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  1. Rockies sign Matt Belisle to a two-year contract

    Feb 19, 2011, 11:35 AM EDT

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    The Rockies have inked Matt Belisle to a two-year, $6.125 million contract, according to the right-hander’s agency CAA. Brief sidenote: It’s interesting to see how many contract announcements were made over Twitter this offseason, either by the team or an agency. It probably won’t be long before this is commonplace. Anyhow, the Rockies and Belisle…

  2. Garrett Wittels’ hit streak ends at 56 games

    Feb 19, 2011, 10:29 AM EDT

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    According to Aaron Fitt of Baseball America, Florida International University shortstop Garrett Wittels went 0-for-4 in last night’s season-opener against Southeastern Louisiana, ending his hit streak at 56 games. Wittels was in pursuit of Robin Ventura, who established the all-time NCAA Division I record when he hit in 58 consecutive games with Oklahoma State in 1987. That’s the…

  3. Irving Picard is also going after Tim Teufel

    Feb 19, 2011, 10:01 AM EDT

    Nationals Mets Baseball

    The Wilpons and Saul Katz have some familiar company in this Madoff mess. According to Andy Martino of the New York Daily News, former Mets second baseman and current Triple-A Buffalo manager Tim Teufel is being sued for approximately $1.23 million in a clawback lawsuit filed by Madoff trustee Irving Picard. According to the Daily…

  4. Miguel Cabrera to be evaluated by doctors before reporting to spring training

    Feb 19, 2011, 9:31 AM EDT

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    Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski just spoke with the media in Lakeland, Florida and said that Miguel Cabrera will be evaluated by doctors before reporting to spring training. Here’s Dombrowski, courtesy of Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports: “He’s cooperative and realizes he has an alcohol problem and he fell off.” Dombrowski doesn’t have a specific…

  5. Michael Young to report to Rangers’ camp today

    Feb 19, 2011, 8:37 AM EDT

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    Today is the official day for Rangers’ position players to report to spring training. Not that we didn’t expect him to be there or anything, but Rangers general manager Jon Daniels confirmed to T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com that Michael Young will indeed be in Surprise, Arizona today. Just because Young is reporting to camp doesn’t…

  6. Rangers plan to explore contract extension with C.J. Wilson

    Feb 18, 2011, 9:35 PM EDT

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    Rangers general manager Jon Daniels told Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com earlier today that he expects to discuss a contract extension with C.J. Wilson over the next several weeks. Wilson made a sucessful transition from the bullpen to the starting rotation last season, compiling a 15-8 record along with a 3.35 ERA over 33 starts…

  7. Domonic Brown is Charlie Manuel’s “first choice” for right field. Sort of.

    Feb 18, 2011, 8:14 PM EDT

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    It appeared that Phillies manager Charlie Manuel tipped his hand on the favorite for the starting right field job earlier today, telling reporters that top prospect Domonic Brown “is sort of the first choice there.” According to Jim Salisbury of CSNPhiladelphia.com, the skipper later had to clarify his comments. “I should have been a little…

  8. The Astros and Hunter Pence went to an arbitration hearing today

    Feb 18, 2011, 6:45 PM EDT

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    Hunter Pence and the Astros wrapped up MLB’s third and final arbitration hearing of the winter earlier today, according to Brian McTaggart of MLB.com. Following the three-hour, 45-minute hearing, Astros general manager Ed Wade said that he expects the three-person panel to render a decision sometime tomorrow. “This is part of the process we go…

  9. Carlos Beltran is in shape, running without a knee brace

    Feb 18, 2011, 5:17 PM EDT

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    Let’s just consider this another one of those posts where the headline says it all. But the guild requires a body as well as a headline so let us just note that Ken Davidoff is reporting that Beltran is feeling great and, unlike last year, is running without a brace on his bum knee. This is…

  10. Someone asked Vernon Wells what he thinks of the Michael Young situation for some reason

    Feb 18, 2011, 4:39 PM EDT

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    Actually I know the reason: Michael Young and Vernon Wells are good buddies who came up in the Jays system together.  For what it’s worth, Wells thinks the Rangers mishandled Young’s situation: Like Young, Wells dealt with being a frequent target of trade rumors before the Angels acquired him for Mike Napoli and Juan Rivera in January.…

  11. Rangers taking things slow with rehabbing Brandon Webb

    Feb 18, 2011, 3:44 PM EDT

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    Richard Durrett of ESPNDallas.com reports that Brandon Webb was “sore” following an eight-minute bullpen session yesterday, which is to be expected from a pitcher who hasn’t seen game action since Opening Day of 2009 because of shoulder problems. For now the Rangers are planning to have him throw every three days–rather than the standard every-other-day…

  12. Photo of the Day: The Natinals continue to get no respect

    Feb 18, 2011, 3:27 PM EDT

    No, that’s not a headline typo. And no, it’s not a two-year-old callback to that issue the Nats had with their jersey. It’s an all new NatsFail

  13. Wilbon: The Cubs have to go after Albert Pujols

    Feb 18, 2011, 3:02 PM EDT

    St. Louis Cardinals v Cincinnati Reds

    Michael Wilbon has a column up over at ESPN today in which he implores the Cubs to go after Albert Pujols in free agency. It’s fine as far as it goes, but I tend not to like arguments that basically come down to “how big it would be!” for team X to sign player Y…

  14. Red Sox had scout tracking Carl Crawford “at the ballpark and away from the ballpark” last season

    Feb 18, 2011, 2:16 PM EDT

    Theo Epstein, Carl Crawford

    During a radio interview on WEEI this morning Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein revealed some interesting details regarding the team’s pursuit of Carl Crawford, including the fact that they “had a scout on him literally the last three, four months of the season at the ballpark, away from the ballpark.” That suggests Crawford choosing…

  15. Collins upset that Luis Castillo didn’t report early for camp

    Feb 18, 2011, 2:03 PM EDT

    New York Mets v Atlanta Braves

    Terry Collins, commenting on Luis Castillo not showing up to Mets camp until — gasp! — he was required to show up: “I was hoping he would be here,” Collins said. “Yeah, I was hoping he would be here, just so I can get the conversation over. And, again, I’m a real believer in sending…

  16. Comment of the Day: We live for baseball gossip!

    Feb 18, 2011, 1:30 PM EDT

    1932 poster

    My half-baked “Metafans” idea from this morning is being better received than I thought it would.  I knew I should have (a) put it in a book proposal; (b) cashed an advance check; and (c) never written the book and than changed my identity.  Way easier than working for a living, ya know? Because, as…

  17. Yorvit Torrealba and MLBPA lose grievance against Mets

    Feb 18, 2011, 1:14 PM EDT

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    Back in November of 2007 the Mets agreed to a three-year, $14.4 million contract with free agent catcher Yorvit Torrealba, only to nix the deal when a pre-signing physical exam raised concerns about his right shoulder. Torrealba and the MLB players’ association later filed a grievance, but yesterday an arbitrator ruled in favor of the…

  18. Hey bartender! Tom Wilhelmsen’s long road back to organized baseball

    Feb 18, 2011, 12:44 PM EDT

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    I’m always a sucker for “ballplayer gets lost in the wilderness for years but then comes back all the wiser for his experiences” stories.  Today Geoff Baker has a version of that one involving former Brewers’ prospect Tom Wilhelmsen, who is now a Mariners’ minor leaguer. Wilhelmsen is no Josh Hamilton case, but he partied a…

  19. Ivan Rodriguez will be the Nationals’ starting catcher at age 39

    Feb 18, 2011, 12:19 PM EDT

    Ivan Rodriguez, Ian Desmond

    Washington’s former catcher of the future Jesus Flores is finally healthy after missing nearly two years with shoulder problems and current catcher of the future Wilson Ramos is just about MLB-ready after spending last season at Triple-A, yet manager Jim Riggleman announced today that Ivan Rodriguez will be the starter behind the plate: We’re going…

  20. Carlos Santana is going to get some reps at first base for the Indians

    Feb 18, 2011, 11:50 AM EDT

    Tigers Indians Baseball

    The Indians are going to give catcher Carlos Santana the Victor Martinez treatment: Next thing on Santana’s spring-training checklist is learning how to play first base. Eduardo Perez and Mike Hargrove, former first basemen and recently hired by the Indians, will help him in the weeks to come. Santana — who played third when he was in…

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