A new power rises in the west

In case you have been under a rock today and didn’t hear the news, the Angels made two big acquisitions today, inking slugging 1b Albert Pujols to a 10-year $254 million contract and LHP CJ Wilson to a 5-year $77.5 million deal. After years of competing for but just coming up short on a number...

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The Darvish Lottery Has Begun

The posting process for Yu Darvish started today. Teams will have through Sunday to submit sealed bids. Early next week, the bid that his team accepts (the highest bid, except in some circumstances) will be made public, and that team will have 30 days to negotiate with Darvish.

The Yankees are playing coy. Of...

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Observation of the day

1. Sign Yu Darvish: This is the most obvious direction for the Yankees to take now, and as I outlined this morning, it actually makes more financial sense for the Bombers, since the posting fee they pay the Nippon Ham Fighters won’t count against their luxury tax bill This would likely make Darvish appear to be a cheaper alternative to Wilson, and even Buehrle, while providing more upside. There’s a risk they don’t win the bid, of course, since the posting is done by blind bidding, but this is probably a better strategy than signing Wilson anyway, so as long as they don’t lowball their bid I’d be okay with it.

2. Wait for Cole Hamels: I’m not really buying this idea, but it was proposed to me on Twitter earlier, so I’ll at least address it briefly. It’s an idea that I could certainly get behind with a guarantee Hamels would be available, but I remain fairly convinced Hamels will be staying in Philadelphia.…

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The Nail In A.J.’s Coffin

Now that the word is out that the Yanks are trying to shop him, we should expect to see a lot more of Bad A.J. in 2012.

(The following is being syndicated from An A-Blog for A-Rod)

Let’s...

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Yanks Win Posting for Japanese SS; Could Signal Future Moves

(The following is being syndicated from The Captain’s Blog).

Nakajima lines a run-scoring single during the final game of the 2009 WBC, which was won by Japan. (Photo: Getty Images)

Considered along side the other big headlines being made...

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