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Cleveland Browns sign Robert Royal, reports Robert Royal

via MKC of the PD: Bills free agent tight end Robert Royal told the Plain Dealer Wednesday night that he had signed a contract with the Browns earlier in the afternoon and overnighted it to the team. "Everything should be official by (Thursday)," Royal said. "I'm definitely excited to be a member of the Cleveland Browns and start a new chapter in my life." Royal, 30, is an eight-year pro and three-year veteran of the Bills. At 6-4, 255, he's known more for his blocking, but is also a good receiver. He caught 33 passes for 351 yards with one touchdown last season. Overall, he caught 81 passes with seven TDs with the Bills.

Bodden to be released

via Football Outsiders "This means that when all is said and done, Matt Millen essentially traded Shaun Rogers for Andre Fluellen." Granted the other party in negotiations was Millen, but has Savage really received the credit due for how this deal turned out over the first year? Of course not.

'The Stillers' by Joe Posnanski

The Stillers I enjoyed his blog post about the article and where it came from, moreso than the actual article in the KC Star itself. My Fanpost needs to be at least 75 words long, but because it...

Pro Football Hall of Fame Finalists announced


And a certain POS failed to make the cut. My pillow shall remain dry tonight.

He should have just bought the Rays


I read it this morning but the news of the Tex deal just puts it over the top. My favorite part is the final paragraph, which while imperfect by assuming fair market value is determined by Forbes, cannot be that far from the truth (my emphasis): More fun with numbers.: suppose the Yankees exceed the tax threshold in every year of of CC Sabbathia's (7 years $161 million) and AJ Burnett's (5 years $82.5 million) contracts. Further suppose the salary payments are made in equal installments over the lives of the contracts, the Yanks pay the top luxury tax rate of 40%, and face a discount rate of 5%. Then the after-tax amount they'll pay for these players is a discounted $286.3 million. To put this in perspective, Hank Steinbrenner could have bought the Tampa Bay Rays franchise for $290 million or the Florida Marlins franchise for $256 million (based on the Forbes franchise values for 2008).

Kerry Wood press conference, 2:00 P.M. EST link here.

Kerry Wood New Indians Reliever

Kerry Wood press conference, 2:00 P.M. EST link here.

2 Browns make Pro Bowl: Thomas to start, Rogers a sub


It's silly to get riled up about these things, but I'm not sure which is more asinine, that Josh Cribbs did not receive the AFC special teamer nod, that Shaun Rogers was not named a starter at DT, or that Joe Thomas is a starter.

Javier Vazquez leaving AL Central for Braves?


I basically added the question mark because it's still just a "baseball source" that has told Gammons. Good news for the Tribe, bad news for me having him on my AL-only fantasy team for a 3rd straight year.

Romeo Crennel names Brady Quinn his 2009 starting QB


In a related story, I'd like to announce that I'm naming Spanky McButtercups the mayor of Pixiedustland in 2009.


Is it the economy?

Latest post from The Sports Economist includes a snippet from the New York Times stating that "...A review of baseball’s transaction history since 2001 showed that the only period featuring fewer...

Jaws agrees with Lewis and Cribbs


via Football Outsiders. I'm looking forward to MNF even moreso now, as we may get a glimpse on who Jaws is referring to: "He said he'll have an eye on those players during Monday night's game at Buffalo and will point it out during the broadcast if he sees it again."

I don't care if the Colts are in it, out of it or have a playoff seed wrapped up, Dungy will play...


I don't care if the Colts are in it, out of it or have a playoff seed wrapped up, Dungy will play his guys. As will Jeff Fisher. He told me after the game Sunday, "We'll play our players'' for 16 games. No rest for the Titans.

Peter King's MMQB, page 3, under Fine Fifteen Team #2

Joe Jurevicius done for year


Hate to see Joe go down like this. Hopefully, he does change his mind and comes back for a final season if the Browns will have him.

Drennan/Tait to do Saturday's Indians-Royals game on STO


Scanning an email I received from STO, and this caught my eye: "7:00pm Cleveland Indians vs. Kansas City Royals - Bruce Drennan and Joe Tait step in to replace Matt and Rick and call the game. These legendary Cleveland Broadcasters have not worked together since 1982 when they called the Indians games at Municipal Stadium." I'm not old enough to remember listening to them, but it'll be nice to give my ears and sanity a rest from Manning/Underwood

Source says Sheffield put on Waivers


There you go, Rays... a right-handed bat to stick at DH/corner OF spot with the recent injury woes.

Manny to Dodgers, Bay to Boston, LaRoche + 3 to Pittsburgh


Didn't think this would ever happen. Curious to see who the 4 prospects are. For a while, thought Kemp might find his way to Pittsburgh. UPDATE: The prospects are 3B Andy LaRoche and RHP Bryan Morris from the Dodgers, plus RHP Craig Hansen and OF Brandon Moss from the Red Sox. [Jay]

Griffey to the White Sox pending his approval


Like Rosenthal says, no idea where he gets everyday at-bats unless someone else is shipped out.

The Jeter Clutch


And now he has the shoe to prove it. The event also showcased Derek Jeter's signature shoe, the Jeter Clutch, a high-performance training shoe that was developed to help him train for the rigors of a 162-game season. Inspired by Jeter's renowned career, the Clutch is a superior training shoe that blends the best aspects of the celebrated sports hero and allows consumers to be as clutch as a three-time Gold Glove winner. Derek Jeter was one of the first athletes personally handpicked by Michael Jordan to represent the brand based on his dedication to hard work and his desire to be the best. Who are we to argue with Team Jordan? Jeter is clutch!

Tribe Claims Former #1 Bullington


PITTSBURGH - Starting pitcher Bryan Bullington, the No. 1 pick in the June 2002 draft, was claimed on waivers Thursday by the Cleveland Indians after the Pittsburgh Pirates removed him from their 40-man roster. The Pirates had planned to reassign the 27-year-old Bullington to their Triple-A Indianapolis farm club if he passed through waivers. He was 4-6 with a 5.52 ERA in 15 starts for Indianapolis this season. Bullington was designated for assignment on June 27 without him winning a game in the majors for Pittsburgh. He was recalled by the Pirates for two weeks earlier in the season, but never pitched. The right-hander was 0-3 with a 5.89 ERA in six games, including three starts, with Pittsburgh in 2005 and 2007. Bullington missed the 2006 season for right shoulder surgery. The former Ball State pitcher was drafted ahead of players such as B.J. Upton, Prince Fielder, Scott Kazmir, Nick Swisher and Cole Hamels, mostly because the Pirates felt they had a better chance of signing him.

Sources: McCourt nixed Dodgers' possible trade for Sabathia


I skimmed over other relevant threads to see if this was posted, but didn't find it. so... here you go.

Rain halts Bisons, Concrete halts Snyder


The latest Bisons mishap came hours before the start of Monday night’s scheduled game against the Durham Bulls.| Herd center fielder Brad Snyder was scratched from the lineup after he smacked his head on a concrete overhang in the clubhouse tunnel, becoming bloodied but not seriously injured. Snyder was low-bridged when he sprinted full speed through the tunnel leading to the clubhouse. ... "That’s frustrating," manager Torey Lovullo said.

The Student is now the Master


Former Indian Russell Branyan's Baseball Reference page is sponsored by the Rob Deer Fan Club. Thanks to VegasWatch for the tip.

Tripps Pack Browns Value Plans on sale


Not the best seats in the house, but how else can the common man guarantee tickets to the opener?

Junior Mint: The enduring popularity (and ubiquity) of the 1989 Upper Deck Ken Griffey Jr. card.


Nice piece from Darren Rovell on Slate. I'm sure many of you were collecting around this time as well, so this was both interesting and nostalgically fun to read for me.

Ozzie Guillen and Eloquence


Classic Ozzie, running the gamut of blame. It's fun to guess what expletives he actually said. I think I can nail it down with a 95% confidence level.

Westbrook to DL, BenFran called up


The Indians, struggling along with offensive problems this season, ran into more trouble today when starting righthander Jake Westbrook was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a left intercostal strain. To replace Westbrook on the roster, the Indians recalled outfielder Ben Francisco, one of the last players cut at the end of spring training.


3:00 p.m. Press Conference   The Cleveland Indians have scheduled a 3 p.m. press conference at Progressive Field. They did not reveal the...

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