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  1. Jed Lowrie is in The Best Shape of His Life

    Feb 10, 2012, 9:45 AM EDT

    Chicago White Sox v Boston Red Sox

    Our BSOHL team has been missing a middle infielder.  Thank goodness, then, that Jed Lowrie‘s agent tweeted the following last night: Jed is in the best shape of his life, ready for Spring Training and his relationship with the #Astros is off to a good start. — Brodie Van Wagenen (@bvanwagenen) February 9, 2012  …

  2. Jhoulys Chacin is NOT in the Best Shape of His Life

    Feb 10, 2012, 9:20 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Dodgers v Colorado Rockies

    The winter isn’t just for those players who are in the Best Shape of Their Lives.  Sometimes guys go in the opposite direction.  For example, according to the Denver Post, Colorado Rockies GM Dan O’Dowd is not pleased with Jhoulys Chacin‘s conditioning: Pitcher Jhoulys Chacin disappointed O’Dowd with his offseason workouts. O’Dowd believes Chacin needs…

  3. The Angels would trade Bobby Abreu for “a middling prospect”

    Feb 10, 2012, 8:50 AM EDT

    Bobby Abreu

    There are a lot of guys in Anaheim who can play 1B/DH/corner outfield, and thus it’s kinda hard to see how many plate appearances Bobby Abreu is going to get. In light of that — and in light of the fact that he makes $9 million — the Angels would like to trade him.  Jayson…

  4. Kevin Youkilis is marrying Tom Brady’s sister? OK.

    Feb 10, 2012, 6:47 AM EDT

    Boston Red Sox v Tampa Bay Rays

    It’s like a royal wedding for Boston. Kevin Youkilis is getting hitched to Tom Brady’s sister. Or so reports the Boston Herald. And more notable than that news is the exact phrasing of the article which delivers it and the fact that it took three bylined writers to craft the prose: This is supposed to…

  5. Running down the rosters: Toronto Blue Jays

    Feb 10, 2012, 12:30 AM EDT

    Jose Bautista

    Toronto GM Alex Anthopoulos has made a bunch of smart moves since taking over after the 2009 season and he was presented with one of the greatest gifts in major league history when the Angels took Vernon Wells‘ contract off his hands and sent back Mike Napoli in return, yet his Blue Jays are still…

  6. 2012 OPS projections: top 10 shortstops

    Feb 9, 2012, 11:00 PM EDT

    Troy Tulowitzki

    Moving right along to shortstop. I have four shortstops projected to top .800, which is the same number that did so last year. .943 – Troy Tulowitzki (Rockies) – 545 AB – .916 in 2011 .891 – Hanley Ramirez (Marlins) – 538 AB – .712 in 2011 .823 – Jose Reyes (Marlins) – 546 AB…

  7. Yadier Molina on looming free agency: “It’s business”

    Feb 9, 2012, 10:03 PM EDT

    yadi molina getty

    It doesn’t sound like Yadier Molina is planning to offer the Cardinals much of a hometown discount in negotiations toward a long-term contract extension. The 29-year-old catcher, who is currently slated to become a free agent five days after the conclusion of the 2012 World Series, spoke Thursday evening with Joe Strauss of the St.…

  8. No deadline for decision on Ryan Braun’s PED appeal

    Feb 9, 2012, 8:44 PM EDT

    braun getty

    It has been three whole weeks since Brewers left fielder Ryan Braun made a plea of innocence in front of an independent arbitrator in New York City, and yet no decision has been made about the NL MVP’s status for the start of the 2012 regular season. Braun, who tested positive for “insane” levels of…

  9. Yankees want Garrett Jones from Pirates for A.J. Burnett

    Feb 9, 2012, 7:28 PM EDT

    garrett jones getty wide

    The A.J. Burnett trade rumors are very real, but they’re apparently not leading to a transaction. According to ESPN’s Buster Olney, the Yankees asked the Pirates for outfielder Garrett Jones in exchange for Burnett. New York was quickly rebuffed and there is currently “no traction” for a deal. Jones hasn’t come close to the .938…

  10. Running down the rosters: Oakland Athletics

    Feb 9, 2012, 6:12 PM EDT

    Kurt Suzuki, Brandon McCarthy

    At least to the outside eye, it seems like the A’s have lacked a plan since they shipped off Matt Holliday after 93 games in 2009. It finally appeared that they were going for a full rebuild this winter, but after trading Trevor Cahill, Andrew Bailey and Gio Gonzalez, they re-signed Coco Crisp for $14…

  11. Alex Gordon, Royals avoid arbitration with one-year deal

    Feb 9, 2012, 5:37 PM EDT

    Alex Gordon

    Alex Gordon and the Royals have avoided an arbitration hearing by agreeing to a one-year deal worth $4.775 million. Earlier this offseason they were said to be discussing a long-term contract extension, but the two sides will instead go year by year for now at least with Gordon still under team via arbitration again in…

  12. Whatever happened to the spitball?

    Feb 9, 2012, 5:20 PM EDT

    Grimes

    Jonah Keri has a great article over at Grantland today. It’s about the spitball. Its history. Its glory. Its grossness. And, ultimately, its decline. But why did it decline? One reason cited, which I never considered, was the advent of the split-fingered fastball, which basically made the ball do the same thing all of that…

  13. Orioles sign Nick Johnson to minor-league deal

    Feb 9, 2012, 5:01 PM EDT

    nick johnson getty

    UPDATE: It’s a done deal. ========== From MASN’s Roch Kubatko comes word that the Orioles are nearing agreement on a minor league contract with veteran first baseman Nick Johnson. The deal will presumably include an invitation to major league spring training, where Johnson will presumably get a legitimate shot at claiming a spot on Baltimore’s…

  14. Shane Victorino will be a guest star on “Hawaii Five-0″

    Feb 9, 2012, 4:43 PM EDT

    hawaii-five-o-new-7

    Sure, being teammates with Roy Halladay and Cliff Lee and Cole Hamels and Chase Utley and Ryan Howard is probably pretty great, but obviously nothing compares to starring alongside Scott Caan: Shane Victorino is appearing on the Feb. 20 episode of Hawaii Five-O on CBS. According to CBS, Victorino stars as a business executive on…

  15. Mets general manager Sandy Alderson is on Twitter now

    Feb 9, 2012, 4:01 PM EDT

    alderson at podium

    I’m assuming this is legit, because the Mets’ official Twitter feed just mentioned it: General manager Sandy Alderson is now on Twitter as @MetsGM. And his first tweet was actually pretty funny: Getting ready for Spring Training-Driving to FL but haven’t left yet. Big fundraiser tonight for gas money. Also exploring PAC contribution. — Sandy…

  16. The Red Sox: small market team?

    Feb 9, 2012, 3:39 PM EDT

    Red Sox logo

    The Red Sox obviously haven’t had an active offseason. They got a new manager, picked up a couple of relievers and signed Cody Ross. Not exactly the stuff that an Alpha Team on the Alpha Division is expected to do, I suppose.  Jon Heyman questions this approach and wonders what it all means for the…

  17. Roger Clemens’ son, Koby Clemens, signs with Blue Jays

    Feb 9, 2012, 3:05 PM EDT

    Houston Astros v Detroit Tigers

    After spending the first seven seasons of his pro career in the Astros’ farm system Roger Clemens’ son, Koby Clemens, became a free agent and has signed a minor-league deal with the Blue Jays. Clemens was Houston’s eighth-round pick in 2005 and has never been considered a top prospect, but did put up some big…

  18. South Korea has banned the Orioles

    Feb 9, 2012, 1:42 PM EDT

    Orioles cap

    Remember how the Korean Baseball Organization (KBO) got mad at the Orioles for signing that 17 year-old kid?  Yeah, that’s a bannin’: The South Korean governing body of baseball has banned scouts from the Baltimore Orioles in Major League Baseball (MLB) from attending local games, after the Orioles signed a teenage pitcher in a controversial…

  19. Orioles defeat Brad Bergesen in arbitration hearing

    Feb 9, 2012, 1:18 PM EDT

    Rick Kranitz, Brad Bergesen, Kennie Steenstra

    Brad Bergesen lost his arbitration hearing to the Orioles, so he’ll make $800,000 this season instead of the $1.2 million he requested. He was arbitration eligible for the first time after throwing 101 innings with a 5.70 ERA and 61/32 K/BB ratio in 12 starts and 22 relief appearances. Bergesen was much better in his…

  20. Yankees host Bob Lorenz charged with drunk driving

    Feb 9, 2012, 12:53 PM EDT

    Bob Lorenz

    Bob Lorenz, who hosts the Yankees’ pregame show on the YES Network was arrested and charged with drunk driving early yesterday morning. From the Associated Press: Police say they found him slumped over the wheel of his car and when they woke him up he drove away slowly and nearly hit a utility pole. Officers…

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