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  1. Mustache shirts? Yes, mustache shirts

    Feb 4, 2011, 8:39 AM EST

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    This link has been making the rounds:  T-shirts with stylized mustache dude caricatures from various major league teams. I didn’t check the descriptions to see who each shirt was supposed to represent, but I was able to guess most of them.  I think my favorite one is the Reggie Jackson. Overall I can’t decide if…

  2. New York Times: the Wilpons were warned that Madoff wasn’t a sound investment

    Feb 4, 2011, 7:33 AM EST

    CORRECTION Mets Sale Baseball

    We may have actual legal documents from the case against the Wilpons as early as today, with both sides giving up all pretense of the conciliatory posture that occasioned the documents being sealed in the first place. The gloves are off and the bankruptcy trustee of the Madoff estate and the Wilpons are going at…

  3. Jim Leyritz gets a job in baseball

    Feb 4, 2011, 6:06 AM EST

    Jim Leyritz

    In December 2007 Jim Leyritz was involved in a drunk driving accident that resulted in someone’s death. Last November he was acquitted of the most serious charges against.  Now he has been given a chance to get back into baseball: The Newark Bears of the independent Can-Am League have agreed in principle to hire Leyritz…

  4. Free agent compensation rule cost Brewers shot at Mike Trout

    Feb 4, 2011, 1:27 AM EST

    The Milwaukee Brewers could have had Mike Trout, according to Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. As you probably knew, Trout, an outfielder in the Los Angeles Angels minor league system, is widely regarded as a rising star. He was all anyone was talking about at the Futures Game in Anaheim last July and…

  5. Cubs nearing long-term extension with Carlos Marmol

    Feb 4, 2011, 12:09 AM EST

    Florida Marlins v Chicago Cubs

    According to David Kaplan and Fred Mitchell, two baseball writers for the Chicago Tribune, the Cubs are nearing agreement on a long-term extension with closer Carlos Marmol. There’s not much information available at the moment.  The bit of news only got two sentences on the Tribune‘s website, one which pretty much reads like the introduction…

  6. Documentary on Andres Torres of Giants due out in July

    Feb 3, 2011, 11:57 PM EST

    Andres Torres swinging

    After a pretty nondescript career spent mostly in the minor leagues, San Francisco outfielder Andres Torres became a key player in the Giants’ championship run last season. Torres put up a .268/.343/.479 line, stole 26 bases and played fine defense at all three outfield positions. In August, it was revealed that Torres suffered from attention…

  7. Fred McGriff isn’t having the best couple of months

    Feb 3, 2011, 9:55 PM EST

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    The Rays fired the Crime Dog!  Or, probably. According to Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times, the Rays declined to rehire Fred McGriff after the 2010 season for reasons unknown.  He had been working as a special advisor in the community outreach department for a total of four years. Those roles are usually more…

  8. Braves’ bullpen in good hands with Kimbrel, Venters

    Feb 3, 2011, 8:43 PM EST

    Criag Kimbrel

    Veteran southpaw Billy Wagner posted a superb 1.43 ERA and 0.87 WHIP over 71 appearances for the Braves last season, saving 37 games and striking out 104 batters in 69.1 innings.  He was ridiculously good, but he wanted to go out on top and called it quits as soon as the year was over. Most…

  9. Rays ink reliever Juan Cruz to minor league contract

    Feb 3, 2011, 7:20 PM EST

    Juan Cruz

    Juan Cruz is back in business. According to Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times, the Rays have inked the 32-year-old reliever to a minor league contract. Cruz made it through only five appearances with the Royals last season before his shoulder gave out and he was forced to undergo season-ending surgery.  He’s all healed…

  10. UPDATE: Dodgers reach minor league deal with Ron Mahay

    Feb 3, 2011, 6:49 PM EST

    Atlanta Braves v Minnesota Twins

    UPDATE: Jon Heyman of SI.com says the deal will be worth $900,000 if Mahay makes the big league roster and remains on it. 6:33 PM: The Dodgers have officially announced the minor league contract on their team Twitter feed. 6:14 PM: From ESPN.com’s Jayson Stark comes word that the Dodgers have nearly agreed to a…

  11. Brian McNamee’s defamation suit against Clemens moves forward

    Feb 3, 2011, 5:52 PM EST

    Roger Clemens

    As we focus our attention on the prosecution of Roger Clemens down in Washington, we’re reminded that there is a defamation suit against him chugging along up in New York.  That one was filed by his former trainer Brian McNamee, and arises out of Clemens’ statements on “60 Minutes” and elsewhere as he engaged in…

  12. Randy Winn joins Orioles on a minor league contract

    Feb 3, 2011, 5:25 PM EST

    Randy Winn, Ryan Spilborghs

    Randy Winn will compete for a spot on the Orioles’ bench after agreeing to a minor-league contract with an invitation to spring training. Last offseason Winn signed with the Yankees for $1.1 million, only to be let go after hitting .213 with a .595 OPS in 23 games. He then latched on with the Cardinals…

  13. The Phillies might sign Gary Matthews Jr.

    Feb 3, 2011, 5:20 PM EST

    Washington Nationals v New York Mets

    Jayson Werth Schmason Schmerth: The Phillies are considering signing outfielder Gary Matthews Jr. to a minor-league contract, according to a person with knowledge of the situation. If the two sides can work out a deal, Matthews Jr. would attend minor-league spring training camp. Matthews Jr. can’t hit anymore. He can’t even play defense very well anymore.…

  14. The Madoff trustee cuts off settlement discussions with the Wilpons; wants the case documents made public

    Feb 3, 2011, 4:35 PM EST

    Fred Wilpon, Jeff Wilpon

    On Wednesday, the New York Times wrote an article painting the Wilpons in a less-than-wonderful light.  Today, the Wilpons struck back, both in this morning’s Daily News article I linked and in a piece with Darren Rovell over at CNBC.  In the Daily New piece someone “close to the Wilpons” accused the bankruptcy trustee of…

  15. Nationals sign Laynce Nix to a minor league contract

    Feb 3, 2011, 3:55 PM EST

    Laynce Nix

    For the first time in his career Laynce Nix was an above-average hitter last season, batting .291 with a .350 on-base percentage and .455 slugging percentage in a part-time role for the Reds. Unfortunately he missed the final month of the season with an ankle injury, chose to become a free agent when the Reds…

  16. The Braves have trade partners for Kenshin Kawakami

    Feb 3, 2011, 3:48 PM EST

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    Ken Rosenthal reports that two Japanese clubs are willing to take Kenshin Kawakami off the Braves’ hands and pick up more than half of his remaining $6.67 million salary. Kawakami is, at best, the Braves’ sixth starter right now. He has never lived up to his contract and no one in the organization appears to…

  17. Must-Click Link: Andy Pettitte in pictures

    Feb 3, 2011, 3:07 PM EST

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    We have months to talk about what Andy Pettitte retiring means for the Yankees and years to talk about his Hall of Fame chances. But the best way to think about Andy Pettitte today is as a fabulous ballplayer.  In that vein, Mike Axisa of River Ave. Blues has put together a great photo retrospective of…

  18. Andy Pettitte’s retirement (and Jamie Moyer’s injury) means no active pitcher has 200 wins

    Feb 3, 2011, 2:47 PM EST

    Tim Wakefield

    Andy Pettitte is announcing his retirement tomorrow and Jamie Moyer’s chances for a comeback are looking very shaky following Tommy John elbow surgery at age 48, which means no active pitchers have 200 career wins. In fact, only one active pitcher has more than 170 wins and it’s … Tim Wakefield with 193. Seriously, here’s…

  19. Kevin Millwood is asking for a lot of money

    Feb 3, 2011, 2:23 PM EST

    Kevin Millwood

    For those teams with a starting pitching opening [cough!] Yankees [cough!], know this: you’ll need a lot of money to get Kevin Millwood. Here’s Buster: Heard this: Millwood is looking for $4-$5 millon for 2011, which is significantly more than some teams willing to consider. Eh, no one seems that desperate. Especially for a guy…

  20. White Sox sign Lastings Milledge to a minor league contract

    Feb 3, 2011, 1:45 PM EST

    Lastings Milledge

    Lastings Milledge, who was last seen getting into a winter league brawl in Venezuela, has agreed to a minor-league contract with the White Sox. Milledge has gone from one-time top prospect to being non-tendered by the Pirates and unable to land a big-league deal, but he’s not even 26 years old yet and hasn’t been…

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