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  1. Josh Hamilton to hold a press conference this afternoon

    Feb 3, 2012, 11:53 AM EDT

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    According to Anthony Andro of FOX Sports Southwest, Josh Hamilton will hold a press conference at 1 p.m. CT (2 p.m. ET) at Rangers Ballpark this afternoon to address his reported relapse from addiction. Gerry Fraley of the Dallas Morning News reported last night that Hamilton was spotted drinking alcohol Monday night at a bar…

  2. The Indians are negotiating a long term deal with Asdrubal Cabrera

    Feb 3, 2012, 11:20 AM EDT

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    Indians’ GM Chris Antonetti said this morning that the team is negotiating a long-term extension with Asdrubal Cabrera. Cabrera, who is 26, is coming off a great year: he hit .273/.332/.460 and socked 25 homers, scored 87 runs, drove in 92 and stole 17 bases. Still: that was basically an explosion in production. There was some suggestion…

  3. A new entrant into the “say stupid things about Josh Hamilton’s drinking” derby

    Feb 3, 2012, 10:37 AM EDT

    Oakland Athletics v Texas Rangers

    Randy Galloway of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram bursts into the lead! When the news came down on Thursday, I hope Josh will forgive my first thought of, “where’s the union?” That means the players’ union … Hamilton repeatedly gives the hardball speech to the media of granting the Rangers no hometown discount in money because he…

  4. Cubs and Matt Garza avoid arbitration with one-year, $9.5 million deal

    Feb 3, 2012, 10:14 AM EDT

    Cincinnati Reds v Chicago Cubs

    The Cubs and Matt Garza have avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $9.5 million contract. Garza’s agency, CAA Baseball, broke the news via Twitter and added that the deal includes some performance-based incentives. The two sides were able to work out a deal prior to an arbitration hearing scheduled for today. Garza requested $12.5…

  5. Jason Heyward is in the Best Shape of His Life

    Feb 3, 2012, 9:49 AM EDT

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    Jason Heyward had a couple of problems last year: his health, adjusting to pitchers who — shockingly — decided to make him hit good pitches rather than challenging him with fastballs and being jerked around in terms of playing time and batting order and stuff.  All of those things are classic ingredients for a sophomore…

  6. The Nationals are trying to keep Phillies fans from filling up their ballpark

    Feb 3, 2012, 9:27 AM EDT

    Phillies fans AP

    Remember how all those Phillies fans came down to D.C. the past couple of years and basically took over the Nationals’ ballpark during Nats-Phillies series?  Yeah, that was awesome. Especially considering that it was helped out in a major way by the team actively soliciting group sales in the Philadelphia area prior to regular season…

  7. Report: Time Warner, Comcast riding to the Mets’ rescue

    Feb 3, 2012, 8:51 AM EDT

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    The Mets have been casting about for investors for a long time now, and they’ve not had a ton of success yet.  Yesterday it was reported that one of the $20 million shares they’ve been peddling is going to hedge fund manager Steven Cohen.  Today we hear where more of those shares are going. From…

  8. Josh Hamilton’s sobriety is not a black and white issue

    Feb 3, 2012, 8:25 AM EDT

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    I am far from being any kind of expert on addiction. The vast majority of you would say the same about yourselves if asked in a vacuum.  Yet when a famous ballplayer like Josh Hamilton falls off the wagon like he did on Monday night, so many of us seem to have so many strong…

  9. Rangers “unlikely” to sign free agent Roy Oswalt

    Feb 2, 2012, 10:31 PM EDT

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    Roy Oswalt‘s options seem to be dwindling. Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington told reporters on Wednesday that it’s “unlikely” his team adds a starting pitcher before spring training, and now the Rangers are saying much of the same. A source explained to Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram on Thursday evening that the Rangers already…

  10. Josh Hamilton spotted drinking alcohol at DFW bar

    Feb 2, 2012, 9:23 PM EDT

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    The details are slim, but they’re still cringe-worthy. According to reporter Gerry Fraley of the Dallas Morning News, Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton was spotted consuming alcohol at a bar in the Dallas-Fort Worth area on Monday night. It’s not clear what exactly the 2010 American League MVP was drinking or how intoxicated he became. A Rangers…

  11. Alleged Brian Cashman mistress arrested for stalking, extortion

    Feb 2, 2012, 9:06 PM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays v New York Yankees

    We linked the Deadspin story about Brian Cashman’s alleged extramarital affair this morning.  Turns out that there’s a heck of a lot more to  it. Seems the woman Deadspin interviewed has been arrested and charged with extortion: A woman has been charged with stalking and shaking down New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman. Louise…

  12. O’s and A’s expressing the most interest in Manny Ramirez

    Feb 2, 2012, 8:38 PM EDT

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    Oakland’s interest in Manny Ramirez has been public knowledge for the past couple of weeks. But the Athletics are not alone. According to FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal, the Orioles are also exploring the thought of making an offer to the 39-year-old free agent slugger. Ramirez made only 17 total plate appearances last year for the…

  13. Cubs sign Cuban left-hander Gerardo Concepcion

    Feb 2, 2012, 7:16 PM EDT

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    From reporter Jorge Ebro of Miami’s El Nuevo Herald comes word that Cuban left-hander Gerardo Concepcion agreed to a “multimillion dollar” contract on Thursday evening with the Chicago Cubs. Concepcion was named the Rookie of the Year in Cuba’s Serie Nacional for 2010-2011 after posting a solid 10-3 record, 3.36 ERA and 53/43 K/BB ratio across…

  14. Why not have Stephen Strasburg debut on June 1?

    Feb 2, 2012, 6:35 PM EDT

    Strasburg throws a pitch against the Florida Marlins during the first inning of their MLB National League baseball game in Washington

    The idea already made plenty of sense. Now it seems like the obvious choice with Edwin Jackson getting inserted into Washington’s rotation. Adding Jackson to a rotation that already included Stephen Strasburg, Gio Gonzalez, Jordan Zimmermann and John Lannan gives the Nationals seven viable starters, with Chien-Ming Wang and Ross Detwiler currently in reserve (Tom Gorzelanny could…

  15. Indians even more left-handed in wake of Kotchman addition

    Feb 2, 2012, 6:00 PM EDT

    Travis Hafner, Carlos Santana, Shin-Soo Choo

    With Casey Kotchman penciled in over Matt LaPorta at first base, the Indians are now looking at the following lineup against right-handed pitching: CF Grady Sizemore – L SS Asdrubal Cabrera – S RF Shin-Soo Choo – L C Carlos Santana – S DH Travis Hafner – L 2B Jason Kipnis – L 1B Casey Kotchman –…

  16. “I feel like we’re being invaded, like it’s 1965 all over again”

    Feb 2, 2012, 5:24 PM EDT

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    Those are the words of Astin Jacobo, a buscon from the Dominican Republic. He, and many like him, are not at all pleased about what appears to be inevitable: Major League Baseball expanding the draft to the D.R.. Or maybe it is, um, evitable. As this story from The Economist suggests, there are some who are…

  17. Casey Kotchman to sign with the Indians

    Feb 2, 2012, 4:47 PM EDT

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    Jon Heyman reports that Casey Kotchman is going to sign with the Indians. According to Paul Hoynes, it’s a one year deal for $3 million plus incentives. Earlier this week he was rumored to be going to the Orioles, but that apparently went nowhere. Kotchman had a nice 2011 with the Rays, hitting .306/.378/.422 in…

  18. Casey McGehee is in the Best Shape of his Life

    Feb 2, 2012, 4:12 PM EDT

    Casey McGehee

    From Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Hearing [Casey] McGehee will enter spring training at 208 pounds, down from 231 at end of 2011, cut body fat in half. Just a mere weight loss isn’t enough to qualify for BSOHL, but when you have a body fat cut too, that makes it rate, baby.

  19. So, what to make of Scott Boras’ winter?

    Feb 2, 2012, 3:30 PM EDT

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    Before Prince Fielder signed for $214 million, people were saying that Scott Boras was having a bad offseason for his free agents.  Then, all of  a sudden, everyone was saying how awesome he was.  Then today Edwin Jackson signed a one-year deal that, in my view anyway, is a borderline bargain for the Nationals. Then…

  20. MLB’s worst position situations: 2012 edition

    Feb 2, 2012, 2:58 PM EDT

    Jason Bourgeois, Jordan Schafer, Brian Bogusevic

    After declaring the Houston Astros in position of the game’s worst rotation earlier today, I thought it’d be fun to look at the rest of the worst. So here are MLB’s most gruesome position situations heading into the 2012 season: Catcher: Dodgers – A.J. Ellis, Matt Treanor, Tim Federowicz The Dodgers let the slugging-heavy Rod Barajas…

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