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Apologies to Yu Darvish and all, but in the day's most fascinating transaction, the Colorado Rockies will sign 49-year-old rehabbing lefty Jamie Moyer to a minor league deal.

Forty-nine. Rehabbing. (He missed ALL of 2011.) Sure, he's left-handed and has 267 (267!) big league wins, and I have always been a fan. But really? Jamie Moyer?

More than one-third of the players on Colorado's curremt 40-man roster were not yet born when Moyer debuted with the Cubs in June of 1986. I'm willing to wager a fair number of Bauxites weren't either. (Identify yourselves!)

So the primary question is, how is that 55-mile-an-hour "fast"ball going to play in Coors?

We're rooting for you Jamie -- and when I say "we" I speak for the tens of  thousands of baseball fans who don't want to be older than every single major league baseball player on an active roster ...

So, seriously -- good luck. Thirty-three more wins and those HOF voters will REALLY have something to debate!

 

Yu Darvish and the Rangers agreed on a six-year, $60 million deal just before today's (Wednesday's) deadline. Story
The Toronto Blue Jays have avoided arbitration with Carlos Villaneuva by signing the right-hander to a one-year deal worth just over $2.2 million. 

UPDATE
- The Jays have also come to terms with second baseman Kelly Johnson on a one-year contract worth $6.3 million and outfielder Ben Francisco will get just over $1.5 million for 2012.  The above link from BlueJays.com has been updated.
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After the Yankees spent much of last season trying to pry perennial Cy Young contender Felix Hernandez from the Mariners with a package headed by catching uber-prospect Jesus Montero, the M's finally convinced the Bronx Bombers to change the asking price and the two teams have completed a different deal, sending Montero to the AL West in exchange for a different young ace with Cy Young potential, 22-year-old Michael Pineda. 

The timing on dealing baseball's (probably) best catching prospect is odd, given the extremely recent retirement of long-tim Yankee catcher Jorge Posada. But what say you all, Bauxites? Who wins this one-for-one "challenge" trade? In 2012? Long-term?

 Update: Sunday morning, the revamped NYY rotation took a minor hit as veteran Bartolo Colon reportedly inked a deal with Oakland.

No, it's not Brett Lawrie.  To make room for Darren Oliver the Blue Jays have designated Mark Teahen for assignment.  The Blue Jays will trade or release Teahen after the prescribed waiting period, which is ten days I think.

Teahen's status change is not a surprise, there is no spot for him on the 2012 squad.  I assume AA has been trying to deal him with no success.  The Jays might still deal him to the team that will absorb the most of his salary but don't expect anything back unless the Jays eat all of his contract.  Teahen has value to some teams but not as his current salary of $5.5 million.

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The Chicago Cubs have acquired first base prospect Anthony Rizzo from the Padres today in a four-player deal that sends former first-round pick Andrew Cashner to the West Coast.

Rizzo, a lefty-hitting slugger drafted by Boston under now-Cub Theo Epstein's regime and acquired by San Diego last winter as part of the prospect package in the Adrian Gonzalez trade, is expected to be Chicago's regular first baseman in 2012..

Rizzo, 22, hit .331 at Triple-A Tucson last year with 26 home runs and 101 RBIs, with a 423 on-base percentage and .652 slugging percentage. He was ranked the No. 3 prospect in the Padres system, and made his major league debut for San Diego in 2011, struggling with a .141 average in 128 at-bats in 49 games. (I believe that number of AB means he is still officially a rookie, right?)

The Cubs also sent outfielder Kyung-Min Na to the Padres, and received pitcher Zach Kates.

Escaping that pitcher's paradise San Diego to play in the Wrigley bandbox? This isn't a prediction, but just an observation .... the rookie HR record is McGwire with 49, you know ...

The Blue Jays have announced the acquisition of Jason Frasor for minor league pitchers Myles Jaye and Daniel Webb. Frasor returns to the Jays after being with the White Sox for less than half of a season. The Jays 40 man roster has one spot available for Frasor.
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Ken Rosenthal reports that long-time Friend of Batter's Box Keith Law is in the process of interviewing with the Houston Astros.
Well, I guess that'd be a step toward returning to MLB .... :-)

So, now, maybe the free agent period really is transitioning into the trading portion of the off-season. Oakland closer Andrew Bailey, rumored to be dealt to  about 10 or 12 dfferent places since the '11 season's end, is now a member of Red Sox Nation.

The Sawx acquired Bailey,who compliled 24 ssaves in 2011, and outfielder Ryan Sweeney in exchange for OF Josh Reddick and minor leaguers 1B Miles Head and P Raul Alcantera.

Bailey's in Boston? Let the "Irish Cream" pun contest begin!

To all of you drafting 2012 Blue Jay projected lineups with Carlos Beltran hitting cleanup,  wrong color bird. So today's lesson is simple:

World Series rings are a great recruiting tool.