My Yu Darvish hangover is taking but one insidious form: tiredness. I’ll have more thoughts later today on the implications of Darvish going to the Rangers, and some more rumor-y goodness (because, hey, that’s all we have this Winter). And there’s a new front office hire to discuss, together with a possible break in the ongoing Theo Epstein compensation saga. Until then, Bullets…

  • A spokesman for Yoenis Cespedes says the 26-year-old Cuban is expected to finally gain residency in the Dominican Republic this week. There is a two-week process with the Office of Foreign Affairs Control that follows, and then Cespedes should reach free agency at some point in January. Cespedes’ rep called the Cubs one of seven teams who have the most interest in the outfielder.
  • The Cardinals may be looking to snake Coco Crisp from the Cubs, that is, if the Cubs are actually interested in Crisp¬†(who wouldn’t have a place to place unless the Cubs are ready to jettison Alfonso Soriano or Marlon Byrd). Who knows – maybe the Cardinals are just trying to drive up the price on Crisp for the Cubs. Fortunately, driving up the price on Crisp might mean an extra $500k. Not quite like driving up on the price on Albert Pujols…


  • In Carrie Muskat’s latest mailbag, among other things, she discusses Andrew Cashner’s continued recovery from a repeat strained rotator cuff. Cashner’s stint in the Arizona Fall League appears not to have caused him any issues, and he’s on track to be a part of the team in 2012. Whether that’s in the bullpen or the rotation remains to be seen. If he can start, he’s got more value there, but, after a year of shoulder problems and almost no innings pitched, it’s a good bet Cashner will work out of the pen in 2012.
  • TMZ reports that Ryan Braun’s positive banned substance test was triggered not by a performance-enhancing drug, but instead by a medication he’s taking for “a private medical issue.” There were unconfirmed, thinly-sourced RUMORS floating around the Internet last week, which *I’m not saying are true,* that Braun’s positive test was the result of herpes medication (which I’m not saying is true – if you read this as me saying Ryan Braun has herpes, you are mistaken. I am not saying that. At all.), and this TMZ report seems¬†like it’s alluding to those RUMORS. I am merely passing along the TMZ report. That is all I’m doing. As for what the report would mean for Braun’s pending 50-game suspension, it probably doesn’t impact it. There’s a process by which a player can be cleared to take a certain medication. If that had taken place, none of this would be happening. Absent that, MLB has a strict liability rule for positive tests: if you took the stuff, you take the punishment. The only known way out is if you were slipped a mickey, as it were.
  • A great article on the thoughts that go into making a trade like the one the Reds and Padres put together this weekend (Mat Latos for Yonder Alonso, Yasmani Grandal, Brad Boxberger, and Edinson Volquez), as it relates to the Rangers’ decision to go after a starting pitcher on the trade market. It’s not a source of rumors mind you – just a really well-written, thought-provoking article.
  • The guy who thought he was placing a bomb at Wrigley Field last year may be close to taking a plea deal. If bombs weren’t so serious, I might joke that “at least that guy had the right idea about blowing the team up and rebuilding.” But I wouldn’t do that.





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