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  1. Juan Pierre can opt out of Phillies contract on March 31

    Feb 27, 2012, 12:48 PM EDT

    Juan Pierre

    Juan Pierre‘s minor-league contract with the Phillies included an invitation to spring training and an opt-out clause that allows him to become a free agent again on March 31 if he’s not on the big-league roster. If he does make the team Pierre will get $800,000 in guaranteed money and Bob Brookover of the Philadelphia…

  2. Jose Mijares arrives at Royals camp after passport delay

    Feb 27, 2012, 12:16 PM EDT

    venezuela passport

    Jose Mijares is finally in Royals camp following a week-long delay due to passport issues in Venezuela. “I waited for my passport and the embassy didn’t send it to me for 10 days,” Mijares told Dick Kaegel of MLB.com, who notes that the left-handed reliever won’t be too far behind other pitchers because he threw…

  3. Scott Miller on Manny Ramirez’s presence on the Oakland A’s: “unconscionable”

    Feb 27, 2012, 12:03 PM EDT

    Manny Ramirez

    Last week Scott Miller of CBS Sports.com made a series of tweets excoriating the Athletics for signing Manny Ramirez. He called the move “reprehensible” and said it was evidence that we lived in a “twisted world.”  He then promised to tear Manny and the A’s a new one when he visited their camp in Phoenix…

  4. Matt Moore sidelined by lower abdominal strain

    Feb 27, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

    Matt Moore

    Matt Moore was slated to throw batting practice this morning, but instead the 22-year-old phenom will be out for at least a couple days with what the Rays are calling a “lower abdominal strain.” Moore described the injury as “like a sore muscle … basically right below my belly button” and said sitting things out…

  5. A.J. Burnett is giving Daniel McCutchen’s daughter a college fund in exchange for his jersey number

    Feb 27, 2012, 11:33 AM EDT

    A.J. Burnett

    We often hear about veterans coming to new teams and asking younger players for their old jersey numbers.  Often there is payment involved. Last year Julio Borbon gave Adrian Beltre his customary number 29 in exchange for a watch. The year before, Jim Thome gave Alexi Casilla a Rolex in exchange for his number with the…

  6. Nick Swisher will be hitting teammates with pies this season

    Feb 27, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

    Nick Swisher

    A.J. Burnett had a 4.97 ERA in three seasons with the Yankees, so his biggest contribution may have been the tradition of hitting teammates in the face with shaving cream pies after they delivered walk-off hits. Joe Girardi was asked which player was most likely to take over that role following Burnett’s trade to the…

  7. Joel Zumaya hasn’t decided if he’ll retire yet

    Feb 27, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

    Joel Zumaya AP

    The last time Joel Zumaya threw a baseball in a game that mattered was June 28, 2010.  Given his injury over the weekend, if he does so again, it won’t be until 2013 at the earliest. Facing yet another rehab has to seem horrifying to the guy, so it would be totally understandable if he…

  8. Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti was at the Oscars

    Feb 27, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    ned colletti oscars

    It turns out Billy Beane wasn’t the only general manager at the Oscars last night, as Jon Weisman of Dodger Thoughts found a couple screen grabs showing Ned Colletti in the crowd (and with some pretty great seats). Colletti was sitting directly behind Michelle Williams and told Weisman that he got the seats through a…

  9. The Tigers are “thrilled” with Miguel Cabrera’s defense at third base so far

    Feb 27, 2012, 10:30 AM EDT

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

    Jim Leyland was asked about how Miguel Cabrera is doing with his third base defense so far. He waxed enthusiastic: “He’s working with the infield instructors,” Tigers manager Jim Leyland said, “and everybody’s really thrilled with what they’re seeing … Just how his hands look, how his actions look … (He’s) throwing to second, throwing to…

  10. Pat Burrell may rejoin the Giants as a part-time coach

    Feb 27, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Texas Rangers, Game 5

    Pat Burrell retired last month after a 12-season career, but the 35-year-old former No. 1 overall pick may soon be back with the Giants as a part-time coach and special assistant. Burrell is currently rehabbing from shoulder surgery, but once he’s healthy general manager Brian Sabean told Chris Haft of MLB.com that “we hope to…

  11. Terry Francona: the Red Sox banning beer “a P.R. move”

    Feb 27, 2012, 9:40 AM EDT

    Terry Francona

    Terry Francona was on “Mike and Mike in the Morning” today and he talked about the Red Sox banning beer in the clubhouse. He’s not all that impressed with the move: “I think it’s a PR move. I think if a guy wants a beer, he can probably get one … I don’t think it’s a…

  12. HBT Weekend Wrap

    Feb 27, 2012, 9:12 AM EDT

    Weekend

    Haven’t done one of these in a while, but a lot of stuff happened over the weekend for once. And I know a lot of you knuckleheads are too lazy to scroll back, so here’s what you missed: MLB released a statement on the Ryan Braun testing and stuff.  Oh, and the identity of the…

  13. Terry Collins is still going on about Ruben Tejada being on time for camp

    Feb 27, 2012, 8:50 AM EDT

    Terry Collins

    Last week we heard how, once again, Mets manager Terry Collins is all bent out of shape about the fact that his shortstop, Ruben Tejada, didn’t report to camp early.  Via the New York Times we learn that, over the weekend, Tejada (a) reported on time; and (b) still got chewed out about it by…

  14. “Moneyball” shut out at the Oscars

    Feb 27, 2012, 8:22 AM EDT

    brad pitt moneyball getty

    As Billy Beane himself once said: “my sh** doesn’t work in the playoffs.” At least I think he said that. Or someone said it about him and attributed it to him.  Point being: sabermetrics circa 2002 had a reputation for producing good regular season results and not working when the small sample size postseason came…

  15. Orioles import Tsuyoshi Wada stricken with sore elbow

    Feb 26, 2012, 9:32 PM EDT

    Japanese pitcher Tsuyoshi Wada tries on an Orioles cap after signing with the Orioles in Baltimore

    One wonders if the Orioles may have found the new Koji Uehara when they signed Tsuyoshi Wada to a two-year, $8.15 million contract in December. Uehara was signed as a starter, only to end up in the bullpen late due to durability concerns. Wada could follow the same path after being shut down indefinitely Sunday…

  16. Jake Peavy’s shoulder as good as its ever going to be

    Feb 26, 2012, 8:06 PM EDT

    Jake Peavy

    19 months after an experimental surgery, Jake Peavy is feeling good, but he’s still not completely sure about the health of his shoulder. “I just don’t know. I just don’t know what to tell you,” Peavy told CSN Chicago’s Chuck Garfien. “I can tell you that I’m 19 months out of major surgery that nobody…

  17. Bengie Molina gets a surprise retirement party

    Feb 26, 2012, 7:25 PM EDT

    Bengie Molina

    Bengie Molina never officially announced his retirement while sitting out the 2011 season, but he got a proper sendoff when his wife threw him a surprise retirement party Saturday, CSNBayArea.com’s Andrew Baggarly reports. Albert Pujols, Matt Cain, Barry Zito and Ervin Santana were among the guests at the bash, designed to celebrate the career of…

  18. John Axford makes his Oscar picks

    Feb 26, 2012, 6:42 PM EDT

    John Axford

    As he puts it in his twitter bio, Brewers closer John Axford is both a “mustache and film aficionado.” Today, he’s concentrates more on the movies and presents his 15 Oscar picks, including The Artist for best picture. Why? I can’t really sum up everything I felt while watching this film. The first 15 minutes…

  19. Josh Beckett says clubhouse beer ban ‘doesn’t matter’

    Feb 26, 2012, 6:08 PM EDT

    Jon Lester, Josh Beckett

    Publicly at least, Josh Beckett is taking the Red Sox’s decision to ban alcohol from the clubhouse and team flights in stride. “I don’t get paid to make those decisions,” Beckett told WEEI.com. “It doesn’t matter to me.” David Ortiz had a similar response a day earlier on Saturday. “It doesn’t matter,” he said. “We’re…

  20. Johan Santana throws 72 pitches from mound, feels good

    Feb 26, 2012, 5:01 PM EDT

    santana reuters

    Mets left-hander Johan Santana took another big step forward on Sunday afternoon in Mets camp, throwing 72 pitches from a mound without feeling any sort of pain or discomfort in the shoulder that he had surgically repaired back in September of 2010. This according to ESPN New York’s Adam Rubin. Santana is slated to throw…

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