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  1. Chien-Ming Wang expects to begin season on disabled list

    Feb 14, 2011, 1:45 PM EDT

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    Chien-Ming Wang threw from flat ground at Nationals camp today and has already tossed four bullpen sessions since re-signing with the team in December, but the rehabbing right-hander told Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post that he expects to begin the season on the disabled list. Wang is still recovering from shoulder surgery that caused…

  2. The Cubs, Carlos Marmol agree to a three-year deal

    Feb 14, 2011, 1:30 PM EDT

    Florida Marlins v Chicago Cubs

    Ken Rosenthal reports that the Cubs and Carlos Marmol have agreed to a three-year deal.  We’re still awaiting the dollars. UPDATE:  It looks like three years, $20 million. This extension has been rumored for a while.  It’s also a bit scary knowing what we know about three-year deals for relief pitchers (i.e. they almost all…

  3. Angels pitching coach Mike Butcher underwent surgery to remove cancerous growth

    Feb 14, 2011, 12:50 PM EDT

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    Angels pitching coach Mike Butcher had surgery Thursday to remove a cancerous nodule from his thyroid gland and is expected to make a full recovery, according to Mark Saxon of ESPNLA.com. In fact, Butcher was already back at work Sunday for the final team meetings before pitchers and catchers arrive at spring training, albeit while…

  4. The Braves have protected their cars from the wrath of Jason Heyward’s bat

    Feb 14, 2011, 12:30 PM EDT

    Chicago Cubs v Atlanta Braves

    One of my favorite things last spring was how Jason Heyward kept hitting home runs out to right field at the Braves training complex and damaging cars out in the parking lot.  Sure, that’s not that big a deal when you consider that the Braves stupidly put a parking lot right over the wall, but…

  5. Jered Weaver takes arbitration loss in stride … for now

    Feb 14, 2011, 12:18 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim v Texas Rangers

    History suggests that players who lose arbitration hearings don’t stay with the teams that defeated them for long, but Jered Weaver has “no hard feelings” after a three-person panel sided with the Angels last week. Weaver requested $8.8 million while the Angels countered at $7.365 million and the team came out on top after what…

  6. The Rangers are still looking to deal Michael Young

    Feb 14, 2011, 12:05 PM EDT

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    Buster Olney has been the primary rumor-mongerer regarding Michael Young. Even as reporters with Rockies sources were saying there was nothing doing between Texas and Colorado, Olney reported otherwise.  He’s also reporting that, despite the fact that spring training is starting, there’s still a slight chance that Young could be dealt before having to awkwardly…

  7. Albert Pujols and the Cardinals push back deadline by one day

    Feb 14, 2011, 11:13 AM EDT

    St. Louis Cardinals v Cincinnati Reds

    Albert Pujols and the Cardinals are reportedly no closer to agreeing on a long-term contract, but the two sides have at least agreed to push back the superstar first baseman’s self-imposed deadline for negotiations by one day. Pujols initially told the team he would cut off all talks Tuesday, but because Hall of Famer and…

  8. And we now begin eight and a half months of freaking out about Sabathia’s opt-out clause

    Feb 14, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

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    More weighty news relating to CC Sabathia than his choice of breakfast cereals involves his contract. As in, the fact that he has the ability to opt-out of it after this year if he wants, and that has caused no shortage of consternation among Yankees fans. Yankees fans who, as of this past winter, are…

  9. Pirates haven’t been able to trade Ryan Doumit and his $5.1 million salary

    Feb 14, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

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    Back in December the Pirates were said to be “trying hard to deal” Ryan Doumit, but Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune Review reports that those efforts proved unsuccessful “even when offering to swallow a big chunk of his salary.” Doumit will make $5.1 million in the final season of a three-year contract extension signed…

  10. Erick Aybar had left knee surgery back in October

    Feb 14, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

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    No announcement was made at the time, but the Angels finally revealed yesterday that shortstop Erick Aybar underwent arthroscopic left knee surgery shortly after last season ended. Aybar’s surgery was described by the team as a minor “clean up” operation and he’s already fully healthy. He originally injured the knee in mid-June when Casey McGehee…

  11. There’s a (sorta) new Yankees blog in town

    Feb 14, 2011, 10:05 AM EDT

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    There’s so much stuff written about the Yankees, but much of it is either insane hype or unwarranted pessimism. In the face of that, I’ve found four or five Yankees blogs that are able to provide sharp and sober analysis on a consistent basis. Two of them are TYU and Yankeeist. Well, now I have…

  12. The CC Sabathia weight loss plan: easier than you’d think

    Feb 14, 2011, 9:43 AM EDT

    CC Sabathia

    Last week there was some stuff about CC Sabathia‘s weight. It was reported that he lost 30 pounds. Brian Cashman wasn’t having it.  Today, however, he reported to Yankees camp in Tampa, and multiple reporters have tweeted this morning that Sabathia looks slimmer.  He told some of them that he’s probably lost 25 pounds.  Mark…

  13. Happy 50th birthday, Strat-o-Matic

    Feb 14, 2011, 9:36 AM EDT

    Stratomatic

    For reasons that I still can’t explain, I was never exposed to Strat-o-Matic baseball until I twas way too old and involved in boring grownup things to have a lot of time to obsess on it.  Almost everyone else I know who thinks deeply or writes intelligently about baseball played it, however, and I totally…

  14. Can “swagger” be “bullet-proof?” Ask Jonathan Papelbon.

    Feb 14, 2011, 9:03 AM EDT

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    This is quote of the day territory, but it’s a bit early and lots of players will be talking to the media today, so we’ll hold off on giving it any awards. Jonathan Papelbon talked yesterday about how he’s approaching 2011.  The key for him is focus.  Well, not exactly, because he kept saying that…

  15. UPDATE: the Mets have NOT released Oliver Perez

    Feb 14, 2011, 8:32 AM EDT

    Oliver Perez Mets

    UPDATE: Scratch that:  I misinterpreted Sherman’s tweet, which read as follows: All Ollie Perez stories must cease now until one begins: The #Mets today released Ollie Perez … #notinteresting Sorry for the confusion, but I read that as a declarative sentence: “The Mets today released Ollie Perez.” I thought the “until one begins” part meant “until there’s new…

  16. HBT Weekend Wrapup

    Feb 14, 2011, 6:09 AM EDT

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    Happy Valentine’s Day! Now, let us take a look back at the last weekend until November in which baseball players were not under a contractual obligation to entertain us.

  17. Report: Albert Pujols turns down Cardinals’ contract offer

    Feb 13, 2011, 6:25 PM EDT

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    A source told USA TODAY’s Bob Nightengale that Albert Pujols has rejected a contract proposal from the Cardinals. It’s been long reported that the Cardinals hadn’t made an offer, but according to Nightengale’s source they did recently and Pujols turned it down. The source goes on to say that, barring a dramatic turnaround, Pujols will…

  18. Does Pujols’ self-imposed deadline really matter?

    Feb 13, 2011, 5:05 PM EDT

    St Louis Cardinals v Pittsburgh Pirates

    Albert Pujols told the Cardinals a couple of months ago that he wants all negotiations involving a possible contract extension to stop once he arrives at spring training so that he can avoid distractions and focus on getting ready for the start of the regular season. That self-imposed deadline is just three days away and…

  19. D’Backs, Johnson have arbitration hearing Wednesday

    Feb 13, 2011, 3:39 PM EDT

    Colorado Rockies v Arizona Diamondbacks

    Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reported last week that the Diamondbacks and second baseman Kelly Johnson had scheduled an arbitration hearing for Tuesday, February 15. According to Steve Gilbert of MLB.com, that was one day off. The two sides have officially set up a hearing for Wednesday, February 16. Johnson requested a $6.5 million…

  20. Joel Hanrahan expected to win Pirates’ ninth inning gig

    Feb 13, 2011, 2:12 PM EDT

    St Louis Cardinals v Pittsburgh Pirates

    With the start of spring training each year comes the start of position battles — two or three guys, fighting for one roster spot or one particular gig. The Braves have a position battle going on in the back end of their bullpen, where Craig Kimbrel and Jonny Venters are vying to become Billy Wagner‘s…

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