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Aaron Gleeman

  1. 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.)

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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?…

  12. 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…

  13. 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,…

  14. 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…

  15. David Price enjoyed his commercial shoot with Kate Upton

    Feb 18, 2012, 9:40 PM EDT

    Screen Shot 2012-02-18 at 7.01.08 PM

    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…

  16. 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,…

  17. Matt Cain and Giants have “plenty of mutual interest” in contract extension

    Feb 18, 2012, 7:37 PM EDT

    Matt Cain

    Matt Cain is one season away from hitting the open market as a 28-year-old free agent and told Andrew Baggarly of CSNBayArea.com that he’s unlikely to discuss a long-term contract extension once spring training is over. “We’d all like something resolved by the end of spring training,” Cain said. “I don’t think either side wants…

  18. Yankees and Pirates “in agreement” on A.J. Burnett trade

    Feb 17, 2012, 5:17 PM EDT

    A.J. Burnett

    It looks like the A.J. Burnett saga may finally be coming to a close, as Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that the Yankees and Pirates are “in agreement” on a deal that will send the right-hander to Pittsburgh. Burnett is expected to undergo a physical exam Sunday to make things official and according to Rosenthal…

  19. Michael Pineda is NOT in The Best Shape Of His Life

    Feb 17, 2012, 4:26 PM EDT

    Michael Pineda

    For every 10,000 or so players who arrive at spring training amid reports that they’re in the best shape of their life there’s someone for whom the opposite is true. Today that someone is new Yankees right-hander Michael Pineda, according to Bryan Hoch of MLB.com: #Yankees RHP Michael Pineda said he reported to camp around…

  20. Johan Santana “felt really good” after first bullpen session

    Feb 17, 2012, 3:52 PM EDT

    santana tall getty

    Johan Santana took the mound today for the first time since September and threw a 25-pitch bullpen session with catcher Josh Thole, saying afterward that his surgically repaired shoulder “felt really good.” Santana appeared in multiple minor-league games last season before setbacks ruined his plan of returning in August or September, so simply throwing a…

  21. Scott Kazmir threw for scouts today, clocked in high-80s

    Feb 17, 2012, 3:25 PM EDT

    Scott Kazmir

    Scott Kazmir held a workout for scouts today and Buster Olney of ESPN.com reports that approximately 10 teams sent someone to take a look at him. Kazmir’s fastball was clocked mostly in the high-80s, which is similar to the diminished velocity he’s shown while struggling during the past few seasons. Kazmir is still just 28…

  22. Will Jason Varitek follow Tim Wakefield into retirement?

    Feb 17, 2012, 2:50 PM EDT

    Jason Varitek Tim Wakefield Getty

    Boston offered minor-league contracts and spring training invitations to both Tim Wakefield and Jason Varitek. Wakefield opted against battling for a roster spot at age 45, announcing his retirement today, but the 40-year-old Varitek is apparently still trying to make up his mind. Varitek’s agent, Scott Boras, told Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald that…

  23. A’s “getting close” to acquiring Koji Uehara from Rangers

    Feb 17, 2012, 2:14 PM EDT

    Koji Uehara

    Texas has been shopping Koji Uehara all offseason and they may have finally found a taker, as Joe Stiglich of the San Jose Mercury News reports that the Rangers are “getting close” to trading him to the A’s. Uehara almost immediately fell out of favor with the Rangers after they acquired him from the Orioles…

  24. Yankees release Hideki Okajima after failed physical exam

    Feb 17, 2012, 1:40 PM EDT

    Hideki Okajima

    UPDATE: No word yet on the cause of the failed physical, but the Yankees have released Okajima. ========== Hideki Okajima, who signed a minor-league contract with the Yankees in December, has failed his physical exam according to David Waldstein of the New York Times. Waldstein speculates that the Yankees will void his contract and make…

  25. 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…

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