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  1. Ryan Braun’s testosterone levels were “insanely high,” says source close to the MVP outfielder

    Dec 11, 2011, 5:06 PM EDT

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    Brewers left fielder Ryan Braun is passionately fighting a positive performance-enhancing drug test result that would land him a 50-game suspension if upheld at an arbitration hearing in January. His side of the story: the result was false — a false positive. Braun told Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel late Saturday night that he’s “completely…

  2. Picture of the Day: Joe Maddon, spaghetti sauce king

    Dec 11, 2011, 3:58 PM EDT

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    Rays manager Joe Maddon has produced a large-scale spaghetti dinner for homeless and needy folks around the Tampa Bay region since the winter of 2006. It typically takes place on a Sunday night between Thanksgiving and Christmas, and has thus been anointed the name “Thanksmas.” Maddon isn’t your typical celebrity philanthropist. He actually gets hands-on with the…

  3. Indians sign outfielder Felix Pie to minor league contract

    Dec 11, 2011, 2:45 PM EDT

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    Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun reports that the Indians have signed outfielder Felix Pie to a minor league contract worth potentially $1 million. The deal also comes with an invitation to spring training, where Pie will attempt to land a spot on Cleveland’s 25-man roster. If he’s unable to pull that off, he can request…

  4. Source associated with Ryan Braun says positive test was for “prohibited substance,” not PED

    Dec 11, 2011, 1:33 PM EDT

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    From Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: ESPN reported that Braun tested positive for a PED that gave him an abnormally high testosterone level, which proved to be synthetic and therefore not produced by the body. But my source — and again, this is from Braun’s end and not MLB — familiar with the test’s findings…

  5. Josh Willingham deciding between the Indians and Twins

    Dec 11, 2011, 1:01 PM EDT

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    On Saturday night, free agent outfielder Josh Willingham was said to be deciding between offers from the Twins, Indians, Rockies and Mariners. Now, according to Nick Camino of WTAM 1100 in Cleveland, he’s down to Minnesota and Cleveland. Willingham batted .246/.332/.477 with 29 homers, 26 doubles and 98 RBI in 563 plate appearances this past…

  6. Red Sox will try to make Daniel Bard a starter this spring

    Dec 11, 2011, 12:24 PM EDT

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    New Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine confirmed Sunday what many have suspected: Daniel Bard is going to be tried as a starter during spring training. This via the Boston Globe‘s Michael Vega. Bard was drafted as a starter out of the University of North Carolina in 2006 before being moved to the bullpen after a…

  7. Diamondbacks re-sign veteran infielder Cody Ransom

    Dec 11, 2011, 11:50 AM EDT

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    According to Matt Eddy of Baseball America, the Diamondbacks have re-signed veteran infielder Cody Ransom to a minor league contract. Ransom posted a stellar .317/.405/.629 batting line with 27 home runs, 29 doubles and 92 RBI in 432 plate appearances this past year at the Triple-A level, also swiping 10 bases in 13 attempts. The 35-year-old was…

  8. Cards’ strategy in Pujols talks was odd, maybe even insulting

    Dec 11, 2011, 10:39 AM EDT

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    It probably wouldn’t have mattered anyway because the Angels blew away the competition with their 10-year, $254 million contract offer to Albert Pujols, but it’s now being revealed that the Cardinals’ higher-ups made a number of odd decisions in their negotiations for the first baseman and franchise icon. Like, for instance, offering him a five-year,…

  9. Brewers issue statement on Ryan Braun’s PED charge

    Dec 11, 2011, 9:35 AM EDT

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    Brewers chairman and principal owner Mark Attanasio issued a statement late Saturday night offering the organization’s official stance on the allegations that left fielder Ryan Braun was using synthetic testosterone during the 2011 season. If you’re not into reading prepared statements, which almost always lack provocativeness, the gist is this: Braun has been an honorable player since…

  10. Pujols addresses Cardinals fans: “I respect them”

    Dec 11, 2011, 8:52 AM EDT

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    Albert Pujols was introduced at an outdoor press conference Saturday in Anaheim, California attended by over 4,000 fans — a pep rally, basically. So when he was asked by multiple reporters to discuss his feelings about heart-broken St. Louisans, the questions drew loud boos and he deflected ’em. A bit later in the day, Pujols…

  11. Ryan Braun on PED charge: “I’m completely innocent”

    Dec 11, 2011, 12:16 AM EDT

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    There’s been so much blatant lying on the topic of steroid usage in baseball that fans have rightfully developed trust issues with the game’s athletes. But Ryan Braun deserves to be heard on the charge that he was using synthetic testosterone — confirmed by an early-October positive test, then denied by a negative test a…

  12. Josh Willingham deciding between four interested teams

    Dec 10, 2011, 10:49 PM EDT

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    According to Nick Camino of WTAM 1100 in Cleveland, free agent outfielder Josh Willingham has narrowed his long list of suitors down to four teams: the Twins, Indians, Rockies and Mariners. The Rays were also in the running at one point but may have backed away from the negotiating table during the Winter Meetings as…

  13. David Price attacked by man peeing on his car in Tampa

    Dec 10, 2011, 9:31 PM EDT

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    This one’s … odd. But thankfully fairly innocent. From Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times comes word that Rays pitcher David Price was nearly assaulted outside of a Tampa restaurant Friday after confronting a man who was relieving himself on the 26-year-old left-hander’s car. No one was injured — not Price, nor the man.…

  14. MVP Braun’s positive test spells disaster for MLB

    Dec 10, 2011, 8:54 PM EDT

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    This is just the kind of PR mess that commissioner Bud Selig and his cronies didn’t need this month. The National League’s newly minted Most Valuable Player tested positive for enhanced testosterone levels during the postseason, and now Ryan Braun joins legends like Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Alex Rodriguez and Mark McGwire in being implicated…

  15. Ryan Braun tested positive for synthetic testosterone

    Dec 10, 2011, 7:47 PM EDT

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    According to Mark Fainaru-Wada and T.J. Quinn of ESPN.com, Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun has tested positive for a performance-enhancing drug. Braun, who won the 2011 National League MVP Award, is disputing the result through arbitration. If it is upheld, he will face a 50-game suspension. It should be noted that Major League Baseball has not once…

  16. Angels will tender a contract to Kendrys Morales

    Dec 10, 2011, 7:03 PM EDT

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    There’s been some talk, in the wake of the Albert Pujols signing, that Anaheim might non-tender Kendrys Morales prior to Monday’s deadline. But Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto and manager Mike Scioscia put that idea to rest on Saturday afternoon during a press conference introducing both Pujols and lefty C.J. Wilson. This according to MLB.com’s…

  17. The Dodgers have interest in Daniel Muprhy

    Dec 10, 2011, 5:33 PM EDT

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    Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti mentioned during the Winter Meetings that he was working on a deal to add another infielder capable of playing multiple positions. Ken Gurnick of MLB.com was told by a league source that the Mets’ Daniel Murphy was their target and that they make may a run at him again sometime…

  18. Picture of the Day: Albert Pujols and C.J. Wilson in their new digs

    Dec 10, 2011, 4:30 PM EDT

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    The Angels just held a press conference/pep rally at Angel Stadium officially introducing their new first baseman Albert Pujols and left-hander C.J. Wilson. It goes without saying, but seeing Pujols in a different uniform is going to take some getting used to.

  19. Dodgers targeting Hideki Matsui as bench bat

    Dec 10, 2011, 4:05 PM EDT

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    Athletics general manager Billy Beane indicated earlier this week that he’d like to go younger with the DH spot next season, which means that Hideki Matsui will almost certainly be playing elsewhere next season. His search for a job may lead him to an interesting place: the National League. Jon Weisman of Dodger Thoughts was…

  20. Astros may have interest in Ryan Theriot if he’s non-tendered

    Dec 10, 2011, 3:00 PM EDT

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    MLB Network’s Jon Heyman hears that the Astros may have interest in infielder Ryan Theriot if he’s non-tendered by the Cardinals. The non-tender part sounds like a pretty good bet to happen, as the Cardinals have already pegged Daniel Descalso as their starting second baseman for next season and are “making progress” in bringing back…

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