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  1. Tim Wakefield retires after 19 seasons and 200 wins

    Feb 17, 2012, 11:52 AM EDT

    Toronto Blue Jays v Boston Red Sox

    Tim Wakefield will announce his retirement during a press conference tonight, calling it quits after a 19-season career in which the knuckleballer won 200 games despite not making his big-league debut until age 25. Red Sox president Larry Lucchino revealed last week that the team had offered Wakefield a minor-league contract with an invitation to…

  2. New home for Padres games, FOX Sports San Diego, to launch early next month

    Feb 17, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

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    Reports vary about the exact details of the Padres’ new television contract, but everyone seems to agree that it’ll be a massive deal and Jay Posner of the San Diego Union Tribune says the team’s new home, FOX Sports San Diego, will launch in early March. Nothing is official yet, in part because MLB must…

  3. David Ortiz: “I feel happy since I avoided arbitration”

    Feb 17, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

    Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz reacts after flying out against the Tampa Bay Rays during the eighth inning of their MLB American League baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston

    David Ortiz and the Red Sox created a whole lot of drama before eventually compromising at the exact midpoint and avoiding arbitration, but publicly at least Ortiz seems fine with the outcome after previously wanting a multi-year contract. “I feel happy since I avoided going to arbitration,” Ortiz told the Associated Press. “People are used…

  4. Tigers will give Brandon Inge a chance to play second base

    Feb 16, 2012, 5:07 PM EDT

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    Miguel Cabrera‘s planned shift across the diamond means Brandon Inge is no longer the Tigers’ starting third baseman, but manager Jim Leyland said today that the team will give him an opportunity to compete for the job at second base. Inge is 34 years old and has played 1,800 professional games without logging even one…

  5. Zach Britton’s arm felt “like brand new” after 30-40 pitches

    Feb 16, 2012, 3:42 PM EDT

    Baltimore Orioles v Pittsburgh Pirates

    Jim Duquette of MLB.com (not to be confused with Baltimore general manager Dan Duquette) reported earlier this week that Orioles starter Zach Britton‘s shoulder injury “is still lingering” and his “workload will be limited in spring training.” That may still prove accurate, but Britton took the mound today and threw 30-40 pitches, reporting no problems…

  6. Juan Nicasio “will have no limitations” after broken neck

    Feb 16, 2012, 2:40 PM EDT

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    Juan Nicasio‘s recovery from a broken neck has gone so well that he “will have no limitations this spring,” according to Troy Renck of the Denver Post. Rockies manager Jim Tracy told Renck that Nicasio “has a very, very good chance to be a member of our rotation” and “is coming into camp with the…

  7. Nationals think Edwin Jackson has been tipping his pitches

    Feb 16, 2012, 1:13 PM EDT

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    Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post interviewed Nationals pitching coach Steve McCatty about a variety of topics today, including the idea that Edwin Jackson has been tipping his pitches for years now. McCatty reviewed video of Jackson’s starts and thinks he was letting batters know what was coming out of the windup: These guys are…

  8. Arbitration hearings final tally: Teams 5, Players 2

    Feb 16, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

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    Garrett Jones‘ hearing against the Pirates was the final one of the arbitration season and his loss means that teams defeated players in five of the seven cases that went the distance. MLB Trade Rumors notes that the seven hearings represent just five percent of the 142 total arbitration eligible players, as settling for one-year…

  9. Jim Edmonds and Ryan Franklin take post-retirement roles with Cardinals

    Feb 16, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

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    Jim Edmonds canceled his comeback attempt last spring, signing a minor-league contract with the Cardinals and then retiring before reporting to camp. This time around he’ll be at Cardinals camp, wearing his familiar No. 15, but Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post Dispatch reports that Edmonds will be a “special instructor.” And according to…

  10. Pirates defeat Garrett Jones in arbitration hearing

    Feb 16, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

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    Garrett Jones and the Pirates had an arbitration hearing yesterday and the three-person panel has ruled in favor of the team, meaning he’ll be paid $2.25 million this season instead of the $2.5 million he requested. Going through with a hearing over a $250,000 gap is unusual, but Jones is arbitration eligible for the first…

  11. A.J. Burnett turned down trade to Angels for Bobby Abreu

    Feb 16, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

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    While the A.J. Burnett trade talks between the Yankees and Pirates keep chugging along Anthony McCarron of the New York Daily News reports that the Yankees had a deal in place to send him to the Angels for Bobby Abreu … but Burnett used his no-trade clause to block the move. Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com…

  12. Orioles will start Robert Andino at second base if Brian Roberts can’t play

    Feb 15, 2012, 4:26 PM EDT

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    Brian Roberts‘ health status remains in serious question because of last season’s concussion and manager Buck Showalter said yesterday that Robert Andino would likely be the everyday second baseman and might also be the leadoff hitter if Roberts can’t play. Showalter told Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com that he’d ideally like Andino in a utility man…

  13. Giants sign Ramon Ortiz to minor-league contract

    Feb 15, 2012, 3:48 PM EDT

    Colorado Rockies v Los Angeles Dodgers

    Ramon Ortiz has an amazing ability to stick around despite not being an effective pitcher since 2004 and the Giants just announced that they’ve signed the 39-year-old to a minor-league contract that includes an invitation to spring training. Washed up old guys are sort of general manager Brian Sabean’s thing and Ortiz was at least…

  14. Bobby Valentine expects Carl Crawford to miss “a few weeks” of the season

    Feb 15, 2012, 3:15 PM EDT

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    Carl Crawford hasn’t officially been ruled out for Opening Day following what was said to be minor left wrist surgery last month, but manager Bobby Valentine said today that he expects the left fielder to miss “a few weeks” of the regular season. Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe reports that “Crawford, at this point,…

  15. Cuban outfielder Jorge Soler works out for Blue Jays

    Feb 15, 2012, 2:50 PM EDT

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    Rumors that the Cubs already had a deal in place for Jorge Soler proved inaccurate and now Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com reports that the 19-year-old outfielder worked out for the Blue Jays this morning at their complex in the Dominican Republic. According to Sanchez, general manager Alex Anthopoulos was there along with several other members…

  16. Tony Gwynn had facial nerve removed in 14-hour surgery for cancerous tumor

    Feb 15, 2012, 2:14 PM EDT

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    Tony Gwynn underwent a 14-hour surgery yesterday to remove a malignant tumor from his cheek, with Tom Friend of ESPN.com reporting that the Hall of Famer had a facial nerve taken out and replaced with a nerve from his shoulder. Gwynn’s wife, Alicia Gwynn, told Friend that the surgery lasted until 1:00 a.m. and was…

  17. The Best Shape Of His Life, minors edition: David Bromberg

    Feb 15, 2012, 1:20 PM EDT

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    I’m not sure if we should add his name to the usual list or start a separate list for minor leaguers, but Twins prospect David Bromberg is in The Best Shape Of His Life. So says LaVelle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star Tribune: David Bromberg, a Twins minor league righthander, is in outstanding…

  18. Rays finalize three-year, $6 million contract extension with manager Joe Maddon

    Feb 15, 2012, 12:48 PM EDT

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    UPDATE: It’s now official, with Topkin reporting that the three-year extension is worth approximately $6 million. ========== Joe Maddon and the Rays have been working on a contract extension for much of the offseason and Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that an official announcement is expected tomorrow. According to Topkin the deal…

  19. Coco Crisp doesn’t want to give up center field unless Yoenis Cespedes is “a demigod”

    Feb 15, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

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    Things may change once everyone gets an extended look at Yoenis Cespedes during spring training, but for now the A’s are said to be thinking about starting him in center field and incumbent center fielder Coco Crisp isn’t thrilled about the news. Crisp, who re-signed with the A’s for two years and $14 million in…

  20. Alexi Casilla, Twins avoid arbitration with one-year deal

    Feb 15, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

    Alexi Casilla and the Twins won’t be going through with an arbitration hearing, instead agreeing to a one-year deal worth $1,382,500. Casilla filed for $1.75 million and the Twins countered at $1.065 million, so the two sides settled at $25,000 below the midpoint. Casilla, who hit .260 with two homers and a .691 OPS in…

  21. Johan Santana scheduled to throw bullpen session Friday

    Feb 15, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

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    Johan Santana is slated for a “light bullpen session” at the Mets’ spring training complex Friday, according to Andy McCullough of the Newark Star Ledger. Santana’s comeback was supposed to occur in September of last season, but multiple setbacks ruined those plans and the former two-time Cy Young winner joked yesterday that Friday’s bullpen session…

  22. Orioles starter Zach Britton still bothered by shoulder injury

    Feb 15, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

    Baltimore Orioles v New York Yankees - Game Two

    Zach Britton struggled in the second half last season, including an August stint on the disabled list with a shoulder strain, and Jim Duquette of MLB.com reports that the 24-year-old left-hander’s injury “is still lingering” and his “workload will be limited in spring training.” Britton had a 3.38 ERA in 16 starts through the end…

  23. Dmitri Young worked out for the Pirates, but they didn’t make him an offer

    Feb 14, 2012, 5:07 PM EDT

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    Dmitri Young shed a ton of weight as he tries to make a comeback at age 38, but he’s having trouble finding a team interested in signing him after last playing in the majors back in 2008. Young worked out for the Pirates yesterday and Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune Review reports that “they…

  24. Must-click link: Looking back at the worst swings of 2011

    Feb 14, 2012, 3:51 PM EDT

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    Jeff Sullivan’s latest great thing at SB Nation is a look back at the 10 ugliest, most pathetic hacks of the 2011 season, complete with video evidence: The Ten Worst Swings Of The 2011 Season It’s pretty amazing.

  25. Tommy Hanson changed his delivery on advice of Braves’ physical therapist

    Feb 14, 2012, 2:14 PM EDT

    Tommy Hanson

    After meeting with the Braves’ physical therapist Tommy Hanson has altered his delivery in an effort to avoid the shoulder problems that plagued him last season. Hanson described the change as “not drastic, but definitely different” and the Braves are also hoping it makes him tougher for opponents to steal bases on after he allowed…

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