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  1. Brandon McCarthy is in The Best Shape of His Life

    Feb 18, 2012, 6:41 PM EDT

    Brandon McCarthy

    It’s not often that we have original news here. Scoops and such. ┬áBut I can report to you — exclusively — that A’s starter Brandon McCarthy is in The Best Shape of His Life. I know this because he told me himself: @craigcalcaterra just fyi, I’m in the best shape of my life. Thought you…

  2. Yankees to fill Okajima void with Clay Rapada

    Feb 18, 2012, 6:13 PM EDT

    St Louis Cardinals v Baltimore Orioles

    The Yankees were on the hunt for another lefty relief candidate after Hideki Okajima failed his physical and apparently have found one in veteran Clay Rapada, says MLB.com. Rapada, who turns 31 next month, is expected to get a minor league contract. The sidearmer had a 6.06 ERA in 16 1/3 innings for the Orioles…

  3. Running down the rosters: Cleveland Indians

    Feb 18, 2012, 5:04 PM EDT

    Carlos Santana, Chris Perez

    Even after giving up their top two pitching prospects for Ubaldo Jimenez, the Indians couldn’t maintain their hot start last year and lost their last four games to finish under .500 at 80-82. The offseason saw them shopping from the scrap heap, which isn’t unusual, but even as they were forced to pick from largely…

  4. Giants camp to be all Buster Posey, all the time

    Feb 18, 2012, 3:57 PM EDT

    posey wider

    I don’t believe we ever officially welcomed Andrew Baggarly to the fold over here. Already my favorite Giants beat writer, he just made the move from the San Jose Mercury News to CSN Bay Area, where he’ll continue covering the team. Baggarly today provides a full rundown on the current plans for Buster Posey, who…

  5. Jonathan Papelbon likes Daniel Bard as a starter

    Feb 18, 2012, 3:16 PM EDT

    Daniel Bard, Jonathan Papelbon

    Jonathan Papelbon‘s exit from Boston was expected to clear the way for Daniel Bard to step in as the Red Sox’s closer, but the 26-year-old has made the move to the rotation instead and Papelbon, speaking from Phillies camp in Florida, thinks that might well be for the best: I actually had a long talk…

  6. Feb. 18, 2012: The day the Mariners bats came alive

    Feb 18, 2012, 2:17 PM EDT

    Mike Carp

    Sure the Mariners finished last in the majors in runs scored in 2011 and 2010 (and last in the AL in 2009), but that’s no reason not to be optimistic in mid-February. We’ll let Seattle Times beat writer Larry Stone take over from here: Ichiro, Carp, and Smoak are putting on a show in their…

  7. Sandy Alderson says David Wright’s future will not be tied to team performance

    Feb 18, 2012, 2:00 PM EDT

    Washington Nationals v New York Mets

    Last year we were bombarded with stories focused on the future of Jose Reyes, but now it’s David Wright‘s turn. There’s already been plenty of speculation about a possible trade over the past few months, but Mets’ general manager Sandy Alderson told Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com in Port St. Lucie this morning that as opposed…

  8. It’s not a sure thing that the Yankees will add Raul Ibanez and Eric Chavez

    Feb 18, 2012, 12:43 PM EDT

    Phillies' Ibanez reacts to grounding out to end the seventh inning of their MLB baseball playoff game against the Cardinals in Philadelphia

    Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com indicated last night that the Yankees would finalize contracts with Raul Ibanez and Eric Chavez once A.J. Burnett is officially traded to the Pirates. That may turn out to be the case, but Joel Sherman of the New York Post is hearing that it’s not a sure thing they’ll add either…

  9. Watch Gary Carter’s final hit in a Mets’ uniform from a fan’s perspective

    Feb 18, 2012, 11:39 AM EDT

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    This is pretty special. A fan who was in attendance for Gary Carter’s final game at Shea Stadium in a Mets’ uniform has uploaded his 8mm camcorder footage. The game below took place on September 27, 1989 against the Phillies. Carter, who was limited to just 50 games that season due to injuries, entered the…

  10. Will the Rangers spend any money saved in a possible Koji Uehara trade?

    Feb 18, 2012, 10:28 AM EDT

    Seattle Mariners v Texas Rangers

    We learned yesterday that the Rangers were close to trading right-handed reliever Koji Uehara to the Athletics. Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reported last night that the Rangers were also talking to another team, but indicated that progress on a deal could be made this weekend. Trading Uehara would clear his $4 million…

  11. Astros remove gun from Colt .45s throwback uniforms

    Feb 18, 2012, 8:58 AM EDT

    Image (1) Colt%20.45s%20logo.gif for post 4997

    The Astros are celebrating their 50th anniversary this season, so they plan to honor their past by wearing a different throwback uniform at every Friday home game. The first “Flashback Friday” will feature the Colt .45s, which was the name of the franchise for the first three years of its existence. Sweet. Those were some…

  12. The Athletics and Manny Ramirez could reach an agreement within days

    Feb 17, 2012, 9:31 PM EDT

    Baltimore Orioles v Tampa Bay Rays

    Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reported earlier this week that the Athletics were “likely” to sign Manny Ramirez just before or soon after the start of spring training, so the following information should come as no real surprise. According to Janie McCauley of the Associated Press, the Athletics still have “strong interest” in…

  13. The Phillies were the “mystery team” for A.J. Burnett

    Feb 17, 2012, 8:05 PM EDT

    burnett getty

    The Yankees and Pirates have agreed to a deal that will send A.J. Burnett and cash considerations to the Pirates for Double-A reliever Diego Moreno and Low-A outfielder Exicardo Cayones, but it turns out there was another team in the mix. A”mystery team,” if you will. And this one might surprise you. ESPN’s Buster Olney…

  14. Jason Varitek is leaning toward retirement

    Feb 17, 2012, 7:02 PM EDT

    varitek ap wide

    Tim Wakefield just officially announced his retirement and it appears as though his longtime teammate Jason Varitek is finally close to making a decision about his future. Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe was told by a friend of Varitek as the Wakefield presser that the veteran backstop is leaning toward retirement. Varitek’s agent, Scott…

  15. Report: Yankees adding Raul Ibanez, Eric Chavez to mix

    Feb 17, 2012, 6:08 PM EDT

    Raul Ibanez, Yadier Molina

    CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman indicates that the Yankees have agreements with left-handed hitters Raul Ibanez and Eric Chavez that will be finalized after the A.J. Burnett deal is approved by the league. The Yankees looked at picking up a left-handed option at DH in a Burnett trade and reportedly had a deal done for Bobby…

  16. They’re lighting up the Empire State Building blue and orange

    Feb 17, 2012, 5:54 PM EDT

    Gary Carter

    In memory of Gary Carter, who passed away Thursday following a battle with brain cancer, the Empire State Building will shine blue and orange tonight. Carter spent just five of his 19 seasons with the Mets, but the Hall of Famer made a big impression in those years. He drove in 100 runs in two…

  17. Yankees and Pirates “in agreement” on A.J. Burnett trade

    Feb 17, 2012, 5:17 PM EDT

    A.J. Burnett

    It looks like the A.J. Burnett saga may finally be coming to a close, as Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that the Yankees and Pirates are “in agreement” on a deal that will send the right-hander to Pittsburgh. Burnett is expected to undergo a physical exam Sunday to make things official and according to Rosenthal…

  18. Michael Pineda is NOT in The Best Shape Of His Life

    Feb 17, 2012, 4:26 PM EDT

    Michael Pineda

    For every 10,000 or so players who arrive at spring training amid reports that they’re in the best shape of their life there’s someone for whom the opposite is true. Today that someone is new Yankees right-hander Michael Pineda, according to Bryan Hoch of MLB.com: #Yankees RHP Michael Pineda said he reported to camp around…

  19. Johan Santana “felt really good” after first bullpen session

    Feb 17, 2012, 3:52 PM EDT

    santana tall getty

    Johan Santana took the mound today for the first time since September and threw a 25-pitch bullpen session with catcher Josh Thole, saying afterward that his surgically repaired shoulder “felt really good.” Santana appeared in multiple minor-league games last season before setbacks ruined his plan of returning in August or September, so simply throwing a…

  20. Scott Kazmir threw for scouts today, clocked in high-80s

    Feb 17, 2012, 3:25 PM EDT

    Scott Kazmir

    Scott Kazmir held a workout for scouts today and Buster Olney of ESPN.com reports that approximately 10 teams sent someone to take a look at him. Kazmir’s fastball was clocked mostly in the high-80s, which is similar to the diminished velocity he’s shown while struggling during the past few seasons. Kazmir is still just 28…

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