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  1. Must-Click Link: Mike Carp honoring Greg Halman

    Feb 11, 2012, 10:11 PM EDT

    Greg Halman; Mike Carp

    The late-November stabbing death of Mariners outfielder Greg Halman is still fresh on the mind of many players in the Seattle clubhouse as spring camp begins to get underway in Peoria, Arizona. One player in particular. Mariners left fielder Mike Carp considered Halman his best friend, writes MLB.com beat writer Greg Johns. Carp attended Halman’s…

  2. Rangers avoid arbitration with Mike Napoli at $9.4 million

    Feb 11, 2012, 8:35 PM EDT

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    From Ben Nicholson-Smith of MLB Trade Rumors comes word that the Rangers avoided arbitration with catcher Mike Napoli on Saturday night by agreeing to a one-year, $9.4 million contract for 2012. Napoli requested a salary of $11.5 million and was offered $8.3 million from the Texas front office when arbitration figures were filed last month.…

  3. Angels confident in working out long-term deal with Aybar

    Feb 11, 2012, 7:03 PM EDT

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    Angels GM Jerry Dipoto acknowledged Saturday to MLB.com’s Alden Gonzalez that it’s unlikely Erick Aybar‘s contract will be extended before the start of the 2012 regular season, but at the same time expressed confidence that something will get done eventually: “We’ve had multiple talks with Erick and his people,” said Dipoto. “They’re aware of our…

  4. Stephen Drew doesn’t know if he’ll be ready for Opening Day

    Feb 11, 2012, 5:30 PM EDT

    Milwaukee Brewers v Arizona Diamondbacks

    Stephen Drew is currently rehabbing from surgery to repair a fractured right ankle and sports hernia surgery, but we haven’t heard too many updates about his progress. Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic wrote last week that the shortstop had turned down multiple requests this offseason for an interview. Well, Drew finally broke his silence…

  5. A.J. Burnett-to-Pittsburgh has a “good chance” of happening

    Feb 11, 2012, 4:08 PM EDT

    New York Yankees Burnett pitches to the Detroit Tigers during the first inning of Game 4 in their MLB  American League Division Series baseball playoffs in Detroit

    UPDATE: Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News was told by a source that there’s a “good chance” Burnett gets traded to the Pirates. 1:09 PM: The Yankees and Pirates continue to negotiate a potential A.J. Burnett trade. We learned yesterday that the Bucs were willing to eat $10 million of the $33 million…

  6. UPDATE: Marlins offered Yoenis Cespedes less than $40 million

    Feb 11, 2012, 4:02 PM EDT

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    UPDATE: Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald is hearing that the Marlins offered Cespedes less than the $40 million sum being reported by Reynoso. 3:15 PM: Marlins’ president David Samson told Jayson Stark of ESPN.com on Tuesday night that the club was considering making an offer to Cuban outfielder Yoenis Cespedes during their meeting in…

  7. Marlins unretire No. 5 for Logan Morrison

    Feb 11, 2012, 4:00 PM EDT

    Logan Morrison

    Logan Morrison will have a new look this season. Nope, not just the new logo and uniforms, but also the number on his back. Morrison broke the news via his Twitter account earlier this afternoon that he’ll switch to No. 5 this season after wearing No. 20 in his previous two seasons in the major…

  8. Could Lance Berkman return to the Astros in 2013?

    Feb 11, 2012, 2:35 PM EDT

    World Series Rangers Cardinals Baseball

    We still have an entire season of baseball ahead of us, but let’s just say the Astros haven’t ruled out the possibility. Lance Berkman was in attendance last night at the annual Houston baseball dinner, which celebrated the franchise’s 50th anniversary. Berkman, who was honored at the event, actually had a good line about the…

  9. Edgar Renteria intends to play this season

    Feb 11, 2012, 12:45 PM EDT

    Edgar Renteria

    You know someone we haven’t heard much about lately? Edgar Renteria. There was a report in early December that the Royals met with his agent at the Winter Meetings, but they ultimately signed Yuniesky Betancourt to serve as a backup infielder. Getting passed over for Yuni? That’s a real blow to the ego. Even though…

  10. Miguel Cabrera is in the Best Shape of His Life Pt. 2

    Feb 11, 2012, 12:04 PM EDT

    New York Yankees v Detroit Tigers - Game 3

    The odds are against Miguel Cabrera‘s third base experiment being successful, but you can’t say he isn’t taking the transition seriously. Cabrera was added to HBT’s BSOHL roster after trainer Radhi Muhammad of 4.40 Fitness and Athlete Development tweeted this picture of his impressive physique late last month, but now we have some details of…

  11. Roy Oswalt isn’t signing with the Rangers or Phillies

    Feb 11, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v Arizona Diamondbacks

    We’re less than 10 days away from pitchers and catchers reporting to spring training, yet Roy Oswalt is still looking for a home. We were bombarded with rumors of a potential deal with the Cardinals two weeks ago, but things have been relatively quiet recently. The general assumption has been that Oswalt would prefer to…

  12. The Red Sox are still waiting on decisions from Jason Varitek and Tim Wakefield

    Feb 11, 2012, 9:57 AM EDT

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    Red Sox president and CEO Larry Lucchino was on MLB Network Radio’s “Inside Pitch” on Sirius XM yesterday and Alex Speier of WEEI.com was nice enough to transcribe it for everyone. Lucchino spent a good chunk of the interview downplaying the absurd notion that the Red Sox are suddenly cheap, but he also confirmed that…

  13. Ozzie Guillen knew Adam Dunn was doomed during spring training last year

    Feb 11, 2012, 8:55 AM EDT

    Adam Dunn

    Adam Dunn is coming off one of the worst seasons anyone could possibly have, but former White Sox manager and new Marlins’ skipper Ozzie Guillen claims that he knew the high-priced slugger was doomed from the start. During an appearance yesterday on the “Waddle & Silvy Show” on ESPN 1000 in Chicago, Guillen said that…

  14. 2012 OPS projections: top 10 left fielders

    Feb 10, 2012, 11:30 PM EDT

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    A couple of names I’m sure no one expected to see make the top 10 for left field: .957 – Ryan Braun (Brewers) – 419 AB – .994 in 2011 .914 – Carlos Gonzalez (Rockies) – 585 AB – .889 in 2011 .910 – Matt Holliday (Cardinals) – 582 AB – .912 in 2011 .868…

  15. Orioles apologize for “unintentional breach of protocol” in signing 17-year-old Korean pitcher

    Feb 10, 2012, 9:30 PM EDT

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    Earlier this week, the Korean Baseball Organization (KBO) filed a complaint with MLB alleging that the Orioles broke protocol by signing 17-year-old left-hander Kim Seong-Min last month. The Korean Baseball Association (KBA), a separate organization, went a step further by banning Orioles’ scouts from attending local games. Well, tonight the Orioles responded. Courtesy of Eduardo A.…

  16. Cardinals sign Scott Linebrink to minor league deal

    Feb 10, 2012, 8:00 PM EDT

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    The Cardinals announced late this afternoon that they have signed reliever Scott Linebrink to a minor league contract which includes an invitation to spring training. B.J. Rains of FOX Sports Midwest was the first to report the news. Linebrink posted a solid 3.64 ERA and a 42/21 K/BB ratio over 54 1/3 innings with the…

  17. Running down the rosters: Atlanta Braves

    Feb 10, 2012, 7:10 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v Atlanta Braves

    Since finishing off one of the biggest collapses in NL history, the Braves have responded by doing absolutely nothing, at least when it comes to adding. They did trade away Derek Lowe and let shortstop Alex Gonzalez leave in free agency. But every member of the current 25-man projected roster below was in the organization…

  18. Dan Duquette says Manny Ramirez is not a fit with the Orioles

    Feb 10, 2012, 6:45 PM EDT

    Baltimore Orioles v Tampa Bay Rays

    Manny Ramirez is quickly running out of potential landing spots. According to Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com, Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette said earlier this evening that he doesn’t see Ramirez as a fit. Duquette has played things pretty close to the vest in regard to Ramirez since being hired by Baltimore, but the club…

  19. It’s too hard hitting behind Ichiro Suzuki

    Feb 10, 2012, 6:10 PM EDT

    Ichiro Suzuki

    It just can’t be done. At least, that seems to be the basis for Ken Rosenthal’s latest column: The truth, though no one dares say it around the Mariners, is that hitting behind Ichiro isn’t easy. Ichiro’s goal is not to get on base, but to get on base with a hit, collect 200 hits…

  20. The Yankees want the Pirates to pay more than $10 million of A.J. Burnett’s salary

    Feb 10, 2012, 5:17 PM EDT

    New York Yankees Burnett pitches to the Detroit Tigers during the first inning of Game 4 in their MLB  American League Division Series baseball playoffs in Detroit

    We’ve been tracking the Yankees-Pirates’  talks about A.J. Burnett. The Yankees want to unload him. The Pirates, for some reason, want him.  Earlier today we heard that the Pirates were willing to absorb as much as $10 million of the $33 million still owed to Burnett over the next two years. One would think that’s…

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