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  1. Tony La Russa thinks “new metrics” are keeping Jeff Bagwell out of the Hall of Fame

    Feb 22, 2014, 7:25 PM EDT

    2011 World Series Game 4 -Texas Rangers v St Louis Cardinals

    137 plate appearances with a 1.078 OPS will have an impact on an opposing manager. Among players with at least 100 PA against the Cardinals between 1996 and 2011 (the years in which Tony La Russa managed the red birds) former Astros first baseman Jeff Bagwell has the sixth-highest OPS against the Cardinals. Bagwell’s Astros…

  2. Ervin Santana would rather sit out until June than take a Nelson Cruz-like contract

    Feb 22, 2014, 6:30 PM EDT

    ervin santana getty

    As D.J. Short wrote earlier, free agent starter Ervin Santana is drawing interest from several teams including the Orioles and Rangers. But as Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports, the right-hander says he would rather sit out until June — draft pick compensation disappears after the draft — than take a deal similar to the…

  3. Joey Votto wants Reds fans to get to know him better

    Feb 21, 2014, 11:55 PM EDT

    Joey Votto Getty

    John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer tweeted a link to an interesting video about Joey Votto earlier tonight. (If you can’t watch the video through Twitter, this link should work.) In the two minute-long video, Votto talks about how many Reds fans have the wrong idea about him. He attributes this to his workmanlike demeanor…

  4. Heath Bell on time with D-Backs: “I always felt like I was trying to swim upstream”

    Feb 21, 2014, 11:15 PM EDT

    Heath Bell Getty

    Since leaving the spacious confines of Petco Park as the closer for the Padres, Heath Bell has had a tough time. Going into the 2012 season, Bell signed a three-year, $27 million contract. He struggled all year, eventually getting moved out of the ninth inning by then-manager Ozzie Guillen. Bell finished with a 5.09 ERA…

  5. B.J. Upton made some mechanical adjustments

    Feb 21, 2014, 10:30 PM EDT

    Atlanta Braves v Miami Marlins

    B.J. Upton became one of 12 players since the start of the millennium to post an OPS below .560 while taking at least 400 trips to the plate. Upton, who established himself as one of baseball’s most dynamic players while with the Rays, could never get it going in the first year of a five-year,…

  6. Carlos Quentin briefly thought about retiring due to his knee injury

    Feb 21, 2014, 9:25 PM EDT

    carlos quentin getty

    When he’s healthy, Carlos Quentin is one of the game’s scariest right-handed hitters. Problem is, over the last two seasons, Quentin has been bothered by a right knee injury, limiting him to a total of 168 games out of a possible 324. Quentin had surgery in October 2012, but it bothered him during spring training…

  7. Dodgers sign Cuban shortstop Erisbel Arruebarruena to five-year deal

    Feb 21, 2014, 8:15 PM EDT

    Erisbel Arruebarruena

    Last week, it was reported that the Dodgers were close to signing Cuban shortstop Erisbel Arruebarruena. Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports is reporting that an agreement has been reached — a five year, $25 million deal, including a $7.5 million signing bonus. Arruebarruena defected from Cuba in November. He has a reputation as a defensive…

  8. NCAA suspends Ben Wetzler for 20 percent of the season

    Feb 21, 2014, 7:45 PM EDT

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    Recently, Aaron Fitt of Baseball America reported that the Phillies turned in Oregon State senior Ben Wetzler to the NCAA for inappropriate contact with an agent, which is explicitly forbidden by NCAA bylaws. Most of the commentary since then have focused on the ethics of what the Phillies did and the unfairness of the power…

  9. Dylan Bundy’s throwing session from 150 feet “went real well”

    Feb 21, 2014, 7:10 PM EDT

    Toronto Blue Jays v Baltimore Orioles

    Orioles pitching prospect Dylan Bundy underwent Tommy John surgery in June last year. It sounds like he is starting to make some real progress on the long road back to the Oriole rotation. MASN’s Roch Kubatko reports that Bundy threw from 150 feet earlier today. Manager Buck Showalter was enthused: “That went real well,” Showalter…

  10. Orioles have talked to Nelson Cruz

    Feb 21, 2014, 6:05 PM EDT

    Toronto Blue Jays v Texas Rangers

    Like a college student cramming before a big exam, the Orioles are desperately trying to put together a competitive roster before spring training exhibition games begin. We learned earlier that the O’s were showing interest in Ervin Santana even after having signed Ubaldo Jimenez, and that they were “intensifying their interest” in DH Kendrys Morales.…

  11. Yu Darvish suffered from hip discomfort during the off-season

    Feb 16, 2014, 11:15 PM EDT

    Texas Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish delivers a pitch against the Houston Astros in the second inning of their MLB American League baseball game in Houston

    Anthony Andro of FOX Sports Southwest reports that Rangers ace Yu Darvish dealt with hip discomfort during the off-season and, as a result, had to change his workout routine. More, from Andro: Darvish told members of the Japanese media that his hip discomfort came to an end in the middle of January when he was…

  12. Anthony Rendon, Danny Espinosa involved in “open competition” at second base for the Nationals

    Feb 16, 2014, 10:30 PM EDT

    Anthony Rendon

    Danny Espinosa didn’t exactly have a great 2013 season. Due largely to playing with a fractured wrist, Espinosa posted a .465 OPS, resulting in a stint on the disabled list and a demotion to Triple-A Syracuse. Anthony Rendon took over and was more or less average offensively with some hiccups on defense. Nonetheless, an upgrade.…

  13. Mark Mulder not ruling out another comeback attempt

    Feb 16, 2014, 9:20 PM EDT

    Mark Mulder

    Mark Mulder received some sad news yesterday when tests revealed that he suffered a ruptured Achilles tendon while doing agility drills prior to a bullpen session. The left-hander was well on his way to pitching again in the Majors after a five-year layoff due to persistent shoulder problems, but he now yet more adversity to…

  14. Report: Reds are “getting close” on a nine-figure extension with Homer Bailey

    Feb 16, 2014, 8:05 PM EDT

    homer bailey getty

    Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer with the report: Heard Reds getting close to 6-year deal in $100 million range with Homer Bailey. Bound to influence Indians talks with Justin Masterson. — paul hoynes (@hoynsie) February 17, 2014 Previous reports had indicated that there was an “enormous gap” in negotiations between the Reds and…

  15. Jonathan Pettibone experiencing more shoulder soreness

    Feb 16, 2014, 7:05 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v Detroit Tigers

    The A.J. Burnett signing is sounding more and more important for the Phillies with every piece of pitcher-related news that comes out, it seems. At around the same time the Phillies handed a contract to Burnett, they announced that Cole Hamels wouldn’t be ready for Opening Day due to shoulder tendinitis. Now, according to Jim…

  16. Braves expected to extend Andrelton Simmons next

    Feb 16, 2014, 6:00 PM EDT

    Division Series - Los Angeles Dodgers v Atlanta Braves - Game Two

    Over the last two weeks, the Braves have been hard at work, locking up their core for the foreseeable future. They signed first baseman Freddie Freeman for $135 million over eight years, outfielder Jason Heyward for $13.3 million over the next two years, starter Julio Teheran for $32.4 million over six years, and earlier today…

  17. Orioles are now willing to give up their pick to sign a pitcher

    Feb 15, 2014, 11:20 PM EDT

    Ubaldo Jimenez AP

    The Orioles have arguably had the worst off-season of any Major League team. They had the much-publicized contract snafus with closer Grant Balfour and outfielder Tyler Colvin, backing out of contracts with both at the last minute. They traded closer Jim Johnson and, as some have stated, whiffed on the return. Most importantly, though, the…

  18. Red Sox avoid arbitration with Andrew Miller

    Feb 15, 2014, 10:45 PM EDT

    Oakland Athletics v Boston Red Sox

    WEEI’s Alex Speier reports that the Red Sox and Andrew Miller have avoided arbitration, agreeing to a one-year deal worth $1.903,125. Miller, in his third and final year of arbitration eligibility, had filed for $2.15 million while the Red Sox filed for $1.55 million. Miller was having a solid season for the Red Sox in…

  19. Giants sign Mark Teahen to a minor league deal

    Feb 15, 2014, 10:05 PM EDT

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    Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish reports that the Giants have signed Mark Teahen to a minor league deal. Unlike many minor league deals signed by veterans at this time of the year, Teahen’s does not include an invitation to big league camp at spring training. Teahen, 32, hasn’t played in the Majors since 2011…

  20. Athletics avoid arbitration with Josh Reddick

    Feb 15, 2014, 9:30 PM EDT

    josh reddick getty

    MLB.com’s Jane Lee is reporting that the Athletics and Josh Reddick have avoided arbitration with a one-year deal. Salary details have not yet been made available. Reddick, in his first year of arbitration eligibility, had filed for $3.25 million while the A’s filed for $2 million, so Reddick’s 2014 salary should end up somewhere around…

  21. David Price thinks Masahiro Tanaka affected his trade market during the off-season

    Feb 15, 2014, 8:10 PM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays' Price pitches against Boston Red Sox  during MLB American League Baseball game in Boston

    David Price‘s name has been and will continue to be thrown around in trade rumors as the lefty $14 million in 2014 and is eligible for arbitration for one more year before hitting free agency. The small market Rays are expected to eventually trade Price as they have done in the past with Matt Garza…

  22. Ryan Howard isn’t fond of platoon talk

    Feb 15, 2014, 7:05 PM EDT

    ryan howard getty

    For several years, many have suggested that the Phillies ought to platoon first baseman Ryan Howard with a right-handed hitter who can handle lefties. In the past, John Mayberry, Jr. was one option and more recently, Darin Ruf seems tailor-made for the role. Per CSN Philly’s Jim Salisbury, Howard is keeping the mindset of an…

  23. Mark Mulder’s ruptured his Achilles tendon

    Feb 15, 2014, 6:30 PM EDT

    Mark Mulder

    Angels pitcher Mark Mulder cannot catch a break. He repeatedly dealt with issues in his left shoulder, undergoing surgery multiple times before calling it quits in 2008.  After a five-year layoff, Mulder felt well enough to attempt to revive his Major League career. He was confident and motivated, and the Angels were impressed by what…

  24. Mariners avoid arbitration with Justin Smoak

    Feb 15, 2014, 6:00 PM EDT

    Kansas City Royals v Seattle Mariners

    As Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet.ca reports, the Mariners have avoided arbitration with first baseman Justin Smoak as the two sides agreed to a one-year deal worth $2.6375 with a vesting option for 2015 worth $3.65 million. The option vests if Smoak accrues 525 plate appearances in 2015. If the option doesn’t vest, the Mariners can…

  25. Mike Trout will likely bat second in the Angels’ lineup

    Feb 14, 2014, 11:05 PM EDT

    Mike Trout Getty

    Mike Trout started the 2013 season hitting second in the Angels’ lineup, but moved to the #3 spot when Albert Pujols went on the disabled list in late July. He produced similarly in both spots, posting a 1.015 in 405 plate appearances in the two-hole, and a .963 OPS in 223 PA batting third. With…

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