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  1. Cubs open to repairing relationship with Sammy Sosa

    Jan 20, 2013, 3:59 PM EDT

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    Sammy Sosa walked disgruntledly out of Wrigley Field in the middle of his final game with the Cubs back in October 2004. He was fined $87,400 for going AWOL and the Cubs traded him before the start of the 2005 season to the Orioles for Jerry Hairston Jr., Mike Fontenot and Dave Crouthers. The relationship…

  2. CC Sabathia is in The Best Shape of His Life

    Jan 20, 2013, 2:41 PM EDT

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    We’ll have to get Craig in here on Monday to make sure this one qualifies:     Sabathia posted a 3.38 ERA and 1.14 WHIP across 28 starts last season, fanning 197 batters in 200 innings. The 32-year-old lefty underwent elbow surgery in October but is expected to be recovered by Opening Day. The Yankees…

  3. Stan Musial, JFK share a moment at the 1962 All-Star Game

    Jan 20, 2013, 1:38 PM EDT

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    American historian Michael Beschloss shares this classic image of Stan Musial and then-president John F. Kennedy having a laugh just before the start of the 1962 All-Star Game at District of Columbia Stadium: Musial, who died at his home in St. Louis on Saturday evening at the age of 92, campaigned for JFK in the…

  4. Adam Wainwright optimistic about extension talks

    Jan 20, 2013, 12:53 PM EDT

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    Adam Wainwright is scheduled to become a free agent after the 2013 season. But it doesn’t sound like he’s going to catch a whiff of the open market. According to B.J. Rains of FOX Sports Midwest, the right-hander said Saturday at the Cardinals’ annual Winter Warm-Up that he and his agent discussed the parameters of a…

  5. David Wright engaged to model Molly Beers

    Jan 20, 2013, 11:40 AM EDT

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    ESPN New York’s Adam Rubin has the big scoop: David Wright is off the market. And we’re not referring to the eight-year contract he signed last month. Weeks after model Molly Beers accompanied Wright to the winter meetings for his contract-extension announcement, the couple became engaged over the holidays, Wright told No wedding date has…

  6. Justin Sellers arrested in California for reckless motorcycle driving and attempting to flee

    Jan 20, 2013, 10:35 AM EDT

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    Via Sacramento, California’s Police said Justin Sellers was doing “wheelies” on his motorcycle in a neighborhood near Riva Drive. When officers tried to pull him over, police said Sellers took off. After a short chase, Sellers turned himself in, authorities said. The ordeal will probably put a dent in the young infielder’s wallet but…

  7. St. Louis Post-Dispatch honors Stan Musial

    Jan 20, 2013, 9:42 AM EDT

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    The St. Louis Post-Dispatch has probably the best local baseball coverage of any newspaper in the country. You’ll want to read everything you can find over there today. Here’s a shot of Sunday’s front page:

  8. Rockies strike minor league deal with Miguel Batista

    Jan 20, 2013, 8:36 AM EDT

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    Troy Renck of the Denver Post reports that the Rockies are nearing agreement on a minor league contract with veteran right-hander Miguel Batista. If the deal is finalized — and there’s no reason to think it won’t be — Batista will be given an invitation to major league spring training with a pretty favorable opportunity…

  9. Crowd gathers at Stan Musial statue outside Busch Stadium

    Jan 20, 2013, 12:14 AM EDT

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    FOX Sports Midwest provides the picture below of the crowd of Cardinals fans gathering in front of the Stan Musial statue outside Busch Stadium’s third base gate. It was taken around 10:30 p.m. local time. And here’s a message on a ball, provided by B.J. Rains, that was left by a young fan at the…

  10. “Everyone I know in St. Louis has a ball signed by Stan”

    Jan 19, 2013, 11:31 PM EDT

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    I can’t claim to have known Stan Musial, who died this evening at the age of 92, and you’re sure to find far more thorough tributes to “The Man” in various other corners of the baseball media landscape. But I figured I’d share some memories from the couple of times I was lucky enough to…

  11. Pablo Sandoval back with VWL squad after health scare

    Jan 19, 2013, 10:47 PM EDT

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    Good news out of the Venezuelan Winter League. According to Alex Pavlovic of the San Jose Mercury News, Pablo Sandoval has returned to the starting lineup for Navegantes del Magallanes following a short stay in a local hospital. He was diagnosed with colitis (swelling of the large intestine) but got over the painful symptoms it was causing…

  12. Reactions to the passing of Stan “The Man” Musial

    Jan 19, 2013, 10:03 PM EDT

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    The outpouring of love for Stan Musial, who died tonight at the age of 92, has been incredible:

  13. Hal McCoy is looking for a ride to Reds games

    Jan 19, 2013, 9:35 PM EDT

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    Via Hal McCoy’s personal blog on the Dayton Daily News website: As most of you know, I am legally blind and unable to drive. For the past five years, my friend Larry Glass has been my driver from Dayton to Cincinnati and back for Cincinnati Reds home games. Unfortunately, Larry has some health issues and…

  14. Stan Musial: 1920-2013

    Jan 19, 2013, 7:59 PM EDT

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    Baseball’s perfect knight is no longer with us. According to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Cardinals great Stan Musial died in St. Louis at 5:45 p.m. local time on Saturday evening. Goold says Musial was “surrounded by family” when he passed. “Stan the Man” — a picture of poise, grace and consistency —…

  15. White Sox sign right-handed reliever Matt Lindstrom

    Jan 19, 2013, 7:18 PM EDT

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    From CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman comes word that the White Sox have agreed to terms on a one-year free agent contract with setup man Matt Lindstrom. The deal, which is only pending a physical, also comes with a club option for the 2014 season. Exact financial terms haven’t been disclosed. Lindstrom registered a cool 2.68…

  16. Rockies avoid arbitration with right-hander Wilton Lopez and left-hander Josh Outman

    Jan 16, 2013, 9:29 PM EDT

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    According to Troy Renck of the Denver Post, the Rockies have signed right-hander Wilton Lopez to a one-year, $1.7625 million contract and left-hander Josh Outman to a one-year, $675,000 contract, avoiding salary arbitration with each pitcher. Both were arbitration-eligible for the first time. Lopez posted a 2.17 ERA, 1.04 WHIP and 54/8 K/BB ratio in…

  17. A’s designate George Kottaras for assignment

    Jan 16, 2013, 8:15 PM EDT

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    CBS Sports’ Danny Knobler reports that the A’s have designated George Kottaras for assignment. The move clears a spot on Oakland’s MLB roster for John Jaso, who was acquired from the Mariners this evening as part of a three-team, five-player trade. Kottaras, 29, posted a .211/.351/.415 batting line with nine home runs and 31 RBI across…

  18. Mariners pick up Michael Morse from the Nationals as part of three-team, five-player trade

    Jan 16, 2013, 7:08 PM EDT

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    Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post has the story: The Nationals traded slugger Michael Morse to the Seattle Mariners in a three-way trade that netted them right-hander A.J. Cole, the pitching prospect who last winter served as the centerpiece of the trade that brought Gio Gonzalez from the Oakland A’s to the Nationals. The Mariners…

  19. Yankees sign one-year, $7.15 million contract with Phil Hughes, avoiding arbitration

    Jan 16, 2013, 6:43 PM EDT

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    From beat writer Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News comes word that the Yankees have avoided arbitration with right-hander Phil Hughes by agreeing to a one-year, $7.15 million contract. Hughes is in his third year of arbitration eligiblily. He made $2.7 million in 2011 and $3.2 million in 2012. If the Yankees don’t lock him at…

  20. Carl Crawford recently began a throwing program

    Jan 15, 2013, 10:02 PM EDT

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    Hey, look, it’s positive news about Carl Crawford: Appearing on 710 ESPNLA Tuesday, Dodgers president Stan Kasten said he had just gotten a positive medical report, including video, and that the four-time All-Star has lost 10 pounds since last season and has started to throw. “At no time has he felt he wouldn’t be ready…

  21. Angels strike one-year, $2 million contract with Jerome Williams, avoiding arbitration

    Jan 15, 2013, 8:47 PM EDT

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    From beat reporter Alden Gonzalez comes word that the Angels have avoided salary arbitration with right-hander Jerome Williams by agreeing to a one-year, $2 million contract. Williams earned an $820,000 salary in 2012 as a first-year arbitration-eligible player while posting a 4.58 ERA, 1.26 WHIP and 98/35 K/BB ratio across 137 2/3 innings. The 31-year-old…

  22. Scott Rolen could be a target for the Dodgers

    Jan 15, 2013, 7:35 PM EDT

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    The Dodgers have poured money into various parts of their roster over the past several months, but they’re set to open the 2013 season with Luis Cruz as their starting third baseman and do not have much depth behind him. So more moves are being considered. According to ESPN’s Buster Olney, the Los Angeles front…

  23. Half of Rafael Soriano’s new $28 million contract is deferred

    Jan 15, 2013, 6:23 PM EDT

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    Rafael Soriano‘s two-year, $28 million pact with the Nationals has an interesting financial breakdown. According to Jim Bowden of ESPN and SiriusXM, the right-handed reliever will make just a $7 million salary in 2013 and 2014, and the remaining $14 million will be deferred until after the 2018 season. So agent Scott Boras can boast…

  24. Bruce Chen commits to Team China for 2013 WBC

    Jan 13, 2013, 5:01 PM EDT

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    CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reports that Royals left-hander Bruce Chen has agreed to pitch for Team China in the 2013 World Baseball Classic after spending the 2009 WBC with Team Panama. Chen, who was born in Panama City, Panama but is of Chinese descent, posted a 5.07 ERA, 1.37 WHIP and 140/47 K/BB ratio across…

  25. Jeffrey Loria, David Samson no longer talking to the media

    Jan 13, 2013, 3:32 PM EDT

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    According to columnist Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald, the Marlins’ higher-ups have intentionally gone into hiding since executing the organization’s latest major firesale: Besides forbidding president David Samson from doing his radio show, Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria also told Samson that he can no longer do interviews. That’s short-sighted, because Samson made himself more accountable and accessible than many…

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