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  1. Phillies looked into Michael Young, talks didn’t get far

    Feb 9, 2011, 8:31 PM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Texas Rangers, Game 4

    From ESPN.com’s Jerry Crasnick comes word that the Phillies reached out to the Rangers recently about a possible trade for disgruntled infielder Michael Young, but that talks did not get far. A source told Crasnick that the Phils were only “tire kicking” and that the conversation was “brief.” As it should have been.  The Phillies…

  2. Heyman: Cards have “virtually no chance” of deal with Pujols

    Feb 9, 2011, 7:03 PM EDT

    Yadier Molina, Albert Pujols

    Albert Pujols is scheduled to arrive at the Cardinals’ spring training complex on February 16, one week from today. He has asked that all talks involving a contract extension be put to an end by the time he unpacks his things and begins preparing for what could be his final year in St. Louis. In…

  3. Sandy Alderson has totally revamped the Mets scouting system

    Feb 9, 2011, 5:24 PM EDT

    Sandy Alderson Citi Field

    In the Rotoworld Draft Guide — which you should totally buy now — I wrote an article ranking the top transactions of the offseason. I included the Mets hiring of Sandy Alderson in the top 10. It was the only non-player signing I mentioned. I mentioned it for good reason. Stuff like what the Daily…

  4. A bit more on the distinction between the Wilpons and the McCourts

    Feb 9, 2011, 4:57 PM EDT

    handshake

    In that last post about the difference between the McCourt situation and the Wilpon situation, I said that there was a difference between Wilpon’s ownership interest in SNY and the Dodgers’ ownership of broadcast rights.  That distinction led to a couple of similar reader comments. Like this one: The situations are identical, just different structures. The…

  5. MLB-verified list of nearly 300 players on Twitter

    Feb 9, 2011, 4:33 PM EDT

    twitter follow me

    Your mileage will vary in terms of how many are actually worth following, but MLB.com has a list of verified Twitter accounts for nearly 300 players. Some of my favorites are C.J. Wilson, John Axford, Heath Bell, Michael Cuddyer, Curtis Granderson, Adam Jones, and Pat Neshek. And of course Ozzie Guillen, although as a manager…

  6. Comparing and contrasting the Wilpon fooforaw and the McCourt arglebargle

    Feb 9, 2011, 3:30 PM EDT

    Frank McCourt

    That’s what Bill Shaikin is up to over at the L.A. Times today.  At least comparing the possible solutions to it. Shaikin notes that one possible outcome that is being discussed with the Mets is that the Wilpons would sell part of the team and maybe a stake in their television network SNY and use…

  7. Eric Chavez’s deal with the Yankees worth up to $5.5 million

    Feb 9, 2011, 3:15 PM EDT

    Eric Chavez

    Eric Chavez agreed to a minor-league contract with the Yankees last week and today the deal (and its details) became official. Chavez will get $1.5 million if he makes the team out of spring training and Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that he can opt out of the contract and become a…

  8. Milton Bradley’s initial hearing is put off

    Feb 9, 2011, 2:43 PM EDT

    Seattle Mariners v New York Yankees

    Milton Bradley is still charged with making felony threats, but there’s a chance that things are looking up.  As Geoff Baker reports, Bradley’s initial hearing has been postponed until March 9th in lieu of a hearing with the Los Angeles City Attorney’s office.  It’s apparently a standard thing in domestic violence cases, done after the heat…

  9. D.J. Carrasco and Bobby Parnell to work seventh and eighth innings in front of Francisco Rodriguez

    Feb 9, 2011, 2:18 PM EDT

    Bobby Parnell throwing

    New manager Terry Collins laid out the Mets’ bullpen plan to Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com, saying that he expects D.J. Carrasco to work the seventh inning and Bobby Parnell to work the eighth inning setting up closer Francisco Rodriguez. Parnell made a team-high 68 appearances as a rookie in 2009, but then spent the first…

  10. Two distinct takes on the Michael Young situation

    Feb 9, 2011, 2:02 PM EDT

    Michael Young AP

    First we have Evan Grant’s take in the Dallas Morning News.*  Grant writes — in a very, very long open letter — that both Young and the Rangers are at fault, both sides have acted somewhat poorly, though understandably so and that each side must swallow its pride and carry on for the greater good…

  11. Want Cubs-Red Sox tickets? Feelin’ lucky?

    Feb 9, 2011, 1:33 PM EDT

    fenway

    This summer the Cubs are coming to Fenway Park for the first time since the 1918 World Series.*  It’s gonna be a tough ticket. So tough that the Sox are going to sell them via random drawing.  Yankees tickets too, though I’m guessing they’ve done that before. They’re also drawing for Green Monster seats and…

  12. Yankees sign reliever Luis Ayala to a minor league deal

    Feb 9, 2011, 1:16 PM EDT

    luis ayala mets

    Luis Ayala has agreed to a minor-league contract with the Yankees, according to FOXSports.com’s Jon Paul Morosi. Morosi notes that Ayala “is coming off a strong showing in Mexican winter teague,” where he had a 1.99 ERA and 14 saves, but … well, he hasn’t been any good in the majors for a long time.…

  13. Russell Martin has lost 15 pounds via MMA training

    Feb 9, 2011, 12:41 PM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Los Angeles Dodgers

    Jarrod Saltalamacchia taps the yips away. Big deal: Russell Martin will make you tap out, brother!  (er, sorry. I have no idea what I’m talking about): It wasn’t as if Russell Martin was preparing to grapple with Randy Couture, Chuck Liddell or his favorite Mixed Martial Arts star, fellow Montreal native Georges St. Pierre. Martin…

  14. Ross Ohlendorf beats Pirates in arbitration hearing to match his 2010 win total

    Feb 9, 2011, 12:12 PM EDT

    Ross Ohlendorf

    In the first arbitration hearing of the year Ross Ohlendorf has defeated the Pirates, meaning the 28-year-old right-hander will receive $2.025 million this season rather than the $1.4 million figure submitted by the team. Ohlendorf won the case despite going 1-11 in 21 starts last season, which means he already has as many victories in…

  15. Must-Click Link: ballparks that were never built

    Feb 9, 2011, 11:30 AM EDT

    Click Here large

    UPDATE:  It seems that the traffic to the ballpark pics place from HBT and many other sites is crushing the servers.  Last I checked, the stadium renderings were mostly down.  Bookmark it, though, and head back later. It’s well worth it. Say goodbye to your day: This page contains images/drawings/renderings of ballparks that never made…

  16. Another Nationals catching prospect suspended

    Feb 9, 2011, 11:17 AM EDT

    Hector Taveras nationals

    Last week Nationals catching prospect Adrian Nieto was suspended 50 games after testing positive for banned substances named Oxandrolone and Metabolite. Yesterday another Nationals catching prospect, 22-year-old Hector Taveras, was suspended 25 games after he was, according to the Associated Press, “found in possession of an unauthorized syringe.” First-time violators of the Minor League Drug…

  17. Joba Chamberlain is not in the best shape of his life

    Feb 9, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    Joba chamberlain throwing

    UPDATE:  Erik Boland talked to Chamberlain.  Joba says his added weight is muscle, and is the result of adding a home gym this winter.  So there. 11:oo AM: CC Sabathia lost 30 pounds. If you believe this tweet from the Post’s Brian Costello a few minutes ago, Joba Chamberlain may have found some of them: Joba…

  18. Sorry Daily News: The Dodgers aren’t trying to “make amends” with their Brooklyn throwback uniforms

    Feb 9, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    Brooklyn Dodgers

    Via Jon Weisman over at Dodger Thoughts comes the most inane headline we’ve seen in a while.  It’s from the New York Daily News, a paper that seems to think that anyone outside of Brooklyn — let alone anyone inside the Dodgers organization — cares a lick about what people in New York think about…

  19. Giants sign Elmer Dessens to a minor league contract

    Feb 9, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    elmer-dessens-mets

    Elmer Dessens has agreed to a minor-league contract with the Giants, with Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com reporting that the deal will pay $600,000 if the veteran right-hander makes the team out of spring training. Dessens spent the past two seasons with the Mets and posted a 2.71 ERA in 80 innings, but that success…

  20. Morneau is taking batting practice, feeling good

    Feb 9, 2011, 9:56 AM EDT

    Morneau catch

    I have no idea what I’d be doing if I was a Twins fan these days. Probably freaking out a lot, knowing that the season could very well hinge on Justin Morneau‘s recovery from the least understood malady affecting athletes this side of the yips.  Unfortunately, the placebo effect of tapping various parts of one’s…

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