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  1. Brewers owner: Ryan Braun won’t attend fan event because “this is too sensitive of a time”

    Jan 25, 2012, 5:02 PM EDT

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    Ryan Braun was scheduled to appear at the Brewers “fan fest” event this weekend, but owner Mark Attanasio just released a statement announcing that the reigning MVP won’t be there because of concerns about how his attendance could impact the 50-game suspension appeal: In working through the logistics of this weekend’s Brewers On Deck event…

  2. Let the bidding begin: Yoenis Cespedes is finally a free agent

    Jan 25, 2012, 4:46 PM EDT

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    After months of reports about Yoenis Cespedes being on the verge of free agency MLB has finally announced that the 26-year-old outfielder who defected from Cuba last summer is cleared to negotiate with teams. Cespedes established residency in the Dominican Republic and then surprised many people by participating in the Dominican winter league, but stopped…

  3. Reds acquire utility man Wilson Valdez from Phillies

    Jan 25, 2012, 4:15 PM EDT

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    Not so long ago Wilson Valdez got all kinds of undeserved credit for the Phillies’ success, but now they’ve traded the light-hitting utility man to the Reds for left-handed reliever Jeremy Horst. Valdez has topped 300 plate appearances in each of the past two seasons despite hitting just .254 with a .300 on-base percentage and…

  4. The Red Sox made an offer to Edwin Jackson too

    Jan 25, 2012, 4:00 PM EDT

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    The Red Sox made an offer to Roy Oswalt? OK, but they also made one to Edwin Jackson. Here’s Jim Bowden: Red Sox have made offers for Edwin Jackson and are presently in discussions with him and prefer him over Roy Oswalt according to source Oh, I get it: it’s the old “we’ve made offers…

  5. Roy Oswalt got an offer from the Red Sox

    Jan 25, 2012, 3:30 PM EDT

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    Today is different than yesterday, huh?  Yesterday we had Prince Fielder, Tony La Russa and Tim Lincecum news. Today: we churn Roy Oswalt rumors.  Hey, it’s not all glamour and glitz. Anyway: Heyman says that the Red Sox have made an offer to Oswalt. No sense if he’ll take it or if, like an earlier…

  6. Mariners turned down trade for Jorge Posada in 1995

    Jan 25, 2012, 2:52 PM EDT

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    In the wake of Jorge Posada‘s retirement following an 1,829-game career spent entirely with the Yankees comes a story about how he was almost traded to the Mariners as a prospect way back in 1995. Larry Stone of the Seattle Times has the details: Management deemed that they couldn’t afford Tino Martinez, so he was…

  7. Jose Bautista’s drug testing seems something less than random

    Jan 25, 2012, 2:15 PM EDT

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    Interesting story brought to my attention from reader Troy.  It’s from the Dominican newspaper Hoy. And because I forgot all that Spanish I knew 20 years ago, I’m using Google translate to read it. But the upshot: Bautista spoke at a banquet the other night and noted that in the past two years — the…

  8. Scott Olsen signs minor-league deal with White Sox

    Jan 25, 2012, 1:46 PM EDT

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    Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com reports that left-hander Scott Olsen has agreed to a minor-league contract with the White Sox, who add some rotation depth in case they continue to trade more veteran pitchers. Once upon a time Olsen was a top prospect and had a strong rookie season for the Marlins as a 22-year-old in…

  9. Must-click link: The Scott Boras origin story

    Jan 25, 2012, 1:10 PM EDT

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    Every superhero has an origin story. They were sent here from a doomed alien world. They were bit by a radioactive spider. Their parents were murdered in Crime Alley. Whatever the hell boring stuff happened to Aquaman to make him the mediocre whatever-it-is he is. Scott Boras may not be in the Justice League, but…

  10. Ryan Zimmerman won’t negotiate extension with Nationals after spring training begins

    Jan 25, 2012, 12:44 PM EDT

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    Ryan Zimmerman and the Nationals have been engaged in some level of long-term contract talks for going on a year now, but yesterday the third baseman told Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post that he’ll cut off negotiations once spring training starts: I think it’s unfair to my teammates for that to garner any attention…

  11. Marlins “expected to make strong push” for Yoenis Cespedes

    Jan 25, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

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    Now that Yoenis Cespedes has established residency in the Dominican Republic his long-awaited free agency should be right around the corner and Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports that the Marlins “are expected to make a strong push” for the Cuban defector. They’ll have plenty of competition, although Cespedes’ poor showing in the Dominican winter league…

  12. Gammons: GMs think Oswalt signs with the Cardinals or Rangers

    Jan 25, 2012, 11:37 AM EDT

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    Peter Gammons knows people in high places. Three of them are GMs with whom he spoke about Roy Oswalt, and two of them think Oswalt will sign with the Rangers. The third thinks it’s the Cardinals. All of those have been discussed before either due to previous interest in Oswalt or what we think we…

  13. Robert Andino gets $1.3 million to skip arbitration with Orioles

    Jan 25, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

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    Cross another name off the list of potential arbitration hearings, as Robert Andino and the Orioles have compromised on a one-year deal. Andino submitted a $1.6 million figure and the Orioles countered at $1 million, and according to Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun they settled at the $1.3 million midpoint. Andino came into last…

  14. The Dodgers sale price could soar above $1.5 billion

    Jan 25, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

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    Bill Shaikin writes of another interested bidder in the Los Angeles Dodgers: Leo Hindery. His significance? He was the founder of YES Network and his presence in the bidding suggests that a Dodgers cable network could be in the works. Which, as we know, means serious money for the team to which it is attached.…

  15. Koji Uehara rejected a trade to the Blue Jays

    Jan 25, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    Seattle Mariners v Texas Rangers

    Texas has been shopping Koji Uehara and apparently found a palatable deal for him, but Richard Durrett of ESPN Dallas reports that the 36-year-old reliever rejected a trade to Toronto. Uehara’s contract–which was signed with the Orioles–includes a limited no-trade clause consisting of six teams and unfortunately for the Rangers the Blue Jays are on…

  16. Florida lawmaker looking to soak teams which accepted public stadium money

    Jan 25, 2012, 10:30 AM EDT

    The stadium the Miami Marlins will be using begining with  the upcoming baseball season, is seen in this undated handout photograph provided by the team.

    I don’t know enough about Florida politics to know if this has any chance of going anywhere, but I am heartened to see that someone in the Florida legislature is trying — either through actual legislation or just by virtue of sheer grandstanding — to illustrate just how crappy a deal it is for taxpayers…

  17. Bartolo Colon’s one-year deal with the A’s worth $2 million

    Jan 25, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

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    Bartolo Colon and the A’s made their one-year deal official yesterday, as the 38-year-old right-hander passed his physical exam. Colon, who made just $900,000 last season on a minor-league deal with the Yankees, will get a big-league deal worth $2 million in guaranteed money this time around. Oakland has shed all kinds of major-league talent…

  18. People in Houston DO NOT like the idea of changing the Astros’ name

    Jan 25, 2012, 9:50 AM EDT

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    Remember how Jim Crane suggested the other day that the Astros could have their name changed?  Yeah, not a very popular idea in Houston. According to this article by Zach Levine of the Houston Chronicle, 80% of 11,000 people (admittedly unscientifically) polled by the paper were opposed to the idea. Levine produces some of the responses.…

  19. Adam Dunn on his “one stupid year”

    Jan 25, 2012, 9:27 AM EDT

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    There’s a good story about Adam Dunn by Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times today. Van Schouwen caught up with Dunn at home in Houston and talked about the train wreck that was Dunn’s 2011 season and how he feels he’s going to get back on track for 2012. Note: there is some flirting…

  20. Carlos Beltran: Mets fans need to get over the 2006 NLCS

    Jan 25, 2012, 9:00 AM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Cincinnati Reds

    Carlos Beltran is now a St. Louis Cardinal. Before that he was a San Francisco Giant. Yet he still gets asked about his time with the Mets a lot. And not just recent stuff. Stuff from 2006. For example, the other night he appeared at a charity event in New York and he was asked…

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