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  1. Nice work by Scott Boras on the Rafael Soriano deal

    Jan 14, 2011, 8:00 AM EST

    Rafael Soriano Rays

    The Rafael Soriano deal represents some pretty sweet work by Scott Boras. Not just the in the sell-ice-to-Eskimos sense — the Yankees already have a pretty decent bullpen ace — but also in its structure. As was reported all over the place, the contract calls for Soriano to make $10 million this season, $11 million…

  2. The Giants are taking their World Series trophy to New York

    Jan 14, 2011, 6:10 AM EST

    1954 Giants

    To most of us, 1957 may as well be ancient history. The Giants don’t view it that way, however, and they’re doing a solid for whatever Giants fans are still left in New York from back when they skipped town: they’re taking the World Series trophy there and will put it on display in a…

  3. Pedro Martinez to open school, unsure if he’ll play

    Jan 14, 2011, 1:46 AM EST

    Pedro Martinez

    Future Hall of Fame pitcher Pedro Martinez is keeping quite busy as he decides whether or not to return to play in 2011 (don’t bet on it). The 39-year-old, who compiled a 219-100 record with a 2.93 ERA in 18 seasons, is launching a new school on Monday in his native Dominican Republic. It will…

  4. Yankees agree to deal with Rafael Soriano

    Jan 13, 2011, 8:52 PM EST

    Tampa Bay Rays v Texas Rangers, Game 4

    Brian Cashman sure slow-played this one. Despite insisting last week that the Yankees would not surrender their first round pick in the 2011 MLB Amateur Draft in order to sign a remaining Type A free agent, the Bombers agreed to terms on Thursday night with reliever Rafael Soriano.  Jon Heyman of SI.com reports that the…

  5. Adam Rosales gets foot surgery, doubtful for Opening Day

    Jan 13, 2011, 8:11 PM EST

    Oakland Athletics v Texas Rangers

    Adam Rosales has a secret.  Or, he did. The A’s utilityman informed Jane Lee of MLB.com on Thursday that he underwent surgery on his right foot on December 8 and will need another two or three months to get back to 100 percent health. In other words, Rosales is not going to be ready when…

  6. Padres nearing agreement with catcher Gregg Zaun

    Jan 13, 2011, 6:54 PM EST

    Gregg Zaun

    From Bill Center of the San Diego Union-Tribune comes word that the Padres are “close to” agreement on a contract with free agent catcher Gregg Zaun. Zaun drew interest from the Cardinals and Mariners back in early December, but those talks never went anywhere and he’s been off the radar for the past month-plus.  The…

  7. Tony Gwynn Jr. could be the Dodgers’ starting center fielder

    Jan 13, 2011, 5:37 PM EST

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    Tony Gwynn Jr. was non-tendered by the Padres, but ESPN Los Angels reports that he may be good enough to start for the Dodgers: As he prepared to leave baseball’s quarterly owners’ meetings, [Ned] Colletti said Gwynn’s speed and defensive ability were strong enough that if he can return to form offensively — he hit…

  8. UPDATE: Frank Robinson released from hospital

    Jan 13, 2011, 5:04 PM EST

    Pittsburgh Pirates v Washington Nationals

    UPDATE: Not only is Robinson already out of the hospital, he’s returned to the owners meetings. ========== Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports that Frank Robinson has been hospitalized “after experiencing dizziness and irregular heartbeat at the owners meetings in Scottsdale, Arizona.” According to Shaikin the 75-year-old Hall of Famer “was alert and…

  9. Dodgers general manager rules out signing Johnny Damon

    Jan 13, 2011, 4:50 PM EST

    Detroit Tigers v New York Yankees

    Yesterday manager Don Mattingly reiterated that the Dodgers won’t be bringing back Manny Ramirez and today general manager Ned Colletti also ruled out signing free agent Johnny Damon. Colletti also indicated that the Dodgers are unlikely to sign Scott Podsednik, telling Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times that he’s instead focusing on right-handed-hitting options…

  10. So we’re really doing this Eric Chavez thing, huh?

    Jan 13, 2011, 4:22 PM EST

    San Francisco Giants v Oakland Athletics

    If I were Bill Simmons, right about now I’d say something like “I wish there was someplace you could bet on things like ‘the date on which Eric Chavez hits the disabled list, the date on which its reported that his career is likely over and the date on which he says he’s coming back…

  11. Padres close to signing reliever Chad Qualls to one-year deal

    Jan 13, 2011, 3:57 PM EST

    Tampa Bay's Quallsthrows a pitch with the bases loaded with Kansas City base runners during their MLB baseball game in Kansas City

    Chad Qualls is “close to agreeing on a contract” with the Padres, according to Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com. With a 7.32 ERA in 59 innings between two teams Qualls had a dreadful 2010, but most of that can be blamed on a .399 batting average on balls in play that was the worst in…

  12. Civil Rights Game set for May 15th in Atlanta

    Jan 13, 2011, 3:37 PM EST

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    Major League Baseball issued a press release a little while ago regarding this year’s edition of the Civil Rights Game.  The game itself will be May 15th.  All of the relevant details are here. Kudos to baseball for not merely putting a couple of teams in Negro Leagues throwbacks, playing the game and calling it a…

  13. Scott Boras is in sales mode

    Jan 13, 2011, 3:05 PM EST

    Boras thinking

    Top level talents are easy to sell. Where the men who represent major league baseball players truly separate themselves from the boys is in selling flawed, aging and relatively unattractive players to teams in the free agent market. Enter Scott Boras — the best of the best — hyping up clients Johnny Damon, Andruw Jones…

  14. Don Mattingly: “I don’t think Manny is a viable option now”

    Jan 13, 2011, 2:53 PM EST

    Mannywood sign

    Despite the Dodgers’ offseason-long search for a left fielder and/or middle-of-the-order bat, new manager Don Mattingly reiterated to Beth Harris of the Associated Press that Mannywood won’t be returning to Dodger Stadium. “I don’t think Manny is a viable option now,” Mattingly said, with Harris noting that he was “choosing his words carefully.” At this…

  15. Stephen Strasburg is in the best shape of his life

    Jan 13, 2011, 2:29 PM EST

    Strasburg walks off

    Stephen Strasburg‘s recovery from Tommy John surgery is going swimmingly, he says, and what’s more, he told CBS’s Ted Robinson that he’s feeling great: “I’m definitely in the best shape of my life … Once you start throwing, it’s gonna be a long process just getting your strength back, but I feel great about it…

  16. Derek Jeter will report to spring training early to work with hitting coach Kevin Long

    Jan 13, 2011, 2:17 PM EST

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    Coming off the worst season of his career, Derek Jeter will report to the Yankees’ spring training complex in two weeks to get a head start working with hitting coach Kevin Long. Full squad workouts aren’t until February 20, but Long told Brian Costello of the New York Post that Jeter “wants to get going”…

  17. Ed Kranepool only roots for the Mets if they’re winning. And that’s OK.

    Jan 13, 2011, 1:31 PM EST

    Ed Kranepool Pausing for Camera

    Mets legend Ed Kranepool, speaking to the TC Palm down in Port. St. Lucie: Like Mets fans, Kranepool said he only watches the team if they are winning. “I only watch a good product,” Kranepool said. “If they are winning, I will watch, and if not, I turn the station and root for someone else.…

  18. Ryan Howard listens to The Cranberries

    Jan 13, 2011, 1:13 PM EST

    the cranberries

    Ryan Howard told Todd Zolecki of MLB.com that the ankle injury which caused him to miss three weeks last August and sapped his production down the stretch still isn’t 100 percent healed. More importantly, in doing so he said: I still get a little bit of stiffness every once in a while. I’ll take it…

  19. A baseball “Hard Knocks” series featuring the Giants? Why not?

    Jan 13, 2011, 12:59 PM EST

    Brian Wilson

    Entertainment Weekly reports: Is Showtime looking to steal a page from the HBO playbook and air its own Hard Knocks-type series? EW has learned that Showtime is in early talks with producer Mike Tollin to do a docuseries that focuses on the San Francisco Giants. I think the same people who came up with the term…

  20. The Indians have inquired about Kevin Millwood and Bruce Chen

    Jan 13, 2011, 12:03 PM EST

    Kevin Millwood

    Dare to dream, Cleveland: That brings us to free agents Kevin Millwood and Bruce Chen. The Indians have talked to agent Scott Boras about both starters. It’s hard to imagine Chen, 33, signing a minor-league deal after he went 12-7 with Kansas City last year. Millwood, 36, is coming off the worst season of his career, 4-16 with…

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