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  1. Michael Young probably isn’t going anywhere

    Feb 10, 2011, 6:46 PM EST

    World Series Giants Rangers Baseball

    There’s a really good chance that disgruntled infielder Michael Young is going to have to report to Rangers camp next week. He has requested a trade and the Rangers’ front office has attempted to satisfy that request, but there’s simply nothing out there. A source told Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram on Thursday…

  2. Luke Scott and the Orioles avoid arbitration with one-year deal

    Feb 10, 2011, 5:17 PM EST

    Luke Scott deer

    Luke Scott filed an arbitration request for $6.85 million while the Orioles countered at $5.7 million, and this afternoon the two sides avoided a hearing by agreeing to a one-year, $6.4 million deal. That figure is $125,000 above the midpoint and Scott gets a $2.35 million raise after hitting .284 with 27 homers and a…

  3. Mike Trout probably won’t see the bigs until 2012

    Feb 10, 2011, 4:30 PM EST

    Los Angeles headline writers are going to have to hold their clever fish-related one-liners for next year, because Mike Trout isn’t likely to make The Show until 2012. Here’s Bill Shaikin: [Angels GM Tony] Reagins said Angels would start Mike Trout at double-A. In Anaheim by end of season? “I would say it’s unlikely” Gotta…

  4. Stephen Strasburg starts throwing after Tommy John surgery

    Feb 10, 2011, 4:14 PM EST

    Strasburg press conference

    Stephen Strasburg, who felt a “pop” in his elbow on August 21 and underwent Tommy John surgery two weeks later, has started throwing again. It’s just the first step on the year-plus road to recovery and Strasburg is still nowhere near getting back on a mound yet, but Nationals pitching coach Steve McCatty told Adam…

  5. UPDATE: Orlando Cabrera to compete for the Indians’ second base job

    Feb 10, 2011, 3:45 PM EST

    Orlando Cabrera, Jayson Werth

    UPDATE: Rosenthal tweets that Cabrera will compete for the second base job. Asdrubal Cabrera will stay at short. The idea is to make Orlando Cabrera learn second. Much better that way I think seeing as though the Indians’ second base options — Luis Valbuena and Jason Donald — don’t have Asdrubal Cabrera’s upside.  And worse case scenario for…

  6. Mariners sign Vladimir Guerrero’s nephew for $400,000

    Feb 10, 2011, 2:50 PM EST

    uncle cup

    Yesterday the Mariners signed Felix Hernandez‘s older brother to a minor-league contract and now they’ve signed Vladimir Guerrero’s nephew, giving 17-year-old Dominican outfielder Gabriel Guerrero a $400,000 bonus. Ben Badler of Baseball America has a brief scouting report on Gabriel and it actually sounds quite a bit like Vlad: Guerrero, a big-bodied right-handed hitter, has…

  7. Josh Hamilton and Rangers agree to two-year, $24 million deal

    Feb 10, 2011, 2:16 PM EST

    Josh Hamilton

    Josh Hamilton and the Rangers won’t have to worry about arbitration again, as the two sides have agreed to a two-year contract. Jon Heyman of SI.com reports that the deal is worth $24 million. Hamilton was seeking $12 million for this season, while the Rangers countered at $8.7 million. That makes the midpoint $10.35 million…

  8. The Ten Coolest Dodgers? OK, why not?

    Feb 10, 2011, 2:15 PM EST

    Stengel Glasses

    Steve Dilbeck makes a list of the “Top Ten Coolest Dodgers” over at the L.A. Times.  The top four — Sandy Koufax, Jackie Robinson, Fernando Valenzuela and Jackie Robinson — were pre-selected. He picks 5-10. Click through to read them. Milk/cow/free, don’t you know. With the understanding that “cool” is about as subjective an adjective…

  9. Rickie Weeks and Brewers set for arbitration on February 17

    Feb 10, 2011, 1:41 PM EST

    Rickie Weeks

    Milwaukee avoided arbitration with Shaun Marcum by agreeing to a one-year, $4 million deal yesterday, but they don’t appear close to doing the same with Rickie Weeks and Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that they have a hearing scheduled for February 17. Weeks requested $7.2 million and the Brewers countered at $4.85…

  10. The biggest difference between Wilpon and McCourt? Bud Selig likes Fred Wilpon more.

    Feb 10, 2011, 1:35 PM EST

    Frank McCourt

    Yesterday I talked about how baseball views the Wilpon and McCourt situations differently and about how, because of this, Bud Selig is likely to take a harder stance when it comes to McCourt’s proposed use of TV money vs. Wilpon’s use of SNY money. Today Ken Rosenthal has his own compare and contrast on it,…

  11. Rollie Fingers, Johnny Bench and the intentional walk that wasn’t

    Feb 10, 2011, 1:00 PM EST

    Rollie Fingers

    I’m guessing that Reds and A’s fans — and other fans of a certain age — knew this already, but I had never heard this story about Rollie Fingers, Johnny Bench and the intentional walk that wasn’t from the 1972 World Series: With Bench standing in the box expecting a wide pitchout, Fingers broke off…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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,…

  19. 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?…

  20. 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…

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