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  1. Your inaugural Power Rankings

    Apr 4, 2012, 9:55 AM EST

    Joe Girardi

    The only thing sillier than predictions about who wins each division several months before the season ends is judging which team is the best before any games are played.  But hey, that’s never stopped me before, so let’s have a Power Ranking, shall we? And yeah, there is that big of a gap between the…

  2. Albert Pujols wants to prove people wrong? About what?

    Apr 4, 2012, 9:10 AM EST

    Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim's first baseman Pujols watches the field during their spring training game at Tempe Diablo Stadium in Arizona

    It takes a special kind of person to play the “no one believes in me” card after getting a ten-year, $240 million contract, but Albert Pujols is apparently that special.  From Bob Nightengale at USA Today: “I always have that chip on my shoulder, no matter what kind of success I’ve had,” Pujols says forcefully.…

  3. Springtime Storylines: Will the St. Louis Cardinals survive the loss of three legends?

    Apr 3, 2012, 2:30 PM EST

    Adam Wainwright

    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 2012 season. Up next: The New-Look Redbirds. The Big Question: Will St. Louis be able to defend its World Series title this year in…

  4. Springtime Storylines: Have Toronto Blue Jays brought in enough help for Jose Bautista?

    Apr 3, 2012, 11:33 AM EST

    Atlanta Braves v Toronto Blue Jays

    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 2012 season. Up next: The Toronto Blue Jays. The Big Question: Have the Jays brought in enough help for Jose Bautista? Several times this…

  5. Springtime Storylines: Are the Marlins the most interesting team in baseball?

    Apr 2, 2012, 7:50 PM EST

    Ozzie Guillen Getty

    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 2012 season. Up next: The new-look Miami Marlins. The big question: Are the Marlins the most interesting team in baseball? The Florida Marlins are…

  6. Report: Reds, Joey Votto agree to 10-year, $225 million deal

    Apr 2, 2012, 6:59 PM EST

    Joey Votto

    Update: It’s a 10-year, $225 million extension, according to USA TODAY’s Bob Nightengale. It doesn’t replace Votto’s current contract, so it will run from 2014-2023. If the story is true, it’s the fourth biggest contract of all-time, surpassing Prince Fielder‘s deal with the Tigers. Alex Rodriguez holds the top two places on the list, with…

  7. Scott Boras says Johnny Damon will sign by May 1

    Apr 2, 2012, 5:58 PM EST

    Johnny Damon

    ESPN’s Buster Olney heard from Scott Boras today and quoted the agent as saying that Johnny “Damon will be signed by May 1st; just don’t know where.” Olney also said that Damon is looking for at least 450 plate appearances, which would be enough to get him at least 100 hits closer to 3,000. Damon…

  8. Strange rumblings in Los Angeles

    Apr 2, 2012, 8:33 AM EST

    Laguna Beach

    I got off an airplane about a half hour ago after taking a red eye flight back to Ohio from Los Angeles, where I spent the weekend. Because I don’t sleep well on airplanes, today is going to be … something less than lucid. Anyway, the purpose of my trip was not baseball, but I…

  9. Jed Lowrie’s thumb injury may land him on the disabled list

    Mar 31, 2012, 11:20 AM EST

    Jed Lowrie AP

    X-rays and an MRI both came back negative after Jed Lowrie sprained his right thumb diving back into second base on a pickoff throw on Wednesday, but the Astros are still concerned that he might miss the start of the season. Lowrie took some ground balls and played catch yesterday, but Astros manager Brad Mills…

  10. Angels send 20-year-old top prospect Mike Trout to minors

    Mar 30, 2012, 1:16 PM EST

    Mike Trout

    Mike Trout played 40 games in the majors last season, but with the Angels’ first base/corner outfield/designated hitter logjam already causing them to shop Bobby Abreu and move Mark Trumbo to third base there was no room for him in the lineup. Today the team made official what has been expected all spring, optioning Trout…

  11. Jason Isringhausen makes Angels’ bullpen at age 39

    Mar 30, 2012, 11:51 AM EST

    isringhausen getty

    Jason Isringhausen didn’t sign a minor-league deal with the Angels until late February, but Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times reports that the 39-year-old right-hander will be in the Opening Day bullpen. Isringhausen will get at least $700,000 for cracking the roster and has further incentives based on appearances after throwing 47 innings with…

  12. Springtime Storylines: How long until new ownership puts the magic back in the Los Angeles Dodgers?

    Mar 30, 2012, 11:33 AM EST

    "The Mountaintop" Broadway Opening Night - Arrivals & Curtain Call

    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 2012 season. Up next: The Los Angeles Dodgers. The Big Question: How long until new ownership brings back the magic? Sorry. That was kind…

  13. Trade off? Bobby Abreu is in the Angels’ lineup today

    Mar 30, 2012, 11:19 AM EST

    Bobby Abreu Getty

    Late last night several reports had Bobby Abreu all but traded to the Indians, but this morning a deal seemed far less certain and now Abreu is actually in the Angels’ lineup for this afternoon’s game. That may not mean anything in terms of him eventually being traded, as removing a player from a spring…

  14. Report: Abreu-to-Indians only has “50-50″ chance

    Mar 29, 2012, 9:49 PM EST

    abreu getty

    CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reports that the Indians and Angels are close to finalizing a trade involving veteran outfielder and DH Bobby Abreu. No word yet on what the Angels would receive in return, but it’s probably not going to be much. Abreu, 38, hit just .253/.353/.365 with eight home runs across 585 plate appearances…

  15. Dan Haren is going through a “dead arm” phase

    Mar 29, 2012, 12:16 PM EST

    Seattle Mariners v Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

    Dan Haren had a sloppy start against the Reds yesterday, allowing two runs on nine hits in 5.2 innings, and afterward revealed that he’s going through a “dead arm” phase. Haren downplayed the situation by telling Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times that he “should be fine” and “it usually lasts about a week…

  16. Report: The Angels are the frontrunner to sign Roy Oswalt

    Mar 24, 2012, 12:24 PM EST

    Roy Oswalt Getty

    We’ve seen renewed speculation over the past 24 hours that the Cardinals could make a run at Roy Oswalt now that Chris Carpenter is sidelined indefinitely due to nerve irritation in his shoulder. While that may still happen, it appears that a surprise team has entered the mix. Jim Bowden of ESPN.com and MLB Network…

  17. Bobby Abreu doesn’t believe Mike Scioscia is going to give him 400 plate appearances

    Mar 23, 2012, 5:20 PM EST

    Bobby Abreu Getty

    Bobby Abreu is sort of a man without a position in Anaheim.  Mike Scioscia, however, has promised him 400 plate appearances.  Abreu, speaking to Lider en Deportes, translated by Nick Collias of MLB Trade Rumors, isn’t buying it: “I’ve learned not to have much confidence in these people, but I hope they live up to…

  18. Kendrys Morales goes 2-for-3 in Cactus League debut

    Mar 22, 2012, 8:15 PM EST

    morales getty

    Kendrys Morales played in a major league game Thursday for the first time since fracturing his left ankle while celebrating a 10th-inning walkoff home run against the Mariners on May 29, 2010. And it went about as well as such a thing can go. Morales punched a single through the right side of the infield…

  19. Chipper Jones makes for an easy Hall of Famer

    Mar 22, 2012, 11:59 AM EST

    Chipper Jones

    Some players kind of sneak up on the Hall of Fame. Chipper Jones, who announced his intention to retire at the end of the season, never led his league in anything until he was 35. He was never even really all that close: – His one year that he hit 40 homers, a couple of…

  20. Springtime Storylines: Can the Rangers win the AL once again?

    Mar 21, 2012, 2:00 PM EST

    Ron Washington

    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 2012 season. Up next: the two-time defending AL champion Texas Rangers. The Big Question: Can the Rangers win the AL again? Why not? It’s…

  21. The lawsuits are settled, but the money ain’t flowing for the Mets just yet

    Mar 21, 2012, 8:20 AM EST

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    When Fred Wilpon and Saul Katz settled their Madoff lawsuit the other day, the first thought among most was “hey, it’s not as bad as we thought it would be.” The next thought was “hey, now maybe the Mets can spend some money.”  The next thought: “when?” Not too soon, says Sandy Alderson. This doesn’t…

  22. Photographers beware: Mark Trumbo is playing third base

    Mar 20, 2012, 5:45 PM EST

    Trumbo_Mark

    Mark Trumbo‘s attempted transition to third base began with him taking a one-hopper to the face early in Angels camp and today this happened: Mark Trumbo just sailed throw to Albert Pujols, nailing a photographer by the Angels dugout in the back of the neck. 3rd E for Trumbo at 3B — Mark Saxon (@markasaxon)…

  23. Springtime Storylines: Did the Angels buy themselves the A.L. West?

    Mar 20, 2012, 1:00 PM EST

    Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim's first baseman Pujols watches the field during their spring training game at Tempe Diablo Stadium in Arizona

    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 2012 season. Up next: the Los Angeles Angels of Pujols. The Big Question:  Did the Angels buy themselves the A.L. West this winter? The…

  24. Kendrys Morales “a little sore” after third game in four days

    Mar 20, 2012, 11:49 AM EST

    morales getty

    Kendrys Morales is finally making significant progress in his now two-year-long recovery from a broken ankle. Morales played in a minor-league game yesterday for the third time in four days, afterward telling Marcia Smith of the Orange County Register that his twice-repaired ankle “is a little sore, but I’m fine and will hit again tomorrow.”…

  25. Mike Trout lost 12 pounds due to flu, had two hits yesterday

    Mar 20, 2012, 10:15 AM EST

    Mike Trout

    Described last week as being “weak and feverish with no appetite” because of the flu, Mike Trout saw just his second game action of spring training yesterday in a minor-league game and went 2-for-3 with a double, a triple, and a walk. Marcia Smith of the Orange County Register reports that Trout lost 12 pounds…

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