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  1. Jack Zduriencik’s statement on Milton Bradley

    Jan 19, 2011, 11:40 AM EDT

    Seattle Mariners v New York Yankees

    Mariners’ GM Jack Zduriencik has released a statement about the Milton Bradley arrest: “After reaching Milton Bradley’s representatives tonight, I was able to confirm that Milton had been arrested, and subsequently released, in Los Angeles. While we do not yet have full details on what occurred, we are aware of the situation and take it very…

  2. Matt Szczur passes up football to stay with Cubs

    Jan 19, 2011, 11:11 AM EDT

    Matt Szczur

    According to Jim Callis of Baseball America, Cubs prospect outfielder Matt Szczur has accepted a $1.5 million deal to stick with baseball rather than pursue a career in the NFL. The story was first reported by Tony Pauline of DraftInsider.net. Szczur originally signed for $100,000 after being drafted in the fifth round last June. The…

  3. Stop me if you’ve heard this one: the Twins are close to signing Carl Pavano

    Jan 19, 2011, 11:07 AM EDT

    Carl Pavano

    Apparently the Twins and Pavano have almost reached a deal. Twins and Pavano are very close to a new deal, working on final details. Bill Smith said today, “I think we’re in the home stretch here.” This is not a repeat from last month. Or last week. Though I have very little faith that it won’t…

  4. The Indians haven’t given up on signing Shin-Soo Choo to an extension

    Jan 19, 2011, 10:24 AM EDT

    Shin-Soo Choo

    The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that the Indians are trying to work out a multi-year contract with Shin-Soo Choo: “We’re still in the midst of discussions,” said [GM Chris] Antonetti. “I don’t view it as the negotiations being closed.” Choo is one of the most underrated guys in baseball. He’s still got three seasons to…

  5. Remembering the Polo Grounds

    Jan 19, 2011, 10:02 AM EDT

    Polo Grounds

    There’s a great story by Richard Sandomir of the New York Times today, looking back at the history of the Polo Grounds.  Like many of the people quoted in is story, I was always struck by pictures of those wacko dimensions: What stands out to fans and historians nearly 47 years since its demolition are…

  6. The imminent Lance Armstrong PED hubub will be instructive

    Jan 19, 2011, 9:29 AM EDT

    Lance Armstrong

    My steroids bailiwick is pretty much limited to baseball, so I view the latest stuff about Lance Armstrong as a civilian. I don’t know much about it other than to say that (a) cycling is apparently rotten with PEDs; and (b) any criminal investigation led by Jeff Novitzky should be viewed with extreme dubiousness given his track…

  7. The Blue Jays may be interested in Johnny Damon

    Jan 19, 2011, 9:02 AM EDT

    Johnny Damon

    Sometimes I get nostalgic for the winter of 2009-10. It was a simpler time. Bert Blyleven wasn’t a Hall of Famer, people thought that the Mariners won the Milton Bradley-Carlos Silva trade and every other post on HardballTalk was about Johnny Damon.  Let’s relive that for a moment, shall we? The Blue Jays avoided salary…

  8. Remember Josh Lueke? The Mariners should beware of creating a double standard

    Jan 19, 2011, 8:09 AM EDT

    Josh Leuke

    Earlier this morning I talked about whether the Mariners will try to void Milton Bradley’s deal.  As reader Sean Boulton noted on Twitter last night, however, they wouldn’t even consider it if they keep true to form. Heck, they wouldn’t even cut him. Remember the Josh Lueke controversy? He was one of the players sent from…

  9. Can the Mariners void Milton Bradley’s contract?

    Jan 19, 2011, 6:44 AM EDT

    Milton Bradley angry

    With the “everyone is innocent until proven guilty, even Milton Bradley” caveat out of the way, the inevitable next question is whether the Mariners can get out from under his $12 million contract for 2011. Short answer: doubtful. We went through this exercise with the K-Rod business last summer of course, so here’s the quick refresher:…

  10. Let’s not convict Milton Bradley in the court of public opinion just yet

    Jan 19, 2011, 6:00 AM EDT

    Seattle Mariners v New York Yankees

    As reported last night, Milton Bradley is in some big-time legal trouble as a result of allegedly making threats of bodily harm and/or death against an unidentified female. The charges under California Penal Code section 422 are felony charges, and if they are borne out, he could end up doing time. It’s important to remember,…

  11. UPDATE: Milton Bradley arrested on felony charge for allegedly making a threat

    Jan 18, 2011, 9:49 PM EDT

    Mariners' batter Bradley reacts during the second inning of their MLB American League Opening Day baseball game in Seattle

    UPDATE: According to Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times, Bradley was arrested at home at around 10:40 a.m for making a threat against an unidentified female. He was later released on $50,000 bail. By the way, here’s a link to the penal code section 422. 9:22 PM: The law isn’t really my game, but our…

  12. Ruben Amaro doesn’t feel “comfortable” trading Joe Blanton

    Jan 18, 2011, 9:27 PM EDT

    Joe Blanton

    When we checked in with Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. last week, he wasn’t in a hurry to deal Joe Blanton. Now? According to what he told Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com today, it sounds like he isn’t willing to deal him at all. “I don’t feel comfortable doing it,” Amaro told FOXSports.com. “He’s going…

  13. Jose Bautista requests $10.5 million in arbitration

    Jan 18, 2011, 8:17 PM EDT

    Jose Bautista swinging

    Now here’s a really interesting case. Of course, Jose Bautista shocked the baseball world last season by leading the majors with 54 home runs to go along with a solid .260/.378/.617 batting line, 124 RBI and a .995 OPS. Such a breakthrough season can be particularly tricky come arbitration time, so it’s no shock that…

  14. Josh Hamilton files for $12 million in arbitration

    Jan 18, 2011, 6:41 PM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Texas Rangers, Game 3

    As some of you may have noticed already, today is the day that players and teams submit arbitration figures. We have seen a number of contracts get worked out right before the deadline, but there are a few notable players who filed today. We’ll touch on a couple of them here, beginning with last year’s…

  15. Nationals “closing in on” a deal with reliever Todd Coffey

    Jan 18, 2011, 5:28 PM EDT

    Pittsburgh Pirates v Milwaukee Brewers

    Washington is “closing in on” a contract with right-hander Todd Coffey, according to Jon Heyman of SI.com. Coffey was non-tendered by the Brewers despite a 3.52 ERA and 128/46 K/BB ratio in 153 innings for Milwaukee during the past three seasons. Coffey’s slider is his best pitch, but his average fastball also clocks in at…

  16. Cashman told Pettitte “don’t Brett Favre us”

    Jan 18, 2011, 5:18 PM EDT

    Texas Rangers v New York Yankees, Game 3

    I’ve chafed at the notion — increasingly repeated by some of you out there in Internet Land — that Andy Pettitte is “pulling a Brett Favre.”  He’s not. Favre retired and then un-retired and each time he did it he used his many, many friends in the football media to play the drama up to…

  17. Hall of Fame voters owe nothing to the past

    Jan 18, 2011, 4:30 PM EDT

    cooperstown

    This morning I wrote about Jim Reeves’ column in which he said he believed that voting for the Hall of Fame was his “sacred duty” and that it was his aim to keep Cooperstown “clean and pure.” My take was more one of amusement, but this afternoon The Common Man has a much more focused…

  18. Padres sign veteran catcher Gregg Zaun to minor league deal

    Jan 18, 2011, 4:16 PM EDT

    Gregg Zaun

    San Diego signed Gregg Zaun to a minor-league contract and the veteran catcher will get an invitation to spring training, where he’ll compete for the backup job with Rob Johnson. Zaun missed most of last season following June shoulder surgery and will be 40 years old in April, but if healthy he’s a far superior…

  19. Comment of the Day: Monica Foster speaks

    Jan 18, 2011, 3:58 PM EDT

    Lenny Dykstra

    The woman Lenny Dykstra is accusing of forging checks left a comment on our post from earlier today. Take it away Monica Foster: Thanks Craig Calcaterra and MSNBC Hardball* for having a common sense view on this spectacle I wound up in. The only person lying in this situation is Dykstra. He needs to come…

  20. Armando Galarraga designated for assignment

    Jan 18, 2011, 3:35 PM EDT

    Armando Galarraga

    It’s been a weird year for Armando Galarraga. The near-perfect game. Being turned into an unexpected role model for forgiveness. Being sent down to Toledo for eight games.  Looking like the odd man out in the rotation this winter. Unexpectedly reaching a deal avoiding arbitration late yesterday. And then this today: One day after agreeing…

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