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November 23 2006

Well, it isn't the NL MVP, but the Holliday Inn Look Again players of the year have been announced.  I'm not quite sure exactly what it rewards.  I think it has something to do with scrappiness.  Whatever it is, David Eckstein apparently has more of it than his fellow nominees Shane Victorino or Wes Helms.

Anyone know if Potsie can hit?  The mayor has some trouble with Ryan Howard's name.

Wondering who comes out on top when Jimmy Rollins and his sister play H-O-R-S-E?  I'm here to help.

The Blue Jays have made an offer to Rod Barajas.

The Red Sox might be interested in Richard Hidalgo.

Here's the list of free agents from SI.com, which was updated last night.  It still includes  '06 Phils bullpeners Rick White and Aaron Fultz, who the Phillies may consider bringing back next year.

The Yankees may be interested in Miguel Batista.  According to his agent, some teams are interested in Batista as a closer.  Batista saved 31 games for the Blue Jays in 2005.  He did not start a game that year and went 5-8 with a 4.10 ERA in 71 appearances.  You have to wonder if Batista's experience as both a starter and a closer increases his value in the minds of the Phillies' front office given the need for a starter and backup closer.

The novel Batista wrote, The Avenger of Blood, is now available.

Houston may have made a five-year, $73 million offer to Carlos Lee.  I would guess the chances that the Phillies sign Carlos Lee are close to zero.

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