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  1. Indians sign No. 15 pick Tyler Naquin for $1.75 million

    Jun 15, 2012, 2:14 PM EDT

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    Cleveland and first-round pick Tyler Naquin have agreed to a $1.75 million deal that’s substantially below the slot figure of $2.25 million for the 15th overall pick, according to Jim Callis of Baseball America. Naquin was the second college hitter off the board after Florida catcher Mike Zunino at No. 3 overall and by signing…

  2. Kyle Drabek has a sprained UCL

    Jun 15, 2012, 2:01 PM EDT

    Washington Nationals v Toronto Blue Jays

    Kyle Drabek left his last start early the other day when he felt a “popping” sensation in his elbow. The diagnosis: a sprained ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow. He has been placed on the 15-day DL retroactive to yesterday and will be replaced by Brett Cecil in the rotation.

  3. Daniel Bard had a good relief outing at Triple-A

    Jun 15, 2012, 1:50 PM EDT

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    It doesn’t say much for his overall status that this is actually semi-newsworthy, but here goes: Daniel Bard threw two scoreless innings at Triple-A yesterday. Working as a reliever Bard struck out four batters, walked one, and allowed zero hits in two frames for Pawtucket, lowering his ERA there to 9.00 ERA in four outings.…

  4. The Blue Jays are “particularly interested” in Justin Morneau

    Jun 15, 2012, 1:32 PM EDT

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    Danny Knobler of CBSSports.com reports that the Blue Jays are “particularly interested” in Justin Morneau.  Worth noting that no one has reported that the Twins are particularly interested in trading him, but I suppose these things gotta start someplace. As for the Jays or anyone else interested in Morneau: his power is OK as he…

  5. Carlos Lee homers in first minor league rehab game

    Jun 15, 2012, 1:16 PM EDT

    Carlos Lee

    Carlos Lee didn’t show much power for the Astros, homering just four times in 47 games before being placed on the disabled list with a hamstring injury, but last night he went deep in the first game of his minor-league rehab assignment. Zachary Levine of the Houston Chronicle reports that Lee is rehabbing at Double-A…

  6. Must-click link: The evolution of the closer

    Jun 15, 2012, 1:03 PM EDT

    Bruce Sutter

    We talk often about how crazy it is that managers won’t use their best relievers in tight spots, with guys like Jonathan Papelbon and Craig Kimbrel watching like spectators as their teams lose games. It’s the save star that drives this. The only stat I can think of which actually controls how the game is…

  7. Breaking news: Orioles prospect Dylan Bundy is human

    Jun 15, 2012, 12:48 PM EDT

    Dylan Bundy

    Orioles stud prospect Dylan Bundy was almost literally unhittable at low Single-A to begin the season, throwing 30 innings with a 0.00 ERA and 40/2 K/BB ratio while holding opponents to a .053 batting average. That earned him a promotion to high Single-A and Bundy has continued to pitch well there with a 23/6 K/BB…

  8. Bill James offers sabermetric advice to politicians

    Jun 15, 2012, 12:30 PM EDT

    Bill James

    Two things guaranteed to piss off half you guys on a given day: talking about “Moneyball” and taking about politics.  But even though you don’t like those things that much, dawg, we put some Moneyball in your politics: A political candidate being dramatically outspent by his opponent has few options. He can pin his hopes…

  9. Rangers turn to Double-A starter Justin Grimm to patch banged-up rotation

    Jun 15, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

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    Neftali Feliz, Derek Holland, and Alexi Ogando are on the disabled list, Roy Oswalt is scuffling in the minors, and Scott Feldman is 0-6 with a 6.50 ERA, so the Rangers have decided to dip down to Double-A for their latest rotation reinforcement. Justin Grimm will be called up from Double-A to make his big-league…

  10. New York City to invest in the development around Citi Field

    Jun 15, 2012, 11:39 AM EDT

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    I’ve not been to Citi Field, but I’ve flown in to LaGuardia a bunch and have seen the blight surrounding it. It’s a lot of junkyards and derelict warehouses and, presumably, is a wonderful place to stash dead bodies and stuff. But soon it will be shimmering with commerce, hotels and housing: New York City…

  11. Baseball’s hottest hitter? Would you believe Trevor Plouffe?

    Jun 15, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

    Trevor Plouffe

    Trevor Plouffe was hitting .133 on May 14 and the 26-year-old former first-round pick had a .212 batting average for his career, which along with the Twins not trusting him to play shortstop had him in danger of potentially being designated for assignment. Instead he’s been the hottest hitter in baseball since then. Seriously. Plouffe…

  12. Oh, is it time for Bryce Harper-to-the-Yankees speculation already?

    Jun 15, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

    Nationals Harper looks at his home run against the Blue Jays during the third inning of their MLB Interleague baseball game in Toronto

    You knew this was coming eventually. And really, I ain’t even mad. Because this is so obviously calculated to troll people as opposed to being that classic “the Yankees must obtain every good player ever” kind of chatter that annoys us so that this works better as parody than it does as any sort of…

  13. Franklin Gutierrez makes season debut for Mariners

    Jun 15, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    gutierrez wide getty

    Franklin Gutierrez hadn’t played since September of last season because of multiple health problems, the latest of which were a torn pectoral muscle and heel injury, but the former Gold Glove center fielder was finally back in the Mariners’ lineup last night. At this point it’s impossible to say what to expect from Gutierrez, as…

  14. Cardinals sign No. 19 pick Michael Wacha for $1.9 million

    Jun 15, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

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    Add another name to the list of first-rounders signing early, as the Cardinals and No. 19 pick Michael Wacha have agreed to a deal. Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch reports that the starting pitcher from Texas A&M will get $1.9 million, which is the exact slot bonus for the pick. Baseball America…

  15. HBT Extra: Lookin’ forward to the weekend

    Jun 15, 2012, 10:00 AM EDT

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    Tiffany and I talk Yankees-Nats, Pirates-Tribe, Dodgers-Sox and Red Sox-Cubs. And I misstate the length of Michael Brantley‘s hitting streak. You know, just to see if she was paying attention.

  16. Yankees, Dodgers are interested in Ryan Dempster

    Jun 15, 2012, 9:40 AM EDT

    Chicago Cubs v Cincinnati Reds

    The Cubs seem totally focused on trading Ryan Dempster — why wouldn’t they be? — and today Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times says that two teams — the Dodgers and the Yankees — are showing interest. We knew about the Dodgers’ interest. The Yankees is new, though obviously not surprising. Starting pitching depth seems…

  17. Some blogger smells a Mike Piazza conspiracy

    Jun 15, 2012, 9:12 AM EDT

    10 METS FAYTOK

    Some random unemployed blogger is hurling accusations at Mike Piazza. The claim: it’s a grand conspiracy that his book is going to come out after the Hall of Fame election results this winter. Because it clearly will have steroid-use admissions in it and once he’s already elected to the Hall of Fame there will be…

  18. Jim Thome is on fire

    Jun 15, 2012, 8:49 AM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies Jim Thome stands in the on-deck circle before batting against the Minnesota Twins in Minneapolis

    The Phillies have ruled out the possibility of Jim Thome playing first base this year. They may want to reconsider that. Or at least try to  figure out a way to get his bat into the lineup after interleague play is over and he can’t DH anymore, because the guy is on fire. Thome hit…

  19. Mark Grace calls Jason Kubel’s home run

    Jun 15, 2012, 8:23 AM EDT

    crystal ball

    I’m guessing Mark Grace’s prediction of Jason Kubel hitting a homer was more a function of optimistic homerism than it was actual insight or clairvoyance, but it’s still pretty cool. And I bet Grace was absolutely insufferable about it for the rest of the night too.  As would I be. Really, I’d be rubbing that…

  20. And That Happened: Thursday’s scores and highlights

    Jun 15, 2012, 5:40 AM EDT

    Dusty Baker, Brandon Phillips

    Reds 12, Indians 5: One in a bunch of lopsided Thursday games. Brandon Phillips simply abuses Indians pitching as a rule and he did so again yesterday, driving in four. And he likes it too. He said after the game: “Deep down, it feels good to beat up on the Tribe.” Michael Brantley extended his hitting…

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