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  1. Yonder Alonso, the catcher?

    Jan 30, 2010, 3:59 PM EST

    That’s right. During the team’s winter caravan event on Saturday, manager Dusty Baker mentioned that the team has considered using prospect Yonder Alonso behind the plate. Mark Sheldon of has the quote from the Reds’ skipper: “That’s always a possibility,” Baker said. “We’ve entertained a few things, even the possibility of putting Alonso behind…

  2. Original Shea Stadium organist dies

    Jan 30, 2010, 2:55 PM EST

    Jane Jarvis, an accomplished jazz-pianist and organist for the Mets from 1964 to 1979, has died at the age of 94, according to the New York Times. She pre-dates my experience as a Mets fan, but at moments like this I always look towards Greg Prince of the excellent Faith and Fear in Flushing to…

  3. PECOTA has some second thoughts

    Jan 30, 2010, 1:15 PM EST

    Silly robot. Craig neatly summed up PECOTA’s projected standings for 2010 earlier this week, as the Rays were predicted to finish in first place with the Yankees in third place and on the outside looking in at the playoffs. Mass hysteria followed. Really angry tweets were sent. Crazy times. But as Marc Topkin of the…

  4. Saunders, Feldman and Wuertz agree to new deals

    Jan 30, 2010, 12:20 PM EST

    - The Angels and Joe Saunders avoided arbitration on Friday by agreeing to a one-year, $3.7 million contract. The 28-year-old southpaw asked for $3.85 million and was offered $3.6 million when arbitration figures were exchanged last week, so he settled for a little less than the midpoint. Saunders was 16-7 with a 4.60 ERA in…

  5. Cardinals and Rockies in the mix for Felipe Lopez

    Jan 30, 2010, 10:30 AM EST

    Jon Heyman of tweets that the Cardinals are Rockies are among the teams interested in free agent second baseman Felipe Lopez. Lopez, who turns 30 in May, has been overshadowed by Orlando Hudson of late, but is coming off a season in which he batted .310/.383/.427 with nine home runs, 57 RBI and 88…

  6. The Bryce Harper Era has begun

    Jan 30, 2010, 9:39 AM EST

    17-year-old Bryce Harper, the early favorite to be selected as the first pick in June’s First-Year Player Draft, made his collegiate debut with College of Southern Nevada on Friday night against Western Arizona. Harper started at third base — and had a throwing error during in the fifth inning — but finished 1-for-3 with two…

  7. Prior not ready to give up on comeback

    Jan 29, 2010, 7:22 PM EST

    Free agent Mark Prior, who was unable to pitch in the majors or minors last season as he continued his recovery from surgery, is throwing in California, his agent told’s Jayson Stark Priior underwent surgery for a torn shoulder capsule in June 2008. He was hopeful of being ready to compete for a spot…

  8. Mariners add Byrnes to outfield picture

    Jan 29, 2010, 6:50 PM EST

    Outfielder Eric Byrnes is on his way to Seattle after signing a one-year deal Friday. Terms weren’t announced, but it’s certainly for the minimum, given that the Diamondbacks were on the hook for $11 million under the terms of the three-year, $30 million extension he signed in Aug. 2007. Since he came at such a…

  9. World Series trophy embarks on Asian tour

    Jan 29, 2010, 6:15 PM EST

    The Yankees are taking the World Series trophy on an Asian tour next week, hitting Tokyo, Beijing and ending up in Hong Kong.  According to the story, Brian Cashman will be in the delegation. He had better watch his back. After letting Hideki Matsui walk, I have a feeling someone is going to be all…

  10. Quote of the Day: Adam Dunn wants to play defense

    Jan 29, 2010, 5:45 PM EST

    “Adam really doesn’t want to DH in the American League. He wants to play the field, and believes his first base defense has reached the adequate level. He knows he’s no Gold Glover, but believes that he’ll get better, and is anxious to improve that aspect of his game.” – Statement of a person “close…

  11. Pablo Sandoval is a rock star

    Jan 29, 2010, 5:15 PM EST

    Last night Pablo Sandoval was in San Jose to drop the puck before the San Jose Sharks-Chicago Blackhawks game. Because of that, other Giants’ promotional obligations and the team’s desire to get his beefy butt back into Camp Panda, it was assumed that he would not be participating in tonight’s deciding game of the Venezuelan…

  12. Ken Griffey Jr. is in the best shape of his life

    Jan 29, 2010, 4:45 PM EST

    With the hot stove season winding down, my favorite annual meme begins to pick up steam: With Spring Training less than three weeks away and arthroscopic surgery on his left knee more than three months behind him, Griffey figures to be in much better shape. “I’m not saying he will look like he did in…

  13. Why A-Rod has been let off the steroids hook but McGwire has not

    Jan 29, 2010, 4:15 PM EST

    Bob Klapsich explains why A-Rod has been allowed to moonwalk from his steroids scandal while McGwire keeps getting ripped. As an explanation, I find it to be lacking: First, he appeared to be more honest than McGwire in revealing the detail of his cheating. While A-Rod may have fudged some details, he at least provided…

  14. Glen Perkins doesn't sound long for Minnesota

    Jan 29, 2010, 3:41 PM EST

    Glen Perkins filed a grievance against the Twins when they optioned him to Triple-A rather than keep him on the major-league disabled list with a shoulder injury. The two sides have since settled the case, but the move left Perkins just short of the service time needed for arbitration eligibility, costing him about $500,000 and…

  15. Nightengale: "Mauer talks couldn't be going better"

    Jan 29, 2010, 3:16 PM EST

    USA Today’s Bob Nightengale is in Minnesota taking a tour of the new ballpark and tweets “Twins manager Ron Gardenhire says talks with Joe Mauer couldn’t be going better,” and that “It would be massive upset if Mauer contract extension isn’t resolved by spring.” This wouldn’t be at all surprising in that I think everyone’s…

  16. Remembering the first Hall of Fame class

    Jan 29, 2010, 2:50 PM EST’s Maury Brown notes that on this day in 1936 the Baseball Writers Association of America elected the first class into the Hall of Fame: * Babe Ruth * Ty Cobb * Honus Wagner * Walter Johnson * Christy Mathewson Not a bad little group, but amazingly none of those five players were picked unanimously.…

  17. Report: Tigers, Verlander discussing a $75 million extension

    Jan 29, 2010, 2:20 PM EST

    Yahoo!’s Jeff Passan has learned that the Tigers and Justin Verlander are negotiating around a five-year deal in the $75 million range.  The holdup at the moment, Passan reports, is that Verlander wants a 6th year guaranteed.  Presently, the team and the fireballer are poised for arbitration, where Verlander has requested $9.5 million, while the…

  18. Orlando Cabrera likely to sign with Reds, Rockies or Nationals

    Jan 29, 2010, 1:48 PM EST’s Mark Sheldon reports that Orlando Cabrera has narrowed his list of suitors down to the Reds, Nationals, and Rockies. Cabrera hasn’t started at a position other than shortstop since he was a 23-year-old rookie in 1998, so if remaining there is a priority Cincinnati could be the pick. Troy Tulowitzki’s presence guarantees that he’d…

  19. Four or Five teams pursuing Chien-Ming Wang

    Jan 29, 2010, 1:20 PM EST

    At least that’s what his agent says.  Among those interested: the Mets, the Dodgers and the Cardinals. But wait, wasn’t Wang supposed to be on the sidelines for a good chunk of the early season due to rehab from injuries? “Our plan was to get him 100 percent healthy, so there was no risk on…

  20. And now for an awesome Mickey Mantle story

    Jan 29, 2010, 12:48 PM EST

    There’s a conventional wisdom among a lot professional sports writers that you should ignore your comments section. It’ll only make you mad, they say. People complaining, and all that. I think that’s hogwash. Sure, making a comments section a pleasant place to hang around is tough work, especially on a big media site like NBC,…

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