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  1. Blue Jays not expected to pursue Yoenis Cespedes

    Feb 1, 2012, 7:10 PM EDT

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    The news comes as no surprise, but we’ll pass it along anyway on this slow Wednesday evening. A scout told the Toronto Sun‘s Bob Elliot earlier today that the Blue Jays “will not be players” for 26-year-old Cuban outfielder Yoenis Cespedes. Cespedes was granted major league free agency last week and is planning to travel from…

  2. The Red Sox may still have a shot at Roy Oswalt

    Feb 1, 2012, 5:05 PM EDT

    Roy Oswalt

    The Red Sox are on the outs with Edwin Jackson.  Roy Oswalt is sour on the Cardinals. It’s getting close to closing time. They see each other at the end of the bar, lock eyes and … A Red Sox source confirmed Wednesday that the team had not abandoned hopes of signing Oswalt, indicating that…

  3. Micah Owings agrees to minor-league deal with Padres

    Feb 1, 2012, 4:46 PM EDT

    Micah Owings

    Micah Owings pitched well enough for the Diamondbacks last season that most people stopped saying he should give up pitching and become a full-time hitter, but the 29-year-old right-hander has still had to settle for a minor-league deal from the Padres. Owings was an excellent hitter in college and has batted .286 with an .820…

  4. Prosecutors drop DUI charge against James Loney

    Feb 1, 2012, 3:42 PM EDT

    James Loney

    James Loney was arrested in November and charged with suspicion of driving under the influence after crashing his Maserati into multiple other cars, but now TMZ reports that prosecutors have dropped the charges. Loney refused to take a breathalyzer test and the police reported noted that he “exhibited eyelid tremors and his shirt was soiled…

  5. Carlos Guillen returns to Mariners on minor-league contract

    Feb 1, 2012, 3:15 PM EDT

    Detroit Tigers Carlos Guillen heads for first base after being walked by Oakland Athletics pitcher Fautino De Los Santos during the seventh inning of their MLB American League baseball game in Detroit, Michigan

    Carlos Guillen, who played for the Mariners from 1998-2003 before being traded to the Tigers, is returning to Seattle on a minor-league contract. Guillen has had a very good, very odd career, shifting all over the diamond defensively while developing into an impact hitter in his late twenties, but now he’s simply trying to hang…

  6. Nationals add reliever Chad Durbin on minor-league deal

    Feb 1, 2012, 2:49 PM EDT

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    Washington wasn’t exactly hurting for bullpen depth, but with so many veteran relievers still looking for homes and willing to sign cheaply Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com reports that the Nationals have signed Chad Durbin to a minor-league deal. Durbin spent last season in Cleveland and struggled, posting a 5.53 ERA while serving up 12 homers…

  7. Juan Cruz signs minor-league contract with Pirates

    Feb 1, 2012, 2:14 PM EDT

    Juan Cruz

    Juan Cruz is the latest veteran reliever forced to settle for a minor-league contract in a buyer’s market, signing with the Pirates for a deal that includes an invitation to spring training. Cruz is 33 years old, but was plenty effective for the Rays last season with a 3.88 ERA and 46/28 K/BB ratio in…

  8. The Red Sox are “most likely out of the picture” for Edwin Jackson

    Feb 1, 2012, 2:00 PM EDT

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    Gordon Edes of ESPN Boston reports that the Red Sox are “most likely out of the picture” for Edwin Jackson.  He reports that there are better deals on the table from other clubs. Who knows where he’ll go at this point. If, as some are suspecting, Jackson is going to settle for a one-year deal, he may prefer…

  9. Fausto Carmona and Leo Nunez might be pardoned for falsifying their identities

    Feb 1, 2012, 1:40 PM EDT

    Fausto Carmona, Roberto Hernandez Heredia

    Good news for the men formerly known as Fausto Carmona and Leo Nunez, as Dominican Today reports that “the U.S. State Department could pardon the Dominican baseball players caught with a false identity.” That apparently comes from some remarks consul general William Weissman made during an event yesterday, although he declined to address any specific…

  10. Behold: The Brian Cashman-Theo Epstein Mutual Admiration Society

    Feb 1, 2012, 12:58 PM EDT

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    Brian Cashman and Theo Epstein were at the same charity event on Tuesday night and they each talked about how great it is that they’re not competing head-to-head in the Yankees-Red Sox rivalry anymore. Why?  Each of them are just too awesome for the other to handle! “I was never able to totally relax because…

  11. Dan Johnson signs minor-league deal with White Sox

    Feb 1, 2012, 12:13 PM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays' Dan Johnson hits a ninth inning home run with New York Yankees catcher Austin Romine at right during their American League MLB baseball game in St. Petersburg

    Dan Johnson, whose dramatic homer for the Rays in Game 162 last year overshadowed his otherwise miserable season, has agreed to a minor-league contract with the White Sox. Johnson had a strong rookie season for the A’s in 2005, but he’s hit just .219 with a .712 OPS in 290 games since then while spending…

  12. What a surprise: Tom Brady loves the way Derek Jeter plays the game

    Feb 1, 2012, 11:40 AM EDT

    Super Bowl XLVI - Media Day

    What’s more soul-killing: the lack of substantive baseball stories in the dead of winter or the proliferation of fluffy-nothing football stories a few days before the Super Bowl? Kind of an existential question. Maybe the fluff football stories are worse in some way because, really, it’s not like there isn’t a lot of substantive, legit…

  13. The Mets hope to sell ten minority shares by the end of February

    Feb 1, 2012, 11:03 AM EDT

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    When last we heard of the Mets’ sale of $20 million minority stakes in the team, they were allegedly close to closing on the sale of five shares.  That as early January, and as of yet, they haven’t closed.  At least as far as we know. Here’s the latest from Steven Marcus of Newsday: The…

  14. MLB Network will broadcast Jose Reyes’ haircut

    Feb 1, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    Jose Reyes

    What does a television channel devoted to baseball show in the middle of the winter? Haircuts, apparently. Jose Reyes‘ agent revealed that the Marlins shortstop will get his dreadlocks cut off Friday and it will air live on MLB Network. Reyes knew he’d have to cut his hair when he signed with the Marlins, who…

  15. Roy Oswalt is not happy with the Cardinals’ offer

    Feb 1, 2012, 10:30 AM EDT

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    We’ve known that the Cardinals and Roy Oswalt have been pussy-footing around one another. But now we know that Roy Oswalt does not like the Cardianls’ pussy-footing:  Ken Rosenthal reports that the Cardinals have not made Roy Oswalt an offer “that the pitcher deems anywhere close to sufficient.” As Rosenthal notes, Oswalt is much to blame…

  16. Jorge De La Rosa pitched through pain, lied about injury before Tommy John surgery

    Feb 1, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

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    As Jorge De La Rosa progresses in his comeback from Tommy John elbow surgery Thomas Harding of MLB.com revealed some interesting details about how the veteran left-hander pitched through the pain initially and lied to the Rockies about the injury. Harding of course doesn’t frame the information that way, calling it merely “stretching the truth,”…

  17. Mark Teixeira is in the Best Shape of His Life

    Feb 1, 2012, 9:50 AM EDT

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    Overlooked this in that Mark Teixeira-will-bunt-article, but … Teixeira tweeted Tuesday that he lost 14 pounds this offseason.  “I didn’t feel like I needed to, but I’m always trying to get better. I know that the older that I get, the more important nutrition is, any chance I get to make myself lighter, faster, more…

  18. In Kansas City, “your beer is going to be cooled by the sun”

    Feb 1, 2012, 9:20 AM EDT

    solar-panels

    But wait? How?! The Kansas City Royals baseball team is getting greener with the largest in-stadium solar array generating electricity in Major League Baseball. The 160 solar panels, which have been installed and tested, are expected to produce 36,000 kilowatt hours of electricity per year, which is enough to power for four homes. That won’t…

  19. OK, so Mark Teixeira will bunt after all

    Feb 1, 2012, 8:50 AM EDT

    Mark Teixeira

    Yesterday I mocked the idea that the Yankees may ask their power-hitting first baseman to eschew trying to hit the ball to Yankee Stadium’s short porch in right field like God and Nature intended and, instead, try to square around to bunt or to slap it the other way when batting left-handed so as to…

  20. Columnist Phil Rogers has decided Ryan Braun’s appeal for us

    Feb 1, 2012, 6:36 AM EDT

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    Phil Rogers of the Chicago Tribune writes an overview of the Brewers.  He devotes much of it to arguing that the Ryan Braun contract was a terrible move by the Brewers, and even compares it unfavorably to Alex Rodriguez‘s original $250 million deal with the Rangers. Yes, the contract that will never pay him more…

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