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  1. The Athletics are interested in Magglio Ordonez

    Feb 4, 2012, 5:30 PM EDT

    magglio ordonez getty

    We already know that the Athletics have some interest in Manny Ramirez, but Peter Gammons of MLB Network is hearing that they are also evaluating Magglio Ordonez for a possible tryout during spring training. Ordonez, who turned 38 in January, returned from right ankle surgery last season and batted just .255/.303/.331 with five home runs,…

  2. Red Sox and Phillies maintaining contact with Roy Oswalt

    Feb 4, 2012, 4:00 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v Arizona Diamondbacks

    It’s pretty well-documented that Roy Oswalt would prefer to pitch for the Rangers or Cardinals in order to be closer to his home in Mississippi. However, since both clubs have full starting rotations, they have little reason to break the bank in order to sign him. This leaves Oswalt considering the alternatives. With that in…

  3. See the Marlins’ new stadium in video game form

    Feb 4, 2012, 2:31 PM EDT

    Miami Marlins Stadium Construction Baseball

    Can’t wait to see what the Marlins’ new stadium will look like when the season begins two months from now? Well, we have something to tide you over. Via Operationsports.com, here’s a trailer from video game MLB 12 The Show portraying the new ballpark, complete with the much-ballyhooed home run monstrosity in left-center field and the…

  4. Joba Chamberlain is now throwing off a half-mound

    Feb 4, 2012, 2:00 PM EDT

    chamberlain getty

    According to the Associated Press, Joba Chamberlain has begun throwing off a half-mound as he continues his rehabilitation process from Tommy John surgery. Yesterday’s throwing session took place at the Yankees’ minor league complex in Tampa, Florida. Chamberlain threw off a five-inch mound with Yankees’ pitching coach Larry Rothschild and team vice president Billy Connors in…

  5. Buster Posey progressing with rehab, but says ankle isn’t yet 100 percent

    Feb 4, 2012, 12:53 PM EDT

    posey wider

    Buster Posey still expects to be ready for the start of the season, but he told Rael Enteen of CSNBayArea.com during Giants’ media day yesterday that his surgically-repaired left ankle is “not 100 percent yet.” “The games will be a whole new level and I’m excited to see how [my ankle] responds,” Posey said Friday.…

  6. U.S. Consulate backtracks on pardoning Fausto Carmona and Leo Nunez for falsifying their identities

    Feb 4, 2012, 11:41 AM EDT

    Fausto Carmona, Roberto Hernandez Heredia

    There appeared to be some good news for the men formerly known as Fausto Carmona and Leo Nunez earlier this week, as Dominican Today quoted William Weissman, consul general for the U.S. Embassy in the Dominican Republic, as saying the U.S. State Department could pardon Dominican baseball players caught with a false identity. While many…

  7. Brian Cashman’s wife files for divorce

    Feb 4, 2012, 10:42 AM EDT

    Brian Cashman

    This whole topic definitely pushes the boundaries of what we’re willing to talk about here at HardballTalk, as it’s only relevant because Brian Cashman is the general manager of the New York Yankees, but since we’ve followed the ugly and bizarre situation regarding his alleged extramarital affairs this week, it only makes sense that we…

  8. Cecil Fielder on his son Prince: “I think we’re all a little disappointed”

    Feb 4, 2012, 9:57 AM EDT

    Prince Fielder Cecil Fielder

    After Prince Fielder shocked the baseball world by signing a nine-year, $214 million contract with the Tigers late last month, Cecil Fielder was quoted as saying that the relationship with his son was “doing a lot better.” Obviously something has changed over the past few days, because Cecil had some harsh words for Prince before…

  9. Nationals’ GM says Bryce Harper could make the team out of spring training

    Feb 4, 2012, 8:57 AM EDT

    Bryce Harper

    It’s no secret that Nationals manager Davey Johnson would like top prospect Bryce Harper to make the team out of spring training as the starting right fielder. Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo has played things pretty coy until now, but his comments to Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com yesterday indicate that he hasn’t dismissed the possibility.…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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.…

  19. 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.…

  20. 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…

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