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  1. Yoenis Cespedes names six teams with “a lot of interest”

    Jan 13, 2012, 12:15 PM EDT

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    Yoenis Cespedes made his winter league debut in the Dominican Republic last night, going 0-for-3 with three strikeouts, and afterward the Cuban defector told local reporter Dionisio Soldevila that six teams have expressed “a lot of interest” in signing him. According to Cespedes those half-dozen teams are the Marlins, Cubs, White Sox, Orioles, Tigers, and…

  2. Rays, Maddon closing in on an extension

    Jan 13, 2012, 12:04 PM EDT

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    As we passed along yesterday, the Rays and Joe Maddon are talking contract extension.  Marc Topkin updates that report this morning, telling us that they are getting really close and that an announcement could happen at any time. Maddon has led the Rays to the playoffs in the AL East three out of the last…

  3. Must-Click Link: The definitive Jack Morris column

    Jan 13, 2012, 11:33 AM EDT

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    I know you all are tied of Jack Morris stuff. The arguments and all of that.  But I implore you — strongly — to make room in your day for this Baseball Prospectus post from John Bernhardt.  It’s long — like, really long — but it’s worth it. It’s worth it for two reasons. First, as…

  4. Adam Everett retires, joins Indians as special assistant

    Jan 13, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

    Adam Everett

    I guess this means Adam Everett is officially retired. Everett was released by Cleveland in the middle of his 11th big-league season last June, and the light-hitting, Gold Glove-caliber shortstop has decided to end his playing career and join the Indians’ front office as a “special assistant to baseball operations.” Everett hit just .242 with…

  5. Carlos Pena and Casey Kotchman are “two names high on Cleveland’s list”

    Jan 13, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

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    Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reported yesterday that the Indians’ front office had approached ownership about expanding the payroll to sign Carlos Pena, but he might not be the only free agent first baseman on the team’s radar. Jordan Bastian of MLB.com confirms the team’s interest in Pena, but adds that Casey Kotchman…

  6. Hofstra University to hold a conference celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Mets

    Jan 13, 2012, 10:30 AM EDT

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    Fifty years for the Mets? Guess their tenure is the only thing golden about them. Still, this is kind of neat: April 2012 will mark the 50th anniversary of the New York Mets, one of the most popular and culturally significant baseball franchises. On Thursday through Sunday, April 26-28, 2012, Hofstra University will host a…

  7. Johan Santana on return timetable: “Tough for me to guess”

    Jan 13, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

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    Johan Santana is three weeks into his offseason throwing program and has advanced to long-tossing from 110 feet, but the two-time Cy Young award winner’s status for Opening Day remains uncertain 16 months after shoulder surgery. During a conference call yesterday Santana told reporters that his shoulder “feels fine” and “everything is fine,” but then…

  8. The Orioles are, obviously, interested in Johnny Damon

    Jan 13, 2012, 10:02 AM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays v Baltimore Orioles

    A Johnny Damon signing would be one of the most Orioles moves in recent years. And now Jon Heyman reports that the Orioles “appear to have some interest” in him. Not that signing Damon would be a bad thing. He hit .261/.326/.418 with 16 homers and 19 steals last year and was actually hampered by his…

  9. Adam Jones trade rumors are intensifying

    Jan 13, 2012, 9:42 AM EDT

    Kansas City Royals v Baltimore Orioles

    From Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com:  I heard last night that trade talks involving Jones are intensifying again. There are no specifics there. The Braves had interest last month, but they just weren’t able to match up with the O’s. Kubatko tried to ask Jones about his openness to a possible extension from the Orioles, but Jones…

  10. Yoenis Cespedes playing winter ball for some reason

    Jan 13, 2012, 9:02 AM EDT

    Yoenis Cespedes AP

    Yoenis Cespedes has a bit of mystery about him.  Gaudy numbers from Cuba. Far more limited footage and scouting of him freely available than of most hot properties. In spite of that — or perhaps because of it — he’s set to become a free agent and get himself a contract in the $50-60 million range…

  11. The Rangers have “made inquiries” about Roy Oswalt

    Jan 13, 2012, 8:20 AM EDT

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    I swear, someone decided this winter that we’re going to talk about Roy Oswalt like he’s a 17 year-old girl in the 1950s.  First people were “eyeing” him.  Now Gerry Fraley of the Dallas Morning News reports that the Rangers have “made inquiries.” Gee, I hope they talk to Roy’s father first and declare their intentions.…

  12. Ricky Romero talks of family, hard work, rise from East LA

    Jan 13, 2012, 12:52 AM EDT

    Ricky Romero

    We got a glimpse of Ricky Romero’s personality and history at the All-Star game last July. The Toronto Blue Jays left-hander couldn’t contain his glee at being selected as a replacement player for the big game in Phoenix, and he spoke with pride of the hard work it took him to rise from the ballfields…

  13. Nolan Ryan “optimistic” about striking deal with Yu Darvish

    Jan 12, 2012, 10:02 PM EDT

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    The Rangers have less than a week to work out a contract with Japanese right-hander Yu Darvish, for whom they committed a record $51,703,411 posting fee back in mid-December. But there’s no concern within the organization about the ticking clock. According to Richard Durrett of ESPN Dallas, Rangers president Nolan Ryan said Thursday night that…

  14. Blue Jays “not a serious suitor” for free agent Prince Fielder

    Jan 12, 2012, 8:37 PM EDT

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    There was a general assumption, at the beginning of this offseason, that the Blue Jays would get involved at some point in the bidding for Prince Fielder. But it hasn’t happened yet, and it’s not likely to. According to FOX Sports’ Jon Paul Morosi, Toronto is “not a serious suitor” for the 27-year-old first baseman,…

  15. Marlins planning aggressive pursuit of Yoenis Cespedes

    Jan 12, 2012, 7:04 PM EDT

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    The Yankees, Phillies, Cubs, Nationals, Tigers and White Sox have all made it known that they plan to pursue Cuban defector Yoenis Cespedes once he becomes eligible for major league free agency. But those clubs may have to contend with a Miami front office that is willing to spend wildly. According to Juan C. Rodriguez of the…

  16. Dmitri Young no longer eats like a viking

    Jan 12, 2012, 5:30 PM EDT

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    We’ve seen a couple of stories about Dmitri Young’s dramatic weight loss and desire to come back and play in the majors again.  Jerry Crasnick’s is the most in-depth so far, however, and it’s hard not to want to root for Young after reading it. Plus it has fun stuff like this: “I’m not eating…

  17. Brewers, Manny Parra avoid arbitration with one-year deal

    Jan 12, 2012, 5:01 PM EDT

    Rick Peterson AP

    Yesterday the Brewers avoided arbitration with Carlos Gomez by signing him to a one-year contract and today they did the same with Manny Parra, agreeing to a one-year deal with the left-hander after he missed all of last season with back and elbow problems. Adam McCalvy of MLB.com reports that Parra will get $1.2 million,…

  18. J.C. Romero settles his lawsuit against supplement manufacturer

    Jan 12, 2012, 4:46 PM EDT

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    J.C. Romero was suspended for 50 games in 2009 following a positive drug test in 2008.  He claimed at the time that the supplement he was taking — which he purchased at a GNC store — was tainted.  And he sued the supplement’s manufacturer and distributor.  The New York Daily News reports that he has…

  19. The Cubs join the 21st Century, form a partnership with Bloomberg Sports

    Jan 12, 2012, 4:22 PM EDT

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    Patrick Mooney of CSNChicago.com has a story up that will warm the hearts of analytically-minded Cubs fans: Bloomberg Sports, a leader in analytics, announced a partnership with the team on Thursday to design a new player-evaluation system for the baseball operations department. It will include video and a statistical database and have mobile capabilities. It…

  20. Indians ask owners for payroll space to pursue Carlos Pena

    Jan 12, 2012, 3:50 PM EDT

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    Carlos Pena is one of the better free agents still available and Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that the Indians are interested in the 33-year-old first baseman. Whether or not they’ll be able to work something out is unclear, because according to Hoynes the front office went to ownership recently to see…

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