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  1. Dave Eiland: Joba's training wheels are off

    Feb 10, 2010, 9:22 AM EDT

    Yankees’ pitching coach Dave Eiland confirmed yesterday that “The Joba Rules” are officially history: “He’s just going to go out and pitch and he’ll be the one who’ll dictate when he comes out as far as getting hit or getting tired or losing his stuff. He’s not going to have any restrictions, so Joe (Girardi)…

  2. Derek Jeter's defensive improvement is bad news for the Yankees? Really?

    Feb 10, 2010, 8:28 AM EDT

    I wrote yesterday that tons of ink will be spilled over Derek Jeter’s extension despite the fact that it’s probably going to all go down rather quickly and painlessly after the season is over.  As if on cue, Joel Sherman of the Post chimes in, showing just how hard the tabloids are going to work…

  3. The Mets' really, really good idea

    Feb 10, 2010, 7:57 AM EDT

    The Mets have made a lot of bad decisions this offseason, but here’s a really, really good one: having Keith Hernandez help Daniel Murphy with his defense at first base: The tutorials are underway in Port St. Lucie, after general manager Omar Minaya called Hernandez requesting that he help ease Murphy’s transition to first base.…

  4. Cubs not rushing Lilly's recovery

    Feb 10, 2010, 12:24 AM EDT

    Much like Brandon Webb, Ted Lilly is an All-Star pitcher trying to recover from surgery on his throwing shoulder. And much like the Diamondbacks are being patient with Webb, the Chicago Cubs are being equally cautious with Lilly. Cubs GM Jim Hendry said on Tuesday that there is no set timetable for Lilly’s return, though…

  5. Brandon Webb throws, thinks he'll be ready for season

    Feb 9, 2010, 10:00 PM EDT

    Good news for Arizona Diamondbacks fans: Brandon Webb threw off a mound on Tuesday for the first time since his shoulder surgery in August, and as he tells MLB.com, “[It] went good.” Webb, a three-time All-Star and winner of the 2006 NL Cy Young Award, made just one start in 2009 due to shoulder pain,…

  6. O's interested in Washburn … sort of … maybe

    Feb 9, 2010, 9:09 PM EDT

    The Baltimore Orioles have some interest in Jarrod Washburn. Oh wait, no they don’t. Well, maybe they do. Who knows? Fox reported the Washburn interest initially, and also mentioned that the team had “discussed” Chien-Ming Wang. But Peter Schmuck of the Baltimore Sun writes that you can pretty much rule out both pitchers, as the…

  7. Johnny Damon holding out for two-year deal

    Feb 9, 2010, 9:04 PM EDT

    Want to know why Johnny Damon, who hit 24 homers and scored 107 runs last season, hasn’t signed with a team as of February 9?  Because he’s holding out for a two-year contract.  Or so says FOXSports.com’s Jon Paul Morosi. Damon, 36, has drawn interest recently from the Tigers, Braves and Rays, though none of…

  8. Uh… The Astros may re-sign Willy Taveras

    Feb 9, 2010, 8:38 PM EDT

    UPDATE: It looks like this thing might actually happen.  Bernardo Fallas of the Houston Chronicle reports that Astros assistant GM David Gottfried contacted Taveras’ agent, Barry Praver, soon after the outfielder’s release on Tuesday.  A minor league contract was indeed discussed. 7:41pm: According to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com, Astros general manager Ed Wade is open…

  9. Diving into the depths: Texas Rangers

    Feb 9, 2010, 7:37 PM EDT

    This is part of a 30-article series looking at each team’s depth chart headed into spring training. Texas Rangers Rotation 1. Scott Feldman 2. Rich Harden 3. Colby Lewis 4. Tommy Hunter 5. Brandon McCarthy 6. Derek Holland 7. Matt Harrison 8. Neftali Feliz 9. Dustin Nippert 10. C.J. Wilson 11. Guillermo Moscoso The additions…

  10. Mets close to deal with Mike Jacobs

    Feb 9, 2010, 7:27 PM EDT

    ESPN.com’s Jerry Crasnick reports that the Mets are close to agreement on a minor league contract with free agent first baseman Mike Jacobs. The deal, once finalized, will include a non-roster invitation to spring training.  Jacobs struggled mightily in his first American League season, batting a measly .228/.297/.401 last year with 132 strikeouts in just…

  11. Brandon Lyon to miss start of spring training

    Feb 9, 2010, 6:59 PM EDT

    Astros GM Ed Wade revealed to the media Tuesday that relief pitcher Brandon Lyon had a small cyst in his right shoulder drained two weeks ago and won’t be back to full strength by the time pitchers and catchers report to spring training. The Astros detected the cyst in the initial MRI they gave Lyon…

  12. Fantasy ranking the rotations

    Feb 9, 2010, 6:35 PM EDT

    In light of Craig’s response to Buster Olney’s blog, I’ve thrown this together. It’s a ranking 1-30 of how the top six pitchers in each team’s rotation fare in my fantasy projections. This isn’t meant to be taken very seriously. For one thing, I’ve simply added up the totals, so the No. 6 starter is…

  13. UPDATE: Chien-Ming Wang has a couple of offers

    Feb 9, 2010, 6:01 PM EDT

    UPDATE: MLB.com’s Bill Ladson hears that the Nationals are “aggressively pursuing” Wang and are “one of the finalists” for his services. 5:23pm: Rosenthal reports that two teams have already made Chien-Ming Wang offers, have watched him pitch multiple times and have even given him a physical.  The teams that made said offers have not been…

  14. Ronny Cedeno: X-Factor

    Feb 9, 2010, 4:54 PM EDT

    Trolling around for stuff to write about and I come across this piece from FanHouse yesterday, in which John Hickey runs down the “x-factors” of all the NL teams. You know, those guys who will hopefully make the difference.  The Pirates’ entry caught my eye: Ronny Cedeno, shortstop. Cedeno’s last two managers, Lou Piniella with…

  15. Some more changes coming to Wrigley Field

    Feb 9, 2010, 4:27 PM EDT

    Fractional ownership suites aren’t the only new things coming to Wrigley Field next year: The Cubs are following the lead of the Boston Red Sox, opening up the space underneath the right-field bleachers for corporate pregame events, and for bleacher fans who may want to come down during the game and watch the action on…

  16. Five years later, Jacque Jones returns to Twins

    Feb 9, 2010, 3:50 PM EDT

    Sometimes in life, the joke is on you. Two months ago I poked a little fun at Jacque Jones attending the winter meetings in search of a job, suggesting that he was washed up and would “be lucky to secure a minor-league contract with an invite to spring training.” It turns out I was absolutely…

  17. Scott Boras is comically confident about Damon's prospects

    Feb 9, 2010, 3:20 PM EDT

    Scott Boras has been taking a beating over the fate of Johnny Damon this offseason, but he’s not deterred.  In fact today he has offered a couple of Black-Knight-in-Monty-Python-and-the-Holy-Grail-style “have at yous!” First in the Detroit Free Press: Although Damon, 36, has been a free agent since November, Boras said the market for him really…

  18. Scott Schoeneweis signs with the Brewers

    Feb 9, 2010, 3:06 PM EDT

    Scott Schoeneweis struggled with depression following the death of his wife last May, but was able to successfully return to the mound in September and this afternoon signed a minor-league contract with the Brewers. An autopsy later revealed that Schoeneweis’ wife (and the mother of his four children) passed away from an overdose of cocaine…

  19. Indians may give rookie Brantley a shot in left

    Feb 9, 2010, 2:50 PM EDT

    Michael Brantley made his big-league debut last September filling in for the injured Grady Sizemore in center field, but now that Sizemore is healthy the Indians are thinking about starting Brantley alongside him in left field. Here’s manager Manny Acta: What he did in September gives him a leg up on the position. That being…

  20. It's OK for a steroid user to become a coach in the NFL

    Feb 9, 2010, 2:20 PM EDT

    FOX’s Jay Glazer reports that Mike Shanahan is interviewing Bill Romanowski to be the Redskins’ new strength and conditioning coach. I repeat: a man who took the “cream” and the “clear” just like Barry Bonds did is poised to be the STRENGTH and CONDITIONING coach for an NFL team. In light of the bruising Mark…

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