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  1. Miguel Cabrera is in the Best Shape of His Life Pt. 2

    Feb 11, 2012, 12:04 PM EST

    New York Yankees v Detroit Tigers - Game 3

    The odds are against Miguel Cabrera‘s third base experiment being successful, but you can’t say he isn’t taking the transition seriously. Cabrera was added to HBT’s BSOHL roster after trainer Radhi Muhammad of 4.40 Fitness and Athlete Development tweeted this picture of his impressive physique late last month, but now we have some details of…

  2. Roy Oswalt isn’t signing with the Rangers or Phillies

    Feb 11, 2012, 11:00 AM EST

    Philadelphia Phillies v Arizona Diamondbacks

    We’re less than 10 days away from pitchers and catchers reporting to spring training, yet Roy Oswalt is still looking for a home. We were bombarded with rumors of a potential deal with the Cardinals two weeks ago, but things have been relatively quiet recently. The general assumption has been that Oswalt would prefer to…

  3. The Red Sox are still waiting on decisions from Jason Varitek and Tim Wakefield

    Feb 11, 2012, 9:57 AM EST

    Jason Varitek Tim Wakefield Getty

    Red Sox president and CEO Larry Lucchino was on MLB Network Radio’s “Inside Pitch” on Sirius XM yesterday and Alex Speier of WEEI.com was nice enough to transcribe it for everyone. Lucchino spent a good chunk of the interview downplaying the absurd notion that the Red Sox are suddenly cheap, but he also confirmed that…

  4. Ozzie Guillen knew Adam Dunn was doomed during spring training last year

    Feb 11, 2012, 8:55 AM EST

    Adam Dunn

    Adam Dunn is coming off one of the worst seasons anyone could possibly have, but former White Sox manager and new Marlins’ skipper Ozzie Guillen claims that he knew the high-priced slugger was doomed from the start. During an appearance yesterday on the “Waddle & Silvy Show” on ESPN 1000 in Chicago, Guillen said that…

  5. Orioles apologize for “unintentional breach of protocol” in signing 17-year-old Korean pitcher

    Feb 10, 2012, 9:30 PM EST

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    Earlier this week, the Korean Baseball Organization (KBO) filed a complaint with MLB alleging that the Orioles broke protocol by signing 17-year-old left-hander Kim Seong-Min last month. The Korean Baseball Association (KBA), a separate organization, went a step further by banning Orioles’ scouts from attending local games. Well, tonight the Orioles responded. Courtesy of Eduardo A.…

  6. Cardinals sign Scott Linebrink to minor league deal

    Feb 10, 2012, 8:00 PM EST

    Scott Linbrink Getty

    The Cardinals announced late this afternoon that they have signed reliever Scott Linebrink to a minor league contract which includes an invitation to spring training. B.J. Rains of FOX Sports Midwest was the first to report the news. Linebrink posted a solid 3.64 ERA and a 42/21 K/BB ratio over 54 1/3 innings with the…

  7. Dan Duquette says Manny Ramirez is not a fit with the Orioles

    Feb 10, 2012, 6:45 PM EST

    Baltimore Orioles v Tampa Bay Rays

    Manny Ramirez is quickly running out of potential landing spots. According to Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com, Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette said earlier this evening that he doesn’t see Ramirez as a fit. Duquette has played things pretty close to the vest in regard to Ramirez since being hired by Baltimore, but the club…

  8. The 911 call from James Loney’s freeway incident is released

    Feb 7, 2012, 10:28 PM EST

    Los Angeles Dodgers v San Francisco Giants

    TMZ has the audio of the 911 call from a witness at the scene after James Loney crashed into several cars with his Maserati on an L.A. freeway in November. The call, which is nearly five minutes in length, begins with Loney passed out in the driver’s seat, but the witness becomes frantic after the…

  9. Rangers and Elvis Andrus avoid arbitration by agreeing to three-year deal

    Feb 7, 2012, 9:21 PM EST

    Texas Rangers v Oakland Athletics

    UPDATE: The deal is believed to be in the range of $14-15 million total and doesn’t include any club options, reports Rosenthal and Morosi. The Rangers likely would have preferred to get some of his free agent years as part of the deal, but that was probably a long shot given that Andrus is represented…

  10. The Marlins and Emilio Bonifacio went to an arbitration hearing today

    Feb 7, 2012, 9:00 PM EST

    New York Mets v Florida Marlins

    It was announced yesterday that the Marlins lost their arbitration hearing to right-hander Anibal Sanchez, but the club went right back at it today, this time stating their case against Emilio Bonifacio. Bonifacio, who is arbitration-eligible for the first time this winter, requested $2.2 million and was offered $1.95 million from the Marlins when arbitration figures…

  11. Josh Hamilton has a new accountability partner

    Feb 7, 2012, 8:16 PM EST

    Josh Hamilton

    Richard Durrett of ESPN Dallas reports that the Rangers have hired Shayne Kelley as a major league staff assistant and that one of his duties will be to serve as Josh Hamilton‘s new accountability partner. Kelley has a pretty diverse background, serving as the Royals’ minor league strength and conditioning coach for two seasons and the team…

  12. Dmitri Young will work out for the Pirates next week

    Feb 7, 2012, 7:45 PM EST

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    We’ve chronicled Dmitri Young’s comeback attempt for a couple of months now. Thanks to no longer eating like a viking, the 38-year-old has trimmed down pretty significantly in hopes of scoring a spring training invite. Well, after working out for the Phillies late last month, it appears he has another lead. Jim Bowden of ESPN.com…

  13. The Royals and Alex Gordon are close to a one-year contract

    Feb 7, 2012, 7:10 PM EST

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    According to Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star, the Royals and Alex Gordon “appear close” to agreeing on a one-year deal in order to avoid arbitration. Gordon, who is arbitration-eligible for the third time this offseason, filed for $5.45 million and was offered $4.15 million by the Royals when arbitration figures were exchanged last month. Dutton estimates…

  14. The Reds remain in talks for Roy Oswalt

    Feb 7, 2012, 12:17 AM EST

    Roy Oswalt Getty

    Reds general manager Walt Jocketty told John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer on Sunday that he hadn’t spoken with the agent Roy Oswalt in about a week while adding that “the last we heard he was going to Texas.” Either Jocketty was being coy or something has changed in the past day or so, because Ken…

  15. The Yankees are introducing an official fragrance

    Feb 6, 2012, 9:18 PM EST

    Yankees logo

    OK, this is a fun one. According to Wallace Matthews of ESPN New York, the Yankees will introduce two “official fragrances” on Tuesday, February 21 at a cocktail reception in Manhattan. They’ll be called “New York Yankees” and “New York Yankees For Her.” If the rumors are true, this must be excellent news for Derek…

  16. The Yankees are in “serious discussions” with Raul Ibanez

    Feb 6, 2012, 7:29 PM EST

    Philadelphia Phillies v Arizona Diamondbacks

    It’s almost closing time for MLB’s Hot Stove and folks are beginning to get desperate. We’re seeing minor league deals all over the place and players who once were seeking multi-year contracts are now settling for one-year deals. Many speculated that the Yankees would be in the market for a hitter after trading Jesus Montero…

  17. The Athletics are interested in Magglio Ordonez

    Feb 4, 2012, 5:30 PM EST

    magglio ordonez getty

    We already know that the Athletics have some interest in Manny Ramirez, but Peter Gammons of MLB Network is hearing that they are also evaluating Magglio Ordonez for a possible tryout during spring training. Ordonez, who turned 38 in January, returned from right ankle surgery last season and batted just .255/.303/.331 with five home runs,…

  18. Red Sox and Phillies maintaining contact with Roy Oswalt

    Feb 4, 2012, 4:00 PM EST

    Philadelphia Phillies v Arizona Diamondbacks

    It’s pretty well-documented that Roy Oswalt would prefer to pitch for the Rangers or Cardinals in order to be closer to his home in Mississippi. However, since both clubs have full starting rotations, they have little reason to break the bank in order to sign him. This leaves Oswalt considering the alternatives. With that in…

  19. See the Marlins’ new stadium in video game form

    Feb 4, 2012, 2:31 PM EST

    Miami Marlins Stadium Construction Baseball

    Can’t wait to see what the Marlins’ new stadium will look like when the season begins two months from now? Well, we have something to tide you over. Via Operationsports.com, here’s a trailer from video game MLB 12 The Show portraying the new ballpark, complete with the much-ballyhooed home run monstrosity in left-center field and the…

  20. Joba Chamberlain is now throwing off a half-mound

    Feb 4, 2012, 2:00 PM EST

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    According to the Associated Press, Joba Chamberlain has begun throwing off a half-mound as he continues his rehabilitation process from Tommy John surgery. Yesterday’s throwing session took place at the Yankees’ minor league complex in Tampa, Florida. Chamberlain threw off a five-inch mound with Yankees’ pitching coach Larry Rothschild and team vice president Billy Connors in…

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

    Feb 4, 2012, 12:53 PM EST

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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.…

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

    Feb 4, 2012, 11:41 AM EST

    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…

  23. Brian Cashman’s wife files for divorce

    Feb 4, 2012, 10:42 AM EST

    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…

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

    Feb 4, 2012, 9:57 AM EST

    Prince Fielder Cecil Fielder

    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…

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

    Feb 4, 2012, 8:57 AM EST

    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.…

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