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  1. 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…

  2. 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 reports that Wang is…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

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

    Feb 12, 2010, 1:25 PM EDT’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)…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. Another sad 'Lenny Dykstra on investing' update

    Feb 11, 2010, 1:53 PM EDT

    My entry earlier this week about Lenny Dykstra’s financial situation received 142 comments, so I figure everyone is interested in a follow up via some nice digging by In addition to filing personal bankruptcy after reportedly losing up to $100 million, Dykstra apparently was given control of the $737,000 signing bonus that his son…

  10. Cardinals shortstop Ryan has wrist surgery

    Feb 11, 2010, 12:50 PM EDT

    Brendan Ryan underwent wrist surgery Tuesday and won’t be cleared to swing a bat for 2-3 weeks, putting his status for Opening Day in some question. Ryan told’s Matthew Leach that he’s “done everything” to alleviate what’s being called “persistent discomfort in his right wrist” for several years and just recently learned that surgery…

  11. Colome inks minor-league contract with Mariners

    Feb 10, 2010, 2:48 PM EDT

    Let go by both the Nationals and Brewers last season after allowing 18 runs in 21 innings, Jesus Colome has agreed to a minor-league contract with the Mariners. His numbers last year weren’t pretty, but 21 innings is small sample, Colome’s average fastball still clocked in at 94.7 miles per hour, and his ERAs in…

  12. Report: Braves offer Johnny Damon one-year deal

    Feb 10, 2010, 1:48 PM EDT’s Mark Bowman reports that the Braves “have made a one-year offer to” Johnny Damon that includes “some money that would be deferred.” (UPDATE: That one-year offer “is believed to be worth at least $5 million.”) Along those same lines, David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal Constitution wrote this afternoon that the “Braves’ interest in…

  13. Giants sign Wellemeyer to minor-league deal

    Feb 10, 2010, 12:42 PM EDT’s Mychael Urban reports that the Giants have signed Todd Wellemeyer to a minor-league contract with an invite to spring training. Wellemeyer was briefly one of Cardinals pitching coach Dave Duncan’s many success stories after being claimed off waivers from the Royals in mid-2007. Purely a reliever at that point, Wellemeyer moved into the Cardinals’…

  14. Chipper and McCann think Heyward is ready

    Feb 10, 2010, 11:45 AM EDT

    Craig’s love for Braves prospect Jason Heyward is so strong that he’s forcing himself not to write something about him every hour of every day, so I’m trying to pick up the slack. He’s arguably the best prospect in baseball, after all. Heyward, that is. Calcaterra is slightly lower in most rankings. Anyway, the latest…

  15. Five years later, Jacque Jones returns to Twins

    Feb 9, 2010, 3:50 PM EDT

    Sometimes in life, the joke is on you. Two months ago I poked a little fun at Jacque Jones attending the winter meetings in search of a job, suggesting that he was washed up and would “be lucky to secure a minor-league contract with an invite to spring training.” It turns out I was absolutely…

  16. Scott Schoeneweis signs with the Brewers

    Feb 9, 2010, 3:06 PM EDT

    Scott Schoeneweis struggled with depression following the death of his wife last May, but was able to successfully return to the mound in September and this afternoon signed a minor-league contract with the Brewers. An autopsy later revealed that Schoeneweis’ wife (and the mother of his four children) passed away from an overdose of cocaine…

  17. Indians may give rookie Brantley a shot in left

    Feb 9, 2010, 2:50 PM EDT

    Michael Brantley made his big-league debut last September filling in for the injured Grady Sizemore in center field, but now that Sizemore is healthy the Indians are thinking about starting Brantley alongside him in left field. Here’s manager Manny Acta: What he did in September gives him a leg up on the position. That being…

  18. A's release Willy Taveras one week after trade

    Feb 9, 2010, 1:44 PM EDT

    Last week the A’s acquired Willy Taveras in a trade with the Reds only to designate him for assignment literally minutes later, so it comes as no surprise that they outright released him today after failing to find a taker for even a fraction of his $4 million salary. Taveras is now free to sign…

  19. Shields unlikely to be ready for spring training

    Feb 9, 2010, 12:48 PM EDT

    Scot Shields was perhaps the elite setup man of the aughts (we really need a better name for 2000-2009), posting a 2.98 ERA from 2002-2008 while averaging around 90 innings per season, but ended the decade on a low note with an injury wrecked 2009 campaign and is now unlikely to be ready for spring…

  20. Lenny Dykstra is back, with some more can't-miss investment advice

    Feb 9, 2010, 11:45 AM EDT

    There was a brief moment a couple years ago when a not-insignificant number of people believed that Lenny Dykstra was a financial genius capable of picking winning stocks like some sort of baseball Rainman. Real Sports on HBO did a relatively fawning profile piece focused on Dykstra’s lavish lifestyle, Jim Cramer famously called him a…

  21. Yankees find their platoon bat in Marcus Thames

    Feb 8, 2010, 3:45 PM EDT

    For much of the offseason the assumption has been that the Yankees would sign a right-handed bat to platoon with Brett Gardner or Randy Winn in left field, and now’s Jon Heyman reports that they’ve found their man in Marcus Thames. Thames actually came up through the Yankees’ farm system after being a 30th-round…

  22. Video: Steve Phillips on 'The Today Show'

    Feb 8, 2010, 2:48 PM EDT

    Craig already wrote about Steve Phillips’ apologetic appearance on The Today Show, but here’s the actual video of his interview with Matt Lauer:

  23. Report: Carlos Beltran is 'furious with the Mets'

    Feb 8, 2010, 1:50 PM EDT

    Joel Sherman of the New York Post writes that Carlos Beltran is “furious with the Mets” for how they’ve handled his knee surgery publicly and may let that impact his return timetable: He wonders if he should have been playing last year (in other words, was he properly diagnosed?). More important, he pushed to initially…

  24. After signings, Orioles may look to deal Wigginton

    Feb 8, 2010, 12:49 PM EDT

    Last season Ty Wigginton started 38 games at first base, 35 games at third base, and 23 games at designated hitter for the Orioles, but with offseason signings Miguel Tejada and Garrett Atkins now manning the corner infield spots’s Roch Kubatko speculates that Wigginton could be traded before Opening Day. Tejada, Atkins, and Wigginton…

  25. Fernando Martinez gets MVP of Caribbean Series

    Feb 8, 2010, 11:46 AM EDT

    Over the weekend D.J. Short wrote a lengthy, interesting article about whether or not the Mets have rushed Fernando Martinez’s development. I think the answer is a resounding “yes,” but you should definitely read his piece and decide for yourself. As a follow-up to that, Martinez was named MVP of the Caribbean Series after hitting…

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