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  1. The Rangers are still looking to deal Michael Young

    Feb 14, 2011, 12:05 PM EST

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    Buster Olney has been the primary rumor-mongerer regarding Michael Young. Even as reporters with Rockies sources were saying there was nothing doing between Texas and Colorado, Olney reported otherwise.  He’s also reporting that, despite the fact that spring training is starting, there’s still a slight chance that Young could be dealt before having to awkwardly…

  2. Albert Pujols and the Cardinals push back deadline by one day

    Feb 14, 2011, 11:13 AM EST

    St. Louis Cardinals v Cincinnati Reds

    Albert Pujols and the Cardinals are reportedly no closer to agreeing on a long-term contract, but the two sides have at least agreed to push back the superstar first baseman’s self-imposed deadline for negotiations by one day. Pujols initially told the team he would cut off all talks Tuesday, but because Hall of Famer and…

  3. And we now begin eight and a half months of freaking out about Sabathia’s opt-out clause

    Feb 14, 2011, 11:00 AM EST

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    More weighty news relating to CC Sabathia than his choice of breakfast cereals involves his contract. As in, the fact that he has the ability to opt-out of it after this year if he wants, and that has caused no shortage of consternation among Yankees fans. Yankees fans who, as of this past winter, are…

  4. Pirates haven’t been able to trade Ryan Doumit and his $5.1 million salary

    Feb 14, 2011, 10:47 AM EST

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    Back in December the Pirates were said to be “trying hard to deal” Ryan Doumit, but Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune Review reports that those efforts proved unsuccessful “even when offering to swallow a big chunk of his salary.” Doumit will make $5.1 million in the final season of a three-year contract extension signed…

  5. Erick Aybar had left knee surgery back in October

    Feb 14, 2011, 10:15 AM EST

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    No announcement was made at the time, but the Angels finally revealed yesterday that shortstop Erick Aybar underwent arthroscopic left knee surgery shortly after last season ended. Aybar’s surgery was described by the team as a minor “clean up” operation and he’s already fully healthy. He originally injured the knee in mid-June when Casey McGehee…

  6. There’s a (sorta) new Yankees blog in town

    Feb 14, 2011, 10:05 AM EST

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    There’s so much stuff written about the Yankees, but much of it is either insane hype or unwarranted pessimism. In the face of that, I’ve found four or five Yankees blogs that are able to provide sharp and sober analysis on a consistent basis. Two of them are TYU and Yankeeist. Well, now I have…

  7. The CC Sabathia weight loss plan: easier than you’d think

    Feb 14, 2011, 9:43 AM EST

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    Last week there was some stuff about CC Sabathia‘s weight. It was reported that he lost 30 pounds. Brian Cashman wasn’t having it.  Today, however, he reported to Yankees camp in Tampa, and multiple reporters have tweeted this morning that Sabathia looks slimmer.  He told some of them that he’s probably lost 25 pounds.  Mark…

  8. Happy 50th birthday, Strat-o-Matic

    Feb 14, 2011, 9:36 AM EST

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    For reasons that I still can’t explain, I was never exposed to Strat-o-Matic baseball until I twas way too old and involved in boring grownup things to have a lot of time to obsess on it.  Almost everyone else I know who thinks deeply or writes intelligently about baseball played it, however, and I totally…

  9. Can “swagger” be “bullet-proof?” Ask Jonathan Papelbon.

    Feb 14, 2011, 9:03 AM EST

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    This is quote of the day territory, but it’s a bit early and lots of players will be talking to the media today, so we’ll hold off on giving it any awards. Jonathan Papelbon talked yesterday about how he’s approaching 2011.  The key for him is focus.  Well, not exactly, because he kept saying that…

  10. UPDATE: the Mets have NOT released Oliver Perez

    Feb 14, 2011, 8:32 AM EST

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    UPDATE: Scratch that:  I misinterpreted Sherman’s tweet, which read as follows: All Ollie Perez stories must cease now until one begins: The #Mets today released Ollie Perez … #notinteresting Sorry for the confusion, but I read that as a declarative sentence: “The Mets today released Ollie Perez.” I thought the “until one begins” part meant “until there’s new…

  11. HBT Weekend Wrapup

    Feb 14, 2011, 6:09 AM EST

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    Happy Valentine’s Day! Now, let us take a look back at the last weekend until November in which baseball players were not under a contractual obligation to entertain us.

  12. Report: Albert Pujols turns down Cardinals’ contract offer

    Feb 13, 2011, 6:25 PM EST

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    A source told USA TODAY’s Bob Nightengale that Albert Pujols has rejected a contract proposal from the Cardinals. It’s been long reported that the Cardinals hadn’t made an offer, but according to Nightengale’s source they did recently and Pujols turned it down. The source goes on to say that, barring a dramatic turnaround, Pujols will…

  13. Does Pujols’ self-imposed deadline really matter?

    Feb 13, 2011, 5:05 PM EST

    St Louis Cardinals v Pittsburgh Pirates

    Albert Pujols told the Cardinals a couple of months ago that he wants all negotiations involving a possible contract extension to stop once he arrives at spring training so that he can avoid distractions and focus on getting ready for the start of the regular season. That self-imposed deadline is just three days away and…

  14. D’Backs, Johnson have arbitration hearing Wednesday

    Feb 13, 2011, 3:39 PM EST

    Colorado Rockies v Arizona Diamondbacks

    Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reported last week that the Diamondbacks and second baseman Kelly Johnson had scheduled an arbitration hearing for Tuesday, February 15. According to Steve Gilbert of MLB.com, that was one day off. The two sides have officially set up a hearing for Wednesday, February 16. Johnson requested a $6.5 million…

  15. Joel Hanrahan expected to win Pirates’ ninth inning gig

    Feb 13, 2011, 2:12 PM EST

    St Louis Cardinals v Pittsburgh Pirates

    With the start of spring training each year comes the start of position battles — two or three guys, fighting for one roster spot or one particular gig. The Braves have a position battle going on in the back end of their bullpen, where Craig Kimbrel and Jonny Venters are vying to become Billy Wagner‘s…

  16. La Russa: Edmonds may still be “hobbled”

    Feb 13, 2011, 12:50 PM EST

    Cincinnati Reds v Arizona Diamondbacks

    The Cardinals signed veteran outfielder Jim Edmonds to a minor league contract earlier this month and gave him an invitation to spring training. He doesn’t have a guaranteed roster spot and will have to earn his way on to the big league roster with a strong showing in Grapefruit League games. It will be a…

  17. Pedro might try to return for the last few months of 2011

    Feb 13, 2011, 11:28 AM EST

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    Veteran right-hander Pedro Martinez is busy opening a school in his native Dominican Republic and he is not thinking about pitching in the major leagues. Yet. According to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe, “those in the know” think that Pedro might return for the last couple months of the 2011 season if he finds…

  18. Mat Latos’ innings will not be limited this season

    Feb 13, 2011, 10:03 AM EST

    San Diego Padres v Arizona Diamondbacks

    The Padres are ready to turn Mat Latos loose. Completely. The 23-year-old right-hander posted a stellar 2.92 ERA and 1.08 WHIP across 31 starts last season as a big league sophomore, striking out 189 batters and walking only 50. His strikeout total might have been even higher and his rate stats might have fallen even…

  19. At least one GM thinks Cards will reach deal with Pujols

    Feb 13, 2011, 8:55 AM EST

    Albert Pujols

    Cardinals slugger Albert Pujols will arrive at spring camp in Jupiter, Florida on Wednesday and has informed the club that he wants all talks regarding a contract extension to cease once he unpacks his things. The clock isn’t ticking, it’s screaming. If you kept up with the story last week, it was all about doom…

  20. Aaron Harang says struggles stemmed from 2008 relief appearance

    Feb 12, 2011, 5:50 PM EST

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    It wasn’t too long ago that Aaron Harang was considered one of baseball’s most durable workhorses. For example, he tossed a total of 677 2/3 innings between 2005-07. Only Brandon Webb and Johan Santana logged more innings during that time period. Harang had a very respectable 3.50 ERA over his first 11 starts into the…

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