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  1. Setup man Brocail opts for retirement

    Jan 28, 2010, 6:36 PM EDT

    As expected, free agent Doug Brocail has chosen to retire, according to MLB.com’s Alyson Footer. Brocail, 42, was injured for much of 2009 and finished with a 4.58 ERA in 17 2/3 innings. He reemerged as a solid setup man during the latter part of the decade despite missing three entire seasons from 2001-03 when…

  2. Report: Royals interested in Bedard

    Jan 28, 2010, 6:27 PM EDT

    The Kansas City Star’s Sam Mellinger says the Royals are showing some interest in Erik Bedard, though he thinks it’s unlikely that they’ll sign him. Since he’s not yet able to throw for teams following shoulder surgery, the 30-year-old Bedard hasn’t found much of a market for his services. The oft-injured left-hander went 11-7 with…

  3. Diving into the depths: Seattle Mariners

    Jan 28, 2010, 6:18 PM EDT

    This is part of a 30-article series looking at each team’s depth chart headed into spring training. Seattle Mariners Rotation 1. Felix Hernandez 2. Cliff Lee 3. Ryan Rowland-Smith 4. Ian Snell 5. Luke French 6. Garrett Olson 7. Doug Fister 8. Jason Vargas 9. Yusmeiro Petit 10. Ryan Feierabend 11. Gaby Hernandez 12. Andrew…

  4. Checking in with Bernie Williams

    Jan 28, 2010, 5:45 PM EDT

    Tyler Kepner caught up with Bernie Williams over the weekend and found that the guy is keeping busy: These are busy days for Williams, who performs on Monday at Feinstein’s at Loews Regency on Park Avenue in Manhattan to benefit “Ed Randall’s Bat for the Cure,” which fights prostate cancer. Williams also appeared at the…

  5. Keith Law ranks the top 100 prospects; Jonathan Mayo ranks the top 50

    Jan 28, 2010, 5:15 PM EDT

    ‘Tis the season.  Last night MLB.com’s Jonathan Mayo released his Top 50 prospect list. Today Keith Law doubles down and gives you his top 100.  They agree that Jason Heyward and Stephen Strasburg are numbers one and two respectively, and they both have Buster Posey at four, but as you might imagine, they diverge from…

  6. Did Mike Bacsik groove HR 756 to Barry Bonds?

    Jan 28, 2010, 4:45 PM EDT

    Former Washington Nationals’ pitcher Tim Redding was on the radio yesterday, accusing teammate Mike Bacsik of intentionally throwing a fat pitch to Barry Bonds, giving him the record breaking home run: “I think he wanted to give it up. And he can say what he wants in defense or whatnot, but doing the chart, I…

  7. Edmonds should be threat to Hart, not Gomez

    Jan 28, 2010, 4:15 PM EDT

    Never finding the kind of deal he wanted, even after he hit .256/.369/.568 in an 85-game stint with the Cubs, Jim Edmonds sat out last season. Now that his itch to play again outweighs his pride, he’s accepted a minor league contract in an attempt to make the Brewers. The initial thought will be that,…

  8. Rays sign former No. 1 pick, giant bust Matt Bush

    Jan 28, 2010, 3:46 PM EDT

    Tampa Bay has signed one of the biggest busts in draft history, inking former No. 1 overall pick Matt Bush to a minor-league contract. When last we saw Bush in July he’d been sentenced to 120 days in residential rehab, 240 hours of community service, three years of probation, and $2,000 in fines after being…

  9. Yankees picked to finish third, miss playoffs

    Jan 28, 2010, 3:21 PM EDT

    PECOTA — or “Player Empirical Comparison and Optimization Test Algorithm” for those of you who don’t like clever acronyms — is the statistical projection system owned and operated by the good people at Baseball Prospectus. While the specific means by which PECOTA predicts what players and teams will do is proprietary — and while the…

  10. Gammons: 'Mets were only team in on Jason Bay' and Red Sox 'were scared to death of his knees'

    Jan 28, 2010, 2:45 PM EDT

    Last week Peter Gammons reported that Boston and Jason Bay “had agreed on the framework” of a four-year, $60 million contract in July, but the Red Sox pulled the offer when an MRI exam raised red flags about the health of his knees. While appearing on WEEI radio today Gammons revealed a few more details:…

  11. Report: Brewers sign Jim Edmonds

    Jan 28, 2010, 2:42 PM EDT

    UPDATE: Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel confirms the signing.  See you in camp, Mr. Edmonds. 2:42 P.M.: Ken Rosenthal tweets that Milwaukee is about to sign Jim Edmonds to a minor league deal. Jimmy presumably wants to make the Cubs and Cardinals rue the day and all of that. I have a hard time…

  12. Quote of the Day: Jerry Manuel

    Jan 28, 2010, 2:20 PM EDT

    “We might be fortunate enough to get away with this” – Jerry Manuel, referring to the Mets’ starting rotation, as currently constructed.  You know you’re in for a long season when your team’s manager refers to the pitching staff as though it were a crime.

  13. Nationals won't return Livan Hernandez's calls

    Jan 28, 2010, 1:50 PM EDT

    Livan Hernandez said yesterday that he’d really like to re-sign with the Nationals, but revealed that he sent the team a contract proposal in December that “did not ask for a lot of money” and general manager Mike Rizzo never even responded. Here’s more from Hernandez, who went 9-12 with a 5.44 ERA last season…

  14. Roberto Alomar, pioneering stat guy to be inducted into Hall of Fame

    Jan 28, 2010, 1:20 PM EDT

    No, not the one in Cooperstown, because the people that run and vote for it are too addle-minded to do such manifestly smart things. It’s the Canadian one doing the good work: Former Toronto Blue Jays second baseman Roberto Alomar will be inducted into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame this summer. Alomar missed out…

  15. Mascots beware: Randall Simon is still around

    Jan 28, 2010, 12:48 PM EDT

    Randall Simon played eight seasons in the majors, batting .283 with a decent .742 OPS as a part-time first baseman for six different teams, but he’s most famous for two things: 1) Braves teammate called him a “fat monkey” in an interview with Sports Illustrated. 2) During the mascot “Sausage Race” in Milwaukee he leaned…

  16. The Dodgers are interested in Garret Anderson for some reason

    Jan 28, 2010, 12:20 PM EDT

    Yahoo!’s Tim Brown tweets that the Dodgers are looking at the venerable Garrett Anderson as a fourth outfielder. The Dodgers are interested despite the fact that Anderson had an OBP-light .705 OPS for the Braves last year and a -11.8 UZR.  And they call me irresponsible?

  17. Gerald Laird's arrest involved NBA player's wife

    Jan 28, 2010, 11:48 AM EDT

    Last month Tigers catcher Gerald Laird and his 22-year-old Yankees prospect brother Brandon Laird were arrested while attending a Phoenix Suns game, with initial reports describing their “loud behavior” and how “the Laird brothers allegedly assaulted the security guards” who tried to calm them down. Gerald Laird insisted afterward that the whole thing was just…

  18. I don't always play fantasy baseball, but when I do, I use the Rotoworld Fantasy Draft Guide

    Jan 28, 2010, 11:20 AM EDT

    We interrupt this program for some shameless promotion. Partially self-promotion, actually, which you’re used to from me by now, so it shouldn’t be a big deal.  Anyway: As you all know, Aaron, Matthew, D.J., Drew and many others spend a huge amount of their time making your fantasy baseball life better over at Rotoworld.  Their…

  19. Great Moments in Organizational Philosophies

    Jan 28, 2010, 10:57 AM EDT

    Repoz over at Baseball Think Factory links USA Today’s Organizational Report on the San Francisco Giants today. The report was written a couple of weeks ago, actually, as is evidenced by both the url and the references to the team maybe picking up Rod Barajas or someone to help Buster Posey out behind the plate. …

  20. Smoltz may pull a Pedro

    Jan 28, 2010, 10:26 AM EDT

    The Daily News’ Adam Rubin reports that John Smoltz is considering pulling a Rogers Clemens or a Pedro Martinez or whatever you want to call it and sitting out until midseason before signing with someone. From a maximization of value perspective this makes perfect sense for a guy like Smoltz. Right now everyone things their…

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