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  1. What Manny Ramirez brings the A’s

    Feb 20, 2012, 6:22 PM EDT

    Manny Ramirez

    Here’s was Oakland’s projected lineup two weeks ago: 2B Jemile Weeks – S CF Coco Crisp – S LF Seth Smith – L C Kurt Suzuki – R RF Josh Reddick – L 3B Scott Sizemore – R DH Brandon Allen – L 1B Daric Barton – L SS Cliff Pennington – S And here’s…

  2. Ryan Howard taking ground balls after torn Achilles

    Feb 20, 2012, 5:51 PM EDT

    Ryan Howard rehabbing

    Ryan Howard isn’t scheduled for his first media session of the spring until Wednesday, but it appears he’s ahead of schedule in his rehab from the torn Achilles’ tendon he suffered on the final play of the Phillies’ season. According to CSN Philly’s Jim Salisbury, Howard took some grounders on the field and also soft-toss…

  3. Quote of the Day: Bryce Harper

    Feb 20, 2012, 5:17 PM EDT

    harper futures getty

    Bryce Harper is super-excited to be heading to big league camp. He is determined to make the most of things and, if he can at all help it, break camp with the big club.  And how’s he gonna do it?  He told Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post: “I’m going work as hard as I…

  4. Picture of the Day: Thanks for the $240 million!

    Feb 20, 2012, 4:51 PM EDT

    pujols and moreno spring

    Albert Pujols‘ arrival at Angels camp was kind of a big deal and amid all the hoopla Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com snapped this picture of Pujols shaking hands with the man who gave him $240 million, Arte Moreno. (Moreno, incidentally, bought the Angels in 2003 … for $184 million.)

  5. Bobby Jenks may not pitch until midseason

    Feb 20, 2012, 4:19 PM EDT

    Bobby Jenks

    Bobby Valentine was asked about reliever Bobby Jenks today, and he said that Jenks — who underwent two back surgeries this offseason — will not pitch during the spring.  Rather, he expects him to be a “mid-season arrival.” Jenks, of course, was able to manage only 19 appearances last season, striking out 17 and walking…

  6. Kendrys Morales “feels a lot better” than last spring and “should be ready” for Opening Day

    Feb 20, 2012, 3:45 PM EDT

    morales getty

    This time last year Kendrys Morales was hoping to be ready for Opening Day after missing most of 2010 with a broken ankle, but several setbacks followed and he ended up sitting out the entire season after undergoing a second surgery. Morales is back in Angels camp now, still essentially rehabbing an injury from two…

  7. Derek Holland is playing the “nobody believes in us” card

    Feb 20, 2012, 3:00 PM EDT

    Derek Holland

    Derek Holland pitches for the two-time defending American League champions. A team which won its division by ten games last season and which signed the most sought-after pitcher on the market in Yu Darvish. When 2012 season previews start appearing soon, you’ll see many people pick the Rangers to win the AL West.  Most gambling…

  8. Carlos Beltran talked Jon Niese into getting a nose job

    Feb 20, 2012, 2:48 PM EDT

    jon niese nose

    Adam Rubin of ESPN New York has an “after” picture of Mets left-hander Jon Niese, who got a nose job during the offseason at former teammate Carlos Beltran‘s urging. Seriously. Beltran apparently even offered to pay for the operation, but then he was traded to the Giants in July. Niese had the surgery anyway and…

  9. Barry Zito has a new delivery. Again.

    Feb 20, 2012, 2:33 PM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Arizona Diamondbacks

    Every year people wonder if Barry Zito is ever going to be a good pitcher again. Not a lot of people. No, those crowds disappeared several years ago.  The number of people still hoping for a Zito turnaround is roughly the same as the number of those Iraq War protesters who still show up on…

  10. Mariano Rivera hinting at retirement after this season?

    Feb 20, 2012, 2:14 PM EDT

    Mariano Rivera

    Mariano Rivera was asked this morning if this will be his final season and the 42-year-old future Hall of Famer gave an interesting answer: “I know now, but I don’t have to tell you.” Different reporters had different takes on exactly what that implied, but Marc Carig of the Newark Star Ledger thinks Rivera was…

  11. Manny Ramirez signs with the Oakland Athletics

    Feb 20, 2012, 2:00 PM EDT

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    We’ve seen this coming for a while, but it appears to actually be happening now. Manny Ramirez is signing with the Oakland A’s: Manny Ramirez told ESPN’s Pedro Gomez on Monday that he has agreed to a deal with the Oakland Athletics. Sources tell Gomez the deal is worth about $500,000. Ramirez will have to sit…

  12. Blake DeWitt and his $1.1 million contract cleared waivers, will stay with Cubs

    Feb 20, 2012, 1:50 PM EDT

    DeWitt_Blake

    Blake DeWitt was designated for assignment last week and predictably no team was willing to claim his $1.1 million contract off waivers, so he’ll remain with the Cubs while being removed from the 40-man roster. DeWitt technically had the right to reject his assignment to the minors, but doing so would have meant forfeiting his…

  13. Beware the “Player X added Y pounds of muscle this offseason” stories

    Feb 20, 2012, 1:30 PM EDT

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    I don’t post all of those BSOHL stories simply because I’m unaware of when a joke has been beaten to absolute death. I mean, I am unaware of that, but that’s not the only reason I post them. I also post them because they are often evidence of a player who is trying to make…

  14. Tommy Hanson checked for concussion after minor car accident

    Feb 20, 2012, 1:20 PM EDT

    Tommy Hanson

    As if Tommy Hanson didn’t have enough on his plate coming back from last season’s arm problems, Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports that the Braves right-hander got into a minor, one-car accident on the way to camp this morning. Bowman writes that Hanson “bumped his head” after his car “blew a tire” and the Braves…

  15. Do you like bad spring training photos? Then it’s your lucky day

    Feb 20, 2012, 1:00 PM EDT

    Camera

    Dirty secret of spring training: not a ton goes on most days. All of the reporters get there first thing in the morning and most of them have stories they’re working on, requiring them to do an interview or two. But when that’s done, it’s a lot of just watching people do things. At least…

  16. Carl Crawford “wasn’t happy” to learn Red Sox owner John Henry didn’t want to sign him

    Feb 20, 2012, 12:48 PM EDT

    Liverpool Football club's co-owner, John

    Red Sox owner John Henry admitted back in October that he was “personally opposed” to signing Carl Crawford, but then-general manager Theo Epstein and the rest of the front office talked him into approving the seven-year, $142 million contract. I’m guessing Henry wouldn’t have been so open with those thoughts if Crawford hadn’t struggled in…

  17. Danny Valencia is in The Best Shape of His Life

    Feb 20, 2012, 12:30 PM EDT

    Valencia_Danny

    From La Velle Neal of the Star-Tribune, reporting from Fort Myers this morning: I headed over to the other side of the clubhouse, where Danny Valencia dresses. Get your urban dictionaries out, because Valencia wants everyone to know he’s “yoked,” this year. He weighs about the same as he did last season but says it’s…

  18. Bob Wickman used to throw up to make weight with the Yankees

    Feb 20, 2012, 12:16 PM EDT

    bob wickman yankees

    Before becoming as successful closer in his thirties Bob Wickman was a starter and then a middle reliever for the Yankees, debuting at age 23 in 1992. Later in his career Wickman’s gut expanded significantly, but with the Yankees he was merely chubby (or perhaps even in The Best Shape Of His Life) and general…

  19. Visa issues in Dominican Republic mean Juan Carlos Oviedo won’t report to Marlins on time

    Feb 20, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

    Leo Nunez - Juan Carlos Oviedo

    As expected, Juan Carlos Oviedo is having difficulty securing a visa in the Dominican Republic after the reliever formerly known as Leo Nunez was busted for falsifying his identity. Marlins pitchers and catchers must report tomorrow, but Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald writes that Oviedo definitely won’t be there and “the Marlins aren’t sure…

  20. The Giants told Buster Posey to stop blocking the plate

    Feb 20, 2012, 11:33 AM EDT

    posey catching

    Buster Posey says he wasn’t exactly blocking the plate last year when Scott Cousins ran into him, breaking Posey’s ankle and ending his season.  It kinda looked like he was poised to — and he was close enough to doing it to where it didn’t matter — but he says he wasn’t blocking the plate.…

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