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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. Daniel Schlereth set to take on bigger role in Tigers’ bullpen

    Feb 2, 2011, 10:15 AM EST

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    Part of the reason why the Tigers are moving Phil Coke from the bullpen to the rotation following a fantastic year as a setup man in 2010 is that they feel confident about replacing him with rookie Daniel Schlereth, according to Jason Beck of MLB.com. Schlereth is slated to take over for Coke as the…

  4. Tigers GM says “we’re not signing Jeremy Bonderman”

    Feb 1, 2011, 3:53 PM EST

    Jeremy Bonderman

    General manager Dave Dombrowski told Tom Gage of the Detroit News that the Tigers “are not signing Jeremy Bonderman” and Gage speculates that means Bonderman “is about to sign with another team and will get what he wants, a major-league contract.” Detroit traded Armando Galarraga to Arizona because the rotation was overpopulated, so the Tigers…

  5. Red Sox want David Ortiz to continue facing lefties even if he can’t hit them

    Feb 1, 2011, 2:40 PM EST

    New York Yankees v Boston Red Sox

    Red Sox manager Terry Francona said yesterday that he’ll continue to put David Ortiz in the lineup versus left-handed pitchers even though he hasn’t had success against them in years. Here’s his reasoning: For David to be successful—and I see his numbers against lefties, believe me, I do—you can’t just sit him because I don’t…

  6. Plenty of recognizable names leaving MLB for Japan in 2011

    Feb 1, 2011, 1:14 PM EST

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    I’ve written a lot of words this offseason about Tsuyoshi Nishioka signing with the Twins and Hisashi Iwakuma failing to sign with the A’s after their Japanese teams “posted” them, but the list of MLB players heading in the opposite direction is pretty interesting too. Patrick Newman of NPB Tracker and Fan Graphs has all…

  7. Agent says John Maine “feels great” and “teams are watching him closely”

    Feb 1, 2011, 12:19 PM EST

    John Maine

    There hasn’t been much speculation about John Maine this offseason, but the rehabbing right-hander’s agent told Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com that he “feels great” and is “throwing well” following shoulder surgery. Maine was briefly linked to Philadelphia last month, but the Phillies’ pitching staff is so full right now that they don’t even have the…

  8. Chris Carter is going to be disappointed when the A’s send him to Triple-A

    Feb 1, 2011, 11:17 AM EST

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    A’s prospect Chris Carter told Jane Lee of MLB.com that he’s hoping to win a spot on the Opening Day roster despite a very crowded outfield/designated hitter picture following the offseason additions of David DeJesus, Josh Willingham, and Hideki Matsui. At the end [of last season] I thought I could be their guy coming in…

  9. Phillies “probably not going to re-sign” Chad Durbin

    Feb 1, 2011, 10:15 AM EST

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    Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. spoke with reporters at the Philadelphia Sportswriter Association banquet last night and explained that “we’re probably not going to re-sign” free agent reliever Chad Durbin. Durbin spent the past three seasons in Philadelphia after signing as a free agent, going 11-7 with a 3.62 ERA and 188/109 K/BB ratio…

  10. Braves sign Rodrigo Lopez to a minor league contract

    Jan 31, 2011, 5:41 PM EST

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    Last week Rodrigo Lopez was said to be “negotiating” with the Rockies, but instead the veteran right-hander has signed a minor-league contract with the Braves. Lopez’s deal includes an invitation to spring training, but it’s tough to see how the 35-year-old could make the team. Atlanta has five starters all but locked into the rotation,…

  11. A.J. Pierzynski is friends with the guys from Creed, naturally

    Jan 31, 2011, 5:07 PM EST

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    Joe Lemire of SI.com has a good article about the music baseball players choose to play at the ballpark as they come to the plate, which is always an interesting little glimpse into the personalities involved. Included in Lemire’s article is this passage, which perhaps qualifies as the least surprising news of all time: White…

  12. Chipper Jones is dealing with tendinitis in his surgically repaired left knee

    Jan 31, 2011, 3:44 PM EST

    Washington Nationals v Atlanta Braves

    David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal Constitution has an update on Chipper Jones, who “has been battling tendinitis in his surgically-repaired left knee.” Jones downplayed the significance of the tendinitis, pointing out that he went through something similar following knee surgery in 1994 and calling it just “one of the steps along the way”  to…

  13. Ty Cobb’s great-grandson is a college basketball player and his name is Ty Cobb

    Jan 31, 2011, 2:48 PM EST

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    Bob Pool of the Los Angeles Times has an interesting article about Ty Cobb’s great-grandson, a 19-year-old college freshman with the same name who’s on the basketball team at Occidental College and turned down the chance to be a two-sport athlete because he’s just not all that into baseball. I’m not going to play baseball…

  14. Orioles re-sign Mark Hendrickson to minor league deal

    Jan 31, 2011, 1:46 PM EST

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    After weighing a similar offer from the Rockies left-hander Mark Hendrickson has decided to re-sign with the Orioles on a minor-league contract, according to Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun. Hendrickson spent the past two seasons in Baltimore, making 12 starts and 93 relief appearances while posting a 4.74 ERA and 116/53 K/BB ratio in…

  15. Shawn Green dropped the asking price on his California home by $7 million

    Jan 31, 2011, 1:14 PM EST

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    Shawn Green had been trying to sell his home in Shady Canyon, California for $17.5 million, but the former Blue Jays, Dodgers, Diamondbacks, and Mets outfielder couldn’t find a taker and has now re-listed the property for the low, low price of … $10.9 million. According to Marilyn Kalfus of the Orange Country Register the…

  16. Hitters complained, so the Twins are getting rid of the center field trees at Target Field

    Jan 31, 2011, 12:19 PM EST

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    One of the misconceptions about park factors is that the dimensions of the field determine if a ballpark skews pitcher-friendly or hitter-friendly. In reality the dimensions definitely play a big role, but the run-scoring environment is also greatly impacted by other stuff like wind patterns, humidity, playing surfaces, and hitting backgrounds. Target Field in Minnesota…

  17. Cuban defector Jose Ruiz signs with the Rangers after being released by the Rays

    Jan 31, 2011, 11:17 AM EST

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    Cuban first basemen Jose Ruiz, who was released by the Rays in November as part of a unique contract stipulation, has signed a new deal with the Rangers. Ruiz’s original agreement with the Rays was a minor-league deal that would become a four-year, $4 million contract if the Rays exercised that option by mid-November. They…

  18. LaTroy Hawkins expects to be ready for Opening Day after shoulder surgery

    Jan 31, 2011, 10:15 AM EST

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    Last offseason LaTroy Hawkins signed a two-year, $7.5 million deal with the Brewers and then went 0-3 with an 8.44 ERA in 16 innings while trying to pitch through shoulder pain. He was eventually shut down and underwent surgery on his labrum and rotator cuff in August. Yesterday the 38-year-old reliever told Tom Haudricourt of…

  19. Rays claim Rob Delaney off waivers from the Twins

    Jan 28, 2011, 4:40 PM EST

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    Today the Rays added another reliever to the mix for their rebuilt bullpen, claimining right-hander Rob Delaney off waivers from the Twins. Minnesota designated Delaney for assignment earlier this week to make room on the 40-man roster for left-hander Dusty Hughes, who’s older and has a significantly less impressive minor-league track record, but did spend…

  20. Rays sign Casey Kotchman to a minor league contract

    Jan 28, 2011, 3:19 PM EST

    Seattle Mariners v Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

    Earlier this week the Indians were said to be interested in Casey Kotchman, but today the veteran first baseman signed a minor-league contract with the Rays that includes an invitation to spring training. Tampa Bay lost last year’s starting first baseman, Carlos Pena, as a free agent, but Dan Johnson is expected to replace him…

  21. Lance Berkman criticizes the Rangers in explaining why he chose St. Louis over Texas

    Jan 28, 2011, 2:16 PM EST

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    During a Houston radio interview yesterday Lance Berkman talked about his offseason and explained why he opted to sign with St. Louis instead of Texas (among several other teams). Berkman was remarkably honest in his comments and said plenty of stuff that will no doubt anger the Rangers and their fans. In fact, Rangers starter…

  22. David Aardsma won’t be ready for Opening Day after surgery

    Jan 28, 2011, 1:11 PM EST

    Seattle Mariners v New York Yankees

    When the Mariners announced last month that David Aardsma needed hip surgery they initially expressed optimism that he’d be ready for Opening Day, but yesterday trainer Rick Griffin pushed back the closer’s recovery timetable a bit. According to Griffin he likely won’t be cleared to pitch in games until at least the second week of…

  23. Ian Stewart and Rockies avoid arbitration with one-year deal

    Jan 28, 2011, 12:12 PM EST

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    Ian Stewart and the Rockies have avoided arbitration with a one-year, $2.23 million deal that nearly splits the difference between the $2.6 million figure he submitted and the team’s $2.15 million counter. It’s actually about $140,000 short of the exact midway point, but Troy Renck of the Denver Post reports that Stewart can earn an…

  24. Nolan Ryan says the Rangers aren’t trading Michael Young

    Jan 28, 2011, 11:19 AM EST

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    Texas acquiring Mike Napoli from the Blue Jays earlier this week restarted all the “will the Rangers trade Michael Young?” speculation that had died down since peaking last month, but while speaking at a minor-league event yesterday team president Nolan Ryan made it pretty clear that Young won’t be traded. Ryan explained that Young “is…

  25. Joe Beimel set to leave Rockies for Pirates

    Jan 28, 2011, 10:20 AM EST

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    Joe Beimel told Troy Renck of the Denver Post that he’s leaving the Rockies to sign with the Pirates. Beimel had an offer to return to Colorado and Baltimore was at least one other team willing to give him a minor-league contract, but the left-handed reliever lives near Pittsburgh and also pitched for Pirates manager…

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