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  1. So, what to make of Scott Boras’ winter?

    Feb 2, 2012, 3:30 PM EDT

    Boras thinking

    Before Prince Fielder signed for $214 million, people were saying that Scott Boras was having a bad offseason for his free agents.  Then, all of  a sudden, everyone was saying how awesome he was.  Then today Edwin Jackson signed a one-year deal that, in my view anyway, is a borderline bargain for the Nationals. Then…

  2. MLB’s worst position situations: 2012 edition

    Feb 2, 2012, 2:58 PM EDT

    Jason Bourgeois, Jordan Schafer, Brian Bogusevic

    After declaring the Houston Astros in position of the game’s worst rotation earlier today, I thought it’d be fun to look at the rest of the worst. So here are MLB’s most gruesome position situations heading into the 2012 season: Catcher: Dodgers – A.J. Ellis, Matt Treanor, Tim Federowicz The Dodgers let the slugging-heavy Rod Barajas…

  3. Zack Greinke, soon to be a free agent, is agent-free

    Feb 2, 2012, 2:44 PM EDT

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    You’d think that a guy who has been portrayed as not being able to handle a lot of distractions wouldn’t want to be in the business of handling his own business affairs as he enters his final season before free agency.  But more so than the social anxiety stuff, Zack Greinke has been defined by…

  4. UPDATE: The Nationals sign Edwin Jackson to a one-year deal

    Feb 2, 2012, 1:49 PM EDT

    Edwin Jackson Getty

    UPDATE: That was a quick targeting. Heyman reports that the Nationals and Jackson have a deal. Jackson was seen in an airport, presumably on his way to Washington for a physical.  The shocker: it’s reportedly a one-year deal. Heyman says it’s in the $8-12 million range. Which, yes, we’ve heard that Jackson was willing to…

  5. Aaron Gleeman talks about pants, podcasts, unibrows and blogging and stuff

    Feb 2, 2012, 1:00 PM EDT

    Aaron Gleeman

    Aaron was on the FanGraphs Audio Podcast with Carson Cistulli.  Among the highlights: “It’s tough, it’s tiring to be around people when you’re working” Truth. People frighten and scare bloggers. Aaron also gives out our blogging secrets. Like, the stuff about how we read Twitter all day. And how his name starting with two As…

  6. To ESPN, the Pirates and Astros are “other”

    Feb 2, 2012, 12:40 PM EDT

    Dangerfield

    UPDATE:  ESPN has tried to improve it. 12:40 PM: Pirates blogger Jon Anderson of The “Mc” Effect was reading ESPN.com this morning when he noticed this fun little poll about the NL Central: Look, I’m not gonna pick either the Astros or the Pirates to win the NL Central this year, but I think they’re…

  7. The DH has tainted hitting records? Really?

    Feb 2, 2012, 12:11 PM EDT

    Detroit Tigers v New York Yankees - Game 5

    Terrence Moore of MLB.com would like you — and every single development in baseball since, I dunno, 1965, to get off his lawn: No question, baseball’s home run records are tarnished by those who spent part of their careers with artificially enhanced bodies, or have been suspected of it. That said, why don’t folks talk much…

  8. John Lannan loses arbitration hearing against Nationals, will make $5 million in 2012

    Feb 2, 2012, 11:45 AM EDT

    Pittsburgh Pirates v Washington Nationals - Game Two

    We have the results of the first arbitration hearing of the offseason. According to Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post, left-hander John Lannan lost his hearing against the Nationals and will earn a $5 million salary this season. Lannan, 27, requested a $5.7 million salary when arbitration figures were exchanged last month. Both sides stated…

  9. The Official 2012 BSOHL Roster

    Feb 2, 2012, 11:30 AM EDT

    Atlas

    Reader Kopy has been doing the Lord’s work: he’s been keeping track of all of the Best Shape of His Life guys as we post them.  Seriously, dudes: news you can use. Kopy has periodically updated them in the comments of BSOHL stories, but I figure it’s worth putting them in a post.  So, here…

  10. Indians and Rafael Perez avoid arbitration with one-year deal

    Feb 2, 2012, 11:11 AM EDT

    Rafael Perez Getty

    Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports that the Indians and lefty reliever Rafael Perez avoided arbitration by agreeing on a one-year, $2,005,000 contract. According to Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain-Dealer, he can earn an additional $25,000 if he makes 55 appearances this season. Perez, who was arbitration-eligible for the third time this winter, requested $2.4 million and…

  11. Ranking the rotations: 2012 edition

    Feb 2, 2012, 10:45 AM EDT

    Cole Hamels, Cliff Lee, Roy Halladay

    Last year’s attempt was quite a hit, so let’s try it again, with a somewhat different methodology. Here’s how the 30 rotations stack up, according to my projections. I’ll go strictly by ERA here, taking the top five pitchers on the staff. Along with the ERA totals are the combined inning projections for the five…

  12. Bobby Valentine is the Newt Gingrich of baseball managers

    Feb 2, 2012, 10:24 AM EDT

    Bobby Valentine

    The Baseball Crank is both a baseball expert and a contributor to the conservative blog Redstate. So he has special insight into all of this.  And he has basically blown my mind with his latest post:  Think about it. Both are essentially relics of the 1990s who have spent a good deal of the past…

  13. Chris Tillman is in the Best Shape of His Life

    Feb 2, 2012, 10:09 AM EDT

    Chris Tillman

    BSOHL stories are usually reserved for veterans looking to rebound from a decline.  But even a 23 year-old can be in the BSOHL. Just ask Orioles’ pitcher Chris Tillman: “I’m in better shape than I’ve ever been, at least stronger,” he said. “All the running has definitely helped. I truly believe I’m better than I’ve…

  14. Joe Benson talks about being robbed in Venezuela

    Feb 2, 2012, 9:59 AM EDT

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    We learned a couple of months ago just how dangerous Venezuela can be for a ballplayer when Wilson Ramos was kidnapped.  Before that happened, however, Twins’ prospect Joe Benson was robbed at gunpoint while taking a taxi. That story got lost in the Ramos shuffle, but Fox has an interview with Benson about it all…

  15. Vicente Padilla might not be able to leave Nicaragua for Red Sox camp

    Feb 2, 2012, 9:13 AM EDT

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    Via WEEI comes word that La Prensa newspaper in Nicaragua is reporting that Vicente Padilla — who just signed a minor league deal with the Red Sox — is facing an order not to leave Nicaragua over a child support flap. He originally had an arrest warrant issued but it was rescinded.  He’s alleged to…

  16. Probably more than you wanted to know about Brian Cashman’s extramarital affairs

    Feb 2, 2012, 8:41 AM EDT

    Cashman profile

    Gawker/Deadspin’s A.J. Daulerio is not always the muckraker Gotham wants, but sometimes he’s the muckraker Gotham needs. Wait, not sure we really need this, but it’s out there anyway and 800 readers will send me this throughout the day asking me to link it, so I link it: Daulerio tracked down Brian Cashman’s mistress. She’s fed up…

  17. Successful billionaire interested in both the Mets and the Dodgers for some reason

    Feb 2, 2012, 8:11 AM EDT

    Hedge fund manager Cohen, founder and chairman of SAC Capital Advisors, responds to a question during an interview at the SALT Conference in Las Vegas

    Last April Steven Cohen — a bald man with glasses and thus, with the exception of having eight billion dollars to his name, is like me in most respects — was reported to be interested in buying into the Mets.  Then that all went away as he got involved in the bidding for the Los…

  18. Nyjer Morgan returns to hockey roots, appears to have a blast

    Feb 2, 2012, 12:13 AM EDT

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    Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Nyjer Morgan took to the ice to play a little hockey on Wednesday, practicing with the San Jose Sharks for about 30 minutes. Morgan played junior hockey for the Regina Pats of the Western Hockey before giving up the sport to focus on baseball about a decade ago. He handled himself well,…

  19. Red Sox GM says landing free agent pitcher is “unlikely”

    Feb 1, 2012, 9:23 PM EDT

    oswalt ap

    The Red Sox have been linked recently to free agent pitchers Edwin Jackson and Roy Oswalt. But E-Jax apparently has better deals on the table from other clubs and Oswalt is thought to prefer a team in the middle of the country, like the Cards or Rangers. Which leads us to the following report… According…

  20. Blue Jays not expected to pursue Yoenis Cespedes

    Feb 1, 2012, 7:10 PM EDT

    yoenis cespedes getty

    The news comes as no surprise, but we’ll pass it along anyway on this slow Wednesday evening. A scout told the Toronto Sun‘s Bob Elliot earlier today that the Blue Jays “will not be players” for 26-year-old Cuban outfielder Yoenis Cespedes. Cespedes was granted major league free agency last week and is planning to travel from…

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