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  1. Magglio Ordonez not willing to accept a minor league deal

    Feb 15, 2012, 7:23 PM EDT

    ordonez getty face

    It’s February 15 and Magglio Ordonez is without a team. And he’s likely to maintain that unemployed status for a while longer unless his asking price drops significantly within the next week. According to CBS Sports’ Danny Knobler, Ordonez told a Venezuelan radio station on Wednesday that he is not willing to accept a minor…

  2. Kate Upton helps Justin Verlander, David Price, C.J. Wilson, and Jay Bruce sell video games

    Feb 14, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

    2011 Taco Bell All-Star Legends & Celebrity Softball Game

    Here’s the commercial for this season’s “MLB 2K” video game, featuring new Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition cover girl Kate Upton teaching the finer points of joystick control to Justin Verlander, David Price, C.J. Wilson, and Jay Bruce:

  3. 2012 OPS projections: top 10 right fielders

    Feb 13, 2012, 11:00 PM EDT

    Jose Bautista

    Saving the best for last, here are the top 10 right fielders: 1.008 – Jose Bautista (Blue Jays) – 547 AB – 1.056 in 2011 .958 – Justin Upton (D-backs) – 574 AB – .898 in 2011 .911 – Mike Stanton (Marlins) – 560 AB – .893 in 2011 .868 – Jason Heyward (Braves) –…

  4. Ordonez to buy stake in Venezuelan Winter League team

    Feb 12, 2012, 9:06 AM EDT

    ordonez getty

    Veteran outfielder Magglio Ordonez is waiting by the phone, hoping a team will call and allow him to continue his major league playing career. But if nobody makes an offer, he has a backup plan. According to Robert Downs of the Detroit Free Press, Ordonez is “poised to purchase shares” in the Caribes de Anzoátegui,…

  5. Miguel Cabrera is in the Best Shape of His Life Pt. 2

    Feb 11, 2012, 12:04 PM EDT

    New York Yankees v Detroit Tigers - Game 3

    The odds are against Miguel Cabrera‘s third base experiment being successful, but you can’t say he isn’t taking the transition seriously. Cabrera was added to HBT’s BSOHL roster after trainer Radhi Muhammad of 4.40 Fitness and Athlete Development tweeted this picture of his impressive physique late last month, but now we have some details of…

  6. 2012 OPS projections: top 10 left fielders

    Feb 10, 2012, 11:30 PM EDT

    braun tall getty

    A couple of names I’m sure no one expected to see make the top 10 for left field: .957 – Ryan Braun (Brewers) – 419 AB – .994 in 2011 .914 – Carlos Gonzalez (Rockies) – 585 AB – .889 in 2011 .910 – Matt Holliday (Cardinals) – 582 AB – .912 in 2011 .868…

  7. Dan Duquette says Manny Ramirez is not a fit with the Orioles

    Feb 10, 2012, 6:45 PM EDT

    Baltimore Orioles v Tampa Bay Rays

    Manny Ramirez is quickly running out of potential landing spots. According to Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com, Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette said earlier this evening that he doesn’t see Ramirez as a fit. Duquette has played things pretty close to the vest in regard to Ramirez since being hired by Baltimore, but the club…

  8. 2012 OPS projections: top 10 shortstops

    Feb 9, 2012, 11:00 PM EDT

    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…

  9. Running down the rosters: Oakland Athletics

    Feb 9, 2012, 6:12 PM EDT

    Kurt Suzuki, Brandon McCarthy

    At least to the outside eye, it seems like the A’s have lacked a plan since they shipped off Matt Holliday after 93 games in 2009. It finally appeared that they were going for a full rebuild this winter, but after trading Trevor Cahill, Andrew Bailey and Gio Gonzalez, they re-signed Coco Crisp for $14…

  10. FYI: Barry Bonds can use a baseball bat again

    Feb 8, 2012, 3:22 PM EDT

    Barry Bonds

    When Barry Bonds was convicted and sentenced for obstruction of justice he, like any other criminal, was told that he couldn’t possess any “firearm, ammunition, destructive device, or other dangerous weapon.”  Apparently a baseball bat is considered a “dangerous weapon” for this purpose. Bonds — no doubt realizing that the Tigers are actually considering using Brandon…

  11. 2012 projections: top 10 first basemen

    Feb 6, 2012, 9:54 PM EDT

    Joey Votto

    Last night’s go at the catchers led to some hard feelings apparently, so let me make it clear, these are just OPS projections for 2012, they’re not meant for a hard statement on the game’s best at a position. Anyway, here are the top 10 at first base: 1.017 – Miguel Cabrera (Tigers) – 589…

  12. Rockies add an underrated arm in Jeremy Guthrie

    Feb 6, 2012, 6:06 PM EDT

    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…

  13. Must-Click Link: “They took Pipo! They took Pipo!”

    Feb 6, 2012, 8:48 AM EDT

    wilson ramos reuters

    In Sports Illusdtated, Thomas Lake and Melisa Segura have an in-depth story about the kidnapping of Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos last November. It’s fascinating simply as a straight-forward telling of the story of how Ramos was kidnapped, the conditions he faced in captivity and how he was freed.  But it’s also fascinating in relaying how…

  14. 2012 projections: top 10 catchers

    Feb 5, 2012, 9:14 PM EDT

    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 –…

  15. Brad Penny officially signs with Japan’s Softbank Hawks

    Feb 5, 2012, 8:55 AM EDT

    penny pose getty

    According to the Associated Press, via the San Diego Union-Tribune, the Softbank Hawks of Nippon Professional Baseball announced Sunday on their team website that veteran right-hander Brad Penny has officially agreed to a contract for 2012. Terms of the deal have not been released. Penny is expected to travel to Japan on Wednesday. The 33-year-old…

  16. The Athletics are interested in Magglio Ordonez

    Feb 4, 2012, 5:30 PM EDT

    magglio ordonez getty

    We already know that the Athletics have some interest in Manny Ramirez, but Peter Gammons of MLB Network is hearing that they are also evaluating Magglio Ordonez for a possible tryout during spring training. Ordonez, who turned 38 in January, returned from right ankle surgery last season and batted just .255/.303/.331 with five home runs,…

  17. MLB’s worst position situations: 2012 edition

    Feb 2, 2012, 2:58 PM EDT

    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…

  18. The Official 2012 BSOHL Roster

    Feb 2, 2012, 11:30 AM EDT

    Atlas

    Reader Kopy has been doing the Lord’s work: he’s been keeping track of all of the Best Shape of His Life guys as we post them.  Seriously, dudes: news you can use. Kopy has periodically updated them in the comments of BSOHL stories, but I figure it’s worth putting them in a post.  So, here…

  19. Carlos Guillen returns to Mariners on minor-league contract

    Feb 1, 2012, 3:15 PM EDT

    Detroit Tigers Carlos Guillen heads for first base after being walked by Oakland Athletics pitcher Fautino De Los Santos during the seventh inning of their MLB American League baseball game in Detroit, Michigan

    Carlos Guillen, who played for the Mariners from 1998-2003 before being traded to the Tigers, is returning to Seattle on a minor-league contract. Guillen has had a very good, very odd career, shifting all over the diamond defensively while developing into an impact hitter in his late twenties, but now he’s simply trying to hang…

  20. Insurance to cover “about half” of Victor Martinez’s salary

    Jan 31, 2012, 4:17 PM EDT

    Detroit Tigers' Martinez runs bases after hitting a solo home run against the Texas Rangers in Game 3 in their MLB American League Championship Series baseball playoffs in Detroit

    Victor Martinez underwent microfracture knee surgery yesterday and is slated to undergo another surgery to repair his torn ACL in 6-8 weeks, leaving no doubt that he’ll miss the entire season. According to Jayson Stark of ESPN.com the Tigers’ insurance policy on Martinez’s four-year, $50 million contract is “expected to cover about half of the…

  21. Pat Burrell and the Class of 1998

    Jan 30, 2012, 10:00 PM EDT

    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…

  22. Victor Martinez had microfracture surgery

    Jan 30, 2012, 2:15 PM EDT

    Victor Martinez

    Victor Martinez‘s season-ending knee injury was quickly overshadowed by the Prince Fielder signing, but in case you forgot: dude really bollocksed up his knee.  On Friday he had the first off multiple surgeries: microfracture surgery, which always sounds all kinds of scary.  He’ll have the reconstruction of his ACL done in approximately 6-8 weeks. I’m…

  23. Denny McLain thinks Brandon Inge should shut up

    Jan 30, 2012, 8:23 AM EDT

    Denny McLain

    Former MVP, Cy Young Award recipient and 31-game winner Denny McLain is a convicted felon and an all-around scumbag.  But that doesn’t mean he can’t be a funny guy. McLain was invited to speak at Madonna University in suburban Detroit over the weekend and the subject of the Prince Fielder signing came up. McLain took…

  24. Orioles have interest in free agent Casey Kotchman

    Jan 29, 2012, 12:53 PM EDT

    kotchman getty

    From MASN’s Roch Kubatko comes word that the Orioles “have discussed” the idea of making a run at free agent first baseman Casey Kotchman. It’s not clear whether those talks were all internal or whether there’s been direct contact with Kotchman’s representatives. But it does seem like a decent fit. Kotchman is an elite defensive…

  25. The intriguing Baltimore Orioles lineup

    Jan 27, 2012, 8:02 PM EDT

    Matt Wieters, Adam Jones

    Or how bad can your team really be when your seven, eight and nine hitters all have a chance to reach 25 homers. This is the Orioles lineup as I currently perceive it: 2B Brian Roberts SS J.J. Hardy RF Nick Markakis CF Adam Jones C Matt Wieters DH Wilson Betemit 1B Mark Reynolds 3B…

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