay for themselves and are for a franchise player," he said. "If there are I don't know of any. There may be one or two, but not too many."



    Barry M. Bloom is a national reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs

  9. CC Sabathia--Yankees, signs despite wanting to go to west coast because Yanks make him the highest paid pitcher in baseball history

    Mark Teixeira--Yankees, signs for close to 200 million

    Matt Holliday--Honestly, I don't have a clue

    Jake Peavy--Braves, Atlanta wants him, he wants to go there, deal will get done eventually

    AJ Burnett--Yankees, they need pitching badly, and will spend more to give CC and good #2

    Manny Ramirez--Dodgers, they almost have to despite the price

    Ben Sheets--Mets, they better pray he stays healthy

    Francisco Rodriguez--Mets, going into the new stadium they'll really try and spend this winter

    Pat Burrell--Maybe Indians who need an outfield bat, but not really sure

    Adam Dunn--Nats or Indians depending on if they sign Burrell


  10. The rumors in Cincy for a few months have been the Reds are hot after Holliday or Magglio Ordonez. They want a big right handed bat for the middle of the lineup to put between Votto and Bruce. They wanted Holliday at the trade deadline but the Rockies wanted Cueto plus 2 A level prospects, so talks ended. I wouldn't deal Cueto straight up for Holliday, so I hope this doesn't happen. Reds ownership has committed to raising the payroll, most expect around 90 million, meaning the Reds should have about 33 million to spend this offseason. It will be interesting to see what Walt Jocketty does.

  11. This is from the F4W Forum from Meltzer:



    All of his close friends believe he is not alive, but nobody has any proof one way or the other. Every few months they ask me to try and do a missing persons search on him and we always turn up nothing. At Kowalski's funeral, it was the No. 1 topic of conversation and his friends were all sayin they didn't believe he was alive.


    But again, we have no proof of that. Maybe he's a secret witness or something given a new identity.






    Who thought the Radicalz would end up like this. Dean, I hope you're watching yourself

  12. It's kind of weird that Gentry, Feinstein and Gabe are all gone from ROH. You might as well call it something else at this point.


    I did lose some respect for Gabe when he claimed Rob has stepped down from both RF Video and ROH when to this day Rob still runs RF video. It's also amazing how virtually ever wrestler just appears on RF with known pedo Feinstein. Anything for a buck in wrestling I guess.