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  1. Blue Jays nearing five-year, $65M extension with Bautista

    Feb 16, 2011, 8:46 PM EDT

    Jose Bautista

    UPDATE, 8:46 PM: Now Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com is reporting that the extension carries a $13 million club option for a sixth season. So it appears that $65 million of the new contract will be guaranteed. 8:39 PM: Forget the minor ankle injuries. There might be real news out of Blue Jays camp tonight. According…

  2. Jon Rauch misses bullpen session due to ankle injury

    Feb 16, 2011, 8:03 PM EDT

    Rauch displays tattoos on his neck during practice at the team's MLB American League spring training facility in Dunedin

    It’s a minor one, but we might have our first injury of this year’s spring training. According to Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com, Blue Jays reliever Jon Rauch twisted his ankle while walking down a flight of stairs earlier this week at the club’s spring training complex in Dunedin, Florida and missed a scheduled bullpen session…

  3. D’Backs find a first baseman, sign Russell Branyan

    Feb 16, 2011, 6:51 PM EDT

    Seattle Mariners v New York Yankees

    From SI.com’s Jon Heyman comes word that the Diamondbacks have reached agreement on a minor league contract with Russell Branyan. The deal also carries an invitation to spring training, where Branyan will have the opportunity to put a claim on Arizona’s starting first base gig. Juan Miranda and Brandon Allen had been ticketed for the…

  4. Rickie Weeks’ deal with Brewers worth at least $38.5 million and as much as $50 million

    Feb 16, 2011, 5:17 PM EDT

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    There were varying reports about the specifics of Rickie Weeks‘ contract extension with Milwaukee, but now the Brewers have announced the details. It’s officially a four-year contract worth $38.5 million, but the deal also includes an $11.5 million option for 2015 that vests if Weeks has 600 plate appearances in 2014 or a total of…

  5. That Mitch Albom-penned Ernie Harwell play is actually happening

    Feb 16, 2011, 4:53 PM EDT

    Ernie Harwell

    When it was first announced last fall I hoped it was like one of the many projects we hear about but which never come to fruition.  But no, it appears that Mitch Albom’s play about Ernie Harwell is actually happening.  It will officially be announced tomorrow, including introductions of the actor playing Harwell and some…

  6. Oops: Scott Podsednik signs minors deal with Blue Jays after turning down $2 million from Dodgers

    Feb 16, 2011, 4:46 PM EDT

    scott podsednik sliding

    Back in November the Dodgers exercised their half of a $2 million mutual option on Scott Podsednik, but a couple days later he declined his side of the option and chose free agency instead. Oops. After spending four months in search of a better deal Podsednik has signed a minor-league contract with the Blue Jays,…

  7. K-Rod is very, very sorry

    Feb 16, 2011, 4:10 PM EDT

    k-rod running in from bullpen

    Last year when Francisco Rodriguez arrived at spring training he had a new Italian sports car delivered to the parking lot on the back of a flatbed truck.  This year, a bit more humility. You’ll have that when you’re still on your “I apologize for getting into that fight with my girlfriend’s dad in the…

  8. Report: Cardinals made low-ball offer to Albert Pujols

    Feb 16, 2011, 3:47 PM EDT

    Yadier Molina, Albert Pujols

    Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com has the first report on St. Louis’ final offer that Albert Pujols turned down and … well, it’s pretty shocking. According to Rosenthal the Cardinals wouldn’t go to 10 years and proposed an annual salary that would make Pujols somewhere around the 10th-highest paid player in baseball. That’s great money of…

  9. Joe Nathan had an “outstanding” mound session today

    Feb 16, 2011, 3:19 PM EDT

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    Joe Nathan‘s comeback from Tommy John elbow surgery appears to be going well, as the Twins closer threw off a mound outdoors today for the first time since missing all of last season and pitching coach Rick Anderson called the session “outstanding.” Nathan arrived at spring training ahead of schedule and was reportedly clocked in…

  10. Cameron Maybin: company man

    Feb 16, 2011, 3:01 PM EDT

    Cameron Maybin

    Remember that thing from this morning about Padres outfielder Cameron Maybin talking smack about Panda Express? The restaurant chain whose CEO just happens to be a San Diego Padres minority owner?  Well, someone told Maybin about it, because he’s moonwalkin’ away from yesterday’s tweet like Michael Jackson right now: Man just got back on the…

  11. Indians finalize one-year, $1 million deal with Orlando Cabrera

    Feb 16, 2011, 2:48 PM EDT

    Orlando Cabrera, Jayson Werth

    It took nearly a week to go from reported as done to officially done, but the Indians have finally announced their one-year deal with Orlando Cabrera. He’ll get $1 million in guaranteed money, plus various incentives, and will compete for the starting job at second base with Jason Donald and Luis Valbuena. I’ve seen quite…

  12. Clayton Kershaw gets the nod as Opening Day starter

    Feb 16, 2011, 2:30 PM EDT

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    What, you were expecting Vicente Padilla? Don Mattingly gave Kershaw the most deserved nod today, and I’m excited about it even if being a team’s Opening Day starter isn’t as significant as some people like to think it is. The reason for my excitement?  It means that we get Tim Lincecum vs. Clayton Kershaw from…

  13. Red Sox prospect William Abreu suspended 50 games

    Feb 16, 2011, 2:14 PM EDT

    account suspended

    Red Sox prospect William Abreu, a 19-year-old pitcher in rookie-ball, has been suspended 50 games after testing positive for the anabolic steroid known as Deca-Durabolin. Gordon Edes of ESPNBoston.com notes that Abreu is just the second Red Sox minor leaguer to be suspended for PED use, with the first being Felix Romero back in 2005.…

  14. Quote of the Day: Brian Cashman on Joba Chamberlain

    Feb 16, 2011, 1:52 PM EDT

    Texas Rangers v New York Yankees, Game 4

    Brian Cashman has been the lead B.S. detector when it comes to the weight of Yankees pitchers.  The other day he questioned whether CC Sabathia had lost 30 pounds.  Sabathia had actually lost 25, though, so Cashman is maybe a bit pessimistic when it comes to these things. But I’ll admit I’m having trouble reading…

  15. Roger Bernadina is in the best shape of his … OH MY GOD!

    Feb 16, 2011, 1:30 PM EDT

    Roger Bernadina

    I just put the pic of Bernadina in his uniform up so that the post will still look nice and fancy on the iPad app.  And because I don’t have the rights to use the photo of Bernadina from this morning that just got put up over at the Washington Post. Click through to look…

  16. Pirates announce Joel Hanrahan will begin season as closer

    Feb 16, 2011, 1:13 PM EDT

    St Louis Cardinals v Pittsburgh Pirates

    Joel Hanrahan entered camp as the favorite to claim ninth-inning duties in Pittsburgh and the Pirates wasted little time making it official, announcing this afternoon that he’ll begin the season as closer. While his 3.62 ERA last season may appear mediocre, Hanrahan had a breakout season with 100 strikeouts and a .221 opponents’ batting average…

  17. No deal at the deadline: where do Pujols and the Cardinals go from here?

    Feb 16, 2011, 12:39 PM EDT

    St. Louis Cardinals v Los Angeles Dodgers

    It’s now past the deadline that Albert Pujols set for the cutoff of negotiations with the Cardinals.  For all practical purposes spring training has begun for Pujols and El Hombre will not negotiate during spring training.  So now, aside from another of his usual Hall of Fame-caliber seasons,what does the future hold for Pujols and…

  18. Rickie Weeks and the Brewers agree to $50 million extension

    Feb 16, 2011, 12:14 PM EDT

    Rickie Weeks

    UPDATE: Rosenthal now says it’s a five-year deal worth $50 million, but the Brewers can void the fifth year if Weeks “is not an everyday player in 2013 and 2014.” That provision eliminates some of the health-related risks, but that’s still a huge investment in player who’s provided star-level value just once in five seasons.…

  19. Surprise: Tony La Russa won’t back down on the Pujols-union stuff

    Feb 16, 2011, 12:00 PM EDT

    La Russa closeup

    Yesterday Tony La Russa said that, though he has no evidence that he MLBPA is pressuring Albert Pujols to hold out for top dollar, he suspected it was the case. More than suspected, actually, he called it a “guaranteed assumption.” Then Mike Weiner of the MLBA said it wasn’t true. And Scott Boras — who knows…

  20. Jeff Wilpon says his family is not selling a controlling interest in the Mets

    Feb 16, 2011, 11:30 AM EDT

    Jeff Wilpon photo

    Darn, I suppose that means that the whole Donald Trump scenario is kaput: Jeff Wilpon made his first appearance of the spring in Port St. Lucie Wednesday morning in the Mets clubhouse, and reiterated that his family will retain control of the Mets, despite a $1 billion lawsuit that alleges they should have known about…

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