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  1. 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…

  2. 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.…

  3. If the Yankees wanted an old, mediocre designated hitter why not just keep Jorge Posada?

    Feb 20, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

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    Raul Ibanez‘s one-year contract with the Yankees is worth just $1 million in guaranteed money, but the bigger issue is that he’s 40 years old and coming off a terrible season in which he hit .245 with a .289 on-base percentage and .419 slugging percentage in 144 games. Within that awful overall performance was some…

  4. Chris Davis is in The Best Shape of His Life

    Feb 20, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

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    Yesterday pitchers and catchers reported. Today is the first day of full workouts. It also means that the beat reporters are hanging around locker rooms again which, in turn, means many more opportunities for us to get updates on the sort of shape the ballplayers are in.  Like this: First “best shape of my life”…

  5. Dusty Baker won’t talk about his contract, which expires after this season

    Feb 20, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    Dusty Baker

    Dusty Baker’s two-year contract expires after this season, but the Reds manager told reporters yesterday that he won’t be discussing his status in the future, saying: What kind of factor can it be? Like I’ve said before, how many people have a one-year contract, period? You know how many times I’ve been in this situation?…

  6. K-Rod may sue his old agents

    Feb 20, 2012, 10:30 AM EDT

    Francisco Rodriguez

    Last summer there was some hubbub when Francisco Rodriguez fired his agents, Paul Kinzer and Arn Tellem, replacing them with Scott Boras. Soon after that he was traded from the Mets to the Brewers. The reason for the hubbub? Boras said that Kinzer and Tellem didn’t properly file the paperwork to activate a no-trade clause K-Rod negotiated…

  7. Koji Uehara blocked a trade to Toronto because “the weather is an issue”

    Feb 20, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

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    For now at least Koji Uehara remains with the Rangers, but he seems destined to be traded before Opening Day and has already blocked a potential deal that would have sent him to the Blue Jays. T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com asked Uehara why he vetoed a move to Toronto and the 36-year-old reliever replied: The…

  8. The Montreal Canadiens honor Gary Carter

    Feb 20, 2012, 9:46 AM EDT

    Gary Carter

    This is cool.  The Montreal Canadiens honored Gary Carter before last night’s game, complete with giant projections of old Carter cards on the ice and a great video with Carter highlights. Oh, and Youppi, back in his Expos jersey! It starts in French, but goes English at the 50 second mark.  And warning: the tribute…

  9. The Burnett trade should have been voided? What?

    Feb 20, 2012, 9:20 AM EDT

    A.J. Burnett

    The Yankees traded A.J. Burnett to the Pirates. They’re paying $20 million of his contract. The Pirates are getting a pitcher who, despite his problems, could be pretty good in the NL Central and definitely improves their staff. They’re only paying $6.5 million a year for him and didn’t have to give up much talent…

  10. Bobby Valentine: Mike Aviles has the “DNA” of an everyday shortstop

    Feb 20, 2012, 8:50 AM EDT

    Mike Aviles

    It’s not clear who will get the most reps at short in Boston this year. But yesterday Reds Sox’ manager Bobby Valentine said that Mike Aviles has the “DNA” of an everyday shortstop. Fact: Mike Aviles was born in New York City in the spring of 1981.  Fact: the “everyday shortstop” of the Yankees at…

  11. The Yankees have a deal with Raul Ibanez

    Feb 20, 2012, 8:08 AM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v Arizona Diamondbacks

    Buster Olney reports that the Yankees have a deal to sign Raul Ibanez. The deal is pending a physical. The deal is for $1.1 million in base salary, and could be worth as much as $4 million pending incentives. It’s not sexy — I can’t think of any Yankees fans who comment here who have been…

  12. Tim Hudson expects to miss first month after back surgery

    Feb 19, 2012, 7:26 PM EDT

    Tim Hudson

    The Braves’ vaunted rotation depth will be tested in April, as Tim Hudson expects to miss at least the first month of the season following back surgery on Nov. 28. Hudson hoped to avoid the surgery and thus didn’t have it until two months after the Braves wrapped their 2011 season. That delay will cost…

  13. A.J. Burnett passes physical, trade to Pirates approved

    Feb 19, 2012, 6:36 PM EDT

    A.J. Burnett

    Update: the teams have now confirmed the trade. While neither team has officially announced the deal, the two hurdles involved in the trade sending A.J. Burnett to the Pirates and two prospects to the Yankees have now been cleared, according to CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman and ESPN’s Buster Olney. Those two hurdles were Burnett’s physical,…

  14. Josh Beckett: no apology needed for “lapses in judgment”

    Feb 19, 2012, 5:57 PM EDT

    Josh Beckett

    Get ready for some more beer and chicken talk… While Josh Beckett admitted that “mistakes” were made in the clubhouse last season, he didn’t feel the need to apologize Sunday for his “lapses in judgment.” Rightly or wrongly, Beckett has been treated as the worst offender or maybe the ringleader in all of the talk…

  15. Cashman: “I have a personal and professional life”

    Feb 19, 2012, 5:19 PM EDT

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    Yankees general manager Brian Cashman addressed his alleged affair on Sunday in Yankees camp, likely in the hope that it won’t be a lingering topic of discussion throughout the team’s time in Tampa. Via Andrew Marchand of ESPN New York: “I have a professional and personal life,” Cashman told reporters on the day pitchers and…

  16. Ryan Vogelsong suffers back strain, down 7-10 days

    Feb 19, 2012, 3:52 PM EDT

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    Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that Giants right-hander Ryan Vogelsong suffered a back strain earlier this month while lifting weights in Pennsylvania. The 34-year-old starter is still in recovery mode, and won’t engage in normal spring training activities for another 7-10 days. If Vogelsong can avoid setbacks he should have little trouble…

  17. Cardinals table extension talks with Yadier Molina

    Feb 19, 2012, 2:48 PM EDT

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    Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina is currently scheduled to become a free agent five days after the conclusion of the 2012 World Series. Coming off a career year at the plate and yet another stellar one behind it, he’s likely having big-dollar dreams. Which is why it’s not all that surprising that contract talks haven’t been…

  18. Mike Cameron well entrenched in the Hall of Very Good

    Feb 19, 2012, 1:23 PM EDT

    Mike Cameron

    A Hall of Famer he obviously wasn’t, but Mike Cameron, who announced his retirement Sunday at age 39, might be the game’s most underrated player of the last 20 years. Cameron nails just about all of the factors that makes a player underrated. He hit for low averages, he struck out a lot, he spent…

  19. O’s closer Jim Johnson (back) one week behind

    Feb 19, 2012, 12:51 PM EDT

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    From MASN’s Roch Kubatko comes word that Orioles closer Jim Johnson has been bothered recently by back tightness and is one week behind the other pitchers in big league camp. But there isn’t much concern about his ability to get back near full health by the start of the season. Johnson said the condition is…

  20. Mike Cameron announces retirement

    Feb 19, 2012, 11:37 AM EDT

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    Mike Cameron signed a minor league contract with the Nationals in mid-December. But he won’t ever take the field wearing the curly W. According to the Nationals’ official Twitter account, Cameron informed the team on Sunday morning that he is officially retiring from baseball. The 39-year-old outfielder was a .249/.338/.444 career hitter over parts of…

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