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  1. The Cubs snag backup catcher Max Ramirez from the Red Sox and it probably doesn’t matter

    Jan 10, 2011, 4:53 PM EST

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    Five days ago the Red Sox claimed backup catcher Max Ramirez from the Rangers. They’d wanted him since a trade of Mike Lowell for him fell through last year.  Guess they didn’t want him too bad, though, because they waived him today when they signed Hideki Okajima. The Cubs have now claimed Ramirez. For anyone wanted…

  2. Pablo Sandoval is in the best shape of his life?

    Jan 10, 2011, 4:17 PM EST

    Giants' Sandoval reacts during workouts in preparation for the Major League Baseball's World Series in San Francisco

    Maybe not. But Hank Schulman says that the Panda is on his way there: Yes, yes, yes. You’ve heard this before. You’re skeptical, and you should be, until you see what he looks like in spring training. Nevertheless, I’ve heard from a number of folks that Pablo Sandoval‘s conditioning work at a private facility in…

  3. The Rangers are interested in Jim Thome

    Jan 10, 2011, 3:40 PM EST

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    Buster Olney reports that the Rangers are “actively trying to lure” Jim Thome to Texas.  I think all teams who negotiate with players are “actively trying to lure” them, but thank you to Buster for livening up the vocabulary on this Monday afternoon. Thome would be an interesting fit in Texas. Like all big power…

  4. Are the Cardinals in deep trouble if they don’t lock Pujols up before spring training?

    Jan 10, 2011, 3:09 PM EST

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    Anthony Castrovince on the Albert Pujols situation: But if Pujols’ long-term status remains uncertain going into and through the season, then the drama surrounding the situation could easily eclipse the circus involving Jeter and the Yanks earlier this winter. Because with Pujols, we’re talking about the game’s premier player. In his prime. And while the…

  5. Jason Bartlett signs a two-year deal with the Padres

    Jan 10, 2011, 2:09 PM EST

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    The Padres snagged Jason Bartlett from the Rays a month ago, and now they have him locked up for two years.  It’a an $11 million contract extension with a vesting option for 2013. The deal buys out Bartlett’s final arbitration season and his first year of free agency Not a bad deal for San Diego. 2010 was…

  6. Call off the Bartolo Colon watch

    Jan 10, 2011, 1:27 PM EST

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    Remember when Bartolo Colon was reported to be in the best shape of his life and the Yankees were maybe interested and, hey, he’s pitching pretty good down in the winter league and everything? Yeah, well: Colon failed to secure a win for the third straight game in the postseason, allowing four runs in five…

  7. Red Sox finalize one-year deal with Hideki Okajima

    Jan 10, 2011, 12:57 PM EST

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    Last week Hideki Okajima was said to be close to re-signing with the Red Sox and now Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com reports that the two sides have finalized a one-year contract worth $1.75 million in guaranteed money and another $550,000 in potential incentives. Boston non-tendered Okajima last month rather than pay what likely would have…

  8. Witnesses will say that Alfredo Simon did not fire the fatal shot

    Jan 10, 2011, 12:47 PM EST

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    Personally I’d like to never think about shootings again. But as long as the information is out there I suppose we need to pass it along: The agent for Orioles reliever Alfredo Simon said there are several witnesses in the Dominican Republic who are willing to come forward and testify that the pitcher could not…

  9. Great moments in resume building

    Jan 10, 2011, 12:25 PM EST

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    Irwin Raij appears to be a crackerjack sports lawyer. Really: his bio is littered with major accomplishments counseling major league sports teams.  If I had one percent of his juice back when I was practicing I would have made partner and cared about my business more and never would have started this blog.  So when…

  10. Carlos Gonzalez expected to finalize $80 million contract today

    Jan 10, 2011, 11:44 AM EST

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    Carlos Gonzalez and the Rockies agreed to a seven-year, $80 million contract extension last week and the two sides are expected to finalize the deal today after Gonzalez undergoes a physical exam in Colorado. Troy Renck of the Denver Post reports that Gonzalez flew in from Venezuela yesterday and will visit a doctor today, with…

  11. Jeff Pearlman believes Craig Biggio was a ‘roider

    Jan 10, 2011, 11:36 AM EST

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    Say what you want about Jeff Pearlman’s take on steroids in baseball, but at least he’s consistent. He was on Mike Silva’s NYBD podcast last night, and doubled down on his accusations: For the record, Pearlman reiterated his position on Jeff Bagwell saying he was “so certain he used steroids from being around that team,…

  12. San Jose’s effort to get the Athletics: one step forward, two steps back?

    Jan 10, 2011, 10:59 AM EST

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    On Friday the San Jose Redevelopment Agency moved to sell five city-owned parcels of land, the proceeds for which would be used to buy land needed to build a downtown ballpark for the A’s.  The move would raise $25 million or so. The Agency has already spent about $25 million on getting the land together on which…

  13. Can Mike Stanton hit 40 homers in his first full season?

    Jan 10, 2011, 10:22 AM EST

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    Mike Stanton hit 43 homers between the minors and majors last season, including 22 long balls in 100 games with the Marlins following his call-up in mid-June, which has Joe Frisaro of MLB.com wondering if he can break the franchise record for homers in his first full season. Gary Sheffield owns that mark with 42…

  14. Let’s make sure our attacks on Sammy Sosa make sense

    Jan 10, 2011, 10:01 AM EST

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    Rick Morrissey of the Sun-Times is getting the jump on the 2013 Hall of Fame insanity, and is coming out strongly opposed to Sammy Sosa’s candidacy: What’s that? You’d like to see solid evidence of past drug use on Sosa’s part? Well, there is the New York Times report that he tested positive for PEDs…

  15. Tony La Russa wants intensity and grittiness. And maybe he has a point.

    Jan 10, 2011, 9:15 AM EST

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    Bernie Miklasz has a story about Tony La Russa and the Cardinals in the Post-Disptach today.  In it he talks about how some of the Cardinals’ moves — Lance Berkman in right field, letting Brendan Ryan go and replacing him with Ryan Theriot, etc. — may have the statheads going crazy, but that La Russa…

  16. The Red Sox’ offer surprised Carl Crawford

    Jan 10, 2011, 8:25 AM EST

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    Carl Crawford recalls hearing about the Red Sox’ offer from his agent last month: It was the night of Dec. 8, and Crawford was driving along one of Houston’s many freeways when he took a call from agent Brian Peters, who had received lucrative offers from both the Red Sox and the Angels and wanted…

  17. HBT Weekend Wrap

    Jan 10, 2011, 6:29 AM EST

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    So many of you watched the football playoffs that you didn’t have time to read about baseball this past weekend. I can’t say I’m happy about it, but I understand. I’ll catch you up this time, but please, don’t let it happen again.

  18. Baseball groupies to get their own TV show

    Jan 10, 2011, 2:05 AM EST

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    “There’s never been a ballplayer slept with me who didn’t have the best year of his career. Making love is like hitting a baseball: you just gotta relax and concentrate. Besides, I’d never sleep with a player hitting under .250.” – Annie Savoy Who can forget everyone’s favorite baseball groupie, Susan Sarandon’s Annie Savoy, from…

  19. Red Sox prospect has eye on BCS title game

    Jan 10, 2011, 12:00 AM EST

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    We don’t do a whole lot on college football here at HBT — for obvious reasons — but this story from MLB.com’s Peter Gammons was too good to pass up. Gammons writes a nice profile on Red Sox prospect Brandon Jacobs, who committed to play football at Auburn before his senior year of high school…

  20. Tony Gwynn needed walker as he battled cancer, weight problems

    Jan 9, 2011, 9:41 PM EST

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    Hall of Fame outfielder Tony Gwynn, a 15-time All-Star and eight-time batting champion, has finished an eight-week program of chemotherapy and radiation treatment for cancer of the parotid gland, and says he hopes to return to his job as head baseball coach at San Diego State later this month, according to Bill Center of the…

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