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  1. Jim Tracy is in the best shape of his life

    Feb 8, 2011, 8:23 AM EDT

    Colorado Rockies v Arizona Diamondbacks

    Well, maybe of his managerial life. Because, it seems, that his collapse at the Winter Meetings that threw a scare into everyone wasn’t the first time that’s happened to him.  According to Jannie McCauley of the Associated Press, Tracy has been having issues with dizziness and fatigue for several years, and the fainting down in Florida…

  2. Great. People are calling Mark Cuban.

    Feb 8, 2011, 6:09 AM EDT

    Mavericks Clippers Basketball

    I was somewhat sympathetic to Mark Cuban last week when he got out in front of the Mets speculation by saying “nope, not interested.”  I mean, everyone always mentions his name when this stuff happens, so good for him for heading it off at the pass. Sadly, it seems, that when it comes to getting…

  3. Rockies and Angels among places where Michael Young would accept a trade

    Feb 7, 2011, 11:51 PM EDT

    Michael Young AP

    Sources have told T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com the eight teams where Michael Young would accept a trade. Drumroll: They are the Cardinals, Yankees, Twins, Astros, Rockies, Dodgers, Angels and Padres. Young is from Southern California, so it’s no surprise to see the Dodgers, Angels and Padres on this list. Of course, this doesn’t mean the…

  4. Michael Young: “I’ve been misled and manipulated”

    Feb 7, 2011, 11:13 PM EDT

    Michael Young swinging

    Jon Heyman of SI.com speculated earlier this evening that despite Michael Young‘s desire for a trade, he would still likely open spring training with the team. Well, judging by Young’s comments to Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News earlier tonight, the Rangers may have no choice but to deal him away. “I’ve kept a…

  5. What’s going on with Jake Peavy?

    Feb 7, 2011, 9:31 PM EDT

    Jake Peavy shoulder

    We’re about to find out. Jake Peavy is expected to provide an update on his rehab from shoulder surgery during a conference call tomorrow, according to Scot Gregor of the Arlington Heights Daily Herald. Peavy posted a 4.63 ERA over his first 17 starts last season before suffering a detached lat muscle near his right…

  6. Dodgers sign Aaron Miles to a minor league contract

    Feb 7, 2011, 8:02 PM EDT

    Aaron Miles gritty

    The Dodgers announced via their Twitter feed that they have signed Aaron Miles to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training. According to Jon Heyman of SI.com, Miles will earn a salary of $500,000 if he makes the team. As evidenced by the picture to the right, Miles is usually associated with…

  7. Rangers confirm that Michael Young has requested a trade

    Feb 7, 2011, 6:59 PM EDT

    Michael Young ap

    UPDATE: Jayson Stark of ESPN.com writes that a major source of the friction between the two sides is that the club was attempting to trade Young, but telling him otherwise. Now he wants out of Texas, but the Rangers are reluctant to deal him. In a word, awkward. 6:22 PM: Confirming what Tim Brown of…

  8. David Wright feels bad for the Wilpons

    Feb 7, 2011, 5:32 PM EDT

    David Wright

    Kevin Kernan is down in Port St. Luice and he caught up with early spring training arrival David Wright.  Wright opined about the Wilpon-Madoff mess: “I’ve become very close with the Wilpon family over the years.  They’ve done a lot for me. And I feel for them, just having to go through this. I called Jeff…

  9. Which Cubs game did Ferris Bueller go to?

    Feb 7, 2011, 4:48 PM EDT

    Bueller

    You guys know Larry Granillo from Wezen-Ball, right?  The sportos, the motorheads, geeks, sluts, bloods, wastoids, dweebies, dickheads – they all adore him. They think he’s a righteous dude: On his day off, Ferris Bueller had quite the adventure. From “borrowing” the 1961 Ferrari 250GT of his best friend’s unforgiving father to visiting both the…

  10. Frank McCourt has a pretty spiffy malpractice suit heating up

    Feb 7, 2011, 4:30 PM EDT

    Frank McCourt

    Saw this coming since September:  Frank McCourt has fired his old law firm and his old law firm has hired its own law firm that specializes in defending legal malpractice suits. This all the result of Jamie McCourt winning the battle over that marital property agreement that was supposed to have the Dodgers being Frank’s…

  11. Josh Hamilton and the Rangers are talking two-year contract

    Feb 7, 2011, 4:06 PM EDT

    Josh Hamilton

    T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports that Josh Hamilton and the Rangers “are making progress towards settling his contract situation so that they will not have to go to an arbitration hearing” and “have discussed a two-year contract.” Hamilton is arbitration eligible both this season and next, so a two-year deal would simply give the Rangers…

  12. Let us mostly ignore Truck Day

    Feb 7, 2011, 3:36 PM EDT

    Bandit Truck

    I gave up attaching any significance whatsoever to “Truck Day” last year when I realized that Boston’s version of it — the alleged original about which people were angry that other teams were ripping off — had corporate sponsorship.  From an airline.  Airplanes?  When neither the “truck” nor the “day” part of it is organic,…

  13. Vlad’s deal: $5 million now, $3 million deferred

    Feb 7, 2011, 3:00 PM EDT

    Vladimir Guerrero

    I was rather surprised when Vladimir Guerrero got $8 million.  We have some more details on it now and I suppose it’s slightly better for the O’s: it will be $5 million in 2011, with the other $3 million deferred over several years. Still seems like a lot for a guy who didn’t appear to…

  14. The Braves may split the closer’s job

    Feb 7, 2011, 2:30 PM EDT

    Kansas City Royals v Atlanta Braves

    With Billy Wagner‘s presumed retirement — and I say “presumed,” simply because he hasn’t filed his paperwork yet; he’s retiring — the assumption has been that Craig Kimbrel will take over the closer duties in Atlanta. He did so in the NLDS after Wagner’s injury, and he’s been groomed to close for a while now.…

  15. Chad Durbin is holding out for an offer from a contender

    Feb 7, 2011, 2:14 PM EDT

    chad-durbin-phillies

    There’s no longer room in the Phillies’ bullpen for Chad Durbin, but Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that three straight trips to the playoffs with Philadelphia has the free agent right-hander unwilling to sign with a non-contender. According to Rosenthal he’s gotten multiple offers “from projected non-contenders” but is “holding out for a club with…

  16. You can vote on the throwback uniforms the Dodgers will wear this year

    Feb 7, 2011, 1:20 PM EDT

    Dodger Throwback.bmp

    The Dodgers are planning on wearing throwback uniforms six times this year. Considering that, only the slightest variations notwithstanding, they’ve worn the same duds since around 1938 or so, you won’t be surprised to hear that they’re going way back for this: The Los Angeles Dodgers will wear throwback uniforms honoring their Brooklyn roots for…

  17. Mike Lowell is definitely retired and “hip replacement is most likely inevitable”

    Feb 7, 2011, 12:42 PM EDT

    Cleveland Indians v Boston Red Sox

    Rob Bradford of WEEI.com caught up with Mike Lowell, who made it clear that he’s definitely retired and revealed that his surgically repaired hip “has gone a little bit downhill.” Lowell underwent surgery on his right hip following the 2008 season and recent X-rays showed that “it has gotten progressively worse.” Here’s more from Lowell,…

  18. Your quick and dirty guide to the Wilpon-Madoff mess

    Feb 7, 2011, 12:37 PM EDT

    Fred Wilpon, Jeff Wilpon

    Over at MLB Trade Rumors, Howard Megdal has put together a very handy bullet point summary of everything a baseball fan needs to know about the Bernie Madoff-Mets fiasco we spent much of last week discussing. I think the key point to all of this is the stuff Howard cites — with linkage goodness —…

  19. Do we really need Lou Gehrig’s medical records

    Feb 7, 2011, 11:32 AM EDT

    SPORT RIPKEN

    This is kind of weird: State Rep. Phyllis Kahn makes no bones about it: She wants the Mayo Clinic to release New York Yankees legend Lou Gehrig’s medical records. Monday, she will introduce a bill permitting just that … Kahn’s bill would change state law to permit a records release without consent if the patient has…

  20. Phillies’ right field job is “a three-man race” that Domonic Brown should win

    Feb 7, 2011, 11:17 AM EDT

    Domonic Brown swinging

    Todd Zolecki of MLB.com writes that the Phillies’ right field job is “a three-man race” and “open competition” among Domonic Brown, Ben Francisco, and John Mayberry Jr., but adds that “many suspect Francisco and Brown will platoon to start the season.” Before he can claim the bulk of the starts Brown has to first win…

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