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

    Nov 28, 2011, 10:47 AM EST

    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…

  2. Phillies tried to talk Billy Wagner out of retirement

    Nov 28, 2011, 10:15 AM EST

    billy-wagner-braves

    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:…

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

    Nov 25, 2011, 10:40 AM EST

    sizemore close

    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…

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

    Nov 24, 2011, 12:28 PM EST

    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…

  5. Raul Ibanez agreed to decline Phillies’ arbitration offer

    Nov 24, 2011, 10:23 AM EST

    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…

  6. Albert Pujols sticking with agent Dan Lozano amid allegations

    Nov 24, 2011, 9:36 AM EST

    pujols getty

    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…

  7. Raul Ibanez surprisingly among Phillies arbitration offerings

    Nov 23, 2011, 4:45 PM EST

    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…

  8. Jose Molina signing with Rays “appears imminent”

    Nov 23, 2011, 4:16 PM EST

    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…

  9. Royals “making progress” toward re-signing Bruce Chen

    Nov 23, 2011, 3:41 PM EST

    bruce chen ap

    Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Start reports that the Royals are “making progress in reaching agreement on a new contract” with free agent left-hander Bruce Chen, with general manager Dayton Moore saying that the two sides are hoping to get a deal finalized before the winter meetings next month. Chen looked just about finished…

  10. Juan Pierre doesn’t get arbitration offer from White Sox

    Nov 23, 2011, 2:40 PM EST

    Juan Pierre

    Chicago won’t be getting a compensatory draft pick if Juan Pierre leaves as a free agent, as the White Sox declined to offer arbitration to the veteran outfielder with Type B status. Pierre hit .279 with his usual lack of power and plate discipline, posting a sub-.700 OPS for the fourth time in five years.…

  11. Orioles not offering arbitration to free agent Vladimir Guerrero

    Nov 23, 2011, 1:20 PM EST

    Vladimir Guerrero

    As expected, the Orioles announced that they are not offering arbitration to free agent Vladimir Guerrero. Guerrero is coming off a career-worst season at age 36, so odds are he would have simply accepted an arbitration offer and locked the Orioles into a one-year deal paying him at least $8 million. Baltimore understandably didn’t want…

  12. Japanese team agrees to post reliever Hiroki Sanada

    Nov 23, 2011, 12:51 PM EST

    Hiroki Sanada

    Japanese relief pitcher Hiroki Sanada’s exclusive negotiating rights will be up for auction, as Patrick Newman of NPB Tracker reports that the Yokohama Bay Stars have decided to post the 28-year-old right-hander. However, based on Sanada’s mediocre numbers and Newman’s underwhelming scouting report it doesn’t sound as though he’s likely to draw a ton of…

  13. Braves choose not to offer arbitration to Alex Gonzalez

    Nov 23, 2011, 12:19 PM EST

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    In order to receive a compensatory draft pick for Alex Gonzalez signing elsewhere the Braves would first have to offer him arbitration, but the team announced today that they’ve decided not to risk the free agent shortstop accepting and locking them into a one-year deal. That means the Braves pass up the chance for a…

  14. Indians re-sign Grady Sizemore to one-year, $5 million deal

    Nov 23, 2011, 11:23 AM EST

    Grady Sizemore

    Three weeks after declining their $8.5 million option on Grady Sizemore the Indians have re-signed the oft-injured outfielder to a one-year, $5 million contract. Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports that the deal also includes up to $4 million in additional incentives and Sizemore received a $500,000 buyout to become a free agent in the first…

  15. All-Star reliever Aaron Crow wants spot in Royals’ rotation

    Nov 23, 2011, 10:47 AM EST

    Aaron Crow

    Aaron Crow made the All-Star team as a rookie and finished the year with a 2.76 ERA and 65 strikeouts in 62 innings, but now the Royals are giving the 25-year-old former first-round pick a chance to win a rotation spot in 2012 after he started in college and the minors. Crow told Bob Dutton…

  16. Wilson Ramos returned to winter ball action in Venezuela

    Nov 23, 2011, 10:15 AM EST

    FILE: MLB Player Wilson Ramos Kidnapped in Venezuela

    Wilson Ramos was in the Aragua Tigers’ lineup last night, returning to Venezuelan winter ball action 13 days after being kidnapped at gunpoint and rescued by police 51 hours later. Ramos went 0-for-5 as the Tigers’ designated hitter and cleanup man. Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo said last week that he supported Ramos’ decision to…

  17. Mariano Rivera may need surgery on his vocal cords

    Nov 22, 2011, 5:17 PM EST

    Mariano Rivera

    In the strongest evidence yet that Mariano Rivera is, in fact, human, the Yankees closer told Anthony McCarron of the New York Daily News that he likely needs vocal cord surgery. Rivera said that his vocal cords have “been bothering him for a month.” Presumably the surgery wouldn’t have any impact on Rivera’s usual offseason…

  18. Tweet of the Day: Matt Kemp just wants to party

    Nov 22, 2011, 3:48 PM EST

    matt kemp tweet

    Matt Kemp doesn’t seem too broken up about finishing runner-up to Ryan Braun in the MVP voting:

  19. Lonnie Chisenhall and Jason Kipnis expected to be Opening Day starters for Indians

    Nov 22, 2011, 2:44 PM EST

    Cincinnati Reds v Cleveland Indians

    In his most recent mailbag column Jordan Bastian of MLB.com writes that third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall and second baseman Jason Kipnis are both likely to be in the Indians’ lineup on Opening Day, although he says Chisenhall “would be the more likely of the two to start at Triple-A.” Jason Donald and Jack Hannahan will…

  20. Red Sox tried to talk Blue Jays into letting them interview manager John Farrell

    Nov 22, 2011, 1:50 PM EST

    John Farrell

    Back in the early days of Boston’s never-ending managerial search the Blue Jays changed their team policy to block the Red Sox from potentially interviewing John Farrell. However, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com even after that policy switch the Red Sox tried to talk the Blue Jays into changing their mind about Farrell, who…

  21. Pitcher turned outfielder Adam Loewen signs minor-league deal with Mets

    Nov 22, 2011, 1:18 PM EST

    Adam Loewen

    Adam Loewen’s conversion from pitcher to outfielder went well enough that he made it back to the majors with Toronto as a hitter in September, but the Blue Jays let him go after the season and now the former No. 4 overall pick has signed a minor-league deal with the Mets. Loewen played well at…

  22. Report: Grady Sizemore has agreed to re-sign with Indians

    Nov 22, 2011, 12:16 PM EST

    Cleveland Indians v Baltimore Orioles

    Last week Grady Sizemore was to be putting negotiations with other teams on hold in an effort to work out a deal with the Indians and now Nick Camino of 1100-WTAM in Cleveland reports that the two sides have agreed to a contract. According to Camino an official announcement “will happen by tonight or tomorrow.”…

  23. Neftali Feliz happy to be moving into the Rangers’ rotation

    Nov 22, 2011, 11:51 AM EST

    New York Yankees v Texas Rangers, Game 2

    By signing Joe Nathan to a two-year, $14.5 million contract the Rangers showed that they’re committed to moving Neftali Feliz into the rotation and the 23-year-old closer issued a statement saying he’s on board with the switch: Jon Daniels and Ron Washington called me a couple of days ago and told me about the team’s…

  24. C.J. Wilson to visit the Marlins in Miami after Thanksgiving

    Nov 22, 2011, 11:19 AM EST

    Texas Rangers starting pitcher C.J. Wilson faces the St. Louis Cardinals in the 1st inning of Game 1 of MLB's World Series baseball championship in St. Louis

    C.J. Wilson dined last night with Angels manager Mike Scioscia and general manager Jerry Dipoto, and Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald reports that the free agent left-hander’s next meeting with come with the Marlins after Thanksgiving. According to Spencer the two sides initially spoke at the general manager meetings in Milwaukee last week and…

  25. Man arrested for breaking into White Sox GM’s house drank his beer and wore his World Series ring

    Nov 22, 2011, 10:47 AM EST

    Ken Williams

    OK, so this might be taking the whole “GM for a day” thing a little too far. Paula Faris of NBC Chicago reports that a man was arrested yesterday for allegedly breaking into White Sox general manager Ken Williams’ home after “police found him wearing Williams’ clothes and the GM’s 2005 World Series ring.” But…

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