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  1. Alex Rodriguez dropped 10 pounds this winter

    Feb 20, 2011, 1:31 PM EDT

    Alex Rodriguez, Andruw Jones

    Alex Rodriguez might not be in the proverbial “best shape of his life,” but he did show up to Yankees camp this weekend with a trimmer self. According to Buster Olney of, the 35-year-old Rodriguez dropped from 233 pounds to 223 pounds this offseason and slid his body fat from 12 percent to nine…

  2. Liriano plays catch, left shoulder checks out fine

    Feb 20, 2011, 12:22 PM EDT

    New York Yankees v Minnesota Twins, Game 1

    Twins starter Francisco Liriano skipped a scheduled bullpen session Friday because he had a bit of tightness in his throwing shoulder. For a guy with his injury history, any kind of abnormal discomfort is concerning, but he is going to survive this little issue. According to Phil Mackey of Minneapolis’ ESPN 1500 AM, Liriano checked…

  3. Rangers ink Brett Tomko to minor league contract

    Feb 20, 2011, 10:38 AM EDT

    tomko mad

    Big news out of Rangers camp. OK, not really. According to the Associated Press, via, Texas has agreed to a minor league contract with veteran right-hander Brett Tomko. The 37-year-old hasn’t pitched in a major league game since September 2009 and is still recovering from the nerve problem that cost him all of the…

  4. Luis Castillo didn’t report early because of brother’s surgery

    Feb 20, 2011, 9:55 AM EDT

    New York Mets v Atlanta Braves

    Remember all that junk Friday about how Mets manager Terry Collins was upset at Luis Castillo for not showing up to spring training earlier than the rest of the club’s positional players? Yeah, that should probably be put to rest now. Castillo revealed Sunday in Mets camp that he was being held up due to…

  5. Kevin Millwood rejects contract offer from Yankees

    Feb 20, 2011, 8:48 AM EDT

    Baltimore Orioles v Tampa Bay Rays

    Rejecting contract offers this late in the offseason is a little crazy. Rejecting contract offers this late in the offseason from the Yankees is even crazier. Ladies and gentlemen, Kevin Millwood… According to Joel Sherman of the New York Post, Millwood has turned down a minor league contract offer from the Yankees because he is…

  6. Keppinger likely to miss the first six weeks of the season

    Feb 17, 2011, 9:27 PM EDT

    Jeff Keppinger

    Astros infielder Jeff Keppinger didn’t have the best offseason. First the ‘Stros traded for Bill Hall and named him their starting second baseman, pushing the 30-year-old Keppinger into a backup role. Then the guy found out in January that he needed surgery to remove a sesamoid bone from his left foot. Keppinger is not going…

  7. Peavy throws “nice and easy” in Thursday bullpen session

    Feb 17, 2011, 8:03 PM EDT

    Chicago Cubs v Chicago White Sox

    Jake Peavy is still considered questionable for Opening Day, but everything has gone smoothly to this point in White Sox camp. The right-hander, making his way back from major lat surgery, threw a bullpen session in front of White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen and general manager Kenny Williams on Thursday afternoon. According to Mark D.…

  8. Miguel Cabrera planning to arrive at camp on Saturday

    Feb 17, 2011, 6:48 PM EDT

    Detroit Tigers v New York Yankees

    Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski spoke to reporters for an extended period of time Thursday about Miguel Cabrera‘s Wednesday DUI arrest. Dombrowski touched on a number of important items, but he didn’t have an answer to the question, “When will Cabrera arrive at spring camp?” Now we know. According to Noah Trister of the Associated…

  9. Pujols releases statement on failed negotiations

    Feb 16, 2011, 10:40 PM EDT

    Albert Pujols, Ivan Rodriguez

    Unless you were down in a mine all day (do mines get broadband?), you probably heard that the Cardinals failed to reach a contract extension with Albert Pujols before the slugger’s self-imposed Wednesday deadline. Different numbers have been popping up everywhere since talks were called off at noon, detailing in different tones how far apart…

  10. Mat Latos doesn’t like San Francisco. Or something.

    Feb 16, 2011, 9:55 PM EDT

    Mat Latos

    The Padres and Giants battled to a tight finish in the National League West standings last season. It all came down to one final three-game series in San Francisco that almost saw the Giants blow a three-game division lead. They eventually wrapped up that series with a win in Game 162 and went on to…

  11. Blue Jays nearing five-year, $65M extension with Bautista

    Feb 16, 2011, 8:46 PM EDT

    Jose Bautista

    UPDATE, 8:46 PM: Now Ken Rosenthal of is reporting that the extension carries a $13 million club option for a sixth season. So it appears that $65 million of the new contract will be guaranteed. 8:39 PM: Forget the minor ankle injuries. There might be real news out of Blue Jays camp tonight. According…

  12. Jon Rauch misses bullpen session due to ankle injury

    Feb 16, 2011, 8:03 PM EDT

    Rauch displays tattoos on his neck during practice at the team's MLB American League spring training facility in Dunedin

    It’s a minor one, but we might have our first injury of this year’s spring training. According to Gregor Chisholm of, Blue Jays reliever Jon Rauch twisted his ankle while walking down a flight of stairs earlier this week at the club’s spring training complex in Dunedin, Florida and missed a scheduled bullpen session…

  13. D’Backs find a first baseman, sign Russell Branyan

    Feb 16, 2011, 6:51 PM EDT

    Seattle Mariners v New York Yankees

    From’s Jon Heyman comes word that the Diamondbacks have reached agreement on a minor league contract with Russell Branyan. The deal also carries an invitation to spring training, where Branyan will have the opportunity to put a claim on Arizona’s starting first base gig. Juan Miranda and Brandon Allen had been ticketed for the…

  14. Report: Sabathia likely to opt out of deal after this season

    Feb 15, 2011, 12:17 AM EDT

    New York Yankees v Texas Rangers, Game 6

    Craig addressed earlier why the matter isn’t worth freaking out about, and that probably still holds true because the baseball season is long and because anything can happen, but it appears that this is now becoming a near fact: CC Sabathia, if everything goes according to plan production-wise, will opt out of his current contract…

  15. De La Rosa arriving late to camp due to visa issues

    Feb 14, 2011, 9:35 PM EDT

    San Diego Padres v Colorado Rockies

    Jorge De La Rosa is going to be late to Rockies camp this spring. According to Troy Renck of the Denver Post, De La Rosa “is expected to miss the first few days” of spring training because he is having visa issues in his native Mexico. De La Rosa has an offseason home in Scottsdale,…

  16. Vlad Guerrero will take physical with Orioles on Wednesday

    Feb 14, 2011, 8:08 PM EDT

    File photo of Rangers' Guerrero hitting an RBI single against the Giants during Game 1 of Major League Baseball's World Series in San Francisco

    Veteran slugger Vladimir Guerrero agreed to a one-year, $8 million contract with the Orioles a whole ten days ago. On Wednesday, he will finally take his physical. If he passes, the O’s will officially introduce him on Friday. That all comes from Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun, who has also caught word that Guerrero…

  17. Blue Jays and Jose Bautista push back arbitration hearing to continue talking long-term extension

    Feb 14, 2011, 6:42 PM EDT

    Blue Jays batter Jose Bautista watches a high pitch during their MLB American League baseball game in Toronto

    The Blue Jays have bought themselves some extra time to work out a long-term contract extension with slugger Jose Bautista. According to Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes, both sides agreed Monday to postpone a scheduled arbitration hearing until Friday so that extension talks can continue. The extra four days might not matter. Bautista tallied a…

  18. Does Pujols’ self-imposed deadline really matter?

    Feb 13, 2011, 5:05 PM EDT

    St Louis Cardinals v Pittsburgh Pirates

    Albert Pujols told the Cardinals a couple of months ago that he wants all negotiations involving a possible contract extension to stop once he arrives at spring training so that he can avoid distractions and focus on getting ready for the start of the regular season. That self-imposed deadline is just three days away and…

  19. D’Backs, Johnson have arbitration hearing Wednesday

    Feb 13, 2011, 3:39 PM EDT

    Colorado Rockies v Arizona Diamondbacks

    Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reported last week that the Diamondbacks and second baseman Kelly Johnson had scheduled an arbitration hearing for Tuesday, February 15. According to Steve Gilbert of, that was one day off. The two sides have officially set up a hearing for Wednesday, February 16. Johnson requested a $6.5 million…

  20. Joel Hanrahan expected to win Pirates’ ninth inning gig

    Feb 13, 2011, 2:12 PM EDT

    St Louis Cardinals v Pittsburgh Pirates

    With the start of spring training each year comes the start of position battles — two or three guys, fighting for one roster spot or one particular gig. The Braves have a position battle going on in the back end of their bullpen, where Craig Kimbrel and Jonny Venters are vying to become Billy Wagner‘s…

  21. La Russa: Edmonds may still be “hobbled”

    Feb 13, 2011, 12:50 PM EDT

    Cincinnati Reds v Arizona Diamondbacks

    The Cardinals signed veteran outfielder Jim Edmonds to a minor league contract earlier this month and gave him an invitation to spring training. He doesn’t have a guaranteed roster spot and will have to earn his way on to the big league roster with a strong showing in Grapefruit League games. It will be a…

  22. Pedro might try to return for the last few months of 2011

    Feb 13, 2011, 11:28 AM EDT

    Boston Red Sox

    Veteran right-hander Pedro Martinez is busy opening a school in his native Dominican Republic and he is not thinking about pitching in the major leagues. Yet. According to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe, “those in the know” think that Pedro might return for the last couple months of the 2011 season if he finds…

  23. Mat Latos’ innings will not be limited this season

    Feb 13, 2011, 10:03 AM EDT

    San Diego Padres v Arizona Diamondbacks

    The Padres are ready to turn Mat Latos loose. Completely. The 23-year-old right-hander posted a stellar 2.92 ERA and 1.08 WHIP across 31 starts last season as a big league sophomore, striking out 189 batters and walking only 50. His strikeout total might have been even higher and his rate stats might have fallen even…

  24. At least one GM thinks Cards will reach deal with Pujols

    Feb 13, 2011, 8:55 AM EDT

    Albert Pujols

    Cardinals slugger Albert Pujols will arrive at spring camp in Jupiter, Florida on Wednesday and has informed the club that he wants all talks regarding a contract extension to cease once he unpacks his things. The clock isn’t ticking, it’s screaming. If you kept up with the story last week, it was all about doom…

  25. Padres, Flores reach minor league contract

    Feb 10, 2011, 9:34 PM EDT

    Colorado Rockies v Kansas City Royals

    Another minor deal to report. According to CAA Baseball’s official Twitter feed, the Padres have signed left-handed reliever Randy Flores to a minor league contract and have issued him an invitation to spring training. CAA, by the way, stands for Creative Artists Agency.  It’s a massive firm that represents show business people and professional athletes. …

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