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  1. Rockies sign Alfredo Amezaga and Chad Moeller

    Jan 27, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

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    Colorado added a pair of veterans on minor-league deals, signing infielder Alfredo Amezaga and catcher Chad Moeller. Moeller has little chance of cracking the Opening Day roster with Chris Iannetta and Jose Morales ahead of him on the depth chart, but Amezaga should have a legitimate chance to claim a bench spot if healthy. Amezaga…

  2. How DARE Brian Cashman be a celebrity bartender?!

    Jan 27, 2011, 9:59 AM EDT

    Cashman bartender

    You gotta wake up pretty early in the morning to be this much of a joyless scold: At this point, I would much rather have someone who is “no name” – but a real and qualified “baseball person” – someone trying to make his bones as a hard working GM, running the Yankees. Someone who…

  3. Our annual Byung-Hyun Kim report

    Jan 27, 2011, 9:31 AM EDT

    Byung-Hung Kim

    There are some guys whose movements I’ll always track no matter how far away they get from major league baseball. Jose Canseco. Jose Lima before he died (and don’t think I won’t post more stuff about him eventually). Another one is Byung-Hyun Kim, who has fascinated me for years.  NPB Tracker reports that he has signed…

  4. Who might the Yankees target next winter?

    Jan 27, 2011, 8:59 AM EDT

    Mark Buehrle

    Does the 2010-2011 offseason got you down, Yankees fans? Then why not look ahead to next winter? Larry Koestler of Yankeeist does that this morning. The upshot? Seems like the free agent pickins are a tad slim: A quick glance at the free agent starting pitching list yields the following potentially interesting names: Mark Buehrle,Chris Carpenter…

  5. Could the Cardinals survive without Albert Pujols?

    Jan 27, 2011, 8:33 AM EDT

    Albert Pujols

    Jeff Gordon of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch thinks so: The St. Louis Cardinals ranked among Major League Baseball’s most successful franchises before Albert Pujols arrived. And the Cardinals will remain prosperous long after the Pujols Era finally ends, however it ends. Baseball is bigger than one player around here. It always has been, it always…

  6. Well, here’s one way for Brian Cashman to get a pitcher

    Jan 27, 2011, 5:48 AM EDT

    Cocktail

    We know Brian Cashman is already an expert on stout, but last night he had to expand his game a little: Yankees General Manager Brian Cashman donned his spiked hair/bandana hairpiece and assumed his celebrity bartender persona — Hard Cash — at Foley’s Pub and Restaurant on Wednesday to pour drinks and help raise money to fight…

  7. Meche gave up $12 million because he ‘didn’t feel like I deserved it’

    Jan 27, 2011, 2:33 AM EDT

    Gil Meche

    The baseball world was stunned last week when Kansas City Royals pitcher Gil Meche announced he would retire from baseball, and in so doing surrender the $12 million he would have made in 2011, the final year of his contract. Tyler Kepner of the New York Times caught up with Meche in a telephone interview,…

  8. Brandon Webb would like to sell you a car

    Jan 27, 2011, 2:23 AM EDT

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    What will it take for Brandon Webb to get you into a car? The former Cy Young Award winner, who is trying to make a comeback from shoulder surgery with the Texas Rangers, is selling used cars with his brother-in-law in his hometown of Ashland, Ky. A lot of pro athletes have businesses on the…

  9. D’Backs avoid arbitration with Montero via $3.2M deal

    Jan 26, 2011, 9:39 PM EDT

    Miguel Montero, Ivan Rodriguez

    As first reported by Mike Axisa of MLB Trade Rumors, the Diamondbacks avoided arbitration on Wednesday evening with Miguel Montero by agreeing to a one-year contract that will pay the catcher $3.2 million in 2011. Montero was eligible for arbitration this winter for the second time in his career.  Last season he pulled in $2…

  10. Padres unveil new road and camo uniforms for 2011

    Jan 26, 2011, 8:12 PM EDT

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    Back in November of 2003, the Padres decided to abandon the traditional road gray uniforms that most teams used and continue to use. Instead, they decided to play away games in a sand-colored jersey, meant to represent the beaches of San Diego. The change was met with immediate criticism.  The Padres’ new sand jersey looked…

  11. Diving into the depths: Oakland Athletics

    Jan 26, 2011, 7:00 PM EDT

    Daric Barton

    This is part of a 30-article series looking at each team’s depth chart headed into spring training. Rotation 1. Dallas Braden 2. Trevor Cahill 3. Brett Anderson 4. Gio Gonzalez 5. Brandon McCarthy 6. Rich Harden 7. Josh Outman 8. Bobby Cramer 9. Tyson Ross 10. Guillermo Moscoso 11. Anthony Capra The Brian Fuentes and…

  12. Angels open long-term contract discussions with Weaver

    Jan 26, 2011, 6:36 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim v Texas Rangers

    The Angels got all sorts of deserved flak for taking on $81 million of Vernon Wells‘ contract in a trade with the Blue Jays last week.  But they could end their offseason on a high note. According to Mark Saxson of ESPN L.A., the Halos have opened long-term contract discussions with ace right-hander Jered Weaver.…

  13. Fandom: once you’re gone, can you come back?

    Jan 26, 2011, 5:35 PM EDT

    Royals fail

    Rob Neyer has a very good — and uncharacteristically personal — post up today about the Royals.  He was a fan dating back to 1976. Then, six or seven years ago they lost him through mismanagement, contempt for their fans and overall misery. And now he wonders: is it too late to come back? Is…

  14. Vladimir Guerrero is no longer seeking a two-year contract

    Jan 26, 2011, 5:10 PM EDT

    World Series Rangers Giants Baseball

    After originally seeking a two-year, $16 million contract Vladimir Guerrero has lowered his demands to one year and $8 million, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com. Guerrero earned $6.5 million in 2010 via a one-year deal with the Rangers and slumped down the stretch before struggling mightily in the playoffs, so with plenty of other…

  15. Highlights from the Tony La Russa roast

    Jan 26, 2011, 4:30 PM EDT

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    Last month we learned that the St. Louis chapter of the BBWAA was going to have a roast of Tony La Russa.  Well, it happened last week, and FOXSportsMidwest.com has some of the highlights of it here. The profanity is bleeped out, but it does get a tad blue.  There’s a good J.D. Drew joke by…

  16. Dermatologists agree: Murray Chass is full of it

    Jan 26, 2011, 3:59 PM EDT

    10 METS FAYTOK

    Murray Chass’ “I know Mike Piazza did steroids because he had back acne” crusade has its charms, but sadly, it does not have much medical science on its side. We know this, because Howard Megdal did some shoe leather reporting on the matter and was told by multiple dermatologists that (a) back acne is common;…

  17. Southpaw search: Orioles sign Clay Rapada, make offer to Joe Beimel

    Jan 26, 2011, 3:48 PM EDT

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    In an effort to add some left-handed relief options the Orioles have signed Clay Rapada to a minor-league contract and offered the same to Joe Beimel, according to Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun. Rapada has spent parts of four seasons in the majors for the Cubs, Tigers, and Rangers while logging a total of…

  18. Source: “very strong possibility” that Andy Pettitte pitches in 2011

    Jan 26, 2011, 3:22 PM EDT

    Boston Red Sox v New York Yankees

    A source close to Andy Pettitte tells me that there is a “very strong possibility” that Pettitte is going to pitch in 2011.  He is doing his usual preseason workouts and has had no physical issues thus far. Moreover, the source tells me that Pettitte’s hesitation to confirm that he is coming back for the…

  19. Diving into the depths: Houston Astros

    Jan 26, 2011, 3:00 PM EDT

    Hunter Pence

    This is part of a 30-article series looking at each team’s depth chart headed into spring training. Rotation 1. Wandy Rodriguez 2. Brett Myers 3. J.A. Happ 4. Bud Norris 5. Ryan Rowland-Smith 6. Nelson Figueroa 7. Wesley Wright 8. Jordan Lyles 9. Aneury Rodriguez 10. Cesar Carrillo The scary thing is that this probably…

  20. Mike Maroth retires

    Jan 26, 2011, 2:30 PM EDT

    Mike Maroth

    Back when I practiced law, there was a partner who lost a big case. Millions of dollars at stake, and his client got creamed.  We all wanted to taunt him about it afterward, but he simply said “gentlemen, it takes one hell of a lawyer to lose a case as big as that.” We thought he…

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