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  1. It's on: Tim Lincecum files for arbitration

    Jan 16, 2010, 11:35 AM EDT

    Tim Lincecum was one of 128 players to file for arbitration on Friday, paving the way for him to surpass the record $10 million salary for a first-time eligible player. Ryan Howard set the bar in 2008, a year after he won the National League MVP award. Lincecum, 25, has won the National League Cy…

  2. John Maine agrees to new deal with Mets

    Jan 16, 2010, 10:42 AM EDT

    The Mets and right-hander John Maine avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $3.3 million contract on Friday. Maine, who turns 29 in May, could earn an additional $225,000 in performance bonuses based on number of starts. Limited to just 15 starts last season due to shoulder problems, Maine was 7-6 with a 4.43 ERA…

  3. Deadline passes, but Rangers close to being sold

    Jan 16, 2010, 9:27 AM EDT

    Their exclusive 30-day negotiation window has closed without a deal, but an investment group led by Pittsburgh sports attorney Chuck Greenberg and Hall of Fame pitcher Nolan Ryan said “extraordinary progress” had been made in talks to buy the Rangers from Hicks Sports Group. “We are on the verge of an agreement that would provide…

  4. Adam LaRoche calls the Diamondbacks his "first choice"

    Jan 16, 2010, 9:06 AM EDT

    During an introductory conference call on Friday, new first baseman Adam LaRoche called the Diamondbacks his “first choice.” ‘This all came together obviously really fast,” LaRoche said. “There were some other options out there and to be honest with you, this was at the top of the list if we could work it out. From…

  5. A's acquire Kouzmanoff from Padres for Hairston

    Jan 15, 2010, 8:47 PM EDT

    According to the San Francisco Chronicle, the Athletics have acquired third baseman Kevin Kouzmanoff and prospect Eric Sogard from the Padres out outfielders Scott Hairston and Aaron Cunningham. Kouzmanoff was long expected to be dealt, but this is a stunning destination for him given his horrible on-base percentages and seemingly overrated defense. Kouzmanoff made some…

  6. Diving into the depths: Los Angeles Angels

    Jan 15, 2010, 5:35 PM EDT

    This is part of a 30-article series looking at each team’s depth chart headed into spring training. Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Rotation 1. Jered Weaver 2. Joe Saunders 3. Ervin Santana 4. Scott Kazmir 5. Matt Palmer 6. Sean O’Sullivan 7. Anthony Ortega 8. Trevor Reckling 9. Trevor Bell 10. Tommy Mendoza The Angels…

  7. The Red Sox add roster fodder

    Jan 15, 2010, 4:50 PM EDT

    The Red Sox have signed six guys to minor league deals: Fernando Cabrera, Edwin Moreno, Jorge Sosa, Angel Sanchez, Gil Velazquez, and Darnell McDonald. Since 1998, the Red Sox and their fans have celebrated “truck day” in early February which is the day the moving truck that transports the team’s spring training gear from to spring training in…

  8. There are 11 minutes of action in an entire football game

    Jan 15, 2010, 4:20 PM EDT

    The next time your football fan friends talk about how boring baseball is, shoot them this link: According to a Wall Street Journal study of four recent broadcasts, and similar estimates by researchers, the average amount of time the ball is in play on the field during an NFL game is about 11 minutes. In…

  9. King Felix, Mariners making progress

    Jan 15, 2010, 3:46 PM EDT

    Heyman tweets that Felix Hernandez and the Mariners are making progress on a five or six year deal but will “do the 1-year thing first to buy time.” Makes sense. No sense in rushing this thing. Hernandez made $3.8 million in 2009.  No telling what a one year deal would mean for him money wise,…

  10. The Tigers have expressed no interest in Damon

    Jan 15, 2010, 3:12 PM EDT

    As I’ve said over and over again, when you get a Jon Heyman-reported, almost-nothin’-to-it rumor connecting a Scott Boras client to a second team there’s a more than decent chance it’s noise designed to trick the first team into thinking it’s a bidding war.  Damon’s talking to the Braves, and then suddenly the Tigers are…

  11. PEDs are nothing new. In fact, they're really, really old.

    Jan 15, 2010, 3:00 PM EDT

    If you believe some of the looser talk this week, you’d think that Mark McGwire was Igor to Jose Canseco’s Dr. Steroidstein and that no one juiced before the A’s got good in the late 80s.  Nothing could be further from the truth, of course, as this handy-dandy PED timeline that ran in Sports Illustrated…

  12. The Dodgers and Matt Kemp have reached a deal

    Jan 15, 2010, 2:37 PM EDT

    UPDATE:  Dylan Hernandez reports that Kemp’s deal is worth $10.95 million. $4 million this year, $6.95 million in 2011. 12:14 P.M. MLB.com’s Ken Gurnick tweets that L.A. and Kemp have reached a preliminary agreement on a two-year contract, pending a physical. No word on the dough.  As mentioned the other day, this buys out two…

  13. More Josh Johnson contract details

    Jan 15, 2010, 2:20 PM EDT

    Following up on last night’s Josh Johnson news, Marlins beat writer Joe Firsario reports that the deal contains a $500,000 bonus for a Cy Young award and a $50,000 bump in the extremely likely event that he makes the All-Star game.  I mean, yeah, Hanley Ramirez will be your designated Marlins representative in the All-Star…

  14. Thief posed as a Chicago Cub to get a truck

    Jan 15, 2010, 1:50 PM EDT

    From the police blotter: A Nevada man is accused of posing as a Major League Baseball player to steal a car. Matthew T. Van Meter, 24, is charged in Utah state court with felony counts of theft and forgery. Charging papers accuse Van Meter, of Elko., Nev., of using the name and documents identifying him…

  15. UPDATE: It would "take a miracle" for the Braves to sign Johnny Damon

    Jan 15, 2010, 1:13 PM EDT

    UPDATE: OK, Boras may need to find another mystery team, because MLB.com’s Mark Bowman is throwing cold water on the idea that the Braves are really interested in the guy: From what I can gather, the Braves would become players in the Damon sweepstakes if his price drops to somewhere in the neighborhood of $1-2…

  16. The Dodgers are busy today: Billingsley signs too

    Jan 15, 2010, 12:44 PM EDT

    Following up on Matt Kemp’s deal, Chad Billingsley has signed a deal avoiding arbitration as well. One year, $3.85 million. Billingsley is 24 years old with a 47-30 record and 3.55 ERA in 634 career innings. He was stepped over, Fredo-style, in the playoffs, and it was reported that the Dodgers were dangling him for…

  17. Rooting for Brett Myers

    Jan 15, 2010, 11:59 AM EDT

    Brett Myers may want to “stick it” to the Phillies, and most Phillies fans will probably boo the living hell out of the guy because of it, but don’t count Bill Baer from Crashburn Alley in that crowd: I don’t have a problem with what Myers said. In fact, I like it and we should…

  18. Padres, Heath Bell reach a deal

    Jan 15, 2010, 11:30 AM EDT

    Closer Heath Bell and the Padres avoided arbitration by reaching a one-year, $4 million deal. That’s a big raise for Bell, who made $1.255 million last year, but Bell wasn’t a top closer yet when he struck last year’s deal, he was a setup guy. $4 million for one of the best closers in the…

  19. Bud's Special Committee met for four hours yesterday

    Jan 15, 2010, 11:00 AM EDT

    I’d make a joke about the length of the meeting, but I’ve had barroom arguments about the DH alone that have lasted longer than that, so such lengthy discourse is to be expected. Sadly, however, no one is talking about what the big Special Committee is up to.  Joe Torre: “Please don’t ask me anything…

  20. Joe Torre on being done in 2011: "I've lied before so it doesn't matter"

    Jan 15, 2010, 10:31 AM EDT

    That’s what he said immediately after saying yesterday that 2011 would be his last year. I like it when baseball people allow themselves to be honest like that.  The L.A. Times’ Bill Shaikin spoke with Torre on a bunch of other topics as well: He expects that Manny Ramirez will be back as “a middle-of-the-lineup…

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