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  1. Chipper Jones on the NL East

    Feb 22, 2010, 3:25 PM EDT

    Asked this morning about all of the young talent in Atlanta, Florida and Miami, Chipper Jones said that “in the next few years you’re gonna see this division invert.“ Given that the Braves have finished in third place for three of the last four seasons, this is a rather pessimistic take on his own ballclub,…

  2. Old people (like me) and sabermetrics

    Feb 22, 2010, 3:10 PM EDT

    My friend Russ Smith, late of the Mugger column in the New York Press and currently the proprietor of Splice Today, is a big baseball fan. A fairly traditional one, however, as he doesn’t get too hung up on stats and sabermetrics and stuff. His teenage son, however and it has led to some communications…

  3. After shopping around, Gomes re-signs with Reds

    Feb 22, 2010, 2:45 PM EDT

    Jonny Gomes spent the weekend searching for a better offer, but ultimately couldn’t land a major-league deal elsewhere and has decided to settle for re-signing with the Reds. Jerry Crasnick of and John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer say Gomes’ last-minute shopping coaxed the Reds’ into giving him a major-league deal, while Mark Sheldon…

  4. Gerald Laird attended anger management classes

    Feb 22, 2010, 1:46 PM EDT

    Remember that crazy story from last month about how Tigers catcher Gerald Laird and several family members had a drunken altercation at a Celtics-Suns game with Eddie House’s wife and, eventually, arena security? Here was my quick-version recap at the time, in case you missed it: Just about everyone in the entire Laird family showed…

  5. Rafael Soriano does not care about the bats of the AL East

    Feb 22, 2010, 1:17 PM EDT

    Gary Shelton of the St. Petersburg Times catches up with new Rays’ closer Rafael Soriano, who is as cool as a cucumber: Jeter and A-Rod, you say. And he does not quiver. Ortiz and Youkilis, you say. And he does not flinch. Teixeira and Hill, you are about to say. And he does not wait…

  6. Park picked Yankees over Cubs and Nationals

    Feb 22, 2010, 12:50 PM EDT

    I agree with Craig that signing Chan Ho Park for just $1.2 million is a very good deal for the Yankees. He has a 3.29 ERA and 101/44 K/BB ratio in 120 innings as a reliever over the past two seasons and at the very least can be a good second-tier setup man behind either…

  7. Our first Manny bein' Manny moment of 2010

    Feb 22, 2010, 12:17 PM EDT

    The L.A. Times’ Dylan Hernandez caught up with Manny Ramirez this morning. In the space of five sentences Manny (a) predicted the future; (b) said that predicting the future is meaningless and that he’d prefer to take things one day at a time; (c) said the game was “still fun to play”; and (d) said…

  8. Snyder is still with the Diamondbacks … for now

    Feb 22, 2010, 11:44 AM EDT

    Back in November the Blue Jays called off a Lyle Overbay-for-Chris Snyder swap and then in December the Diamondbacks offered Snyder to the Rangers for C.J. Wilson, only to have Texas predictably turn it down and Wilson tweet about how he was “borderline offended” by the offer. Since then Snyder’s name hasn’t popped up in…

  9. Khalil Greene continues to suffer from anxiety issues

    Feb 22, 2010, 11:17 AM EDT

    The Rangers signed Khalil Greene to a one-year, $500,000 deal this winter, hoping he could replace Omar Vizquel as their utility guy.  Ken Rosenthal reports some bad news, however: Infielder Khalil Greene is again suffering from anxiety issues, leaving the Texas Rangers short an infielder as they begin spring training. Greene, 30, will not report…

  10. You can get into the Reds' team photo

    Feb 22, 2010, 11:00 AM EDT

    Neat promotion from the Cincinnati Reds: they’re auctioning off the chance to be in this year’s team photo. The proceeds from the auction will go to charity.  The opening bid is $500, but I can only assume it will go much higher. Indeed, reliever Mike Lincoln probably views the auction as a much better bet…

  11. Quote of the Day II: Jason Heyward

    Feb 22, 2010, 10:45 AM EDT

    Braves’ outfield prospect/personal Man-Crush Supreme Jason Heyward showed up to spring training this morning looking absolutely huge. His teammates compared him to Jevon Kearse.  Asked if he had some kind of special workout or diet this winter he said: “Just growing up. Hopefully growing into my grown-man strength.” Dude had a .963 OPS across three…

  12. Kevin Appier is awesome

    Feb 22, 2010, 10:28 AM EDT

    A kid sent a baseball card to Kevin Appier 15 years ago hoping for an autograph. He never heard back.  Last week the card was sent back to his parents house with Appier’s autograph on it. My first impulse was that, not unlike Ringo Starr and Marge Simpson,* Appier simply had mountains and mountains of…

  13. Jayson Werth is ready for spring

    Feb 22, 2010, 10:14 AM EDT

    Either that or he’s ready to be the bass player for Grand Funk Railroad. Could go either way.

  14. Quote of the Day: Dustin Pedroia

    Feb 22, 2010, 9:59 AM EDT

    Some reporters asked Dustin Pedroia if the Red Sox have transformed from a team built to score runs into a team built to prevent runs. I’ve never been a big Pedroia fan, but his response has shot my man-crush for him to dangerously high levels: “I don’t even buy into that stuff. We have great…

  15. Random thoughts on the Johnny Damon signing

    Feb 22, 2010, 9:27 AM EDT

    As you no doubt heard, Johnny Damon signed with the Tigers over the weekend. One year, $8 million.  Some random observations: I don’t buy for a second that Detroit really had a two-year, $14 million offer out there, but their one-year, $7 million offer was widely reported. That was dangling when the White Sox dropped…

  16. David Wright is in the best shape of his . . . OH MY GOD look at the guns on him!

    Feb 22, 2010, 9:00 AM EDT

    Based on how much iron David Wright apparently pumped this offseason, it would seem that he doesn’t want to depend on lower fences at Citi Field to help restore his power. Mercy. In other news, the article goes on and on about how Jeff Francoeur is helping Wright take a better mental approach to the…

  17. The Dodgers expect you to pay twice the price for half the product

    Feb 22, 2010, 8:29 AM EDT

    The L.A. Times’ Bill Shaikin reports that a document setting forth the Dodgers’ financial plans was leaked in connection with the McCourt divorce. The document, which was created by the Dodgers in order to solicit Chinese investors in the team and/or a soccer club Frank McCourt wants to buy, sets out the following: The Dodgers…

  18. The Yankees sign Chan Ho Park

    Feb 22, 2010, 7:57 AM EDT

    Thomas Harding of reports that the Yankees have signed reliever Chan Ho Park to a one-year, $1.2 million deal with incentives that could reach $300,000.  The deal is pending a physical. And, presumably, the shaving of his Chan Ho Beard. Park put up a 2.52 ERA in 50 innings out of the pen last…

  19. Buehrle to make eighth Opening Day start

    Feb 21, 2010, 6:06 PM EDT

    White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen announced Sunday that Mark Buehrle would get the nod on Opening Day for a franchise record eighth time. Buehrle, entering his 10th year as a member of the White Sox rotation, will break a tie with Billy Pierce for the most Opening Day starts in team history. He gets the…

  20. Strasburg likely to begin season in minors

    Feb 21, 2010, 3:20 PM EDT

    According to the Washington Post, Nationals manager Jim Riggleman hinted Sunday that Stephen Strasburg is likely to begin the 2010 season in the minor leagues. The 2009 No. 1 overall pick threw his first bullpen session of the spring on Sunday.  He delivered 37 pitches, mostly fastballs, and apparently looked pretty sharp.  But, no matter…

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