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  1. You can get into the Reds' team photo

    Feb 22, 2010, 11:00 AM EDT

    Neat promotion from the Cincinnati Reds: they’re auctioning off the chance to be in this year’s team photo. The proceeds from the auction will go to charity.  The opening bid is $500, but I can only assume it will go much higher. Indeed, reliever Mike Lincoln probably views the auction as a much better bet…

  2. Quote of the Day II: Jason Heyward

    Feb 22, 2010, 10:45 AM EDT

    Braves’ outfield prospect/personal Man-Crush Supreme Jason Heyward showed up to spring training this morning looking absolutely huge. His teammates compared him to Jevon Kearse.  Asked if he had some kind of special workout or diet this winter he said: “Just growing up. Hopefully growing into my grown-man strength.” Dude had a .963 OPS across three…

  3. Kevin Appier is awesome

    Feb 22, 2010, 10:28 AM EDT

    A kid sent a baseball card to Kevin Appier 15 years ago hoping for an autograph. He never heard back.  Last week the card was sent back to his parents house with Appier’s autograph on it. My first impulse was that, not unlike Ringo Starr and Marge Simpson,* Appier simply had mountains and mountains of…

  4. Jayson Werth is ready for spring

    Feb 22, 2010, 10:14 AM EDT

    Either that or he’s ready to be the bass player for Grand Funk Railroad. Could go either way.

  5. Quote of the Day: Dustin Pedroia

    Feb 22, 2010, 9:59 AM EDT

    Some reporters asked Dustin Pedroia if the Red Sox have transformed from a team built to score runs into a team built to prevent runs. I’ve never been a big Pedroia fan, but his response has shot my man-crush for him to dangerously high levels: “I don’t even buy into that stuff. We have great…

  6. Random thoughts on the Johnny Damon signing

    Feb 22, 2010, 9:27 AM EDT

    As you no doubt heard, Johnny Damon signed with the Tigers over the weekend. One year, $8 million.  Some random observations: I don’t buy for a second that Detroit really had a two-year, $14 million offer out there, but their one-year, $7 million offer was widely reported. That was dangling when the White Sox dropped…

  7. David Wright is in the best shape of his . . . OH MY GOD look at the guns on him!

    Feb 22, 2010, 9:00 AM EDT

    Based on how much iron David Wright apparently pumped this offseason, it would seem that he doesn’t want to depend on lower fences at Citi Field to help restore his power. Mercy. In other news, the article goes on and on about how Jeff Francoeur is helping Wright take a better mental approach to the…

  8. The Dodgers expect you to pay twice the price for half the product

    Feb 22, 2010, 8:29 AM EDT

    The L.A. Times’ Bill Shaikin reports that a document setting forth the Dodgers’ financial plans was leaked in connection with the McCourt divorce. The document, which was created by the Dodgers in order to solicit Chinese investors in the team and/or a soccer club Frank McCourt wants to buy, sets out the following: The Dodgers…

  9. The Yankees sign Chan Ho Park

    Feb 22, 2010, 7:57 AM EDT

    Thomas Harding of MLB.com reports that the Yankees have signed reliever Chan Ho Park to a one-year, $1.2 million deal with incentives that could reach $300,000.  The deal is pending a physical. And, presumably, the shaving of his Chan Ho Beard. Park put up a 2.52 ERA in 50 innings out of the pen last…

  10. Buehrle to make eighth Opening Day start

    Feb 21, 2010, 6:06 PM EDT

    White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen announced Sunday that Mark Buehrle would get the nod on Opening Day for a franchise record eighth time. Buehrle, entering his 10th year as a member of the White Sox rotation, will break a tie with Billy Pierce for the most Opening Day starts in team history. He gets the…

  11. Strasburg likely to begin season in minors

    Feb 21, 2010, 3:20 PM EDT

    According to the Washington Post, Nationals manager Jim Riggleman hinted Sunday that Stephen Strasburg is likely to begin the 2010 season in the minor leagues. The 2009 No. 1 overall pick threw his first bullpen session of the spring on Sunday.  He delivered 37 pitches, mostly fastballs, and apparently looked pretty sharp.  But, no matter…

  12. Pujols likely to avoid Tommy John surgery

    Feb 21, 2010, 12:56 PM EDT

    MLB.com’s Matthew Leach has`some excellent news for Cardinals fans and those lucky enough to land the No. 1 pick in fantasy drafts this spring.  Albert Pujols, who has dealt with a right elbow injury for much of his career, has been given a 95 percent chance of avoiding Tommy John surgery. “If I recall, that’s…

  13. UPDATE: Strasburg throws first spring bullpener

    Feb 21, 2010, 11:02 AM EDT

    UPDATE: The New York Times’ Tyler Kepner reports that Strasburg threw 37 pitches.  Ladson even took a picture. 9:31pm: Stephen Strasburg, selected No. 1 overall in last year’s draft, is scheduled to throw his first bullpen session of the spring on Sunday.  MASN has a story about it this morning, ESPN’s Baseball Tonight is stopping…

  14. Oh, no… Jack Bauer somehow linked to baseball

    Feb 21, 2010, 10:52 AM EDT

    In one of the oddest stories you’ll read this spring, MLB.com’s Mark Bowman writes that Braves outfielder Nate McLouth changed his number to 24 this offseason because of a certain television program that uses the same digits. “The only reason that I took 24,” McLouth said Saturday, “is because it’s my favorite TV show and Lost isn’t…

  15. Someone actually cares about MLB's gun policy

    Feb 21, 2010, 10:11 AM EDT

    When Major League Baseball decided Saturday to officially outlaw guns in clubhouses we figured the story would draw a few laughs and maybe some snarky remarks.  What we didn’t expect, however, was serious, disappointed reaction from a current professional. According to the always reliable St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Cardinals closer Ryan Franklin didn’t take too kindly to…

  16. Posada compares CC Sabathia to David Wells. We can do it, too

    Feb 21, 2010, 8:58 AM EDT

    Jorge Posada made an interesting observation on Saturday evening, comparing current Yankees ace CC Sabathia to former teammate David Wells.  (George King III of the New York Post gathered the quote). “He could pitch for 50 more years,” Posada of the 29-year-old Sabathia.  “He has an arm like David Wells.” It’s not hard to find…

  17. Update: Tigers come to terms with Johnny Damon

    Feb 20, 2010, 6:02 PM EDT

    Update: Ken Davidoff confirms the deal. One-year, $8 million, pending a physical.6:10 PM: Yep. This might actually happen. Sources tell Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports that the Tigers are “near agreement” on a one-year contract with free agent outfielder Johnny Damon. A source tells Brown that the contract is worth “about $8 million” and does…

  18. Joe Torre to manage through 2011

    Feb 20, 2010, 5:43 PM EDT

    We’ve all expected it for a while, and it isn’t yet official, but Jeff Fletcher of AOL Fanhouse reports that the Dodgers are finalizing a one-year extension with manager Joe Torre that will keep him in Los Angeles through 2011. Torre, who turns 70 in July, signed a three-year, $13 million contract with the Dodgers…

  19. Eric Gagne expresses "regrets" about past

    Feb 20, 2010, 5:10 PM EDT

    Eric Gagne addressed questions about his past connections to performance-enhancing drugs upon arriving to Dodgers’ camp on Saturday, according to Jeff Fletcher of AOL Fanhouse: “I’ve said it 150 times, it’s always going to be on my resume for the rest of my life,” Gagne told reporters. “People will second-guess everything I do and if…

  20. UPDATE: Derek Holland injures right knee

    Feb 20, 2010, 3:37 PM EDT

    Update: Andro has some further clarification, saying Holland iced the knee and is wearing a black sleeve on it. He will have an MRI on Monday, if needed, but the young pitcher doesn’t think it is anything serious. 1:40 PM: Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports that Holland can’t get an MRI on…

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