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The Week in Quotes: May 13-19
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Jonah Birenbaum, Andrew Koo and Satchel Price

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The Week in Quotes: May 6-12
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Pete Barrett, Jonah Birenbaum and Andrew Koo

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The Week in Quotes: April 29-May 5
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Pete Barrett, Jonah Birenbaum and Andrew Koo

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The Week in Quotes: April 22-28
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Pete Barrett, Jonah Birenbaum and Andrew Koo

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The Week in Quotes: April 15-21
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Pete Barrett, Jonah Birenbaum and Andrew Koo

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The Week in Quotes: April 8-14
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Pete Barrett, Jonah Birenbaum and Andrew Koo

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The Week in Quotes: April 1-7
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Pete Barrett, Hudson Belinsky, Jonah Birenbaum and Andrew Koo

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The Week in Quotes: March 25-31
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Pete Barrett, Hudson Belinsky, Jonah Birenbaum and Andrew Koo

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The Week in Quotes: March 18-24
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Pete Barrett, Hudson Belinsky, Jonah Birenbaum and Andrew Koo

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The Week in Quotes: March 11-17
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Pete Barrett, Hudson Belinsky, Jonah Birenbaum and Andrew Koo

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The Week in Quotes: March 4-10
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Pete Barrett, Hudson Belinsky, Jonah Birenbaum and Andrew Koo

03-04

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The Week in Quotes: February 25-March 3
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Hudson Belinsky, Jonah Birenbaum and Andrew Koo

02-27

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You Complete Me
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Jonah Birenbaum

02-25

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The Week in Quotes: February 18-24
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Pete Barrett, Hudson Belinsky, Jonah Birenbaum and Andrew Koo

02-18

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The Week in Quotes: February 11-17
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Pete Barrett, Hudson Belinsky, Jonah Birenbaum and Andrew Koo

02-11

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The Week in Quotes: February 4-10
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Pete Barrett, Hudson Belinsky, Jonah Birenbaum and Andrew Koo

02-04

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The Week in Quotes: January 28-February 3
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Pete Barrett, Hudson Belinsky, Jonah Birenbaum and Andrew Koo

01-28

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The Week in Quotes: January 21-27
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Pete Barrett, Hudson Belinsky, Jonah Birenbaum and Andrew Koo

01-21

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The Week in Quotes: January 14-20
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Hudson Belinsky, Jonah Birenbaum and Andrew Koo

01-18

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A Little Relief
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Jonah Birenbaum

01-14

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The Week in Quotes: January 7-13
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Hudson Belinsky, Jonah Birenbaum and Andrew Koo

01-07

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The Week in Quotes: December 31-January 6
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Hudson Belinsky, Jonah Birenbaum and Andrew Koo

12-26

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Prospectus Perspective: Could Jose Bautista Be Damaged Goods?
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Jonah Birenbaum

12-17

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The Week in Quotes: December 10-16
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Hudson Belinsky, Jonah Birenbaum, Andrew Koo and Matthew Rocco

12-10

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The Week in Quotes: December 3-9
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Hudson Belinsky, Jonah Birenbaum, Andrew Koo and Matthew Rocco

12-03

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The Week in Quotes: November 26-December 2
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Hudson Belinsky, Jonah Birenbaum, Andrew Koo and Matthew Rocco

11-26

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The Week in Quotes: November 19-25
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Hudson Belinsky, Jonah Birenbaum, Andrew Koo and Matthew Rocco

11-19

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The Week in Quotes: November 12-18
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Hudson Belinsky, Jonah Birenbaum, Andrew Koo and Matthew Rocco

11-12

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The Week in Quotes: November 5-11
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Hudson Belinsky, Jonah Birenbaum, Andrew Koo and Matthew Rocco

11-05

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The Week in Quotes: October 29-November 4
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Hudson Belinsky, Jonah Birenbaum, Andrew Koo and Matthew Rocco

10-29

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The Week in Quotes: October 22-28
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Hudson Belinsky, Jonah Birenbaum, Andrew Koo and Matthew Rocco

10-22

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The Week in Quotes: October 15-21
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Hudson Belinsky, Jonah Birenbaum, Andrew Koo and Matthew Rocco

10-15

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The Week in Quotes: October 8-14
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Hudson Belinsky, Jonah Birenbaum, Andrew Koo and Matthew Rocco

10-08

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The Week in Quotes: October 1-7
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Hudson Belinsky, Jonah Birenbaum, Andrew Koo and Matthew Rocco

10-01

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The Week in Quotes: September 24-30
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Hudson Belinsky, Jonah Birenbaum, Andrew Koo and Matthew Rocco

09-24

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The Week in Quotes: September 17-23
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Hudson Belinsky, Jonah Birenbaum, Andrew Koo and Matthew Rocco

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The Week in Quotes: September 10-16
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Hudson Belinsky, Jonah Birenbaum, Andrew Koo and Matthew Rocco

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The Week in Quotes: September 3-9
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Hudson Belinsky, Jonah Birenbaum, Andrew Koo and Matthew Rocco

08-27

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The Week in Quotes: August 20-26
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Hudson Belinsky, Jonah Birenbaum, Andrew Koo and Matthew Rocco

08-20

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The Week in Quotes: August 13-19
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Hudson Belinsky, Jonah Birenbaum, Andrew Koo and Matthew Rocco

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The Week in Quotes: August 6-12
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Hudson Belinsky, Jonah Birenbaum, Andrew Koo and Matthew Rocco

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The Week in Quotes: July 30-August 5
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Hudson Belinsky, Jonah Birenbaum, Andrew Koo and Matthew Rocco

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The Week in Quotes: July 23-29
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Hudson Belinsky, Jonah Birenbaum, Andrew Koo and Matthew Rocco

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The Week in Quotes: July 16-22
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Hudson Belinsky, Jonah Birenbaum, Andrew Koo and Matthew Rocco

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The Week in Quotes: July 9-July 15
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Hudson Belinsky, Jonah Birenbaum, Andrew Koo and Matthew Rocco

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The Week in Quotes: July 2-July 8
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Hudson Belinsky, Jonah Birenbaum, Andrew Koo and Matthew Rocco

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The Week in Quotes: June 25-July 1
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Hudson Belinsky, Jonah Birenbaum, Andrew Koo and Matthew Rocco

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The Week in Quotes: June 18-24
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Hudson Belinsky, Jonah Birenbaum, Andrew Koo and Matthew Rocco

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The Week in Quotes: June 11-17
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Hudson Belinsky, Jonah Birenbaum, Andrew Koo and Matthew Rocco

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The Week in Quotes: June 4-June 10
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Hudson Belinsky, Jonah Birenbaum, Andrew Koo and Matthew Rocco

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February 27, 2013 5:00 am

You Complete Me

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Jonah Birenbaum

Jonah looks at four teams that could benefit from finding platoon partners for players currently projected as regulars.

Platoons seem to carry an unfavorable stigma among major-league players, and I’d like to submit two hypotheses for the negative perception of them: the unavoidable association with Charlie Sheen and the unflattering premise of a player not being good enough to warrant a spot in the everyday lineup.

The latter is (probably) more damaging to a player’s psyche, but I believe this perception is borne of an imperfect understanding of what a platoon is. A platoon isn’t some scathing indictment of a player’s worth, but rather an astute recognition of ways to maximize value at a given position with the pieces at a team’s disposal.

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Running through the notable quotes of the week that was.

MO FACES HITTERS FOR FIRST TIME IN TEN MONTHS
"[It was] the first BP that I threw in almost a year, so I'm real happy with the results. It will get better. The longer I keep throwing, it will get better. ... It's good, man. I feel real good. I feel real good with the results."
—Yankees closer Mariano Rivera, who threw live BP on Friday, marking the first time he has thrown to hitters since tearing his anterior cruciate ligament last April. (Adam Berry, MLB.com)



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MICHAEL IS BOURN AGAIN IN CLEVELAND
"It was a long offseason, but it was fun for me. It taught me patience. It was interesting. I landed in a spot where I think that I'm wanted, where they're committed to me and I'm committed to them, and that was my main focus. ... I'm ready to rock-n-roll."
Michael Bourn, who was introduced as the newest member of the Cleveland Indians on Friday.  The 30-year-old signed a four-year, $48-million deal that will have him play center field for a team sporting a revamped roster featuring offseason acquisitions like Nick Swisher, Drew Stubbs, and Trevor Bauer. (Paul Hoynes, Cleveland Plain Dealer)



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SCHILLING SAYS SOX URGED HIM TO USE PEDs
"At the end of my career, in 2008 when I had gotten hurt, there was a conversation that I was involved in in which it was brought to my attention that this is a potential path I might want to pursue.”
Former Red Sox starter Curt Schilling, who revealed on Wednesday that members of the organization encouraged him to use performance-enhancing drugs during his tenure in Boston. (Matt Pepin, Boston Globe)



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OMAR VIZQUEL JOINS ANGELS AS INFIELD INSTRUCTOR
"It's a great presence that he brings, and it comes from his accomplishments—a long career that we believe culminates in the Hall of Fame. We're thrilled to have him."
Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto, on the hiring of 11-time Gold Glove winner Omar Vizquel, who will serve as the team’s roving infield instructor. (Alden Gonzalez, MLB.com)



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Running through the notable quotes of the week that was.

UPTONS IN ATLANTA
“To get a chance to play with J is unbelievable. I always hoped it would happen but never dreamed it would happen so soon. I can’t wait to run out there Opening Day next to him.”
B.J. Upton, on his brother being acquired via trade by the Braves. Justin Upton will play left field, and Jason Heyward will remain in right field. (David O’Brien and Carroll Rogers, AJC.com)



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Running through the notable quotes of the week that was.

BASEBALL BIDS FAREWELL TO PAIR OF LEGENDS
Earl Weaver was a brilliant baseball man, a true tactician in the dugout, and one of the key figures in the rich history of the Baltimore Orioles, the club he led to four American League pennants and the 1970 World Series championship. Having known Earl throughout my entire career in the game, I have many fond memories of the Orioles and the Brewers squaring off as American League East rivals. Earl's managerial style proved visionary, as many people in the game adopted his strategy and techniques years later.”
—Commissioner Bud Selig, in a farewell statement to famed Orioles manager Earl Weaver, who passed away on Saturday at the age of 82. (Marty Noble, MLB.com)



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January 18, 2013 5:00 am

A Little Relief

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Jonah Birenbaum

Rafael Soriano is off the market, but there are still some potentially useful bullpen arms to be had.

Earlier this week, Jon Heyman tweeted a short list of free agent relievers who could be a reasonable fit for the back end of the Blue Jays’ bullpen. Whether you credit Heyman with clairvoyance or good contacts, it just so happened that one of the names conspicuously absent from that list was Rafael Soriano. Hours later, the 33-year-old right-hander became a member of the Washington Nationals, signing a two-year, $28-million deal with a vesting option for 2015.

In snapping up Soriano, the Nats removed the best available free agent reliever from the market, but they left an assortment of lower-tier options for teams still looking to bolster their bullpens. Ken Rosenthal later listed several teams still interested in picking up a reliever, identifying the Rays, Tigers, Mariners, Marlins, and Mets as potential suitors. Here are some of the options they can consider:

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Running through the notable quotes of the week that was.

RED SOX EXPLORE FIRST-BASE OPTIONS AS NAPOLI DEAL STALLS
“I think as everyone knows, one of our goals this offseason was to add offense at first base. We haven't been unable to really do that, officially, yet. We're still talking, and when you're talking, there's hope for a resolution. But nothing to report right now.”
Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington, who continues to scour the free-agent market for potential first-base options, as the team’s tentative deal with Mike Napoli appears to have stalled due to concerns over the health of the 31-year-old’s hip. (Ian Browne, MLB.com)



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Running through the notable quotes of the week that was.

SWISHER OFFICIALLY WELCOMED INTO TRIBE
"Have you ever seen these guys recruit? When we made our trip here, it was almost a done deal right when we got here. They tugged on my heartstrings. My roots are deep at Ohio State. They hit all the right spots."
—Outfielder Nick Swisher, who, predictably, was all smiles as he met the Cleveland media on Thursday for the first time since signing a four-year, $56-million deal with the Indians, the biggest free-agent contract in club history. (Paul Hoynes, Cleveland Plain Dealer)



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The Blue Jays have turned over much of their team this winter, but they're still depending on a bounceback season by Jose Bautista. Will they get it?

Over the past few weeks, Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos has orchestrated an organizational overhaul of Pygmalion proportions. Essentially, he’s turned a perennial non-threat in the American League East into the division’s foremost...uh, well the baseball equivalent of Audrey Hepburn. You know, she played Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady.

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Running through the notable quotes of the week that was.

TEXAS, YOU SHOULD’VE PUT A RING ON IT
“I'm so excited and happy to hear an organization say we're so excited and happy we got you no matter what the risk is. They're going to help mewith my support system, as wellput things in place like I have with the Rangers. Nothing out of the ordinary; nothing that's straining to the organization or our clubhouse. So, I'm excited to be hereexcited to be with people who want me to be here.”
—New Angels outfielder Josh Hamilton, who signed with Anaheim for five years, $125 million. The Angels were late arrivals to the Hamilton sweepstakes, taking a key player from the division rival Rangers. (Alden Gonzalez, MLB.com)



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