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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

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

    Feb 15, 2011, 12:16 PM EST

    pettite-and-posada

    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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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,…

  9. 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…

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

    Feb 15, 2011, 10:15 AM EST

    sizemore

    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…

  11. 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…

  12. Brian Wilson keeps the ball from the last out of the World Series in a candy jar

    Feb 15, 2011, 9:30 AM EST

    Brian Wilson

    Brian Wilson, you crazy! What happened to the baseball that Brian Wilson threw to strike out Texas’ Nelson Cruz and clinch the first World Series championship in the San Francisco Giants’ 53-year history? Is it in a museum? Somewhere in the team archives? Or locked in a wall safe hidden behind a painting in owner…

  13. Stan Musial to be awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom this afternoon

    Feb 15, 2011, 9:07 AM EST

    Stan Musial

    As was announced last fall, today Stan Musial will be awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.  The ceremony is this afternoon at 1:30PM Eastern/12:30 Central. KSDK.com and NewsChannel 5 in St. Louis will carry it live if you’re interested. As I said back in November, Musial is most worthy of this. Not just because he was…

  14. Buck Showalter is not going to be fazed* by the challenges of managing the Orioles

    Feb 15, 2011, 8:46 AM EST

    Baltimore Orioles v Tampa Bay Rays

    For a guy who has been in and around the majors for 20 years, most of us know very little about Buck Showalter.  Britt Ghiroli of MLB.com has a profile of the Orioles manager that focuses on his father. The father  who — in addition to storming the beaches of Normandy and desegregating a Florida…

  15. Your photo of the day: The Phillies starting rotation

    Feb 15, 2011, 8:24 AM EST

    Camera

    One of these things is not like the others. One of these things just doesn’t belong.

  16. Some fun evidentiary fights in the Barry Bonds trial

    Feb 15, 2011, 6:26 AM EST

    Barry Bonds court appearance

    There’s an article in the New York Daily News today that gives a rundown of some of the evidentiary fights the Barry Bonds prosecution and defense are having.  Among them: Bonds’ ex-girlfriend Kimberly Bell posed in Playboy and told them her story back in 2007. The government wants Bonds barred from mentioning that and showing…

  17. Report: Sabathia likely to opt out of deal after this season

    Feb 15, 2011, 12:17 AM EST

    New York Yankees v Texas Rangers, Game 6

    Craig addressed earlier why the matter isn’t worth freaking out about, and that probably still holds true because the baseball season is long and because anything can happen, but it appears that this is now becoming a near fact: CC Sabathia, if everything goes according to plan production-wise, will opt out of his current contract…

  18. De La Rosa arriving late to camp due to visa issues

    Feb 14, 2011, 9:35 PM EST

    San Diego Padres v Colorado Rockies

    Jorge De La Rosa is going to be late to Rockies camp this spring. According to Troy Renck of the Denver Post, De La Rosa “is expected to miss the first few days” of spring training because he is having visa issues in his native Mexico. De La Rosa has an offseason home in Scottsdale,…

  19. Vlad Guerrero will take physical with Orioles on Wednesday

    Feb 14, 2011, 8:08 PM EST

    File photo of Rangers' Guerrero hitting an RBI single against the Giants during Game 1 of Major League Baseball's World Series in San Francisco

    Veteran slugger Vladimir Guerrero agreed to a one-year, $8 million contract with the Orioles a whole ten days ago. On Wednesday, he will finally take his physical. If he passes, the O’s will officially introduce him on Friday. That all comes from Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun, who has also caught word that Guerrero…

  20. Blue Jays and Jose Bautista push back arbitration hearing to continue talking long-term extension

    Feb 14, 2011, 6:42 PM EST

    Blue Jays batter Jose Bautista watches a high pitch during their MLB American League baseball game in Toronto

    The Blue Jays have bought themselves some extra time to work out a long-term contract extension with slugger Jose Bautista. According to Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes, both sides agreed Monday to postpone a scheduled arbitration hearing until Friday so that extension talks can continue. The extra four days might not matter. Bautista tallied a…

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