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  1. Should the Rays sign Upton to a long-term deal?

    Jan 25, 2010, 11:50 AM EDT

    B.J. Upton and the Rays are only $300,000 apart in their arbitration filings, so the two sides should be able to find a compromise before the hearing. Along those same lines Upton told Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times that he’d be “all for” working out a long-term contract this offseason. Upton is arbitration…

  2. Is there anything fishy about the Cubs staying in Arizona for spring training?

    Jan 25, 2010, 11:25 AM EDT

    We haven’t really covered this story, but the short version is this:  The Cubs have trained in Arizona for 50 years, but their facilities are getting long in the tooth and they need new digs. Naples, Florida stepped up with a very attractive proposal to lure the Cubs to the Grapefruit League. It appeared as…

  3. A bit more about Grant Desme

    Jan 25, 2010, 11:00 AM EDT

    This morning Buster Olney said — I think in response to a question a lot of us had, but were too respectful of the man’s decision to ask — that the A’s have no expectation that Grant Desme, the prospect who is leaving baseball to become a priest, is going to change his mind. I…

  4. Could Buster Posey be the next Craig Biggio?

    Jan 25, 2010, 10:28 AM EDT

    The San Francisco Chronicle’s Bruce Jenkins freely admits that it’s bar talk, not news, but it’s bar talk season so let’s hear him, um, talk: Off-the-wall thoughts bouncing around the 3-Dot Lounge: What if Buster Posey is an infielder, in essence, and not a catcher? And what if he’s hitting .438 with 15 homers in…

  5. Jimmy Rollins' Wedding Album

    Jan 25, 2010, 9:59 AM EDT

    In case you’re curious, Jimmy Rollins got married recently and for some reason his wedding photos are public. It looks like it was a really tasteful wedding. Kind of like my own, except (a) Rollins had his reception at some tropical resort instead of the Beckley, West Virginia Knights of Columbus Hall; and (b) instead…

  6. Jeff Francoeur: Good Guy

    Jan 25, 2010, 9:30 AM EDT

    As D.J. mentioned yesterday, Jeff Francoeur won the “Good Guy Award” at the BBWAA dinner the other night. Really, that’s the name of the award. As described by Brian Costa of the Star-Ledger, it’s given for being, you know, a good guy. Must be a single-year award only, because guys who repeatedly fail to listen…

  7. Scott Boras is still pulling the "mystery team" stuff

    Jan 25, 2010, 9:00 AM EDT

    With Johnny Damon this time. Here’s Madden at the Daily News: Still, as recently as a couple of days ago, there was renewed dialogue between Damon, Boras and the Yankees in which the Yankees made one last attempt to have a good Yankee remain a Yankee. “Tell us your bottom line for what you’re willing…

  8. Baseball in Orlando?

    Jan 25, 2010, 8:30 AM EDT

    WFTV in Orlando reports that an exploratory committee has been formed with the purpose of enticing a team to relocate to central Florida. That’s not necessarily significant — I’ve formed a dozen exploratory committees in my life, most dealing with either bringing back “Mystery Science Theater 3000″ and/or getting Todd Rundgren inducted into the Rock…

  9. If Brett Favre rules applied to baseball

    Jan 25, 2010, 7:57 AM EDT

    NOTE: This starts out about football, goes into an observation about Twitter, but then turns to baseball, I promise. So last night Brett Favre throws an interception that costs his team a trip to the Super Bowl. You think he’s going to be ripped for it, but within minutes of the game ending the ESPN…

  10. UPDATE: Phillies lock up Chooch for three years

    Jan 24, 2010, 9:04 PM EDT

    Update: According to Todd Zolecki of MLB.com, Ruiz will receive $8.85 million over three years with a $5 million option for a fourth year. 6:04 pm: Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com reports that the Phillies have signed catcher Carlos Ruiz to a three-year, $9 million contract, pending a physical. Ruiz, who turned 31 on Friday, was…

  11. Diving into the depths: Arizona Diamondbacks

    Jan 24, 2010, 6:05 PM EDT

    This is part of a 30-article series looking at each team’s depth chart headed into spring training. Arizona Diamondbacks Rotation 1. Dan Haren 2. Brandon Webb 3. Edwin Jackson 4. Ian Kennedy 5. Billy Buckner 6. Kevin Mulvey 7. Rodrigo Lopez 8. Bryan Augenstein 9. Barry Enright 10. Matt Torra 11. Cesar Valdez The Diamondbacks…

  12. Dodgers to play two exhibition games in Taiwan

    Jan 24, 2010, 5:51 PM EDT

    This news has flown under the radar somewhat this weekend, but the Dodgers announced on Saturday that a split squad team will travel to Taiwan to play two exhibition games against a team from the Chinese Professional Baseball League on March 13 and 14. “We’re very excited to return to Taiwan and continue to strengthen…

  13. UPDATE: Curt Schilling NOT planning a comeback

    Jan 24, 2010, 3:49 PM EDT

    Update: Well, that didn’t last long. In a conversation with Michael Silverman of the Boston Herald this afternoon, Curt Schilling denied that he is attempting a comeback:  “Nope,” he said. Carry on, everyone. 1:47 pm: One of his tweets this afternoon may lead some people to think so: “Working out again…..not sure I can add…

  14. 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…

  15. UPDATE: Ozzie Guillen wants Thome

    Jan 24, 2010, 1:23 PM EDT

    Update: According to Scott Merkin of MLB.com, 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…

  16. 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 ESPN.com: “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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. Mark Loretta expected to hang 'em up

    Jan 24, 2010, 9:28 AM EDT

    Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com 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…

  20. 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…

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