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  1. More Giants merchandise has been sold than any other team’s this offseason, Buster Posey the top-selling jersey

    Mar 28, 2013, 12:30 PM EST

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    The website Fanatics.com keeps track of sports merch sales, and they just released the tally for this now, mercifully-concluding offseason: Since the offseason began (October 30, 2012-TODAY), the reigning World Series champions San Francisco Giants have also won the off-season merchandise title. The Giants are currently the number one selling team since the off-season began, beating out the Yankees…

  2. 2013 Preview: The American League West

    Mar 27, 2013, 11:03 AM EST

    Josh Hamilton

    For the past few days we’ve been previewing the 2013 season. Here, in handy one-stop-shopping form, is our package of previews from the American League West. For the second straight year the Los Angeles Angels have signed the biggest slugger on the free agent market. This time, however, we feel like it’s going to finally work.…

  3. 2013 Preview: Boston Red Sox

    Mar 26, 2013, 3:19 AM EST

    Mike Napoli, Jonny Gomes

    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 2013 season. Up next: The Boston Red Sox. The Big Question: will the offseason spending spree prove worth it? Coming off a disastrous season…

  4. Yankees close to acquiring Vernon Wells from Angels

    Mar 24, 2013, 3:52 PM EST

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    The Yankees’ front office sure is getting desperate. According to Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports, there are serious trade talks taking place between the Angels and Yankees concerning outfielder Vernon Wells. Passan says the deal could be completed by the end of the day Sunday if Wells signs off on it. Wells has a full no-trade…

  5. 2013 Preview: St. Louis Cardinals

    Mar 24, 2013, 8:43 AM EST

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    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 2013 season. Up next: The St. Louis Cardinals. The Big Question: Can the Cards keep rolling? The Cardinals have made the playoffs nine times…

  6. 2013 Preview: Texas Rangers

    Mar 16, 2013, 8:01 PM EST

    Adrian Beltre

    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 2013 season. Up next: The Texas Rangers. The Big Question: Can the Rangers overcome the loss of Josh Hamilton to free agency? Hamilton was,…

  7. 2013 Preview: Los Angeles Angels

    Mar 16, 2013, 1:30 PM EST

    Mike Trout

    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 2013 season. Up next: The Los Angeles Angels. The Big Question: Can the Angels slug their way to an AL West title? With the…

  8. Vernon Wells is tattooing the ball but it shouldn’t make a difference

    Mar 14, 2013, 9:44 AM EST

    Vernon Wells

    I saw the headline “Vernon Wells trying to hit his way into the Angels’ outfield,” and my first thought was that this was some sort of Tonya Harding/Nancy Kerrigan situation. WATCH OUT, MIKE TROUT! But really: Wells is totally raking this spring: .389/.455/.889 with three homers.  granted (a) he’s playing later in games and is…

  9. Rangers have “remained in contact” with Kyle Lohse

    Mar 3, 2013, 12:34 PM EST

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    Something may start brewing soon between the Rangers and free agent right-hander Kyle Lohse. According to beat writer Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, the Texas front office has “remained in contact” with Lohse’s agent, Scott Boras, and “there are some within the Rangers’ organization” who are pushing for a deal. Signing the 12-year major…

  10. A sleepy morning in Angels camp

    Mar 1, 2013, 1:40 PM EST

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    Not a lot happening around here today. The biggest topic of conversation surrounds when Albert Pujols is going to run the bases. Mike Scioscia said “this weekend.” Then, a few minutes later, Pujols was down by third base jogging and rounding the bag. A debate ensued among reporters as to whether that constituted “running the…

  11. Youk As Yank: Just kind of weird

    Feb 26, 2013, 11:52 AM EST

    New York Yankees infielder Youkilis takes batting practice during a workout at the team's MLB spring training complex at George M. Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, Florida.

    Hey, it’s my first post on Hardball Talk. Very exciting. I still cannot believe that Calcaterra and Gleeman didn’t save the “Jeff Francoeur is in the best shape of his life” post for me. Kevin Youkilis plays for the New York Yankees now. I’m not typing those words as a fact. I’m typing those words…

  12. Which sport reigns supreme in each major league city?

    Feb 18, 2013, 10:30 AM EST

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    Because I’m bored, let’s follow-up that Josh Hamilton post with a survey of each Major League Baseball city to see what sport — using my totally subjective There Can Only Be One criteria — reigns supreme in each city. Which team, if the city could vote and only keep one, would stay: New York: High…

  13. Josh Hamilton says Dallas is not a baseball town. And he’s right.

    Feb 18, 2013, 9:44 AM EST

    Josh Hamilton

    UPDATE: this topic tickled my fancy, so I did a post running down what I think is the alpha-sport in each major league city. I have not heard the interview yet — and can’t find it — but apparently Josh Hamilton has upset a lot of Rangers fans by saying Dallas is not a baseball…

  14. Angels won’t change clubhouse alcohol policy after signing Josh Hamilton

    Feb 15, 2013, 1:20 PM EST

    Rangers' Hamilton is doused with ginger ale as he celebrates with teammates after they won their Major League Baseball's ALCS playoff series against the Yankees in Arlington

    A few years ago Josh Hamilton avoided the Rangers’ clubhouse celebration because beer and champagne were being sprayed (and consumed) all over the place and later the Rangers switched to ginger ale so Hamilton would feel comfortable taking part in the festivities despite his history of alcohol and drug problems. It remains to be seen…

  15. Mike Trout gained 10-15 pounds during the offseason

    Feb 14, 2013, 9:32 PM EST

    Mike Trout

    While Josh Hamilton dropped 20 pounds during the offseason due to a change in his diet, it seems his new teammate, Mike Trout, was busy bulking up. Last season, #Angels OF Mike Trout looked like an NFL RB. He looks more like a FB now, after gaining 10-15 lbs. He reported at 240 lbs. —…

  16. Is Josh Hamilton losing weight a sign of … something?

    Feb 14, 2013, 2:14 PM EST

    Josh Hamilton

    I’ll preface all of this by saying that the author of the piece I am about to link, Jeff Pearlman, is fully aware that he’s throwing something of a bomb here.  That said, unlike some others people, I do not believe Pearlman is throwing a bomb for the sake of throwing a bomb. He’s not…

  17. Josh Hamilton is in The Best Shape of His Life

    Feb 12, 2013, 2:49 PM EST

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    Josh Hamilton has a new team and a $125 million contract AND he’s the newest addition to the ever-expanding “Best Shape of His Life” roster. Mike Giovanna of the Los Angeles Times writes that Hamilton spent the offseason “juicing” fruits and vegetables on the way to losing 20-25 pounds. At 6-foot-4 he now weighs 225,…

  18. Brewers revert to thrifty form

    Feb 9, 2013, 7:24 PM EST

    Ron Roenicke

    The Brewers’ offseason opened with speculation about a push for Josh Hamilton. 3 1/2 months later, their biggest pickup has been Tom Gorzelanny. Mark Attanasio’s Brewers won 96 games and went to the NLCS in 2011, and while the team lost Prince Fielder afterwards, it was able to bring in Aramis Ramirez as a replacement.…

  19. Torii Hunter still a bit sour about departure from Anaheim

    Feb 3, 2013, 7:02 PM EST

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    “I was told money was tight,” veteran outfielder Torii Hunter tweeted on December 13, shortly after the Angels signed Josh Hamilton to a five-year, $125 million free agent contract. “But I guess [Angels owner Arte Moreno] had money hidden under a mattress. Business is business but don’t lie.” Hunter later claimed that he was joking,…

  20. Michael Bourn wants a five-year deal

    Jan 28, 2013, 3:32 PM EST

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    Among free agent outfielders, Shane Victorino got three years. Angel Pagan and Nick Swisher got four. Josh Hamilton and B.J. Upton got five years. Michael Bourn wants five years too: Latest on Michael Bourn negotiations: He wants at least five years, and Mets aren’t willing to go there. — Mike Puma (@NYPost_Mets) January 28, 2013   Hamilton is…

  21. Angels “not expected to be players on” righty Kyle Lohse

    Jan 13, 2013, 10:11 AM EST

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    The Angels have been mentioned at different times this winter as a potential landing spot for free agent right-hander Kyle Lohse. But it doesn’t sound like they are even going to make an offer to him. According to MLB.com’s Alden Gonzalez, the Halos are “not expected to be players on Lohse” no matter how low…

  22. Rangers still looking to add another hitter after signing A.J. Pierzynski

    Dec 27, 2012, 10:15 AM EST

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    Yesterday the Rangers made their one-year deal with A.J. Pierzynski official, adding the veteran catcher to the lineup following his career-year for the White Sox, but general manager Jon Daniels also said that he’s still searching for another hitter after losing Josh Hamilton and Mike Napoli to free agency. “We’re looking at that now,” Daniels…

  23. Josh Hamilton says the Mariners didn’t really try hard to sign him

    Dec 24, 2012, 10:00 AM EST

    Josh Hamilton AP

    Mariners GM Jack Zduriencik went on the radio in Seattle last week and said that the team made a legit shot at signing Josh Hamilton. This followed a couple weeks of reports that, yes indeed, the Mariners had been working hard to get him. There was apparently the framework of a deal in place, awaiting only…

  24. 2013 Free Agency Tracker

    Dec 23, 2012, 9:36 PM EST

    Zack Greinke, Ned Colletti, Magic Johnson

    We’ll be updating this one throughout the offseason. Players are listed based on their ranking in the Top 111 Free Agents. At the bottom is a listing of free agents who signed before the ranking came out, and we’ll be adding signings of players who didn’t make the top 111 as they come in. (Update:…

  25. Cody Ross met with the Rangers yesterday

    Dec 19, 2012, 12:12 PM EST

    Boston Red Sox v Tampa Bay Rays

    Apparently the Rangers were busy yesterday. Not only was A.J. Pierzynski in Texas for a meet-and-greet with team officials, Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that Cody Ross had dinner with a group that included manager Ron Washington and general manager Jon Daniels. Texas is looking for more offense after losing catcher Mike Napoli and outfielder…

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