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  1. Nationals prospect Adrian Nieto suspended for PEDs

    Feb 4, 2011, 12:17 PM EDT

    Adrian Nieto

    Nationals catching prospect Adrian Nieto, who was Washington’s fifth-round pick in 2008, has been suspended 50 games for two banned substances named Oxandrolone and Metabolite. His suspension will kick in once the season starts and Nieto will likely serve it while at high Single-A. Baseball America tabbed Nieto as “the best switch-hitting catching prospect in…

  2. The Yankees are kicking the tires on various lefties

    Feb 4, 2011, 12:12 PM EDT

    Scott Kazmir

    Andy Pettitte is gone. And it’s always the same after a breakup. The spurned one goes cruising for randoms:  Rosenthal reports that people in the Yankees front office are discussing Joe Saunders, Scott Kazmir, Wade LeBlanc, Clayton Richard and Gio Gonzalez. It’s less a shopping list than a brainstorming session, it seems.  But it certainly…

  3. Pettitte: “I just didn’t have the hunger”

    Feb 4, 2011, 11:32 AM EDT

    Boston Red Sox v New York Yankees

    I’ve been watching Andy Pettitte’s press conference.  It just ended a minute ago.  Some random things that struck me: All of the conflicting reports we’ve heard over the past several months make a lot of sense given how much Pettitte says he wrestled over this.  He said that just two weeks ago he was ready…

  4. Giants top prospect Brandon Belt likely headed for Triple-A

    Feb 4, 2011, 11:17 AM EDT

    Brandon Belt

    Last year Brandon Belt led all minor leaguers in OPS during his first pro season, batting .352 with 76 extra-base hits, 22 steals, and 93 walks in 136 games while playing at three different levels, but yesterday Giants general manager Brian Sabean indicated that the 23-year-old first baseman will likely begin 2011 back at Triple-A.…

  5. Does this “man” look like management to you?

    Feb 4, 2011, 10:58 AM EDT

    Champ Mascot

    The caped gentleman in the corner of this post is “Champ,” the mascot of the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees.  His job: to act like a loon, cause trouble, make kids laugh, make crowds cheer and to do a lot of general good will creation.  The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees, however, allegedly consider him to be an executive of some…

  6. Diamondbacks decide against using a humidor at Chase Field

    Feb 4, 2011, 10:20 AM EDT

    coors field humidor

    Last year the Diamondbacks considered following in the Rockies’ footsteps by adding a humidor for the baseballs being used to Chase Field to control the high level of offense, but Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports that they’ve decided against it for this season. Piecoro quotes a couple studies that suggest using a humidor…

  7. The Rotoworld Draft Guide is … Go!

    Feb 4, 2011, 10:04 AM EDT

    Buy Now

    Yes, I’m shilling something here. But it’s a good something.  The Rotoworld Draft Guide drops today, and you really should consider buying it. What is it?  Tons of analysis, projections, and profiles for over 1,000 players ranging down to A-ball.  Articles covering prospects, keeper-league strategies, mock drafts, sleepers and busts. There are customizable, printable cheat…

  8. Olney on Andy Pettitte: “He would not lie”

    Feb 4, 2011, 9:14 AM EDT

    Texas Rangers v New York Yankees, Game 3

    There are a ton of Andy Pettitte career-remembrances floating around already and more will be added to the pile today (he officially announces his retirement in less than an hour).  I thought Buster Oleny’s was particularly good.  I think you can see most of it even if you’re not an Insider subscriber. The upshot of…

  9. Mustache shirts? Yes, mustache shirts

    Feb 4, 2011, 8:39 AM EDT

    mustache shirt.bmp

    This link has been making the rounds:  T-shirts with stylized mustache dude caricatures from various major league teams. I didn’t check the descriptions to see who each shirt was supposed to represent, but I was able to guess most of them.  I think my favorite one is the Reggie Jackson. Overall I can’t decide if…

  10. New York Times: the Wilpons were warned that Madoff wasn’t a sound investment

    Feb 4, 2011, 7:33 AM EDT

    CORRECTION Mets Sale Baseball

    We may have actual legal documents from the case against the Wilpons as early as today, with both sides giving up all pretense of the conciliatory posture that occasioned the documents being sealed in the first place. The gloves are off and the bankruptcy trustee of the Madoff estate and the Wilpons are going at…

  11. Jim Leyritz gets a job in baseball

    Feb 4, 2011, 6:06 AM EDT

    Jim Leyritz

    In December 2007 Jim Leyritz was involved in a drunk driving accident that resulted in someone’s death. Last November he was acquitted of the most serious charges against.  Now he has been given a chance to get back into baseball: The Newark Bears of the independent Can-Am League have agreed in principle to hire Leyritz…

  12. Free agent compensation rule cost Brewers shot at Mike Trout

    Feb 4, 2011, 1:27 AM EDT

    The Milwaukee Brewers could have had Mike Trout, according to Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. As you probably knew, Trout, an outfielder in the Los Angeles Angels minor league system, is widely regarded as a rising star. He was all anyone was talking about at the Futures Game in Anaheim last July and…

  13. Cubs nearing long-term extension with Carlos Marmol

    Feb 4, 2011, 12:09 AM EDT

    Florida Marlins v Chicago Cubs

    According to David Kaplan and Fred Mitchell, two baseball writers for the Chicago Tribune, the Cubs are nearing agreement on a long-term extension with closer Carlos Marmol. There’s not much information available at the moment.  The bit of news only got two sentences on the Tribune‘s website, one which pretty much reads like the introduction…

  14. Documentary on Andres Torres of Giants due out in July

    Feb 3, 2011, 11:57 PM EDT

    Andres Torres swinging

    After a pretty nondescript career spent mostly in the minor leagues, San Francisco outfielder Andres Torres became a key player in the Giants’ championship run last season. Torres put up a .268/.343/.479 line, stole 26 bases and played fine defense at all three outfield positions. In August, it was revealed that Torres suffered from attention…

  15. Fred McGriff isn’t having the best couple of months

    Feb 3, 2011, 9:55 PM EDT

    mcgriff bigger

    The Rays fired the Crime Dog!  Or, probably. According to Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times, the Rays declined to rehire Fred McGriff after the 2010 season for reasons unknown.  He had been working as a special advisor in the community outreach department for a total of four years. Those roles are usually more…

  16. Braves’ bullpen in good hands with Kimbrel, Venters

    Feb 3, 2011, 8:43 PM EDT

    Criag Kimbrel

    Veteran southpaw Billy Wagner posted a superb 1.43 ERA and 0.87 WHIP over 71 appearances for the Braves last season, saving 37 games and striking out 104 batters in 69.1 innings.  He was ridiculously good, but he wanted to go out on top and called it quits as soon as the year was over. Most…

  17. Rays ink reliever Juan Cruz to minor league contract

    Feb 3, 2011, 7:20 PM EDT

    Juan Cruz

    Juan Cruz is back in business. According to Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times, the Rays have inked the 32-year-old reliever to a minor league contract. Cruz made it through only five appearances with the Royals last season before his shoulder gave out and he was forced to undergo season-ending surgery.  He’s all healed…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

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