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  1. Orioles unlikely to make decision regarding Alfredo Simon until later this month

    Feb 1, 2011, 9:32 PM EDT

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    The Orioles have declined to comment in regards to Alfredo Simon, who is currently the prime suspect in the shooting death of his cousin in the Dominican Republic. But after hearing that he was recently denied bail, it’s pretty obvious that the right-hander won’t report to spring training on time, if at all. With that…

  2. Report: Rays to sign Felipe Lopez to a minor league contract

    Feb 1, 2011, 8:17 PM EDT

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    UPDATE: Multiple major league sources tell Alex Speier of WEEI.com that the Red Sox would not be entitled to a draft pick, even if Lopez makes the Rays’ Opening Day roster. Nicely played, Mr. Friedman. 8:17 PM: Here’s an interesting one. According to Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times, the Rays are expected to…

  3. Bud Selig met with the Wilpons and Saul Katz today

    Feb 1, 2011, 6:48 PM EDT

    CORRECTION Mets Sale Baseball

    The Wilpons and Mets team president Saul Katz met with commissioner Bud Selig earlier today, according to the Associated Press. It doesn’t appear that this was an emergency meeting, as it was scheduled a couple weeks in advance. Still, according to Peter Botte of the New York Daily News, the team’s financial issues were a…

  4. And now some weird random Steinbrenner news

    Feb 1, 2011, 5:24 PM EDT

    Hank Steinbrenner smoking

    Totally buried the lede here.  The real news nugget: Hank Steinbrenner actually works: The Boss’ old office at Steinbrenner Field is being used, again. The Steinbrenner family, as part of a renovation project at the Yankees’ spring training stadium, decided that team co-chairman Hank Steinbrenner will use the office of his late father, George Steinbrenner. Hank Steinbrenner said…

  5. The Brewers and Mark Kotsay are close to a deal

    Feb 1, 2011, 4:24 PM EDT

    Mark Kotsay

    Ken Rosenthal tweets that the Brewers are close to a deal with Mark Kotsay.  It’s a major league deal, so they presumably have a job for him. Kotsay tanked as the White Sox’ DH last year, posting a .239/.303/.376 line.  He’ll be much more useful as a bench guy, pinch hitter, which is what he’ll…

  6. Tigers GM says “we’re not signing Jeremy Bonderman”

    Feb 1, 2011, 3:53 PM EDT

    Jeremy Bonderman

    General manager Dave Dombrowski told Tom Gage of the Detroit News that the Tigers “are not signing Jeremy Bonderman” and Gage speculates that means Bonderman “is about to sign with another team and will get what he wants, a major-league contract.” Detroit traded Armando Galarraga to Arizona because the rotation was overpopulated, so the Tigers…

  7. Must-Click Link: a 100-year-old death threat to Smoky Joe Wood

    Feb 1, 2011, 3:21 PM EDT

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    Tyler Mass at Bugs and Cranks stumbled upon a death threat that was delivered to the great Red Sox hurler Smoky Joe Wood during his outstanding 1912 season.  He has the letter — complete with tons of typos — reproduced over at B&C today.  It’s something to behold.  Given that Wood lived until 1985, it’s…

  8. Red Sox want David Ortiz to continue facing lefties even if he can’t hit them

    Feb 1, 2011, 2:40 PM EDT

    New York Yankees v Boston Red Sox

    Red Sox manager Terry Francona said yesterday that he’ll continue to put David Ortiz in the lineup versus left-handed pitchers even though he hasn’t had success against them in years. Here’s his reasoning: For David to be successful—and I see his numbers against lefties, believe me, I do—you can’t just sit him because I don’t…

  9. Manny and Johnny: “We’re back!”

    Feb 1, 2011, 2:27 PM EDT

    Johnny Damon, Many Ramirez

    Manny Ramirez and Johnny Damon were formally introduced by the Rays today. They had a press conference. It sounds like it was a  laugh riot.  Highlights, taken from this WEEI report and Marc Topkin’s Twitter feed: At the outset Manny smiled and said “we’re back!” Manny did not put on his Rays cap because he…

  10. Chipper Jones knocked the cover off a baseball today

    Feb 1, 2011, 1:34 PM EDT

    Washington Nationals v Atlanta Braves

    I thought this was a joke when it popped up on Twitter earlier today, but Dave O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution said today that Chipper Jones literally knocked the cover off a baseball while taking BP today.  He has a pic of said baseball up here. He insists in his tweet that it was legit.…

  11. Plenty of recognizable names leaving MLB for Japan in 2011

    Feb 1, 2011, 1:14 PM EDT

    Byung-Hung Kim

    I’ve written a lot of words this offseason about Tsuyoshi Nishioka signing with the Twins and Hisashi Iwakuma failing to sign with the A’s after their Japanese teams “posted” them, but the list of MLB players heading in the opposite direction is pretty interesting too. Patrick Newman of NPB Tracker and Fan Graphs has all…

  12. Wait. NFL analysts don’t factor in context?

    Feb 1, 2011, 1:05 PM EDT

    Divisional Playoffs - Green Bay Packers v Atlanta Falcons

    Tom Verducci — a baseball guy — has a football-related column up over at Sports Illustrated today in which he throws in some baseball spice to the NFL soup: Baseball fans get the importance of context on performance — especially where the game is being played — going all the way back to the debate…

  13. Agent says John Maine “feels great” and “teams are watching him closely”

    Feb 1, 2011, 12:19 PM EDT

    John Maine

    There hasn’t been much speculation about John Maine this offseason, but the rehabbing right-hander’s agent told Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com that he “feels great” and is “throwing well” following shoulder surgery. Maine was briefly linked to Philadelphia last month, but the Phillies’ pitching staff is so full right now that they don’t even have the…

  14. Steve Garvey wants to own the Dodgers

    Feb 1, 2011, 12:06 PM EDT

    Steve Garvey

    It’s a big week for phony-baloney would-be-heads-of-ownership-groups. We’ve had reports of a couple of billionaire businessmen with interest in buying the Dodgers.  Because they’re billionaire businessmen, they’ll likely have people handling negotiations for them and will eschew media so as to keep their plans and intentions strategically oblique. Then we got Steve Garvey: The 62-year…

  15. Tommy Hanson is in the best shape of his life

    Feb 1, 2011, 11:35 AM EDT

    Tommy Hanson

    The “Player X has added Y pounds of muscle” construction is closely related to the BSOML phenomenon.  Indeed, it is believed that that “muscle” and “shape” have similar roots in Indo-European etymology!* Don’t let the overgrown offseason beard fool you. Braves pitcher Tommy Hanson has been working hard this offseason, taking advantage of some new resources…

  16. Chris Carter is going to be disappointed when the A’s send him to Triple-A

    Feb 1, 2011, 11:17 AM EDT

    Casey Kotchman, Chris Carter

    A’s prospect Chris Carter told Jane Lee of MLB.com that he’s hoping to win a spot on the Opening Day roster despite a very crowded outfield/designated hitter picture following the offseason additions of David DeJesus, Josh Willingham, and Hideki Matsui. At the end [of last season] I thought I could be their guy coming in…

  17. Alfredo Simon denied bail

    Feb 1, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    File photo of Baltimore Orioles' Alfredo Simon pitching against the New York Yankees during a MLB spring training baseball game in Tampa

    No, we haven’t forgotten that Alfredo Simon is in custody down in the Dominican Republic under suspicion of murder.  Looks like he’s going to be in custody for much, much longer: Confirman prision preventiva para el relevista de los Orioles Alfredo Simon. Se rechazo solicitud de fianza. Abogados apelaran nuevamente The translation, courtesy of a friendly reader:…

  18. Rob Neyer debuts at SB Nation

    Feb 1, 2011, 10:28 AM EDT

    Rob Neyer

    So many eulogies for Rob Neyer’s career yesterday. And here he is today, with his first column up at his new gig over at SB Nation less than 24 hours later.  Faster than the speed of Internet! The subject of his first column: writing, naturally. He kicks off with a fun anecdote about the time…

  19. Phillies “probably not going to re-sign” Chad Durbin

    Feb 1, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

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    Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. spoke with reporters at the Philadelphia Sportswriter Association banquet last night and explained that “we’re probably not going to re-sign” free agent reliever Chad Durbin. Durbin spent the past three seasons in Philadelphia after signing as a free agent, going 11-7 with a 3.62 ERA and 188/109 K/BB ratio…

  20. Jose Canseco is serious about making a comeback

    Feb 1, 2011, 9:59 AM EDT

    Jose Canseco

    You know where Jose Canseco’s attention-seeking shtick would really not go over well at all? Asia. Guess where he’d like to play.

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