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  1. Ross Ohlendorf beats Pirates in arbitration hearing to match his 2010 win total

    Feb 9, 2011, 12:12 PM EDT

    Ross Ohlendorf

    In the first arbitration hearing of the year Ross Ohlendorf has defeated the Pirates, meaning the 28-year-old right-hander will receive $2.025 million this season rather than the $1.4 million figure submitted by the team. Ohlendorf won the case despite going 1-11 in 21 starts last season, which means he already has as many victories in…

  2. Another Nationals catching prospect suspended

    Feb 9, 2011, 11:17 AM EDT

    Hector Taveras nationals

    Last week Nationals catching prospect Adrian Nieto was suspended 50 games after testing positive for banned substances named Oxandrolone and Metabolite. Yesterday another Nationals catching prospect, 22-year-old Hector Taveras, was suspended 25 games after he was, according to the Associated Press, “found in possession of an unauthorized syringe.” First-time violators of the Minor League Drug…

  3. Giants sign Elmer Dessens to a minor league contract

    Feb 9, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    elmer-dessens-mets

    Elmer Dessens has agreed to a minor-league contract with the Giants, with Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com reporting that the deal will pay $600,000 if the veteran right-hander makes the team out of spring training. Dessens spent the past two seasons with the Mets and posted a 2.71 ERA in 80 innings, but that success…

  4. Red Sox sign former Yankees reliever Alfredo Aceves

    Feb 8, 2011, 4:43 PM EDT

    alfredo-aceves-yankees

    Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that the Red Sox have agreed to a major-league contract with reliever Alfredo Aceves, who spent the past three seasons pitching for the Yankees. New York non-tendered Aceves after he was limited to just 12 innings last season because of a back injury and then suffered a broken…

  5. Jarrod Washburn apparently isn’t making a comeback

    Feb 8, 2011, 3:43 PM EDT

    Jarrod Washburn

    Back in November there were some reports of Jarrod Washburn considering a comeback after sitting out all of last season following knee surgery, but Joel Sherman has a note about Washburn in the New York Post that suggests the veteran left-hander won’t be pitching again. According to Sherman the Yankees “did check into Washburn earlier…

  6. Phil Hughes blames inconsistent changeup for second-half fade, but do the numbers agree?

    Feb 8, 2011, 1:54 PM EDT

    Phil Hughes 2

    Phil Hughes discussed his second-half struggles with Brian Costello of the New York Post and explained that relying less and less on his changeup during a successful first half caused the pitch to lose effectiveness when he needed it down the stretch. Hughes made his first All-Star team by going 11-2 with a 3.65 ERA…

  7. Carlos Santana cleared to resume all baseball activities

    Feb 8, 2011, 12:40 PM EDT

    Carlos Santana

    Last month general manager Chris Antonetti expressed confidence that Carlos Santana would be ready for spring training following season-ending knee surgery in early August and today the Indians announced that he’s officially been cleared to resume all baseball activities. Santana suffered a gruesome-looking knee injury in a home plate collision on August 2, but met…

  8. Dirty little secret: Michael Young simply isn’t all that great

    Feb 8, 2011, 11:17 AM EDT

    Michael Young

    All the drama between the Rangers and Michael Young is receiving an incredible amount of attention, but lost in the never-ending speculation about where he’ll wind up is that … well, Young just isn’t that great. Texas made the mistake of giving Young a five-year contract that pays him like a superstar and six straight…

  9. Koji Uehara, not Kevin Gregg, will enter spring training as the Orioles’ closer

    Feb 8, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    koji-uehara-orioles

    Brittany Ghiroli of MLB.com writes that Koji Uehara will head into spring training as the Orioles’ closer despite Baltimore signing Kevin Gregg to a two-year, $10 million contract this offseason. Gregg has far more closing experience, saving 37 games last season and a total of 121 games during the previous four years, but if healthy…

  10. Josh Hamilton and the Rangers are talking two-year contract

    Feb 7, 2011, 4:06 PM EDT

    Josh Hamilton

    T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports that Josh Hamilton and the Rangers “are making progress towards settling his contract situation so that they will not have to go to an arbitration hearing” and “have discussed a two-year contract.” Hamilton is arbitration eligible both this season and next, so a two-year deal would simply give the Rangers…

  11. Chad Durbin is holding out for an offer from a contender

    Feb 7, 2011, 2:14 PM EDT

    chad-durbin-phillies

    There’s no longer room in the Phillies’ bullpen for Chad Durbin, but Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that three straight trips to the playoffs with Philadelphia has the free agent right-hander unwilling to sign with a non-contender. According to Rosenthal he’s gotten multiple offers “from projected non-contenders” but is “holding out for a club with…

  12. Mike Lowell is definitely retired and “hip replacement is most likely inevitable”

    Feb 7, 2011, 12:42 PM EDT

    Cleveland Indians v Boston Red Sox

    Rob Bradford of WEEI.com caught up with Mike Lowell, who made it clear that he’s definitely retired and revealed that his surgically repaired hip “has gone a little bit downhill.” Lowell underwent surgery on his right hip following the 2008 season and recent X-rays showed that “it has gotten progressively worse.” Here’s more from Lowell,…

  13. Phillies’ right field job is “a three-man race” that Domonic Brown should win

    Feb 7, 2011, 11:17 AM EDT

    Domonic Brown swinging

    Todd Zolecki of MLB.com writes that the Phillies’ right field job is “a three-man race” and “open competition” among Domonic Brown, Ben Francisco, and John Mayberry Jr., but adds that “many suspect Francisco and Brown will platoon to start the season.” Before he can claim the bulk of the starts Brown has to first win…

  14. Ozzie Guillen watched the Super Bowl with his Jell-O

    Feb 7, 2011, 10:18 AM EDT

    ozzie guillen jello

    Ozzie Guillen wasn’t actually at the Super Bowl in Dallas–let alone there while being hand-fed popcorn in a luxury box by Cameron Diaz–but the White Sox manager did post a picture of himself “watching the game and eating my jello” on Twitter. Some of Guillen’s follow-up tweets: – I like my jello very much haha…

  15. Picture of the Day: Tim Lincecum has a scarf and a mustache

    Feb 4, 2011, 4:46 PM EDT

    tim lincecum scarf

    Not only has Tim Lincecum slicked back and/or ponytailed his flowing locks, the Comcast Sportsnet Bay Area folks snapped a picture of him wearing a scarf indoors and growing what appears to be an attempt at a mustache of some sort. It’s not a great look for Timmy, although I’m somewhat comforted knowing the gap…

  16. Giants exercise 2012 options on manager Bruce Bochy and general manager Brian Sabean

    Feb 4, 2011, 3:44 PM EDT

    bruce-bochy-and-brian-sabean

    Stuff like this becomes sort of a no-brainer in the wake of a championship, but this afternoon the Giants officially exercised their 2012 options on manager Bruce Bochy and general manager Brian Sabean. Both were already under contract for 2011. Bochy, who joined the Giants in 2007 as Felipe Alou’s replacement following 12 seasons as…

  17. Robinson Cano hires Scott Boras as his new agent

    Feb 4, 2011, 2:50 PM EDT

    Texas Rangers v New York Yankees, Game 5

    Enrique Rojas of ESPNDeportes.com reports that Robinson Cano has changed agents, hiring Scott Boras to replace his former representative, Bobby Barad. Cano and Boras reportedly had a meeting in the Dominican Republic, after which the All-Star second baseman made the switch. Boras represents a ton of big-name clients, but what’s interesting about the timing of…

  18. Michael Young trade rumors refuse to die, get resuscitated by Buster Olney

    Feb 4, 2011, 1:40 PM EDT

    Michael Young

    Rangers president Nolan Ryan appeared to put the seemingly never-ending Michael Young trade speculation to rest last week by saying Young “is going to be our designated hitter on Opening Day,” but now Buster Olney of ESPN.com reports that Texas has “recently continued to explore a possible trade.” And, like the previous 1,000 stories about…

  19. Nationals prospect Adrian Nieto suspended for PEDs

    Feb 4, 2011, 12:17 PM EDT

    Adrian Nieto

    Nationals catching prospect Adrian Nieto, who was Washington’s fifth-round pick in 2008, has been suspended 50 games for two banned substances named Oxandrolone and Metabolite. His suspension will kick in once the season starts and Nieto will likely serve it while at high Single-A. Baseball America tabbed Nieto as “the best switch-hitting catching prospect in…

  20. Giants top prospect Brandon Belt likely headed for Triple-A

    Feb 4, 2011, 11:17 AM EDT

    Brandon Belt

    Last year Brandon Belt led all minor leaguers in OPS during his first pro season, batting .352 with 76 extra-base hits, 22 steals, and 93 walks in 136 games while playing at three different levels, but yesterday Giants general manager Brian Sabean indicated that the 23-year-old first baseman will likely begin 2011 back at Triple-A.…

  21. Diamondbacks decide against using a humidor at Chase Field

    Feb 4, 2011, 10:20 AM EDT

    coors field humidor

    Last year the Diamondbacks considered following in the Rockies’ footsteps by adding a humidor for the baseballs being used to Chase Field to control the high level of offense, but Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports that they’ve decided against it for this season. Piecoro quotes a couple studies that suggest using a humidor…

  22. Randy Winn joins Orioles on a minor league contract

    Feb 3, 2011, 5:25 PM EDT

    Randy Winn, Ryan Spilborghs

    Randy Winn will compete for a spot on the Orioles’ bench after agreeing to a minor-league contract with an invitation to spring training. Last offseason Winn signed with the Yankees for $1.1 million, only to be let go after hitting .213 with a .595 OPS in 23 games. He then latched on with the Cardinals…

  23. Nationals sign Laynce Nix to a minor league contract

    Feb 3, 2011, 3:55 PM EDT

    Laynce Nix

    For the first time in his career Laynce Nix was an above-average hitter last season, batting .291 with a .350 on-base percentage and .455 slugging percentage in a part-time role for the Reds. Unfortunately he missed the final month of the season with an ankle injury, chose to become a free agent when the Reds…

  24. Andy Pettitte’s retirement (and Jamie Moyer’s injury) means no active pitcher has 200 wins

    Feb 3, 2011, 2:47 PM EDT

    Tim Wakefield

    Andy Pettitte is announcing his retirement tomorrow and Jamie Moyer’s chances for a comeback are looking very shaky following Tommy John elbow surgery at age 48, which means no active pitchers have 200 career wins. In fact, only one active pitcher has more than 170 wins and it’s … Tim Wakefield with 193. Seriously, here’s…

  25. White Sox sign Lastings Milledge to a minor league contract

    Feb 3, 2011, 1:45 PM EDT

    Lastings Milledge

    Lastings Milledge, who was last seen getting into a winter league brawl in Venezuela, has agreed to a minor-league contract with the White Sox. Milledge has gone from one-time top prospect to being non-tendered by the Pirates and unable to land a big-league deal, but he’s not even 26 years old yet and hasn’t been…

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