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  1. Buster Posey progressing with rehab, but says ankle isn’t yet 100 percent

    Feb 4, 2012, 12:53 PM EDT

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    Buster Posey still expects to be ready for the start of the season, but he told Rael Enteen of CSNBayArea.com during Giants’ media day yesterday that his surgically-repaired left ankle is “not 100 percent yet.” “The games will be a whole new level and I’m excited to see how [my ankle] responds,” Posey said Friday.…

  2. U.S. Consulate backtracks on pardoning Fausto Carmona and Leo Nunez for falsifying their identities

    Feb 4, 2012, 11:41 AM EDT

    Fausto Carmona, Roberto Hernandez Heredia

    There appeared to be some good news for the men formerly known as Fausto Carmona and Leo Nunez earlier this week, as Dominican Today quoted William Weissman, consul general for the U.S. Embassy in the Dominican Republic, as saying the U.S. State Department could pardon Dominican baseball players caught with a false identity. While many…

  3. Brian Cashman’s wife files for divorce

    Feb 4, 2012, 10:42 AM EDT

    Brian Cashman

    This whole topic definitely pushes the boundaries of what we’re willing to talk about here at HardballTalk, as it’s only relevant because Brian Cashman is the general manager of the New York Yankees, but since we’ve followed the ugly and bizarre situation regarding his alleged extramarital affairs this week, it only makes sense that we…

  4. Cecil Fielder on his son Prince: “I think we’re all a little disappointed”

    Feb 4, 2012, 9:57 AM EDT

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    After Prince Fielder shocked the baseball world by signing a nine-year, $214 million contract with the Tigers late last month, Cecil Fielder was quoted as saying that the relationship with his son was “doing a lot better.” Obviously something has changed over the past few days, because Cecil had some harsh words for Prince before…

  5. Nationals’ GM says Bryce Harper could make the team out of spring training

    Feb 4, 2012, 8:57 AM EDT

    Bryce Harper

    It’s no secret that Nationals manager Davey Johnson would like top prospect Bryce Harper to make the team out of spring training as the starting right fielder. Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo has played things pretty coy until now, but his comments to Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com yesterday indicate that he hasn’t dismissed the possibility.…

  6. Dodgers ask court to throw out claims in Bryan Stow case

    Feb 3, 2012, 9:30 PM EDT

    Giants Fan Attacked

    The Associated Press reports that the Dodgers asked a U.S. Bankruptcy Judge earlier today to throw out claims against the team filed on behalf of Bryan Stow, the Giants’ fan who was severely beaten outside of Dodger Stadium on Opening Day last year. Stow and his family originally sued the Dodgers in California, but then filed the…

  7. Yes, Jose Reyes just got his haircut on television

    Feb 3, 2012, 8:00 PM EDT

    Jose Reyes gets a haircut

    Do you want a sign that we have reached the absolute nadir of offseason boredom? Jose Reyes just had his haircut televised live on MLB Network. Seriously. Reyes had let his trademark dreadlocks grow since 2007, but he signed his big $106 million deal with the Marlins in December with the knowledge that he would have to…

  8. Josh Hamilton to hold a press conference this afternoon

    Feb 3, 2012, 11:53 AM EDT

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    According to Anthony Andro of FOX Sports Southwest, Josh Hamilton will hold a press conference at 1 p.m. CT (2 p.m. ET) at Rangers Ballpark this afternoon to address his reported relapse from addiction. Gerry Fraley of the Dallas Morning News reported last night that Hamilton was spotted drinking alcohol Monday night at a bar…

  9. Cubs and Matt Garza avoid arbitration with one-year, $9.5 million deal

    Feb 3, 2012, 10:14 AM EDT

    Cincinnati Reds v Chicago Cubs

    The Cubs and Matt Garza have avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $9.5 million contract. Garza’s agency, CAA Baseball, broke the news via Twitter and added that the deal includes some performance-based incentives. The two sides were able to work out a deal prior to an arbitration hearing scheduled for today. Garza requested $12.5…

  10. John Lannan loses arbitration hearing against Nationals, will make $5 million in 2012

    Feb 2, 2012, 11:45 AM EDT

    Pittsburgh Pirates v Washington Nationals - Game Two

    We have the results of the first arbitration hearing of the offseason. According to Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post, left-hander John Lannan lost his hearing against the Nationals and will earn a $5 million salary this season. Lannan, 27, requested a $5.7 million salary when arbitration figures were exchanged last month. Both sides stated…

  11. Indians and Rafael Perez avoid arbitration with one-year deal

    Feb 2, 2012, 11:11 AM EDT

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    Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports that the Indians and lefty reliever Rafael Perez avoided arbitration by agreeing on a one-year, $2,005,000 contract. According to Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain-Dealer, he can earn an additional $25,000 if he makes 55 appearances this season. Perez, who was arbitration-eligible for the third time this winter, requested $2.4 million and…

  12. Matt Garza had his American League Championship ring stolen

    Jan 31, 2012, 10:18 PM EDT

    Matt Garza Getty

    From the Fresno Bee comes word that burglars recently broke into Matt Garza‘s Fresno County, California home and stole his 2008 American League championship ring which he earned while pitching with the Rays. The robbery happened at some point between January 26 and this morning. The ring, which is engraved with Garza’s name and has several white diamonds and…

  13. Nyjer Morgan will practice with the San Jose Sharks tomorrow

    Jan 31, 2012, 9:10 PM EDT

    Arizona Diamondbacks v Milwaukee Brewers - Game 5

    We’ve seen Nyjer Morgan cross-check major league catchers in the past, but he’ll have a chance to go back to his roots tomorrow. According to Adam McCalvy of MLB.com, the outspoken outfielder will suit up to practice with his hometown San Jose Sharks. “I’m really excited to get on the ice with the team,” said Morgan.…

  14. Padres and Dustin Moseley avoid arbitration with one-year deal

    Jan 31, 2012, 7:30 PM EDT

    Dustin Moseley Getty

    The Padres just announced that they have avoided arbitration with right-hander Dustin Moseley by agreeing on a one-year contract. Corey Brock of MLB.com reports that he’ll make $2.0125 million. Moseley was arbitration-eligible for the second time this offseason after earning $900,000 in 2011. The 30-year-old requested $2.55 million and was offered $1.5 million from the Padres…

  15. The Astros aren’t changing their name

    Jan 30, 2012, 9:00 PM EDT

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    Remember how new Astros’ owner Jim Crane created a mini-controversy last week when he said he planned to conduct a study on whether to change the team’s name?  Well, the results are in. The Astros aren’t going anywhere…except the American League West, that is. According to Astros’ Sr. Director of Social Media Alyson Footer, Crane said the following…

  16. Yoenis Cespedes expected to travel to United States within 7-10 days

    Jan 30, 2012, 8:30 PM EDT

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    Yoenis Cespedes‘ agent Adam Katz has been a pretty popular guy since the Cuban outfielder was granted free agency by MLB last Wednesday. According to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com, Katz said the market for the 26-year-old has been “meaningful and aggressive” and that he expects his client will be in spring training with an MLB…

  17. The Rangers met with Roy Oswalt today

    Jan 30, 2012, 7:29 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v Arizona Diamondbacks

    As mentioned by Craig yesterday morning, the Rangers did indeed have a meeting with Roy Oswalt today. But if you’re looking for any major developments, you’re probably going to be disappointed. T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports that the situation “remains ongoing and unresolved.” Meanwhile, Richard Durrett of ESPNDallas.com described it as an “exploratory meeting.” It’s probably fair…

  18. What does Don Mattingly have against bears, anyway?

    Jan 28, 2012, 5:30 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Dodgers v Atlanta Braves

    Nothing, as long as they are wearing a Dodgers’ hat. Confused? Hang with me for a second. You see, Don Mattingly and his son, Preston, were invited to participate in a “trick shot” video with some other local sports stars from Evansville, Indiana. The group calls themselves “Trickwinkle.” Among the various trick shots, Preston makes…

  19. Hall of Famer Brooks Robinson suffers broken clavicle after fall at charity event

    Jan 28, 2012, 3:51 PM EDT

    2011 Baseball Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

    Some unfortunate news to pass along. Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post reports that Hall of Fame third baseman Brooks Robinson suffered two fractures in his rear shoulder area, including a broken clavicle, after falling more than six feet off the back of a stage last night. The 74-year-old was in attendance for a…

  20. Jon Daniels didn’t view Prince Fielder and Josh Hamilton as an either-or situation

    Jan 28, 2012, 2:36 PM EDT

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    Now that Prince Fielder is officially a member of the Detroit Tigers, many have assumed that the Rangers will step up their efforts to sign Josh Hamilton to a contract extension. While contract talks are expected to continue leading into spring training, Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said during an appearance yesterday on ESPN 103.3…

  21. Cardinals’ GM denies team has deal in place with Roy Oswalt

    Jan 28, 2012, 1:40 PM EDT

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    There was increasing chatter late last night about Roy Oswalt closing in on an agreement with the Cardinals. Gordon Edes of ESPNBoston.com was even told by a source that the veteran right-hander was headed to St. Louis. Those reports were downplayed early this morning and now we have an official denial from the team’s general…

  22. Mark Cuban out of the running for Dodgers; Joe Torre and Magic Johnson among those still in

    Jan 28, 2012, 12:52 PM EDT

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    UPDATE: The Steve Garvey-Orel Hershiser group was not selected to advance in the bidding process, reports Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times. As for the actual bid amounts, well, let’s just say that Frank McCourt is going to walk away from this process filthy, stinkin’ rich. Buster Olney of ESPN.com hears that bidding on the…

  23. The Athletics have interest in bringing back Conor Jackson

    Jan 28, 2012, 12:21 PM EDT

    Conor Jackson

    The Athletics have already traded for Josh Reddick, Seth Smith and Collin Cowgill and signed Coco Crisp and Jonny Gomes this offseason. But do you know what they could really use? Another outfielder. Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that the A’s still have some interest in bringing back Conor Jackson. The 29-year-old…

  24. Jim Thome has a job waiting for him with the White Sox when he retires

    Jan 28, 2012, 11:13 AM EDT

    Jim Thome

    41-year-old Jim Thome isn’t done mashing taters off big league pitchers, but he has a job waiting for him when he retires. According to Chuck Garfen of CSNChicago.com, White Sox Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf said at SoxFest last night that he and Thome have a handshake deal for the veteran slugger to work for the team when…

  25. Edwin Jackson has multiple three-year offers on the table

    Jan 28, 2012, 10:00 AM EDT

    Edwin Jackson Getty

    While it looks like Roy Oswalt is close to deciding where he’ll sign, the market for Edwin Jackson is finally beginning to heat up. According to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com, Jackson has multiple three-year offers on the table. It’s not clear who the offers are from, but there was a report earlier this week that…

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