1. Major League Baseball's Most Expensive Bench Players

    In light of the Nationals' decision that Cristian Guzman will not be their starting shortstop (after losing out to the great Ian Desmond), I thought it be worth a look around the majors at the most expensive bench players...

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  2. Armando Benitez and Edgardo Alfonzo Back Together Again

    Rejoice, fellow Mets fans! It's 2000 all over again.... Well, sort of... "The Newark Bears announced today the signing of pitcher Armando Benitez and infielder Edgardo Alfonzo to the 2010 roster...

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  3. MLB: New Web site, MLBFreeagency.com

    After almost two years of blogging on Jorge Says No! , I have decided to start a new venture in the baseball blogging world. Effective immediately, I will begin blogging anew at my new Web site, www...

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  4. Quote of the Day: Jim Callis on Joe Mauer

    Via ESPN.com chat: Jason (St. Louis): "It sure seems more and more likely Mauer hits FA. If the Red Sox and Yanks get in to a bidding war on him, what potentially do you think he ...

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  5. Joe Mauer is a Gambler

    So says Sid Hartman: So you wonder if reigning American League MVP Joe Mauer and his agent, Ron Shapiro , are concerned about the consequences of Mauer suffering a serious injury ...

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  6. New York Yankees Make an Appearance in the Joe Mauer Negotiations

    We'll call this a brief cameo, thanks to Bill Madden: Like everyone else in baseball, the Yankee high command is watching with keen interest how the Joe Mauer negotiations with the Minnesota Twins play out this spring...

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  7. Carlos Pena's Love for Tampa Could Lead to Long-Term Contract

    Once again, Carlos Pena professes his love for the Rays and his desire to stay there long term. I never expected to see anyone express a strong desire to stay with the Rays long term, but wow have times changed: Pena carries that mentality everywhere...

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  8. Line of the Day: The Struggles of Ben Sheets

    Ugly line from Ben Sheets today:0.0 IP, 8 H, 10 R, 9 ER, 1 BB, 1 HRYikes.Despite his poor performance, Sheets's optimistic approach reminds us all that this is spring training:"I felt ...

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  9. Heath Bell's Hometown Discount

    Padres closer Heath Bell will not be a free agent until after the 2011 season, but that doesn't stop folks from questioning Bell's future with the Padres...

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  10. What Is David Ortiz's Future with the Red Sox?

    When you think about the Red Sox from 2003-2009, the image of David Ortiz immediately comes to mind. Big Papi has been the face of the Red Sox since he burst onto the scene in 2003, ...

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  11. Cristian Guzman's Future Uncertain as Washington Nationals Weigh Options

    As Ian Desmond continues to make his case to be the Nationals' starting shortstop, one has to wonder where this would leave free agent to be Cristian Guzman...

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  12. Random Chatter: Joe Mauer to Boston?

    That's is everything doesn't pan out with the Twins of course....“In the end, I think the Twins sign him,’’ said a National League assistant general manager. “If they don’t, my bet is Boston...

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  13. Hal Steinbrenner Confirms What We Already Know

    Nearly a month ago, Brian Cashman declared that there will be no talks with either Derek Jeter or Mariano Rivera regarding contract extensions: When Brian Cashman looks at Derek Jeter, ...

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  14. Jose Reyes Has a Thyroid Problem...According to Whom?

    A thyroid problem. The Mets say yes. Reyes says no. Who to believe? Mets Jose Reyes has an overactive thyroid. The Mets said late Tuesday that tests administered in New York on Monday confirmed the original diagnosis...

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  15. Diamondbacks' Brandon Webb Faces Slow Recovery

    After weeks of positive reviews, free agent to be Brandon Webb has experienced a set back: Webb initially was going to throw to hitters Sunday or Monday, but that session was pushed back a couple of days...

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  16. Josh Beckett: Red Sox Optimistic about Reaching a New Contract

    According to Nick Cafardo, the contract talks seem to be progressing: 4. Josh Beckett, RHP, Red Sox—One major league source indicated that there’s more optimism about the Sox and Beckett reaching a contract accord this season...

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  17. Can the Brewers Keep Prince Fielder in Milwaukee Past 2011?

    Can the Brewers keep Prince Fielder past 2011? Doug Melvin, Milwaukee Brewers GM, thinks so but the debate lingers on: So is it possible to pay Fielder what the market might bear in two years, ...

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  18. The Future of Derrek Lee: Will He Be a Chicago Cub After 2010?

    Will 2010 be the last season for Derrek Lee as a Cub? Perhaps, but it looks like there is mutual interest on both sides: "The last time Derrek Lee was up for a new contract, he signed a five-year ...

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  19. For Padres' Kevin Correia, 2010 Will Be Critical

    2010 is a big year for free agent to be Kevin Correia. And he knows it: “I want to repeat and improve on what I did last season,” the right-handed starter said Saturday...

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  20. 2010 Preview

    While all the recent talk around MLB centers on Mark McGwire and steroids, it’s easy to forget that Spring Training is creeping up.Cactus League play begins on March 3 and Grapefruit League starts a day before that...

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  21. Josh Beckett and the Red Sox Probably Won't Negotiate During the Season

    So says Beckett: "Speaking on CSNNE’s SportsNet Central Thursday night, Red Sox pitcher Josh Beckett said he would most likely not negotiate a new contract with the Red Sox during the 2010 ...

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  22. Brandon Webb: More Good News for the Diamondbacks Ace in Spring Camp

    Just a few weeks after throwing off a mound for the first time, Brandon Webb threw 45 pitches yesterday in a bullpen session, according to MLB...

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  23. Carl Crawford and Tampa Bay Rays Scrap Contract Talks Until End of the Season

    No surprise here given the economics of the situation: "'We had an opportunity to exchange ideas with the club about a contract extension for Carl and it was clear to all of us that an immediate ...

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  24. Adam Dunn Is Focusing on Defense

    The Nationals slugging first baseball has been known as one of the biggest defensive liabilities in baseball throughout this career (mostly as a left fielder), but it appears that Dunn is making a strong effort to make himself a quality first baseman...

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  25. Carlos Pena Loves Tampa Bay

      Is Carlos Pena's love for Tampa Bay enough to keep him around long term? If it was up to Pena, it sounds like he'd stay in Tampa:   It was a true reflection, he said, of how excited he was ...

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