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  1. Rangers sign OF Chavez to minor league deal

    Feb 15, 2010, 8:13 PM EST’s Jon Paul Morosi reports that the Rangers have signed outfielder Endy Chavez to a minor league contract. Chavez was Seattle’s primary left fielder for a time last year before going down with a torn ACL in June. Known for his glove, he hit .273/.328/.342 in 161 at-bats before getting hurt. He came in at…

  2. Diving into the depths: Kansas City Royals

    Feb 15, 2010, 7:36 PM EST

    This is part of a 30-article series looking at each team’s depth chart headed into spring training. Kansas City Royals Rotation 1. Zack Greinke 2. Gil Meche 3. Brian Bannister 4. Luke Hochevar 5. Kyle Davies 6. Robinson Tejeda 7. Kyle Farnsworth 8. Jorge Campillo 9. Bruce Chen 10. Anthony Lerew 11. Brad Thompson 12.…

  3. 2010 projected leaders: On-base percentage

    Feb 15, 2010, 6:48 PM EST

    Over the next several days, I’ll be dipping into my 2010 projections and presenting some leaderboards. OBP 1. Albert Pujols – .443 2. Joe Mauer – .420 3. Todd Helton – .417 4. Manny Ramirez – .409 5. Prince Fielder – .406 6. Hanley Ramirez – .403 7. Matt Holliday – .403 8. Lance Berkman…

  4. Red Sox can't re-sign Martinez just yet

    Feb 15, 2010, 6:00 PM EST

    The Red Sox may well want Victor Martinez as their catcher beyond 2010. He’s not much defensively and he never will be, but he doesn’t embarrass himself and it could be a long time before a real upgrade is available. Still, despite Martinez’s obvious eagerness to get a deal done now, nothing figures to happen…

  5. Yadier Molina is in the best shape of his life

    Feb 15, 2010, 5:45 PM EST

    Because once you start something you just can’t stop, here’s Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch tweeting from spring training: Dept. of First Impressions: Yadier Molina looks in best shape I can remember. If one reporter would write “Just saw [Player X]; he looks like he hasn’t lifted anything heavier than a bottle of…

  6. Ichiro a ratings hit; a fashion liability

    Feb 15, 2010, 5:20 PM EST

    From the Seattle Times comes word that from midnight to 6 a.m. on New Year’s Day, Japanese TV ran an Ichiro marathon.  But it wasn’t a highlights package per se, it was video of each and every one of his 2,030 Major League hits.  And it got pretty darn good ratings too. Not sure how…

  7. The Presidential All-Stars

    Feb 15, 2010, 4:50 PM EST

    Because there’s not a heck of lot else going on,’s Tom Singer gives you an All-Star name full of players with presidents’ names.  Three observations: (1) No Billy Pierce? (2) If it weren’t for that scoundrel Rutherford B. Hayes and his cronies, Former Giants and Cardinals catcher David William Tilden Zearfoss would have a…

  8. Why did Felipe Lopez and Kendry Morales leave their agents?

    Feb 15, 2010, 4:20 PM EST

    As was reported over the weekend, Felipe Lopez fired his agent, Scott Boras, and Kendry Morales fired his agents, the Hendricks brothers . . . and joined up with Scott Boras.  The whys of these sorts of things are always a bit murky, but SI’s Jon Heyman explains in consecutive bullet points in his latest…

  9. Cuban first baseman Ruiz close to signing

    Feb 15, 2010, 3:53 PM EST’s Alden Gonzalez has an update on Cuban first baseman Jose Julio Ruiz, who became a free agent after defecting and has reportedly drawn interest from the Blue Jays, Rangers, Red Sox, Giants, Rays, and Rockies. Ruiz’s agent revealed that the 25-year-old could sign as soon as this week and has been offered major-league contracts…

  10. Jason Marquis is an optimist

    Feb 15, 2010, 3:20 PM EST

    When Jason Marquis signed with the Nats he had a lot to say about bringing a winning attitude to Washington and mentoring the youngins.  That apparently wasn’t just a function of post-deal euphoria, because he’s still bringing the rah-rah.  Asked whether the Nats’ many moves this offseason translate to, say, a .500 record, Marquis wasn’t…

  11. Rays add another interesting reliever in Benoit

    Feb 15, 2010, 2:49 PM EST

    Tampa Bay made a nice low-cost pickup this afternoon, signing Joaquin Benoit to a minor-league contract with an invite to spring training. It remains to be seen if Benoit can rediscover his old stuff after missing part of 2008 and all of 2009 following shoulder surgery, but prior to the injury he was a reliable…

  12. Mark Mulder to retire . . . Maybe

    Feb 15, 2010, 2:27 PM EST

    UPDATE: The Chron’s Susan Slusser reports that Mark Mulder’s agent is saying that reports that Mulder is retiring are “not accurate” and that “Mark has not made a decision.” Interesting. Earlier Brewers’ pitching coach Rick Peterson said Mulder was retiring, but maybe he misinterpreted.  Or maybe it’s like when I told my buddy at work…

  13. Nationals sign Willy Taveras to minor-league deal

    Feb 15, 2010, 1:50 PM EST

    When the A’s traded for and then almost immediately released Willy Taveras last week I wrote: “Expect him to land a bench gig at the minimum salary with a team that likes outfielders who run fast and make tons of outs.” Apparently the Nationals fit that description, because this afternoon they signed Taveras to a…

  14. Optimism for the Braves, Optimism for the Mets

    Feb 15, 2010, 1:20 PM EST

    In the interests of equal time, I report good news relating to both my own team, the Braves, and my team’s quasi-nemesis, the Mets. For the Braves, it’s FanGraph’s David Cameron opining that one of the team’s putative weaknesses — Melky Cabrera in leftfield — will actually be a positive: He may not look like…

  15. Neshek feeling good after Tommy John surgery

    Feb 15, 2010, 12:48 PM EST

    Pat Neshek reported to the Twins’ spring training complex early to get back on the mound and face live hitters again 14 months after Tommy John elbow surgery. And because he’s a blogger in addition to being a side-arming setup man, Neshek wrote an interesting update on his progress: On Tuesday I faced hitters for…

  16. MLBAM's Bowman not running for governor of Michigan

    Feb 15, 2010, 12:20 PM EST

    It was reported last week that Bob Bowman, the CEO of Major League Baseball Advanced Media, had filed papers to run for governor of Michigan.  Today, however, he says that he isn’t going to run. My theory: His initial filing was the product of depression brought on by baseball withdrawal, but now that he’s heard…

  17. Wang expected to sign by end of this week

    Feb 15, 2010, 11:45 AM EST

    Last week, after reports varied about whether Chien-Ming Wang had signed with the Nationals or not, Craig declared himself “out of the Wang business.” I’d hate to force him back into such a business, so instead I’ll provide the latest update on the free agent right-hander … Bill Ladson of reports that Wang is…

  18. Victor Martinez wants to stay in Boston, doesn't want to negotiate in-season

    Feb 15, 2010, 11:20 AM EST

    Victor Martinez wants to stay, but just how badly is an open question: “A lot of guys like to be free agents, but I’m going to be really honest on this answer. I don’t want to be jumping around, I don’t want to go somewhere else.” But: “As soon as the season starts, I don’t…

  19. Clay Buchholz is not in the best shape of his life

    Feb 15, 2010, 10:29 AM EST

    Tweet from WEEI’s Chad Rob Bradford, who is on the ground at Red Sox spring training in Fort Myers this morning: Buchholz at 198 pounds after pitching at 185 last year. Somebody didn’t get the “best shape of his life” memo! In other news, I have come to view Twitter as positively essential to doing…

  20. The Rangers have failed to make deferred compensation payments for months

    Feb 15, 2010, 9:57 AM EST

    The biggest reason the sale of the Texas Rangers still hasn’t gone final is because the team’s creditors are angry that all kinds of cash is coming off the top of the deal to go to Tom Hicks and others, leaving less for them.  One of the “others,” SBJ reports today, is a deferred compensation…

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