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  1. Jake Peavy grooved one to Barry Bonds

    Jan 29, 2010, 9:58 AM EDT

    Before we get to that, some followup from Mike Bacsik, who was accused by former teammate Tim Redding yesterday of grooving home run 756 to Barry Bonds. Bacsik tweets: For everyone on my page that needs a denial; I didn’t try to give up the homerun. I was crappy enough to do it without trying…

  2. Mike Lupica is never going to be happy

    Jan 29, 2010, 9:35 AM EDT

    This morning Mike Lupica spent two nearly incoherent pages complaining about the Yankees not giving Johnny Damon whatever he wanted to play in New York and scoffing at the notion that the Bombers would impose a budget. Ten years ago Mike Lupica spent two nearly incoherent pages complaining that the Yankees threw money at all…

  3. The Blue Jays are thinking about Johnny Damon

    Jan 29, 2010, 9:00 AM EDT

    MLB.com’s Jordan Bastian reports that the Blue Jays are interested in Johnny Damon and have spoken to Scott Boras about him. GM Alex Anthopoulos said the team was really more in the “information-gathering stage” for Damon, which can probably be translated to “we’re waiting to see how cheap we can get him,” but unlike the…

  4. The Mets sign Fernando Tatis

    Jan 29, 2010, 8:28 AM EDT

    It was reported yesterday that the Mets were close to a deal with Fernando Tatis to be their part-time first baseman. Now that deal is done, according to the New York Post. Tatis will get less than the $1.7 million he made last year, but there are some incentives built in that can get him…

  5. Yankees fan cancels season tickets over Randy Winn signing

    Jan 29, 2010, 7:57 AM EDT

    New Stadium Insider got hold of an email exchange between the Yankees’ season ticket sales people and a now former season ticket holder who isn’t doing anything to fight the Yankees-fans-suffer-from-an-overactive-sense-of-entitlement-stereotype: After an amazing season in which the Yankees brought the trophy back home, sadly it seems they have lost their focus on winning another…

  6. Setup man Brocail opts for retirement

    Jan 28, 2010, 6:36 PM EDT

    As expected, free agent Doug Brocail has chosen to retire, according to MLB.com’s Alyson Footer. Brocail, 42, was injured for much of 2009 and finished with a 4.58 ERA in 17 2/3 innings. He reemerged as a solid setup man during the latter part of the decade despite missing three entire seasons from 2001-03 when…

  7. Report: Royals interested in Bedard

    Jan 28, 2010, 6:27 PM EDT

    The Kansas City Star’s Sam Mellinger says the Royals are showing some interest in Erik Bedard, though he thinks it’s unlikely that they’ll sign him. Since he’s not yet able to throw for teams following shoulder surgery, the 30-year-old Bedard hasn’t found much of a market for his services. The oft-injured left-hander went 11-7 with…

  8. Diving into the depths: Seattle Mariners

    Jan 28, 2010, 6:18 PM EDT

    This is part of a 30-article series looking at each team’s depth chart headed into spring training. Seattle Mariners Rotation 1. Felix Hernandez 2. Cliff Lee 3. Ryan Rowland-Smith 4. Ian Snell 5. Luke French 6. Garrett Olson 7. Doug Fister 8. Jason Vargas 9. Yusmeiro Petit 10. Ryan Feierabend 11. Gaby Hernandez 12. Andrew…

  9. Checking in with Bernie Williams

    Jan 28, 2010, 5:45 PM EDT

    Tyler Kepner caught up with Bernie Williams over the weekend and found that the guy is keeping busy: These are busy days for Williams, who performs on Monday at Feinstein’s at Loews Regency on Park Avenue in Manhattan to benefit “Ed Randall’s Bat for the Cure,” which fights prostate cancer. Williams also appeared at the…

  10. Keith Law ranks the top 100 prospects; Jonathan Mayo ranks the top 50

    Jan 28, 2010, 5:15 PM EDT

    ‘Tis the season.  Last night MLB.com’s Jonathan Mayo released his Top 50 prospect list. Today Keith Law doubles down and gives you his top 100.  They agree that Jason Heyward and Stephen Strasburg are numbers one and two respectively, and they both have Buster Posey at four, but as you might imagine, they diverge from…

  11. Did Mike Bacsik groove HR 756 to Barry Bonds?

    Jan 28, 2010, 4:45 PM EDT

    Former Washington Nationals’ pitcher Tim Redding was on the radio yesterday, accusing teammate Mike Bacsik of intentionally throwing a fat pitch to Barry Bonds, giving him the record breaking home run: “I think he wanted to give it up. And he can say what he wants in defense or whatnot, but doing the chart, I…

  12. Edmonds should be threat to Hart, not Gomez

    Jan 28, 2010, 4:15 PM EDT

    Never finding the kind of deal he wanted, even after he hit .256/.369/.568 in an 85-game stint with the Cubs, Jim Edmonds sat out last season. Now that his itch to play again outweighs his pride, he’s accepted a minor league contract in an attempt to make the Brewers. The initial thought will be that,…

  13. Rays sign former No. 1 pick, giant bust Matt Bush

    Jan 28, 2010, 3:46 PM EDT

    Tampa Bay has signed one of the biggest busts in draft history, inking former No. 1 overall pick Matt Bush to a minor-league contract. When last we saw Bush in July he’d been sentenced to 120 days in residential rehab, 240 hours of community service, three years of probation, and $2,000 in fines after being…

  14. Yankees picked to finish third, miss playoffs

    Jan 28, 2010, 3:21 PM EDT

    PECOTA — or “Player Empirical Comparison and Optimization Test Algorithm” for those of you who don’t like clever acronyms — is the statistical projection system owned and operated by the good people at Baseball Prospectus. While the specific means by which PECOTA predicts what players and teams will do is proprietary — and while the…

  15. Gammons: 'Mets were only team in on Jason Bay' and Red Sox 'were scared to death of his knees'

    Jan 28, 2010, 2:45 PM EDT

    Last week Peter Gammons reported that Boston and Jason Bay “had agreed on the framework” of a four-year, $60 million contract in July, but the Red Sox pulled the offer when an MRI exam raised red flags about the health of his knees. While appearing on WEEI radio today Gammons revealed a few more details:…

  16. Report: Brewers sign Jim Edmonds

    Jan 28, 2010, 2:42 PM EDT

    UPDATE: Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel confirms the signing.  See you in camp, Mr. Edmonds. 2:42 P.M.: Ken Rosenthal tweets that Milwaukee is about to sign Jim Edmonds to a minor league deal. Jimmy presumably wants to make the Cubs and Cardinals rue the day and all of that. I have a hard time…

  17. Quote of the Day: Jerry Manuel

    Jan 28, 2010, 2:20 PM EDT

    “We might be fortunate enough to get away with this” – Jerry Manuel, referring to the Mets’ starting rotation, as currently constructed.  You know you’re in for a long season when your team’s manager refers to the pitching staff as though it were a crime.

  18. Nationals won't return Livan Hernandez's calls

    Jan 28, 2010, 1:50 PM EDT

    Livan Hernandez said yesterday that he’d really like to re-sign with the Nationals, but revealed that he sent the team a contract proposal in December that “did not ask for a lot of money” and general manager Mike Rizzo never even responded. Here’s more from Hernandez, who went 9-12 with a 5.44 ERA last season…

  19. Roberto Alomar, pioneering stat guy to be inducted into Hall of Fame

    Jan 28, 2010, 1:20 PM EDT

    No, not the one in Cooperstown, because the people that run and vote for it are too addle-minded to do such manifestly smart things. It’s the Canadian one doing the good work: Former Toronto Blue Jays second baseman Roberto Alomar will be inducted into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame this summer. Alomar missed out…

  20. Mascots beware: Randall Simon is still around

    Jan 28, 2010, 12:48 PM EDT

    Randall Simon played eight seasons in the majors, batting .283 with a decent .742 OPS as a part-time first baseman for six different teams, but he’s most famous for two things: 1) Braves teammate called him a “fat monkey” in an interview with Sports Illustrated. 2) During the mascot “Sausage Race” in Milwaukee he leaned…

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