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  1. Ozzie Guillen: Hanley Ramirez not on board with move to third base. Yet.

    Feb 14, 2012, 7:49 PM EST

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    Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen was asked Tuesday whether Hanley Ramirez is “absolutely 100 percent on board” with moving to third base this season to accommodate shortstop Jose Reyes. In his response, Guillen did not mince words (see the video at the Miami Herald‘s website): “No,” Guillen said. “No, Hanley is not 100 percent on board.…

  2. Justin Smoak gives up burritos, hoping for strong 2012

    Feb 12, 2012, 5:01 PM EST

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    While not quite a Best Shape of His Life tale, this weekend report from Larry Larue of the Tacoma News Tribune does profess Mariners first baseman Justin Smoak as having an improved physique: “I gave up Mexican food – man, I could crush burritos,” Smoak told Larue. “And pizza. I could crush those, too. I…

  3. Phillies president confident about retaining Cole Hamels

    Feb 12, 2012, 3:34 PM EST

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    The Phillies haven’t made much progress this winter toward a long-term extension for Cole Hamels. But team president David Montgomery told Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer that there’s a sense of confidence something will eventually get done: “I don’t think it’s difficult,” Montgomery said. “We’ve let Cole know we’re anxious to have him stay…

  4. Picture of the Day: M’s open spring training in Arizona

    Feb 12, 2012, 2:09 PM EST

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    The Mariners open their season in late March in Tokyo, so they’re in camp a week earlier than most teams. Which gives us the image below — a simple but wonderful picture of baseball players performing light running drills on a field in Arizona (via the M’s official Twitter feed). It’s back, people. Baseball is…

  5. Evan Longoria had minor foot surgery in November

    Feb 12, 2012, 12:48 PM EST

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    From beat writer Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times comes word that Rays third baseman Evan Longoria underwent a minor surgical procedure in early November to help relieve “the occasionally painful Morton’s neuroma condition in his left foot.” Longoria was able to resume workouts shortly after the surgery and is expected to be at…

  6. Orioles considered darkhorse for Yoenis Cespedes

    Feb 12, 2012, 11:23 AM EST

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    From Nick Cafardo’s Sunday notes column in the Boston Globe, a must-read every weekend: Yoenis Cespedes, CF, free agent – There was a lot of talk late in the week that the Orioles were the sleeper team for him. The Marlins, Tigers, and Cubs are also interested, but the Orioles are very aggressive in their…

  7. Pirates, Yankees making progress toward A.J. Burnett trade

    Feb 12, 2012, 10:00 AM EST

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    Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News was told by a source on Saturday night that there’s a “good chance” of A.J. Burnett being dealt to the Pirates. It appears that source was onto something. According to ESPN’s Buster Olney, the Pirates and Yankees have the “framework” of a deal “in place.” Olney says…

  8. Ordonez to buy stake in Venezuelan Winter League team

    Feb 12, 2012, 9:06 AM EST

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    Veteran outfielder Magglio Ordonez is waiting by the phone, hoping a team will call and allow him to continue his major league playing career. But if nobody makes an offer, he has a backup plan. According to Robert Downs of the Detroit Free Press, Ordonez is “poised to purchase shares” in the Caribes de Anzoátegui,…

  9. Must-Click Link: Mike Carp honoring Greg Halman

    Feb 11, 2012, 10:11 PM EST

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    The late-November stabbing death of Mariners outfielder Greg Halman is still fresh on the mind of many players in the Seattle clubhouse as spring camp begins to get underway in Peoria, Arizona. One player in particular. Mariners left fielder Mike Carp considered Halman his best friend, writes MLB.com beat writer Greg Johns. Carp attended Halman’s…

  10. Rangers avoid arbitration with Mike Napoli at $9.4 million

    Feb 11, 2012, 8:35 PM EST

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    From Ben Nicholson-Smith of MLB Trade Rumors comes word that the Rangers avoided arbitration with catcher Mike Napoli on Saturday night by agreeing to a one-year, $9.4 million contract for 2012. Napoli requested a salary of $11.5 million and was offered $8.3 million from the Texas front office when arbitration figures were filed last month.…

  11. Angels confident in working out long-term deal with Aybar

    Feb 11, 2012, 7:03 PM EST

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    Angels GM Jerry Dipoto acknowledged Saturday to MLB.com’s Alden Gonzalez that it’s unlikely Erick Aybar‘s contract will be extended before the start of the 2012 regular season, but at the same time expressed confidence that something will get done eventually: “We’ve had multiple talks with Erick and his people,” said Dipoto. “They’re aware of our…

  12. Yadier Molina on looming free agency: “It’s business”

    Feb 9, 2012, 10:03 PM EST

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    It doesn’t sound like Yadier Molina is planning to offer the Cardinals much of a hometown discount in negotiations toward a long-term contract extension. The 29-year-old catcher, who is currently slated to become a free agent five days after the conclusion of the 2012 World Series, spoke Thursday evening with Joe Strauss of the St.…

  13. No deadline for decision on Ryan Braun’s PED appeal

    Feb 9, 2012, 8:44 PM EST

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    It has been three whole weeks since Brewers left fielder Ryan Braun made a plea of innocence in front of an independent arbitrator in New York City, and yet no decision has been made about the NL MVP’s status for the start of the 2012 regular season. Braun, who tested positive for “insane” levels of…

  14. Yankees want Garrett Jones from Pirates for A.J. Burnett

    Feb 9, 2012, 7:28 PM EST

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    The A.J. Burnett trade rumors are very real, but they’re apparently not leading to a transaction. According to ESPN’s Buster Olney, the Yankees asked the Pirates for outfielder Garrett Jones in exchange for Burnett. New York was quickly rebuffed and there is currently “no traction” for a deal. Jones hasn’t come close to the .938…

  15. Orioles sign Nick Johnson to minor-league deal

    Feb 9, 2012, 5:01 PM EST

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    UPDATE: It’s a done deal. ========== From MASN’s Roch Kubatko comes word that the Orioles are nearing agreement on a minor league contract with veteran first baseman Nick Johnson. The deal will presumably include an invitation to major league spring training, where Johnson will presumably get a legitimate shot at claiming a spot on Baltimore’s…

  16. Rangers finalize 3-year, $14.4M contract with Elvis Andrus

    Feb 8, 2012, 9:59 PM EST

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    Columnist Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News passes along the season-by-season financial breakdown of Elvis Andrus‘ new three-year, $14.4 million contract extension with the Rangers: 2012: $2.375 million 2013: $4.8 million 2014: $6.475 million The agreement, which also comes with a $750,000 signing bonus, covers Andrus through all three of his years of arbitration…

  17. David Ortiz arbitration hearing scheduled for Monday

    Feb 8, 2012, 8:32 PM EST

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    According to WEEI.com’s Alex Speier, an arbitration hearing for the Red Sox and designated hitter David Ortiz has been scheduled for Monday. Ortiz requested a salary of $16.5 million and was offered $12.65 million by the Boston front office when arbitration numbers were exchanged in mid-January. The two sides have not been able to find…

  18. Lance Lynn is in the Best Shape Of His Life. Or close to it.

    Feb 8, 2012, 8:39 AM EST

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    Best Shape Of His Life stories can come in all shapes and sizes. They don’t necessarily have to involve superstars, and they don’t always need to be presented in full-length feature articles. There are no rules for this phenomenon, you see. There is a logo now, but there are no rules. Enter Cardinals right-hander Lance…

  19. Reds haven’t made progress on Brandon Phillips extension

    Feb 8, 2012, 7:53 AM EST

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    Last we heard, the Reds had tabled long-term negotiations with second baseman Brandon Phillips due to differing opinions on his market value. And it seems not much has changed. Reds GM Walt Jocketty told MLB.com’s Mark Sheldon on Tuesday that the team isn’t any closer to locking up Phillips, who is currently on track to…

  20. Rick Ankiel welcomed back to Nats on minor league deal

    Feb 5, 2012, 6:00 PM EST

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    Amanda Comack of the Washington Post reports that the Nationals have re-signed outfielder Rick Ankiel to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training. Ankiel, 32, batted just .239/.296/.363 with nine home runs and 37 RBI in 415 plate appearances last season for Washington. He has one of the best outfield arms in…

  21. Mark Prior expected to attempt “one more comeback”

    Feb 5, 2012, 5:17 PM EST

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    From Nick Cafardo’s Sunday notes column in the Boston Globe: Mark Prior, RHP, free agent – He will likely attempt one more comeback. He spent some of last season with the Yankees, his rebuilt arm holding up well and getting his velocity into the low 90s. But Prior, who was the Stephen Strasburg of his day, has…

  22. Cubs likely to wait until mid-summer to trade Matt Garza

    Feb 5, 2012, 4:00 PM EST

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    The Cubs have been dangling Matt Garza on the trade market all winter. But they clearly haven’t been blown away by any one offer, and may now put the whole effort to rest for the next couple of months. A major league executive told FOX Sports’ Jon Paul Morosi this weekend that the Cubs are…

  23. Brandon Webb is still on the comeback trail

    Feb 5, 2012, 2:53 PM EST

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    Brandon Webb last appeared in a big league game on Opening Day in 2009 and has undergone a series of major shoulder procedures since. But the 32-year-old is still fighting — still trying to make it back. According to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe, Webb is planning to throw for major league teams “sometime in…

  24. A’s among teams pursuing trade for Rangers’ Koji Uehara

    Feb 5, 2012, 1:26 PM EST

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    From FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal comes word that the A’s are among the teams considering a trade for Rangers setup man Koji Uehara. The Orioles have also been identified as a potential suitor. Uehara posted an uninspiring 4.00 ERA in 18 innings for the Rangers last season after joining the team in a late-July trade from Baltimore.…

  25. Mariners have interest in free agent lefty Hong-Chih Kuo

    Feb 5, 2012, 12:01 PM EST

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    Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reported last Sunday that free agent left-hander Hong-Chih Kuo was drawing interest from “three West Coast teams.” We can now identify one of those clubs. According to Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times, the Mariners have been “looking closely” at Kuo recently and could be moving toward an agreement. Kuo…

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