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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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:…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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.

  7. More stuff about that new baseball series on TBS

    Feb 1, 2011, 9:28 AM EDT

    Darrell Hammond

    Last October we learned that TBS is going to produce a a weekly series about a baseball team with Ron Shelton — of “Bull Durham” fame — as the creative force.  It’s called “Hound Dogs,” and last fall it was described as being about “a minor league team and its general manager as they try…

  8. Deep Thought: Internet paywall edition

    Feb 1, 2011, 8:49 AM EDT

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    In the wake of Rob Neyer’s announcement that he’s leaving ESPN yesterday, I’ve encountered a good dozen or more people on Twitter, on various message boards and in comments sections saying something to the effect of “I used to read Neyer all the time, but since he’s been behind a paywall, I haven’t read him…

  9. MLK III is not really leading any investor group for the Mets

    Feb 1, 2011, 8:20 AM EDT

    Martin Luther King III

    From the Daily News we learn that, for all of the weekend hubub, Martin Luther King III’s role in any potential Mets investor group would be quite limited: The son of the slain civil rights leader said reports that he is leading a group to buy a share of the Mets have been greatly exaggerated…

  10. The Red Sox and Yankees don’t do humble well

    Feb 1, 2011, 6:09 AM EDT

    Mike Lowell, Robinson Cano

    Last week Brian Cashman said that the Red Sox were probably the better team on paper. Yesterday, Red Sox President Larry Lucchino downplayed that. For those of you who don’t think the Yankees-Red Sox thing isn’t icky enough, I give you “hormonal satisfaction”: Although Larry Lucchino admitted to taking “hormonal satisfaction” from the Red Sox outdueling the…

  11. Phillies have ‘some hunger in our mouths’

    Feb 1, 2011, 12:34 AM EDT

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    Yesterday we found out that Hanley Ramirez has the “hunger of a rookie.” Today we find out some bad news for Marlins fans: The Philadelphia Phillies are also very hungry, maybe even hungrier than Hanley Ramirez. That’s what happens when you reach the NLCS and then sign Cliff Lee in the offseason. This is what Phillies…

  12. Yankees sign Freddy Garcia to a minor league contract

    Jan 31, 2011, 9:33 PM EDT

    Freddy Garcia

    Earlier today we learned of Freddy Garcia’s desire to play for the Yankees. Wish granted. Well, sort of. Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com reports that the Yankees have signed Garcia to a minor league contract. He’ll compete with Ivan Nova, Sergio Mitre and Bartolo Colon for one of the two final spots in the starting rotation…

  13. Former closer Jason Isringhausen tried out for the Reds today

    Jan 31, 2011, 8:45 PM EDT

    Jason Isringhausen AP

    Jason Isringhausen hasn’t thrown a pitch in the majors since undergoing Tommy John surgery in June of 2009 and hasn’t been an effective pitcher since 2007, but he’s still trying to keep his career alive. According to Mark Sheldon of MLB.com, Isringhausen threw approximately 30-35 pitches for Reds pitching coach Bryan Price in Arizona earlier…

  14. Diving into the depths: Arizona Diamondbacks

    Jan 31, 2011, 7:30 PM EDT

    Arizona Diamondbacks v Atlanta Braves

    This is part of a 30-article series looking at each team’s depth chart headed into spring training. Rotation 1. Joe Saunders 2. Ian Kennedy 3. Daniel Hudson 4. Zach Duke 5. Armando Galarraga 6. Barry Enright 7. Aaron Heilman 8. Kevin Mulvey 9. Jarrod Parker 10. Wade Miley 11. Micah Owings 12. Josh Collmenter 13.…

  15. Report: White Sox agree to four-year, $32.5 million extension with Alexei Ramirez

    Jan 31, 2011, 7:16 PM EDT

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    According to Jorge Ebro of the El Nuevo Herald, the White Sox have signed Alexei Ramirez to a four-year, $32 million extension with a $10 million club option for a fifth year. Ramirez, who defected from Cuba via the Dominican Republic, originally signed a four-year, $4.4 million contract with the White Sox in December of…

  16. Mets and Angel Pagan avoid arbitration with one-year deal

    Jan 31, 2011, 6:20 PM EDT

    Angel Pagan swinging

    The Mets are officially done with their arbitration cases. In addition to finalizing a multi-year contract with R.A. Dickey today, the club announced that they avoided arbitration with Angel Pagan by agreeing to a one-year, $3.5 million contract. Pagan filed for $4.2 million and was offered a little over $3.06 million by the Mets when…

  17. Braves sign Rodrigo Lopez to a minor league contract

    Jan 31, 2011, 5:41 PM EDT

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    Last week Rodrigo Lopez was said to be “negotiating” with the Rockies, but instead the veteran right-hander has signed a minor-league contract with the Braves. Lopez’s deal includes an invitation to spring training, but it’s tough to see how the 35-year-old could make the team. Atlanta has five starters all but locked into the rotation,…

  18. Sandy Alderson speaks about the Wilpon-Madoff drama

    Jan 31, 2011, 5:30 PM EDT

    Sandy Alderson Citi Field

    Sandy Alderson was on a conference call today to discuss the R.A. Dickey signing. Everyone knew about that a week ago, however, so inevitably the topic of conversation switched to the whole Wilpons-have-to-sell-a-stake-of-the-Mets business. Alderson’s highlights: “The plan and the course I’ve taken the last few months hasn’t been affected at all by any other…

  19. A.J. Pierzynski is friends with the guys from Creed, naturally

    Jan 31, 2011, 5:07 PM EDT

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    Joe Lemire of SI.com has a good article about the music baseball players choose to play at the ballpark as they come to the plate, which is always an interesting little glimpse into the personalities involved. Included in Lemire’s article is this passage, which perhaps qualifies as the least surprising news of all time: White…

  20. Jim Edmonds will probably retire next week

    Jan 31, 2011, 4:54 PM EDT

    Jim Edmonds Cubs

    Jon Heyman tweets: jim edmonds’ agent paul cohen says edmonds will probably decide by early next week whether he’ll play in 2011 My guess that the deciding factor of whether or not Jim Edmonds plays next year is whether there is a team that actually wants to give him a roster spot.  Given that we…

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