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  1. Baker expects Votto to handle MVP treatment well

    Feb 19, 2011, 11:22 PM EST

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    Cincinnati Reds manager Dusty Baker thinks that Joey Votto, fresh off winning the NL MVP award, will begin to be treated like great MVPs of the past by opposing pitchers. Baker, speaking on Saturday at spring training camp in Goodyear, Ariz., said he noticed some special treatment from pitchers last season, when Votto hit .324…

  2. Carlos Beltran sounds like he’s headed for right field

    Feb 19, 2011, 6:08 PM EST

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    According to Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com, Carlos Beltran will do a “baseball-type running program” over the next week to 10 days, after which a decision could be made about whether he will make the move to right field or remain in center field. Still, in his comments to the media today, Beltran sounded like someone…

  3. Jimmy Rollins predicts at least 100 wins for the Phillies

    Feb 19, 2011, 4:39 PM EST

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    You guys aren’t going to believe this, but Jimmy Rollins told Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer that he expects the Phillies to be good this season. “We’ll win 100 games,” Rollins said Saturday. “I really plan on going after, what is it, Seatlle won 114 [sic] or something. … We’ll go get somewhere hopefully…

  4. Michael Young arrives to spring training, doesn’t want to talk to Jon Daniels

    Feb 19, 2011, 3:52 PM EST

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    As expected, Michael Young made his way to Rangers’ camp in Surprise, Arizona earlier today. Young quickly cut to the chase upon his arrival, taking questions from the media about his recent trade request. According to Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News, Young said that he will not address trade rumors this spring. “I’m…

  5. Hunter Pence beats Astros in final arbitration hearing of winter

    Feb 19, 2011, 2:54 PM EST

    Hunter Pence

    According to Jon Heyman of SI.com, Hunter Pence has won his arbitration hearing against the Astros. The three-person panel ultimately decided that Pence will earn a $6.9 million this season rather than the $5.15 million salary proposed by the Astros last month. Pence, who turns 28 in April, earned $3.5 million in his first time through…

  6. Mark Teixeira calls the Yankees underdogs

    Feb 19, 2011, 2:20 PM EST

    Mark Teixeira, Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez, Robinson Cano

    It’s hard to argue with what the Red Sox have done this offseason. They signed the best position player available in Carl Crawford and acquired Adrian Gonzalez, one of the best all-around first basemen in the sport. They also bolstered their bullpen with the additions of Bobby Jenks and Dan Wheeler. Most impartial observers believe…

  7. Scott Boras will advise potential No. 1 pick Anthony Rendon

    Feb 19, 2011, 1:00 PM EST

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    Rice third baseman Anthony Rendon told Dejean Kovacevic of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that agent Scott Boras will act as his adviser. Of course, Boras must be called an “adviser” for now because Rendon is still an amateur. It shouldn’t be a surprise to see Boras involved with the highly-regarded Rendon. The 20-year-old underwent ankle surgery…

  8. Rockies sign Matt Belisle to a two-year contract

    Feb 19, 2011, 11:35 AM EST

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    The Rockies have inked Matt Belisle to a two-year, $6.125 million contract, according to the right-hander’s agency CAA. Brief sidenote: It’s interesting to see how many contract announcements were made over Twitter this offseason, either by the team or an agency. It probably won’t be long before this is commonplace. Anyhow, the Rockies and Belisle…

  9. Garrett Wittels’ hit streak ends at 56 games

    Feb 19, 2011, 10:29 AM EST

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    According to Aaron Fitt of Baseball America, Florida International University shortstop Garrett Wittels went 0-for-4 in last night’s season-opener against Southeastern Louisiana, ending his hit streak at 56 games. Wittels was in pursuit of Robin Ventura, who established the all-time NCAA Division I record when he hit in 58 consecutive games with Oklahoma State in 1987. That’s the…

  10. Irving Picard is also going after Tim Teufel

    Feb 19, 2011, 10:01 AM EST

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    The Wilpons and Saul Katz have some familiar company in this Madoff mess. According to Andy Martino of the New York Daily News, former Mets second baseman and current Triple-A Buffalo manager Tim Teufel is being sued for approximately $1.23 million in a clawback lawsuit filed by Madoff trustee Irving Picard. According to the Daily…

  11. Miguel Cabrera to be evaluated by doctors before reporting to spring training

    Feb 19, 2011, 9:31 AM EST

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    Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski just spoke with the media in Lakeland, Florida and said that Miguel Cabrera will be evaluated by doctors before reporting to spring training. Here’s Dombrowski, courtesy of Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports: “He’s cooperative and realizes he has an alcohol problem and he fell off.” Dombrowski doesn’t have a specific…

  12. Michael Young to report to Rangers’ camp today

    Feb 19, 2011, 8:37 AM EST

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    Today is the official day for Rangers’ position players to report to spring training. Not that we didn’t expect him to be there or anything, but Rangers general manager Jon Daniels confirmed to T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com that Michael Young will indeed be in Surprise, Arizona today. Just because Young is reporting to camp doesn’t…

  13. Rangers plan to explore contract extension with C.J. Wilson

    Feb 18, 2011, 9:35 PM EST

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    Rangers general manager Jon Daniels told Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com earlier today that he expects to discuss a contract extension with C.J. Wilson over the next several weeks. Wilson made a sucessful transition from the bullpen to the starting rotation last season, compiling a 15-8 record along with a 3.35 ERA over 33 starts…

  14. Domonic Brown is Charlie Manuel’s “first choice” for right field. Sort of.

    Feb 18, 2011, 8:14 PM EST

    Domonic Brown swinging

    It appeared that Phillies manager Charlie Manuel tipped his hand on the favorite for the starting right field job earlier today, telling reporters that top prospect Domonic Brown “is sort of the first choice there.” According to Jim Salisbury of CSNPhiladelphia.com, the skipper later had to clarify his comments. “I should have been a little…

  15. The Astros and Hunter Pence went to an arbitration hearing today

    Feb 18, 2011, 6:45 PM EST

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    Hunter Pence and the Astros wrapped up MLB’s third and final arbitration hearing of the winter earlier today, according to Brian McTaggart of MLB.com. Following the three-hour, 45-minute hearing, Astros general manager Ed Wade said that he expects the three-person panel to render a decision sometime tomorrow. “This is part of the process we go…

  16. Carlos Beltran is in shape, running without a knee brace

    Feb 18, 2011, 5:17 PM EST

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    Let’s just consider this another one of those posts where the headline says it all. But the guild requires a body as well as a headline so let us just note that Ken Davidoff is reporting that Beltran is feeling great and, unlike last year, is running without a brace on his bum knee. This is…

  17. Someone asked Vernon Wells what he thinks of the Michael Young situation for some reason

    Feb 18, 2011, 4:39 PM EST

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    Actually I know the reason: Michael Young and Vernon Wells are good buddies who came up in the Jays system together.  For what it’s worth, Wells thinks the Rangers mishandled Young’s situation: Like Young, Wells dealt with being a frequent target of trade rumors before the Angels acquired him for Mike Napoli and Juan Rivera in January.…

  18. Rangers taking things slow with rehabbing Brandon Webb

    Feb 18, 2011, 3:44 PM EST

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    Richard Durrett of ESPNDallas.com reports that Brandon Webb was “sore” following an eight-minute bullpen session yesterday, which is to be expected from a pitcher who hasn’t seen game action since Opening Day of 2009 because of shoulder problems. For now the Rangers are planning to have him throw every three days–rather than the standard every-other-day…

  19. Photo of the Day: The Natinals continue to get no respect

    Feb 18, 2011, 3:27 PM EST

    No, that’s not a headline typo. And no, it’s not a two-year-old callback to that issue the Nats had with their jersey. It’s an all new NatsFail

  20. Wilbon: The Cubs have to go after Albert Pujols

    Feb 18, 2011, 3:02 PM EST

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    Michael Wilbon has a column up over at ESPN today in which he implores the Cubs to go after Albert Pujols in free agency. It’s fine as far as it goes, but I tend not to like arguments that basically come down to “how big it would be!” for team X to sign player Y…

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