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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. Programming Note: CTB to become HardballTalk

    Feb 8, 2010, 10:01 AM EDT

    Remember how Philip Morris changed its name to Altria so people wouldn’t always be reminded of the fact that they sell things that give you cancer? And how ValueJet changed its name to AirTran so people wouldn’t always be reminded of all of those people who died in that crash?  And how Datsun changed its…

  4. News Flash: Zack Greinke to be the Royals' Opening Day starter

    Feb 8, 2010, 9:34 AM EDT

    I know it’s quite an honor for a guy to be given the Opening Day start — hell, if you listen to Jack Morris’ Hall of Fame supporters, Opening Day starts are more important than wins, strikeouts and ERA — but really, it’s just one game. And it’s one that you’re probably going to sell…

  5. Bobby Kielty trying to come back as a pitcher

    Feb 8, 2010, 9:04 AM EDT

    Tim Dierkes of MLB Trade Rumors hears that former Athletics, Twins, Red Sox and Blue Jays outfielder Bobby Kielty is converting to pitching and that he actually has a pretty good slider. There aren’t a ton of recent examples of position players with any kind of mileage on them converting into pitchers.  Tony Pena is…

  6. The Indians consider Jermaine Dye

    Feb 8, 2010, 8:30 AM EDT

    Jermaine Dye may one of the more forgettable free agents still out there, but the Indians may be interested in him, says Terry Pluto of the Plain Dealer. Pluto notes, like everyone else, that Dye’s defense is something of a train wreck anymore, but he also notes something else people overlook when talking about the…

  7. Congratulations champs

    Feb 8, 2010, 7:57 AM EDT

    What, there was some championship game last night other than Los Leones del Escogido from the Dominican Republic beating Venezuela’s Leones del Caracas in the Caribbean Series? Oh, that.  Look, if you want to talk about that parade of commercials and half-dead rock bands that was occasionally interrupted by a football game, Mr. Florio and…

  8. UPDATE: Several teams in on Japanese left-hander

    Feb 7, 2010, 1:09 PM EDT

    Sunday: Roch Kubatko of MASN hears that Takahashi has rejected offers from the Mets and Orioles.  Scratch two more teams off the list. Saturday, 6:09pm: Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News tweets that the Giants are assuming Takahashi will accept a minor league offer elsewhere. Saturday, 2:39 pm: Jon Heyman of tweets…

  9. Piling on the Mets, Volume XVI

    Feb 7, 2010, 10:31 AM EDT

    The Mets certainly don’t need any more ragging, but sometimes it’s hard to resist.  A rough offseason filled with negative storylines has bred a mile-high pile of superb quotes and observations.  Here’s the opinion of one veteran sports agent, courtesy of the New York Post’s Joel Sherman: “How can you have that payroll and still…

  10. Dodgers agree to terms with Brian Giles

    Feb 7, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

    UPDATE:’s Buster Olney reports that Giles will earn $500,000 if he lands on the big league roster.  The contract also contains another $200,000 worth of performance-based bonuses. 9:18am: According to’s Ken Gurnick, the Dodgers have signed outfielder Brian Giles to a minor league contract. Included in the deal is an invitation to spring…

  11. Did the Mets rush Fernando Martinez?

    Feb 6, 2010, 7:49 PM EDT

    Last night, I found myself in a pretty interesting to-and-fro with Sam Page of the excellent Amazin’ Avenue about whether Fernando Martinez was rushed in his development. It was spurred on, at least initially, by what Martinez told Jesse Sanchez of this week: “I know I’m a big league player, and I can perform…

  12. Blue Jays acquire Dana Eveland from A's

    Feb 6, 2010, 3:43 PM EDT

    According to Jon Paul Morosi of, the Blue Jays have acquired left-hander Dana Eveland from the Athletics in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations. Eveland was designated for assignment earlier this week. The 26-year-old southpaw was touched up to the tune of a 7.16 ERA in 13 games (nine…

  13. Nats ink Shawn Estes to minor league deal

    Feb 6, 2010, 12:00 PM EDT

    According to Alden Gonzalez of, the Nationals have signed veteran left-hander Shawn Estes to a minor league contract. Estes, who turns 37 later this month, didn’t appear in the majors last season, but was 3-4 with a 3.07 ERA in 13 starts with Triple-A Albuquerque in the Dodgers organization. Of course, Mets fans know…

  14. Tim Lincecum cuts his hair, lacks furniture

    Feb 6, 2010, 11:20 AM EDT

    It’s not like there’s some kind of Nazarite oath afoot here that will sap Tim Lincecum of all of his power in the event his locks are shorn, but I still don’t like this one bit: His hair is 3 inches shorter. He said he cut it before last month’s baseball writers’ banquet in New…

  15. Bedard passes physical, officially back with Mariners

    Feb 6, 2010, 11:10 AM EDT

    Jim Street of reports that Erik Bedard has passed his physical, paving the way for his return to Seattle. Bedard, who turns 31 in March, signed a one-year, $1.5 million contract with a mutual option for 2011. Jon Heyman of tweets that the contract includes incentives that could push him over the $7.5…

  16. Kevin Millar, chemistry and the Cubs

    Feb 6, 2010, 10:33 AM EDT

    Kevin Millar makes the case for his value to the Cubs: “Everybody is looking at stats … I get it. But my point is when you’re making a team and trying to bring in a bunch of different personalities I think everybody’s got a certain amount of intangibles that they bring. “Obviously, I’ll bring some…

  17. Your daily Damon update

    Feb 6, 2010, 9:32 AM EDT

    Stop me if you’ve heard this one before, but the Braves and the Tigers are somewhat interested in Johnny Damon and would sign him if the price was right: It’s not clear how many suitors are showing interest in Johnny Damon at the moment. But the Tigers and Braves are definitely among the group, multiple…

  18. Diving into the depths: Philadelphia Phillies

    Feb 5, 2010, 7:13 PM EDT

    This is part of a 30-article series looking at each team’s depth chart headed into spring training. Philadelphia Phillies Rotation 1. Roy Halladay 2. Cole Hamels 3. Joe Blanton 4. J.A. Happ 5. Jamie Moyer 6. Kyle Kendrick 7. Antonio Bastardo 8. Jose Contreras 9. Drew Carpenter 10. Ryan Vogelsong 11. Joe Savery Barring the…

  19. 2010 projected leaders: Home runs

    Feb 5, 2010, 6:18 PM EDT

    Over the next several days, I’ll be dipping into my 2010 projections and presenting some leaderboards. 1. Ryan Howard – 47 2. Prince Fielder – 42 3. Albert Pujols – 41 3. Mark Teixeira – 41 5. Miguel Cabrera – 39 5. Alex Rodriguez – 39 7. Ryan Braun – 38 7. Adrian Gonzalez –…

  20. Jemaine Dye: call your agent

    Feb 5, 2010, 5:48 PM EDT

    I sometimes wonder if ballplayers who are still unsigned as February dawns get nervous.  I still don’t know if they do or not, but based on this tweet from Jon Paul Morosi, they probably should be: Asked a scout about Jermaine Dye today. His response: “I forgot about him.” 27 homers and 81 RBI last…

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