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  1. Angels pitching coach Mike Butcher underwent surgery to remove cancerous growth

    Feb 14, 2011, 12:50 PM EDT

    mike-butcher-angels

    Angels pitching coach Mike Butcher had surgery Thursday to remove a cancerous nodule from his thyroid gland and is expected to make a full recovery, according to Mark Saxon of ESPNLA.com. In fact, Butcher was already back at work Sunday for the final team meetings before pitchers and catchers arrive at spring training, albeit while…

  2. Jered Weaver takes arbitration loss in stride … for now

    Feb 14, 2011, 12:18 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim v Texas Rangers

    History suggests that players who lose arbitration hearings don’t stay with the teams that defeated them for long, but Jered Weaver has “no hard feelings” after a three-person panel sided with the Angels last week. Weaver requested $8.8 million while the Angels countered at $7.365 million and the team came out on top after what…

  3. Albert Pujols and the Cardinals push back deadline by one day

    Feb 14, 2011, 11:13 AM EDT

    St. Louis Cardinals v Cincinnati Reds

    Albert Pujols and the Cardinals are reportedly no closer to agreeing on a long-term contract, but the two sides have at least agreed to push back the superstar first baseman’s self-imposed deadline for negotiations by one day. Pujols initially told the team he would cut off all talks Tuesday, but because Hall of Famer and…

  4. Pirates haven’t been able to trade Ryan Doumit and his $5.1 million salary

    Feb 14, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

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    Back in December the Pirates were said to be “trying hard to deal” Ryan Doumit, but Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune Review reports that those efforts proved unsuccessful “even when offering to swallow a big chunk of his salary.” Doumit will make $5.1 million in the final season of a three-year contract extension signed…

  5. Erick Aybar had left knee surgery back in October

    Feb 14, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

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    No announcement was made at the time, but the Angels finally revealed yesterday that shortstop Erick Aybar underwent arthroscopic left knee surgery shortly after last season ended. Aybar’s surgery was described by the team as a minor “clean up” operation and he’s already fully healthy. He originally injured the knee in mid-June when Casey McGehee…

  6. UPDATE: Nick Swisher has hired Dan Lozano, not Scott Boras

    Feb 11, 2011, 7:15 PM EDT

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    UPDATE: OK, maybe not. According to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com, Nick Swisher has hired Dan Lozano as his new agent, not Scott Boras. Oh well. We’re pretty sure Boras will find a way to get along just fine without him. 11:27 PM: Robinson Cano switched agents last week, going from Bobby Barad to Scott Boras,…

  7. James Loney and Dodgers avoid arbitration with one-year deal

    Feb 11, 2011, 5:10 PM EDT

    James Loney swinging

    James Loney and the Dodgers had an arbitration hearing scheduled for next Friday, but the two sides will avoid the process by agreeing to a one-year, $4.875 million deal. Loney requested $5.25 million and the Dodgers countered at $4.7 million, so they’re settling for $100,000 below the midpoint. Loney will be arbitration eligible again in…

  8. Edinson Volquez turned down a four-year deal from the Reds

    Feb 11, 2011, 4:18 PM EDT

    Edinson Volquez

    Cincinnati handed out new multi-year contracts to Joey Votto, Jay Bruce, Johnny Cueto, and Bronson Arroyo this offseason, spending more than $150 million in the process, but the Reds’ attempts to do the same with Edinson Volquez were denied. Volquez told the Dominican newspaper El Caribe that the Reds offered him “a four-year contract, the…

  9. Jered Weaver, beware: Players who lose arbitration hearings usually aren’t long for the team

    Feb 11, 2011, 3:17 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim v Texas Rangers

    Most teams do whatever they can to avoid arbitration hearings, because presenting a case for why a player doesn’t deserve the money he’s asking for can often lead to hurt feelings. Presenting that case well enough for the three-person arbitration panel to rule in favor of the team can be particularly ugly and Sam Miller…

  10. Brian Cashman doesn’t believe CC Sabathia lost 30 pounds

    Feb 11, 2011, 2:14 PM EDT

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    Earlier this week Buster Olney of ESPN.com reported that CC Sabathia lost 30 pounds during the offseason, but Yankees general manager Brian Cashman isn’t buying it. Here’s what Cashman told Wallace Matthews of ESPN.com after seeing Sabathia in person recently: I don’t believe it. I saw him at the B.A.T. dinner and he didn’t look…

  11. Michael Bourn switched agents to Scott Boras too

    Feb 11, 2011, 1:16 PM EDT

    michael-bourn-astros

    Last week Robinson Cano left his agent for Scott Boras and this morning Joel Sherman of the New York Post reported that Nick Swisher is doing the same, but Boras’ stable of prominent clients isn’t done growing yet. Stephen Goff of Examiner.com reports that Astros center fielder Michael Bourn recently dropped his representation at SFX…

  12. Matt Holliday willing to defer money to help keep Albert Pujols

    Feb 11, 2011, 12:21 PM EDT

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    During a radio interview this morning Matt Holliday said he’d be willing to defer some of his salary in an effort to help the Cardinals sign Albert Pujols to a long-term deal. Matthew Leach of MLB.com has a transcript of the comments: I deferred $2 million a year for the whole contract and I would…

  13. Jose Bautista puts Blue Jays in very tough spot with Monday deadline for long-term deal

    Feb 11, 2011, 10:19 AM EDT

    Jose Bautista

    Albert Pujols‘ self-imposed deadline for long-term contract talks with the Cardinals is understandably grabbing all the headlines, but Jose Bautista setting a similar timetable on potential talks with the Blue Jays has flown somewhat under the radar. Bautista, who like Pujols will be eligible for free agency following this season, told Ken Fidlin of the…

  14. Luke Scott and the Orioles avoid arbitration with one-year deal

    Feb 10, 2011, 5:17 PM EDT

    Luke Scott deer

    Luke Scott filed an arbitration request for $6.85 million while the Orioles countered at $5.7 million, and this afternoon the two sides avoided a hearing by agreeing to a one-year, $6.4 million deal. That figure is $125,000 above the midpoint and Scott gets a $2.35 million raise after hitting .284 with 27 homers and a…

  15. Stephen Strasburg starts throwing after Tommy John surgery

    Feb 10, 2011, 4:14 PM EDT

    Strasburg press conference

    Stephen Strasburg, who felt a “pop” in his elbow on August 21 and underwent Tommy John surgery two weeks later, has started throwing again. It’s just the first step on the year-plus road to recovery and Strasburg is still nowhere near getting back on a mound yet, but Nationals pitching coach Steve McCatty told Adam…

  16. Mariners sign Vladimir Guerrero’s nephew for $400,000

    Feb 10, 2011, 2:50 PM EDT

    uncle cup

    Yesterday the Mariners signed Felix Hernandez‘s older brother to a minor-league contract and now they’ve signed Vladimir Guerrero’s nephew, giving 17-year-old Dominican outfielder Gabriel Guerrero a $400,000 bonus. Ben Badler of Baseball America has a brief scouting report on Gabriel and it actually sounds quite a bit like Vlad: Guerrero, a big-bodied right-handed hitter, has…

  17. Josh Hamilton and Rangers agree to two-year, $24 million deal

    Feb 10, 2011, 2:16 PM EDT

    Josh Hamilton

    Josh Hamilton and the Rangers won’t have to worry about arbitration again, as the two sides have agreed to a two-year contract. Jon Heyman of SI.com reports that the deal is worth $24 million. Hamilton was seeking $12 million for this season, while the Rangers countered at $8.7 million. That makes the midpoint $10.35 million…

  18. Rickie Weeks and Brewers set for arbitration on February 17

    Feb 10, 2011, 1:41 PM EDT

    Rickie Weeks

    Milwaukee avoided arbitration with Shaun Marcum by agreeing to a one-year, $4 million deal yesterday, but they don’t appear close to doing the same with Rickie Weeks and Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that they have a hearing scheduled for February 17. Weeks requested $7.2 million and the Brewers countered at $4.85…

  19. Jon Niese focusing on conditioning after struggling with fatigue as a rookie

    Feb 10, 2011, 12:16 PM EDT

    Jon Niese

    Jon Niese arrived at spring training about a week before pitchers and catchers were due at Mets camp and told Dan Martin of the New York Post that his goal is to improve his conditioning after tiring down the stretch as a rookie last year: Last year, I kind of got fatigued. I don’t think…

  20. Duke Moises? Mariners sign Felix Hernandez’s older brother

    Feb 10, 2011, 11:17 AM EDT

    righteous brothers

    Seattle has signed Felix Hernandez‘s older brother, Moises Hernandez, to a minor-league contract. Felix is a 25-year-old Cy Young winner, but Moises is a 27-year-old journeyman with a 4.37 ERA in six minor-league seasons spent in the Orioles’ and Braves’ systems. Larry Stone does write that Moises “bears an uncanny resemblance to his brother” and…

  21. Yankees void contract with Luis Vizcaino following injury

    Feb 10, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    Luis Vizcaino

    Back in mid-December the Yankees signed reliever Luis Vizcaino to a minor-league deal, but they’ve voided the contract after the veteran right-hander injured his Achilles’ tendon while pitching in winter ball. Joel Sherman of the New York Post writes that Vizcaino was “throwing consistently in the mid-90s” after missing most of the past two seasons…

  22. MLB-verified list of nearly 300 players on Twitter

    Feb 9, 2011, 4:33 PM EDT

    twitter follow me

    Your mileage will vary in terms of how many are actually worth following, but MLB.com has a list of verified Twitter accounts for nearly 300 players. Some of my favorites are C.J. Wilson, John Axford, Heath Bell, Michael Cuddyer, Curtis Granderson, Adam Jones, and Pat Neshek. And of course Ozzie Guillen, although as a manager…

  23. Eric Chavez’s deal with the Yankees worth up to $5.5 million

    Feb 9, 2011, 3:15 PM EDT

    Eric Chavez

    Eric Chavez agreed to a minor-league contract with the Yankees last week and today the deal (and its details) became official. Chavez will get $1.5 million if he makes the team out of spring training and Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that he can opt out of the contract and become a…

  24. D.J. Carrasco and Bobby Parnell to work seventh and eighth innings in front of Francisco Rodriguez

    Feb 9, 2011, 2:18 PM EDT

    Bobby Parnell throwing

    New manager Terry Collins laid out the Mets’ bullpen plan to Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com, saying that he expects D.J. Carrasco to work the seventh inning and Bobby Parnell to work the eighth inning setting up closer Francisco Rodriguez. Parnell made a team-high 68 appearances as a rookie in 2009, but then spent the first…

  25. Yankees sign reliever Luis Ayala to a minor league deal

    Feb 9, 2011, 1:16 PM EDT

    luis ayala mets

    Luis Ayala has agreed to a minor-league contract with the Yankees, according to FOXSports.com’s Jon Paul Morosi. Morosi notes that Ayala “is coming off a strong showing in Mexican winter teague,” where he had a 1.99 ERA and 14 saves, but … well, he hasn’t been any good in the majors for a long time.…

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