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  1. Jack Wilson out until mid-April with calf strain

    Feb 24, 2012, 1:50 PM EDT

    Atlanta Braves v St. Louis Cardinals

    Jack Wilson, who re-signed with the Braves last month for $1 million, is expected to miss the beginning of the season with a strained calf suffered early in camp. Wilson was slated to push rookie shortstop Tyler Pastornicky during spring training, so that job now falls to Drew Sutton, Josh Wilson, and Brandon Hicks. Once…

  2. Ryan Braun press conference notes and quotes

    Feb 24, 2012, 1:22 PM EDT

    braun getty

    Some notes and quotes from Ryan Braun‘s press conference this afternoon: • He thanked fans who “withheld judgements as I respected the confidentially of this case.” • “I tried to respect this process even though the confidentially was breached early on.” • “If I had done this intentionally or unintentionally I’d have been the first…

  3. Ryan Madson sticking with agent Scott Boras despite disappointing contract

    Feb 24, 2012, 12:53 PM EDT

    Boras thinking

    Scott Boras was able to land Prince Fielder a massive contract, but two of his other clients, Ryan Madson and Edwin Jackson, ended up settling for one-year deals well below what they were expecting when the offseason began. Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com writes that “there’s a lot of buzz in baseball circles that Madson might…

  4. Josh Hamilton: “I don’t feel I owe the Rangers”

    Feb 24, 2012, 12:16 PM EDT

    Josh Hamilton

    Josh Hamilton arrived at Rangers camp today and was predictably asked about both his recent alcohol relapse and contract, which is up after this season. His reply: The Rangers have done a lot of me. I have a question. Have I done a lot for the Rangers? I think I have given them everything I’ve…

  5. Manny Ramirez is making fast friends in A’s camp

    Feb 24, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

    Manny Ramirez

    Brett Anderson tweets about his first interaction with Manny Ramirez in A’s camp: Manny just asked if I was the video coordinator…our relationship can only go up from here. — Brett Anderson (@BrettAnderson49) February 24, 2012 Sounds about right.

  6. Orioles hire sports psychologist “to provide mental performance services”

    Feb 24, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

    St. Louis Cardinals v Baltimore Orioles

    Dan Duquette’s latest move as the Orioles’ new executive vice president of baseball operations is hiring a sports psychologist who, according to Brittany Ghiroli of MLB.com will “provide mental-performance services.” Ghiroli reports that the sports psychologist, Seth Kaplan, will focus on working with pitchers and Duquette noted that he’ll attempt to improve “mental toughness.” Kaplan, who’s…

  7. Ryan Zimmerman sets Saturday deadline for contract talks

    Feb 24, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    zimmerman face

    Yesterday afternoon Bill Ladson of MLB.com reported that Ryan Zimmerman and the Nationals were “close to a resolution” with his long-term contract talks, but apparently that didn’t necessarily mean they were close to a resolution that ends in an extension being signed. Ladson now reports that Zimmerman has set a Saturday deadline for negotiations, telling…

  8. Vicente Padilla’s role with the Red Sox is unclear, but he really, really wants to be a starter

    Feb 24, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

    San Diego Padres  v Los Angeles Dodgers

    When the Red Sox signed Vicente Padilla they did so in part because he’s capable of starting or relieving depending on how Daniel Bard‘s attempted move into the rotation and the rest of the pitching staff shake out. However, it’s clear now that Padilla wants to be a starter. In fact, during an appearance on…

  9. Nationals and Ryan Zimmerman are “close to a resolution” on contract extension

    Feb 23, 2012, 5:31 PM EDT

    zimmerman bats

    UPDATE: Apparently general manager Mike Rizzo wasn’t kidding about “working extremely hard” on an extension with Zimmerman, because Bill Ladson of MLB.com reports that the two sides are “close to a resolution.” ========== Ryan Zimmerman has said that he won’t negotiate a long-term contract extension once spring training is over, so the Nationals are making…

  10. Adam LaRoche’s surgically repaired shoulder is not at full strength

    Feb 23, 2012, 5:13 PM EDT

    laroche swing

    After missing out on Prince Fielder the Nationals are fully committed to Adam LaRoche at first base despite his missing most of last season following shoulder surgery. LaRoche played catch from 150 feet today, which is the furthest he’s thrown since going under the knife in May, and but afterward told Adam Kilgore of the…

  11. Russell Martin, Yankees still discussing long-term deal

    Feb 23, 2012, 4:10 PM EDT

    That can't be good for his back

    UPDATE: Martin’s agent told Andrew Marchand of ESPN New York that the Yankees are now pitching the idea of figuring out a three-year deal that would cancel out his one-year contract, but “negotiations are in the early stages.” ========== Russell Martin and the Yankees avoided arbitration by signing a one-year, $7.5 million contract back in…

  12. Jason Isringhausen’s minor-league deal is worth at least $700,000 if he makes Angels

    Feb 23, 2012, 3:15 PM EDT

    jason-isringhausen-mets-spring

    Yesterday the Angels and Jason Isringhausen agreed to a minor-league contract and Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times reports that the deal is worth between $700,000 and $1 million in guaranteed money if he cracks the Opening Day roster. DiGiovanna and other reporters covering the Angels seem to think that’s likely, and general manager…

  13. Cardinals “re-engage” in contract talks with Yadier Molina

    Feb 23, 2012, 2:14 PM EDT

    yadier molina getty

    Earlier this week Yadier Molina said that long-term contract negotiations with the Cardinals had stopped, but now Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch reports that the two sides have “re-engaged” in talks. Molina has made it clear that he won’t discuss a deal once spring training is over and he’ll be a free…

  14. Ozzie Guillen says Hanley Ramirez will stay at third base even if Jose Reyes is injured

    Feb 23, 2012, 1:43 PM EDT

    hanley getty

    Now that Hanley Ramirez has put to rest all the offseason speculation about his willingness to play third base the next question is whether the Marlins would move him back to shortstop if Jose Reyes is on the disabled list. Ozzie Guillen gave a pretty adamant “no” to that question today, telling Clark Spencer of…

  15. Justin Verlander has his own cereal now

    Feb 23, 2012, 12:16 PM EDT

    justin verlander cereal

    Sure, winning the Cy Young and MVP awards were nice, but Justin Verlander‘s outstanding 2011 season has led to something even bigger and more exciting: He has his own cereal. Verlander appears on the box for a special-edition cereal called “Fastball Flakes” that will be sold in Michigan to raise money for the local VA…

  16. Would the Angels use Albert Pujols at third base?

    Feb 23, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v St. Louis Cardinals

    Mark Trumbo has never played third base in a professional game, majors or minors, so the Angels’ plans to use him at the hot corner this spring and perhaps regularly during the season raised the question of whether they might do the same with Albert Pujols. Pujols, unlike Trumbo, actually has plenty of third base…

  17. Bobby Jenks was “leaking spinal fluid” from “an error done inside” during nightmare back surgery

    Feb 23, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

    Bobby Jenks

    Bobby Jenks was placed on the 60-day disabled list by the Red Sox earlier this week following two back surgeries and a pulmonary embolism, and today the reliever shared the details of his nightmarish offseason with Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe. Once he was recovered from the pulmonary embolism Jenks underwent spinal surgery in…

  18. GM: “Roy Oswalt is not going to be a Cardinal”

    Feb 23, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    oswalt glove getty

    Roy Oswalt is expected to make his long-awaited decision today and finally sign with a team, but in the meantime we know one place where he won’t be going: St. Louis. General manager John Mozeliak appeared on AM-590 in St. Louis this morning and said: “Roy Oswalt is not going to be a Cardinal.” Joe…

  19. True to his word, Carlos Beltran will pay for Jon Niese’s nose job

    Feb 23, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

    jon niese nose

    Jon Niese showed up to spring training earlier this week with a reconstructed schnoz, relaying the story of how former Mets teammate Carlos Beltran encouraged him to get a nose job and even offered to pay for the operation. That was before Beltran got traded to the Giants around midseason, but apparently he’s living up…

  20. Jay Gibbons signs minor-league contract with Brewers

    Feb 22, 2012, 5:27 PM EDT

    jay-gibbons-dodgers

    Jay Gibbons, who spent the past two seasons as a role player for the Dodgers, has agreed to a minor-league deal with the Brewers. Gibbons was a regular in the middle of the Orioles’ lineup from 2001-2007, but was named in the “Mitchell Report” and suspended for the beginning of 2008, getting released by the…

  21. 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…

  22. 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 ……

  23. 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…

  24. 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…

  25. 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…

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