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  1. Smoltz may pull a Pedro

    Jan 28, 2010, 10:26 AM EDT

    The Daily News’ Adam Rubin reports that John Smoltz is considering pulling a Rogers Clemens or a Pedro Martinez or whatever you want to call it and sitting out until midseason before signing with someone. From a maximization of value perspective this makes perfect sense for a guy like Smoltz. Right now everyone things their…

  2. Something is brewing in Cincy

    Jan 28, 2010, 9:52 AM EDT

    Those are Cincinnati Enquirer John Fay’s words, who tweets that there’s a lot of activity coming out of the Reds’ front office.  He notes that the team called Scott Boras, but he (and others) are doubtful that there’s anything to the Johnny Damon-to-Cincinnati stuff people were talking about yesterday. Fay thinks the team could be…

  3. Scott Boras tries to spin the Damon situation. And fails.

    Jan 28, 2010, 9:30 AM EDT

    In the wake of the Yankees doing the moonwalk from Johnny Damon and signing Randy Winn, Scott Boras is trying to spin, but he’s doing a bad job of it.  First Boras: “The Yankees never even made an offer to me regarding Johnny Damon during the entire process, and the reason for that is they…

  4. Everybody's waiting on Orlando Hudson

    Jan 28, 2010, 9:00 AM EDT

    Rosenthal notes that there is a big game of musical chairs afoot when it comes to infielders, and Orlando Hudson is the guy controlling the record player. Specifically, the Nats, Twins, Reds, Tigers Rockies and maybe the Mariners and Rays could all use infield help, while Hudson, Adam Kennedy, Felipe Lopez, Orlando Cabrera and Melvin…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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?…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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.…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

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