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  1. The Dodgers sign Todd Coffey

    Feb 3, 2012, 4:58 PM EDT

    Todd Coffey

    Jon Heyman reports that the Dodgers have signed reliever Todd Coffey to a one-year, $1.3 million deal with an option for 2013. Coffey appeared in 69 games for the Nationals last season, posting a 3.62 ERA. His strikeout rate was lower than it had been in a while though, at 6.9 per nine innings. Gleeman…

  2. The San Francisco Giants have gained weight and lost weight

    Feb 3, 2012, 4:22 PM EDT

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    I’m hesitating to slap the BSOHL tag on this — I’ll let the commenters decide — but know that: (a) Tim Lincecum has lost 21 pounds in the offseason; (b) Brian Wilson has lost 15 pounds in the offseason; and (c) Pablo Sandoval has gained 25 pounds, though he claims it’s all muscle and at…

  3. Brewers, Shaun Marcum avoid arbitration

    Feb 3, 2012, 3:29 PM EDT

    Milwaukee Brewers Marcum reacts between pitches against the Boston Red Sox during their MLB game in Boston

    The Brewers and starter Shaun Marcum avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year contract. The settlement was for $7.725 million, which was at the exact midpoint between their competing offers. Marcum’s 2011 was good overall — he was 13-7 with a 3.54 ERA in 200.2 innings — but he ran out of gas at the end…

  4. Gary Carter makes the opening game for Palm Beach Atlantic University

    Feb 3, 2012, 2:45 PM EDT

    Gary Carter

    Gary Carter is the coach of the Palm Beach Atlantic University baseball team. And even though his battle with brain cancer has caused him to be apart from his team, he managed to make opening night last night. You can read the whole story — and see pictures — of Carter’s appearance at the game.…

  5. Josh Hamilton: “I had a weak moment … it was just wrong”

    Feb 3, 2012, 2:13 PM EDT

    Hamilton presser

    Josh Hamilton just spoke to the media about his falling off the wagon on Monday night in Dallas. Hamilton said he had “a weak moment” Monday night. Brought on by “personal reasons, with a family member.”  He said he walked to a restaurant and had three or four drinks. He said he called Ian Kinsler.…

  6. Cardinals broadcaster Dan McLaughlin to keep his job despite multiple DUIs

    Feb 3, 2012, 1:21 PM EDT

    Dan McLaughlin mugshot

    Last September, Cardinals broadcaster Dan McLaughlin was arrested after causing a single-car accident while driving while intoxicated. It was his second incident. In fact, he was still on probation from a previous drunk driving arrest that occurred in 2010. After the September arrest FOX Sports Midwest suspended McLaughlin, and it was unclear whether he’d be back doing Cardinals…

  7. The Rockies sign Matt Belisle to an extension

    Feb 3, 2012, 12:38 PM EDT

    Matt-Belisle

    Danny Knobler reports that the Rockies have signed Matt Belisle to a one-year contract extension.  It includes a mutual option for 2014, The extension could be worth a total of $4.3 million. Belisle has been durable and useful the past two seasons, pitching in more than 70 games each year as the Rockies’ setup man, with ERAs…

  8. Royals fans don’t deserve this. No one deserves this.

    Feb 3, 2012, 12:14 PM EDT

    Rex Hudler

    Rex Hudler, the “Wonder Dog” himself, is shaping up as the favorite to take over as the Kansas City Royals color guy, according to the Star’s Bob Dutton. Hudler, who was let go by the Angels two years ago, would replace former Royals star Frank White. Hudler and Steve Physioc made up one of the game’s worst…

  9. Josh Hamilton to hold a press conference this afternoon

    Feb 3, 2012, 11:53 AM EDT

    josh hamilton getty

    According to Anthony Andro of FOX Sports Southwest, Josh Hamilton will hold a press conference at 1 p.m. CT (2 p.m. ET) at Rangers Ballpark this afternoon to address his reported relapse from addiction. Gerry Fraley of the Dallas Morning News reported last night that Hamilton was spotted drinking alcohol Monday night at a bar…

  10. The Indians are negotiating a long term deal with Asdrubal Cabrera

    Feb 3, 2012, 11:20 AM EDT

    Asdrubal Cabrera

    Indians’ GM Chris Antonetti said this morning that the team is negotiating a long-term extension with Asdrubal Cabrera. Cabrera, who is 26, is coming off a great year: he hit .273/.332/.460 and socked 25 homers, scored 87 runs, drove in 92 and stole 17 bases. Still: that was basically an explosion in production. There was some suggestion…

  11. A new entrant into the “say stupid things about Josh Hamilton’s drinking” derby

    Feb 3, 2012, 10:37 AM EDT

    Oakland Athletics v Texas Rangers

    Randy Galloway of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram bursts into the lead! When the news came down on Thursday, I hope Josh will forgive my first thought of, “where’s the union?” That means the players’ union … Hamilton repeatedly gives the hardball speech to the media of granting the Rangers no hometown discount in money because he…

  12. Cubs and Matt Garza avoid arbitration with one-year, $9.5 million deal

    Feb 3, 2012, 10:14 AM EDT

    Cincinnati Reds v Chicago Cubs

    The Cubs and Matt Garza have avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $9.5 million contract. Garza’s agency, CAA Baseball, broke the news via Twitter and added that the deal includes some performance-based incentives. The two sides were able to work out a deal prior to an arbitration hearing scheduled for today. Garza requested $12.5…

  13. Jason Heyward is in the Best Shape of His Life

    Feb 3, 2012, 9:49 AM EDT

    Heyward_Jason

    Jason Heyward had a couple of problems last year: his health, adjusting to pitchers who — shockingly — decided to make him hit good pitches rather than challenging him with fastballs and being jerked around in terms of playing time and batting order and stuff.  All of those things are classic ingredients for a sophomore…

  14. The Nationals are trying to keep Phillies fans from filling up their ballpark

    Feb 3, 2012, 9:27 AM EDT

    Phillies fans AP

    Remember how all those Phillies fans came down to D.C. the past couple of years and basically took over the Nationals’ ballpark during Nats-Phillies series?  Yeah, that was awesome. Especially considering that it was helped out in a major way by the team actively soliciting group sales in the Philadelphia area prior to regular season…

  15. Report: Time Warner, Comcast riding to the Mets’ rescue

    Feb 3, 2012, 8:51 AM EDT

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    The Mets have been casting about for investors for a long time now, and they’ve not had a ton of success yet.  Yesterday it was reported that one of the $20 million shares they’ve been peddling is going to hedge fund manager Steven Cohen.  Today we hear where more of those shares are going. From…

  16. Josh Hamilton’s sobriety is not a black and white issue

    Feb 3, 2012, 8:25 AM EDT

    josh hamilton getty

    I am far from being any kind of expert on addiction. The vast majority of you would say the same about yourselves if asked in a vacuum.  Yet when a famous ballplayer like Josh Hamilton falls off the wagon like he did on Monday night, so many of us seem to have so many strong…

  17. Rangers “unlikely” to sign free agent Roy Oswalt

    Feb 2, 2012, 10:31 PM EDT

    oswalt face getty

    Roy Oswalt‘s options seem to be dwindling. Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington told reporters on Wednesday that it’s “unlikely” his team adds a starting pitcher before spring training, and now the Rangers are saying much of the same. A source explained to Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram on Thursday evening that the Rangers already…

  18. Josh Hamilton spotted drinking alcohol at DFW bar

    Feb 2, 2012, 9:23 PM EDT

    hamilton presser getty

    The details are slim, but they’re still cringe-worthy. According to reporter Gerry Fraley of the Dallas Morning News, Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton was spotted consuming alcohol at a bar in the Dallas-Fort Worth area on Monday night. It’s not clear what exactly the 2010 American League MVP was drinking or how intoxicated he became. A Rangers…

  19. Alleged Brian Cashman mistress arrested for stalking, extortion

    Feb 2, 2012, 9:06 PM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays v New York Yankees

    We linked the Deadspin story about Brian Cashman’s alleged extramarital affair this morning.  Turns out that there’s a heck of a lot more to  it. Seems the woman Deadspin interviewed has been arrested and charged with extortion: A woman has been charged with stalking and shaking down New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman. Louise…

  20. O’s and A’s expressing the most interest in Manny Ramirez

    Feb 2, 2012, 8:38 PM EDT

    manny getty

    Oakland’s interest in Manny Ramirez has been public knowledge for the past couple of weeks. But the Athletics are not alone. According to FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal, the Orioles are also exploring the thought of making an offer to the 39-year-old free agent slugger. Ramirez made only 17 total plate appearances last year for the…

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