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  1. The strangest Hall of Fame votes in history

    Jan 8, 2013, 1:00 PM EDT

    Dante Bichette

    Grant Brisbee of SB Nation runs down some odd ones. Some of which, in their defense, were oddities of a stranger and damn-nigh inexplicable time. For example, Dante Bichette’s three Hall of Fame votes can be explained in context: The mid-’90s were a horrible time. I went to a Dave Matthews concert in 1995. A Dave…

  2. Expect the Nationals to trade Michael Morse

    Jan 8, 2013, 12:49 PM EDT

    Mike Morse Getty

    It took Adam LaRoche a couple months to cave in and accept the Nationals’ two-year offer, but now that he’s returning to Washington expect Michael Morse to be on the way out. Morse has somewhat quietly been one of the better right-handed hitters in baseball since becoming a regular in 2010, but there’s nowhere for…

  3. Man falsely accused of the Bryan Stow beating has his lawsuit dismissed

    Jan 8, 2013, 12:30 PM EDT

    Parole board mug shot of suspect Giovanni Ramirez

    Back in 2011,  aman named Giovanni Ramirez, was arrested in connection with the beating of Bryan Stow outside Dodger Stadium on Opening Day.  His face and name was plastered all over the place, but there was just one problem: he didn’t do it. Wasn’t anywhere near the place. He was ultimately exonerated, but it took months, all the while…

  4. Adam LaRoche accepts two-year deal from Nationals

    Jan 8, 2013, 12:20 PM EDT

    Adam LaRoche Reuters

    Adam LaRoche was holding out for three years and the Nationals were steadfast in sticking with a two-year offer. Today the free agent first baseman decided that was good enough, as Buster Olney of ESPN.com reports that LaRoche has agreed to a two-year deal to return to Washington. Having draft pick compensation attached to his…

  5. Dr. James Andrews fixes elbows and wrestlers

    Jan 8, 2013, 11:51 AM EDT

    Kevin-Nash

    Wrestling (and/or “Magic Mike”) fans should enjoy this testimonial about Dr. James Andrews’ ability to do amazing things beyond Tommy John surgeries: In the future when you get advice from Dr. James Andrews, please take it. He’s put me back together at least 10 times. #2ndonlytogod — Kevin Nash (@RealKevinNash) January 7, 2013 Take note,…

  6. Jon Niese didn’t need heart surgery after all

    Jan 8, 2013, 11:33 AM EDT

    Jon Niese

    Back in June Jonathan Niese left a start with a rapid heartbeat. He missed a couple of days but then came back and finished out his season, with doctors deciding that he did not need a heart procedure — an ablation procedure — until the offseason. Now it’s the offseason and the doctors have changed their…

  7. Ryan Braun will play in the World Baseball Classic

    Jan 8, 2013, 11:19 AM EDT

    Ryan Braun

    Ryan Braun said during a radio interview with WSSP-1250 in Milwaukee yesterday that he’ll participate in the World Baseball Classic. Braun played for Team USA in 2009 and the Brewers left fielder has already started working out in preparation for this year’s event, which begins in early March. Braun won the NL MVP in 2011 by…

  8. Twenty teams have called about Freddy Sanchez? OK.

    Jan 8, 2013, 11:03 AM EDT

    freddy sanchez batting getty

    Freddy Sanchez hasn’t played a game in the majors since June 10, 2011. The reason: shoulder and back surgeries, each of which can, independently, drain a big leaguer of any value he once had. But teams are willing, apparently, to at least give him a chance: Interest in free-agent second baseman Freddy Sanchez has picked up since the…

  9. Mets are not interested in Michael Bourn

    Jan 8, 2013, 10:47 AM EDT

    Michael Bourn

    Michael Bourn is still looking for work and apparently a bunch of Mets fans have been asking Andy McCullough of the Newark Star Ledger if the 30-year-old outfielder would be a fit in New York. The answer is no, because while the Mets have an obvious opening in center field general manager Sandy Alderson made…

  10. The Orioles have inquired about Justin Upton

    Jan 8, 2013, 10:30 AM EDT

    justin upton getty

    Just add ’em to the list: Add #Orioles to teams that have pursued JUpton. Strong interest a few weeks back, but talks sputtered. Team seemingly more focused on SPs. — Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) January 8, 2013   They may be focused on pitchers, but Upton is not the first outfielder the O’s have been linked…

  11. Mike Gonzalez’s deal with Brewers worth $2.25 million

    Jan 8, 2013, 10:15 AM EDT

    mike gonzalez getty

    Nearly two weeks after agreeing to a one-year deal with reliever Mike Gonzalez the Brewers actually announced the deal, which is worth $2.25 million plus $400,000 in potential incentives. Gonzalez joins fellow free agent signing Tom Gorzelanny as the new left-handers in the Brewers’ bullpen and threw 36 innings with a 3.03 ERA and 39/16…

  12. The Mets have scouted Javier Vazquez

    Jan 8, 2013, 9:56 AM EDT

    Javier Vazquez

    A return to New York for Javy Vazquez? Sure, why not? Among other pitchers the Mets are considering, Andy McCullough of the Newark Star-Ledger reports that they have scouted Javier Vazquez in the Puerto Rican Winter League. It makes sense. The Mets need someone to fill R.A. Dickey‘s shoes and Vazquez, who has had great success…

  13. Great Moments in withholding a Hall of Fame vote

    Jan 8, 2013, 9:26 AM EDT

    Craig Biggio

    It seems like Craig Biggio is going to be the first 3,000 hit guy to not make the Hall of Fame on his first try (non-Palmeiro division) in living memory. Seems silly, especially considering how good he was defensively and how he was no mere singles hitter. But that’s not as silly as the reasons…

  14. Ian Kinsler will be the Rangers’ second baseman, Jurickson Profar in the minors

    Jan 8, 2013, 9:00 AM EDT

    profar getty

    There was a brief period in the early offseason when it was thought that perhaps prospect Jurickson Profar would be given the Rangers’ second base job, moving Ian Kinsler to first base.  But that’s out the window: #Rangers approaching 2013 as Ian Kinsler as the second baseman and Mitch Moreland at first, says Jon Daniels. —…

  15. A-Rod’s doctor is surprised he could even play in the playoffs

    Jan 8, 2013, 8:27 AM EDT

    Alex Rodriguez

    Joel Sherman of the New York Post has an exclusive interview with the doctor who will perform hip surgery on Alex Rodriguez. A couple of interesting nuggets: The injury had “zero to do with steroids,” which is what a lot of people assume when it comes to hip injuries and ballplayers; The injury was so…

  16. Snark does not translate well into Japanese

    Jan 8, 2013, 6:29 AM EDT

    Yu Darvish Getty MLB debut

    Yesterday I put up a short post about the plans in Japan to build a Yu Darvish museum. In it I made a few jokes playing off the idea that Darvish, for all of his success in Japan, has yet to create a museum-worthy track record in the United States, so it may be amusing…

  17. Roger Clemens on verge of taking “active role” with Astros

    Jan 7, 2013, 10:21 PM EDT

    clemens getty

    According to Brian T. Smith of the Houston Chronicle, Roger Clemens is on the verge of taking an “active role” with the Astros. While there were all sorts of rumblings late last year about him making a comeback, the 50-year-old will not be pitching. As of now, the Astros envision Clemens providing guidance to their…

  18. Report: Red Sox still “hopeful” of getting deal done with Mike Napoli

    Jan 7, 2013, 9:32 PM EDT

    Mike Napoli Getty

    Mike Napoli agreed to a three-year, $39 million contract with the Red Sox over a month ago, but the deal has been in limbo since an issue — believed to be a pre-existing injury with one of his hips — was revealed during his physical. While the two sides continue to negotiate, Peter Abraham of…

  19. Jon Heyman wants Jack Morris in the Hall of Fame and won’t let the facts get in his way in order to make it happen

    Jan 7, 2013, 8:59 PM EDT

    jack morris

    UPDATE: Since this post went up Heyman has updated his column to take out the lines about Blyleven and Stewart. No explanation in the column of course. And it changes little, actually. He may call it an oversight, but it’s a case of him wanting to believe something so badly that the facts ceased mattering…

  20. Francisco Cervelli OK after suffering whiplash in Venezuelan Winter League

    Jan 7, 2013, 8:03 PM EDT

    New York Yankees' Cervelli walks back to the dugout after striking out against the Washington Nationals in Tampa

    We heard last week that the Yankees are prepared to begin 2013 with Francisco Cervelli and Chris Stewart as their catching duo, so this report from Wallace Matthews of ESPN New York is worth noting. Francisco Cervelli, who seems to make getting hurt in the off-season or in spring training an annual ritual, suffered a…

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