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  1. If healthy, Jesus Flores could be trade bait for the Nationals

    Feb 2, 2011, 11:17 AM EST

    Jesus Flores

    Bill Ladson of MLB.com and Ben Goessling of MASNSports.com have both written about the Nationals’ catching situation recently while coming to more or less the same conclusion: Jesus Flores will be shopped heavily if he looks healthy during spring training. Flores was once the Nationals’ long-term answer behind the plate and was hitting .301 with…

  2. Astros-Red Sox exhibition game canceled

    Feb 2, 2011, 11:00 AM EST

    Minute Maid Park

    The Astros and Red Sox were scheduled to play two exhibition games in Houston just before opening day.  Actually, one of them was going to be on Opening Day. I missed this from a few days ago, but that latter one has been cancelled because the league apparently doesn’t like teams playing games that don’t count on…

  3. The Royals hire Willie Aikens

    Feb 2, 2011, 10:30 AM EST

    Willie Aikens

    The Royals hired a former player as a minor league coach yesterday. No biggie. Happens every day. Except this minor league coach is Willie Mays Aikens, who spent nearly 14 years in federal prison for selling crack in the mid 90s. Aikens — who had a breakout performance in the 1980 World Series — has…

  4. Daniel Schlereth set to take on bigger role in Tigers’ bullpen

    Feb 2, 2011, 10:15 AM EST

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    Part of the reason why the Tigers are moving Phil Coke from the bullpen to the rotation following a fantastic year as a setup man in 2010 is that they feel confident about replacing him with rookie Daniel Schlereth, according to Jason Beck of MLB.com. Schlereth is slated to take over for Coke as the…

  5. When sports owners attack

    Feb 2, 2011, 9:38 AM EST

    Dan Snyder

    This isn’t about baseball but it’s fun anyway.  One day I hope to anger a baseball owner this much. Sadly, however, I don’t think there are any baseball owners as crazy, awful and mean as Dan Snyder is: There’s no question Redskins owner Dan Snyder had a few problems with a cover story about him…

  6. The Giants hire Lou Piniella

    Feb 2, 2011, 9:16 AM EST

    Piniella

    The San Francisco Chronicle reports that the Giants have hired Lou Piniella. Since it’s the Giants we’re talking about I had to double check to make sure it wasn’t as a backup left fielder — hey, 67 is the new 37, and 37 is young when you’re the Giants– but alas, it appears as though…

  7. In which I offer free advice to the Clemens Prosecutors

    Feb 2, 2011, 8:51 AM EST

    Rusty Hardin

    Roger Clemens will be in court for a hearing today regarding that potential conflict of interest issue with his lawyer, Rustin Hardin, that we talked about last week (and three years ago).  Short version: Hardin represented Pettitte for a millisecond and Pettitte is now going to testify against Clemens.  This gave me a larf: Prosecutors have proposed that…

  8. Dave Roberts is back to health

    Feb 2, 2011, 8:27 AM EST

    Dave Roberts

    Last May Dave Roberts announced that he had lymphoma.  At the time he said it was caught early and was eminently treatable.  Good news: Roberts was right, he’s in remission and has returned to coaching the Padres: Roberts is already hard at work in his new gig as San Diego Padres first-base coach less than…

  9. The Mets and Madoff: “Bernie was part of the business plan for the Mets”

    Feb 2, 2011, 6:18 AM EST

    Fred Wilpon

    Fred Wilpon has insisted since 2008 that the Bernie Madoff mess had little impact on the Mets’ baseball operations.  Even since last week, when it was announced that he would have to sell part of the team due to the Madoff losses, the sense has been that they are exclusively personal losses and that since…

  10. Blizzard takes off part of Wrigley Field’s roof

    Feb 1, 2011, 10:32 PM EST

    Wrigley Field

    As evidenced by this insane picture from space, there’s some pretty crazy winter weather going on around the country right now. Perhaps you’re right in the middle of it. We currently have a massive blizzard wreaking havoc in the Chicago area. Mayor Richard M. Daley cautioned that it could be “a storm of historic magnitude”…

  11. The Indians are working to sign Jeremy Bonderman

    Feb 1, 2011, 9:54 PM EST

    Jeremy Bonderman throwing

    Just hours after Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski said his club was not re-signing Jeremy Bonderman, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports that the Indians are currently working to sign him to a contract. It’s not clear if this will be a major league deal, but Tom Gage of the Detroit News speculated earlier today that…

  12. Orioles unlikely to make decision regarding Alfredo Simon until later this month

    Feb 1, 2011, 9:32 PM EST

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    The Orioles have declined to comment in regards to Alfredo Simon, who is currently the prime suspect in the shooting death of his cousin in the Dominican Republic. But after hearing that he was recently denied bail, it’s pretty obvious that the right-hander won’t report to spring training on time, if at all. With that…

  13. Report: Rays to sign Felipe Lopez to a minor league contract

    Feb 1, 2011, 8:17 PM EST

    felipe-lopez-cardinals

    UPDATE: Multiple major league sources tell Alex Speier of WEEI.com that the Red Sox would not be entitled to a draft pick, even if Lopez makes the Rays’ Opening Day roster. Nicely played, Mr. Friedman. 8:17 PM: Here’s an interesting one. According to Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times, the Rays are expected to…

  14. Bud Selig met with the Wilpons and Saul Katz today

    Feb 1, 2011, 6:48 PM EST

    CORRECTION Mets Sale Baseball

    The Wilpons and Mets team president Saul Katz met with commissioner Bud Selig earlier today, according to the Associated Press. It doesn’t appear that this was an emergency meeting, as it was scheduled a couple weeks in advance. Still, according to Peter Botte of the New York Daily News, the team’s financial issues were a…

  15. And now some weird random Steinbrenner news

    Feb 1, 2011, 5:24 PM EST

    Hank Steinbrenner smoking

    Totally buried the lede here.  The real news nugget: Hank Steinbrenner actually works: The Boss’ old office at Steinbrenner Field is being used, again. The Steinbrenner family, as part of a renovation project at the Yankees’ spring training stadium, decided that team co-chairman Hank Steinbrenner will use the office of his late father, George Steinbrenner. Hank Steinbrenner said…

  16. The Brewers and Mark Kotsay are close to a deal

    Feb 1, 2011, 4:24 PM EST

    Mark Kotsay

    Ken Rosenthal tweets that the Brewers are close to a deal with Mark Kotsay.  It’s a major league deal, so they presumably have a job for him. Kotsay tanked as the White Sox’ DH last year, posting a .239/.303/.376 line.  He’ll be much more useful as a bench guy, pinch hitter, which is what he’ll…

  17. Tigers GM says “we’re not signing Jeremy Bonderman”

    Feb 1, 2011, 3:53 PM EST

    Jeremy Bonderman

    General manager Dave Dombrowski told Tom Gage of the Detroit News that the Tigers “are not signing Jeremy Bonderman” and Gage speculates that means Bonderman “is about to sign with another team and will get what he wants, a major-league contract.” Detroit traded Armando Galarraga to Arizona because the rotation was overpopulated, so the Tigers…

  18. Must-Click Link: a 100-year-old death threat to Smoky Joe Wood

    Feb 1, 2011, 3:21 PM EST

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    Tyler Mass at Bugs and Cranks stumbled upon a death threat that was delivered to the great Red Sox hurler Smoky Joe Wood during his outstanding 1912 season.  He has the letter — complete with tons of typos — reproduced over at B&C today.  It’s something to behold.  Given that Wood lived until 1985, it’s…

  19. Red Sox want David Ortiz to continue facing lefties even if he can’t hit them

    Feb 1, 2011, 2:40 PM EST

    New York Yankees v Boston Red Sox

    Red Sox manager Terry Francona said yesterday that he’ll continue to put David Ortiz in the lineup versus left-handed pitchers even though he hasn’t had success against them in years. Here’s his reasoning: For David to be successful—and I see his numbers against lefties, believe me, I do—you can’t just sit him because I don’t…

  20. Manny and Johnny: “We’re back!”

    Feb 1, 2011, 2:27 PM EST

    Johnny Damon, Many Ramirez

    Manny Ramirez and Johnny Damon were formally introduced by the Rays today. They had a press conference. It sounds like it was a  laugh riot.  Highlights, taken from this WEEI report and Marc Topkin’s Twitter feed: At the outset Manny smiled and said “we’re back!” Manny did not put on his Rays cap because he…

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