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  1. John Baker hoping to win roster spot even if he can’t catch

    Jan 27, 2011, 2:14 PM EDT

    John Baker marlins

    John Baker has just recently started soft-tossing from 45 feet following September elbow surgery and likely won’t be cleared to catch again until at least May even if he avoids setbacks, but he’s still hoping to win a spot on the Marlins’ roster coming out of spring training. He’ll be able to swing at full…

  2. The Marlins will lose a home series this June; hundreds to be inconvenienced

    Jan 27, 2011, 1:31 PM EDT

    Marlins ballpark

    Back in September we told you about the scheduling conflict between U2 and the Florida Marlins-Seattle Mariners series, which necessitated moving the series from Pro Player Robbie Whatever Stadium.  The options at the time were to play it in Puerto Rico or perhaps to move it to Vancouver or Seattle.  Well, the decision has been…

  3. Details of Johnny Cueto’s new contract

    Jan 27, 2011, 1:16 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v Cincinnati Reds, Game 3

    Via the Associated Press, here are the details of the contract extension Johnny Cueto signed with the Reds yesterday: 2011 – $3.4 million 2012 – $5.4 million 2013 – $7.4 million 2014 – $10 million 2015 – $10 million team option or $800,000 buyout Add it all up and Cueto, who submitted a figure of…

  4. Vlad Guerrero’s options are running out

    Jan 27, 2011, 1:00 PM EDT

    Texas Rangers v San Francisco Giants, Game 1

    Buster Olney tweeted today that the Orioles are only willing to sign Vladimir Guerrero if he “puts himself on a platter.”  In that, Olney is thinking a one-year, $2 million contract. This in contrast to the reported $8 millon a year that Guerrero was reportedly seeking earlier this offseason. And really, the Orioles have the leverage…

  5. Rockies “negotiating with” veteran starter Rodrigo Lopez

    Jan 27, 2011, 12:19 PM EDT

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    In an effort to add some rotation depth the Rockies “are negotiation with” right-hander Rodrigo Lopez, according to Thomas Harding of MLB.com. Lopez pitched for the Rockies in 2007, going 5-4 with a 4.42 ERA in 14 starts before blowing out his elbow. He missed all of 2008 and spent most of the 2009 at…

  6. Arte Moreno is not a Scott Boras fan

    Jan 27, 2011, 12:02 PM EDT

    Arte Moreno

    Angels owner Arte Moreno was asked a question about Scott Boras yesterday. His response: “My mother always told me, ‘If you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all.” That kind of stuff makes me roll my eyes. Braves’ President John Schuerholz took a fairly similar attitude toward Boras a few years back and…

  7. Bobby Valentine is taking public service very seriously

    Jan 27, 2011, 11:37 AM EDT

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    We all shook our heads when Bobby Valentine was named the public safety director for Stamford, Connecticut, but the dude is committed: he was caught on film directing traffic near the I-95 on-ramp this morning. Click through for the video. This is classic. The reporter calls him a “mini-celebrity” and is unaware that Valentine actually…

  8. Rangers haven’t talked to Rockies about Michael Young lately

    Jan 27, 2011, 11:17 AM EDT

    Michael Young

    Last month Colorado talked to Texas about acquiring Michael Young before those talks fizzled, and according to Troy Renck of the Denver Post if the Rangers have renewed their efforts to trade Young after adding Mike Napoli on Monday they haven’t gotten back in touch with the Rockies. Renck reports that Colorado “has not talked…

  9. Keith Law releases his top 100 prospects list

    Jan 27, 2011, 10:58 AM EDT

    Following up on yesterday’s organizational rankings Keith Law today releases what I feel to be the most thorough and useful top prospects lists we get each year: his top 100 prospects list and his top-10-in-each-organization list.  Yes, it’s for those with Insider subscriptions only. Law gets a salary by virtue of people buying the Insider cow, so…

  10. The Rays are getting new fake grass

    Jan 27, 2011, 10:35 AM EDT

    Texas Rangers v Tampa Bay Rays, Game 1

    A wise man once said this of artificial turf: “if a horse can’t eat it, I don’t want to play on it.” We as fans don’t have to play on turf, but we do watch games played on it, and it’s kind of a drag. Really, if I have a choice of games I’ll almost…

  11. Rockies sign Alfredo Amezaga and Chad Moeller

    Jan 27, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

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    Colorado added a pair of veterans on minor-league deals, signing infielder Alfredo Amezaga and catcher Chad Moeller. Moeller has little chance of cracking the Opening Day roster with Chris Iannetta and Jose Morales ahead of him on the depth chart, but Amezaga should have a legitimate chance to claim a bench spot if healthy. Amezaga…

  12. How DARE Brian Cashman be a celebrity bartender?!

    Jan 27, 2011, 9:59 AM EDT

    Cashman bartender

    You gotta wake up pretty early in the morning to be this much of a joyless scold: At this point, I would much rather have someone who is “no name” – but a real and qualified “baseball person” – someone trying to make his bones as a hard working GM, running the Yankees. Someone who…

  13. Our annual Byung-Hyun Kim report

    Jan 27, 2011, 9:31 AM EDT

    Byung-Hung Kim

    There are some guys whose movements I’ll always track no matter how far away they get from major league baseball. Jose Canseco. Jose Lima before he died (and don’t think I won’t post more stuff about him eventually). Another one is Byung-Hyun Kim, who has fascinated me for years.  NPB Tracker reports that he has signed…

  14. Who might the Yankees target next winter?

    Jan 27, 2011, 8:59 AM EDT

    Mark Buehrle

    Does the 2010-2011 offseason got you down, Yankees fans? Then why not look ahead to next winter? Larry Koestler of Yankeeist does that this morning. The upshot? Seems like the free agent pickins are a tad slim: A quick glance at the free agent starting pitching list yields the following potentially interesting names: Mark Buehrle,Chris Carpenter…

  15. Could the Cardinals survive without Albert Pujols?

    Jan 27, 2011, 8:33 AM EDT

    Albert Pujols

    Jeff Gordon of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch thinks so: The St. Louis Cardinals ranked among Major League Baseball’s most successful franchises before Albert Pujols arrived. And the Cardinals will remain prosperous long after the Pujols Era finally ends, however it ends. Baseball is bigger than one player around here. It always has been, it always…

  16. Well, here’s one way for Brian Cashman to get a pitcher

    Jan 27, 2011, 5:48 AM EDT

    Cocktail

    We know Brian Cashman is already an expert on stout, but last night he had to expand his game a little: Yankees General Manager Brian Cashman donned his spiked hair/bandana hairpiece and assumed his celebrity bartender persona — Hard Cash — at Foley’s Pub and Restaurant on Wednesday to pour drinks and help raise money to fight…

  17. Meche gave up $12 million because he ‘didn’t feel like I deserved it’

    Jan 27, 2011, 2:33 AM EDT

    Gil Meche

    The baseball world was stunned last week when Kansas City Royals pitcher Gil Meche announced he would retire from baseball, and in so doing surrender the $12 million he would have made in 2011, the final year of his contract. Tyler Kepner of the New York Times caught up with Meche in a telephone interview,…

  18. Brandon Webb would like to sell you a car

    Jan 27, 2011, 2:23 AM EDT

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    What will it take for Brandon Webb to get you into a car? The former Cy Young Award winner, who is trying to make a comeback from shoulder surgery with the Texas Rangers, is selling used cars with his brother-in-law in his hometown of Ashland, Ky. A lot of pro athletes have businesses on the…

  19. D’Backs avoid arbitration with Montero via $3.2M deal

    Jan 26, 2011, 9:39 PM EDT

    Miguel Montero, Ivan Rodriguez

    As first reported by Mike Axisa of MLB Trade Rumors, the Diamondbacks avoided arbitration on Wednesday evening with Miguel Montero by agreeing to a one-year contract that will pay the catcher $3.2 million in 2011. Montero was eligible for arbitration this winter for the second time in his career.  Last season he pulled in $2…

  20. Padres unveil new road and camo uniforms for 2011

    Jan 26, 2011, 8:12 PM EDT

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    Back in November of 2003, the Padres decided to abandon the traditional road gray uniforms that most teams used and continue to use. Instead, they decided to play away games in a sand-colored jersey, meant to represent the beaches of San Diego. The change was met with immediate criticism.  The Padres’ new sand jersey looked…

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