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  1. UPDATE: Dodgers reach minor league deal with Ron Mahay

    Feb 3, 2011, 6:49 PM EDT

    Atlanta Braves v Minnesota Twins

    UPDATE: Jon Heyman of SI.com says the deal will be worth $900,000 if Mahay makes the big league roster and remains on it. 6:33 PM: The Dodgers have officially announced the minor league contract on their team Twitter feed. 6:14 PM: From ESPN.com’s Jayson Stark comes word that the Dodgers have nearly agreed to a…

  2. Brian McNamee’s defamation suit against Clemens moves forward

    Feb 3, 2011, 5:52 PM EDT

    Roger Clemens

    As we focus our attention on the prosecution of Roger Clemens down in Washington, we’re reminded that there is a defamation suit against him chugging along up in New York.  That one was filed by his former trainer Brian McNamee, and arises out of Clemens’ statements on “60 Minutes” and elsewhere as he engaged in…

  3. Randy Winn joins Orioles on a minor league contract

    Feb 3, 2011, 5:25 PM EDT

    Randy Winn, Ryan Spilborghs

    Randy Winn will compete for a spot on the Orioles’ bench after agreeing to a minor-league contract with an invitation to spring training. Last offseason Winn signed with the Yankees for $1.1 million, only to be let go after hitting .213 with a .595 OPS in 23 games. He then latched on with the Cardinals…

  4. The Phillies might sign Gary Matthews Jr.

    Feb 3, 2011, 5:20 PM EDT

    Washington Nationals v New York Mets

    Jayson Werth Schmason Schmerth: The Phillies are considering signing outfielder Gary Matthews Jr. to a minor-league contract, according to a person with knowledge of the situation. If the two sides can work out a deal, Matthews Jr. would attend minor-league spring training camp. Matthews Jr. can’t hit anymore. He can’t even play defense very well anymore.…

  5. The Madoff trustee cuts off settlement discussions with the Wilpons; wants the case documents made public

    Feb 3, 2011, 4:35 PM EDT

    Fred Wilpon, Jeff Wilpon

    On Wednesday, the New York Times wrote an article painting the Wilpons in a less-than-wonderful light.  Today, the Wilpons struck back, both in this morning’s Daily News article I linked and in a piece with Darren Rovell over at CNBC.  In the Daily New piece someone “close to the Wilpons” accused the bankruptcy trustee of…

  6. Nationals sign Laynce Nix to a minor league contract

    Feb 3, 2011, 3:55 PM EDT

    Laynce Nix

    For the first time in his career Laynce Nix was an above-average hitter last season, batting .291 with a .350 on-base percentage and .455 slugging percentage in a part-time role for the Reds. Unfortunately he missed the final month of the season with an ankle injury, chose to become a free agent when the Reds…

  7. The Braves have trade partners for Kenshin Kawakami

    Feb 3, 2011, 3:48 PM EDT

    Kawakami  throwing

    Ken Rosenthal reports that two Japanese clubs are willing to take Kenshin Kawakami off the Braves’ hands and pick up more than half of his remaining $6.67 million salary. Kawakami is, at best, the Braves’ sixth starter right now. He has never lived up to his contract and no one in the organization appears to…

  8. Must-Click Link: Andy Pettitte in pictures

    Feb 3, 2011, 3:07 PM EDT

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    We have months to talk about what Andy Pettitte retiring means for the Yankees and years to talk about his Hall of Fame chances. But the best way to think about Andy Pettitte today is as a fabulous ballplayer.  In that vein, Mike Axisa of River Ave. Blues has put together a great photo retrospective of…

  9. Andy Pettitte’s retirement (and Jamie Moyer’s injury) means no active pitcher has 200 wins

    Feb 3, 2011, 2:47 PM EDT

    Tim Wakefield

    Andy Pettitte is announcing his retirement tomorrow and Jamie Moyer’s chances for a comeback are looking very shaky following Tommy John elbow surgery at age 48, which means no active pitchers have 200 career wins. In fact, only one active pitcher has more than 170 wins and it’s … Tim Wakefield with 193. Seriously, here’s…

  10. Kevin Millwood is asking for a lot of money

    Feb 3, 2011, 2:23 PM EDT

    Kevin Millwood

    For those teams with a starting pitching opening [cough!] Yankees [cough!], know this: you’ll need a lot of money to get Kevin Millwood. Here’s Buster: Heard this: Millwood is looking for $4-$5 millon for 2011, which is significantly more than some teams willing to consider. Eh, no one seems that desperate. Especially for a guy…

  11. White Sox sign Lastings Milledge to a minor league contract

    Feb 3, 2011, 1:45 PM EDT

    Lastings Milledge

    Lastings Milledge, who was last seen getting into a winter league brawl in Venezuela, has agreed to a minor-league contract with the White Sox. Milledge has gone from one-time top prospect to being non-tendered by the Pirates and unable to land a big-league deal, but he’s not even 26 years old yet and hasn’t been…

  12. Is Andy Pettitte a Hall of Famer?

    Feb 3, 2011, 1:33 PM EDT

    Pettitte looks in

    Too early? Nonsense! When we ask if someone is a Hall of Famer, we’re really asking two questions. (1) Does he deserve to make the Hall of Fame?; and (2) Will he make the Hall of Fame, deserving or not. First question:  They give a guy a five year waiting period for a reason, but…

  13. With Pettitte retiring, how screwed are the Yankees?

    Feb 3, 2011, 1:00 PM EDT

    CC Sabathia

    I’ve been putting off thinking about the Yankees rotation until we knew for sure what was going on with Andy Pettitte. He’s too good a pitcher and can make too big a difference to make any kind of pronouncement without knowing his status.  Now that he’s apparently retiring, however, let’s ask the question:  Is the…

  14. Matt Thornton is the “frontrunner” to close for the White Sox

    Feb 3, 2011, 12:55 PM EDT

    Thornton Guillen

    There are no shortage of closer candidates in the White Sox’s bullpen, particularly if Chris Sale begins the year as a reliever, but Scott Merkin of MLB.com calls Matt Thornton the “frontrunner” for ninth-inning duties in Chicago. Thornton has long been one of the elite setup men in baseball, posting a 3.19 ERA and 349…

  15. Andy Pettitte to retire tomorrow

    Feb 3, 2011, 12:27 PM EDT

    Boston Red Sox v New York Yankees

    Yankees announcer and ESPN Radio host Michael Kay just tweeted the following: I have learned that Andy Pettitte will officially retire tomorrow. [More] details to come….Michael Ken Rosenthal has a source that is confirming that Pettitte will retire tomorrow. Jack Curry of YES Network has a full story on it here. He’s heading to New…

  16. The Royals sign Pedro Feliz

    Feb 3, 2011, 12:20 PM EDT

    Pedro Feliz

    The Kansas City Royals have the best farm system in all of baseball.  The big club though? Let’s just say that it hasn’t improved much this winter. Dayton Moore has signed third baseman Pedro Feliz to a minor league contract. It’s not big money — only a million bucks if he makes the team and earns…

  17. Scott Boras explains the Jayson Werth contract

    Feb 3, 2011, 12:02 PM EDT

    Boras thinking

    This is classic. Scott Boras was on Sirius/XM with Jim Bowden yesterday and the subject of Jayson Werth‘s gigantic contract came up.  Bowden — as is his admirable wont — cut through the courtesy stuff and simply told Boras “I just can’t believe you pulled that off.” Boras, however, gave a long and seemingly thoughtful explanation as…

  18. Austin Jackson wants to steal 40 bases in 2011

    Feb 3, 2011, 11:17 AM EDT

    austin-jackson-tigers

    Austin Jackson stole 27 bases while finishing runner-up in the Rookie of the Year balloting last season and the 24-year-old center field said recently that his goal for 2011 is to swipe 40 bags. I think it’s just setting a goal to try to reach it, because I think I’m capable of stealing more bags.…

  19. Bryce Harper swings a big stick. Literally.

    Feb 3, 2011, 10:58 AM EDT

    Bryce Harper

    Quite literally. Courtesy of Nationals Enquirer, here’s Bryce Harper swinging a bat that measures 36 inches and weighs 47 ounces.  Most ballplayers use a bat that’s between 30 and 34 ounces, so this bad boy is as much as a pound heavier than what’s typical.  Doesn’t look like he’s laboring too much either. Dudes: if…

  20. Red Sox Nation is full of lunatics

    Feb 3, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    Red Sox fans

    Hey, don’t yell at me. It’s your manager saying so at yesterday’s Red Sox Town Hall: The topic often meandered back to the excitement level, and each panel member discussed what it was like to perform their duties in a baseball-mad town like Boston. Francona may have summed it up best when he talked about…

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