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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. The Dodgers are interested in Garret Anderson for some reason

    Jan 28, 2010, 12:20 PM EDT

    Yahoo!’s Tim Brown tweets that the Dodgers are looking at the venerable Garrett Anderson as a fourth outfielder. The Dodgers are interested despite the fact that Anderson had an OBP-light .705 OPS for the Braves last year and a -11.8 UZR.  And they call me irresponsible?

  5. Gerald Laird's arrest involved NBA player's wife

    Jan 28, 2010, 11:48 AM EDT

    Last month Tigers catcher Gerald Laird and his 22-year-old Yankees prospect brother Brandon Laird were arrested while attending a Phoenix Suns game, with initial reports describing their “loud behavior” and how “the Laird brothers allegedly assaulted the security guards” who tried to calm them down. Gerald Laird insisted afterward that the whole thing was just…

  6. I don't always play fantasy baseball, but when I do, I use the Rotoworld Fantasy Draft Guide

    Jan 28, 2010, 11:20 AM EDT

    We interrupt this program for some shameless promotion. Partially self-promotion, actually, which you’re used to from me by now, so it shouldn’t be a big deal.  Anyway: As you all know, Aaron, Matthew, D.J., Drew and many others spend a huge amount of their time making your fantasy baseball life better over at Rotoworld.  Their…

  7. Great Moments in Organizational Philosophies

    Jan 28, 2010, 10:57 AM EDT

    Repoz over at Baseball Think Factory links USA Today’s Organizational Report on the San Francisco Giants today. The report was written a couple of weeks ago, actually, as is evidenced by both the url and the references to the team maybe picking up Rod Barajas or someone to help Buster Posey out behind the plate. …

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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?…

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