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MLB Hot Stove: Braun, Hamilton, Morneau, Martin, & Prospects

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In his press conference today, Ryan Braun called MLB's drug testing policy, as it was applied to him, fatally flawed.

There is a zero percent chance we don't hear about this ad nauseam for the entirety of the 2012 season, but it's pretty unacceptable to have such important pieces of evidence be handled the way this was, whether you believe in Braun's innocence or not. MLB sort of threw Braun and themselves under the bus by saying they disagreed with the decision of the appeals process that they set forth. Why have an appeals process at all if it's not allowed to work?

Josh Hamilton doesn't plan on giving the Rangers a discount when it comes to contract extension negotiations.

"I love Texas, I love the fans, I love the organization, and I love my teammates. But I'm not going to sit here and say I owe the Rangers", Hamilton said. I'd personally be surprised to see Hamilton go to another team, but it sounds like the Rangers will really have to pay up if they want to keep him.

Justin Morneau acknowledged that the concussion he suffered in 2010 could end his career.

The former MVP has tried unsuccessfully to get back on the field ever since, and 2012 might be his last attempt at being able to play baseball again. Really unfortunate news. Seeing anyone's career ended by injury is always sad.

After coming to no extension conclusion this offeason, talks with Russell Martin won't continue until the season is over.

That's likely for the best, so that both parties can examine their options after the season plays out. So much can happen during the season, and new options can present themselves at any time, so it will be interesting to see how everything shakes out at that point.

Fangraphs released their Top 15 Yankee Prospects List and a very curious name comes in second.

Very curious, indeed. Manny Banuelos is first, Mason Williams is fourth, and Gary Sanchez is fifth. I don't put a lot of faith in prospect lists, but this one is rather different from the ones that have been released so far this offseason.

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