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  1. Giants sign Wellemeyer to minor-league deal

    Feb 10, 2010, 12:42 PM EST

    CSNBayArea.com’s Mychael Urban reports that the Giants have signed Todd Wellemeyer to a minor-league contract with an invite to spring training. Wellemeyer was briefly one of Cardinals pitching coach Dave Duncan’s many success stories after being claimed off waivers from the Royals in mid-2007. Purely a reliever at that point, Wellemeyer moved into the Cardinals’…

  2. Hal McRae thought the 1976 batting title was stolen from him in a racist plot

    Feb 10, 2010, 12:20 PM EST

    From the Department of I Had No Idea This Ever Happened comes the racial controversy over the 1976 A.L. batting title.  The part I knew about: the race came down to the last day between teammates George Brett and Hal McRae. In their last at bats, Brett hit an inside the park home run and…

  3. Chipper and McCann think Heyward is ready

    Feb 10, 2010, 11:45 AM EST

    Craig’s love for Braves prospect Jason Heyward is so strong that he’s forcing himself not to write something about him every hour of every day, so I’m trying to pick up the slack. He’s arguably the best prospect in baseball, after all. Heyward, that is. Calcaterra is slightly lower in most rankings. Anyway, the latest…

  4. Lincecum's arbitration is set for Friday

    Feb 10, 2010, 11:23 AM EST

    Yahoo!’s Tim Brown reports that the Giants and Lincecum are going to square-off in arbitration on Friday. Mel Antonen reports that union honcho Michael Weiner will be there in person, which is pretty interesting. Brown asks a question in his tweet: “Why are the Giants picking this fight?” I’ve been critical of the Giants here…

  5. Baseball looking to crack down on identity and age fraud in the D.R.

    Feb 10, 2010, 10:58 AM EST

    The New York Times reports that Major League Baseball is looking to get proactive in an effort to combat OhMyGodHesReally25 disease: Major League Baseball is studying a series of initiatives, including the fingerprinting of youths under the age of 16, as it attempts to gain control of the age and identity problems it has encountered…

  6. Brent Mayne's pants are on fire

    Feb 10, 2010, 10:25 AM EST

    UPDATE: Mayne has corrected the record. I mentioned a couple of weeks ago that I was lovin’ former catcher Brent Mayne’s blog. And I still am, but I just discovered that he’s tellin’ lies. In his latest entry he decides to come clean and admit that he once told a hitter what pitch was coming.…

  7. Johnny Damon is ridiculous

    Feb 10, 2010, 9:55 AM EST

    One day his agent is proclaiming his love of octopus in order to brown nose the Tigers. The next day he’s texting writers in Atlanta saying that the Braves are at the “top of the list.” Tampa Bay is allegedly in the running too.  Look for Boras to go on the radio today talking about…

  8. Dave Eiland: Joba's training wheels are off

    Feb 10, 2010, 9:22 AM EST

    Yankees’ pitching coach Dave Eiland confirmed yesterday that “The Joba Rules” are officially history: “He’s just going to go out and pitch and he’ll be the one who’ll dictate when he comes out as far as getting hit or getting tired or losing his stuff. He’s not going to have any restrictions, so Joe (Girardi)…

  9. Derek Jeter's defensive improvement is bad news for the Yankees? Really?

    Feb 10, 2010, 8:28 AM EST

    I wrote yesterday that tons of ink will be spilled over Derek Jeter’s extension despite the fact that it’s probably going to all go down rather quickly and painlessly after the season is over.  As if on cue, Joel Sherman of the Post chimes in, showing just how hard the tabloids are going to work…

  10. The Mets' really, really good idea

    Feb 10, 2010, 7:57 AM EST

    The Mets have made a lot of bad decisions this offseason, but here’s a really, really good one: having Keith Hernandez help Daniel Murphy with his defense at first base: The tutorials are underway in Port St. Lucie, after general manager Omar Minaya called Hernandez requesting that he help ease Murphy’s transition to first base.…

  11. Cubs not rushing Lilly's recovery

    Feb 10, 2010, 12:24 AM EST

    Much like Brandon Webb, Ted Lilly is an All-Star pitcher trying to recover from surgery on his throwing shoulder. And much like the Diamondbacks are being patient with Webb, the Chicago Cubs are being equally cautious with Lilly. Cubs GM Jim Hendry said on Tuesday that there is no set timetable for Lilly’s return, though…

  12. Brandon Webb throws, thinks he'll be ready for season

    Feb 9, 2010, 10:00 PM EST

    Good news for Arizona Diamondbacks fans: Brandon Webb threw off a mound on Tuesday for the first time since his shoulder surgery in August, and as he tells MLB.com, “[It] went good.” Webb, a three-time All-Star and winner of the 2006 NL Cy Young Award, made just one start in 2009 due to shoulder pain,…

  13. O's interested in Washburn … sort of … maybe

    Feb 9, 2010, 9:09 PM EST

    The Baltimore Orioles have some interest in Jarrod Washburn. Oh wait, no they don’t. Well, maybe they do. Who knows? Fox reported the Washburn interest initially, and also mentioned that the team had “discussed” Chien-Ming Wang. But Peter Schmuck of the Baltimore Sun writes that you can pretty much rule out both pitchers, as the…

  14. Johnny Damon holding out for two-year deal

    Feb 9, 2010, 9:04 PM EST

    Want to know why Johnny Damon, who hit 24 homers and scored 107 runs last season, hasn’t signed with a team as of February 9?  Because he’s holding out for a two-year contract.  Or so says FOXSports.com’s Jon Paul Morosi. Damon, 36, has drawn interest recently from the Tigers, Braves and Rays, though none of…

  15. Uh… The Astros may re-sign Willy Taveras

    Feb 9, 2010, 8:38 PM EST

    UPDATE: It looks like this thing might actually happen.  Bernardo Fallas of the Houston Chronicle reports that Astros assistant GM David Gottfried contacted Taveras’ agent, Barry Praver, soon after the outfielder’s release on Tuesday.  A minor league contract was indeed discussed. 7:41pm: According to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com, Astros general manager Ed Wade is open…

  16. Diving into the depths: Texas Rangers

    Feb 9, 2010, 7:37 PM EST

    This is part of a 30-article series looking at each team’s depth chart headed into spring training. Texas Rangers Rotation 1. Scott Feldman 2. Rich Harden 3. Colby Lewis 4. Tommy Hunter 5. Brandon McCarthy 6. Derek Holland 7. Matt Harrison 8. Neftali Feliz 9. Dustin Nippert 10. C.J. Wilson 11. Guillermo Moscoso The additions…

  17. Mets close to deal with Mike Jacobs

    Feb 9, 2010, 7:27 PM EST

    ESPN.com’s Jerry Crasnick reports that the Mets are close to agreement on a minor league contract with free agent first baseman Mike Jacobs. The deal, once finalized, will include a non-roster invitation to spring training.  Jacobs struggled mightily in his first American League season, batting a measly .228/.297/.401 last year with 132 strikeouts in just…

  18. Brandon Lyon to miss start of spring training

    Feb 9, 2010, 6:59 PM EST

    Astros GM Ed Wade revealed to the media Tuesday that relief pitcher Brandon Lyon had a small cyst in his right shoulder drained two weeks ago and won’t be back to full strength by the time pitchers and catchers report to spring training. The Astros detected the cyst in the initial MRI they gave Lyon…

  19. Fantasy ranking the rotations

    Feb 9, 2010, 6:35 PM EST

    In light of Craig’s response to Buster Olney’s blog, I’ve thrown this together. It’s a ranking 1-30 of how the top six pitchers in each team’s rotation fare in my fantasy projections. This isn’t meant to be taken very seriously. For one thing, I’ve simply added up the totals, so the No. 6 starter is…

  20. UPDATE: Chien-Ming Wang has a couple of offers

    Feb 9, 2010, 6:01 PM EST

    UPDATE: MLB.com’s Bill Ladson hears that the Nationals are “aggressively pursuing” Wang and are “one of the finalists” for his services. 5:23pm: Rosenthal reports that two teams have already made Chien-Ming Wang offers, have watched him pitch multiple times and have even given him a physical.  The teams that made said offers have not been…

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