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  1. What if Clay Matthews Jr. was a baseball player?

    Jan 24, 2011, 1:06 PM EST

    NFC Championship Football

    If a baseball player had gained nearly 100 pounds of muscle between the ages of 16 and 22, what would be said about such a player? HBT reader and former major leaguer Bob Tufts asks, and I’d really like to know the answer. Bob also talks about the football and NBA labor situations, which could…

  2. UPDATE: The Armando Galarraga trade is official

    Jan 24, 2011, 12:28 PM EST

    Armando Galarraga

    UPDATE: The Armando Galarraga trade is official, reports Jason Beck. The Tigers get Kevin Eichhorn and lefty reliever Ryan Robowski. The Diamondbacks are responsible for all of Galarraga’s salry. 12:28 PM:  The Galarraga-to-Arizona trade has gone from talks to “likely” to “on the verge” of happening according to Steve Gilbert of MLB.com. The trade could be done today. The…

  3. Re-signing Carl Pavano leaves Twins with an extra starter

    Jan 24, 2011, 12:17 PM EST

    Minnesota Twins starter Pavano pitches to the New York Yankees during the first inning of Game 2 of their MLB ALDS baseball playoffs in Minneapolis

    Carl Pavano is a 35-year-old pitcher with an infamously lengthy injury history and one of the lowest strikeout rates in baseball last season, so re-signing him to a two-year, $16.5 million contract is not without risk for Minnesota, but to avoid a three-year commitment and retain him for a slight bump in annual salary from…

  4. Who cares if Roy Halladay wouldn’t talk to reporters?

    Jan 24, 2011, 12:06 PM EST

    Roy Halladay

    When you have four legitimate number one starters on your team and you’re coming off two pennants in the last three years, it’s hard to find something to complain about. But via Crossing Broad, we learn that Howard Eskin found something. Roy Halladay allegedly won’t talk to the media: And because of my track record…

  5. Bryce Harper to have his jersey retired

    Jan 24, 2011, 11:30 AM EST

    Bryce Harper college

    For those of you doing the math, Bryce Harper’s college jersey will be retired before Sparky Anderson’s Tigers jersey will be: The College of Southern Nevada will retire the No.34 jersey worn by Bryce Harper on Friday. Harper, 18, played in 66 games with the school after skipping his senior year of high school to accelerate his eligibility…

  6. Rays undecided about rookie Jake McGee’s role for 2011

    Jan 24, 2011, 11:17 AM EST

    jake-mcgee-rays

    After sitting out most of 2009 following elbow surgery Jake McGee returned to the mound last season as a starter with great success and then shifted to the bullpen in the second half before debuting with the Rays in September as a reliever. However, now that McGee is two years removed from going under the…

  7. What will the Red Sox’ lineup look like?

    Jan 24, 2011, 11:04 AM EST

    Pedroia fist pump

    There’s nothing going on news-wise today, as every national sports writer is trying to figure out how to make a heroic “triumph over adversity” narrative out of Ben Roethlisberger.  Tall order, but I’m sure they can find a way to do it. Jason Whitlock will probably go there first. It ought to be fun to…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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.…

  13. 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!

  14. 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…

  15. “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…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

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