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  1. ESPN announces the Sunday Night Baseball schedule

    Jan 18, 2012, 12:00 PM EDT

    old TV

    It’s that time of year: the time when (a) ESPN announces its Sunday Night Baseball schedule, filled with the Yankees, the Red Sox and other big market teams; and (b) people complain about ESPN’s big market and/or east coast bias. And yes, in an ideal world everyone should get a turn in the spotlight and…

  2. Agent says Cole Hamels won’t sign for Jered Weaver money

    Jan 18, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Cole Hamels delivers a pitch to the Los Angeles Dodgers during the first inning of their National League MLB baseball game in Philadelphia

    Cole Hamels and the Phillies avoided arbitration by agreeing to a $15 million one-year deal yesterday and afterward his agent made it clear that the 28-year-old left-hander won’t be signing a Jered Weaver-like extension with free agency waiting next offseason. That doesn’t mean Hamels won’t bypass free agency to stay in Philadelphia long term, but…

  3. Clayton Kershaw: a little different than Tim Tebow

    Jan 18, 2012, 11:02 AM EDT

    82nd MLB All-Star Game - Batting Practice

    The other day I wrote that there are a lot of devoutly religious young ballplayers but we just don’t hear that much about them like we do Tim Tebow, in part because of the differences between the baseball news cycle and the football news cycle. I still think that’s true, but over at the Los…

  4. “Imperfect game” pitcher Armando Galarraga signs minor-league deal with Orioles

    Jan 18, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    Joyce Galarraga shaking hands

    Armando Galarraga hasn’t had much success since he and umpire Jim Joyce made headlines for his “imperfect game” on June 2, 2010 and the 30-year-old right-hander has had to settle for a minor-league contract with the Orioles. Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun reports that Galarraga will get an invitation to spring training, where he’ll…

  5. Cubs, Red Sox punt; ask Bud Selig to solve the Theo compensation issue

    Jan 18, 2012, 10:30 AM EDT

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

    It occurs to me on occasion that someone stumbling onto a headline like that will not comprehend it at all unless they already know everything about the issue it refers to, in which case the post is kind of pointless to begin with. Sorry. Feeling existential this morning. Anyway, the headline does kind of say…

  6. Yoenis Cespedes says the Cubs have had “the most interest”

    Jan 18, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

    yoenis cespedes getty

    Last week Yoenis Cespedes named six teams that have shown heavy interest in signing him and yesterday the Cuban outfielder revealed that the Cubs have had “the most interest in me.” Cespedes told the Associated Press that he’s “had dinner a couple of times” with Cubs officials and “they have shown more interest than others.”…

  7. The Rangers have until 5PM today to sign Yu Darvish

    Jan 18, 2012, 9:50 AM EDT

    darvish getty japan team

    Today is the deadline for the Rangers to reach a deal with Yu Darvish. The sides have until 5pm Eastern.  These things tend to go to the wire, and all along it is has been expected that a deal would be done.  This is fun though. T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com: The word this morning is…

  8. Ryan Braun will accept his MVP Award in person, thank you very much

    Jan 18, 2012, 9:20 AM EDT

    braun tall getty

    Ryan Braun won the MVP. This not long after he broke the testosterone-o-meter in a random drug test. This led to a whole lot of writers loudly proclaiming his award illegitimate and/or demanding that it be stripped from him and given to Matt Kemp (or something; they haven’t thought ahead that far).  He now faces…

  9. Jimmy Rollins goes to Uganda; finds a knuckleballer

    Jan 18, 2012, 8:50 AM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v St Louis Cardinals - Game 3

    Great story at ESPN.com about Jimmy Rollins’ recent trip to Uganda, where he met and worked with young baseball players who were supposed to play in last years’ Little League World Series but were unable to come up with the funds to travel here. With Rollins’ help they will now get to play a series…

  10. Vlad Guerrero, Raul Ibanez have called the Yankees peddling DH services

    Jan 18, 2012, 8:23 AM EDT

    Vladimir Guerrero

    The free agent DH market is rough, kids. If you’re old, used to hit well and can’t field anymore the pickings are slim for you. So slim that you’re  calling teams rather than them calling you. To wit: Ken Davidoff of Newsday reports that Vlad Guerrero and Raul Ibanez have called the Yankees inquiring about…

  11. Report: Astros, Jack Cust agree to one-year deal with club option

    Jan 17, 2012, 11:05 PM EDT

    Jack Cust

    UPDATE: Put the pitchforks and torches down, Astros fans. Zachary Levine of the Houston Chronicle reports that Cust will get a one-year deal with a club option for 2013. While this is a little better than what we heard a few moments ago, most expected he wouldn’t get anything more than a spring training invite.…

  12. Padres and Carlos Quentin avoid arbitration with one-year, $7.25 million contract

    Jan 17, 2012, 10:30 PM EDT

    quentin getty wide

    Padres general manager Josh Byrnes said earlier this month that he acquired Carlos Quentin from the White Sox with the idea of eventually signing him to a contract extension. Those talks have apparently been tabled for now, as Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com reports that the two sides have avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year,…

  13. Braves re-sign Peter Moylan to minor-league contract

    Jan 17, 2012, 9:00 PM EDT

    moylan face getty

    The Braves non-tendered right-hander Peter Moylan last month, but David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that the two sides have agreed to a minor league contract which includes an invitation to spring training. Moylan would make a $1 million prorated salary for time spent in the majors and could earn more with performance-based incentives.…

  14. Giants and Pablo Sandoval agree to a three-year, $17.15 million contract

    Jan 17, 2012, 7:36 PM EDT

    Pablo Sandoval

    While the Giants have some work to do in order to keep Tim Lincecum and Matt Cain for the long haul, they have at least locked up a key position player through his arbitration seasons. The Giants just announced that they have agreed to a three-year contract with third baseman Pablo Sandoval. Andrew Baggarly of…

  15. Tim Lincecum asks for $21.5 million in arbitration

    Jan 17, 2012, 6:21 PM EDT

    Tim Lincecum

    Unable to come to terms with the Giants before figures were exchanged Tuesday, Tim Lincecum asked for a record $21.5 million in arbitration. The Giants proposed a still impressive $17 million salary for their ace. Lincecum’s filing is a record request for a player with less than six years service time. The Yankees’ Derek Jeter…

  16. Erick Aybar agrees to one-year deal, Angels still interested in long-term contract

    Jan 17, 2012, 5:55 PM EDT

    Erick Aybar

    Last week the Angels were said to be talking to both shortstop Erick Aybar and second baseman Howie Kendrick about long-term contract extensions. Kendrick agreed to a four-year, $33.5 million deal, but the negotiations with Aybar apparently haven’t been as smooth and today he avoided arbitration with a one-year, $5.075 million contract. Aybar is eligible…

  17. Brewers sign Japanese outfielder Norichika Aoki

    Jan 17, 2012, 5:40 PM EDT

    Aoki

    UPDATE: Aoki and the Brewers have agreed to a two-year deal with an option for 2014. ========== With two hours remaining until the deadline to sign Norichika Aoki general manager Doug Melvin told Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that the Brewers are “close” to a deal with the Japanese outfielder. Milwaukee got a…

  18. Blue Jays release Mark Teahen, eat $5.5 million salary

    Jan 17, 2012, 5:22 PM EDT

    Toronto Blue Jays batter Mark Teahen returns to the dugout after striking out during the second inning of his MLB American League baseball game against the Oakland Athletics in Oakland

    UPDATE: As expected, Teahen and his $5.5 million contract passed through waivers unclaimed and today the Blue Jays released him. They’re on the hook for his entire salary. ========== Toronto needed to clear a spot on the 40-man roster for newly signed reliever Darren Oliver and did so by designating Mark Teahen for assignment. Teahen…

  19. Obama: the Cardinals are “the greatest comeback team in the history of baseball”

    Jan 17, 2012, 5:06 PM EDT

    Obama Jersey

    The St. Louis Cardinals visited the White House today for the customary meet-and-greet with the President. During the ceremony he called the Cardinals “the greatest comeback team in the history of baseball.” So you see there: the Braves didn’t collapse. The Cardinals came back. The President said so. Anyway, not the usual star-studded White House…

  20. Diamondbacks re-sign Joe Saunders after non-tendering him last month

    Jan 17, 2012, 4:33 PM EDT

    Joe Saunders

    Last month Joe Saunders turned down a two-year, $12 million deal from the Diamondbacks and they non-tendered him rather than pay approximately $8 million for 2012 via arbitration, but the veteran left-hander said later that he “really wanted to come back” to Arizona and today he did just that. Steve Henson of Yahoo! Sports reports…

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