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  1. Get to Royals’ spring training early this year

    Jan 3, 2011, 3:04 PM EDT

    Eric Hosmer

    2011 is going to be a rough, rough year for Kansas City. But as we have noted a number of times in recent months, the future is bright.  And the future will be on display this spring, because the team has invited many of its big name prospects to big league camp: A total of…

  2. Dodgers sign Tim Redding to minor league contract

    Jan 3, 2011, 2:46 PM EDT

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    Tim Redding started 17 games and threw 120 innings for the Mets in 2009, but he spent all of last season at Triple-A and will likely begin this year there as well after signing a minor-league contract with the Dodgers. Redding pitched pretty well at Triple-A with a 2.89 ERA and 83/22 K/BB ratio in…

  3. Quote of the Day: Heyman on Bert Blyleven

    Jan 3, 2011, 1:57 PM EDT

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    Jon Heyman wrote one of those New Year’s Resolutions-style columns, in which he put voice to what he wishes 50 baseball figures would think heading into 2011.  Here’s his entry for Bert Blyleven: I will consider myself fortunate when I am voted into the Hall of Fame, and understand that while I had a great…

  4. Reds “are showing interest” in outfielder Fred Lewis

    Jan 3, 2011, 1:40 PM EDT

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    Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com reports that the Reds are interested in free agent outfielder Fred Lewis for a part-time role. Lewis was non-tendered by the Blue Jays despite a decent one-season stay in Toronto, hitting .262/.332/.414 with 17 steals in 480 plate appearances after coming over from the Giants in a mid-April trade. He’d…

  5. The Mets are testing some grand business management theories or something

    Jan 3, 2011, 1:07 PM EDT

    alderson at podium

    I don’t like the Mets very much, but I really hate business books. As such, this article in today’s Wall Street Journal about how a book analyzing what happens to businesses who collect brains rather than promote from within relates to the Mets was a bit of a slog.  Some of you may like it…

  6. Pirates re-sign Brian Burres to minor league contract

    Jan 3, 2011, 12:14 PM EDT

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    Brian Burress has re-signed with the Pirates on a minor-league contract after being non-tendered last month, according to Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com. Signed last offseason after being let go by the Orioles and Blue Jays, the 29-year-old left-hander had a 4.99 ERA and 45/34 K/BB ratio in 79 innings for the Pirates split between the…

  7. Andy Pettitte is supposed to make up his mind this week

    Jan 3, 2011, 12:00 PM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays v New York Yankees

    Wallace Matthews of ESPN New York says that the Yankees expect to get Andy Pettitte’s decision this week. Most reports before now have had Pettitte leaning toward retirement.  It’s hard to know how much of that is true and how much of that is an attempt at extracting more money out of the Yankees. I…

  8. The Marlins look forward to their new multi-use stadium

    Jan 3, 2011, 11:36 AM EDT

    marlins new park

    Wait, you thought they were moving into a baseball-specific ballpark? Ha! How little you know of commerce today. Marlins team president David Samson: “We’re prepared to host football games. We’re prepared to host soccer games. We’re prepared to host home shows, boat shows, trade shows, baseball tournaments, college baseball tournaments and concerts. All of these things…

  9. Hall of Fame projection has Blyleven and Alomar getting in

    Jan 3, 2011, 11:17 AM EDT

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    Chris Jaffe of the Hardball Times does an annual column projecting the Hall of Fame voting based on previous results and he’s had some remarkably accurate predictions in the past. After crunching the numbers this time around Jaffe projects that Roberto Alomar will get in easily with around 87 percent of the vote and Bert…

  10. Jim Thome wants his next contract to “make up for what he didn’t earn last season”

    Jan 3, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    Minnesota Twins v Detroit Tigers

    Many people in Minnesota have been assuming that Jim Thome re-signing with the Twins was only a matter of time, but LaVelle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that Thome wants to “make up for what he didn’t earn last season.” It’s tough to blame Thome, because he was certainly worth far…

  11. You could buy official jerseys in 1919. Cool. I think.

    Jan 3, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

    Babe Ruth Red Sox

    I remember trying to get an official game-quality Tigers jersey back in 1983 or 1984. Even in Michigan it was a pain. My folks couldn’t find one anywhere in Flint. Just a bunch of cheapo-knockoffs with iron-on quality lettering and stuff.  The options were mail-order or to drive 60 miles to one of a handful…

  12. Alfredo Simon has turned himself in

    Jan 3, 2011, 9:33 AM EDT

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    A reader passes along this Spanish-language tweet reporting that Orioles’ reliever Alfredo Simon has turned himself in to the police. My Spanish is terrible, but I think the entirety of that tweet says he’ll be transferred for interrogation and that he has pleaded not guilty. This is apparently a pic of Simon with the police…

  13. Cole Hamels is not sweating his contract at the moment

    Jan 3, 2011, 9:06 AM EDT

    Cole hamels

    Cole Hamels’ Hamels’ contract expires after 2011, with an added year of arbitration eligibility for 2012. I suspect that some people are going to get antsy about that soon, wondering if grabbing Cliff Lee and Roy Oswalt is going to cost the Phillies the chance to lock up the one pitcher of that crowd who might…

  14. Some baseball writers believe they are the morality police

    Jan 3, 2011, 8:25 AM EDT

    Jeff Bagwell

    In the course of Michael S. Schmidt’s recent column on Jeff Bagwell, Ross Newhan, the retired Los Angeles Times writer and still-current Hall of Fame voter, describes what he sees as the role of the electorate: “Somebody said we are not the morality police, but yet I think we are. If we aren’t, who is?…

  15. Carl Pavano could sign this week

    Jan 3, 2011, 6:05 AM EDT

    Carl Pavano

    Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe says that Carl Pavano may make a decision this week between the Twins and the Nationals.  There had been some previous chatter of Texas and possibly Seattle being interested, but there’s no mention of them in this latest report. As Aaron noted last week, Pavano wants a three-year deal, and…

  16. Rangers “still talking” to free agent Adrian Beltre

    Jan 2, 2011, 4:16 PM EDT

    Boston Red Sox v Seattle Mariners

    A report on a Dominican Republic-based website this morning had the Rangers and Adrian Beltre agreeing to a six-year, $96 million contract.  That was later found to be incorrect by Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News, but the Rangers are indeed talking to the free agent third baseman, according to FOXSports.com’s Jon Paul Morosi,…

  17. New details emerge in the Alfredo Simon shooting case

    Jan 2, 2011, 1:22 PM EDT

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    The bilingual Nick Collias, who translates articles for our friends over at MLB Trade Rumors, has been digging through Spanish language publications in the Dominican Republic this morning for more details on the Alfredo Simon shooting incident. He was kind enough to pass along some of the information that has not yet been reported state-side.…

  18. O’s Alfredo Simon suspected of murder in Dominican

    Jan 2, 2011, 11:08 AM EDT

    Baltimore Orioles' Alfredo Simon pitches against the New York Yankees during a MLB spring training baseball game in Tampa

    UPDATE: More details HERE. 11:08 AM: Orioles relief pitcher Alfredo Simon may be in serious trouble back in his native country. According to the Associated Press, he is the “main suspect” in the fatal shooting of a man down in the Dominican Republic. The AP says that Simon, 29, is believed to have shot and…

  19. Crawford thanks Rays fans with half-page newspaper ad

    Jan 2, 2011, 10:39 AM EDT

    Carl Crawford Signs with the Boston Red Sox

    The act has become a little too predictable — and maybe even expected — but it’s still pretty cool. Carl Crawford took out a half-page ad in the Sunday edition of the St. Petersburg Times to thank Rays fans and the Tampa Bay community for their “support over the years.” Crawford also bought lunch for…

  20. White Sox have some interest in Rafael Soriano

    Jan 2, 2011, 8:42 AM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays v Texas Rangers, Game 4

    It’s amazing how quiet the market has been this winter for free agent reliever Rafael Soriano.  He was one of the best bullpen pitchers in all of baseball last year with a 1.73 ERA and 0.80 WHIP across 64 appearances. His 45 saves in 48 chances led all American League closers and he struck out…

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