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  1. Lance Berkman had a sad when he was with the Yankees

    Feb 9, 2012, 9:50 AM EDT

    Berkman Yanks

    Via BTF, Lance Berkman spoke at a church event with Andy Pettitte and other former ballplayers on Tuesday night. Here’s what he had to say about what it was like to be traded to the Yankees during the 2010 season: “The hardest time in my professional life was when I was traded to New York. I had…

  2. Report: Rich Harden to miss the entire 2012 season

    Feb 9, 2012, 9:23 AM EDT

    Rich Harden

    This is perhaps the least surprising thing in the history of things: Peter Gammons says Rich Harden saw Dr. James Andrews, Andrews saw a surgical procedure, and Harden will miss 2012; wish that was a surprise — Ray Ratto (@RattoCSN) February 8, 2012   Not surprising, but still depressing. Harden is the guy for whom…

  3. Adam Wainwright feels “pretty danged good”

    Feb 9, 2012, 9:05 AM EDT

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    Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch has a good story today about Adam Wainwright‘s health and his prospects upon return from Tommy John surgery. At the end of it, Wainwright utters a final assessment that, if there is any justice in the world, will become an official health status descriptor not unlike “day-to-day” or…

  4. Nelson Cruz, Rangers reach a two-year deal avoiding arbitration

    Feb 9, 2012, 8:50 AM EDT

    Texas Rangers' Nelson Cruz celebrates after hitting a two run home run against the Detroit Tigers during the seventh inning of Game 6 of MLB's ALCS baseball playoffs in Arlington

    UPDATE II:  The deal is for $16 million. UPDATE: Deal done. Terms aren’t yet available. 8:50 AM: The Dallas Morning News reports that Nelson Cruz is close to signing a two-year deal with the Rangers, which would avoid arbitration. They have a hearing set for Monday in which he is seeking $7.5 million. Texas has countered with…

  5. Oil Can Boyd admits that he was on cocaine in two-thirds of his games

    Feb 9, 2012, 7:05 AM EDT

    Oil Can Boyd

    Former Red Sox pitcher Oil Can Boyd has a tell-all book coming out and yesterday he told all — he really told all — to WBZ radio’s Jon Miller in an interview. Specifically: he said that he was on cocaine two-thirds of the time he was on the mound during his career: “Oh yeah, at every…

  6. Happy Red Ryan Ludwick says ‘San Diego screwed me up’

    Feb 9, 2012, 2:04 AM EDT

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    Ryan Ludwick is really happy to be a member of the Cincinnati Reds. One reason for his happiness is that he comes from Georgetown, Ohio and grew up rooting for the Reds and Bengals. Another reason for his joy is because of where he isn’t: That hitter’s nightmare known as Petco Park. Ludwick spoke with…

  7. Bobby Valentine isn’t exactly going to rule with an iron fist

    Feb 9, 2012, 12:53 AM EDT

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    Given how the Red Sox fell apart late last season under the light touch of nice-guy manager Terry Francona, it would be natural to assume that Bobby Valentine would come in wearing steel-toed boots, ready to stomp on any player who even thinks about calling Colonel Sanders. That assumption would be wrong. From the sound…

  8. Running down the rosters: Houston Astros

    Feb 9, 2012, 12:30 AM EDT

    Wandy Rodriguez

    The 2012 Astros are pretty sure bets to lose 100 games, with the big question being whether they’ll top last year’s mark of 106 losses. That achievement will be tied to their ability to move the contracts of Wandy Rodriguez, Brett Myers and Carlos Lee. Ideally, they’d be able to sell off at least the…

  9. About my projections

    Feb 8, 2012, 11:01 PM EDT

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    Since there have been plenty of questions following some recent entries here, let me tell you a bit about my Rotoworld projections: – They’re done by hand. I look at past numbers and apply my own judgment. – This is my 12th year doing a full set of projections. This year’s included about 760 hitters…

  10. 2012 OPS projections: top 10 third basemen

    Feb 8, 2012, 11:00 PM EDT

    Evan Longoria, Carlos Corporan

    My top 10 third basemen, by OPS: .943 – Evan Longoria (Rays) – 566 AB – .850 in 2011 .901 – Alex Rodriguez (Yankees) – 523 AB – .823 in 2011 .885 – Ryan Zimmerman (Nationals) – 571 AB – .798 in 2011 .871 – David Wright (Mets) – 597 AB – .771 in 2011…

  11. Rangers finalize 3-year, $14.4M contract with Elvis Andrus

    Feb 8, 2012, 9:59 PM EDT

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    Columnist Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News passes along the season-by-season financial breakdown of Elvis Andrus‘ new three-year, $14.4 million contract extension with the Rangers: 2012: $2.375 million 2013: $4.8 million 2014: $6.475 million The agreement, which also comes with a $750,000 signing bonus, covers Andrus through all three of his years of arbitration…

  12. David Ortiz arbitration hearing scheduled for Monday

    Feb 8, 2012, 8:32 PM EDT

    ortiz getty

    According to WEEI.com’s Alex Speier, an arbitration hearing for the Red Sox and designated hitter David Ortiz has been scheduled for Monday. Ortiz requested a salary of $16.5 million and was offered $12.65 million by the Boston front office when arbitration numbers were exchanged in mid-January. The two sides have not been able to find…

  13. Running down the rosters: Los Angeles Angels

    Feb 8, 2012, 6:10 PM EDT

    Baseball player Albert Pujols wears an Angels cap after he is introduced by the Los Angeles Angels during a news conference at Angels Stadium in Anaheim

    Over the next couple of weeks, I’ll be projecting 25-man rosters for each of the 30 teams. I’m starting today with the Angels. The winter’s biggest spenders, the Angels are now again poised to threaten a Rangers team that appeared to be in pretty good position to set up its own little mini-dynasty in the…

  14. Sold! Jose Reyes’ hair goes for $10,200 on eBay

    Feb 8, 2012, 5:17 PM EDT

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    UPDATE: After a total of 50 bids the auction is over and Reyes’ hair went for $10,200. ========== Jose Reyes got his dreadlocks cut live on MLB Network last week and now his hair is being auctioned off on eBay for charity. And with two days remaining the price is already up over $6,000. Seriously.…

  15. FYI: Barry Bonds can use a baseball bat again

    Feb 8, 2012, 3:22 PM EDT

    Barry Bonds

    When Barry Bonds was convicted and sentenced for obstruction of justice he, like any other criminal, was told that he couldn’t possess any “firearm, ammunition, destructive device, or other dangerous weapon.”  Apparently a baseball bat is considered a “dangerous weapon” for this purpose. Bonds — no doubt realizing that the Tigers are actually considering using Brandon…

  16. Russell Branyan joins Yankees on minor-league contract

    Feb 8, 2012, 2:04 PM EDT

    Arizona Diamondbacks v Colorado Rockies

    Russell Branyan has agreed to a minor-league contract with the Yankees, according to Dan Martin of the New York Post. He’ll compete for a bench spot in spring training after hitting just .197 in 68 games for the Diamondbacks and Angels last season. Branyan’s low batting averages and high strikeout totals have often masked otherwise…

  17. Padres sign 37-year-old Jeff Suppan to minor-league deal

    Feb 8, 2012, 1:33 PM EDT

    Jeff Suppan

    Corey Brock of MLB.com reports that 37-year-old Jeff Suppan has agreed to a minor-league deal with the Padres and calls it a “depth move,” which is code for “he’ll probably be at Triple-A unless he retires instead.” Suppan signed a minor-league deal with the Giants last spring, was released during spring training, and then latched…

  18. Marlins lose arbitration again, this time to Emilio Bonifacio

    Feb 8, 2012, 12:48 PM EDT

    New York Mets v Florida Marlins

    Days after losing their arbitration case against Anibal Sanchez the Marlins have been defeated again, as an arbitrator ruled in favor of Emilio Bonifacio and awarded him a $2.2 million salary for this season. Miami filed at $1.95 million, but Bonifacio got the victory following a breakout season in which he hit .286 with a…

  19. ESPN.com’s Keith Law rates Padres as top farm system

    Feb 8, 2012, 12:16 PM EDT

    Keith Law published his annual farm system rankings over at ESPN.com and has the Padres in the top spot, noting that “there are so many prospects here with high floors, players who would be top-10 or top-five in other systems but are 11-20 here.” After the Padres at No. 1 he has the Rays, Blue…

  20. MLB announces “Fan Cave” finalists and HBT is endorsing a candidate

    Feb 8, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

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    MLB just announced the 50 finalists for this season’s “Fan Cave” and there’s now an online vote to determine who makes the cut. HardballTalk is officially endorsing Lindsay Guentzel, because she’s great and knows baseball. And also because she was a guest on my podcast last night to talk about the whole “Fan Cave” selection…

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