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The Yankees have moved to what Scott Boras likes to call the fruits-and-nuts section of the free-agent supermarket now, filling the gaps on the roster with the likes of Brian Roberts and Matt Thornton, but they need to come away with one more piece of f…Share Tweet
The Walk-Off is your end-of-the-day collection of news and gossip from the world of baseball, plus the best of the blogosphere and other assorted goodness. MONEY: Major League Baseball enjoyed record revenues in 2013, topping $8 billion for the first ti…Share Tweet
Red Sox sign Japanese submarine pitcherThe Red Sox signed veteran Japanese pitcher Shunsuke Watanabe to a Minor League contract on Tuesday, while releasing the contract of pitcher Chris Carpenter to the Yakult Swallows of Nippon Professional Baseball.Share TweetAustralian free-agent closer Grant Balfour has agreed to terms with the Baltimore Orioles on a two-year deal, the Baltimore Sun reported on Tuesday citing multiple industry sources.Share Tweet
A-Rod reportedly close to a deal for a ‘tell-all’ book about his battle with MLByahoo.com Dec 17, 2013From the stranger than fiction category: Embattled New York Yankees star Alex Rodriguez is reportedly close to signing a book deal to write a tell-all about his battle with Major League Baseball. According to The New York Post's Page Six gossip column, …Share TweetThe Yankees added depth to their infield and bullpen on Tuesday, agreeing to contracts with second baseman Brian Roberts, 36, and the left-hander Matt Thornton, 37.Share Tweet
Yankees reportedly sign left-hander ThorntonThe Yankees continued their already busy offseason on Tuesday, signing veteran left-handed reliever Matt Thornton to a two-year contract, according to Jack Curry of the YES Network. The deal is worth $7 million, which will be distributed evenly over the…Share Tweet
Toronto catchers to benefit from Ohka's knucklerHaving knuckleballer Tomo Ohka, and possibly Josh Banks, at Blue Jays Spring Training will better prepare Josh Thole and Co. to catch staff ace R.A. Dickey next season.Share Tweet
Report: O's, Balfour Reach DealDec 17Jerry Crasnick discusses what closer Grant Balfour will bring to the Orioles' bullpen.
Jeter Has A No-Phone Policy At His HouseDec 17Mike Greenberg, Mike Golic and Cris Carter discuss Derek Jeter's no-camera or-phones policy at his home in Florida.
Yankees Hit With $28 Million Luxury Tax BillDec 17ESPNNewYork.com's Andrew Marchand breaks down the Yankees being hit with a $28 million luxury tax bill.
Sources: Rockets are on pace to trade AsikDec 18The Houston Rockets, as they've been telling teams all month, remain on course to trade disgruntled big man Omer Asik by Thursday, according to sources close to the process.
Don Banks: Dallas Cowboys, Detroit Lions united in return to self-destruct…Dec 17We revel every NFL season in the turnaround team phenomena because we love the surprise factor, the rags-to-riches storyline and watching the meek inherit the earth. But just as fascinating, at least in a train wreck sort of way, are those teams that se…
Clayton's mailbag -- Sizing up the coaching situationsDec 17Clayton's mailbag: Although coaches such as Leslie Frazier and Mike Munchak look finished, the fates of Jason Garrett and Rex Ryan are tougher to predict.
The Tuesday MailbagDec 17The MVP debate lost one borderline candidate Monday night. Calvin Johnson was going to have a tough road, as any wide receiver always would, but his three drops—two of them at crucial times—in a loss that could keep the Lions from making the playoffs wi…