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Johnny Damon, Matt Lindstrom, Arthur Rhodes and Brad Hawpe

Quick hits:

--In addition to the Yankees, Johnny Damon is speaking to the Rays and Angels about a job for 2011. I said yesterday that I wouldn't bet on Damon and the Yankees hooking up again at this juncture; on the flip side, I wouldn't bet heavily against it. The Yankees want Damon back more than they're letting on, I believe.

--The Rockies acquired former Mets prospect Matt Lindstrom from Houston. Not exactly cause for a parade in Denver. Lindstrom hasn't been very good the past two seasons - since he suffered an injury in the 2009 World Baseball Classic.

I'm just sayin'.

--The Rangers are closing in on a deal with lefty reliever Arthur Rhodes, Jon Heyman reported first. Age is just a number, as the kids say, but it's interesting that the Rangers would deploy both Rhodes, 41, and Darren Oliver, 40, in their bullpen. Both lefties, too.

The Rangers might be the most interesting team remaining in this offseason, as they have a void to fill in the starting rotation (Cliff Lee) and at DH (Vladimir Guerrero could very well return), a tremendous farm system to use as trade chips and a crafty GM in Jon Daniels.

--The Padres are close to a deal with Brad Hawpe, Heyman and Ken Rosenthal report. This is a good risk for San Diego, which has enjoyed a very strong offseason even while trading Adrian Gonzalez. Hawpe had a very good season with Colorado just in 2009.

 --I discovered much of this information (besides my own Damon story) on Twitter.

--Have a great night.

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