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  1. Blake DeWitt and his $1.1 million contract cleared waivers, will stay with Cubs

    Feb 20, 2012, 1:50 PM EDT

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    Blake DeWitt was designated for assignment last week and predictably no team was willing to claim his $1.1 million contract off waivers, so he’ll remain with the Cubs while being removed from the 40-man roster. DeWitt technically had the right to reject his assignment to the minors, but doing so would have meant forfeiting his…

  2. Beware the “Player X added Y pounds of muscle this offseason” stories

    Feb 20, 2012, 1:30 PM EDT

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    I don’t post all of those BSOHL stories simply because I’m unaware of when a joke has been beaten to absolute death. I mean, I am unaware of that, but that’s not the only reason I post them. I also post them because they are often evidence of a player who is trying to make…

  3. Tommy Hanson checked for concussion after minor car accident

    Feb 20, 2012, 1:20 PM EDT

    Tommy Hanson

    As if Tommy Hanson didn’t have enough on his plate coming back from last season’s arm problems, Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports that the Braves right-hander got into a minor, one-car accident on the way to camp this morning. Bowman writes that Hanson “bumped his head” after his car “blew a tire” and the Braves…

  4. Do you like bad spring training photos? Then it’s your lucky day

    Feb 20, 2012, 1:00 PM EDT

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    Dirty secret of spring training: not a ton goes on most days. All of the reporters get there first thing in the morning and most of them have stories they’re working on, requiring them to do an interview or two. But when that’s done, it’s a lot of just watching people do things. At least…

  5. Carl Crawford “wasn’t happy” to learn Red Sox owner John Henry didn’t want to sign him

    Feb 20, 2012, 12:48 PM EDT

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    Red Sox owner John Henry admitted back in October that he was “personally opposed” to signing Carl Crawford, but then-general manager Theo Epstein and the rest of the front office talked him into approving the seven-year, $142 million contract. I’m guessing Henry wouldn’t have been so open with those thoughts if Crawford hadn’t struggled in…

  6. Danny Valencia is in The Best Shape of His Life

    Feb 20, 2012, 12:30 PM EDT

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    From La Velle Neal of the Star-Tribune, reporting from Fort Myers this morning: I headed over to the other side of the clubhouse, where Danny Valencia dresses. Get your urban dictionaries out, because Valencia wants everyone to know he’s “yoked,” this year. He weighs about the same as he did last season but says it’s…

  7. Bob Wickman used to throw up to make weight with the Yankees

    Feb 20, 2012, 12:16 PM EDT

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    Before becoming as successful closer in his thirties Bob Wickman was a starter and then a middle reliever for the Yankees, debuting at age 23 in 1992. Later in his career Wickman’s gut expanded significantly, but with the Yankees he was merely chubby (or perhaps even in The Best Shape Of His Life) and general…

  8. Visa issues in Dominican Republic mean Juan Carlos Oviedo won’t report to Marlins on time

    Feb 20, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

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    As expected, Juan Carlos Oviedo is having difficulty securing a visa in the Dominican Republic after the reliever formerly known as Leo Nunez was busted for falsifying his identity. Marlins pitchers and catchers must report tomorrow, but Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald writes that Oviedo definitely won’t be there and “the Marlins aren’t sure…

  9. The Giants told Buster Posey to stop blocking the plate

    Feb 20, 2012, 11:33 AM EDT

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    Buster Posey says he wasn’t exactly blocking the plate last year when Scott Cousins ran into him, breaking Posey’s ankle and ending his season.  It kinda looked like he was poised to — and he was close enough to doing it to where it didn’t matter — but he says he wasn’t blocking the plate.…

  10. If the Yankees wanted an old, mediocre designated hitter why not just keep Jorge Posada?

    Feb 20, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

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    Raul Ibanez‘s one-year contract with the Yankees is worth just $1 million in guaranteed money, but the bigger issue is that he’s 40 years old and coming off a terrible season in which he hit .245 with a .289 on-base percentage and .419 slugging percentage in 144 games. Within that awful overall performance was some…

  11. Chris Davis is in The Best Shape of His Life

    Feb 20, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

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    Yesterday pitchers and catchers reported. Today is the first day of full workouts. It also means that the beat reporters are hanging around locker rooms again which, in turn, means many more opportunities for us to get updates on the sort of shape the ballplayers are in.  Like this: First “best shape of my life”…

  12. Dusty Baker won’t talk about his contract, which expires after this season

    Feb 20, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    Dusty Baker

    Dusty Baker’s two-year contract expires after this season, but the Reds manager told reporters yesterday that he won’t be discussing his status in the future, saying: What kind of factor can it be? Like I’ve said before, how many people have a one-year contract, period? You know how many times I’ve been in this situation?…

  13. K-Rod may sue his old agents

    Feb 20, 2012, 10:30 AM EDT

    Francisco Rodriguez

    Last summer there was some hubbub when Francisco Rodriguez fired his agents, Paul Kinzer and Arn Tellem, replacing them with Scott Boras. Soon after that he was traded from the Mets to the Brewers. The reason for the hubbub? Boras said that Kinzer and Tellem didn’t properly file the paperwork to activate a no-trade clause K-Rod negotiated…

  14. Koji Uehara blocked a trade to Toronto because “the weather is an issue”

    Feb 20, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

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    For now at least Koji Uehara remains with the Rangers, but he seems destined to be traded before Opening Day and has already blocked a potential deal that would have sent him to the Blue Jays. T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com asked Uehara why he vetoed a move to Toronto and the 36-year-old reliever replied: The…

  15. The Montreal Canadiens honor Gary Carter

    Feb 20, 2012, 9:46 AM EDT

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    This is cool.  The Montreal Canadiens honored Gary Carter before last night’s game, complete with giant projections of old Carter cards on the ice and a great video with Carter highlights. Oh, and Youppi, back in his Expos jersey! It starts in French, but goes English at the 50 second mark.  And warning: the tribute…

  16. The Burnett trade should have been voided? What?

    Feb 20, 2012, 9:20 AM EDT

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    The Yankees traded A.J. Burnett to the Pirates. They’re paying $20 million of his contract. The Pirates are getting a pitcher who, despite his problems, could be pretty good in the NL Central and definitely improves their staff. They’re only paying $6.5 million a year for him and didn’t have to give up much talent…

  17. Bobby Valentine: Mike Aviles has the “DNA” of an everyday shortstop

    Feb 20, 2012, 8:50 AM EDT

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    It’s not clear who will get the most reps at short in Boston this year. But yesterday Reds Sox’ manager Bobby Valentine said that Mike Aviles has the “DNA” of an everyday shortstop. Fact: Mike Aviles was born in New York City in the spring of 1981.  Fact: the “everyday shortstop” of the Yankees at…

  18. The Yankees have a deal with Raul Ibanez

    Feb 20, 2012, 8:08 AM EDT

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    Buster Olney reports that the Yankees have a deal to sign Raul Ibanez. The deal is pending a physical. The deal is for $1.1 million in base salary, and could be worth as much as $4 million pending incentives. It’s not sexy — I can’t think of any Yankees fans who comment here who have been…

  19. Tim Hudson expects to miss first month after back surgery

    Feb 19, 2012, 7:26 PM EDT

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    The Braves’ vaunted rotation depth will be tested in April, as Tim Hudson expects to miss at least the first month of the season following back surgery on Nov. 28. Hudson hoped to avoid the surgery and thus didn’t have it until two months after the Braves wrapped their 2011 season. That delay will cost…

  20. A.J. Burnett passes physical, trade to Pirates approved

    Feb 19, 2012, 6:36 PM EDT

    A.J. Burnett

    Update: the teams have now confirmed the trade. While neither team has officially announced the deal, the two hurdles involved in the trade sending A.J. Burnett to the Pirates and two prospects to the Yankees have now been cleared, according to CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman and ESPN’s Buster Olney. Those two hurdles were Burnett’s physical,…

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