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  1. Ronald Belisario and his agent have vastly different views of his status for 2011

    Feb 17, 2011, 12:19 PM EST

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    Yesterday agent Paul Kinzer told Tony Jackson of ESPNLA.com that Dodgers reliever Ronald Belisario is unlikely to pitch this season because of visa problems in Venezuela. However, today Belisario told a Venezuelan newspaper that he plans to report to spring training soon and his arrival has simply been delayed by a lost passport. Here’s more…

  2. You treat your catcher nicely in the 209

    Feb 17, 2011, 12:00 PM EST

    Dallas Braden throwing

    We all had a lot of fun with Dallas Braden last year, what with the “get off my mound” stuff and the “we don’t do much talkin’ in the 209” stuff.  But one thing they do do in the 209, apparently, is reward the guy who caught your perfect game.  Specifically, by sending him and…

  3. That was quick: Rich Harden is already injured

    Feb 17, 2011, 11:47 AM EST

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    Rich Harden got hurt before anyone could even set up the “when will Rich Harden get hurt” pool. According to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle the oft-injured right-hander “has stiffness in the lat area” and has been “shut down for a few weeks.” Slusser reports that he tried to throw Tuesday, but called…

  4. That report of the lowball offer to Pujols could be bogus

    Feb 17, 2011, 11:30 AM EST

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    Albert Pujols hit Cardinals training camp today and met the press.  By all reports he was calm, cool and collected.  He said that he’s not just about the money and that he wants to be a Cardinal for life. He said that he has no ill will with the Cardinals over negotiations and that it…

  5. Dodgers reliever Ronald Belisario in danger of missing season due to visa issues

    Feb 17, 2011, 11:14 AM EST

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    Ronald Belisario’s agent, Paul Kinzer, said yesterday that the Dodgers reliever is in danger of missing the entire season, telling Tony Jackson of ESPNLA.com that “he just has a lot of things he needs to get straightened out.” Belisario’s arrival at Dodgers camp has been delayed by visa issues for the third year in a…

  6. Miguel Cabrera’s arrest was ugly

    Feb 17, 2011, 11:00 AM EST

    Miguel Cabrera mugshot

    If you’re goin’ down, go down with dignity.  Miguel Cabrera was either uwilling or simply unable to do that when he was arrested last night. According to the TC Palm, Cabrera made reference to another person — who was not on the scene — saying “I’m going (expletive) kill him.”  Then he played the “do…

  7. Quote of the Day: Mike Cameron on Carl Crawford

    Feb 17, 2011, 10:30 AM EST

    Mike Cameron outfield

    The past few posts have been depressing as hell. Thank goodness Mike Cameron knows how to bring the funny.

  8. Rangers pitcher Omar Beltre to undergo spinal surgery

    Feb 17, 2011, 10:15 AM EST

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    Omar Beltre, a 29-year-old right-hander expected to compete for a spot in the Rangers’ bullpen this spring, will be sidelined for at least three months following surgery for spinal stenosis. He’s scheduled for surgery next Tuesday and won’t be cleared to resume throwing for 6-8 weeks. However, because no other prominent baseball players have undergone…

  9. Are the Mets in bigger financial trouble than we assumed?

    Feb 17, 2011, 10:00 AM EST

    Fred Wilpon, Jeff Wilpon

    I don’t pretend to understand high finance that well — and I tend not to get my business news from the New York Post — so someone who knows more about this stuff than me tell if this is really a bad sign or if it’s much ado about nothing: Banks that provided roughly $400…

  10. Miguel Cabrera’s mugshot is … interesting

    Feb 17, 2011, 9:39 AM EST

    Pop quiz, hotshot!  You pull your car over to the side of the road as the engine smokes.  You’re loaded and drinking from a bottle of scotch and you don’t bother to stop when the police officer shows up.  You know that you’re less than 12 hours from being the lead story on every sportscast…

  11. Miguel Cabrera swigs from a bottle of scotch in front of a cop; gets arrested for DUI

    Feb 17, 2011, 9:09 AM EST

    Miguel Cabrera

    After the sordid end to his 2009 season in which he drank himself into a jail cell the night before a critical season-ending series, Miguel Cabrera went on the wagon.  He dedicated himself to sobriety during the winter of 2009-10, showed up to camp sharp and trim last year and went on to post an…

  12. Gary Sheffield retires

    Feb 17, 2011, 8:50 AM EST

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    He didn’t play last year and was pretty clearly done anyway, but yesterday Gary Sheffield made it official and retired from baseball. Which, of course, leads to the question that is always asked when a player of stature retires.  Hall of Fame? I think the answer here is yes he’s deserving, but no he’s not going…

  13. The Yankees are not in the best shape of their lives

    Feb 17, 2011, 8:23 AM EST

    New York Yankees' Colon throws in the bullpen at the team's spring training camp at George M. Steinbrenner Field in Tampa

    Headlines you don’t expect to see in the Wall Street Journal: “Is this the fattest Yankees team ever?” But I gotta admit, the WSJ’s antiquated “Mr.” this and “Mr.” that is particularly comical when it’s basically an article calling everyone fatties: Everywhere you look on this Yankee team, there is a player tipping the scale…

  14. Dallas Green speaks about the loss of his granddaughter

    Feb 17, 2011, 6:15 AM EST

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    As you certainly remember, Christina Taylor Green, the 9-year-old girl who was killed during the shooting rampage in Tucson last month, was the granddaughter of ex-MLB manager Dallas Green and the daughter of current Dodgers scout John Green. Yesterday, Dallas Green, who works as a consultant for the Phillies,  spoke to the media about his family’s loss.…

  15. Pujols releases statement on failed negotiations

    Feb 16, 2011, 10:40 PM EST

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    Unless you were down in a mine all day (do mines get broadband?), you probably heard that the Cardinals failed to reach a contract extension with Albert Pujols before the slugger’s self-imposed Wednesday deadline. Different numbers have been popping up everywhere since talks were called off at noon, detailing in different tones how far apart…

  16. Mat Latos doesn’t like San Francisco. Or something.

    Feb 16, 2011, 9:55 PM EST

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    The Padres and Giants battled to a tight finish in the National League West standings last season. It all came down to one final three-game series in San Francisco that almost saw the Giants blow a three-game division lead. They eventually wrapped up that series with a win in Game 162 and went on to…

  17. Blue Jays nearing five-year, $65M extension with Bautista

    Feb 16, 2011, 8:46 PM EST

    Jose Bautista

    UPDATE, 8:46 PM: Now Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com is reporting that the extension carries a $13 million club option for a sixth season. So it appears that $65 million of the new contract will be guaranteed. 8:39 PM: Forget the minor ankle injuries. There might be real news out of Blue Jays camp tonight. According…

  18. Jon Rauch misses bullpen session due to ankle injury

    Feb 16, 2011, 8:03 PM EST

    Rauch displays tattoos on his neck during practice at the team's MLB American League spring training facility in Dunedin

    It’s a minor one, but we might have our first injury of this year’s spring training. According to Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com, Blue Jays reliever Jon Rauch twisted his ankle while walking down a flight of stairs earlier this week at the club’s spring training complex in Dunedin, Florida and missed a scheduled bullpen session…

  19. D’Backs find a first baseman, sign Russell Branyan

    Feb 16, 2011, 6:51 PM EST

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    From SI.com’s Jon Heyman comes word that the Diamondbacks have reached agreement on a minor league contract with Russell Branyan. The deal also carries an invitation to spring training, where Branyan will have the opportunity to put a claim on Arizona’s starting first base gig. Juan Miranda and Brandon Allen had been ticketed for the…

  20. Rickie Weeks’ deal with Brewers worth at least $38.5 million and as much as $50 million

    Feb 16, 2011, 5:17 PM EST

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    There were varying reports about the specifics of Rickie Weeks‘ contract extension with Milwaukee, but now the Brewers have announced the details. It’s officially a four-year contract worth $38.5 million, but the deal also includes an $11.5 million option for 2015 that vests if Weeks has 600 plate appearances in 2014 or a total of…

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