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  1. JetBlue goes Red Sox crazy

    Feb 10, 2012, 5:03 PM EDT

    Red Sox Jet Blue

    I’ve never flown JetBlue before because I live in the middle of the country and JetBlue doesn’t seem all that interested in flying here.  Oh, they tried, but we Midwesterners would have none of it. Oh well. Not sure whose loss it was. But they’re big in the northeast.  Really big. As today’s unveiling of…

  2. “Every spring training clubhouse smells like a distinct mix of sunscreen and coffee farts”

    Feb 10, 2012, 4:27 PM EDT

    Brandon McCarthy

    Ahh, can’t wait to get to spring training next month! Those words, by the way, are from A’s pitcher Brandon McCarthy, who took over Jimmy Traina’s Hot Clicks column over at Sports Illustrated today.  McCarthy is one of the few ballplayers I enjoy following on Twitter — he’s awesome — and his wit translates well…

  3. Twins infielder Luke Hughes out 3-4 weeks after injuring shoulder in Australia

    Feb 10, 2012, 3:17 PM EDT

    Luke Hughes

    Luke Hughes injured his shoulder while playing winter ball back home in Australia and left the Perth Heat during the playoffs at the Twins’ request to undergo an MRI exam in Minnesota. Joe Christensen of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that the MRI revealed a sprained shoulder and Hughes will be shut down for 3-4…

  4. Red Sox source: “Baseball and soccer are completely different”

    Feb 10, 2012, 3:05 PM EDT

    Red Sox logo

    That seems rather obvious, but I guess it’s something you have to say when a major national media figure makes lazy assumptions about why you didn’t sign any big time free agents this winter. From the Boston Herald: In response to a CBSSports.com blog post Thursday, a Fenway Sports Group source strongly disputed the notion…

  5. Indians, Asdrubal Cabrera avoid arbitration for $4.55 million

    Feb 10, 2012, 2:05 PM EDT

    Asdrubal Cabrera

    UPDATE: So much for the streak ending. Hoynes reports that the Indians and Cabrera have avoided arbitration with a one-year deal worth $4.55 million, which is $75,000 above the midpoint. ========== The Indians haven’t gone through an arbitration hearing with a player since Greg Swindell way back in 1991, settling before a case was to…

  6. Orioles sign veteran reliever Luis Ayala for $925,000

    Feb 10, 2012, 1:50 PM EDT

    ayala getty

    UPDATE: Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun reports that Ayala gets a one-year, $925,000 deal with a team option for 2013. ========== Last offseason Luis Ayala could manage only a minor-league deal with the Yankees, but after throwing 56 innings with a 2.09 ERA he had multiple suitors this offseason and Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com…

  7. Enlisted? Based in San Diego? Get Padres season tickets for $99

    Feb 10, 2012, 1:36 PM EDT

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    Sorry, NCO’s need not apply, but if you’re a youngin’ enlisted man or woman, you can get a great deal on Padres season tickets: The Padres announced Thursday they will begin selling an exclusive season pass for junior enlisted military personnel (pay grades E1-E3). The $99 pass includes one upper reserved seat for every home game except…

  8. Billy Beane is going to the Oscars

    Feb 10, 2012, 1:18 PM EDT

    Billy Beane

    Fresh off a contract extension that will keep him with the A’s through 2019, general manager Billy Beane is headed to the Academy Awards. Beane told Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle that he’ll be there on February 26 to support “Moneyball” and Brad Pitt, who portrayed him in the Oscar-nominated movie. Of course,…

  9. Someone is going to testify that the Mets owners knew that Madoff was crooked

    Feb 10, 2012, 12:33 PM EDT

    File image of New York Mets chairman and CEO Fred Wilpon talking to reporters at a news conference in New York

    Howard Megdal had his credentials revoked by the Mets recently because they “didn’t like his reporting.”  After reading his report about the witness who is going to testify that the Mets’ owners knew that Bernie Madoff was a scammer but stuck with him anyway, they’re gonna double revoke them. It’s a pretty complicated storyline, so…

  10. Wait, how is Josh Hamilton not taking responsibility?

    Feb 10, 2012, 12:03 PM EDT

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    Gerry Fraley of the Dallas Morning News went on TV yesterday and had this to say about Josh Hamilton‘s recent fall off the wagon: It’s time for Josh [Hamilton] to grow up. This thing about a week or so ago … he just cannot do that. But if also can’t wrap himself in the cloak…

  11. Why won’t anyone take the Pirates’ money?

    Feb 10, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

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    Last week we learned that both Edwin Jackson and Roy Oswalt turned down offers from Pittsburgh, and in Jackson’s case he turned down the Pirates’ three-year, $30 million offer to sign a one-year, $11 million deal with the Nationals. Dejan Kovacevic of the Pittsburgh Tribune Review notes that the Pirates also tried to keep Derrek…

  12. Heyman and Olney fight about the Red Sox and it’s a good, good thing

    Feb 10, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

    argument

    As we noted yesterday, Jon Heyman took the curious tack of accusing the Red Sox of being cheap or small market or something and suspecting that the team owners are spending money on their soccer interests or whatever.  It was fairly silly, and no shortage of bloggers have weighed in on just how silly it…

  13. White Sox sign former Arkansas, USC quarterback Mitch Mustain

    Feb 10, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    Notre Dame v USC

    Mitch Mustain’s football career never panned out as expected, so now he’s giving baseball a try. Mustain, who went from national high school player of the year to barely playing at two different colleges, has signed a minor-league contract with the White Sox after being cut by a Canadian Football League team. Mark Gonzales of…

  14. The Yankees and Pirates are still talking about A.J. Burnett

    Feb 10, 2012, 10:30 AM EDT

    A.J. Burnett

    The Pirates apparently nixed a proposed A.J. Burnett-for-Garrett Jones deal, but Heyman reports that the sides are still talking and that it’s more along the lines of salary dumpage now.  Specifically, they’re “a few million apart” on a deal that would basically send Burnett to Pittsburgh in exchange for salary relief. And — setting aside…

  15. Cardinals finalize $750,000 deal with 17-year-old Dominican pitcher Andres Serrano

    Feb 10, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

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    In a deal that was agreed upon back in October, the Cardinals have finalized a contract with 17-year-old Dominican right-hander Andres Serrano that includes a $750,000 bonus. However, according to Ben Badler of Baseball America the signing “is still pending Major League Baseball’s investigation into Serrano’s age and identity.” Here’s a little of Badler’s scouting…

  16. Jed Lowrie is in The Best Shape of His Life

    Feb 10, 2012, 9:45 AM EDT

    Chicago White Sox v Boston Red Sox

    Our BSOHL team has been missing a middle infielder.  Thank goodness, then, that Jed Lowrie‘s agent tweeted the following last night: Jed is in the best shape of his life, ready for Spring Training and his relationship with the #Astros is off to a good start. — Brodie Van Wagenen (@bvanwagenen) February 9, 2012  …

  17. Jhoulys Chacin is NOT in the Best Shape of His Life

    Feb 10, 2012, 9:20 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Dodgers v Colorado Rockies

    The winter isn’t just for those players who are in the Best Shape of Their Lives.  Sometimes guys go in the opposite direction.  For example, according to the Denver Post, Colorado Rockies GM Dan O’Dowd is not pleased with Jhoulys Chacin‘s conditioning: Pitcher Jhoulys Chacin disappointed O’Dowd with his offseason workouts. O’Dowd believes Chacin needs…

  18. The Angels would trade Bobby Abreu for “a middling prospect”

    Feb 10, 2012, 8:50 AM EDT

    Bobby Abreu

    There are a lot of guys in Anaheim who can play 1B/DH/corner outfield, and thus it’s kinda hard to see how many plate appearances Bobby Abreu is going to get. In light of that — and in light of the fact that he makes $9 million — the Angels would like to trade him.  Jayson…

  19. Kevin Youkilis is marrying Tom Brady’s sister? OK.

    Feb 10, 2012, 6:47 AM EDT

    Boston Red Sox v Tampa Bay Rays

    It’s like a royal wedding for Boston. Kevin Youkilis is getting hitched to Tom Brady’s sister. Or so reports the Boston Herald. And more notable than that news is the exact phrasing of the article which delivers it and the fact that it took three bylined writers to craft the prose: This is supposed to…

  20. Running down the rosters: Toronto Blue Jays

    Feb 10, 2012, 12:30 AM EDT

    Jose Bautista

    Toronto GM Alex Anthopoulos has made a bunch of smart moves since taking over after the 2009 season and he was presented with one of the greatest gifts in major league history when the Angels took Vernon Wells‘ contract off his hands and sent back Mike Napoli in return, yet his Blue Jays are still…

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