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A.J. Burnett Trade Imminent After New York Yankees Set Saturday Deadline

The New York Yankees have set a deadline to trade A.J. Burnett, their 35-year old starter. According to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, the Yankees would like to trade Burnett before Saturday, when the teams’ pitchers and catchers are set to report to Tampa. The Yankees have been engaged in talks with at least four … Continue reading

Out of Options

by Tim Dierkes The following 40-man roster players have less than five years service time and are out of minor league options. That means they must clear waivers before being sent to the minors. I’ve excluded players on multiyear deals. This list was compiled through MLBTR’s sources. Angels Alberto Callaspo, Kendrys Morales, Rich Thompson, Jerome … Continue reading

West Notes: Cruz, Cespedes, Dodgers, Padres

Passing along a few stray items out of the West divisions … Rangers outfielder Nelson Cruz’s two-year, $16MM contract is backloaded, according to the Associated Press (h/t Boston Herald). Cruz will earn $5MM in 2012, along with a $500K signing bonus, and will earn $10.5MM in 2013. The right-handed hitter can also earn up to … Continue reading

Quick Hits: Ordonez, Fukudome, Rizzo

by Ben Nicholson-Smith The latest links from around MLB… Free agent outfielder Magglio Ordonez told Los Cronistas that he wants to play, but doesn’t plan on accepting a minor league deal (Twitter links, hat tip to Danny Knobler). The Athletics and other clubs have shown some interest, but haven’t made concrete offers. Jim Margalus of … Continue reading

Josh Hamilton talks ‘makeover’ by By Richard Durrett ESPNDallas.com

Texas Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton said Wednesday that he’s committed to figuring out why he had another alcohol relapse and is undergoing what he called a “Josh Hamilton makeover.” Hamilton appeared on “Glenn Beck” on GBTV.com with guest host Dr. James Robison, Hamilton’s pastor with LIFE Outreach, a Christian ministry based in Euless, Texas. The … Continue reading

Bobby V: Spring regimen draws frowns

Boston Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine said Wednesday that his spring training regimen has so far been met with some grumbling from players who aren’t used to his more demanding style. “When I look at the program we devised, I don’t think of it as tough. But it seems it’s different because a lot of people … Continue reading

Cuban star Soler works out for Blue Jays By Jesse Sanchez / MLB.com | 02/15/12 4:15 PM EST

The market continues to take shape for outfielder Jorge Soler, considered by many to be the next big Cuban prospect on the scene after Yoenis Cespedes, who signed with the Oakland A’s earlier this week. On Wednesday morning, Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos and members of his front office watched the 19-year-old Soler — … Continue reading

Fantasy Baseball Sleepers 2012: Pitchers Who Will Have Breakout Years from MLB news, opinion, photos, and more | Bleacher Report by Ryan Rudnansky

Fantasy baseball owners are always looking for that next big ace who they can find later in the draft. Fantasy baseball is not only about landing proven stars, but also finding the hidden gems of the season. More than a few of us have soared and/or been burned by breakout stars. Here’s a look at … Continue reading

Comparisons To Pedro Martinez from Miami Marlins Ballpark Under Scrutiny Again – Baseball Nation by Jeff Sullivan

Julio Teheran has drawn comparisons to Pedro Martinez. Carlos Martinez has drawn comparisons to Pedro Martinez. Yordano Ventura has drawn comparisons to Pedro Martinez. Rubby de la Rosa has drawn comparisons to Pedro Martinez. Yu Darvish has drawn comparisons to Pedro Martinez. Jairo Heredia has drawn comparisons to Pedro Martinez.

Cardinals intend to keep Jackson at shortstop By Jenifer Langosch / MLB.com | 02/15/12 2:20 PM EST

Though Ryan Jackson’s time in the Arizona Fall League was spent jumping around on defense, the Cardinals intend to continue prioritizing work at shortstop for the 23-year-old infielder. Before playing in the AFL, Jackson, who was drafted in 2009, had been used exclusively as a shortstop. That changed, though, when he landed on the same … Continue reading