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Supermodel Kate Upton in 2K12 commercial

[youtube]X22lzaE9KeM[/youtube] Here's Kate Upton, supermodel and SI swimsuit issue covergirl. And here she is...shilling MLB 2K12 (due out on March 6, 2012), along with Jay Bruce, CJ Wilson, Justin Verlander, and David Price. In typical Upton fashion, she's doing sexy things while teaching the players how to play the game a little bit. That could actually get me back into...
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February 14, 2012  |  Discuss

Chicago White Sox sign Kosuke Fukudome

The Chicago White Sox have signed former Chicago Cubs and Cleveland Indians outfielder Kosuke Fukudome to a one year deal worth $1 million. The deal has a club option for 2013. Fukudome made $13.5 million last year, which he spent with the Cubs and Indians. The Cubs initially signed the soon-to-be 35 year-old to a four year, $48 million contract in December of 2007. Despite making...
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February 14, 2012  |  Discuss

You may say I'm a dreamer: Cleveland Indians

What else can baseball fans do in January but dream of October? In You May Say I'm a Dreamer, the Outside Corner staff will imagine the route to a World Series in 2012 title for all 30 teams. The very notion of a team from Cleveland winning a championship is one that only exists in dreams, but in 2012, that dream finally came true when the Indians were on the receiving end...
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February 14, 2012  |  Discuss
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Yoenis Cespedes signs with Oakland

Many had penciled Yoenis Cespedes into the Marlins' opening day lineup, but the A's are the ones who landed the Cuban free agent with a four year, $36 million deal. 

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February 13, 2012  |  Discuss
NOW OR NEVER

Five managers who could be on the hot seat

About three weeks ago, we had a post here about the lame duck managers of the MLB, including a couple that were on the hot seat. Well, there are numerous other managers in the league on the hot seat going into the 2012 season for a variety of reasons, be it high expectations, consistent underperformance, or any other factor. Here are five managers who could be on the hot seat if...
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February 13, 2012  |  Discuss

You may say I'm a dreamer: Detroit Tigers

What else can baseball fans do in January but dream of October? In You May Say I'm a Dreamer, the Outside Corner staff will imagine the route to a World Series in 2012 title for all 30 teams. Some of these dreamer pieces are easier than others to write, take it from me, I'm the guy who had to conjure up a fantasy world in which the decrepit Houston Astros could win a championship...
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February 13, 2012  |  Discuss

Does AJ Burnett make sense for the Pirates?

The New York Yankees and Pittsburgh Pirates are talking about New York sending embattled starter AJ Burnett to the Pirates. The key hangup is salary, as Burnett is due $33 million over the next two seasons. The Yankees are looking to split the salary evenly, but the last report from Pittsburgh indicates that the Pirates are willing to eat about $11 million of Burnett's contract...
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February 11, 2012  |  Discuss

The five teams that improved the most this offseason

As the offseason winds down, we're going to start with some offseason recap pieces. First up, the five teams that improved the most this offseason. Lots of big-name free agents changed addresses this winter, but some teams got a lot better than others. For instance, despite the Detroit Tigers adding Prince Fielder, they lost Victor Martinez due to injury, and didn't do much...
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February 10, 2012  |  Discuss

You may say I'm a dreamer: New York Mets

What else can baseball fans do in January but dream of October? In You May Say I'm a Dreamer, the Outside Corner staff will imagine the route to a World Series in 2012 title for all 30 teams. Going into 2012, the New York Mets were projected as one of the worst teams in baseball, following the loss of free agent shortstop and last season's mid-year trades of closer Francisco...
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February 10, 2012  |  Discuss
THE END OF THE ROAD?

Former MLB stars facing unwanted retirement

We’re only days away from the official start to spring training and while pitchers and catchers get ready to report, there are a few former stars still looking for work. The last I heard of Vladimir Guerrero, he was holding out for a $5 million dollar contract. At this point, he might want to start considering all offers. Vlad the Impaler has become more like Vlad the flailer...
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February 09, 2012  |  Discuss

Rangers extend Nelson Cruz for two years

The Texas Rangers bought out Nelson Cruz's final two arbitration years today, inking the outfielder to a two year, $16 million deal. When healthy, the 31 year-old Cruz has been a masher for Texas. But injuries have been an issue for him, and his career high in plate appearances over three full seasons with the Rangers is just 515. Cruz has accrued 10.0 fWAR over those three...
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February 09, 2012  |  Discuss
BIG MONEY, BIG REWARDS?

Five contracts that will shape teams past 2012

There were a multitude of interesting contracts handed out this offseason, from big names like Albert Pujols, Prince Fielder, and Jose Reyes, to the mid-range starters like CJ Wilson and Mark Buerhle, to the lower level guys like Willie Bloomquist and Alex Gonzalez. Some of these contracts are going to affect their teams for more than just the 2012 season, though. Some will shape...
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February 09, 2012  |  Discuss

You may say I'm a dreamer: Miami Marlins

What else can baseball fans do in January but dream of October? In You May Say I'm a Dreamer, the Outside Corner staff will imagine the route to a World Series in 2012 title for all 30 teams. These dreamer pieces featured here at The Outside Corner have mostly come in the form of telling a story about how so-&-so team surprised everyone and won the World Series because...
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February 09, 2012  |  Discuss

Andrus extension is a placeholder for Rangers

The Texas Rangers agreed to a three year contract extension with shortstop Elvis Andrus yesterday to buy out all three of his arbitration years. The deal is worth between $14 and $15 million for the three years. You can say whatever the hell you want to say about Andrus, but here's a quick fact: barring something catastrophic, this three year deal will be his last contract with...
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February 08, 2012  |  Discuss

Interview with the creators of "Baseball Boyfriend"

The new CBS fantasy game Baseball Boyfriend got quite a bit of attention online yesterday, and we posted about it here. I got an e-mail in my inbox this morning from the creators of Baseball Boyfriend, asking if I'd like an interview with them. Of course, I jumped all over this, and here's my brief interview with Frank and Missy, creators of Baseball Boyfriend. Q: When initiating...
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February 08, 2012  |  Discuss

Kershaw's win-win extension

Yesterday, Clayton Kershaw signed a two year extension with the Los Angeles Dodgers that will pay him $19 million over the deal. He'll get $7.5 million this season for his age 24 season and $11 million next year for his age 25 season, with one year of arbitration left in 2014. At first glance, this seems like an excellent deal for the Dodgers. Tim Lincecum got $23 million for...
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February 08, 2012  |  Discuss

You may say I'm a dreamer: Washington Nationals

What else can baseball fans do in January but dream of October? In You May Say I'm a Dreamer, the Outside Corner staff will imagine the route to a World Series in 2012 title for all 30 teams. To think, the season started with people dreaming about how the Nationals could have been real contenders if only they hadn't been outbid for Prince Fielder by the Tigers.  That all...
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February 08, 2012  |  Discuss

Constantly rebuilding A's extend Billy Beane through 2019

It's been a pretty good year for Billy Beane, sure, the Athletics are coming off a disappointing 74-win season, but Beane himself has been immortalized on film by Brad Pitt's Oscar-nominated performance in Moneyball and now Billy is on the verge of completing a deal to extend his tenure in Oakland through the 2019 season. Given Beane's stellar reputation throughout the...
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February 08, 2012  |  Discuss

CBS's "Baseball Boyfriend" isn't going over well

Today, CBS released a new feature to go hand in hand with fantasy baseball season called, of all things, "Baseball Boyfriend". The jist of the feature is that each day, you pick a player from your team to accrue stats that go into a "boyfriend" category, and you compete against the other players' "boyfriends" throughout the season. That sentence...
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February 07, 2012  |  Discuss

Nobody wants to play in Pittsburgh

First, news broke yesterday that Edwin Jackson turned down a three year deal from the Pittsburgh Pirates. Then just a couple of hours ago today, the story came out that Roy Oswalt said "thanks, but no thanks" to the Pirates approaching him wanting to talk. So why don't players want to play in Pittsburgh? There's a culture of losing in Pittsburgh. The streak is...
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February 07, 2012  |  2 Comments

You may say I'm a dreamer: Atlanta Braves

What else can baseball fans do in January but dream of October? In You May Say I'm a Dreamer, the Outside Corner staff will imagine the route to a World Series in 2012 title for all 30 teams. After falling criminally short of making the playoffs last season, the Atlanta Braves made up for it in a big way in 2012 by winning the whole damn thing, knocking off the three-time...
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February 07, 2012  |  Discuss

Cubs DFA DeWitt, claim Cardenas

The Chicago Cubs essentially swapped out utilitymen today by claiming former Oakland Athletics minor leaguer Adrian Cardenas, and designating Blake DeWitt for assignment. DeWitt was actually a former top Dodgers prospect, OPSing .728 in his rookie year of 2008 while starting at third base. He spent most of 2009 in AAA, and in 31 games as a bench player in the majors, he OPSed just...
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February 06, 2012  |  Discuss

Mariners look to strike gold with Kuo

The LA Times is reporting today that the Seattle Mariners have signed former Los Angeles Dodgers reliever Hong-Chih Kuo to a one year deal. Terms weren't immediately disclosed, but Kuo was hunting somewhere in the neighborhood of one million dollars. Kuo made $2.725 million with the Dodgers last season. When healthy, Kuo can be one of the best relievers in baseball. In 2008...
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February 06, 2012  |  Discuss

A brief analysis of the Braves new jersey press conference

The Atlanta Braves introduced new alternate jerseys today, which is their third alternate jersey (and fifth overall) that the team wears in game action. That doesn't include their batting practice/spring training jersey. But enough about the inane concept of making another jersey. The press conference that the jerseys were introduced during was laughable in its own right. First...
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February 06, 2012  |  Discuss

You may say I'm a dreamer: Philadelphia Phillies

What else can baseball fans do in January but dream of October? In You May Say I'm a Dreamer, the Outside Corner staff will imagine the route to a World Series in 2012 title for all 30 teams. After three straight years of playoff disappointment, the Philadelphia Phillies have reached the promised land, and have won their second World Championship in the last five seasons, defeating...
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February 06, 2012  |  Discuss
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