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  1. Rays officially sign Felipe Lopez to a minor league contract

    Feb 2, 2011, 4:41 PM EST

    felipe-lopez-cardinals

    Felipe Lopez and the Rays officially agreed to a minor-league contract today. He’ll get an invitation to spring training and compete for a bench job, but because it’s not a major-league deal the Red Sox won’t receive a compensatory draft pick for letting him go. Boston signed Lopez as a free agent in late September,…

  2. Roger Clemens keeps his lawyer; Ken Griffey Sr. says he’s “a good guy”

    Feb 2, 2011, 4:13 PM EST

    Roger Clemens closeup head

    As we mentioned this morning, Roger Clemens was in court today to deal with is attorney’s conflict-of-interest. It’s all resolved now. Conflicts have been waived and another attorney is going to cross-examine Andy Pettitte. Tough break for the prosecution. Oh well. This part was fun, though: [Judge] Walton ended the 10-minute hearing by raising another…

  3. Diving into the depths: Los Angeles Dodgers

    Feb 2, 2011, 3:00 PM EST

    Atlanta Braves v Los Angeles Dodgers

    This is part of a 30-article series looking at each team’s depth chart headed into spring training. Rotation 1. Clayton Kershaw 2. Chad Billingsley 3. Ted Lilly 4. Hiroki Kuroda 5. Jon Garland 6. Vicente Padilla 7. John Ely 8. Blake Hawksworth 9. Carlos Monasterios 10. Dana Eveland 11. Tim Redding 12. Chris Withrow I…

  4. Great moments in provocation: the Giants take their trophy to San Jose

    Feb 2, 2011, 2:58 PM EST

    Giants' Lincecum holds Commissioner's Trophy after his team defeated Rangers in Game 5 to win Major League Baseball's World Series in Arlington

    Bruce Newman of the San Jose Mercury News has a column today about the Giants bringing their World Series trophy for display in San Jose.  According to Newman This Means Something. This is Important: On Tuesday, the Giants brought their precious metal mantelpiece to San Jose to mark their territorial rights in the most public…

  5. Yankees acquire Justin Maxwell from the Nationals

    Feb 2, 2011, 2:14 PM EST

    Justin Maxwell

    Last week the Nationals designated Justin Maxwell for assignment to clear room on the 40-man roster for free agent signing Todd Coffey and today they traded the 27-year-old outfielder to the Yankees. Maxwell once looked like a promising prospect with a good combination of power and speed, smacking 27 homers and swiping 35 bases in…

  6. Hey, Chuck Greenberg was delusional after all!

    Feb 2, 2011, 1:48 PM EST

    Chuck Greenberg

    Remember last week when Chuck Greeneberg said that his visits to Cliff Lee knocked the Yankees out of the running, and how Yankees President Randy Levine called Greenberg delusional for making such a suggestion?  Seems Levine was right. Here’s Heyman: A series of interviews with several people either involved in the talks or with knowledge…

  7. White Sox GM after making 1984 trade for Ozzie Guillen: “I think we just signed a jockey”

    Feb 2, 2011, 1:16 PM EST

    ozzie guillen padres card

    Back in December of 1984 the White Sox acquired Ozzie Guillen from the Padres as part of a six-player trade that included LaMarr Hoyt going to San Diego. Roland Hemold was the White Sox’s general manager at the time and recently spoke to a banquet audience about how Guillen came to be part of the…

  8. Give in and take the O’s offer, Vlad. Seriously.

    Feb 2, 2011, 12:46 PM EST

    Texas Rangers v San Francisco Giants, Game 1

    Buster Olney tweets: The next 48 hours expected to be pivotal in the Vladimir Guerrero contract talks. The O’s have their offer on table; Vlad is looking for more. The last reports had the O’s offering Guerrero $4-5 million.  Rather than passively showing a mere lack of interest, teams are actually announcing that they’re not…

  9. Royals’ projected 2011 payroll is $33 million (or $2 million more than Alex Rodriguez’s salary)

    Feb 2, 2011, 12:19 PM EST

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    Gil Meche turning down $12 million by retiring and Billy Butler signing a backloaded long-term contract leaves the Royals with very little in terms of 2011 commitments. In fact, according to Craig Brown of Royals Authority their projected payroll barring any last-minute additions is right around $33 million. To put that in some context, consider…

  10. If you didn’t think the Angels were crazy enough

    Feb 2, 2011, 11:37 AM EST

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    The Angels trading for Vernon Wells and his contract was a serious case of Bad Ideas Jeans.  But even worse is that they turned down something way better. Joel Sherman at the Post reports: The way I hear it the Mets and Angels did actually discuss Beltran. But the Angels ultimately saw Wells as the…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

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

    Feb 2, 2011, 10:15 AM EST

    daniel-schlereth-tigers

    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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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”…

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