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  1. Brewers giving up on Prince Fielder, focusing on Jose Reyes?

    Nov 8, 2011, 11:19 AM EST

    Milwaukee Brewers first baseman Prince Fielder walks back to the dugout after grounding out to the St. Louis Cardinals in the 8th inning in Game 6 of the MLB NLCS baseball playoffs in Milwaukee

    Add Milwaukee to the list of teams pursuing Jose Reyes, as Jon Heyman of SI.com reports that the “Brewers believe they have almost no hope for Prince Fielder and are now targeting Reyes.” It’s not an either/or situation, of course, and odds are the Brewers will wind up with neither player. Fielder’s return has always…

  2. Nationals “have expressed interest” in Japanese left-hander Tsuyoshi Wada

    Nov 8, 2011, 10:47 AM EST

    Tsuyoshi Wada

    Yu Darvish is naturally getting all the attention when it comes to Japanese pitchers possibly coming to America, but Bill Ladson of MLB.com reports that the Nationals “have expressed interest in” Japanese left-hander Tsuyoshi Wada, who went 16-5 with a 1.51 ERA this season. Anyone who puts up numbers like that is worth taking a…

  3. Twins cutting payroll by $15 million in third year at Target Field

    Nov 8, 2011, 10:15 AM EST

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    Lost in the shock of Minnesota firing Bill Smith as general manager and replacing him with the man he replaced in 2007, Terry Ryan, is that they dropped another bombshell on Twins fans, with Ryan revealing midway through the press conference that the team’s payroll will decline to “somewhere around $100 million.” If true that…

  4. Mike Maddux removes name from consideration for Red Sox job, will interview with Cubs

    Nov 7, 2011, 4:45 PM EST

    Mike Maddux

    Mike Maddux was scheduled to interview for the Red Sox’s managerial opening tomorrow, but instead the Rangers’ pitching coach has removed his name from consideration. Maddux was also slated to interview for the Cubs’ opening and T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports that will go on as scheduled. However, based on what Maddux told Peter Gammons…

  5. Twins fire general manager Bill Smith, name former GM Terry Ryan as interim replacement

    Nov 7, 2011, 4:04 PM EST

    Chicago White Sox v Minnesota Twins

    Minnesota gave zero indication that general manager Bill Smith’s job was in jeopardy despite a 99-loss season, with ownership publicly issuing a vote of confidence last month, but today the Twins fired Smith and replaced him on an interim basis with former general manager Terry Ryan. Smith replaced Ryan as GM in late 2007 and…

  6. Royals get Jonathan Sanchez from Giants for Melky Cabrera

    Nov 7, 2011, 1:30 PM EST

    Jonathan Sanchez

    Suddenly the Royals’ lack of interest in signing Melky Cabrera to a contract extension makes even more sense, as Kansas City has traded the outfielder to San Francisco for left-hander Jonathan Sanchez and pitching prospect Ryan Verdugo. Cabrera is coming off a career-year and the Giants can certainly use lineup help, but he hit just…

  7. Astros’ Jordan Schafer to be arraigned on drug charges

    Nov 7, 2011, 1:06 PM EST

    Jordan Schafer

    Astros outfielder Jordan Schafer was arrested last month in Florida for possession of marijuana and Zachary Levine of the Houston Chronicle reports that his arraignment has been set for next Monday. In addition to the initial third-degree marijuana possession felony Schafer is also being charged with drug paraphernalia possession, which is a misdemeanor. According to…

  8. Will a “high-revenue team” give Grady Sizemore $9 million?

    Nov 7, 2011, 12:11 PM EST

    Grady Sizemore

    Last week the Indians declined their 2012 option on Grady Sizemore, deciding that the one-time star center fielder wasn’t worth $9 million after three straight injury wrecked seasons. Their decision made sense, but now Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that Sizemore “likely will sign with a high-revenue team that’s willing to give him approximately the…

  9. Magglio Ordonez plans to rehab fractured ankle, play in 2012

    Nov 7, 2011, 11:19 AM EST

    Magglio Ordonez

    When Magglio Ordonez fractured his ankle for the second time there was speculation that he’d call it quits at age 37 and coming off the worst season of his career, but Carlos Guillen said yesterday that Ordonez plans to play in 2012. Guillen, who like Ordonez is a free agent and won’t be re-signing with…

  10. Jim Thome recruits Michael Cuddyer to join him on Phillies

    Nov 7, 2011, 10:47 AM EST

    Seattle Mariners v Minnesota Twins

    After signing a one-year, $1.25 million deal with the Phillies last week Jim Thome talked to fellow free agent and former Twins teammate Michael Cuddyer about joining him in Philadelphia. Various reports have the Phillies strongly pursuing Cuddyer and Thome told Todd Zolecki of MLB.com that he tried to help the cause with his own…

  11. Carlos Zambrano serves up homer to Cubs teammate in first Venezuelan start

    Nov 7, 2011, 10:15 AM EST

    Houston Astros v Chicago Cubs

    Carlos Zambrano made his first Venezuelan winter league start yesterday and his Cubs teammate Bryan LaHair took him deep as part of 2.2 innings of two-run ball. Zambrano last started for the Cubs three months ago, so Los Caribes de Anzoátegui is limiting his workload for now. He needed 60 pitches to record eight outs…

  12. Royals turn down Braves’ Jair Jurrjens and Martin Prado offer

    Nov 4, 2011, 5:17 PM EST

    Jair Jurrjens

    Mark Bowman of MLB.com reported yesterday that the Braves were shopping Jair Jurrjens and Martin Prado, and had already talked to the Royals about a potential deal, but now Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star writes that those discussions have “stalled.” According to Dutton the Royals expressed interest in Jurrjens and the Braves offered…

  13. Nationals “have expressed interest” in Roy Oswalt

    Nov 4, 2011, 4:46 PM EST

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    Washington re-signed Chien-Ming Wang to a one-year, $4 million deal, but general manager Mike Rizzo said today that the Nationals are still looking for veteran starting pitching and Bill Ladson of MLB.com reports that they’ve “expressed interest” in Roy Oswalt. Ladson adds that Rizzo and the Nationals pursued Oswalt when the Astros were shopping him…

  14. Darren Oliver’s wife gave him permission to play next season

    Nov 4, 2011, 3:47 PM EST

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    Darren Oliver has been contemplating retirement, but the 41-year-old reliever’s wife has given him permission to play in 2012. “Darren’s wife has given him her blessing to go wherever he thinks he has the best opportunity to win a ring,” agent Jeff Frye told Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com. “She wants him to have a chance…

  15. Wait, you mean the Rangers didn’t win the World Series?

    Nov 4, 2011, 2:45 PM EST

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    For only $29.95 you can pre-order “Texas Triumph: 2011 World Series Champions” from Amazon.com. Hardcover, even! From the description: Get the book that captures the Rangers World Series championship season, brought to you by SportsDay from The Dallas Morning News. This incredible 11 x 8.5 hard-bound book takes you from the first pitch on Opening…

  16. Report: A’s will listen to offers on everyone but Jemile Weeks

    Nov 4, 2011, 1:47 PM EST

    Trevor Cahill

    Oakland general manager Billy Beane indicated earlier this week that the team’s ballpark situation being in flux could keep them from spending significant money on free agents and now Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that the A’s will listen to offers on basically every player. According to Rosenthal free agents Josh Willingham, Coco Crisp, and…

  17. Strength and conditioning coach “surprised” by Red Sox firing

    Nov 4, 2011, 12:46 PM EST

    red sox logo

    Dave Page, the strength and conditioning coach let go by the Red Sox yesterday, told Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe that he “was surprised” by the firing and “it caught me off guard that it happened now and not right after the season.” In other words, once the constant headlines about beer, fried chicken,…

  18. Rays drop Game 162 hero Dan Johnson

    Nov 4, 2011, 11:51 AM EST

    Tampa Bay Rays' Dan Johnson hits a ninth inning home run with New York Yankees catcher Austin Romine at right during their American League MLB baseball game in St. Petersburg

    Dan Johnson saved Tampa Bay’s season with his homer in Game 162, but the first baseman was left off the playoff roster and yesterday the Rays outrighted him from the 40-man roster. Johnson refused an assignment to Triple-A and is now a free agent at age 32. Aside from the dramatic Game 162 homer against…

  19. Kerry Wood likes Theo Epstein hire, wants to stay with Cubs

    Nov 4, 2011, 11:19 AM EST

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    Despite a regime change that included his friend Jim Hendry being let go as general manager Kerry Wood still wants to stay with the Cubs. Wood, who passed up bigger offers to sign a one-year, $1.5 million deal with Chicago last offseason, said yesterday on Comcast SportsNet Chicago that he liked the move to hire…

  20. Twins deny Orioles permission to interview Mike Radcliff

    Nov 4, 2011, 10:47 AM EST

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    None of their top candidates want the job and now the Orioles aren’t being allowed to pursue one of their fallback choices, as Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com reports that the Twins denied them permission to interview Mike Radcliff. Radcliff has been with the Twins for 25 years as their longtime scouting director and current vice…

  21. Cubs will monitor Carlos Zambrano’s starts in Venezuela

    Nov 4, 2011, 10:15 AM EST

    Chicago Cubs v Atlanta Braves

    Theo Epstein said yesterday that the Cubs are very much in favor of Carlos Zambrano pitching in the Venezuelan winter league and Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune reports that they’ll “have a scout monitoring” his first start Sunday. Zambrano, who’ll be managed in Venezuela by Julio Franco, is scheduled to make a total of…

  22. Braves listening to offers for Jair Jurrjens and Martin Prado

    Nov 3, 2011, 5:11 PM EST

    Jair Jurrjens

    Atlanta acted quickly to remove Derek Lowe and his salary from the books, dealing him to Cleveland, and now Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports that the Braves have told teams they’re willing to trade Jair Jurrjens and Martin Prado. Bowman writes that the Braves would like to free up some additional salary to pursue free…

  23. Diamondbacks extend contracts of manager Kirk Gibson and general manager Kevin Towers

    Nov 3, 2011, 4:40 PM EST

    Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson watches from the dugout

    Kirk Gibson is the odds-on favorite to be named NL Manager of the Year later this month, but in the meantime he’s agreed to a contract extension with the Diamondbacks that runs through 2014. General manager Kevin Towers’ deal was also extended through 2014, and Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports that both contracts…

  24. David Ortiz sounds frustrated by lack of offer from Red Sox

    Nov 3, 2011, 4:06 PM EST

    Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz reacts after flying out against the Tampa Bay Rays during the eighth inning of their MLB American League baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston

    During an interview with Rob Bradford of WEEI.com free agent David Ortiz said that the Red Sox have yet to make him an offer and seemed somewhat frustrated by the lack of communication: I was expecting something would happen before, but so many things are going on. I know everybody has priorities, and to be…

  25. Diamondbacks re-sign catcher Henry Blanco for $1.2 million

    Nov 3, 2011, 3:30 PM EST

    Arizona Diamondbacks v San Francisco Giants

    UPDATE: Jon Heyman of SI.com reports that the deal is worth $1.2 million and according to MLB Trade Rumors there’s also a $1.24 million mutual option for 2013, so Blanco essentially got an extra $50,000 for opting out. ========== Henry Blanco opted out of a one-year, $1.15 million deal with Arizona yesterday, but the veteran…

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