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  1. The Indians sign Chad Durbin to a one-year contract

    Feb 26, 2011, 8:58 AM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v San Francisco Giants, Game 4

    According to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com, the Indians have reached agreement with Chad Durbin on a one-year contract, pending a physical. He’ll make a guaranteed salary of $800,000 with the chance for $1 million more in performance-based incentives. Durbin was reportedly considering a return to Philadelphia as a non-roster invitee earlier this week if he…

  2. Joe Nathan scheduled to return to game action on Tuesday

    Feb 25, 2011, 10:59 PM EDT

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    We’ve heard nothing but positive things about Joe Nathan‘s rehab from Tommy John surgery until this point and we’re about to get the chance to see him back in game action. According to Kelly Thesier of MLB.com, Nathan is scheduled to make his first appearance of the spring Tuesday against the Red Sox, less than…

  3. Carlos Gonzalez to primarily play left field this season

    Feb 25, 2011, 8:49 PM EDT

    Carlos Gonzalez outfield

    Carlos Gonzalez started 55 games in center field, 51 in left and 34 in right last season, but his days of roving around the outfield are over, at least if Rockies manager Jim Tracy has anything to say about it. According to Jim Armstrong of the Denver Post, Tracy said today that Gonzalez will be the…

  4. Chipper Jones making progress from knee surgery, may play on Sunday

    Feb 25, 2011, 7:20 PM EDT

    Frank Wren, Chipper Jones

    Chipper Jones continues to take some encouraging steps in his rehab from left knee surgery. According to David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the veteran third baseman was able to complete his first sliding drill earlier today, just one day after feeling discomfort in his knee. “I felt [bad] yesterday,” Jones said of Thursday’s workout.…

  5. The prosecution doesn’t intend to give up their case on Alfredo Simon

    Feb 22, 2011, 10:34 PM EDT

    Alfredo Simon walking

    Contrary to multiple reports yesterday which indicated that Alfredo Simon was about to be cleared in the New Year’s Eve shooting death of Michael Esteban Castillo Almonte in the Dominican Republic, prosecutor Victor Mueses told Enrique Rojas of ESPNdeportes.com earlier today that Simon isn’t going anywhere. “Nothing has happened to make us change our position. This…

  6. Chad Durbin could return to the Phillies

    Feb 22, 2011, 9:24 PM EDT

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    Just when it began to look like the Phillies wouldn’t have room for Chad Durbin in their bullpen or their payroll, there’s now a pretty good chance that he will return. Peter Gammons of MLB Network alluded to the possibility earlier this afternoon and a source tells Todd Zolecki of MLB.com that returning to Philadelphia…

  7. Joe Mauer won’t be catching in the early part of spring training

    Feb 22, 2011, 8:00 PM EDT

    Joe Mauer dugout

    Joe Mauer received a shot of medicine earlier today to help lubricate his left knee joint, according to Kelly Theisier of MLB.com. Of course, Mauer underwent minor surgery in December to take care of some lingering inflammation in the very same knee. Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said today that he plans to take it easy…

  8. Report: Jose Guillen will retire if he doesn’t get an offer in the next week

    Feb 22, 2011, 6:30 PM EDT

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    Are you sitting down? Good. Call a friend, because I’m not sure you can handle this news on your own. According to Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes, Jose Guillen will retire if he doesn’t receive a contract offer in the next week. “Today I have authorized my agent to explore the market and see if…

  9. White Sox GM Kenny Williams calls $30 million for Albert Pujols “asinine”

    Feb 21, 2011, 8:21 PM EDT

    Ken Williams White Sox

    In an interview with Chuck Garfien of CSNChicago.com earlier today, White Sox general manager Kenny Williams said that his club won’t go after Albert Pujols if he becomes available as a free agent following the 2011 season. Hardly surprising information given that the White Sox signed Adam Dunn and Paul Konerko to multi-year contracts over the…

  10. Justine Siegal becomes first woman to throw batting practice to MLB team

    Feb 21, 2011, 6:30 PM EDT

    Justine Siegal

    Justine Siegal has made a habit out of breaking down barriers. She became the first woman to coach a professional baseball team when she was hired as the first base coach of the independent league Brockton Rox in 2009. She has also spent the past four years as the assistant baseball coach at Springfield College…

  11. Carlos Beltran sounds like he’s headed for right field

    Feb 19, 2011, 6:08 PM EDT

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    According to Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com, Carlos Beltran will do a “baseball-type running program” over the next week to 10 days, after which a decision could be made about whether he will make the move to right field or remain in center field. Still, in his comments to the media today, Beltran sounded like someone…

  12. Jimmy Rollins predicts at least 100 wins for the Phillies

    Feb 19, 2011, 4:39 PM EDT

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    You guys aren’t going to believe this, but Jimmy Rollins told Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer that he expects the Phillies to be good this season. “We’ll win 100 games,” Rollins said Saturday. “I really plan on going after, what is it, Seatlle won 114 [sic] or something. … We’ll go get somewhere hopefully…

  13. Michael Young arrives to spring training, doesn’t want to talk to Jon Daniels

    Feb 19, 2011, 3:52 PM EDT

    Michael Young dugout

    As expected, Michael Young made his way to Rangers’ camp in Surprise, Arizona earlier today. Young quickly cut to the chase upon his arrival, taking questions from the media about his recent trade request. According to Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News, Young said that he will not address trade rumors this spring. “I’m…

  14. Hunter Pence beats Astros in final arbitration hearing of winter

    Feb 19, 2011, 2:54 PM EDT

    Hunter Pence

    According to Jon Heyman of SI.com, Hunter Pence has won his arbitration hearing against the Astros. The three-person panel ultimately decided that Pence will earn a $6.9 million this season rather than the $5.15 million salary proposed by the Astros last month. Pence, who turns 28 in April, earned $3.5 million in his first time through…

  15. Mark Teixeira calls the Yankees underdogs

    Feb 19, 2011, 2:20 PM EDT

    Mark Teixeira, Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez, Robinson Cano

    It’s hard to argue with what the Red Sox have done this offseason. They signed the best position player available in Carl Crawford and acquired Adrian Gonzalez, one of the best all-around first basemen in the sport. They also bolstered their bullpen with the additions of Bobby Jenks and Dan Wheeler. Most impartial observers believe…

  16. Scott Boras will advise potential No. 1 pick Anthony Rendon

    Feb 19, 2011, 1:00 PM EDT

    Anthony Rendon

    Rice third baseman Anthony Rendon told Dejean Kovacevic of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that agent Scott Boras will act as his adviser. Of course, Boras must be called an “adviser” for now because Rendon is still an amateur. It shouldn’t be a surprise to see Boras involved with the highly-regarded Rendon. The 20-year-old underwent ankle surgery…

  17. Rockies sign Matt Belisle to a two-year contract

    Feb 19, 2011, 11:35 AM EDT

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    The Rockies have inked Matt Belisle to a two-year, $6.125 million contract, according to the right-hander’s agency CAA. Brief sidenote: It’s interesting to see how many contract announcements were made over Twitter this offseason, either by the team or an agency. It probably won’t be long before this is commonplace. Anyhow, the Rockies and Belisle…

  18. Garrett Wittels’ hit streak ends at 56 games

    Feb 19, 2011, 10:29 AM EDT

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    According to Aaron Fitt of Baseball America, Florida International University shortstop Garrett Wittels went 0-for-4 in last night’s season-opener against Southeastern Louisiana, ending his hit streak at 56 games. Wittels was in pursuit of Robin Ventura, who established the all-time NCAA Division I record when he hit in 58 consecutive games with Oklahoma State in 1987. That’s the…

  19. Irving Picard is also going after Tim Teufel

    Feb 19, 2011, 10:01 AM EDT

    Nationals Mets Baseball

    The Wilpons and Saul Katz have some familiar company in this Madoff mess. According to Andy Martino of the New York Daily News, former Mets second baseman and current Triple-A Buffalo manager Tim Teufel is being sued for approximately $1.23 million in a clawback lawsuit filed by Madoff trustee Irving Picard. According to the Daily…

  20. Miguel Cabrera to be evaluated by doctors before reporting to spring training

    Feb 19, 2011, 9:31 AM EDT

    Miguel Cabrera

    Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski just spoke with the media in Lakeland, Florida and said that Miguel Cabrera will be evaluated by doctors before reporting to spring training. Here’s Dombrowski, courtesy of Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports: “He’s cooperative and realizes he has an alcohol problem and he fell off.” Dombrowski doesn’t have a specific…

  21. Michael Young to report to Rangers’ camp today

    Feb 19, 2011, 8:37 AM EDT

    Michael Young AP

    Today is the official day for Rangers’ position players to report to spring training. Not that we didn’t expect him to be there or anything, but Rangers general manager Jon Daniels confirmed to T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com that Michael Young will indeed be in Surprise, Arizona today. Just because Young is reporting to camp doesn’t…

  22. Rangers plan to explore contract extension with C.J. Wilson

    Feb 18, 2011, 9:35 PM EDT

    CJ Wilson pitching

    Rangers general manager Jon Daniels told Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com earlier today that he expects to discuss a contract extension with C.J. Wilson over the next several weeks. Wilson made a sucessful transition from the bullpen to the starting rotation last season, compiling a 15-8 record along with a 3.35 ERA over 33 starts…

  23. Domonic Brown is Charlie Manuel’s “first choice” for right field. Sort of.

    Feb 18, 2011, 8:14 PM EDT

    Domonic Brown swinging

    It appeared that Phillies manager Charlie Manuel tipped his hand on the favorite for the starting right field job earlier today, telling reporters that top prospect Domonic Brown “is sort of the first choice there.” According to Jim Salisbury of CSNPhiladelphia.com, the skipper later had to clarify his comments. “I should have been a little…

  24. The Astros and Hunter Pence went to an arbitration hearing today

    Feb 18, 2011, 6:45 PM EDT

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    Hunter Pence and the Astros wrapped up MLB’s third and final arbitration hearing of the winter earlier today, according to Brian McTaggart of MLB.com. Following the three-hour, 45-minute hearing, Astros general manager Ed Wade said that he expects the three-person panel to render a decision sometime tomorrow. “This is part of the process we go…

  25. Bernie Madoff says Wilpons “knew nothing” about Ponzi scheme

    Feb 15, 2011, 10:13 PM EDT

    Fred Wilpon

    In a lengthy jailhouse interview with the New York Times, Bernie Madoff claims Fred Wilpon and Saul Katz knew nothing about his Ponzi scheme. “They knew nothing. They knew nothing.” And this matters because? Madoff isn’t exactly the most trustworthy fellow — that’s why he’s in the slammer in the first place — and Irving…

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