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  1. Dontrelle Willis admits to 'serious lack of confidence'

    Jan 24, 2010, 3:03 PM EDT

    The Tigers’ medical staff called it an anxiety disorder, but Dontrelle Willis told Drew Sharp of the Detroit Free Press that was he suffering from something he calls a “serious lack of confidence.” Whatever the diagnosis, Willis was so unsure of his ability to find the strike zone that there were occasions last season when…

  2. UPDATE: Ozzie Guillen wants Thome

    Jan 24, 2010, 1:23 PM EDT

    Update: According to Scott Merkin of, Ozzie Guillen said the following: “Well, if I want one guy out there, I want (Thome). I already talk to Kenny about that.” It’s a long way from a confirmation of a deal, and Guillen sometimes lacks a filter, but it sure sounds like he’s coming back. 11:51…

  3. Carlos Delgado is limping in winter ball

    Jan 24, 2010, 12:49 PM EDT

    Those still hanging on to the notion that Carlos Delgado will sign a contract with the Mets should take note of the following from Jayson Stark of “He’s got no range at first — none,” said one scout. “He actually limps out there. He can’t play first on a day-to-day basis. I think he…

  4. Could Carl Crawford soon be trade bait?

    Jan 24, 2010, 10:50 AM EDT

    That’s what Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe is hearing: The feeling is that if the Rays’ financial picture gets any gloomier, Crawford will be trade bait by the trading deadline or even earlier. In fact, both he and Carlos Pena could have new addresses at some point in the season. This really shouldn’t surprise…

  5. A-Rod accepts postseason MVP award at BBWAA gala

    Jan 24, 2010, 9:50 AM EDT

    Completing an improbable year in which he admitted to steroid use and missed the first month of the season after hip surgery only to return to form to shed that pesky “unclutch” tag during the playoffs, Alex Rodriguez accepted the postseason MVP award at the 87th annual New York baseball writers’ dinner Saturday night. Called…

  6. Mark Loretta expected to hang 'em up

    Jan 24, 2010, 9:28 AM EDT

    Jerry Crasnick of reports that Mark Loretta is expected to retire this week and accept a front office job with an unspecified team. Loretta, 38, struggled with the Dodgers last season, batting a career-low .232/.309/.276 in just 181 at-bats, but played hero during the postseason, punching a game-winning RBI single in Game 2 of…

  7. UPDATE: Hicks has deal in place to sell Rangers

    Jan 24, 2010, 9:25 AM EDT

    UDPATE: The group headed by Greenberg, under the moniker “Rangers Baseball Express,” has a deal in place to purchase the Rangers from Hicks. An official sale price was not announced, but a source told Richard Durrett of ESPN Dallas that the price tag was under $570 million, which covers the team, the lease at Rangers…

  8. Matt Stairs set to become a Padre

    Jan 23, 2010, 4:59 PM EDT

    Jerry Crasnick of reports that 41-year-old outfielder Matt Stairs has agreed to a minor league contract with the Padres.  From Jerry’s Twitter account, a must-follow for any baseball fan: “[Padres GM] Jed Hoyer was very aggressive in trying to bring Matt into a young team to have a veteran presence,” said Stairs’ agent, Bob…

  9. Johnny Damon could land somewhere soon

    Jan 23, 2010, 4:04 PM EDT

    UPDATE: Uh oh.  Yankees general manager Brian Cashman told The Journal News moments ago that Heyman’s report of a deadline is “not true.”  Considering Heyman’s involvement, it’s probably worth noting now that Damon is a Scott Boras client. 3:51pm: It appears free agent outfielder Johnny Damon could be close to finding a home for the…

  10. Astros, Hunter Pence avoid arbitration

    Jan 23, 2010, 3:13 PM EDT

    The Astros have reached a middle ground with outfielder Hunter Pence, agreeing Saturday on a one-year, $3.5 million contract for 2010.  The talented 26-year-old requested $4.1 million and was offered $3.1 million when arbitration figures were exchanged on Tuesday.  He hit .282/.346/.472 last season with 25 home runs, 26 doubles, 72 RBI and 14 stolen…

  11. Olney: the Nats are shopping Willingham so Adam Dunn can play the outfield. Yikes.

    Jan 23, 2010, 3:00 PM EDT

    Buster Olney passes this along:  “Heard this: The Nationals have Josh Willingham back out on the trade market, perhaps to give them the option of shifting Adam Dunn back to the outfield.” Willingham just signed a $4.6 million deal to avoid arbitration. He hit 260/.367/.496 with 24 home runs, 61 RBI and a career-high .863…

  12. The Orioles sign Miguel Tejada

    Jan 23, 2010, 2:43 PM EDT

    UPDATE:’s Jon Heyman hears that Tejada’s one-year deal is worth $6 million and contains some performance bonuses. So reports Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun. It’s a one year deal, and the terms have yet to be announced. Tejada will almost certainly play third, as , Andy MacPhail has said that he would prefer…

  13. Bobby Jenks has lost some weight

    Jan 23, 2010, 2:15 PM EDT

    White Sox’ closer Bobby Jenks has taken all kinds of heat from the front office over his weight since the end of the season.  A season, mind you, which was interrupted but bouts with kidney stones, a strained calf muscle and some other ailments which, if you believe Kenny Williams, were basically fat guy injuries. …

  14. Scouts on the Matthews trade: WTF?!

    Jan 23, 2010, 1:30 PM EDT

    Buster Olney canvassed his scouting sources for their views on the Mets going after Gary Matthews, and sums up the feedback thusly: He can’t hit for average, can’t hit for power, his defense ranks statistically among the worst outfielders in the majors and, to top it off, rival scouts have been reporting that in recent…

  15. Giambi is heading back to Colorado

    Jan 23, 2010, 12:40 PM EDT

    A couple of weeks ago some unnamed people “hanging out” at the Hard Rock in Vegas said that Jason Giambi was going to be staying with the Colorado Rockies. People loitering around casinos: is there nothing they don’t know? Jason Giambi is expected to sign a one-year deal with the Rockies, reports ESPN’s Andrew Marchand.…

  16. Diving into the depths: Chicago Cubs

    Jan 22, 2010, 6:23 PM EDT

    This is part of a 30-article series looking at each team’s depth chart headed into spring training. Chicago Cubs Rotation 1. Carlos Zambrano 2. Ryan Dempster 3. Ted Lilly 4. Randy Wells 5. Tom Gorzelanny 6. Carlos Silva 7. Sean Marshall 8. Jeff Samardzija 9. Mike Parisi 10. Andrew Cashner 11. Mitch Atkins 12. Jay…

  17. Bronson Arroyo and Eduardo Perez to appear in what sounds like a fabulous film

    Jan 22, 2010, 5:58 PM EDT

    Yeah, “The Amazing Race” is impressive, but how about this:  Arroyo! Perez! In theaters this fall! Cincinnati Reds pitcher Bronson Arroyo is heading to Tappan, New York this weekend for a cameo role in an independent film. Former Red Eduardo Perez will also make an appearance. The film, called “Goat,” is about a young man…

  18. Ex-Braves manager Bobby Bragan: 1917-2010

    Jan 22, 2010, 5:40 PM EDT

    Before my time, but worthy of note. Bragan managed the Braves in both Milwaukee and Atlanta, and managed the Pirates and Indians in the mid-to-late 50s.  He didn’t manage long and he was never at the helm of any transcendent teams. He was probably best remembered for the time that, while managing, he walked on…

  19. Rangers add Hall to catching corps

    Jan 22, 2010, 5:24 PM EDT

    It sounded like the Rangers wanted a legitimate alternative starting catcher because of the lingering questions about the health of Jarrod Saltalamacchia’s shoulder. Instead, what they ended up with on Friday was Toby Hall. Hall seemed to pretty much wreck his career when he opted to play through a torn labrum in 2007. He hit…

  20. Matthews OK for Mets, if he doesn't play

    Jan 22, 2010, 4:58 PM EDT

    It took eating $21 million of the $23 million he was owed over the next two years, but the Angels were able to move Gary Matthews Jr. on Friday. They even netted a decent piece in return, getting reliever Brian Stokes from the Mets. That makes it a clear win for GM Tony Reagins, who…

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