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  1. Taylor Buchholz to sit out 2012 with depression issues

    Jan 30, 2012, 4:16 PM EDT

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    Taylor Buchholz‘s season ended in early June due to a combination of shoulder fatigue and depression, and agent David Pasti told Adam Rubin of ESPN New York that the right-hander plans to sit out the entire 2012 season. Pasti described Buchholz as “feeling great, but not ready to get back into baseball” as he continues…

  2. The Rotoworld Draft Guide is now available

    Jan 30, 2012, 3:45 PM EDT

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    Little known fact: like “Maude,” “Trapper John M.D.” and “Laverne and Shirley,” HardballTalk is a spinoff. Well, sorta.  Our roots are certainly elsewhere, as every writer up in this thing either wrote or currently writes for Rotoworld.  Well, not me. I’m lazy. But all the other guys do. And the coolest thing Rotoworld does apart…

  3. Red Sox hire Matt Stairs as television analyst

    Jan 30, 2012, 3:25 PM EDT

    Atlanta Braves v Washington Nationals

    Matt Stairs, who retired in August after being released by the Nationals in his 19th big-league season, has already found a new gig as a part-time television analyst for the Red Sox’s local broadcasts. Stairs will serve as a studio analyst for NESN, which also hired Jenny Dell away from ESPN.com to replace Heidi Watney…

  4. Great Moments in Photoshop II: Jose Reyes playing short for the Marlins

    Jan 30, 2012, 2:55 PM EDT

    Shark

    Last week we got a glimpse of Albert Pujols playing first base for the Angels on his 2012 Topps card. This despite the fact that the only time he has worn the jersey was for his press conference. Topps is giving Jose Reyes the same treatment: This looks shopped. I can tell from the pixels and…

  5. Victor Martinez had microfracture surgery

    Jan 30, 2012, 2:15 PM EDT

    Victor Martinez

    Victor Martinez‘s season-ending knee injury was quickly overshadowed by the Prince Fielder signing, but in case you forgot: dude really bollocksed up his knee.  On Friday he had the first off multiple surgeries: microfracture surgery, which always sounds all kinds of scary.  He’ll have the reconstruction of his ACL done in approximately 6-8 weeks. I’m…

  6. Dmitri Young worked out for the Phillies

    Jan 30, 2012, 1:47 PM EDT

    Dmitri Young AP

    Dmitri Young’s comeback hasn’t found a home yet, but Jim Bowden of ESPN.com reports that the 38-year-old recently worked out for the Phillies. Young hasn’t played in the majors since 2008, so it’s a long shot, but hitting was never the reason for his demise and he’s dropped 75 pounds. According to Bowden the Phillies…

  7. Yankees in “serious talks” with Bill Hall, who may be in the Best Shape of His Life

    Jan 30, 2012, 1:20 PM EDT

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    Ken Rosenthal reports that the Yankees are in “serious talks” with Bill Hall. This would obviously be for a bench/utility role.  Hall had a horrible 2011 season, but he was useful in 2010 for the Red Sox — 18 homers in 342 plate appearances — and could possibly still have a little life left in…

  8. Pat Burrell expected to retire at age 35

    Jan 30, 2012, 12:50 PM EDT

    Pat Burrell

    No official word yet, but Tim Dierkes of MLB Trade Rumors reports that Pat Burrell will announce his retirement following a 12-year career. Burrell got back on track after a miserable one-and-a-half season stint with the Rays, returning to the NL with the Giants while hitting .259 with 25 homers and an .827 OPS in…

  9. The worst game of the 2011 season has been identified

    Jan 30, 2012, 12:40 PM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Detroit Tigers

    Sam Miller of Baseball Prospectus has done the dirty work: he has sifted through the 2,400+ major league games of the 2011 season and has determined which of those games was the absolute worst. Maybe the picture here spoils it, at least for Tigers and Giants fans who might remember it, but the real value…

  10. Cubs sign veteran reliever Trever Miller to minor-league deal

    Jan 30, 2012, 12:12 PM EDT

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    Trever Miller, who played for three big-league teams last season, has agreed to a minor-league contract with the Cubs, according to Jayson Stark of ESPN.com. Miller has quietly been one of the better left-handed specialists in baseball for the past decade, making 589 of his 694 career appearances after age 30 while posting a 3.74…

  11. The White Sox plan to retaliate when their batters are hit

    Jan 30, 2012, 11:31 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim v Baltimore Orioles

    UPDATE: I should probably start reading this blog once in a while, because it wasn’t until after I already posted this that I realized that Matthew posted on he same comments last night.   He was far less self-righteous than I was about it, though, so I suppose both takes can stay up. 11: 18…

  12. Rays and Joe Maddon on verge of three-year extension

    Jan 30, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    Joe Maddon

    For weeks now the Rays and Joe Maddon have reportedly been close to finalizing a multi-year contract extension and now Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times says the new deal will be for three seasons and figures to be announced within a few days. As for why they haven’t agreed to the deal yet,…

  13. Miguel Olivo is in the Best Shape of His Life

    Jan 30, 2012, 10:30 AM EDT

    Miguel Olivo

    I know some of you don’t like these posts, but if it helps, I don’t do this because I enjoy it. I do it because I feel I am providing an invaluable service.  In other words, I may not be the lazy meme-perpetuator that Gotham wants, but I am the lazy meme-perpetuator that Gotham needs.…

  14. Indians’ deal with Julio Lugo has “fallen apart”

    Jan 30, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

    Julio Lugo

    Last week the Indians signed veteran infielder Julio Lugo to a minor-league contract, or so they thought. Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports that the deal has “fallen apart” and the Indians no longer expect to sign Lugo, who would have competed for a bench spot in spring training at age 36. He would have been…

  15. Phil Hughes is in the Best Shape of His Life

    Jan 30, 2012, 9:53 AM EDT

    Phil Hughes

    Back in November we had our first Best Shape of His Life post of the offseason. It wasn’t a true BSOHL post, just some foreshadowing, as we learned that Yankees pitcher Phil Hughes was going to be in the BSOHL. But now we have sweet, sweet closure! From Andrew Marchand of ESPN New York: The…

  16. “Drunk monkeys” are the new inefficiency

    Jan 30, 2012, 9:23 AM EDT

    Drunk monkey

    The Athletics had their FanFest over the weekend.  As we mentioned the other day, owner Lew Wolff met fans and heard complaints. Said complaints were lodged in one-on-one sessions with said fans, so we didn’t get to hear them, but based on the article at MLB.com about it, it sounds like Wolff met with some…

  17. No, the Brewers are not gonna be a small-ball team now that Prince Fielder is gone

    Jan 30, 2012, 8:52 AM EDT

    National League first baseman Fielder of the Brewers watches three-run home run in fourth inning during Major League Baseball's All-Star Game in Phoenix

    Nyjer Morgan was asked how the Brewers are gonna do without Prince Fielder. This stuck out: “It’s probably going to be a little more speedy this year,’’ Morgan said. “You can see that we’re going to have to rely on trying to steal bags and stuff like that, and not worrying about trying to hit…

  18. Denny McLain thinks Brandon Inge should shut up

    Jan 30, 2012, 8:23 AM EDT

    Denny McLain

    Former MVP, Cy Young Award recipient and 31-game winner Denny McLain is a convicted felon and an all-around scumbag.  But that doesn’t mean he can’t be a funny guy. McLain was invited to speak at Madonna University in suburban Detroit over the weekend and the subject of the Prince Fielder signing came up. McLain took…

  19. New White Sox bench coach ready to go tit-for-tat

    Jan 29, 2012, 8:54 PM EDT

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    Obviously more interested in fan approval than league approval, new White Sox bench coach Mark Parent, a former major league catcher, said his team will seek revenge for hit batters this season, the Chicago Tribune reports. “You hit our guy, we’ll hit your guy,” he told the gathered crowd, earning him some scattered applause at…

  20. Zack Greinke still agentless, yet open to extension

    Jan 29, 2012, 7:52 PM EDT

    Zack Greinke

    Zack Greinke, who left CAA Sports last year and is currently without an agent, said he is open to doing a new deal with the Brewers this winter. “I’ll talk to them about it,” he told MLB.com. “I don’t really want to talk to anyone else about it. But I like the business of baseball.…

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