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  1. 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…

  2. 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,…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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.

  7. 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…

  8. 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,…

  9. 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 baseball page this morning.  I expect Cardinals fan and FOX baseball columnist Dayn Perry to submit his resignation in protest by noon today.

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. Big Hurt set to call it a career

    Feb 11, 2010, 8:35 PM EDT

    Frank Thomas, who last played with the Blue Jays and Athletics in 2008, will announce his retirement on Friday, sources told The 41-year-old Thomas finishes his career with 521 home runs. Also a tight end in college, Thomas was the seventh overall pick in the 1989 MLB draft out of Auburn. In 16 years…

  14. White Sox in the mix for Damon?

    Feb 11, 2010, 7:53 PM EDT

    It seems an unlikely match, given the team’s limited flexibility financially, but the White Sox are being talked about as a new suitor for free agent Johnny Damon. The White Sox certainly have room for Damon in their lineup. After electing not to bring back Jim Thome, they currently have Andruw Jones and Mark Kotsay…

  15. Diving into the depths: Boston Red Sox

    Feb 11, 2010, 7:05 PM EDT

    This is part of a 30-article series looking at each team’s depth chart headed into spring training. Boston Red Sox Rotation 1. Jon Lester 2. Josh Beckett 3. John Lackey 4. Daisuke Matsuzaka 5. Clay Buchholz 6. Tim Wakefield 7. Michael Bowden 8. Junichi Tazawa 9. Boof Bonser 10. Gaby Hernandez 11. Fabio Castro 12.…

  16. Angels bring back veteran infielder Quinlan

    Feb 11, 2010, 6:46 PM EDT

    The Angels have agreed to a new deal with free agent Robb Quinlan, writes’s Lyle Spencer. Quinlan was widely expected to depart, probably for the National League, after a third straight season in which he contributed little to the Angels’ cause. The seven-year veteran has spent his entire career in Anaheim, and he was…

  17. 2010 projected leaders: Saves & Relief ERA

    Feb 11, 2010, 6:19 PM EDT

    Over the next several days, I’ll be dipping into my 2010 projections and presenting some leaderboards. Saves 1. Mariano Rivera – 40 1. Francisco Rodriguez – 40 3. Joe Nathan – 38 3. Jonathan Papelbon – 38 5. Jonathan Broxton – 37 5. Brian Wilson – 37 7. Heath Bell – 36 7. Huston Street…

  18. Ernie Harwell to receive lifetime achievement award

    Feb 11, 2010, 5:30 PM EDT

    Got a press release a few minutes ago announcing that Ernie Harwell is going to receive the Vin Scully Lifetime Achievement Award in Sports Broadcasting. The award is given out annually by WFUV, the public radio station at Fordham University where Scully got his start.  The award will be given at the station’s Spring Gala…

  19. Rangers prospect Gutierrez suspended 50 games

    Feb 11, 2010, 5:01 PM EDT

    Rangers prospect Danny Gutierrez was suspended for 50 games Thursday for testing positive for the amphetamine Adderall, MLB announced. Adderall is a drug used to treat Attention-Deficit Disorder, and many believe it is being abused by major leaguers seeking a boost. The Mitchell Report pointed out the number of players receiving “theraputic use exemptions” for…

  20. MLBAM CEO Bob Bowman may run for governor of Michigan

    Feb 11, 2010, 4:50 PM EDT

    Bob Bowman has been the CEO of Major League Baseball Advanced Media since its inception.  It’s been a fabulous success, and Bowman has deservedly received kudos for it. He may be looking for a new job, however: An official in Major League Baseball has formed a committee to explore a run for Michigan’s Democratic gubernatorial…

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