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  1. Springtime Storylines: Are the Chicago White Sox rebuilding or contending?

    Mar 28, 2012, 2:50 PM EDT

    Paul Konerko

    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: Chicago White Sox. The Big Question: Are the Chicago White Sox rebuilding or contending? After eight tumultuous but mostly successful…

  2. Dustin McGowan, who’s thrown just 21 innings since 2009, gets extension from Blue Jays

    Mar 26, 2012, 4:46 PM EDT

    Dustin McGowan

    Dustin McGowan is still trying to come back from a series of arm injuries to reestablish himself as a viable big-league pitcher and has thrown just 21 innings with a 6.43 ERA since 2009, yet today the Blue Jays signed the 30-year-old right-hander to a two-year contract extension worth at least $3 million. John Lott…

  3. Brewers won’t try to sign impending free agent Shaun Marcum before he hits open market

    Mar 26, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

    Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Shaun Marcum adjusts his cap after giving up a three run home run to St. Louis Cardinals David Freese in the 1st inning of Game 6 of the MLB NLCS baseball playoffs in Milwaukee

    This time of year there are lots of stories about teams trying to sign free agents-to-be before they hit the open market following the season, but in the Brewers’ case they plan to let Shaun Marcum‘s contract expire. Marcum has one year and $7.725 million left on his deal and general manager Doug Melvin told…

  4. Blue Jays pick Eric Thames in left field, send down Travis Snider

    Mar 25, 2012, 8:25 PM EDT

    Blue Jays outfielder Eric Thames warms up in left field during an inter-squad game at their MLB American League spring training facility in Dunedin

    Travis Snider performed well enough to win the Blue Jays’ starting job in left field this spring. Unfortunately for him, Eric Thames played well enough to hold on to it. Snider was sent packing Sunday despite his four homers and 16 RBI in 17 games this spring. He was hitting .271/.340/.625, though he did strike…

  5. Matt Thornton favored over Jesse Crain and Addison Reed as White Sox’s closer

    Mar 23, 2012, 12:48 PM EDT

    Matt Thornton

    White Sox manager Robin Ventura has avoided naming a closer or even giving strong hints about which way he’s leaning among Matt Thornton, Jesse Crain, and Addison Reed, but Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun Times reports that “the smart money” is on Thornton getting the job. Thornton struggled with some save chances early…

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

    Mar 20, 2012, 1:00 PM EDT

    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…

  7. Freddy Garcia leaves start after taking comebacker off hand

    Mar 14, 2012, 5:17 PM EDT

    Freddy Garcia

    UPDATE: X-rays came back negative. ========== Freddy Garcia walked off the mound and into the clubhouse after taking a comebacker off his right hand in the fourth inning of this afternoon’s start. Garcia tried to field the ball hit by Edwin Encarnacion and then immediately exited. Marc Carig of the Newark Star Ledger reports that…

  8. MLBPA: Jose Bautista was not targeted for increased drug testing

    Mar 14, 2012, 11:33 AM EDT

    Jose Bautista

    Back in January Jose Bautista claimed that he was given a boatload more drug tests after he started hitting a lot of home runs than he ever did during years as a journeyman.  That led to many assuming that baseball was targeting Bautista, taking the random out of random drug testing. But not so, says…

  9. Tommy Hanson has fun in abbreviated spring debut

    Mar 11, 2012, 7:38 PM EDT

    Tommy Hanson

    Pitching with a new delivery and a damaged shoulder that didn’t require surgery, Tommy Hanson gave up three runs — two earned — in one-plus innings Sunday against the Blue Jays in his spring debut. Hanson turned in a one-two-three first, but he didn’t retire any of the four hitters he faced in the second…

  10. Brett Lawrie tearing the cover off the ball in Florida

    Mar 11, 2012, 6:38 PM EDT

    Brett Lawrie

    22-year-old Brett Lawrie did it again Sunday, going 3-for-3 against the Braves to raise his average to .579. Toronto’s third baseman is 11-for-19 and has already collected five doubles this spring. Lawrie was one of the AL’s best hitters after debuting at the tender age of 21 last August, batting .293/.373/.580 with nine homers and…

  11. Dusty Baker on Juan Francisco: “He’s got to stop eating”

    Mar 6, 2012, 4:16 PM EDT

    Francisco_Juan

    Francisco Cordero has some company on the “Not In The Best Shape Of His Life” team, apparently. Here’s what manager Dusty Baker told Mark Sheldon of MLB.com about Juan Francisco‘s calf injury and overall status in Reds camp: He’s got time but he’s behind. Part of that is if he had rehabbed properly in the…

  12. Colby Rasmus trying to keep his father out of his game

    Mar 6, 2012, 3:58 PM EDT

    Colby Rasmus; Adam Lind

    The influence exerted by father and former coach Tony Rasmus always got a big part of the blame when the relationship between Colby Rasmus and the Cardinals went south. Colby, for his part, doesn’t want to see the same thing happen in Toronto. “I’m trying not to talk to him a whole lot,” Rasmus said…

  13. Francisco Cordero is NOT in The Best Shape Of His Life

    Mar 5, 2012, 5:17 PM EDT

    Toronto Blue Jays' Cordero throws against the Pittsburgh Pirates during their MLB Grapefruit League baseball game in Bradenton

    Maybe it’s just a bad angle or some weird lighting or whatever, but after looking at this picture of Francisco Cordero it’s safe to say we finally found a player who didn’t report to spring training in The Best Shape Of His Life. Those giant eyes staring at him in the background seem awfully judgmental.…

  14. Ryan Madson sidelined by “a little irritation in his arm”

    Mar 5, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

    Cincinnati Reds Photo Day

    Ryan Madson was unavailable for the Reds’ first two spring training games because of what manager Dusty Baker describes as “a little irritation in his arm.” More specifically Madson has a minor elbow injury, but according to Mark Sheldon of MLB.com the Reds aren’t particularly worried about his status yet. Madson was on the verge…

  15. Jesse Litsch gets emergency surgery, out six weeks

    Mar 4, 2012, 11:50 AM EDT

    litsch ap

    Blue Jays right-hander Jesse Litsch was shut down last week due to shoulder soreness and given an anti-inflammatory injection in the area of the pain. Litsch was only supposed to miss a couple of days while the shot took effect. But the 26-year-old has now been ruled out for the start of the 2012 season.…

  16. You asked me questions on Twitter. So I shall answer them.

    Mar 1, 2012, 12:00 PM EDT

    The Question

    It was a long offseason, my friends. A light winter in these parts but a harsh one all the same. The usual offseason non-stories seemed even less-satisfying than normal. On a personal level, I spent many long, dark hours searching for meaning and happiness in a world that seemed uncompromising, unforgiving and indifferent to humanity.…

  17. Jesse Litsch shut down for a week with shoulder soreness

    Feb 28, 2012, 2:49 PM EDT

    Blue Jays pitcher Litsch throws to the  Rays during their American League MLB baseball game in Toronto

    Jesse Litsch came back from Tommy John elbow surgery to throw 75 reasonably effective innings last season, but now he’s been shut down for at least a week after experiencing shoulder soreness in Blue Jays camp. John Lott of the National Post reports that Litsch was examined yesterday by Dr. James Andrews, which is so…

  18. Colby Rasmus: new attitude and “a little sumpin-sumpin”

    Feb 24, 2012, 4:30 PM EDT

    Blue Jays' Rasmus stretches during practice at their MLB American League spring training facility in Dunedin

    The National Post has a long interview with Jays outfielder Colby Rasmus.  Lots of good stuff in there.  Most of it about how he’s changed his attitude after his horrible 2011 season.  About how he’s just going to play the game.  About how he wants his dad to be less negative (Hi, Mr. Rasmus! I…

  19. Omar Vizquel: “This will likely be my last year”

    Feb 23, 2012, 4:58 PM EDT

    Omar Vizquel

    Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com was on hand today when Blue Jays shortstop Omar Vizquel said today that 2012 will likely be his last year: “This will likely be my last year.  My motivation is to challenge myself to play another year. I know every year it starts to get a little harder for yourself and…

  20. Brett Cecil is in The Best Shape of His Life; quotes Bruce Lee

    Feb 21, 2012, 8:20 AM EDT

    Brett Cecil, Scott Richmond

    Rumors of Blue Jays pitcher Brett Cecil‘s weight loss have floated around all winter, but today the Globe and Mail has a full report on it. And, unlike a lot of the BSOHL stories, this one is damn definitive and pretty impressive: Cecil has gone from 252 pounds last season to 219.  Which, on a…

  21. 2012 OPS projections: top 10 right fielders

    Feb 13, 2012, 11:00 PM EDT

    Jose Bautista

    Saving the best for last, here are the top 10 right fielders: 1.008 – Jose Bautista (Blue Jays) – 547 AB – 1.056 in 2011 .958 – Justin Upton (D-backs) – 574 AB – .898 in 2011 .911 – Mike Stanton (Marlins) – 560 AB – .893 in 2011 .868 – Jason Heyward (Braves) –…

  22. Blue Jays and Casey Janssen agree to extension

    Feb 13, 2012, 6:37 PM EDT

    casey-janssen-blue-jays

    UPDATE: Richard Griffin of the Toronto Star reports that the Jays and Janssen have agreed to a two-year, $5.9 million contract with a $4 million option for 2014. The new deal buys out his final year of arbitration and potentially his first two years of free agency. 3:29 PM: Casey Janssen and the Blue Jays…

  23. 2012 OPS projections: top 10 center fielders

    Feb 12, 2012, 9:00 PM EDT

    Matt Kemp

    It’s an AL East-heavy top 10 in the center field projections: .903 – Matt Kemp (Dodgers) – 597 AB – .986 in 2011 .847 – Curtis Granderson (Yankees) – 574 AB – .916 in 2011 .845 – Jacoby Ellsbury (Red Sox) – 612 AB – .928 in 2011 .845 – Andrew McCutchen (Pirates) – 560…

  24. 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…

  25. 2012 OPS projections: top 10 shortstops

    Feb 9, 2012, 11:00 PM EDT

    Troy Tulowitzki

    Moving right along to shortstop. I have four shortstops projected to top .800, which is the same number that did so last year. .943 – Troy Tulowitzki (Rockies) – 545 AB – .916 in 2011 .891 – Hanley Ramirez (Marlins) – 538 AB – .712 in 2011 .823 – Jose Reyes (Marlins) – 546 AB…

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