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Kotsay to Padres!

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thank god. next up, someone signs Yuni and we can relax for a few minutes. with that said, good luck to him, i know he's a nice guy.

Padres Reach Agreement with Mark Kotsay

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I'm guessing a big audible sigh of relief was just exhaled.

BCB Book Club Update: Get Your Copies Of The Extra 2%

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The votes are in, and it seems like we've got enough interest to try this and see how it works. The first BCB Book Club book will be Jonah Keri's The Extra 2%. If you'd like to be a part of the discussion, your assignment for this week is to pick up a copy of the book and meet us back here next Tuesday.

Zelous Wheeler nominated for AFL award

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Wheeler is one of six players nominated for the Dernell Stenson Sportsmanship Award. If he wins, I'm going to have a hard time not calling him Mr. Congeniality.

Melvin meets with agent of Furcal and A.Ramirez

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"According to a major league source, Kinzer [agent of Rafael Furcal and Aramis Ramirez] had a meeting with Milwaukee Brewers general manager Doug Melvin on Monday afternoon. " -Bruce Levine ESPNChicago.com

Iron Man in Japan

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Cal Ripken Jr. chronicles his State Department trip to Japan

CBA Fail.

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We won't know until we see the actual CBA if Heyman is (gasp!) wrong, but if he's right, this pretty much sounds like a horrible idea. No hard slotting system with the draft, in spite of ownership's burning desire to get one, AND a relaxed compensation system for departing free agents. I've been disappointed for about 17 years in Bud Selig's legendary ability to build consensus somehow (!) failing to actually level the playing field in the MLB, but now it sounds like he's actually making things worse. If this is true, let me be among the first to say "thanks for nothing, Bud."

Cardinals name Mike Matheny manager

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The former Brewer has no managerial experience and has never coached in the majors. It's an interesting decision.

Wilson Ramos Rescued From Abductors

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Thank goodness. Glad to see him out of harm's way and safe again.

Phillies reportedly acquire Papelbon for 4-year, $50 million deal

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In the first big move of the off season, sure seems like a lot for a reliever. Keith Law says it is a bad move. (Need ESPN Insider to view preceding link)