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  1. Leave A-Rod alone!

    Feb 9, 2011, 8:50 AM EDT

    A-Rod Cameron Diaz

    Or: another great moment in self-awareness

  2. The Wilpons have more than just the bankruptcy trustee to worry about

    Feb 9, 2011, 8:25 AM EDT

    Feeding Frenzy

    For those of you following the Wilpon/Mets/Madoff train wreck, there’s a fascinating story in today’s New York Times which suggests that the Wilpons’ legal problems may just be getting started. The upshot: when Madoff got arrested, the Wilpons and Saul Katz were strapped. Coming to their rescue: as many as eight banks who provided them…

  3. Jose Canseco is going to write a third book

    Feb 9, 2011, 6:09 AM EDT

    Canseco book

    I’d probably mock this a bit more if Snooki, JWoww and The Situation hadn’t already gotten book deals. I mean, those guys make Canseco seem like F. Scott Fitzgerald: Unlike in 2005 and 2008 – when his books “Juiced” and “Vindicated” named baseball stars in the same sentence with PED use – Canseco, who has…

  4. Report: The Rockies are out on Michael Young

    Feb 9, 2011, 12:54 AM EDT

    Michael Young bats

    We’ve heard the Rockies mentioned as a potential destination for Michael Young dating back to the winter meetings, so many have considered them an obvious fit now that the 34-year-old infielder has formally requested a trade. They are even one of the eight places where Young said he would approve a trade. If only it…

  5. The Blue Jays would like to trade Juan Rivera

    Feb 8, 2011, 10:05 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim v New York Yankees

    Just in case you had an iota of doubt in your mind that the Vernon Wells deal was all about payroll relief, Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that the Blue Jays would like to trade Juan Rivera. Rivera is set to earn $5.25 million this season after which he will become a free agent. Rosenthal…

  6. Johan Santana hasn’t begun throwing a baseball

    Feb 8, 2011, 9:21 PM EDT

    Johan Santana throwing

    Adam Rubin of ESPN New York reports that while Johan Santana hasn’t begun throwing a baseball yet, he is throwing other stuff: Mets doctor David Altchek cleared Santana to begin tossing a baseball on Jan. 14, but Santana’s physical therapist in Fort Myers, Fla., preferred the ace first replicate throwing motions doing other excercises. So…

  7. The Pirates and Ross Ohlendorf went to an arbitration hearing today

    Feb 8, 2011, 8:05 PM EDT

    Ross Ohlendorf

    The Pirates and Ross Ohlendorf went to an arbitration hearing earlier today, according to Colin Dunlap of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. This is significant because it was the first arbitration hearing of the year in MLB. Ohlendorf became arbitration-eligible for the first time this offseason as a “Super Two.” He filed for $2.025 million and was…

  8. The deadline to sign Albert Pujols is a little earlier than we thought

    Feb 8, 2011, 6:36 PM EDT

    Albert Pujols

    It was reported last month that Albert Pujols and his agent Dan Lozano would cut off contract talks with the Cardinals if an extension wasn’t reached by spring training. We have been operating under the assumption that his self-imposed deadline was going to be February 19. Turns out he’ll be an early arrival. ESPN.com and…

  9. CC Sabathia has lost 30 pounds

    Feb 8, 2011, 5:32 PM EDT

    CC Sabathia

    Buster Olney says that CC Sabathia has lost 30 pounds this winter.  To which I say: wow. Still, I’m not going to slap with this with “best shape of his life” for a couple of reasons.  Most directly, because I remember when CC was a young Cleveland Indian, and it would probably take more than…

  10. After 3 1/2 years, Rays place Ruggiano on waivers

    Feb 8, 2011, 5:00 PM EDT

    Justin Ruggiano

    The Rays have had talent bursting from the seams for years now, yet for some reason, they had never gotten around to replacing Justin Ruggiano on their 40-man roster until finally making the Manny Ramirez and Johnny Damon signings official today. Ruggiano, along with Cuban defector Leslie Anderson, were designated for assignment to make room…

  11. Red Sox sign former Yankees reliever Alfredo Aceves

    Feb 8, 2011, 4:43 PM EDT

    alfredo-aceves-yankees

    Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that the Red Sox have agreed to a major-league contract with reliever Alfredo Aceves, who spent the past three seasons pitching for the Yankees. New York non-tendered Aceves after he was limited to just 12 innings last season because of a back injury and then suffered a broken…

  12. The Cardinals have yet to make an offer to Pujols. Does this mean anything?

    Feb 8, 2011, 4:32 PM EDT

    St. Louis Cardinals v Los Angeles Dodgers

    Well, they haven’t made a “concrete offer,” anyway. That according to Tim Brown of Yahoo!, who sets the scene a week from the start of Spring Training and the promised cutoff of negotiations. As Brown notes, Pujols has issued a virtual fatwah on negotiations through the media.  The Cardinals have said a bit more here…

  13. A brief aside about the role of sports writers now and in the future

    Feb 8, 2011, 3:58 PM EDT

    Newsroom

    Skip this post if you don’t care about  media stuff. [waits for those people to leave] OK, now that all of us reading this are people who do care, I direct you to a sharp column by Jason Fry over at the National Sports Journalism Center (you may also know Jason from the Wall Street…

  14. Jarrod Washburn apparently isn’t making a comeback

    Feb 8, 2011, 3:43 PM EDT

    Jarrod Washburn

    Back in November there were some reports of Jarrod Washburn considering a comeback after sitting out all of last season following knee surgery, but Joel Sherman has a note about Washburn in the New York Post that suggests the veteran left-hander won’t be pitching again. According to Sherman the Yankees “did check into Washburn earlier…

  15. Nelson Doubleday feels sorry for the Wilpons

    Feb 8, 2011, 2:58 PM EDT

    Fred Wilpon

    Former Mets owner Nelson Doubleday when asked to comment on the Wilpons’ struggles: “I’m just very sorry. I don’t know what they were doing. It is none of my business so I stay out of it. I’m just very sorry.” I have no reason to doubt Doubleday’s sincerity when he talks about how sorry he…

  16. Comment of the Day: II Super Bowl Ratings Edition

    Feb 8, 2011, 2:00 PM EDT

    The Black Eyed Peas and guitarist Slash

    Thank God for the Super Bowl halftime show. If it hadn’t happened, I would have had to use some other reason to post a picture of Slash. Such as “he is totally awesome.”

  17. Phil Hughes blames inconsistent changeup for second-half fade, but do the numbers agree?

    Feb 8, 2011, 1:54 PM EDT

    Phil Hughes 2

    Phil Hughes discussed his second-half struggles with Brian Costello of the New York Post and explained that relying less and less on his changeup during a successful first half caused the pitch to lose effectiveness when he needed it down the stretch. Hughes made his first All-Star team by going 11-2 with a 3.65 ERA…

  18. Nick Swisher is a social media superstar. And that’s good news for all of us.

    Feb 8, 2011, 1:30 PM EDT

    swisher-101021

    There’s a story over at the Wall Street Journal today about how Nick Swisher has enhanced his personal brand, as they say, and is on track to be a bigtime product endorsement dude because of his social media cachet (i.e. he Twitters real good): Mr. Swisher is a good player but is not on a…

  19. So, Pete Rose and two franchise cornerstones walk into a bar in Las Vegas …

    Feb 8, 2011, 1:00 PM EDT

    peterose-girlfriend-091111-thumb-550x374-3997

    If you run the Rockies or the Rays, how happy are you to hear that a gossip sheet is running a pic of Troy Tulowitzki and Evan Longoria standing next to Pete Rose in Las Vegas? I’m sure it was all innocent, but if you put it just the right (or wrong) way, it has…

  20. Carlos Santana cleared to resume all baseball activities

    Feb 8, 2011, 12:40 PM EDT

    Carlos Santana

    Last month general manager Chris Antonetti expressed confidence that Carlos Santana would be ready for spring training following season-ending knee surgery in early August and today the Indians announced that he’s officially been cleared to resume all baseball activities. Santana suffered a gruesome-looking knee injury in a home plate collision on August 2, but met…

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