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  1. Astros remove gun from Colt .45s throwback uniforms

    Feb 18, 2012, 8:58 AM EDT

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    The Astros are celebrating their 50th anniversary this season, so they plan to honor their past by wearing a different throwback uniform at every Friday home game. The first “Flashback Friday” will feature the Colt .45s, which was the name of the franchise for the first three years of its existence. Sweet. Those were some…

  2. The Athletics and Manny Ramirez could reach an agreement within days

    Feb 17, 2012, 9:31 PM EDT

    Baltimore Orioles v Tampa Bay Rays

    Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reported earlier this week that the Athletics were “likely” to sign Manny Ramirez just before or soon after the start of spring training, so the following information should come as no real surprise. According to Janie McCauley of the Associated Press, the Athletics still have “strong interest” in…

  3. The Phillies were the “mystery team” for A.J. Burnett

    Feb 17, 2012, 8:05 PM EDT

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    The Yankees and Pirates have agreed to a deal that will send A.J. Burnett and cash considerations to the Pirates for Double-A reliever Diego Moreno and Low-A outfielder Exicardo Cayones, but it turns out there was another team in the mix. A”mystery team,” if you will. And this one might surprise you. ESPN’s Buster Olney…

  4. Jason Varitek is leaning toward retirement

    Feb 17, 2012, 7:02 PM EDT

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    Tim Wakefield just officially announced his retirement and it appears as though his longtime teammate Jason Varitek is finally close to making a decision about his future. Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe was told by a friend of Varitek as the Wakefield presser that the veteran backstop is leaning toward retirement. Varitek’s agent, Scott…

  5. Ryan Braun may report to spring training without decision on appeal

    Feb 16, 2012, 10:41 PM EDT

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    Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reported earlier this week that we would learn the fate of Ryan Braun‘s appeal before the outfielder reports to spring training, but Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports was told by a source “familiar with the appeal” that there’s a possibility a decision could take longer. While there’s hope for…

  6. Brandon Webb is throwing again

    Feb 16, 2012, 9:39 PM EDT

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    Brandon Webb hasn’t appeared in a major league game since Opening Day of the 2009 season due to lingering shoulder woes. He latched on with the Rangers last offseason, but struggled over four minor league rehab starts before requiring another surgery in August. However, he’s still working hard to get his career back on track.…

  7. Reds sign Brett Tomko to a minor league contract

    Feb 16, 2012, 8:15 PM EDT

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    Brett Tomko’s career is about to come full circle. According to Ben Nicholson-Smith of MLB Trade Rumors, the Reds have agreed to sign Tomko to a minor league contract. Tomko, who turns 39 in April, was originally drafted by the Reds in the second round of the 1995 draft and spent his first three major…

  8. What they’re saying about the passing of Gary Carter

    Feb 16, 2012, 7:41 PM EDT

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    Gary Carter passed away this afternoon at the age of 57 following a fight with brain cancer. Here’s some reaction from around a baseball world in mourning. Mets chairman & CEO Fred Wilpon, president Saul Katz and COO Jeff Wilpon: “On behalf of everyone at the Mets, we extend our deepest and heartfelt condolences to Gary’s family…

  9. Carl Barger’s family isn’t happy with No. 5 being unretired for Logan Morrison

    Feb 13, 2012, 9:45 PM EDT

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    We learned over the weekend that the Marlins were unretiring No. 5 so that Logan Morrison could wear it in memory of his father. Nice story, right? Turns out it’s a bit more complicated. According to Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post, the family of former Marlins’ president Carl Barger didn’t hear from the…

  10. Red Sox and Cubs submit Theo compensation arguments to Bud Selig

    Feb 13, 2012, 9:02 PM EDT

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

    According to the Associated Press, the Red Sox and Cubs have submitted written arguments to commissioner Bud Selig in regard to compensation for Theo Epstein. The Red Sox say they were promised “significant compensation” after Epstein stepped down as general manager nearly four months ago in order to become the Cubs’ president of baseball operations,…

  11. Dmitri Young works out for the Pirates

    Feb 13, 2012, 8:00 PM EDT

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    We recently passed along word that Dmitri Young was going to have a tryout for the Pirates at the team’s spring training complex in Bradenton, Florida. The scheduled workout took place today, according to Tom Singer of MLB.com. The slimmed-down Young fielded balls at first base and in the outfield, ran the bases and hit…

  12. Stephen Drew doesn’t know if he’ll be ready for Opening Day

    Feb 11, 2012, 5:30 PM EDT

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    Stephen Drew is currently rehabbing from surgery to repair a fractured right ankle and sports hernia surgery, but we haven’t heard too many updates about his progress. Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic wrote last week that the shortstop had turned down multiple requests this offseason for an interview. Well, Drew finally broke his silence…

  13. A.J. Burnett-to-Pittsburgh has a “good chance” of happening

    Feb 11, 2012, 4:08 PM EDT

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    UPDATE: Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News was told by a source that there’s a “good chance” Burnett gets traded to the Pirates. 1:09 PM: The Yankees and Pirates continue to negotiate a potential A.J. Burnett trade. We learned yesterday that the Bucs were willing to eat $10 million of the $33 million…

  14. UPDATE: Marlins offered Yoenis Cespedes less than $40 million

    Feb 11, 2012, 4:02 PM EDT

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    UPDATE: Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald is hearing that the Marlins offered Cespedes less than the $40 million sum being reported by Reynoso. 3:15 PM: Marlins’ president David Samson told Jayson Stark of ESPN.com on Tuesday night that the club was considering making an offer to Cuban outfielder Yoenis Cespedes during their meeting in…

  15. Marlins unretire No. 5 for Logan Morrison

    Feb 11, 2012, 4:00 PM EDT

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    Logan Morrison will have a new look this season. Nope, not just the new logo and uniforms, but also the number on his back. Morrison broke the news via his Twitter account earlier this afternoon that he’ll switch to No. 5 this season after wearing No. 20 in his previous two seasons in the major…

  16. Could Lance Berkman return to the Astros in 2013?

    Feb 11, 2012, 2:35 PM EDT

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    We still have an entire season of baseball ahead of us, but let’s just say the Astros haven’t ruled out the possibility. Lance Berkman was in attendance last night at the annual Houston baseball dinner, which celebrated the franchise’s 50th anniversary. Berkman, who was honored at the event, actually had a good line about the…

  17. Edgar Renteria intends to play this season

    Feb 11, 2012, 12:45 PM EDT

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    You know someone we haven’t heard much about lately? Edgar Renteria. There was a report in early December that the Royals met with his agent at the Winter Meetings, but they ultimately signed Yuniesky Betancourt to serve as a backup infielder. Getting passed over for Yuni? That’s a real blow to the ego. Even though…

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

    Feb 11, 2012, 12:04 PM EDT

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    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…

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

    Feb 11, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

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    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…

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

    Feb 11, 2012, 9:57 AM EDT

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    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…

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

    Feb 11, 2012, 8:55 AM EDT

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    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…

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

    Feb 10, 2012, 9:30 PM EDT

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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.…

  23. Cardinals sign Scott Linebrink to minor league deal

    Feb 10, 2012, 8:00 PM EDT

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    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…

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

    Feb 10, 2012, 6:45 PM EDT

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    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…

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

    Feb 7, 2012, 10:28 PM EDT

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    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…

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