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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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.

  8. 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.…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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.…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

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