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  1. Yet another Josh Hamilton-Whitney Houston column

    Feb 16, 2012, 11:33 AM EDT

    Whitney Houston

    On Monday we watched Patrick Rishe of Forbes, in much the way we’d watch a car wreck, make a hamfisted comparison between Josh Hamilton and Whitney Houston.  I figured no one else would touch that, but I guess I figured wrong. Jen Engel of Foxsports.com has one today. It’s nowhere near as bad as Rishe’s.…

  2. Jim Edmonds and Ryan Franklin take post-retirement roles with Cardinals

    Feb 16, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

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    Jim Edmonds canceled his comeback attempt last spring, signing a minor-league contract with the Cardinals and then retiring before reporting to camp. This time around he’ll be at Cardinals camp, wearing his familiar No. 15, but Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post Dispatch reports that Edmonds will be a “special instructor.” And according to…

  3. Pirates and Casey McGehee avoid arbitration

    Feb 16, 2012, 11:03 AM EDT

    Casey McGehee

    First Garrett Jones, now this.  We are officially your go-to source for Pittsburgh Pirates arbitration news. Accept no substitutes. Anyway, yes: the Pirates and their new third baseman Casey McGehee avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year deal. The amount: $2.5375 million. Which makes sense. McGehee had requested $2.725 million and the Pirates countered with…

  4. Pirates defeat Garrett Jones in arbitration hearing

    Feb 16, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

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    Garrett Jones and the Pirates had an arbitration hearing yesterday and the three-person panel has ruled in favor of the team, meaning he’ll be paid $2.25 million this season instead of the $2.5 million he requested. Going through with a hearing over a $250,000 gap is unusual, but Jones is arbitration eligible for the first…

  5. A.J. Burnett turned down trade to Angels for Bobby Abreu

    Feb 16, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

    A.J. Burnett

    While the A.J. Burnett trade talks between the Yankees and Pirates keep chugging along Anthony McCarron of the New York Daily News reports that the Yankees had a deal in place to send him to the Angels for Bobby Abreu … but Burnett used his no-trade clause to block the move. Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com…

  6. The Red Sox sign Ross Ohlendorf to a minor league deal

    Feb 16, 2012, 10:00 AM EDT

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    In a move that most of us probably wouldn’t notice if it wasn’t for the fact that he is a really bright guy who has, in the past, done interesting things that ballplayers tend not to do, Ross Ohlendorf has signed a minor league deal with the Red Sox. So, yes, from a personality standpoint…

  7. Hu’s on First

    Feb 16, 2012, 9:40 AM EDT

    Abbott and Costello

    If you spend some time on the Internets, you’ve probably seen this fun picture floating around: Clever.  But PeteyHendrix at Red Reporter has taken it to the next level and has come up with an entire re-imagining of the old Abbott and Costello routine based on it. It starts a bit slow, but stick with it,…

  8. Nyjer Morgan plays hockey, is a black guy

    Feb 16, 2012, 8:57 AM EDT

    Arizona Diamondbacks v Milwaukee Brewers - Game 5

    Whenever we post something about Nyjer Morgan and hockey — he was a big time hockey player before he chose to go with baseball — someone comments — completely innocently and benignly — that it is unusual to see a black hockey player. Which, OK. They’re just going with demographic norms here, so it’s defensible.…

  9. It’ll take a five year deal to lock up Adam Jones

    Feb 16, 2012, 8:32 AM EDT

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    Conversation I had last night as clips of Adam Jones played on a muted TV tuned to MLB Network: Me: I think the Braves should trade for Adam Jones. Stick him in left for a year and then when Michael Bourn leaves, let him have center. Her: He’s been sort of declining. Doesn’t get on…

  10. Clay Buchholz is healthy, aiming for 200-inning season

    Feb 16, 2012, 3:07 AM EDT

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    Some good news for Red Sox fans: Clay Buchholz is healthy, and he’s feeling so good that he’s hoping to top 200 innings for the first time in his career. The right-hander, an All-Star in 2010, pitched only 82 2/3 innings in 2011 and missed more than half the season with a back injury. Boston…

  11. Mets will send scout to watch Scott Kazmir throw

    Feb 16, 2012, 1:48 AM EDT

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    Scott Kazmir isn’t getting a lot of attention from teams as he attempts to make a comeback, and understandably so. He hasn’t pitched in the majors since April 3 of last season, when he lasted just 1 2/3 innings and gave up five runs for the Angels. Before that, he had fallen off badly after…

  12. Running down the rosters: Arizona Diamondbacks

    Feb 16, 2012, 1:04 AM EDT

    Gerardo Parra, Chris Young, Justin Upton

    Give the Diamondbacks credit; even though all of the team’s key players were already under control for 2012, they didn’t stand pat after winning the NL West crown last season. In writing the team’s postmortem last October, I stated that adding a No. 3 starter had to be the priority. That’s what the team did…

  13. Yankees, Phillies going hard after Cuban OF Jorge Soler

    Feb 15, 2012, 10:15 PM EDT

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    With Yoenis Cespedes officially signed and sealed by Oakland, the market for fellow Cuban outfielder Jorge Soler is really beginning to heat up. And two early front-running suitors have been identified. According to Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports, the teams “in hardest on” the 19-year-old Soler at this time are the Yankees and Phillies. The…

  14. Pirates, Garrett Jones had arbitration hearing Wednesday

    Feb 15, 2012, 8:49 PM EDT

    garrett jones ap

    From the Associated Press, via NBCSports.com, comes word that the Pirates engaged in a salary arbitration hearing on Wednesday afternoon with outfielder-first baseman Garrett Jones. Jones requested a salary of $2.5 million and was offered $2.25 million from the Bucs when arbitration figures were exchanged last month. Despite the mere $250,000 gap, the two sides…

  15. Magglio Ordonez not willing to accept a minor league deal

    Feb 15, 2012, 7:23 PM EDT

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    It’s February 15 and Magglio Ordonez is without a team. And he’s likely to maintain that unemployed status for a while longer unless his asking price drops significantly within the next week. According to CBS Sports’ Danny Knobler, Ordonez told a Venezuelan radio station on Wednesday that he is not willing to accept a minor…

  16. Report: MLB to void Orioles’ signing of 17-year-old Korean

    Feb 15, 2012, 6:07 PM EDT

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    Korea’s protest has apparently won out: according to MASN’s Roch Kubatko, MLB is set to void the contract agreed to by the Orioles and 17-year-old left-hander Seong-Min Kim on Jan. 30. The KBO filed a letter of protest over the signing earlier this month, stating that the Orioles failed to go through the proper channels…

  17. Running down the rosters: Los Angeles Dodgers

    Feb 15, 2012, 5:56 PM EDT

    Clayton Kershaw, Matt Kemp

    Quantity over quality was the theme of the Dodgers’ winter. The team signed nine free agents for this year’s roster, none of whom will cost more than $4 million in 2012. Let’s dig right in… Rotation Clayton Kershaw Chad Billingsley Ted Lilly Aaron Harang Chris Capuano Bullpen Javy Guerra Kenley Jansen Matt Guerrier Todd Coffey…

  18. Orioles will start Robert Andino at second base if Brian Roberts can’t play

    Feb 15, 2012, 4:26 PM EDT

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    Brian Roberts‘ health status remains in serious question because of last season’s concussion and manager Buck Showalter said yesterday that Robert Andino would likely be the everyday second baseman and might also be the leadoff hitter if Roberts can’t play. Showalter told Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com that he’d ideally like Andino in a utility man…

  19. Giants sign Ramon Ortiz to minor-league contract

    Feb 15, 2012, 3:48 PM EDT

    Colorado Rockies v Los Angeles Dodgers

    Ramon Ortiz has an amazing ability to stick around despite not being an effective pitcher since 2004 and the Giants just announced that they’ve signed the 39-year-old to a minor-league contract that includes an invitation to spring training. Washed up old guys are sort of general manager Brian Sabean’s thing and Ortiz was at least…

  20. Bobby Valentine expects Carl Crawford to miss “a few weeks” of the season

    Feb 15, 2012, 3:15 PM EDT

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    Carl Crawford hasn’t officially been ruled out for Opening Day following what was said to be minor left wrist surgery last month, but manager Bobby Valentine said today that he expects the left fielder to miss “a few weeks” of the regular season. Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe reports that “Crawford, at this point,…

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