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  1. Angels tell Bobby Abreu he’ll get 400 plate appearances

    Feb 27, 2012, 1:20 PM EDT

    Bobby Abreu Getty

    Bobby Abreu said last week that he’ll ask for a trade if the Angels aren’t going to use him as an everyday player, but apparently now he’s fine with something less than an everyday role. There’s no getting around the fact that the Angels’ first base/corner outfielder/designated hitter logjam means Abreu will be a part-time…

  2. Juan Pierre can opt out of Phillies contract on March 31

    Feb 27, 2012, 12:48 PM EDT

    Juan Pierre

    Juan Pierre‘s minor-league contract with the Phillies included an invitation to spring training and an opt-out clause that allows him to become a free agent again on March 31 if he’s not on the big-league roster. If he does make the team Pierre will get $800,000 in guaranteed money and Bob Brookover of the Philadelphia…

  3. Jose Mijares arrives at Royals camp after passport delay

    Feb 27, 2012, 12:16 PM EDT

    venezuela passport

    Jose Mijares is finally in Royals camp following a week-long delay due to passport issues in Venezuela. “I waited for my passport and the embassy didn’t send it to me for 10 days,” Mijares told Dick Kaegel of MLB.com, who notes that the left-handed reliever won’t be too far behind other pitchers because he threw…

  4. Matt Moore sidelined by lower abdominal strain

    Feb 27, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

    Matt Moore

    Matt Moore was slated to throw batting practice this morning, but instead the 22-year-old phenom will be out for at least a couple days with what the Rays are calling a “lower abdominal strain.” Moore described the injury as “like a sore muscle … basically right below my belly button” and said sitting things out…

  5. Nick Swisher will be hitting teammates with pies this season

    Feb 27, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

    Nick Swisher

    A.J. Burnett had a 4.97 ERA in three seasons with the Yankees, so his biggest contribution may have been the tradition of hitting teammates in the face with shaving cream pies after they delivered walk-off hits. Joe Girardi was asked which player was most likely to take over that role following Burnett’s trade to the…

  6. Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti was at the Oscars

    Feb 27, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    ned colletti oscars

    It turns out Billy Beane wasn’t the only general manager at the Oscars last night, as Jon Weisman of Dodger Thoughts found a couple screen grabs showing Ned Colletti in the crowd (and with some pretty great seats). Colletti was sitting directly behind Michelle Williams and told Weisman that he got the seats through a…

  7. Pat Burrell may rejoin the Giants as a part-time coach

    Feb 27, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Texas Rangers, Game 5

    Pat Burrell retired last month after a 12-season career, but the 35-year-old former No. 1 overall pick may soon be back with the Giants as a part-time coach and special assistant. Burrell is currently rehabbing from shoulder surgery, but once he’s healthy general manager Brian Sabean told Chris Haft of MLB.com that “we hope to…

  8. Former Marlins, Orioles, Royals, and Rangers reliever Terry Mathews passed away

    Feb 24, 2012, 5:17 PM EDT

    terry mathews

    Terry Mathews, a right-handed reliever who spent eight seasons in the majors for the Marlins, Orioles, Royals, and Rangers, has passed away at age 47. Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald reports that Mathews, who last pitched in 1999, suffered a heart attack at his home in Louisiana. Mathews, who was originally the Rangers’ fifth-round…

  9. Yadier Molina and Cardinals moving closer to extension

    Feb 24, 2012, 4:16 PM EDT

    Yadier Molina

    Yesterday the Cardinals were said to have “re-engaged” in contract talks with Yadier Molina after negotiations were previously tabled and now Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post Dispatch reports that the two sides could be nearing a deal. According to Strauss “movement on Molina is significant enough that source familiar with the situation believes…

  10. Welcome to the hot corner: Mark Trumbo takes a ground ball off the face

    Feb 24, 2012, 3:45 PM EDT

    Trumbo_Mark

    How is Mark Trumbo‘s transition to third base going after never playing the position before in the majors or minors? It’s off to a rough start, says Mark Saxon of ESPN Los Angeles: He took a ground ball off the nose and had to cut short his workout Friday morning. The ball came off the…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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.

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

  21. 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…

  22. 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…

  23. 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…

  24. 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…

  25. 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…

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