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  1. The Rangers have “made inquiries” about Roy Oswalt

    Jan 13, 2012, 8:20 AM EDT

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    I swear, someone decided this winter that we’re going to talk about Roy Oswalt like he’s a 17 year-old girl in the 1950s.  First people were “eyeing” him.  Now Gerry Fraley of the Dallas Morning News reports that the Rangers have “made inquiries.” Gee, I hope they talk to Roy’s father first and declare their intentions.…

  2. Ricky Romero talks of family, hard work, rise from East LA

    Jan 13, 2012, 12:52 AM EDT

    Ricky Romero

    We got a glimpse of Ricky Romero’s personality and history at the All-Star game last July. The Toronto Blue Jays left-hander couldn’t contain his glee at being selected as a replacement player for the big game in Phoenix, and he spoke with pride of the hard work it took him to rise from the ballfields…

  3. Nolan Ryan “optimistic” about striking deal with Yu Darvish

    Jan 12, 2012, 10:02 PM EDT

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    The Rangers have less than a week to work out a contract with Japanese right-hander Yu Darvish, for whom they committed a record $51,703,411 posting fee back in mid-December. But there’s no concern within the organization about the ticking clock. According to Richard Durrett of ESPN Dallas, Rangers president Nolan Ryan said Thursday night that…

  4. Blue Jays “not a serious suitor” for free agent Prince Fielder

    Jan 12, 2012, 8:37 PM EDT

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    There was a general assumption, at the beginning of this offseason, that the Blue Jays would get involved at some point in the bidding for Prince Fielder. But it hasn’t happened yet, and it’s not likely to. According to FOX Sports’ Jon Paul Morosi, Toronto is “not a serious suitor” for the 27-year-old first baseman,…

  5. Marlins planning aggressive pursuit of Yoenis Cespedes

    Jan 12, 2012, 7:04 PM EDT

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    The Yankees, Phillies, Cubs, Nationals, Tigers and White Sox have all made it known that they plan to pursue Cuban defector Yoenis Cespedes once he becomes eligible for major league free agency. But those clubs may have to contend with a Miami front office that is willing to spend wildly. According to Juan C. Rodriguez of the…

  6. Dmitri Young no longer eats like a viking

    Jan 12, 2012, 5:30 PM EDT

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    We’ve seen a couple of stories about Dmitri Young’s dramatic weight loss and desire to come back and play in the majors again.  Jerry Crasnick’s is the most in-depth so far, however, and it’s hard not to want to root for Young after reading it. Plus it has fun stuff like this: “I’m not eating…

  7. Brewers, Manny Parra avoid arbitration with one-year deal

    Jan 12, 2012, 5:01 PM EDT

    Rick Peterson AP

    Yesterday the Brewers avoided arbitration with Carlos Gomez by signing him to a one-year contract and today they did the same with Manny Parra, agreeing to a one-year deal with the left-hander after he missed all of last season with back and elbow problems. Adam McCalvy of MLB.com reports that Parra will get $1.2 million,…

  8. J.C. Romero settles his lawsuit against supplement manufacturer

    Jan 12, 2012, 4:46 PM EDT

    Florida Marlins v Philadelphia Phillies

    J.C. Romero was suspended for 50 games in 2009 following a positive drug test in 2008.  He claimed at the time that the supplement he was taking — which he purchased at a GNC store — was tainted.  And he sued the supplement’s manufacturer and distributor.  The New York Daily News reports that he has…

  9. The Cubs join the 21st Century, form a partnership with Bloomberg Sports

    Jan 12, 2012, 4:22 PM EDT

    Chicago Cubs President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein speaks at a news conference at Wrigley Field in Chicago

    Patrick Mooney of CSNChicago.com has a story up that will warm the hearts of analytically-minded Cubs fans: Bloomberg Sports, a leader in analytics, announced a partnership with the team on Thursday to design a new player-evaluation system for the baseball operations department. It will include video and a statistical database and have mobile capabilities. It…

  10. Indians ask owners for payroll space to pursue Carlos Pena

    Jan 12, 2012, 3:50 PM EDT

    Chicago Cubs v Colorado Rockies

    Carlos Pena is one of the better free agents still available and Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that the Indians are interested in the 33-year-old first baseman. Whether or not they’ll be able to work something out is unclear, because according to Hoynes the front office went to ownership recently to see…

  11. Indians sign reliever Chris Ray to minor-league contract

    Jan 12, 2012, 3:28 PM EDT

    Chris Ray

    Cleveland has added some bullpen depth by signing right-hander Chris Ray to a minor-league deal with an invitation to spring training. Ray saved 33 games for the Orioles as a 24-year-old rookie in 2004, but injuries soon derailed his career and he’s bounced around a lot since then, pitching for the Orioles, Rangers, Giants, and…

  12. Quotes of the Day: Bud Selig Edition

    Jan 12, 2012, 3:10 PM EDT

    Bud Selig

    Bud Selig is now officially-official as Commissioner for two more years, as the full slate of owners voted for him a few minutes ago. here was Bud’s statement: “I am very humbled by the request to stay on, and I look forward to building on the great momentum our game has seen in recent years.…

  13. Billionaire who once proposed tearing down Dodger Stadium now bidding on the Dodgers

    Jan 12, 2012, 2:30 PM EDT

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    Just about every day a new bidder on the Dodgers is revealed.  Most of them are billionaires you’ve never heard of.  Then some familiar names surface: … with its legal hostilities against the Dodgers ceased, Fox would like to buy back part of the team … Fox does not want to run the Dodgers again but…

  14. How good does Yoenis Cespedes project to be in the majors?

    Jan 12, 2012, 1:48 PM EDT

    Yoenis Cespedes AP

    Cuban defector Yoenis Cespedes is establishing residency in the Dominican Republic so that he can become a free agent and sign with an MLB team for what many people are speculating could be close to $50 million, but how good does the 26-year-old outfielder figure to be in America? Projecting prospects based on minor-league numbers…

  15. The Yankees will only give Edwin Jackson or Hiroki Kuroda a one-year deal

    Jan 12, 2012, 1:30 PM EDT

    Edwin Jackson

    This morning we heard that the Yankees were talking to Scott Boras about Edwin Jackson. Joel Sherman of the New York Post says, however, that the Yankees are only interested in a one-year deal for Edwin Jackson. Same for Hiroki Kuroda too. That’s certainly not what Jackson is interested in, but at times Kuroda has seemed…

  16. Luke Scott’s deal with Rays worth $6 million, with team option for 2013

    Jan 12, 2012, 1:14 PM EDT

    Luke Scott

    Luke Scott and the Rays have finalized their one-year deal. He’ll get $5 million in 2012 and the contract also includes a $6 million team option or $1 million buyout for 2013, which officially makes it a one-year, $6 million deal. There are also some undisclosed incentives built in that could raise the maximum value…

  17. Must-click link: Rob Neyer on “integrity” and “character”

    Jan 12, 2012, 1:01 PM EDT

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    We hear so much about the steroids guys being kept out of the Hall of Fame because they fail the “integrity and character” test.  Specifically, the language right on the ballot that instructs the voters to consider “the player’s record, playing ability, integrity, sportsmanship, character, and contributions to the team(s) on which the player played.”…

  18. The Giants, Matt Cain have “a very healthy dialogue going” on an extension

    Jan 12, 2012, 12:34 PM EDT

    Matt Cain

    Matt Cain‘s future in San Francisco is ensured through 2012 by virtue of the three-year contract he signed before the 2010 season. But the Giants would like to have him around longer, obviously.  Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News spoke with Giants VP Bobby Evans, and he sounds pretty optimistic about all of…

  19. Logan Morrison is feeling good and swinging a bat five weeks after knee surgery

    Jan 12, 2012, 12:16 PM EDT

    Florida Marlins v Oakland Athletics

    Logan Morrison underwent arthroscopic knee surgery five weeks ago, but Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post reports that he “walked without a limp” while attending a charity event for his youth baseball camp yesterday. Morrison told Capozzi that he’d taken his first post-surgery swings earlier in the day and “it felt good.” However, he’s…

  20. Jeff Moorad may not be approved as the Padres owner

    Jan 12, 2012, 12:03 PM EDT

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    This is unexpected. Jeffrey Moorad is the Chief Executive of the San Diego Padres.  Over the past couple of years he has been slowly buying a stake in the team from John Moores, the longtime owner.  This was all negotiated as part of the sale of the team to Moorad nearly three years ago. Though…

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