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  1. Mets close to signing Fernando Tatis

    Jan 28, 2010, 8:29 AM EDT

    The New York Post reports that the Mets are “deep into negotiations” with Fernando Tatis and could announce his signing as early as today.  He made $1.7 million last year and reportedly wants around the same this year. Tatis has been told by Omar Minaya that he is wanted as part of a first-base platoon…

  2. Deep Thoughts: PED-using coaches edition

    Jan 28, 2010, 7:57 AM EDT

    Several readers suggested this one:  If it’s such a big deal that the Cardinals have hired a coach who took PEDs — if he’s toxic, if he’s a distraction — then why does no one care that Glenallen Hill coaches for the Colorado Rockies? And don’t tell me that it’s because Hill, unlike McGwire, truly…

  3. Kenny Lofton wants everyone to know he didn't cheat

    Jan 28, 2010, 1:28 AM EDT

    Kenny Lofton would like to let everyone know that he did not ever use, or even consider using, performance-enhancing drugs. “I just went out there and did what I had to do. I was not a cheater,” he told the Associated Press. Lofton made the comments during an announcement that he had been selected for…

  4. Legal fun with Uecker, Steinbrenner and the Mets!

    Jan 27, 2010, 11:33 PM EDT

    Craig is our resident ex-lawyer, so normally I’d let him handle something like a baseball legal roundup. But since he isn’t on duty at this very moment, I’ll have to be the one to throw out these goodies for your consumption. Don’t like it? Then tell NBC to rule out occasional sleeping, eating and pajama…

  5. Diving into the depths: Cleveland Indians

    Jan 27, 2010, 7:10 PM EDT

    This is part of a 30-article series looking at each team’s depth chart headed into spring training. Cleveland Indians Rotation 1. Jake Westbrook 2. Justin Masterson 3. Fausto Carmona 4. David Huff 5. Aaron Laffey 6. Carlos Carrasco 7. Mitch Talbot 8. Jeremy Sowers 9. Hector Ambriz 10. Hector Rondon 11. Rafael Perez 12. Jeanmar…

  6. The Dodgers deny that McCourt wants to sell; call me irresponsible

    Jan 27, 2010, 6:11 PM EDT

    UPDATE: So this morning, I wrote the bit way down below, passing on a rumor I heard that Frank McCourt would like to sell the Dodgers once all of the McCourt v. McCourt litigation blows over. I trust my source on this, but the Dodgers took issue.  A few minutes ago they sent me the…

  7. Source: The Braves don't want Damon; may start the season with Heyward on the big club

    Jan 27, 2010, 5:01 PM EDT

    If there was any shred of hope in the Damon-Boras camp that the Braves may pick up Johnny Damon, consider it gone. A team source tells me that the Braves discussed Damon recently, and the clear sense of the room was that (a) his arm just won’t play in the Turner Field outfield; (b) he’s…

  8. Howard Bryant: Mark McGwire is "too toxic" to return

    Jan 27, 2010, 4:25 PM EDT

    Today’s let’s-run-Mark McGwire-out-of-town-on-a-rail tirade comes courtesy of ESPN’s Howard Bryant, who cites the overwhelming outcry from people “around the game” against Mac’s hiring as hitting coach as a reason for him to be fired or shot or tied backwards on a horse while wearing a mardi gras mask and cast out into the desert or…

  9. Report: The Yankees sign Randy Winn

    Jan 27, 2010, 3:53 PM EDT

    Joel Sherman reports. One year deal. Sherman says it’s for that last $2 million that Johnny Damon couldn’t stoop to take. I suppose there are ways the Yankees could rub Johnny Damon and Scott Boras’ face in it more than they already have today, but I’m struggling to imagine how.  Signing Canseco, maybe?  Ruben Rivera?…

  10. Keith Law ranks the farm systems

    Jan 27, 2010, 3:23 PM EDT

    After Jane Austen and Alton Brown’s birthdays, today and tomorrow are the two biggest days in all of Keith Lawdom.  Tomorrow it’s his top 100 prospects. Today: ranking the farm systems.  The features are for ESPN Insider members only, but in all honesty, these are two of the features that make getting an Insider subscription…

  11. Andre Dawson is not taking the cap thing well

    Jan 27, 2010, 2:55 PM EDT

    Ixnay, Andre, or else we’re all going to have to take back that stuff about how classy and professional you are: “The Hall clearly stated their major concern is the history of the game, and that’s what really played into their decision,” Dawson said. “I’m disappointed. I can probably say that, because Chicago was my…

  12. How about this: Damon and the Reds

    Jan 27, 2010, 2:20 PM EDT

    In light of this morning’s news, that moderately panicked sound you hear is Scott Boras working the phones, desperately trying to find someone that will pay Johnny Damon $2,000,001, thereby saying Boras the indignity of being totally, completely, utterly and publicly pwned by the Yankees.  Two candidates: The Reds and Tigers, according to Jerry Crasnick.…

  13. The Giants and Lincecum haven't talked yet

    Jan 27, 2010, 1:55 PM EDT

    Yahoo’s Tim Brown reports that the Giants haven’t talked to Tim Lincecum’s people about settling their arbitration case yet.  This makes no sense to me given that Lincecum’s quite reasonable $13 million demand is bound to carry the day. The math to me seems simple: the Giants can let Lincecum get his $13 million award…

  14. Is Ryan Howard more powerful than Derek Jeter?

    Jan 27, 2010, 1:21 PM EDT

    I don’t mean which of those two can bench the most, I’m talking about power defined in terms of influence, appeal, marketability and money. Which of them can most easily impose their whims on we mere mortals and most expect us to do their bidding? Well neither of them can, but the people who write…

  15. Cruise with Major League greats. And Stan Bahnsen.

    Jan 27, 2010, 12:55 PM EDT

    All I ask is for a tall ship and a star to steer her by! Well, at least a couple stars, according to USA Today: Good news, baseball fans: MSC Cruises says it will hold another round of ‘baseball greats’ voyages next winter in the Caribbean. The seven-night, baseball-themed sailings, to be headlined by well-known…

  16. Thome is nice, but Twins still need infield help

    Jan 27, 2010, 11:57 AM EDT

    As a Twins fan I’ve been hoping they’ll sign either Felipe Lopez or Orlando Hudson to play second base and hit second in the lineup, but the Minneapolis Star Tribune‘s beat writing tag team threw some cold water on both scenarios recently. First here’s LaVelle E. Neal II on Lopez: Lopez? Scouts tell me you…

  17. The Royals get a national TV game

    Jan 27, 2010, 11:25 AM EDT

    Kansas City hasn’t been on Sunday Night Baseball for since 1996, but ESPN is going to televise their Sunday night game against the Angels on the Fourth of July. Your non-mutually-exclusive conspiracy theories of the day: (1) Since it’s the Fourth of July, and everyone will be out watching fireworks and stuff, ESPN figures that…

  18. The Yankees and Damon are totally splitsville

    Jan 27, 2010, 10:55 AM EDT

    No matter how many times we heard the reports that the Yankees were going to stick to a budget and couldn’t give more than a couple million bucks to Johnny Damon, you always got the sense that those two kids would make it work. After all, just because the Yankees allegedly have a budget doesn’t…

  19. Sandoval is getting into playing shape

    Jan 27, 2010, 10:26 AM EDT

    Speaking of weight, Pablo Sandoval is back in the U.S. following a tour of the Venezuelan league that reportedly had him falling off the healthy food wagon: [Giants head trainer Dave] Groeschner feared a big weight gain in Venezuela when Sandoval was left to fend at the dinner table without the nutritional prepackaged meals he…

  20. Dodgers to Ron Belliard: be slim, or be gone

    Jan 27, 2010, 10:00 AM EDT

    About that Ron Belliard deal?Yes, it’s for $825,000, and yes, the Dodgers are likely counting on Belliard to win the second base job, but according to Dylan Hernandez of the L.A. Times, it’s not guaranteed.  But it can be:  All Belliard has to do is to weigh in at 209 or less at some point…

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