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  1. 2010 projected leaders: batting average

    Feb 2, 2010, 7:34 PM EDT

    Over the next several days, I’ll be dipping into my 2010 projections and presenting some leaderboards. 1. Joe Mauer -.331 2. Albert Pujols – .325 3. Ichiro Suzuki – .323 4. Hanley Ramirez – .321 5. Pablo Sandoval – .316 6. Miguel Cabrera – .315 7. Dustin Pedroia – .313 8. Robinson Cano – .311…

  2. Diving into the depths: Washington Nationals

    Feb 2, 2010, 7:06 PM EDT

    This is part of a 30-article series looking at each team’s depth chart headed into spring training. Washington Nationals Rotation 1. John Lannan 2. Jason Marquis 3. Scott Olsen 4. Miguel Batista 5. Craig Stammen 6. Ross Detwiler 7. Shairon Martis 8. Garrett Mock 9. Stephen Strasburg 10. Collin Balester 11. J.D. Martin 12. Matt…

  3. Giants, Mota agree to minors contract

    Feb 2, 2010, 6:48 PM EDT

    San Francisco’s mediocre middle relief stockpile continues…

  4. Report: Dodgers land Alfredo Amezaga

    Feb 2, 2010, 6:41 PM EDT

    6:41pm: Joe Frisaro of has confirmed that the deal is final. 6:20pm: According to’s Ken Rosenthal, the Dodgers have inked outfielder Alfredo Amezaga to a minor league contract.  The deal will be worth $650,000 if he makes the big league club and carries another $800,000 worth of performance-based incentives.  Amezaga, who just turned…

  5. Padres avoid arbitration with Scott Hairston

    Feb 2, 2010, 6:09 PM EDT

    The Padres have avoided one of those often-tumultuous arbitration hearings with outfielder Scott Hairston, signing him Tuesday afternoon to a $2.45 million contract for the 2010 season.  The news comes via’s Corey Brock. Hairston requested $2.9 million from the Padres and was offered $2.1 million when arbitration figures were exchanged two weeks ago, so…

  6. The Yankees: the worst case scenario

    Feb 2, 2010, 5:30 PM EDT

    Since we’ll soon be swimming in season previews that have the Yankees winning 100 games, the division, the league and probably the World Series, let’s have some fun and see what would happen if absolutely everything went wrong in the Bronx. To that end, here’s Part 1 of NYaT’s “The Yankees Worst Case Scenario.”  It’s…

  7. The Mets respond to Putz's allegations

    Feb 2, 2010, 5:01 PM EDT

    UPDATE: While I had seen the actual statement the Mets released about Putz before writing the business below, I had missed this story from Marty Noble at last night. In it he relates that the Mets do, in fact, deny Putz’s claim that they told him to hide his injuries from the media.  They…

  8. Several teams looking at Kris Benson

    Feb 2, 2010, 4:50 PM EDT

    Kris Benson hasn’t pitched much recently — eight appearances last year, none in 2008 or 2007 — but his agent says he’s healthy, throwing well and expects to sign with someone in the next couple of weeks. Candidates: Diamondbacks, Cubs, Reds and Nationals. Benson is 35 now, and has long lost the luster of being…

  9. A's essentially buy Adam Rosales for $1.3 million

    Feb 2, 2010, 3:50 PM EDT

    Yesterday the A’s traded Aaron Miles and a player to be named later or cash to the Reds for Adam Rosales and Willy Taveras, only to designate Taveras for assignment approximately three minutes later. While confusing at first glance, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle notes that the end result for the A’s is…

  10. The Professional Free Agent Showcase

    Feb 2, 2010, 3:20 PM EDT

    Here’s an idea I had never considered: a “three-day mixer” called the Professional Free Agent Showcase where unemployed baseball players work out for and scouts for teams looking for talent.  The inaugural one kicks off today and lasts through Thursday at Al Lang Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. It’s not for Major League free agents.…

  11. Report: Blue Jays close to signing Kevin Gregg

    Feb 2, 2010, 2:45 PM EDT’s Ken Rosenthal reports that the Blue Jays are “close” to signing reliever Kevin Gregg. Last week manager Cito Gaston was asked about the Blue Jays’ closer situation and replied: We have a couple of guys that can close, [Scott] Downs, [Jason] Frasor. But we’re going to kind of throw that up in the air.…

  12. The Marlins make an offer to Russell Branyan

    Feb 2, 2010, 2:20 PM EDT

    Jayson Stark is reporting that the Marlins have made an offer to Russell Branyan. It’s a major league deal with a low base and incentives. In that way it’s probably much like the $1.4 million he made in Seattle last year, where he hit 31 dingers. Problem for him, though, is that he missed a…

  13. Mauer and Twins still talking despite yesterday's report of a done deal

    Feb 2, 2010, 1:49 PM EDT

    The latest news on Joe Mauer is that there really isn’t any news. Mark Rosen of WCCO television in Minnesota reported yesterday afternoon that Mauer and the Twins had agreed to a 10-year contract extension, which naturally got Twins fans incredibly excited. Unfortunately it turns out that Rosen’s report seems to be somewhere between premature…

  14. Happy Birthday, National League

    Feb 2, 2010, 1:20 PM EDT

    A tweet from ESPN’s Jorge Arangure reminds us that today is the National League’s 134th birthday.  The league was founded in New York by William Hulbert, the owner of the Chicago White Stockings, and the owners of the Philadelphia Athletics, the Boston Red Stockings, the Hartford Dark Blues, the Mutual of New York, the St.…

  15. Dodgers sign Reed Johnson to one-year deal

    Feb 2, 2010, 12:51 PM EDT

    Reed Johnson and the Dodgers have officially agreed to a one-year deal worth $800,000 plus another $250,000 in potential incentives. Between a part-time role and fractured foot Johnson played just 65 games for the Cubs last season, hitting .255/.330/.412 to basically match his .282/.344/.411 career mark. That production and the ability to handle all three…

  16. Ruben Amaro: "I'm not a Dummy"

    Feb 2, 2010, 12:14 PM EDT

    Despite pulling off the Halladay trade and extension, Phillies General Manager Ruben Amaro has continued to get flak for not keeping Cliff Lee too and shooting for the moon in 2010.  He responded yesterday: “I was talking to some people the other day,” Amaro recalled, “and I said, ‘I’m not a dummy. I know what…

  17. Joaquin Benoit is making a comeback

    Feb 2, 2010, 11:42 AM EDT’s Jon Paul Morosi reports that Joaquin Benoit is making a comeback after sitting out all of last season following shoulder surgery. Benoit pitched eight seasons in Texas after signing with the Rangers out of the Dominican Republic as a teenager, but he’s now a free agent and Morosi notes a “handful of teams” are…

  18. Jon Miller wins the Frick Award

    Feb 2, 2010, 11:29 AM EDT

    I somehow missed this yesterday, but Giants/ESPN announcer Jon Miller was selected as the winner of the Ford C. Frick Award, which is given annually to recognize excellence in baseball broadcasting. First, a digression: There is no “broadcaster’s wing” in the Hall of Fame. Indeed, broadcasters — even Frick Award winners — are not considered…

  19. The Brewers have already sold a million tickets

    Feb 2, 2010, 10:31 AM EDT

    I mentioned this morning that Brewers fans were some of the better fans I’ve seen — a point some of you have disputed in the comments.  Fair enough, as my assessment of them is based on anecdotal “man, I’m sure having fun at this ballgame with all these Brewers fans” stuff. By some more objective…

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