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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

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

    Feb 16, 2012, 5:40 PM EST

    Giants Cubs Baseball

    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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. The Cubs designate Blake DeWitt for assignment

    Feb 6, 2012, 5:14 PM EST

    DeWitt_Blake

    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…

  12. 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 –…

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

    Feb 5, 2012, 4:00 PM EST

    matt garza getty

    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…

  14. 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…

  15. MLB’s worst position situations: 2012 edition

    Feb 2, 2012, 2:58 PM EST

    Jason Bourgeois, Jordan Schafer, Brian Bogusevic

    After declaring the Houston Astros in position of the game’s worst rotation earlier today, I thought it’d be fun to look at the rest of the worst. So here are MLB’s most gruesome position situations heading into the 2012 season: Catcher: Dodgers – A.J. Ellis, Matt Treanor, Tim Federowicz The Dodgers let the slugging-heavy Rod Barajas…

  16. Matt Garza had his American League Championship ring stolen

    Jan 31, 2012, 10:18 PM EST

    Matt Garza Getty

    From the Fresno Bee comes word that burglars recently broke into Matt Garza‘s Fresno County, California home and stole his 2008 American League championship ring which he earned while pitching with the Rays. The robbery happened at some point between January 26 and this morning. The ring, which is engraved with Garza’s name and has several white diamonds and…

  17. Indians acquire Triple-A MVP Russ Canzler from Rays

    Jan 31, 2012, 10:47 AM EST

    russ canzler rays

    Russ Canzler predictably drew interest from other teams after the Rays designated him for assignment last week and Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports that Tampa Bay has traded the Triple-A MVP to Cleveland for cash considerations. For a brief moment early in the offseason Canzler sat atop the Rays’ first base depth chart, but then…

  18. Pat Burrell and the Class of 1998

    Jan 30, 2012, 10:00 PM EST

    Pat Burrell, Charlie Manuel

    Pat Burrell, the first overall pick in the 1998 draft, is expected to announce his retirement in the coming days. J.D. Drew, another top player from the same class, may do the same. So, here’s a look at the top players from the 1998 draft, as judged by Baseball-Reference’s version of WAR (the list only…

  19. Jeff Keppinger a smart pickup for thrifty Rays

    Jan 27, 2012, 6:20 PM EST

    Jeff Keppinger

    Counting on Carlos Pena, Matt Joyce and Luke Scott to fill key roles this year, the Rays had set themselves up to have huge problems against lefties in the bottom half of the order. That was alleviated somewhat today with the signing of Jeff Keppinger. Of course, Keppinger doesn’t play the same position as any…

  20. Rays make room for Jeff Keppinger by dropping Triple-A MVP Russ Canzler

    Jan 27, 2012, 4:16 PM EST

    keppinger giants getty

    This hasn’t been a good couple weeks for Russ Canzler. Last season he won the International League MVP award after hitting .314 with 18 homers, 40 doubles, and a .930 OPS for Durham, made his big-league debut in September with a handful of at-bats, and for a while at least it looked like the 25-year-old…

  21. Ike Davis is the NL’s second-best first baseman?

    Jan 24, 2012, 7:32 PM EST

    Ike Davis, Miguel Montero

    With Albert Pujols and now Prince Fielder following Adrian Gonzalez to the American League, the NL has bled some remarkable talent at first base the last two winters. That’s one sure Hall of Famer and two more legitimate possibilities switching leagues while still in their primes. Left is Joey Votto and, well… Reds: Joey Votto…

  22. Top 111 Free Agents: the post-Prince Fielder update

    Jan 24, 2012, 6:48 PM EST

    Baseball player Albert Pujols wears an Angels cap after he is introduced by the Los Angeles Angels during a news conference at Angels Stadium in Anaheim

    In light of the Prince Fielder signing, here’s an updated look at how this year’s top 111 free agents have fared. 1. Albert Pujols (Cardinals): Angels – 10 years, $254 million 2. Prince Fielder (Brewers): Tigers – 9 years, $214 million 3. Jose Reyes (Mets): Marlins – 6 years, $106 million 4. C.J. Wilson (Rangers):…

  23. UPDATE: Angels, Orioles, Phillies and Blue Jays pursuing Francisco Cordero

    Jan 23, 2012, 6:40 PM EST

    Francisco Cordero

    UPDATE: According to Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times, the Angels, Orioles, Phillies and Blue Jays are pursuing Cordero. Those are likely our four finalists. 6:40 PM ET: MLB.com’s Alden Gonzalez reports that free agent Francisco Cordero is down to four teams and expects to make a decision by the end of the week.…

  24. Cubs re-sign Rodrigo Lopez to minor-league contract

    Jan 20, 2012, 1:33 PM EST

    Rodrigo Lopez

    Rodrigo Lopez did a decent job in 98 innings for the Cubs last season, posting a 4.42 ERA in 16 starts and 10 relief outings, and he’ll return to Chicago on a minor-league contract. His deal includes an invitation to spring training, but the 36-year-old right-hander will likely be competing for a long-relief role at…

  25. Rays sign Carlos Pena to one-year, $7.25 million deal

    Jan 20, 2012, 12:10 PM EST

    carlos pena ap

    UPDATE: Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com says Pena to the Rays is now a done deal and he’ll get $7.25 million. ========== Tampa Bay signed Luke Scott last week, but apparently the Rays aren’t done adding veteran left-handed bats. Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports reports that the Rays are “pretty deep” in talks with Carlos Pena,…

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