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  1. The Royals sign Pedro Feliz

    Feb 3, 2011, 12:20 PM EST

    Pedro Feliz

    The Kansas City Royals have the best farm system in all of baseball.  The big club though? Let’s just say that it hasn’t improved much this winter. Dayton Moore has signed third baseman Pedro Feliz to a minor league contract. It’s not big money — only a million bucks if he makes the team and earns…

  2. Scott Boras explains the Jayson Werth contract

    Feb 3, 2011, 12:02 PM EST

    Boras thinking

    This is classic. Scott Boras was on Sirius/XM with Jim Bowden yesterday and the subject of Jayson Werth‘s gigantic contract came up.  Bowden — as is his admirable wont — cut through the courtesy stuff and simply told Boras “I just can’t believe you pulled that off.” Boras, however, gave a long and seemingly thoughtful explanation as…

  3. Austin Jackson wants to steal 40 bases in 2011

    Feb 3, 2011, 11:17 AM EST

    austin-jackson-tigers

    Austin Jackson stole 27 bases while finishing runner-up in the Rookie of the Year balloting last season and the 24-year-old center field said recently that his goal for 2011 is to swipe 40 bags. I think it’s just setting a goal to try to reach it, because I think I’m capable of stealing more bags.…

  4. Bryce Harper swings a big stick. Literally.

    Feb 3, 2011, 10:58 AM EST

    Bryce Harper

    Quite literally. Courtesy of Nationals Enquirer, here’s Bryce Harper swinging a bat that measures 36 inches and weighs 47 ounces.  Most ballplayers use a bat that’s between 30 and 34 ounces, so this bad boy is as much as a pound heavier than what’s typical.  Doesn’t look like he’s laboring too much either. Dudes: if…

  5. Red Sox Nation is full of lunatics

    Feb 3, 2011, 10:30 AM EST

    Red Sox fans

    Hey, don’t yell at me. It’s your manager saying so at yesterday’s Red Sox Town Hall: The topic often meandered back to the excitement level, and each panel member discussed what it was like to perform their duties in a baseball-mad town like Boston. Francona may have summed it up best when he talked about…

  6. Josh Johnson on his health status: “Physically, I feel great”

    Feb 3, 2011, 10:15 AM EST

    Josh Johnson

    Shut down following his September 4 start because of shoulder and elbow injuries, Josh Johnson arrived at the Marlins’ spring training complex three weeks ahead of schedule to throw some early bullpen sessions and told Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post that he feels “great.” Johnson, who won the ERA title with a 2.30…

  7. Pirates’ President Coonelly: “there’s work to be done” on Pedro Alvarez’s conditioning

    Feb 3, 2011, 9:35 AM EST

    Pedro Alvarez

    There was a report last week that Pedro Alvarez had gained 15 unwanted pounds this offseason. Team President Coonelly refuted that yesterday. Somewhat: “The weight figures reported last week in piratesreport.com were not accurate. Having said that, we have continued to stress to Pedro the critical importance of his conditioning. Pedro has gotten stronger through…

  8. Mystery Team alert! Vlad Guerrero edition

    Feb 3, 2011, 9:11 AM EST

    Vladimir Guerrero

    The latest from the Vlad Guerrero saga from Buster Olney: The Vladimir Guerrero talks will gather some momentum in the next 48 hours, one way or another. The Orioles have an offer on the table; last week, Guerrero’s side informed them that they had an offer worth $8 million in play. It’s not clear what team…

  9. Mark Cuban is not interested in the Mets or the Dodgers

    Feb 3, 2011, 8:50 AM EST

    Mark Cuban horizontal

    There aren’t many sure things in this world, but one sure thing is that whenever a baseball team’s ownership situation is in flux, people will start mentioning Mark Cuban’s name.  This time Cuban is making a preemptive strike: “I’m not chasing any more baseball teams … “I’ve just come to the conclusion, if I’m going to…

  10. Shane Victorino thinks the Phillies will win it all

    Feb 3, 2011, 8:23 AM EST

    Philadelphia Phillies  v Los Angeles Dodgers

    You know, if I had to make a prediction right now I’d probably say that the Red Sox were the favorites to win it all this season. But it wouldn’t be at all unreasonable to pick the Phillies either. Indeed, I bet something like 90% of the people who engage in the prognostication business will…

  11. The Wilpons fire back

    Feb 3, 2011, 6:15 AM EST

    Fred Wilpon, Jeff Wilpon

    After yesterday’s New York Times story alleging that the Wilpons steered others toward Bernie Madoff’s ponzi scheme, the Wilpons have decided not to take this lying down. The Wilpons’ lawyer to the Daily News: “We believe the complaint is baseless, both factually and legally. We have conveyed that to the trustee’s counsel. Fred Wilpon, Saul…

  12. Jermaine Dye drawing only minor interest, likely to retire

    Feb 2, 2011, 11:28 PM EST

    dye swinging

    Jermaine Dye, ladies and gentlemen, is about to say goodbye to professional baseball. According to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com, the free agent outfielder, now 37 years old, has only drawn minor league contract offers from interested big league clubs this offseason and only wants to continue his playing career if guaranteed a roster spot.  Fair…

  13. Nationals sign minor league deal with Cla Meredith

    Feb 2, 2011, 9:31 PM EST

    meredith bigger

    The Nationals announced on their official team Twitter feed this evening that they have reached agreement on a minor league contract with right-hander Cla Meredith. Meredith enjoyed a couple of successful seasons in a middle relief role for the Padres from 2006-2009, but he allowed nine earned runs in 15 innings last year with the…

  14. Dodgers reach deal with Kuo, avoid arbitration

    Feb 2, 2011, 8:14 PM EST

    Los Angeles Dodgers v Colorado Rockies

    From MLB.com’s Ken Gurnick comes word that the Dodgers avoided arbitration Wednesday with left-handed reliever Hong-Chih Kuo by agreeing to a one-year, $2.725 million contract.  The deal also includes $700,000 in performance-based incentives. Kuo requested a $3.075 million salary and was offered $2.55 million when arbitration figures were exchanged in mid-January.  It took only a…

  15. Diving into the depths: San Francisco Giants

    Feb 2, 2011, 7:00 PM EST

    Miguel Tejada

    This is part of a 30-article series looking at each team’s depth chart headed into spring training. Rotation 1. Tim Lincecum 2. Matt Cain 3. Jonathan Sanchez 4. Barry Zito 5. Madison Bumgarner 6. Jeff Suppan 7. Clayton Tanner 8. Dan Runzler 9. Henry Sosa 10. Shane Loux 11. Ryan Vogelsong I don’t want to…

  16. Cal Ripken’s daughter should have her mouth washed out with soap

    Feb 2, 2011, 5:35 PM EST

    Cal Ripken

    This will be funny for anyone who collected baseball cards in the 1980s but sort of perplexing for anyone who didn’t.  Short version: Cal Ripken’s daughter called him a Billy Ripken’s bat handle. Those of you needing more explanation are probably best served by reading the story over at the Baltimore Sun as its too rambling…

  17. The Manny Ramirez Johnny Damon press conference

    Feb 2, 2011, 5:00 PM EST

    Johnny Damon, Many Ramirez

    I mentioned this yesterday. It was entertaining enough that some of you may want to watch it. Rays fans will think it’s funny up to the exact moment that the team starts losing or Manny creates some sort of turmoil.  At that point, they’ll never ever want to watch this video or be reminded of…

  18. 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,…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

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