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  1. Someone paid $103,579 for A-Rod's 500th homer

    Feb 5, 2010, 3:45 PM EDT

    Yesterday at an auction in California an anonymous bidder paid $103,579 for the ball Alex Rodriguez hit for his 500th career homer. Rodriguez hit the homer off Kyle Davies of the Royals at the old Yankee Stadium in August of 2007, and has since hit another 83 bombs. Generally speaking the 500-homer club has lost…

  2. Who's slower: Orlando Hudson, or the Dodgers' front office?

    Feb 5, 2010, 3:20 PM EDT

    The Twins and their fans are understandably giddy over the Orlando Hudson signing, but Joel Sherman of the New York Post is throwing a bit of cold water on the O-Dog today: No doubt Hudson is a better player than Castillo and, thus, would have helped the Mets more. But Dodgers officials were actually disappointed…

  3. Torrealba signs with the Padres, costs himself a bunch of money

    Feb 5, 2010, 2:48 PM EDT

    He’s not quite in Russell Branyan territory, but we now know that Yorvit Torrealba cost himself a bunch of money by turning down a good offer early in the offseason. Six weeks ago Torrealba reportedly turned down a two-year deal from the Rockies worth around $5 million, with talks apparently breaking up over a difference…

  4. The Jays are no longer interested in Carlos Delgado

    Feb 5, 2010, 2:20 PM EDT

    Joel Sherman tweets that the Blue Jays are no longer interested in bringing back Carlos Delgado. They and the Mets were the only two teams to have shown any interest in him all winter.  The Mets peeled out when they signed Fernando Tatis.  The Jays have decided that Adam Lind is a better bet at…

  5. Braves think 20-year-old prospect Jason Heyward may be ready for majors

    Feb 5, 2010, 1:50 PM EDT

    Last month a Braves source told Craig that the team’s lack of interest in Johnny Damon was largely due to their confidence in stud outfield prospect Jason Heyward being ready for the majors at some point this season. David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal Constitution wrote more about that scenario today, reporting that “Braves officials…

  6. David Price has people chasing him, "Hard Day's Night"-style

    Feb 5, 2010, 1:21 PM EDT

    The Nashville Scene has a nice catching-up-with-the-former-BMOC article about Rays’ pitcher David Price up today. Pretty standard stuff except for the opening anecdote: “Last year when we were in Philadelphia, a teammate and I were going to Ruth’s Chris and two guys ran after our cab for about three miles,” Price says. “Then one of…

  7. Orioles prospect Parker suspended for second drug violation

    Feb 5, 2010, 12:49 PM EDT

    Orioles pitching prospect Brian Parker received a 50-game suspension yesterday due to his second positive test for a drug in violation of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Testing Program. Parker, who was a 19th-round pick out of Lewis & Clark College in 2007, had a 4.31 ERA and 64/26 K/BB ratio in 64.2 innings…

  8. Johnny Damon will be "lucky to get whatever he gets"

    Feb 5, 2010, 12:20 PM EDT

    That’s the sentiment of one American League executive reports Steve Kornacki of MLive: “Sometimes, we ask for too much. Then, the smoke clears and you ask, ‘Where am I?’ And now, I can’t believe anybody is going to offer Damon more than the $14 million and $6 million the Yankees did. “If you turn them…

  9. Hudson's new teammates tweet their excitement

    Feb 5, 2010, 11:45 AM EDT

    This morning a couple of Orlando Hudson’s new teammates used Twitter to offer their thoughts on the Twins signing the veteran second baseman late last night. First, here’s a tweet from reliever Pat Neshek: Love the O-Hud signing, what a team! And now here’s one from center fielder and leadoff man Denard Span: Wake up…

  10. Carlos Zambrano is in the best shape of his life

    Feb 5, 2010, 11:20 AM EDT

    Carlos Zambrano has lost some weight and has already been in Arizona a week getting ready for the season despite the fact that pitchers and catchers don’t report until Februay 17th.  Lou likes it: “Carlos was a little heavy last year, there’s no question,” manager  Lou Piniella told fans at the Cubs Convention. “He’s another…

  11. Dbacks, Reynolds are talking extension

    Feb 5, 2010, 10:55 AM EDT

    Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports that the Diamondbacks are talking to third baseman Mark Reynolds about a three-year extension that would buy out two of his three arbitration years.  There are no hard numbers attached to the negotiations, but Piecoro does some back-of-the-envelope calculations which, reasonably in my mind, suggests that a three-year,…

  12. Some fun baseball stories for your Friday snowstorm

    Feb 5, 2010, 10:30 AM EDT

    The Midwest and Mid-Atlantic states are going to experience snowpocalypse today.  To fight off the cabin fever, head on over to Seamheads, where Mike Lynch relays a bunch of fun baseball anecdotes from 1912-13 he came across while researching a book he’s writing. My favorite: the one which ends with Hall of Famer Rube Marquard…

  13. UPDATE: Nats to pay Kennedy $1.25 million, team option for 2011

    Feb 5, 2010, 9:51 AM EDT

    UPDATE:  Heyman tweets the contract details: $1.25 million plus a $2 million club option for 2011. Not so much, but as Drew notes below, I wish the Nats would take a chance on Ian Desmond to start the season. What do they have to lose? 12:24 A.M.: According to MLB.com’s Bill Ladson, the Nationals have…

  14. Jarrod Washburn could retire

    Feb 5, 2010, 9:30 AM EDT

    It’s not been a great offseason for Jarrod Washburn.  Rumored at various times to be going various places, Washburn still doesn’t have a job.  The two teams most prominently mentioned in Washburn rumors — the Twins and Mariners — don’t seem particularly interested in him.  In light of that, Jon Paul Morosi reports that Washburn…

  15. Hey look, a Hank Steinbrenner sighting

    Feb 5, 2010, 9:00 AM EDT

    All of the Yankees brass is in the far east on a goodwill tour, leaving Hank Steinbrenner back home to mind the store.  A reporter caught up with him, no doubt hoping that with his minders away Hank would revert to 2008 form and bring the crazy.  Take it away Hankenstein! “The two trades that…

  16. Steve Phillips to speak on Monday

    Feb 5, 2010, 8:30 AM EDT

    If you’re like me, the airwaves just haven’t been the same since Steve Phillips got fired.  But never fear! My corporate parent has seen to it that you’ll get your fix on Monday: Steve Phillips, fired late last October from ESPN over an embarrassing extramarital affair with a young staffer at the network, will go…

  17. Javy Lopez on steroids: "I'd be stupid enough not to use 'nitro' too"

    Feb 5, 2010, 7:57 AM EDT

    The AJC’s Dave O’Brien points us to an extended podcast interview of Former Braves catcher Javy Lopez on Atlanta Baseball Talk last weekend, in which the topic turned to steroids. While the hosts did not explicitly ask Lopez if he personally did steroids, he was pretty candid all the same: “Well, everybody seen players getting…

  18. Update: Twins announce deal with Orlando Hudson

    Feb 4, 2010, 8:04 PM EDT

    11:30 p.m.: The Twins have announced the deal as official Thursday night, according to the Associated Press. The Twins and Orlando Hudson are close to finalizing a one-year, $5 million contract, sources told FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal. The deal will make Hudson the Twins’ everyday second baseman and probable No. 2 hitter. Nick Punto could move…

  19. Garciaparra looking to continue career

    Feb 4, 2010, 7:15 PM EDT

    Free agent Nomar Garciaparra, widely expected to retire after serving as a bench player for the A’s last year, told WEEI’s Lou Merloni that he’d like to continue his career in 2010. Garciaparra, 36, weighed retirement last year before taking a $1.5 million deal from Oakland. He played in 65 games and hit .281/.314/.388 with…

  20. Diving into the depths: San Diego Padres

    Feb 4, 2010, 6:42 PM EDT

    This is part of a 30-article series looking at each team’s depth chart headed into spring training. San Diego Padres Rotation 1. Jon Garland 2. Kevin Correia 3. Chris Young 4. Clayton Richard 5. Tim Stauffer 6. Sean Gallagher 7. Mat Latos 8. Aaron Poreda 9. Wade LeBlanc 10. Edward Mujica 11. Cesar Ramos 12.…

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