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  1. Diamondbacks decide against using a humidor at Chase Field

    Feb 4, 2011, 10:20 AM EST

    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…

  2. Randy Winn joins Orioles on a minor league contract

    Feb 3, 2011, 5:25 PM EST

    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…

  3. Nationals sign Laynce Nix to a minor league contract

    Feb 3, 2011, 3:55 PM EST

    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…

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

    Feb 3, 2011, 2:47 PM EST

    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…

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

    Feb 3, 2011, 1:45 PM EST

    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…

  6. Matt Thornton is the “frontrunner” to close for the White Sox

    Feb 3, 2011, 12:55 PM EST

    Thornton Guillen

    There are no shortage of closer candidates in the White Sox’s bullpen, particularly if Chris Sale begins the year as a reliever, but Scott Merkin of MLB.com calls Matt Thornton the “frontrunner” for ninth-inning duties in Chicago. Thornton has long been one of the elite setup men in baseball, posting a 3.19 ERA and 349…

  7. Austin Jackson wants to steal 40 bases in 2011

    Feb 3, 2011, 11:17 AM EST

    austin-jackson-tigers

    Austin Jackson stole 27 bases while finishing runner-up in the Rookie of the Year balloting last season and the 24-year-old center field said recently that his goal for 2011 is to swipe 40 bags. I think it’s just setting a goal to try to reach it, because I think I’m capable of stealing more bags.…

  8. Josh Johnson on his health status: “Physically, I feel great”

    Feb 3, 2011, 10:15 AM EST

    Josh Johnson

    Shut down following his September 4 start because of shoulder and elbow injuries, Josh Johnson arrived at the Marlins’ spring training complex three weeks ahead of schedule to throw some early bullpen sessions and told Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post that he feels “great.” Johnson, who won the ERA title with a 2.30…

  9. Rays officially sign Felipe Lopez to a minor league contract

    Feb 2, 2011, 4:41 PM EST

    felipe-lopez-cardinals

    Felipe Lopez and the Rays officially agreed to a minor-league contract today. He’ll get an invitation to spring training and compete for a bench job, but because it’s not a major-league deal the Red Sox won’t receive a compensatory draft pick for letting him go. Boston signed Lopez as a free agent in late September,…

  10. Yankees acquire Justin Maxwell from the Nationals

    Feb 2, 2011, 2:14 PM EST

    Justin Maxwell

    Last week the Nationals designated Justin Maxwell for assignment to clear room on the 40-man roster for free agent signing Todd Coffey and today they traded the 27-year-old outfielder to the Yankees. Maxwell once looked like a promising prospect with a good combination of power and speed, smacking 27 homers and swiping 35 bases in…

  11. White Sox GM after making 1984 trade for Ozzie Guillen: “I think we just signed a jockey”

    Feb 2, 2011, 1:16 PM EST

    ozzie guillen padres card

    Back in December of 1984 the White Sox acquired Ozzie Guillen from the Padres as part of a six-player trade that included LaMarr Hoyt going to San Diego. Roland Hemold was the White Sox’s general manager at the time and recently spoke to a banquet audience about how Guillen came to be part of the…

  12. Royals’ projected 2011 payroll is $33 million (or $2 million more than Alex Rodriguez’s salary)

    Feb 2, 2011, 12:19 PM EST

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    Gil Meche turning down $12 million by retiring and Billy Butler signing a backloaded long-term contract leaves the Royals with very little in terms of 2011 commitments. In fact, according to Craig Brown of Royals Authority their projected payroll barring any last-minute additions is right around $33 million. To put that in some context, consider…

  13. If healthy, Jesus Flores could be trade bait for the Nationals

    Feb 2, 2011, 11:17 AM EST

    Jesus Flores

    Bill Ladson of MLB.com and Ben Goessling of MASNSports.com have both written about the Nationals’ catching situation recently while coming to more or less the same conclusion: Jesus Flores will be shopped heavily if he looks healthy during spring training. Flores was once the Nationals’ long-term answer behind the plate and was hitting .301 with…

  14. Daniel Schlereth set to take on bigger role in Tigers’ bullpen

    Feb 2, 2011, 10:15 AM EST

    daniel-schlereth-tigers

    Part of the reason why the Tigers are moving Phil Coke from the bullpen to the rotation following a fantastic year as a setup man in 2010 is that they feel confident about replacing him with rookie Daniel Schlereth, according to Jason Beck of MLB.com. Schlereth is slated to take over for Coke as the…

  15. Tigers GM says “we’re not signing Jeremy Bonderman”

    Feb 1, 2011, 3:53 PM EST

    Jeremy Bonderman

    General manager Dave Dombrowski told Tom Gage of the Detroit News that the Tigers “are not signing Jeremy Bonderman” and Gage speculates that means Bonderman “is about to sign with another team and will get what he wants, a major-league contract.” Detroit traded Armando Galarraga to Arizona because the rotation was overpopulated, so the Tigers…

  16. Red Sox want David Ortiz to continue facing lefties even if he can’t hit them

    Feb 1, 2011, 2:40 PM EST

    New York Yankees v Boston Red Sox

    Red Sox manager Terry Francona said yesterday that he’ll continue to put David Ortiz in the lineup versus left-handed pitchers even though he hasn’t had success against them in years. Here’s his reasoning: For David to be successful—and I see his numbers against lefties, believe me, I do—you can’t just sit him because I don’t…

  17. Plenty of recognizable names leaving MLB for Japan in 2011

    Feb 1, 2011, 1:14 PM EST

    Byung-Hung Kim

    I’ve written a lot of words this offseason about Tsuyoshi Nishioka signing with the Twins and Hisashi Iwakuma failing to sign with the A’s after their Japanese teams “posted” them, but the list of MLB players heading in the opposite direction is pretty interesting too. Patrick Newman of NPB Tracker and Fan Graphs has all…

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

    Feb 1, 2011, 12:19 PM EST

    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…

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

    Feb 1, 2011, 11:17 AM EST

    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…

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

    Feb 1, 2011, 10:15 AM EST

    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…

  21. Braves sign Rodrigo Lopez to a minor league contract

    Jan 31, 2011, 5:41 PM EST

    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,…

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

    Jan 31, 2011, 5:07 PM EST

    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…

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

    Jan 31, 2011, 3:44 PM EST

    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…

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

    Jan 31, 2011, 2:48 PM EST

    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…

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

    Jan 31, 2011, 1:46 PM EST

    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…

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