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  1. UPDATE: Pujols’ camp calls reported offer “inaccurate, reckless and outrageous”

    Feb 15, 2011, 9:58 PM EDT

    Pujols swing

    UPDATE: Oh boy. A source close to the Pujols’ camp tells Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports that tonight’s report of an eight-year offer from the Cardinals is “inaccurate, reckless and outrageous.” Ouch. Sounds a bit angry. Looks like that whole “negotiating behind closed doors” thing is officially out the window. 7:59 PM: Tick-tock, tick-tock… It’s…

  2. Jordan Zimmermann will have an innings limit this season

    Feb 15, 2011, 9:33 PM EDT

    Jordan Zimmermann

    Jordan Zimmermann spent most of last season rehabbing from Tommy John surgery, but managed to return to the big leagues in late-August, just one year removed from the procedure. The 24-year-old right-hander posted a 4.94 ERA and 27/10 K/BB ratio over seven starts with the Nats down the stretch. He was inconsistent and struggled with…

  3. UPDATE: The Diamondbacks are in the mix for Michael Young

    Feb 15, 2011, 6:57 PM EDT

    Michael Young bats

    UPDATE: That was quick. Steve Gilbert of MLB.com reports that the Diamondbacks expressed interest in Young “early on,” but have not since. 6:31 PM: Another day, another new team in the mix for Michael Young. According to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com, the Diamondbacks have emerged as a potential suitor for the disgruntled third baseman. The Diamondbacks…

  4. Aaron Harang says struggles stemmed from 2008 relief appearance

    Feb 12, 2011, 5:50 PM EDT

    Aaron Harang throwing

    It wasn’t too long ago that Aaron Harang was considered one of baseball’s most durable workhorses. For example, he tossed a total of 677 2/3 innings between 2005-07. Only Brandon Webb and Johan Santana logged more innings during that time period. Harang had a very respectable 3.50 ERA over his first 11 starts into the…

  5. Indians still have interest in Jeremy Bonderman

    Feb 12, 2011, 4:22 PM EDT

    Jeremy Bonderman pitching

    Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that the Indians still have interest in free agent right-hander Jeremy Bonderman, but only on a minor league deal. The Indians have also been connected to veteran right-hander Kevin Millwood, but Hoynes writes that they naturally aren’t willing to give him the one-year, $4 million contract he…

  6. Tony Gwynn discusses his recovery from cancer

    Feb 12, 2011, 3:00 PM EDT

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    Tony Gwynn recently discussed his recovery from cancer with Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times. As you may remember, the Hall of Famer was diagnosed with cancer of the parotid gland last August. We learned last month that radiation and chemotherapy forced him to use a walker to get around, but Gwynn tells Hernandez that surgery…

  7. No seriously, Billy Wagner is not coming back

    Feb 12, 2011, 1:30 PM EDT

    Billy Wagner

    Yesterday I tweeted, mostly jokingly, that Billy Wagner was still on the Braves 40-man roster. Many others have continued to notice the same thing, fueling rumors that the left-hander isn’t ready to retire. David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution did his best to dispel that notion last night, writing that there has been no indication…

  8. Must-click link: Joe Maddon-themed “Choose Your Own Adventure”

    Feb 12, 2011, 12:10 PM EDT

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    Ever wanted to wear some hip dark frames and manage a major league baseball team? Of course you do. Well, Here’s your chance! CB Jones of Rays-centric blog DRaysBay has put together a brilliant “Choose Your Own Adventure” game where you star as Joe Maddon. I won’t give away too much, but the game begins…

  9. Milton Bradley may not be out of hot water yet

    Feb 12, 2011, 11:10 AM EDT

    Milton Bradley sitting

    Milton Bradley’s attorney released a statement yesterday saying that his client has been cleared of all charges in regards to a felony arrest for making threats against his wife last month. According to the Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times, the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office has a different take on the situation. “That’s a very optimistic…

  10. 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…

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

    Feb 12, 2011, 8:59 AM EDT

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    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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

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

    Feb 7, 2011, 11:51 PM EDT

    Michael Young AP

    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…

  21. 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…

  22. 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…

  23. Dodgers sign Aaron Miles to a minor league contract

    Feb 7, 2011, 8:02 PM EDT

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    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…

  24. 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…

  25. 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.…

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