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  1. Nationals add reliever Chad Durbin on minor-league deal

    Feb 1, 2012, 2:49 PM EDT

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    Washington wasn’t exactly hurting for bullpen depth, but with so many veteran relievers still looking for homes and willing to sign cheaply Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com reports that the Nationals have signed Chad Durbin to a minor-league deal. Durbin spent last season in Cleveland and struggled, posting a 5.53 ERA while serving up 12 homers…

  2. Juan Cruz signs minor-league contract with Pirates

    Feb 1, 2012, 2:14 PM EDT

    Juan Cruz

    Juan Cruz is the latest veteran reliever forced to settle for a minor-league contract in a buyer’s market, signing with the Pirates for a deal that includes an invitation to spring training. Cruz is 33 years old, but was plenty effective for the Rays last season with a 3.88 ERA and 46/28 K/BB ratio in…

  3. The Red Sox are “most likely out of the picture” for Edwin Jackson

    Feb 1, 2012, 2:00 PM EDT

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    Gordon Edes of ESPN Boston reports that the Red Sox are “most likely out of the picture” for Edwin Jackson.  He reports that there are better deals on the table from other clubs. Who knows where he’ll go at this point. If, as some are suspecting, Jackson is going to settle for a one-year deal, he may prefer…

  4. Fausto Carmona and Leo Nunez might be pardoned for falsifying their identities

    Feb 1, 2012, 1:40 PM EDT

    Fausto Carmona, Roberto Hernandez Heredia

    Good news for the men formerly known as Fausto Carmona and Leo Nunez, as Dominican Today reports that “the U.S. State Department could pardon the Dominican baseball players caught with a false identity.” That apparently comes from some remarks consul general William Weissman made during an event yesterday, although he declined to address any specific…

  5. Behold: The Brian Cashman-Theo Epstein Mutual Admiration Society

    Feb 1, 2012, 12:58 PM EDT

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    Brian Cashman and Theo Epstein were at the same charity event on Tuesday night and they each talked about how great it is that they’re not competing head-to-head in the Yankees-Red Sox rivalry anymore. Why?  Each of them are just too awesome for the other to handle! “I was never able to totally relax because…

  6. Dan Johnson signs minor-league deal with White Sox

    Feb 1, 2012, 12:13 PM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays' Dan Johnson hits a ninth inning home run with New York Yankees catcher Austin Romine at right during their American League MLB baseball game in St. Petersburg

    Dan Johnson, whose dramatic homer for the Rays in Game 162 last year overshadowed his otherwise miserable season, has agreed to a minor-league contract with the White Sox. Johnson had a strong rookie season for the A’s in 2005, but he’s hit just .219 with a .712 OPS in 290 games since then while spending…

  7. What a surprise: Tom Brady loves the way Derek Jeter plays the game

    Feb 1, 2012, 11:40 AM EDT

    Super Bowl XLVI - Media Day

    What’s more soul-killing: the lack of substantive baseball stories in the dead of winter or the proliferation of fluffy-nothing football stories a few days before the Super Bowl? Kind of an existential question. Maybe the fluff football stories are worse in some way because, really, it’s not like there isn’t a lot of substantive, legit…

  8. The Mets hope to sell ten minority shares by the end of February

    Feb 1, 2012, 11:03 AM EDT

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    When last we heard of the Mets’ sale of $20 million minority stakes in the team, they were allegedly close to closing on the sale of five shares.  That as early January, and as of yet, they haven’t closed.  At least as far as we know. Here’s the latest from Steven Marcus of Newsday: The…

  9. MLB Network will broadcast Jose Reyes’ haircut

    Feb 1, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    Jose Reyes

    What does a television channel devoted to baseball show in the middle of the winter? Haircuts, apparently. Jose Reyes‘ agent revealed that the Marlins shortstop will get his dreadlocks cut off Friday and it will air live on MLB Network. Reyes knew he’d have to cut his hair when he signed with the Marlins, who…

  10. Roy Oswalt is not happy with the Cardinals’ offer

    Feb 1, 2012, 10:30 AM EDT

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    We’ve known that the Cardinals and Roy Oswalt have been pussy-footing around one another. But now we know that Roy Oswalt does not like the Cardianls’ pussy-footing:  Ken Rosenthal reports that the Cardinals have not made Roy Oswalt an offer “that the pitcher deems anywhere close to sufficient.” As Rosenthal notes, Oswalt is much to blame…

  11. Jorge De La Rosa pitched through pain, lied about injury before Tommy John surgery

    Feb 1, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

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    As Jorge De La Rosa progresses in his comeback from Tommy John elbow surgery Thomas Harding of MLB.com revealed some interesting details about how the veteran left-hander pitched through the pain initially and lied to the Rockies about the injury. Harding of course doesn’t frame the information that way, calling it merely “stretching the truth,”…

  12. Mark Teixeira is in the Best Shape of His Life

    Feb 1, 2012, 9:50 AM EDT

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    Overlooked this in that Mark Teixeira-will-bunt-article, but … Teixeira tweeted Tuesday that he lost 14 pounds this offseason.  “I didn’t feel like I needed to, but I’m always trying to get better. I know that the older that I get, the more important nutrition is, any chance I get to make myself lighter, faster, more…

  13. In Kansas City, “your beer is going to be cooled by the sun”

    Feb 1, 2012, 9:20 AM EDT

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    But wait? How?! The Kansas City Royals baseball team is getting greener with the largest in-stadium solar array generating electricity in Major League Baseball. The 160 solar panels, which have been installed and tested, are expected to produce 36,000 kilowatt hours of electricity per year, which is enough to power for four homes. That won’t…

  14. OK, so Mark Teixeira will bunt after all

    Feb 1, 2012, 8:50 AM EDT

    Mark Teixeira

    Yesterday I mocked the idea that the Yankees may ask their power-hitting first baseman to eschew trying to hit the ball to Yankee Stadium’s short porch in right field like God and Nature intended and, instead, try to square around to bunt or to slap it the other way when batting left-handed so as to…

  15. Columnist Phil Rogers has decided Ryan Braun’s appeal for us

    Feb 1, 2012, 6:36 AM EDT

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    Phil Rogers of the Chicago Tribune writes an overview of the Brewers.  He devotes much of it to arguing that the Ryan Braun contract was a terrible move by the Brewers, and even compares it unfavorably to Alex Rodriguez‘s original $250 million deal with the Rangers. Yes, the contract that will never pay him more…

  16. Matt Garza had his American League Championship ring stolen

    Jan 31, 2012, 10:18 PM EDT

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    From the Fresno Bee comes word that burglars recently broke into Matt Garza‘s Fresno County, California home and stole his 2008 American League championship ring which he earned while pitching with the Rays. The robbery happened at some point between January 26 and this morning. The ring, which is engraved with Garza’s name and has several white diamonds and…

  17. Nyjer Morgan will practice with the San Jose Sharks tomorrow

    Jan 31, 2012, 9:10 PM EDT

    Arizona Diamondbacks v Milwaukee Brewers - Game 5

    We’ve seen Nyjer Morgan cross-check major league catchers in the past, but he’ll have a chance to go back to his roots tomorrow. According to Adam McCalvy of MLB.com, the outspoken outfielder will suit up to practice with his hometown San Jose Sharks. “I’m really excited to get on the ice with the team,” said Morgan.…

  18. Padres and Dustin Moseley avoid arbitration with one-year deal

    Jan 31, 2012, 7:30 PM EDT

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    The Padres just announced that they have avoided arbitration with right-hander Dustin Moseley by agreeing on a one-year contract. Corey Brock of MLB.com reports that he’ll make $2.0125 million. Moseley was arbitration-eligible for the second time this offseason after earning $900,000 in 2011. The 30-year-old requested $2.55 million and was offered $1.5 million from the Padres…

  19. The worst All-Stars of all-time

    Jan 31, 2012, 6:42 PM EDT

    Ken Harvey

    Even with rosters expanded and more and more players seemingly sitting out the game, there aren’t quite as many bad All-Stars as their used to be, at least not by my research. The list of the worst All-Stars is mostly comprised of old timers, but I’ve squeezed a couple of more recent players in. Here’s…

  20. The Astros sign Livan Hernandez to a minor league deal

    Jan 31, 2012, 5:33 PM EDT

    Livan Hernandez

    Ken Rosenthal reports that the Houston Astros have signed Livan Hernandez to a minor league deal. On a personal note, allow me to say how happy I am that he’s out of the NL East. He could be 98 years-old with an ERA of infinity and he’d still go eight innings while giving up one…

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