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  1. The Cubs join the 21st Century, form a partnership with Bloomberg Sports

    Jan 12, 2012, 4:22 PM EDT

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

    Patrick Mooney of CSNChicago.com has a story up that will warm the hearts of analytically-minded Cubs fans: Bloomberg Sports, a leader in analytics, announced a partnership with the team on Thursday to design a new player-evaluation system for the baseball operations department. It will include video and a statistical database and have mobile capabilities. It…

  2. Indians ask owners for payroll space to pursue Carlos Pena

    Jan 12, 2012, 3:50 PM EDT

    Chicago Cubs v Colorado Rockies

    Carlos Pena is one of the better free agents still available and Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that the Indians are interested in the 33-year-old first baseman. Whether or not they’ll be able to work something out is unclear, because according to Hoynes the front office went to ownership recently to see…

  3. Indians sign reliever Chris Ray to minor-league contract

    Jan 12, 2012, 3:28 PM EDT

    Chris Ray

    Cleveland has added some bullpen depth by signing right-hander Chris Ray to a minor-league deal with an invitation to spring training. Ray saved 33 games for the Orioles as a 24-year-old rookie in 2004, but injuries soon derailed his career and he’s bounced around a lot since then, pitching for the Orioles, Rangers, Giants, and…

  4. Quotes of the Day: Bud Selig Edition

    Jan 12, 2012, 3:10 PM EDT

    Bud Selig

    Bud Selig is now officially-official as Commissioner for two more years, as the full slate of owners voted for him a few minutes ago. here was Bud’s statement: “I am very humbled by the request to stay on, and I look forward to building on the great momentum our game has seen in recent years.…

  5. Billionaire who once proposed tearing down Dodger Stadium now bidding on the Dodgers

    Jan 12, 2012, 2:30 PM EDT

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    Just about every day a new bidder on the Dodgers is revealed.  Most of them are billionaires you’ve never heard of.  Then some familiar names surface: … with its legal hostilities against the Dodgers ceased, Fox would like to buy back part of the team … Fox does not want to run the Dodgers again but…

  6. How good does Yoenis Cespedes project to be in the majors?

    Jan 12, 2012, 1:48 PM EDT

    Yoenis Cespedes AP

    Cuban defector Yoenis Cespedes is establishing residency in the Dominican Republic so that he can become a free agent and sign with an MLB team for what many people are speculating could be close to $50 million, but how good does the 26-year-old outfielder figure to be in America? Projecting prospects based on minor-league numbers…

  7. The Yankees will only give Edwin Jackson or Hiroki Kuroda a one-year deal

    Jan 12, 2012, 1:30 PM EDT

    Edwin Jackson

    This morning we heard that the Yankees were talking to Scott Boras about Edwin Jackson. Joel Sherman of the New York Post says, however, that the Yankees are only interested in a one-year deal for Edwin Jackson. Same for Hiroki Kuroda too. That’s certainly not what Jackson is interested in, but at times Kuroda has seemed…

  8. Luke Scott’s deal with Rays worth $6 million, with team option for 2013

    Jan 12, 2012, 1:14 PM EDT

    Luke Scott

    Luke Scott and the Rays have finalized their one-year deal. He’ll get $5 million in 2012 and the contract also includes a $6 million team option or $1 million buyout for 2013, which officially makes it a one-year, $6 million deal. There are also some undisclosed incentives built in that could raise the maximum value…

  9. Must-click link: Rob Neyer on “integrity” and “character”

    Jan 12, 2012, 1:01 PM EDT

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    We hear so much about the steroids guys being kept out of the Hall of Fame because they fail the “integrity and character” test.  Specifically, the language right on the ballot that instructs the voters to consider “the player’s record, playing ability, integrity, sportsmanship, character, and contributions to the team(s) on which the player played.”…

  10. The Giants, Matt Cain have “a very healthy dialogue going” on an extension

    Jan 12, 2012, 12:34 PM EDT

    Matt Cain

    Matt Cain‘s future in San Francisco is ensured through 2012 by virtue of the three-year contract he signed before the 2010 season. But the Giants would like to have him around longer, obviously.  Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News spoke with Giants VP Bobby Evans, and he sounds pretty optimistic about all of…

  11. Logan Morrison is feeling good and swinging a bat five weeks after knee surgery

    Jan 12, 2012, 12:16 PM EDT

    Florida Marlins v Oakland Athletics

    Logan Morrison underwent arthroscopic knee surgery five weeks ago, but Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post reports that he “walked without a limp” while attending a charity event for his youth baseball camp yesterday. Morrison told Capozzi that he’d taken his first post-surgery swings earlier in the day and “it felt good.” However, he’s…

  12. Jeff Moorad may not be approved as the Padres owner

    Jan 12, 2012, 12:03 PM EDT

    padres logo friar

    This is unexpected. Jeffrey Moorad is the Chief Executive of the San Diego Padres.  Over the past couple of years he has been slowly buying a stake in the team from John Moores, the longtime owner.  This was all negotiated as part of the sale of the team to Moorad nearly three years ago. Though…

  13. Wisconsin quarterback Russell Wilson tells Rockies he’s sticking with football

    Jan 12, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

    Big 10 Championship Game - Wisconsin v Michigan State

    Prior to emerging as one of the best college quarterbacks in the country at Wisconsin this season Russell Wilson was picked by the Rockies in the fourth round of the 2010 draft. He played parts of two minor-league seasons, hitting just .229 with five homers and a .710 OPS in 93 games as a rookie-ball…

  14. Brian Roberts unlikely to attend fan event due to concussion, but Orioles want him to sign autographs

    Jan 12, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

    Boston Red Sox v Baltimore Orioles

    Brian Roberts missed the final four months of last season due to aggravating a concussion suffered in 2010 and Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun reports that the second baseman is not expected to attend the Orioles’ “fan fest” event as he continues to struggle with post-concussion symptoms 16 months after the initial injury. Roberts…

  15. Joe Maddon’s contract talks are progressing

    Jan 12, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

    Joe Maddon

    Joe Maddon is only under contract with the Rays through 2012.  Managers — especially ones who just won the manager of the year award — don’t much like that. Just ask Phillip Seymour Hoffman who said as much in “Moneyball!” Back at the Winter Meetings Joe Maddon told the assembled press that he had made…

  16. Twins talking to free agent reliever Todd Coffey

    Jan 12, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    Todd Coffey

    Based on their projected roster and plans to slice about $15 million off last season’s payroll the Twins’ lone remaining move this offseason figures to be adding a veteran right-handed reliever for around $2 million. According to Phil Mackey of 1500ESPN.com they’ve been talking to 31-year-old right-hander Todd Coffey, who’s also reportedly been in touch…

  17. Wait, Mariners games are blacked out in Alaska?

    Jan 12, 2012, 10:33 AM EDT

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    There are baseball fans in Alaska. It’s true!  And until this year they were able to see 150 Mariners games a year on the Root Sports cable network.  The big cable operator up there just dropped Root Sports, however, and added MLB Network.  Which led to this: The switch, though, means GCI customers will no…

  18. Mike Napoli still hasn’t started running again after World Series ankle injury

    Jan 12, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

    2011 World Series Game 6 - Texas Rangers v St Louis Cardinals

    Despite suffering a gruesome-looking ankle injury in Game 6 of the World Series Mike Napoli remained in the game and then played Game 7, but that’s the last time he’s been able to run. It’s nearly three months later, but Napoli told Richard Durrett of ESPN Dallas that he recently attempted to start running again…

  19. Does the BBWAA need more Craig Calcaterras and Aaron Gleemans?

    Jan 12, 2012, 10:00 AM EDT

    Press box

    December and January get people like me talking way more about the Baseball Writers Association of America than any other time of the year. In December because the new memberships are voted on. In January because the Hall of Fame votes come out. We talk about the politics of the organization.  Its purpose in a…

  20. Mattingly signs with the Yankees

    Jan 12, 2012, 9:45 AM EDT

    Yankees logo

    Eh, sorry. Sometimes even I can’t resist the gimmick headlines: A Mattingly will be back in uniform in the New York Yankees’ organization this year – Preston. The 24-year-old son of the former Yankees star and current Los Angeles Dodgers manager agreed Wednesday to a minor league contract with New York. Preston is not exactly a…

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