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  1. Pujols likely to avoid Tommy John surgery

    Feb 21, 2010, 12:56 PM EST

    MLB.com’s Matthew Leach has`some excellent news for Cardinals fans and those lucky enough to land the No. 1 pick in fantasy drafts this spring.  Albert Pujols, who has dealt with a right elbow injury for much of his career, has been given a 95 percent chance of avoiding Tommy John surgery. “If I recall, that’s…

  2. UPDATE: Strasburg throws first spring bullpener

    Feb 21, 2010, 11:02 AM EST

    UPDATE: The New York Times’ Tyler Kepner reports that Strasburg threw 37 pitches.  Ladson even took a picture. 9:31pm: Stephen Strasburg, selected No. 1 overall in last year’s draft, is scheduled to throw his first bullpen session of the spring on Sunday.  MASN has a story about it this morning, ESPN’s Baseball Tonight is stopping…

  3. Oh, no… Jack Bauer somehow linked to baseball

    Feb 21, 2010, 10:52 AM EST

    In one of the oddest stories you’ll read this spring, MLB.com’s Mark Bowman writes that Braves outfielder Nate McLouth changed his number to 24 this offseason because of a certain television program that uses the same digits. “The only reason that I took 24,” McLouth said Saturday, “is because it’s my favorite TV show and Lost isn’t…

  4. Someone actually cares about MLB's gun policy

    Feb 21, 2010, 10:11 AM EST

    When Major League Baseball decided Saturday to officially outlaw guns in clubhouses we figured the story would draw a few laughs and maybe some snarky remarks.  What we didn’t expect, however, was serious, disappointed reaction from a current professional. According to the always reliable St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Cardinals closer Ryan Franklin didn’t take too kindly to…

  5. Posada compares CC Sabathia to David Wells. We can do it, too

    Feb 21, 2010, 8:58 AM EST

    Jorge Posada made an interesting observation on Saturday evening, comparing current Yankees ace CC Sabathia to former teammate David Wells.  (George King III of the New York Post gathered the quote). “He could pitch for 50 more years,” Posada of the 29-year-old Sabathia.  “He has an arm like David Wells.” It’s not hard to find…

  6. Update: Tigers come to terms with Johnny Damon

    Feb 20, 2010, 6:02 PM EST

    Update: Ken Davidoff confirms the deal. One-year, $8 million, pending a physical.6:10 PM: Yep. This might actually happen. Sources tell Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports that the Tigers are “near agreement” on a one-year contract with free agent outfielder Johnny Damon. A source tells Brown that the contract is worth “about $8 million” and does…

  7. Joe Torre to manage through 2011

    Feb 20, 2010, 5:43 PM EST

    We’ve all expected it for a while, and it isn’t yet official, but Jeff Fletcher of AOL Fanhouse reports that the Dodgers are finalizing a one-year extension with manager Joe Torre that will keep him in Los Angeles through 2011. Torre, who turns 70 in July, signed a three-year, $13 million contract with the Dodgers…

  8. Eric Gagne expresses "regrets" about past

    Feb 20, 2010, 5:10 PM EST

    Eric Gagne addressed questions about his past connections to performance-enhancing drugs upon arriving to Dodgers’ camp on Saturday, according to Jeff Fletcher of AOL Fanhouse: “I’ve said it 150 times, it’s always going to be on my resume for the rest of my life,” Gagne told reporters. “People will second-guess everything I do and if…

  9. UPDATE: Derek Holland injures right knee

    Feb 20, 2010, 3:37 PM EST

    Update: Andro has some further clarification, saying Holland iced the knee and is wearing a black sleeve on it. He will have an MRI on Monday, if needed, but the young pitcher doesn’t think it is anything serious. 1:40 PM: Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports that Holland can’t get an MRI on…

  10. UPDATE: Mets sign Rod Barajas

    Feb 20, 2010, 3:20 PM EST

    Update: Omar Minaya’s offseason catching cavalcade has finally come to an end. The Mets have come to terms with Rod Barajas to a one-year, $1 million contract. He can take home an additional $1 million in “easily-attainable” incentives. 3:11 PM: Heyman says Texas has increased their offer to more than $1.5 million, but Barajas is…

  11. Delgado has second hip surgery in past nine months

    Feb 20, 2010, 3:00 PM EST

    Carlos Delgado recently underwent another hip surgery, reports Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com, but he stills plans on attempting a comeback, according to his agent David Sloane. The 37-year-old first baseman recently felt a twinge in his hip after playing winter ball in his native Puerto Rico to mixed reviews. He is expected to be out…

  12. Fred Wilpon calls offseason "torture"

    Feb 20, 2010, 2:33 PM EST

    Mets owner Fred Wilpon spoke with the media during the first day of workouts for pitchers and catchers, calling the recent offseason “torture.” I’m sure a lot of this emotion had to do with the strife surrounding the dispute with Carlos Beltran, but he also sympathizes with fans who are understandably frustrated that the team…

  13. Astros extend GM Ed Wade through 2012

    Feb 20, 2010, 12:00 PM EST

    You’re reading that correctly. After committing nearly $30 million to Pedro Feliz, Brandon Lyon, Brett Myers, Jason Michaels, Geoff Blum and Brian Moehler this offseason, the Astros have extended the contract of general manager Ed Wade through the 2012 season, reports Brian McTaggart of MLB.com. An official announcement is expected later this afternoon. Wade was…

  14. Meet David DeJesus, the right fielder

    Feb 20, 2010, 11:40 AM EST

    David DeJesus tells Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star that he’s cool with moving to right field: “It’s one of those things,” DeJesus said. “I know I had a good year in left. But we’re a team that needs a right fielder. Trey called me, and now I’m a right fielder. I’m going to…

  15. Ryan Theriot loses hearing, will earn $2.6 million

    Feb 20, 2010, 10:39 AM EST

    Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune reports that shortstop Ryan Theriot will earn $2.6 million this season after losing his arbitration hearing with the Cubs. He requested $3.4 million when arbitration figures were exchanged last month. Theriot, 31, batted .284/.343/.369 with seven home runs, 54 RBI, 21 stolen bases and 81 runs scored last season.…

  16. Could Johnny Damon still end up in Atlanta?

    Feb 20, 2010, 9:49 AM EST

    Many assume that if the White Sox indeed pull their offer to Johnny Damon it pretty much means the “Tigers or bust,” but don’t forget that the Braves have already offered Damon a one-year contract with some deferred money — somewhere around $4 million or less. After Friday’s developments, Braves general manager Frank Wren told…

  17. Less playing time could hurt Bengie Molina's wallet

    Feb 19, 2010, 8:49 PM EST

    Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News, one of my favorite beat reporters, unearthed some interesting details about Bengie Molina’s new contract with the Giants: And as I discovered today, even a small reduction in playing time could take a lot of money out of Molina’s pocket. That’s because the veteran catcher has significant…

  18. Jose Reyes batting third? Does it matter?

    Feb 19, 2010, 8:20 PM EST

    Earlier Matthew asked whether Jerry Manuel’s idea to bat Jose Reyes third is a good idea.  Here’s a second question: Would it make a difference?  It probably won’t. There have been multiple studies of lineup optimization over the years. For the most part they conclude that the particular lineup doesn’t make a whole hell of…

  19. UPDATE: The White Sox pull their offer to Damon; Boras pleads with the Tigers

    Feb 19, 2010, 8:10 PM EST

    Update: Wait! Maybe the White Sox aren’t out of it, at least according to what Kenny Williams told Joe Cowley of the Chicago Sun-Times: “If circumstances change in the next 24 hours I certainly will be willing to revisit it,” Williams said. “Jermaine Dye cashed in big time for something like this, taking less money…

  20. 2010 projected leaders: First baseman OPS

    Feb 19, 2010, 6:58 PM EST

    Over the next several days, I’ll be dipping into my 2010 projections and presenting some leaderboards. 1. Albert Pujols – 1067 2. Prince Fielder – 976 3. Miguel Cabrera – 965 4. Mark Teixeira – 962 5. Adrian Gonzalez – 933 6. Ryan Howard – 923 7. Lance Berkman – 911 8. Kevin Youkilis –…

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