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  1. Quote of the Day: Tim Hudson on Chipper Jones

    Mar 18, 2010, 6:45 PM EDT

    “It was nice, man. Dad gum, he got all of it. Old man can still hit a little bit.” – Tim Hudson, commenting on Chipper Jones’ titanic blast of a home run in today’s game against the Marlins.  According to Dave O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal Constitution, the homer landed on the roof of the…

  2. Great Moments in farkakte player valuation: Joe Mauer edition

    Mar 18, 2010, 6:15 PM EDT

    Mike Silva at NY Baseball Digest: The Twins could get a king’s ransom from the Yankees for Mauer. Think Hughes, Joba, and Montero as cornerstones of the package. If they are concerned about development timeline of Montero, then perhaps you could add Posada to the deal since he only has a year left on his…

  3. Ron Washington took greenies when he played

    Mar 18, 2010, 5:45 PM EDT

    Not that it’s shocking or anything, but he did say so to ESPN’s Pedro Gomez today. Washington’s cocaine use is obviously big news, but mining the man’s past like this seems of little utility. As Washington notes, “amphetamines were prevalent throughout baseball” during his tenure. More so than even cocaine. I suppose it’s one thing…

  4. Tracy Ringolsby accuses Rangers of a "cover-up"

    Mar 18, 2010, 5:25 PM EDT

    A less-than-intellectually-inspired Tracy Ringlosby column today about Ron Washington and the Rangers [I've deleted Ringolsby's unnecessary paragraph breaks because I think readability is more important than faux drama]: Washington is an engaging personality. He has developed a strong bond with the Rangers players in his three years on the job. He’s even won over most…

  5. Dontrelle Willis is probably going to make the Tigers' rotation

    Mar 18, 2010, 5:05 PM EDT

    Amazing stuff from Tigers camp:  Armando Galarraga is optioned to Toledo. Dontrelle Willis today: 3 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2K.  For the spring D-Train has allowed only five hits and one earned run in ten innings pitched. A month ago, Willis said he was utterly lost. He called himself “terrible” and gave…

  6. Oft-injured Guzman opts for shoulder surgery

    Mar 18, 2010, 4:44 PM EDT

    As expected, Angel Guzman has opted for season-ending shoulder surgery after meeting with Dr. James Andrews earlier this week. Guzman has a lengthy history of arm problems, including a previous Tommy John elbow surgery, and the latest injury is a significant ligament tear in his right shoulder. Andrews advised him to go under the knife…

  7. Tom Hicks is getting squeezed from every direction

    Mar 18, 2010, 4:16 PM EDT

    As you all are probably getting sick of me reminding you, Tom Hicks is busy trying to figure out a way to make the Hicks Sports Group’s creditors happy so that the Rangers sale to Chuck Greenberg and Nolan Ryan can go through. So he probably didn’t need this: The Royal Bank of Scotland —…

  8. Brad Lidge unlikely to be ready for Opening Day

    Mar 18, 2010, 3:47 PM EDT

    Brad Lidge told Todd Zolecki of MLB.com that he was “pretty pleased” with his 16-pitch appearance in a minor-league game this afternoon, but also admitted afterward that he’s unlikely to be ready for Opening Day following offseason knee and elbow surgeries: It’s going to be really tough to be ready for the opener. In my…

  9. Optimal Yankees lineup: Jeter bats 6th

    Mar 18, 2010, 3:15 PM EDT

    Sky Kalkman at ESPN’s TMI blog (really?) has run the numbers, and thinks this is the optimal Yankees lineup for 2010: 1. Nick Johnson2. Mark Teixeira3. Curtis Granderson4. Alex Rodriguez5. Robinson Cano6. Derek Jeter7. Nick Swisher8. Jorge Posada9. Brett Gardner My sources tell me that Mr. Kalkman has been placed in protective custody so that…

  10. Nationals talking to Dunn's agent about extension

    Mar 18, 2010, 2:48 PM EDT

    Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo said yesterday that he’s met with Adam Dunn’s agent about a contract extension since spring training started and described the talks as “amicable and upbeat”: It’s something we think about all the time, and we’re discussing that. I hate to put any date restrictions on anything, because I don’t want…

  11. Rangers: we weren't blackmailed

    Mar 18, 2010, 2:45 PM EDT

    Randy Galloway of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram said the Rangers were blackmailed over the Ron Washington stuff.  The Rangers say it’s not so. As related by Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning news, today Jon Daniels denied that a former Rangers employee ever tried to use knowledge of Ron Washington’s drug test as leverage to…

  12. Ozzie: 'As long as they don't check for Vodka and Corona I'll be fine'

    Mar 18, 2010, 1:46 PM EDT

    Ozzie Guillen, on Ron Washington testing positive for cocaine: One thing about it, it ain’t going to happen to me, I guarantee you that. I grew up in some bad stuff, I know how that stuff is so bad. I support him. He made a mistake. I’m not saying he did the right thing, but…

  13. Bradley ejected for what seems like a dumb reason

    Mar 18, 2010, 1:15 PM EDT

    Milton Bradley was ejected from the Mariners-Rangers game last night after taking a called strike three and then dropping his bat and taking off his batting gloves.  The video can be seen here.  Don Wakamatsu protested, claiming that, to him anyway, it appeared as though Bradley, while a bit miffed, simply thought the inning was…

  14. Street's injury has Rockies interested in Beimel

    Mar 18, 2010, 12:43 PM EDT

    Troy Renck of the Denver Post reports that the Rockies have “expressed interest” in free agent reliever Joe Beimel following yesterday’s news that closer Huston Street will likely begin the season on the disabled list. Last month the Mets were said to be making a run at Beimel, but he remains unsigned deep into spring…

  15. Ron Washington's statement: video version

    Mar 18, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT

    Because it’s the only thing anyone is talking about in baseball today, here’s the full Ron Washington statement, along with some comments from Nolan Ryan and Jon Daniels.  

  16. Beyond Yo La Tengo: The Padres are teaching their employees Spanish

    Mar 18, 2010, 12:15 PM EDT

    Lots of teams teach English to Latin players. Not too many teach Spanish to the English speakers. The Padres do, however, and it seems like a great idea: “It’s something I thought was important to make us efficient when dealing with players when we’re going to the Dominican or with our players who are just…

  17. Matt Holliday still sidelined by strained rib cage

    Mar 18, 2010, 11:45 AM EDT

    Matt Holliday was scratched from the Cardinals’ lineup last Wednesday, with manager Tony La Russa explaining that he “felt something in his rib cage.” Eight days later he’s still on the sidelines. La Russa replied “not yet” when asked by Rick Hummel of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch if he’s worried about Holliday’s status, adding: “He’s…

  18. This is why the slotting system is stupid

    Mar 18, 2010, 11:17 AM EDT

    Paul Hoynes of the Plain-Dealer has a story I’ve never heard before: the Indians drafted Tim Lincecum in the 42nd round of the 2005 draft.  Ok, I knew that part. He demanded $1 million to sign, which is really high.  The Indians offered $700,000, he said no, and went back to college and the rest…

  19. Andrew Bailey shut down for 5-7 days

    Mar 18, 2010, 11:04 AM EDT

    Bad news for Oakland: Athletics closer and rookie of the year Andrew Bailey has been shut down for five to seven days with tennis elbow. In other news, the Athletics have fired their pitching coach, Ivan Lendl.

  20. Buster Posey: Giants' first baseman?

    Mar 18, 2010, 10:55 AM EDT

    That sound you hear is Aubrey Huff grinding his teeth in anxiety: When spring training began, manager Bruce Bochy said the 2008 first-round draft pick would take some grounders at first and maybe play a few innings there. But the Giants are giving Posey a longer look at first as they try to gauge what…

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