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  1. Rockies get flexibility, Helton gets security

    Mar 11, 2010, 6:12 PM EDT

    Seeing a window to remain a top contender in the wide open NL West, the Rockies on Thursday made a trade with their own first baseman, giving him two additional years of security in exchange for an ability to defer $13.1 million beginning in 2011. In what seems like a smart move for both sides,…

  2. Giles an underappreciated superstar

    Mar 11, 2010, 5:24 PM EDT

    .315/.418/.614, 39 HR, 115 RBI .315/.432/.594, 35 HR, 123 RBI .309/.404/.590, 37 HR, 95 RBI .298/.450/.622, 38 HR, 103 RBI That was the four-season run Brian Giles had from the time he arrived in Pittsburgh in 1999 through 2002. Of course, it was a time of whopping numbers, so Giles never led the NL in…

  3. Lowell's spring debut pushed back to next week

    Mar 11, 2010, 4:46 PM EDT

    Mike Lowell was initially hoping to make his spring training debut tomorrow, but now it sounds like he won’t play until Monday at the earliest. Here’s manager Terry Francona: We’re probably shooting more for Monday with Mikey Lowell. That’s probably a realistic target. I don’t know if it will happen. Normally teams have every reason…

  4. Wanna buy a World Series ring?

    Mar 11, 2010, 4:15 PM EDT

    It’s a 1984 Detroit Tigers model, so I would be interested.  Whose is it? Lance Parrish? Larry Herndon? [swoons, bats eyes] Alan Trammell? How much would you pay for a piece of the Tigers’ 1984 World Series championship? Would you pay $5,000? That’s the asking price on eBay for the World Series ring of former…

  5. Rays sign Cuban defector Anderson for $3.75 million

    Mar 11, 2010, 4:03 PM EDT

    The Rays confirmed a report Thursday that they’ve agreed to terms with Cuban first baseman-outfielder Leslie Anderson. Jorge Ebro of El Nuevo Herald reported earlier in the day that it was a major league deal worth a guaranteed $3.75 million over four years. Anderson, 27, is a left-handed hitter with experience throughout the outfield and…

  6. Webb 'running out of time' to avoid disabled list

    Mar 11, 2010, 3:45 PM EDT

    Diamondbacks manager A.J. Hinch admitted today that “we are running out of time” for Brandon Webb to be ready for Opening Day, with Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reporting that “it’s becoming more and more clear” that he’ll begin the season on the disabled list. Webb hasn’t pitched since complaining of shoulder soreness on…

  7. More Lego ballparks

    Mar 11, 2010, 3:15 PM EDT

    As I wrote this morning, I was impressed with that Lego ballpark.  I probably should have Googled the subject, because there are many, many more of them. I’m still building a Tiger Stadium, though. Gonna smell like pee and cigars too, just like the real one. Just you watch.

  8. Desmond Jennings is having a rough spring

    Mar 11, 2010, 2:43 PM EDT

    Desmond Jennings is one of the truly elite prospects in baseball, ranking No. 6 on Baseball America‘s annual top 100 list, but things aren’t going smoothly for him this spring. Jennings was plunked on the elbow in his very first Grapefruit League at-bat, missed a few days, returned to the lineup, and then sprained his…

  9. Accusing Nomar of steroid use

    Mar 11, 2010, 2:15 PM EDT

    You apparently get one day to savor your retirement before someone accuses you of taking steroids. Yahoo!’s Steve Henson, everyone: Eight years with the Red Sox made Garciaparra a master at deflecting tough questions in a genial manner. Performance-enhancing drugs weren’t a topic he’d discuss, and if steroids had helped him bulk up in Boston…

  10. Brian Giles retires

    Mar 11, 2010, 2:00 PM EDT

    Former Pirate, Indian, Padre and — for this spring at least, Dodger — Brian Giles announced his retirement today, Dylan Hernandez reports. Giles finishes his career with 287 home runs and a line of .292/.400/.502.  He was a two-time All-Star and filled the role of “best player on terrible Pirates teams” in between Al Martin…

  11. The Rockies extend Todd Helton for two years

    Mar 11, 2010, 1:45 PM EDT

    Todd Helton was already locked up for $16.6 million this year and $19.1 million next year with an insane $23 million option for 2012, but the Rockies felt it necessary to extend his contract all the same.  He’s now locked up for 2012 and given a contract for 2013. Financial details were not released, but…

  12. Jose Reyes told to rest 2-8 weeks and will begin season on disabled list

    Mar 11, 2010, 1:18 PM EDT

    General manager Omar Minaya and agent Peter Greenberg just announced that Jose Reyes will “refrain from athletic activity” for 2-8 weeks after follow-up tests showed that his thyroid levels rose again when he did controlled physical activity this week. He’s expected to begin the season on the disabled list, and in addition to resting will…

  13. Mets considering 20-year-old Mejia for bullpen

    Mar 11, 2010, 12:46 PM EDT

    Showing yet again that they’ve never met a prospect they won’t rush, the Mets have reportedly decided to keep Jenrry Mejia in big-league camp through the end of spring training to evaluate him as an Opening Day bullpen option. Mejia is one of the game’s best pitching prospects and has looked great so far this…

  14. Great Moments in Cuban League History

    Mar 11, 2010, 12:15 PM EDT

    This ceases to be interesting after the first few seconds, but those first few seconds are a lot of fun. Just one question: where’s the help from the shortstop and the second baseman? Dude comin’ after the pitcher with a bat and the waters just part. I’ve heard of pitchers who don’t trust their middle…

  15. Milton Bradley, Jim Hendry, and Britney Spears

    Mar 11, 2010, 11:40 AM EDT

    Milton Bradley has made headlines lately for basically refusing to stop talking about how miserable he was in Chicago, but did have some nice words for one member of the Cubs: I have nothing bad to say about Jim Hendry. He gave me $30 million. God bless Jim Hendry and his family. Most of the…

  16. Kelvim Escobar might retire

    Mar 11, 2010, 11:20 AM EDT

    Kelvim Escobar waxes philosophical: The injured Mets reliever Kelvim Escobar said he was very confident he can come back from shoulder soreness to play this season, and hopefully very soon. But in the event he cannot, Escobar can live with it. “I’m a very proud man,” he said. “I’ve had a decent career. Whatever happens,…

  17. The Nats release Eddie Guardado

    Mar 11, 2010, 11:00 AM EDT

    Back in January, Jim Riggleman said he might use Eddie Guardado or Sean Burnett to close things out against strong left-handed lineups because “all I want is to make sure we get the outs.” As of this morning it’s just gonna be Burnett. Everyday Eddie was released after two innings of spring training work. Don’t…

  18. So how's that 5th starter competition going?

    Mar 11, 2010, 10:45 AM EDT

    Um, yeah.  Something tells me that Hughes has the inside track.  And even if he doesn’t, Girardi may go with Dave LaPoint or Andy Hawkins or someone.

  19. The Twins aren't going to trade Joe Mauer for a closer

    Mar 11, 2010, 10:25 AM EDT

    Nature abhors a vacuum and apparently baseball writers abhor a lack of news: Mauer still has more leverage than Pat Williams on a teeter-totter, but as negotiations have lagged, Mauer’s hesitancy to accept a record-setting contract offer from his hometown team has made his signing less than a sure thing and raised this previously unthinkable…

  20. Scenes from Spring Training: Red Sox Nation South Part 3

    Mar 11, 2010, 10:00 AM EDT

    Back up to the press box, I got my lunch on.  Much more elaborate spread than the Mets or the Twins put out. Lasagna, hot dogs, cold cuts, chicken salad, fresh fruit, cake and all kinds of other stuff. And though I didn’t hang around that long, there was a sign saying that they did…

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