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  1. Dan Haren expects the Angels to trade him

    Nov 1, 2012, 2:51 PM EDT

    Dan Haren

    Yesterday the Angels traded Ervin Santana to the Royals, getting out from under his $13 million option for 2013, and there’s been tons of speculation that they’re looking to do the same thing with Dan Haren and his $15.5 million option or $3.5 million buyout. One way or another the Angels must exercise or decline…

  2. Don Zimmer is coming back for a 65th season

    Nov 1, 2012, 2:14 PM EDT

    Don Zimmer, Evan Longoria

    Don Zimmer will spend a 65th season in baseball, as the Rays announced that the 82-year-old will continue his role as senior baseball advisor after being away from the team for a while this season due to health problems. Next year will be his 10th season with the Rays, which matches the length of time…

  3. Little kids aren’t quite sure what to make of Tim Lincecum

    Nov 1, 2012, 1:20 PM EDT

    newsom and lincecum

    Sergio Romo wearing an “I just look illegal” t-shirt at the Giants’ championship parade yesterday was pretty funny, but my favorite picture from the event is lieutenant governor Gavin Newsom’s daughter reacting to Tim Lincecum: And the best part is that in a different picture 3-year-old Montana Newsom seems to like Romo and his crazy…

  4. Ozzie Guillen tweets congratulations to replacement Mike Redmond

    Nov 1, 2012, 12:48 PM EDT

    Ozzie Guillen

    Ozzie Guillen continues to take the high road, which is both commendable and sort of unfortunate for those of us entertained by his various treks on the low road. congrats mike redmond for u new job good luck buddy u have great guys going to play for you — Ozzie Guillen (@OzzieGuillen) November 1, 2012

  5. John Danks ahead of schedule in recovery from surgery

    Nov 1, 2012, 12:16 PM EDT

    John Danks

    By bringing back Jake Peavy and Gavin Floyd the White Sox now have five starters in place even with John Danks out following shoulder surgery. However, it sounds like Danks might be back on the mound sooner than initially expected. Dan Hayes of CSNChicago.com reports that Danks has already started a throwing program three months…

  6. Marlins hire Mike Redmond as manager

    Nov 1, 2012, 11:35 AM EDT

    Mike Redmond Marlins

    Mike Redmond was considered the frontrunner to replace Ozzie Guillen in Miami during the entire interview process and sure enough Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com reports that the Marlins have hired the former catcher to be their next manager. Redmond came up through the Marlins’ farm system and played for them from 1998-2004 before signing with…

  7. Adam LaRoche, Sean Burnett decline options with Nationals

    Nov 1, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

    Adam LaRoche

    First baseman Adam LaRoche and reliever Sean Burnett are officially free agents after both players declined their half of mutual options with the Nationals. LaRoche turned down $10 million and Burnett turned down $3.5 million after the team previously exercised its half of both options. LaRoche will have no trouble securing a multi-year deal on…

  8. Rangers “are determined” to let Alexi Ogando be a starter

    Nov 1, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    alexi ogando getty

    Alexi Ogando has moved back and forth from the bullpen to the rotation for Texas during the past two seasons, making 30 starts and 59 relief appearances while thriving in both roles, and now T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports that the Rangers “are determined” to use him as a starter in 2013. Ogando has a…

  9. Jeff Kent on “Survivor” recap: “I’m a motorcycle dealer”

    Nov 1, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

    Survivor Smacked Me In The Chops

    I watched Jeff Kent on “Survivor” last night so you didn’t have to … • Kent explains to the camera that last week he went back and forth on whether to direct his alliance to vote out Jonathan, ultimately deciding against it. Moments later Jonathan tells the camera: “I think Jeff and I have built…

  10. Option trading: Royals acquire Ervin Santana from Angels

    Oct 31, 2012, 5:01 PM EDT

    Ervin Santana

    This week the Angels have reportedly been shopping Ervin Santana and Dan Haren as they face big-money option decisions on both pitchers and according to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com they’ve found a taker for Santana in the Royals. No word yet on the return coming back to the Angels, but don’t expect it to be…

  11. Pirates options: Rod Barajas declined, Pedro Alvarez picked up

    Oct 31, 2012, 4:16 PM EDT

    Pedro Alvarez

    Pittsburgh made a pair of expected option decisions, declining a $4 million deal with catcher Rod Barajas and exercising a $700,000 deal with third baseman Pedro Alvarez. Barajas knew the move was coming after he hit just .206 this season and has said he’d be willing to take less money to remain in Pittsburgh, but…

  12. Astros decline $4 million option on Chris Snyder

    Oct 31, 2012, 3:49 PM EDT

    Chris Snyder

    Chris Snyder hit just .176 in 76 games for the Astros, so not surprisingly they’ve declined his $4 million option for 2013 and will instead pay a $500,000 buyout. Not so long ago Snyder was an established, young starting catcher, but his health and production have both been issues since leaving the Diamondbacks in mid-2010.…

  13. Ryan Ludwick declines mutual option, becomes free agent

    Oct 31, 2012, 3:15 PM EDT

    Ryan Ludwick

    Ryan Ludwick and the Reds had a $5 million mutual option for 2013, but the outfielder turned down his half today to become a free agent. It was an easy call for Ludwick, who turned his career around after back-to-back poor seasons by hitting .275 with 26 homers and an .877 OPS in 125 games.…

  14. Dodgers identify Rays’ James Shields as “No. 1 target”

    Oct 31, 2012, 2:14 PM EDT

    james shields getty

    According to Mark Saxon of ESPN Los Angeles the Dodgers are looking to add another veteran starting pitcher with Chad Billingsley and Ted Lilly both question marks health-wise, and their “No. 1 target” is Rays right-hander James Shields. Tampa Bay picked up Shields’ option for 2013, because at $10.25 million it’s a no-brainer, and he’s…

  15. Royals decline $7.5 million option on Joakim Soria

    Oct 31, 2012, 1:20 PM EDT

    joakim soria getty

    Joakim Soria missed the entire season following Tommy John elbow surgery and today the Royals declined their $7.5 million option on the once-elite closer, making him a free agent. Soria will hit the open market after receiving a $750,000 buyout, although Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star reports that it’s possible the Royals will…

  16. Orioles decline $11 million option on Mark Reynolds

    Oct 31, 2012, 12:48 PM EDT

    Mark Reynolds

    Baltimore has declined its $11 million team option on Mark Reynolds after he set a career-low in slugging percentage while being moved from third base to first base. However, because he’s still an arbitration-eligible player Reynolds does not simply become an outright free agent. Instead, as Brittany Ghiroli of MLB.com reports, the Orioles have until…

  17. Angel Pagan worked the drive-thru window at Taco Bell and gave away free tacos

    Oct 31, 2012, 12:16 PM EDT

    pagan-taco

    Giants center fielder Angel Pagan provided free tacos for the whole country by stealing second base in Game 2 of the World Series as part of a Taco Bell promotion. Yesterday was the day for everyone to come claim their tacos and Pagan spent the afternoon hanging out at a Taco Bell in Redwood City,…

  18. Hunter Pence was on “Conan” last night

    Oct 31, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

    hunter pence and conan

    Giants right fielder Hunter Pence was a guest on “Conan” last night and chatted with Conan O’Brien about, among other things, his love for Katy Perry: Pence also shared this photo of him chatting with O’Brien backstage before the show.

  19. Bryan Price pulls out of running in Marlins’ manager search

    Oct 31, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    Getty Bryan Price

    Bryan Price interviewed to replace Ozzie Guillen as Marlins manager last week, but John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports that the Reds pitching coach has now withdrawn his name from consideration. He’ll remain in Cincinnati after previously signing a contract extension with the Reds. Meanwhile, according to Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald the…

  20. Brian Butterfield leaves Blue Jays for Red Sox, but still a candidate to manage Blue Jays

    Oct 31, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

    brian-butterfield-blue-jays

    Yesterday third base coach Brian Butterfield left the Blue Jays to take the same job on John Farrell’s new staff in Boston, but Rob Bradford of WEEI.com reports that Butterfield could wind up right back in Toronto as manager. Bradford spoke to an unnamed source who told him that Butterfield remains a candidate in the…

  21. Rangers decline Scott Feldman, Yoshinori Tateyama options

    Oct 30, 2012, 5:17 PM EDT

    Scott Feldman pitches against the Detroit Tigers during the third inning in Game 2 of their MLB American League Championship Series baseball playoffs in Arlington

    As expected the Rangers have declined their 2013 options on right-handers Scott Feldman and Yoshinori Tateyama. Run support and luck allowed Feldman to win 17 games in 2009 despite a 4.08 ERA and that got him a contract extension, but in three seasons since then he’s been ineffective and injured with a 5.15 ERA in…

  22. Ricky Romero undergoes minor elbow surgery, gets plasma injections in both knees

    Oct 30, 2012, 4:46 PM EDT

    Ricky Romero

    Shi Davidi of Sportsnet reports that Blue Jays left-hander Ricky Romero underwent arthroscopic elbow surgery and “received platelet-rich plasma injections in both knees to enhance recovery from quad tendinitis,” which perhaps helps explain at least some of his disastrous season. Romero was an All-Star last season and got off to a decent start this year,…

  23. A.J. Ellis’ wife gave birth in a car while he drove to hospital

    Oct 30, 2012, 4:16 PM EDT

    baby on board

    A.J. Ellis finally getting an extended chance in the majors at age 31 and emerging as the Dodgers’ starting catcher was a pretty good story, but Ellis’ wife giving birth to their third child tops it pretty easily. Molly Knight of ESPN.com has the details: On Oct. 12, Ellis’ wife, Cindy, gave birth to the…

  24. Braves exercise options on Brian McCann, Tim Hudson, Paul Maholm

    Oct 30, 2012, 3:15 PM EDT

    Hudson McCann

    Atlanta has exercised its options on catcher Brian McCann, right-hander Tim Hudson, and left-hander Paul Maholm, bringing all three players back for 2013 at a combined cost of $27.5 million. McCann faded badly in the second half and was benched in the Wild Card playoff game, but it would have been tough for the Braves…

  25. Do you know this Giants fan?

    Oct 30, 2012, 2:50 PM EDT

    Giants logo

    The orange towel hooked onto his belt is a nice touch: The San Francisco Police Department is asking for the public’s help to find this person. twitter.com/Josh_Suchon/st… — Josh Suchon (@Josh_Suchon) October 30, 2012

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