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  1. Keith Law’s Top 100 prospects list is out

    Feb 5, 2013, 11:32 AM EDT

    profar getty

    As yesterday’s top farm systems list, Keith Law’s annual Top 100 Prospects list also on ESPN’s Insider so, sorry, you gotta pay to see it all. But it’s also one of the annual must-reads in all of baseball, so not linking it would be bloggy malpractice. The top: The Rangers’ Jurickson Profar. Number 100: The Orioles’…

  2. Frank Francisco won’t be handed the Mets’ closer job

    Feb 5, 2013, 11:19 AM EDT

    Frank Francisco Getty

    A month ago Sandy Alderson declined to say he was “confident” in Frank Francisco again being the Mets’ closer and yesterday the general manager took that one step further by basically saying he’ll have to re-win the job in spring training. Francisco had a 5.53 ERA before being shut down with an elbow injury that…

  3. The Mets wanted a casino near Citi Field. A long time ago.

    Feb 5, 2013, 11:02 AM EDT

    Citi Field

    And the proposal is long dead, too, rejected in 2011 and replaced by — at best — a shopping center project.  Yet that doesn’t stop the New York Post from running a big “The Mets want to open a casino at Citi Field” story today. The article itself notes that city and state officials won’t…

  4. Yankees still deciding between Curtis Granderson or Brett Gardner in center field

    Feb 5, 2013, 10:47 AM EDT

    AP Granderson Gardner

    Now that Brett Gardner is healthy again the Yankees have the option of shifting Curtis Granderson from center field to left field and apparently they’re still debating the switch. “We have two center fielders, as we’ve had for three years, manning two-thirds of our outfield,” general manager Cashman said, via Bryan Hoch of “It’s…

  5. Manny Ramirez may play in Taiwan

    Feb 5, 2013, 10:31 AM EDT

    Cincinnati Reds v Oakland Athletics

    Uh-oh you guys: we may not have Manny Ramirez to kick around anymore: Manny Ramirez is in talks to play for the EDA Rhinos of the Taiwanese professional league, a source told me this morning. — Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) February 5, 2013   I suppose stranger things have happened than Manny Ramirez’ interest being held…

  6. Matt Garza throws first bullpen session since July

    Feb 5, 2013, 10:15 AM EDT

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    Matt Garza took a big step in his recovery from the elbow injury that ended his season, throwing a bullpen session yesterday for the first time since July. “Matty looks like he is in great shape,” pitching coach Chris Bosio said, via Bruce Levine of ESPN Chicago. “It looks like he worked hard in the…

  7. David Wright has been lobbying Michael Bourn to come to New York

    Feb 5, 2013, 9:42 AM EDT

    David Wright

    Kevin Kernan of the Post says that David Wright has spoken and exchanged texts with Michael Bourn, trying to get him to join the Mets.  He offers a ton of quotes talking about how great a fit Bourn would be in Queens. Going back to this morning’s post about Alderson’s ongoing conversations with Boras, one…

  8. Terry Collins is gonna have to find someone else to get mad at this spring

    Feb 5, 2013, 9:17 AM EDT

    Terry Collins

    For the past two years, Terry Collins has made a big angry fuss about players showing up to spring training late.  Wait, that’s wrong: he’s made a big angry fuss about players showing up to spring training on time. In 2011 it was Luis Castillo. Last year it was Ruben Tejada. Each time Collins made…

  9. Brad Peacock had to hang a U-turn in Mississippi last night

    Feb 5, 2013, 8:54 AM EDT


    When news of the Astros-A’s trade came down last night my first thought was “heh, that’s probably gonna make for some last minute travel plan scrambling for those guys,” what with us being mere days away from pitchers and catchers reporting and one team holding spring training in Florida and the other in Arizona. That…

  10. The Daily News claims that A-Rod is scared and paranoid … and they know, how?

    Feb 5, 2013, 8:25 AM EDT

    Alex Rodriguez Getty

    I generally have no problem with anonymous source reporting. Anonymous sources often make it possible for reporters to get stories they otherwise wouldn’t get. The entire trade rumor circuit which, no matter what you think about it, is extremely popular among readers, is based on it.  Bigger, important news often hinges on anonymity because people are…

  11. The Mets are having “ongoing discussions” with Scott Boras over Michael Bourn

    Feb 5, 2013, 6:05 AM EDT

    bourn getty

    Sandy Alderson told the Newark Star-Ledger yesterday that he is having “ongoing” discussions with Scott Boras over Michael Bourn. He added, however, that he is perfectly content to go into the season with the outfield he has. Ahem.  Given (a) the quality of the outfield he has; and (b) the fact that he’s negotiating with…

  12. Brian Burres signs to pitch with team in Taiwan

    Feb 4, 2013, 9:46 PM EDT

    Brian Burres Getty

    According to Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports, left-hander Brian Burres has agreed to a contract with the Lamigo Monkeys of Taiwan’s Chinese Professional Baseball League. Yes, I’m pretty sure this is the first mention of the Lamigo Monkeys on HBT. Burres owns a 5.75 ERA over 56 starts and 50 relief appearances in the…

  13. Rangers and Indians among teams interested in Ryan Theriot

    Feb 4, 2013, 8:25 PM EDT

    San Francisco Giants Photo Day

    As we count down the final days before pitchers and catchers report to their respective complexes in Florida and Arizona, teams are currently trying to put the finishing touches on their rosters. The Rangers and Indians are two examples of this, as FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reports that both clubs have interest in free agent…

  14. Report: Pirates close to minor league deal with Jonathan Sanchez

    Feb 4, 2013, 7:17 PM EDT

    Jonathan Sanchez

    UPDATE: Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review confirms that the Pirates are close to a minor league deal with Sanchez. 7:17 PM: According CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman, the Pirates are close to a deal with free agent left-hander Jonathan Sanchez. No word on whether it will be a guaranteed major league deal. Sanchez was a…

  15. Tigers, Max Scherzer agree at $6.725 million

    Feb 4, 2013, 6:48 PM EDT

    Max Scherzer

    The Tigers settled at the midpoint with arbitration-eligible right-hander Max Scherzer on Monday, agreeing to a one-year, $6.725 million contract. Scherzer asked for $7.4 million in arbitration, while the Tigers proposed a $6.05 million salary. He had been Detroit’s only remaining arbitration case. The 28-year-old Scherzer busted out in the second half of last season, going 8-2…

  16. Athletics acquire Jed Lowrie from Astros in five-player deal

    Feb 4, 2013, 6:21 PM EDT

    Jed Lowrie

    The Athletics have just strengthened their infield, acquiring Jed Lowrie from the Astros in a five-player trade. Lowrie will head to Oakland along with right-hander Fernando Rodriguez while first baseman Chris Carter, right-hander Brad Peacock and catching prospect Max Stassi are being sent to Houston. Lowrie has shown considerable potential at times, but he has…

  17. Segio Romo will not be charged in the Las Vegas airport incident

    Feb 4, 2013, 5:43 PM EDT

    Sergio Romo shirt

    Sergio Romo was detained in the Las Vegas airport on New Year’s Day for allegedly “becoming belligerent” with a TSA officer and for not showing his identification. He was cited for violating airport rules and released.  And that, it seems, is the end of the story: The Associated Press reported that a screening panel used…

  18. Giants claim Tony Abreu off waivers from Royals

    Feb 4, 2013, 5:17 PM EDT


    San Francisco picked up a potential backup infielder by claiming Tony Abreu off waivers from Kansas City today. Abreu spent most of last season at Triple-A, but got into 22 games for the Royals and has 464 career plate appearances in the majors, hitting .252 with a .635 OPS. Even for a utility infielder that…

  19. A burst pipe ruins artifacts at the Baseball Heritage Museum in Cleveland

    Feb 4, 2013, 4:57 PM EDT

    Burst pipe

    I’ve never been to the Baseball Heritage Museum in Cleveland, which houses all manner of artifacts from the Negro Leagues as well as old-timey Latin American baseball stuff.  But I’ve heard good things about it and had made a point to check it out next time I’m there. Unfortunately, it may not be there. And…

  20. The Blue Jays give John Gibbons a lame duck-proof contract

    Feb 4, 2013, 4:30 PM EDT

    John Gibbons

    Walter Alston managed the Dodgers on one-year deals from 1954 through 1976 and no one ever really got bent-out-of-shape about him being a “lame duck” manager. These days, however, any manager who is only under contract for the current calendar year are supposed to be all antsy and in the cross-hairs and their contractual status…

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