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  1. UPDATE: OK, maybe the Twins and Mauer have not yet reached a preliminary agreement

    Feb 1, 2010, 4:29 PM EDT

    UPDATE: Buster Olney tweets that the Twins are calling the WCCO report “not accurate” and that while they remain optimistic that a deal will be done, it’s not done yet. Not that I’m going to delete the analysis of the deal I started drafting or anything. 4:16 P.M.:: WCCO TV is reporting that Mauer and…

  2. UPDATE: Pujols responds to the no-show claims

    Feb 1, 2010, 4:12 PM EDT

    UPDATE: Sam Mellinger, who ran the original story this morning regarding Albert Pujols and the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, received a response from Pujols’ foundation: Sam, Albert’s wife, Deidre is expecting their fourth child this week. She has been given “any minute” status from her doctor since last Monday. Albert has asked us not to…

  3. Byung-Hyun Kim signs with the Giants

    Feb 1, 2010, 3:15 PM EDT

    Jerry Crasnick reports that Former Dbacks closer Byung-Hyun Kim is coming out of retirement and has agreed to a minor league deal with the Giants. We last heard from Kim about a year ago, when he was unable to join up with his South Korean teammates for practice at the World Baseball Classic because he…

  4. The Rangers sale is a "trainwreck"

    Feb 1, 2010, 2:45 PM EDT

    That’s the viewpoint of someone associated with the group of creditors meeting with prospective Rangers’ owners Chuck Greenberg and Nolan Ryan in New York tomorrow in an attempt to iron out their differences regarding the team’s sale. It’s an ominous sign with respect to something that everyone is assuming is a done deal. As you’ll…

  5. Kevin Millar signs with the Cubs

    Feb 1, 2010, 2:30 PM EDT

    Jerry Crasnick tweets that the Cubs have signed a minor league deal with Kevin Millar. Or, as he’s known on MLBPA-licensed video games, “Guy Incognito.”

  6. Hudson deciding between Twins and Nationals?

    Feb 1, 2010, 2:20 PM EDT

    It sounds like Orlando Hudson is close to deciding on his new team, although reports vary a bit on where he’s likely to end up. For instance, ESPN.com’s Buster Olney reported this morning that the “Twins appear to be serious in their pursuit of Orlando Hudson.” Joe Christensen of the Minneapolis Star Tribune agrees,

  7. Mariners sign Garko to platoon with Kotchman

    Feb 1, 2010, 1:42 PM EDT

    Non-tendered by the Giants in December when he would have been in line for about $2 million via arbitration, Ryan Garko has signed a one-year deal with the Mariners worth $550,000 and another $525,000 in potential incentives. Garko isn’t much of a defender and his bat is mediocre against right-handers, but he crushes left-handers and…

  8. A's and Reds swap unwanted Taveras and Miles

    Feb 1, 2010, 1:14 PM EDT

    ESPN.com’s Buster Olney reports the A’s have acquired Willy Taveras and Adam Rosales from the Reds for Aaron Miles and a player to be named later or cash. Miles went from Chicago to Oakland in the December trade for Jake Fox because the Cubs wanted to dump his $2.7 million salary, but he lasted all…

  9. J.J. Putz: the Mets never really gave me a physical

    Feb 1, 2010, 11:12 AM EDT

    J.J. Putz throws another couple of logs on the fire burning under the Mets’ medical staff: “When the trade went down last year, I never really had a physical with the Mets. I had the bone spur (in the right elbow). It was discovered the previous year in Seattle, and it never got checked out…

  10. Bob Gibson on steroids: "I think I would have been tempted"

    Feb 1, 2010, 10:56 AM EDT

    Hey Bob Gibson! Would you have considered using steroids? “Absolutely. I’m just happy they weren’t available (when he played), because if I knew somebody else was doing it and appeared to be getting an edge, I think I have would have been tempted.” Gibson is also less than impressed with the Jack Clarks and Whitey…

  11. Why pitchers need to work more quickly

    Feb 1, 2010, 10:30 AM EDT

    I had no idea that former Royals catcher Brent Mayne even had a blog, but Buster Olney points it out this morning with a link to a great post.  Brent Mayne on why pitchers need to pick up the pace: Here’s a question for you. From 2003 to 2009, can you guess who the five…

  12. Looking ahead to the Beckett-Red Sox negotiation

    Feb 1, 2010, 10:00 AM EDT

    John Tomase of the Boston Herald has a story this morning about the Red Sox and free-agent-to-be Josh Beckett which deals mostly with how much dough Beckett can expect and whether the team and the pitcher will negotiate during the season.  I find this part more interesting, however: But there could be complications. The Red…

  13. The Rangers are about to pick up some pitching

    Feb 1, 2010, 9:28 AM EDT

    The Rangers have had two pitching prospects — Omar Beltre and Alexi Ogando — on their roster for several years now, though they’ve been unavailable to join the club or its minor league affiliates because of a visa problem. The kind of visa problem that comes from taking part in a human trafficking ring.  I…

  14. The replacement players still not making the game

    Feb 1, 2010, 8:58 AM EDT

    I don’t play any baseball video games anymore, but there was a time when I played them pretty obsessively. I was particularly fond of High Heat Baseball 199. The only thing I couldn’t figure out was why the closer for my Braves — Kerry Ligtenberg — wasn’t on it. It was some guy named “Terry…

  15. The Mets could've had Zduriencik

    Feb 1, 2010, 8:28 AM EDT

    The New York Post’s Joel Sherman writes this morning about how the Mets screwed up by passing over Seattle Mariners’ GM Jack Zduriencik back when he worked for the club. Let’s go back to the fall of 1997: Because he was good with computers and had ties to Sandy Koufax — a real bonus in…

  16. Quote of the Weekend: Dustin Pedroia

    Feb 1, 2010, 7:58 AM EDT

    When you’re coming in the kitchen, you better bring the noise.  – Dustin Pedroia on WEEI’s Mut & Bradford Show on Saturday talking about liking to hit high inside fastballs. I shouldn’t make fun of ballplayers for mixing their metaphors, however. They’re paid to hit, not to speak, and given that they’re not always the…

  17. Diving into the depths: Florida Marlins

    Jan 31, 2010, 6:01 PM EDT

    This is part of a 30-article series looking at each team’s depth chart headed into spring training. Florida Marlins Rotation 1. Josh Johnson 2. Ricky Nolasco 3. Anibal Sanchez 4. Chris Volstad 5. Andrew Miller 6. Sean West 7. Rick VandenHurk 8. Ryan Tucker 9. Hayden Penn 10. Burke Badenhop 11. Graham Taylor Barring a…

  18. Former first-round pick Broadway accused of assault

    Jan 31, 2010, 5:50 PM EDT

    Note: This story isn’t recommended for those with a weak stomach. Lance Broadway, a former first-round pick of the White Sox in 2005, has been accused of a brutal assault of a man at a New Year’s Eve party in Dallas. Randy Sorrels, attorney for 25-year-old Ivan Pinney, said his client’s left eye was severely…

  19. Dodgers closing in on Reed Johnson

    Jan 31, 2010, 3:49 PM EDT

    On Friday, Craig wondered why the Dodgers were going after Garret Anderson. Well, it looks like they’ve come to their senses, because according to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com, the Dodgers are making a “hard run” at free agent outfielder Reed Johnson. He adds that a deal “may be close or already done.” Johnson, 33, played…

  20. Quote of the day: "It's my decision"

    Jan 31, 2010, 2:42 PM EDT

    Adam McCalvy of MLB.com reports that the Brewers are already engaging agent Scott Boras in some preliminary discussions about a long-term contract for Prince Fielder. Fielder, who turns 26 in May, is under team control for two more seasons. As McCalvy aptly points out, there’s no real precedent for Boras to advise one of his…

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