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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. Running down the rosters: Milwaukee Brewers

    Feb 12, 2012, 7:00 PM EDT

    rickie weeks ap

    With Prince Fielder‘s departure assured, the last thing the 2011 NL Central champion Brewers needed was to lose Ryan Braun for a third of the season. It’s likely to happen, though, even if his appeal is still pending. The rotation should be strong enough to keep the Brewers in the race while Braun is out,…

  7. Justin Smoak gives up burritos, hoping for strong 2012

    Feb 12, 2012, 5:01 PM EDT

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    While not quite a Best Shape of His Life tale, this weekend report from Larry Larue of the Tacoma News Tribune does profess Mariners first baseman Justin Smoak as having an improved physique: “I gave up Mexican food – man, I could crush burritos,” Smoak told Larue. “And pizza. I could crush those, too. I…

  8. Phillies president confident about retaining Cole Hamels

    Feb 12, 2012, 3:34 PM EDT

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    The Phillies haven’t made much progress this winter toward a long-term extension for Cole Hamels. But team president David Montgomery told Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer that there’s a sense of confidence something will eventually get done: “I don’t think it’s difficult,” Montgomery said. “We’ve let Cole know we’re anxious to have him stay…

  9. Picture of the Day: M’s open spring training in Arizona

    Feb 12, 2012, 2:09 PM EDT

    mariners spring small

    The Mariners open their season in late March in Tokyo, so they’re in camp a week earlier than most teams. Which gives us the image below — a simple but wonderful picture of baseball players performing light running drills on a field in Arizona (via the M’s official Twitter feed). It’s back, people. Baseball is…

  10. Evan Longoria had minor foot surgery in November

    Feb 12, 2012, 12:48 PM EDT

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    From beat writer Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times comes word that Rays third baseman Evan Longoria underwent a minor surgical procedure in early November to help relieve “the occasionally painful Morton’s neuroma condition in his left foot.” Longoria was able to resume workouts shortly after the surgery and is expected to be at…

  11. Orioles considered darkhorse for Yoenis Cespedes

    Feb 12, 2012, 11:23 AM EDT

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    From Nick Cafardo’s Sunday notes column in the Boston Globe, a must-read every weekend: Yoenis Cespedes, CF, free agent – There was a lot of talk late in the week that the Orioles were the sleeper team for him. The Marlins, Tigers, and Cubs are also interested, but the Orioles are very aggressive in their…

  12. Pirates, Yankees making progress toward A.J. Burnett trade

    Feb 12, 2012, 10:00 AM EDT

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    Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News was told by a source on Saturday night that there’s a “good chance” of A.J. Burnett being dealt to the Pirates. It appears that source was onto something. According to ESPN’s Buster Olney, the Pirates and Yankees have the “framework” of a deal “in place.” Olney says…

  13. Ordonez to buy stake in Venezuelan Winter League team

    Feb 12, 2012, 9:06 AM EDT

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    Veteran outfielder Magglio Ordonez is waiting by the phone, hoping a team will call and allow him to continue his major league playing career. But if nobody makes an offer, he has a backup plan. According to Robert Downs of the Detroit Free Press, Ordonez is “poised to purchase shares” in the Caribes de Anzoátegui,…

  14. Must-Click Link: Mike Carp honoring Greg Halman

    Feb 11, 2012, 10:11 PM EDT

    Greg Halman; Mike Carp

    The late-November stabbing death of Mariners outfielder Greg Halman is still fresh on the mind of many players in the Seattle clubhouse as spring camp begins to get underway in Peoria, Arizona. One player in particular. Mariners left fielder Mike Carp considered Halman his best friend, writes MLB.com beat writer Greg Johns. Carp attended Halman’s…

  15. Rangers avoid arbitration with Mike Napoli at $9.4 million

    Feb 11, 2012, 8:35 PM EDT

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    From Ben Nicholson-Smith of MLB Trade Rumors comes word that the Rangers avoided arbitration with catcher Mike Napoli on Saturday night by agreeing to a one-year, $9.4 million contract for 2012. Napoli requested a salary of $11.5 million and was offered $8.3 million from the Texas front office when arbitration figures were filed last month.…

  16. Angels confident in working out long-term deal with Aybar

    Feb 11, 2012, 7:03 PM EDT

    erick aybar ap

    Angels GM Jerry Dipoto acknowledged Saturday to MLB.com’s Alden Gonzalez that it’s unlikely Erick Aybar‘s contract will be extended before the start of the 2012 regular season, but at the same time expressed confidence that something will get done eventually: “We’ve had multiple talks with Erick and his people,” said Dipoto. “They’re aware of our…

  17. Stephen Drew doesn’t know if he’ll be ready for Opening Day

    Feb 11, 2012, 5:30 PM EDT

    Milwaukee Brewers v Arizona Diamondbacks

    Stephen Drew is currently rehabbing from surgery to repair a fractured right ankle and sports hernia surgery, but we haven’t heard too many updates about his progress. Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic wrote last week that the shortstop had turned down multiple requests this offseason for an interview. Well, Drew finally broke his silence…

  18. A.J. Burnett-to-Pittsburgh has a “good chance” of happening

    Feb 11, 2012, 4:08 PM 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

    UPDATE: Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News was told by a source that there’s a “good chance” Burnett gets traded to the Pirates. 1:09 PM: The Yankees and Pirates continue to negotiate a potential A.J. Burnett trade. We learned yesterday that the Bucs were willing to eat $10 million of the $33 million…

  19. UPDATE: Marlins offered Yoenis Cespedes less than $40 million

    Feb 11, 2012, 4:02 PM EDT

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    UPDATE: Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald is hearing that the Marlins offered Cespedes less than the $40 million sum being reported by Reynoso. 3:15 PM: Marlins’ president David Samson told Jayson Stark of ESPN.com on Tuesday night that the club was considering making an offer to Cuban outfielder Yoenis Cespedes during their meeting in…

  20. Marlins unretire No. 5 for Logan Morrison

    Feb 11, 2012, 4:00 PM EDT

    Logan Morrison

    Logan Morrison will have a new look this season. Nope, not just the new logo and uniforms, but also the number on his back. Morrison broke the news via his Twitter account earlier this afternoon that he’ll switch to No. 5 this season after wearing No. 20 in his previous two seasons in the major…

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