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  1. Finally, confirmation that Phil Hughes is in The Best Shape of His Life

    Feb 13, 2012, 2:30 PM EDT

    Phil Hughes

    We’ve had several stories about Phil Hughes‘ conditioning this winter. Word that the Yankees didn’t like that he was out of shape last year. Word that he was re-dedicating himself to conditioning this offseason. Because of the uncertainty, Kopy, our resident keeper of the BSOHL roster, has had Hughes listed in the “awaiting confirmation” category,…

  2. Marlins on deck for Showtime series “The Franchise”

    Feb 13, 2012, 2:14 PM EDT

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    UPDATE: Confirming what Variety reported last month, MLB officially announced today that the Marlins will be Showtime’s subject for this season of “The Franchise.” New episodes are expected to begin around the All-Star break. ========== Last year Showtime featured the reigning World Series champion Giants on their documentary series “The Franchise” and they’re close to…

  3. A’s could strike gold with Yoenis Cespedes

    Feb 13, 2012, 1:59 PM EDT

    Yoennis Cespedes

    The A’s finally pulled off their big international signing. Oakland wanted Aroldis Chapman two years ago, but came up short when the Reds bid $30 million for six years. Last winter, they were willing to commit $36 million to bring Hisashi Iwakuma over from Japan, but since $19.1 million of that was in the form…

  4. Red Sox GM: “I wouldn’t expect any major moves” this week

    Feb 13, 2012, 1:20 PM EDT

    Boston Red Sox Announce Ben Cherington as Executive Vice President/General Manager

    By settling with David Ortiz moments before their arbitration hearing the Red Sox potentially saved $1.75 million compared to his requested salary, but general manager Ben Cherington said afterward that the savings likely won’t lead to another move before the start of spring training. “I wouldn’t expect any major moves between now and Sunday,” Cherington…

  5. Jose Canseco is still trying to play baseball

    Feb 13, 2012, 1:07 PM EDT

    Jose Canseco

    Jose Canseco is 47 years-old. He spent last summer as a player/manager in the independent Golden League, where he hit .256/.371/427.  But that’s not stopping him: he just signed to play this year for the Quintana Roo Tigers of the Mexican League. The team plays in Cancun, so I guess he’ll at least have some fun…

  6. Jorge De La Rosa “well ahead of schedule” coming back from Tommy John surgery

    Feb 13, 2012, 12:51 PM EDT

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    Jorge De La Rosa underwent Tommy John elbow surgery in late May and definitely won’t be ready anywhere near Opening Day, but Troy Renck of the Denver Post reports that he’s “well ahead of schedule in his recovery.” Of course, De La Rosa lied to the Rockies while trying to pitch through the pain for…

  7. Yoenis Cespedes signs with the Oakland Athletics

    Feb 13, 2012, 12:22 PM EDT

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    We weren’t expecting this:  Tim Brown of Yahoo! reports that Yoenis Cespedes is on the verge of signing with the Oakland Athletics.  Susan Slusser added that the deal will be for four years, $36 million. That’s a bit lower than anyone thought he’d get.  Is it possible that his short, lackluster stint in winter ball hurt…

  8. Kevin Goldstein releases his annual top 101 prospects list

    Feb 13, 2012, 12:16 PM EDT

    Matt Moore

    Kevin Goldstein of Baseball Prospectus has posted his annual list of the 101 best prospects in baseball and it’s in front of the site’s paywall, making it free to read. I won’t spoil the whole list, which along with Baseball America and Keith Law of ESPN.com are my three must-reads each year, but Goldstein’s top…

  9. Russell Martin is in The Best Shape of His Life. Again!

    Feb 13, 2012, 12:02 PM EDT

    Russell Martin

    Last Sam Miller of the OC Register/Baseball Prospectus noticed something neat:  Russell Martin declares himself to be in The Best Shape of His Life just about every single year.  Really: Here he is in 2008, here he is in 2009, here he is in 2010 and here he is last year. So, shocker, but Martin…

  10. Jhoulys Chacin upset about GM Dan O’Dowd’s criticism

    Feb 13, 2012, 11:49 AM EDT

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    Last week Rockies general manager Dan O’Dowd criticized Jhoulys Chacin for being one of the few players not reporting to spring training in the best shape of his life, saying that he wasn’t pleased with the right-hander’s offseason workouts and added weight. Chacin spoke to Rafael Rojas Cremonesi of the Venezuelan newspaper Meridiano and SB…

  11. David Ortiz and Red Sox avoid arbitration for $14.575 million

    Feb 13, 2012, 11:13 AM EDT

    David Ortiz

    After all the drama about his potential arbitration case David Ortiz and the Red Sox have avoided today’s scheduled hearing by agreeing to a one-year, $14.575 million contract at the last minute. Ortiz filed for $16.5 million and the Red Sox submitted at $12.65 million, so the two sides settle at the exact midpoint. And…

  12. Jason Grilli is in The Best Shape of His Life

    Feb 13, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

    Print

    This is about as straight-forward a BSOHL as you can get. Pirates reliever Jason Grilli posted this to his Facebook page, thanking his personal trainer. I’d like to think that the capitalization of “Life” is evidence that Grilli is aware that BSOHL is a thing now: Best shape of my Life Thanks to @RhFitPro A.K.A.…

  13. Orioles would eat Kevin Gregg’s salary to make him go away

    Feb 13, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

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    Baltimore has spent the offseason adding veteran relievers and in the process have pushed last season’s primary closer, Kevin Gregg, into a low-leverage role. Not surprisingly the Orioles are interesting in trading Gregg, who’s owed $5.8 million this season, and Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com reports that “they’d eat a chunk” of salary to facilitate a…

  14. Mike Matheny will move a giant pile of dirt for you

    Feb 13, 2012, 10:30 AM EDT

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    In the NBC SportsTalk segment I linked earlier I said that the Cardinals’ Mike Matheny will have the biggest impact of all new managers this year. And, with all respect to Matheny’s skills and intellect, it would be a negative one.  No hate here, just acknowledging that he’s not Tony La Russa.  No one is,…

  15. Mike Napoli still bothered by World Series ankle injury

    Feb 13, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

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

    Over the weekend Mike Napoli and the Rangers avoided arbitration with a one-year, $9.4 million deal, but the ankle injury he suffered in Game 6 of the World Series continues to bother the catcher and figures to limit him at the beginning of spring training. “The fact he’s still feeling it a few months later…

  16. Senator Bob Casey doesn’t like the Nationals trying to block Philly fans

    Feb 13, 2012, 9:50 AM EDT

    Phillies fans AP

    We learned recently that the Washington Nationals are going to try to keep Phillies fans from invading their ballpark during the May 4-6 series in D.C.  To do so they have limited ticket sales to that series to people from Washington, Maryland and Virginia. The effort is kind of dumb, easily circumvented and likely will…

  17. David Ortiz, Red Sox set for an arbitration hearing today

    Feb 13, 2012, 9:20 AM EDT

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    UPDATE:  They settled. Read the details here. Barring an 11th hour settlement — and those often happen in these cases — The Red Sox and DH David Ortiz are set to have an arbitration hearing today. If the thing goes off as scheduled, it will be the Red Sox’ first hearing in ten years. As…

  18. UPDATE: The Indians sign Jon Garland to a minor league deal

    Feb 13, 2012, 8:54 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Dodgers v New York Mets

    UPDATE: It’s now being reported that the Indians have a minor league deal in place for Garland, pending a physical. 8:50 AM: Ken Rosenthal reports this morning that the Indians are “working on” a deal for righty Jon Garland. Garland used to be a decent innings-eater, but the innings ate him last year. His season ended…

  19. NBC SportsTalk: Who ya got?

    Feb 13, 2012, 8:00 AM EDT

    Calcaterra Sheehan

    Sports Illustated’s Joe Sheehan and I were on NBC SportsTalk on NBCSN on Friday evening talking about what’s gone down this offseason.  And boy, don’t we look smug?  I kind of think we look smug. Anyway, we did it in “Who ya got” format: who’s better: Angels or Tigers?  Whose contract is gonna be a…

  20. 2012 OPS projections: top 10 center fielders

    Feb 12, 2012, 9:00 PM EDT

    Matt Kemp

    It’s an AL East-heavy top 10 in the center field projections: .903 – Matt Kemp (Dodgers) – 597 AB – .986 in 2011 .847 – Curtis Granderson (Yankees) – 574 AB – .916 in 2011 .845 – Jacoby Ellsbury (Red Sox) – 612 AB – .928 in 2011 .845 – Andrew McCutchen (Pirates) – 560…

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