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

    Feb 8, 2011, 10:15 AM EST

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    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…

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

    Feb 7, 2011, 4:06 PM EST

    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…

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

    Feb 7, 2011, 2:14 PM EST

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    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…

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

    Feb 7, 2011, 12:42 PM EST

    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,…

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

    Feb 7, 2011, 11:17 AM EST

    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…

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

    Feb 7, 2011, 10:18 AM EST

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    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…

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

    Feb 4, 2011, 4:46 PM EST

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    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…

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

    Feb 4, 2011, 3:44 PM EST

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    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…

  9. Robinson Cano hires Scott Boras as his new agent

    Feb 4, 2011, 2:50 PM EST

    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…

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

    Feb 4, 2011, 1:40 PM EST

    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…

  11. Nationals prospect Adrian Nieto suspended for PEDs

    Feb 4, 2011, 12:17 PM EST

    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…

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

    Feb 4, 2011, 11:17 AM EST

    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.…

  13. Diamondbacks decide against using a humidor at Chase Field

    Feb 4, 2011, 10:20 AM EST

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    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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. Austin Jackson wants to steal 40 bases in 2011

    Feb 3, 2011, 11:17 AM EST

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    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.…

  20. 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…

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

    Feb 2, 2011, 4:41 PM EST

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    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,…

  22. 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…

  23. 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…

  24. 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…

  25. 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…

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