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  1. What would you do with a 26-man roster?

    Jan 18, 2010, 10:30 AM EDT

    Jonah Keri speculates that when the labor deal is revisited after the 2011 season the owners may offer up a 26th roster spot to the union in exchange for one thing or another.  Seems totally plausible to me. He also assumes that rather than do something useful such as add a position player and increase…

  2. Babe Ruth should have gone in to Cooperstown as a Brave

    Jan 18, 2010, 9:58 AM EDT

    I realize that it’s a holiday and the day after a big football weekend and that we’re really in the doldrums of the offseason, but can someone tell me if there’s a less compelling question in baseball than whether Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine will go into the Hall of Fame wearing Braves caps? I…

  3. The Yankees are selling more of their old junk than the Mets are

    Jan 18, 2010, 9:28 AM EDT

    The Mets are selling old Shea Stadium seats for $869. The Yankees are selling old Yankee Stadium seats* for $1,499.  Despite this, the Yankees have outsold the Mets 15,000 to 10,311.  I’d be curious to hear New Yorkers’ take on the subject, but given that the Yankee Stadium seats only date back to the mid-70s…

  4. Darren Daulton talks some sense

    Jan 18, 2010, 8:58 AM EDT

    Retired Phillies catcher Darren Daulton believes in alchemy, auras, telepathy, energy transfers, astral planes, planetary ascension, and parallel universes.  He believes that he had an had out of body experiences while playing at Wrigley Field one day. He believes that the universe is created and sustained by numerical synchronicities — the number 11 is particularly…

  5. Jim Edmonds and the Cardinals bury the hatchet

    Jan 18, 2010, 8:30 AM EDT

    Things got a bit testy between Jim Edmonds and Tony La Russa when Edmonds wore a Cubs uniform.  Base on his appearance at La Russa’s animal rescue benefit yesterday, it seems as though at least Edmonds is willing to put those few months in a Cubs uniform behind him: Upon arriving to the stage as…

  6. Is Mark McGwire being treated differently than other PED confessors?

    Jan 18, 2010, 8:00 AM EDT

    As Mark McGwire continues to be called a liar and a fraud for his claim that he took steroids because he was injured and not because he thought they’d enhance performance, it’s probably worth remembering another player’s comments about his PED use: “I was injured . . . I felt an obligation to get back…

  7. Miss baseball? Spring training is a month away

    Jan 18, 2010, 2:41 AM EDT

    With apologies to the likes of Joel Pineiro and Johnny Damon, who are still looking for work, the hot stove has pretty much cooled down to a slow, dull simmer. These are the dog days of the offseason. But for those of you – like myself – who are missing baseball, we have some good…

  8. Diving into the depths: Oakland Athletics

    Jan 17, 2010, 6:04 PM EDT

    This is part of a 30-article series looking at each team’s depth chart headed into spring training. Oakland Athletics Rotation 1. Justin Duchscherer 2. Dallas Braden 3. Brett Anderson 4. Trevor Cahill 5. Gio Gonzalez 6. Dana Eveland 7. Vin Mazzaro 8. Clay Mortensen 9. Lenny DiNardo 10. James Simmons Particularly since Duchscherer is such…

  9. "Three or four teams" interested in Jim Thome

    Jan 17, 2010, 4:20 PM EDT

    Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe went over the wealth of free agents left on the market earlier this morning. We’ve covered a couple of them here today, including Joe Crede and Joel Pineiro, but Scott Merkin of MLB.com passes along word that three or four teams — including the Rays — have contacted free…

  10. UPDATE: McGwire has "testy give-and-take" with media

    Jan 17, 2010, 3:49 PM EDT

    3:49 PM: McGwire just got done answering questions from the media at the team’s Winter Warm-Up event in St. Louis. Dave van Dyck of the Chicago Tribune reports that the event “was cut short after six minutes of a testy give-and-take.” 2:32 PM: Matthew Leach of MLB.com reports that “Welcome to the Jungle” by Guns…

  11. Eric Byrnes would love to play in San Francisco

    Jan 17, 2010, 1:12 PM EDT

    Eric Byrnes, who was designated for assignment by the Diamondbacks last week, told John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle that he would be interested in signing with his hometown Giants: “It’s not a real secret (that) I’d definitely be interested,” Byrnes said in a phone interview. “The Giants, of course, that’s the best fit…

  12. Orioles talking to the oft-injured Joe Crede

    Jan 17, 2010, 12:31 PM EDT

    The Orioles are talking to free agent third baseman Joe Crede, reports Phil Rogers of the Chicago Tribune. Crede, who turns 32 in April, is coming off his third back surgery since 2007, so he’d surely have to accept a modest one-year deal at this point. Limited to just 90 games last season, Crede batted…

  13. Angels, Dodgers and Mets "all in" on Pineiro

    Jan 17, 2010, 11:31 AM EDT

    Jon Heyman of SI.com tweets that the Angels, Dodgers and Mets are “all in” on free agent Joel Pineiro. The Mets have been connected to the 31-year-old right-hander all winter, while the Dodgers have stepped up their pursuit in recent weeks. The Angels, meanwhile, expressed interest early on, but have money to spend after losing…

  14. White Sox ink Jenks, Quentin to one-year deals

    Jan 17, 2010, 10:44 AM EDT

    The White Sox and reliever Bobby Jenks avoided arbitration on Saturday by agreeing to a one-year, $7.5 million contract. Jenks, who turns 29 in March, will receive a $1.9 million raise over a 2009 season that saw him post a 3.79 ERA, 1.27 WHIP and 27 saves in 35 chances. Jenks fought a very public…

  15. Renovations in store for 100th anniversary of Wrigley

    Jan 17, 2010, 9:44 AM EDT

    Dave van Dyck of the Chicago Tribune reports that the Cubs are planning a complete renovation of Wrigley Field in conjunction with the 100-year anniversary of the park in 2014. The “Wrigley 20-14″ project includes the long-rumored “triangle building,” a large open-air courtyard, the possible addition of a restaurant, widened concourses and expanded restrooms, some…

  16. Diving into the depths: Houston Astros

    Jan 16, 2010, 6:46 PM EDT

    This is part of a 30-article series looking at each team’s depth chart headed into spring training. Houston Astros Rotation 1. Roy Oswalt 2. Wandy Rodriguez 3. Brett Myers 4. Bud Norris 5. Brian Moehler 6. Felipe Paulino 7. Yorman Bazardo 8. Wesley Wright 9. Gustavo Chacin 10. Polin Trinidad 11. Chris Sampson 12. Josh…

  17. Mozeliak: McGwire had to address questions about PEDs

    Jan 16, 2010, 6:26 PM EDT

    Everybody already assumed as much, but Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak finally confirmed it on Saturday when he said his willingness to hire Mark McGwire as the team’s new hitting coach was contingent upon him addressing his past use of performance enhancing drugs: “He needed to be honest,” Mozeliak told the media during a press…

  18. Saturday signings: Masset, Medders

    Jan 16, 2010, 5:10 PM EDT

    There’s plenty of activity this weekend, as players and teams settle on new contracts to avoid arbitration. Here’s a couple deals that were announced on Saturday: – The Reds signed reliever Nick Masset to a two-year, $2.58 million contract. Masset entered 2009 as a potential rotation candidate, but ended up being one of the most…

  19. Update: Pirates sign Brendan Donnelly

    Jan 16, 2010, 3:02 PM EDT

    3:10 PM: Yikes. Donnelly signed for $1.5 million guaranteed, according to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com. He could make $3 million with incentives. 2:02 PM: Kovacevic confirms that the Pirates have come to terms with Donnelly on a contract, pending a physical. 11:15 AM: The Pirates have officially signed right-hander D.J. Carrasco to a minor league…

  20. Omar Minaya admits there's a problem with "the process"

    Jan 16, 2010, 1:30 PM EDT

    Mets general manager Omar Minaya quickly tried to smooth things over with Carlos Beltran after the team publicly expressed their displeasure in his decision to undergo surgery on his right knee this week, telling David Waldstein of the New York Times that the whole controversy may have stemmed from a miscommunication of protocol: “It was…

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