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  1. Rangers grant Astros permission to interview Thad Levine

    Nov 29, 2011, 1:48 PM EDT

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    Just as the Rays did with Andrew Friedman, the Rangers have granted the Astros permission to speak to Thad Levine about their general manager opening, according to T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com. Levine is the Rangers’ assistant general manager, working under Jon Daniels for the past six seasons. It seems fairly obvious that Friedman is the…

  2. David Bell is the Reds’ new Triple-A manager

    Nov 29, 2011, 1:16 PM EDT

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    David Bell, who retired in 2006 following a 16-season career in the majors, is now the Reds’ new Triple-A manager. Bell spent the past three years managing at Double-A and gets the promotion despite a 176-239 record there. Rick Sweet, who’d served as Louisville’s manager since 2004, will reportedly take another role in the organization.…

  3. Happy birthday to the greatest baseball announcer of all time

    Nov 29, 2011, 12:44 PM EDT

    Vin Scully

    Today is Vin Scully’s birthday and the greatest announcer in baseball history turns 84 years old. And come April he’ll begin his 63rd season as voice of the Dodgers. I have no strong feelings about the Dodgers good or bad, yet season after season find myself choosing them as my late-night viewing several times per…

  4. White Sox “trying to move” setup man Matt Thornton

    Nov 29, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

    A.J. Pierzynski, Matt Thornton

    Last spring Matt Thornton signed a two-year, $12 million extension that hasn’t started yet, but Buster Olney of ESPN.com reports that the White Sox “are trying to move” the longtime setup man. Thornton got off to a bad start this year, blowing whatever chance he had of becoming the White Sox’s permanent closer, but recovered…

  5. Marlins “rolled out the red carpet” for C.J. Wilson in Miami

    Nov 29, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

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    C.J. Wilson was in Miami yesterday to meet with the Marlins and Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post has some of the details of their courtship. There was a personal tour of the new ballpark from owner Jeffrey Loria and lunch at Joe’s Stone Crab, with agent Bob Garber saying afterward that the Marlins…

  6. Nationals’ Chris Marrero suffers torn hamstring in winter ball

    Nov 29, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    Florida Marlins v Washington Nationals

    Nationals first baseman Chris Marrero tore his left hamstring while playing in the Dominican winter league earlier this month and could miss the entire season, according to Bill Ladson of MLB.com. Marrero repeatedly said that he doesn’t expect to miss all of 2012, but Ladson reports that the hamstring was torn off the bone and…

  7. Bidding for Japanese shortstop Hiroyuki Nakajima ends Friday

    Nov 29, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    Hikoyuki Nakakima

    As expected, Japanese shortstop Hiroyuki Nakajima has been posted by the Seibu Lions and the bidding is open until Friday. Tsuyoshi Nishioka flopping with the Twins may have further soured MLB teams on Japanese middle infielders, but Nakajima is a longtime star in Japan who’ll no doubt still draw interest from multiple teams. Last offseason…

  8. Red Sox rule out Torey Lovullo in manager search

    Nov 28, 2011, 5:17 PM EDT

    Toronto Blue Jays Photo Day

    Cross another name off the list, as Joe McDonald of ESPN Boston reports that the Red Sox have ruled out Torey Lovullo as their next manager. Sandy Alomar Jr. was ruled out last week, which means Bobby Valentine and Gene Lamont are the only remaining candidates. And just about everyone seems to think the job…

  9. Minor league umpires agree to new labor deal

    Nov 28, 2011, 4:47 PM EDT

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    With their current deal set to expire later this week, minor league umpires have agreed to a new labor contract. According to the Associated Press “the agreement calls for salaries to remain the same until 2016 when umps will receive a minimum $100 per month raise, depending on service time.” In the meantime the umpires…

  10. Brewers hire Johnny Narron to replace Dale Sveum as hitting coach

    Nov 28, 2011, 3:15 PM EDT

    johnny narron rangers

    Dale Svuem taking over as the Cubs’ manager left the Brewers without a hitting coach and today they filled the position with Johnny Narron, whose brother Jerry is Milwaukee’s bench coach. Narron has lots of experience coaching and managing in the Brewers’ minor-league system and most recently served as the Rangers’ assistant hitting coach, working…

  11. Rockies interested in free agent catcher Ramon Hernandez

    Nov 28, 2011, 2:44 PM EDT

    Ramon Hernandez

    Colorado is interested in signing free agent Ramon Hernandez and might be willing to trade incumbent catcher Chris Iannetta to make room for him behind the plate, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com. Iannetta’s stock has dropped considerably in the past couple seasons, so it’s not surprising that the Rockies are willing to part with…

  12. Ron Johnson takes Triple-A job with Orioles after being fired by Red Sox

    Nov 28, 2011, 1:52 PM EDT

    Boston Red Sox v Tampa Bay Rays

    Fired last month as the Red Sox’s first base coach, Ron Johnson has taken a job with the Orioles as their Triple-A manager. He’ll manage at Triple-A Norfolk, with Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun reporting that the Orioles will reassign the man he’s replacing, Gary Allenson, to another role in the organization. Prior to…

  13. Jonathan Broxton close to signing, won’t return to Dodgers

    Nov 28, 2011, 1:20 PM EDT

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    Jonathan Broxton‘s agent told Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times that the rehabbing right-hander is close to signing and has ruled out returning to the Dodgers. According to agent B.B. Abbott “he had multiple suitors and we should have something tentative in the next few days.” Earlier this offseason Broxton was said to be…

  14. Twins hire Rays scout Gene Glynn as Triple-A manager

    Nov 28, 2011, 12:48 PM EDT

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    Gene Glynn, a 55-year-old Minnesota native who spent the past five years as a scout for the Rays, is the Twins’ new Triple-A manager. He hasn’t managed anywhere since 1992 and never managed above rookie-ball, but Glynn spent 13 years on major-league coaching staffs under managers Don Baylor and Felipe Alou. Glynn also grew up…

  15. Astros fired general manager Ed Wade with two years remaining on contract

    Nov 28, 2011, 12:16 PM EDT

    Ed Wade, Brad Mills

    Ed Wade is out of a job after being fired by the Astros last night, but the 55-year-old former general manager will be collecting a paycheck for two more seasons. Wade told Zachary Levine of the Houston Chronicle that an “evergreen” provision in his contract recently kicked in to extend the deal another season, meaning…

  16. Mariners’ trade for John Jaso may make Miguel Olivo available

    Nov 28, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

    Miguel Olivo

    Ongoing speculation that Seattle could look to trade catcher Miguel Olivo is likely even stronger after the Mariners acquired John Jaso from the Rays last night. Jaso facing most right-handers and Olivo facing most left-handers is a natural platoon from which the Mariners could get very nice production, but Adam Moore is also waiting in…

  17. Tigers “have been in contact” with free agent Aramis Ramirez

    Nov 28, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    Aramis Ramirez

    In addition to their reported interest in Mark Buehrle the Tigers “have been in contact with the agent for” Aramis Ramirez, according to Jason Beck of MLB.com. Beck writes that “there are no negotiations going on” and the two sides haven’t talked since early this month, but adds that Thanksgiving may have played a part…

  18. Tal Smith upset with how Astros fired him after 35 years

    Nov 28, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    Pittsburgh Pirates v Houston Astros

    Tal Smith spent 35 years in the Astros organization prior to being fired last night and the longtime team president told Zachary Levine of the Houston Chronicle that he’s upset with how the situation unfolded. Smith admitted to seeing the writing on the wall once Jim Crane named George Postolos the president of his new…

  19. Phillies tried to talk Billy Wagner out of retirement

    Nov 28, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

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    Billy Wagner retired after the 2010 season despite coming off one of his best years, saving 37 games with a 1.43 ERA in 69 innings for the Braves, and Mark Hale of the New York Post reports that the Phillies recently tried to talk the now 40-year-old left-hander out of retirement. Wagner declined, telling them:…

  20. Indians expect Grady Sizemore “to play the vast majority of games”

    Nov 25, 2011, 10:40 AM EDT

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    In re-signing Grady Sizemore to a one-year, $5 million contract Indians general manager Chris Antonetti said that he expects the oft-injured outfielder to be fully healthy by spring training and “to play the vast majority of games” in 2012. Sizemore, who played just 71 games this year and 33 games in 2010, underwent his latest…

  21. Yankees re-sign Freddy Garcia to one-year, $5 million deal

    Nov 24, 2011, 12:28 PM EDT

    Freddy Garcia, Joe Girardi

    Freddy Garcia and the Yankees have agreed to a one-year, $5 million contract, according to Jon Heyman of SI.com. Garcia proved to be a tremendous bargain for New York this year, winning a rotation spot in the spring training after signing for a minor-league deal and throwing 147 innings with a 3.62 ERA that was…

  22. Raul Ibanez agreed to decline Phillies’ arbitration offer

    Nov 24, 2011, 10:23 AM EDT

    Phillies' Ibanez reacts to grounding out to end the seventh inning of their MLB baseball playoff game against the Cardinals in Philadelphia

    Philadelphia’s decision to offer Raul Ibanez arbitration yesterday made zero sense unless the two sides had a pre-arranged agreement that the 39-year-old outfielder would decline. Sure enough, Buster Olney of ESPN.com reports exactly that, as Ibanez did the Phillies a favor and agreed ahead of time to decline an arbitration offer to basically just give…

  23. Albert Pujols sticking with agent Dan Lozano amid allegations

    Nov 24, 2011, 9:36 AM EDT

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    Earlier this week Deadspin published a lengthy story that included many unsavory allegations about agent Dan Lozano, whose client list includes Albert Pujols, Alex Rodriguez, and lots of other big names. Last night Lozano’s lawyer issued a statement denying the claims and Pujols told Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch: I am absolutely…

  24. Raul Ibanez surprisingly among Phillies arbitration offerings

    Nov 23, 2011, 4:45 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v Arizona Diamondbacks

    As expected the Phillies offered arbitration to Jimmy Rollins and Ryan Madson, but surprisingly they also did the same with Raul Ibanez. Ibanez is 39 years old and was paid $12 million this season to hit just .245 with a .289 on-base percentage and .419 slugging percentage in 144 games, which along with sub par…

  25. Jose Molina signing with Rays “appears imminent”

    Nov 23, 2011, 4:16 PM EDT

    Jose Molina

    Last week Jose Molina was said to be negotiating a deal with the Rays and now Joe Smith of the St. Petersburg Times reports that an agreement “appears imminent.” Molina would back up John Jaso, essentially replacing fellow right-handed-hitting free agent Kelly Shoppach. Molina lacks Shoppach’s power and ability to knock around left-handed pitching, but…

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