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  1. The Yankees have hired Jim Hendry

    Jan 31, 2012, 1:30 PM EDT

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    When he was let go from the Cubs’ GM gig late last season, I thought “well, we won’t have Jim Hendry to kick around anymore.”  Guess I was wrong, because ESPN Chicago reports that the Yankees have hired Hendry as an assistant to Brian Cashman. In all honesty, we really don’t have him to kick…

  2. Diamondbacks, Ryan Roberts avoid arbitration

    Jan 31, 2012, 1:20 PM EDT

    Ryan Roberts

    It wasn’t quite as last-minute as their deal with Miguel Montero this morning, but the Diamondbacks have also avoided arbitration with Ryan Roberts by signing him to a one-year, $2 million contract. Roberts requested $2.275 million and Arizona countered at $1.65 million, so they settled slightly above the midpoint. Roberts didn’t get an extended opportunity…

  3. Athletics’ outfielder Michael Taylor has an offseason job

    Jan 31, 2012, 1:03 PM EDT

    Michael Taylor

    This is pretty neat.  Not as neat as the fact that Richie Hebner used to work as a grave digger in the offseason, but neat in the sense that ballplayers never actually work real jobs anymore, so it’s cool to see one who does. It’s Michael Taylor of the Oakland A’s, who spent the offseason…

  4. Daisuke Matsuzaka has first post-surgery bullpen session

    Jan 31, 2012, 12:48 PM EDT

    Daisuke Matsuzaka

    Kyodo News in Japan has an update on Daisuke Matsuzaka‘s comeback from Tommy John elbow surgery. Matsuzaka threw a bullpen session yesterday for the first time since going under the knife in June, tossing around 20 pitches at the Red Sox’s spring training complex in Florida. Afterward he called it “a warmup” and said he…

  5. The Marlins in action in their new uniforms. No Photoshop this time

    Jan 31, 2012, 12:30 PM EDT

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    Yesterday, after I posted that Photoshopped baseball card of Jose Reyes, I was alerted to the fact that there are bona fide action photos of the Marlins — including the new Marlins — in their new uniforms.  You can see a gallery of them over at Fox Sports Florida. They came courtesy of the Miami…

  6. Diamondbacks and Miguel Montero avoid arbitration at last minute

    Jan 31, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

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    Miguel Montero and the Diamondbacks had an arbitration hearing scheduled for today, but the two sides agreed to a one-year contract just moments before going in. Steve Gilbert of MLB.com reports that Montero will get $5.9 million, which is $200,000 less than the midpoint between his $6.8 request and the team’s $5.4 million figure. Montero…

  7. Is the Prince Fielder signing evidence of a “financial disconnect?”

    Jan 31, 2012, 11:33 AM EDT

    Detroit Tigers Introduce Prince Fielder.

    Over at ESPN, columnist LZ Granderson — a Tigers fan — wonders what Prince Fielder signing for $214 million means for a cash-strapped burg like Detroit: There is absolutely nothing wrong with Fielder’s contract. And again I am excited he is on the team and feel fortunate we have an owner who doesn’t just say…

  8. Phillies sign Chad Qualls to one-year, $1.15 million deal

    Jan 31, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

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    Philadelphia spending $50 million on Jonathan Papelbon stands out in what has otherwise been a buyer’s market for relief pitching, but the Phillies got into the bargain-hunting action by signing Chad Qualls to a one-year, $1.15 million deal. Jose Contreras‘ health status is uncertain coming off elbow surgery, so Qualls can slide into his right-handed…

  9. Bobby V. is not too concerned about shortstop

    Jan 31, 2012, 11:04 AM EDT

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    Red Sox fans don’t seem to be terribly pleased with the team’s current shortstop options: Mike Aviles and Nick Punto.  But Bobby Valentine is kind of cool with it: “I’ve never seen any of the guys play except for Punto a little on television. We’ve got seven weeks together, we’ll practice together, we’ll play together, that…

  10. Indians acquire Triple-A MVP Russ Canzler from Rays

    Jan 31, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

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    Russ Canzler predictably drew interest from other teams after the Rays designated him for assignment last week and Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports that Tampa Bay has traded the Triple-A MVP to Cleveland for cash considerations. For a brief moment early in the offseason Canzler sat atop the Rays’ first base depth chart, but then…

  11. Skip Schumaker’s baseball card is pretty awesome

    Jan 31, 2012, 10:30 AM EDT

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    Not sure how I missed this yesterday, but via my NBC comrade Rick Chandler over at Off the Bench, we learn that there are baseball cards way better than the Photoshopped Jose Reyes and Albert Pujols cards. Specifically, Skip Shumaker’s: That, of course, is from last season’s NLDS, when the varmint messed with Roy Oswalt…

  12. Yankees sign Manny Delcarmen to minor-league deal

    Jan 31, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

    Manny Delcarmen

    Manny Delcarmen didn’t pitch in the majors last year, spending the entire season at Triple-A, and now the 29-year-old reliever will try to make it back to the big leagues with the Yankees. Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that Delcarmen has agreed to a minor-league contract with an invitation to spring training,…

  13. The Mariners tried to trade Michael Pineda for Brett Lawrie

    Jan 31, 2012, 9:50 AM EDT

    Blue Jays' Lawrie acknowledges cheering crowds after he hit a walk off home run to beat the Red Sox in the eleventh inning of their American League MLB baseball game in Toronto

    The Michael Pineda-for-Jesus Montero trade was pretty cool in that we don’t see tons of young-pitcher-for-young-slugger trades that don’t involve payroll things, impending free agency or any of that.  But it could have been way cooler. Well, at least if you’re a Mariners fan. As Jeff Blair of the Globe and Mail reports, the Blue…

  14. Pirates prospect Tony Sanchez got his jaw broken in a bar fight

    Jan 31, 2012, 9:20 AM EDT

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    As a wise man once said, “no one ever wins a fight.”  But whether you believe that or not, this is a good way to not to impress your employer: Tony Sanchez, the Pirates’ top catcher prospect, again got into hot water with the team when he sustained a broken jaw in a bar brawl earlier…

  15. Jose Bautista doesn’t mind all the extra drug tests

    Jan 31, 2012, 8:50 AM EDT

    Jose Bautista

    Last week Jose Bautista noted at a banquet that he has been given a ton more drug tests since he became a super duper power hitter.  He said yesterday, however, that he doesn’t want to be taken as complaining about it.  Quite the contrary: “It has increased in the last two years compared to before…

  16. Why all of you horrible savages are wrong for booing ballplayers

    Jan 31, 2012, 6:50 AM EDT

    Ralph Branca

    There are two areas in baseball — I think just two, but I’m sure someone will remind me if I’m missing any — in which I will freely own up to being an impossible annoying self-righteous prig:  beanball wars, as we discussed yesterday, and booing ballplayers. My thing about beanball wars is pretty defensible I…

  17. Marlins sell out first game at new stadium — sort of

    Jan 31, 2012, 12:10 AM EDT

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    The Miami Marlins have figured out a way to erase the embarrassment of poor attendance figures: Make fewer tickets available. Brilliant! The Marlins have announced a sellout for their first game at their new ballpark, a contest against the University of Miami on March 6, reports the Miami Herald. Of course calling it a sellout…

  18. Pat Burrell and the Class of 1998

    Jan 30, 2012, 10:00 PM EDT

    Pat Burrell, Charlie Manuel

    Pat Burrell, the first overall pick in the 1998 draft, is expected to announce his retirement in the coming days. J.D. Drew, another top player from the same class, may do the same. So, here’s a look at the top players from the 1998 draft, as judged by Baseball-Reference’s version of WAR (the list only…

  19. The Astros aren’t changing their name

    Jan 30, 2012, 9:00 PM EDT

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    Remember how new Astros’ owner Jim Crane created a mini-controversy last week when he said he planned to conduct a study on whether to change the team’s name?  Well, the results are in. The Astros aren’t going anywhere…except the American League West, that is. According to Astros’ Sr. Director of Social Media Alyson Footer, Crane said the following…

  20. Yoenis Cespedes expected to travel to United States within 7-10 days

    Jan 30, 2012, 8:30 PM EDT

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    Yoenis Cespedes‘ agent Adam Katz has been a pretty popular guy since the Cuban outfielder was granted free agency by MLB last Wednesday. According to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com, Katz said the market for the 26-year-old has been “meaningful and aggressive” and that he expects his client will be in spring training with an MLB…

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