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  1. 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…

  2. Edwin Jackson turned down three-year offer from Pirates

    Feb 6, 2012, 3:25 PM EDT

    Edwin Jackson Getty

    Last week when Edwin Jackson agreed to a one-year, $11 million deal with the Nationals there were several reports that he turned down multi-year offers elsewhere. Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com now has at least one of those offers pegged, reporting that Jackson said no to a three-year proposal from the Pirates believed to be worth…

  3. Cardinals sign infielder Alex Cora to minor-league contract

    Feb 6, 2012, 1:20 PM EDT

    Alex Cora

    Alex Cora‘s deal with the Cardinals is official, with Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch reporting that the veteran utility infielder agreed to a minor-league contract with an invitation to spring training. Last week Cora announced his retirement from winter ball in Puerto Rico and Goold notes that he was thinking about going…

  4. Cardinals nearing minor league contract with Alex Cora

    Feb 5, 2012, 10:48 AM EDT

    alex cora getty

    Big news this Super Bowl Sunday. OK, not quite. According to Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com, the Cardinals are nearing agreement on a minor league deal with 36-year-old free agent infielder Alex Cora. It’s not clear whether the pact will include an invitation to spring training, but Cora would be doutbful to crack St. Louis’ Opening…

  5. Red Sox and Phillies maintaining contact with Roy Oswalt

    Feb 4, 2012, 4:00 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v Arizona Diamondbacks

    It’s pretty well-documented that Roy Oswalt would prefer to pitch for the Rangers or Cardinals in order to be closer to his home in Mississippi. However, since both clubs have full starting rotations, they have little reason to break the bank in order to sign him. This leaves Oswalt considering the alternatives. With that in…

  6. Why not have Stephen Strasburg debut on June 1?

    Feb 2, 2012, 6:35 PM EDT

    Strasburg throws a pitch against the Florida Marlins during the first inning of their MLB National League baseball game in Washington

    The idea already made plenty of sense. Now it seems like the obvious choice with Edwin Jackson getting inserted into Washington’s rotation. Adding Jackson to a rotation that already included Stephen Strasburg, Gio Gonzalez, Jordan Zimmermann and John Lannan gives the Nationals seven viable starters, with Chien-Ming Wang and Ross Detwiler currently in reserve (Tom Gorzelanny could…

  7. So, what to make of Scott Boras’ winter?

    Feb 2, 2012, 3:30 PM EDT

    Boras thinking

    Before Prince Fielder signed for $214 million, people were saying that Scott Boras was having a bad offseason for his free agents.  Then, all of  a sudden, everyone was saying how awesome he was.  Then today Edwin Jackson signed a one-year deal that, in my view anyway, is a borderline bargain for the Nationals. Then…

  8. 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…

  9. UPDATE: The Nationals sign Edwin Jackson to a one-year deal

    Feb 2, 2012, 1:49 PM EDT

    Edwin Jackson Getty

    UPDATE: That was a quick targeting. Heyman reports that the Nationals and Jackson have a deal. Jackson was seen in an airport, presumably on his way to Washington for a physical.  The shocker: it’s reportedly a one-year deal. Heyman says it’s in the $8-12 million range. Which, yes, we’ve heard that Jackson was willing to…

  10. 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…

  11. Red Sox GM says landing free agent pitcher is “unlikely”

    Feb 1, 2012, 9:23 PM EDT

    oswalt ap

    The Red Sox have been linked recently to free agent pitchers Edwin Jackson and Roy Oswalt. But E-Jax apparently has better deals on the table from other clubs and Oswalt is thought to prefer a team in the middle of the country, like the Cards or Rangers. Which leads us to the following report… According…

  12. The Red Sox may still have a shot at Roy Oswalt

    Feb 1, 2012, 5:05 PM EDT

    Roy Oswalt

    The Red Sox are on the outs with Edwin Jackson.  Roy Oswalt is sour on the Cardinals. It’s getting close to closing time. They see each other at the end of the bar, lock eyes and … A Red Sox source confirmed Wednesday that the team had not abandoned hopes of signing Oswalt, indicating that…

  13. The Red Sox are “most likely out of the picture” for Edwin Jackson

    Feb 1, 2012, 2:00 PM EDT

    Edwin Jackson Getty

    Gordon Edes of ESPN Boston reports that the Red Sox are “most likely out of the picture” for Edwin Jackson.  He reports that there are better deals on the table from other clubs. Who knows where he’ll go at this point. If, as some are suspecting, Jackson is going to settle for a one-year deal, he may prefer…

  14. Edwin Jackson is willing to accept a one-year deal

    Jan 31, 2012, 4:30 PM EDT

    Edwin Jackson Getty

    He entered the free agent market last fall with such high expectations, but now Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun reports that Edwin Jackson is likely to accept a one-year deal. This is somewhat surprising given that the multiple teams were reported to have three-year deals on the table. Unless those reports were a function of…

  15. Skip Schumaker’s baseball card is pretty awesome

    Jan 31, 2012, 10:30 AM EDT

    Skip Schumaker card

    Not sure how I missed this yesterday, but via my NBC comrade Rick Chandler over at Off the Bench, we learn that there are baseball cards way better than the Photoshopped Jose Reyes and Albert Pujols cards. Specifically, Skip Shumaker’s: That, of course, is from last season’s NLDS, when the varmint messed with Roy Oswalt…

  16. 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…

  17. The Rangers met with Roy Oswalt today

    Jan 30, 2012, 7:29 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v Arizona Diamondbacks

    As mentioned by Craig yesterday morning, the Rangers did indeed have a meeting with Roy Oswalt today. But if you’re looking for any major developments, you’re probably going to be disappointed. T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports that the situation “remains ongoing and unresolved.” Meanwhile, Richard Durrett of ESPNDallas.com described it as an “exploratory meeting.” It’s probably fair…

  18. Corey Patterson lands with the Brewers

    Jan 30, 2012, 6:17 PM EDT

    Corey Patterson

    Even thought he wasn’t offered an invitation to spring training, Corey Patterson signed a minor league deal with the Brewers on Monday. Assistant GM Gord Ash said he’s being penciled in as the left fielder for Triple-A Nashville. Patterson had one of his best seasons with the Orioles in 2010, hitting .269/.315/.406 in 308 at-bats,…

  19. Cardinals seeking trade partner for Kyle McClellan

    Jan 29, 2012, 4:09 PM EDT

    mcclellan getty

    From Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch comes word that the Cardinals are “actively shopping” right-hander Kyle McClellan in an effort to free up payroll for a run at a free agent starter. Like, well, Roy Oswalt. McClellan, a 27-year-old native of the north St. Louis suburbs, registered a 4.19 ERA, 1.31 WHIP and…

  20. Edwin Jackson has multiple three-year offers on the table

    Jan 28, 2012, 10:00 AM EDT

    Edwin Jackson Getty

    While it looks like Roy Oswalt is close to deciding where he’ll sign, the market for Edwin Jackson is finally beginning to heat up. According to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com, Jackson has multiple three-year offers on the table. It’s not clear who the offers are from, but there was a report earlier this week that…

  21. UPDATE: No deal yet between Cardinals and Roy Oswalt

    Jan 28, 2012, 8:31 AM EDT

    oswalt wide getty

    UPDATE: Oswalt’s agent, Bob Garber, told Tim Dierkes of MLB Trade Rumors this morning that there’s “no chance” of his client pitching out of the bullpen. 8:31 AM: Hold your horses, everyone. When most of us went to bed, it appeared as though Roy Oswalt was St. Louis-bound. That may still be the case, but…

  22. Giants sign Ryan Theriot to one-year, $1.25 million contract

    Jan 27, 2012, 12:19 PM EDT

    Ryan Theriot

    Ryan Theriot has agreed to a one-year, $1.25 million deal with the Giants that includes $750,000 in potential incentives, according to Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com. Theriot has been a starter for most of the past five seasons, but his performance ceased warranting regular playing time several years ago. He hit just .271 with a .321…

  23. Jason Motte, Cardinals skip arbitration with $1.95 million deal

    Jan 26, 2012, 1:16 PM EDT

    motte reuters

    Jason Motte emerged as the Cardinals’ closer late last season and now he’s getting a big raise, as the right-hander avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $1.95 million contract. Motte submitted a $2.4 million request while the Cardinals countered at $1.5 million, so they’re settling for the exact midpoint. Motte, who’s arbitration eligible for…

  24. The Orioles would consider a four-year deal for Edwin Jackson

    Jan 26, 2012, 9:28 AM EDT

    Edwin Jackson

    Edwin Jackson‘s free agent expectations have gone down as the winter has dragged on.  In recent days we’ve even heard-tell that he’d consider a one-year deal.  But never fear, Edwin! Dan Connolly reports that the Orioles may come riding to the rescue: In fact, I’ve been told the club would consider a four-year deal for…

  25. The Red Sox made an offer to Edwin Jackson too

    Jan 25, 2012, 4:00 PM EDT

    Edwin Jackson

    The Red Sox made an offer to Roy Oswalt? OK, but they also made one to Edwin Jackson. Here’s Jim Bowden: Red Sox have made offers for Edwin Jackson and are presently in discussions with him and prefer him over Roy Oswalt according to source Oh, I get it: it’s the old “we’ve made offers…

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