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  1. Dan Patrick clarifies his comments about Ryan Braun being “innocent”

    Jan 24, 2012, 1:32 PM EDT

    NLCS Cardinals Brewers Baseball

    In law school they teach you the difference between “innocent” and “not guilty” pretty quickly. Dan Patrick didn’t go to law school, so forgive him for not having that down pat. Today — Via Tom Haurdricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel — he clarifies his comments from yesterday regarding Ryan Braun and “innocence”: “I want to clarify something…

  2. Indians expect Fausto Carmona to miss spring training

    Jan 24, 2012, 1:18 PM EDT

    Fausto Carmona, Roberto Hernandez Heredia

    Odds are that Fausto Carmona, like Leo Nunez before him, won’t do any significant jail time for his arrest on false identity charges, but the pitcher now known as Roberto Hernandez Heredia may have trouble securing a visa and the Indians believe he’ll miss spring training. Manager Manny Acta spoke to the Associated Press, which…

  3. J.D. Drew “very likely” to retire

    Jan 24, 2012, 1:03 PM EDT

    J.D. Drew

    Given that (a) no team has been linked to him at all this winter; and (b) he himself has sounded very unenthusiastic about playing again, this is not terribly surprising, but Jon Heyman reports that J.D. Drew is likely to retire. If he is done, Drew put together a better career than you think he…

  4. Rangers “believe they’re out of the bidding” for Prince Fielder

    Jan 24, 2012, 12:46 PM EDT

    Prince Fielder

    Last week general manager Jon Daniels admitted that Texas was “very unlikely” to sign Prince Fielder and now Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that the Rangers “believe they are out of the bidding” for the slugging first baseman. Fielder met with Rangers officials in Dallas earlier this month, but it’s unclear if talks even…

  5. Jorge Posada officially retires

    Jan 24, 2012, 12:30 PM EDT

    Posada Presser

    The Jorge Posada retirement press conference just went down at Yankee Stadium.  It was a packed house. Even more so than Andy Pettitte’s last year. In attendance were Derek Jeter, Mariano Rivera, CC Sabathia and about a zillion others. It was also pretty emotional, as Diana Munson, the widow of Thurman Munson, was on hand.…

  6. Ken Griffey Jr.’s son commits to play football at Arizona

    Jan 24, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

    trey griffey

    In addition to being Ken Griffey Jr.’s son Trey Griffey is a high school All-American football player and the wide receiver from Orlando has committed to play for the University of Arizona and their new head coach, Rich Rodriguez. Jason Kirk of SB Nation reports that Griffey chose Arizona over Arizona State and a handful…

  7. The Blue Jays finalize their extension with Brandon Morrow

    Jan 24, 2012, 11:33 AM EDT

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    Yesterday we heard about the Blue Jays and Brandon Morrow nearing a three-year extension. Today it’s final: three years, $20 million with a $10 million team option for 2015. A $1 million buyout makes it a $21 million total commitment. A gamble? Sure, but not a gigantic one and an average of $7 million a…

  8. Rangers sign relievers Sean Green, Mitch Stetter to minor-league deals

    Jan 24, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

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    Texas is reportedly shopping reliever Koji Uehara, but that didn’t stop the Rangers from adding some bullpen depth by signing right-hander Sean Green and left-hander Mitch Stetter to minor-league contracts. Both pitchers will get invitations to spring training, although it’ll be tough for them to claim spots in the Rangers’ deep bullpen even if Uehara…

  9. The Dodgers received more than 10 bids by yesterday’s deadline

    Jan 24, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

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    Yesterday was the deadline for those wanting to bid on the Dodgers.  It wasn’t a hard deadline — the bankers handling the sale can waive the deadline if new suitable bids reveal themselves — but more than ten interested parties got bids in yesterday. Among the bidders are many we’ve talked about here over the…

  10. Cuban defector Gerardo Concepcion works out for Rangers

    Jan 24, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    Gerardo Concepcion

    Gerardo Concepcion, the 18-year-old pitcher who established residency in the Dominican Republic to become a free agent after defecting from Cuba, worked out for the Rangers yesterday. Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com reports that team president Nolan Ryan was part of the Rangers group on hand to watch Concepcion in the Dominican Republic, adding that “the…

  11. “Moneyball” nominated for Best Picture

    Jan 24, 2012, 10:30 AM EDT

    moneyball poster

    The Oscar nominations came out this morning. I’ve seen three of the Best Picture nominees. That is easily the most I’ve seen by nomination time in years. Maybe a decade. Having kids sort of kills your moviegoing mojo. There’s a decent chance I would have posted about this anyway because, hey, it’s the offseason and…

  12. Rangers still looking to trade reliever Koji Uehara

    Jan 24, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

    Koji Uehara

    Koji Uehara quickly fell out of favor in Texas’ bullpen after coming over in a midseason trade from Baltimore and his name has been linked to various trade rumors all offseason, so not surprisingly Richard Durrett of ESPN Dallas reports that the Rangers are still shopping him. According to Durrett the Blue Jays are among…

  13. Longtime Phillies broadcaster Andy Musser dies

    Jan 24, 2012, 9:50 AM EDT

    Musser

    Longtime Phillies broadcaster Andy Musser died on Sunday. He was 74. While non-Phillies fans always think — and almost exclusively think — of Harry Kalas or Richie Ashburn when they think of Phillies broadcasters, Musser was no less of a fixture in the booth, helping call all but two games during his 26-year tenure. Ray…

  14. Great Moments in Photoshop: Albert Pujols playing first base for the Angels … now!

    Jan 24, 2012, 9:21 AM EDT

    Shark

    Derrick Goold got a hold of the 2012 Topps Albert Pujols card.  Which features him playing first base in a game situation.  For the Angels.  Which is awesome because he hasn’t, you know, done that yet. See it here. It’s not like this is new or unprecedented. Back when I collected cards in the 70s…

  15. Darvish wants to become “the best pitcher in the world”

    Jan 24, 2012, 8:50 AM EDT

    Texas Rangers Introduce Yu Darvish

    Reason I was out the past few days: trip to Texas. Reason for the trip to Texas: none of your beeswax, frankly, but know this: the entire time I was there I barely heard a single word about the Rangers. Maybe that’s because I was doing way too much of this. Hard to say. All…

  16. Ryan Braun may be innocent

    Jan 24, 2012, 8:20 AM EDT

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    We’ll obviously have official word sometime soon, but yesterday Dan Patrick had something interesting to say on his radio show about the reigning NL MVP’s drug test and appeal: Braun may get off scott free. There was nothing definitive in his comments — a lot of it was Patrick’s gut feeling based on a conversation…

  17. UPDATE: Orioles and Wilson Betemit agree to two-year contract with an option

    Jan 24, 2012, 1:09 AM EDT

    Kansas City Royals v Colorado Rockies

    UPDATE: Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun is now reporting that the O’s and Betemit have agreed to a two-year deal with an option for a third year. Exact terms aren’t yet available, but it’s a bit of a surprise to see him get a multi-year deal at this point of the offseason. And from…

  18. Padres and Clayton Richard avoid arbitration with one-year, $2.705 million contract

    Jan 23, 2012, 11:36 PM EDT

    Kansas City Royals v San Diego Padres

    According to the Associated Press, the Padres and Clayton Richard have avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $2.705 million contract. Richard was arbitration-eligible for the first time this offseason. The 28-year-old southpaw requested $3.1 million and was offered $2.35 million by the Padres when arbitration figures were exchanged last week, so the two sides…

  19. New Astros’ owner says he’s considering changing team name

    Jan 23, 2012, 9:33 PM EDT

    Jim Crane Getty image

    New Astros owner Jim Crane unveiled some fan-friendly initiatives earlier today, including lower ticket prices, partial rebates for season ticket holders, lower concession prices and relaxed policies on outside food and beverage. While those are all well and good, they were overshadowed by some interesting comments about the team’s future as they prepare for a…

  20. UPDATE: Red Sox agree to one-year, $3 million contract with Cody Ross

    Jan 23, 2012, 8:53 PM EDT

    Cody Ross

    9:14 PM: According to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com, Ross will make a $3 million base salary with the chance to earn more in bonuses based on plate appearances. 8:53 PM: Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that the Red Sox and Cody Ross have agreed to a contract. No word on the terms yet, but Michael…

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