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  1. Ben Sheets to throw for potential suitors on Tuesday

    Jan 14, 2010, 3:30 PM EST

    Tim Kurkjian reports that Ben Sheets is tan, rested and ready: “That was my first summer off. No baseball player can even remember the last summer he had off. I did July 4th and Labor Day with the family. The time off refreshed me. It made me realize how much I love baseball. I missed…

  2. Mets are "disappointed" in Beltran; won't take any further action

    Jan 14, 2010, 3:05 PM EST

    UPDATE:  The Mets have spoken.  Assistant GM John Rico says that they say that they had the conversations with Boras, but that “the conversation with Scott was very direct in we said we do not want him to have surgery until we’ve reviewed the info.” Ricco said that the team wanted a “third opinion.”  They…

  3. Why weren't the Mets in on LaRoche?

    Jan 14, 2010, 2:50 PM EST

    Deep Thought: For what the Mets are going to likely pay Bengie Molina, they could have signed Adam LaRoche and any of the multiple $3 million-and-cheaper catchers who have signed this winter and who aren’t appreciably worse than Molina, including but not limited to Gregg Zaun, Miguel Olivo, John Buck, and Ivan Rodriguez. And even…

  4. UPDATE: MLB kicks in $1 million for Haitian relief

    Jan 14, 2010, 2:20 PM EST

    2:20 P.M.:  Bud Selig has just announced that Major League Baseball has kicked in $1 million via UNICEF. 11:30 A.M.: Great move by the Yankees: The New York Yankees announced today that they were donating $500,000 in support of rescue and relief efforts following the tragic earthquake in Haiti. The catastrophic event has devastated an…

  5. Braves, Cabrera reach a deal

    Jan 14, 2010, 1:34 PM EST

    Most teams don’t go to arbitration with their arbitration-eligible players, and the Braves less so than most. So it’s no surprise that they’ve reached a deal with new-arrival Melky Cabrera. It’s a $3.1 million deal, reports ESPN’s Enrique Rojas. The Braves will only pay $2.6 million of that, however, as the Yankees agreed to kick…

  6. The Cubs introduce Rudy Jaramillo; consider Jermaine Dye

    Jan 14, 2010, 1:04 PM EST

    As the Tribune’s Paul Sullivan notes, “The Cubs may be the only team in history to bring their new hitting coach to town for an introductory news conference while letting their most prominent free agent signee do his talking over the phone.”  But a news conference it was, and Rudy Jaramillo spoke about his guru…

  7. Catching up with Danny Almonte

    Jan 14, 2010, 12:30 PM EST

    If you wondered what the famously overage star of the 2001 Little League World Series is up to, the New York Daily News is your huckleberry. The story is mostly about the high school team he’s helping coach now, but this line sticks out: “Despite putting up impressive numbers the past two seasons at Western…

  8. Who's the second best shortstop of all time? Jeter or Ripken?

    Jan 14, 2010, 12:00 PM EST

    If you don’t know who the best shortstop of all time is please say 50 “Honus Wagner’s” and 10 “our fathers.”  As for second place, ESPN’s David Schoenfield thinks it’s between the Cap’n and Cal, and sides with Jeter. At least eventually: Look, Jeter still has some work to do to catch Ripken. He needs…

  9. Report: the Braves still pursuing Johnny Damon

    Jan 14, 2010, 10:57 AM EST

    Dave O’Brien tweets it anyway. It seemed like the Braves were done making big moves and were content to head to Florida with an outfield of Melky, McLouth, Diaz and maybe — just maybe — Jason Heyward. This didn’t sit particularly well with most Braves fans.  Johnny Damon for a single year at a reasonable…

  10. Report: the Diamondbacks have signed Adam LaRoche

    Jan 14, 2010, 10:30 AM EST

    Dejan Kovacevic tweets that the Arizona Diamondbacks have signed first baseman Adam LaRoche to a one-year contract. Heyman tweets that it’s between $4-5 million. You’ll recall that LaRoche had previously turned down a two-year, $17.5 million offer from the Giants. Add in the facts that (a) San Francisco is a way cooler place to live…

  11. UPDATE: Tony La Russa doesn't give a s— what you think

    Jan 14, 2010, 10:01 AM EST

    UPDATE:  Readers who heard the un-bleeped version of the broadcast mentioned below are telling me that the expletive in question was “s—” and not “f—.”  I went with the latter earlier because that’s what the linked transcript said, but in hindsight and based on what the readers are telling me, I’m switching.  Whether that changes…

  12. Fighting over medical decisions is not new for Beltran

    Jan 14, 2010, 9:30 AM EST

    In light of the heavy criticism the Mets medical staff received last year, it’s tempting to blame the current dustup over Carlos Beltran’s knee surgery on the team and to cast Beltran as the good guy. That’s certainly the prevailing thinking in the blogosphere this morning. Now, we obviously don’t know everything that has happened…

  13. Heyman calls McGwire a coward for not risking prosecution

    Jan 14, 2010, 9:02 AM EST

    I actually don’t have a huge problem with most of what Jon Heyman says about McGwire in his latest column. Sure, I think his tone is overly moralistic, and I continue to wonder why anyone cares what McGwire thinks steroids did or didn’t for him. But it’s not like he says anything a dozen other…

  14. Molina and the Mets are close

    Jan 14, 2010, 8:30 AM EST

    After telling us about the Carlos Beltran surgery thing, Bob asked what else could go wrong for the Mets. I suppose some will differ, but giving two years to a catcher with a .285 on base percentage seems wrong to me. Morosi says they’re close to doing that with Bengie Molina. I’ve never quite understood…

  15. What are the owners doing down in Arizona?

    Jan 14, 2010, 8:00 AM EST

    As you freeze, the owner of your favorite team is down in Paradise Valley, Arizona meeting with Bud Selig to talk about how to keep the metric system down, leave Atlantis off the maps and rig Oscar night.  Oh, and for the first time at one of these meetings, general managers were invited. Selig said…

  16. Mets threaten action after Beltran opts for surgery

    Jan 14, 2010, 1:08 AM EST

    As if the Mets haven’t had enough bad news to deal with in the past year, star center fielder Carlos Beltran underwent surgery on his right knee on Wednesday and will miss the start of the season. In addition to Beltran missing time, the Mets are apparently rankled that he used his personal physician for…

  17. Piniella is cute when he talks about Cubs, World Series

    Jan 13, 2010, 10:24 PM EST

    You’ve got to love baseball’s offseason. In addition to the non-stop carousel of rumors, free-agent signings and blockbuster trades, you’ve got the sense of eternal optimism heading into the upcoming season (unless you’re a Royals fan). No one is in last place. No one is cursed, and no one is worried about Milton Bradley. Which…

  18. Valverde's best offer reportedly from Tigers

    Jan 13, 2010, 9:07 PM EST

    The Detroit Tigers are making a bit of noise today regarding their bullpen situation. First, Jason Beck of tweets that they have avoided arbitration with reliever Joel Zumaya, signing him to a one-year contract at undisclosed terms (he made $735,000 last season). Zumaya, a strikeout and walk machine who battled injuries all of last…

  19. Marlins sending group to visit troops in Iraq

    Jan 13, 2010, 8:38 PM EST

    Finally, we have figured out what the Florida Marlins are doing with all that revenue sharing money they haven’t been spending on players. The AP reports that the team is sending several members of the team to visit U.S. troops in Iraq and Kuwait. NL Rookie of the Year Chris Coghlan, catcher John Baker, manager…

  20. Russell Branyan is done in Seattle

    Jan 13, 2010, 6:00 PM EST

    We’ve seen this coming for a while, but the Mariners and Russell Branyan have said goodbye to each other for good. Unlike Brett Myers and the Phillies this is all amicable with Branyan thanking Jack Zduriencik. He’s a Four True Outcome player: home runs, strikeouts, walks and the nicest manners. Branyan says he has been…

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