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  1. Jered Weaver, beware: Players who lose arbitration hearings usually aren’t long for the team

    Feb 11, 2011, 3:17 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim v Texas Rangers

    Most teams do whatever they can to avoid arbitration hearings, because presenting a case for why a player doesn’t deserve the money he’s asking for can often lead to hurt feelings. Presenting that case well enough for the three-person arbitration panel to rule in favor of the team can be particularly ugly and Sam Miller…

  2. Famous people are lining up to not own the Mets

    Feb 11, 2011, 2:45 PM EDT

    Seinfeld Mets

    I guess it’s because it’s New York and everyone is bored, but there have been a plethora of reports — and calling them “reports” is actually an insult to the act of reporting — linking famous rich people and the Mets in the wake Wilpon’s announcement that he’s looking for minority owners.  There was the…

  3. Brian Cashman doesn’t believe CC Sabathia lost 30 pounds

    Feb 11, 2011, 2:14 PM EDT

    scale help

    Earlier this week Buster Olney of ESPN.com reported that CC Sabathia lost 30 pounds during the offseason, but Yankees general manager Brian Cashman isn’t buying it. Here’s what Cashman told Wallace Matthews of ESPN.com after seeing Sabathia in person recently: I don’t believe it. I saw him at the B.A.T. dinner and he didn’t look…

  4. The University of California cuts its baseball team; UCLA meets with Charlie Sheen

    Feb 11, 2011, 1:31 PM EDT

    UC Berkeley baseball

    Notable University of California baseball players include Jeff Kent, Andy Messersmith, Jackie Jensen, Bob Melvin, Darren Lewis and Brandom Morrow. There will be no more, however, because we learned today that Cal has decided to drop its baseball program entirely: The University of California announced today it will not reinstate its baseball program despite vigorous…

  5. Michael Bourn switched agents to Scott Boras too

    Feb 11, 2011, 1:16 PM EDT

    michael-bourn-astros

    Last week Robinson Cano left his agent for Scott Boras and this morning Joel Sherman of the New York Post reported that Nick Swisher is doing the same, but Boras’ stable of prominent clients isn’t done growing yet. Stephen Goff of Examiner.com reports that Astros center fielder Michael Bourn recently dropped his representation at SFX…

  6. Matt Holliday willing to defer money to help keep Albert Pujols

    Feb 11, 2011, 12:21 PM EDT

    pujols-and-holliday

    During a radio interview this morning Matt Holliday said he’d be willing to defer some of his salary in an effort to help the Cardinals sign Albert Pujols to a long-term deal. Matthew Leach of MLB.com has a transcript of the comments: I deferred $2 million a year for the whole contract and I would…

  7. The Orioles and Jeremy Guthrie avoid arbitration

    Feb 11, 2011, 12:08 PM EDT

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    The Orioles and starter Jeremy Guthrie avoided arbitration today by agreeing to a one-year, $5.75 million contract. They split the difference between Guthrie’s demand of $6.5 million and the team’s offer of $5 million. Guthire had a really nice year last year, posting a 3.83 ERA as the Orioles’ workhorse. If the O’s are even superficially…

  8. Maybe I just don’t understand new media

    Feb 11, 2011, 11:44 AM EDT

    iPad

    UPDATE:  Rovell was wrong.  It’s ten bucks on top of the print edition to get the digital edition too, not ten dollars more for the digital edition only.  I don’t see an option for digital-only, however. Is that available? Anyone? Bueller? Sports Illustrated is apparently coming out with a digital subscription for smart phones and…

  9. Was A-Rod’s first deal the worst free agent signing of all time?

    Feb 11, 2011, 10:42 AM EDT

    AlexRodriguezAP

    Andy MacPhail thinks it was the first A-Rod deal. At least that’s what he told a law school seminar yesterday: “Alex Rodriguez to Texas was the worst signing in the history of baseball in my view,” MacPhail said. “Why? Because he played as well as you can possibly ask the kid to play. He had…

  10. Jose Bautista puts Blue Jays in very tough spot with Monday deadline for long-term deal

    Feb 11, 2011, 10:19 AM EDT

    Jose Bautista

    Albert Pujols‘ self-imposed deadline for long-term contract talks with the Cardinals is understandably grabbing all the headlines, but Jose Bautista setting a similar timetable on potential talks with the Blue Jays has flown somewhat under the radar. Bautista, who like Pujols will be eligible for free agency following this season, told Ken Fidlin of the…

  11. High school coach cuts a pitcher who can’t field bunts. Oh, and the pitcher has two prosthetic legs.

    Feb 11, 2011, 9:59 AM EDT

    Burroto

    Reader Ben alerts me to this story: A high school sophomore pitcher who can throw 80 MPH with a “wicked curve” gets cut from his high school team because he can’t field bunts all that well. Oh, the fact that he happens to have two prosthetic legs may have something to do with it.  And did…

  12. Daniel Bard wouldn’t mind starting one day

    Feb 11, 2011, 8:49 AM EDT

    Boston Red Sox Daniel Bard pitches against Tampa Bay Rays during American League MLB baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston

    Rob Bradford caught up with Daniel Bard in Fort Meyers yesterday and the subject of the young man’s role came up: “How do you view yourself, as a reliever or a starter?” “I see myself as a pitcher,” he responded without hesitation following his Thursday workout at the Red Sox minor-league training facility … Bard, a…

  13. The Wilpon case gets a mediator: Mario Cuomo

    Feb 11, 2011, 8:24 AM EDT

    Fred Wilpon, Jeff Wilpon

    The Wilpons and the bankruptcy trustee of the Madoff case are having a daily back and forth in the papers. The judge is probably getting tired of it. Yesterday he did something about it: A federal judge on Thursday appointed former New York Governor Mario M. Cuomo to try to resolve the $1 billion dispute…

  14. Prosecutors drop six of the 11 charges against Barry Bonds

    Feb 11, 2011, 6:15 AM EDT

    Barry Bonds suit

    You know the sign of a righteous prosecution advanced by confident prosecutors? Dropping half the charges on a several-years-old indictment relating to a seven-year-old incident on the eve of trial: Among the charges eliminated from earlier indictments were claims that Bonds perjured himself by denying that he received testosterone from his trainer, Greg Anderson, and…

  15. Padres, Flores reach minor league contract

    Feb 10, 2011, 9:34 PM EDT

    Colorado Rockies v Kansas City Royals

    Another minor deal to report. According to CAA Baseball’s official Twitter feed, the Padres have signed left-handed reliever Randy Flores to a minor league contract and have issued him an invitation to spring training. CAA, by the way, stands for Creative Artists Agency.  It’s a massive firm that represents show business people and professional athletes. …

  16. Mariners ink Manny Delcarmen to minor league contract

    Feb 10, 2011, 8:03 PM EDT

    Manny Delcarmen

    From the Mariners’ official Twitter feed comes word that the club has reached agreement on a minor league contract with right-handed reliever Manny Delcarmen. The contract carries an invitation to spring training, where Delcarmen will attempt to win a job in the Mariners’ Opening Day bullpen. The 28-year-old posted an underwhelming 4.70 ERA and 1.39…

  17. Michael Young probably isn’t going anywhere

    Feb 10, 2011, 6:46 PM EDT

    World Series Giants Rangers Baseball

    There’s a really good chance that disgruntled infielder Michael Young is going to have to report to Rangers camp next week. He has requested a trade and the Rangers’ front office has attempted to satisfy that request, but there’s simply nothing out there. A source told Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram on Thursday…

  18. Luke Scott and the Orioles avoid arbitration with one-year deal

    Feb 10, 2011, 5:17 PM EDT

    Luke Scott deer

    Luke Scott filed an arbitration request for $6.85 million while the Orioles countered at $5.7 million, and this afternoon the two sides avoided a hearing by agreeing to a one-year, $6.4 million deal. That figure is $125,000 above the midpoint and Scott gets a $2.35 million raise after hitting .284 with 27 homers and a…

  19. Mike Trout probably won’t see the bigs until 2012

    Feb 10, 2011, 4:30 PM EDT

    Los Angeles headline writers are going to have to hold their clever fish-related one-liners for next year, because Mike Trout isn’t likely to make The Show until 2012. Here’s Bill Shaikin: [Angels GM Tony] Reagins said Angels would start Mike Trout at double-A. In Anaheim by end of season? “I would say it’s unlikely” Gotta…

  20. Stephen Strasburg starts throwing after Tommy John surgery

    Feb 10, 2011, 4:14 PM EDT

    Strasburg press conference

    Stephen Strasburg, who felt a “pop” in his elbow on August 21 and underwent Tommy John surgery two weeks later, has started throwing again. It’s just the first step on the year-plus road to recovery and Strasburg is still nowhere near getting back on a mound yet, but Nationals pitching coach Steve McCatty told Adam…

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