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  1. Johan Santana is gearing up for the season

    Feb 11, 2010, 8:58 AM EDT

    If there is anything that makes me doubt Kyle Farnsworth’s chances as a starter it’s the article in today’s Daily News about Johan Santana. In it John Harper catches for the Mets’ ace as he pitches a simulated half-inning against the heart of the Phillies’ lineup.  After striking out the cardboard cutout that simulates Jimmy…

  2. The Royals are going to give Kyle Farnsworth a chance to start

    Feb 11, 2010, 8:29 AM EDT

    I’ll give Royals fans a few moments to clean up the coffee they just spit all over the screen.  Done? Good. Let’s continue. Here’s Royals’ pitching coach Bob McClure: “Kyle Farnsworth is competing for a job in the rotation. We’re going to lengthen him out and see how it goes. Because what he showed me…

  3. Let's start the day with something non-controversial: racism

    Feb 11, 2010, 7:57 AM EDT

    Moshe Mandel at TYU wants to know if it’s not curious that some writers assume that Felix Hernandez will be more likely to become complacent and lazy now that he has a big contract than Justin Verlander will.  Or whether there is any rational explanation for thinking that Dustin Pedroia “cares more” about his team…

  4. Garciaparra looking for TV gig, Shaughnessy thrilled

    Feb 10, 2010, 11:26 PM EDT

    Nomar Garciaparra hasn’t announced he’s retiring yet, but as spring training nears, it’s looking more and more like that decision is being made for him. So what is a six-time All-Star who hasn’t had a good season since 2006 to do? Well, become a broadcaster of course. According to NESN, Garciaparra auditioned for both ESPN…

  5. Sheffield considers offers 'on the table'

    Feb 10, 2010, 9:50 PM EDT

    Gary Sheffield tells the New York Post that he’s in “tip-top shape,” having lost 15 pounds, and is considering some “things on the table” to return for a 23rd season. The former Brewer-Padre-Marlin-Dodger-Brave-Yankee-Tiger-Met, who has 509 career home runs to go with an impressive .292/.393/.514 line, said he has not made up his mind whether…

  6. Diving into the depths: Tampa Bay Rays

    Feb 10, 2010, 7:16 PM EDT

    This is part of a 30-article series looking at each team’s depth chart headed into spring training. Tampa Bay Rays Rotation 1. James Shields 2. Matt Garza 3. Jeff Niemann 4. David Price 5. Wade Davis 6. Andy Sonnanstine 7. Jeremy Hellickson 8. Lance Cormier 9. Carlos Hernandez 10. Heath Phillips 11. Alex Torres Davis…

  7. 2010 projected leaders: Runs scored & RBI

    Feb 10, 2010, 6:14 PM EDT

    Over the next several days, I’ll be dipping into my 2010 projections and presenting some leaderboards. Runs 1. Ryan Braun – 113 1. Albert Pujols – 113 1. Alex Rodriguez – 113 4. Dustin Pedroia – 112 5. Jose Reyes – 110 5. Jimmy Rollins – 110 7. Mark Teixeira – 109 8. Derek Jeter…

  8. Justin Verlander: Jeremy Bonderman looks good

    Feb 10, 2010, 6:00 PM EDT

    Give a guy $80 million and he’ll wear any hat you want him to. Starter. Team leader. Scout: Justin Verlander said the throws have life on them, more than he saw last year. He talked about making adjustments, going back to the basics. He’s really excited about the progress. He wasn’t talking about himself. He…

  9. Report: Damon's offer from the Braves is $2 million now, $2 million deferred

    Feb 10, 2010, 5:35 PM EDT

    Tyler Kepner tweets that the offer the Braves have made Johnny Damon is not quite the $5 million reported earlier in the day. Rather, it’s $2 million now, $2 million deferred.  If he takes it I’ll have to update the last post to reflect the fact that his haircut is something more than $75 million…

  10. Shouldn't Damon be on Heyman's "free agent losers" list?

    Feb 10, 2010, 5:06 PM EDT

    SI’s Jon Heyman makes a list of the winners and losers of the 2009-10 free agent class.  The winners include Matt Holliday, John Lackey, those catchers who got overpaid, Ben Sheets and all of the utility players who got pretty decent deals for utility players.  The losers include Joel Piniero, Adam LaRoche, Vlad Guerrero, Jim…

  11. Derek Jeter: Captain Provocative

    Feb 10, 2010, 4:40 PM EDT

    Stop the presses: Derek Jeter thinks the Yankees have a chance to repeat. He also said “I like the team that we have.” Jeter was going to say that he was in the best shape of his life but his agent, business manager, publicist and life coach decided that they didn’t want to get all…

  12. President Obama compares Bank CEO salaries to ballplayer salaries

    Feb 10, 2010, 4:12 PM EDT

    Obama’s smooth. Look how he slams Carlos Zambrano and Vernon Wells without even mentioning their names: President Barack Obama said he doesn’t “begrudge” the $17 million bonus awarded to JPMorgan Chase & Co. Chief Executive Officer Jamie Dimon or the $9 million issued to Goldman Sachs Group Inc. CEO Lloyd Blankfein, noting that some athletes…

  13. Brent Mayne updates the J.T. Snow thing

    Feb 10, 2010, 3:17 PM EDT

    Some of Brent Mayne’s commenters pointed out to him that the J.T. Snow story from this morning didn’t add up and Mayne quickly and transparently updated. Upshot: he knows it was J.T. and he knows it was the Yankees. He admits he got the circumstances and the outcome wrong, however, and thinks that maybe the…

  14. Colome inks minor-league contract with Mariners

    Feb 10, 2010, 2:48 PM EDT

    Let go by both the Nationals and Brewers last season after allowing 18 runs in 21 innings, Jesus Colome has agreed to a minor-league contract with the Mariners. His numbers last year weren’t pretty, but 21 innings is small sample, Colome’s average fastball still clocked in at 94.7 miles per hour, and his ERAs in…

  15. UPDATE: OK, maybe Wang and the Nats do have a deal

    Feb 10, 2010, 2:37 PM EDT

    UPDATE:  Maybe the debunking needs debunking.  The NYT’s Tyler Kepner notes that no reporter is closer to Chien-Ming Wang than Pete Abraham is, and he backs Abe’s report that the Nats and Wang are going to get together.  Perhaps all that happened after Abe’s report was that a nervous agent merely told some people that…

  16. Carlos Delgado "substantial money and playing time." Good luck with that Carlos

    Feb 10, 2010, 2:20 PM EDT

    Carlos Delgado reportedly can’t walk and even the Mets have passed on him, but that hasn’t deterred the guy: Florida spoke with ex-Marlins first baseman Carlos Delgado’s agent and would have interest in him as a low-money backup/pinch hitter. But Delgado wants substantial money and playing time. Substantial money and playing time?  Delgado and Johnny…

  17. Report: Braves offer Johnny Damon one-year deal

    Feb 10, 2010, 1:48 PM EDT

    MLB.com’s Mark Bowman reports that the Braves “have made a one-year offer to” Johnny Damon that includes “some money that would be deferred.” (UPDATE: That one-year offer “is believed to be worth at least $5 million.”) Along those same lines, David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal Constitution wrote this afternoon that the “Braves’ interest in…

  18. Dynamic ticket pricing is a good thing

    Feb 10, 2010, 1:20 PM EDT

    Nelson Algren said it best: Never play cards with a man called Doc, never eat at a place called Mom’s, never sleep with a woman whose troubles are worse than your own, and never start spewing stuff about economics when you obviously don’t know what you’re talking about.  Here’s SF Weekly’s Joe Eskenazi on the…

  19. Giants sign Wellemeyer to minor-league deal

    Feb 10, 2010, 12:42 PM EDT

    CSNBayArea.com’s Mychael Urban reports that the Giants have signed Todd Wellemeyer to a minor-league contract with an invite to spring training. Wellemeyer was briefly one of Cardinals pitching coach Dave Duncan’s many success stories after being claimed off waivers from the Royals in mid-2007. Purely a reliever at that point, Wellemeyer moved into the Cardinals’…

  20. Hal McRae thought the 1976 batting title was stolen from him in a racist plot

    Feb 10, 2010, 12:20 PM EDT

    From the Department of I Had No Idea This Ever Happened comes the racial controversy over the 1976 A.L. batting title.  The part I knew about: the race came down to the last day between teammates George Brett and Hal McRae. In their last at bats, Brett hit an inside the park home run and…

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