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spring training

Is it spring training yet? It’s that time of year again. It’s only mid-January, and when you’re as old and impatient as I am, the start of spring training still seems like an eternity. My only baseball “fix” is watching satellite games played in the winter Mexican Pacific League. I noticed that Cuban right-handed pitcher More...

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Ubaldo Jimenez
By Steve Randel On Sunday, December 29th, 2013

Free-agent pitchers rolling in dough; Ubaldo Jimenez patiently waits

After a strong finish in 2013, Ubaldo Jimenez is waiting for the right deal. (Ronald Martinez/Getty Images) It really amazes me that big league general managers continue to toss buckets of money at aging pitchers, More...

Omar Infante
By Steve Randel On Monday, December 16th, 2013

Omar Infante gets royal treatment from Kansas City

Omar Infante has 30 million reasons to be smiling today. (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports) Thanks to an assist from former New York Yankee Robinson Cano, who raised the market value of second basemen to somewhere More...

By Steve Randel On Saturday, December 7th, 2013

Yasmani Grandal hopes to put PED woes behind him

Yasmani Grandal has a lot to prove in 2014. (Christian Petersen/Getty Images) The Biogenesis fiasco that created an enormous black cloud over Major League Baseball in 2013 has all but blown over, except for the More...

Cuban baseball players
By Steve Randel On Wednesday, November 20th, 2013

Exodus of Cuban baseball players evaporating island talent

Yoenis Cespedes and Yasiel Puig headline a long list of Cuban baseball players who recently defected and are playing in Major League Baseball. (Jon SooHoo/LA Dodgers) Since there’s been a renewed buzz circulating More...

Robinson Cano connects for a hit.
By Steve Randel On Tuesday, November 12th, 2013

Can’t afford Robinson Cano? Best bargain Latinos for beer-budget teams

Robinson Cano’s hefty asking price will keep many teams looking in the bargain bin during free agency. (Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images) Let’s face it. There isn’t a team in the major leagues that More...

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