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If Hanley Ramirez is going to get some preseason reps at shortstop, it probably won't come during the Caribbean Series, as the Dodgers star is expected to DH during the seven-day event.Upvote Share Tweet
Mets' Bullpen Continues to Be a Concernnytimes.com Updated Feb 1, 2013Mets General Manager Sandy Alderson has added veterans on minor league contracts in recent days.Yet he remains less than confident about the state of the bullpen.Upvote Share TweetThe New York Mets have agreed to a minor league contract with outfielder Marlon Byrd, who served a 50-game suspension last season after testing positive in June for a performance enhancing drug while he was a free agent.Upvote Share TweetLeft-hander Manny Parra and the Cincinnati Reds have agreed to a $1 million, one-year contract.Upvote Share Tweet
KNBR 680/Giants FanFest to feature Trophy PavilionThe Giants' 2012 World Series trophy, along with its 2010 counterpart and other symbols of victory, will be on display adjacent to San Francisco Bay -- at Pier 48, just beyond McCovey Cove -- when the 20th FanFest is held on Saturday, Feb. 9.Upvote Share Tweet
Seager among 10 inked to 2013 contractsThe Mariners announced on Friday that they have agreed to 2013 contracts with 10 players, including third baseman Kyle Seager.Upvote Share TweetESPN.com Updated Feb 1, 2013Milwaukee Brewers first baseman Corey Hart said Friday there's a "realistic" chance he could be ready to play by the end of April, nearly a month ahead of what was projected after he underwent knee surgery last week.Upvote Share TweetRangers pitching coach Mike Maddux has been putting together his plan for Spring Training, and it includes stretching out 12 pitchers in preparation to be starters.Upvote Share Tweet
Rodney confident he'll get extension from RaysFernando Rodney, currently pitching for the Dominican Republic's Leones del Escogido at the Caribbean Series, continues to express confidence that he'll eventually garner an extension from the Rays.Upvote Share Tweet
Kansas City Royals make NRA’s list of enemiesDo slugger Mike Moustakas, running back Jamaal Charles and coach Jeff Fisher realize they're working for an organization designated as an enemy of the National Rifle association? Does Yadier Molina know he's in the clear? What the NRA calls its list of …Upvote Share Tweet
Hafner reaches incentive-laden deal with YankeesNEW YORK (AP) -- Travis Hafner and the New York Yankees have agreed to a $2 million, one-year contract that allows him to earn up to $4 million more in bonuses based on plate appearances.Upvote Share Tweet
Baez heads Cubs' list of 22 non-roster inviteesThe Cubs on Friday announced the names of 22 non-roster invitees to Spring Training, with Javier Baez headlining the list.Upvote Share Tweet
No deal for Aviles and Tribe, arbitration hearing aheadThe Indians believe Mike Aviles will play an important role for the ballclub this season. First, though, there is the matter of finalizing the infielder's contract.Upvote Share TweetBOSTON (AP) -- An official with knowledge of the deal says the Boston Red Sox have signed first baseman Lyle Overbay to a minor league contract.Upvote Share Tweet
Billingsley says his right elbow is feeling fineChad Billingsley, whose uncertain health spurred the Dodgers to their offseason spending spree for starting pitchers, said he's had no issues with his right elbow during the winter.Upvote Share Tweet
Low Star State: The Rangers' offseason has been defined more by w…The Rangers' offseason has been defined more by who left than who arrived, and that could doom them to miss the postseason for the first time since 2010, writes Jay Jaffe.Upvote Share Tweet
White Sox add first baseman Anderson off waiversThe White Sox on Friday added depth to their infield, acquiring left-handed first baseman Lars Anderson off waivers from the D-backs.Upvote Share Tweet
Built to win now, Halos also look toward futureThe Angels' recent success in the Majors has come at the expense of its depth in the Minors. The organization now looks to balance the two.Upvote Share TweetFor a guy who claims that Tony Bosch never treated him with PEDs, as has been alleged by the Miami New Times newspaper, Alex Rodriguez sure has people lining up against him saying otherwise. ESPN has published a story with information from sources sayin…Upvote Share Tweet
Desert bound: Reds truck loaded for spring campThe loading dock at Great American Ball Park on Friday resembled an aisle from your average Costco wholesale store. Lots of boxes and supplies were stacked high and ready to move in bulk. A 53-foot tractor-trailer truck was backed up to receive these go…Upvote Share Tweet
Miami's Alleged PED Kingpin Reportedly Injected A-Rod Personally, Made Him Bleed Everywheredeadspin.com Updated Feb 1, 2013After the Miami New Times dropped its big doping story-a story that implicated Alex Rodriguez, Nelson Cruz, Melky Cabrera, and others-on Tuesday, A-Rod did what anyone would have expected him to do: He denied everything in the story through a spokesmaUpvote Share Tweet
New Hampshire Man Can't Get His 27 Orphaned Bear Cubs To Go The Hell To Sleepdeadspin.com Updated Feb 1, 2013You know what's not easy? Taking care of 27 orphaned bear cubs. Sure, bear cubs are cute and furry, and helping to keep them alive probably fills one with a warming sense of accomplishment, but all that good stuff fades away when the bears won't stop fi…Upvote Share Tweet
After clearing waivers, Mattison sent to Triple-AKevin Mattison will be with the Marlins in Spring Training after all. After clearing waivers, the Marlins on Friday outrighted Mattison to Triple-A New Orleans. The 27-year-old also will be at Spring Training as a non-roster invite.Upvote Share Tweet
Reds assessing options to bring back RolenThe Reds are still exploring the notion of bringing back veteran third baseman Scott Rolen for one more season. To make that a reality, there appears to be more to do than crossing the T's and dotting some I's.Upvote Share TweetAs an adult, former New York City mayor Ed Koch freely admitted to not being much of a baseball fan. Growing up in the Bronx in the 1930s, when the New York Yankees were gods, Koch desperately wanted to be a ballplayer someday. But he was a terrible ath…Upvote Share Tweet
Apprenticeship complete, Castillo ready to take overWelington Castillo, 25, heads into spring as the Cubs' No. 1 catcher for the first time. He'll have look-a-like Dioner Navarro to aid his maturation process.Upvote Share Tweet
Not to be forgotten: Unsigned players who can helpThere are All-Stars, World Series champions and even potential Hall of Famers still looking for work, and here's what they can bring to any team looking for help.Upvote Share Tweet
Matt Holliday wants ‘harsher’ PED penalties, including lifetime ban for second offenseSt. Louis Cardinals slugger Matt Holliday called for "harsher" penalties for players caught with performance-enhancing drugs, saying that violators "cost the team," that "fans should feel like they are watching a clean game"…Upvote Share Tweet
Bourn's free agency a case of bad timingIt seemed that Michael Bourn was in for a career payday, the only questions being with whom, for how much and for how long? But here we are in February, and Bourn remains a free agent, unemployed as Spring Training draws near.Upvote Share Tweet
Santos eager to retake role of closerCasey Janssen performed well last season in place of an injured Sergio Santos. With the two healthy, the role of Blue Jays closer is up for grabs.Upvote Share Tweet
AL East is a stacked five-card deckThe Blue Jays' winter of high-profile acquisitions made them a trendy favorite to win the American League East, but arguments can be made for the Yankees, Red Sox, Rays and Orioles as well. Only one thing is certain: The competition in the division will…Upvote Share Tweet
Olt has the power to launch successful careerIf the offseason reports and trade rumors are true, highly-regarded Texas Rangers prospect Mike Olt was at the center of many conversations. After having seen Olt play, the interest is totally understandable.Upvote Share Tweet
Arbitration hearings loom for unsigned playersOrioles pitchers Jason Hammel and Jim Johnson and new Reds outfielder Shin-Soo Choo headline the list of Major League players who haven't completed a deal before Monday's arbitration deadline.Upvote Share Tweet
Healthy Fuld eager to compete for starting spotRays outfielder Sam Fuld spent most of 2012 on the mend, but he has enjoyed a pain-free offseason and is excited to compete for a starting spot in 2013.Upvote Share Tweet
Dodgers to give away Jackie Robinson, Roy Campanella and Don Newcombe mini statueApril 15, recognized as Jackie Robinson Day all around Major League Baseball, is already the most significant and important date on the baseball calendar. That’s especially true for the Dodgers organization, because it was on that date and with the BrooUpvote Share Tweet
Angels ink Japanese reliever Kobayashi to Minors dealThe Angels have agreed to terms with Japanese reliever Hiroyuki Kobayashi on a Minor League contract with a Spring Training invite, a source confirmed Thursday.Upvote Share Tweet
Business As Usual For YanksFeb 1Yankees general manager Brian Cashman addresses Alex Rodriguez's future with the Yankees and Derek Jeter's recovery from a broken left ankle.
Rating The Top Prospects In BaseballFeb 1Keith Law weighs in on the top prospects in baseball and the Rangers' Jurickson Profar.
American League Breakout ProspectsFeb 1ESPN Insider Keith Law looks at the American League team reaching into its farm system the most and talks about the top breakout prospects.
Top Organizations In BaseballFeb 1ESPN Insider Keith Law looks at the top farm systems in baseball and says the St. Louis Cardinals have the most depth and impact players.
NBA -- Marc Stein's Weekend Dime: Eight trade truths before the deadlineFeb 1Marc Stein breaks down eight storylines to ponder ahead of the Feb. 21 trade deadline.
Super Bowl XLVII -- John Clayton's First and GoalFeb 1The Harbaugh brothers' lifelong competition moves to a very big stage.
Don Banks: Moss, Birk reunited in XLVII, but only one will get elusive rin…Feb 1NEW ORLEANS -- Have to admit, I'm a sucker for the sentimental stories that come forth every year during Super Bowl week. Jerome Bettis' quest to ride off into retirement with a ring. John Elway finally getting the big confetti shower for once (and then…
Peter King: Ravens-49ers a great, and very unpredictable, matchupFeb 1NEW ORLEANS -- I don't know what kind of game this is going to be, but this Super Bowl really has it all.