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  1. Cubs installing 70-foot digital scoreboard at Wrigley Field

    Jan 14, 2012, 7:03 PM EST

    wrigley scoreboard CSN

    From CSNChicago.com’s Jake Flannigan comes the below mockup of a 70-foot LED scoreboard that will be installed in right field at baseball’s second-oldest stadium. Construction will be completed this spring. Above the new scoreboard you’ll see something called the “Budweiser Patio.” It will contain 150 all-inclusive seats (not bleachers), and is also going in before…

  2. The Orioles have not had serious talks with Alfonso Soriano

    Jan 14, 2012, 6:00 PM EST

    Alfonso Soriano

    We heard last week that the Orioles were interested in Alfonso Soriano.  Turns out that there isn’t much to that because, as Jon Paul Morosi reports, there have been no real substantive talks between the clubs. The reason: Soriano has a no-trade clause (both in his contract and now an automatic one due to him…

  3. The A’s are talking to Bartolo Colon

    Jan 14, 2012, 5:24 PM EST

    Bartolo Colon

    Buster Olney reports the Athletics are in negotiations with Bartolo Colon. No sense if they’re going anywhere or not, but given that the A’s have traded away Trevor Cahill and Gio Gonzalez they could use an arm. Last year Colon pitched 164 innings with a 4.00 ERA and 135/40 K/BB ratio. Not bad for a…

  4. The Red Sox have had discussions with David Ortiz’s agent

    Jan 14, 2012, 4:45 PM EST

    David Ortiz

    David Ortiz accepted arbitration, so we’ve already established what he’s going to be this year (the Red Sox’ DH), now we’re just negotiating the price.  To that end, Brian MacPherson of the Providence Journal reports that the Red Sox had discussions with Ortiz’ agent yesterday. One would think that he’s going to get a two-year deal…

  5. Bobby Valentine on the Yankees’ moves: “meh”

    Jan 14, 2012, 4:09 PM EST

    bobby valentine reuters

    I don’t know if Bobby Valentine will be as good a manager for the Red Sox as Terry Francona was. But I do get the sense that he’ll be more fun to have around. Because of fun stuff like this, when asked by Andrew Marchand of ESPN New York to comment on the Yankees’ trade…

  6. Nolan Ryan: talks with Prince Fielder are “very preliminary”

    Jan 14, 2012, 3:30 PM EST

    Prince Fielder

    The Rangers met with Prince Fielder yesterday.  Exciting!  Maybe not too exciting, though.  “Keep your shirt on,” Nolan Ryan says: Texas Rangers president Nolan Ryan describes the team’s discussions with free agent slugger Prince Fielder as “very preliminary” … During a question-and-answer session with fans at the team’s annual winter FanFest, Ryan said the meeting Friday…

  7. R.A. Dickey has reached the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro

    Jan 14, 2012, 2:45 PM EST

    Kilimanjaro

    As we mentioned last week, R.A. Dickey (and Kevin Slowey, but no one seems to want to mention him) has been chronicling his ascent of Mount Kilimanjaro for the New York Times.  He has just put up another installment. This one is important. He has reached the peak. Doing so wasn’t easy. As the climb…

  8. The Yankees vault is impressive

    Jan 14, 2012, 2:00 PM EST

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    No, not the financial vault, which I’m sure is impressive too. But the information vault, which Mike Axisa of River Ave. Blues notes kept any hint of the Pineda/Montero deal or the Hirkoi Kuroda signing from leaking out until after they were already done: I’ll close with this: it never ceases to amaze me how…

  9. And now a fairly disturbing picture of Logan Morrison and Bryan Peterson

    Jan 14, 2012, 1:15 PM EST

    wine glasses

    With Ozzie Guillen and Carlos Zambrano around life is gonna be kind of crazy for the Miami Marlins this season. And that’s before considering that Hanley Ramirez may pout about playing third base at some point too. Thank goodness, then, that the Fish will have Logan Morrison and Bryan Peterson around to keep things civilized.…

  10. The Royals sign Kevin Kouzmanoff

    Jan 14, 2012, 12:30 PM EST

    Kevin Kouzmanoff Getty

    Not a big signing, but hey, it’s somethin’ to talk about: Jerry Crasnick reports that the Kansas City Royals have signed Kevin Kouzmanoff to a minor league deal. It includes an invitation to the big league camp. As is often the case with veterans like him on minor league deals, he has an opt-out if he’s…

  11. Reminder: Old Time Family Baseball’s charity blogathon is going on right now

    Jan 14, 2012, 11:58 AM EST

    DWOB

    I mentioned this the other day, but allow me to remind you: Michael Clair, the proprietor of Old Time Family Baseball, is currently doing a blogathon to benefit Doctors Without Borders. He’s posting every half hour for 24 hours, tracking his coffee intake and mental status (currently: “sane”) and is monitoring his fear of an Internet outage. After he’s…

  12. Joe Torre’s MLB job “informally offered” to Tony La Russa

    Jan 14, 2012, 11:13 AM EST

    2011 World Series Game 4 -Texas Rangers v St Louis Cardinals

    When Joe Torre stepped down as Executive Vice President for Baseball Operations a couple of weeks ago, I said this, based on nothing other than me speculatin’ on a hypothesis: If baseball is smart they’d give the job to Kim Ng full time because someone needs to break up the boys club. But if they don’t…

  13. Jim Thome is going to play more first base than expected

    Jan 14, 2012, 10:00 AM EST

    Third baseman Jim Thome

    Even I can’t distort this quote from Ruben Amaro into a full-blown Best Shape of His Life post, but it’s close — more of a “best shape of the decade” thing — and it is notable all the same.  From Jon Paul Morosi: “Our medical people are surprised at the shape he’s in,” Amaro said.…

  14. Carlos Pena is on the Yankees’ radar

    Jan 14, 2012, 9:12 AM EST

    carlos pena ap

    Fact: the Yankees have a radar. It’s a bistatic radar, adapted from Soviet-era surface-to-air missile systems.  Most teams are still using monostatic radar making them far less lethal forces than are the Yankees. It’s a little known fact but one we baseball insiders are all hip to. Stick with me and I’ll drop all kinds…

  15. Where will Jesus Montero play for the Mariners?

    Jan 14, 2012, 8:08 AM EST

    Jesus Montero

    Still reeling from that trade last night. Unlike some deals that are rumored for several hours or days, this one sprung from the head of Zeus, fully-formed, in almost no time.  And also unlike so many other deals this didn’t involve a salary dump. The M’s had a stud pitcher and needed a bat. The…

  16. Disturbing the peace charges dropped against Rockies pitcher Drew Pomeranz

    Jan 13, 2012, 10:59 PM EST

    Cincinnati Reds v Colorado Rockies

    Disturbing the peace charges were dropped against Rockies left-hander Drew Pomeranz, his agency Beverly Hills Sports Council announced earlier today. Pomeranz, who was acquired from the Indians last July as the centerpiece of the Ubaldo Jimenez trade, was arrested in Oxford, Mississippi in mid-October following an incident after coming out of a bar with friends.…

  17. Red Sox and Ryan Sweeney avoid arbitration with one-year, $1.75 million deal

    Jan 13, 2012, 9:43 PM EST

    Ryan Sweeney

    According to the Associated Press, the Red Sox and Ryan Sweeney avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $1.75 million contract. Sweeney, who was acquired from the Athletics last month in the Andrew Bailey trade, earned $1.4 million last season while batting .265/.346/.341 with one home run, 25 RBI and a .687 OPS over 299…

  18. Yankees, Hiroki Kuroda agree to one-year, $10 million deal

    Jan 13, 2012, 8:45 PM EST

    kuroda throws getty

    The Yankees are set to acquire right-hander Michael Pineda from the Mariners in a four-player deal, but they aren’t done improving their rotation. Jack Curry of YES Network reports that they have agreed to terms with Hiroki Kuroda on a one-year deal worth between $10-11 million, pending a physical. ESPN’s Buster Olney reports that it’s…

  19. Michael Pineda addition a big win for Yankees

    Jan 13, 2012, 8:43 PM EST

    Michael Pineda

    Maybe there were no household names involved, but Michael Pineda-for-Jesus Montero is a huge trade, one that, at first inspection, appears to have been won by the Yankees. The Mariners picked up Montero after originally passing on him in a Cliff Lee deal in the summer of 2010. They chose the Rangers’ package headed by…

  20. Yankees, Mariners agree to Jesus Montero-for-Michael Pineda swap

    Jan 13, 2012, 7:51 PM EST

    New York Yankees Jesus Montero hits a two-run single against the Baltimore Orioles  in New York

    UPDATE: Greg Johns of MLB.com was told by a team source that the Mariners are sending Michael Pineda and 19-year-old right-hander Jose Campos to the Yankees for Jesus Montero and right-hander Hector Noesi. It’s easy to say the Mariners should have just signed Prince Fielder and kept Pineda, but perhaps this was an acknowledgement that…

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