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  1. Josh Hamilton and the Rangers are talking two-year contract

    Feb 7, 2011, 4:06 PM EDT

    Josh Hamilton

    T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports that Josh Hamilton and the Rangers “are making progress towards settling his contract situation so that they will not have to go to an arbitration hearing” and “have discussed a two-year contract.” Hamilton is arbitration eligible both this season and next, so a two-year deal would simply give the Rangers…

  2. Let us mostly ignore Truck Day

    Feb 7, 2011, 3:36 PM EDT

    Bandit Truck

    I gave up attaching any significance whatsoever to “Truck Day” last year when I realized that Boston’s version of it — the alleged original about which people were angry that other teams were ripping off — had corporate sponsorship.  From an airline.  Airplanes?  When neither the “truck” nor the “day” part of it is organic,…

  3. Vlad’s deal: $5 million now, $3 million deferred

    Feb 7, 2011, 3:00 PM EDT

    Vladimir Guerrero

    I was rather surprised when Vladimir Guerrero got $8 million.  We have some more details on it now and I suppose it’s slightly better for the O’s: it will be $5 million in 2011, with the other $3 million deferred over several years. Still seems like a lot for a guy who didn’t appear to…

  4. The Braves may split the closer’s job

    Feb 7, 2011, 2:30 PM EDT

    Kansas City Royals v Atlanta Braves

    With Billy Wagner‘s presumed retirement — and I say “presumed,” simply because he hasn’t filed his paperwork yet; he’s retiring — the assumption has been that Craig Kimbrel will take over the closer duties in Atlanta. He did so in the NLDS after Wagner’s injury, and he’s been groomed to close for a while now.…

  5. Chad Durbin is holding out for an offer from a contender

    Feb 7, 2011, 2:14 PM EDT

    chad-durbin-phillies

    There’s no longer room in the Phillies’ bullpen for Chad Durbin, but Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that three straight trips to the playoffs with Philadelphia has the free agent right-hander unwilling to sign with a non-contender. According to Rosenthal he’s gotten multiple offers “from projected non-contenders” but is “holding out for a club with…

  6. You can vote on the throwback uniforms the Dodgers will wear this year

    Feb 7, 2011, 1:20 PM EDT

    Dodger Throwback.bmp

    The Dodgers are planning on wearing throwback uniforms six times this year. Considering that, only the slightest variations notwithstanding, they’ve worn the same duds since around 1938 or so, you won’t be surprised to hear that they’re going way back for this: The Los Angeles Dodgers will wear throwback uniforms honoring their Brooklyn roots for…

  7. Mike Lowell is definitely retired and “hip replacement is most likely inevitable”

    Feb 7, 2011, 12:42 PM EDT

    Cleveland Indians v Boston Red Sox

    Rob Bradford of WEEI.com caught up with Mike Lowell, who made it clear that he’s definitely retired and revealed that his surgically repaired hip “has gone a little bit downhill.” Lowell underwent surgery on his right hip following the 2008 season and recent X-rays showed that “it has gotten progressively worse.” Here’s more from Lowell,…

  8. Your quick and dirty guide to the Wilpon-Madoff mess

    Feb 7, 2011, 12:37 PM EDT

    Fred Wilpon, Jeff Wilpon

    Over at MLB Trade Rumors, Howard Megdal has put together a very handy bullet point summary of everything a baseball fan needs to know about the Bernie Madoff-Mets fiasco we spent much of last week discussing. I think the key point to all of this is the stuff Howard cites — with linkage goodness —…

  9. Do we really need Lou Gehrig’s medical records

    Feb 7, 2011, 11:32 AM EDT

    SPORT RIPKEN

    This is kind of weird: State Rep. Phyllis Kahn makes no bones about it: She wants the Mayo Clinic to release New York Yankees legend Lou Gehrig’s medical records. Monday, she will introduce a bill permitting just that … Kahn’s bill would change state law to permit a records release without consent if the patient has…

  10. Phillies’ right field job is “a three-man race” that Domonic Brown should win

    Feb 7, 2011, 11:17 AM EDT

    Domonic Brown swinging

    Todd Zolecki of MLB.com writes that the Phillies’ right field job is “a three-man race” and “open competition” among Domonic Brown, Ben Francisco, and John Mayberry Jr., but adds that “many suspect Francisco and Brown will platoon to start the season.” Before he can claim the bulk of the starts Brown has to first win…

  11. Pujols wants a “Mount Everest” deal? How about a Mauna Kea deal.

    Feb 7, 2011, 10:50 AM EDT

    Mauna Kea

    Buster Olney says that talks between Albert Pujols and the Cardinals are not moving at all.  He says this is because Pujols is seeking a “Mt. Everest” contract.  I guess that means the biggest ever.  But my guess is that he ends up with a “Mauna Kea” deal. What’s Mauna Kea?  Why, it’s a dormant volcano…

  12. Ozzie Guillen watched the Super Bowl with his Jell-O

    Feb 7, 2011, 10:18 AM EDT

    ozzie guillen jello

    Ozzie Guillen wasn’t actually at the Super Bowl in Dallas–let alone there while being hand-fed popcorn in a luxury box by Cameron Diaz–but the White Sox manager did post a picture of himself “watching the game and eating my jello” on Twitter. Some of Guillen’s follow-up tweets: – I like my jello very much haha…

  13. Your obligatory A-Rod Cameron Diaz at the Super Bowl post

    Feb 7, 2011, 9:59 AM EDT

    A-Rod Cameron Diaz

    I’m not going to play the whole “OMG, A-Rod and Cameron Diaz looked stoopid!” game as a result of them getting caught on tape feeding each other pop corn. Dude’s got a lady friend that will feed him and that’s more than a lot of people have. And don’t even start that anti-Cameron Diaz stuff…

  14. Jackwagon tags the Harry Caray statue

    Feb 7, 2011, 9:10 AM EDT

    Harry Caray statue

    My personal moral code has me firmly against the death penalty. But stuff like this challenges that stance: No one is quite sure when the statue of Hall of Fame broadcaster Harry Caray outside Wrigley Field was defaced. Even more elusive was what the graffiti tagger might have been trying to say. Someone spray painted the words…

  15. Marty Brennaman: unfiltered

    Feb 7, 2011, 8:50 AM EDT

    Marty Brennaman

    About two or three years ago we all finally decided that my dad had gotten old enough to where we no longer feel the need to apologize for the crazy stuff he says.  You just get to a certain point, you know, when it’s more cute than anything else. And it’s not like you’re going…

  16. Carlos Delgado still thinks he’s making a comeback

    Feb 7, 2011, 8:25 AM EDT

    Carlos Delgado comeback

    We spent a good deal of last season hearing about Carlos Delgado’s rehab and non-comeback. Looks like we’re going to be doing more of that this year: “The rehab is coming along, and I’m doing what I’m supposed to be doing,” he said. “I would say within the next couple of weeks I will have…

  17. HBT Weekend Wrapup

    Feb 7, 2011, 6:04 AM EDT

    Bart Starr

    The greatest significance of yesterday’s game? Its passing means that, for all intents and purposes, it’s baseball season now.

  18. Happy Super Bowl Sunday

    Feb 6, 2011, 5:05 PM EDT

    Super Bowl Football

    If you’re a real football fan, you’re probably not reading this post because you’re undoubtedly taking in the gobs of great content that Pro Football Talk has been pumping out all day.  We’ll leave the analysis to them.  Mike Florio, Gregg Rosenthal, Michael David Smith, Evan Silva and Josh Alper do it better than anyone.…

  19. Confirmed: Michael Young wants out of Texas

    Feb 6, 2011, 3:42 PM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Texas Rangers, Game 5

    ESPN.com’s Buster Olney was definitely on to something when he wrote Saturday that “something has changed” in the relationship between the Rangers and Michael Young.  He wants a trade.  And the Rangers are going to try to meet that request. A source familiar with the situation told Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports on Sunday afternoon…

  20. J.D. Drew already has his first nagging injury of 2011

    Feb 6, 2011, 2:53 PM EDT

    Oakland Athletics v Boston Red Sox

    Buried in Nick Cafardo’s excellent Sunday notes column on the Boston Globe‘s website is this bit of troubling news for Red Sox fans: J.D. Drew has been experiencing discomfort in his hamstring this offseason and is likely to be limited when spring training opens later this month. Drew battled hamstring problems throughout much of the…

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