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  1. 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…

  2. 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 MLB.com that Cliff Lee underwent foot surgery on Friday. The surgery, which was…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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 –…

  6. 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.…

  7. Schilling: the Sox should sign Josh Beckett now

    Feb 8, 2010, 4:46 PM EDT

    Curt Schilling, arguing that the Red Sox should sign Josh Beckett to a contract extension right now: Here’s why, barring some freakish medical issue which I assume he doesn’t have or there would be bigger problems, you sign Josh now. The one worry, other than health, you have when signing ANY player to a long…

  8. The Rays' have a new sky blue jersey

    Feb 8, 2010, 4:15 PM EDT

    The St. Pete Times has some large pics of the Rays’ new home alternate jersey. Kind of reminds me of a Blue Moon beer. I like Blue Moon but it’s not like I’m crazy about it or anything. I feel kind of the same way about these home alternates. If the Rays had any guts…

  9. Yankees find their platoon bat in Marcus Thames

    Feb 8, 2010, 3:45 PM EDT

    For much of the offseason the assumption has been that the Yankees would sign a right-handed bat to platoon with Brett Gardner or Randy Winn in left field, and now SI.com’s Jon Heyman reports that they’ve found their man in Marcus Thames. Thames actually came up through the Yankees’ farm system after being a 30th-round…

  10. What's the deal with autographs?

    Feb 8, 2010, 3:17 PM EDT

    I’m not going to say that baseball news is slow, but this is one of the better things I’ve read today: It always angers me that some athletes will go to great lengths to sign legibly, and others will scribble their name, and be done with it. Personally, I think it is a travesty for…

  11. Video: Steve Phillips on 'The Today Show'

    Feb 8, 2010, 2:48 PM EDT

    Craig already wrote about Steve Phillips’ apologetic appearance on The Today Show, but here’s the actual video of his interview with Matt Lauer:

  12. Luis Aparicio's No. 11 to be un-retired for Vizquel

    Feb 8, 2010, 2:20 PM EDT

    I haven’t gotten this misty since Apollo Creed let Rocky wear his red white and blue trunks for the Clubber Lang rematch: The White Sox announced Monday that Aparicio has given his consent for Omar Vizquel to wear No. 11 in his first year with the White Sox, as the number will be un-retired by…

  13. Report: Carlos Beltran is 'furious with the Mets'

    Feb 8, 2010, 1:50 PM EDT

    Joel Sherman of the New York Post writes that Carlos Beltran is “furious with the Mets” for how they’ve handled his knee surgery publicly and may let that impact his return timetable: He wonders if he should have been playing last year (in other words, was he properly diagnosed?). More important, he pushed to initially…

  14. Brewers to erect a statue of Bud Selig. As they should.

    Feb 8, 2010, 1:15 PM EDT

    From the Brewers’ official PR Twitter account: Brewers announce it will honor MLB Commissioner & former owner Bud Selig with statue at Miller Park’s Home Plate Plaza, unveil set for 8/24. OK, first off, let’s put an end to the snark-fest that has already started.  You and I can could mock this if it was…

  15. After signings, Orioles may look to deal Wigginton

    Feb 8, 2010, 12:49 PM EDT

    Last season Ty Wigginton started 38 games at first base, 35 games at third base, and 23 games at designated hitter for the Orioles, but with offseason signings Miguel Tejada and Garrett Atkins now manning the corner infield spots MASNSports.com’s Roch Kubatko speculates that Wigginton could be traded before Opening Day. Tejada, Atkins, and Wigginton…

  16. Quote of the Day: Rod Blagojevich

    Feb 8, 2010, 12:17 PM EDT

    I said to my daughter Amy, I said, ‘we’re five outs away from seeing something that very few people sitting in this ballpark have ever seen, and that is the Cubs actually going to the World Series.’ As soon as I said that, (Luis) Castilla hit that foul ball, (Moises) Alou goes up to get…

  17. Fernando Martinez gets MVP of Caribbean Series

    Feb 8, 2010, 11:46 AM EDT

    Over the weekend D.J. Short wrote a lengthy, interesting article about whether or not the Mets have rushed Fernando Martinez’s development. I think the answer is a resounding “yes,” but you should definitely read his piece and decide for yourself. As a follow-up to that, Martinez was named MVP of the Caribbean Series after hitting…

  18. Ripken, Robinson think Tejada will be just fine at third

    Feb 8, 2010, 11:20 AM EDT

    No one has seen him take grounders there yet, but the Orioles’ two Hall of Fame third basemen think that Miguel Tejada will be just fine moving from shortstop to third base.  This is a fun quote though: “I think there is a physical side and then there is a mental side,” Ripken said. “But…

  19. The all-unsigned team

    Feb 8, 2010, 11:04 AM EDT

    Dierkes has put together an “all-star” team of players who have yet to be signed.  The scare quotes denote the fact that, generally speaking the pickings are slim. Maybe I’m being overly harsh, but I think maybe four of those guys truly deserve to start in the Majors. A few others have an argument for…

  20. Steve Phillips apologizes

    Feb 8, 2010, 10:35 AM EDT

    Former Mets GM and ESPN talking head Steve Phillips was on the Today show this morning, opening his heart about his treatment for sex addiction. No word on if he was angry about being totally overshadowed by Tiger Woods in that department, but there was a lot of remorse and apologies to his family and…

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