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  1. Can Mike Stanton hit 40 homers in his first full season?

    Jan 10, 2011, 10:22 AM EDT

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    Mike Stanton hit 43 homers between the minors and majors last season, including 22 long balls in 100 games with the Marlins following his call-up in mid-June, which has Joe Frisaro of MLB.com wondering if he can break the franchise record for homers in his first full season. Gary Sheffield owns that mark with 42…

  2. Let’s make sure our attacks on Sammy Sosa make sense

    Jan 10, 2011, 10:01 AM EDT

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    Rick Morrissey of the Sun-Times is getting the jump on the 2013 Hall of Fame insanity, and is coming out strongly opposed to Sammy Sosa’s candidacy: What’s that? You’d like to see solid evidence of past drug use on Sosa’s part? Well, there is the New York Times report that he tested positive for PEDs…

  3. Tony La Russa wants intensity and grittiness. And maybe he has a point.

    Jan 10, 2011, 9:15 AM EDT

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    Bernie Miklasz has a story about Tony La Russa and the Cardinals in the Post-Disptach today.  In it he talks about how some of the Cardinals’ moves — Lance Berkman in right field, letting Brendan Ryan go and replacing him with Ryan Theriot, etc. — may have the statheads going crazy, but that La Russa…

  4. The Red Sox’ offer surprised Carl Crawford

    Jan 10, 2011, 8:25 AM EDT

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    Carl Crawford recalls hearing about the Red Sox’ offer from his agent last month: It was the night of Dec. 8, and Crawford was driving along one of Houston’s many freeways when he took a call from agent Brian Peters, who had received lucrative offers from both the Red Sox and the Angels and wanted…

  5. HBT Weekend Wrap

    Jan 10, 2011, 6:29 AM EDT

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    So many of you watched the football playoffs that you didn’t have time to read about baseball this past weekend. I can’t say I’m happy about it, but I understand. I’ll catch you up this time, but please, don’t let it happen again.

  6. Baseball groupies to get their own TV show

    Jan 10, 2011, 2:05 AM EDT

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    “There’s never been a ballplayer slept with me who didn’t have the best year of his career. Making love is like hitting a baseball: you just gotta relax and concentrate. Besides, I’d never sleep with a player hitting under .250.” – Annie Savoy Who can forget everyone’s favorite baseball groupie, Susan Sarandon’s Annie Savoy, from…

  7. Red Sox prospect has eye on BCS title game

    Jan 10, 2011, 12:00 AM EDT

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    We don’t do a whole lot on college football here at HBT — for obvious reasons — but this story from MLB.com’s Peter Gammons was too good to pass up. Gammons writes a nice profile on Red Sox prospect Brandon Jacobs, who committed to play football at Auburn before his senior year of high school…

  8. Tony Gwynn needed walker as he battled cancer, weight problems

    Jan 9, 2011, 9:41 PM EDT

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    Hall of Fame outfielder Tony Gwynn, a 15-time All-Star and eight-time batting champion, has finished an eight-week program of chemotherapy and radiation treatment for cancer of the parotid gland, and says he hopes to return to his job as head baseball coach at San Diego State later this month, according to Bill Center of the…

  9. White Sox sign Kinney, Lindsay to minor league deals

    Jan 9, 2011, 4:12 PM EDT

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    A couple of minor transactions here, via ESPN Chicago’s Doug Padilla. The White Sox have inked right-handers Josh Kinney and Shane Lindsay to minor league contracts and have invited both to spring training. Kinney began his career in the independent leagues, then broke into the majors in 2006 with a 3.24 ERA and 1.00 WHIP…

  10. Scott Schoeneweis hoping to make a comeback this year

    Jan 9, 2011, 2:05 PM EDT

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    For Scott Schoeneweis, things haven’t been very easy these past couple of years. The 37-year-old lefty lost his wife to a drug overdose in May of 2009 and has pitched to a 7.41 ERA and 1.89 WHIP over the last two years with Arizona and Boston.  The Red Sox gave him a look in 2010…

  11. What they’re saying about the Matt Garza trade…

    Jan 9, 2011, 12:53 PM EDT

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    The Rays and Cubs agreed to an eight-player trade involving right-hander Matt Garza on Friday afternoon and then completed that trade on Saturday after routine physicals were taken and the correct paperwork was filed. The Cubs received Garza, outfielder Fernando Perez and left-handed pitching prospect Zach Rossup from Tampa Bay. The Rays got top pitching…

  12. Olney: Mets might release Luis Castillo and Oliver Perez

    Jan 9, 2011, 11:28 AM EDT

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    Apparently Mets GM Sandy Alderson was serious when he put second baseman Luis Castillo and left-hander Oliver Perez on notice in mid-December, saying “if they don’t earn their way on the team, they won’t be on the team.” Buster Olney of ESPN.com wrote today in his Sunday notes column that the Mets have tried to…

  13. Dallas Green’s granddaughter killed in Tucson shooting

    Jan 9, 2011, 10:03 AM EDT

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    The tragic shooting spree Saturday at a political rally in Tucson, Arizona has an unfortunate baseball tie. Christina Taylor Greene, the 9-year-old child who was killed, is the granddaughter of ex-MLB manager Dallas Green and the daughter of current Dodgers scout John Green.  This from Adam Rubin of ESPN New York. The elder Green managed…

  14. Radhames Liz signs contract with Korean team

    Jan 9, 2011, 8:57 AM EDT

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    Another MLB free agent has decided to head overseas. According to the transactions page over at Yahoo! Sports, reliever Radhames Liz has signed a contract with the LG Twins of the Korea Baseball Organization. Tired of waiting on the scrap heap for a minor league contract offer, Brian Bannister made a similar move last week,…

  15. The Rangers attempted to acquire Matt Garza from the Rays

    Jan 8, 2011, 6:00 PM EDT

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    Doesn’t matter much now that a deal with the Cubs is complete, but according to Peter Gammons — and information passed along by T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com — the Rangers pushed hard for Matt Garza this week. The Rangers were willing to part with left-hander Derek Holland, right-handed reliever Frank Francisco and prospect outfielder Engel…

  16. David Aardsma might not be ready for the season after hip surgery

    Jan 8, 2011, 4:30 PM EDT

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    The Mariners originally expressed optimism that David Aardsma would be ready for the start of the season after hip surgery, but general manager Jack Zduriencik told Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times yesterday that the surgery was more extensive than first expected and that the right-hander might not be ready for Opening Day. Aardsma, who…

  17. The Yankees are apparently still in on Rafael Soriano

    Jan 8, 2011, 3:06 PM EDT

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    According to Jon Heyman of SI.com, the Yankees are still in on free agent reliever Rafael Soriano. This seems curious given that just yesterday, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman told Chad Jennings of the Journal News that he is not willing to surrender the team’s first-round draft pick. If the Yankees were to sign Soriano,…

  18. Athletics acquire right-hander Guillermo Moscoso from Rangers

    Jan 8, 2011, 2:01 PM EDT

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    Here’s a pretty minor deal on a slow Saturday. Initially reported by Oscar Prieto Rojas and confirmed by Kevin Goldstein of Baseball Prospectus, the Athletics have acquired Guillermo Moscoso from the Rangers for minor league right-hander Ryan Kelly. Moscoso was designated for assignment by the Rangers earlier this week in order to make room for…

  19. Report: White Sox agree to two-year, $4 million deal with Will Ohman

    Jan 8, 2011, 12:42 PM EDT

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    UPDATE: According to Jon Heyman of SI.com, the White Sox have signed Ohman to a two-year, $4 million contract, pending a physical. Friday, 7:10 PM: Jon Heyman of SI.com tweeted earlier this afternoon that reliever Will Ohman had narrowed his choice to three teams. We’re beginning to piece this thing together. According to Dan Connolly…

  20. The Cubs have acquired Joaquin Benoit! Oh wait.

    Jan 8, 2011, 12:31 PM EDT

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    If you’re looking for a good laugh this morning, the Chicago Sun-Times is happy to help. The Cubs made the back page of Saturday’s paper following yesterday’s acquisition of Matt Garza from the Rays, but the thing is, they used a picture of Joaquin Benoit, instead. Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times has the…

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