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  1. Kendrys Morales “feels a lot better” than last spring and “should be ready” for Opening Day

    Feb 20, 2012, 3:45 PM EDT

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    This time last year Kendrys Morales was hoping to be ready for Opening Day after missing most of 2010 with a broken ankle, but several setbacks followed and he ended up sitting out the entire season after undergoing a second surgery. Morales is back in Angels camp now, still essentially rehabbing an injury from two…

  2. Cardinals table extension talks with Yadier Molina

    Feb 19, 2012, 2:48 PM EDT

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    Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina is currently scheduled to become a free agent five days after the conclusion of the 2012 World Series. Coming off a career year at the plate and yet another stellar one behind it, he’s likely having big-dollar dreams. Which is why it’s not all that surprising that contract talks haven’t been…

  3. Mike Cameron well entrenched in the Hall of Very Good

    Feb 19, 2012, 1:23 PM EDT

    Mike Cameron

    A Hall of Famer he obviously wasn’t, but Mike Cameron, who announced his retirement Sunday at age 39, might be the game’s most underrated player of the last 20 years. Cameron nails just about all of the factors that makes a player underrated. He hit for low averages, he struck out a lot, he spent…

  4. David Price enjoyed his commercial shoot with Kate Upton

    Feb 18, 2012, 9:40 PM EDT

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    Earlier this week I linked to the new “MLB2K” commercial featuring Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition cover model Kate Upton teaching David Price, Justin Verlander, C.J. Wilson, and Jay Bruce the finer points of this year’s video game. Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times asked Price about the experience of shooting the commercial and particularly…

  5. Report: Yankees adding Raul Ibanez, Eric Chavez to mix

    Feb 17, 2012, 6:08 PM EDT

    Raul Ibanez, Yadier Molina

    CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman indicates that the Yankees have agreements with left-handed hitters Raul Ibanez and Eric Chavez that will be finalized after the A.J. Burnett deal is approved by the league. The Yankees looked at picking up a left-handed option at DH in a Burnett trade and reportedly had a deal done for Bobby…

  6. Scott Kazmir threw for scouts today, clocked in high-80s

    Feb 17, 2012, 3:25 PM EDT

    Scott Kazmir

    Scott Kazmir held a workout for scouts today and Buster Olney of ESPN.com reports that approximately 10 teams sent someone to take a look at him. Kazmir’s fastball was clocked mostly in the high-80s, which is similar to the diminished velocity he’s shown while struggling during the past few seasons. Kazmir is still just 28…

  7. A.J. Burnett turned down trade to Angels for Bobby Abreu

    Feb 16, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

    A.J. Burnett

    While the A.J. Burnett trade talks between the Yankees and Pirates keep chugging along Anthony McCarron of the New York Daily News reports that the Yankees had a deal in place to send him to the Angels for Bobby Abreu … but Burnett used his no-trade clause to block the move. Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com…

  8. Mets will send scout to watch Scott Kazmir throw

    Feb 16, 2012, 1:48 AM EDT

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    Scott Kazmir isn’t getting a lot of attention from teams as he attempts to make a comeback, and understandably so. He hasn’t pitched in the majors since April 3 of last season, when he lasted just 1 2/3 innings and gave up five runs for the Angels. Before that, he had fallen off badly after…

  9. Running down the rosters: Arizona Diamondbacks

    Feb 16, 2012, 1:04 AM EDT

    Gerardo Parra, Chris Young, Justin Upton

    Give the Diamondbacks credit; even though all of the team’s key players were already under control for 2012, they didn’t stand pat after winning the NL West crown last season. In writing the team’s postmortem last October, I stated that adding a No. 3 starter had to be the priority. That’s what the team did…

  10. Angels GM on Bobby Abreu: “Right now, he fits our roster”

    Feb 14, 2012, 12:16 PM EDT

    Bobby Abreu

    Last week Jayson Stark of ESPN.com reported that the Angels would accept a “middling prospect” in exchange for Bobby Abreu and his $9 million salary, but yesterday general manager Jerry Dipoto downplayed the team’s chances of parting with Abreu. “Bobby is an Angel,” Dipoto told Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times. “Right now, he…

  11. 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:

  12. Running down the rosters: St. Louis Cardinals

    Feb 13, 2012, 6:00 PM EDT

    2011 World Series Game 7 - Texas Rangers v St Louis Cardinals

    The World Series champion Cardinals will go it without Albert Pujols, but the additions of Adam Wainwright (back from Tommy John surgery) and Carlos Beltran should sufficiently make up for that. On paper this year’s team looks just as good as the one that won it all. Of course, last year’s winners wouldn’t have sniffed the postseason…

  13. Kevin Goldstein releases his annual top 101 prospects list

    Feb 13, 2012, 12:16 PM EDT

    Matt Moore

    Kevin Goldstein of Baseball Prospectus has posted his annual list of the 101 best prospects in baseball and it’s in front of the site’s paywall, making it free to read. I won’t spoil the whole list, which along with Baseball America and Keith Law of ESPN.com are my three must-reads each year, but Goldstein’s top…

  14. Angels confident in working out long-term deal with Aybar

    Feb 11, 2012, 7:03 PM EDT

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    Angels GM Jerry Dipoto acknowledged Saturday to MLB.com’s Alden Gonzalez that it’s unlikely Erick Aybar‘s contract will be extended before the start of the 2012 regular season, but at the same time expressed confidence that something will get done eventually: “We’ve had multiple talks with Erick and his people,” said Dipoto. “They’re aware of our…

  15. It’s too hard hitting behind Ichiro Suzuki

    Feb 10, 2012, 6:10 PM EDT

    Ichiro Suzuki

    It just can’t be done. At least, that seems to be the basis for Ken Rosenthal’s latest column: The truth, though no one dares say it around the Mariners, is that hitting behind Ichiro isn’t easy. Ichiro’s goal is not to get on base, but to get on base with a hit, collect 200 hits…

  16. The Angels would trade Bobby Abreu for “a middling prospect”

    Feb 10, 2012, 8:50 AM EDT

    Bobby Abreu

    There are a lot of guys in Anaheim who can play 1B/DH/corner outfield, and thus it’s kinda hard to see how many plate appearances Bobby Abreu is going to get. In light of that — and in light of the fact that he makes $9 million — the Angels would like to trade him.  Jayson…

  17. Running down the rosters: Toronto Blue Jays

    Feb 10, 2012, 12:30 AM EDT

    Jose Bautista

    Toronto GM Alex Anthopoulos has made a bunch of smart moves since taking over after the 2009 season and he was presented with one of the greatest gifts in major league history when the Angels took Vernon Wells‘ contract off his hands and sent back Mike Napoli in return, yet his Blue Jays are still…

  18. Mark Trumbo cleared to resume baseball activities

    Feb 9, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

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    Mark Trumbo‘s recovery from a broken right foot has been delayed several times, but the Rookie of the Year runner-up has finally been cleared to resume baseball activities. Alden Gonzalez reports that Trumbo will have to ramp up his workouts gradually, but plans to arrive at spring training a week early and has already been…

  19. Keith Law releases his annual top 100 prospects list

    Feb 9, 2012, 10:30 AM EDT

    Mike Trout

    I look forward to this every year: Keith Law has released his annual 100 top prospects list.  Yes, it’s only for those with an Insider subscription, but at the risk of promoting the business of a competing sports network/conglomerate, I would submit to you that Law’s work is worth the price of a subscription itself,…

  20. Running down the rosters: Los Angeles Angels

    Feb 8, 2012, 6:10 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

    Over the next couple of weeks, I’ll be projecting 25-man rosters for each of the 30 teams. I’m starting today with the Angels. The winter’s biggest spenders, the Angels are now again poised to threaten a Rangers team that appeared to be in pretty good position to set up its own little mini-dynasty in the…

  21. 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…

  22. Russell Branyan joins Yankees on minor-league contract

    Feb 8, 2012, 2:04 PM EDT

    Arizona Diamondbacks v Colorado Rockies

    Russell Branyan has agreed to a minor-league contract with the Yankees, according to Dan Martin of the New York Post. He’ll compete for a bench spot in spring training after hitting just .197 in 68 games for the Diamondbacks and Angels last season. Branyan’s low batting averages and high strikeout totals have often masked otherwise…

  23. 2012 projections: top 10 second basemen

    Feb 8, 2012, 12:17 AM EDT

    Robinson Cano

    The top 10 at second base is led by the one player at the position I have projected to hit .300 this year: .882 – Robinson Cano (Yankees) – 638 AB – .882 in 2011 .859 – Ian Kinsler (Rangers) – 560 AB – .832 in 2011 .855 – Chase Utley (Phillies) – 532 AB…

  24. 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…

  25. 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…

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