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  1. Shane Victorino softens stance on demand for five-year deal

    Mar 2, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies  v Los Angeles Dodgers

    One day after saying he wanted a five-year contract extension from the Phillies free agent-to-be Shane Victorino backtracked a bit, telling Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer: “I made it seem like I want a five-year deal, but I’d love to stay.” Most of all, Victorino said, he’d like to get a new contract figured…

  2. Nick Johnson is likely to make the Orioles … “if healthy”

    Mar 2, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    Baltimore Orioles infielder Johnson reaches for a grounder during workouts at the team's spring training complex in Sarasota

    When it comes to Nick Johnson, using the “if healthy” caveat makes anything that follows sound sort of silly, but manager Buck Showalter indicated yesterday that the perpetually injured first baseman is likely to make the Orioles out of spring training … if healthy. “I think he brings some things that I’d really like to…

  3. Angels undecided on where Albert Pujols will bat in lineup

    Mar 2, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Angels Photo Day

    Albert Pujols had 7,433 plate appearances for the Cardinals and 82.6 percent of those came as a No. 3 hitter, but the Angels aren’t certain yet where he’ll bat in their lineup. Mike Scioscia told Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com that he’s leaning toward keeping Pujols in the No. 3 spot, in part because it guarantees…

  4. Shane Victorino wants a five-year deal from the Phillies

    Mar 1, 2012, 5:07 PM EDT

    Shane Victorino

    Shane Victorino will make $9.5 million this season in the final year of a three-year deal and the center fielder told Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com that he’d like to re-sign with the Phillies on a five-year contract because “my agents say I can get a five-year deal on the market … why not trust them?”…

  5. Grady Sizemore out 8-12 weeks following back surgery

    Mar 1, 2012, 4:08 PM EDT

    sizemore

    When the Indians told reporters that they’d have an update on Grady Sizemore‘s health status today Jordan Bastian of MLB.com immediately tweeted that it “sounds ominous” and … well, he was right. Sizemore, who was already expected to miss Opening Day because of a back injury suffered three weeks ago, underwent micro discectomy surgery on…

  6. Evan Longoria is day-to-day with a bruised right hand

    Mar 1, 2012, 3:21 PM EDT

    evan longoria

    Evan Longoria gave the Rays a scare this morning. Or, more accurately, Matt Bush gave them the scare by plunking Longoria in the hand with a fastball. Longoria immediately left the game and later went for X-rays, but they came back negative and he’s been diagnosed with a bruised hand. He’s officially listed as day-to-day.…

  7. Johan Santana throws two-inning simulated game

    Mar 1, 2012, 2:14 PM EDT

    New York Mets v Florida Marlins

    Johan Santana faced live hitters today for the first time this spring, throwing a two-inning simulated game against a lineup that included David Wright, Ike Davis, and Daniel Murphy. Adam Rubin of ESPN New York reports that Santana threw 43 pitches and is scheduled to make his first spring training start Tuesday against the Cardinals.…

  8. Hal Steinbrenner wants the Yankees’ payroll down to $189 million by 2014

    Mar 1, 2012, 1:16 PM EDT

    Hal Steinbrenner

    Hal Steinbrenner said today that the Yankees plan to decrease their payroll to below the $189 million luxury tax figure by 2014, which is when the new collective bargaining agreement threshold kicks in. Steinbrenner called it “streamlining” the payroll, which is currently at around $210 million. Wallace Matthews of ESPN New York notes that Alex…

  9. Billy Beane went to the Oscars and hung out with Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, and … Tim Tebow

    Mar 1, 2012, 12:51 PM EDT

    Billy Beane

    It was a surprise to see Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti at the Oscars, sitting right behind Michelle Williams, but A’s general manager Billy Beane showing up in support of “Moneyball” was certainly to be expected. Beane told Jane Lee of MLB.com that he was shocked to find that his seats were in the fourth…

  10. A.J. Burnett diagnosed with orbital fracture, needs surgery

    Mar 1, 2012, 12:19 PM EDT

    a.j. burnett pirates

    A.J. Burnett may want to skip bunting practice for a while. Yesterday the Pirates’ newest pitcher fouled a ball off his face while trying to lay a bunt down and the team just announced that he’s been diagnosed with an orbital fracture around his right eye. Ouch. Burnett, who immediately left Pirates camp and traveled…

  11. Joe Maddon bought himself a present with his contract extension money

    Mar 1, 2012, 11:41 AM EDT

    joe maddon car

    Fresh off a three-year extension with the Rays, manager Joe Maddon decided to get himself “a new contract present.” Maddon bought a 1956 Chevy BelAir in Arizona, had it restored and updated, and then got it shipped to Rays camp in Florida so he can drive it around spring training. Maddon told Marc Topkin of…

  12. Rockies expect Jorge De La Rosa back from surgery in July

    Mar 1, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    San Diego Padres v Colorado Rockies

    A few weeks ago Jorge De La Rosa was said to be ahead of schedule in his recovery from Tommy John elbow surgery, leading to speculation that he might return to game action sooner than expected, but the Rockies are still being cautious with his timetable. Pitching coach Bob Apodaca told Patrick Saunders of the…

  13. GM: Yoenis Cespedes to arrive in A’s camp “very soon”

    Mar 1, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

    yoenis cespedes airport

    Yoenis Cespedes has yet to obtain a work visa from the Dominican Republic three weeks after signing a four-year, $36 million contract with the A’s, but general manager Billy Beane said yesterday that the team expects him in camp “very soon.” Jane Lee of MLB.com writes that “there’s a strong possibility” Cespedes will arrive at…

  14. Do the Indians have bad news about Grady Sizemore?

    Feb 29, 2012, 5:17 PM EDT

    sizemore close

    Grady Sizemore is unlikely to be ready for Opening Day after being shut down with a back injury and today manager Manny Acta told reporters that the Indians would provide a further update on his status tomorrow. No reason to be alarmed by that alone, obviously, but Jordan Bastian of MLB.com tweets: “Sounds ominous. Stayed…

  15. Luke Scott on Red Sox fans: “They’re ruthless and vulgar”

    Feb 29, 2012, 4:46 PM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays Photo Day

    Luke Scott made headlines last year for his comments about Barack Obama and already this week he’s brought seven-foot-long, pig-killing spears into the Rays clubhouse and expressed his hatred for communists, so today he shifted his attention to Red Sox fans. He doesn’t like them either, as Scott told Bill Chastain of MLB.com: Just their…

  16. A.J. Burnett traveling to Pittsburgh to have eye examined

    Feb 29, 2012, 3:45 PM EDT

    a.j. burnett pirates

    UPDATE: Apparently the eye injury is more serious than initially believed, because Burnett is leaving Pirates camp and traveling to Pittsburgh to have it examined by doctors. ========== A.J. Burnett seems thrilled to be with Pittsburgh, but his Pirates career got off to a rough start today when he had to leave the field with…

  17. Diamondbacks and Miguel Montero end extension talks

    Feb 29, 2012, 3:15 PM EDT

    miguel montero getty

    Shortly after Yadier Molina and the Cardinals agreed to a five-year, $75 million deal that will keep him from hitting the open market next offseason fellow impending free agent catcher Miguel Montero and the Diamondbacks announced that they’ve stopped negotiating a long-term extension. While standing alongside Montero at a podium general manager Kevin Towers told…

  18. Mark Trumbo’s broken foot cleared for full baseball activities

    Feb 29, 2012, 2:49 PM EDT

    Mark Trumbo Getty

    It remains to be seen how well Mark Trumbo‘s attempted transition to third base will fare–he took a ground ball off the face there earlier this week–but in the meantime doctors have deemed his fractured right foot healed enough to resume full baseball activities. Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times notes that Trumbo “has…

  19. Cartoon of the Day: Derrick Goold on Albert Pujols’ legacy

    Feb 29, 2012, 2:14 PM EDT

    derrick goold pujols cartoon

    Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch is one of the best beat reporters in the country and one of my favorite follows on Twitter, and it turns out he’s also a really good artist, as evidenced by his cartoon of Albert Pujols‘ empty chair at “The One-Team Icons Club” meeting:

  20. Mike Stanton wants to be called Giancarlo Stanton now

    Feb 29, 2012, 1:50 PM EDT

    Mike Stanton

    Mike Stanton‘s birth name is actually Giancarlo Cruz Michael Stanton and apparently the 22-year-old Marlins slugger wants to be called Giancarlo from now on. Steven Wine of the Associated Press writes that the Marlins now list Stanton as “Giancarlo” rather than “Mike” on their roster and also display “Giancarlo” on his locker and his paychecks.…

  21. Remember him? Daniel Cabrera signs with Pirates

    Feb 29, 2012, 1:20 PM EDT

    daniel cabrera

    Here’s a blast from the past: Daniel Cabrera, who last pitched for the Diamondbacks in 2009, has agreed to a minor-league deal with the Pirates. Cabrera got more chances than his performance deserved because teams remained infatuated with his 6-foot-7 frame and mid-90s fastball, but his average velocity dipped from 96.2 miles per hour in…

  22. Mike Scioscia is in The Best Shape Of His (Managing) Life

    Feb 29, 2012, 12:48 PM EDT

    Mike Scioscia, Albert Pujols

    Mike Scioscia was in perfectly good shape during his 13-year career as the Dodgers’ catcher, so adding him to the ever-growing “Best Shape Of His Life” list wouldn’t really be accurate. But after packing on quite a bit of weight during his 12-year managing career Scioscia dropped nearly 40 pounds this winter and told Bill…

  23. Tommy Hanson returns from concussion, throws off mound

    Feb 29, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

    tommy hanson ap

    Good news for the Braves this morning, as Tommy Hanson threw off a mound for the first time since suffering a minor concussion in a one-car accident on the way to spring training. Hanson was initially expected to miss just a day or two, but as is so often the case with concussions the absence…

  24. Jayson Werth, back spasms, and the life of a beat reporter

    Feb 29, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

    press hat

    Sure, writing about baseball for a living is great, but for a beat reporter having to ask players for updates on their injuries every day isn’t quite as fun, especially when they react like Jayson Werth did this morning: Asked Jayson Werth how his back felt. “I don’t care,” he said. Then he walked away.…

  25. Angels’ logjam means Mike Trout is likely bound for minors

    Feb 29, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    Mike Trout

    One way for the Angels to lessen their first base/corner outfield/designated hitter logjam would be to have stud prospect Mike Trout begin the season in the minors and it sure sounds like manager Mike Scioscia thinks that would be a smart idea. Vernon Wells, Peter Bourjos, and Torii Hunter are cemented as the Angels’ starting…

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