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  1. Yoenis Cespedes granted visitor’s visa, meets with Marlins

    Feb 7, 2012, 3:15 PM EDT

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    Cuban defector Yoenis Cespedes, who was finally declared a free agent by MLB two weeks ago, has been granted a visitor’s visa and is in Miami meeting with the Marlins. Marlins president David Samson said recently that they hoped to give Cespedes a tour of the new ballpark in Miami, but Jayson Stark of ESPN.com…

  2. Yes, a post that involves baseball, Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries

    Feb 7, 2012, 2:53 PM EDT

    Kim and Kris

    You thought we couldn’t get any more fluffy, empty non-baseball baseball posts in today? Ha!  I have not yet neared the bottom of the barrel.  Not on your life, buster.  Get a load of this: The Minnesota Twins are cutting ties with the Kardashians, too. Well, sort of. The team announced Tuesday it will auction…

  3. Reds GM is “sick and tired” of Roy Oswalt rumors

    Feb 7, 2012, 2:14 PM EDT

    Walt Jocketty

    Reds general manager Walt Jocketty said yesterday that he hadn’t talked to Roy Oswalt‘s agents in a week, but a short time later Jon Morosi of FOXSports.com reported that the two sides were “still in talks.” Jocketty apparently read that and various other rumors linking the Reds to Oswalt, and he’s fed up with the…

  4. Roy Oswalt, like Edwin Jackson, turned down the Pirates

    Feb 7, 2012, 1:23 PM EDT

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    Pittsburgh hasn’t done much this offseason, but apparently it hasn’t been for a lack of effort. It just turns out no one wants to play for the Pirates. Edwin Jackson reportedly turned down a three-year, $30 million offer from the Pirates to take a one-year, $11 million from the Nationals and now Rob Biertempfel of…

  5. Former Orioles, Devil Rays outfielder Danny Clyburn shot and killed in Lancaster, SC

    Feb 7, 2012, 1:06 PM EDT

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    Sad news form the Lancaster (S.C.) Herald: Danny Clyburn Jr., a former baseball player for the Baltimore Orioles and Tampa Bay Devil Rays, died in a Lancaster shooting early Tuesday morning, police say. Clyburn, 37, was shot at about 2 a.m. at a home at 618 N. Market Street, Lancaster police said. Details are sketchy, but…

  6. Yadier Molina is in, you guessed it, The Best Shape Of His Life

    Feb 7, 2012, 12:44 PM EDT

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    Another day hour, another player in The Best Shape Of His Life. This one comes from Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post Dispatch: Most impressive first impression of camp: Molina’s look. Appears buff. Been in camp 5 days. — Joe Strauss (@JoeStrauss) February 7, 2012 By our unofficial count, that makes 1,073 reports of…

  7. Angel Pagan on the Giants: “This is the team to beat”

    Feb 7, 2012, 12:30 PM EDT

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    After spending the first six years of his career with the Cubs and the Mets, sure, Angel Pagan is entitled to a little optimism. But I tend to think that this is too much optimism. From John Shea’s story about him in the San Francisco Chronicle: Angel Pagan prides himself as the Giants‘ new leadoff hitter.…

  8. Great Moments in Musical Numbers Involving Baseball

    Feb 7, 2012, 11:42 AM EDT

    Smash NBC

    Due to a misunderstanding with the wonderful Ms. Markie Post and a restraining order that is totally bogus, my contract with NBC specifically forbids me from talking about “Night Court.”  But I think I can talk about other NBC entertainment programming without running afoul of the contract. Well, “Quantum Leap” may be off limits too,…

  9. One ace, four prospects, $137.5 million, and a blockbuster trade no one is happy about

    Feb 7, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

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    I have a guest column at Baseball Prospectus today looking back at the Johan Santana blockbuster trade four years later to see why the Twins would have been better off trading with the Red Sox or Yankees instead of the Mets and how it turned out horribly for everyone involved: Lose-Lose Situation: Revisiting the Johan…

  10. Of course the Nationals media relations guy is going to work for Scott Boras

    Feb 7, 2012, 11:03 AM EDT

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    The Nationals already employ multiple Scott Boras clients: Stephen Strasburg, Bryce Harper, Edwin Jackson, Jayson Werth and several others.  It’s about time that Boras returned the favor.  From Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post: Last week, Nationals media relations manager Bill Gluvna resigned in order to take a job working for Boras Corporation., where he’ll…

  11. Longtime closer Francisco Cordero “more than happy” to be setup man for Blue Jays

    Feb 7, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    Francisco Cordero

    Francisco Cordero saved 37 games with a 2.45 ERA for the Reds last season, but then found himself in perhaps the biggest buyer’s market for veteran relievers in the history of free agency this offseason and ended up settling for a one-year, $4.5 million deal with the Blue Jays. Oh, and he’ll be a setup…

  12. Evan Longoria is in The Best Shape of His Life

    Feb 7, 2012, 10:30 AM EDT

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    Aaron and I were talking yesterday that we needed an official BSOHL logo or picture or something — it’s all about branding these days — but neither of us have any graphics chops.  If anyone gets bored and wants to help us out in this regard, feel free to send it via the “Feedback” button…

  13. Red Sox, Reds, Rangers, Cardinals all downplaying interest in Roy Oswalt

    Feb 7, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

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    Roy Oswalt remains linked to a handful of teams, but seemingly no one wants to admit that they’re actually close to signing him. Reds general manager Walt Jocketty said yesterday that he hadn’t talked to Oswalt’s agent in a week, only to have Jon Morosi of FOXSports.com report that they were indeed “still in talks.”…

  14. The Wilpons’ expert witness has an interesting past

    Feb 7, 2012, 9:58 AM EDT

    Fred Wilpon

    Barring a settlement, it looks as though the trial in which the Mets owners are being accused of either knowing about or being negligent regarding the Bernie Madoff ponzi scheme is going to go down next month.  And though the ultimate outcome of that trial will have a big impact on the Mets, the blow-by-blow…

  15. Willie Bloomquist is the Pavement of baseball players

    Feb 7, 2012, 9:29 AM EDT

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    After that Madonna post I feel like I sort of need to come back quickly and re-establish some form of musical credibility. So, now I will tell you all about how great I think the Pet Shop Boys are … Kidding! I offer you a link (sorry, subscription only) to Baseball Prospectus in which Geoff Young…

  16. Madonna is gonna play Yankee Stadium in September

    Feb 7, 2012, 8:47 AM EDT

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    In case you didn’t get enough of her at the Super Bowl, never fear, you can see Madonna at another sporting venue: Yankee Stadium on September 6th. The Yankees will be in the middle of an 10-game road trip then, so it won’t interfere. And I hear that Mystique and Aura will stay behind to…

  17. The Korean Baseball Organization is not pleased with the Orioles

    Feb 7, 2012, 8:20 AM EDT

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    The Korean Baseball Organization has sent a letter of protest to Major League Baseball complaining about the Baltimore Orioles signing a 17 year-old high school pitcher named Kim Seong-min. They refer to the Orioles as “poaching” amateur talent and, in turn, harming Korean baseball. This is kind of strange for two reasons. First: Based on the article this…

  18. The Reds remain in talks for Roy Oswalt

    Feb 7, 2012, 12:17 AM EDT

    Roy Oswalt Getty

    Reds general manager Walt Jocketty told John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer on Sunday that he hadn’t spoken with the agent Roy Oswalt in about a week while adding that “the last we heard he was going to Texas.” Either Jocketty was being coy or something has changed in the past day or so, because Ken…

  19. 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…

  20. The Yankees are introducing an official fragrance

    Feb 6, 2012, 9:18 PM EDT

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    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…

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