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  1. Miguel Olivo is in the Best Shape of His Life

    Jan 30, 2012, 10:30 AM EDT

    Miguel Olivo

    I know some of you don’t like these posts, but if it helps, I don’t do this because I enjoy it. I do it because I feel I am providing an invaluable service.  In other words, I may not be the lazy meme-perpetuator that Gotham wants, but I am the lazy meme-perpetuator that Gotham needs.…

  2. Indians’ deal with Julio Lugo has “fallen apart”

    Jan 30, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

    Julio Lugo

    Last week the Indians signed veteran infielder Julio Lugo to a minor-league contract, or so they thought. Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports that the deal has “fallen apart” and the Indians no longer expect to sign Lugo, who would have competed for a bench spot in spring training at age 36. He would have been…

  3. Phil Hughes is in the Best Shape of His Life

    Jan 30, 2012, 9:53 AM EDT

    Phil Hughes

    Back in November we had our first Best Shape of His Life post of the offseason. It wasn’t a true BSOHL post, just some foreshadowing, as we learned that Yankees pitcher Phil Hughes was going to be in the BSOHL. But now we have sweet, sweet closure! From Andrew Marchand of ESPN New York: The…

  4. “Drunk monkeys” are the new inefficiency

    Jan 30, 2012, 9:23 AM EDT

    Drunk monkey

    The Athletics had their FanFest over the weekend.  As we mentioned the other day, owner Lew Wolff met fans and heard complaints. Said complaints were lodged in one-on-one sessions with said fans, so we didn’t get to hear them, but based on the article at MLB.com about it, it sounds like Wolff met with some…

  5. No, the Brewers are not gonna be a small-ball team now that Prince Fielder is gone

    Jan 30, 2012, 8:52 AM EDT

    National League first baseman Fielder of the Brewers watches three-run home run in fourth inning during Major League Baseball's All-Star Game in Phoenix

    Nyjer Morgan was asked how the Brewers are gonna do without Prince Fielder. This stuck out: “It’s probably going to be a little more speedy this year,’’ Morgan said. “You can see that we’re going to have to rely on trying to steal bags and stuff like that, and not worrying about trying to hit…

  6. Denny McLain thinks Brandon Inge should shut up

    Jan 30, 2012, 8:23 AM EDT

    Denny McLain

    Former MVP, Cy Young Award recipient and 31-game winner Denny McLain is a convicted felon and an all-around scumbag.  But that doesn’t mean he can’t be a funny guy. McLain was invited to speak at Madonna University in suburban Detroit over the weekend and the subject of the Prince Fielder signing came up. McLain took…

  7. New White Sox bench coach ready to go tit-for-tat

    Jan 29, 2012, 8:54 PM EDT

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    Obviously more interested in fan approval than league approval, new White Sox bench coach Mark Parent, a former major league catcher, said his team will seek revenge for hit batters this season, the Chicago Tribune reports. “You hit our guy, we’ll hit your guy,” he told the gathered crowd, earning him some scattered applause at…

  8. Zack Greinke still agentless, yet open to extension

    Jan 29, 2012, 7:52 PM EDT

    Zack Greinke

    Zack Greinke, who left CAA Sports last year and is currently without an agent, said he is open to doing a new deal with the Brewers this winter. “I’ll talk to them about it,” he told MLB.com. “I don’t really want to talk to anyone else about it. But I like the business of baseball.…

  9. Rickie Weeks still not fully recovered from ankle sprain

    Jan 29, 2012, 5:25 PM EDT

    weeks getty

    It’s been nearly six months since Brewers second baseman Rickie Weeks suffered a severe left ankle sprain. And he’s still in recovery mode. Weeks was able to return from the injury last season, but he batted just .243 with a .743 OPS over his final 46 regular-season plate appearances and went 6-for-41 (.146) in the…

  10. Cardinals seeking trade partner for Kyle McClellan

    Jan 29, 2012, 4:09 PM EDT

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    From Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch comes word that the Cardinals are “actively shopping” right-hander Kyle McClellan in an effort to free up payroll for a run at a free agent starter. Like, well, Roy Oswalt. McClellan, a 27-year-old native of the north St. Louis suburbs, registered a 4.19 ERA, 1.31 WHIP and…

  11. D’Backs, Miguel Montero likely headed to arbitration hearing

    Jan 29, 2012, 3:42 PM EDT

    miguel montero getty

    FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal has been informed by sources that the Diamondbacks and catcher Miguel Montero are likely to require an arbitration hearing, scheduled for Tuesday morning. Montero requested $6.8 million and was offered $5.4 million when arbitration figures were exchanged earlier this month. The two sides have been unable to find a middle ground…

  12. Dallas Braden cleared to begin throwing off a mound

    Jan 29, 2012, 2:14 PM EDT

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    Oakland left-hander Dallas Braden made only three starts last season before requiring surgery in May to repair a torn capsule in his throwing shoulder. He’s hoping for a far better experience in 2012. According to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle, Braden will throw off a mound Monday for the first time since going under the…

  13. Orioles have interest in free agent Casey Kotchman

    Jan 29, 2012, 12:53 PM EDT

    kotchman getty

    From MASN’s Roch Kubatko comes word that the Orioles “have discussed” the idea of making a run at free agent first baseman Casey Kotchman. It’s not clear whether those talks were all internal or whether there’s been direct contact with Kotchman’s representatives. But it does seem like a decent fit. Kotchman is an elite defensive…

  14. Tim Wakefield, 45, is considering retirement

    Jan 29, 2012, 11:47 AM EDT

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    Veteran knuckleballer Tim Wakefield has made it known that he wants to pitch one more year for the Red Sox. But the new Boston front office hasn’t made an offer yet and now the 45-year-old is mulling all of his options. Including retirement. Wakefield addressed the matter recently in an interview with John Torres of…

  15. Hong-Chih Kuo drawing interest from three teams

    Jan 29, 2012, 10:38 AM EDT

    kuo reuters

    Veteran reliever Hong-Chih Kuo has failed to draw much free agent interest since being non-tendered by the Dodgers in mid-December. But that may start changing as spring training approaches. According to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe, three West Coast teams have been “kicking the tires” recently on the 30-year-old left-hander. Kuo pitched only 27…

  16. Ruben Amaro is just fine with Ryan Howard’s contract

    Jan 29, 2012, 9:55 AM EDT

    Ryan Howard dark skies

    Fun Fact: Ryan Howard will make more than Albert Pujols this year. And next year. And the year after that. And the year after that.  The year after that one — 2016 — they’ll make the same. Secondary fun fact: Ryan Howard will make more than Prince Fielder every single year until 2017, at which…

  17. The Rangers are going to meet with Roy Oswalt on Monday

    Jan 29, 2012, 9:22 AM EDT

    oswalt getty

    Gerry Fraley of the Dallas Morning News reports that the Rangers are going to meet with Roy Oswalt on Monday. There’s no offer on the table, but there is a meeting. This, combined with the multiple denials from the Cardinals that they were, as previously reported, close to a deal with Oswalt, could suggest that…

  18. Dominican players and identity fraud: “these are like time bombs”

    Jan 29, 2012, 8:30 AM EDT

    Fausto Carmona, Roberto Hernandez Heredia

    In the wake of the “Leo Nunez” and “Fausto Carmona” identity fraud incidents, the New York Times has a story in which people around baseball talk about how widespread the problem is feared to be: Few in baseball were surprised that two well-established players had misrepresented themselves. The fear is that the problem could be…

  19. Safeco Field roof breaks down

    Jan 28, 2012, 9:22 PM EDT

    Safeco Field

    The Mariners product on the field isn’t the only thing in need of repairs. Seattle’s FanFest was dampened Saturday because two of the retractable roof’s panels remained stuck in place, the result of a broken wheel and axle. The problem was discovered Thursday, but the Mariners went ahead with the FanFest anyway. While they were…

  20. Kenny Williams hears the boos at Sox Fest

    Jan 28, 2012, 8:17 PM EDT

    Kenny Williams

    White Sox GM Kenny Williams got the rockstar treatment at Sox Fest after bringing in Adam Dunn last year. A 79-83 season later, the reaction was far different Friday, as he was booed during introductions. “I was booed in 2004 and 2007 and we went to the playoffs the next year, so bring it on.…

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