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  1. Padres unveil new road and camo uniforms for 2011

    Jan 26, 2011, 8:12 PM EDT

    padres logo big

    Back in November of 2003, the Padres decided to abandon the traditional road gray uniforms that most teams used and continue to use. Instead, they decided to play away games in a sand-colored jersey, meant to represent the beaches of San Diego. The change was met with immediate criticism.  The Padres’ new sand jersey looked…

  2. Angels open long-term contract discussions with Weaver

    Jan 26, 2011, 6:36 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim v Texas Rangers

    The Angels got all sorts of deserved flak for taking on $81 million of Vernon Wells‘ contract in a trade with the Blue Jays last week.  But they could end their offseason on a high note. According to Mark Saxson of ESPN L.A., the Halos have opened long-term contract discussions with ace right-hander Jered Weaver.…

  3. UPDATE: The Armando Galarraga trade is official

    Jan 24, 2011, 12:28 PM EDT

    Armando Galarraga

    UPDATE: The Armando Galarraga trade is official, reports Jason Beck. The Tigers get Kevin Eichhorn and lefty reliever Ryan Robowski. The Diamondbacks are responsible for all of Galarraga’s salry. 12:28 PM:  The Galarraga-to-Arizona trade has gone from talks to “likely” to “on the verge” of happening according to Steve Gilbert of MLB.com. The trade could be done today. The…

  4. Sox open to trading Papelbon this spring and this summer

    Jan 23, 2011, 5:02 PM EDT

    Boston Red Sox v Seattle Mariners

    The Red Sox signed closer Jonathan Papelbon to a one-year contract last week that will grant him a $12 million salary in 2011. But there’s a chance he won’t be in Boston for the entire year. According to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe, the Red Sox are open to trade offers for the 30-year-old…

  5. “In the frozen grip of winter…”

    Jan 23, 2011, 3:34 PM EDT

    buck in st. louis

    I had the great pleasure of meeting Hall of Fame broadcaster Jack Buck in 2001 when I was 14 years old.  I was an eighth grader, going into freshman year of high school.  My friend’s dad was his personal accountant and Buck had told my friend to “come say hello” whenever he made it to…

  6. A Baltimore Sun writer thinks the O’s should sign Vlad

    Jan 23, 2011, 2:03 PM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Texas Rangers, Game 4

    The Orioles don’t have a deal with Vladimir Guerrero, as Jim Bowden reported Saturday, but they are at least looking into signing the aging slugger. The Baltimore front office undoubtedly spent the weekend sorting out positives and negatives.  Vlad might hit well at Camden Yards, but bringing him aboard would mean moving Luke Scott to…

  7. Rangers avoid arbitration with O’Day, ink $1.215M contract

    Jan 23, 2011, 12:49 PM EDT

    World Series Giants Rangers Baseball

    The Rangers can file another arbitration case as closed. According to Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News, side-arming reliever Darren O’Day has agreed to a $1.215 million salary for 2011. O’Day requested $1.4 million and the Rangers countered at $1.05 million when arbitration figures were filed last week.  They found a middle ground over…

  8. Rockies can buck trend, get off to a good April start

    Jan 23, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

    Coors Field

    The Rockies are known more for late-season charges than they are fast beginnings.  In fact, they’ve had a losing record in April in each of the last four seasons.  But that could all change this year. As Jack Etkin at Inside The Rockies notes, the club plays only three games in April against a team…

  9. Astros’ Carrillo arrested for trespassing at Tampa casino

    Jan 23, 2011, 10:33 AM EDT

    cesar carrillo head

    According to the Associated Press, via CBSSports.com, Astros right-hander Cesar Carrillo was arrested and charged with trespassing after an incident early Saturday morning at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Tampa. Carrillo was asked to leave the casino for an undisclosed reason and then attempted to reenter the premises 15 minutes later.  He…

  10. Billy Butler’s new extension provides the Royals flexibility

    Jan 23, 2011, 8:56 AM EDT

    Billy Butler

    Royals first baseman Billy Butler agreed to a four-year, $30 million contract extension with the Royals on Saturday morning.  Now Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star has the financial breakdown of the deal. Butler will make $3 million this year, $8 million in 2012, 2013 and 2014, then possibly $12.5 million on a club…

  11. Reds now talking multi-year deal with Edinson Volquez

    Jan 21, 2011, 2:50 PM EDT

    Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Volquez reacts after giving up a run to the Philadelphia Phillies during the second inning in Game 1 of the MLB National League Division Series baseball playoffs in Philadelphia

    The Reds haven’t been overly active in free agency this offseason, but they’ve done a nice job of locking up some of their key internal components. Staff ace Bronson Arroyo was signed to a three-year, $35 million contract extension in early December.  Young power-hitting outfielder Jay Bruce inked a six-year, $51 million extension less than…

  12. Josh Hamilton lost 10 lbs. to pneumonia last week

    Jan 21, 2011, 1:21 PM EDT

    Josh Hamilton

    Josh Hamilton‘s recent bout with pneumonia was actually kind of serious. According to Anthony Andro of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Hamilton dropped 10 pounds last week while battling the lung inflammation for five days in the hosptial.  The outfielder also told reporters on Friday that he’s only at about 90 percent health at the moment.…

  13. Update: Rays, Damon just talking for now

    Jan 21, 2011, 12:15 PM EDT

    Johnny Damon

    UPDATE, 12:15 PM: Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com was told by a source that the Rays are indeed talking to Damon and that an agreement could “certainly happen,” but also that nothing is close. 2:29 AM: Johnny Damon has found a new home for the upcoming season.  Well, almost. According to Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports,…

  14. Rangers “going after” free agent slugger Manny Ramirez

    Jan 21, 2011, 11:31 AM EDT

    Manny Ramirez, new team member of the Chicago White Sox, looks on during batting practice prior to the White Sox MLB American League baseball game against the Cleveland Indians in Cleveland

    On Thursday, Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes filed a report claiming that free agent Manny Ramirez would likely sign with a new team by the beginning of next week.  Now T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com is reporting that the Rangers are “going after” him. A couple of other clubs have been linked to Ramirez, including the…

  15. Mets sign Tim Byrdak to a minor league contract

    Jan 21, 2011, 10:08 AM EDT

    Houston Astros Photo Day

    Mike Silva of New York Baseball Digest had this one last night.  Adam Rubin of ESPN New York confirmed it this morning. The Mets have signed left-handed reliever Tim Byrdak to a minor league contract and, presumably, have invited him to spring training. There’s a real chance that Byrdak will be able to climb his…

  16. Nate McLouth will start in center this year for Atlanta

    Jan 20, 2011, 9:03 PM EDT

    Atlanta Braves v San Francisco Giants, Game 1

    Braves outfielder Nate McLouth had the worst offensive season of his career in 2010, posting a miserable .190 batting average and .620 OPS across 288 plate appearances.  He was demoted to the Triple-A level at one point and he also battled a concussion near the middle of the summer. It was a brutal showing. But,…

  17. Update: Giants complete minor league deal with Suppan

    Jan 20, 2011, 7:41 PM EDT

    Jeff Suppan

    UPDATE, 7:41 PM: According to Mychael Urban of CSN Bay Area, this one is done.  If Suppan manages to find a spot on the Giants’ Opening Day roster, he will earn a $1 million salary. 2:16 PM: From Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News comes word that the Giants are nearing agreement on…

  18. Reds ink Johnny Cueto to a four-year, $27M extension

    Jan 20, 2011, 6:29 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v Cincinnati Reds, Game 3

    From Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes comes word that the Reds have agreed to a four-year, $27 million contract extension with young right-hander Johnny Cueto. Cueto, 25 next month, was eligible for arbitration for the first time this winter.  This new extension will allow both sides to avoid an often tumultuous arbitration hearing and will…

  19. Duchscherer held private workouts for two AL clubs

    Jan 19, 2011, 8:59 PM EDT

    Justin Duchscherer

    Free agent right-hander Justin Duchscherer may be close to finding a new team. The right-hander drew interest from the Yankees earlier this winter and, according to ESPN.com’s Jerry Crasnick, held private workouts with two other American League clubs last week. Duchscherer tallied only 28 total innings last year for the A’s and sat out for…

  20. Twins finally reach two-year, $16.5M pact with Pavano

    Jan 19, 2011, 7:25 PM EDT

    New York Yankees v Minnesota Twins, Game 2

    Finally, according to Ken Davidoff of Newsday, the Twins have officially reached agreement with right-hander Carl Pavano. It was reported almost 13 days ago that the two sides had reached a compromise on a two-year contract, but it took another few meetings for all of the financial terms to be worked out. Pavano will earn…

  21. Padres finalize contract with reliever Chad Qualls

    Jan 19, 2011, 7:08 PM EDT

    St. Louis Cardinals v Arizona Diamondbacks

    It was reported last week that the Padres and right-hander Chad Qualls were close to agreement on a one-year contract.  That deal is now official and Corey Brock of MLB.com has the financial terms. Qualls will make $1.5 million this season and another $1.05 million if his club option for 2012 is not exercised. The…

  22. Rockies ink Joe Crede to a minor league contract

    Jan 19, 2011, 4:43 PM EDT

    crede with white sox ring

    Joe Crede is back in action. After sitting out for all of the 2010 season in recovery from back surgery, the veteran third baseman inked a minor league contract on Wednesday afternoon with the Rockies.  This according to the club’s official Twitter feed. The deal also comes with an invitation to spring training, where Crede…

  23. Votto’s contract details paint a scary picture for Reds fans

    Jan 19, 2011, 11:54 AM EDT

    joey-votto-head-scratch

    The Reds inked first baseman Joey Votto to a three-year, $38 million contract extension on Sunday, buying out all three of his arbitration-eligible seasons.  Now John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer has the financial breakdown of the deal. Votto will earn a $5 million salary in 2011, a $9.5 million salary in 2012 and a…

  24. The Cardinals are probably going to sign Albert Pujols, but it won’t be easy and it won’t all be positive…

    Jan 16, 2011, 5:50 PM EDT

    St Louis Cardinals v Pittsburgh Pirates

    As the resident Cardinals supporter on this here blog, I feel it is my responsibility to riff a little on the Albert Pujols extension stuff. It was reported Saturday that Pujols and his agent want talks to cease once spring training begins and Albert confirmed that deadline while speaking with the media Sunday in what…

  25. Astros prospect Delino DeShields Jr. charged with DUI

    Jan 16, 2011, 4:36 PM EDT

    Astros DeShields Baseball

    Ozzie Canseco isn’t the only guy with baseball ties who is facing DUI charges. According to Zachary Levine of the Houston Chronicle, infield prospect Delino DeShields Jr. was arrested and charged with DUI, possession of alcohol by a minor and a traffic violation early Sunday morning in the Atlanta, Georgia area. DeShields, 18, was a…

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