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.
- Speculating On Possible Matt Garza Trades - MLB Daily Dish
The Chicago Cubs are apparently open to trading Matt Garza, so we've taken an in-depth look at what the Cubs might be able to command from a few different potential suitors.
- Tigers, Ramon Santiago to Sign Two-Year $4M Contract - MLB Daily Dish
Santiago is entering his 11th major-league season, all but two of which he's spent with the Tigers (the other two were in Seattle). He's a prototypical bench option on a good team, giving the Tigers breathers at second, short, and third. Santiago is a career .249 / .316 / .342 hitter, which is just enough to keep him around as a back up utility guy. Jim Bowden points out that with his glove, if he just had speed or power, he'd be good-enough as an every day player.
- Taylor Teagarden Traded to Orioles - MLB Daily Dish
The Baltimore Orioles have acquired Taylor Teagarden from the Rangers in exchange for minor leaguer and a player to be named later, according to Jon Heyman of Fox Sports and Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun.
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