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  1. Should the Brewers trade Prince Fielder?

    Feb 17, 2010, 10:00 AM EDT

    Dave Begel of On Milwaukee magazine thinks the answer is yes: If you think [The Brewers] are a team that should contend every year and expect that they will always be in the hunt for a playoff berth, then you say of course you have to sign Fielder. Both Braun and Fielder are better when…

  2. Papelbon talks about comebacks and contracts

    Feb 17, 2010, 9:30 AM EDT

    A Jonathan Papelbon interview always presents the chance for some crazy. He’s just one of those guys who — refreshingly I might add — doesn’t always revert to platitudes.  Sadly, he was pretty straight up and lucid yesterday in an extensive interview with WEEI’s Alex Speier, talking about going year-to-year with the Sox, his role…

  3. Joe Mauer is good at everything

    Feb 17, 2010, 8:57 AM EDT

    Bob Nightengale has a lengthy article on Joe Mauer in USA Today, um, today, painting a picture of a regular guy who, it seems anyway, wouldn’t quite know what to do with $200 million: On his way to the Sony Computer Entertainment studio in San Diego to do motion-capture work for the video game, Mauer’s…

  4. The Mets are making "a hard push" to get Rod Barajas

    Feb 17, 2010, 8:30 AM EDT

    So much for Josh Thole: starting catcher.  Rosenthal: The Mets are making “a hard push” for free-agent catcher Rod Barajas and negotiating with him on a one-year deal, according to major-league sources. Little known fact: the name “Rod Barajas” is the California-ized version of “Bengie Molina.” Both roughly translate to “decent power, awful on-base skills.”…

  5. Dice-K has a bad back

    Feb 17, 2010, 7:57 AM EDT

    So much for all that talk about Matsuzaka being healthy and in good shape and all of that: According to translations, the Kyodo News and the Japanese sports web site Sponichi Annex reported a few days ago that Matsuzaka, who was an early arrival here, had skipped his throwing session at the end of last…

  6. UPDATE: White Sox still in the hunt for Damon

    Feb 16, 2010, 9:28 PM EDT

    UPDATE, 9:28pm: A few interesting nuggets from Rosenthal: Damon played golf Monday with White Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski and broadcaster Ken “Hawk” Harrelson. And Damon’s wife, Michelle, “would prefer him to play in a more cosmopolitan city than Detroit.” Still, Damon is going to sign where he finds the most money and it remains to…

  7. UPDATE: Jurrjens to have MRI on sore shoulder

    Feb 16, 2010, 7:29 PM EDT

    Tuesday: Jurrjens underwent the MRI late Tuesday afternoon, according to the AJC’s Dave O’Brien. The results, however, will not be available until Wednesday. Monday, 9:42pm: Nothing can kill the optimism of pitchers and catchers quite like three scary letters: M-R-I Braves fans were kicked in the gut tonight with the news that right-hander Jair Jurrjens…

  8. Nationals, Bruney require arbitration hearing

    Feb 16, 2010, 6:34 PM EDT

    The Nationals and right-handed reliever Brian Bruney headed to an arbitration meeting on Tuesday, according to the Associated Press. Bruney requested $1.85 million and was offered $1.5 million from the Nats when arbitration figures were exchanged in January.  The two sides have been unable to find any sort of common ground in the past several…

  9. 2010 projected leaders: Slugging percentage

    Feb 16, 2010, 5:42 PM EDT

    Over the next several days, I’ll be dipping into my 2010 projections and presenting some leaderboards. Slugging percentage 1. Albert Pujols – .624 2. Ryan Braun – .575 3. Miguel Cabrera – .574 4. Prince Fielder – .570 5. Mark Teixeira – .570 6. Ryan Howard – .561 7. Hanley Ramirez – .549 8. Alex…

  10. Chien-Ming Wang gets $2 million plus incentives

    Feb 16, 2010, 5:14 PM EDT

    UPDATE: The details on the Wang-Nats deal: $2 million in base salary, with up to $3 million in performance-based bonuses. 12:02 P.M.: Now that the shirt’s out of the bag, the Nats have no reason to pretend they haven’t signed Wang.  Bill Ladson tweets that the Nats have agreed to terms with Wang and have…

  11. Nothing continues to happen with Damon and the Tigers

    Feb 16, 2010, 4:55 PM EDT

    Jon Paul Morosi is a former Tigers beat guy, and he’s been hounding his Detroit sources these past few days.  The verdict? Nothing. Nada. Bupkis. Which is something of a shock, given that the Tigers allegedly gave our favorite unemployed left fielder a two-year, $14 million offer. You’d think he would have jumped all over…

  12. Why did the Boston Braves have Swastikas on their caps?

    Feb 16, 2010, 4:20 PM EDT

    If you read only one blog post today that incorporates forensic analysis of baseball photography and an explanation of how swastikas helped the Braves win the World Series, make it this one.  Normally I’d blockquote a bit here or give you my two cents, but this one is worth reading in its entirety. OK, I…

  13. Josh Thole to get a crack at the Mets' catching job

    Feb 16, 2010, 3:53 PM EDT

    The Newark Star-Ledger reported today that Josh Thole will compete with Omir Santos to be the Mets’ starting catcher. Omar Minaya: “I think Thole is going to compete for a job in spring training. We’ll see how he plays coming off a very good year. He led the league in hitting in Venezuela (winter ball).…

  14. Diving into the depths: Detroit Tigers

    Feb 16, 2010, 3:51 PM EDT

    This is part of a 30-article series looking at each team’s depth chart headed into spring training. Detroit Tigers Rotation 1. Justin Verlander 2. Rick Porcello 3. Max Scherzer 4. Jeremy Bonderman 5. Nate Robertson 6. Armando Galarraga 7. Dontrelle Willis 8. Zach Miner 9. Phil Coke 10. Eddie Bonine 11. Alfredo Figaro 12. Phil…

  15. Who's gonna have the best record in baseball this year?

    Feb 16, 2010, 3:15 PM EDT

    Buster Olney runs down the teams who have had the best overall record in the regular season the most times. The Yankees, nor surprisingly lead the pack with 30, the Athletics nine times, the Cardinals seven, and then a whole bunch of teams such as the Reds, Cubs and Indians did it six times.  But…

  16. Rays owner says team payroll will drop in 2011

    Feb 16, 2010, 2:52 PM EDT

    During a radio interview last night Rays owner Stuart Sternberg revealed that the team’s payroll will likely decrease significantly after this season: We did out-spend ourselves last year and completely out-spent ourselves this year, and we’ll feel the effects of that next year. Adding about $10 million in the form of Rafael Soriano and Kelly…

  17. Negro League and Cuban League stats coming to

    Feb 16, 2010, 2:15 PM EDT

    Very cool news: Friend of the blog Scott Simkus and his partner in crime Gary Ashwill have entered into a deal with Sean Forman to build a Negro League and Cuban League database for As you’ll recall, Simkus is the man behind the Negro Leagues version of Strat-O-Matic which was just released to very…

  18. Parker cleared to begin throwing after surgery

    Feb 16, 2010, 1:47 PM EDT

    Diamondbacks top prospect and 2007 first-round pick Jarrod Parker met with Dr. James Andrews yesterday for his four-month checkup following Tommy John elbow surgery and was cleared to begin a throwing program. Parker has been blogging about the whole rehab process and had this to say after receiving the good news from Andrews: Being away…

  19. Umpire Randy Marsh apologizes to Jim Leyland

    Feb 16, 2010, 1:15 PM EDT

    You’ll recall the little controversy in the 12th inning of Game 163 between the Twins and Tigers last year? The one in which home plate umpire Randy Marsh missed the fact that Brandon Inge got hit by a pitch with the bases loaded that would have given the Tigers at least a one-run lead and,…

  20. Sabathia welcomes Granderson with a bit of a truth stretch

    Feb 16, 2010, 12:42 PM EDT

    CC Sabathia, on new teammate Curtis Granderson: Hopefully he’ll hit like 50 homers in our stadium. He was always a tough out for me. If you’re curious, for his career Granderson is 3-for-19 (.158) with seven strikeouts and zero walks against Sabathia. In fact, 115 different batters have had at least 20 career plate appearances…

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