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  1. Prosecutors are worried about Roger Clemens’ lawyer

    Jan 27, 2011, 5:31 PM EDT

    Rusty Hardin

    The Roger Clemens prosecutors are asking the judge to grill Clemens to make sure he’s aware that his attorney — Rusty Hardin — may have a conflict of interest in that Hardin briefly represented Andy Pettitte back when the Mitchell Report came out.  My assumption is that the prosecutors are trying to make sure that,…

  2. Carlos Santana will be ready to go for spring training

    Jan 27, 2011, 5:02 PM EDT

    Carlos Santana

    Indians general manager Chris Antonetti told Jim Bowden that Carlos Santana will be ready for the start of spring training games. Before his ugly knee injury he hit .260/.401/.467 with six home runs, 22 RBI and an 868 OPS over his first 192 major league plate appearances.  Based on what he did in the minors,…

  3. Check out the A’s new “alternate home jerseys”

    Jan 27, 2011, 4:40 PM EDT

    a's new jerseys

    Today the A’s unveiled their new “alternate home jerseys” and Jane Lee of MLB.com snapped a picture. I might be in the minority as someone who likes the A’s usual white, green, and yellow ensemble, but these new ones are pretty hideous at first glance. Of course, we won’t realize the full scope of the…

  4. The Indians may be interested in Casey Kotchman

    Jan 27, 2011, 4:02 PM EDT

    Seattle Mariners v Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

    Jon Paul Morosi: Indians have interest in Casey Kotchman on minor-league deal, source says. LH bat, could compete with LaPorta. Can someone please explain to me why the Indians would want Casey Kotchman to take playing time away from Matt LaPorta?  They have no money. They have the strongest imperative imaginable to get the most…

  5. No, the Nats did not inquire about Grady Sizemore and Fausto Carmona

    Jan 27, 2011, 3:33 PM EDT

    Grady Sizemore

    The other day there was a report from Phil Wood of MASN that the Nationals have had conversations with the Indians about Grady Sizemore and Fausto Carmona.  Today Buster Olney says no, that did not occur. The Nats didn’t even call the Indians, Olney says. And with that, I think we have officially reached the bottom of…

  6. Diving into the depths: Toronto Blue Jays

    Jan 27, 2011, 3:00 PM EDT

    Jose Bautista

    This is part of a 30-article series looking at each team’s depth chart headed into spring training. Rotation 1. Ricky Romero 2. Brandon Morrow 3. Brett Cecil 4. Kyle Drabek 5. Mark Rzepczynski 6. Jesse Litsch 7. Dustin McGowan 8. Scott Richmond 9. Brad Mills 10. Zach Stewart 11. Robert Ray 12. Jo-Jo Reyes 13.…

  7. Adam Kennedy was arrested, charged with a DUI last night

    Jan 27, 2011, 2:43 PM EDT

    Adam Kennedy, Chris Denorfia

    For the second time in the past two weeks a Mariners player has been arrested. First it was Milton Bradley being charged with a felony for allegedly threatening a woman and now TMZ reports that Adam Kennedy was arrested last night in California and charged with a DUI. According to the report Kennedy, who signed…

  8. Wait people do actually think Cashman is trying to get himself fired?

    Jan 27, 2011, 2:30 PM EDT

    Brian Cashman

    My “Brian Cashman is trying to get himself fired” comment from yesterday was meant as a joke. Not a good one — a bit too dry; I think I told it better on Twitter before repurposing it for the post — but I don’t honestly think that the man is trying to get canned. My…

  9. John Baker hoping to win roster spot even if he can’t catch

    Jan 27, 2011, 2:14 PM EDT

    John Baker marlins

    John Baker has just recently started soft-tossing from 45 feet following September elbow surgery and likely won’t be cleared to catch again until at least May even if he avoids setbacks, but he’s still hoping to win a spot on the Marlins’ roster coming out of spring training. He’ll be able to swing at full…

  10. The Marlins will lose a home series this June; hundreds to be inconvenienced

    Jan 27, 2011, 1:31 PM EDT

    Marlins ballpark

    Back in September we told you about the scheduling conflict between U2 and the Florida Marlins-Seattle Mariners series, which necessitated moving the series from Pro Player Robbie Whatever Stadium.  The options at the time were to play it in Puerto Rico or perhaps to move it to Vancouver or Seattle.  Well, the decision has been…

  11. Details of Johnny Cueto’s new contract

    Jan 27, 2011, 1:16 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v Cincinnati Reds, Game 3

    Via the Associated Press, here are the details of the contract extension Johnny Cueto signed with the Reds yesterday: 2011 – $3.4 million 2012 – $5.4 million 2013 – $7.4 million 2014 – $10 million 2015 – $10 million team option or $800,000 buyout Add it all up and Cueto, who submitted a figure of…

  12. Vlad Guerrero’s options are running out

    Jan 27, 2011, 1:00 PM EDT

    Texas Rangers v San Francisco Giants, Game 1

    Buster Olney tweeted today that the Orioles are only willing to sign Vladimir Guerrero if he “puts himself on a platter.”  In that, Olney is thinking a one-year, $2 million contract. This in contrast to the reported $8 millon a year that Guerrero was reportedly seeking earlier this offseason. And really, the Orioles have the leverage…

  13. Rockies “negotiating with” veteran starter Rodrigo Lopez

    Jan 27, 2011, 12:19 PM EDT

    rodrigo-lopez-diamondbacks

    In an effort to add some rotation depth the Rockies “are negotiation with” right-hander Rodrigo Lopez, according to Thomas Harding of MLB.com. Lopez pitched for the Rockies in 2007, going 5-4 with a 4.42 ERA in 14 starts before blowing out his elbow. He missed all of 2008 and spent most of the 2009 at…

  14. Arte Moreno is not a Scott Boras fan

    Jan 27, 2011, 12:02 PM EDT

    Arte Moreno

    Angels owner Arte Moreno was asked a question about Scott Boras yesterday. His response: “My mother always told me, ‘If you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all.” That kind of stuff makes me roll my eyes. Braves’ President John Schuerholz took a fairly similar attitude toward Boras a few years back and…

  15. Bobby Valentine is taking public service very seriously

    Jan 27, 2011, 11:37 AM EDT

    Bobby Valentine horizontal

    We all shook our heads when Bobby Valentine was named the public safety director for Stamford, Connecticut, but the dude is committed: he was caught on film directing traffic near the I-95 on-ramp this morning. Click through for the video. This is classic. The reporter calls him a “mini-celebrity” and is unaware that Valentine actually…

  16. Rangers haven’t talked to Rockies about Michael Young lately

    Jan 27, 2011, 11:17 AM EDT

    Michael Young

    Last month Colorado talked to Texas about acquiring Michael Young before those talks fizzled, and according to Troy Renck of the Denver Post if the Rangers have renewed their efforts to trade Young after adding Mike Napoli on Monday they haven’t gotten back in touch with the Rockies. Renck reports that Colorado “has not talked…

  17. Keith Law releases his top 100 prospects list

    Jan 27, 2011, 10:58 AM EDT

    Following up on yesterday’s organizational rankings Keith Law today releases what I feel to be the most thorough and useful top prospects lists we get each year: his top 100 prospects list and his top-10-in-each-organization list.  Yes, it’s for those with Insider subscriptions only. Law gets a salary by virtue of people buying the Insider cow, so…

  18. The Rays are getting new fake grass

    Jan 27, 2011, 10:35 AM EDT

    Texas Rangers v Tampa Bay Rays, Game 1

    A wise man once said this of artificial turf: “if a horse can’t eat it, I don’t want to play on it.” We as fans don’t have to play on turf, but we do watch games played on it, and it’s kind of a drag. Really, if I have a choice of games I’ll almost…

  19. Rockies sign Alfredo Amezaga and Chad Moeller

    Jan 27, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    alfredo-amezaga-marlins

    Colorado added a pair of veterans on minor-league deals, signing infielder Alfredo Amezaga and catcher Chad Moeller. Moeller has little chance of cracking the Opening Day roster with Chris Iannetta and Jose Morales ahead of him on the depth chart, but Amezaga should have a legitimate chance to claim a bench spot if healthy. Amezaga…

  20. How DARE Brian Cashman be a celebrity bartender?!

    Jan 27, 2011, 9:59 AM EDT

    Cashman bartender

    You gotta wake up pretty early in the morning to be this much of a joyless scold: At this point, I would much rather have someone who is “no name” – but a real and qualified “baseball person” – someone trying to make his bones as a hard working GM, running the Yankees. Someone who…

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