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  1. Jay Gibbons signs minor-league contract with Brewers

    Feb 22, 2012, 5:27 PM EDT

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    Jay Gibbons, who spent the past two seasons as a role player for the Dodgers, has agreed to a minor-league deal with the Brewers. Gibbons was a regular in the middle of the Orioles’ lineup from 2001-2007, but was named in the “Mitchell Report” and suspended for the beginning of 2008, getting released by the…

  2. Yu Darvish plays catch with his left hand? OK.

    Feb 22, 2012, 5:00 PM EDT

    Yu Darvish

    See anything wrong with this picture? Like, say, the righty Yu Darvish playing catch with the glove on his right hand? According to Evan Grant, Darvish does that sometimes to keep balance. Or something. Looks cool. But remember, Meat: If you win 20 in the show, you can throw with your left hand and the press’ll think…

  3. Brandon Phillips on contract talks with Reds: “I haven’t heard anything”

    Feb 22, 2012, 4:46 PM EDT

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    Brandon Phillips arrived at Reds camp today and naturally got some questions about the status of long-term contract negotiations as the second baseman enters his final season before free agency. Phillips told John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer that the two sides haven’t talked about a deal since “before Redsfest … it’s been a long…

  4. Lou Piniella hired by YES Network

    Feb 22, 2012, 4:10 PM EDT

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    Lou Piniella has been out of the game for a year, randomly showing up as an analyst here and there. But now he has a more permanent job: YES Network has hired him to do some Yankees games. Not a ton of them — between 20-30 of them — but more than his cameo appearances…

  5. Indians cancel Jon Garland signing after pitcher doesn’t take physical exam

    Feb 22, 2012, 3:49 PM EDT

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    Last week the Indians and Jon Garland agreed to a minor-league contract and as usual with such deals it was pending a physical exam. Those are usually just a formality, but Garland is coming back from shoulder surgery and Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that he never took the physical exam ……

  6. Terry Collins is mad at a player for not reporting to camp early. Again.

    Feb 22, 2012, 3:30 PM EDT

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    Remember last year when Mets manager Terry Collins was upset that Luis Castillo didn’t report to camp on time? No, of course you don’t, because Castillo did report to camp on time.  Collins was mad that Castillo didn’t report to camp early. It’s just that when you’re Terry Collins, on time is late and early…

  7. Indians finalize minor-league deal with Cristian Guzman

    Feb 22, 2012, 3:15 PM EDT

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    UPDATE: It’s now a done deal. ========== After sitting out all of last season Cristian Guzman is expected to sign a minor-league contract with the Indians, according to Jordan Bastian of MLB.com. Guzman, who made All-Star teams as a shortstop in 2001 and 2008, will be invited to spring training to compete for a bench…

  8. There will be no Chipper Jones is in The Worst Shape of His Life posts

    Feb 22, 2012, 2:55 PM EDT

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    I wasn’t gonna say anything about this, but you people won’t leave me alone, so here it is: no, I am not going to do a “Chipper Jones is in the Worst Shape of His Life” post. And it has nothing to do with me being a Braves homer. I just don’t see the evidence…

  9. Albert Pujols doesn’t like the Angels calling him “El Hombre” on their billboards

    Feb 22, 2012, 2:33 PM EDT

    Baseball player Albert Pujols wears an Angels cap after he is introduced by the Los Angeles Angels during a news conference at Angels Stadium in Anaheim

    Albert Pujols never liked the “El Hombre” nickname while he was in St. Louis, but the Angels decided to use it on their billboards promoting his arrival without asking him and Pujols isn’t happy. Mark Saxon of ESPN Los Angeles reports that there are 20 billboards around Southern California with the “El Hombre” nickname and…

  10. Someone is suing the Marlins, claiming they bought the team for $10 million at an auction

    Feb 22, 2012, 1:41 PM EDT

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    This is fun. In 2008, Marlins’ president David Samson apparently served as auctioneer at what I can only guess was a charity auction at a Florida Marlins awards banquet at a country club. At the outset of the auction, he said, in what I can only guess was a joking manner, that the Marlins were…

  11. Jose Reyes isn’t the only Marlins star cutting off his hair for charity

    Feb 22, 2012, 1:20 PM EDT

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    Jose Reyes cutting his hair and selling it for $10,200 in a charity auction was such a big deal (or there was such little in the way of real news) that MLB Network broadcast the clipping of his dreadlocks live in prime time. Reyes’ new teammate, ace Josh Johnson, didn’t get quite the same attention…

  12. The Rays are giving away a horrifying promotional item

    Feb 22, 2012, 1:03 PM EDT

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    The Rays must have some weird tax situation that absolutely requires that no one show up for their June 29 game against the Tigers.  How else to explain them giving away a promotional item that, if there is a God in Heaven, should send people running for the hills or an exorcist or something. From…

  13. Tony La Russa will be in Cardinals camp too

    Feb 22, 2012, 12:48 PM EDT

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    Much has been made of Tony La Russa hanging out in Tigers camp with his friend Jim Leyland, but the retired manager will soon be making an appearance in Cardinals camp as well. Rick Hummel of the St. Louis Post Dispatch reports that La Russa will be participating in a charity golf tournament next week…

  14. The Yankees sign David Aardsma

    Feb 22, 2012, 12:32 PM EDT

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    The New York Yankees announced today that they have signed former Mariners’ closer David Aardsma. It’s a major league deal. There’s an option for 2013 too, and Brian Cashman told reporters a few minutes ago that the deal is more for 2013 than it is for 2012. Aardsma underwent Tommy John surgery last summer and won’t be…

  15. Rockies minor leaguer, former 10th overall pick, suspended 50 games for amphetamines

    Feb 22, 2012, 12:16 PM EDT

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    Joseph Torres, who was the Angels’ first-round pick in 2000 and pitched last season in the Rockies’ farm system, has been suspended 50 games for amphetamines. Torres was the 10th overall pick out of high school and once cracked Baseball America‘s top 50 prospects, but he’s now 29 years old and has yet to reach…

  16. Six clubs are interested in Scott Kazmir for some reason

    Feb 22, 2012, 12:03 PM EDT

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    Scott Kazmir threw for scouts the other day. Today Buster Olney reports that as many as six teams are interested in him. The only team mentioned by name is the Mets, but really, it’s hard to see why anyone would be too exercised by the notion of adding Scott Kazmir to the organization.  He’s been…

  17. Great Moments in the Yankees-Red Sox rivalry

    Feb 22, 2012, 11:33 AM EDT

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    The long epic battle between the Yankees and the Red Sox is played out mostly on the baseball diamond. But there are minor skirmishes here and there. Like the time that the guy in Florida bought the domain name matching the name of the Red Sox’ new spring training complex and directed it to the…

  18. Edgar Renteria is leaning toward retirement at age 35

    Feb 22, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

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    Two weeks ago Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com reported that Edgar Renteria planned to play this season, but that is apparently no longer the case. Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com spoke to Renteria’s agent and writes that the 35-year-old “does not plan to play this season and is leaning toward retirement.” His lack of job options no…

  19. Ronald Belisario tested positive for cocaine, said he used it only once

    Feb 22, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

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    Dodgers reliever Ronald Belisario already faces a drug suspension at the beginning of the year, but it appears that his drug problems extend beyond whatever it was that sent him to rehab last year: he told reporters this morning that he tested positive for cocaine. It’s unclear when he tested positive, but Belisario says that…

  20. Jose Contreras “threw very, very well” in first bullpen session since surgery

    Feb 22, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

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    Jose Contreras took the mound yesterday for the first time since undergoing elbow surgery in September and Phillies pitching coach Rich Dubee said afterward that the veteran right-hander “did fine” and “threw very, very well.” Contreras was initially given a 4-6 month recovery timetable that made him unlikely to be healthy for the beginning of…

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