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A report from the New York Post says former Marlin, Red Sock and Oriole Kevin Millar is on the verge of signing a minor league deal with Toronto.  If this gets done, the Blue Jays clubhouse will never be the same again!

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Today, future Hall of Fame (class of 2034) mortal lock Travis Snider turns 21 years old. Happy Birthday, young man, now go resurrect this franchise, y'hear?

Now for the rest of you, today's only-tangentially-related-to-baseball Question of the Day ... how did you spend your 21st birthday? (For the youngsters out there on the Interwebs, then, how do you hope to spend it, kid?)

Keep it clean, folks. And if you can, do relate it to The Great Game somehow!

The Blue Jays signed a pair of players to minor-league contracts today, agreeing to terms with outfielder Jason Lane and infielder Brandon Fahey. Both will receive invites to spring training, but will probably spend the majority of the year in Las Vegas. However, Lane provides some cover if Snider demonstrates he isnít ready for the big leagues and Fahey is a better option than Jorge Velandia as the teamís top middle infielder at Triple-A.
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The Jays signed Brandon League for $640k (minimum is $400k), Jeremy Accardo for $900k, Jason Frasor for $1.45 million, Jose Bautista for $2.4 million.  Arbitration figures are being passed along, and a batch of Jays are going to the Classic along with a Canadian team.
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And the winners are... Rickey Henderson (94.8%) and Jim Rice (76.4%).
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So the hot stove league chatter of the winter meetings has dwindled to mere embers in the December fireplace, and what are you hearing now? (Or hey, what would you like to be hearing, anyway?)

The big news today, if you can call it that, is that the inimitable Chan Ho Park, who has 117 career wins, and last season got his ERA down below 4.81 for the first time since 2001 -- has signed a one-year, $2.5 million contract with the defending champion Phillies. Apparently the Jays were also in contention to sign The Ho ... speaking as a North Texas resident, let me tell you -- be glad that didn't happen.

What else?

Peavy to Cubs is dead.

Huge deal - huge in terms of volume, not necessarily star talent - between the Mariners, Indians and Mets. J.J. Putz is the centerpiece of the deal. Franklin Gutierrez and Aaron Heilman are other big names changing teams. Summary of player movement:

Mariners -> Mets: Putz, RHP Sean Green, OF Jeremy Reed
Indians -> Mariners: Gutierrez
Mets -> Mariners: OF Endy Chavez, RHP Aaron Heilman, 1B Mike Carp, RHP Maikel Cleto, LHP Jason Vargas, OF Ezekiel Carrera
Mets -> Indians: RHP Joe Smith
Mariners -> Indians: IF Luis Valbuena

In the AAA phase of the Rule V Draft, the Jays lost Anthony Hatch and Ryan Klosterman, and selected Cody Haerther from St. Louis. There was no Jay-related activity in the Major League phase. The AA phase hasn't been updated yet.

And finally, a Blue Jay transaction! The Jays signed Matt Clement to a minor league deal. Quick analysis after the break.

Update (Friday): Raul Ibanez signs with the Phillies for 30/3. Still on the slugger market: Mark Teixeira, Adam Dunn, Pat Burrell, Manny. And Teixeira is the only one who seems to be drawing much interest.
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Tony Kubek won the Ford Frick Award.

Joe Gordon was elected to the Hall of Fame by the Veteran's Committee.

The big news from today is that C.C. Sabathia is close to a deal with the Yankees worth about 160 million over 7 years.

Yesterday, Francisco Rodriguez set the bar low in the closer market, signing with the Mets for 3 years and 37 million, with a vesting option for a 4th year. Jose Valverde is feeling great about himself.

Also, Casey Blake signed a 3 year deal with the Dodgers, and Kerry Wood is reportedly close to signing with the Indians. Jake Peavy talks don't seem to be progressing.

Update: Keith Law, Rob Neyer, Will Carroll and Christina Kahrl have been admitted to the BBWAA. This became a big issue last off-season when Neyer and Law were denied entry, and resulted in Neyer and Tracy Ringolsby butting heads on Baseball Think Factory. It's great to see those two get in after the disappointment of last off-season, and it's also a good sign to see the BBWAA extend membership to Baseball Prospectus writers Kahrl and Carroll.
Figured this hasn't received a thread, so why not? What better thing to get debates going than the good ol' HOF.
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It's that deadest time of the baseball year, after the World Series, before the Winter Meetings ... The notable trade this week wasn't Tigers/Rockies but rather Pistons/Nuggets ... Who's the MLB equivalent of Allen Iverson, anyway? ... In G.M. news, your World Champion Phillies (that still looks strange) tabbed, to nobody's surprise, Ruben Amaro Jr., while the Red Sox re-upped Theo Epstein ... Is new pitching coach Mike Maddux the Rangers' most significant pitching acquisition since Fergie Jenkins 35 years ago? ... The Brewers placed a "courtesy" bid on CC Sabathia -- where's he going to end up, anyway? ...

What else is going on?

Sources say the Milwaukee Brewers will hire former Oakland skipper and former Jay Ken Macha as their new manager.  In other news, rumoured Jays trade target Mike Jacobs has been dealt from Florida to Kansas City and  Detroit is not picking up the option on Edgar Renteria.

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Mother Nature decided Phillies fans will have wait for a chance to celebrate their first World Series title since 1980 as rain led to the suspension of Game 5

Update:  Game 5, Part 2 has been pushed back to Wednesday.  It will pick up in the bottom of the sixth inning, tied at 2-2.

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The Philadelphia Phillies, the losingest franchise in all of pro sports, are just one win away from the World Series title after a 10-2 beatdown of the Tampa Bay Rays in Game 4 last night.

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And it goes like this.  The 45 year-old lefty was able to work out the kinks in his "power finesse" repertoire and almost made history by becoming the oldest pitcher to win a World Series game.  Still, the Phillies southpaw and his teammates got to celebrate a wild and wacky 5-4 walkoff win over the Tampa Bay Rays to grab a 2-1 World Series lead.  Mad props to both teams who managed to stay awake after a 91 minute rain delay and give us a good ball game to watch, for those of us who managed to keep our eyes open!
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The World Series is now a best-of-five affair after the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Philadelphia Phillies 4-2 at the Trop last night.
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