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  1. Brandon Phillips on contract talks with Reds: “I haven’t heard anything”

    Feb 22, 2012, 4:46 PM EDT

    brandon phillips ap

    Brandon Phillips arrived at Reds camp today and naturally got some questions about the status of long-term contract negotiations as the second baseman enters his final season before free agency. Phillips told John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer that the two sides haven’t talked about a deal since “before Redsfest … it’s been a long…

  2. Indians cancel Jon Garland signing after pitcher doesn’t take physical exam

    Feb 22, 2012, 3:49 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Dodgers v New York Mets

    Last week the Indians and Jon Garland agreed to a minor-league contract and as usual with such deals it was pending a physical exam. Those are usually just a formality, but Garland is coming back from shoulder surgery and Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that he never took the physical exam ……

  3. Indians finalize minor-league deal with Cristian Guzman

    Feb 22, 2012, 3:15 PM EDT

    Cristian Guzman

    UPDATE: It’s now a done deal. ========== After sitting out all of last season Cristian Guzman is expected to sign a minor-league contract with the Indians, according to Jordan Bastian of MLB.com. Guzman, who made All-Star teams as a shortstop in 2001 and 2008, will be invited to spring training to compete for a bench…

  4. Albert Pujols doesn’t like the Angels calling him “El Hombre” on their billboards

    Feb 22, 2012, 2:33 PM EDT

    Baseball player Albert Pujols wears an Angels cap after he is introduced by the Los Angeles Angels during a news conference at Angels Stadium in Anaheim

    Albert Pujols never liked the “El Hombre” nickname while he was in St. Louis, but the Angels decided to use it on their billboards promoting his arrival without asking him and Pujols isn’t happy. Mark Saxon of ESPN Los Angeles reports that there are 20 billboards around Southern California with the “El Hombre” nickname and…

  5. Jose Reyes isn’t the only Marlins star cutting off his hair for charity

    Feb 22, 2012, 1:20 PM EDT

    josh johnson hair

    Jose Reyes cutting his hair and selling it for $10,200 in a charity auction was such a big deal (or there was such little in the way of real news) that MLB Network broadcast the clipping of his dreadlocks live in prime time. Reyes’ new teammate, ace Josh Johnson, didn’t get quite the same attention…

  6. Tony La Russa will be in Cardinals camp too

    Feb 22, 2012, 12:48 PM EDT

    2011 World Series Game 4 -Texas Rangers v St Louis Cardinals

    Much has been made of Tony La Russa hanging out in Tigers camp with his friend Jim Leyland, but the retired manager will soon be making an appearance in Cardinals camp as well. Rick Hummel of the St. Louis Post Dispatch reports that La Russa will be participating in a charity golf tournament next week…

  7. Rockies minor leaguer, former 10th overall pick, suspended 50 games for amphetamines

    Feb 22, 2012, 12:16 PM EDT

    joseph torres

    Joseph Torres, who was the Angels’ first-round pick in 2000 and pitched last season in the Rockies’ farm system, has been suspended 50 games for amphetamines. Torres was the 10th overall pick out of high school and once cracked Baseball America‘s top 50 prospects, but he’s now 29 years old and has yet to reach…

  8. Edgar Renteria is leaning toward retirement at age 35

    Feb 22, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

    Edgar Renteria

    Two weeks ago Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com reported that Edgar Renteria planned to play this season, but that is apparently no longer the case. Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com spoke to Renteria’s agent and writes that the 35-year-old “does not plan to play this season and is leaning toward retirement.” His lack of job options no…

  9. Jose Contreras “threw very, very well” in first bullpen session since surgery

    Feb 22, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v Atlanta Braves

    Jose Contreras took the mound yesterday for the first time since undergoing elbow surgery in September and Phillies pitching coach Rich Dubee said afterward that the veteran right-hander “did fine” and “threw very, very well.” Contreras was initially given a 4-6 month recovery timetable that made him unlikely to be healthy for the beginning of…

  10. GM: Rangers no longer likely to trade Koji Uehara

    Feb 22, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

    Seattle Mariners v Texas Rangers

    Koji Uehara trade rumors swirled for most of the offseason and at one point the reliever vetoed an agreed-upon trade to Toronto, but Texas general manager Jon Daniels no longer expects to deal him. Daniels told T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com that the Rangers “have no moves planned or anything like that” and “are ready to…

  11. Dusty Baker on Aroldis Chapman: “We’re going to stretch him out” as a starter

    Feb 21, 2012, 4:46 PM EDT

    Cincinnati Reds v Pittsburgh Pirates

    Initially the Reds planned to have Aroldis Chapman build up his arm strength as a starter in the Arizona Fall League and winter ball, but shoulder problems put that on hold and now the left-hander’s role for 2012 is somewhat unclear. Dusty Baker said today that they’ll give Chapman an opportunity to start this spring…

  12. Hanley Ramirez is just fine playing third base

    Feb 21, 2012, 3:55 PM EDT

    hanley getty

    From the moment the Marlins signed Jose Reyes in December there was speculation about how willing Hanley Ramirez would be to shift to third base. At various points he was said to be fine with it, totally against it, and undecided. Well, today in Marlins camp Ramirez took ground balls at third base and afterward…

  13. Giants prospect Angel Villalona cleared of murder charge, but still can’t get visa

    Feb 21, 2012, 2:48 PM EDT

    Angel Villalona AP

    Angel Villalona re-signed with the Giants and dropped his $5 million lawsuit against the team after being cleared of murder charges in the Dominican Republic, but the one-time top prospect has not been granted a visa and won’t be reporting to spring training on time. Giants vice president Bobby Evans said today that the visa…

  14. Tim Lincecum is day-to-day with lower back soreness

    Feb 21, 2012, 2:14 PM EDT

    Tim Lincecum

    Tim Lincecum didn’t participate in the Giants group throwing session today because of lower back soreness, according to Andrew Baggarly of CSNBayArea.com. He did, however, throw alongside a trainer on a different field and is considered day-to-day with the minor injury, so nothing for Giants fans to get too worried about yet. Baggarly notes that…

  15. Nationals prospect Chris Marrero expected to miss entire first half with torn hamstring

    Feb 21, 2012, 1:20 PM EDT

    Florida Marlins v Washington Nationals

    Chris Marrero tore his hamstring while playing winter ball in the Dominican Republic and Bill Ladson of MLB.com reports that the Nationals prospect is not expected to return to game action until after the All-Star break. Marrero would have been behind Adam LaRoche on the first base depth chart anyway, so he may have started…

  16. Dodgers likely to stick with Javy Guerra as closer

    Feb 21, 2012, 12:48 PM EDT

    Javy Guerra

    Javy Guerra did an excellent job stepping into the Dodgers’ closer role as a rookie, converting 21-of-23 saves with a 2.31 ERA and 38/18 K/BB ratio in 47 innings after replacing Jonathan Broxton. Kenley Jansen was even better in a setup role, setting the all-time record for strikeouts per nine innings while holding opponents to…

  17. Terry Collins thinks Johan Santana will be ready to start Opening Day

    Feb 21, 2012, 12:16 PM EDT

    johan santana face getty

    At least one person is optimistic about Johan Santana‘s health status, as manager Terry Collins told reporters this morning that “in my mind, in my heart, he’ll be ready” to start on Opening Day. That came after Santana threw another bullpen session and reported no problems, although he still has a long way to go…

  18. Charlie Morton is “ahead of schedule” after hip surgery

    Feb 21, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

    St Louis Cardinals v Pittsburgh Pirates

    Charlie Morton was a nice surprise for the Pirates last season, posting a 3.93 ERA in 172 innings after coming into the year with a 5.98 career mark, but he underwent hip surgery in October and is not expected to be ready for Opening Day. However, manager Clint Hurdle said yesterday that Morton is “ahead…

  19. Ivan Rodriguez is still looking for work

    Feb 21, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

    Ivan Rodriguez

    Jason Varitek is said to be leaning toward retirement, but the other 40-year-old catcher on the free agent market, Ivan Rodriguez, is still trying to land a gig for 2012. Rodriguez told the Associated Press that he’s been “working out every day in the gym” and “can still play” if a team gives him a…

  20. Baseball America releases its annual top 100 prospects list

    Feb 21, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    harper futures getty

    We previously linked to prospect rankings from Kevin Goldstein of Baseball Prospectus and Keith Law of ESPN.com, and today the industry leaders at Baseball America released their annual top 100 prospects list. I won’t spoil all the fun, because you’ll want to check out the list and their analysis for yourself, but here’s their top…

  21. Tony La Russa has big plans for his time in Tigers camp

    Feb 21, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

    Tony La Russa, Jim Leyland

    Tony La Russa is in Tigers camp, spending his first spring training as a retiree by hanging out with his buddy Jim Leyland. He’s doing so in a non-official capacity, but as Tom Gage of the Detroit News notes La Russa still has some pretty big plans: Tony LaRussa in Tigers camp. Said his two…

  22. Picture of the Day: Thanks for the $240 million!

    Feb 20, 2012, 4:51 PM EDT

    pujols and moreno spring

    Albert Pujols‘ arrival at Angels camp was kind of a big deal and amid all the hoopla Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com snapped this picture of Pujols shaking hands with the man who gave him $240 million, Arte Moreno. (Moreno, incidentally, bought the Angels in 2003 … for $184 million.)

  23. Kendrys Morales “feels a lot better” than last spring and “should be ready” for Opening Day

    Feb 20, 2012, 3:45 PM EDT

    morales getty

    This time last year Kendrys Morales was hoping to be ready for Opening Day after missing most of 2010 with a broken ankle, but several setbacks followed and he ended up sitting out the entire season after undergoing a second surgery. Morales is back in Angels camp now, still essentially rehabbing an injury from two…

  24. Carlos Beltran talked Jon Niese into getting a nose job

    Feb 20, 2012, 2:48 PM EDT

    jon niese nose

    Adam Rubin of ESPN New York has an “after” picture of Mets left-hander Jon Niese, who got a nose job during the offseason at former teammate Carlos Beltran‘s urging. Seriously. Beltran apparently even offered to pay for the operation, but then he was traded to the Giants in July. Niese had the surgery anyway and…

  25. Mariano Rivera hinting at retirement after this season?

    Feb 20, 2012, 2:14 PM EDT

    Mariano Rivera

    Mariano Rivera was asked this morning if this will be his final season and the 42-year-old future Hall of Famer gave an interesting answer: “I know now, but I don’t have to tell you.” Different reporters had different takes on exactly what that implied, but Marc Carig of the Newark Star Ledger thinks Rivera was…

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