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  1. 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?…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. Comparing and contrasting the Wilpon fooforaw and the McCourt arglebargle

    Feb 9, 2011, 3:30 PM EST

    Frank McCourt

    That’s what Bill Shaikin is up to over at the L.A. Times today.  At least comparing the possible solutions to it. Shaikin notes that one possible outcome that is being discussed with the Mets is that the Wilpons would sell part of the team and maybe a stake in their television network SNY and use…

  15. Eric Chavez’s deal with the Yankees worth up to $5.5 million

    Feb 9, 2011, 3:15 PM EST

    Eric Chavez

    Eric Chavez agreed to a minor-league contract with the Yankees last week and today the deal (and its details) became official. Chavez will get $1.5 million if he makes the team out of spring training and Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that he can opt out of the contract and become a…

  16. Milton Bradley’s initial hearing is put off

    Feb 9, 2011, 2:43 PM EST

    Seattle Mariners v New York Yankees

    Milton Bradley is still charged with making felony threats, but there’s a chance that things are looking up.  As Geoff Baker reports, Bradley’s initial hearing has been postponed until March 9th in lieu of a hearing with the Los Angeles City Attorney’s office.  It’s apparently a standard thing in domestic violence cases, done after the heat…

  17. D.J. Carrasco and Bobby Parnell to work seventh and eighth innings in front of Francisco Rodriguez

    Feb 9, 2011, 2:18 PM EST

    Bobby Parnell throwing

    New manager Terry Collins laid out the Mets’ bullpen plan to Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com, saying that he expects D.J. Carrasco to work the seventh inning and Bobby Parnell to work the eighth inning setting up closer Francisco Rodriguez. Parnell made a team-high 68 appearances as a rookie in 2009, but then spent the first…

  18. Two distinct takes on the Michael Young situation

    Feb 9, 2011, 2:02 PM EST

    Michael Young AP

    First we have Evan Grant’s take in the Dallas Morning News.*  Grant writes — in a very, very long open letter — that both Young and the Rangers are at fault, both sides have acted somewhat poorly, though understandably so and that each side must swallow its pride and carry on for the greater good…

  19. Want Cubs-Red Sox tickets? Feelin’ lucky?

    Feb 9, 2011, 1:33 PM EST

    fenway

    This summer the Cubs are coming to Fenway Park for the first time since the 1918 World Series.*  It’s gonna be a tough ticket. So tough that the Sox are going to sell them via random drawing.  Yankees tickets too, though I’m guessing they’ve done that before. They’re also drawing for Green Monster seats and…

  20. Yankees sign reliever Luis Ayala to a minor league deal

    Feb 9, 2011, 1:16 PM EST

    luis ayala mets

    Luis Ayala has agreed to a minor-league contract with the Yankees, according to FOXSports.com’s Jon Paul Morosi. Morosi notes that Ayala “is coming off a strong showing in Mexican winter teague,” where he had a 1.99 ERA and 14 saves, but … well, he hasn’t been any good in the majors for a long time.…

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