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Baseball Insider: February 22, 2009 - February 28, 2009

The Wrap: Sunny Saturday Games

More spring training action, more games to discuss: Texas 6, Arizona 4 -- Box -- The Gist: Arizona pitcher Tony Pena was the fourth man to get in his work in yesterday's game, but his inning was by far the most interesting. Check out his line: 1 IP, 2 H,...

By Cameron Smith  |  February 28, 2009; 6:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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Royals Sign Reliever Juan Cruz

So much for all the sign and trade talk. According to FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal and MLB.com's Dick Kaegel -- and commented about on an earlier post by jca below -- the Royals signed reliever Juan Cruz to a two-year, $6 million deal earlier today, forfeitting their second-round draft pick...

By Cameron Smith  |  February 28, 2009; 6:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Royals  
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The Wrap: Spring Training Games

Want results and game stories from spring training action? Here's your place. All of Friday's games are done, with some interesting results. Here's how the matchups shook out, starting with the Cactus League in Arizona (after all, "C" comes before "G" for Florida's Grapefruit League): White Sox 10, Diamondbacks 1...

By Cameron Smith  |  February 27, 2009; 8:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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Uehara Delivers Early

All of the anticipation over Koji Uehara seems to have been worthwhile if O's fans are to take anything away from his first spring training start. Uehara, the franchise's first Japanese pitcher, worked two scoreless innings while striking out three Marlins - all on called third strikes - in Baltimore's...

By CJ Holley  |  February 27, 2009; 4:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Marlins , Orioles  
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Moment of Levity: The Big Picture

HOW DO YOU LIKE IT? Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins flips the script on reporters and photographers in spring training, heading to the field with a camera ... and a new look. (AP/Gene J. Puskar)...

By Cameron Smith  |  February 27, 2009; 3:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Phillies  
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Phillies Release Adam Eaton

Adam Eaton is officially a former Phillie, according to MLB.com's Todd Zolecki. Now the question is whether there's another team that wants to give him another shot. After being signed to a three-year, $24.5 million contract wit the Phillies after the 2007 season, Eaton has failed spectacularly, going 14-18 with...

By Cameron Smith  |  February 27, 2009; 2:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Phillies  
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Garciaparra's Decision: Oakland or Retirement

It might seem like an odd set of choices, but those are essentially the two options facing former All-Star Nomar Garciaparra. After an offseason in which his name has been connected with the Phillies, A's and others -- but always in a bench role -- Garciaparra is trying to decide...

By Cameron Smith  |  February 27, 2009; 12:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Athletics  
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5 for 5: Manny, A-Rod, Santana, Strasburg, Cowboy

*The Dodgers and Scott Boras seem to have differing opinions of Manny Ramirez's value. But here's the thing about the value of something in a free market: It is what the market says it is. Didn't we all learn that in freshman Economics 101? If Boras wants to argue Ramirez's...

By Dave Sheinin  |  February 27, 2009; 9:56 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
 
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Ramirez Again Turns Down Dodgers

Well that didn't take too long did it? For the fourth time this offseason, free agent slugger Manny Ramirez turns down the Los Angeles Dodgers' contract offer. This one, a one-year, $25 million deal that featured a $20 million player option for 2010 seemed like an ideal offer for Ramirez....

By CJ Holley  |  February 27, 2009; 1:06 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Athletics , Dodgers , Phillies , Red Sox  
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Orioles Start Off 1-1

Danys Baez struggles in his first game action since Tommy John surgery. (AP) Today the Orioles notched their first spring training win, 11-3, over the St. Louis Cardinals. Though Baltimore romped to victory, another starting pitcher struggled in his outing. Danys Baez, who is hoping to leave the bullpen...

By CJ Holley  |  February 26, 2009; 4:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Cardinals , Mets , Orioles  
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Moment of Levity: The Big Picture

I GOT THE GOLD FROM SOMALIAN PIRATES! New Red Sox pitcher Brad Penny points to his mouth while teammates John Smoltz and Josh Beckett watch on entertained. Or so we assume. Looks like a good story, doesn't it? (AP/Steven Senne)...

By Cameron Smith  |  February 26, 2009; 2:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Dodgers Make Manny Another Offer

Ken Rosenthal over at foxpsorts.com is reporting that the Dodgers have come back with a new offer for still unsigned outfielder Manny Ramirez. The deal, according to Rosenthal's sources, would be two years, $45 million with the right to become a free agent after the first season. Manny would make...

By CJ Holley  |  February 25, 2009; 10:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Dodgers  
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Spring Training Roundup

Alex Rodriguez, un-juiced. (AP) Alex Rodriguez is still good at baseball. The embattled Yankees slugger hit a two-run homer and drew two walks as New York opened its exhibition season with a 6-1 win over Toronto. I won't go into Rodriguez's issues (this is a blog about baseball not...

By CJ Holley  |  February 25, 2009; 8:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Astros , Nationals , Rockies , Twins , Yankees  
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D-Train Getting Back on Track

To say the 2008 season was a disappointment for Dontrelle Willis and the Detroit Tigers would be a gross understatement. Willis, part of a trade that also brought Miguel Cabrera to Detroit, was expected to serve as a No. 2 guy behind Justin Verlander but instead was beset by a...

By CJ Holley  |  February 25, 2009; 4:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Tigers  
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Moment of Levity: The Big Picture

GUESS HE DOESN'T BUNT MUCH In fairness, we're sure that Rockies catcher Yorvit Torrealba knows that you usually bunt using both your hands. This was for a drill. Whether the bunt in the drill stayed fair or not is anyone's guess. (AP/Elaine Thompson)...

By Cameron Smith  |  February 25, 2009; 2:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Rockies  
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Let the Games Begin (Sort Of)

Today is the first day of the exhibition season and the Orioles kick it off at home against the Mets with pitcher Brad Hennessey starting opposite New York reliever Sean Green. Hennessey, in his first season with the Orioles, is hoping to land one of the two open slots in...

By CJ Holley  |  February 25, 2009; 10:07 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Giants , Mets , Orioles  
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A Mythical WBC Team That Could Never, Ever Lose

Fired up for the World Baseball Classic after last night's televised roster rollout? Me neither. As I've said before, the success of this thing -- at least in the U.S. market -- will depend solely on the star power of the players involved, and this year that star power has...

By Dave Sheinin  |  February 25, 2009; 8:34 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
 
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Bedard Alive and Pitching

Earlier we mentioned Chris Tillman -- listed as Baseball America's 22nd best prospect -- now we look at the player the Orioles gave up to get him (and four other players), Erik Bedard. Bedard, who was happy to get out of Baltimore after no longer wanting to be part of...

By CJ Holley  |  February 24, 2009; 3:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Mariners , Orioles  
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Moment of Levity: The Big Picture

IT WAS THIS BIG! A man with no superstitions (A $66.6 million contract? Really?), Nick Markakis shows off the results of his best offseason catch, contracts not included. Or maybe he's just bragging about stealing a base in a base running drill. Either way. (AP/Jeff Roberson)...

By Cameron Smith  |  February 24, 2009; 2:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Orioles  
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A Helping of Pie, Top Prospects and a Scrimmage

Sorry for the pun, I just couldn't resist. Anyways, the Orioles finally have their left fielder, as the visa issues that had been holding up Felix Pie from entering the United States have been resolved. The former Cubs prospect joined the Orioles in Florida this morning to take a physical,...

By CJ Holley  |  February 24, 2009; 1:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Camp Notes: Giants in Scottsdale

If the Giants' offseason was a movie from the 1980s, it'd be Trading Places. San Francisco is coming off a fairly abysmmal season, but that doesn't mean the Giants can't charge back into contention in a particularly weak NL West if a couple of good moves work out they way...

By Cameron Smith  |  February 24, 2009; 11:21 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Camp Notes: Athletics in Phoenix

The Athletics have had had one of baseball's most interesting offseasons. As is his wont, General Manager Billy Beane was overactive rather than sitting tight, making one of the biggest deals of the winter right off the bat, adding outfielder Matt Holliday from the Rockies in exchange for his own...

By Cameron Smith  |  February 23, 2009; 11:22 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Future Takes the Field Tuesday

Though the Orioles first official game of spring training isn't until Wednesday afternoon against the Mets, many of the team's young prospects will get their first game action on Tuesday. The Orioles will host Team Italy at Fort Lauderdale Stadium in an exhibition tomorrow and while the team's roster will...

By CJ Holley  |  February 23, 2009; 10:06 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Braves Sign Garret Anderson

Well, that was quick. Just days after missing out on Ken Griffey Jr., Atlanta came to terms with the next corner outfielder on their list, signing Garret Anderson to a one-year deal worth approximately $2.5 million, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Dave O'Brien. It's an interesting deal in part because...

By Cameron Smith  |  February 22, 2009; 6:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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