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  1. Yankees want Garrett Jones from Pirates for A.J. Burnett

    Feb 9, 2012, 7:28 PM EDT

    garrett jones getty wide

    The A.J. Burnett trade rumors are very real, but they’re apparently not leading to a transaction. According to ESPN’s Buster Olney, the Yankees asked the Pirates for outfielder Garrett Jones in exchange for Burnett. New York was quickly rebuffed and there is currently “no traction” for a deal. Jones hasn’t come close to the .938…

  2. Running down the rosters: Oakland Athletics

    Feb 9, 2012, 6:12 PM EDT

    Kurt Suzuki, Brandon McCarthy

    At least to the outside eye, it seems like the A’s have lacked a plan since they shipped off Matt Holliday after 93 games in 2009. It finally appeared that they were going for a full rebuild this winter, but after trading Trevor Cahill, Andrew Bailey and Gio Gonzalez, they re-signed Coco Crisp for $14…

  3. Alex Gordon, Royals avoid arbitration with one-year deal

    Feb 9, 2012, 5:37 PM EDT

    Alex Gordon

    Alex Gordon and the Royals have avoided an arbitration hearing by agreeing to a one-year deal worth $4.775 million. Earlier this offseason they were said to be discussing a long-term contract extension, but the two sides will instead go year by year for now at least with Gordon still under team via arbitration again in…

  4. Whatever happened to the spitball?

    Feb 9, 2012, 5:20 PM EDT

    Grimes

    Jonah Keri has a great article over at Grantland today. It’s about the spitball. Its history. Its glory. Its grossness. And, ultimately, its decline. But why did it decline? One reason cited, which I never considered, was the advent of the split-fingered fastball, which basically made the ball do the same thing all of that…

  5. Orioles sign Nick Johnson to minor-league deal

    Feb 9, 2012, 5:01 PM EDT

    nick johnson getty

    UPDATE: It’s a done deal. ========== From MASN’s Roch Kubatko comes word that the Orioles are nearing agreement on a minor league contract with veteran first baseman Nick Johnson. The deal will presumably include an invitation to major league spring training, where Johnson will presumably get a legitimate shot at claiming a spot on Baltimore’s…

  6. Shane Victorino will be a guest star on “Hawaii Five-0″

    Feb 9, 2012, 4:43 PM EDT

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    Sure, being teammates with Roy Halladay and Cliff Lee and Cole Hamels and Chase Utley and Ryan Howard is probably pretty great, but obviously nothing compares to starring alongside Scott Caan: Shane Victorino is appearing on the Feb. 20 episode of Hawaii Five-O on CBS. According to CBS, Victorino stars as a business executive on…

  7. Mets general manager Sandy Alderson is on Twitter now

    Feb 9, 2012, 4:01 PM EDT

    alderson at podium

    I’m assuming this is legit, because the Mets’ official Twitter feed just mentioned it: General manager Sandy Alderson is now on Twitter as @MetsGM. And his first tweet was actually pretty funny: Getting ready for Spring Training-Driving to FL but haven’t left yet. Big fundraiser tonight for gas money. Also exploring PAC contribution. — Sandy…

  8. The Red Sox: small market team?

    Feb 9, 2012, 3:39 PM EDT

    Red Sox logo

    The Red Sox obviously haven’t had an active offseason. They got a new manager, picked up a couple of relievers and signed Cody Ross. Not exactly the stuff that an Alpha Team on the Alpha Division is expected to do, I suppose.  Jon Heyman questions this approach and wonders what it all means for the…

  9. Roger Clemens’ son, Koby Clemens, signs with Blue Jays

    Feb 9, 2012, 3:05 PM EDT

    Houston Astros v Detroit Tigers

    After spending the first seven seasons of his pro career in the Astros’ farm system Roger Clemens’ son, Koby Clemens, became a free agent and has signed a minor-league deal with the Blue Jays. Clemens was Houston’s eighth-round pick in 2005 and has never been considered a top prospect, but did put up some big…

  10. South Korea has banned the Orioles

    Feb 9, 2012, 1:42 PM EDT

    Orioles cap

    Remember how the Korean Baseball Organization (KBO) got mad at the Orioles for signing that 17 year-old kid?  Yeah, that’s a bannin’: The South Korean governing body of baseball has banned scouts from the Baltimore Orioles in Major League Baseball (MLB) from attending local games, after the Orioles signed a teenage pitcher in a controversial…

  11. Orioles defeat Brad Bergesen in arbitration hearing

    Feb 9, 2012, 1:18 PM EDT

    Rick Kranitz, Brad Bergesen, Kennie Steenstra

    Brad Bergesen lost his arbitration hearing to the Orioles, so he’ll make $800,000 this season instead of the $1.2 million he requested. He was arbitration eligible for the first time after throwing 101 innings with a 5.70 ERA and 61/32 K/BB ratio in 12 starts and 22 relief appearances. Bergesen was much better in his…

  12. Yankees host Bob Lorenz charged with drunk driving

    Feb 9, 2012, 12:53 PM EDT

    Bob Lorenz

    Bob Lorenz, who hosts the Yankees’ pregame show on the YES Network was arrested and charged with drunk driving early yesterday morning. From the Associated Press: Police say they found him slumped over the wheel of his car and when they woke him up he drove away slowly and nearly hit a utility pole. Officers…

  13. Tim Wakefield to make a decision about his career soon

    Feb 9, 2012, 11:43 AM EDT

    Boston Red Sox v New York Yankees

    Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald reports that Tim Wakefield will make a decision within the next few days whether he’ll continue his playing career in 2012. Quoting his agent, Barry Meister: “We’re discussing the options — and he has some options — and over the next few days, we’re going to try to figure…

  14. Craig Breslow bypasses arbitration with Diamondbacks for $1.8 million

    Feb 9, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

    Craig Breslow Getty

    Craig Breslow, who was acquired from the A’s as part of the Trevor Cahill swap in December, has avoided arbitration with the Diamondbacks by agreeing to a one-year, $1.795 million deal. Breslow requested $2.1 million in his second season of arbitration eligibility, while the Diamondbacks countered at $1.5 million. They settled $5,000 below the midpoint…

  15. The Topps monopoly is leading to crappy baseball cards

    Feb 9, 2012, 11:09 AM EDT

    Skip Schumaker card

    I used to be a major baseball card collector. I still have tens of thousands of them in the basement, but almost none of them are newer than, oh, 1990 or so. Just kind of lost the thread. Girls and stuff got more interesting for me in the late 80s. And then the companies all…

  16. Mark Trumbo cleared to resume baseball activities

    Feb 9, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    Mark Trumbo Getty

    Mark Trumbo‘s recovery from a broken right foot has been delayed several times, but the Rookie of the Year runner-up has finally been cleared to resume baseball activities. Alden Gonzalez reports that Trumbo will have to ramp up his workouts gradually, but plans to arrive at spring training a week early and has already been…

  17. Keith Law releases his annual top 100 prospects list

    Feb 9, 2012, 10:30 AM EDT

    Mike Trout

    I look forward to this every year: Keith Law has released his annual 100 top prospects list.  Yes, it’s only for those with an Insider subscription, but at the risk of promoting the business of a competing sports network/conglomerate, I would submit to you that Law’s work is worth the price of a subscription itself,…

  18. Jed Lowrie, Astros avoid arbitration with one-year contract

    Feb 9, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

    Jed Lowrie

    Jed Lowrie and the Astros agreed to a one-year, $1.15 million deal, avoiding a hearing in the infielder’s first season of arbitration eligibility. Lowrie, who was acquired from the Red Sox for Mark Melancon in December, filed for $1.5 million while the Astros countered at $900,000. They settled $150,000 below the midpoint, but Brian McTaggart…

  19. Lance Berkman had a sad when he was with the Yankees

    Feb 9, 2012, 9:50 AM EDT

    Berkman Yanks

    Via BTF, Lance Berkman spoke at a church event with Andy Pettitte and other former ballplayers on Tuesday night. Here’s what he had to say about what it was like to be traded to the Yankees during the 2010 season: “The hardest time in my professional life was when I was traded to New York. I had…

  20. Report: Rich Harden to miss the entire 2012 season

    Feb 9, 2012, 9:23 AM EDT

    Rich Harden

    This is perhaps the least surprising thing in the history of things: Peter Gammons says Rich Harden saw Dr. James Andrews, Andrews saw a surgical procedure, and Harden will miss 2012; wish that was a surprise — Ray Ratto (@RattoCSN) February 8, 2012   Not surprising, but still depressing. Harden is the guy for whom…

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