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  1. Brian Cashman: the Yankees weren’t trying to win the AL East in late 2010

    Feb 21, 2012, 3:00 PM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays v New York Yankees

    At the time it was going down it seemed pretty obvious that Joe Girardi and the Yankees, a playoff spot long-secured, were content to try to get healthy and optimized for the playoffs rather than to overtake the Rays for the AL East title.  But you don’t expect to hear anyone on the team admit…

  2. Giants prospect Angel Villalona cleared of murder charge, but still can’t get visa

    Feb 21, 2012, 2:48 PM EDT

    Angel Villalona AP

    Angel Villalona re-signed with the Giants and dropped his $5 million lawsuit against the team after being cleared of murder charges in the Dominican Republic, but the one-time top prospect has not been granted a visa and won’t be reporting to spring training on time. Giants vice president Bobby Evans said today that the visa…

  3. Davey Johnson thinks the Nationals have more potential than the mid-80s Mets

    Feb 21, 2012, 2:30 PM EDT

    Washington Nationals v Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

    Davey Johnson is no Sparky Anderson when it comes to hyperbole. Whereas Anderson would always talk up some young kid as the next Tony Perez and think that everything that ever happened was the most wonderful thing ever, Johnson tends to tell it like it is. Which is why what he told CSNWashington.com’s Mark Zuckerman…

  4. Tim Lincecum is day-to-day with lower back soreness

    Feb 21, 2012, 2:14 PM EDT

    Tim Lincecum

    Tim Lincecum didn’t participate in the Giants group throwing session today because of lower back soreness, according to Andrew Baggarly of CSNBayArea.com. He did, however, throw alongside a trainer on a different field and is considered day-to-day with the minor injury, so nothing for Giants fans to get too worried about yet. Baggarly notes that…

  5. Mat Gamel is in The Best Shape of His Life

    Feb 21, 2012, 2:02 PM EDT

    mat gamel brewers

    Tom Haudricourt is in Brewers camp, and he spoke with the man who is tasked with replacing Prince Fielder: Mat Gamel. What say you, Mat? Feel up to the task? Gamel is focused on the opportunity at hand to replace Prince Fielder. “I’m in the best shape of my life. I’m excited about my opportunity.”…

  6. Former Mets equipment manager Charlie Samuels pleads guilty, gets probation

    Feb 21, 2012, 1:34 PM EDT

    Charlie Samuels

    Remember Charlie Samuels, the Mets longtime clubhouse manager/travelling secretary? The guy who was alleged to be running a gambling ring, stealing Mets’ memorabilia, skimming hotel money and living way, way beyond his means? And who got arrested for it all last spring? Yeah, well he pleaded guilty today and was sentenced: five years probation and an order…

  7. Nationals prospect Chris Marrero expected to miss entire first half with torn hamstring

    Feb 21, 2012, 1:20 PM EDT

    Florida Marlins v Washington Nationals

    Chris Marrero tore his hamstring while playing winter ball in the Dominican Republic and Bill Ladson of MLB.com reports that the Nationals prospect is not expected to return to game action until after the All-Star break. Marrero would have been behind Adam LaRoche on the first base depth chart anyway, so he may have started…

  8. Dodgers likely to stick with Javy Guerra as closer

    Feb 21, 2012, 12:48 PM EDT

    Javy Guerra

    Javy Guerra did an excellent job stepping into the Dodgers’ closer role as a rookie, converting 21-of-23 saves with a 2.31 ERA and 38/18 K/BB ratio in 47 innings after replacing Jonathan Broxton. Kenley Jansen was even better in a setup role, setting the all-time record for strikeouts per nine innings while holding opponents to…

  9. That time Ron Gant and Connie Mack got into a bar fight

    Feb 21, 2012, 12:33 PM EDT

    Ron Gant topless

    This has nothing to do with anything, but even I need a break from BSOHL stories for a little while. Congressman Connie Mack IV — who is now running for Senate — is the great grandson of Connie Mack the baseball guy. But that’s not his only baseball connection! Nope, seems that he has a…

  10. Terry Collins thinks Johan Santana will be ready to start Opening Day

    Feb 21, 2012, 12:16 PM EDT

    johan santana face getty

    At least one person is optimistic about Johan Santana‘s health status, as manager Terry Collins told reporters this morning that “in my mind, in my heart, he’ll be ready” to start on Opening Day. That came after Santana threw another bullpen session and reported no problems, although he still has a long way to go…

  11. Theo Epstein compensation watch: the Cubs send Chris Carpenter and a PTBNL to the Red Sox

    Feb 21, 2012, 12:03 PM EDT

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

    No, not that Chris Carpenter. He’s still a Cardinal. This is the Cubs reliever. Who will now be a Boston Red Sox in exchange for the Cubs hiring away Theo Epstein. There will be a player to be named later too, so it’s not like this is ever ending, apparently. Not a significant player, really.…

  12. Charlie Morton is “ahead of schedule” after hip surgery

    Feb 21, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

    St Louis Cardinals v Pittsburgh Pirates

    Charlie Morton was a nice surprise for the Pirates last season, posting a 3.93 ERA in 172 innings after coming into the year with a 5.98 career mark, but he underwent hip surgery in October and is not expected to be ready for Opening Day. However, manager Clint Hurdle said yesterday that Morton is “ahead…

  13. DAN UGGLA SMASH!!!!

    Feb 21, 2012, 11:33 AM EDT

    Atlanta Braves v Florida Marlins

    Braves second baseman Dan Uggla has freakishly big arms. Just, giant iron-pumped guns, made to look all the bigger because he wears comically small jerseys with short short sleeves. I kinda love it. But it’s going to get even crazier this year. Because as Dave O’Brien of the AJC tweeted a few minutes ago, Uggla…

  14. Ivan Rodriguez is still looking for work

    Feb 21, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

    Ivan Rodriguez

    Jason Varitek is said to be leaning toward retirement, but the other 40-year-old catcher on the free agent market, Ivan Rodriguez, is still trying to land a gig for 2012. Rodriguez told the Associated Press that he’s been “working out every day in the gym” and “can still play” if a team gives him a…

  15. One writer really, really hates Manny Ramirez

    Feb 21, 2012, 11:03 AM EDT

    Manny Ramirez

    There were all manner of reactions to the Athletics signing Manny Ramirez yesterday, but the one that stood out to me the most was the reaction — across multiple tweets — from Scott Miller of CBS Sports.com. Miller is not at all pleased with the fact that Ramirez has a job now. And he has…

  16. Baseball America releases its annual top 100 prospects list

    Feb 21, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    harper futures getty

    We previously linked to prospect rankings from Kevin Goldstein of Baseball Prospectus and Keith Law of ESPN.com, and today the industry leaders at Baseball America released their annual top 100 prospects list. I won’t spoil all the fun, because you’ll want to check out the list and their analysis for yourself, but here’s their top…

  17. Tommy Hanson has a mild concussion, will be out a few days

    Feb 21, 2012, 10:30 AM EDT

    hanson wide ap

    Following up on Tommy Hanson’s car wreck from yesterday, Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports that Hanson has a mild concussion and should miss a few days of workouts. David O’Brien of the AJC adds that it’s a Grade 1 concussion, which is the least serious flavor of concussion. He came to camp this morning but…

  18. Tony La Russa has big plans for his time in Tigers camp

    Feb 21, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

    Tony La Russa, Jim Leyland

    Tony La Russa is in Tigers camp, spending his first spring training as a retiree by hanging out with his buddy Jim Leyland. He’s doing so in a non-official capacity, but as Tom Gage of the Detroit News notes La Russa still has some pretty big plans: Tony LaRussa in Tigers camp. Said his two…

  19. I think Prince Fielder and Miguel Cabrera are going to kiss

    Feb 21, 2012, 9:46 AM EDT

    Miguel Cabrera, Prince Fielder

    Love at first sight, courtesy of Jeff Seidel of the Detroit Free Press: Maybe it was the way Prince Fielder showed up four days early for spring training. Or maybe it was the massive home run he hit during batting practice … Or maybe it was the way Fielder hung out in the clubhouse Monday morning and…

  20. Matt Moore will have no innings limit this year

    Feb 21, 2012, 9:20 AM EDT

    Matt Moore

    Now witness the firepower of this fully ARMED and OPERATIONAL Matt Moore! [Rays GM Andrew] Friedman said rookie LHP Matt Moore’s innings will be watched but don’t have to be limited because he’s been “built up in a pretty systematic way” in the minors. Moore has one regular season major league start, but he had 201 strikeouts in 155…

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