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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. Orioles starter Zach Britton still bothered by shoulder injury

    Feb 15, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

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    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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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.

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

    Feb 14, 2012, 2:14 PM EDT

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    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…

  12. Tony Gwynn has cancerous tumor removed from mouth

    Feb 14, 2012, 1:45 PM EDT

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    Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn underwent surgery today to remove a cancerous tumor from his mouth and may need “a nerve graft” from his shoulder or leg “to preserve facial functions,” according to Tom Friend of ESPN.com. Eighteen months ago Gwynn developed a malignant growth inside his right cheek, which he attributed to years of…

  13. Adam Jones and the Orioles had “preliminary discussions” about long-term deal

    Feb 14, 2012, 1:20 PM EDT

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    Earlier this offseason there were some trade rumors swirling around Adam Jones, but now Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun reports that the Orioles “have had some preliminary discussions about an extension” with the 26-year-old center fielder. For now the two sides are scheduled for an arbitration hearing Friday to determine if Jones will be…

  14. Angels GM on Bobby Abreu: “Right now, he fits our roster”

    Feb 14, 2012, 12:16 PM EDT

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    Last week Jayson Stark of ESPN.com reported that the Angels would accept a “middling prospect” in exchange for Bobby Abreu and his $9 million salary, but yesterday general manager Jerry Dipoto downplayed the team’s chances of parting with Abreu. “Bobby is an Angel,” Dipoto told Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times. “Right now, he…

  15. Brewers defeat Jose Veras in arbitration hearing

    Feb 14, 2012, 11:50 AM EDT

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    Milwaukee beat Jose Veras in an arbitration hearing held yesterday, meaning the reliever will earn $2 million this season rather than the $2.375 million he requested. Considering the small gap in submissions it’s odd that the two sides couldn’t come to a pre-hearing compromise, but instead the Brewers made their case to a three-person panel…

  16. Kate Upton helps Justin Verlander, David Price, C.J. Wilson, and Jay Bruce sell video games

    Feb 14, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

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    Here’s the commercial for this season’s “MLB 2K” video game, featuring new Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition cover girl Kate Upton teaching the finer points of joystick control to Justin Verlander, David Price, C.J. Wilson, and Jay Bruce:

  17. Royals exercise 2013 option on manager Ned Yost

    Feb 14, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

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    Last year we saw what can happen when a veteran manager of a young, suddenly decent team has a contract that expires at the end of the season, but the Royals have ensured they won’t have a Jim Riggleman situation by exercising their 2013 option on Ned Yost before spring training even begins. Yost, who…

  18. Ike Davis is “good to go” and has “been fine for a while”

    Feb 14, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

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    Ike Davis‘ sophomore season was ruined by a ankle injury and multiple setbacks, but the Mets first baseman said yesterday that he’s now “good to go” and has “been fine for a while now.” Davis opted for rest and rehab rather than microfracture surgery, telling Dan Martin of the New York Post: “It’s great to…

  19. Blue Jays and Casey Janssen agree to extension

    Feb 13, 2012, 6:37 PM EDT

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    UPDATE: Richard Griffin of the Toronto Star reports that the Jays and Janssen have agreed to a two-year, $5.9 million contract with a $4 million option for 2014. The new deal buys out his final year of arbitration and potentially his first two years of free agency. 3:29 PM: Casey Janssen and the Blue Jays…

  20. Walt Jocketty expects Roy Oswalt to sign with Rangers, says Reds “are pretty well set”

    Feb 13, 2012, 5:05 PM EDT

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    Last week Walt Jocketty said he was “sick and tired” of rumors about the Reds negotiating with Roy Oswalt and today the general manager told John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer that he doesn’t anticipate making any more significant moves. “We’ll meet again Wednesday and review it, but I think we’re pretty well set,” Jocketty…

  21. Video of the Day: Derek Holland, Weather Man

    Feb 13, 2012, 2:49 PM EDT

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    Rangers left-hander Derek Holland came on in relief of the weather man during a local television broadcast, with predictably amusing/weird results:

  22. Marlins on deck for Showtime series “The Franchise”

    Feb 13, 2012, 2:14 PM EDT

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    UPDATE: Confirming what Variety reported last month, MLB officially announced today that the Marlins will be Showtime’s subject for this season of “The Franchise.” New episodes are expected to begin around the All-Star break. ========== Last year Showtime featured the reigning World Series champion Giants on their documentary series “The Franchise” and they’re close to…

  23. Red Sox GM: “I wouldn’t expect any major moves” this week

    Feb 13, 2012, 1:20 PM EDT

    Boston Red Sox Announce Ben Cherington as Executive Vice President/General Manager

    By settling with David Ortiz moments before their arbitration hearing the Red Sox potentially saved $1.75 million compared to his requested salary, but general manager Ben Cherington said afterward that the savings likely won’t lead to another move before the start of spring training. “I wouldn’t expect any major moves between now and Sunday,” Cherington…

  24. Jorge De La Rosa “well ahead of schedule” coming back from Tommy John surgery

    Feb 13, 2012, 12:51 PM EDT

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    Jorge De La Rosa underwent Tommy John elbow surgery in late May and definitely won’t be ready anywhere near Opening Day, but Troy Renck of the Denver Post reports that he’s “well ahead of schedule in his recovery.” Of course, De La Rosa lied to the Rockies while trying to pitch through the pain for…

  25. Kevin Goldstein releases his annual top 101 prospects list

    Feb 13, 2012, 12:16 PM EDT

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    Kevin Goldstein of Baseball Prospectus has posted his annual list of the 101 best prospects in baseball and it’s in front of the site’s paywall, making it free to read. I won’t spoil the whole list, which along with Baseball America and Keith Law of ESPN.com are my three must-reads each year, but Goldstein’s top…

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