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  1. Magglio Ordonez not willing to accept a minor league deal

    Feb 15, 2012, 7:23 PM EDT

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    It’s February 15 and Magglio Ordonez is without a team. And he’s likely to maintain that unemployed status for a while longer unless his asking price drops significantly within the next week. According to CBS Sports’ Danny Knobler, Ordonez told a Venezuelan radio station on Wednesday that he is not willing to accept a minor…

  2. Report: MLB to void Orioles’ signing of 17-year-old Korean

    Feb 15, 2012, 6:07 PM EDT

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    Korea’s protest has apparently won out: according to MASN’s Roch Kubatko, MLB is set to void the contract agreed to by the Orioles and 17-year-old left-hander Seong-Min Kim on Jan. 30. The KBO filed a letter of protest over the signing earlier this month, stating that the Orioles failed to go through the proper channels…

  3. Running down the rosters: Los Angeles Dodgers

    Feb 15, 2012, 5:56 PM EDT

    Clayton Kershaw, Matt Kemp

    Quantity over quality was the theme of the Dodgers’ winter. The team signed nine free agents for this year’s roster, none of whom will cost more than $4 million in 2012. Let’s dig right in… Rotation Clayton Kershaw Chad Billingsley Ted Lilly Aaron Harang Chris Capuano Bullpen Javy Guerra Kenley Jansen Matt Guerrier Todd Coffey…

  4. Orioles will start Robert Andino at second base if Brian Roberts can’t play

    Feb 15, 2012, 4:26 PM EDT

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    Brian Roberts‘ health status remains in serious question because of last season’s concussion and manager Buck Showalter said yesterday that Robert Andino would likely be the everyday second baseman and might also be the leadoff hitter if Roberts can’t play. Showalter told Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com that he’d ideally like Andino in a utility man…

  5. Giants sign Ramon Ortiz to minor-league contract

    Feb 15, 2012, 3:48 PM EDT

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    Ramon Ortiz has an amazing ability to stick around despite not being an effective pitcher since 2004 and the Giants just announced that they’ve signed the 39-year-old to a minor-league contract that includes an invitation to spring training. Washed up old guys are sort of general manager Brian Sabean’s thing and Ortiz was at least…

  6. Bobby Valentine expects Carl Crawford to miss “a few weeks” of the season

    Feb 15, 2012, 3:15 PM EDT

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    Carl Crawford hasn’t officially been ruled out for Opening Day following what was said to be minor left wrist surgery last month, but manager Bobby Valentine said today that he expects the left fielder to miss “a few weeks” of the regular season. Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe reports that “Crawford, at this point,…

  7. Cuban outfielder Jorge Soler works out for Blue Jays

    Feb 15, 2012, 2:50 PM EDT

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    Rumors that the Cubs already had a deal in place for Jorge Soler proved inaccurate and now Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com reports that the 19-year-old outfielder worked out for the Blue Jays this morning at their complex in the Dominican Republic. According to Sanchez, general manager Alex Anthopoulos was there along with several other members…

  8. Tony Gwynn had facial nerve removed in 14-hour surgery for cancerous tumor

    Feb 15, 2012, 2:14 PM EDT

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    Tony Gwynn underwent a 14-hour surgery yesterday to remove a malignant tumor from his cheek, with Tom Friend of ESPN.com reporting that the Hall of Famer had a facial nerve taken out and replaced with a nerve from his shoulder. Gwynn’s wife, Alicia Gwynn, told Friend that the surgery lasted until 1:00 a.m. and was…

  9. Fox to put a lot more Saturday games in prime time this season

    Feb 15, 2012, 1:50 PM EDT

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    I don’t know about you, but my summer Saturday afternoons are filled with shopping, cleaning, kids’ birthday parties, trips to the community pool and drinking beer while staring into the middle distance and wondering, if I jumped into my car and drove west with a purpose, how far I’d get before the authorities caught up…

  10. The Best Shape Of His Life, minors edition: David Bromberg

    Feb 15, 2012, 1:20 PM EDT

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    I’m not sure if we should add his name to the usual list or start a separate list for minor leaguers, but Twins prospect David Bromberg is in The Best Shape Of His Life. So says LaVelle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star Tribune: David Bromberg, a Twins minor league righthander, is in outstanding…

  11. Are the Orioles for sale?

    Feb 15, 2012, 1:00 PM EDT

    Peter Angelos

    Peter Angelos is probably going to live forever — such is the way of trial lawyers, bad baseball owners and the very, very rich — so really, the only hope that Orioles fans have for that franchise to turn around one day is if Angelos decides to sell. And there are rumors that he’s doing…

  12. Rays finalize three-year, $6 million contract extension with manager Joe Maddon

    Feb 15, 2012, 12:48 PM EDT

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    UPDATE: It’s now official, with Topkin reporting that the three-year extension is worth approximately $6 million. ========== Joe Maddon and the Rays have been working on a contract extension for much of the offseason and Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that an official announcement is expected tomorrow. According to Topkin the deal…

  13. The Yankees want an A.J. Burnett deal done by Saturday

    Feb 15, 2012, 12:30 PM EDT

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    The first A.J. Burnett-to-Pittsburgh rumor emerged during the first epoch of the Palaeogene Period in the modern Cenozoic Era. Things got more serious during the Eocene.  Then there was that silly Burnett-to-Cleveland rumor during the late Oligocene.  Since then we’ve been waiting around for this deal to finally get done. But there’s hope on the horizon!  Ken Rosenthal reports that…

  14. Coco Crisp doesn’t want to give up center field unless Yoenis Cespedes is “a demigod”

    Feb 15, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

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    Things may change once everyone gets an extended look at Yoenis Cespedes during spring training, but for now the A’s are said to be thinking about starting him in center field and incumbent center fielder Coco Crisp isn’t thrilled about the news. Crisp, who re-signed with the A’s for two years and $14 million in…

  15. Billy Butler and Mike Moustakas are in The Best Shape of Their Lives

    Feb 15, 2012, 11:33 AM EDT

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    A rare twofer on the BSOHL beat.  From the mouth of Ned Yost in Bob Dutton’s notes column from yesterday’s KC Star, talking about how a ton of guys are already in Royals camp despite it still being ten days from the mandatory reporting date: “There are a ton of position players here, too. Billy…

  16. Alexi Casilla, Twins avoid arbitration with one-year deal

    Feb 15, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

    Alexi Casilla and the Twins won’t be going through with an arbitration hearing, instead agreeing to a one-year deal worth $1,382,500. Casilla filed for $1.75 million and the Twins countered at $1.065 million, so the two sides settled at $25,000 below the midpoint. Casilla, who hit .260 with two homers and a .691 OPS in…

  17. Quote of the Day: David Price would like a contract extension

    Feb 15, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

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    Joe Maddon’s contract extension is official. Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times got a reaction from David Price about it: “Joe is a players’ manager and I love playing for him. I’m happy he got an extension. My turn.” Probably is, what with Price being on the arbitration train. He’s due $4.35 million this…

  18. Johan Santana scheduled to throw bullpen session Friday

    Feb 15, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

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    Johan Santana is slated for a “light bullpen session” at the Mets’ spring training complex Friday, according to Andy McCullough of the Newark Star Ledger. Santana’s comeback was supposed to occur in September of last season, but multiple setbacks ruined those plans and the former two-time Cy Young winner joked yesterday that Friday’s bullpen session…

  19. Does Bryce Harper really need to grow up?

    Feb 15, 2012, 10:30 AM EDT

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    I give Bryce Harper a fair amount of hell, but it isn’t serious hell. It’s more like me shaking my head and smugly smiling at the folly of youth while simultaneously (a) understanding that young people act like young people and that’s OK; and (b) being slightly jealous that I’m an old man now and…

  20. Orioles starter Zach Britton still bothered by shoulder injury

    Feb 15, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

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    Zach Britton struggled in the second half last season, including an August stint on the disabled list with a shoulder strain, and Jim Duquette of MLB.com reports that the 24-year-old left-hander’s injury “is still lingering” and his “workload will be limited in spring training.” Britton had a 3.38 ERA in 16 starts through the end…

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