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  1. Frank McCourt on the Dodgers, money and remaining competitive

    Feb 9, 2010, 1:25 PM EDT

    Jon Weisman of the newly-relocated Dodger Thoughts sat down with Dodgers’ owner Frank McCourt for an extended interview recently. Most of it was spent talking about how, despite doing things like not offering Orlando Hudson and Randy Wolf arbitration, the Dodgers are all about winning and not cost-cutting these days. But with responses like these,…

  2. Shields unlikely to be ready for spring training

    Feb 9, 2010, 12:48 PM EDT

    Scot Shields was perhaps the elite setup man of the aughts (we really need a better name for 2000-2009), posting a 2.98 ERA from 2002-2008 while averaging around 90 innings per season, but ended the decade on a low note with an injury wrecked 2009 campaign and is now unlikely to be ready for spring…

  3. Albert Pujols is gearing up for the offseason

    Feb 9, 2010, 12:45 PM EDT

    And you thought he was scary with a bat.

  4. Ricky Romero is in the best shape of his life

    Feb 9, 2010, 12:18 PM EDT

    I’ll stop writing stuff like that when dudes stop writing stuff like this: Halladay’s departure leaves Romero, who went 13-9 as a rookie, as the most experienced healthy starting pitcher on the roster, and the 25-year-old is tackling the new challenge the way Halladay would. By training like a maniac. In addition to his throwing…

  5. Lenny Dykstra is back, with some more can't-miss investment advice

    Feb 9, 2010, 11:45 AM EDT

    There was a brief moment a couple years ago when a not-insignificant number of people believed that Lenny Dykstra was a financial genius capable of picking winning stocks like some sort of baseball Rainman. Real Sports on HBO did a relatively fawning profile piece focused on Dykstra’s lavish lifestyle, Jim Cramer famously called him a…

  6. Mike Pelfrey is in the best shape of his life

    Feb 9, 2010, 11:19 AM EDT

    Add Mets’ pitcher Mike Pelfrey to the list of this offseason’s biggest losers: One week until Fat Tuesday, but Mike Pelfrey won’t be participating. The Mets pitcher is prepared to arrive in camp next week some 25 pounds lighter than last season and believes that will propel him to new heights after a disappointing 2009.…

  7. The five best rotations in baseball?

    Feb 9, 2010, 11:00 AM EDT

    Buster Olney names what he thinks fits that bill anyway.  His list, in order: Red Sox, Yankees, White Sox, Angels, Cardinals.  He has the Phillies at 5a. Yes, I’m a fanboy, but shouldn’t the Braves crack the top five? Olney has them “in the conversation” and said he would have ranked them third if they…

  8. The Cubs are building a new mega-suite

    Feb 9, 2010, 10:33 AM EDT

    The Cubs are consolidating the luxury suites down the left field line in Wrigley Field and are turning the space into something of a mega-suite. Season tickets will be able to be purchased individually at the price of $300 a game instead of in lots of 12-15 like normal luxury suites, but the service and…

  9. The Atlanta Braves and Peyton Manning don't need this garbage

    Feb 9, 2010, 10:00 AM EDT

    So I clicked over to NBC last night to see if any of you had added any other hot chick links in what I’ll call the Drew Barrymore thread, and I was greeted with this ugly sight: Not that NBC is alone in this.  The Manning = the 90s Braves meme was all over…

  10. What are the Yankees going to do with Jeter, Rivera and Girardi?

    Feb 9, 2010, 9:28 AM EDT

    The New York Post says that the Yankees aren’t talking extension with Jeter, Rivera or Girardi.  This is not a surprise, really, as the Yankees have a pretty solid track record of not negotiating with their own free agents until their deals actually expire. Such an approach makes perfect sense for them, of course, because…

  11. K.C. Columnist: trade Greinke and Soria for prospects

    Feb 9, 2010, 9:00 AM EDT

    My dad gave me one dollar bill ‘Cause I’m his smartest son, and I swapped it for two shiny quarters ’cause two is more than one.  And then I took the quarters and traded them to Lou for three dimes — I guess he don’t know that three is more than two: In an American…

  12. The Mets are lowering the centerfield fence

    Feb 9, 2010, 8:29 AM EDT

    The wall was sixteen feet high last year. Now it’s going to be eight feet, says Adam Rubin of the Daily News. David Wright is probably happy. Johan Santana is probably sad.  And so it goes. But here’s a question: what are the Mets going to do for their other 81 games? After all, they…

  13. George Foster is in the best shape of his life

    Feb 9, 2010, 7:57 AM EDT

    According to NPB Tracker, the Orix Buffaloes of the Pacific League have hired former Giants bench warmer, Reds slugging MVP and Mets free agent disappointment George Foster as a cross-checker for U.S. baseball players. I kind of don’t care about that, but I am fascinated by the pic of Foster that accompanies this Japanese language…

  14. Ryan Dempster worried about far more than baseball

    Feb 8, 2010, 10:45 PM EDT

    Ryan Dempster has a lot on his plate, and not just in making preparations to head to Mesa, Ariz., for spring training. The Chicago Cubs pitcher is dealing with a personal battle as well, trying to help his 10-month old daughter deal with a serious ailment. (From the New York Times): Ryan and Jenny Dempster’s…

  15. Cardinals sign Schumaker to two-year deal

    Feb 8, 2010, 9:33 PM EDT

    The Cardinals signed second baseman Skip Schumaker to a two-year, $4.7 million contract on Monday, avoiding arbitration. It’s a modest surprise, given that the two sides had to close a wide gap for 2010. The Cardinals proposed a $1.45 million salary for Schumaker’s first year of arbitration, while Schumaker requiested $2.75 million, nearly twice as…

  16. Cliff Lee has surgery to remove bone spur from foot

    Feb 8, 2010, 9:10 PM EDT

    That sound you just heard was the optimism of Mariners fans blowing up like the Hindenburg. OK, so that last sentence was way over the top. But there must be at least a little bit of concern in Seattle with the news from that Cliff Lee underwent foot surgery on Friday. The surgery, which was…

  17. Diving into the depths: Pittsburgh Pirates

    Feb 8, 2010, 8:05 PM EDT

    This is part of a 30-article series looking at each team’s depth chart headed into spring training. Pittsburgh Pirates Rotation 1. Paul Maholm 2. Ross Ohlendorf 3. Zach Duke 4. Charlie Morton 5. Kevin Hart 6. Daniel McCutchen 7. Brad Lincoln 8. Donnie Veal 9. Chris Jakubauskas 10. Jeff Karstens 11. Tim Alderson 12. Virgil…

  18. Phil Niekro is in the best shape of his life

    Feb 8, 2010, 6:15 PM EDT

    Really, he’s rarin’ to go: Phil Niekro claims he’s in great shape, and if the wind is favorable enough, the 70-year-old right-hander said he can still crank his fastball up in the 80-mph range . . . “I’m in excellent shape,” Niekro said on a conference call with reporters on Monday. “In fact, I’m on…

  19. 2010 projected leaders: Strikeouts

    Feb 8, 2010, 5:49 PM EDT

    Over the next several days, I’ll be dipping into my 2010 projections and presenting some leaderboards. 1. Tim Lincecum – 246 2. Zack Greinke – 211 2. Justin Verlander – 211 4. Dan Haren – 203 5. Javier Vazquez – 200 6. Tommy Hanson – 198 7. Chad Billingsley – 197 8. Roy Halladay –…

  20. Why is truck day such a big deal all of a sudden?

    Feb 8, 2010, 5:18 PM EDT

    They’ve made a mini-celebration out of “Truck Day” in Boston — that day when the semis full of gear leave Fenway and head down to Ft. Myers — for the past ten years or so. Kinda silly, but a nice enough little ceremony. Better than the groundhog as far as harbingers of spring go anyway.…

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