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  1. UPDATE: The Diamondbacks are in the mix for Michael Young

    Feb 15, 2011, 6:57 PM EST

    Michael Young bats

    UPDATE: That was quick. Steve Gilbert of MLB.com reports that the Diamondbacks expressed interest in Young “early on,” but have not since. 6:31 PM: Another day, another new team in the mix for Michael Young. According to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com, the Diamondbacks have emerged as a potential suitor for the disgruntled third baseman. The Diamondbacks…

  2. The Red Sox trade Robert Coello to the Cubs

    Feb 15, 2011, 5:34 PM EST

    Red Sox logo

    The Cubbies got what in all likelihood will be bullpen help today when they acquired Robert Coello from the Red Sox. In exchange they sent infielder Tony Thomas to Boston. Coello, who was DFA’s last week, had a brief callup at the end of last season. He only pitched in six games, but he struck…

  3. Rickie Weeks and the Brewers are working on long-term deal

    Feb 15, 2011, 4:48 PM EST

    Rickie Weeks

    Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that Rickie Weeks and the Brewers are trying to hammer out a long-term contract prior to their scheduled arbitration hearing Thursday. According to Rosenthal the contract would for at least three and possibly as many as five years. This season is Weeks’ third and final year of arbitration eligibility, so…

  4. Carlos Silva believes he has already won a spot in the Cubs rotation

    Feb 15, 2011, 4:35 PM EST

    Carlos Silva

    It may be the first day of spring training, but Carlos Silva is oozing confidence about his place in the Cubs plans: “For me, there’s only one spot open. I am one of the starters, you know what I mean? Whatever they think, they think that, not me.” He did add that “if I have…

  5. Scott Boras rips Tony La Russa a new one

    Feb 15, 2011, 4:00 PM EST

    Boras thinking

    Michael Weiner has already denied Tony La Russa’s claims that the MLBPA is somehow exerting pressure on Albert Pujols in the course of his negotiations with the Cardinals, and Weiner is the official voice of that.  But there probably isn’t anyone who knows more about the dynamics of high-price player negotiations than Scott Boras, and…

  6. Joel Zumaya is back from his latest injury and still lighting up radar guns

    Feb 15, 2011, 3:44 PM EST

    Detroit pitcher Zumaya injures arm after pitching to Twins Young during their MLB baseball game in Minneapolis

    Three months ago, in the midst of recovering from a fractured elbow, Joel Zumaya cautioned that he was one more injury from “finding another job,” but the oft-injured reliever was much more optimistic yesterday after throwing his first bullpen session of the spring. Zumaya impressed onlookers with his velocity despite not throwing anywhere near maximum…

  7. Senators to baseball: ban smokeless tobacco

    Feb 15, 2011, 3:35 PM EST

    Dykstra Tobacco

    I’m torn: on the one hand I would love Major League Baseball to ban the use of smokeless tobacco by players.  On the other hand, there aren’t many things I hate more than when Congress decides to stick its nose in baseball’s business: Two Democratic senators are asking baseball commissioner Bud Selig to ban all…

  8. Danny Valencia is in the best shape of his life

    Feb 15, 2011, 3:04 PM EST

    New York Yankees v Minnesota Twins, Game 2

    Actually, I’m thinking that Valencia is just trolling me here. From his Twitter feed: Just got done working out, best shape of my life!!! Now to the field! In other news, the USA Today Daily Pitch blog has begun tracking “best shape of his life” stories.  The more the merrier, but really USA Today: you…

  9. Erik Bedard throws bullpen session, but “definitely not letting it rip” yet

    Feb 15, 2011, 2:46 PM EST

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    Erik Bedard hasn’t pitched since July of 2009, but the oft-injured left-hander threw his first bullpen session of the year yesterday and reported no problems. Of course, as catcher Josh Bard told Greg Johns of MLB.com afterward: “He’s definitely not letting it rip, but nobody that is smart is at this point.” Bedard earned $1.75…

  10. Your totally wacky and totally made up trade speculation of the day

    Feb 15, 2011, 2:35 PM EST

    St. Louis Cardinals v Arizona Diamondbacks

    The sports schedule needs to figure out how to eliminate the couple of weeks between the Super Bowl and the spring training games starting because that void leads to boredom and that boredom leads to stuff like this from Harold Reynolds — laundered to arguable respectability by Ken Rosenthal — to bubble up to the…

  11. Just stop it: Donald Trump is not going to buy the Mets

    Feb 15, 2011, 1:54 PM EST

    Donald Trump

    Remember that stuff I was saying about ignoring the celebrity owner speculation when it came to the Mets?  The New York Times apparently doesn’t read HardballTalk, as they report today that Donald Trump has spoken to the Wilpons about buying into the Mets and will meet with the team soon.  Trump says, however, that he’d…

  12. Kelly Johnson and the Diamondbacks avoid arbitration

    Feb 15, 2011, 1:40 PM EST

    Colorado Rockies v Arizona Diamondbacks

    Kelly Johnson and the Diamondbacks had an arbitration hearing scheduled for tomorrow, but the two sides have avoided the process by agreeing to a one-year deal worth $5.8 million. Johnson requested $6.5 million while the Diamondbacks countered at $4.7 million, so they compromised at $200,000 more than the midpoint. Atlanta non-tendered Johnson last offseason rather…

  13. Tony La Russa to the union: Leave Albert Pujols alone!

    Feb 15, 2011, 1:06 PM EST

    La Russa closeup

    He didn’t quite put it that way, but that was the gist.  Here’s La Russa lamenting what he believes to be the union strong-arming Albert Pujols into trying to get as much money as possible: St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa said Tuesday that he believes the Major League Baseball Players Association is attempting…

  14. The Mariners have hired Ken Griffey Jr.

    Feb 15, 2011, 12:28 PM EST

    Griffey on shoulders

    The Mariners have issued a release announcing that Ken Griffey Jr. has been hired as a special consultant to the club.  Griffey “will be involved in numerous areas of the Mariners franchise, including, but not limited to, Major League Baseball Operations, player development, our minor league system marketing, broadcasting and community relations.” That seems like…

  15. Jorge Posada “wouldn’t be surprised” if Andy Pettitte returns

    Feb 15, 2011, 12:16 PM EST

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    Andy Pettitte announced his retirement on February 2, but today Jorge Posada told Wallace Matthews of ESPNNewYork.com that he “wouldn’t be surprised” if his longtime batterymate reconsidered and returned to the Yankees at some point in 2011. Or course, Wallace also writes that Posada “admitted he had no real reason for believing Pettitte might change…

  16. The Mets won’t talk to Jose Reyes about a contract extension this spring

    Feb 15, 2011, 11:57 AM EST

    Jose Reyes

    Not talking about contract extensions during spring training is the new black. Adam Rubin: Sandy Alderson says “unlikely” any extension talks with Jose Reyes during spring training. Word on the street is that it has nothing to do with whether the Mets truly want Reyes back on a long term deal. It’s just that, given…

  17. Kyle Blanks is “a long shot” to be ready for Opening Day

    Feb 15, 2011, 11:17 AM EST

    Kyle Blanks high five

    Kyle Blanks showed immense potential as a 22-year-old rookie in 2009, smacking 10 homers with an .868 OPS in 54 games after joining the Padres in mid-June, but he hit just .157 through 33 games last year before undergoing Tommy John elbow surgery shortly after the All-Star break. Blanks dropped 10 pounds from his 6-foot-6,…

  18. The Albert Pujols deadline was a big mistake

    Feb 15, 2011, 10:32 AM EST

    St Louis Cardinals v Pittsburgh Pirates

    Here’s Joe Strauss’ latest on the State of the Pujols negotiations.  Not much new in there other than the tidbit that Pujols’ agent Dan Lozano and Cadinals’ GM John Mozeliak are “in regular contact.” All of this stuff — the deadline, the moving of the deadline for Musial’s thing, etc. — just makes me think…

  19. Grady Sizemore’s status for Opening Day is uncertain

    Feb 15, 2011, 10:15 AM EST

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    Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports that Grady Sizemore took batting practice and did some light jogging yesterday, but the center fielder hasn’t resumed full baseball activities yet nine months after undergoing microfracture surgery on his left knee. Sizemore told Bastian that being in the Opening Day lineup remains his goal, but indicated that may be…

  20. Mets beat writer is a man of his word: wears a Speedo to spring training

    Feb 15, 2011, 9:51 AM EST

    Phelps speedo

    Back during the Winter Meetings New York Daily News reporter Andy Martino wrote the following: Here’s some of what we’ve been able to gather during the first day here in Florida. Lots of information swirling around the Twitter, some of it questionable. For example, if the Phillies sign Cliff Lee, I’ll cover spring training in a…

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