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  1. 2012 projections: top 10 first basemen

    Feb 6, 2012, 9:54 PM EDT

    Joey Votto

    Last night’s go at the catchers led to some hard feelings apparently, so let me make it clear, these are just OPS projections for 2012, they’re not meant for a hard statement on the game’s best at a position. Anyway, here are the top 10 at first base: 1.017 – Miguel Cabrera (Tigers) – 589…

  2. The Yankees are introducing an official fragrance

    Feb 6, 2012, 9:18 PM EDT

    Yankees logo

    OK, this is a fun one. According to Wallace Matthews of ESPN New York, the Yankees will introduce two “official fragrances” on Tuesday, February 21 at a cocktail reception in Manhattan. They’ll be called “New York Yankees” and “New York Yankees For Her.” If the rumors are true, this must be excellent news for Derek…

  3. The Yankees are in “serious discussions” with Raul Ibanez

    Feb 6, 2012, 7:29 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v Arizona Diamondbacks

    It’s almost closing time for MLB’s Hot Stove and folks are beginning to get desperate. We’re seeing minor league deals all over the place and players who once were seeking multi-year contracts are now settling for one-year deals. Many speculated that the Yankees would be in the market for a hitter after trading Jesus Montero…

  4. Rockies add an underrated arm in Jeremy Guthrie

    Feb 6, 2012, 6:06 PM EDT

    Jeremy Guthrie

    There’s nothing sexy about a 47-65 career record. Jeremy Guthrie has led the AL in losses twice and in homers allowed once. He’s never won even a dozen games or struck out more than 130 batters in a season. Still, the Rockies should be very happy to have him, especially for the modest price of…

  5. Justin Ruggiano leaves Rays, signs with Astros

    Feb 6, 2012, 5:30 PM EDT

    Justin Ruggiano

    UPDATE: One week after declining the option of remaining in the Rays’ system Ruggiano has agreed to a minor-league deal with the Astros. ========== Tampa Bay’s 40-man roster housecleaning is costing Triple-A Durham its best players. This morning the Rays traded reigning Triple-A MVP Russ Canzler to the Indians for cash considerations after designating him…

  6. The Cubs designate Blake DeWitt for assignment

    Feb 6, 2012, 5:14 PM EDT

    DeWitt_Blake

    In December the Cubs reportedly balked at trading Blake DeWitt to the Rockies for Ian Stewart.  Now they’ve designated him for assignment instead. The move was necessitated by the Cubs claiming Adrian Cardenas on waivers from the Athletics, so the Cubs have essentially traded a 26 year-old utilityman for a 24-year-old one. Cardenas had a nice…

  7. Rangers sign Conor Jackson, Joe Beimel to minors deals

    Feb 6, 2012, 4:16 PM EDT

    conor jackson getty wide

    Texas added some depth today, signing first baseman/corner outfielder Conor Jackson and left-handed reliever Joe Beimel to minor-league contracts with invitations to spring training. Jackson’s career was derailed by valley fever in 2009. At the time he was a 27-year-old former first-round pick with a .287 career batting average and .810 OPS in 454 games,…

  8. Nationals add Mark Teahen on minor-league deal

    Feb 6, 2012, 3:48 PM EDT

    Toronto Blue Jays batter Mark Teahen returns to the dugout after striking out during the second inning of his MLB American League baseball game against the Oakland Athletics in Oakland

    Released by the Blue Jays three weeks ago, Mark Teahen has landed with the Nationals on a minor-league contract. Toronto is on the hook for his $5.5 million salary for 2012, so Teahen is a no-risk signing for Washington and will compete for a bench job in spring training. Teahen offers defensive versatility in the…

  9. Edwin Jackson turned down three-year offer from Pirates

    Feb 6, 2012, 3:25 PM EDT

    Edwin Jackson Getty

    Last week when Edwin Jackson agreed to a one-year, $11 million deal with the Nationals there were several reports that he turned down multi-year offers elsewhere. Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com now has at least one of those offers pegged, reporting that Jackson said no to a three-year proposal from the Pirates believed to be worth…

  10. The Rays have “said almost nothing” about their stadium situation? Really?

    Feb 6, 2012, 3:08 PM EDT

    Texas Rangers v Tampa Bay Rays - Game 3

    Here’s MLB.com’s Richard Justice in an article about the Tampa Bay Rays, just published a few minutes ago: It’s impossible not to admire how the Tampa Bay Rays are handling their stadium situation. They’ve said almost nothing publicly, taking the high road and letting the politicians do the talking. Yes, the Rays have said almost nothing…

  11. Tweet of the Day: Cut by Orioles, Clay Rapada needs work

    Feb 6, 2012, 2:14 PM EDT

    Texas Rangers pitcher Rapada throws against the Minnesota Twins during their American League baseball game in Minneapolis

    Baltimore trimmed reliever Clay Rapada from the 40-man roster this morning to make room for Jason Hammel and Matt Lindstrom, so the 30-year-old left-hander is now looking for work via Twitter: anybody need a lefty… lefty are 6-67 last two years… #justsayin — Clayton Rapada (@pada5something) February 6, 2012 Rapada correctly notes that left-handed hitters…

  12. Lots of mild interest in Johnny Damon, nothin’ serious

    Feb 6, 2012, 1:40 PM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays v Baltimore Orioles

    Two years ago, about 77% of our January-February posts were about Johnny Damon. This year? Not a ton, really. Aging is hard. But after all of the ink we spilled back then — our first offseason on this blog — I still sort of feel like this is Johnny Damon season.  So I pass along…

  13. Cardinals sign infielder Alex Cora to minor-league contract

    Feb 6, 2012, 1:20 PM EDT

    Alex Cora

    Alex Cora‘s deal with the Cardinals is official, with Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch reporting that the veteran utility infielder agreed to a minor-league contract with an invitation to spring training. Last week Cora announced his retirement from winter ball in Puerto Rico and Goold notes that he was thinking about going…

  14. Freddie Freeman is in, you guessed it, the best shape of his life

    Feb 6, 2012, 12:48 PM EDT

    New York Mets v Atlanta Braves

    Calcaterra stepped out of the virtual office for a moment, so it’s my duty to inform you of yet another player in the Best Shape of His Life. David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal Constitution has the big news on Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman: Freeman’s put on lot of muscle since last yr, did…

  15. Write a book critical of the Mets, lose media credentials

    Feb 6, 2012, 12:29 PM EDT

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    Note: if you write stuff the Mets don’t like, they’re probably not gonna give you media credentials. Just ask Howard Megdal of the LoHud Mets blog: Since taking over the LoHud Mets Blog in March 2011, I have been credentialed numerous times by the New York Mets-100 percent of the time my editor here, Sean…

  16. Hong-Chih Kuo agrees to one-year deal with Mariners

    Feb 6, 2012, 12:16 PM EDT

    kuo reuters

    Hong-Chih Kuo has parlayed reported interest from multiple teams into a major-league contract with the Mariners, according to Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times. After three years as one of the most dominant relievers in baseball Kuo was awful last year, allowing 29 runs in 27 innings. As usual he missed a ton of…

  17. Scott Boras says Jason Varitek “is deliberating what he wants to do”

    Feb 6, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

    Jason Varitek

    With spring training right around the corner Jason Varitek doesn’t have a job and agent Scott Boras said yesterday that the 40-year-old catcher “is deliberating what he wants to do.” Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe makes it clear that “there’s no room on the Red Sox roster for him” after they signed Kelly Shoppach…

  18. Jake Peavy admits he isn’t the same pitcher he was before shoulder surgery

    Feb 6, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

    Jake Peavy

    Dave Van Dyck of the Chicago Tribune asked Jake Peavy if he’s 100 percent healthy heading into spring training and the 30-year-old right-hander gave an answer that can’t be very encouraging to White Sox fans: I’m as 100 percent as I can be. I don’t know if I’m 100 percent as to what I was…

  19. Reds general manager on Roy Oswalt: “Last we heard he was going to Texas”

    Feb 6, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    oswalt glove getty

    Cincinnati is among the teams linked to Roy Oswalt, but general manager Walt Jocketty said yesterday that the Reds haven’t talked to the right-hander’s agent in a week and “the last we heard he was going to Texas.” “That was on Monday,” Jocketty told John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer. “I don’t know if that…

  20. The Braves officially unveil their new alternate jerseys

    Feb 6, 2012, 10:36 AM EDT

    Braves alternates

    In what was the worst-kept secret ever — news and images leaked weeks ago — the Braves have unveiled their new alternate jerseys this morning.  They are identical to the examples that leaked previously. They look pretty spiffy too.  The only downside: This is the club’s first home uniform change since it introduced alternate red…

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