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Are we sure he has signed? The Jays have signed Rod Barajas to share the catching duties with Gregg Zaun. Barajas signed with the Jays last off-season before changing his mind the next day. This signing is a lot cheaper, $1.2 million for one year versus $6 million for two years in the previous attempt at a contract.

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According to Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal, "major-league sources" say the Jays are working on a trade that would send Troy Glaus to the Cardinals for Scott Rolen. Rosenthal reports that both players have agreed to waive their no-trade clauses.
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Rich Gossage is now a Hall of Famer, the only member of the class of '08 at this point. Jim Rice just missed, Andre Dawson and Bert Blyleven were in shouting distance, and nobody else was close.

Your thoughts?

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Oakland, after trading ace Dan Haren to Arizona just two weeks ago, has acquired LHP Gio Gonzalez, RHP Fautino De Los Santos and OF Ryan Sweeney from the White Sox in exchange for switch-hitting OF Nick Swisher, who hit 22 homers in his age-27 season last year. Thoughts?
The Jays avoid arbitration with Reed Johnson, signing him to a 1 year, $3.275 million contract.

The article linked above also mentions that the Jays have signed minor league contracts with pitchers Lance Carter, John Parrish, and Ryan Kethner.

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No, not involving the Jays, sorry. But an interesting youngster-for-youngster deal. The Dallas Morning News is reporting "The Rangers will trade pitcher Edinson Volquez and a minor leaguer to Cincinnati for power-hitting Josh Hamilton, according to sources."

No word yet on the identity of the "minor leaguer" involved, and as much as Volquez and his 7+ ERA have shown flashes of respectability and even brilliance, to snag Hamilton, we can assume it will be someone of real value. More as the story develops.

You hearing anything else?

Here's your catch-all Mitchell Report thread.

It's coming out today and ESPN.com has a story that says that Clemens is on the list.
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And it's not just because it's getting cold out!

Thank you, thank you - I'll be here all winter!
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The Toronto chapter of the Baseball Writers of America have released their 2007 award winners. Roy Halladay was named pitcher of the year; Alex Rios player of the year; Jesse Litsch top rookie; and Dustin McGowan most improved player.
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Per ESPN.com:

Major league pitcher Joe Kennedy died early Friday morning while at home with his family in Florida, agent Damon Lapa confirmed to ESPN.com.

The cause of Kennedy's death could not immediately be determined, Lapa said.


Update:  A Fox Sports headline through Google said: "Pitcher Joe Kennedy died early Friday, apparently from a brain aneurysm, according to a major-league source."  However, since then the headline and text of the article omitted that detail


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