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  1. UPDATE: OK, maybe Michael Young isn’t going anywhere yet

    Feb 5, 2011, 5:27 PM EDT

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    UPDATE: Haven’t we been through this whole song and dance before? Troy Renck of the Denver Post has spoken with multiple sources with direct knowledge of the Rockies’ situation, who tell him that the Rangers have not re-opened talks for Michael Young. The Rockies are interested, mind you, but they would want the Rangers to…

  2. Twins and Francisco Liriano avoid arbitration with one-year deal

    Feb 5, 2011, 5:15 PM EDT

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    The Twins and Francisco Liriano have avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $4.3 million contract, according to the team’s Twitter feed. Liriano requested $5 million and was offered $3.6 million from the Twins when arbitration figures were submitted last month, so the two sides ultimately settled at the exact midpoint. The 27-year-old left-hander went…

  3. Kelvim Escobar is attempting another comeback

    Feb 5, 2011, 3:45 PM EDT

    Kelvim Escobar throwing

    Most of us scoffed when the Mets signed Kelvim Escobar to a guaranteed major league contract last winter. He was limited in the early part of spring training and eventually needed season-ending surgery in May to repair a capsule tear in the front of his right shoulder. Now he’s attempting another comeback as a relief…

  4. Uh-oh: Cardinals’ contract talks with Albert Pujols are not going well

    Feb 5, 2011, 2:31 PM EDT

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    With two weeks to go before spring training, this isn’t what Cardinals fans want to hear. Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com writes that while most “baseball people” believe that the Cardinals will sign Albert Pujols, the club is currently balking at his asking price. According to Rosenthal, Pujols wants a contract that “reflects his status as…

  5. Jim Edmonds had surgery on his Achilles tendon last month

    Feb 5, 2011, 1:00 PM EDT

    Jim Edmonds swing

    Jim Edmonds surprised many around the game by signing a minor league contract with the Cardinals yesterday. The 40-year-old outfielder was limited down the stretch last season due to a left Achilles injury, but he decided to return for his 18th major league season after undergoing surgery to repair the tendon last month. According to…

  6. Indians “making progress” in talks with Kevin Millwood

    Feb 5, 2011, 11:32 AM EDT

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    Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports this morning that the Indians are “making progress” in talks with free agent right-hander Kevin Millwood. Indians CEO Paul Dolan would have to approve the signing if it’s a major league deal. We heard the other day that Millwood was looking for $4-5 million, but that seems…

  7. Dennys Reyes signs minor league deal with Red Sox

    Feb 5, 2011, 8:54 AM EDT

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    After having a major league deal with the Phillies fall through earlier this winter, left-handed reliever Denny Reyes has signed a minor league contract with the Red Sox, according to FOXSports.com’s Jon Paul Morosi. Reyes, 33, posted a 3.35 ERA and 25/21 K/BB ratio over 38 innings with the Cardinals last season. Though lefties batted…

  8. Kyle Drabek may not have an innings limit this season

    Feb 4, 2011, 9:30 PM EDT

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    In an interview with FOXSports.com’s Jon Paul Morosi earlier this week, new Blue Jays manager John Farrell didn’t dismiss the possibility that Kyle Drabek could eclipse 200 innings in his rookie season. “You can look at the (innings) progression he’s already gone through to this point,” Farrell said of Drabek, whose father, Doug, is the…

  9. Yankees sign Eric Chavez and Ronnie Belliard to minor league contracts

    Feb 4, 2011, 8:05 PM EDT

    Eric Chavez

    According to Sweeney Murti of WFAN, the Yankees have signed Eric Chavez and Ronnie Belliard to minor league contracts. They’ll both get invites to spring training. The oft-injured Chavez has played in a grand total of 154 games since the start of the 2007 season, but worked out for a number of teams this winter,…

  10. UPDATE: Orioles sign Vladimir Guerrero to a one-year, $8 million contract

    Feb 4, 2011, 6:59 PM EDT

    Texas Rangers v San Francisco Giants, Game 1

    UPDATE: Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com hears that a significant portion of Guerrero’s $8 million salary is deferred. 6:59 PM: Buster Olney of ESPN.com confirms his colleague’s initial report. It’s one-year, $8 million, pending a physical. Interestingly, as Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun notes, the O’s payroll now sits at approximately $93 million, approximately $20…

  11. Pablo Sandoval worked with Barry Bonds this winter

    Feb 4, 2011, 5:15 PM EDT

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    Pablo Sandoval is supposed to be in much better shape too. But no, the Kung Fu Panda didn’t work out with Barry Bonds to attain his newfound shape. That was attributable to laying off soda and chips, he says.  What he did do with Barry Bonds however was to work on plate discipline. The weight…

  12. Picture of the Day: Tim Lincecum has a scarf and a mustache

    Feb 4, 2011, 4:46 PM EDT

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    Not only has Tim Lincecum slicked back and/or ponytailed his flowing locks, the Comcast Sportsnet Bay Area folks snapped a picture of him wearing a scarf indoors and growing what appears to be an attempt at a mustache of some sort. It’s not a great look for Timmy, although I’m somewhat comforted knowing the gap…

  13. Quote of the Day: Low-hanging fruit edition

    Feb 4, 2011, 4:22 PM EDT

    Fred Wilpon

    But to be fair: sometimes the lowest hanging fruit is the tastiest!

  14. Giants exercise 2012 options on manager Bruce Bochy and general manager Brian Sabean

    Feb 4, 2011, 3:44 PM EDT

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    Stuff like this becomes sort of a no-brainer in the wake of a championship, but this afternoon the Giants officially exercised their 2012 options on manager Bruce Bochy and general manager Brian Sabean. Both were already under contract for 2011. Bochy, who joined the Giants in 2007 as Felipe Alou’s replacement following 12 seasons as…

  15. We weren’t expecting that: Jim Edmonds signs with the Cardinals

    Feb 4, 2011, 3:13 PM EDT

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    When we heard that Jim Edmonds would soon be announcing his plans, we assumed that his plans included a retirement announcement.  Nope: dude just signed a minor league deal with the Cardinals. Edmonds can still hit.  In 272 plate appearances last year he put up a nice little .276/.342/.504 line with 11 homers.  The problem,…

  16. Robinson Cano hires Scott Boras as his new agent

    Feb 4, 2011, 2:50 PM EDT

    Texas Rangers v New York Yankees, Game 5

    Enrique Rojas of ESPNDeportes.com reports that Robinson Cano has changed agents, hiring Scott Boras to replace his former representative, Bobby Barad. Cano and Boras reportedly had a meeting in the Dominican Republic, after which the All-Star second baseman made the switch. Boras represents a ton of big-name clients, but what’s interesting about the timing of…

  17. A thinking man’s approach to Andy Pettitte’s Hall of Fame candidacy

    Feb 4, 2011, 2:27 PM EDT

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    We have five years until we need to seriously think about Andy Pettitte: Hall of Famer. My view right now is that he’s not. That could change, or it could not. Depends on what I’m able to figure out and what others are able to figure out and express persuasively for his cause. There have been…

  18. Michael Young trade rumors refuse to die, get resuscitated by Buster Olney

    Feb 4, 2011, 1:40 PM EDT

    Michael Young

    Rangers president Nolan Ryan appeared to put the seemingly never-ending Michael Young trade speculation to rest last week by saying Young “is going to be our designated hitter on Opening Day,” but now Buster Olney of ESPN.com reports that Texas has “recently continued to explore a possible trade.” And, like the previous 1,000 stories about…

  19. Bankruptcy trustee: Mets owners reaped $300 million in phony Madoff profits

    Feb 4, 2011, 1:05 PM EDT

    Fred Wilpon, Jeff Wilpon

    The bluff has been called, the documents have been unsealed and the allegations of just how deeply the Wilpons, Saul Katz and the Mets were in with Bernie Madoff is fairly staggering.  The entire lawsuit can be read here. Among the allegations: the Wilpons, Katz, their families and their business reaped $300 million in fictitious profits.…

  20. Nationals prospect Adrian Nieto suspended for PEDs

    Feb 4, 2011, 12:17 PM EDT

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    Nationals catching prospect Adrian Nieto, who was Washington’s fifth-round pick in 2008, has been suspended 50 games for two banned substances named Oxandrolone and Metabolite. His suspension will kick in once the season starts and Nieto will likely serve it while at high Single-A. Baseball America tabbed Nieto as “the best switch-hitting catching prospect in…

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