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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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 ……

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. Tony La Russa will be in Cardinals camp too

    Feb 22, 2012, 12:48 PM EDT

    2011 World Series Game 4 -Texas Rangers v St Louis Cardinals

    Much has been made of Tony La Russa hanging out in Tigers camp with his friend Jim Leyland, but the retired manager will soon be making an appearance in Cardinals camp as well. Rick Hummel of the St. Louis Post Dispatch reports that La Russa will be participating in a charity golf tournament next week…

  14. Rockies minor leaguer, former 10th overall pick, suspended 50 games for amphetamines

    Feb 22, 2012, 12:16 PM EDT

    joseph torres

    Joseph Torres, who was the Angels’ first-round pick in 2000 and pitched last season in the Rockies’ farm system, has been suspended 50 games for amphetamines. Torres was the 10th overall pick out of high school and once cracked Baseball America‘s top 50 prospects, but he’s now 29 years old and has yet to reach…

  15. Edgar Renteria is leaning toward retirement at age 35

    Feb 22, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

    Edgar Renteria

    Two weeks ago Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com reported that Edgar Renteria planned to play this season, but that is apparently no longer the case. Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com spoke to Renteria’s agent and writes that the 35-year-old “does not plan to play this season and is leaning toward retirement.” His lack of job options no…

  16. Jose Contreras “threw very, very well” in first bullpen session since surgery

    Feb 22, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v Atlanta Braves

    Jose Contreras took the mound yesterday for the first time since undergoing elbow surgery in September and Phillies pitching coach Rich Dubee said afterward that the veteran right-hander “did fine” and “threw very, very well.” Contreras was initially given a 4-6 month recovery timetable that made him unlikely to be healthy for the beginning of…

  17. GM: Rangers no longer likely to trade Koji Uehara

    Feb 22, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

    Seattle Mariners v Texas Rangers

    Koji Uehara trade rumors swirled for most of the offseason and at one point the reliever vetoed an agreed-upon trade to Toronto, but Texas general manager Jon Daniels no longer expects to deal him. Daniels told T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com that the Rangers “have no moves planned or anything like that” and “are ready to…

  18. Dusty Baker on Aroldis Chapman: “We’re going to stretch him out” as a starter

    Feb 21, 2012, 4:46 PM EDT

    Cincinnati Reds v Pittsburgh Pirates

    Initially the Reds planned to have Aroldis Chapman build up his arm strength as a starter in the Arizona Fall League and winter ball, but shoulder problems put that on hold and now the left-hander’s role for 2012 is somewhat unclear. Dusty Baker said today that they’ll give Chapman an opportunity to start this spring…

  19. Hanley Ramirez is just fine playing third base

    Feb 21, 2012, 3:55 PM EDT

    hanley getty

    From the moment the Marlins signed Jose Reyes in December there was speculation about how willing Hanley Ramirez would be to shift to third base. At various points he was said to be fine with it, totally against it, and undecided. Well, today in Marlins camp Ramirez took ground balls at third base and afterward…

  20. 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…

  21. 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…

  22. 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…

  23. 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…

  24. 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…

  25. 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…

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