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  1. Could such a punchless A’s team win the AL West?

    Jan 28, 2011, 6:00 PM EDT

    Coco Crisp

    If the A’s bring in Chone Figgins to replace Kevin Kouzmanoff at third base, they’d enter the season with a lineup that looks something like this: 3B Chone Figgins RF David DeJesus 1B Daric Barton LF Josh Willingham DH Hideki Matsui C Kurt Suzuki 2B Mark Ellis CF Coco Crisp SS Cliff Pennington My 2011…

  2. In which the Yankees are the Austrian Habsburgs

    Jan 28, 2011, 5:30 PM EDT

    Ferdinand III

    This is for the true history geeks among you. And I’m not talking Civil War buffs or French Revolution experts, because you guys are a dime a dozen. I’m talking about those of you who know a bit about 17th Century nation-states and the Holy Roman Empire and stuff and are able to chuckle at…

  3. ESPN reveals their commentator teams

    Jan 28, 2011, 5:02 PM EDT

    old TV

    For those of you who care deeply about the announcers of the national games, ESPN has announced their Monday night and Wednesday night baseball teams: Sean McDonough, Aaron Boone and Rick Sutcliffe will handle Mondays and Dave O’Brien and Nomar Garciaparra will do Wednesdays. The good news here is McDonough, who I like an awful lot.  And while…

  4. Rays claim Rob Delaney off waivers from the Twins

    Jan 28, 2011, 4:40 PM EDT

    rob delaney twins

    Today the Rays added another reliever to the mix for their rebuilt bullpen, claimining right-hander Rob Delaney off waivers from the Twins. Minnesota designated Delaney for assignment earlier this week to make room on the 40-man roster for left-hander Dusty Hughes, who’s older and has a significantly less impressive minor-league track record, but did spend…

  5. How much financial trouble are the Wilpons in?

    Jan 28, 2011, 4:36 PM EDT

    mets logo hat

    The speculation surrounding today’s announcement that the Wilpons are looking to sell a stake in the Mets has included chatter about just how hard the government is going after them as a result of the Bernie Madoff mess.  The short version: the lawsuit filed against the Wilpons is to “claw back” money that Madoff gave…

  6. Yankees President Randy Levine blasts Rangers Owner Chuck Greenberg

    Jan 28, 2011, 4:02 PM EDT

    Randy Levine

    Remember earlier this week when Chuck Greenberg said that he thinks the Rangers’ visit to Cliff Lee’s home in Arkansas contributed to Lee signing with Philly instead of the Yankees?  Yeah, Yankees President Randy Levine didn’t much care for that: “If he really wants to impress us then he can get the Rangers off of…

  7. More rumblings on the Chone Figgins trade front

    Jan 28, 2011, 3:33 PM EDT

    Chone Figgins

    The Chone Figgins trade rumor which popped up late last night continues to churn this afternoon: Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that Chone Figgins has been not been asked to waive his limited no-trade clause, which includes Oakland; Buster Olney chipped in that Toronto could also be involved in trade discussions. To that latter…

  8. Rays sign Casey Kotchman to a minor league contract

    Jan 28, 2011, 3:19 PM EDT

    Seattle Mariners v Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

    Earlier this week the Indians were said to be interested in Casey Kotchman, but today the veteran first baseman signed a minor-league contract with the Rays that includes an invitation to spring training. Tampa Bay lost last year’s starting first baseman, Carlos Pena, as a free agent, but Dan Johnson is expected to replace him…

  9. Diving into the depths: Milwaukee Brewers

    Jan 28, 2011, 3:00 PM EDT

    Prince Fielder

    This is part of a 30-article series looking at each team’s depth chart headed into spring training. Rotation 1. Zack Greinke 2. Yovani Gallardo 3. Shaun Marcum 4. Randy Wolf 5. Chris Narveson 6. Manny Parra 7. Mark Rogers 8. Amaury Rivas 9. Josh Butler 10. Sam Narron 11. Cody Scarpetta Depth is a major…

  10. Pinstripe Bible and River Ave. Blues issue statements about the censorship allegations

    Jan 28, 2011, 2:30 PM EDT

    Image (1) yankee%20stadium.jpg for post 4012

    On Tuesday Moshe Mandel of TYU presented evidence which strongly suggested that the YES Network and/or the Yankees caused one Yankees blog — Pinstripe Bible — to ratchet-back criticism of the team in light of the Rafael Soriano signing, and that it punished another blog — River Ave. Blues — by removing the Yes Network…

  11. Lance Berkman criticizes the Rangers in explaining why he chose St. Louis over Texas

    Jan 28, 2011, 2:16 PM EDT

    lance berkman and his dog

    During a Houston radio interview yesterday Lance Berkman talked about his offseason and explained why he opted to sign with St. Louis instead of Texas (among several other teams). Berkman was remarkably honest in his comments and said plenty of stuff that will no doubt anger the Rangers and their fans. In fact, Rangers starter…

  12. There is no guarantee that the Wilpons will be able to keep control of the Mets

    Jan 28, 2011, 1:36 PM EDT

    Tom Hicks

    Forgive me if I’m not optimistic about the Wilpons’ chances of finding “strategic partners” who will gladly fork over millions in exchange for a minority share of the team, leaving the Wilpons in control. Why am I skeptical? Because the last time a baseball owner was in deep financial trouble and sought minority investors, it…

  13. David Aardsma won’t be ready for Opening Day after surgery

    Jan 28, 2011, 1:11 PM EDT

    Seattle Mariners v New York Yankees

    When the Mariners announced last month that David Aardsma needed hip surgery they initially expressed optimism that he’d be ready for Opening Day, but yesterday trainer Rick Griffin pushed back the closer’s recovery timetable a bit. According to Griffin he likely won’t be cleared to pitch in games until at least the second week of…

  14. The Wilpons are looking to sell a minority stake in the Mets

    Jan 28, 2011, 12:44 PM EDT

    Fred Wilpon

    As everyone know, Fred Wilpon was taken for a bunch of money in the Bernie Madoff scam.  Yeah, he “broke even” in the sense that he got back his investment, but that was just because he was one of the early lucky ones who got their ponzi scheme money back.  It wasn’t real investment earnings,…

  15. Some Giants fans want to fly airplanes with banners above Dodger Stadium for some reason

    Jan 28, 2011, 12:28 PM EDT

    Giants fans Believe

    Fight Club was the beginning. Now it’s out of the basements and and there’s a name for it:  Project Mayhem: As most of you die hard fans know, The World Champion San Francisco Giants open up Major League Baseball play at Chavez Ravine in Los Angeles. In this hostile environment The World Champion San Francisco…

  16. Ian Stewart and Rockies avoid arbitration with one-year deal

    Jan 28, 2011, 12:12 PM EDT

    ian-stewart-and-carlos-gonzalez-hugging

    Ian Stewart and the Rockies have avoided arbitration with a one-year, $2.23 million deal that nearly splits the difference between the $2.6 million figure he submitted and the team’s $2.15 million counter. It’s actually about $140,000 short of the exact midway point, but Troy Renck of the Denver Post reports that Stewart can earn an…

  17. Pedro Alvarez is not in the best shape of his life

    Jan 28, 2011, 11:34 AM EDT

    Pedro Alvarez

    Pedro, Pedro, Pedro: It will take a big man to carry the Pirates offense next season, but not quite as big as Pedro Alvarez happens to be at the moment, apparently. Alvarez has put on a few pounds this off-season, and more than one team official isn’t thrilled about it. At last report, the third…

  18. Nolan Ryan says the Rangers aren’t trading Michael Young

    Jan 28, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    Michael Young

    Texas acquiring Mike Napoli from the Blue Jays earlier this week restarted all the “will the Rangers trade Michael Young?” speculation that had died down since peaking last month, but while speaking at a minor-league event yesterday team president Nolan Ryan made it pretty clear that Young won’t be traded. Ryan explained that Young “is…

  19. Jason Heyward’s thumb is OK. Sorta.

    Jan 28, 2011, 10:40 AM EDT

    Chicago Cubs v Atlanta Braves

    The only thing that gives me pause about Jason Heyward‘s career prospects is the sneaking sense that he’s going to be injury prone.  He had a nagging sore knee at the end of the year.  And, of course, he had the ligament issue in his thumb in the middle of the season that probably cost…

  20. Joe Beimel set to leave Rockies for Pirates

    Jan 28, 2011, 10:20 AM EDT

    joe beimel rockies

    Joe Beimel told Troy Renck of the Denver Post that he’s leaving the Rockies to sign with the Pirates. Beimel had an offer to return to Colorado and Baltimore was at least one other team willing to give him a minor-league contract, but the left-handed reliever lives near Pittsburgh and also pitched for Pirates manager…

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