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  1. Jered Weaver loses his arbitration case

    Feb 10, 2011, 12:35 PM EST

    Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim v Texas Rangers

    The Angels had no problem taking on Vernon Wells‘ $81 million deal, but dadgummit they fought Jered Weaver over less than $1.5 million.  In arbitration, that is.  An arbitration that was held yesterday. Which the Angels have won, reports MLBTR. Weaver wanted $8.8 million.  The Angels offered him $7.365 million, which seems at least two…

  2. Jon Niese focusing on conditioning after struggling with fatigue as a rookie

    Feb 10, 2011, 12:16 PM EST

    Jon Niese

    Jon Niese arrived at spring training about a week before pitchers and catchers were due at Mets camp and told Dan Martin of the New York Post that his goal is to improve his conditioning after tiring down the stretch as a rookie last year: Last year, I kind of got fatigued. I don’t think…

  3. Here’s a bad idea: A Michael Young for Francisco Liriano trade

    Feb 10, 2011, 11:32 AM EST

    Francisco Liriano

    On the heels of Joe Christensen’s report this morning that the Twins may be open to trading Francisco Liriano comes a column by the Star Tribune’s Howard Sinker in which he toys with a possible scenario: a Francisco Liriano for Michael Young trade: In a deal with the Twins, that would mean Texas picking up…

  4. Duke Moises? Mariners sign Felix Hernandez’s older brother

    Feb 10, 2011, 11:17 AM EST

    righteous brothers

    Seattle has signed Felix Hernandez‘s older brother, Moises Hernandez, to a minor-league contract. Felix is a 25-year-old Cy Young winner, but Moises is a 27-year-old journeyman with a 4.37 ERA in six minor-league seasons spent in the Orioles’ and Braves’ systems. Larry Stone does write that Moises “bears an uncanny resemblance to his brother” and…

  5. Keith Law rips the Orioles’ offseason moves

    Feb 10, 2011, 10:42 AM EST

    Mark Reynolds, Chris Iannetta

    I’ve been asked about the Orioles offseason a lot.  My standard answer is that while I still have a hard time seeing them finish in anything but last place due to how brutal the division is, I do think they have improved themselves and will be a better team this year. They could win 80…

  6. Yankees void contract with Luis Vizcaino following injury

    Feb 10, 2011, 10:15 AM EST

    Luis Vizcaino

    Back in mid-December the Yankees signed reliever Luis Vizcaino to a minor-league deal, but they’ve voided the contract after the veteran right-hander injured his Achilles’ tendon while pitching in winter ball. Joel Sherman of the New York Post writes that Vizcaino was “throwing consistently in the mid-90s” after missing most of the past two seasons…

  7. Mark Buehrle hoped that Michael Vick would get injured, but MLB.com doesn’t want you to know that

    Feb 10, 2011, 9:48 AM EST

    Mark Buehrle

    Weird stuff afoot over at MLB.com. Yesterday afternoon a story by Scott Merkin appeared featuring Mark Buehrle and focusing on his passion for animal rights.  Not surprisingly, the subject of Michael Vick came up.  When the story first went up, the following quote was in it: “He had a great year and a great comeback,…

  8. The Rockies may not be out of the Michael Young sweepstakes after all

    Feb 10, 2011, 9:16 AM EST

    Michael Young ap

    Late Tuesday night Troy Renck reported that the Rockies were out of the Michael Young derby. Not so fast says Jon Heyman. He tweets that there’s still a disagreement about the sort of player and sort of dollars that would be involved in a trade but that the Rockies “haven’t heard they’re out.” Who knows?…

  9. The Twins may trade Francisco Liriano

    Feb 10, 2011, 8:34 AM EST

    Francisco Liriano throwing

    Twins ace Francisco Liriano is under team control though 2012 and he’s coming off a season that looks as though he’s back on track to being the ace he looked like he’d be before Tommy John surgery.  Normally that would make a guy a candidate for a long-term extension.  The Twins, however, may be thinking differently…

  10. In which I am accused of being part of the problem in modern sports writing

    Feb 10, 2011, 8:15 AM EST

    comic computer.bmp

    Remember that stuff I wrote the other day about the future of sports writing?  Well, not everyone’s buying it.  Particularly not Andrew Humphries of the Let’s Go Tribe blog, who argues that the sort of blogging I do here at HBT is not in keeping with the “meaning-building pieces” that Jason Fry described in his excellent…

  11. The Wilpons test their defense in the pages of the Daily News

    Feb 10, 2011, 6:12 AM EST

    Fred Wilpon, Jeff Wilpon

    As has become standard practice, the day after the New York Times says something bad about the Wlipons/Madoff case, the New York Daily News has a story — sourced, quite clearly, by Wilpon’s lawyers — endeavoring to counter it.  Today’s story: explaining the Wilpon defense. And that defense:  “hey, if the Securities and Exchange Commission…

  12. If Albert Pujols hits free agency, it’s a near certainty that both the Yankees and Red Sox will pursue him…

    Feb 10, 2011, 1:04 AM EST

    St. Louis Cardinals v Cincinnati Reds

    I don’t have sources. I don’t know Albert Pujols and I’ve only been to Yankee Stadium once, back when I was a 15-year-old high school sophomore. I saw Roger Clemens get his 300th win and 4,000th strikeout in the same night, then tried to pat down goosebumps as Elton John’s “Rocket Man” rang through the…

  13. Jim Joyce should never call another Armando Galarraga game

    Feb 10, 2011, 12:51 AM EST

    Joyce Galarraga shaking hands

    There is no denying that Jim Joyce and Armando Galarraga will forever be linked in baseball history. But did they really need to have a book out already? Yes, that’s right. The pitcher who nearly threw a perfect game last season, and the umpire who blew the call that would have clinched it, have co-authored…

  14. Brewers, Marcum avoid arbitration with $3.95M agreement

    Feb 9, 2011, 10:44 PM EST

    Blue Jays pitcher Shaun Marcum throws during their MLB American League baseball game in Toronto

    Most arbitration cases have been settled by now.  And if they haven’t, they’ll be resolved soon via arbitration hearings. According to Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the Brewers avoided arbitration late Wednesday evening with right-hander Shaun Marcum by agreeing to a one-year, $3.95 million contract for 2011.  The deal also carries some performance-based…

  15. Pujols has no plans to talk contract upon arrival to camp

    Feb 9, 2011, 9:58 PM EST

    Skip Schumaker, Albert Pujols, Chris Carpenter

    Cardinals slugger Albert Pujols is dominating the headlines this week, and that probably won’t change in the coming weeks and months until some kind of resolution is reached about his expiring contract. SI.com’s Jon Heyman reported earlier today that there is “virtually no chance” of Pujols and the Cards finding a middle ground on an…

  16. Phillies looked into Michael Young, talks didn’t get far

    Feb 9, 2011, 8:31 PM EST

    San Francisco Giants v Texas Rangers, Game 4

    From ESPN.com’s Jerry Crasnick comes word that the Phillies reached out to the Rangers recently about a possible trade for disgruntled infielder Michael Young, but that talks did not get far. A source told Crasnick that the Phils were only “tire kicking” and that the conversation was “brief.” As it should have been.  The Phillies…

  17. Heyman: Cards have “virtually no chance” of deal with Pujols

    Feb 9, 2011, 7:03 PM EST

    Yadier Molina, Albert Pujols

    Albert Pujols is scheduled to arrive at the Cardinals’ spring training complex on February 16, one week from today. He has asked that all talks involving a contract extension be put to an end by the time he unpacks his things and begins preparing for what could be his final year in St. Louis. In…

  18. Sandy Alderson has totally revamped the Mets scouting system

    Feb 9, 2011, 5:24 PM EST

    Sandy Alderson Citi Field

    In the Rotoworld Draft Guide — which you should totally buy now — I wrote an article ranking the top transactions of the offseason. I included the Mets hiring of Sandy Alderson in the top 10. It was the only non-player signing I mentioned. I mentioned it for good reason. Stuff like what the Daily…

  19. A bit more on the distinction between the Wilpons and the McCourts

    Feb 9, 2011, 4:57 PM EST

    handshake

    In that last post about the difference between the McCourt situation and the Wilpon situation, I said that there was a difference between Wilpon’s ownership interest in SNY and the Dodgers’ ownership of broadcast rights.  That distinction led to a couple of similar reader comments. Like this one: The situations are identical, just different structures. The…

  20. MLB-verified list of nearly 300 players on Twitter

    Feb 9, 2011, 4:33 PM EST

    twitter follow me

    Your mileage will vary in terms of how many are actually worth following, but MLB.com has a list of verified Twitter accounts for nearly 300 players. Some of my favorites are C.J. Wilson, John Axford, Heath Bell, Michael Cuddyer, Curtis Granderson, Adam Jones, and Pat Neshek. And of course Ozzie Guillen, although as a manager…

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