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  1. A.J. Burnett is giving Daniel McCutchen’s daughter a college fund in exchange for his jersey number

    Feb 27, 2012, 11:33 AM EDT

    A.J. Burnett

    We often hear about veterans coming to new teams and asking younger players for their old jersey numbers.  Often there is payment involved. Last year Julio Borbon gave Adrian Beltre his customary number 29 in exchange for a watch. The year before, Jim Thome gave Alexi Casilla a Rolex in exchange for his number with the…

  2. Ryan Howard set for check-up with surgeon early next week

    Feb 25, 2012, 4:10 PM EDT

    Charlie Manuel, Ryan Howard

    Ryan Howard began fielding ground balls and taking batting practice this week, but his rehab from a torn Achilles will be put on hold for a couple of days so he can visit with surgeon Mark Myerson in Baltimore on Monday or Tuesday. There appears to be a minor difference of opinion on the nature…

  3. Ryan Howard taking ground balls after torn Achilles

    Feb 20, 2012, 5:51 PM EDT

    Ryan Howard rehabbing

    Ryan Howard isn’t scheduled for his first media session of the spring until Wednesday, but it appears he’s ahead of schedule in his rehab from the torn Achilles’ tendon he suffered on the final play of the Phillies’ season. According to CSN Philly’s Jim Salisbury, Howard took some grounders on the field and also soft-toss…

  4. GM on Ryan Howard: “If he’s back by sometime in May, I’ll be happy”

    Jan 31, 2012, 1:52 PM EDT

    Ryan Howard

    A few weeks ago Ruben Amaro Jr. declined to “speculate” about Ryan Howard‘s odds of being in the Opening Day lineup, but yesterday the Phillies general manager made it very clear that no one is expecting a return that soon. Amaro told Todd Zolecki of MLB.com that Howard returning from his torn Achilles’ tendon by…

  5. Jim Thome has a job waiting for him with the White Sox when he retires

    Jan 28, 2012, 11:13 AM EDT

    Jim Thome

    41-year-old Jim Thome isn’t done mashing taters off big league pitchers, but he has a job waiting for him when he retires. According to Chuck Garfen of CSNChicago.com, White Sox Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf said at SoxFest last night that he and Thome have a handshake deal for the veteran slugger to work for the team when…

  6. Miguel Cabrera is in the Best Shape of His Life

    Jan 26, 2012, 3:38 PM EDT

    Miguel Cabrera

    I share Aaron’s dubiousness about Miguel Cabrera playing third base for the Tigers.  And I laughed during the Prince Fielder press conference when Fielder said this: “I’m confident in Miguel doing a good job. That’s where he started out, at third base.” Which is why Chipper Jones will be playing shortstop for the Braves, Jim…

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

    Jan 24, 2012, 6:48 PM EDT

    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):…

  8. Ryan Howard is six weeks from starting baseball activities

    Jan 6, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

    Ryan Howard

    Ryan Howard met with a doctor yesterday and was given positive news about his recovery from a torn Achilles’ tendon suffered during his final at-bat of the playoffs in October. Todd Zolecki of MLB.com reports that Howard has been cleared “to begin some strength and power exercises” and “also will start jogging underwater.” However, he…

  9. It’s “I have no evidence of his PED use, but I’m not voting for Jeff Bagwell” season

    Dec 14, 2011, 8:57 AM EDT

    Jeff Bagwell

    I guess we’re going to do this again. We’re going to say that Jeff Bagwell, by the fame, by the accomplishments and by the numbers, is worthy of the Hall of Fame. But we’re then going to not vote for him because … I’m not sure why. The first of the season is Jeff Jacobs of…

  10. Someone really good is getting snubbed from the All-Star Game next year

    Dec 8, 2011, 5:50 PM EDT

    Paul Konerko

    The American League now has all of the following at first base (presented with 2011 stats): Albert Pujols (Angels): .299/.366/.541, 37 HR, 99 RBI Miguel Cabrera (Tigers): .344/.448/.586, 30 HR, 105 RBI Adrian Gonzalez (Red Sox): .338/.410/.548, 27 HR, 117 RBI Mark Teixeira (Yankees): .248/.341/.494, 39 HR, 111 RBI Paul Konerko (White Sox): .300/.388/.518, 31…

  11. An updated look at what’s left in free agency

    Dec 8, 2011, 4:30 PM EDT

    National League first baseman Fielder of the Brewers watches three-run home run in fourth inning during Major League Baseball's All-Star Game in Phoenix

    Here’s an up-to-date list of how the top 111 free agents have fared to date. Note that the list below doesn’t include Yu Darvish or Yoenis Cespedes, two of the remaining gems available to major league teams. 1. Albert Pujols (Cardinals): Angels – 10 years, $254 million 2. Prince Fielder (Brewers) 3. Jose Reyes (Mets):…

  12. Ruben Amaro: the Phillies want to keep Cole Hamels for a long, long time

    Dec 7, 2011, 3:34 PM EDT

    Pittsburgh Pirates v Philadelphia Phillies

    I just got done interviewing Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro.  The interview will air on NBC SportsTalk tonight on Versus at 6PM Eastern.  In the meantime, though, I can give you the gist: Amaro said that he does not comment on rumors and thus didn’t have anything to say about the Gio Gonzalez stuff that…

  13. The Phillies are having a woeful winter

    Dec 4, 2011, 10:15 PM EDT

    Ruben Amaro Jr.,

    The Phillies may yet be the class of the National League, but it’s no thanks to GM Ruben Amaro Jr.’s moves so far this winter. Already Amaro has committed $50 million to a closer and now at least $7 million and three roster spots to two on-base challenged role players and a future Hall of Famer…

  14. Jim Thome wants his next contract to “make up for what he didn’t earn last season”

    Jan 3, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    Minnesota Twins v Detroit Tigers

    Many people in Minnesota have been assuming that Jim Thome re-signing with the Twins was only a matter of time, but LaVelle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that Thome wants to “make up for what he didn’t earn last season.” It’s tough to blame Thome, because he was certainly worth far…

  15. Jim Thome reiterates plans to play in 2011 at age 40

    Dec 3, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

    Minnesota Twins v Detroit Tigers

    Free agent Jim Thome has successfully avoided media attention since finishing an amazing season that saw him hit .283 with a 1.039 OPS while stepping in for an injured Justin Morneau, but yesterday his agent told Joe Christensen of the Minneapolis Star Tribune that the future Hall of Famer “has no intention of retiring” at…

  16. Next up on march to 600 homers: Jim Thome

    Aug 5, 2010, 12:10 AM EDT

    Now that Alex Rodriguez has reached the 600-home run club, it’s time to look at who’s next. Jim Thome, you’re up. The Minnesota Twins slugger, who turns 40 on Aug. 27, has 13 home runs in 74 games this season and 577 over the course of his 20-year career. At his current pace, he should…

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