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  1. D’Backs, Johnson have arbitration hearing Wednesday

    Feb 13, 2011, 3:39 PM EST

    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…

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

    Feb 13, 2011, 2:12 PM EST

    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…

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

    Feb 13, 2011, 12:50 PM EST

    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…

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

    Feb 13, 2011, 11:28 AM EST

    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…

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

    Feb 13, 2011, 10:03 AM EST

    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…

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

    Feb 13, 2011, 8:55 AM EST

    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…

  7. Padres, Flores reach minor league contract

    Feb 10, 2011, 9:34 PM EST

    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. …

  8. Mariners ink Manny Delcarmen to minor league contract

    Feb 10, 2011, 8:03 PM EST

    Manny Delcarmen

    From the Mariners’ official Twitter feed comes word that the club has reached agreement on a minor league contract with right-handed reliever Manny Delcarmen. The contract carries an invitation to spring training, where Delcarmen will attempt to win a job in the Mariners’ Opening Day bullpen. The 28-year-old posted an underwhelming 4.70 ERA and 1.39…

  9. Michael Young probably isn’t going anywhere

    Feb 10, 2011, 6:46 PM EST

    World Series Giants Rangers Baseball

    There’s a really good chance that disgruntled infielder Michael Young is going to have to report to Rangers camp next week. He has requested a trade and the Rangers’ front office has attempted to satisfy that request, but there’s simply nothing out there. A source told Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram on Thursday…

  10. If Albert Pujols hits free agency, it’s a near certainty that both the Yankees and Red Sox will pursue him…

    Feb 10, 2011, 1:04 AM EST

    St. Louis Cardinals v Cincinnati Reds

    I don’t have sources. I don’t know Albert Pujols and I’ve only been to Yankee Stadium once, back when I was a 15-year-old high school sophomore. I saw Roger Clemens get his 300th win and 4,000th strikeout in the same night, then tried to pat down goosebumps as Elton John’s “Rocket Man” rang through the…

  11. Brewers, Marcum avoid arbitration with $3.95M agreement

    Feb 9, 2011, 10:44 PM EST

    Blue Jays pitcher Shaun Marcum throws during their MLB American League baseball game in Toronto

    Most arbitration cases have been settled by now.  And if they haven’t, they’ll be resolved soon via arbitration hearings. According to Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the Brewers avoided arbitration late Wednesday evening with right-hander Shaun Marcum by agreeing to a one-year, $3.95 million contract for 2011.  The deal also carries some performance-based…

  12. Pujols has no plans to talk contract upon arrival to camp

    Feb 9, 2011, 9:58 PM EST

    Skip Schumaker, Albert Pujols, Chris Carpenter

    Cardinals slugger Albert Pujols is dominating the headlines this week, and that probably won’t change in the coming weeks and months until some kind of resolution is reached about his expiring contract.’s Jon Heyman reported earlier today that there is “virtually no chance” of Pujols and the Cards finding a middle ground on an…

  13. Phillies looked into Michael Young, talks didn’t get far

    Feb 9, 2011, 8:31 PM EST

    San Francisco Giants v Texas Rangers, Game 4

    From’s Jerry Crasnick comes word that the Phillies reached out to the Rangers recently about a possible trade for disgruntled infielder Michael Young, but that talks did not get far. A source told Crasnick that the Phils were only “tire kicking” and that the conversation was “brief.” As it should have been.  The Phillies…

  14. Heyman: Cards have “virtually no chance” of deal with Pujols

    Feb 9, 2011, 7:03 PM EST

    Yadier Molina, Albert Pujols

    Albert Pujols is scheduled to arrive at the Cardinals’ spring training complex on February 16, one week from today. He has asked that all talks involving a contract extension be put to an end by the time he unpacks his things and begins preparing for what could be his final year in St. Louis. In…

  15. Happy Super Bowl Sunday

    Feb 6, 2011, 5:05 PM EST

    Super Bowl Football

    If you’re a real football fan, you’re probably not reading this post because you’re undoubtedly taking in the gobs of great content that Pro Football Talk has been pumping out all day.  We’ll leave the analysis to them.  Mike Florio, Gregg Rosenthal, Michael David Smith, Evan Silva and Josh Alper do it better than anyone.…

  16. Confirmed: Michael Young wants out of Texas

    Feb 6, 2011, 3:42 PM EST

    San Francisco Giants v Texas Rangers, Game 5’s Buster Olney was definitely on to something when he wrote Saturday that “something has changed” in the relationship between the Rangers and Michael Young.  He wants a trade.  And the Rangers are going to try to meet that request. A source familiar with the situation told Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports on Sunday afternoon…

  17. J.D. Drew already has his first nagging injury of 2011

    Feb 6, 2011, 2:53 PM EST

    Oakland Athletics v Boston Red Sox

    Buried in Nick Cafardo’s excellent Sunday notes column on the Boston Globe‘s website is this bit of troubling news for Red Sox fans: J.D. Drew has been experiencing discomfort in his hamstring this offseason and is likely to be limited when spring training opens later this month. Drew battled hamstring problems throughout much of the…

  18. Astros, Pence set date for arbitration hearing

    Feb 6, 2011, 1:21 PM EST

    Hunter Pence

    The Astros and outfielder Hunter Pence are going to an arbitration hearing. According to Stephen Goff of the Houston Astros Examiner, the two sides will meet on February 18 in front of a panel of independent arbitrators who will decide between the $6.9 million that Pence asked for and the $5.15 million that the Astros…

  19. One scout thinks Andy Pettitte is not done pitching

    Feb 6, 2011, 12:03 PM EST

    New York Yankee Andy Pettitte Announces Retirement

    When 38-year-old left-hander Andy Pettitte announced his retirement from the game of baseball on Friday at a press conference inside the halls of Yankee Stadium, he answered a question about possibly pitching again with a “never say never” type of response.  In fact, those were nearly his exact words.  Now Nick Cafardo of the Boston…

  20. Everth Cabrera hitting well in Caribbean Series

    Feb 6, 2011, 10:38 AM EST

    Cincinnati Reds v San Diego Padres

    Padres shortstop Everth Cabrera turned some heads in 2009 when he swiped 22 bases and posted a .255 batting average and .342 on-base percentage as a 22-year-old rookie.  He failed to make any sort of improvement last season, however, and finished the 2010 campaign with an absolutely brutal .208/.279/.278 batting line. The Padres spun a…

  21. Woodie Fryman: 1940-2011

    Feb 6, 2011, 9:59 AM EST

    fryman cards

    Sad news out of Kentucky. According to the Associated Press, former major league pitcher Woodie Fryman passed away this weekend at the age of 70. Fryman played 18 major league seasons from 1966-1983, spending time with the Expos, Pirates, Phillies, Tigers, Reds and Cubs.  He had four career one-hitters and he left the game after…

  22. Giants ink Justin Christian to minors contract

    Feb 6, 2011, 8:45 AM EST

    Justin Christian (C) of  Mexico celebrat

    According to Ken Rosenthal of, the Giants reached agreement on a minor league contract Saturday with outfielder Justin Christian. Christian, 30, posted a decent .289/.366/.435 batting line with nine homers and 22 stolen bases over 468 plate appearances between Double-A Trenton and Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre last season. The Lincoln, Nebraska native has spent his entire…

  23. Cubs nearing long-term extension with Carlos Marmol

    Feb 4, 2011, 12:09 AM EST

    Florida Marlins v Chicago Cubs

    According to David Kaplan and Fred Mitchell, two baseball writers for the Chicago Tribune, the Cubs are nearing agreement on a long-term extension with closer Carlos Marmol. There’s not much information available at the moment.  The bit of news only got two sentences on the Tribune‘s website, one which pretty much reads like the introduction…

  24. Fred McGriff isn’t having the best couple of months

    Feb 3, 2011, 9:55 PM EST

    mcgriff bigger

    The Rays fired the Crime Dog!  Or, probably. According to Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times, the Rays declined to rehire Fred McGriff after the 2010 season for reasons unknown.  He had been working as a special advisor in the community outreach department for a total of four years. Those roles are usually more…

  25. Braves’ bullpen in good hands with Kimbrel, Venters

    Feb 3, 2011, 8:43 PM EST

    Criag Kimbrel

    Veteran southpaw Billy Wagner posted a superb 1.43 ERA and 0.87 WHIP over 71 appearances for the Braves last season, saving 37 games and striking out 104 batters in 69.1 innings.  He was ridiculously good, but he wanted to go out on top and called it quits as soon as the year was over. Most…

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