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  1. Kyle Drabek may not have an innings limit this season

    Feb 4, 2011, 9:30 PM EST

    Drabek

    In an interview with FOXSports.com’s Jon Paul Morosi earlier this week, new Blue Jays manager John Farrell didn’t dismiss the possibility that Kyle Drabek could eclipse 200 innings in his rookie season. “You can look at the (innings) progression he’s already gone through to this point,” Farrell said of Drabek, whose father, Doug, is the…

  2. Yankees sign Eric Chavez and Ronnie Belliard to minor league contracts

    Feb 4, 2011, 8:05 PM EST

    Eric Chavez

    According to Sweeney Murti of WFAN, the Yankees have signed Eric Chavez and Ronnie Belliard to minor league contracts. They’ll both get invites to spring training. The oft-injured Chavez has played in a grand total of 154 games since the start of the 2007 season, but worked out for a number of teams this winter,…

  3. UPDATE: Orioles sign Vladimir Guerrero to a one-year, $8 million contract

    Feb 4, 2011, 6:59 PM EST

    Texas Rangers v San Francisco Giants, Game 1

    UPDATE: Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com hears that a significant portion of Guerrero’s $8 million salary is deferred. 6:59 PM: Buster Olney of ESPN.com confirms his colleague’s initial report. It’s one-year, $8 million, pending a physical. Interestingly, as Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun notes, the O’s payroll now sits at approximately $93 million, approximately $20…

  4. Pablo Sandoval worked with Barry Bonds this winter

    Feb 4, 2011, 5:15 PM EST

    sandoval tweet

    Pablo Sandoval is supposed to be in much better shape too. But no, the Kung Fu Panda didn’t work out with Barry Bonds to attain his newfound shape. That was attributable to laying off soda and chips, he says.  What he did do with Barry Bonds however was to work on plate discipline. The weight…

  5. Picture of the Day: Tim Lincecum has a scarf and a mustache

    Feb 4, 2011, 4:46 PM EST

    tim lincecum scarf

    Not only has Tim Lincecum slicked back and/or ponytailed his flowing locks, the Comcast Sportsnet Bay Area folks snapped a picture of him wearing a scarf indoors and growing what appears to be an attempt at a mustache of some sort. It’s not a great look for Timmy, although I’m somewhat comforted knowing the gap…

  6. Quote of the Day: Low-hanging fruit edition

    Feb 4, 2011, 4:22 PM EST

    Fred Wilpon

    But to be fair: sometimes the lowest hanging fruit is the tastiest!

  7. Giants exercise 2012 options on manager Bruce Bochy and general manager Brian Sabean

    Feb 4, 2011, 3:44 PM EST

    bruce-bochy-and-brian-sabean

    Stuff like this becomes sort of a no-brainer in the wake of a championship, but this afternoon the Giants officially exercised their 2012 options on manager Bruce Bochy and general manager Brian Sabean. Both were already under contract for 2011. Bochy, who joined the Giants in 2007 as Felipe Alou’s replacement following 12 seasons as…

  8. We weren’t expecting that: Jim Edmonds signs with the Cardinals

    Feb 4, 2011, 3:13 PM EST

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    When we heard that Jim Edmonds would soon be announcing his plans, we assumed that his plans included a retirement announcement.  Nope: dude just signed a minor league deal with the Cardinals. Edmonds can still hit.  In 272 plate appearances last year he put up a nice little .276/.342/.504 line with 11 homers.  The problem,…

  9. Robinson Cano hires Scott Boras as his new agent

    Feb 4, 2011, 2:50 PM EST

    Texas Rangers v New York Yankees, Game 5

    Enrique Rojas of ESPNDeportes.com reports that Robinson Cano has changed agents, hiring Scott Boras to replace his former representative, Bobby Barad. Cano and Boras reportedly had a meeting in the Dominican Republic, after which the All-Star second baseman made the switch. Boras represents a ton of big-name clients, but what’s interesting about the timing of…

  10. A thinking man’s approach to Andy Pettitte’s Hall of Fame candidacy

    Feb 4, 2011, 2:27 PM EST

    Pettitte looks in

    We have five years until we need to seriously think about Andy Pettitte: Hall of Famer. My view right now is that he’s not. That could change, or it could not. Depends on what I’m able to figure out and what others are able to figure out and express persuasively for his cause. There have been…

  11. Michael Young trade rumors refuse to die, get resuscitated by Buster Olney

    Feb 4, 2011, 1:40 PM EST

    Michael Young

    Rangers president Nolan Ryan appeared to put the seemingly never-ending Michael Young trade speculation to rest last week by saying Young “is going to be our designated hitter on Opening Day,” but now Buster Olney of ESPN.com reports that Texas has “recently continued to explore a possible trade.” And, like the previous 1,000 stories about…

  12. Bankruptcy trustee: Mets owners reaped $300 million in phony Madoff profits

    Feb 4, 2011, 1:05 PM EST

    Fred Wilpon, Jeff Wilpon

    The bluff has been called, the documents have been unsealed and the allegations of just how deeply the Wilpons, Saul Katz and the Mets were in with Bernie Madoff is fairly staggering.  The entire lawsuit can be read here. Among the allegations: the Wilpons, Katz, their families and their business reaped $300 million in fictitious profits.…

  13. Nationals prospect Adrian Nieto suspended for PEDs

    Feb 4, 2011, 12:17 PM EST

    Adrian Nieto

    Nationals catching prospect Adrian Nieto, who was Washington’s fifth-round pick in 2008, has been suspended 50 games for two banned substances named Oxandrolone and Metabolite. His suspension will kick in once the season starts and Nieto will likely serve it while at high Single-A. Baseball America tabbed Nieto as “the best switch-hitting catching prospect in…

  14. The Yankees are kicking the tires on various lefties

    Feb 4, 2011, 12:12 PM EST

    Scott Kazmir

    Andy Pettitte is gone. And it’s always the same after a breakup. The spurned one goes cruising for randoms:  Rosenthal reports that people in the Yankees front office are discussing Joe Saunders, Scott Kazmir, Wade LeBlanc, Clayton Richard and Gio Gonzalez. It’s less a shopping list than a brainstorming session, it seems.  But it certainly…

  15. Pettitte: “I just didn’t have the hunger”

    Feb 4, 2011, 11:32 AM EST

    Boston Red Sox v New York Yankees

    I’ve been watching Andy Pettitte’s press conference.  It just ended a minute ago.  Some random things that struck me: All of the conflicting reports we’ve heard over the past several months make a lot of sense given how much Pettitte says he wrestled over this.  He said that just two weeks ago he was ready…

  16. Giants top prospect Brandon Belt likely headed for Triple-A

    Feb 4, 2011, 11:17 AM EST

    Brandon Belt

    Last year Brandon Belt led all minor leaguers in OPS during his first pro season, batting .352 with 76 extra-base hits, 22 steals, and 93 walks in 136 games while playing at three different levels, but yesterday Giants general manager Brian Sabean indicated that the 23-year-old first baseman will likely begin 2011 back at Triple-A.…

  17. Does this “man” look like management to you?

    Feb 4, 2011, 10:58 AM EST

    Champ Mascot

    The caped gentleman in the corner of this post is “Champ,” the mascot of the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees.  His job: to act like a loon, cause trouble, make kids laugh, make crowds cheer and to do a lot of general good will creation.  The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees, however, allegedly consider him to be an executive of some…

  18. Diamondbacks decide against using a humidor at Chase Field

    Feb 4, 2011, 10:20 AM EST

    coors field humidor

    Last year the Diamondbacks considered following in the Rockies’ footsteps by adding a humidor for the baseballs being used to Chase Field to control the high level of offense, but Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports that they’ve decided against it for this season. Piecoro quotes a couple studies that suggest using a humidor…

  19. The Rotoworld Draft Guide is … Go!

    Feb 4, 2011, 10:04 AM EST

    Buy Now

    Yes, I’m shilling something here. But it’s a good something.  The Rotoworld Draft Guide drops today, and you really should consider buying it. What is it?  Tons of analysis, projections, and profiles for over 1,000 players ranging down to A-ball.  Articles covering prospects, keeper-league strategies, mock drafts, sleepers and busts. There are customizable, printable cheat…

  20. Olney on Andy Pettitte: “He would not lie”

    Feb 4, 2011, 9:14 AM EST

    Texas Rangers v New York Yankees, Game 3

    There are a ton of Andy Pettitte career-remembrances floating around already and more will be added to the pile today (he officially announces his retirement in less than an hour).  I thought Buster Oleny’s was particularly good.  I think you can see most of it even if you’re not an Insider subscriber. The upshot of…

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