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  1. The Blue Jays get new turf

    Feb 3, 2010, 9:28 AM EDT

    There will be new fake grass for the Rogers Centre this year.  It’s supposed to look more like real grass and have fewer seams, but the real impetus for it is that it can be removed and replaced faster than the old turf, thereby allowing the good people at Rogers Communications to book more concerts…

  2. Deep Thoughts: the Mets Offseason

    Feb 3, 2010, 9:19 AM EDT

    Deep thought:  when Darryl Strawberry is saying you’re messin’ up, you need to take a look in the mirror: Darryl Strawberry was asked for his assessment of the Mets’ offseason changes Tuesday night, and he gave an answer that will be hard for anyone to argue. “I’ll put it like this: It could’ve been better,”…

  3. Bill Hall doesn't want to be in the best shape of his life

    Feb 3, 2010, 9:00 AM EDT

    We’ve heard about guys coming to camp in the best shape of their life, but Red Sox’ utilityman Bill Hall doesn’t want any part of that. Why? Because he thinks his workout program was a large part of what caused his post-2006 swoon: Hall traces his problems since – he batted just .201 last year…

  4. Philly columnist: Braves screwed up by keeping Maddux, Glavine and Smoltz together

    Feb 3, 2010, 8:30 AM EDT

    Someone must have slipped me some bad liquor or something, because I’m sure I didn’t just read an article by Sam Donnellon of the Philadelphia Inquirer saying that the Braves would have won more titles in the 90s if they hadn’t had Maddux, Glavine and Smoltz. I mean, that would be, like, the stupidest thing…

  5. The Yankees are making a mistake with Joba Chamberlain

    Feb 3, 2010, 8:00 AM EDT

    Joel Sherman says that while the Yankees may be talking about how the fifth starter’s job is shaping up as a battle between Job Chamberlain and Phil Hughes, it’s all but Hughes’ job already: The Yankees never would admit it publicly, but if the season were to begin today, Hughes would be in the rotation…

  6. Mauer goes through the (video game) motions

    Feb 2, 2010, 10:42 PM EDT

    Joe Mauer isn’t spending all of his time these days hammering out the details of a potentially historic new contract with the Minnesota Twins. Nope, this guy can multi-task, which is only one reason he’s so valuable. In addition to shopping for a new, umm, everything, Mauer also took time on Tuesday to don one…

  7. Nothing's over until Roger Clemens says it is

    Feb 2, 2010, 9:49 PM EDT

    Roger Clemens apparently has been watching Animal House. Bluto: Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor? Hell no! Otter: Germans? Boon: Forget it he’s rolling The Rocket is rolling, and he’s not giving up. Nothing is over until he says it is, including his battle with former trainer Brian McNamee. Seeking to revive…

  8. Dodgers re-sign Jeff Weaver to minors deal

    Feb 2, 2010, 8:33 PM EDT

    The Dodgers have re-signed Jeff Weaver to a minor league contract, according to Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports. Weaver did a fine job last season in a swingman role for the Dodgers, compiling a 6-4 record, a 3.65 ERA and a 64/33 K/BB ratio in 28 appearances (seven starts).  He will hold the same type…

  9. 2010 projected leaders: batting average

    Feb 2, 2010, 7:34 PM EDT

    Over the next several days, I’ll be dipping into my 2010 projections and presenting some leaderboards. 1. Joe Mauer -.331 2. Albert Pujols – .325 3. Ichiro Suzuki – .323 4. Hanley Ramirez – .321 5. Pablo Sandoval – .316 6. Miguel Cabrera – .315 7. Dustin Pedroia – .313 8. Robinson Cano – .311…

  10. Diving into the depths: Washington Nationals

    Feb 2, 2010, 7:06 PM EDT

    This is part of a 30-article series looking at each team’s depth chart headed into spring training. Washington Nationals Rotation 1. John Lannan 2. Jason Marquis 3. Scott Olsen 4. Miguel Batista 5. Craig Stammen 6. Ross Detwiler 7. Shairon Martis 8. Garrett Mock 9. Stephen Strasburg 10. Collin Balester 11. J.D. Martin 12. Matt…

  11. Giants, Mota agree to minors contract

    Feb 2, 2010, 6:48 PM EDT

    San Francisco’s mediocre middle relief stockpile continues…

  12. Report: Dodgers land Alfredo Amezaga

    Feb 2, 2010, 6:41 PM EDT

    6:41pm: Joe Frisaro of has confirmed that the deal is final. 6:20pm: According to’s Ken Rosenthal, the Dodgers have inked outfielder Alfredo Amezaga to a minor league contract.  The deal will be worth $650,000 if he makes the big league club and carries another $800,000 worth of performance-based incentives.  Amezaga, who just turned…

  13. Padres avoid arbitration with Scott Hairston

    Feb 2, 2010, 6:09 PM EDT

    The Padres have avoided one of those often-tumultuous arbitration hearings with outfielder Scott Hairston, signing him Tuesday afternoon to a $2.45 million contract for the 2010 season.  The news comes via’s Corey Brock. Hairston requested $2.9 million from the Padres and was offered $2.1 million when arbitration figures were exchanged two weeks ago, so…

  14. The Yankees: the worst case scenario

    Feb 2, 2010, 5:30 PM EDT

    Since we’ll soon be swimming in season previews that have the Yankees winning 100 games, the division, the league and probably the World Series, let’s have some fun and see what would happen if absolutely everything went wrong in the Bronx. To that end, here’s Part 1 of NYaT’s “The Yankees Worst Case Scenario.”  It’s…

  15. The Mets respond to Putz's allegations

    Feb 2, 2010, 5:01 PM EDT

    UPDATE: While I had seen the actual statement the Mets released about Putz before writing the business below, I had missed this story from Marty Noble at last night. In it he relates that the Mets do, in fact, deny Putz’s claim that they told him to hide his injuries from the media.  They…

  16. Several teams looking at Kris Benson

    Feb 2, 2010, 4:50 PM EDT

    Kris Benson hasn’t pitched much recently — eight appearances last year, none in 2008 or 2007 — but his agent says he’s healthy, throwing well and expects to sign with someone in the next couple of weeks. Candidates: Diamondbacks, Cubs, Reds and Nationals. Benson is 35 now, and has long lost the luster of being…

  17. A's essentially buy Adam Rosales for $1.3 million

    Feb 2, 2010, 3:50 PM EDT

    Yesterday the A’s traded Aaron Miles and a player to be named later or cash to the Reds for Adam Rosales and Willy Taveras, only to designate Taveras for assignment approximately three minutes later. While confusing at first glance, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle notes that the end result for the A’s is…

  18. The Professional Free Agent Showcase

    Feb 2, 2010, 3:20 PM EDT

    Here’s an idea I had never considered: a “three-day mixer” called the Professional Free Agent Showcase where unemployed baseball players work out for and scouts for teams looking for talent.  The inaugural one kicks off today and lasts through Thursday at Al Lang Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. It’s not for Major League free agents.…

  19. Report: Blue Jays close to signing Kevin Gregg

    Feb 2, 2010, 2:45 PM EDT’s Ken Rosenthal reports that the Blue Jays are “close” to signing reliever Kevin Gregg. Last week manager Cito Gaston was asked about the Blue Jays’ closer situation and replied: We have a couple of guys that can close, [Scott] Downs, [Jason] Frasor. But we’re going to kind of throw that up in the air.…

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