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  1. Shane Victorino thinks the Phillies will win it all

    Feb 3, 2011, 8:23 AM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies  v Los Angeles Dodgers

    You know, if I had to make a prediction right now I’d probably say that the Red Sox were the favorites to win it all this season. But it wouldn’t be at all unreasonable to pick the Phillies either. Indeed, I bet something like 90% of the people who engage in the prognostication business will…

  2. The Wilpons fire back

    Feb 3, 2011, 6:15 AM EDT

    Fred Wilpon, Jeff Wilpon

    After yesterday’s New York Times story alleging that the Wilpons steered others toward Bernie Madoff’s ponzi scheme, the Wilpons have decided not to take this lying down. The Wilpons’ lawyer to the Daily News: “We believe the complaint is baseless, both factually and legally. We have conveyed that to the trustee’s counsel. Fred Wilpon, Saul…

  3. Jermaine Dye drawing only minor interest, likely to retire

    Feb 2, 2011, 11:28 PM EDT

    dye swinging

    Jermaine Dye, ladies and gentlemen, is about to say goodbye to professional baseball. According to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com, the free agent outfielder, now 37 years old, has only drawn minor league contract offers from interested big league clubs this offseason and only wants to continue his playing career if guaranteed a roster spot.  Fair…

  4. Nationals sign minor league deal with Cla Meredith

    Feb 2, 2011, 9:31 PM EDT

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    The Nationals announced on their official team Twitter feed this evening that they have reached agreement on a minor league contract with right-hander Cla Meredith. Meredith enjoyed a couple of successful seasons in a middle relief role for the Padres from 2006-2009, but he allowed nine earned runs in 15 innings last year with the…

  5. Dodgers reach deal with Kuo, avoid arbitration

    Feb 2, 2011, 8:14 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Dodgers v Colorado Rockies

    From MLB.com’s Ken Gurnick comes word that the Dodgers avoided arbitration Wednesday with left-handed reliever Hong-Chih Kuo by agreeing to a one-year, $2.725 million contract.  The deal also includes $700,000 in performance-based incentives. Kuo requested a $3.075 million salary and was offered $2.55 million when arbitration figures were exchanged in mid-January.  It took only a…

  6. Diving into the depths: San Francisco Giants

    Feb 2, 2011, 7:00 PM EDT

    Miguel Tejada

    This is part of a 30-article series looking at each team’s depth chart headed into spring training. Rotation 1. Tim Lincecum 2. Matt Cain 3. Jonathan Sanchez 4. Barry Zito 5. Madison Bumgarner 6. Jeff Suppan 7. Clayton Tanner 8. Dan Runzler 9. Henry Sosa 10. Shane Loux 11. Ryan Vogelsong I don’t want to…

  7. Cal Ripken’s daughter should have her mouth washed out with soap

    Feb 2, 2011, 5:35 PM EDT

    Cal Ripken

    This will be funny for anyone who collected baseball cards in the 1980s but sort of perplexing for anyone who didn’t.  Short version: Cal Ripken’s daughter called him a Billy Ripken’s bat handle. Those of you needing more explanation are probably best served by reading the story over at the Baltimore Sun as its too rambling…

  8. The Manny Ramirez Johnny Damon press conference

    Feb 2, 2011, 5:00 PM EDT

    Johnny Damon, Many Ramirez

    I mentioned this yesterday. It was entertaining enough that some of you may want to watch it. Rays fans will think it’s funny up to the exact moment that the team starts losing or Manny creates some sort of turmoil.  At that point, they’ll never ever want to watch this video or be reminded of…

  9. Rays officially sign Felipe Lopez to a minor league contract

    Feb 2, 2011, 4:41 PM EDT

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    Felipe Lopez and the Rays officially agreed to a minor-league contract today. He’ll get an invitation to spring training and compete for a bench job, but because it’s not a major-league deal the Red Sox won’t receive a compensatory draft pick for letting him go. Boston signed Lopez as a free agent in late September,…

  10. Roger Clemens keeps his lawyer; Ken Griffey Sr. says he’s “a good guy”

    Feb 2, 2011, 4:13 PM EDT

    Roger Clemens closeup head

    As we mentioned this morning, Roger Clemens was in court today to deal with is attorney’s conflict-of-interest. It’s all resolved now. Conflicts have been waived and another attorney is going to cross-examine Andy Pettitte. Tough break for the prosecution. Oh well. This part was fun, though: [Judge] Walton ended the 10-minute hearing by raising another…

  11. Diving into the depths: Los Angeles Dodgers

    Feb 2, 2011, 3:00 PM EDT

    Atlanta Braves v Los Angeles Dodgers

    This is part of a 30-article series looking at each team’s depth chart headed into spring training. Rotation 1. Clayton Kershaw 2. Chad Billingsley 3. Ted Lilly 4. Hiroki Kuroda 5. Jon Garland 6. Vicente Padilla 7. John Ely 8. Blake Hawksworth 9. Carlos Monasterios 10. Dana Eveland 11. Tim Redding 12. Chris Withrow I…

  12. Great moments in provocation: the Giants take their trophy to San Jose

    Feb 2, 2011, 2:58 PM EDT

    Giants' Lincecum holds Commissioner's Trophy after his team defeated Rangers in Game 5 to win Major League Baseball's World Series in Arlington

    Bruce Newman of the San Jose Mercury News has a column today about the Giants bringing their World Series trophy for display in San Jose.  According to Newman This Means Something. This is Important: On Tuesday, the Giants brought their precious metal mantelpiece to San Jose to mark their territorial rights in the most public…

  13. Yankees acquire Justin Maxwell from the Nationals

    Feb 2, 2011, 2:14 PM EDT

    Justin Maxwell

    Last week the Nationals designated Justin Maxwell for assignment to clear room on the 40-man roster for free agent signing Todd Coffey and today they traded the 27-year-old outfielder to the Yankees. Maxwell once looked like a promising prospect with a good combination of power and speed, smacking 27 homers and swiping 35 bases in…

  14. Hey, Chuck Greenberg was delusional after all!

    Feb 2, 2011, 1:48 PM EDT

    Chuck Greenberg

    Remember last week when Chuck Greeneberg said that his visits to Cliff Lee knocked the Yankees out of the running, and how Yankees President Randy Levine called Greenberg delusional for making such a suggestion?  Seems Levine was right. Here’s Heyman: A series of interviews with several people either involved in the talks or with knowledge…

  15. White Sox GM after making 1984 trade for Ozzie Guillen: “I think we just signed a jockey”

    Feb 2, 2011, 1:16 PM EDT

    ozzie guillen padres card

    Back in December of 1984 the White Sox acquired Ozzie Guillen from the Padres as part of a six-player trade that included LaMarr Hoyt going to San Diego. Roland Hemold was the White Sox’s general manager at the time and recently spoke to a banquet audience about how Guillen came to be part of the…

  16. Give in and take the O’s offer, Vlad. Seriously.

    Feb 2, 2011, 12:46 PM EDT

    Texas Rangers v San Francisco Giants, Game 1

    Buster Olney tweets: The next 48 hours expected to be pivotal in the Vladimir Guerrero contract talks. The O’s have their offer on table; Vlad is looking for more. The last reports had the O’s offering Guerrero $4-5 million.  Rather than passively showing a mere lack of interest, teams are actually announcing that they’re not…

  17. Royals’ projected 2011 payroll is $33 million (or $2 million more than Alex Rodriguez’s salary)

    Feb 2, 2011, 12:19 PM EDT

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    Gil Meche turning down $12 million by retiring and Billy Butler signing a backloaded long-term contract leaves the Royals with very little in terms of 2011 commitments. In fact, according to Craig Brown of Royals Authority their projected payroll barring any last-minute additions is right around $33 million. To put that in some context, consider…

  18. If you didn’t think the Angels were crazy enough

    Feb 2, 2011, 11:37 AM EDT

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    The Angels trading for Vernon Wells and his contract was a serious case of Bad Ideas Jeans.  But even worse is that they turned down something way better. Joel Sherman at the Post reports: The way I hear it the Mets and Angels did actually discuss Beltran. But the Angels ultimately saw Wells as the…

  19. If healthy, Jesus Flores could be trade bait for the Nationals

    Feb 2, 2011, 11:17 AM EDT

    Jesus Flores

    Bill Ladson of MLB.com and Ben Goessling of MASNSports.com have both written about the Nationals’ catching situation recently while coming to more or less the same conclusion: Jesus Flores will be shopped heavily if he looks healthy during spring training. Flores was once the Nationals’ long-term answer behind the plate and was hitting .301 with…

  20. Astros-Red Sox exhibition game canceled

    Feb 2, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    Minute Maid Park

    The Astros and Red Sox were scheduled to play two exhibition games in Houston just before opening day.  Actually, one of them was going to be on Opening Day. I missed this from a few days ago, but that latter one has been cancelled because the league apparently doesn’t like teams playing games that don’t count on…

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