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April 23, 2010 2:59 pm

On the Beat: Friday Update

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John Perrotto

Edmonds is reborn with the Brewers and other notes from around the major leagues.

Baseball told Jim Edmonds to go away last year, as the eight-time Gold Glove winner and four-time All-Star did not get any offers as a free agent. That Edmonds was shunned by all 30 teams was hard to believe based on the events of Thursday afternoon. Edmonds played right field and went 4-for-6 with a home run and three RBI to help the Brewers roll to a 20-0 victory over the Pirates at PNC Park. It showed why Edmonds wasn't ready to retire last year, even when he couldn't find a job. He still believed he could play in the major leagues. Now, the 39-year-old veteran of 17 seasons is being vindicated.

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November 22, 2009 12:18 pm

On the Beat: Weekend Update

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John Perrotto

The season's top skippers take their bows, plus new metrics enter into the voting picture, and rumors and rumblings.

Mike Scioscia is a testament to stability in an era when managers and coaches are being fired at a rapid rate in the major professional sports leagues. Scioscia has managed the Angels for the last 10 seasons, giving him the third-longest tenure among current major-league skippers. The Braves' Bobby Cox moved down for the general manager's office to replace manager Russ Nixon on June 22, 1990, and now has 19 full seasons of service with Atlanta. Tony La Russa completed his 14th season with the Cardinals this season.

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The notable quotables from the week that was.

OZZIE CONTAINS MULTITUDES

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February 11, 2009 11:12 am

On the Beat: Giant Expectations?

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John Perrotto

Could one more move put San Francisco atop the NL West, agreeing to disagree in St. Louis, plus news and views from around the game.

The Giants could be one big free-agent signing away from becoming the favorites to win the National League West, and their best option might be to sign the biggest name still on the market, left fielder Manny Ramirez. With spring training just hours away, Ramirez still doesn't have a team, having recently turned down a one-year, $25 million offer to return to the Dodgers.

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February 10, 2008 12:00 am

Every Given Sunday: National League Questions

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John Perrotto

The pressing questions facing each NL squad this spring are revealed, while Nolan Ryan rejoins the Rangers, and the Mets show their humility.

Spring Training is nigh, as pitchers and catchers start reporting on Wednesday, and keep trickling into camp throughout Florida and Arizona as the week progresses. Last week, we took a look at the key question facing each American League team in spring training. This week, let's take a look at the key question each National League team faces:

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Barry versus Curt, the uncertainties of the present as we get into trading season, and all the rest.

BARRY WOULD LIKE TO ANNOUNCE THAT HE HAS NOT YET DECIDED WHETHER HE WILL ATTEND WHEN ALEX PASSES HIS HOME RUN RECORD

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Gary Huckabay: OK, the deal's not finalized yet, but just for a second, let's assume that the worst possible parameters of the deal (from the Rangers' perspective) reported in the media are true. The Rangers get Alfonso Soriano, a minor leaguer from a list of five, and pick up $67 million of the remaining money owed to Rodriguez. Do you see any way to justify this deal from the Rangers' standpoint? Personally, I don't. Soriano's not going to be exceptionally cheap himself, he's not close to being the ballplayer A-Rod is, and even if you assume--which I'm not comfortable doing--that A-Rod's contract is anomalous and an organizational albatross, there's certainly some real and non-negligible cost associated with this specific dump. Depending on the financial details of the deal, it's possible this deal could end up costing the Rangers money--when you factor in the $67 million, the contract Soriano will likely end up with after a year of puffy stats at The Ballpark in Arlington, the lost goodwill, and lost broadcast rights money.

Gary Huckabay: OK, the deal's not finalized yet, but just for a second, let's assume that the worst possible parameters of the deal (from the Rangers' perspective) reported in the media are true. The Rangers get Alfonso Soriano, a minor leaguer from a list of five, and pick up $67 million of the remaining money owed to Rodriguez.

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December 19, 2003 12:00 am

6-4-3: Hart to Hart

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Gary Huckabay

In case you've been living under a rock, it's been a pretty interesting couple of weeks in the news. If you've been feverish, like most of the populace of California's scenic Contra Costa County, you may have observed that a bombastically hirsute Alex Rodriguez was liberated from a sort of cave/hutch just north of Tikrit and west of Odessa by a U.S. Army strike force, who then checked him for ticks, packaged him in a box, and shipped him to Worcester, where he was unpacked by Larry Lucchino and Gene Orza, then shipped back to Houston, Texas, where he was awarded a Hummer by noted conservative talk show host Michael Savage. The more coherent among you are aware that the Boston Red Sox and Texas Rangers have been discussing a deal that is, at its center, Manny Ramirez for Alex Rodriguez. Since both players have very long, lucrative contracts, money has been a significant component of the deal. So let's dive in and take a look...

The more coherent among you are aware that the Boston Red Sox and Texas Rangers have been discussing a deal that is, at its center, Manny Ramirez for Alex Rodriguez.

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This deal validates the notion that the Rangers were somehow ruined by the signing of Alex Rodriguez, when in fact, Rodriguez has been worth the money. The Rangers' problems have more to do with wasted money on non-contributors, the failure of some B and C pitching prospects, and the absence of a center fielder for years on end. We've reached a point in the trade negotiations between the Rangers and Red Sox where the issues aren't players, but money. Money as in "how much less can the Red Sox pay Rodriguez?" The Sox have been negotiating that point with Rodriguez for some time, and the two sides appear to have an agreement that satisfies both sides, one in which he gets much less guaranteed compensation and assumes a lot more risk. Conceding that we don't yet know exactly how much money he might be giving up to make this happen, I think it's entirely possible that Rodriguez would be doing himself a disservice. Is it reasonable for someone to pay, for the sake of argument, $40 million just to change employers and base cities?

Today, I want to address the Alex Rodriguez mess. I haven't to date, in part because I really don't want Rodriguez to be traded. I joked about it last week, but the relentless flow of top players to a few teams isn't good for the game. This is exactly what didn't happen in the free-agent era until the last two years, when the luxury-tax structure and increased revenue sharing went into effect. Go wait for that to be a sound bite from Bud Selig's next press conference on the success of the newest Collective Bargaining Agreement.

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Following up on yesterday's article, here is the definitive list of every transaction made at last weekend's Mock Winter Meetings in Chicago. The list of moves includes a blockbuster trade for Mark Teixeira, cheap contracts for Trot Nixon and Juan Gonzalez, and a surprise new home for Vladimir Guerrero.

AL WEST

ANAHEIM

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THIS WEEK'S MOST-SUBMITTED SET OF QUOTES "Whack it. Hack it. Stay aggressive." --Bruce Kimm, Cubs manager, on his hitting philosophy "I want my big boys swinging. If they feel comfortable swinging at first pitches, I want 'em hacking, because they're the guys who can do the damage." --Kimm

THIS WEEK'S MOST-SUBMITTED SET OF QUOTES

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