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  1. There will be no hometown discount for Adrian Gonzalez

    Feb 24, 2010, 4:21 PM EDT

    It’s long seemed obvious that Adrian Gonzalez won’t be signing a mutli-year extension with the Padres. The real question is how long into his current, very reasonable deal the Padres will keep him before putting him on the market. But in the unlikely event that the Padres do look to keep him around long term,…

  2. The Dodgers' overzealous media relations department strikes again

    Feb 24, 2010, 4:00 PM EDT

    You’ll recall that last month I passed on a rumor I heard that Frank McCourt planned to sell the Dodgers once the divorce stuff is all settled.  Upon posting it, the Dodgers Thought Police called me, demanding a retraction and calling me irresponsible. Which was fine. I figured I had simply hit a nerve —…

  3. They're the Reds. They're red hot.

    Feb 24, 2010, 3:35 PM EDT

    Sticking with the Reds, My favorite Reds blog, Reds Reporter takes us back 20 years to a simpler, more dorky time.  Question: who’s got the worst flow: Paul O’Neill or Chris Sabo?

  4. Joey Votto is doing OK

    Feb 24, 2010, 3:13 PM EDT

    After bad news regarding Dontrelle Willis and Khalil Greene, finally some good news from one of the players who have struggled with anxiety disorders and allied maladies recently: When you ask Joey Votto about his offseason, he gives you a polite “fine, thank you.” But the Reds first baseman knows you want to know more.…

  5. Quote of the Day: Kenny Williams

    Feb 24, 2010, 2:47 PM EDT

    “No comment . . . and make sure you write that it is a no comment with a headshake from side to side.” – White Sox’ GM Kenny Williams when asked how he felt about Ozzie Guillen having a Twitter account. In other Ozzie Guillen Twitter news, we’re told that the account is not actually…

  6. Jose Mijares suspected of beng a hairorist

    Feb 24, 2010, 2:20 PM EDT

    Back in 1982 Pascual Perez was late for a game with the Braves when he kept circling the city on I-285, unable to find the stadium.  That’s still the best reason I’ve ever heard for being late, but Twins’ pitcher Jose Mijares is probably in second place: Lefthander Jose Mijares reported to camp on Tuesday…

  7. The Braves sign J.R. House

    Feb 24, 2010, 1:55 PM EDT

    A couple of weeks ago I lamented the fact that fellow West Virginian J.R. House’s career was probably over.  Turns out that it’s not, as the Braves just signed him to a minor league deal. The odds of him sniffing playing time in Atlanta?  Slim and none and none slim [sue me] left town, but…

  8. Evan Longoria and fan crushes

    Feb 24, 2010, 1:30 PM EDT

    An interesting little dustup in the baseball blogosphere this morning as Dave Brown at Big League Stew took an awesome picture — and wrote an awesome post, by the way — of a young female fan getting Evan Longoria’s autograph at Rays’ spring training.  The headline: “Looks like someone has a crush on Evan Longoria.”…

  9. J.P. Ricciardi joins the ESPN crew

    Feb 24, 2010, 1:10 PM EDT

    Last month it was reported that former Blue Jays’ GM J.P. Ricciardi had signed on with a talent agency, looking to get a TV gig. They did a good job, it seems, as Ricciardi was just hired by ESPN to replace Steve Phillips as their GM-in-residence on “Baseball Tonight.” I thought ESPN’s baseball coverage hit…

  10. The similarites between Jason Heyward and Jeff Francoeur

    Feb 24, 2010, 12:45 PM EDT

    Today’s Buster Olney column is actually pretty good as it relates to Jason Heyward’s expectations and the media and all of that, but I can’t help but think his opening paragraphs were specifically intended to give Braves fans a heart attack: Jason Heyward was born in Georgia, was a first-round draft pick of the Atlanta…

  11. UPDATE: The Nationals sign Livan Hernandez

    Feb 24, 2010, 12:27 PM EDT

    UPDATE: Ladson reports that the Nats have signed Livan Hernandez to a minor league deal. 10:00 A.M.: After a full winter of saying that they were looking for a “Livan Hernandez-type” pitcher, but steadfastly refusing to consider Livan Hernandez for the job, the Nats have apparently decided that they just can’t quit Livan, with Bill…

  12. The oxymorons of spring training

    Feb 24, 2010, 12:20 PM EDT

    Paul Sullivan reports that the cactus league is displaying a grapefruit with an autograph of a player whose autograph no one really wants anymore. Meanwhile Amalie Benjamin tweets that “starters are throwing bullpens.” While the winter months bring a deafening silence to the world of baseball, the sweet sorrow of spring training must be organized…

  13. The rich are not like you and me

    Feb 24, 2010, 12:00 PM EDT

    Between their multiple businesses, homes, charitable initiatives and executive income, the McCourts’ finances seem outrageously complicated. I mean, it must me murder to do their taxes.  Oh wait . . . The McCourts, who own the Los Angeles Dodgers (so she says; he says he’s the owner and she’s not), jointly pocketed income totaling $108…

  14. Is it time for Cano to be clutch?

    Feb 24, 2010, 11:41 AM EDT

    John Harper of the Daily News thinks that Robinson Cano needs to step things up: More than Curtis Granderson, more than Nick Johnson, the onus falls on Cano to fill the clutch gap. Indeed, it’s time for Cano to prove he’s more than a great talent, a status he reaffirmed in 2009 with a big…

  15. Clayton Kershaw wants to chuck the pitch count

    Feb 24, 2010, 11:20 AM EDT

    Like most young hurlers, the Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw is subject to a pitch count. He’d prefer that he not be: “This year I don’t think there should be that 100-pitch thing. If there was a pitch count last year, I think this year there should be no restrictions, no holds barred, I should pitch as…

  16. Lowell and the Red Sox may be stuck with each other

    Feb 24, 2010, 11:00 AM EDT

    Alex Speier takes a look at the Mike Lowell situation and wonders if the notion that the Sox are going to trade him is all wet. After running through just about every potential trade partner and finding the fit less-than-ideal, he notes: Clearly, the potential fits are few, particularly given the Sox’ desire that another…

  17. See, this is why you don't listen to what Manny Ramirez says

    Feb 24, 2010, 10:38 AM EDT

    Manny’s state of mind is like the weather: don’t like it? Just wait a few minutes and it will change. Here he is a day after saying that he might just retire after this year: Manny Ramirez walked across the Dodgers’ clubhouse on Tuesday to interrupt a conversation. “Listen,” he said as he made a…

  18. Kerry Wood should probably keep a bag packed all season

    Feb 24, 2010, 10:18 AM EDT

    The Plain Dealer has a story this morning about Indians’ closer Kerry Wood and the flashing red neon “trade bait” sign floating over his head. He makes $10.5 million this year on a team that doesn’t look to contend and which has no compunction about dumping salary. If he finishes 55 games, an $11 million…

  19. Gene Lamont breaks Jim Leyland's toe

    Feb 24, 2010, 9:41 AM EDT

    Baseball Prospectus’ Russell Carleton wrote a column last week called “Why All Third Base Coaches Should be Fired.”  The reason: as a group they’re way, way too timid in sending runners home on fly outs.  If that’s not bad enough, Jim Leyland now has another reason to fire his third base coach: While defeating the…

  20. Jeter speaks. Sort of.

    Feb 24, 2010, 9:20 AM EDT

    Derek Jeter is speaking to reporters about his life, contract status, the universe and everything. I’m sure there will be a full transcript later, but the quote everyone is tweeting right now is “I’ve never been a free agent and I’ve never wanted to be a free agent.” This is why Jeter is a media…

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