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Welcome to 'Duk's Dozen, a streamlined selection of 12 morning-fresh links and items to start your day. It welcomes submissions here or via Twitter.      

1. Thanks to a two-year, $12 million dollar deal, Mark DeRosa(notes) will be bringing his own brand of Captain America to San Francisco. It's a bit of a risky signing as DeRosa turns 35 in February — Brian Sabean obviously likes multi-year contracts for aging infielders — but his versatility and veteran presence is worth rolling the dice on dollars that aren't completely unreasonable for his production. The Splash

2. Trevor Cole is a bit more skeptical and isn't won over by the mere sight of DeRo's smile. He thinks AT&T Park will have a big effect on the utility man's power numbers and doesn't hesitate to compare the deal to the signings of Edgar Renteria(notes) and Aaron Rowand(notes). Giants Baseball Blog

3. Tim Dierkes takes a look at the best and worst signings of the hot stove season so far.  MLBTR

4. Braves fans are still waiting for Frank Wren to flip Melky Cabrera(notes) in another deal. Gondee thinks the Cubs — "probably the least sabermetrically inclined team" — would be a great fit for the center fielder. Talking Chop

5. Larry Granillo is pretty sure your Hall of Fame vote is wrong. Wezen-Ball

6. Are you the type of person who likes to look at pictures of bank robbers wearing Major League Baseball hats? Yeah, me too. Drunk Jays Fans

7. Also, is it wrong for me to move that this comprehensive Milton Bradley(notes) rap sheet be linked on his Baseball-Reference page? USS Mariner

8. BLS pal Jerry Brewer takes a look at the 32-year history of the Mariners in Seattle and how 1995 was a transformative point for fans of the franchise. Seattle Times

9. The Mets insists that this season ticket renewal deadline is for real this time, but some Mets fans don't appear to be all that compelled to rush to action. NYT

10. Tell me again why the Astros don't go back to these uniforms? YouTube

11. It doesn't beat his confusing Pablo Sandoval(notes) with a former Colombian drug lord, but Phil Rogers' latest name mixup is still worth a chuckle. Desipio

12. Today could be another slow day for baseball news. If that's the case, check out some of this full-length silent film featuring Babe Ruth. After I watched Avatar yesterday afternoon, it's mind-blowing to think of how far film-making has come in just under a century. Unfortunately, this simplistic Babe Ruth flick boasts of a better script than James Cameron's monument to himself. Internet Archive

*A big BLS head nod to loyal Stewie Todd Cooper for sending this along.

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