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  1. Corey Hart wins his arbitration

    Feb 12, 2010, 8:50 AM EST

    It was just announced that Corey Hart has won his arbitration with the Brewers. He had asked for $4.8 million and now he gets it.  The Brewers had argued for $4.15 million. Arbitration is a lot more complicated than simply saying “well, he didn’t have a good year last year, so he don’t get no…

  2. O's starter Bergesen injures arm throwing for TV commercial

    Feb 12, 2010, 8:29 AM EST

    Orioles’ starter Brad Bergesen will not be able to throw in spring training for at least 10 days after pitchers and catchers report because he strained his right shoulder during the filming of a TV commercial in early December: “Obviously, I hadn’t picked up a ball. I’m kicking myself in the head about it. That’s…

  3. Smoltz, Martinez to play the waiting game

    Feb 12, 2010, 7:57 AM EST

    Jim Bowden tweets that both John Smoltz and Pedro Martinez will wait until after the season gets going to sign a deal, a la Pedro’s thing with the Phillies last year.  The New York Post’s Adam Rubin reported as much a few weeks ago with respect to Smoltz. Most people probably assumed that Martinez would…

  4. Big Hurt set to call it a career

    Feb 11, 2010, 8:35 PM EST

    Frank Thomas, who last played with the Blue Jays and Athletics in 2008, will announce his retirement on Friday, sources told MLB.com. The 41-year-old Thomas finishes his career with 521 home runs. Also a tight end in college, Thomas was the seventh overall pick in the 1989 MLB draft out of Auburn. In 16 years…

  5. White Sox in the mix for Damon?

    Feb 11, 2010, 7:53 PM EST

    It seems an unlikely match, given the team’s limited flexibility financially, but the White Sox are being talked about as a new suitor for free agent Johnny Damon. The White Sox certainly have room for Damon in their lineup. After electing not to bring back Jim Thome, they currently have Andruw Jones and Mark Kotsay…

  6. Diving into the depths: Boston Red Sox

    Feb 11, 2010, 7:05 PM EST

    This is part of a 30-article series looking at each team’s depth chart headed into spring training. Boston Red Sox Rotation 1. Jon Lester 2. Josh Beckett 3. John Lackey 4. Daisuke Matsuzaka 5. Clay Buchholz 6. Tim Wakefield 7. Michael Bowden 8. Junichi Tazawa 9. Boof Bonser 10. Gaby Hernandez 11. Fabio Castro 12.…

  7. Angels bring back veteran infielder Quinlan

    Feb 11, 2010, 6:46 PM EST

    The Angels have agreed to a new deal with free agent Robb Quinlan, writes MLB.com’s Lyle Spencer. Quinlan was widely expected to depart, probably for the National League, after a third straight season in which he contributed little to the Angels’ cause. The seven-year veteran has spent his entire career in Anaheim, and he was…

  8. 2010 projected leaders: Saves & Relief ERA

    Feb 11, 2010, 6:19 PM EST

    Over the next several days, I’ll be dipping into my 2010 projections and presenting some leaderboards. Saves 1. Mariano Rivera – 40 1. Francisco Rodriguez – 40 3. Joe Nathan – 38 3. Jonathan Papelbon – 38 5. Jonathan Broxton – 37 5. Brian Wilson – 37 7. Heath Bell – 36 7. Huston Street…

  9. Ernie Harwell to receive lifetime achievement award

    Feb 11, 2010, 5:30 PM EST

    Got a press release a few minutes ago announcing that Ernie Harwell is going to receive the Vin Scully Lifetime Achievement Award in Sports Broadcasting. The award is given out annually by WFUV, the public radio station at Fordham University where Scully got his start.  The award will be given at the station’s Spring Gala…

  10. Rangers prospect Gutierrez suspended 50 games

    Feb 11, 2010, 5:01 PM EST

    Rangers prospect Danny Gutierrez was suspended for 50 games Thursday for testing positive for the amphetamine Adderall, MLB announced. Adderall is a drug used to treat Attention-Deficit Disorder, and many believe it is being abused by major leaguers seeking a boost. The Mitchell Report pointed out the number of players receiving “theraputic use exemptions” for…

  11. MLBAM CEO Bob Bowman may run for governor of Michigan

    Feb 11, 2010, 4:50 PM EST

    Bob Bowman has been the CEO of Major League Baseball Advanced Media since its inception.  It’s been a fabulous success, and Bowman has deservedly received kudos for it. He may be looking for a new job, however: An official in Major League Baseball has formed a committee to explore a run for Michigan’s Democratic gubernatorial…

  12. UPDATE: Wang and the Nats don't have a deal

    Feb 11, 2010, 4:22 PM EST

    UPDATE: First he signed, then he didn’t, then he signed and then he didn’t:  Chien-Ming Wang’s agent is now saying that the reports are inaccurate, there is no deal with the Nats, and that Wang hasn’t finalized anything with anybody. And with that, I’m officially out of the Wang business. He could carve his signature…

  13. REPORT: The Tigers may save Damon and Boras' bacon: 2 years/$14 million

    Feb 11, 2010, 3:57 PM EST

    UPDATE: Brace yourselves kids – Ken Rosenthal is reporting that Mike Ilitch has authorized his flunkies to offer Johnny Damon two years and $14 million. Which, you’ll recall, is the amount of money Damon turned down from the Yankees, launching our favorite meme of the offseason (i.e. Scott Boras screwed up). If this is true,…

  14. Darin Erstad may have made his last scrappy out

    Feb 11, 2010, 3:45 PM EST

    When productive veteran outfielders like Johnny Damon and Jermaine Dye are having trouble finding work it makes sense that not-so-productive veteran outfielders like Darin Erstad may be headed for retirement. Bill Plunkett of the Orange Country Register recently spoke the Erstad, who “sounded like a happy father, perfectly content if he never plays another major-league…

  15. Tom Glavine officially retires, joins Braves front office

    Feb 11, 2010, 3:25 PM EST

    After a year or so of denial, anger and bargaining, Tom Glavine has finally reached acceptance,  officially ending the playing portion of his baseball career.  He’s taking a job in the Braves’ front office as the assistant to team president John Schuerholz.  He’ll also do a bit of broadcasting work, both on Braves radio and…

  16. SABR is giving away a free baseball book

    Feb 11, 2010, 2:50 PM EST

    As someone who gets all kinds of cool stuff from being a Society for American Baseball Research member I feel it’s my duty to let everyone know that SABR is now offering a PDF version of the annual “Emerald Guide to Baseball” absolutely free to members and non-members alike. Edited by Gary Gillette and Pete…

  17. The Mets sign Takahashi

    Feb 11, 2010, 2:20 PM EST

    The Mets have come to agreement with Hisanori Takahashi, late of the Yomiuri Giants, on a minor league deal worth $1 million if he makes the team.  Takahashi, who turns 35 in April, was 79-66 with a 3.70 ERA in 245 career games in the NPB. He’s a soft-tossing lefty who most have said would…

  18. Another sad 'Lenny Dykstra on investing' update

    Feb 11, 2010, 1:53 PM EST

    My entry earlier this week about Lenny Dykstra’s financial situation received 142 comments, so I figure everyone is interested in a follow up via some nice digging by SportsByBrooks.com. In addition to filing personal bankruptcy after reportedly losing up to $100 million, Dykstra apparently was given control of the $737,000 signing bonus that his son…

  19. The Lincecum arbitration is MLB's fight, not the Giants'

    Feb 11, 2010, 1:20 PM EST

    Buster Olney tweeted something really interesting a few minutes ago: Heard this: The Giants might wind up sending as few as one member of their front office to the Lincecum hearing. The heavy lifting on management’s side of the case will be done by MLB, and not the Giants. This follows up on the news…

  20. Cardinals shortstop Ryan has wrist surgery

    Feb 11, 2010, 12:50 PM EST

    Brendan Ryan underwent wrist surgery Tuesday and won’t be cleared to swing a bat for 2-3 weeks, putting his status for Opening Day in some question. Ryan told MLB.com’s Matthew Leach that he’s “done everything” to alleviate what’s being called “persistent discomfort in his right wrist” for several years and just recently learned that surgery…

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