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  1. Springtime Storylines: Are the Pittsburgh Pirates getting any closer to breaking .500?

    Mar 6, 2012, 8:49 AM EST

    Pirates Spring Baseball

    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 first: The Pirates. Yarrr? The Big Question: Are the Buccos getting closer to snapping their streak of losing seasons? Most of…

  2. Andrew Cashner averaged 102.2 mph with his fastball Sunday

    Mar 4, 2012, 8:11 PM EST

    Andrew Cashner

    Move over Aroldis, the National League might have a new hardest thrower. As Dan Brooks pointed out, PitchFX data had Padres reliever Andrew Cashner averaging 102.2 mph with his fastball on Sunday. He threw 10 pitches in his scoreless innings out of the pen, all of them heaters. According to the data, they ranged between…

  3. Theo Epstein: Chicago bar scene has been “an impediment to the Cubs in winning”

    Mar 4, 2012, 9:33 AM EST

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    Cubs president Theo Epstein has developed (and will distribute) a pamphlet outlining the way he expects players in the organization to behave. Especially those tempted by the Chicago nightlife. “It’s been a factor in ruining some careers,” Epstein told the Chicago Tribune. “And I’m sure it’s been an impediment to the Cubs in winning. ……

  4. Tigers in the market for a starting pitcher?

    Mar 3, 2012, 3:00 PM EST

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    Interesting note from Danny Knobler of CBSSports.com earlier this afternoon: No word on who the Tigers could be targeting, but they were rumored to be in talks with the Cubs for right-hander Matt Garza during the offseason. Justin Verlander, Max Scherzer, Doug Fister and Rick Porcello already have rotation spots locked up, but the Tigers…

  5. Cubs’ president Theo Epstein sees opportunity with the additional wild card

    Mar 3, 2012, 12:25 PM EST

    Chicago Cubs President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein speaks at a news conference at Wrigley Field in Chicago

    MLB made expanded playoffs official yesterday, a decision which will undoubtedly have a major impact on how general managers will approach things leading up to the trade deadline this year. We are likely to have more buyers than ever before while players on the handful of sellers could come at a premium cost. New Cubs’…

  6. Darwin Barney is in The Best Shape of His Life

    Mar 2, 2012, 1:00 PM EST

    Pittsburgh Pirates v Chicago Cubs

    Or the freakiest. Guy is like 5’10”. How this can work is somewhat perplexing: Cubs second baseman Darwin Barney put on 20 pounds of muscle over the winter to try to avoid the second-half slump he experienced last year in his first full season. “I’m a little bit overwhelmed from watching him (while coaching in Milwaukee),” manager Dale Sveum said.…

  7. 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.…

  8. Cubs plan to talk extension with Matt Garza

    Feb 28, 2012, 10:21 PM EST

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    The rebuilding Cubs reportedly explored the possibility of trading Matt Garza over the winter, but the club is now considering keeping him in the fold for the long haul. According to David Kaplan of CSNChicago.com, Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer confirmed earlier today that they plan to discuss a contract extension with the 28-year-old right-hander.…

  9. Photo of the Day: Jeff Samardzija is dead sexy

    Feb 27, 2012, 4:30 PM EST

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    I love spring training photo day.  Every year it seems like the guys at Getty and wherever else come up with new dramatic lighting, some different poses or something creative to make the every day headshots more interesting than they used to be. But sometimes I think they’re just messing with these guys.  Guys like…

  10. Running down the rosters: San Diego Padres

    Feb 24, 2012, 6:11 PM EST

    Cameron Maybin

    One of the surprise teams of 2010, the Padres will try to rebound this year from a 2011 season that saw them lose an additional 19 games and finish 71-91. And just to make it a bit more of a challenge, the team will give it a go without ace Mat Latos, who was sent…

  11. Bryan LaHair named Cubs’ cleanup hitter after BSOHL claim

    Feb 23, 2012, 7:34 PM EST

    Bryan LaHair

    A fitting reward, is it not? Cubs manager Dale Sveum said today that while he’s still figuring out the rest of his lineup, he’s currently planning to use David DeJesus as a leadoff man and Bryan LaHair in the cleanup spot. It’s quite a show of faith in LaHair, a 29-year-old who has hit .262/.335/.395…

  12. Bryan LaHair is in The Best Shape of His Life

    Feb 23, 2012, 11:33 AM EST

    Bryan LaHair

    Bryan LaHair was the MVP of the Pacific Coast League last year.  Yes, Iowa is in the Pacific Coast League. Just let it go. But he’s not content to rest on those laurels. He’s cranking it to 11, BSOHL-style! “I’m about as ready as I can be,” he said. “I’m probably in the best shape…

  13. Blake DeWitt and his $1.1 million contract cleared waivers, will stay with Cubs

    Feb 20, 2012, 1:50 PM EST

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    Blake DeWitt was designated for assignment last week and predictably no team was willing to claim his $1.1 million contract off waivers, so he’ll remain with the Cubs while being removed from the 40-man roster. DeWitt technically had the right to reject his assignment to the minors, but doing so would have meant forfeiting his…

  14. Running down the rosters: San Francisco Giants

    Feb 16, 2012, 11:47 PM EST

    Tim Lincecum, Buster Posey

    Coming off a disappointing 86-76 finish in 2011, the Giants’ big moves this winter were a pair of underwhelming trades: Jonathan Sanchez for Melky Cabrera and Andres Torres plus Ramon Ramirez for Angel Pagan. To say the least, they didn’t make the kind of splash their fans were hoping for (but have come not to…

  15. It’s possible, but not certain, that Geovany Soto is in The Best Shape of His Life

    Feb 16, 2012, 5:40 PM EST

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    I have to put a caveat on this report from Carrie Muskat at MLB.com: It’s all a matter of balance for Cubs catcher Geovany Soto. He’s working on better balance in his diet, which should help Soto keep off the 25 pounds he dropped this offseason. The caveat being that he lost 40 pounds prior to…

  16. Giants sign Ramon Ortiz to minor-league contract

    Feb 15, 2012, 3:48 PM EST

    Colorado Rockies v Los Angeles Dodgers

    Ramon Ortiz has an amazing ability to stick around despite not being an effective pitcher since 2004 and the Giants just announced that they’ve signed the 39-year-old to a minor-league contract that includes an invitation to spring training. Washed up old guys are sort of general manager Brian Sabean’s thing and Ortiz was at least…

  17. Running down the rosters: Chicago Cubs

    Feb 14, 2012, 6:13 PM EST

    Starlin Castro, Darwin Barney, Marlon Byrd

    Forget about 2012 and probably 2013 as well; the Cubs are thinking long-term after luring Theo Epstein from Boston as their new showrunner. This year’s club won’t necessarily be one of the worst in baseball — the pitching depth could help it avoid that fate — but there’s also little in the way of upside…

  18. Marlins on deck for Showtime series “The Franchise”

    Feb 13, 2012, 2:14 PM EST

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    UPDATE: Confirming what Variety reported last month, MLB officially announced today that the Marlins will be Showtime’s subject for this season of “The Franchise.” New episodes are expected to begin around the All-Star break. ========== Last year Showtime featured the reigning World Series champion Giants on their documentary series “The Franchise” and they’re close to…

  19. A’s could strike gold with Yoenis Cespedes

    Feb 13, 2012, 1:59 PM EST

    Yoennis Cespedes

    The A’s finally pulled off their big international signing. Oakland wanted Aroldis Chapman two years ago, but came up short when the Reds bid $30 million for six years. Last winter, they were willing to commit $36 million to bring Hisashi Iwakuma over from Japan, but since $19.1 million of that was in the form…

  20. 2012 OPS projections: top 10 shortstops

    Feb 9, 2012, 11:00 PM EST

    Troy Tulowitzki

    Moving right along to shortstop. I have four shortstops projected to top .800, which is the same number that did so last year. .943 – Troy Tulowitzki (Rockies) – 545 AB – .916 in 2011 .891 – Hanley Ramirez (Marlins) – 538 AB – .712 in 2011 .823 – Jose Reyes (Marlins) – 546 AB…

  21. Rockies add an underrated arm in Jeremy Guthrie

    Feb 6, 2012, 6:06 PM EST

    Jeremy Guthrie

    There’s nothing sexy about a 47-65 career record. Jeremy Guthrie has led the AL in losses twice and in homers allowed once. He’s never won even a dozen games or struck out more than 130 batters in a season. Still, the Rockies should be very happy to have him, especially for the modest price of…

  22. The Cubs designate Blake DeWitt for assignment

    Feb 6, 2012, 5:14 PM EST

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    In December the Cubs reportedly balked at trading Blake DeWitt to the Rockies for Ian Stewart.  Now they’ve designated him for assignment instead. The move was necessitated by the Cubs claiming Adrian Cardenas on waivers from the Athletics, so the Cubs have essentially traded a 26 year-old utilityman for a 24-year-old one. Cardenas had a nice…

  23. 2012 projections: top 10 catchers

    Feb 5, 2012, 9:14 PM EST

    Buster Posey

    I’ll save the fantasy projections for the Rotoworld Draft Guide, but here are my top catchers for 2012 going by OPS: .878 – Buster Posey – Giants – 486 AB – .756 in 2011 .868 – Mike Napoli – Rangers – 413 AB – 1.046 in 2011 .867 – Carlos Santana – Indians – 524 AB –…

  24. Cubs likely to wait until mid-summer to trade Matt Garza

    Feb 5, 2012, 4:00 PM EST

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    The Cubs have been dangling Matt Garza on the trade market all winter. But they clearly haven’t been blown away by any one offer, and may now put the whole effort to rest for the next couple of months. A major league executive told FOX Sports’ Jon Paul Morosi this weekend that the Cubs are…

  25. Cubs and Matt Garza avoid arbitration with one-year, $9.5 million deal

    Feb 3, 2012, 10:14 AM EST

    Cincinnati Reds v Chicago Cubs

    The Cubs and Matt Garza have avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $9.5 million contract. Garza’s agency, CAA Baseball, broke the news via Twitter and added that the deal includes some performance-based incentives. The two sides were able to work out a deal prior to an arbitration hearing scheduled for today. Garza requested $12.5…

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