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  1. The Mets sign Takahashi

    Feb 11, 2010, 2:20 PM EDT

    The Mets have come to agreement with Hisanori Takahashi, late of the Yomiuri Giants, on a minor league deal worth $1 million if he makes the team.  Takahashi, who turns 35 in April, was 79-66 with a 3.70 ERA in 245 career games in the NPB. He’s a soft-tossing lefty who most have said would…

  2. Another sad 'Lenny Dykstra on investing' update

    Feb 11, 2010, 1:53 PM EDT

    My entry earlier this week about Lenny Dykstra’s financial situation received 142 comments, so I figure everyone is interested in a follow up via some nice digging by SportsByBrooks.com. In addition to filing personal bankruptcy after reportedly losing up to $100 million, Dykstra apparently was given control of the $737,000 signing bonus that his son…

  3. The Lincecum arbitration is MLB's fight, not the Giants'

    Feb 11, 2010, 1:20 PM EDT

    Buster Olney tweeted something really interesting a few minutes ago: Heard this: The Giants might wind up sending as few as one member of their front office to the Lincecum hearing. The heavy lifting on management’s side of the case will be done by MLB, and not the Giants. This follows up on the news…

  4. Cardinals shortstop Ryan has wrist surgery

    Feb 11, 2010, 12:50 PM EDT

    Brendan Ryan underwent wrist surgery Tuesday and won’t be cleared to swing a bat for 2-3 weeks, putting his status for Opening Day in some question. Ryan told MLB.com’s Matthew Leach that he’s “done everything” to alleviate what’s being called “persistent discomfort in his right wrist” for several years and just recently learned that surgery…

  5. Quote of the Day: Keith Law

    Feb 11, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT

    If Lincecum knows there’s something wrong with his arm, he should take the offer, but otherwise, I’m wondering if Sabean got into Timmy’s stash.” – ESPN’s Keith Law, offering his less-than-approving assessment of the Giants’ $37 million offer to Tim Lincecum

  6. Five ways to "fix" the Mets

    Feb 11, 2010, 11:53 AM EDT

    As you surely know by now, Craig likes to needle the Mets. The problem is that it’s become entirely too easy to pile on them at this point (Junk bonds? Not enough money to sign Rod Barajas? Really?) and therefore, no longer much fun. With that in mind, Craig asked me, the resident Mets fan…

  7. $100 million over five years will not lock up Prince Fielder

    Feb 11, 2010, 11:20 AM EDT

    There are no offers on the table and no negotiations afoot — hell, Prince Fielder isn’t even eligible for free agency until the 2011 season is complete — but the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s Gary Howard is daydreaming about the Brewers locking him up all the same, building up to this: So I figure a sweet,…

  8. The State of Arizona wants to impose a "Cubs tax" on all the Cactus League teams

    Feb 11, 2010, 10:55 AM EDT

    The deal to keep the Cubs’ spring training home in Mesa, Arizona was contingent on the State of Arizona finding the money to help them build an $84 million new complex.  Their idea: impose a surcharge on spring training tickets to help cover the cost. But not just Cubs spring training tickets: they want to…

  9. Carlos Delgado may just retire to Crash Boat Beach

    Feb 11, 2010, 9:59 AM EDT

    Yesterday it was reported that Carlos Delgado is demanding “substantial money and playing time.” In light of this article, however, he’s apparently cool with not getting those things: “I have to analyze all the options that I have and, another important thing, I’m not going to sign a contract just to say I signed. You…

  10. REPORT: The Giants offer Lincecum $37 million over three years

    Feb 11, 2010, 9:22 AM EDT

    John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that the Giants have offered Tim Lincecum a three-year, $37 million contract. The proposed contract would includes annual salaries of $9.5 million, $12.5 million and $15 million. Lincecum’s people reportedly countered with something north of $40 million. No one will confirm that, but the Giants are saying…

  11. Johan Santana is gearing up for the season

    Feb 11, 2010, 8:58 AM EDT

    If there is anything that makes me doubt Kyle Farnsworth’s chances as a starter it’s the article in today’s Daily News about Johan Santana. In it John Harper catches for the Mets’ ace as he pitches a simulated half-inning against the heart of the Phillies’ lineup.  After striking out the cardboard cutout that simulates Jimmy…

  12. The Royals are going to give Kyle Farnsworth a chance to start

    Feb 11, 2010, 8:29 AM EDT

    I’ll give Royals fans a few moments to clean up the coffee they just spit all over the screen.  Done? Good. Let’s continue. Here’s Royals’ pitching coach Bob McClure: “Kyle Farnsworth is competing for a job in the rotation. We’re going to lengthen him out and see how it goes. Because what he showed me…

  13. Let's start the day with something non-controversial: racism

    Feb 11, 2010, 7:57 AM EDT

    Moshe Mandel at TYU wants to know if it’s not curious that some writers assume that Felix Hernandez will be more likely to become complacent and lazy now that he has a big contract than Justin Verlander will.  Or whether there is any rational explanation for thinking that Dustin Pedroia “cares more” about his team…

  14. Garciaparra looking for TV gig, Shaughnessy thrilled

    Feb 10, 2010, 11:26 PM EDT

    Nomar Garciaparra hasn’t announced he’s retiring yet, but as spring training nears, it’s looking more and more like that decision is being made for him. So what is a six-time All-Star who hasn’t had a good season since 2006 to do? Well, become a broadcaster of course. According to NESN, Garciaparra auditioned for both ESPN…

  15. Sheffield considers offers 'on the table'

    Feb 10, 2010, 9:50 PM EDT

    Gary Sheffield tells the New York Post that he’s in “tip-top shape,” having lost 15 pounds, and is considering some “things on the table” to return for a 23rd season. The former Brewer-Padre-Marlin-Dodger-Brave-Yankee-Tiger-Met, who has 509 career home runs to go with an impressive .292/.393/.514 line, said he has not made up his mind whether…

  16. Diving into the depths: Tampa Bay Rays

    Feb 10, 2010, 7:16 PM EDT

    This is part of a 30-article series looking at each team’s depth chart headed into spring training. Tampa Bay Rays Rotation 1. James Shields 2. Matt Garza 3. Jeff Niemann 4. David Price 5. Wade Davis 6. Andy Sonnanstine 7. Jeremy Hellickson 8. Lance Cormier 9. Carlos Hernandez 10. Heath Phillips 11. Alex Torres Davis…

  17. 2010 projected leaders: Runs scored & RBI

    Feb 10, 2010, 6:14 PM EDT

    Over the next several days, I’ll be dipping into my 2010 projections and presenting some leaderboards. Runs 1. Ryan Braun – 113 1. Albert Pujols – 113 1. Alex Rodriguez – 113 4. Dustin Pedroia – 112 5. Jose Reyes – 110 5. Jimmy Rollins – 110 7. Mark Teixeira – 109 8. Derek Jeter…

  18. Justin Verlander: Jeremy Bonderman looks good

    Feb 10, 2010, 6:00 PM EDT

    Give a guy $80 million and he’ll wear any hat you want him to. Starter. Team leader. Scout: Justin Verlander said the throws have life on them, more than he saw last year. He talked about making adjustments, going back to the basics. He’s really excited about the progress. He wasn’t talking about himself. He…

  19. Report: Damon's offer from the Braves is $2 million now, $2 million deferred

    Feb 10, 2010, 5:35 PM EDT

    Tyler Kepner tweets that the offer the Braves have made Johnny Damon is not quite the $5 million reported earlier in the day. Rather, it’s $2 million now, $2 million deferred.  If he takes it I’ll have to update the last post to reflect the fact that his haircut is something more than $75 million…

  20. Shouldn't Damon be on Heyman's "free agent losers" list?

    Feb 10, 2010, 5:06 PM EDT

    SI’s Jon Heyman makes a list of the winners and losers of the 2009-10 free agent class.  The winners include Matt Holliday, John Lackey, those catchers who got overpaid, Ben Sheets and all of the utility players who got pretty decent deals for utility players.  The losers include Joel Piniero, Adam LaRoche, Vlad Guerrero, Jim…

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