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  1. Unbelievable: Angels take on Vernon Wells from Jays

    Jan 21, 2011, 6:47 PM EDT

    Vernon Wells

    Such is the world of baseball news: spend a half hour typing up a blog and see it turned into garbage within 10 seconds of it being posted. Because less than hour after reporting that Mike Napoli was being dealt to the Blue Jays, Ken Rosenthal decided to mention that, oh yeah, Vernon Wells just…

  2. White Sox pick up Ozzie Guillen’s option for 2012

    Jan 21, 2011, 6:21 PM EDT

    Chicago White Sox manager Guillen sits in the dugout against the LA Angels during MLB American League baseball game in Anaheim

    According to Joe Cowley of the Chicago Sun-Times, the White Sox just held a news conference to announce that they have picked up the 2012 option for manager Ozzie Guillen. There was some speculation last September that Guillen was on his way out after he said he wanted to know where he stood with the…

  3. Tired of standing still, Angels take step backwards

    Jan 21, 2011, 6:19 PM EDT

    Cleveland Indians v Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

    Having struck out all winter, the Angels finally did something to shake up their lineup Friday, only the move was to get rid of one of their best hitters.  Opinions on Mike Napoli‘s defense are certainly mixed, but there aren’t many better offensive catchers.   Since he entered the league in 2006, Napoli has hit .251/.346/.455…

  4. Some more (and better) words about scoops

    Jan 21, 2011, 5:30 PM EDT

    Press

    Yesterday I wrote about scoops regarding player transactions and the like, offering my somewhat rambling take on it all. Today Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times has his own take, and it’s much better informed and, frankly, a lot more interesting than mine: Readers don’t go online to read Rosenthal and Heyman for the latest…

  5. Get ready, kids: Barry Bonds’ trial is right around the corner

    Jan 21, 2011, 4:57 PM EDT

    Barry Bonds suit

    It seems like years ago that Barry Bonds was indicted for perjury. Oh, wait, it was years ago. Three-and-a-half to be exact.  But though the wheels of justice grind slowly, boy do they grind, and they’ve almost delivered us to Barry Bonds’ trial, which gets underway on March 21st. But first, some preliminary rulings, a…

  6. Lots of people want to buy in to MLBAM, but the owners aren’t selling

    Jan 21, 2011, 3:57 PM EDT

    mlbtv

    Major League Baseball Advanced Media — the baseball subsidiary behind MLB.com. MLB.tv and a lot of stuff about which you have no idea — is a gold mine.  It, more than anything, has been responsible for the sharp increase in baseball revenues in recent years. And as an added bonus, the company just gets stuff…

  7. Jeff Pearlman, “online haters,” and the art of Internet self defense

    Jan 21, 2011, 3:06 PM EDT

    Internet Tough

    Jeff Pearlman has a column up over at CNN today that’s getting a lot of notice. Seems he tracked down and confronted some people who went after him over at his personal blog, leaving obnoxious or obscene comments or otherwise acting like jerks. I won’t defend the jerks for a second. People were linking awful…

  8. Reds now talking multi-year deal with Edinson Volquez

    Jan 21, 2011, 2:50 PM EDT

    Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Volquez reacts after giving up a run to the Philadelphia Phillies during the second inning in Game 1 of the MLB National League Division Series baseball playoffs in Philadelphia

    The Reds haven’t been overly active in free agency this offseason, but they’ve done a nice job of locking up some of their key internal components. Staff ace Bronson Arroyo was signed to a three-year, $35 million contract extension in early December.  Young power-hitting outfielder Jay Bruce inked a six-year, $51 million extension less than…

  9. Baseball’s All Underrated Team

    Jan 21, 2011, 2:09 PM EDT

    Shin-Soo Choo

    Jayson Stark’s latest is what he believes to be baseball’s “All Underrated Team.”  The roster: C: Carlos Ruiz 1B: Adam Dunn 2B: Ian Kinsler SS: Starlin Castro 3B: Ryan Zimmerman RF: Michael Cuddyer CF: Andrew McCutchen LF: Ryan Braun SP: Josh Johnson CL: Joakim Soria MR: Mike Adams It’s not a terrible list, though as…

  10. The Cardinals sign Nick Punto

    Jan 21, 2011, 1:40 PM EDT

    Nick Punto

    As soon as I posted the Nick Punto thing this morning a bunch of people observed that it was inevitable that the Cardinals would sign him soon. Tony La Russa has an addiction to scrappy infielders. He can’t help himself.  SO, not surprisingly, the Cardinals just signed him. It’s a one-year deal. We don’t have…

  11. Josh Hamilton lost 10 lbs. to pneumonia last week

    Jan 21, 2011, 1:21 PM EDT

    Josh Hamilton

    Josh Hamilton‘s recent bout with pneumonia was actually kind of serious. According to Anthony Andro of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Hamilton dropped 10 pounds last week while battling the lung inflammation for five days in the hosptial.  The outfielder also told reporters on Friday that he’s only at about 90 percent health at the moment.…

  12. The Orioles are interested in Justin Duchscherer

    Jan 21, 2011, 12:34 PM EDT

    Justin Duchscherer

    Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun reports that the Orioles are interested in Justin Duchscherer. The Yankees have been reported to be interested in him, and as ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick reported the other day, Duchscherer held private workouts with two other American League clubs last week.  Zrebiec says, however, that the Orioles were not one of…

  13. Update: Rays, Damon just talking for now

    Jan 21, 2011, 12:15 PM EDT

    Johnny Damon

    UPDATE, 12:15 PM: Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com was told by a source that the Rays are indeed talking to Damon and that an agreement could “certainly happen,” but also that nothing is close. 2:29 AM: Johnny Damon has found a new home for the upcoming season.  Well, almost. According to Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports,…

  14. Ozzie Guillen wasn’t pleased with Bobby Jenks or his son’s tweets

    Jan 21, 2011, 12:06 PM EDT

    Chicago White Sox manager Guillen sits in the dugout against the LA Angels during MLB American League baseball game in Anaheim

    Ozzie Guillen talked about that Bobby Jenks-Oney Guillen stuff yesterday, and he voiced some regret over his son sharing clubhouse business on his Twitter feed: Guillen said he felt ‘‘sad’’ about Jenks’ comments, which came after Jenks signed with the Boston Red Sox last month. But Guillen said his son crossed the line when he…

  15. Rangers “going after” free agent slugger Manny Ramirez

    Jan 21, 2011, 11:31 AM EDT

    Manny Ramirez, new team member of the Chicago White Sox, looks on during batting practice prior to the White Sox MLB American League baseball game against the Cleveland Indians in Cleveland

    On Thursday, Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes filed a report claiming that free agent Manny Ramirez would likely sign with a new team by the beginning of next week.  Now T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com is reporting that the Rangers are “going after” him. A couple of other clubs have been linked to Ramirez, including the…

  16. Quote of the Day: Jeff Francoeur

    Jan 21, 2011, 11:07 AM EDT

    Texas Rangers Workout Session

    What if I told you that Jeff Francoeur said something insightful about major league park factors which suggested that he was aware of his strengths and weaknesses as a hitter? I’m not saying he did — please! — but I do wonder what you’d say if I told you that.

  17. Update: Dirk Hayhurst signs with the Rays

    Jan 21, 2011, 10:52 AM EDT

    Dirk Hayhurst

    UPDATE:  It’s official: Hayhurst has signed a minor league deal with the Rays.  We know this from a news release. We know it more colorfully from Hayhurt’s own tweet: Why hello there, Tampa fans. My name is Dirk. My hobbies include writing, speaking, pretending to be a giant firebreathing giraffe/moose. Oh, Fortuna, please let him…

  18. Dancing with Jose Valverde

    Jan 21, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    APTOPIX Yankees Tigers Baseball

    Jose Valverde beat teammate Ramon Santiago in a local version of “Dancing with the Stars” up in Detroit.  His secret: he’s kinda fat: Although Valverde won, Santiago refused to accept that the Tigers closer was the better dancer. Santiago said Valverde’s secret weapon — the prancing paunch on his 6-foot-4, 255-pound frame — was the…

  19. Mets sign Tim Byrdak to a minor league contract

    Jan 21, 2011, 10:08 AM EDT

    Houston Astros Photo Day

    Mike Silva of New York Baseball Digest had this one last night.  Adam Rubin of ESPN New York confirmed it this morning. The Mets have signed left-handed reliever Tim Byrdak to a minor league contract and, presumably, have invited him to spring training. There’s a real chance that Byrdak will be able to climb his…

  20. The end of an era in Minnesota

    Jan 21, 2011, 9:50 AM EDT

    Nick Punto

    Hey, it doesn’t have to be a great era. An era is an era, and that counts even for the Twins’ Nick Punto: No Twins offseason would be complete without a Nick Punto discussion. Some of us were convinced he would be the final puzzle piece, as General Manager Bill Smith assembled the spring training…

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