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  1. Indians third base coach on 'The Amazing Race'

    Jan 22, 2010, 2:54 PM EDT

    Indians third base coach Steve Smith and his 23-year-old daughter will be among the 11 teams competing for $1 million in the upcoming season of “The Amazing Race” on CBS. The show was actually taped last year, but Smith has kept a lid on the results and episodes premiere next month. He joined new manager…

  2. A's prospect Grant Desme is leaving baseball for the priesthood

    Jan 22, 2010, 12:50 PM EDT’s Jon Paul Morosi reports that A’s outfield prospect Grant Desme is retiring from baseball at age 23 “in order to pursue the priesthood.” Seriously. Baseball America recently ranked Desme as the team’s eighth-best prospect following a breakout season that saw him hit .288/.365/.568 with 31 homers and 40 steals in 131 games between two…

  3. Angels getting Brian Stokes for Gary Matthews Jr.

    Jan 22, 2010, 12:36 PM EDT

    Still no word yet on the money involved, but’s Jerry Crasnick reports that the Angels’ return for Gary Matthews Jr. is reliever Brian Stokes, who has a 5.02 career ERA. Stokes was fairly useful over the past two seasons, posting a 3.82 ERA in 103.2 innings, but he’s basically a 30-year-old, run-of-the-mill middle reliever.…

  4. Hideki Irabu announces retirement, again

    Jan 21, 2010, 3:42 PM EDT

    Hideki Irabu came out of retirement last season to pitch for the Long Beach Armada in the independent Golden Baseball League and looked decent enough to sign on with another independent league team in Japan. Unfortunately his comeback was short-lived when a wrist injury led to his release and now the 40-year-old Irabu is retiring…

  5. Jim Thome is waiting by the phone

    Jan 21, 2010, 1:54 PM EDT

    Jim Thome’s name hasn’t come up much this offseason, which is somewhat surprising for a guy who hit .249/.386/.481 with 23 homers in 434 plate appearances last year and yet not all that surprising given that he hasn’t played first base regularly since 2005. Thome still crushes right-handed pitching, but as a 39-year-old designated hitter…

  6. Finally, a retired player says not everything was better 40 years ago

    Jan 21, 2010, 12:50 PM EDT

    Jim Bouton wrote my favorite baseball book of all time, so he could say just about anything at this point and remain on my good side, but it was still nice to see him give the following answer when asked recently what he thinks “about today’s emphasis on pitch counts”: I think it’s smart. If…

  7. Gagne has workouts scheduled for multiple teams

    Jan 21, 2010, 11:45 AM EDT

    Yesterday afternoon I wrote about how the Phillies were sending a scout to Arizona to watch Eric Gagne throw, but now Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports reports that the 34-year-old former Cy Young winner also has “tentative workouts planned” for the Rockies, Dodgers, and Blue Jays. Gagne starred for Los Angeles from 1999-2006 and he’s…

  8. Diamondbacks release Byrnes, eat $11 million

    Jan 20, 2010, 4:45 PM EDT

    Arizona designated Eric Byrnes for assignment over the weekend and officially released the 34-year-old outfielder this afternoon. Byrnes was in the final season of a three-year, $30 million contract, so the Diamondbacks are eating $11 million by letting him go. Byrnes signed that deal after a career-year in 2007 that saw him hit .286/.353/.460 with…

  9. Lincecum can use some of that arbitration money to pay pot fines

    Jan 20, 2010, 4:01 PM EDT

    On the same day that he filed an arbitration request of $13 million, Tim Lincecum was ordered to pay $513 in fines to resolve October marijuana charges. Lincecum was originally charged with two misdemeanor counts of marijuana and drug paraphernalia possession following an October 30 traffic stop in Washington, but the incident has been reduced…

  10. Edmonds is serious about comeback and multiple teams are interested

    Jan 20, 2010, 2:51 PM EDT

    While appearing at a Cardinals charity event earlier this week Jim Edmonds challenged manager Tony La Russa to consider him for a comeback, saying that he’d play for the minimum salary after sitting out all of 2009. It was tough to tell whether Edmonds was half-joking or not, but apparently he’s serious. St. Louis radio…

  11. Maybe Molina just didn't want to play for the Mets

    Jan 20, 2010, 1:49 PM EDT’s Matthew Cerrone wrote an interesting article about Bengie Molina’s surprising decision to return to the Giants yesterday after seemingly being all but signed with the Mets. Molina inked a one-year, $4.5 million deal with San Francisco, but Cerrone reports that New York’s offer–which was made in mid-December–included $1 million more in salary for this…

  12. Rangers take $5 million gamble on Colby Lewis' return from Japan

    Jan 20, 2010, 12:50 PM EDT

    Colby Lewis was one of the game’s best pitching prospects while coming up through the Rangers’ farm system, with Baseball America ranking him as their No. 32 overall prospect in 2003, sandwiched between Adrian Gonzalez at 31 and Josh Hamilton at 33. That season he made 26 starts for the Rangers as a 23-year-old rookie,…

  13. Eric Gagne trying out for the Phillies today

    Jan 20, 2010, 11:45 AM EDT

    Eric Gagne told a French-Canadian radio station that he has a tryout scheduled for today with the Phillies, but general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. was unavailable for comment when Philadelphia Daily News reporter David Murphy tried to get in touch with him about the former Cy Young winner. Gagne signed a minor-league deal with the…

  14. Video: Jose Offerman punches an umpire

    Jan 19, 2010, 3:56 PM EDT

    Here’s video of the incident that got Jose Offerman suspended for life from the Dominican winter league: Not that the quality of the punch should really matter when it comes to Offerman’s suspension, but it sure seems like the umpire took a dive. Click here to contact Aaron Gleeman or follow him on Twitter.

  15. Marty Noble thinks you 'ought to get a life'

    Jan 19, 2010, 2:52 PM EDT Mets beat writer Marty Noble, responding to criticism of his Hall of Fame ballot: And those who have their noses pressed against their computer screens and think VORP is a valid means of measuring a player’s performance ought to get a life and a credential that would allow them to see and hear the…

  16. Rockies ink Street, Betancourt to multi-year deals

    Jan 19, 2010, 1:45 PM EDT

    With the deadline to submit figures for arbitration looming, the Rockies have agreed to multi-year deals with arbitration-eligible relievers Huston Street and Rafael Betancourt. According to’s Tracy Ringolsby, Betancourt will get $7.5 million over two years while Street’s deal is worth $22.5 million over three years with an option for 2013. Colorado had previously…

  17. Phillies manager Charlie Manuel sheds 56 pounds

    Jan 19, 2010, 12:46 PM EDT

    Phillies manager Charlie Manuel told that he’s lost 56 pounds since signing a deal to do advertisements for Nutrisystem. He’s never going to be svelte, but the 65-year-old Type 2 diabetic has gone from 286 pounds to 230 pounds in less than a year, and as you can see from the photo there’s definitely…

  18. Gammons: Bay, Sox had deal worked out in July

    Jan 19, 2010, 11:48 AM EDT

    Peter Gammons shed some new light on Jason Bay signing with the Mets, reporting that the Red Sox and Bay “had agreed on the framework” of a four-year, $60 million contract in July before an MRI exam raised red flags about the health of his knees. According to Gammons the Red Sox then lowered their…

  19. Albert Pujols downplays contract status … again

    Jan 18, 2010, 2:47 PM EDT

    Albert Pujols made an appearance at the Cardinals’ “winter warm-up” event this afternoon and naturally the assembled media asked him about his contract status despite the fact that he’s signed through 2011. Here’s what Pujols had to say: My timetable is when I’m a free agent. Right now we’ve got a couple years. I don’t…

  20. Riggleman talks Capps, Guzman, and Dukes

    Jan 18, 2010, 1:51 PM EDT’s Ben Goessling “caught up with Nationals manager Jim Riggleman” for an interview this morning and the lengthy Q&A session included some noteworthy tidbits: Matt Capps will enter spring training as the clear favorite for closer duties, but Brian Bruney may also get some ninth-inning chances and Riggleman “might” use Eddie Guardado or Sean Burnett…

  21. Piniella announces Cubs batting order with Byrd fifth, Soriano sixth

    Jan 18, 2010, 12:50 PM EDT

    Speaking at the annual Cubs convention over the weekend, manager Lou Piniella revealed that new center fielder Marlon Byrd has been penciled into the No. 5 spot in the batting order and Alfonso Soriano will remain in the No. 6 spot that he filled during the second half of last season. Soriano spent his first…

  22. Matt Kemp is having a pretty decent month

    Jan 18, 2010, 11:48 AM EDT

    Some guys have all the luck. Last week Matt Kemp signed a deal with the Dodgers that buys out his first two seasons of arbitration eligibility for $11 million and then over the weekend he watched LeBron James from his courtside seat at a Los Angeles Clippers game. Oh yeah, and seated next to him…

  23. Are the Cubs shopping Carlos Zambrano or not?

    Dec 30, 2009, 1:57 PM EDT

    Joel Sherman of the New York Post wrote that “the Cubs are definitely dangling Carlos Zambrano” while Jon Heyman of dismissed Zambrano rumors as “a time waster” because he has a no-trade clause and plans to remain in Chicago. So which is it? Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune went to the Cubs’ general…

  24. Giants re-sign Uribe; DeRosa's position in flux

    Dec 30, 2009, 12:55 PM EDT

    My assumption was that Mark DeRosa would play third base for the Giants after signing a two-year, $12 million deal yesterday, but Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News reports that the 35-year-old has not been promised a set spot and “doesn’t care where he plays, so long as he’s in the lineup every…

  25. Diamondbacks set to sign Kelly Johnson

    Dec 30, 2009, 11:50 AM EDT

    Kelly Johnson took a week to ponder the Diamondbacks’ one-year offer believed to be worth around $2 million and has apparently decided to accept. Johnson is expected to finalize the contract by taking a physical exam today, choosing Arizona over at least a handful of other teams in part because the Diamondbacks wanted him to…

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