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  1. Kate Upton helps Justin Verlander, David Price, C.J. Wilson, and Jay Bruce sell video games

    Feb 14, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

    2011 Taco Bell All-Star Legends & Celebrity Softball Game

    Here’s the commercial for this season’s “MLB 2K” video game, featuring new Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition cover girl Kate Upton teaching the finer points of joystick control to Justin Verlander, David Price, C.J. Wilson, and Jay Bruce:

  2. Royals exercise 2013 option on manager Ned Yost

    Feb 14, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    Ned Yost

    Last year we saw what can happen when a veteran manager of a young, suddenly decent team has a contract that expires at the end of the season, but the Royals have ensured they won’t have a Jim Riggleman situation by exercising their 2013 option on Ned Yost before spring training even begins. Yost, who…

  3. Ike Davis is “good to go” and has “been fine for a while”

    Feb 14, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

    Ike Davis

    Ike Davis‘ sophomore season was ruined by a ankle injury and multiple setbacks, but the Mets first baseman said yesterday that he’s now “good to go” and has “been fine for a while now.” Davis opted for rest and rehab rather than microfracture surgery, telling Dan Martin of the New York Post: “It’s great to…

  4. Blue Jays and Casey Janssen agree to extension

    Feb 13, 2012, 6:37 PM EDT

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    UPDATE: Richard Griffin of the Toronto Star reports that the Jays and Janssen have agreed to a two-year, $5.9 million contract with a $4 million option for 2014. The new deal buys out his final year of arbitration and potentially his first two years of free agency. 3:29 PM: Casey Janssen and the Blue Jays…

  5. Walt Jocketty expects Roy Oswalt to sign with Rangers, says Reds “are pretty well set”

    Feb 13, 2012, 5:05 PM EDT

    Walt Jocketty

    Last week Walt Jocketty said he was “sick and tired” of rumors about the Reds negotiating with Roy Oswalt and today the general manager told John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer that he doesn’t anticipate making any more significant moves. “We’ll meet again Wednesday and review it, but I think we’re pretty well set,” Jocketty…

  6. Video of the Day: Derek Holland, Weather Man

    Feb 13, 2012, 2:49 PM EDT

    Derek Holland

    Rangers left-hander Derek Holland came on in relief of the weather man during a local television broadcast, with predictably amusing/weird results:

  7. Marlins on deck for Showtime series “The Franchise”

    Feb 13, 2012, 2:14 PM EDT

    showtime

    UPDATE: Confirming what Variety reported last month, MLB officially announced today that the Marlins will be Showtime’s subject for this season of “The Franchise.” New episodes are expected to begin around the All-Star break. ========== Last year Showtime featured the reigning World Series champion Giants on their documentary series “The Franchise” and they’re close to…

  8. Red Sox GM: “I wouldn’t expect any major moves” this week

    Feb 13, 2012, 1:20 PM EDT

    Boston Red Sox Announce Ben Cherington as Executive Vice President/General Manager

    By settling with David Ortiz moments before their arbitration hearing the Red Sox potentially saved $1.75 million compared to his requested salary, but general manager Ben Cherington said afterward that the savings likely won’t lead to another move before the start of spring training. “I wouldn’t expect any major moves between now and Sunday,” Cherington…

  9. Jorge De La Rosa “well ahead of schedule” coming back from Tommy John surgery

    Feb 13, 2012, 12:51 PM EDT

    de la rosa getty

    Jorge De La Rosa underwent Tommy John elbow surgery in late May and definitely won’t be ready anywhere near Opening Day, but Troy Renck of the Denver Post reports that he’s “well ahead of schedule in his recovery.” Of course, De La Rosa lied to the Rockies while trying to pitch through the pain for…

  10. Kevin Goldstein releases his annual top 101 prospects list

    Feb 13, 2012, 12:16 PM EDT

    Matt Moore

    Kevin Goldstein of Baseball Prospectus has posted his annual list of the 101 best prospects in baseball and it’s in front of the site’s paywall, making it free to read. I won’t spoil the whole list, which along with Baseball America and Keith Law of ESPN.com are my three must-reads each year, but Goldstein’s top…

  11. Jhoulys Chacin upset about GM Dan O’Dowd’s criticism

    Feb 13, 2012, 11:49 AM EDT

    chacin

    Last week Rockies general manager Dan O’Dowd criticized Jhoulys Chacin for being one of the few players not reporting to spring training in the best shape of his life, saying that he wasn’t pleased with the right-hander’s offseason workouts and added weight. Chacin spoke to Rafael Rojas Cremonesi of the Venezuelan newspaper Meridiano and SB…

  12. David Ortiz and Red Sox avoid arbitration for $14.575 million

    Feb 13, 2012, 11:13 AM EDT

    David Ortiz

    After all the drama about his potential arbitration case David Ortiz and the Red Sox have avoided today’s scheduled hearing by agreeing to a one-year, $14.575 million contract at the last minute. Ortiz filed for $16.5 million and the Red Sox submitted at $12.65 million, so the two sides settle at the exact midpoint. And…

  13. Orioles would eat Kevin Gregg’s salary to make him go away

    Feb 13, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    Gregg_Kevin

    Baltimore has spent the offseason adding veteran relievers and in the process have pushed last season’s primary closer, Kevin Gregg, into a low-leverage role. Not surprisingly the Orioles are interesting in trading Gregg, who’s owed $5.8 million this season, and Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com reports that “they’d eat a chunk” of salary to facilitate a…

  14. Mike Napoli still bothered by World Series ankle injury

    Feb 13, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

    2011 World Series Game 6 - Texas Rangers v St Louis Cardinals

    Over the weekend Mike Napoli and the Rangers avoided arbitration with a one-year, $9.4 million deal, but the ankle injury he suffered in Game 6 of the World Series continues to bother the catcher and figures to limit him at the beginning of spring training. “The fact he’s still feeling it a few months later…

  15. Twins infielder Luke Hughes out 3-4 weeks after injuring shoulder in Australia

    Feb 10, 2012, 3:17 PM EDT

    Luke Hughes

    Luke Hughes injured his shoulder while playing winter ball back home in Australia and left the Perth Heat during the playoffs at the Twins’ request to undergo an MRI exam in Minnesota. Joe Christensen of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that the MRI revealed a sprained shoulder and Hughes will be shut down for 3-4…

  16. Indians, Asdrubal Cabrera avoid arbitration for $4.55 million

    Feb 10, 2012, 2:05 PM EDT

    Asdrubal Cabrera

    UPDATE: So much for the streak ending. Hoynes reports that the Indians and Cabrera have avoided arbitration with a one-year deal worth $4.55 million, which is $75,000 above the midpoint. ========== The Indians haven’t gone through an arbitration hearing with a player since Greg Swindell way back in 1991, settling before a case was to…

  17. Orioles sign veteran reliever Luis Ayala for $925,000

    Feb 10, 2012, 1:50 PM EDT

    ayala getty

    UPDATE: Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun reports that Ayala gets a one-year, $925,000 deal with a team option for 2013. ========== Last offseason Luis Ayala could manage only a minor-league deal with the Yankees, but after throwing 56 innings with a 2.09 ERA he had multiple suitors this offseason and Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com…

  18. Billy Beane is going to the Oscars

    Feb 10, 2012, 1:18 PM EDT

    Billy Beane

    Fresh off a contract extension that will keep him with the A’s through 2019, general manager Billy Beane is headed to the Academy Awards. Beane told Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle that he’ll be there on February 26 to support “Moneyball” and Brad Pitt, who portrayed him in the Oscar-nominated movie. Of course,…

  19. Why won’t anyone take the Pirates’ money?

    Feb 10, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

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    Last week we learned that both Edwin Jackson and Roy Oswalt turned down offers from Pittsburgh, and in Jackson’s case he turned down the Pirates’ three-year, $30 million offer to sign a one-year, $11 million deal with the Nationals. Dejan Kovacevic of the Pittsburgh Tribune Review notes that the Pirates also tried to keep Derrek…

  20. White Sox sign former Arkansas, USC quarterback Mitch Mustain

    Feb 10, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    Notre Dame v USC

    Mitch Mustain’s football career never panned out as expected, so now he’s giving baseball a try. Mustain, who went from national high school player of the year to barely playing at two different colleges, has signed a minor-league contract with the White Sox after being cut by a Canadian Football League team. Mark Gonzales of…

  21. Cardinals finalize $750,000 deal with 17-year-old Dominican pitcher Andres Serrano

    Feb 10, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

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    In a deal that was agreed upon back in October, the Cardinals have finalized a contract with 17-year-old Dominican right-hander Andres Serrano that includes a $750,000 bonus. However, according to Ben Badler of Baseball America the signing “is still pending Major League Baseball’s investigation into Serrano’s age and identity.” Here’s a little of Badler’s scouting…

  22. Alex Gordon, Royals avoid arbitration with one-year deal

    Feb 9, 2012, 5:37 PM EDT

    Alex Gordon

    Alex Gordon and the Royals have avoided an arbitration hearing by agreeing to a one-year deal worth $4.775 million. Earlier this offseason they were said to be discussing a long-term contract extension, but the two sides will instead go year by year for now at least with Gordon still under team via arbitration again in…

  23. Shane Victorino will be a guest star on “Hawaii Five-0″

    Feb 9, 2012, 4:43 PM EDT

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    Sure, being teammates with Roy Halladay and Cliff Lee and Cole Hamels and Chase Utley and Ryan Howard is probably pretty great, but obviously nothing compares to starring alongside Scott Caan: Shane Victorino is appearing on the Feb. 20 episode of Hawaii Five-O on CBS. According to CBS, Victorino stars as a business executive on…

  24. Mets general manager Sandy Alderson is on Twitter now

    Feb 9, 2012, 4:01 PM EDT

    alderson at podium

    I’m assuming this is legit, because the Mets’ official Twitter feed just mentioned it: General manager Sandy Alderson is now on Twitter as @MetsGM. And his first tweet was actually pretty funny: Getting ready for Spring Training-Driving to FL but haven’t left yet. Big fundraiser tonight for gas money. Also exploring PAC contribution. — Sandy…

  25. Roger Clemens’ son, Koby Clemens, signs with Blue Jays

    Feb 9, 2012, 3:05 PM EDT

    Houston Astros v Detroit Tigers

    After spending the first seven seasons of his pro career in the Astros’ farm system Roger Clemens’ son, Koby Clemens, became a free agent and has signed a minor-league deal with the Blue Jays. Clemens was Houston’s eighth-round pick in 2005 and has never been considered a top prospect, but did put up some big…

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