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  1. A HardballTalk reader owns that Cubs shirt

    Jan 25, 2011, 12:00 PM EST

    Cubs dress shirt

    We weren’t expecting this:  a startling reader confession from the comments section of the Cubs shirt post: I actually own this shirt but I have never had the cajones to wear it.  My wife and her mother bought it for me on clearance this Summer at Von Maur.  They meant well, but they didn’t understand how…

  2. Diamondbacks will give Micah Owings some time at first base

    Jan 25, 2011, 11:17 AM EST

    Micah Owings

    I’ve written about Micah Owings a few times recently (these are called “slow news days”) and each time suggested that he might have a brighter future as a hitter than as a pitcher at this point. Apparently the Diamondbacks and new general manager Kevin Towers agree, because after signing Owings to a minor-league contract yesterday…

  3. Great moments in team merchandise: Chicago Cubs edition

    Jan 25, 2011, 10:59 AM EST

    This is one you’ll need to click-through to see in its full glory.

  4. Casey Kelly has an innings limit

    Jan 25, 2011, 10:30 AM EST

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    Casey Kelly was the centerpiece of the Adrian Gonzalez deal. Well, Gonzaelz was, but Kelly was the most notable guy coming to San Diego.  This morning Corey Brock of MLB.com reports that Kelly is going to be capped at 150 innings this year. Makes sense, given that he’s logged only 190 professional innings across two…

  5. Nationals finalize one-year contract with Todd Coffey

    Jan 25, 2011, 10:15 AM EST

    Pittsburgh Pirates v Milwaukee Brewers

    Reported to be close to a deal last week, Todd Coffey and the Nationals have finalized a one-year contract worth $1.35 million. Coffey was non-tendered by the Brewers last month after earning $2.025 million in 2010, so Milwaukee accurately determined that his market value wasn’t quite that high. Still, he’s a solid middle reliever and…

  6. Brian Cashman is dropping some moderate-sized bombs this morning

    Jan 25, 2011, 10:06 AM EST

    Cashman profile

    espnW’s Amanda Rykoff is at WFAN’s Breakfast with a Champion event in New York this morning, and Yankees GM Brian Cashman is talking to the media.  She’s live-tweeting it, and it you can check out her feed now to see what all the columnists will be talking about tomorrow. Among the comments from Cashman that might…

  7. The Nats are interested in Grady Sizemore and Fausto Carmona

    Jan 25, 2011, 9:14 AM EST

    Fausto Carmona

    Phil Wood of MASN reports that a “big league scout” says that the Nationals have had conversations with the Indians about Grady Sizemore and Fausto Carmona. I guess I can see that. Both of those guys have tremendous upside. But it also strikes me that the Indians would be silly to entertain offers for them…

  8. Must-Click Link: Sabermetrics’ greatest one-hit-wonder

    Jan 25, 2011, 8:58 AM EST

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    Personally I wouldn’t consider Voros McCracken a one-hit-wonder — I’d like to think he’s got another half-dozen breakthroughs in him — but he uses the phrase himself, so I suppose it’s fair enough. For those who don’t know, McCracken is the man who figured out defense-independent pitching statistics — shortened to DIPS — which form…

  9. The Pirates raise prices for walkup tickets, but it’s cool

    Jan 25, 2011, 8:25 AM EST

    Empty PNC Park

    My eyes bulged a bit when I saw that the Pirates had raised some ticket prices. The Pirates? Really? You can’t give Pirates tickets away some days, so how do they get off raising prices? Then I read further — and read Dejan Kovacevic’s longer take on it — and realized that (a) it’s only a…

  10. Murray Chass can’t let go of Mike Piazza’s back acne

    Jan 25, 2011, 6:18 AM EST

    10 METS FAYTOK

    While I was initially outraged at Murray Chass’s insistence that he knows Mike Piazza used steroids because he saw back acne on him once while walking through the locker room, I have since become amused by it. And a little bit in awe of his tenaciousness in holding on to the point. He wrote this over…

  11. Jon Lester is already talking World Series

    Jan 25, 2011, 1:52 AM EST

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    Red Sox Nation is brimming with confidence these days, and rightly so given the amazing offseason Theo Epstein put together. They bolstered their bullpen with Bobby Jenks and Dan Wheeler, added Adrian Gonzalez’s big bat to the middle of the lineup and nabbed speed merchant Carl Crawford. So obviously, there is reason for plenty of…

  12. Padres agree to deal with Jorge Cantu

    Jan 25, 2011, 12:53 AM EST

    Texas Rangers v Oakland Athletics

    UPDATE: A slight correction. Dan Hayes of the North County Times hears that it is a non-guaranteed major league deal. 11:35 PM: Marty Caswell of XX1090 Sports Radio in San Diego reports that Cantu will make an $850,000 base salary in his new one-year contract with the Padres. I would assume there are some incentives…

  13. Justin Morneau to skip TwinsFest in order to continue workouts

    Jan 24, 2011, 9:44 PM EST

    Justin Morneau

    Here’s a little addendum to what Craig wrote this morning. Twins general manager Bill Smith has informed La Valle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune that Justin Morneau will skip the team’s annual TwinsFest this weekend in order to continue his workouts near his offseason home in Arizona. Smith said it was a tough…

  14. Andy LaRoche signs minor league contract with Athletics

    Jan 24, 2011, 8:11 PM EST

    Andy LaRoche

    Funny I mentioned Andy LaRoche just a short while ago, because he has signed a minor league deal with the Athletics, according to the team’s Twitter feed. He’ll be a non-roster invitee during spring training. LaRoche, now 27 years old, was designated for assignment by the Pirates in November after batting just .206/.268/.287 with four…

  15. Rockies sign Willy Taveras to minor league deal

    Jan 24, 2011, 6:50 PM EST

    Willy Taveras sliding

    The Rockies have signed outfielder Willy Taveras to a minor league contract with an invite to spring training, according to the team’s Twitter feed. This is a homecoming of sorts for Taveras, who batted .320 with a .367 on-base percentage and .748 OPS with the Rockies during the team’s World Series run in 2007. Baseball’s…

  16. The President of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum defends the decision to move the Legacy Awards Show

    Jan 24, 2011, 5:30 PM EST

    Negro Leagues Baseball Museum

    Last week I posted  a link to Sam Mellinger’s story in the Kansas City Star about the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum’s decision not to hold its annual Legacy Awards Show this month.  Today I received an email from the President of the NLBM, Dr. Raymond Doswell, who takes issue with Mellinger’s characterization and, subsequently, my…

  17. Joe Torre leaning toward taking a job with Major League Baseball

    Jan 24, 2011, 5:00 PM EST

    Joe Torre

    A couple of weeks ago we learned that Joe Torre was considering taking Sandy Alderson’s gig with Major League Baseball. Today it’s reported that he’s learning towards accepting it. Or at least something like it: Joe Torre may not stay retired much longer. The former Los Angeles Dodgers manager says he’s leaning toward accepting a…

  18. Diamondbacks sign Micah Owings to a minor league contract

    Jan 24, 2011, 4:42 PM EST

    Micah Owings

    In an effort to resurrect his career Micah Owings is returning to the team that drafted him, signing a minor-league contract with the Diamondbacks that includes an invitation to spring training. Owings was Arizona’s third-round pick in 2005 and spent the first two seasons of his career with the Diamondbacks before being traded to the…

  19. Should the Rangers bring up Josh Hamilton’s substance abuse history if they go to arbitration?

    Jan 24, 2011, 4:09 PM EST

    File photo of Texas Rangers' outfielder Josh Hamilton waiting to hit during workouts in preparation for Major League Baseball's World Series in San Francisco

    Unless they settle with either a one-year deal or a big lockup package, Josh Hamilton and the Rangers are slated to head to an arbitration hearing sometime soon.  From that an interesting question emerges: how hard do the Rangers hit him — if they hit him at all — with his substance abuse history? The…

  20. Orioles pitcher Troy Patton arrested and charged with DWI

    Jan 24, 2011, 3:20 PM EST

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    Orioles left-hander Troy Patton was arrested Saturday night in Houston and charged with a DWI after police pulled him over for speeding and driving over a curb, according to KPRC television. Patton was the Astros’ ninth-round pick in 2004 and was traded to the Orioles in December of 2007 as part of the package for…

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