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  1. 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…

  2. Astros, Pence set date for arbitration hearing

    Feb 6, 2011, 1:21 PM EDT

    Hunter Pence

    The Astros and outfielder Hunter Pence are going to an arbitration hearing. According to Stephen Goff of the Houston Astros Examiner, the two sides will meet on February 18 in front of a panel of independent arbitrators who will decide between the $6.9 million that Pence asked for and the $5.15 million that the Astros…

  3. One scout thinks Andy Pettitte is not done pitching

    Feb 6, 2011, 12:03 PM EDT

    New York Yankee Andy Pettitte Announces Retirement

    When 38-year-old left-hander Andy Pettitte announced his retirement from the game of baseball on Friday at a press conference inside the halls of Yankee Stadium, he answered a question about possibly pitching again with a “never say never” type of response.  In fact, those were nearly his exact words.  Now Nick Cafardo of the Boston…

  4. Everth Cabrera hitting well in Caribbean Series

    Feb 6, 2011, 10:38 AM EDT

    Cincinnati Reds v San Diego Padres

    Padres shortstop Everth Cabrera turned some heads in 2009 when he swiped 22 bases and posted a .255 batting average and .342 on-base percentage as a 22-year-old rookie.  He failed to make any sort of improvement last season, however, and finished the 2010 campaign with an absolutely brutal .208/.279/.278 batting line. The Padres spun a…

  5. Woodie Fryman: 1940-2011

    Feb 6, 2011, 9:59 AM EDT

    fryman cards

    Sad news out of Kentucky. According to the Associated Press, former major league pitcher Woodie Fryman passed away this weekend at the age of 70. Fryman played 18 major league seasons from 1966-1983, spending time with the Expos, Pirates, Phillies, Tigers, Reds and Cubs.  He had four career one-hitters and he left the game after…

  6. Giants ink Justin Christian to minors contract

    Feb 6, 2011, 8:45 AM EDT

    Justin Christian (C) of  Mexico celebrat

    According to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com, the Giants reached agreement on a minor league contract Saturday with outfielder Justin Christian. Christian, 30, posted a decent .289/.366/.435 batting line with nine homers and 22 stolen bases over 468 plate appearances between Double-A Trenton and Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre last season. The Lincoln, Nebraska native has spent his entire…

  7. How will the Mets handle Francisco Rodriguez this season?

    Feb 5, 2011, 6:30 PM EDT

    Francisco Rodriguez

    We’re probably getting a little bit ahead of ourselves with this topic, but it’s a worthwhile discussion on a slow news day. The Mets will get plenty of payroll relief when Carlos Beltran, Oliver Perez and Luis Castillo come off the books after this season, but the status of Francisco Rodriguez could be much trickier.…

  8. UPDATE: OK, maybe Michael Young isn’t going anywhere yet

    Feb 5, 2011, 5:27 PM EDT

    Michael Young ap

    UPDATE: Haven’t we been through this whole song and dance before? Troy Renck of the Denver Post has spoken with multiple sources with direct knowledge of the Rockies’ situation, who tell him that the Rangers have not re-opened talks for Michael Young. The Rockies are interested, mind you, but they would want the Rangers to…

  9. Twins and Francisco Liriano avoid arbitration with one-year deal

    Feb 5, 2011, 5:15 PM EDT

    Francisco Liriano throwing

    The Twins and Francisco Liriano have avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $4.3 million contract, according to the team’s Twitter feed. Liriano requested $5 million and was offered $3.6 million from the Twins when arbitration figures were submitted last month, so the two sides ultimately settled at the exact midpoint. The 27-year-old left-hander went…

  10. Kelvim Escobar is attempting another comeback

    Feb 5, 2011, 3:45 PM EDT

    Kelvim Escobar throwing

    Most of us scoffed when the Mets signed Kelvim Escobar to a guaranteed major league contract last winter. He was limited in the early part of spring training and eventually needed season-ending surgery in May to repair a capsule tear in the front of his right shoulder. Now he’s attempting another comeback as a relief…

  11. Uh-oh: Cardinals’ contract talks with Albert Pujols are not going well

    Feb 5, 2011, 2:31 PM EDT

    Pujols swing

    With two weeks to go before spring training, this isn’t what Cardinals fans want to hear. Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com writes that while most “baseball people” believe that the Cardinals will sign Albert Pujols, the club is currently balking at his asking price. According to Rosenthal, Pujols wants a contract that “reflects his status as…

  12. Jim Edmonds had surgery on his Achilles tendon last month

    Feb 5, 2011, 1:00 PM EDT

    Jim Edmonds swing

    Jim Edmonds surprised many around the game by signing a minor league contract with the Cardinals yesterday. The 40-year-old outfielder was limited down the stretch last season due to a left Achilles injury, but he decided to return for his 18th major league season after undergoing surgery to repair the tendon last month. According to…

  13. Indians “making progress” in talks with Kevin Millwood

    Feb 5, 2011, 11:32 AM EDT

    kevin_millwood

    Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports this morning that the Indians are “making progress” in talks with free agent right-hander Kevin Millwood. Indians CEO Paul Dolan would have to approve the signing if it’s a major league deal. We heard the other day that Millwood was looking for $4-5 million, but that seems…

  14. Dennys Reyes signs minor league deal with Red Sox

    Feb 5, 2011, 8:54 AM EDT

    dennys-reyes-cardinals

    After having a major league deal with the Phillies fall through earlier this winter, left-handed reliever Denny Reyes has signed a minor league contract with the Red Sox, according to FOXSports.com’s Jon Paul Morosi. Reyes, 33, posted a 3.35 ERA and 25/21 K/BB ratio over 38 innings with the Cardinals last season. Though lefties batted…

  15. Kyle Drabek may not have an innings limit this season

    Feb 4, 2011, 9:30 PM EDT

    Drabek

    In an interview with FOXSports.com’s Jon Paul Morosi earlier this week, new Blue Jays manager John Farrell didn’t dismiss the possibility that Kyle Drabek could eclipse 200 innings in his rookie season. “You can look at the (innings) progression he’s already gone through to this point,” Farrell said of Drabek, whose father, Doug, is the…

  16. Yankees sign Eric Chavez and Ronnie Belliard to minor league contracts

    Feb 4, 2011, 8:05 PM EDT

    Eric Chavez

    According to Sweeney Murti of WFAN, the Yankees have signed Eric Chavez and Ronnie Belliard to minor league contracts. They’ll both get invites to spring training. The oft-injured Chavez has played in a grand total of 154 games since the start of the 2007 season, but worked out for a number of teams this winter,…

  17. UPDATE: Orioles sign Vladimir Guerrero to a one-year, $8 million contract

    Feb 4, 2011, 6:59 PM EDT

    Texas Rangers v San Francisco Giants, Game 1

    UPDATE: Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com hears that a significant portion of Guerrero’s $8 million salary is deferred. 6:59 PM: Buster Olney of ESPN.com confirms his colleague’s initial report. It’s one-year, $8 million, pending a physical. Interestingly, as Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun notes, the O’s payroll now sits at approximately $93 million, approximately $20…

  18. Pablo Sandoval worked with Barry Bonds this winter

    Feb 4, 2011, 5:15 PM EDT

    sandoval tweet

    Pablo Sandoval is supposed to be in much better shape too. But no, the Kung Fu Panda didn’t work out with Barry Bonds to attain his newfound shape. That was attributable to laying off soda and chips, he says.  What he did do with Barry Bonds however was to work on plate discipline. The weight…

  19. Picture of the Day: Tim Lincecum has a scarf and a mustache

    Feb 4, 2011, 4:46 PM EDT

    tim lincecum scarf

    Not only has Tim Lincecum slicked back and/or ponytailed his flowing locks, the Comcast Sportsnet Bay Area folks snapped a picture of him wearing a scarf indoors and growing what appears to be an attempt at a mustache of some sort. It’s not a great look for Timmy, although I’m somewhat comforted knowing the gap…

  20. Quote of the Day: Low-hanging fruit edition

    Feb 4, 2011, 4:22 PM EDT

    Fred Wilpon

    But to be fair: sometimes the lowest hanging fruit is the tastiest!

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