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  1. Neil Walker’s extension talks with Pirates have “cooled”

    Nov 15, 2011, 3:15 PM EST

    Neil Walker, Jose Tabata

    Back when the Pirates signed Jose Tabata to a long-term contract extension in August there was talk of them doing the same with Neil Walker, but Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune Review reports that those negotiations never went anywhere. According to Biertempfel the two sides were “deep in talks” as of late August, but…

  2. Mark Kotsay close to one-year contract with Padres

    Nov 15, 2011, 2:29 PM EST

    Milwaukee Brewers center fielder Mark Kotsay is unable to reach an RBI double by St. Louis Cardinals' Jon Jay in the 1st inning of Game 3 of the MLB National League Championship Series baseball playoffs in St. Louis

    Mark Kotsay had the best years of his career with the Padres from 2001-2003 and Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that the veteran outfielder is returning to San Diego on a one-year deal worth around $1.25 million. At age 35 he’s no longer capable of playing center field regularly and Kotsay’s bat isn’t starting-caliber in…

  3. Ryan Howard “is making encouraging progress” in recovery from torn Achilles’ tendon

    Nov 15, 2011, 1:50 PM EST

    ryan howard ap

    Jeff Janiczek of the Philadelphia Daily News writes that Ryan Howard “is making encouraging progress” recovering from the torn Achilles’ tendon he suffered in the final at-bat of the NLDS. Charlie Manuel told Janiczek that he touched base with Howard “about 10 days ago” and “he’s doing really well.” It’s early enough in the recovery…

  4. Dodgers finalize two-year, $8.75 million deal with Mark Ellis

    Nov 15, 2011, 1:17 PM EST

    Mark Ellis

    UPDATE: It’s a done deal now. Two years and $8.75 million, with an option for 2014. ========== Not having an owner isn’t stopping the Dodgers from spending money this offseason. Matt Kemp‘s eight-year, $160 million contract is all but finalized and now Buster Olney of ESPN.com reports that the Dodgers are “on the verge” of…

  5. Ryne Sandberg likely to stay with Phillies as Triple-A manager

    Nov 15, 2011, 12:48 PM EST

    Philadelphia Phillies Spring Training Workout Session

    For the second straight offseason Ryne Sandberg failed to land a prominent big-league coaching or managing gig, so Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports that he’s expected to stay with the Phillies as their Triple-A manager. Gelb writes that the Phillies “are quite fond of Sandberg” and speculates that the Hall of Fame second…

  6. Brett Anderson throws for first time since elbow surgery

    Nov 15, 2011, 12:16 PM EST

    Brett Anderson

    Brett Anderson threw yesterday for the first time since undergoing Tommy John elbow surgery in July and told Jane Lee of MLB.com that he’s used the down time to drop 20 pounds by giving up soda. Anderson made 20 throws from 45 feet and afterward compared it to “walking again or riding your bike again.”…

  7. Red Sox bench coach DeMarlo Hale is fifth candidate to interview with Cubs

    Nov 15, 2011, 11:19 AM EST

    Terry Francona, DeMarlo Hale

    Red Sox bench coach DeMarlo Hale interviewed yesterday with Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer, becoming the fifth known candidate to replace Mike Quade as Chicago’s manager. Carrie Muskat of MLB.com reports that Hale’s interview came via phone, but team president Theo Epstein was quick to point out that the Cubs’ decision-makers are familiar with him…

  8. Matt Capps’ agent says “he’s going to be closing somewhere”

    Nov 15, 2011, 10:47 AM EST

    matt capps rueters

    Agent Paul Kinzer said yesterday that the Mets and Twins are among the teams to express interest in Matt Capps, adding: “I think he’s going to be closing somewhere. I’ll put it that way.” That’s hard to believe, in part because Capps pitched his way out of the closer job in Minnesota this year and…

  9. White Sox not optimistic about re-signing Mark Buehrle

    Nov 15, 2011, 10:15 AM EST

    Mark Buehrle

    General manager Ken Williams spoke yesterday about the White Sox’s effort to re-sign Mark Buehrle and Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune writes that “he was bracing for the worst.” Here are some of Williams’ quotes, which certainly don’t sound very optimistic at all: Listen, it’s professional sports. There’s a time for everyone to come.…

  10. Dave Duncan will remain Cardinals’ pitching coach in 2012

    Nov 14, 2011, 5:24 PM EST

    duncan and carpenter

    Dave Duncan has a good relationship with new Cardinals manager Mike Matheny and today the pitching coach reiterated that he plans to keep the job in 2012. Duncan told Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch that Matheny reached out to him immediately after being hired and “assured me that he wants me to…

  11. Jim Crane will get $50 million price break to move Astros to AL

    Nov 14, 2011, 4:48 PM EST

    Drayton McLane, Jim Crane

    Last month potential Astros owner Jim Crane was said to want a $50 million discount in exchange for agreeing to move the team to the American League and now Jon Heyman of SI.com reports that MLB has agreed to the price break. According to Heyman the Astros will move to the AL in 2013, and…

  12. White Sox hire Joel Skinner as Triple-A manager

    Nov 14, 2011, 4:16 PM EST

    Joel Skinner

    Joe McEwing joined the White Sox’s coaching staff as third base coach, so today they replaced him as Triple-A manager with Joel Skinner, who served as the A’s bench coach this year and was the Indians’ manager for a half-season in 2002. Given his coaching and managing experience Skinner seemingly would have been a fit…

  13. Dodgers sign Matt Kemp to eight-year, $160 million extension

    Nov 14, 2011, 2:50 PM EST

    Matt Kemp

    UPDATE: Bob Nightengale of USA Today says it’ll be a done deal as soon as Kemp passes a physical exam. Eight years and $160 million, which makes it the largest contract in National League history and will keep Kemp in Los Angeles through age 34. ========== Last week Matt Kemp‘s agent sounded optimistic about the…

  14. Former Marlins manager Edwin Rodriguez takes job with Indians’ high Single-A team

    Nov 14, 2011, 2:44 PM EST

    edwin rodriguez

    Edwin Rodriguez, who resigned as Marlins manager on June 19 after going 78-85, has signed on with the Indians as their new high Single-A skipper. Rodriguez will manage the Carolina Mudcats, who’re becoming the Indians’ affiliate in the Carolina League for 2012. Jordan Bastian of MLB.com notes that the 51-year-old Rodriguez served as the Carolina…

  15. Phillies and Papelbon make it official: Four years, $50,000,058

    Nov 14, 2011, 2:20 PM EST

    papelbon getty

    Jonathan Papelbon‘s four-year contract with the Phillies is now official, as the team announced the deal along with one little twist: He’ll get $50,000,058. That extra 58 bucks matches his uniform number, which he’ll apparently be taking from new bullpen-mate Antonio Bastardo. Papelbon’s contract also includes a $13 million option for 2016 that vests if…

  16. At least six teams have “expressed interest” in C.J. Wilson

    Nov 14, 2011, 1:18 PM 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

    General manager Jon Daniels told T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com that the Rangers remain in contact with C.J. Wilson, but Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com reports that they’re just one of at least six known teams that have “already expressed interest” in the free agent left-hander. Morosi names the Yankees, Angels, Blue Jays, Marlins, and Nationals…

  17. Twins moving Trevor Plouffe from shortstop to outfield

    Nov 14, 2011, 12:46 PM EST

    Atlanta Braves v Minnesota Twins

    General manager Terry Ryan revealed during a 1500-ESPN radio interview yesterday that Trevor Plouffe will be an outfielder going forward, which isn’t shocking considering how awful the former first-round pick looked as an infielder for the Twins despite playing 680 games at shortstop in the minors. He has the tools to be a strong corner…

  18. What will Terry Francona do after Cardinals passed him over?

    Nov 14, 2011, 11:21 AM EST

    File image of Boston Red Sox manager Francona walking back to the dugout during their MLB American League baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Fenway Park in Boston

    In choosing Mike Matheny as their new manager the Cardinals may have guaranteed that Terry Francona won’t be in a dugout on Opening Day. There’s been some speculation about his interest in the Cubs’ opening, but nothing indicates he’s actually a candidate in Chicago and no other gigs are available. Well, except for his old…

  19. Blue Jays have sticker shock over free agent closer demands

    Nov 14, 2011, 10:47 AM EST

    Alex Anthopoulos

    Toronto is in the market for a veteran closer, but Bob Elliott of the Toronto Sun writes that they’ve “been shocked at the dollars” free agents are asking for and general manager Alex Anthopoulos indicated that they may turn to the trade market instead. Anthopoulos talked specifically about not wanting to give out a four- or…

  20. Joe Saunders may have priced himself out of Arizona’s plans

    Nov 14, 2011, 10:15 AM EST

    Arizona Diamondbacks v San Francisco Giants

    Joe Saunders had a very good season in Arizona, throwing 212 innings with a 3.69 ERA despite a mediocre 109/68 K/BB ratio, but Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports that the Diamondbacks may end up non-tendering the 30-year-old left-hander rather than giving him a raise to $7-8 million via arbitration. Saunders earned $5.5 million…

  21. Report: Phillies never had agreement with Ryan Madson; Nationals interested?

    Nov 9, 2011, 4:22 PM EST

    Chicago Cubs v Philadelphia Phillies

    This Ryan Madson situation is getting weird. Last night Madson was said to be signing a four-year, $44 million deal with the Phillies, but this morning several reports said the deal was on hold because ownership had yet to sign off and now Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com says the two sides never actually had an…

  22. So much for that: Reds cancel Aroldis Chapman’s winter ball plans

    Nov 9, 2011, 3:19 PM EST

    Atlanta Braves v Cincinnati Reds

    Aroldis Chapman went to the Arizona Fall League in order to build up some arm strength in preparation for pitching as a starter in the Puerto Rican winter league, but the Reds have canceled those plans. Chapman is healthy after briefly being sidelined by shoulder soreness in Arizona, but general manager Walt Jocketty told John…

  23. Angels prospect Mike Trout likely to begin 2012 in minors

    Nov 9, 2011, 2:14 PM EST

    Mike Trout

    The Angels’ decision to trade for Vernon Wells‘ massive contract was bad enough when he was performing horribly, but now his presence on the team (and $21 million salary in each of the next three seasons) might keep stud prospect Mike Trout in the minors. Sam Miller of the Orange County Register connected some dots…

  24. Former top prospect Jeremy Hermida may be headed to Japan

    Nov 9, 2011, 1:13 PM EST

    Boston Red Sox v Seattle Mariners

    UPDATE: Not so fast, apparently. Tim Dierkes of MLB Trade Rumors reports that the Yomiuri Giants have been in contact with Hermida, but no contract has actually be signed. ========== Jeremy Hermida was once a top prospect for the Marlins, ranking fourth on Baseball America‘s list of the best prospects in the game back in…

  25. Diamondbacks re-sign Willie Bloomquist to two-year deal

    Nov 9, 2011, 12:20 PM EST

    willie-bloomquist-diamondbacks

    Whatever bad blood there was between agent Scott Boras and the Diamondbacks over the Willie Bloomquist situation was short-lived, as Scott Miller of CBSSports.com reports that Arizona has re-signed the veteran utility man to a two-year, $3.8 million contract. Boras said earlier this week that the Diamondbacks were upset with Bloomquist for declining his half…

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