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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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.…

  8. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette to Bob Nutting: Get Lost

    Feb 4, 2010, 6:25 PM EDT

    You know how I feel about open letters, but this one from the editors of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette to Pirate owner Bob Nutting is pretty good for the genre: Dear Mr. Nutting, Major league sports is a brutal business. What with aggressive player agents, deep-pocketed competitors and more venues vying for the public’s entertainment dollar,…

  9. 2010 projected leaders: ERA

    Feb 4, 2010, 6:11 PM EDT

    Over the next several days, I’ll be dipping into my 2010 projections and presenting some leaderboards. NL 1. Tim Lincecum – 2.78 2. Roy Halladay – 2.83 3. Chris Carpenter – 3.06 4. Adam Wainwright – 3.18 5. Johan Santana – 3.31 6. Clayton Kershaw – 3.33 7. Josh Johnson – 3.35 8. Dan Haren…

  10. Test your baseball Jeopardy! skills

    Feb 4, 2010, 5:50 PM EDT

    I tried out for Jeopardy! when I was in law school.  I passed the quiz and got to play the little pretend Jeopardy! game with the real buzzers and everything and was put in the contestant pool. Sadly — and unlike my former boss and unlike long time CTB reader Sara K — I never…

  11. Gregg a waste of money for Jays

    Feb 4, 2010, 5:20 PM EDT

    Sometimes a team just wants a proven closer. It doesn’t matter if he’s any good or not; it’s just the safe play. If the proven closer fails, then it’s his fault. If the unproven closer fails, it’s management’s fault. The 2010 Blue Jays, a team destined to finish in fourth or fifth place, now have…

  12. The Yankees on making Joba and Phil super relievers: "No (bleeping) way"

    Feb 4, 2010, 5:10 PM EDT

    That idea from Dave Pinto from this morning? That one about making Joba Chamberlain and Phil Hughes 100-inning a piece relievers, thereby allowing the team to have a 10-man staff and add a bench player or two? Well, Baseball Prospectus’ Will Carroll asked someone in the Yankees front office about it: Pinto (@statsguru) mentions Yankees…

  13. Roger Maris honored in North Dakota

    Feb 4, 2010, 4:45 PM EDT

    A billboard company in North Dakota has decided to give Roger Maris his due: A North Dakota billboard company has erected a pair of signs in Fargo honoring local hero Roger Maris, whose record 61 home runs in 1961 have long been clouded with an asterisk. Because he clubbed the homers in more games than…

  14. Defense in sex-for-World Series tickets case: "You can be a slut; that's not illegal"

    Feb 4, 2010, 4:20 PM EDT

    I missed this one the other day, but our colleagues over at Out of Bounds pass along news of that lady who — allegedly! –  tried to get World Series tickets in exchange for sex. The news:  her lawyer is totally, totally awesome: Even if Finkelstein intended to trade sex for tickets – which she…

  15. UPDATE to the UPDATE: The Mariners and Bedard are now reported close to a deal

    Feb 4, 2010, 4:05 PM EDT

    UPDATE: Now Jon Paul Morosi reports that, yes, they M’s and Bedard are close to a one year deal, though at this rate that could change five times by dinner. And with that I’ve just about had it with the Hot Stove season.  Someone sign Johnny Damon, everyone else start playing long toss and doing…

  16. Twins 'have intensified their pursuit of' Hudson

    Feb 4, 2010, 3:45 PM EDT

    Earlier this week I wondered why the Twins weren’t making a stronger push for Orlando Hudson, so it pleases me to see this report from Ken Rosenthal and Jon Paul Morosi at FOXSports.com: The Twins have intensified their pursuit of free-agent second baseman Orlando Hudson, one major league source told FOXSports.com on Thursday morning. ……

  17. After injury, Tomko's arm 'was like lumpy gravy'

    Feb 4, 2010, 2:52 PM EDT

    Brett Tomko was having one of the best stretches of his 13-year career when he suffered an arm injury in the final inning of a complete-game shutout of the Rangers on September 14. The outing made him 4-1 with a 2.95 ERA in six starts for the A’s after being released by the Yankees, but…

  18. Bobby Valentine is keeping busy

    Feb 4, 2010, 2:22 PM EDT

    Many thought that Bobby Valentine’s return from Japan would mean a manager’s job. Washington? Pass.  Cleveland?  Pass. Queens? Pending.  In the meantime, however, it’s good to see that he’s keeping busy: Bobby Valentine has guided baseball teams to championship titles in faraway countries, helped professional baseball players gain free agency rights and won a National…

  19. When ballplayers meet Twitter

    Feb 4, 2010, 1:38 PM EDT

    Walkoff Walk runs an excellent weekly feature called “This Tweet in Baseball” in which the week’s finest real ballplayer tweets are collected.  The latest is up today.  Sadly, it was posted before new Twitter user Matt Holliday decided to tweet thusly: “Big fan of the new Creed album, helps me get through long bike workout”…

  20. Fernando Martinez's future is uncertain

    Feb 4, 2010, 1:20 PM EDT

    F-Mart channels Johnny Fontaine: “When [Carlos] Beltran had surgery, I thought I had a chance, and maybe they would give me a chance at center, but they get Matthews Jr., and now I’m not sure where I am.” To be fair he followed that up by saying a lot of positive things about not giving…

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