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  1. Roger Clemens jokes about throwing bat at Mike Piazza

    Feb 12, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    Roger Clemens Piazza bat

    Roger Clemens made a paid appearance yesterday at a charity event for the Connecticut Sports Foundation’s annual celebrity dinner and memorabilia auction. The event was a celebration of the 2000 Subway Series between the Yankees and Mets, so naturally there was plenty of nostalgia on the menu. The Rocket wasn’t willing to comment on his upcoming…

  2. Red Sox near deal with Japanese left-hander Itsuki Shoda

    Feb 12, 2011, 8:59 AM EDT

    Red Sox logo

    Patrick Newman of NPB Tracker passes along a Nikkan Sports report which says the Red Sox are expected to sign Japanese left-hander Itsuki Shoda to a minor league contract. Alex Speier of WEEI.com translates the report, where Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein is quoted as saying a deal is near completion and that Shoda…

  3. Ryan Franklin says former teammate Brendan Ryan was routinely late with Cardinals

    Feb 11, 2011, 9:55 PM EDT

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    When the Cardinals shipped Brendan Ryan off to the Mariners in December, we heard rumblings that the gifted gloveman had fallen out of favor with some of his teammates. Now we have some of the details. According to Gerry Spratt of the Seattle Post Intelligencer, Cardinals closer Ryan Franklin said during an appearance on KFNS…

  4. On second thought, Johan Santana has begun throwing a baseball

    Feb 11, 2011, 8:45 PM EDT

    Johan Santana throwing

    The other night I wrote that Johan Santana was focusing on arm strengthening exercises before picking up a baseball. Turns out that wasn’t completely accurate. Mets pitching coach Dan Warthen told Adam Rubin of ESPN New York earlier today that Santana has already played catch three times while rehabbing near his home in Florida. Mets…

  5. Could the investigation into the Mets open MLB’s books?

    Feb 11, 2011, 6:57 PM EDT

    Fred Wilpon

    After speaking with a variety of legal experts and those around the baseball world, Ken Rosenthal and Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com warn that the current litigation into the Wilpons’ involvement in Bernie Madoff’s Ponzi scheme may result in an exposure of MLB’s financial records. Here’s what one former club president had to say: “This is…

  6. Report: The Rockies are out on Michael Young

    Feb 9, 2011, 12:54 AM EDT

    Michael Young bats

    We’ve heard the Rockies mentioned as a potential destination for Michael Young dating back to the winter meetings, so many have considered them an obvious fit now that the 34-year-old infielder has formally requested a trade. They are even one of the eight places where Young said he would approve a trade. If only it…

  7. The Blue Jays would like to trade Juan Rivera

    Feb 8, 2011, 10:05 PM EDT

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    Just in case you had an iota of doubt in your mind that the Vernon Wells deal was all about payroll relief, Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that the Blue Jays would like to trade Juan Rivera. Rivera is set to earn $5.25 million this season after which he will become a free agent. Rosenthal…

  8. Johan Santana hasn’t begun throwing a baseball

    Feb 8, 2011, 9:21 PM EDT

    Johan Santana throwing

    Adam Rubin of ESPN New York reports that while Johan Santana hasn’t begun throwing a baseball yet, he is throwing other stuff: Mets doctor David Altchek cleared Santana to begin tossing a baseball on Jan. 14, but Santana’s physical therapist in Fort Myers, Fla., preferred the ace first replicate throwing motions doing other excercises. So…

  9. The Pirates and Ross Ohlendorf went to an arbitration hearing today

    Feb 8, 2011, 8:05 PM EDT

    Ross Ohlendorf

    The Pirates and Ross Ohlendorf went to an arbitration hearing earlier today, according to Colin Dunlap of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. This is significant because it was the first arbitration hearing of the year in MLB. Ohlendorf became arbitration-eligible for the first time this offseason as a “Super Two.” He filed for $2.025 million and was…

  10. The deadline to sign Albert Pujols is a little earlier than we thought

    Feb 8, 2011, 6:36 PM EDT

    Albert Pujols

    It was reported last month that Albert Pujols and his agent Dan Lozano would cut off contract talks with the Cardinals if an extension wasn’t reached by spring training. We have been operating under the assumption that his self-imposed deadline was going to be February 19. Turns out he’ll be an early arrival. ESPN.com and…

  11. Rockies and Angels among places where Michael Young would accept a trade

    Feb 7, 2011, 11:51 PM EDT

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    Sources have told T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com the eight teams where Michael Young would accept a trade. Drumroll: They are the Cardinals, Yankees, Twins, Astros, Rockies, Dodgers, Angels and Padres. Young is from Southern California, so it’s no surprise to see the Dodgers, Angels and Padres on this list. Of course, this doesn’t mean the…

  12. Michael Young: “I’ve been misled and manipulated”

    Feb 7, 2011, 11:13 PM EDT

    Michael Young swinging

    Jon Heyman of SI.com speculated earlier this evening that despite Michael Young‘s desire for a trade, he would still likely open spring training with the team. Well, judging by Young’s comments to Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News earlier tonight, the Rangers may have no choice but to deal him away. “I’ve kept a…

  13. What’s going on with Jake Peavy?

    Feb 7, 2011, 9:31 PM EDT

    Jake Peavy shoulder

    We’re about to find out. Jake Peavy is expected to provide an update on his rehab from shoulder surgery during a conference call tomorrow, according to Scot Gregor of the Arlington Heights Daily Herald. Peavy posted a 4.63 ERA over his first 17 starts last season before suffering a detached lat muscle near his right…

  14. Dodgers sign Aaron Miles to a minor league contract

    Feb 7, 2011, 8:02 PM EDT

    Aaron Miles gritty

    The Dodgers announced via their Twitter feed that they have signed Aaron Miles to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training. According to Jon Heyman of SI.com, Miles will earn a salary of $500,000 if he makes the team. As evidenced by the picture to the right, Miles is usually associated with…

  15. Rangers confirm that Michael Young has requested a trade

    Feb 7, 2011, 6:59 PM EDT

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    UPDATE: Jayson Stark of ESPN.com writes that a major source of the friction between the two sides is that the club was attempting to trade Young, but telling him otherwise. Now he wants out of Texas, but the Rangers are reluctant to deal him. In a word, awkward. 6:22 PM: Confirming what Tim Brown of…

  16. How will the Mets handle Francisco Rodriguez this season?

    Feb 5, 2011, 6:30 PM EDT

    Francisco Rodriguez

    We’re probably getting a little bit ahead of ourselves with this topic, but it’s a worthwhile discussion on a slow news day. The Mets will get plenty of payroll relief when Carlos Beltran, Oliver Perez and Luis Castillo come off the books after this season, but the status of Francisco Rodriguez could be much trickier.…

  17. UPDATE: OK, maybe Michael Young isn’t going anywhere yet

    Feb 5, 2011, 5:27 PM EDT

    Michael Young ap

    UPDATE: Haven’t we been through this whole song and dance before? Troy Renck of the Denver Post has spoken with multiple sources with direct knowledge of the Rockies’ situation, who tell him that the Rangers have not re-opened talks for Michael Young. The Rockies are interested, mind you, but they would want the Rangers to…

  18. Twins and Francisco Liriano avoid arbitration with one-year deal

    Feb 5, 2011, 5:15 PM EDT

    Francisco Liriano throwing

    The Twins and Francisco Liriano have avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $4.3 million contract, according to the team’s Twitter feed. Liriano requested $5 million and was offered $3.6 million from the Twins when arbitration figures were submitted last month, so the two sides ultimately settled at the exact midpoint. The 27-year-old left-hander went…

  19. Kelvim Escobar is attempting another comeback

    Feb 5, 2011, 3:45 PM EDT

    Kelvim Escobar throwing

    Most of us scoffed when the Mets signed Kelvim Escobar to a guaranteed major league contract last winter. He was limited in the early part of spring training and eventually needed season-ending surgery in May to repair a capsule tear in the front of his right shoulder. Now he’s attempting another comeback as a relief…

  20. Uh-oh: Cardinals’ contract talks with Albert Pujols are not going well

    Feb 5, 2011, 2:31 PM EDT

    Pujols swing

    With two weeks to go before spring training, this isn’t what Cardinals fans want to hear. Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com writes that while most “baseball people” believe that the Cardinals will sign Albert Pujols, the club is currently balking at his asking price. According to Rosenthal, Pujols wants a contract that “reflects his status as…

  21. Jim Edmonds had surgery on his Achilles tendon last month

    Feb 5, 2011, 1:00 PM EDT

    Jim Edmonds swing

    Jim Edmonds surprised many around the game by signing a minor league contract with the Cardinals yesterday. The 40-year-old outfielder was limited down the stretch last season due to a left Achilles injury, but he decided to return for his 18th major league season after undergoing surgery to repair the tendon last month. According to…

  22. Indians “making progress” in talks with Kevin Millwood

    Feb 5, 2011, 11:32 AM EDT

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    Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports this morning that the Indians are “making progress” in talks with free agent right-hander Kevin Millwood. Indians CEO Paul Dolan would have to approve the signing if it’s a major league deal. We heard the other day that Millwood was looking for $4-5 million, but that seems…

  23. Dennys Reyes signs minor league deal with Red Sox

    Feb 5, 2011, 8:54 AM EDT

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    After having a major league deal with the Phillies fall through earlier this winter, left-handed reliever Denny Reyes has signed a minor league contract with the Red Sox, according to FOXSports.com’s Jon Paul Morosi. Reyes, 33, posted a 3.35 ERA and 25/21 K/BB ratio over 38 innings with the Cardinals last season. Though lefties batted…

  24. Kyle Drabek may not have an innings limit this season

    Feb 4, 2011, 9:30 PM EDT

    Drabek

    In an interview with FOXSports.com’s Jon Paul Morosi earlier this week, new Blue Jays manager John Farrell didn’t dismiss the possibility that Kyle Drabek could eclipse 200 innings in his rookie season. “You can look at the (innings) progression he’s already gone through to this point,” Farrell said of Drabek, whose father, Doug, is the…

  25. Yankees sign Eric Chavez and Ronnie Belliard to minor league contracts

    Feb 4, 2011, 8:05 PM EDT

    Eric Chavez

    According to Sweeney Murti of WFAN, the Yankees have signed Eric Chavez and Ronnie Belliard to minor league contracts. They’ll both get invites to spring training. The oft-injured Chavez has played in a grand total of 154 games since the start of the 2007 season, but worked out for a number of teams this winter,…

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