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  1. Victor Martinez looks great, is ready to go for 2013

    Feb 8, 2013, 8:27 AM EDT

    Texas Rangers v Detroit Tigers

    I tend to put little stock in “Player X is feeling great, killing balls in the batting cage and ready to kick butt this year!” stories. Everyone is optimistic in spring training. But maybe I should make an exception for those stories involving the Detroit Tigers.  Last year that was the buzz about Miguel Cabrera.…

  2. Curt Schilling explains the whole PED thing, says he wasn’t trying to call attention to himself

    Feb 8, 2013, 7:14 AM EDT

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    Curt Schilling spoke with WEEI’s Rob Bradford last night and gave a thorough explanation of  Someone on the Red Sox Said Schilling Should Take PEDs-gate. Read the whole thing, but among the key takeaways: Schilling told Red Sox brass after it happened and MLB investigated, but admits he was less-than-forthcoming about it all to MLB…

  3. Brandon Lyon and Mets finalize one-year deal

    Feb 7, 2013, 11:35 PM EDT

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    UPDATE: FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reports that Lyon is set to receive between $750,000 and $900,000 guaranteed. He could max out at $2.4 million if he reaches certain incentives. 11:51 AM: Earlier this week the Mets were said to be close to signing right-hander Brandon Lyon and now Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reports that the…

  4. The Dodgers and Clayton Kershaw have “mutual interest” in a contract extension

    Feb 7, 2013, 10:03 PM EDT

    Clayton Kershaw AP

    As soon as word surfaced this afternoon that the Mariners and Felix Hernandez were on the verge of a record $175 million extension, many speculated that Dodgers left-hander Clayton Kershaw could eventually push the $200 million mark. We’ll have to wait to find out, but Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti told Dylan Hernandez of the…

  5. Former murder suspect Angel Villalona gets travel visa, will be in Giants’ camp

    Feb 7, 2013, 9:07 PM EDT

    Angel Villalona AP

    Once upon a time, Angel Villalona was a highly regarded first base prospect with the Giants. However, he hasn’t played in the United States since 2009 because of a murder charge in his native Dominican Republic. Nearly four years later, he’s going to get the opportunity to resume his career stateside. According to Ben Badler…

  6. Report: Mariners agree to one-year deal with left-hander Joe Saunders

    Feb 7, 2013, 7:46 PM EDT

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    UPDATE: The deal is worth between $5-7 million and includes an option for 2014, according to Scott Boeck of USA Today. 7:46 PM: This isn’t quite on the level of the big Felix Hernandez news, but FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reports that the Mariners have signed left-hander Joe Saunders to a one-year contract, pending a…

  7. Michael Pineda could begin throwing off full mound next week

    Feb 7, 2013, 7:05 PM EDT

    Michael Pineda Reuters

    After throwing off a half-mound last week for the first time since shoulder surgery, Michael Pineda is close to taking the next step in his rehab process. According to Andy McCullough of the Newark Star-Ledger, Yankees pitching coach Larry Rothschild said today that he expects Pineda to progress to his first session off a full…

  8. Quote of the Day: Russ Canzler, ever the optimist

    Feb 7, 2013, 6:00 PM EDT

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    We’ve followed Russ Canzler‘s multiple DFAs and multiple failures to clear waivers. Seems he’s got a pretty good attitude about it: “It’s been fun,” Canzler said. “I was thinking about buying all the hats of the teams I’ve been on this winter.” That’s from Jordan Bastian’s feature on Canzler, the man of many teams, over…

  9. Mariners designate Shawn Kelley for assignment

    Feb 7, 2013, 5:47 PM EDT

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    Last week the Mariners avoided arbitration with Shawn Kelley by signing him to a one-year, $935,000 deal. And today they designated Kelley for assignment to make room on the 40-man roster for Kelly Shoppach. It’s possible that Kelley and his $935,000 contract for 2013 could clear waivers and remain with the Mariners, but that’s a…

  10. Was the Red Sox employee who talked to Schilling about PEDs already fired?

    Feb 7, 2013, 5:30 PM EDT

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    UPDATE II: Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that the person who suggested that Schilling take PEDs was investigated by MLB and cleared. It seems that the individual was eventually fired by the Red Sox, but not for that specific incident. UPDATE: Pete Abraham has more. And, yes, apparently there was an investigation back…

  11. Brian McCann unlikely to be ready by Opening Day

    Feb 7, 2013, 4:46 PM EDT

    Washington Nationals v Atlanta Braves

    Less than a month ago Braves catcher Brian McCann said he was optimistic about being ready to return from shoulder surgery by Opening Day, but apparently that optimism has vanished. “I’m not close,” McCann told David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal Constitution. “Just started hitting off a tee. I started throwing last week, from 45…

  12. The Indians cut off their pursuit of Jim Thome

    Feb 7, 2013, 4:30 PM EDT

    Jim Thome Getty

    Sad jams for Cleveland fans of a certain age: Sources: #Indians no longer pursuing Thome, do not want to commit roster spot to a DH. Thome healthy, working out, open to other clubs. — Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) February 7, 2013   It’s hard to see where else he’d go. There just aren’t a lot of…

  13. Mariners wager their future on Felix Hernandez’s right arm

    Feb 7, 2013, 4:01 PM EDT

    Felix Hernandez

    If you had to bet big on a pitcher for the next seven years, Felix Hernandez seems as good a choice as any. He hasn’t been in Justin Verlander‘s league these last two years, but he also hasn’t been extended to 270 innings per year like Verlander has. And while I think I’d choose Clayton…

  14. Rich Hill agrees to minor league deal with Indians

    Feb 7, 2013, 3:50 PM EDT

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    Rich Hill, who came back from elbow problems to pitch well down the stretch for the Red Sox last season, has agreed to a minor-league contract with the Indians that includes an invitation to spring training. Hill has been plagued by arm problems throughout his career, but when healthy he’s shown the potential to be…

  15. Terry Collins wants Johan Santana to be his Opening Day starter

    Feb 7, 2013, 3:34 PM EDT

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    I guess as long as he doesn’t throw a no hitter in his last spring training start it’ll be OK. From ESPN New York: If Johan Santana is ready to go, and Terry Collins does not expect otherwise, Collins tenatively intends for the southpaw to start on Opening Day, April 1 against the San Diego Padres at Citi Field.…

  16. Mike Aviles, Indians avoid arbitration with two-year deal

    Feb 7, 2013, 3:21 PM EDT

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    Cleveland has avoided arbitration with Mike Aviles by signing the infielder to a two-year deal that includes an option for 2015, according to Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer. Aviles was traded twice this offseason, going from the Red Sox to the Blue Jays as compensation for manager John Farrell and then going from…

  17. MLB will investigate Curt Schilling’s claim that a Red Sox employee recommended he take PEDs

    Feb 7, 2013, 3:02 PM EDT

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    I spoke to a source with Major League Baseball this afternoon who tells me that MLB will investigate Curt Schilling’s claim on ESPN radio yesterday afternoon that a Boston Red Sox employee told him he should take PEDs when he was suffering from shoulder trouble in 2008. The source did not say what, exactly, would…

  18. Felix Hernandez may help Clayton Kershaw get $200 million

    Feb 7, 2013, 2:49 PM EDT

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    Felix Hernandez is close to signing a seven-year, $175 million deal with the Mariners, which would break CC Sabathia‘s record of $161 million for the largest contract ever given to a pitcher. King Felix may not hold that record for long, however, because Clayton Kershaw has two seasons under the Dodgers’ control before he’s eligible…

  19. Felix Hernandez, Mariners on verge of a $175 million contract extension

    Feb 7, 2013, 2:31 PM EDT

    Felix Hernandez

    Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that Felix Hernandez and the Mariners have agreed to a seven-year, $175 million contract extension.  The contract will make him the highest paid pitcher in baseball history, both in overall contract and in average annual value. The Mariners will tear up his current deal, which was to pay him $19.5…

  20. Red Sox haven’t approached Jon Lester about extension

    Feb 7, 2013, 2:14 PM EDT

    Toronto Blue Jays v Boston Red Sox

    Jon Lester told Rob Bradford of WEEI.com that the Red Sox have not talked to him about negotiating a long-term contract extension as he enters the final guaranteed year of his current deal. Of course, after paying him $11.625 million for this season the Red Sox will hold a $13 million team option on Lester…

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