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  1. Justin Duchscherer is “pretty much 100 percent” healthy and wants to start

    Jan 26, 2011, 10:41 AM EST

    Justin Duchscherer

    Justin Duchscherer missed all of 2009 and most of 2010 following hip and elbow surgeries, but the oft-injured right-hander told Brittany Ghiroli of MLB.com that he’s “pretty much 100 percent” healthy. According to Ghiroli he’s held private workouts for at least five teams, and at various points this offseason Duchscherer has been linked to the…

  2. Did the Rangers push Cliff Lee to Philly?

    Jan 26, 2011, 10:34 AM EST

    Chuck Greenberg

    Chuck Greenberg would like to be credited with an assist on the Cliff Lee-to-Philly deal: Even though Philadelphia was probably not in, they were always in the back of our mind,” Greenberg said. “I think if we wouldn’t have gone to Arkansas that last time, I think he was going to sign with the Yankees.…

  3. Does Neftali Feliz have a chance to start?

    Jan 26, 2011, 9:40 AM EST

    World Series Giants Rangers Baseball

    I hate it when awesome young pitchers who started in the minor leagues are turned into big league relievers and then everyone talks about how much better suited they are for the bullpen. Of course they’re dominant out of the pen! almost every pitcher is better out of the pen. They can throw harder. They…

  4. Nelson Figueroa is in the best shape of his life

    Jan 26, 2011, 9:13 AM EST

    Houston Astros v New York Mets

    Astros pitcher Nelson Figueroa reminds us that spring is right around the corner: I was very fortunate for the past few years to go to the Dominican and win a few championships in the Caribbean Series. This year, going to Spring Training and not having to do all that, not having to do all that…

  5. Rocco Baldelli to announce his retirement today

    Jan 26, 2011, 8:50 AM EST

    Rocco Baldelli

    From Marc Topkin at the St. Pete Times: Rocco Baldelli would have reason to spend hours, if not days, lamenting how his once promising baseball career was cut short by injury and a mysterious illness. He won’t do that, because that’s not his nature. Plus, he’s too busy embracing the next phase of his life.…

  6. Hank Steinbrenner: “we just have to (bleeping) win”

    Jan 26, 2011, 8:23 AM EST

    Hank Steinbrenner smoking

    Remember back when it seemed like Hank Steinbrenner had been given a lobotomy or had been sent off to an undisclosed location where the media couldn’t find him?  Yeah, that was a total drag. “We will do what we have to do to win,” Steinbrenner told The Post recently in a wide-ranging interview at Steinbrenner…

  7. Cashman clarifies his Jeter-to-the-outfield comments

    Jan 26, 2011, 5:58 AM EST

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    Brian Cashman’s comments about Derek Jeter moving to the outfield one day caused a mini-uproar yesterday (and a fun mini-research project). Late yesterday, however,  he told Marc Carig of the Star-Ledger that people need to chill. Well, not in so many words, but that’s clearly what he meant: Later, Cashman said he was dealing merely in…

  8. The Red Sox made a pitch for Jose Bautista at the winter meetings

    Jan 25, 2011, 10:14 PM EST

    Jose Bautista swings

    According to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com, the Red Sox made “multiple offers” for Jose Bautista at last month’s winter meetings. These conversations took place after Jayson Werth rocked the baseball world by signing with the Nationals and before the Red Sox signed Carl Crawford, but the addition of Bautista would have likely had a radical…

  9. The Blue Jays sent $5 million to the Angels in the Vernon Wells deal

    Jan 25, 2011, 8:59 PM EST

    Tony Reagins

    OK. Calm down, everybody. This all makes sense now. According to Jon Heyman of SI.com, the Blue Jays did indeed send cash to the Angels to help cover some of Vernon Wells’ massive contract. The whopping sum of $5 million, in fact. Heyman writes that the “teams apparently just didn’t want to disclose” that money…

  10. Diving into the depths: Los Angeles Angels

    Jan 25, 2011, 8:10 PM EST

    Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim v Texas Rangers

    This is part of a 30-article series looking at each team’s depth chart headed into spring training. Rotation 1. Jered Weaver 2. Dan Haren 3. Ervin Santana 4. Joel Pineiro 5. Scott Kazmir 6. Trevor Bell 7. Hisanori Takahashi 8. Matt Palmer 9. Tyler Chatwood 10. Anthony Ortega The Angels have the fine top four,…

  11. Darryl Strawberry thinks Wally Backman will be the next manager of the Mets

    Jan 25, 2011, 7:42 PM EST

    Wally Backman

    Here we go again. According to Andrew Marchand of ESPN New York, Darryl Strawberry believes Wally Backman will be the next manager of the Mets. “Wally will be the next manager of the Mets, in my opinion. I don’t have much say, but I thought he would’ve been the right choice for them. Not taking…

  12. Ranking the rotations: 1-30

    Jan 25, 2011, 7:00 PM EST

    Philadelphia Phillies v San Francisco Giants, Game 5

    Now that my projections for the upcoming Rotoworld fantasy annual are complete, I’ll be having some occasional fun with them in here over the following few weeks. To start with, let’s look at how the rotations shape up, according to my fantasy rankings. As part of my projections, each player gets a score. All I’ve done here…

  13. Astros, Wandy Rodriguez agree to three-year, $34 million extension

    Jan 25, 2011, 6:37 PM EST

    Wandy Rodriguez ap

    Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes reports that the Astros and left-hander Wandy Rodriguez have avoided arbitration by agreeing to a three-year, $34 million contract extension. The deal also includes a vesting option for 2014 which could net him as much as $44.5 million, according to Alyson Footer, Sr. Director of Social Media for the Astros.…

  14. You’re wrong, Calcaterra: Mets fans most certainly do live and die with their team

    Jan 25, 2011, 5:35 PM EST

    Sad Mets fan

    A couple of weeks ago I wrote this about Mets fans: I don’t think there’s a fan base of its size in all of sports that has a more balanced take on things. Mets fans love ‘em when they win. When they don’t, well, they’re not gonna cry about it and make their lives miserable.…

  15. Mariners GM says Milton Bradley “is going to come in and compete for a starting position”

    Jan 25, 2011, 5:11 PM EST

    Seattle Mariners v New York Yankees

    Last week Milton Bradley was arrested and charged with a felony after allegedly threatening a woman, which is the latest in a long line of on- and off-field “incidents” involving the troubled outfielder who’s played for eight teams in 11 years. At the time there was speculation the Mariners might simply get rid of Bradley,…

  16. Did the Yankees censor blogs in the wake of the Rafael Soriano deal?

    Jan 25, 2011, 5:01 PM EST

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    TYU has a new post up that raises an interesting ethical question about the Yankees and the blogs with which they’re affiliated: When news of Rafael Soriano’s signing filtered onto Twitter on the evening of January 13th, many Yankees fans were aghast at the length of the deal and the fact that the club had…

  17. The McCourt drama may not be over for a looooong time

    Jan 25, 2011, 4:01 PM EST

    McCourt Divorce Trial Continues With Ownership Of Dodgers In Contention

    Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times — who has been all over the McCourts divorce saga since it began — has an update. And it’s not rosy. Jamie McCourt wants to be considered Frank’s co-owner of the Dodgers. Frank wants no part of it and is going to try to string out the litigation…

  18. Blue Jays trade just-acquired Mike Napoli to the Rangers for Frank Francisco

    Jan 25, 2011, 3:34 PM EST

    Mike Napoli

    Just days after acquiring catcher Mike Napoli from the Angels as part of the Vernon Wells trade/contract dump the Blue Jays have traded him to the Rangers for reliever Frank Francisco. Napoli seemed like an odd fit in Toronto because the Blue Jays have catching prospect J.P. Arencibia ready to take over behind the plate…

  19. In case you were missing Joe Morgan …

    Jan 25, 2011, 3:01 PM EST

    Joe Morgan headshot

    Joe Morgan was interviewed on KJR in Seattle yesterday. When asked about what made the Big Red Machine special, he gave us a taste of exactly what we’ll be missing this summer when he is no longer on ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball: We did things, we gave up our own individuality to make the team…

  20. The Jays have yet to approach Jose Bautista about a multi-year deal

    Jan 25, 2011, 2:30 PM EST

    Jose Bautista swinging

    The second most shocking thing about the Vernon Wells trade — after the Angels actually agreeing to it — was the fact that it left the Blue Jays with only $17.4 million in payroll commitments for 2012.  The conventional wisdom when that news started to spread was that all of that freed-up money would be used…

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