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  1. Magic Johnson’s group among seven bidders still in running for Dodgers

    Feb 27, 2012, 8:19 PM EDT

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    Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports that the Magic Johnson-Stan Kasten group is among seven bidders left in the running to buy the Dodgers. The field was whittled down to nine after the groups headlined by Peter O’Malley and Joe Torre dropped out over the past week. The groups led by Memphis Grizzlies’…

  2. Running down the rosters: Philadelphia Phillies

    Feb 27, 2012, 7:05 PM EDT

    Cole Hamels, Cliff Lee, Roy Halladay

    The Phillies still look like the class of the NL, but while their win totals have increased five years running, it hasn’t resulted in playoff success the last couple of years. Rotation Roy Halladay – R Cliff Lee – L Cole Hamels – L Vance Worley – R Joe Blanton – R Bullpen Jonathan Papelbon…

  3. Royals sign 21-year-old Salvador Perez to five-year deal

    Feb 27, 2012, 6:40 PM EDT

    Salvador Perez

    Update: The Kansas City Star’s Bob Dutton reports that Perez is guaranteed $7 million through 2016. The deal could be worth as much as $26.75 million over eight years. /// The Royals locked up the youngest of their young major leaguers on Monday, signing 21-year-old catcher Salvador Perez to a five-year contract with club options…

  4. Jason Varitek joins Tim Wakefield in calling it a career

    Feb 27, 2012, 6:18 PM EDT

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    Among active teammates, only the Yankees’ trio of Derek Jeter, Mariano Rivera and Jorge Posada had been together longer than Tim Wakefield and Jason Varitek. Now Varitek has joined Posada, the catcher he was so often compared to as part of the New York-Boston rivalry, and Wakefield in retirement. Had Varitek played anywhere other than…

  5. Jason Varitek is retiring

    Feb 27, 2012, 5:17 PM EDT

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    This is not surprising given all of the rumblings we’ve heard, but it’s going to be official as of Thursday: Jason Varitek is retiring.  He told the Boston Globe that he will announce it formally in Fort Myers that day. The end was certainly nigh.  Varitek turns 40 in April. He hit .221/.300/.423 with 11…

  6. After 10 seasons and $43 million, Danys Baez is retiring

    Feb 27, 2012, 5:12 PM EDT

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    Danys Baez, who was released by the Phillies in the middle of last season, is retiring following a 10-year career, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com. Baez defected from Cuba in 1999 and had a few standout seasons for the Indians and Rays early in his career, but was a bust for the Orioles after…

  7. The Ryan Braun saga tells us something about the culture of baseball

    Feb 27, 2012, 5:00 PM EDT

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    We’ve heard a lot since Thursday evening about how Ryan Braun was such a lucky dog for beating the system and all of that. We haven’t heard a ton, however, about that system itself.  But Grantland’s Charles Pierce has some pretty strong opinions.  Notably: From its very beginnings, the “war” on performance-enhancing drugs in sports,…

  8. Photo of the Day: Jeff Samardzija is dead sexy

    Feb 27, 2012, 4:30 PM EDT

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    I love spring training photo day.  Every year it seems like the guys at Getty and wherever else come up with new dramatic lighting, some different poses or something creative to make the every day headshots more interesting than they used to be. But sometimes I think they’re just messing with these guys.  Guys like…

  9. Details of Ryan Zimmerman’s extension with the Nationals

    Feb 27, 2012, 4:16 PM EDT

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    There have been some conflicting reports about the details of Ryan Zimmerman‘s contract extension with the Nationals, but Mark Zuckerman of CSNWashington.com has the year-by-year breakdown of the deal: 2012: $12 million 2013: $14 million 2014: $14 million 2015: $14 million 2016: $14 million 2017: $14 million 2018: $14 million 2019: $18 million 2020: $18…

  10. The Astros will probably get new uniforms next year

    Feb 27, 2012, 4:00 PM EDT

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    Zach Levine reports that Astros owner Jim Crane said yesterday that the Astros are “leaning heavily” toward new uniforms for next season, their first in the American League. Apparently designs for new duds have to be submitted to Major League Baseball by May 1st to be available for next season. Which seems weird, but rules are…

  11. Allen Craig has “a nice jog” for first time since knee surgery

    Feb 27, 2012, 3:45 PM EDT

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    Allen Craig still has a long road back from knee surgery, but today he ran for the first time since having screws inserted into his kneecap in November. “I was able to pick up the pace to a nice jog,” Craig told Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch. “It wasn’t a run or…

  12. Kurt Suzuki was in The Best Shape of His Life … last year

    Feb 27, 2012, 3:30 PM EDT

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    Kurt Suzuki has added 15 pounds and talks to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle about how that extra muscle is going to help keep him from getting fatigued and stuff.  Is he … in the BSOHL?  No! That was last year: Last year at this time, Suzuki felt he was in the best…

  13. Peter Bourjos will likely need hip surgery after the season

    Feb 27, 2012, 2:49 PM EDT

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    Peter Bourjos made certain to say that he’s currently feeling “good, normal, 100 percent” but the Angels center fielder also said today that he’ll likely need hip surgery after the season. Bourjos told Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times that he would’ve had the operation to repair labrum fraying during the offseason, except he…

  14. Quote of the Day: Bobby Valentine on Francona’s comments

    Feb 27, 2012, 2:30 PM EDT

    Boston Red Sox manager Valentine watches pitchers work out at the Red Sox new Major League Baseball spring training facility in Fort Myers

    This morning Terry Francona said that Bobby V.’s banning of beer from the Red Sox’ clubhouse was a P.R. move.  Someone told Bobby V. about that and he responded: “Remember, you’re getting paid over there for saying stuff. You get paid over here for doing stuff. I’ve done both.” By “over there,” he means for…

  15. Reds sign Sean Marshall to $16.5 million extension

    Feb 27, 2012, 2:14 PM EDT

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    Two months after acquiring him from the Cubs the Reds have signed Sean Marshall to a three-year contract extension, which keeps the 29-year-old reliever from hitting the open market as a free agent next offseason. Marshall was already under contract for $3.1 million this season, which is his final year of arbitration eligibility, so the…

  16. Tommy Hanson is feeling better, should be cleared for full workouts tomorrow

    Feb 27, 2012, 2:00 PM EDT

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    Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports that Tommy Hanson worked out at Braves camp today and is feeling good. This a week after a minor auto accident that left him with a Grade 1 concussion. Hanson hopes to be cleared for full workouts tomorrow. Assuming no further hiccups, he’ll be on schedule to start the season…

  17. Matt Diaz is in The Best Shape of His Life

    Feb 27, 2012, 1:30 PM EDT

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    Maybe. It’s possible Matt Diaz was in better shape years ago with the Royals or something, but this story has all the hallmarks of a BSOHL story: struggling player with a weakening hold on a major league job + big weight loss and optimistic talk. Take it away Dave O’Brien of the AJC: After seeing his slugging…

  18. Angels tell Bobby Abreu he’ll get 400 plate appearances

    Feb 27, 2012, 1:20 PM EDT

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    Bobby Abreu said last week that he’ll ask for a trade if the Angels aren’t going to use him as an everyday player, but apparently now he’s fine with something less than an everyday role. There’s no getting around the fact that the Angels’ first base/corner outfielder/designated hitter logjam means Abreu will be a part-time…

  19. There was a fire at Fenway Park today

    Feb 27, 2012, 12:57 PM EDT

    Fenway Fire

    This is a wicked pissah: From the Twitter feed of the Boston Fire Department: there was fire at 4 Yawkey Way today. That’s Fenway Park to you and me. It was a small one, however. An electrical fire due to a wall-mounted light fixture on the second floor of the mail room of the administrative…

  20. Juan Pierre can opt out of Phillies contract on March 31

    Feb 27, 2012, 12:48 PM EDT

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    Juan Pierre‘s minor-league contract with the Phillies included an invitation to spring training and an opt-out clause that allows him to become a free agent again on March 31 if he’s not on the big-league roster. If he does make the team Pierre will get $800,000 in guaranteed money and Bob Brookover of the Philadelphia…

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