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  1. Justin Morneau to start swinging a bat the first of February

    Jan 24, 2011, 10:39 AM EST

    Justin Morneau

    The characterization of Justin Morneau‘s status hasn’t changed:  a couple of weeks ago Bill Smith said the team as “optimistic” about him, and yesterday he said the same thing.  But there is reason to be a little more optimistic today than we were before, because Smith now says that Morneau should be swinging a bat…

  2. Nolan Ryan won’t rule out Texas re-signing Vladimir Guerrero

    Jan 24, 2011, 10:15 AM EST

    Texas Rangers v San Francisco Giants, Game 1

    When the Rangers signed Adrian Beltre to a five-year, $80 million contract last month general manager Jon Daniels said the team was “out” of the mix to potentially re-sign Vladimir Guerrero, but Rangers president Nolan Ryan has re-opened that door a bit. Guerrero is still available with less than a month to go until the…

  3. The guy Jeff Pearlman called responds

    Jan 24, 2011, 9:31 AM EST

    Internet Tough

    You’ll recall the thing on Friday afternoon in which Jeff Pearlman wrote a column at CNN about confronting “online haters” who have made Pearlman and other online writers “targets for abuse,” aided by the anonymity of the Internet. One of the guys Pearlman tracked down and called was Andrew Tworischuk. Yesterday Andrew gave his side…

  4. A very cool Dave Niehaus tribute song and video

    Jan 24, 2011, 8:48 AM EST

    Dave Niehaus

    This Dave Niehaus tribute song from Macklemore and Ryan Lewis may not be your style — white boy hip hop is exceedingly hit-or-miss in my experience — but the video is fantastic, especially if you have any love for the Mariners and their history. It’s the sort of thing that makes one wonder how much…

  5. Free Agents: Who’s left?

    Jan 24, 2011, 8:17 AM EST

    Seattle Mariners v Oakland Athletics

    With Manny Ramirez and Johnny Damon signing on Friday, the last of the really big names fell off the free agent board.  Really, it’s all slim pickings now. If your team is still shopping, below is a list of what’s left on the shelf of any consequence. The official free agent list is much longer.…

  6. HBT Weekend Wrap

    Jan 24, 2011, 6:23 AM EST

    2011 AFC Championship: New York Jets v Pittsburgh Steelers

    Only two weeks of baloney before the Super Bowl, kids! And absolutely no one in the media will complain about the NFL season being too long like they do about the baseball season!

  7. Sox open to trading Papelbon this spring and this summer

    Jan 23, 2011, 5:02 PM EST

    Boston Red Sox v Seattle Mariners

    The Red Sox signed closer Jonathan Papelbon to a one-year contract last week that will grant him a $12 million salary in 2011. But there’s a chance he won’t be in Boston for the entire year. According to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe, the Red Sox are open to trade offers for the 30-year-old…

  8. “In the frozen grip of winter…”

    Jan 23, 2011, 3:34 PM EST

    buck in st. louis

    I had the great pleasure of meeting Hall of Fame broadcaster Jack Buck in 2001 when I was 14 years old.  I was an eighth grader, going into freshman year of high school.  My friend’s dad was his personal accountant and Buck had told my friend to “come say hello” whenever he made it to…

  9. A Baltimore Sun writer thinks the O’s should sign Vlad

    Jan 23, 2011, 2:03 PM EST

    San Francisco Giants v Texas Rangers, Game 4

    The Orioles don’t have a deal with Vladimir Guerrero, as Jim Bowden reported Saturday, but they are at least looking into signing the aging slugger. The Baltimore front office undoubtedly spent the weekend sorting out positives and negatives.  Vlad might hit well at Camden Yards, but bringing him aboard would mean moving Luke Scott to…

  10. Rangers avoid arbitration with O’Day, ink $1.215M contract

    Jan 23, 2011, 12:49 PM EST

    World Series Giants Rangers Baseball

    The Rangers can file another arbitration case as closed. According to Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News, side-arming reliever Darren O’Day has agreed to a $1.215 million salary for 2011. O’Day requested $1.4 million and the Rangers countered at $1.05 million when arbitration figures were filed last week.  They found a middle ground over…

  11. Rockies can buck trend, get off to a good April start

    Jan 23, 2011, 11:51 AM EST

    Coors Field

    The Rockies are known more for late-season charges than they are fast beginnings.  In fact, they’ve had a losing record in April in each of the last four seasons.  But that could all change this year. As Jack Etkin at Inside The Rockies notes, the club plays only three games in April against a team…

  12. Astros’ Carrillo arrested for trespassing at Tampa casino

    Jan 23, 2011, 10:33 AM EST

    cesar carrillo head

    According to the Associated Press, via CBSSports.com, Astros right-hander Cesar Carrillo was arrested and charged with trespassing after an incident early Saturday morning at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Tampa. Carrillo was asked to leave the casino for an undisclosed reason and then attempted to reenter the premises 15 minutes later.  He…

  13. Billy Butler’s new extension provides the Royals flexibility

    Jan 23, 2011, 8:56 AM EST

    Billy Butler

    Royals first baseman Billy Butler agreed to a four-year, $30 million contract extension with the Royals on Saturday morning.  Now Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star has the financial breakdown of the deal. Butler will make $3 million this year, $8 million in 2012, 2013 and 2014, then possibly $12.5 million on a club…

  14. Rangers still want a bat, Vladdy not yet in the mix

    Jan 22, 2011, 7:30 PM EST

    Detroit Tigers v Atlanta Braves

    Having struck out on Jim Thome and Manny Ramirez, the Rangers are still seeking a bat to add to their lineup mix. They don’t want to add a full-timer and push Mitch Moreland out of the lineup, but a complement to provide insurance in case Moreland struggles is a possibility. Right now, the Rangers are…

  15. What are the Rays getting in Manny Ramirez?

    Jan 22, 2011, 6:17 PM EST

    Manny Ramirez

    The Rays’ $2 million investment in Manny Ramirez certainly seems like a worthwhile gamble, but there’s no denying that the 38-year-old slugger seemed washed up during his stint with the White Sox last season. He hit just .261/.420/.319 with one homer and two RBI in 69 at-bats following the August deal. On the other hand,…

  16. Nolan Ryan predicts at least 90 wins for the Rangers this season

    Jan 22, 2011, 5:30 PM EST

    ryan-nolan-101030

    Richard Durrett of ESPN Dallas reports that during an appearance at the Rangers’ Fan Fest today, team president Nolan Ryan predicted that the club will win between 90 to 95 games this season. “I think we’re a better ballclub now than we were this time last year,” Ryan told ESPNDallas.com after talking with fans in…

  17. UPDATE: Rockies and Jason Hammel avoid arbitration with two-year deal

    Jan 22, 2011, 5:02 PM EST

    Jason Hammel

    The Rockies and right-hander Jason Hammel avoided arbitration today by agreeing to a two-year contract, according to the team’s Twitter feed. Exact terms haven’t been disclosed, but the new contract will cover Hammel’s final two years of arbitration. Hammel filed for $3.7 million and was offered $3.1 million by the Rockies when arbitration figures were…

  18. Tigers “likely” to trade Armando Galarraga

    Jan 22, 2011, 3:45 PM EST

    Armando Galarraga throwing

    Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski told Jason Beck of MLB.com earlier today that trade talks involving Armando Galarraga are progressing, adding that a deal “is likely.” Galarraga was designated for assignment by the club earlier this week, just one day after the two sides avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $2.3 million contract. The…

  19. What they’re saying about Johnny Damon and Manny Ramirez to Tampa Bay

    Jan 22, 2011, 2:25 PM EST

    Damon Manny

    The Vernon Wells trade wasn’t the only big thing that happened last night. Johnny Damon and Manny Ramirez reportedly agreed to one-year contracts with the Rays, pending physicals. According to Jon Heyman of SI.com, Damon will earn a $5.25 million base salary with $750,000 in incentives based on attendance figures while Ramirez will earn $2…

  20. Must-click link: Angels and Blue Jays fans in word cloud form

    Jan 22, 2011, 1:49 PM EST

    click here bigger

    If you click on anything pertaining to the Vernon Wells-for-Mike Napoli and Juan Rivera trade, make sure this is it. In order to gauge reaction to the blockbuster trade, Sam Miller of the Orange County Register produced word clouds based on comments from Angels fans at Halos Heaven and Blue Jays fans at Bluebird Banter.…

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