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Yankees/MLB Hot Stove Report: Molina, Garza & Playoff Shares

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Jose Molina signed a one-year deal with the Tampa Bay Rays for $1.8M. There is a club option for the same amount in 2013 or a $300K buyout. 

Update: The Red Sox are expected to choose their new manager from between Gene Lamont and Bobby Valentine tomorrow. 

  • What would you think of going after Matt Garza?
  • The Yankees have until Dec. 12 to offer arbitration to Russell Martin, which they are expected to do.
  • The Cardinals received their World Series shares today. Each player received more than $300K. This year, after losing in the LDS, the Yanks received about $26K each.
  • Three Yankees semi-prospects were made available for the Rule 5 draft: L/RHP Pat Venditte, OF Eduardo Sosa and OF Abe Almonte.
  • Draft slotting may threaten to turn two-sport athletes away from baseball. Boston's Brandon Jacobs (not the running back) is one of those guys. He chose pro baseball simply for the superior financial possibilities.
  • Speaking of Boston, enjoy a video chronicling their September collapse. Oh, and an article about a little known scandal in their past that rivals Penn State's. How is this the first I've heard about it?
  • The Nationals are reportedly going after Prince Fielder, and if that falls through, Cuban outfielder Yoennis Cespedes. They also have interest in C.J. Wilson, Roy Oswalt and Mark Buehrle.
  • Brian Cashman will (again) descend down the side of Stamford's Landmark Building as an elf. Watch for it this Sunday.
  • Concerning the starting pitching market, and why it has seemingly stalled.