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  1. The Red Sox add roster fodder

    Jan 15, 2010, 4:50 PM EDT

    The Red Sox have signed six guys to minor league deals: Fernando Cabrera, Edwin Moreno, Jorge Sosa, Angel Sanchez, Gil Velazquez, and Darnell McDonald. Since 1998, the Red Sox and their fans have celebrated “truck day” in early February which is the day the moving truck that transports the team’s spring training gear from to spring training in…

  2. There are 11 minutes of action in an entire football game

    Jan 15, 2010, 4:20 PM EDT

    The next time your football fan friends talk about how boring baseball is, shoot them this link: According to a Wall Street Journal study of four recent broadcasts, and similar estimates by researchers, the average amount of time the ball is in play on the field during an NFL game is about 11 minutes. In…

  3. King Felix, Mariners making progress

    Jan 15, 2010, 3:46 PM EDT

    Heyman tweets that Felix Hernandez and the Mariners are making progress on a five or six year deal but will “do the 1-year thing first to buy time.” Makes sense. No sense in rushing this thing. Hernandez made $3.8 million in 2009.  No telling what a one year deal would mean for him money wise,…

  4. The Tigers have expressed no interest in Damon

    Jan 15, 2010, 3:12 PM EDT

    As I’ve said over and over again, when you get a Jon Heyman-reported, almost-nothin’-to-it rumor connecting a Scott Boras client to a second team there’s a more than decent chance it’s noise designed to trick the first team into thinking it’s a bidding war.  Damon’s talking to the Braves, and then suddenly the Tigers are…

  5. PEDs are nothing new. In fact, they're really, really old.

    Jan 15, 2010, 3:00 PM EDT

    If you believe some of the looser talk this week, you’d think that Mark McGwire was Igor to Jose Canseco’s Dr. Steroidstein and that no one juiced before the A’s got good in the late 80s.  Nothing could be further from the truth, of course, as this handy-dandy PED timeline that ran in Sports Illustrated…

  6. The Dodgers and Matt Kemp have reached a deal

    Jan 15, 2010, 2:37 PM EDT

    UPDATE:  Dylan Hernandez reports that Kemp’s deal is worth $10.95 million. $4 million this year, $6.95 million in 2011. 12:14 P.M. MLB.com’s Ken Gurnick tweets that L.A. and Kemp have reached a preliminary agreement on a two-year contract, pending a physical. No word on the dough.  As mentioned the other day, this buys out two…

  7. More Josh Johnson contract details

    Jan 15, 2010, 2:20 PM EDT

    Following up on last night’s Josh Johnson news, Marlins beat writer Joe Firsario reports that the deal contains a $500,000 bonus for a Cy Young award and a $50,000 bump in the extremely likely event that he makes the All-Star game.  I mean, yeah, Hanley Ramirez will be your designated Marlins representative in the All-Star…

  8. Thief posed as a Chicago Cub to get a truck

    Jan 15, 2010, 1:50 PM EDT

    From the police blotter: A Nevada man is accused of posing as a Major League Baseball player to steal a car. Matthew T. Van Meter, 24, is charged in Utah state court with felony counts of theft and forgery. Charging papers accuse Van Meter, of Elko., Nev., of using the name and documents identifying him…

  9. UPDATE: It would "take a miracle" for the Braves to sign Johnny Damon

    Jan 15, 2010, 1:13 PM EDT

    UPDATE: OK, Boras may need to find another mystery team, because MLB.com’s Mark Bowman is throwing cold water on the idea that the Braves are really interested in the guy: From what I can gather, the Braves would become players in the Damon sweepstakes if his price drops to somewhere in the neighborhood of $1-2…

  10. The Dodgers are busy today: Billingsley signs too

    Jan 15, 2010, 12:44 PM EDT

    Following up on Matt Kemp’s deal, Chad Billingsley has signed a deal avoiding arbitration as well. One year, $3.85 million. Billingsley is 24 years old with a 47-30 record and 3.55 ERA in 634 career innings. He was stepped over, Fredo-style, in the playoffs, and it was reported that the Dodgers were dangling him for…

  11. Rooting for Brett Myers

    Jan 15, 2010, 11:59 AM EDT

    Brett Myers may want to “stick it” to the Phillies, and most Phillies fans will probably boo the living hell out of the guy because of it, but don’t count Bill Baer from Crashburn Alley in that crowd: I don’t have a problem with what Myers said. In fact, I like it and we should…

  12. Padres, Heath Bell reach a deal

    Jan 15, 2010, 11:30 AM EDT

    Closer Heath Bell and the Padres avoided arbitration by reaching a one-year, $4 million deal. That’s a big raise for Bell, who made $1.255 million last year, but Bell wasn’t a top closer yet when he struck last year’s deal, he was a setup guy. $4 million for one of the best closers in the…

  13. Bud's Special Committee met for four hours yesterday

    Jan 15, 2010, 11:00 AM EDT

    I’d make a joke about the length of the meeting, but I’ve had barroom arguments about the DH alone that have lasted longer than that, so such lengthy discourse is to be expected. Sadly, however, no one is talking about what the big Special Committee is up to.  Joe Torre: “Please don’t ask me anything…

  14. Joe Torre on being done in 2011: "I've lied before so it doesn't matter"

    Jan 15, 2010, 10:31 AM EDT

    That’s what he said immediately after saying yesterday that 2011 would be his last year. I like it when baseball people allow themselves to be honest like that.  The L.A. Times’ Bill Shaikin spoke with Torre on a bunch of other topics as well: He expects that Manny Ramirez will be back as “a middle-of-the-lineup…

  15. Diamondbacks likely to release Eric Byrnes

    Jan 15, 2010, 10:00 AM EDT

    UPDATE:  Byrnes has been designated for assignment. 10:00 A.M.: The Diamondbacks need to make room on the roster for Adam LaRoche, and according to Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic, they’re most likely going to do it by releasing Eric Byrnes. Byrnes’ deal has to be one of the more spectacular contract disasters in recent…

  16. McGwire's lawyers feared prosecution in 2005

    Jan 15, 2010, 9:29 AM EDT

    The legal jeopardy Mark McGwire faced in 2005 was all rather murky at the time, but when things are murky is when things are dangerous.  As the Daily News reports, his lawyers certainly feared that he’d be dragged into BALCO, the FBI’s Project Equine or some mystery Florida steroids investigation if he testified, and that’s…

  17. The Mets talk to Jerry Hairston

    Jan 15, 2010, 8:57 AM EDT

    Now that Carlos Beltran is going to be missing some time the Mets need some help, and according to Ken Rosenthal they’ve made contact with free agent utilityman Jerry Hairston Jr. Hairston hit .251/.315/.394 with 10 home runs and 39 RBI in 383 at-bats between the Reds and Yankees last season. Over that time he…

  18. Roger Maris is not a Hall of Famer

    Jan 15, 2010, 8:29 AM EDT

    After McGwire started talking you just knew this was coming: If nothing else, Maris should at least have a spot in the Hall of Fame . . . Maris doesn’t have incredible career numbers — 275 homers and 851 RBIs in 12 seasons — but a few things stand out other than the 61 homers…

  19. You can still get your Steve Phillips fix

    Jan 15, 2010, 1:30 AM EDT

    Steve Phillips’ voice may be gone from our collective consciousness after he was dumped by ESPN for his, um, indiscretions. But that doesn’t mean you can’t get your Phillips fix. All you have to do is buy the upcoming MLB 2K10 game. (From Pasta Padre, via Awful Announcing) Of note is the commentary which has…

  20. Glavine can't bring himself to announce retirement, yet

    Jan 15, 2010, 1:10 AM EDT

    Tom Glavine isn’t showing a lot of common sense regarding his pitching career, and he knows it. “I haven’t officially [retired] yet,” Glavine said. “I don’t know why. I think if anybody has any common sense, they can figure out that I’m probably not going to pitch again.” The 43-year-old, who will start the countdown…

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