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  1. Mauer deal has other catchers licking their chops

    Mar 22, 2010, 2:46 PM EDT

    Joe Mauer getting the Twins to fork over $184 million has the other top catchers in the American League dreaming about their next contracts. Victor Martinez of the Red Sox is an impending free agent, so removing Mauer from next offseason’s catching market could have a huge impact on him. Alex Speier of WEEI.com speculates…

  2. Why players can't own a piece of the team

    Mar 22, 2010, 2:15 PM EDT

    I’ve always known that players can’t hold equity stakes in their teams due to the Basic Agreement (see paragraph 4(c) on p. 213 of this massive document), but I never knew why. Today, however, Kevin Goldstein of Baseball Prospectus explains. Once upon a time Rogers Hornsby got a cut of the Cardinals, was traded to…

  3. Marcum gets Opening Day nod after sitting out '09

    Mar 22, 2010, 1:41 PM EDT

    Cito Gaston announced that Shaun Marcum will be the Blue Jays’ Opening Day starter, which is noteworthy given that he missed all of last season following Tommy John elbow surgery. Roy Halladay started each of the past seven Opening Days for the Blue Jays, but he’ll be taking the mound for the Phillies in Game…

  4. The Mariners lineup is a tad underwhelming

    Mar 22, 2010, 1:15 PM EDT

    Larry Stone of the Seattle Times reports that the Mariners are considering making Casey Kotchman their number three hitter behind Ichiro and Figgins. What’s more, Milton Bradley is probably going to bat cleanup. I haven’t been paying all that much attention to the Mariners’ spring, so my first thought was “that makes no sense!”  Upon…

  5. Don't call it a setback: Erik Bedard cancels bullpen session

    Mar 22, 2010, 12:45 PM EDT

    Erik Bedard was slated to throw off a mound today for the first time since August shoulder surgery, but the Mariners canceled those plans with trainer Rick Griffin explaining: “He’s not ready, in our opinion.” Griffin went on to clarify that the cancellation isn’t a “setback” for Bedard, but given that the bullpen session was…

  6. The Rays Republic

    Mar 22, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT

    Who says you gotta move the Rays out of the AL East? They’re fitting in just fine. WEEI’s Alex Speier just passed along this quote from Joe Madden: “The Red Sox have got the Nation. The Yankees have the universe. We’ve created The Rays Republic.” I like it! But why stop there? How about the…

  7. Lenny Harris had a quadruple bypass on Friday

    Mar 22, 2010, 12:15 PM EDT

    The all-time pinch-hit leader and current Dodgers’ coach was rushed to a hospital on Friday. They found severe blockage in four arteries and performed a quadruple bypass. Harris was said to be resting comfortably as of yesterday.  Word is, however, that he could see some action today if the Dodgers fall behind late and the…

  8. Aroldis Chapman is trying to assimilate

    Mar 22, 2010, 11:15 AM EDT

    John Fay writes about Aroldis Chapman’s efforts to learn the language and get used to life in the U.S.  A couple of interesting passages: The Reds are in uncharted territory. Players from the Dominican and Venezuela get assimilated before they get near the big leagues. Johnny Cueto was in the Reds’ system for four years…

  9. Catching up with Dinesh and Rinku

    Mar 22, 2010, 10:55 AM EDT

    Remember how the Pirates signed those two Indian reality-show winners?  Well, they’re back in camp this year, and unlike last spring, which was basically a publicity tour masquerading as baseball, this year they’re pitching and working out just like any other ballplayers. And they’re improving: The progress between last spring and now is remarkable, Pirates…

  10. Olney: realign the Rays out of the AL East

    Mar 22, 2010, 10:27 AM EDT

    Buster uses the Mauer signing as a jumping off point for thoughts on the A’s and Rays.  For the A’s: Bud needs to make San Jose happen.  No argument there. My view is that the commish should offer the Giants some concessions, deem the move to be OK, and make the Giants sue if they…

  11. Is Jim Edmonds going to retire?

    Mar 22, 2010, 9:59 AM EDT

    FanHouse’s Ed Price reports that Jim Edmonds is surprisingly lukewarm about being a backup outfielder for the Brewers this year. Edmonds says “some days, driving in, I think [WTF?]” and questions whether the backup job is enough to keep him playing. He rebuffs the suggestion that he’s playing the game because he loves it, saying…

  12. Heyman says Joba out of the starters' race for some reason

    Mar 22, 2010, 9:28 AM EDT

    Last night Jon Heyman tweeted “Joba is out of the Yanks rotation debry.”  The basis for this?  The news that Chamberlain will pitch an intra-squad game today while Phil Hughes will pitch against the Phillies in Clearwater.  Left out of this is the fact that the intra-squad game and the need to get both pitchers…

  13. Did anti-semitism prevent Hank Greenberg from breaking Ruth's home run record?

    Mar 22, 2010, 8:58 AM EDT

    Howard Megdal thinks so, arguing that Greenberg experienced an uncharacteristic spike in walk rates towards the end of his 1938 season.  Megdal says “the American League didn’t seem exactly thrilled with Greenberg’s pursuit,” and concludes that “the statistical record stands as evidence that Greenberg’s religion might have been an additional barrier” to him in surpassing…

  14. The Dodgers release Eric Gagne

    Mar 22, 2010, 8:29 AM EDT

    Last week the Dodgers sent Eric Gagne to the minors.  Last night they said, eh, forget it, and just released him. He allowed six runs and eight hits in 2.2 innings. Late innings in spring training games, so it’s not like he’d be facing a less-talented brand of competition in the minors. I would assume…

  15. What they're saying about the Joe Mauer deal

    Mar 22, 2010, 7:57 AM EDT

    As the foremost Twins dude on the Internets I defer to Aaron’s take on the Mauer deal. But others have weighed in too. Let’s take a look-see: Rob Neyer (on Twitter): “I say there’s at least a 50/50 chance that Twins are regretting the Mauer contract by 2016.” [Rob's longer take is here] J.C. Bradbury:…

  16. Mauer contract a big risk the Twins had to take

    Mar 21, 2010, 7:18 PM EDT

    Joe Mauer’s new eight-year extension is worth $100 million more than any other contract the Twins have ever handed out and committing to pay a catcher $23 million per year through his age-35 season in 2018 represents a massive amount of risk. With that said, it was a no-brainer. First and foremost, if reasonably healthy…

  17. Matt Holliday to return to action on Monday

    Mar 21, 2010, 6:13 PM EDT

    Matt Holliday has been sidelined since March 9 with a with an intercostal strain on his right side.  He was supposed to return to action last Thursday, but didn’t.  He was supposed to return this weekend, but again he did not.  Well, according to Rick Hummel of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Holliday will be in…

  18. Twins lock up Mauer for $184 million

    Mar 21, 2010, 5:48 PM EDT

    The Twins got it done Sunday, signing 2009 AL MVP Joe Mauer to an eight-year, $184 million contract extension through 2018. The deal, which includes a no-trade clause, averages $23 million per season. It’s the fourth-largest pact in major league history, behind the 10-year deals signed by Alex Rodriguez ($275 million in 2008, $252 million…

  19. Wood out 6-8 weeks, Perez to close for Indians

    Mar 21, 2010, 4:03 PM EDT

    UPDATE: Wood told the Associated Press that he expects to return to action sooner than the six-to-eight week timetable given to him by team trainers. SATURDAY, 3:13pm: Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that Kerry Wood has been diagnosed with a strained right latissimus dorsi muscle and has been given a six-to-eight week…

  20. Edinson Volquez throws successfully off a mound

    Mar 21, 2010, 3:26 PM EDT

    Edinson Volquez underwent Tommy John surgery last August and is expected to miss the entire 2010 season.  But on Sunday, according to MLB.com’s Mark Sheldon, he took a major step in his ongoing recovery from the elbow ligament replacement surgery.  Volquez, 26, threw 30 pitches off a mound at about 50 percent intensity and plans…

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