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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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.)

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. Blake DeWitt and his $1.1 million contract cleared waivers, will stay with Cubs

    Feb 20, 2012, 1:50 PM EDT

    DeWitt_Blake

    Blake DeWitt was designated for assignment last week and predictably no team was willing to claim his $1.1 million contract off waivers, so he’ll remain with the Cubs while being removed from the 40-man roster. DeWitt technically had the right to reject his assignment to the minors, but doing so would have meant forfeiting his…

  15. Tommy Hanson checked for concussion after minor car accident

    Feb 20, 2012, 1:20 PM EDT

    Tommy Hanson

    As if Tommy Hanson didn’t have enough on his plate coming back from last season’s arm problems, Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports that the Braves right-hander got into a minor, one-car accident on the way to camp this morning. Bowman writes that Hanson “bumped his head” after his car “blew a tire” and the Braves…

  16. Carl Crawford “wasn’t happy” to learn Red Sox owner John Henry didn’t want to sign him

    Feb 20, 2012, 12:48 PM EDT

    Liverpool Football club's co-owner, John

    Red Sox owner John Henry admitted back in October that he was “personally opposed” to signing Carl Crawford, but then-general manager Theo Epstein and the rest of the front office talked him into approving the seven-year, $142 million contract. I’m guessing Henry wouldn’t have been so open with those thoughts if Crawford hadn’t struggled in…

  17. Bob Wickman used to throw up to make weight with the Yankees

    Feb 20, 2012, 12:16 PM EDT

    bob wickman yankees

    Before becoming as successful closer in his thirties Bob Wickman was a starter and then a middle reliever for the Yankees, debuting at age 23 in 1992. Later in his career Wickman’s gut expanded significantly, but with the Yankees he was merely chubby (or perhaps even in The Best Shape Of His Life) and general…

  18. Visa issues in Dominican Republic mean Juan Carlos Oviedo won’t report to Marlins on time

    Feb 20, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

    Leo Nunez - Juan Carlos Oviedo

    As expected, Juan Carlos Oviedo is having difficulty securing a visa in the Dominican Republic after the reliever formerly known as Leo Nunez was busted for falsifying his identity. Marlins pitchers and catchers must report tomorrow, but Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald writes that Oviedo definitely won’t be there and “the Marlins aren’t sure…

  19. If the Yankees wanted an old, mediocre designated hitter why not just keep Jorge Posada?

    Feb 20, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

    posada wide getty

    Raul Ibanez‘s one-year contract with the Yankees is worth just $1 million in guaranteed money, but the bigger issue is that he’s 40 years old and coming off a terrible season in which he hit .245 with a .289 on-base percentage and .419 slugging percentage in 144 games. Within that awful overall performance was some…

  20. Dusty Baker won’t talk about his contract, which expires after this season

    Feb 20, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    Dusty Baker

    Dusty Baker’s two-year contract expires after this season, but the Reds manager told reporters yesterday that he won’t be discussing his status in the future, saying: What kind of factor can it be? Like I’ve said before, how many people have a one-year contract, period? You know how many times I’ve been in this situation?…

  21. Koji Uehara blocked a trade to Toronto because “the weather is an issue”

    Feb 20, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

    uehara rangers getty

    For now at least Koji Uehara remains with the Rangers, but he seems destined to be traded before Opening Day and has already blocked a potential deal that would have sent him to the Blue Jays. T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com asked Uehara why he vetoed a move to Toronto and the 36-year-old reliever replied: The…

  22. Phillies, Kyle Kendrick wipe out previous one-year deal with two-year, $7.5 million contract

    Feb 19, 2012, 10:40 AM EDT

    Kyle Kendrick throwing AP

    Kyle Kendrick and the Phillies avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $3.585 million deal last month, but today the two sides signed a new two-year, $7.5 million contract that cancels out the previous deal. Or, put another way, they tacked on an extra year and another $3.915 million to the previous agreement. Either way,…

  23. Johnny Damon won’t be signing with the Yankees

    Feb 18, 2012, 10:22 PM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays v Baltimore Orioles

    Jon Heyman is still doing his best to find Johnny Damon a job, but it won’t be with the Yankees. General manager Brian Cashman told George King of the New York Post that Damon contacted the Yankees looking for work and “I told him the truth … he is not the No. 1 option if…

  24. David Price enjoyed his commercial shoot with Kate Upton

    Feb 18, 2012, 9:40 PM EDT

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    Earlier this week I linked to the new “MLB2K” commercial featuring Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition cover model Kate Upton teaching David Price, Justin Verlander, C.J. Wilson, and Jay Bruce the finer points of this year’s video game. Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times asked Price about the experience of shooting the commercial and particularly…

  25. Mike Adams fully recovered from January hernia surgery

    Feb 18, 2012, 8:27 PM EDT

    Texas Rangers pitcher Mike Adams reacts after striking out Detroit Tigers' Jhonny Peralta to end the eighth inning of Game 1 of the MLB American League Championship Series baseball playoffs in Arlington

    Mike Adams was considered a question mark for the beginning of spring training after undergoing hernia surgery on January 3, but the Rangers reliever has already started throwing and said yesterday that he’s “not limited at all.” T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports that Adams is slightly behind schedule compared to the other pitchers in camp,…

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