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  1. The Yankees are still trying to peddle A.J. Burnett

    Feb 8, 2012, 9:31 AM EDT

    New York Yankees Burnett pitches to the Detroit Tigers during the first inning of Game 4 in their MLB  American League Division Series baseball playoffs in Detroit

    Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that the Yankees are still trying to trade A.J. Burnett. The purpose — apart from the totally understandable and desirable deburnettification effects such a move would create  — is to shake free some payroll to sign a DH or Eric Chavez or someone: … the Yankees are…

  2. George Brett’s company sued over false medical claims

    Feb 8, 2012, 9:10 AM EDT

    George Brett

    You’re not gonna believe this, but some people have the nerve to suggest that Hall of Fame third baseman George Brett’s claims that cheap jewelry has healing powers is … false. I know, I’m shocked too, because I get all of my medical treatment from trinkets and baubles and things. Indeed, I was ordered to undergo…

  3. Lance Lynn is in the Best Shape Of His Life. Or close to it.

    Feb 8, 2012, 8:39 AM EDT

    lance lynn getty

    Best Shape Of His Life stories can come in all shapes and sizes. They don’t necessarily have to involve superstars, and they don’t always need to be presented in full-length feature articles. There are no rules for this phenomenon, you see. There is a logo now, but there are no rules. Enter Cardinals right-hander Lance…

  4. Reds haven’t made progress on Brandon Phillips extension

    Feb 8, 2012, 7:53 AM EDT

    brandon phillips ap

    Last we heard, the Reds had tabled long-term negotiations with second baseman Brandon Phillips due to differing opinions on his market value. And it seems not much has changed. Reds GM Walt Jocketty told MLB.com’s Mark Sheldon on Tuesday that the team isn’t any closer to locking up Phillips, who is currently on track to…

  5. 2012 projections: top 10 second basemen

    Feb 8, 2012, 12:17 AM EDT

    Robinson Cano

    The top 10 at second base is led by the one player at the position I have projected to hit .300 this year: .882 – Robinson Cano (Yankees) – 638 AB – .882 in 2011 .859 – Ian Kinsler (Rangers) – 560 AB – .832 in 2011 .855 – Chase Utley (Phillies) – 532 AB…

  6. The 911 call from James Loney’s freeway incident is released

    Feb 7, 2012, 10:28 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Dodgers v San Francisco Giants

    TMZ has the audio of the 911 call from a witness at the scene after James Loney crashed into several cars with his Maserati on an L.A. freeway in November. The call, which is nearly five minutes in length, begins with Loney passed out in the driver’s seat, but the witness becomes frantic after the…

  7. Rangers and Elvis Andrus avoid arbitration by agreeing to three-year deal

    Feb 7, 2012, 9:21 PM EDT

    Texas Rangers v Oakland Athletics

    UPDATE: The deal is believed to be in the range of $14-15 million total and doesn’t include any club options, reports Rosenthal and Morosi. The Rangers likely would have preferred to get some of his free agent years as part of the deal, but that was probably a long shot given that Andrus is represented…

  8. The Marlins and Emilio Bonifacio went to an arbitration hearing today

    Feb 7, 2012, 9:00 PM EDT

    New York Mets v Florida Marlins

    It was announced yesterday that the Marlins lost their arbitration hearing to right-hander Anibal Sanchez, but the club went right back at it today, this time stating their case against Emilio Bonifacio. Bonifacio, who is arbitration-eligible for the first time this winter, requested $2.2 million and was offered $1.95 million from the Marlins when arbitration figures…

  9. Josh Hamilton has a new accountability partner

    Feb 7, 2012, 8:16 PM EDT

    Josh Hamilton

    Richard Durrett of ESPN Dallas reports that the Rangers have hired Shayne Kelley as a major league staff assistant and that one of his duties will be to serve as Josh Hamilton‘s new accountability partner. Kelley has a pretty diverse background, serving as the Royals’ minor league strength and conditioning coach for two seasons and the team…

  10. Dmitri Young will work out for the Pirates next week

    Feb 7, 2012, 7:45 PM EDT

    dmitri young getty

    We’ve chronicled Dmitri Young’s comeback attempt for a couple of months now. Thanks to no longer eating like a viking, the 38-year-old has trimmed down pretty significantly in hopes of scoring a spring training invite. Well, after working out for the Phillies late last month, it appears he has another lead. Jim Bowden of ESPN.com…

  11. The Royals and Alex Gordon are close to a one-year contract

    Feb 7, 2012, 7:10 PM EDT

    alex gordon getty

    According to Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star, the Royals and Alex Gordon “appear close” to agreeing on a one-year deal in order to avoid arbitration. Gordon, who is arbitration-eligible for the third time this offseason, filed for $5.45 million and was offered $4.15 million by the Royals when arbitration figures were exchanged last month. Dutton estimates…

  12. Why doesn’t anyone go year to year anymore?

    Feb 7, 2012, 6:22 PM EDT

    kershaw getty wide

    Baseball owners got a good thing going on. Sporting a pretty impeccable record after three seasons, Clayton Kershaw was eligible for arbitration for the first time this winter. Coming off a season that saw him take the NL Cy Young Award and the pitcher’s triple crown, he had a chance to set a new salary record…

  13. Great Moments in Sexism: Who’s your “Baseball Boyfriend?”

    Feb 7, 2012, 5:51 PM EDT

    Pink cap

    Not everyone plays fantasy baseball. There are a lot of reasons for that. I don’t play because I have a short attention span and I kind of suck at it. Others don’t play because they don’t have the time. Still others because, shocker, they just don’t like it. But a company called  A View From My…

  14. Picture of the Day: Yoenis Cespedes arrives in Miami

    Feb 7, 2012, 5:37 PM EDT

    yoenis cespedes airport

    Yoenis Cespedes got a visitor’s visa, left the Dominican Republic, and headed to Miami to meet with the Marlins. And Juan C. Rodriguez of the South Florida Sun Sentinel was waiting for him at the airport: If nothing else he certainly dresses like a major leaguer.

  15. Clayton Kershaw, Dodgers avoid arbitration with two-year deal worth $19 million

    Feb 7, 2012, 4:55 PM EDT

    Clayton Kershaw

    Rather than letting an arbitrator choose between the reigning Cy Young winner’s $10 million request and the team’s $6.5 million counter, Clayton Kershaw and the Dodgers have agreed to a two-year contract worth $19 million. Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times reports that Kershaw will get $7.5 million this season, $11 million in 2013,…

  16. Must-click link: Is it easier to buy wins today than it used to be?

    Feb 7, 2012, 4:45 PM EDT

    stack of money

    We all know the story: the rich get richer, the poor get poorer and, with the exception of some lucky-as-hell teams like the Moneyball Athletics and the Extra 2% Rays, having a big payroll is the most important thing in all of baseball. But is it really that bad? Not so says Dave Studeman of…

  17. Moneyball for the long haul: A’s to extend GM Billy Beane’s contract through 2019

    Feb 7, 2012, 4:20 PM EDT

    Billy Beane

    The timetable for the A’s rebuilding plan keeps getting pushed back further and further as the team tries to time a return to contention with the possible opening of a new ballpark, but however long it takes general manager Billy Beane will be around to see it through. A’s owner Lewis Wolff said today during…

  18. Bill Hall signs with the Yankees

    Feb 7, 2012, 4:09 PM EDT

    Bill Hall

    Utilityman Bill Hall has signed with the Yankees. This was first reported by … Bill Hall: IT’S OFFICIAL IM A YANKEE!!!!!!!!#IwannaRing!!!! — Bill Hall (@BillHall_III) February 7, 2012 Hey, guys who backup A-Rod once in a while get a ring if the Yankees win it all too. Hall is coming off a horrible season, but…

  19. Dodgers sign well-traveled Jamey Wright to minors deal

    Feb 7, 2012, 3:49 PM EDT

    Jamey Wright ,Hank Conger

    Jamey Wright will try to make the Dodgers his 11th big-league team after agreeing to a minor-league contract with an invitation to spring training. Wright sticking around this long is pretty remarkable for a guy with an 85-121 record and 4.93 ERA, but lots of those ugly numbers came while starting for the Rockies early…

  20. Presenting: the Official BSOHL logo

    Feb 7, 2012, 3:34 PM EDT

    Print

    We’ve done so many BSOHL posts by now — and, despite the protestations of, like, 95% of you — we will continue to do them now and in every single offseason until they pull the plug on this blog.  Sorry, this is not a democracy. So since this has become an institution, it demands the…

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