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  1. J.R. House's career is probably over

    Feb 12, 2010, 5:30 PM EDT

    It’s not likely that any of you care about J.R. House. Nor should you be expected to I suppose. He had a grand total of 63 major league plate appearances with a line of .167/.206/.367 for three teams.  He had a much more respectable .302/.363/.475 in 3886 plate appearances in ten minor league seasons, mostly…

  2. Introducing Sportsvision's FieldFX

    Feb 12, 2010, 4:25 PM EDT

    Defense: the final frontier . . .: This could be the year that baseball-stat freaks finally crack the “Derek Jeter enigma.” A panel of coaches has awarded the New York Yankees’ shortstop four of the past six Gold Glove awards for fielding excellence. That drives statisticians nuts, because nearly every statistical model ranks Jeter’s defense…

  3. Jermaine Dye says he might retire

    Feb 12, 2010, 3:15 PM EDT

    Chuck Garfien of SportsNet Chicago sat down with Frank Thomas today and the subject of Jermaine Dye came up.  Seems Dye told Frank Thomas that he’s considering retiring. For his part, Thomas “told him he’s crazy.” In a world where even Mike Sweeney has a job, you’d think Dye wouldn’t be so glum about it…

  4. Mariners re-sign Sweeney to minor-league deal

    Feb 12, 2010, 2:42 PM EDT

    Seattle has re-signed Mike Sweeney to a minor-league contract after the 36-year-old veteran hit .281/.335/.442 in 76 games as a part-time designated hitter while battling back problems last season. Sweeney is still a decent threat against left-handed pitching, but he’s no more than an emergency option at first base defensively, can’t even stay healthy starting…

  5. The Hugo Chavez All-Stars

    Feb 12, 2010, 2:20 PM EDT

    If I was El Presidente I’d do this kind of stuff all the time: President Hugo Chavez and several members of his Cabinet took to the field yesterday for a slow-pitch softball game with some of Venezuela’s past and present major leaguers. Among the players on hand were Mets closer Francisco Rodriguez, Rangers shortstop Elvis…

  6. How Lincecum did — and did not — match the record for first year arbitration awards

    Feb 12, 2010, 1:55 PM EDT

    So did Tim Lincecum’s new deal match the all-time record for first year arbitration players or not?  Well, it depends on who you ask. I hadn’t realized this before, but I’m told that, for their own particular bookkeeping reasons, the MLBPA values signing bonuses as applying to the first year of the deal in their…

  7. Agent says Carlos Delgado has no plans to retire

    Feb 12, 2010, 1:50 PM EDT

    Earlier this week Carlos Delgado hinted that he might simply retire rather than “sign a contract just to say I signed.” Not surprisingly once agent David Sloane heard that he made sure to clarify that the 37-year-old has no plans to call it quits: He’s going to continue his strengthening program, continue working out. Every…

  8. Jon Heyman really, really wants Johnny Damon and Scott Boras to get paid

    Feb 12, 2010, 1:25 PM EDT

    SI.com’s Jon Heyman is sometimes accused of being a mouthpiece for agent Scott Boras. Heyman understandably doesn’t like that and tries to squash the notion, but sometimes it’s awfully tough not to get that impression. Boras’ highest profile client among remaining free agents is Johnny Damon and Heyman has been giving daily (and sometimes hourly)…

  9. The Jays may have to reschedule some June games

    Feb 12, 2010, 12:45 PM EDT

    Why? Because of some people who think they’re so important just because they, like, run the entire world and everything: The Group of 20 summit to be held in Toronto in June may be a boon to the city’s hospitality sector but it could be a major headache for the local baseball team, the Toronto Blue…

  10. Smoltz wants $3 million

    Feb 12, 2010, 12:20 PM EDT

    Earlier we passed along word that John Smoltz may wait until mid-season to sign someplace. Based on this report from the New York Times, however, Smoltz may be waiting a hell of a lot longer than that, because according to them he wants $3 million. The seems like an awful lot for a guy who,…

  11. Frank Thomas is the most underrated hitter ever

    Feb 12, 2010, 11:45 AM EDT

    Frank Thomas officially announcing his retirement has me thinking about his place in baseball history and preemptively worried that the Baseball Writers Association of America may not fully appreciate him when he appears on their Hall of Fame ballots in 2014. Thomas was my favorite player growing up, which is admittedly an odd sentiment for…

  12. Lincecum settles with the Giants on a two-year deal

    Feb 12, 2010, 11:10 AM EDT

    The Giants and Tim Lincecum have agreed to a two-year $23 million contract today, avoiding arbitration.  The exact split of the dollars across those two years has still not been confirmed.  My source is telling me that the first year of the deal will be between $9.5-$10 million.  Jon Heyman, in contrast, is reporting that…

  13. Truck Day: just another chance to try and sell you something

    Feb 12, 2010, 10:50 AM EDT

    It’s Truck Day in Boston, which means that boxes of gloves, bats, balls snuff cans and Gold Bond Medicated Powder are being loaded into the back of a rig outside Fenway Park and will soon depart for Red Sox spring training in Fort Myers, Florida. There’s been a lot of grumpy chatter from Red Sox…

  14. Lincecum's arbitration delayed

    Feb 12, 2010, 10:24 AM EDT

    Yahoo!’s Tim Brown tweets that the Giants-Lincecum arbitration has been delayed as the two sides are making progress on negotiations on a multi-year deal. ‘Duk from Big League Stew had the best line:  And now we wait for the white smoke to emerge from Tim Lincecum’s Mercedes, which will signal a new deal.

  15. Deep Thoughts: Detroit Tigers

    Feb 12, 2010, 10:20 AM EDT

    In light of yesterday’s two-year, $14 million offer to Johnny Damon, I had a Deep Thought:  If you’re Dave Dombrowski how on Earth are you supposed to negotiate with players and their agents if they know that Mike Ilitch may just come in and blow the budget whenever it strikes his fancy? Seems like credibility…

  16. Tim Lincecum's arbitration will not set some dangerous precedent

    Feb 12, 2010, 9:50 AM EDT

    Buster Olney quotes some baseball official worrying about Tim Lincecum’s arbitration. Specifically, he worries about the “precedent” a $13 million award could set.  That word he keeps using; I do not think it means what he thinks it means: There is a lot of sentiment within other organizations for the Giants to settle the case,…

  17. Pujols in Pinstripes?! Someone should be flogged for this

    Feb 12, 2010, 9:20 AM EDT

    This was one of the splash pictures over at the FOX Sports.com baseball page this morning.  I expect Cardinals fan and FOX baseball columnist Dayn Perry to submit his resignation in protest by noon today.

  18. Corey Hart wins his arbitration

    Feb 12, 2010, 8:50 AM EDT

    It was just announced that Corey Hart has won his arbitration with the Brewers. He had asked for $4.8 million and now he gets it.  The Brewers had argued for $4.15 million. Arbitration is a lot more complicated than simply saying “well, he didn’t have a good year last year, so he don’t get no…

  19. O's starter Bergesen injures arm throwing for TV commercial

    Feb 12, 2010, 8:29 AM EDT

    Orioles’ starter Brad Bergesen will not be able to throw in spring training for at least 10 days after pitchers and catchers report because he strained his right shoulder during the filming of a TV commercial in early December: “Obviously, I hadn’t picked up a ball. I’m kicking myself in the head about it. That’s…

  20. Smoltz, Martinez to play the waiting game

    Feb 12, 2010, 7:57 AM EDT

    Jim Bowden tweets that both John Smoltz and Pedro Martinez will wait until after the season gets going to sign a deal, a la Pedro’s thing with the Phillies last year.  The New York Post’s Adam Rubin reported as much a few weeks ago with respect to Smoltz. Most people probably assumed that Martinez would…

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