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  1. Reds “audition” free agent reliever Mike Gonzalez

    Mar 28, 2012, 1:20 PM EDT

    2011 World Series Game 7 - Texas Rangers v St Louis Cardinals

    Dusty Baker is still trying to decide who will be asked to replace Ryan Madson as closer, but in the meantime free agent reliever Mike Gonzalez worked out for the Reds yesterday. Mark Sheldon of MLB.com described it as an “audition” and says Gonzalez “was spotted throwing in a bullpen session at the Reds’ complex.”…

  2. Indians release veteran infielder Cristian Guzman

    Mar 28, 2012, 12:48 PM EDT

    Texas Rangers v Seattle Mariners

    So much for Cristian Guzman‘s comeback. This morning the Indians released Guzman, who signed a minor-league deal last month after sitting out all of last season due to personal issues. Guzman had been trying to win a bench spot, but the 34-year-old former All-Star shortstop has been sidelined by a hamstring injury and never impressed.…

  3. Neftali Feliz: “I feel like I’m ready for the season”

    Mar 28, 2012, 12:16 PM EDT

    New York Yankees v Texas Rangers, Game 2

    Any worries about Neftali Feliz‘s sore shoulder can probably be put to rest for now, as the right-hander threw four innings against a Double-A lineup yesterday and said afterward: “I feel like I’m ready for the season.” Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star Telegram reports that Feliz topped out at 96 miles per hour…

  4. Sean Marshall, unlike Dusty Baker, is sure he can thrive as the Reds’ closer

    Mar 28, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

    Cincinnati Reds Photo Day

    Dusty Baker may be unsure if Sean Marshall can step into the closer role for the injured Ryan Madson, but Marshall’s performance over the past two seasons suggests he’d be fantastic in the ninth inning and yesterday the left-hander made it clear that he’d “like the opportunity to pitch in that role.” Part of Baker’s…

  5. Drew Storen plays catch, says elbow “felt really good”

    Mar 28, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

    Drew Storen

    Nationals closer Drew Storen hasn’t ruled out being ready for Opening Day after testing his injured elbow by throwing from flat ground yesterday and reporting no problems. However, according to Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post he still “seems likely to begin the season on the disabled list” in part because Storen has pitched in…

  6. Mike Matheny: “We’ve taken a step back” with Allen Craig’s return timetable

    Mar 28, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    Allen Craig

    Allen Craig had made such good progress in his recovery from offseason knee surgery that beginning the season on the Cardinals’ active roster as a bench player became a possibility earlier this week, but this morning manager Mike Matheny all but squashed those plans. Matheny told Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch that…

  7. Twins release Joel Zumaya ahead of Tommy John surgery, must pay entire $850,000 salary

    Mar 28, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

    zumaya ap

    Joel Zumaya is scheduled to undergo Tommy John elbow surgery tomorrow, but he won’t do so as an official member of the Twins after Minnesota released the oft-injured right-hander this morning. Minnesota could have simply transferred him to the 60-day disabled list and cleared the 40-man roster spot that way, which is generally more common…

  8. Rockies release veteran third baseman Casey Blake

    Mar 27, 2012, 5:17 PM EDT

    Casey Blake

    Casey Blake talked about possibly retiring following September neck surgery, but instead signed a non-guaranteed one-year deal with the Rockies and entered spring training atop the third base depth chart. Today the Rockies released Blake after the 37-year-old went just 3-for-20 with seven strikeouts while showing signs of not being fully healthy. This may be…

  9. Springtime Storylines: Are the Kansas City Royals finally ready to contend?

    Mar 27, 2012, 4:16 PM EDT

    Kansas City Royals v Texas Rangers

    Between now and Opening Day, HardballTalk will take a look at each of baseball’s 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2012 season. Up next: Kansas City Royals. The Big Question: Are the Kansas City Royals finally ready to contend? Last season the Royals took…

  10. John Grabow opts out of Dodgers deal, becomes free agent

    Mar 27, 2012, 3:15 PM EDT

    Chicago Cubs v Florida Marlins

    John Grabow, who signed a minor-league contract with the Dodgers in mid-December, has opted out of the deal to become a free agent again. Grabow threw six innings with a 0.00 ERA and 7/1 K/BB ratio this spring, but the Dodgers informed the 33-year-old reliever that they didn’t plan to keep a second left-hander in…

  11. Sam Fuld out for Opening Day, may need wrist surgery

    Mar 27, 2012, 2:34 PM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays v Boston Red Sox

    In seeking a second opinion on his wrist injury Sam Fuld will visit a specialist and the Rays outfielder told Roger Mooney of the Tampa Bay Tribune that surgery may prove necessary. According to Fuld his current wrist injury “is the same basic thing as last year” when he suffered an injury while playing the…

  12. Vladimir Guerrero requested that workout with the Indians

    Mar 27, 2012, 1:50 PM EDT

    Vladimir Guerrero

    Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes reported yesterday that Vladimir Guerrero worked out for the Indians in the Dominican Republic and “there seems to be genuine interest from the Indians.” However, today Indians general manager Chris Antonetti threw cold water on the story by saying that Guerrero is the one who requested the workout and indicating…

  13. Jordan Schafer leaves Astros camp to see hand specialist

    Mar 27, 2012, 1:20 PM EDT

    Jordan Schafer

    Jordan Schafer, who injured his left hand making a catch in the outfield on March 18 and hasn’t played since, has left Astros camp to be examined by a hand specialist in Atlanta. Schafer has a long history of left hand injuries that have stalled his career in past seasons and Brian McTaggart of MLB.com…

  14. Indians send Lonnie Chisenhall, Matt LaPorta to minors

    Mar 27, 2012, 12:48 PM EDT

    Cincinnati Reds v Cleveland Indians

    Lonnie Chisenhall was Cleveland’s starting third baseman down the stretch last season as a rookie and headed into spring training as the presumed Opening Day starter, but today the Indians sent him back to Triple-A while handing the job to veteran Jack Hannahan. Matt LaPorta was also optioned to Triple-A and unlike Chisenhall his place…

  15. Reds undecided on closer replacement for Ryan Madson

    Mar 27, 2012, 12:16 PM EDT

    Cincinnati Reds Photo Day

    As soon as news broke of Ryan Madson needing season-ending Tommy John elbow surgery the assumption was that the Reds would move setup man Sean Marshall into the closer role, but manager Dusty Baker apparently hasn’t made up his mind yet. Baker told Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com that he’s “been getting that question from all…

  16. A’s choose Brandon Allen as starting first baseman

    Mar 27, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

    Brandon Allen Getty

    Brandon Allen has beaten out Kila Ka’aihue to be the A’s starting first baseman, at least for their opening game of the season in Japan. Ka’aihue is still in the mix for playing time, but Jane Lee of MLB.com reports that manager Bob Melvin was unimpressed with his defense and prefers Allen’s combination of power…

  17. Brewers sign Jonathan Lucroy to $11 million extension

    Mar 27, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

    Texas Rangers v Milwaukee Brewers

    UPDATE: Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel says the deal is for five years and $11 million in guaranteed money. ========== Jonathan Lucroy and the Brewers are on the verge of agreeing to a multi-year contract extension, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com. No details yet, but Rosenthal reports that the extension will be…

  18. Jeff Niemann wins final spot in Rays’ rotation, Wade Davis heads to bullpen

    Mar 27, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    jeff-niemann-rays

    Matt Moore‘s presence in the Rays’ rotation meant they had six starters for five spots and today manager Joe Maddon announced that Jeff Niemann will be the fifth starter and Wade Davis, who started 29 games in each of the past two seasons and has never relieved in the majors, will be in the bullpen.…

  19. Red Sox option Jose Iglesias to Triple-A, clear way for Mike Aviles to be Opening Day shortstop

    Mar 27, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

    iglesias wide

    Jose Iglesias‘ slick fielding drew rave reviews in Red Sox camp, so much so that there was some speculation (and comments from manager Bobby Valentine) about the 22-year-old prospect winning the starting shortstop job, but today Boston sent him to Triple-A and essentially handed Mike Aviles the gig. There’s no doubt that Iglesias’ glove is…

  20. Appreciating the near-greatness of Magglio Ordonez

    Mar 26, 2012, 5:17 PM EDT

    Magglio Ordonez

    Note: I originally wrote this on October 10, but with today’s news that Ordonez is close to retiring I figured it was worth re-posting. Magglio Ordonez is 37 years old, coming off the worst season of his 15-year career, and will miss the rest of the Tigers’ playoff run after re-fracturing his right ankle, so…

  21. Dustin McGowan, who’s thrown just 21 innings since 2009, gets extension from Blue Jays

    Mar 26, 2012, 4:46 PM EDT

    Dustin McGowan

    Dustin McGowan is still trying to come back from a series of arm injuries to reestablish himself as a viable big-league pitcher and has thrown just 21 innings with a 6.43 ERA since 2009, yet today the Blue Jays signed the 30-year-old right-hander to a two-year contract extension worth at least $3 million. John Lott…

  22. Carlos Beltran sent Jon Niese the $10,000 for his nose job

    Mar 26, 2012, 3:49 PM EDT

    jon niese nose

    Prior to being traded to the Giants last season Carlos Beltran encouraged Mets teammate Jon Niese to get a nose job and even said he’d pay for it. Niese had the rhinoplasty surgery in October, but when he showed up to spring training with a new schnoz he wasn’t certain if Beltran would actually cover…

  23. Cubs sign Mariners castoff Shawn Camp to minors deal

    Mar 26, 2012, 3:15 PM EDT

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    Released by the Mariners last week, reliever Shawn Camp has agreed to a minor-league contract with the Cubs. Seattle cutting Camp was surprising because he signed a $750,000 deal just a month earlier and pitched reasonably well last season with a 4.21 ERA in 66 innings for the Blue Jays. Now he’ll have to work…

  24. Bobby Valentine calls reported rift with general manager Ben Cherington “lazy journalism”

    Mar 26, 2012, 2:48 PM EDT

    Boston Red Sox general manager Cherington introduces Valentine as the new Boston Red Sox manager at Fenway Park in Boston

    Two days ago Christopher Gasper of the Boston Globe wrote an article with the headline “Power Struggle May Weaken Red Sox” in which he wrote, among other things, that “a wedge appears to be forming between new manager Bobby Valentine and new general manager Ben Cherington” regarding several roster decisions. Valentine responded to that article…

  25. Former first-round pick Aaron Thompson suspended 50 games for “drug of abuse”

    Mar 26, 2012, 2:14 PM EDT

    say no to drugs

    Aaron Thompson, who was the Marlins’ first-round pick in 2005 and is now in the Twins’ organization on a minor-league contract, has been suspended 50 games after testing positive for a “drug of abuse.” His track record in the minors is mediocre at best and Thompson was never an option to make the big-league roster…

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