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  1. Hanley Ramirez is warming to the idea of playing third

    Jan 13, 2012, 4:00 PM EDT

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    Hanley Ramirez didn’t take too well to the Marlins telling him he was moving to third base in the wake of the Jose Reyes signing.  But Jon Paul Morosi reports that “a friend of Hanley Ramirez” says Ramirez is “warming up” to the idea of playing third.  Two questions: Where does Morosi meet “a friend…

  2. Braves re-sign Jack Wilson to one-year, $1 million contract

    Jan 13, 2012, 3:32 PM EDT

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    Jack Wilson has seemingly been the cheap, light-hitting, veteran fallback plan for a handful of teams in the middle infield, but today he agreed to re-sign with the Braves after coming to Atlanta from Seattle in an August 31 trade. Wilson gets a one-year, $1 million deal and Mark Bowman of MLB.com speculates that he’ll…

  3. A position-by-position breakdown of the best players not in the Hall of Fame

    Jan 13, 2012, 3:00 PM EDT

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    Over at Baseball Prospectus Jay Jaffe runs down the best players not in the Hall of Fame by position. At least the first half of them (this is the first part of a series). It’s a maddening list so far. Not so much for the first name listed — in  many cases they are players…

  4. Diamondbacks “showing interest” in Bartolo Colon

    Jan 13, 2012, 2:35 PM EDT

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    Bartolo Colon hasn’t been linked to many teams as a free agent, but Jayson Stark of ESPN.com reports that the Diamondbacks are “showing interest” in him as a potential fifth starter. After a year out of the big leagues Colon signed a minor-league deal with the Yankees last offseason and made a remarkable comeback, throwing…

  5. The prices fall on Edwin Jackson, Hiroki Kuroda, Roy Oswalt

    Jan 13, 2012, 1:36 PM EDT

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    The top three starting pitchers left on the free agent market are finding it tough going.  And Buster Olney reports that Edwin Jackson, Hiroki Kuroda and Roy Oswalt have all lowered their asking price: The asking prices have come down significantly for veteran FA starters: Oswalt (said to be at $8m), Kuroda (10-11m), Edwin Jackson.…

  6. Phillies, Kyle Kendrick avoid arbitration with $3.6 million deal

    Jan 13, 2012, 1:19 PM EDT

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    Kyle Kendrick and the Phillies have avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year deal worth $3.585 million. Kendrick earned $2.45 million last season in his first year of arbitration eligibility and threw 115 innings with a 3.22 ERA while splitting time between the rotation and bullpen. He’s slated for a bullpen role this season because…

  7. A deeper look at the holdup on approving Jeff Moorad as the Padres owner

    Jan 13, 2012, 1:00 PM EDT

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    Yesterday the assembled owners put the vote to approve Jeff Moorad as the Padres owner on hold.  Today Tim Sullivan of the San Diego Union-Tribune has more on that. Specifically, that there are concerns about team finances and debt limit considerations: Selig declined to specify what questions Moorad’s group must resolve, but he said concerns…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. Adam Everett retires, joins Indians as special assistant

    Jan 13, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

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    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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

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

    Jan 13, 2012, 10:02 AM EDT

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    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…

  16. 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…

  17. Yoenis Cespedes playing winter ball for some reason

    Jan 13, 2012, 9:02 AM EDT

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    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…

  18. 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.…

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

    Jan 13, 2012, 12:52 AM EDT

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    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…

  20. 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…

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