This is one in a series of posts where we grade the GMs on their shrewd winter maneuvers and lambaste them for their moronic trades and signings. In 2009, the Cardinals ran away with the NL Central. This winter, many of the team’s best players entered free agency and fans were left to wonder, “will […]

Recently at UmpBump HQ, there’s been a lot of Boston Red Sox talk. While the Yankees have acquired themselves some big-ticket items and the already-strong Rays made a few smart, affordable moves, the BoSox have been raiding the sale rack. And they’re clearly not done yet — this morning’s announcement was the signing of Takashi […]

Free coffee and baseball: This is a match made in heaven, from Sarah’s point of view. Two notes: 1. Jose Canseco is worried that he’ll get poisoned via free coffee. 2. Jonathan Papelbon is advertising free coffee (with purchase of either a flatbread sandwich or a pizza) at Dunkin’ Donuts, available the day after the […]

Picking up where my colleague Paul left off, here are some random links – think of them as a pick-me-up: » That walk-off that Vlade hit last night? Well it meant the world and more to Bootcheck. » Let’s beat a dead horse. Aaron is bitter because Bonds is chasing his record. » The O’s […]

For more on Brad Penny’s fly, check out Babes Love Baseball, which broke this story wide open.

Brad Penny on the Block: According to the Rocky Mountain News, “The Dodgers figure to make a major move during spring training, using right-hander Brad Penny as the trade bait.” Penny won 16 games last season and it’s hard to imagine that the Dodgers would consider parting with a pitcher of his talent. Then again, […]

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