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  1. A’s “getting close” to acquiring Koji Uehara from Rangers

    Feb 17, 2012, 2:14 PM EDT

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    Texas has been shopping Koji Uehara all offseason and they may have finally found a taker, as Joe Stiglich of the San Jose Mercury News reports that the Rangers are “getting close” to trading him to the A’s. Uehara almost immediately fell out of favor with the Rangers after they acquired him from the Orioles…

  2. Yankees release Hideki Okajima after failed physical exam

    Feb 17, 2012, 1:40 PM EDT

    Hideki Okajima

    UPDATE: No word yet on the cause of the failed physical, but the Yankees have released Okajima. ========== Hideki Okajima, who signed a minor-league contract with the Yankees in December, has failed his physical exam according to David Waldstein of the New York Times. Waldstein speculates that the Yankees will void his contract and make…

  3. Tim Wakefield ranks with Red Sox legends

    Feb 17, 2012, 12:50 PM EDT

    Tim Wakefield

    Tim Wakefield would never be quite so good again. He debuted with the Red Sox on May 27, 1995, pitching seven innings of one-run ball in a win over the Angels. Three days later, he used his knuckler to shut out the A’s for 7 1/3 innings in a win. Five days after that, he…

  4. Tim Wakefield retires after 19 seasons and 200 wins

    Feb 17, 2012, 11:52 AM EDT

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    Tim Wakefield will announce his retirement during a press conference tonight, calling it quits after a 19-season career in which the knuckleballer won 200 games despite not making his big-league debut until age 25. Red Sox president Larry Lucchino revealed last week that the team had offered Wakefield a minor-league contract with an invitation to…

  5. CC Sabathia is in The Best Shape of His Life

    Feb 17, 2012, 11:33 AM EDT

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    Last year’s story about CC Sabathia giving up Cap’n Crunch and losing weight was red herring. Sabathia wasn’t really in the best shape of his life last season. Especially late in the season when he seemed to be back on the Crunch. And maybe lots of pizza and stuff. But Buster Olney reports that we…

  6. The A.J. Burnett trade is just about done. Finally.

    Feb 17, 2012, 11:02 AM EDT

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    Without looking, I’m going to assume that we’ve done 50 posts on the Yankees-Pirates A.J. Burnett trade.  But maybe it’s almost over! Sources: Yankees and Pirates hope to take their proposed Burnett deal to the Commissioner later today, for approval. — Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) February 17, 2012   Seriously. I don’t think Burnett will play…

  7. New home for Padres games, FOX Sports San Diego, to launch early next month

    Feb 17, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

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    Reports vary about the exact details of the Padres’ new television contract, but everyone seems to agree that it’ll be a massive deal and Jay Posner of the San Diego Union Tribune says the team’s new home, FOX Sports San Diego, will launch in early March. Nothing is official yet, in part because MLB must…

  8. The former Fausto Carmona: “in truth there is triumph”

    Feb 17, 2012, 10:31 AM EDT

    Fausto Carmona, Roberto Hernandez Heredia

    Roberto Hernandez — the real name of the man we know as Fausto Carmona — used a fake identity, got a nice bonus out of it and made it to the majors on the strength of his advancement at a certain, presumed age.  But he wants kids in the Dominican Republic to know that it’s…

  9. David Ortiz: “I feel happy since I avoided arbitration”

    Feb 17, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

    Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz reacts after flying out against the Tampa Bay Rays during the eighth inning of their MLB American League baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston

    David Ortiz and the Red Sox created a whole lot of drama before eventually compromising at the exact midpoint and avoiding arbitration, but publicly at least Ortiz seems fine with the outcome after previously wanting a multi-year contract. “I feel happy since I avoided going to arbitration,” Ortiz told the Associated Press. “People are used…

  10. Braves relief aces are taking it easier this spring

    Feb 17, 2012, 9:45 AM EDT

    Jonny Venters

    Craig Kimbrel and Jonny Venters were rode hard and put away wet last year. So this year, they’re taking it a bit easier heading into spring training. From the AJC: It’s easy to suggest their first-half workload is what caused Kimbrel and Venters to struggle down the stretch, when they appeared to be operating on…

  11. Tony La Russa is going to hang out at Tigers camp this spring

    Feb 17, 2012, 9:05 AM EDT

    2011 World Series Game 4 -Texas Rangers v St Louis Cardinals

    Tony La Russa doesn’t have a whole heck of a lot to do this spring, what with retiring and all.  But he’s good buddies with Jim Leyland — La Russa hired Leyland for the White Sox’ staff back in the early 80s when Leyland was a Tigers’ minor league manager — so Jimmy is doing…

  12. Wanna buy a house from a ballplayer?

    Feb 17, 2012, 8:20 AM EDT

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    In honor of the beginning of spring training, Realtor.com has assembled a page of listings of homes of several former and current ballplayers.  The players: Adrian Beltre, Pat Burrell, Matt Cain, Barry Larkin, Derek Lowe, Jack McDowell, Jamie Moyer, John Smoltz — whose home we’ve featured previously — and Jonathan Papelbon.  There are links to…

  13. Running down the rosters: San Francisco Giants

    Feb 16, 2012, 11:47 PM EDT

    Tim Lincecum, Buster Posey

    Coming off a disappointing 86-76 finish in 2011, the Giants’ big moves this winter were a pair of underwhelming trades: Jonathan Sanchez for Melky Cabrera and Andres Torres plus Ramon Ramirez for Angel Pagan. To say the least, they didn’t make the kind of splash their fans were hoping for (but have come not to…

  14. Ryan Braun may report to spring training without decision on appeal

    Feb 16, 2012, 10:41 PM EDT

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    Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reported earlier this week that we would learn the fate of Ryan Braun‘s appeal before the outfielder reports to spring training, but Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports was told by a source “familiar with the appeal” that there’s a possibility a decision could take longer. While there’s hope for…

  15. Brandon Webb is throwing again

    Feb 16, 2012, 9:39 PM EDT

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    Brandon Webb hasn’t appeared in a major league game since Opening Day of the 2009 season due to lingering shoulder woes. He latched on with the Rangers last offseason, but struggled over four minor league rehab starts before requiring another surgery in August. However, he’s still working hard to get his career back on track.…

  16. Reds sign Brett Tomko to a minor league contract

    Feb 16, 2012, 8:15 PM EDT

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    Brett Tomko’s career is about to come full circle. According to Ben Nicholson-Smith of MLB Trade Rumors, the Reds have agreed to sign Tomko to a minor league contract. Tomko, who turns 39 in April, was originally drafted by the Reds in the second round of the 1995 draft and spent his first three major…

  17. What they’re saying about the passing of Gary Carter

    Feb 16, 2012, 7:41 PM EDT

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    Gary Carter passed away this afternoon at the age of 57 following a fight with brain cancer. Here’s some reaction from around a baseball world in mourning. Mets chairman & CEO Fred Wilpon, president Saul Katz and COO Jeff Wilpon: “On behalf of everyone at the Mets, we extend our deepest and heartfelt condolences to Gary’s family…

  18. Gary Carter’s Hall of Fame induction speech

    Feb 16, 2012, 7:15 PM EDT

    Gary Carter, Andre Dawson

    More from The Baseball Hall of Fame. This time it’s Gary Carter’s induction speech from 2003.

  19. Gary Carter: The Hall of Fame Biography

    Feb 16, 2012, 6:15 PM EDT

    Gary Carter

    A quick video from the Hall of Fame showing Gary Carter as an Expo and his big hit in Game 6 of the 1986 World Series against the Red Sox:

  20. It’s possible, but not certain, that Geovany Soto is in The Best Shape of His Life

    Feb 16, 2012, 5:40 PM EDT

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    I have to put a caveat on this report from Carrie Muskat at MLB.com: It’s all a matter of balance for Cubs catcher Geovany Soto. He’s working on better balance in his diet, which should help Soto keep off the 25 pounds he dropped this offseason. The caveat being that he lost 40 pounds prior to…

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