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  1. Your inaugural Power Rankings

    Apr 4, 2012, 9:55 AM EST

    Joe Girardi

    The only thing sillier than predictions about who wins each division several months before the season ends is judging which team is the best before any games are played.  But hey, that’s never stopped me before, so let’s have a Power Ranking, shall we? And yeah, there is that big of a gap between the…

  2. Springtime Storylines: Can the Minnesota Twins get back on track after 99 losses?

    Apr 3, 2012, 2:50 PM EST

    Justin Morneau, Joe Mauer

    Between now and Opening Day, HardballTalk will take a look at each of baseball’s 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2012 season. Up next: Minnesota Twins. The Big Question: Can the Minnesota Twins get back on track after 99 losses? Everything that could go…

  3. Stephen Drew on return timetable from broken ankle: “It’s a slow process”

    Mar 30, 2012, 5:17 PM EST

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    Stephen Drew was never expected to make it back from his broken ankle by Opening Day, but with the season starting next week there’s still no timetable for his return. Drew, who fractured his ankle and tore multiple ligaments in July, told Steve Gilbert of MLB.com that his recovery “is a slow process” and described…

  4. Miguel Montero wants a Victor Martinez-type contract

    Mar 29, 2012, 7:34 PM EST

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    D’Backs catcher Miguel Montero cut off extension talks with the Arizona front office earlier this spring. And it sounds like they might never resume. According to CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman, Montero “is said to be looking for a deal similar to Victor Martinez‘s $52-million, four-year contract (with the Tigers), and the chances for him to…

  5. A’s choose Brandon Allen as starting first baseman

    Mar 27, 2012, 11:51 AM EST

    Brandon Allen Getty

    Brandon Allen has beaten out Kila Ka’aihue to be the A’s starting first baseman, at least for their opening game of the season in Japan. Ka’aihue is still in the mix for playing time, but Jane Lee of MLB.com reports that manager Bob Melvin was unimpressed with his defense and prefers Allen’s combination of power…

  6. Springtime Storylines: Was 2011 a fluke for the Arizona Diamondbacks?

    Mar 26, 2012, 2:00 PM EST

    Justin Upton, Matt Davidson, Chris Young

    Between now and Opening Day, HardballTalk will take a look at each of baseball’s 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2012 season. Up next: the Arizona Diamondbacks. The Big Question: Was 2011 a fluke year? The Diamondbacks went from 70 wins in 2009 to…

  7. Springtime Storylines: Who are the Oakland Athletics?

    Mar 26, 2012, 10:00 AM EST

    Chicago Cubs v Oakland Athletics

    Between now and Opening Day, HardballTalk will take a look at each of baseball’s 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2012 season. Up next: the Somewhere in the Bay Area Probably Oakland A’s. The Big Question: Who are these guys? To say the A’s…

  8. Paul Goldschmidt: “I enjoy numbers in the business sense”

    Mar 20, 2012, 3:49 PM EST

    Arizona Diamondbacks Photo Day

    Steve Gilbert of MLB.com has an interesting article about Diamondbacks slugger Paul Goldschmidt, who was a finance major in college and had to pass up a scheduled offseason internship “shadowing a financial investor” after he was called up in August and played into October. And it sure sounds like the 24-year-old first baseman is a…

  9. Rangers sign Derek Holland to five-year, $28 million deal

    Mar 20, 2012, 10:49 AM EST

    Derek Holland

    Derek Holland and the Rangers have agreed to a five-year, $28 million contract that includes team options for 2017 and 2018, according to Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star Telegram. Holland wasn’t even arbitration eligible yet and Texas had him under team control through 2015 already, so the five-year contract cancels out his previous…

  10. Athletics option Jarrod Parker to Triple-A after he walks seven in Monday start

    Mar 19, 2012, 9:43 PM EST

    Jarrod Parker AP

    Jarrod Parker was the centerpiece of the deal which sent Trevor Cahill to the Diamondbacks in December, but he showed this afternoon that he may need a little more seasoning. Parker issued seven walks over just 3 2/3 innings against Arizona, after which he was optioned to Triple-A Sacramento. The 23-year-old right-hander undoubtedly had some…

  11. Nationals sign Xavier Nady to minor league contract

    Mar 18, 2012, 10:17 AM EST

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    Amanda Comak of the Washington Times reports that the Nationals have reached agreement on a minor league contract with outfielder Xavier Nady. The deal does not come with an invitation to major league spring training, meaning the 33-year-old will be stationed in minor league camp in Viera, Florida with no chance of cracking the Opening…

  12. Josh Collmenter to open season in Diamondbacks’ starting rotation

    Mar 17, 2012, 4:29 PM EST

    Josh Collmenter Getty

    2011 first-round pick Trevor Bauer has stolen the show in Diamondbacks’ camp, posting a 2.57 ERA and 7/1 K/BB ratio over seven innings during Cactus League action. We’ve heard multiple reports recently that the 21-year-old right-hander was being seriously considered for a spot in the starting rotation, but it appears his major league debut will…

  13. Diamondbacks still not looking to trade benched Gold Glove winner Gerardo Parra

    Mar 14, 2012, 3:48 PM EST

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    From the moment the Diamondbacks signed Jason Kubel to be their new starting left fielder general manager Kevin Towers has insisted that the team is merely benching Gerardo Parra, not actually looking to trade him. Towers stuck with that stance yesterday, telling Steve Gilbert of MLB.com that despite other teams scouting Parra he’s not interested…

  14. Stephen Drew “looks very unlikely” for Opening Day

    Mar 13, 2012, 1:20 PM EST

    Milwaukee Brewers v Arizona Diamondbacks

    Two weeks ago Diamondbacks shortstop Stephen Drew admitted that missing the beginning of the season was a possibility as he recovers from last year’s broken ankle and now Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic takes it one step further. Piecoro writes that no one has ruled out Drew being ready for the opener, but “the…

  15. Fun with live audio: Jason Kipnis sings Adele

    Mar 8, 2012, 12:46 AM EST

    Jason Kipnis

    The MLB Network experimented with live audio during Wednesday’s Cactus League game between the Cleveland Indians and Arizona Diamondbacks. The broadcast featured several players on each team wearing live microphones, and also had mics at each base, down the first- and third-base lines, as well as along the outfield wall. A pretty cool idea overall,…

  16. A tribute to Hideki Okajima, the 17th best reliever of all-time

    Mar 5, 2012, 10:00 PM EST

    Hideki Okajima

    Well, by one measure anyway. After failing his physical with the Yankees, Hideki Okajima returned to Japan over the weekend, signing with the Softbank Hawks. He’ll bring with him the 17th best ERA+ among all major league relievers to throw at least 200 innings: 1. Mariano Rivera – 206 2. Takashi Saito – 199 3.…

  17. Details of Andrew McCutchen’s $51.5 million extension

    Mar 5, 2012, 3:03 PM EST

    mccutchen swinging getty

    Late last night Andrew McCutchen and the Pirates announced a six-year, $51.5 million contract extension and now Michael Sanserino of the Pittsburgh Post Gazette has the year-by-year breakdown: 2012: $0.5 million, plus $1.25 million signing bonus 2013: $4.5 million 2014: $7.25 million 2015: $10 million 2016: $13 million 2017: $14 million 2018: $14.75 million option…

  18. Swarm of bees delays Diamondbacks-Giants game, sends Angel Pagan running for cover

    Mar 5, 2012, 11:19 AM EST

    Giants Diamondbacks Spring Baseball

    Yesterday afternoon’s Giants-Diamondbacks game was delayed for 41 minutes when a swarm of bees made its way into right field. Fans along the first base dugout were evacuated, Ian Kennedy‘s first spring start was cut short, and the Associated Press reports that “the Diamondbacks’ field crew used a combination of cotton candy and lemonade to…

  19. Pirates, Andrew McCutchen agree to six-year, $51.5 million contract

    Mar 5, 2012, 1:22 AM EST

    Andrew McCutchen

    It was a long time coming, but Andrew McCutchen finally got the Pirates to beat the Justin Upton and Jay Bruce deals. According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the two sides have agreed to a six-year, $51.5 million contract that will take care of all of the outfielder’s arbitration seasons and his first two years of…

  20. Stephen Drew acknowledges he may miss start of season

    Mar 1, 2012, 10:03 PM EST

    stephen drew getty

    Diamondbacks shortstop Stephen Drew had his 2011 season cut short in late July after suffering a fractured right ankle while sliding into home plate. And he’s still battling the injury here in March. According to MLB.com beat man Steve Gilbert, Drew is “nowhere near the point in his recovery” where he is ready to appear…

  21. The Cardinals and Yadier Molina finalize their deal

    Mar 1, 2012, 2:53 PM EST

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    Via Ken Rosenthal and Derek Goold, we learn the final details of the Yadier Molina deal: Five years, $75 million The deal begins in 2013, and there is a mutual option for 2018 at $15 million There is no deferred money There is a no-trade clause Like we’ve said before: wow, that’s rich for a…

  22. You asked me questions on Twitter. So I shall answer them.

    Mar 1, 2012, 12:00 PM EST

    The Question

    It was a long offseason, my friends. A light winter in these parts but a harsh one all the same. The usual offseason non-stories seemed even less-satisfying than normal. On a personal level, I spent many long, dark hours searching for meaning and happiness in a world that seemed uncompromising, unforgiving and indifferent to humanity.…

  23. Mike Napoli: “I’ll test the [free agent] market”

    Feb 29, 2012, 9:40 PM EST

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    The Cardinals’ five-year, $75 million contract with catcher Yadier Molina is already creating quite a ripple effect around the major leagues. Miguel Montero officially cut off long-term talks on Wednesday afternoon with the D’Backs, and now Mike Napoli has done the same with the Rangers. Napoli told Drew Davison of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram late…

  24. Diamondbacks and Miguel Montero end extension talks

    Feb 29, 2012, 3:15 PM EST

    miguel montero getty

    Shortly after Yadier Molina and the Cardinals agreed to a five-year, $75 million deal that will keep him from hitting the open market next offseason fellow impending free agent catcher Miguel Montero and the Diamondbacks announced that they’ve stopped negotiating a long-term extension. While standing alongside Montero at a podium general manager Kevin Towers told…

  25. Bengie Molina gets a surprise retirement party

    Feb 26, 2012, 7:25 PM EST

    Bengie Molina

    Bengie Molina never officially announced his retirement while sitting out the 2011 season, but he got a proper sendoff when his wife threw him a surprise retirement party Saturday, CSNBayArea.com’s Andrew Baggarly reports. Albert Pujols, Matt Cain, Barry Zito and Ervin Santana were among the guests at the bash, designed to celebrate the career of…

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