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  1. Cubs sign David DeJesus to two-year, $10 million deal

    Nov 30, 2011, 12:44 PM EST

    Athletics' DeJesus hits a solo home run against the Angels during their MLB American League baseball game in Anaheim

    David DeJesus has agreed to a two-year contract with the Cubs and is expected to be Chicago’s starting right fielder, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com. Jon Heyman of SI.com reports that the deal is worth $10 million and includes a team option for 2014, when DeJesus will be 34 years old. DeJesus is coming…

  2. Kelvim Escobar is making another comeback

    Nov 30, 2011, 11:51 AM EST

    Kelvim Escobar throwing

    Kelvim Escobar is 35 years old and hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2009 because of shoulder problems, but Mike Puma of the New York Post reports that he’s attempting a comeback. Or, more accurately, another comeback. Escobar had similar plans last offseason, when agent Peter Greenberg told reporters he was “doing very well.” It…

  3. Cubs “have interest” in Rockies third baseman Ian Stewart

    Nov 30, 2011, 11:19 AM EST

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    Last week Rockies general manager Dan O’Dowd ruled out non-tendering Ian Stewart before the deadline to offer arbitration, but he didn’t rule out trading him and now Troy Renck of the Denver Post reports that the Cubs have expressed interest in the 26-year-old third baseman. Renck writes that the Rockies turned down an offer for…

  4. Greg Maddux will be “helping players and coaches as much as possible” as Rangers’ special assistant

    Nov 30, 2011, 10:47 AM EST

    Greg Maddux

    In leaving the Cubs and joining his brother Mike Maddux with the Rangers yesterday Greg Maddux described his new role as “helping the players and the coaches as much as possible” and serving as “another set of eyes.” His title is officially special assistant to the general manager, which is the same job he had…

  5. Cardinals may view Jimmy Rollins as fallback target if Albert Pujols doesn’t re-sign

    Nov 30, 2011, 10:15 AM EST

    Gary Cederstrom, Jimmy Rollins

    As the Cardinals wait for Albert Pujols to make a decision Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch reports that they “could shift their focus to Jimmy Rollins” if the three-time MVP signs elsewhere. Rollins obviously wouldn’t replace Pujols–in the lineup or at first base–but the Cardinals also have an opening at shortstop and…

  6. UPDATE: Greg Maddux joins Rangers as special assistant to GM

    Nov 29, 2011, 6:08 PM EST

    Greg Maddux

    UPDATE: According to Richard Durrett of ESPN Dallas, Greg Maddux has officially joined the Rangers as a special assistant to the general manager. 3:44 PM: Mike Maddux turned down a chance to potentially become the Cubs’ manager and decided to remain the Rangers’ pitching coach, and now his brother, future Hall of Famer Greg Maddux,…

  7. Brandon Phillips tweets hint about possible Reds extension

    Nov 29, 2011, 5:15 PM EST

    Brandon Phillips, Chase Utley

    Brandon Phillips is one season away from becoming a free agent, but the Reds second baseman posted a tweet today seemingly hinting at a possible long-term contract extension: Just a couple weeks ago general manager Walt Jocketty described contract talks as “not close” and Phillips has previously tweeted some stuff suggesting he expected to become…

  8. Brewers prospect Santo Manzanillo separates shoulder in car accident

    Nov 29, 2011, 2:52 PM EST

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    Pitching prospect Santo Manzanillo was involved in a car accident this morning in the Dominican Republic and the Brewers have issued a statement saying he “suffered a separated right shoulder and is currently undergoing further tests.” Adam McCalvy of MLB.com provides some additional details, reporting that “a truck struck Manzanillo’s Hummer on a highway in…

  9. Jamie Quirk leaves Astros to become Cubs’ bench coach

    Nov 29, 2011, 2:20 PM EST

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    Dale Sveum has decided on a right-hand man, with Jamie Quirk leaving his job as the Astros’ bullpen coach to become the Cubs’ new bench coach. Quirk called it “a great opportunity” and told Brian McTaggart of MLB.com that Sveum reached out to him about possibly joining his hypothetical staff before he’d even finished interviewing…

  10. Rangers grant Astros permission to interview Thad Levine

    Nov 29, 2011, 1:48 PM EST

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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…

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

    Nov 29, 2011, 1:16 PM EST

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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.…

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

    Nov 29, 2011, 12:44 PM EST

    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…

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

    Nov 29, 2011, 11:51 AM EST

    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…

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

    Nov 29, 2011, 11:19 AM EST

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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…

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

    Nov 29, 2011, 10:47 AM EST

    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…

  16. Bidding for Japanese shortstop Hiroyuki Nakajima ends Friday

    Nov 29, 2011, 10:15 AM EST

    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…

  17. Red Sox rule out Torey Lovullo in manager search

    Nov 28, 2011, 5:17 PM EST

    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…

  18. Minor league umpires agree to new labor deal

    Nov 28, 2011, 4:47 PM EST

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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…

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

    Nov 28, 2011, 3:15 PM EST

    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…

  20. Rockies interested in free agent catcher Ramon Hernandez

    Nov 28, 2011, 2:44 PM EST

    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…

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

    Nov 28, 2011, 1:52 PM EST

    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…

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

    Nov 28, 2011, 1:20 PM EST

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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…

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

    Nov 28, 2011, 12:48 PM EST

    gene glynn

    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…

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

    Nov 28, 2011, 12:16 PM EST

    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…

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

    Nov 28, 2011, 11:51 AM EST

    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…

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