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  1. Jose Reyes: working through his NetFlix queue

    Mar 23, 2010, 10:28 AM EDT

    UPDATE: Forget it. Reyes has now been cleared to resume playing ball and is heading back to the Mets camp today. Great news for the Mets and their fans. Not so good news for Netflix. The Post’s Kevin Kernan caught up with Jose Reyes, who is sitting at home waiting for his thyroid levels to…

  2. Pittsburgh columnist: "The Mauer contract is lunacy"

    Mar 23, 2010, 9:59 AM EDT

    In the past 24 hours I’ve seen a lot of people note the risk involved in signing a catcher to a big contract as he’s coming off what could very well be the best year he ever has, but I hadn’t seen anyone say that the contract was a bad idea. At least until I…

  3. Tom Hicks is not well-liked

    Mar 23, 2010, 9:28 AM EDT

    As we sit around waiting to see how Tom Hicks is going to extract himself from his debt problems and finally get the deal done to sell the Ranger, Maury Brown runs down all of the reasons why Hicks has essentially become persona non grata in baseball circles. The upshot: by failing to make his…

  4. Should we just forget the search for a fifth starter?

    Mar 23, 2010, 8:58 AM EDT

    A lot of time has been spent trying to figure out who should be the fifth starter in New York, but if it were up to FanGraph’s Marc Hulet, we wouldn’t even be making the effort: Teams spend millions of dollars and thousands of hours crunching data to build a successful five-man rotation, but it’s…

  5. Joe Torre suspends contract talks with the Dodgers

    Mar 23, 2010, 8:29 AM EDT

    Joe Torre apparently has an open door to come back to the Dodgers after this year, and he and the team have been negotiating about it, but now Torre has put a halt to the talks, saying he has “more important things to worry about” like getting the team ready for the season. This really…

  6. A-Rod to meet with the feds on Friday

    Mar 23, 2010, 7:58 AM EDT

    The New York Times reports that A-Rod is going to meet with federal investigators in Buffalo on Friday in connection with the Dr. Galea investigation. As has been widely reported, The feds are seeking to establish whether Galea has distributed performance-enhancing drugs in the U.S., and all indications that, like Jose Reyes, Rodriguez is merely…

  7. Phillies selling history, messing with their mojo

    Mar 23, 2010, 1:45 AM EDT

    The Philadelphia Phillies are giving Citizens Bank Park a makeover, replacing the original playing surface – a surface on which the Phillies won three NL East titles, two pennants and the 2008 World Series – with brand new sod. And they’re generously giving their fans a chance to purchase a piece of the old field,…

  8. Rockies close to minor league deal with Beimel

    Mar 22, 2010, 10:39 PM EDT

    The Rockies are close to an agreement to bring back Joe Beimel on a minor league contract, according to Ken Rosenthal of The new deal should be confirmed by the morning, according to the report. Beimel, who turns 33 in April, posted a 4.02 ERA in 26 relief appearances down the stretch for the…

  9. Could the Yankees release Chad Gaudin?

    Mar 22, 2010, 9:30 PM EDT

    Ken Rosenthal of suggests that the Yankees could soon make a move with right-hander Chad Gaudin, who has struggled to an 8.68 ERA in 9 1/3 innings this spring. Gaudin, who turns 27 later this week, agreed to a one-year, $2.95 million contract in January, however like teammate Sergio Mitre, who inked a one-year,…

  10. Meche leaves Monday's start with shoulder stiffness

    Mar 22, 2010, 8:25 PM EDT

    Gil Meche, who was limited to just 23 starts last season due to a lower back injury and shoulder fatigue, left Monday’s start against the White Sox after three innings due to a stiff right shoulder. Meche did his best to downplay the situation after the game, but what he told Dick Kaegel of…

  11. Reds phenom Chapman exits early (back stiffness)

    Mar 22, 2010, 6:51 PM EDT

    Update: The Reds announced that Chapman departed with lower back stiffness, a problem that had plagued him all week. Chapman was set to be examined after the game. The feeling is that this could knock him out of the competition for a rotation spot. … Aroldis Chapman left his appearance in his second inning of…

  12. Back tightness knocks Pujols out of lineup again

    Mar 22, 2010, 6:15 PM EDT

    UPDATE: Pujols went for an MRI exam this afternoon and also had an anti-inflammatory shot in his sore lower back, so he may be out for most of the week. Albert Pujols was scratched from this afternoon’s lineup with what’s Matthew Leach calls “a recurrence of tightness in his lower back.” No one seems…

  13. The Rangers won't be auctioned, would they?

    Mar 22, 2010, 5:45 PM EDT

    I get the shakes if I don’t write something about the Rangers sale for more than 48 hours or so and right now I’m jonesin’ hard, so I’ll even settle for linking to Heyman: The snag in the Texas Rangers’ sale talks appears fairly serious. Two sources say they believe the banks are looking for…

  14. The silver lining to the Kerry Wood injury

    Mar 22, 2010, 5:15 PM EDT

    Well, to the Indians bottom line at least.  Rob Neyer reminds us of the vesting option: The front office would never admit it, but Kerry Wood’s injury is just about the best thing that could have happened to the Indians, because it means he won’t finish 55 games this season, which in turn means his…

  15. Matsui sees first outfield action since mid-2008

    Mar 22, 2010, 4:50 PM EDT

    Hideki Matsui started in the outfield this afternoon for the first time since June of 2008, as the Angels hope his knees will be able to handle at least occasional defensive duties this season. In fact, according to Lyle Spencer of “the Angels’ plan is to give him a few starts in left field…

  16. Natstown?

    Mar 22, 2010, 4:30 PM EDT

    Red Sox Nation, Yankees Universe, Rays Republic . . . the Nats are content to go with something more modest. Eh. What about an “Army?”  Worked for Kiss, so you think it would work for a baseball team. Sorry to be sticking with this subject today, but I don’t have to report for Death Panel…

  17. Provocation of the day: Baseball Daily Digest

    Mar 22, 2010, 4:15 PM EDT

    Headline: “Did the Twins just lock up the next Jason Kendall?” The answer, ultimately, is “probably not,” but the article is worth reading if for no other reason than to be reminded that there was a time when Jason Kendall was pretty close to awesome. I like headlines that make people freak out for a…

  18. Yankees send Rule 5 pick Jamie Hoffmann back to Dodgers … for now

    Mar 22, 2010, 3:47 PM EDT

    Back in December the Nationals selected Dodgers minor leaguer Jamie Hoffmann with the first pick in the Rule 5 draft and then sent him to the Yankees in a pre-arranged deal for Brian Bruney. Hoffmann was thought to be a near-lock for a spot on New York’s bench, but apparently the Yankees decided against keeping…

  19. The Brewers and Rangers make a trade

    Mar 22, 2010, 3:15 PM EDT

    It ain’t Kenny Lofton for David Justice and Marquis Grissom, but a spring training trade is always fun.  Today’s version: the Rangers trade infielder Ray Olmedo to the Brewers for catcher Matt Treanor. Matt Treanor is a backup catcher who can’t hit, and his presence in Texas is significant only insofar as (a) he’s, like,…

  20. Mauer deal has other catchers licking their chops

    Mar 22, 2010, 2:46 PM EDT

    Joe Mauer getting the Twins to fork over $184 million has the other top catchers in the American League dreaming about their next contracts. Victor Martinez of the Red Sox is an impending free agent, so removing Mauer from next offseason’s catching market could have a huge impact on him. Alex Speier of speculates…

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