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  1. Johnny Damon will be "lucky to get whatever he gets"

    Feb 5, 2010, 12:20 PM EDT

    That’s the sentiment of one American League executive reports Steve Kornacki of MLive: “Sometimes, we ask for too much. Then, the smoke clears and you ask, ‘Where am I?’ And now, I can’t believe anybody is going to offer Damon more than the $14 million and $6 million the Yankees did. “If you turn them…

  2. Hudson's new teammates tweet their excitement

    Feb 5, 2010, 11:45 AM EDT

    This morning a couple of Orlando Hudson’s new teammates used Twitter to offer their thoughts on the Twins signing the veteran second baseman late last night. First, here’s a tweet from reliever Pat Neshek: Love the O-Hud signing, what a team! And now here’s one from center fielder and leadoff man Denard Span: Wake up…

  3. Carlos Zambrano is in the best shape of his life

    Feb 5, 2010, 11:20 AM EDT

    Carlos Zambrano has lost some weight and has already been in Arizona a week getting ready for the season despite the fact that pitchers and catchers don’t report until Februay 17th.  Lou likes it: “Carlos was a little heavy last year, there’s no question,” manager  Lou Piniella told fans at the Cubs Convention. “He’s another…

  4. Dbacks, Reynolds are talking extension

    Feb 5, 2010, 10:55 AM EDT

    Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports that the Diamondbacks are talking to third baseman Mark Reynolds about a three-year extension that would buy out two of his three arbitration years.  There are no hard numbers attached to the negotiations, but Piecoro does some back-of-the-envelope calculations which, reasonably in my mind, suggests that a three-year,…

  5. Some fun baseball stories for your Friday snowstorm

    Feb 5, 2010, 10:30 AM EDT

    The Midwest and Mid-Atlantic states are going to experience snowpocalypse today.  To fight off the cabin fever, head on over to Seamheads, where Mike Lynch relays a bunch of fun baseball anecdotes from 1912-13 he came across while researching a book he’s writing. My favorite: the one which ends with Hall of Famer Rube Marquard…

  6. UPDATE: Nats to pay Kennedy $1.25 million, team option for 2011

    Feb 5, 2010, 9:51 AM EDT

    UPDATE:  Heyman tweets the contract details: $1.25 million plus a $2 million club option for 2011. Not so much, but as Drew notes below, I wish the Nats would take a chance on Ian Desmond to start the season. What do they have to lose? 12:24 A.M.: According to MLB.com’s Bill Ladson, the Nationals have…

  7. Jarrod Washburn could retire

    Feb 5, 2010, 9:30 AM EDT

    It’s not been a great offseason for Jarrod Washburn.  Rumored at various times to be going various places, Washburn still doesn’t have a job.  The two teams most prominently mentioned in Washburn rumors — the Twins and Mariners — don’t seem particularly interested in him.  In light of that, Jon Paul Morosi reports that Washburn…

  8. Hey look, a Hank Steinbrenner sighting

    Feb 5, 2010, 9:00 AM EDT

    All of the Yankees brass is in the far east on a goodwill tour, leaving Hank Steinbrenner back home to mind the store.  A reporter caught up with him, no doubt hoping that with his minders away Hank would revert to 2008 form and bring the crazy.  Take it away Hankenstein! “The two trades that…

  9. Steve Phillips to speak on Monday

    Feb 5, 2010, 8:30 AM EDT

    If you’re like me, the airwaves just haven’t been the same since Steve Phillips got fired.  But never fear! My corporate parent has seen to it that you’ll get your fix on Monday: Steve Phillips, fired late last October from ESPN over an embarrassing extramarital affair with a young staffer at the network, will go…

  10. Javy Lopez on steroids: "I'd be stupid enough not to use 'nitro' too"

    Feb 5, 2010, 7:57 AM EDT

    The AJC’s Dave O’Brien points us to an extended podcast interview of Former Braves catcher Javy Lopez on Atlanta Baseball Talk last weekend, in which the topic turned to steroids. While the hosts did not explicitly ask Lopez if he personally did steroids, he was pretty candid all the same: “Well, everybody seen players getting…

  11. Update: Twins announce deal with Orlando Hudson

    Feb 4, 2010, 8:04 PM EDT

    11:30 p.m.: The Twins have announced the deal as official Thursday night, according to the Associated Press. The Twins and Orlando Hudson are close to finalizing a one-year, $5 million contract, sources told FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal. The deal will make Hudson the Twins’ everyday second baseman and probable No. 2 hitter. Nick Punto could move…

  12. Garciaparra looking to continue career

    Feb 4, 2010, 7:15 PM EDT

    Free agent Nomar Garciaparra, widely expected to retire after serving as a bench player for the A’s last year, told WEEI’s Lou Merloni that he’d like to continue his career in 2010. Garciaparra, 36, weighed retirement last year before taking a $1.5 million deal from Oakland. He played in 65 games and hit .281/.314/.388 with…

  13. Diving into the depths: San Diego Padres

    Feb 4, 2010, 6:42 PM EDT

    This is part of a 30-article series looking at each team’s depth chart headed into spring training. San Diego Padres Rotation 1. Jon Garland 2. Kevin Correia 3. Chris Young 4. Clayton Richard 5. Tim Stauffer 6. Sean Gallagher 7. Mat Latos 8. Aaron Poreda 9. Wade LeBlanc 10. Edward Mujica 11. Cesar Ramos 12.…

  14. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette to Bob Nutting: Get Lost

    Feb 4, 2010, 6:25 PM EDT

    You know how I feel about open letters, but this one from the editors of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette to Pirate owner Bob Nutting is pretty good for the genre: Dear Mr. Nutting, Major league sports is a brutal business. What with aggressive player agents, deep-pocketed competitors and more venues vying for the public’s entertainment dollar,…

  15. 2010 projected leaders: ERA

    Feb 4, 2010, 6:11 PM EDT

    Over the next several days, I’ll be dipping into my 2010 projections and presenting some leaderboards. NL 1. Tim Lincecum – 2.78 2. Roy Halladay – 2.83 3. Chris Carpenter – 3.06 4. Adam Wainwright – 3.18 5. Johan Santana – 3.31 6. Clayton Kershaw – 3.33 7. Josh Johnson – 3.35 8. Dan Haren…

  16. Test your baseball Jeopardy! skills

    Feb 4, 2010, 5:50 PM EDT

    I tried out for Jeopardy! when I was in law school.  I passed the quiz and got to play the little pretend Jeopardy! game with the real buzzers and everything and was put in the contestant pool. Sadly — and unlike my former boss and unlike long time CTB reader Sara K — I never…

  17. Gregg a waste of money for Jays

    Feb 4, 2010, 5:20 PM EDT

    Sometimes a team just wants a proven closer. It doesn’t matter if he’s any good or not; it’s just the safe play. If the proven closer fails, then it’s his fault. If the unproven closer fails, it’s management’s fault. The 2010 Blue Jays, a team destined to finish in fourth or fifth place, now have…

  18. The Yankees on making Joba and Phil super relievers: "No (bleeping) way"

    Feb 4, 2010, 5:10 PM EDT

    That idea from Dave Pinto from this morning? That one about making Joba Chamberlain and Phil Hughes 100-inning a piece relievers, thereby allowing the team to have a 10-man staff and add a bench player or two? Well, Baseball Prospectus’ Will Carroll asked someone in the Yankees front office about it: Pinto (@statsguru) mentions Yankees…

  19. Roger Maris honored in North Dakota

    Feb 4, 2010, 4:45 PM EDT

    A billboard company in North Dakota has decided to give Roger Maris his due: A North Dakota billboard company has erected a pair of signs in Fargo honoring local hero Roger Maris, whose record 61 home runs in 1961 have long been clouded with an asterisk. Because he clubbed the homers in more games than…

  20. Defense in sex-for-World Series tickets case: "You can be a slut; that's not illegal"

    Feb 4, 2010, 4:20 PM EDT

    I missed this one the other day, but our colleagues over at Out of Bounds pass along news of that lady who — allegedly! —  tried to get World Series tickets in exchange for sex. The news:  her lawyer is totally, totally awesome: Even if Finkelstein intended to trade sex for tickets – which she…

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