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  1. Agent says John Maine “feels great” and “teams are watching him closely”

    Feb 1, 2011, 12:19 PM EDT

    John Maine

    There hasn’t been much speculation about John Maine this offseason, but the rehabbing right-hander’s agent told Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com that he “feels great” and is “throwing well” following shoulder surgery. Maine was briefly linked to Philadelphia last month, but the Phillies’ pitching staff is so full right now that they don’t even have the…

  2. Chris Carter is going to be disappointed when the A’s send him to Triple-A

    Feb 1, 2011, 11:17 AM EDT

    Casey Kotchman, Chris Carter

    A’s prospect Chris Carter told Jane Lee of MLB.com that he’s hoping to win a spot on the Opening Day roster despite a very crowded outfield/designated hitter picture following the offseason additions of David DeJesus, Josh Willingham, and Hideki Matsui. At the end [of last season] I thought I could be their guy coming in…

  3. Phillies “probably not going to re-sign” Chad Durbin

    Feb 1, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    chad-durbin-phillies

    Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. spoke with reporters at the Philadelphia Sportswriter Association banquet last night and explained that “we’re probably not going to re-sign” free agent reliever Chad Durbin. Durbin spent the past three seasons in Philadelphia after signing as a free agent, going 11-7 with a 3.62 ERA and 188/109 K/BB ratio…

  4. Braves sign Rodrigo Lopez to a minor league contract

    Jan 31, 2011, 5:41 PM EDT

    rodrigo-lopez-diamondbacks

    Last week Rodrigo Lopez was said to be “negotiating” with the Rockies, but instead the veteran right-hander has signed a minor-league contract with the Braves. Lopez’s deal includes an invitation to spring training, but it’s tough to see how the 35-year-old could make the team. Atlanta has five starters all but locked into the rotation,…

  5. A.J. Pierzynski is friends with the guys from Creed, naturally

    Jan 31, 2011, 5:07 PM EDT

    creed

    Joe Lemire of SI.com has a good article about the music baseball players choose to play at the ballpark as they come to the plate, which is always an interesting little glimpse into the personalities involved. Included in Lemire’s article is this passage, which perhaps qualifies as the least surprising news of all time: White…

  6. Chipper Jones is dealing with tendinitis in his surgically repaired left knee

    Jan 31, 2011, 3:44 PM EDT

    Washington Nationals v Atlanta Braves

    David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal Constitution has an update on Chipper Jones, who “has been battling tendinitis in his surgically-repaired left knee.” Jones downplayed the significance of the tendinitis, pointing out that he went through something similar following knee surgery in 1994 and calling it just “one of the steps along the way”  to…

  7. Ty Cobb’s great-grandson is a college basketball player and his name is Ty Cobb

    Jan 31, 2011, 2:48 PM EDT

    ty cobb

    Bob Pool of the Los Angeles Times has an interesting article about Ty Cobb’s great-grandson, a 19-year-old college freshman with the same name who’s on the basketball team at Occidental College and turned down the chance to be a two-sport athlete because he’s just not all that into baseball. I’m not going to play baseball…

  8. Orioles re-sign Mark Hendrickson to minor league deal

    Jan 31, 2011, 1:46 PM EDT

    mark-hendrickson-orioles

    After weighing a similar offer from the Rockies left-hander Mark Hendrickson has decided to re-sign with the Orioles on a minor-league contract, according to Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun. Hendrickson spent the past two seasons in Baltimore, making 12 starts and 93 relief appearances while posting a 4.74 ERA and 116/53 K/BB ratio in…

  9. Shawn Green dropped the asking price on his California home by $7 million

    Jan 31, 2011, 1:14 PM EDT

    shawn green house

    Shawn Green had been trying to sell his home in Shady Canyon, California for $17.5 million, but the former Blue Jays, Dodgers, Diamondbacks, and Mets outfielder couldn’t find a taker and has now re-listed the property for the low, low price of … $10.9 million. According to Marilyn Kalfus of the Orange Country Register the…

  10. Hitters complained, so the Twins are getting rid of the center field trees at Target Field

    Jan 31, 2011, 12:19 PM EDT

    target-field-trees

    One of the misconceptions about park factors is that the dimensions of the field determine if a ballpark skews pitcher-friendly or hitter-friendly. In reality the dimensions definitely play a big role, but the run-scoring environment is also greatly impacted by other stuff like wind patterns, humidity, playing surfaces, and hitting backgrounds. Target Field in Minnesota…

  11. Cuban defector Jose Ruiz signs with the Rangers after being released by the Rays

    Jan 31, 2011, 11:17 AM EDT

    jose ruiz cuba

    Cuban first basemen Jose Ruiz, who was released by the Rays in November as part of a unique contract stipulation, has signed a new deal with the Rangers. Ruiz’s original agreement with the Rays was a minor-league deal that would become a four-year, $4 million contract if the Rays exercised that option by mid-November. They…

  12. LaTroy Hawkins expects to be ready for Opening Day after shoulder surgery

    Jan 31, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    latroy-hawkins-brewers

    Last offseason LaTroy Hawkins signed a two-year, $7.5 million deal with the Brewers and then went 0-3 with an 8.44 ERA in 16 innings while trying to pitch through shoulder pain. He was eventually shut down and underwent surgery on his labrum and rotator cuff in August. Yesterday the 38-year-old reliever told Tom Haudricourt of…

  13. Rays claim Rob Delaney off waivers from the Twins

    Jan 28, 2011, 4:40 PM EDT

    rob delaney twins

    Today the Rays added another reliever to the mix for their rebuilt bullpen, claimining right-hander Rob Delaney off waivers from the Twins. Minnesota designated Delaney for assignment earlier this week to make room on the 40-man roster for left-hander Dusty Hughes, who’s older and has a significantly less impressive minor-league track record, but did spend…

  14. Rays sign Casey Kotchman to a minor league contract

    Jan 28, 2011, 3:19 PM EDT

    Seattle Mariners v Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

    Earlier this week the Indians were said to be interested in Casey Kotchman, but today the veteran first baseman signed a minor-league contract with the Rays that includes an invitation to spring training. Tampa Bay lost last year’s starting first baseman, Carlos Pena, as a free agent, but Dan Johnson is expected to replace him…

  15. Lance Berkman criticizes the Rangers in explaining why he chose St. Louis over Texas

    Jan 28, 2011, 2:16 PM EDT

    lance berkman and his dog

    During a Houston radio interview yesterday Lance Berkman talked about his offseason and explained why he opted to sign with St. Louis instead of Texas (among several other teams). Berkman was remarkably honest in his comments and said plenty of stuff that will no doubt anger the Rangers and their fans. In fact, Rangers starter…

  16. David Aardsma won’t be ready for Opening Day after surgery

    Jan 28, 2011, 1:11 PM EDT

    Seattle Mariners v New York Yankees

    When the Mariners announced last month that David Aardsma needed hip surgery they initially expressed optimism that he’d be ready for Opening Day, but yesterday trainer Rick Griffin pushed back the closer’s recovery timetable a bit. According to Griffin he likely won’t be cleared to pitch in games until at least the second week of…

  17. Ian Stewart and Rockies avoid arbitration with one-year deal

    Jan 28, 2011, 12:12 PM EDT

    ian-stewart-and-carlos-gonzalez-hugging

    Ian Stewart and the Rockies have avoided arbitration with a one-year, $2.23 million deal that nearly splits the difference between the $2.6 million figure he submitted and the team’s $2.15 million counter. It’s actually about $140,000 short of the exact midway point, but Troy Renck of the Denver Post reports that Stewart can earn an…

  18. Nolan Ryan says the Rangers aren’t trading Michael Young

    Jan 28, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    Michael Young

    Texas acquiring Mike Napoli from the Blue Jays earlier this week restarted all the “will the Rangers trade Michael Young?” speculation that had died down since peaking last month, but while speaking at a minor-league event yesterday team president Nolan Ryan made it pretty clear that Young won’t be traded. Ryan explained that Young “is…

  19. Joe Beimel set to leave Rockies for Pirates

    Jan 28, 2011, 10:20 AM EDT

    joe beimel rockies

    Joe Beimel told Troy Renck of the Denver Post that he’s leaving the Rockies to sign with the Pirates. Beimel had an offer to return to Colorado and Baltimore was at least one other team willing to give him a minor-league contract, but the left-handed reliever lives near Pittsburgh and also pitched for Pirates manager…

  20. Check out the A’s new “alternate home jerseys”

    Jan 27, 2011, 4:40 PM EDT

    a's new jerseys

    Today the A’s unveiled their new “alternate home jerseys” and Jane Lee of MLB.com snapped a picture. I might be in the minority as someone who likes the A’s usual white, green, and yellow ensemble, but these new ones are pretty hideous at first glance. Of course, we won’t realize the full scope of the…

  21. Adam Kennedy was arrested, charged with a DUI last night

    Jan 27, 2011, 2:43 PM EDT

    Adam Kennedy, Chris Denorfia

    For the second time in the past two weeks a Mariners player has been arrested. First it was Milton Bradley being charged with a felony for allegedly threatening a woman and now TMZ reports that Adam Kennedy was arrested last night in California and charged with a DUI. According to the report Kennedy, who signed…

  22. John Baker hoping to win roster spot even if he can’t catch

    Jan 27, 2011, 2:14 PM EDT

    John Baker marlins

    John Baker has just recently started soft-tossing from 45 feet following September elbow surgery and likely won’t be cleared to catch again until at least May even if he avoids setbacks, but he’s still hoping to win a spot on the Marlins’ roster coming out of spring training. He’ll be able to swing at full…

  23. Details of Johnny Cueto’s new contract

    Jan 27, 2011, 1:16 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v Cincinnati Reds, Game 3

    Via the Associated Press, here are the details of the contract extension Johnny Cueto signed with the Reds yesterday: 2011 – $3.4 million 2012 – $5.4 million 2013 – $7.4 million 2014 – $10 million 2015 – $10 million team option or $800,000 buyout Add it all up and Cueto, who submitted a figure of…

  24. Rockies “negotiating with” veteran starter Rodrigo Lopez

    Jan 27, 2011, 12:19 PM EDT

    rodrigo-lopez-diamondbacks

    In an effort to add some rotation depth the Rockies “are negotiation with” right-hander Rodrigo Lopez, according to Thomas Harding of MLB.com. Lopez pitched for the Rockies in 2007, going 5-4 with a 4.42 ERA in 14 starts before blowing out his elbow. He missed all of 2008 and spent most of the 2009 at…

  25. Rangers haven’t talked to Rockies about Michael Young lately

    Jan 27, 2011, 11:17 AM EDT

    Michael Young

    Last month Colorado talked to Texas about acquiring Michael Young before those talks fizzled, and according to Troy Renck of the Denver Post if the Rangers have renewed their efforts to trade Young after adding Mike Napoli on Monday they haven’t gotten back in touch with the Rockies. Renck reports that Colorado “has not talked…

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