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  1. Yoenis Cespedes reaches “demigod” status, will be A’s starting center fielder over Coco Crisp

    Mar 19, 2012, 2:48 PM EDT

    Yoenis Cespedes

    As soon as the A’s signed Yoenis Cespedes for $36 million and started talking about him as an option in center field Coco Crisp made it clear that he wouldn’t be giving up the position without a fight, saying: “Unless he’s a demigod come down from the heavens, no one is going to outshine me…

  2. C.J. Wilson probably violated the MLB Social media policy

    Mar 19, 2012, 2:30 PM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

    This morning we saw that C.J. Wilson tweeted Mike Napoli‘s phone number for all of his followers to see.  Last week we learned about MLB’s new social media policy.  These two things go together. Paragraph 4 of the social media policy, under the heading “Prohibited Conduct,” lists the following as, well, prohibited conduct: 4. Displaying…

  3. Mike Napoli on C.J. Wilson tweeting his phone number: “I am not taking it as a prank”

    Mar 19, 2012, 2:14 PM EDT

    World Series Cardinals Rangers Baseball

    Over the weekend when C.J. Wilson posted Mike Napoli‘s phone number to his 100,000-plus Twitter followers I just assumed it was a prank–albeit a pretty extreme one–but today Napoli made it very clear that he didn’t think it was funny. At all: I don’t even know why he did it. You don’t do that. I…

  4. Miguel Cabrera takes one-hopper to face, leaves “bleeding as much as I’ve seen a player bleed”

    Mar 19, 2012, 1:50 PM EDT

    Detroit Tigers' Miguel Cabrera throws the ball during their MLB spring training workout in Lakeland, Florida

    Mark Trumbo‘s attempted transition to third base began with him taking a ground ball off the face early in Angels camp and now Miguel Cabrera has suffered the same fate today against the Phillies. Hunter Pence‘s one-hopper struck Cabrera in the face and the first baseman-turned-third baseman left the field a bloody mess, although he…

  5. Ryan Madson: “I can’t prove it, but I do believe” Phillies made $44 million offer

    Mar 19, 2012, 1:20 PM EDT

    Cincinnati Reds Photo Day

    General manager Ruben Amaro Jr. and agent Scott Boras have much different stories about how Ryan Madson went from reportedly being on the verge of a four-year, $44 million deal to remain with the Phillies to settling for a one-year, $8.5 million deal with the Reds. Boras insists the Phillies made a verbal offer to…

  6. Ubaldo Jimenez’s velocity is down

    Mar 19, 2012, 1:00 PM EDT

    Ubaldo Jimenez

    VelocityGames: they’re not just for Michael Pineda and Roy Halladay anymore!  Would you believe, Ubaldo Jimenez?  From the Akron Beacon-Journal: A scout employed by an opposing team who watched Ubaldo Jimenez struggle against the Reds on Saturday almost couldn’t believe his radar gun.  “His fastball was 89-91 [mph],” the scout said. “He might have touched…

  7. Giants worried Freddy Sanchez won’t be ready for opener

    Mar 19, 2012, 12:48 PM EDT

    Freddy Sanchez injured

    Freddy Sanchez said throughout the offseason that he was optimistic about recovering from June shoulder surgery in time for Opening Day, but like so many “optimistic” updates from teams and players recently that’s now looking like wishful thinking. Sanchez missed the final three-plus months of last season and has yet to play second base this…

  8. Fred Wilpon and Saul Katz are happy

    Mar 19, 2012, 12:33 PM EDT

    Fred Wilpon, Saul Katz

    The Mets owners released statements late this morning regarding their settlement of the Madoff lawsuits. First, Saul Katz: “We’re pretty pleased to have this behind us. As we’ve said all along, the fact is we have done everything in good faith. The settlement itself bears that out—that we’ve acted in good faith. I want to…

  9. Phillies release veteran starter Joel Pineiro

    Mar 19, 2012, 12:16 PM EDT

    Joel Pineiro

    Philadelphia signed Joel Pineiro to a minor-league contract in January, but a three-week look at the veteran right-hander was all they needed to determine he wasn’t worth keeping around. Today they released Pineiro, who made $8 million from the Angels in each of the past two seasons and would have gotten $1.5 million from the…

  10. Baseball trying to encourage civility between players and umpires

    Mar 19, 2012, 12:03 PM EDT

    Yost Estabrook

    Buster Olney reports in his column this morning that Major League Baseball has been trying to encourage a more civil discourse between the players and the men in blue: In short, they are encouraging that there be a more civil discourse. “I don’t think they mind us asking questions of the umpires, like ‘Was that…

  11. Mike Maddux denies pulling name from consideration in Cubs’ manager search

    Mar 19, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

    Mike Maddux Getty

    Rangers pitching coach Mike Maddux pulled his name from consideration for the Red Sox’s managerial opening back in November, but said yesterday that he did not do the same with the Cubs’ job. He simply lost out to Dale Sveum. Maddux cited family reasons for pulling out of the running in Boston, but later interviewed…

  12. The Wilpons aren’t gonna be out all that much money

    Mar 19, 2012, 11:33 AM EDT

    Fred Wilpon, Jeff Wilpon

    We’ve heard scary numbers regarding the potential liability of the Mets owners in the Madoff mess. The trustee, Irving Picard, was using the B-word at times last year. Recently it was thought that their exposure could be $300 million or more.  A couple of weeks ago they were ordered to pay $83 million as part…

  13. Knee injury puts Giancarlo Stanton’s status for Opening Day in doubt

    Mar 19, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

    stanton swing

    Giancarlo Stanton’s wrist is no longer an issue after being hit by a pitch on March 11, but he remains out of the lineup with knee soreness that hasn’t gotten any better in a week. Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post reports that the Marlins believe Stanton would play if Opening Day was tomorrow,…

  14. Dirk Hayhurst had a pretty short stay in Italy

    Mar 19, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

    Dirk Hayhurst

    Dirk Hayhurst, friend of the blog and author of “The Bullpen Gospels”and the recently released (and most excellent) “Out of my League,” was supposed to play for Nettuno of the Serie A1 in Italy this year. He signed back in January was going to be their Opening Day starter, but the plans have changed. In a series of Tweets yesterday,…

  15. Chase Utley leaves Phillies camp to see knee specialist, “doubtful” for Opening Day

    Mar 19, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    utley ap

    Chase Utley kept sitting out games and the Phillies kept insisting it was precautionary and simply an effort to keep him from wearing down during the long regular season, but now it’s clear his chronic knee problems are a much bigger issue than the team was letting on. Utley has left Phillies camp and will…

  16. The Koreans are really serious about keeping the Orioles out

    Mar 19, 2012, 10:30 AM EDT

    Orioles cap

    Remember how the Orioles got themselves banned from scouting in Korea thanks to violating rules of the Korea Baseball Association?  Well, the Koreans are really serious about it. This pic comes from Korean baseball columnist Daniel Kim, who took it today at Guyee Stadium in Korea: But hey, totally worth it to sign a mediocre…

  17. Twins send Tsuyoshi Nishioka to Triple-A with two years and $6.25 million left on contract

    Mar 19, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

    Tsuyoshi Nishioka

    After watching Tsuyoshi Nishioka hit and field terribly for 68 games last season and look even worse this spring the Twins announced that they’re sending him to Triple-A with two years and $6.25 million remaining on his contract. Toss in the $3 million he made last season and the $5.25 million they paid for his…

  18. Joakim Soria is worried about his elbow

    Mar 19, 2012, 10:00 AM EDT

    Joakim Soria

    Royals closer Joakim Soria left yesterday’s game against the Indians due to some elbow soreness.  Afterwards, he said that he’s pretty worried about it: “Oh, yeah, I’m worried,” he admitted. “Since I’ve had my Tommy John surgery (in 2003), I’ve never had anything like that. I don’t feel it’s that bad because before the Tommy…

  19. BREAKING: The Mets owners have settled with the bankruptcy trustee for $162 million

    Mar 19, 2012, 9:28 AM EDT

    File image of New York Mets chairman and CEO Fred Wilpon talking to reporters at a news conference in New York

    UPDATE: Richard Sandomir reports that the settlement is for $162 million. This is still a hefty chunk of change, but it is less than the liability they faced. And, more importantly, it brings certainty to what has been an uncertain liability hanging over the team’s head for a couple of years now. 9:27 AM: The…

  20. Not cool: C.J. Wilson tweets Mike Napoli’s cell phone number

    Mar 19, 2012, 9:12 AM EDT

    Cell Phone

    C.J. Wilson and Mike Napoli are former teammates and now play for division rivals.  Mike Napoli recently taunted Wilson, saying that he can’t wait to hit home runs off Wilson.  So, naturally, Wilson gets him back in proportional style: by tweeting Napoli’s cell phone to his 100,000+ Twitter followers. Dave Brown of Big League Stew…

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