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  1. Dodgers ask court to throw out claims in Bryan Stow case

    Feb 3, 2012, 9:30 PM EDT

    Giants Fan Attacked

    The Associated Press reports that the Dodgers asked a U.S. Bankruptcy Judge earlier today to throw out claims against the team filed on behalf of Bryan Stow, the Giants’ fan who was severely beaten outside of Dodger Stadium on Opening Day last year. Stow and his family originally sued the Dodgers in California, but then filed the…

  2. Yes, Jose Reyes just got his haircut on television

    Feb 3, 2012, 8:00 PM EDT

    Jose Reyes gets a haircut

    Do you want a sign that we have reached the absolute nadir of offseason boredom? Jose Reyes just had his haircut televised live on MLB Network. Seriously. Reyes had let his trademark dreadlocks grow since 2007, but he signed his big $106 million deal with the Marlins in December with the knowledge that he would have to…

  3. How many relievers do the Dodgers plan on carrying this year?

    Feb 3, 2012, 6:36 PM EDT

    Kenley Jansen

    The Dodgers just spent another $1.3 million to add Todd Coffey to what already appeared to be a full bullpen. It’s not a bad deal — worse relievers have signed for more money this winter — but I’m not sure what they felt they needed him for. The Dodgers already have the following relievers on…

  4. Rangers put Josh Hamilton contract talks on hold after relapse

    Feb 3, 2012, 6:12 PM EDT

    Josh Hamilton

    The Rangers and Josh Hamilton were expected to do their best to get an extension done this spring, but those plans have changed now following Hamilton’s night out at a Dallas-area bar earlier this week. GM Jon Daniels and Hamilton’s agent, Michael Moye, confirmed the decision to put talks on hold to ESPN Dallas’ Tim MacMahon…

  5. Manny Ramirez is deciding between the A’s, Jays and O’s

    Feb 3, 2012, 5:21 PM EDT

    Manny Ramirez

    No word if he’ll consider teams with longer names, but Enrique Rojas of ESPNDeportes.com reports that Manny Ramirez is deciding between offers from the Blue Jays, Orioles or Athletics. Presumably they’re all minor league deals. And, of course, he has to serve a 50-game suspension at the beginning of the season, so the overall outlay…

  6. The Dodgers sign Todd Coffey

    Feb 3, 2012, 4:58 PM EDT

    Todd Coffey

    Jon Heyman reports that the Dodgers have signed reliever Todd Coffey to a one-year, $1.3 million deal with an option for 2013. Coffey appeared in 69 games for the Nationals last season, posting a 3.62 ERA. His strikeout rate was lower than it had been in a while though, at 6.9 per nine innings. Gleeman…

  7. The San Francisco Giants have gained weight and lost weight

    Feb 3, 2012, 4:22 PM EDT

    scale help

    I’m hesitating to slap the BSOHL tag on this — I’ll let the commenters decide — but know that: (a) Tim Lincecum has lost 21 pounds in the offseason; (b) Brian Wilson has lost 15 pounds in the offseason; and (c) Pablo Sandoval has gained 25 pounds, though he claims it’s all muscle and at…

  8. Brewers, Shaun Marcum avoid arbitration

    Feb 3, 2012, 3:29 PM EDT

    Milwaukee Brewers Marcum reacts between pitches against the Boston Red Sox during their MLB game in Boston

    The Brewers and starter Shaun Marcum avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year contract. The settlement was for $7.725 million, which was at the exact midpoint between their competing offers. Marcum’s 2011 was good overall — he was 13-7 with a 3.54 ERA in 200.2 innings — but he ran out of gas at the end…

  9. Gary Carter makes the opening game for Palm Beach Atlantic University

    Feb 3, 2012, 2:45 PM EDT

    Gary Carter

    Gary Carter is the coach of the Palm Beach Atlantic University baseball team. And even though his battle with brain cancer has caused him to be apart from his team, he managed to make opening night last night. You can read the whole story — and see pictures — of Carter’s appearance at the game.…

  10. Josh Hamilton: “I had a weak moment … it was just wrong”

    Feb 3, 2012, 2:13 PM EDT

    Hamilton presser

    Josh Hamilton just spoke to the media about his falling off the wagon on Monday night in Dallas. Hamilton said he had “a weak moment” Monday night. Brought on by “personal reasons, with a family member.”  He said he walked to a restaurant and had three or four drinks. He said he called Ian Kinsler.…

  11. Cardinals broadcaster Dan McLaughlin to keep his job despite multiple DUIs

    Feb 3, 2012, 1:21 PM EDT

    Dan McLaughlin mugshot

    Last September, Cardinals broadcaster Dan McLaughlin was arrested after causing a single-car accident while driving while intoxicated. It was his second incident. In fact, he was still on probation from a previous drunk driving arrest that occurred in 2010. After the September arrest FOX Sports Midwest suspended McLaughlin, and it was unclear whether he’d be back doing Cardinals…

  12. The Rockies sign Matt Belisle to an extension

    Feb 3, 2012, 12:38 PM EDT

    Matt-Belisle

    Danny Knobler reports that the Rockies have signed Matt Belisle to a one-year contract extension.  It includes a mutual option for 2014, The extension could be worth a total of $4.3 million. Belisle has been durable and useful the past two seasons, pitching in more than 70 games each year as the Rockies’ setup man, with ERAs…

  13. Royals fans don’t deserve this. No one deserves this.

    Feb 3, 2012, 12:14 PM EDT

    Rex Hudler

    Rex Hudler, the “Wonder Dog” himself, is shaping up as the favorite to take over as the Kansas City Royals color guy, according to the Star’s Bob Dutton. Hudler, who was let go by the Angels two years ago, would replace former Royals star Frank White. Hudler and Steve Physioc made up one of the game’s worst…

  14. Josh Hamilton to hold a press conference this afternoon

    Feb 3, 2012, 11:53 AM EDT

    josh hamilton getty

    According to Anthony Andro of FOX Sports Southwest, Josh Hamilton will hold a press conference at 1 p.m. CT (2 p.m. ET) at Rangers Ballpark this afternoon to address his reported relapse from addiction. Gerry Fraley of the Dallas Morning News reported last night that Hamilton was spotted drinking alcohol Monday night at a bar…

  15. The Indians are negotiating a long term deal with Asdrubal Cabrera

    Feb 3, 2012, 11:20 AM EDT

    Asdrubal Cabrera

    Indians’ GM Chris Antonetti said this morning that the team is negotiating a long-term extension with Asdrubal Cabrera. Cabrera, who is 26, is coming off a great year: he hit .273/.332/.460 and socked 25 homers, scored 87 runs, drove in 92 and stole 17 bases. Still: that was basically an explosion in production. There was some suggestion…

  16. A new entrant into the “say stupid things about Josh Hamilton’s drinking” derby

    Feb 3, 2012, 10:37 AM EDT

    Oakland Athletics v Texas Rangers

    Randy Galloway of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram bursts into the lead! When the news came down on Thursday, I hope Josh will forgive my first thought of, “where’s the union?” That means the players’ union … Hamilton repeatedly gives the hardball speech to the media of granting the Rangers no hometown discount in money because he…

  17. Cubs and Matt Garza avoid arbitration with one-year, $9.5 million deal

    Feb 3, 2012, 10:14 AM EDT

    Cincinnati Reds v Chicago Cubs

    The Cubs and Matt Garza have avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $9.5 million contract. Garza’s agency, CAA Baseball, broke the news via Twitter and added that the deal includes some performance-based incentives. The two sides were able to work out a deal prior to an arbitration hearing scheduled for today. Garza requested $12.5…

  18. Jason Heyward is in the Best Shape of His Life

    Feb 3, 2012, 9:49 AM EDT

    Heyward_Jason

    Jason Heyward had a couple of problems last year: his health, adjusting to pitchers who — shockingly — decided to make him hit good pitches rather than challenging him with fastballs and being jerked around in terms of playing time and batting order and stuff.  All of those things are classic ingredients for a sophomore…

  19. The Nationals are trying to keep Phillies fans from filling up their ballpark

    Feb 3, 2012, 9:27 AM EDT

    Phillies fans AP

    Remember how all those Phillies fans came down to D.C. the past couple of years and basically took over the Nationals’ ballpark during Nats-Phillies series?  Yeah, that was awesome. Especially considering that it was helped out in a major way by the team actively soliciting group sales in the Philadelphia area prior to regular season…

  20. Report: Time Warner, Comcast riding to the Mets’ rescue

    Feb 3, 2012, 8:51 AM EDT

    Image (1) Mets%20Logo.png for post 3903

    The Mets have been casting about for investors for a long time now, and they’ve not had a ton of success yet.  Yesterday it was reported that one of the $20 million shares they’ve been peddling is going to hedge fund manager Steven Cohen.  Today we hear where more of those shares are going. From…

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