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  1. Quote of the Day: McCann on getting in shape

    Feb 19, 2010, 11:44 AM EDT

    Brian McCann, when asked whether he lost weight during the offseason: No, I just rearranged it. I’m still 235. Judging from the reports flooding in across baseball, McCann might be the only player who isn’t “in the best shape of his life.”

  2. Banged up Ted Lilly adds knee injury to offseason shoulder surgery

    Feb 18, 2010, 3:49 PM EDT

    Ted Lilly was already taking things easy coming back from November shoulder surgery and now he also has a knee injury to deal with. Lilly had cartilage removed from his left knee in July, but this time the right knee gave him problems after playing catch from flat ground this week and he’s scheduled to…

  3. Aybar, Angels avoid arbitration with one-year deal

    Feb 18, 2010, 2:45 PM EDT

    Erick Aybar and the Angels have avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $2.05 million contract with an additional $100,000 in potential incentives based on reaching 575 and 625 plate appearances. Aybar was asking for $2.75 million via arbitration while the Angels filed at $1.85 million, so even reaching the maximum incentives would mean that…

  4. Cliff Lee almost ready to take mound again after minor foot surgery

    Feb 18, 2010, 1:49 PM EDT

    Cliff Lee gave Mariners fans a scare earlier this month by undergoing surgery to remove bone spurs from his left foot, but it looks like reports of the operation being “minor” will prove accurate. Lee is scheduled to throw his first bullpen session of the spring next Wednesday, which would actually put him slightly ahead…

  5. With Giambi as his backup, Helton plans to take more days off

    Feb 18, 2010, 12:50 PM EDT

    Todd Helton said yesterday that he plans to take more days off this season because he “had nothing left at the end of the year.” Here’s more from the 36-year-old first baseman: That was partly my fault. I should have kept myself in a little better shape. You just get worn down from playing so…

  6. Joel Hanrahan to begin season on disabled list

    Feb 18, 2010, 11:44 AM EDT

    Traded to Pittsburgh along with Lastings Milledge in late June, Joel Hanrahan tossed 31.1 innings with a 1.71 ERA down the stretch and was slated to be the Pirates’ primary setup man this year. Unfortunately the team announced today that he’s expected to begin the season on the disabled list with a strained elbow. He’s…

  7. Ishikawa tears ligaments 'slipping on a staircase'

    Feb 17, 2010, 2:46 PM EDT

    Travis Ishikawa showed up at Giants camp today wearing a protective boot on his left foot before revealing to reporters that he tore ligaments in his big toe three weeks ago from “slipping on a staircase.” Ishikawa was able to take batting practice while wearing the boot and Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle…

  8. Dayton Moore loves cliches, still doesn't get it

    Feb 17, 2010, 1:50 PM EDT

    Royals pitchers and catchers reported to spring training this morning and general manager Dayton Moore had this to say about the team’s offseason moves: I love the moves that we’ve made this offseason. We wanted to get more athletic, and we wanted more team speed. Guys who could play better defense. And for a little…

  9. Eric Gagne has 'pedestrian' tryout with Rockies

    Feb 17, 2010, 12:46 PM EDT

    Eric Gagne talked the Rockies into giving him a tryout yesterday: I basically called them up and said I’m ready. I want to find a place to play and see if you guys give me a shot. I have no expectation. I told them I can help this team. I’m healthy right now. If they…

  10. Jose Reyes' hamstring is feeling 'normal' again

    Feb 17, 2010, 11:48 AM EDT

    Jose Reyes reported to Mets camp yesterday ahead of schedule, stepped onto a field for the first time since August, and declared himself back to “normal” again after missing all but 36 games last season with a torn hamstring. Reyes said that he’s “been feeling very good” lately and admitted that he “tried to come…

  11. Rays owner says team payroll will drop in 2011

    Feb 16, 2010, 2:52 PM EDT

    During a radio interview last night Rays owner Stuart Sternberg revealed that the team’s payroll will likely decrease significantly after this season: We did out-spend ourselves last year and completely out-spent ourselves this year, and we’ll feel the effects of that next year. Adding about $10 million in the form of Rafael Soriano and Kelly…

  12. Parker cleared to begin throwing after surgery

    Feb 16, 2010, 1:47 PM EDT

    Diamondbacks top prospect and 2007 first-round pick Jarrod Parker met with Dr. James Andrews yesterday for his four-month checkup following Tommy John elbow surgery and was cleared to begin a throwing program. Parker has been blogging about the whole rehab process and had this to say after receiving the good news from Andrews: Being away…

  13. Sabathia welcomes Granderson with a bit of a truth stretch

    Feb 16, 2010, 12:42 PM EDT

    CC Sabathia, on new teammate Curtis Granderson: Hopefully he’ll hit like 50 homers in our stadium. He was always a tough out for me. If you’re curious, for his career Granderson is 3-for-19 (.158) with seven strikeouts and zero walks against Sabathia. In fact, 115 different batters have had at least 20 career plate appearances…

  14. Detroit's new public smoking ban worries Leyland

    Feb 16, 2010, 11:45 AM EDT

    Michigan has apparently passed a new law that will make all public places become “smoke free” in May and unfortunately for Tigers manager Jim Leyland “public places” includes Comerica Park. Leyland learned of the law while appearing on a radio show yesterday and said that he plans to follow the rules, but added: Is it…

  15. Cuban first baseman Ruiz close to signing

    Feb 15, 2010, 3:53 PM EDT

    MLB.com’s Alden Gonzalez has an update on Cuban first baseman Jose Julio Ruiz, who became a free agent after defecting and has reportedly drawn interest from the Blue Jays, Rangers, Red Sox, Giants, Rays, and Rockies. Ruiz’s agent revealed that the 25-year-old could sign as soon as this week and has been offered major-league contracts…

  16. Rays add another interesting reliever in Benoit

    Feb 15, 2010, 2:49 PM EDT

    Tampa Bay made a nice low-cost pickup this afternoon, signing Joaquin Benoit to a minor-league contract with an invite to spring training. It remains to be seen if Benoit can rediscover his old stuff after missing part of 2008 and all of 2009 following shoulder surgery, but prior to the injury he was a reliable…

  17. Nationals sign Willy Taveras to minor-league deal

    Feb 15, 2010, 1:50 PM EDT

    When the A’s traded for and then almost immediately released Willy Taveras last week I wrote: “Expect him to land a bench gig at the minimum salary with a team that likes outfielders who run fast and make tons of outs.” Apparently the Nationals fit that description, because this afternoon they signed Taveras to a…

  18. Neshek feeling good after Tommy John surgery

    Feb 15, 2010, 12:48 PM EDT

    Pat Neshek reported to the Twins’ spring training complex early to get back on the mound and face live hitters again 14 months after Tommy John elbow surgery. And because he’s a blogger in addition to being a side-arming setup man, Neshek wrote an interesting update on his progress: On Tuesday I faced hitters for…

  19. Wang expected to sign by end of this week

    Feb 15, 2010, 11:45 AM EDT

    Last week, after reports varied about whether Chien-Ming Wang had signed with the Nationals or not, Craig declared himself “out of the Wang business.” I’d hate to force him back into such a business, so instead I’ll provide the latest update on the free agent right-hander … Bill Ladson of MLB.com reports that Wang is…

  20. Mariners re-sign Sweeney to minor-league deal

    Feb 12, 2010, 2:42 PM EDT

    Seattle has re-signed Mike Sweeney to a minor-league contract after the 36-year-old veteran hit .281/.335/.442 in 76 games as a part-time designated hitter while battling back problems last season. Sweeney is still a decent threat against left-handed pitching, but he’s no more than an emergency option at first base defensively, can’t even stay healthy starting…

  21. Agent says Carlos Delgado has no plans to retire

    Feb 12, 2010, 1:50 PM EDT

    Earlier this week Carlos Delgado hinted that he might simply retire rather than “sign a contract just to say I signed.” Not surprisingly once agent David Sloane heard that he made sure to clarify that the 37-year-old has no plans to call it quits: He’s going to continue his strengthening program, continue working out. Every…

  22. Jon Heyman really, really wants Johnny Damon and Scott Boras to get paid

    Feb 12, 2010, 1:25 PM EDT

    SI.com’s Jon Heyman is sometimes accused of being a mouthpiece for agent Scott Boras. Heyman understandably doesn’t like that and tries to squash the notion, but sometimes it’s awfully tough not to get that impression. Boras’ highest profile client among remaining free agents is Johnny Damon and Heyman has been giving daily (and sometimes hourly)…

  23. Frank Thomas is the most underrated hitter ever

    Feb 12, 2010, 11:45 AM EDT

    Frank Thomas officially announcing his retirement has me thinking about his place in baseball history and preemptively worried that the Baseball Writers Association of America may not fully appreciate him when he appears on their Hall of Fame ballots in 2014. Thomas was my favorite player growing up, which is admittedly an odd sentiment for…

  24. Darin Erstad may have made his last scrappy out

    Feb 11, 2010, 3:45 PM EDT

    When productive veteran outfielders like Johnny Damon and Jermaine Dye are having trouble finding work it makes sense that not-so-productive veteran outfielders like Darin Erstad may be headed for retirement. Bill Plunkett of the Orange Country Register recently spoke the Erstad, who “sounded like a happy father, perfectly content if he never plays another major-league…

  25. SABR is giving away a free baseball book

    Feb 11, 2010, 2:50 PM EDT

    As someone who gets all kinds of cool stuff from being a Society for American Baseball Research member I feel it’s my duty to let everyone know that SABR is now offering a PDF version of the annual “Emerald Guide to Baseball” absolutely free to members and non-members alike. Edited by Gary Gillette and Pete…

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