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  1. Travis Hafner’s deal with Yankees worth $2 million plus incentives

    Feb 1, 2013, 2:14 PM EDT

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    As expected the Yankees have signed Travis Hafner to a one-year deal, with Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reporting that the designated hitter will get $2 million in upfront money and $4 million in potential incentives. If you’re paying Hafner a lot and counting on him to make an everyday impact in the…

  2. Reds sign Miguel Olivo to minor league contract

    Feb 1, 2013, 1:50 PM EDT

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    Cincinnati was seemingly set at catcher with Ryan Hanigan and Devin Mesoraco, but Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com reports that the Reds are close to signing Miguel Olivo. Olivo has long been overrated by people who focus on his strong arm and 20-homer power rather than his historically awful on-base percentages and passed ball totals, so…

  3. Twins “continue to await word” from Joe Saunders

    Feb 1, 2013, 1:15 PM EDT

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    It’s been two weeks since Orioles executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette said he thought Joe Saunders was close to signing and yet the left-hander remains a free agent. Minnesota has been linked to Saunders a lot recently and Twins president Dave St. Peter told me himself that they have plenty of payroll…

  4. Sources tell ESPN that Anthony Bosch personally injected A-Rod

    Feb 1, 2013, 1:00 PM EDT

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    Some new details emerging from the Biogenesis story. ESPN’s T.J. Quinn and Mike Fish spoke to a source who claims that Alex Rodriguez got special treatment from the Biogenesis clinic. Owner Anthony Bosch, Quinn and Fish’s source says, would personally go to A-Rod’s Miami home and inject him with HGH. Bosch and A-Rod have denied…

  5. The Kansas City Royals made the NRA enemies list somehow

    Feb 1, 2013, 12:31 PM EDT

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    Because it’s the winter and because the Super Bowl is in a couple of days, there is NO baseball news happening. Really, not even crappy players signing one-year contracts to avoid arbitration. We’re desperate here! Thank God, then, for the NRA.  A few minutes ago I saw people tweeting about the “enemies list” they apparently…

  6. Curt Schilling on gay players: “Why the hell would what they do in the bedroom ever matter?”

    Feb 1, 2013, 11:49 AM EDT

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    We’ve been tough on Curt Schilling here at times–to the point that I think he blocked Calcaterra from following him on Twitter–but I liked these back-to-back tweets he just posted: Also, I’ve never understood this ‘issue’ with gay players? Who cares? I know I played with some, their sexual orientation never had much to —…

  7. Everybody’s selling the Yankees short

    Feb 1, 2013, 11:34 AM EDT

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    Richard Justice’s latest column at MLB.com has the headline “Are the Yankees a last place team?”  Then he saves us some time with his first line: Let’s not bury the lead, to use a time-tested newsroom phrase. No, they are not. Well, there you go.  Two observations: The AL East is a tightly packed division.…

  8. Reds sign former No. 2 overall draft pick Greg Reynolds

    Feb 1, 2013, 10:47 AM EDT

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    Greg Reynolds, who was once the No. 2 overall pick in the 2006 draft by the Rockies, has agreed to a minor-league deal with the Reds. At this point Reynolds is little more than minor-league filler despite still being just 27 years old. Reynolds has a 7.47 ERA in 94 career innings as a big…

  9. The Mets are pursuing Jose Valverde

    Feb 1, 2013, 10:30 AM EDT

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    Adam Rubin reports that the Mets may not be too confident with Frank Francisco as their closer and thus may be pursuing … Papa Grande: Sandy Alderson, who expressed serious concern with Frank Francisco as his closer, is trying to remedy the situation.  Alderson is pursuing Jose Valverde to compete — or more likely unseat — Francisco as closer,…

  10. Mets manager Terry Collins enters his “lame duck” season

    Feb 1, 2013, 10:15 AM EDT

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    It’s uncommon for managers to begin a season with just one year remaining on their contract, so much so that the name for that is a “lame duck” manager, but that’s exactly what Terry Collins will be doing with the Mets. General manager Sandy Alderson indicated yesterday on SNY that the team has not discussed…

  11. Stay classy, Rich Gossage

    Feb 1, 2013, 10:00 AM EDT

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    It’s a great morning for absurd comps.  A little after reading Mike Lupica compare the MLBPA to “gun nuts” Hall of Famer Goose Gossage compares PED users to double murderers: “We’ve got a bunch of cheaters that are up for the Hall of Fame … I wish these guys who are lying would come clean.…

  12. The Marlins are hoping that a new clubhouse culture will change things, yet they still are stuck with Loria

    Feb 1, 2013, 9:42 AM EDT

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    They teach you when you’re a young litigator that when you’ve got the law on your side argue the law, when you’ve got the facts on your side argue the facts and when you’ve got neither the law nor the facts on your side, bang your fist on the table. So it is in baseball:…

  13. Stay classy, Mike Lupica

    Feb 1, 2013, 9:13 AM EDT

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    Mike Lupica brings the class. In his A-Rod column he plays the same “A-Rod just needs to go away” tune as everyone else at the Daily News. Then, when explaining the options the Yankees have, drops this gem about the MLB Players Association: Or — this appears to be even more of a longshot —…

  14. Chase Headley, Padres “not on the same page” regarding a long term deal

    Feb 1, 2013, 8:55 AM EDT

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    Chase Headley  just signed a one year deal avoiding arbitration. But if the’s going to stay in San Diego for the long haul, there’s a lot of work to to: “We talked about a long-term contract briefly at the start of these negotiations,” said Headley. “It was a quick discussion. We weren’t on the same…

  15. Truck Day(s) is/are happening

    Feb 1, 2013, 8:23 AM EDT

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    I remember the movie “Convoy” pretty well, but I gotta tell ya, I don’t think Kris Kristofferson ever had abs like that. He must have paid off the movie poster guy. And Ali, what’s with the perm?  Man, our 70s icons did NOT handle the late 70s well. Anyway. The first I ever heard about…

  16. Jhonny Peralta is in The Best Shape of His Life

    Feb 1, 2013, 7:29 AM EDT

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    The main point of BSOHL articles is to poke a bit of fun at the recurrence of a cliche that, until around last year anyway, most people didn’t realize was a cliche.  The secondary though related point was to observe that, as far as cliches go, it’s a kind of empty one inasmuch as the…

  17. Arthur Rhodes and Fernando Tatis audition for Orioles

    Jan 31, 2013, 10:18 PM EDT

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    According to Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun, the Orioles turned back the clock by holding workouts for left-hander Arthur Rhodes and infielder Fernando Tatis in recent days. And you thought the Orioles’ offseason has been boring. Rhodes didn’t pitch in the majors last season and had a 4.64 ERA and 21/11 K/BB ratio over…

  18. Tsuyoshi Wada not expected back from Tommy John surgery until May or June

    Jan 31, 2013, 10:06 PM EDT

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    Tsuyoshi Wada signed a two-year, $8.15 million contract with the Orioles last offseason, but he didn’t throw a pitch for the club in 2012 because he required Tommy John surgery in May. And now his recovery is expected to stretch into the 2013 season. According to Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports, Orioles pitching coach Rick…

  19. Angels close to minor league deal with Japanese reliever Hiroyuki Kobayashi

    Jan 31, 2013, 9:31 PM EDT

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    After considering a move over to MLB following the 2010 season, Japanese reliever Hiroyuki Kobayashi is finally headed stateside. According to Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times, the 34-year-old right-hander is close to a minor league deal with the Angels. The deal is expected an invite to spring training. Kobayashi has a 3.53 ERA…

  20. UPDATE: Scott Rolen leaning toward playing another season

    Jan 31, 2013, 8:10 PM EDT

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    UPDATE: Reds general manager Walt Jocketty told John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer that he hasn’t spoken with Rolen’s agents in the last couple of days, but he didn’t rule out the possibility that the veteran third baseman could return to Cincinnati for another season. “I think there’s a chance we get something worked out,”…

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