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  1. You can get dibs on Cubs tickets if you want to pay more

    Feb 15, 2010, 9:28 AM EDT

    Money don’t get everything it’s true, but what it don’t get . . . wait, I think it gets pretty much everything these days: On Monday, fans will be able to buy tickets to every Cubs home game, but at a premium of 20 percent over the face value, or 15 percent if they pay…

  2. What should the Yankees do with Jesus Montero?

    Feb 15, 2010, 9:00 AM EDT

    The Daily News had an in-depth article about Yankees’ catching prospect Jesus Montero over the weekend. The focus follows the standard Montero storyline: kid can hit a ton, but his defense is lacking. As you might expect, there’s lots of stuff in there about bruised arms from ball-in-the-dirt drills, speculation as to whether he can…

  3. Daisuke Matsuzaka is in the best shape of his life

    Feb 15, 2010, 8:30 AM EDT

    The Sox weren’t happy with Dice-K’s conditioning last year, but his offseason was good enough that I feel comfortable giving him the official BSOHL seal of approval: The righthander arrived here Thursday and worked out at the team complex the last two days. After a winter that included several sessions at the Athletes’ Performance training…

  4. Ernie Harwell hears the voice of the turtle

    Feb 15, 2010, 8:00 AM EDT

    If you’re the sort of person who doesn’t want to read a column in which Ernie Harwell tells spring training stories from the 1940s to the 1960s then I don’t have much use for you. And for those of you unfamiliar with his work, Harwell used to begin the first spring training broadcast of each…

  5. D-backs sign Jackson to $13.35 million deal

    Feb 14, 2010, 8:49 PM EDT’s Jon Heyman reports that the Diamondbacks and arbitration-eligible right-hander Edwin Jackson have agreed to a two-year, $13.35 million contract. The pact takes Jackson up to his first year of free agency. The 26-year-old asked for $6.25 million and was offered $4.6 million for 2010 when figures were exchanged last month. With a midpoint between…

  6. Diving into the depths: Colorado Rockies

    Feb 14, 2010, 7:15 PM EDT

    This is part of a 30-article series looking at each team’s depth chart headed into spring training. Colorado Rockies Rotation 1. Ubaldo Jimenez 2. Aaron Cook 3. Jorge De La Rosa 4. Jason Hammel 5. Jeff Francis 6. Jhoulys Chacin 7. Greg Smith 8. Tim Redding 9. Franklin Morales 10. Greg Reynolds 11. Samuel Deduno…

  7. More on the McCourts' divorce

    Feb 14, 2010, 1:49 PM EDT

    If you’re a Dodgers fan, or simply love tracking millionaire divorce proceedings, Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports has a massive Sunday column chock-full of updates on the ongoing marital battle between Frank and Jamie McCourt. The proceedings have obviously centered around ownership of the Dodgers and the two sides have very different ideas of how…

  8. Moyer hoping to pitch beyond 2010

    Feb 14, 2010, 12:07 PM EDT

    Jamie Moyer underwent three different surgeries this offseason and turned 47 in November, but he’s not yet thinking retirement.  He spoke with the Philadelphia Inquirer’s Andy Martino on Saturday: “The way I look at it, why limit myself? If I would have limited myself at 29, when I was released for the second or third…

  9. Fish not interested in Delgado or Branyan, but like Blalock

    Feb 13, 2010, 5:57 PM EDT

    Joe Frisaro of unleashed a flurry of tweets from the Marlins’ FanFest at Sun Life Stadium on Saturday. Among them: The Marlins have no interest in former first baseman and current free agent Carlos Delgado, or Russell Branyan for that matter. Even after adding Mike Lamb on a minor league contract, the Fish are…

  10. UPDATE: Rays win hearing, Upton to earn $3 mil.

    Feb 13, 2010, 4:39 PM EDT

    Update: According to Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times, the Rays have won the hearing, so Upton will earn $3 million this season instead of $3.3 million. 11:00 am: Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times reports that a decision from a three-person panel of arbitrators regarding the Rays and outfielder B.J. Upton is…

  11. Kendry Morales hires Scott Boras

    Feb 13, 2010, 3:00 PM EDT

    Scott Boras lost Felipe Lopez as a client this week, but he gained a potentially more lucrative one in the form of Angels’ first baseman Kendry Morales, who has decided to leave the Hendricks brothers behind. Morales, who signed a six-year, $4.5 million contract with the Angels in 2005, will be arbitration-eligible for the first…

  12. UPDATE: The Nats are interested in Kris Benson

    Feb 13, 2010, 2:17 PM EDT

    Update: According to Ladson, the Nationals have not confirmed their interest in Benson, although they did attend one of his recent workouts. Benson’s agent Gregg Clifton hopes to meet with general manager Mike Rizzo in Tampa next week, where arbitration hearings are scheduled to take place. Clifton also represents right-hander Brian Bruney, whose arbitration case…

  13. Yankees wait to bid on Cuban defector

    Feb 13, 2010, 1:59 PM EDT

    So says George King of the New York Post: Do the Yankees have their sights on Derek Jeter’s eventual replacement, who also could be a future center fielder who nudges Curtis Granderson to left? If I didn’t know any better, I think King just told me this kid can play two positions at the same…

  14. No progress between D'Backs and Edwin Jackson

    Feb 13, 2010, 11:31 AM EDT

    Steve Gilbert of tweets that there hasn’t been any progress in contract talks between right-hander Edwin Jackson and the Diamondbacks. Jackson filed for $6.25 million and was offered $4.6 million when arbitration figures were exchanged last month. Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic previously reported that the Diamondbacks were looking to buy Jackson’s final…

  15. Boras keeps spinning his web on Damon

    Feb 13, 2010, 10:27 AM EDT

    Buster Olney’s Saturday column for (requires subscription) includes a rather interesting nugget of information regarding Johnny Damon. It seems that the “two-year offer” bandied about by Ken Rosenthal the other day might have been pushed along with the expectation that Damon would eventually only accept a one-year deal with the club. According to some…

  16. Orioles avoid arbitration with Jeremy Guthrie

    Feb 13, 2010, 9:58 AM EDT

    The Orioles and right-hander Jeremy Gutrhie avoided arbitration on Friday by agreeing to a one-year, $3 million contract, reports Roch Kubatko of He requested $3.625 million and was offered $2.3 million when arbitration figures were exchanged last month, so they just about split the difference here. Guthrie, who turns 31 in April, eclipsed the…

  17. Felipe Lopez fires Scott Boras

    Feb 13, 2010, 8:45 AM EDT

    We’ve spent a lot of time this winter talking about how Johnny Damon took a backseat to Matt Holliday getting his cash with agent Scott Boras. On second thought, at least Damon has been in the car. Free agent infielder Felipe Lopez has been left on the side of the road with his thumb in…

  18. Diving into the depths: Cincinnati Reds

    Feb 12, 2010, 6:56 PM EDT

    This is part of a 30-article series looking at each team’s depth chart headed into spring training. Cincinnati Reds Rotation 1. Aaron Harang 2. Bronson Arroyo 3. Johnny Cueto 4. Homer Bailey 5. Micah Owings 6. Matt Maloney 7. Justin Lehr 8. Mike Lincoln 9. Aroldis Chapman 10. Travis Wood 11. Sam Lecure 12. Mike…

  19. Timmy does Giants a huge favor

    Feb 12, 2010, 6:14 PM EDT

    The talk earlier this winter was that Tim Lincecum might try to set a very expensive precedent. Few players have ever gone to arbitration with anything resembling his kind of track record, and none of them have had just two-plus years of service time. The closest comparable was Ryan Howard, who won an MVP award…

  20. 2010 projected leaders: Stolen bases

    Feb 12, 2010, 5:59 PM EDT

    Over the next several days, I’ll be dipping into my 2010 projections and presenting some leaderboards. Stolen bases 1. Michael Bourn – 58 2. Jacoby Ellsbury – 57 3. Nyjer Morgan – 53 4. Juan Pierre – 52 5. Carl Crawford – 51 6. Elvis Andrus – 45 7. Jose Reyes – 44 8. Julio…

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