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BOSTON, MA - DECEMBER 01:  Bobby Valentine talks with MLB network after he was introduced as the new manager for the Boston Red Sox during a press conference on December 1, 2011 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - DECEMBER 01: Bobby Valentine talks with MLB network after he was introduced as the new manager for the Boston Red Sox during a press conference on December 1, 2011 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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This Week's Topics and anything else you want to talk about, including: your current favorite rumors, your least favorite rumors, Bobby Valentine, the new Blue Jays logo, the ridiculous Marlins mascot, best holiday deserts, and movies of the year:

  • Dodgers, Chris Capuano Agree on 2-year, $10M Deal - MLB Daily Dish
    Capuano, 33, had something of a bounce-back season in 2011, going 11-12 with a 4.55 ERA in 31 starts. This follows missing out on 2008 and 2009 following Tommy John surgery, and only pitching 66 innings in 2010. Adam Rubin of ESPN NY points out that Capuano was able to increase his value following the surgery by signing a low, $1.5M deal with the Mets, but was able to get that up to almost $4M through innings pitched incentives.
  • Marlins Sign Heath Bell to 3-Year $27M Deal - MLB Daily Dish
    This definitely signals a departure from previous strategy for the Marlins, as they're now investing $9M per year for a 34 year-old closer with all the signs (a dropping K rate) of a sudden fade.* Juan Rodriguez of the Sun-Sentinel calls it a philosophical shift and notes that "Health" Bell (hehe) was paid $7.5M last year. He also notes that the Marlins had previously inquired on Bell in 2009, but the asking price of Cameron Maybin and Andrew Miller was too high.

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