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  1. Padres and Cameron Maybin agree to five-year extension with club option for 2017

    Mar 3, 2012, 1:30 PM EST

    San Diego Padres v Atlanta Braves

    UPDATE: Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com passes along word that the deal is official. Crasnick also notes that Maybin’s desire for a no-trade clause was denied because the Padres have a club policy against giving no-trade clauses. 12:05 PM: Corey Brock of MLB.com confirms that the deal is worth $25 million. Sounds like a potential bargain…

  2. Freddie Freeman making quick progress from knee injury

    Mar 3, 2012, 1:28 PM EST

    New York Mets v Atlanta Braves

    Freddie Freeman is making quick progress after partially disclocating his right kneecap Tuesday while doing pick drills at first base. Freeman hit off a tee and took live batting practice earlier today, after which he told David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that he didn’t even think about his knee. “I let it loose and…

  3. Dan Runzler to see Dr. James Andrews for strained lat muscle

    Mar 3, 2012, 12:50 PM EST

    San Francisco Giants v Colorado Rockies

    Andrew Baggarly of CSNBayArea.com reports that left-hander Dan Runzler will leave Giants’ camp tomorrow to see Dr. James Andrews in Florida regarding a strained lat muscle in the back of his shoulder. Runzler originally strained the lat in the final game of the regular season last year and aggravated the injury while throwing a bullpen…

  4. Cubs’ president Theo Epstein sees opportunity with the additional wild card

    Mar 3, 2012, 12:25 PM EST

    Chicago Cubs President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein speaks at a news conference at Wrigley Field in Chicago

    MLB made expanded playoffs official yesterday, a decision which will undoubtedly have a major impact on how general managers will approach things leading up to the trade deadline this year. We are likely to have more buyers than ever before while players on the handful of sellers could come at a premium cost. New Cubs’…

  5. Chris Carter signs with the Seibu Lions of Japan’s Pacific League

    Mar 3, 2012, 10:43 AM EST

    Chris Carter Getty

    Adam Rubin of ESPN New York notes that former major league outfielder Chris Carter is now playing with the Seibu Lions of Japan’s Pacific League. Carter is best known for being traded from the Red Sox to the Mets as the player to be named later in the Billy Wagner deal in August of 2009.…

  6. Yu Darvish throws 21 pitches during intrasquad game

    Mar 3, 2012, 9:55 AM EST

    Yu Darvish Reuters

    We usually don’t pay a lot of attention to these early intrasquad games, but the buzz surrounding Yu Darvish makes him a notable exception. In an outing which was broadcast back to Japan, the high-priced right-hander faced the Rangers’ A squad yesterday in front of a sizable crowd in Surprise, Arizona. T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com…

  7. Matt Moore scheduled for bullpen session today

    Mar 3, 2012, 8:56 AM EST

    Matt Moore

    The Rays have been extra careful with prized left-hander Matt Moore this week as he dealt with a lower abdominal strain, but he is finally close to getting back on a mound. Moore has played catch each of the last three days without incident and Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that he’s…

  8. Royals’ reliever Jeremy Jeffress was arrested in January following a domestic dispute

    Mar 2, 2012, 10:30 PM EST

    Jeremy Jeffress Getty

    According to the Associated Press, Royals right-hander Jeremy Jeffress was arrested last month in Arizona following a domestic dispute with his girlfriend. Jeffress, who was acquired from the Brewers last offseason as part of the Zack Greinke trade, was booked for assault, criminal damage and disorderly conduct. The first two charges were dismissed, but Jeffress…

  9. New Astros GM says the Rangers are spending like “drunken sailors” in Latin America

    Mar 2, 2012, 8:01 PM EST

    Jeff Luhnow

    UPDATE: Astros’ general manager Jeff Luhnow told Zachary Levine of the Houston Chronicle that he shouldn’t have used “drunken sailors” to describe the Rangers’ activity in Latin America. He also clarified his comments by saying that his point “was more about the magnitude of their investment prior to future limitations. Not saying it’s a bad…

  10. Cubs plan to talk extension with Matt Garza

    Feb 28, 2012, 10:21 PM EST

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    The rebuilding Cubs reportedly explored the possibility of trading Matt Garza over the winter, but the club is now considering keeping him in the fold for the long haul. According to David Kaplan of CSNChicago.com, Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer confirmed earlier today that they plan to discuss a contract extension with the 28-year-old right-hander.…

  11. Bobby Valentine is already trolling Yankees fans

    Feb 28, 2012, 8:50 PM EST

    Boston Red Sox manager Valentine watches pitchers work out at the Red Sox new Major League Baseball spring training facility in Fort Myers

    If Bobby Valentine’s goal is to play the role of villain in the eyes of Yankees’ fans, he’s already off to a pretty good start. According to the Associated Press, earlier today the Red Sox were practicing relay throws and Valentine was asked about Derek Jeter‘s famous “flip” to home plate in Game 3 of…

  12. The Mets haven’t ruled out signing Ivan Rodriguez…or have they?

    Feb 28, 2012, 7:50 PM EST

    Ivan Rodriguez

    UPDATE: Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com was told by multiple Mets’ sources that a deal with Rodriguez is unlikely. In fact, one source told him: “We are not bringing Ivan here.” The club appears content to go with Mike Nickeas or Rob Johnson as Josh Thole‘s backup. 6:48 PM: 40-year-old Ivan Rodriguez is still out there…

  13. Andy Pettitte visits Yankees’ spring training, content with retirement

    Feb 27, 2012, 11:20 PM EST

    Andy Pettitte Reuters

    Andy Pettitte announced his retirement last February after compiling 240 career wins, 2,251 strikeouts and a 3.88 ERA over 16 major league seasons, but he was back in Yankees’ camp earlier today. As a guest instructor, that is. The 39-year-old naturally felt a bit nostalgic conversing with his former teammates and being back in uniform…

  14. Scott Sizemore out for season with torn ACL in left knee

    Feb 27, 2012, 8:53 PM EST

    Scott Sizemore Getty

    Scott Sizemore injured his left knee during a fielding drill on Saturday and the Athletics just announced that he’ll miss the entire 2012 season due to a torn ACL. Jane Lee of MLB.com reports that the 27-year-old will be reevaluated in two weeks before surgery is scheduled. This is just awful news for Sizemore, who…

  15. Magic Johnson’s group among seven bidders still in running for Dodgers

    Feb 27, 2012, 8:19 PM EST

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    Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports that the Magic Johnson-Stan Kasten group is among seven bidders left in the running to buy the Dodgers. The field was whittled down to nine after the groups headlined by Peter O’Malley and Joe Torre dropped out over the past week. The groups led by Memphis Grizzlies’…

  16. Ryan Zimmerman and Nationals still discussing contract extension

    Feb 25, 2012, 11:05 PM EST

    Atlanta Braves v Washington Nationals

    UPDATE: Rizzo told Zuckerman that “enough progress has been made” to where there’s a belief that a deal will be finalized at some point Saturday night or early Sunday morning. 10:57 PM: Zimmerman said in an emailed statement late Saturday night that he’s “confident” about reaching an agreement with the Nationals. It’s not known whether…

  17. Mets were “unimpressed” by Scott Kazmir during Friday throwing session

    Feb 25, 2012, 5:31 PM EST

    Scott Kazmir

    Don’t hold your breath for a reunion between the Mets and former top prospect Scott Kazmir. Mike Puma of the New York Post reports that the Mets were “unimpressed” with what they saw during a throwing session yesterday in Houston. One Mets’ source told Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com that it was “fair” to characterize their…

  18. Scott Sizemore suffers left knee sprain during fielding drill

    Feb 25, 2012, 4:55 PM EST

    Scott Sizemore Getty

    UPDATE: Joe Stiglich of the Contra Costa Times reports that the preliminary diagnosis is a left knee sprain, though we’ll learn more once the MRI results are known. 4:26 PM: Slusser reports that Sizemore is set to undergo an MRI today on his left knee. She was also told that Wes Timmons and Josh Donaldson…

  19. Ryan Howard set for check-up with surgeon early next week

    Feb 25, 2012, 4:10 PM EST

    Charlie Manuel, Ryan Howard

    Ryan Howard began fielding ground balls and taking batting practice this week, but his rehab from a torn Achilles will be put on hold for a couple of days so he can visit with surgeon Mark Myerson in Baltimore on Monday or Tuesday. There appears to be a minor difference of opinion on the nature…

  20. The Red Sox have banned beer in the clubhouse

    Feb 25, 2012, 2:38 PM EST

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    After the Red Sox collapsed in epic fashion down the stretch last season, reports surfaced that Josh Beckett, John Lackey and Jon Lester drank beer, ate fried chicken and played video games in the clubhouse on the days they weren’t pitching. The Red Sox still won 90 games last season and whether drinking beer in…

  21. The Nationals are interested in Diamondbacks’ outfielder Gerardo Parra

    Feb 25, 2012, 2:00 PM EST

    Gerardo Parra Getty

    The Nationals don’t appear content going into the season with Rick Ankiel, Roger Bernadina or Jayson Werth as the starting center fielder. Bill Ladson of MLB.com reports that the Nationals have expressed interest in Diamondbacks’ outfielder Gerardo Parra. Nationals’ general manager Mike Rizzo signed Parra to his first professional contract when he was Arizona’s director…

  22. Mets to honor Gary Carter with No. 8 patch

    Feb 25, 2012, 1:45 PM EST

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    Gary Carter’s memorial service was held last night at the Christ Fellowship church in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. Many of Carter’s family, friends, former teammates and colleagues paid tribute, including a speech by fellow Hall of Fame catcher Johnny Bench. The Mets naturally had a large contingent on hand for the occasion and according to…

  23. Joel Zumaya to undergo MRI after abbreviated throwing session

    Feb 25, 2012, 12:54 PM EST

    Joel Zumaya AP

    UPDATE: Phil Mackey of 1500ESPN.com reports that the injury was to the inside of Zumaya’s elbow. The Twins will know the MRI results either tomorrow or Monday morning. 12:54 PM: Uh-oh. Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com reports that Zumaya is scheduled to undergo an MRI tomorrow. 12:10 PM: Nothing official yet from the team, but Jon…

  24. Juan Uribe to miss first full-squad workouts due to trial with former landlord

    Feb 25, 2012, 11:05 AM EST

    Los Angeles Dodgers v San Francisco Giants

    UPDATE: According to the official Dodgers’ Twitter account, Uribe is among the players who have reported early to camp. He told Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times that he will be in camp today and tomorrow before the trial starts Monday in San Francisco. 10:55 AM: Juan Uribe had a miserable first season with…

  25. The man who collected Ryan Braun’s sample is revealed

    Feb 25, 2012, 10:08 AM EST

    Milwaukee Brewers v St Louis Cardinals - Game Five

    Ryan Braun made some pretty strong comments yesterday about how his urine sample was handled by the collector, saying that he was a “victim of a process that completely broke down and failed.” We’re still hearing different information regarding where the sample was stored in the collector’s home — some reports say it was stored…

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