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  1. Voter who kept Joe Mauer from unanimous MVP explains himself … sort of

    Mar 4, 2010, 12:48 PM EDT

    Just one vote kept Joe Mauer from joining Albert Pujols as a unanimous MVP last season and Tyler Kepner of the New York Times recently spoke to Keizo Konishi of the Kyodo News about why he cast his ballot for Miguel Cabrera instead. In addition to going into some convoluted logic about the Twins’ lineup…

  2. Brett Cecil cuts thumb in 'kitchen-type accident'

    Mar 4, 2010, 11:43 AM EDT

    Brett Cecil has been scratched from his scheduled spring training debut today after cutting his left thumb in what pitching coach Bruce Walton called “a kitchen-type accident.” That could mean Cecil sliced his thumb cutting bagels or it could mean he got into a brawl with Gordon Ramsay, because so far no further details have…

  3. Arizona finalizes $51.5 million deal with Upton

    Mar 3, 2010, 6:35 PM EDT

    This afternoon the Diamondbacks officially announced their six-year, $51.5 million deal with Justin Upton. Here are the year-by-year salaries: Signing Bonus – $1.25 million 2010 – $500,000 2011 – $4.25 million 2012 – $6.75 million 2013 – $9.75 million 2014 – $14.25 million 2015 – $14.5 million Essentially the Diamondbacks have pre-paid around $21 million…

  4. Sore shoulder sidelines Street

    Mar 3, 2010, 4:40 PM EDT

    Huston Street’s shoulder began hurting after throwing batting practice Friday, so the Rockies’ closer won’t appear in a game until next week at the earliest: It’s not a major deal. But it’s not minor, either. They are just extra cautious when you have a month before the season starts. We don’t have a timetable, but…

  5. Lou Piniella still has high hopes for 'The Fook'

    Mar 3, 2010, 3:47 PM EDT

    Lou Piniella has recently begun referring to Kosuke Fukudome as “The Fook,” which I think is absolutely fantastic. Asked how he came up with the new nickname, the manager replied: “I like the name. It’s easy to say.” Through his interpreter Fukudome signed off on the nickname and then Piniella talked about his expectations for…

  6. Four teams boycott breakfast over 'Cubs tax'

    Mar 3, 2010, 2:45 PM EDT

    Yesterday the Cactus League held its annual kickoff breakfast, but Jim Walsh of the Arizona Republic reports that the White Sox, Reds, Angels, and Dodgers boycotted the event to protest a proposed “Cubs tax” on league-wide ticket sales that would help build the Cubs a new spring training facility. Angels spokesperson Tim Mead explained that…

  7. Kevin Slowey unsure if he'll 'ever feel the same' after wrist surgery

    Mar 3, 2010, 1:48 PM EDT

    Kevin Slowey missed the final three months of last season after wrist surgery to, as he describes it, “cut down some tendons and pull out some tissue and bones that were no longer necessary and just kind of floating around in there.” His recovery process included around four months of rehab, but even now Slowey…

  8. Berkman returns to practice with 'not serious' knee injury

    Mar 3, 2010, 12:46 PM EDT

    The knee problem that kept Lance Berkman from working out yesterday has been diagnosed as a left knee contusion, with team doctor David Lintner deeming the injury “not serious” and Berkman returning to action this morning. Bernardo Fallas of the Houston Chronicle reports that Berkman had a “limited workout” that included taking a few swings…

  9. Freddy Sanchez likely to begin season on DL

    Mar 3, 2010, 11:43 AM EDT

    Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News reports that Freddy Sanchez “almost certainly will not be ready for Opening Day” and “is likely to begin the season on the disabled list” following January shoulder surgery that the Giants initially tried to keep secret. Sanchez was first said to be “questionable” for Opening Day, but…

  10. UPDATE: Arizona, Upton reach five-year deal

    Mar 2, 2010, 7:03 PM EDT

    UPDATE: SI.com’s Jon Heyman says the six-year deal is worth exactly $51.25 million. 1:40pm: FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal reports that the Diamondbacks are close to signing Justin Upton to a long-term contract worth around $50 million. From the wording of Rosenthal’s report it sounds like the deal covers six years, including this season, so the Diamondbacks…

  11. No. 2 pick Dustin Ackley looking good in move to second base

    Mar 2, 2010, 2:46 PM EDT

    While the Nationals decide whether or not last year’s No. 1 pick Stephen Strasburg needs any time in the minors, the Mariners are definitely sending No. 2 pick Dustin Ackley to the minors and he’s also learning a new position. Ackley played primarily first base at the University of North Carolina after undergoing Tommy John…

  12. Rocco Baldelli re-joins Rays … as a coach

    Mar 2, 2010, 12:46 PM EDT

    Rocco Baldelli spent nine years in the Rays organization before signing with the Red Sox last season, but now he’s back in Tampa Bay as a “special assistant.” Baldelli said that he’s “not ready to retire,” but the 28-year-old outfielder has had numerous health problems in recent years and is currently sidelined by a shoulder…

  13. Strasburg to make spring debut next week, but still likely headed for minors

    Mar 2, 2010, 11:42 AM EDT

    Stephen Strasburg is scheduled to make his first spring training start next Tuesday against the Tigers, but manager Jim Riggleman indicated again this morning that the 21-year-old phenom will likely begin this season in the minors. I think it’s going to come down to a philosophical decision more so than a performance decision. We anticipate…

  14. Cubs likely to let Derrek Lee hit the open market

    Mar 1, 2010, 3:48 PM EDT

    Derrek Lee is entering the final season of a five-year, $65 million contract and has made it clear that he’d like to remain with the Cubs, but Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune reports that “there will be no negotiations this spring and probably not any during the season.” Here’s what Lee had to say…

  15. Glaus is 'back to normal' after shoulder surgery

    Mar 1, 2010, 2:47 PM EDT

    Troy Glaus said yesterday that he’s “back to normal” and has “no limitations” after shoulder surgery limited him to just 14 games last season: There’s no doubt that it feels better than it did in September. I was able to have a full winter of working out and getting in shape. During the last offseason…

  16. Shoulder injury latest setback for Josh Hamilton

    Mar 1, 2010, 1:42 PM EDT

    After missing 73 games last season with back, groin, and rib injuries Josh Hamilton hurt his left shoulder last week when he fell during a pop-up drill at the Rangers’ first official workout of spring training. X-rays showed no major damage and Hamilton was hoping to shake off the injury, but instead he skipped batting…

  17. Will the Reds have room for Alonso and Votto?

    Mar 1, 2010, 12:48 PM EDT

    Yonder Alonso was the seventh overall pick in the 2008 draft and has since emerged as Cincinnati’s best prospect by hitting .293/.378/.459 in the minors, but now that he’s nearing the majors the Reds are starting to wonder where they’ll eventually play him. Alonso has been exclusively a first baseman in the minors, but the…

  18. Derrick Turnbow and the 'exploding' big toe

    Mar 1, 2010, 11:45 AM EDT

    Derrick Turnbow is so determined to win a spot on the Marlins’ pitching staff that the big toe on his left foot being “a bloody mess” yesterday didn’t stop him from throwing a bullpen session: “My toenail jammed up in my shoe about a week ago and it caused it to swell up,” Turnbow said.…

  19. Breaking news: David Ortiz is not Ricky Martin

    Feb 23, 2010, 3:46 PM EDT

    David Ortiz, responding to a suggestion that he got into better shape during the offseason: You ought to see me naked. It’s pretty much part of the game when people worry about your body shape. I’m not going to look like Ricky Martin right now. My favorite part is Ortiz feeling the need to include…

  20. Heyward, Strasburg lead Baseball America's top 100 prospects

    Feb 23, 2010, 3:30 PM EDT

    Baseball America released its annual ranking of the game’s top 100 prospects today. While the scouting reports, analysis, and additional information are available only to subscribers–and as a longtime subscriber I can assure you it’s worth the money–the actual list is open to the public. Jason Heyward edged out Stephen Strasburg for the top spot…

  21. Mets looking for lefty reliever, targeting Beimel

    Feb 23, 2010, 2:53 PM EDT

    Adam Rubin of the New York Daily News reports that the Mets are looking to sign a second left-handed reliever to go alongside Pedro Feliciano and would be interested in Joe Beimel if he’s willing to accept a one-year deal for around $1 million. Beimel is 33 years old, but has drawn surprisingly little interest…

  22. MRI exam on Holland's knee shows mild sprain

    Feb 23, 2010, 1:50 PM EDT

    Derek Holland injured his right knee during agility drills over the weekend, but an MRI exam taken yesterday revealed only a mild sprain. He’s slated to begin throwing again later this week and will merely wear a brace on the knee for a while. Or as assistant general manager Thad Levine put it: “He can…

  23. Braves sign 18-year-old Dominican prospect for $1.6 million

    Feb 23, 2010, 12:46 PM EDT

    David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports that the Braves and Dominican shortstop prospect Edward Salcedo have agreed to a deal worth $1.6 million. Salcedo has been on the prospect radar for several years and nearly signed with the Indians for a reported $2 million back in 2007, but O’Brien notes that “the deal…

  24. Matt Holliday calls in sick for first day of camp

    Feb 23, 2010, 11:47 AM EDT

    I’m sure everyone can relate to what Matt Holliday went through this morning. After all, who among us hasn’t called in sick for the very first day of a new job that pays $17 million per year. Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch writes: Matt Holliday will not join the club in its…

  25. Ryan has 'no doubt' he'll be ready for opener

    Feb 22, 2010, 3:50 PM EDT

    Brendan Ryan annoyed the Cardinals by undergoing wrist surgery just two weeks before the start of spring training, but arrived at camp today and told reporters that “there’s no doubt” he’ll be ready for Opening Day: If Game 7 [of the World Series] were tomorrow, it’s like no hesitations. There’s a little bit of inflammation…

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