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

    Nov 22, 2011, 3:48 PM EDT

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

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

    Nov 22, 2011, 2:44 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Nov 22, 2011, 1:50 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Nov 22, 2011, 1:18 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Nov 22, 2011, 12:16 PM EDT

    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.”…

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

    Nov 22, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

    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…

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

    Nov 22, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    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…

  8. 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 EDT

    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…

  9. International scouting director Craig Shipley leaves Red Sox

    Nov 22, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

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    General manager Ben Cherington announced yesterday that the Red Sox and international scouting director Craig Shipley are parting ways after the former big leaguer spent nine years in the organization. Last February the Red Sox promoted Shipley to senior vice president of player personnel and international scouting and at various points during his time with…

  10. Rockies “always planned” to keep Ian Stewart for 2012

    Nov 21, 2011, 4:46 PM EDT

    ian stewart getty

    By trading Ty Wigginton last night the Rockies seemingly increased their odds of keeping Ian Stewart around for 2012, but general manager Dan O’Dowd told Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com that they “always planned on tendering” Stewart a contract. Stewart spent much of this season at Triple-A despite being a 27-year-old with 1,400 career plate appearances…

  11. Rangers interested in bringing back Frank Francisco

    Nov 21, 2011, 2:44 PM EDT

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    If the Rangers move Neftali Feliz into the rotation they could simply turn closing duties over to Mike Adams, but T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com writes that another possibility is reuniting with Frank Francisco. Last offseason the Rangers traded Francisco to the Blue Jays for Mike Napoli, which worked out pretty damn well for Texas. According…

  12. Nationals visiting “top free agent choice” Mark Buehrle at his home in St. Louis

    Nov 21, 2011, 1:18 PM EDT

    Mark Buehrle

    Mark Buehrle is rumored to be fielding offers from nearly half the teams in baseball and the Nationals are pulling out all the stops, with Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post reporting that they’ve made Buehrle “their top free agent choice” and are visiting the left-hander at his home in St. Louis today. According to…

  13. Trade for Ty Wigginton won’t keep Phillies from pursuing Michael Cuddyer

    Nov 21, 2011, 12:16 PM EDT

    cuddyer getty

    Last night the Phillies sent a player to be named later to the Rockies for Ty Wigginton, but general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. told Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com that acquiring Wigginton’s right-handed bat “really doesn’t have anything to do with what I may do in the outfield or infield.” In other words, Wigginton won’t stop…

  14. Rays “remain interested in” re-signing Johnny Damon and Casey Kotchman

    Nov 21, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

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    Last offseason the Rays signed Johnny Damon and Casey Kotchman to one-year deals and got good value out of both players, but rather than simply let them walk as free agents Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Tribune writes that they “remain interested in” re-signing both hitters. “They are very prominent in our discussions right…

  15. Clint Barmes turned down Brewers to sign with Pirates

    Nov 21, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

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    No official announcement has been made yet, but Clint Barmes told Brian McTaggart of MLB.com that his new contract with the Pirates is a two-year, $10.5 million deal. He’s expected to take a physical exam today, at which point it’ll be finalized and he’ll take over as Pittsburgh’s starting shortstop. Barmes explained that he signed…

  16. Reds talking to A’s about deal for closer Andrew Bailey

    Nov 21, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    Andrew Bailey

    Cincinnati is preparing for Francisco Cordero‘s departure via free agency by talking to Oakland about closer Andrew Bailey, according to Buster Olney of ESPN.com. Earlier this month there were reports about the A’s shopping nearly everyone on the roster as they wait to hear back about the likelihood of a new ballpark. That apparently includes…

  17. Rockies offer Seth Smith to Braves for Martin Prado

    Nov 21, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

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    Earlier this month Colorado was said to be talking to Atlanta about infielder Martin Prado and now Troy Renck of the Denver Post reports that the Rockies offered outfielder Seth Smith. Detroit reportedly offered Delmon Young for Prado and got turned down, so it seems pretty clear that Atlanta is shopping Prado for outfield help…

  18. Phillies acquire Ty Wigginton from Rockies for PTBNL

    Nov 20, 2011, 7:14 PM EDT

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    Philadelphia picked up a decent right-handed bat, potential fill in for Ryan Howard at first base, and possible alternative to Placido Polanco at third base, acquiring Ty Wigginton from Colorado for a player to be named later or cash. Wigginton is owed $4 million in 2012 and his contract has a $4 million option or…

  19. Kerry Wood and Cubs interested in working out another deal

    Nov 16, 2011, 5:03 PM EDT

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    Last offseason Kerry Wood turned down bigger offers to rejoin the Cubs and earlier this month he expressed interest in doing it again, saying that he liked the team’s move to hire Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer. It sounds like the feeling is mutual, as Bruce Levine of ESPN Chicago reports that Wood recently had…

  20. Japanese shortstop Hiroyuki Nakajima will be posted

    Nov 16, 2011, 3:50 PM EDT

    Hikoyuki Nakakima

    MLB teams in need of a shortstop but without the resources to go after Jose Reyes or Jimmy Rollins will have another intriguing option, as Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that Hiroyuki Nakajima will be posted by his team in Japan. Nakajima has long been a star in Japan, but the history of Japanese hitters–and…

  21. Rockies shopping closer Huston Street to clear payroll space

    Nov 16, 2011, 2:45 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v Colorado Rockies

    For teams like the Blue Jays that are in the market for a veteran closer but scared off by free agent demands Huston Street could emerge as a top target, with Troy Renck of the Denver Post reporting that the Rockies “would like to move Street to create payroll flexibility to pursue a starting pitcher.”…

  22. Wilson Ramos to resume playing in Venezuelan winter league tonight

    Nov 16, 2011, 1:48 PM EDT

    Wilson Ramos

    Wilson Ramos is scheduled to be back in the lineup for Tigres de Aragua of the Venezuelan winter league tonight, less than a week after being rescued following a kidnapping at gunpoint. Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo signed off on Ramos remaining in Venezuela and returning to game action, but told ESPN-980 in Washington that…

  23. Reds prospect Juan Francisco robbed at gunpoint in Dominican Republic

    Nov 16, 2011, 1:18 PM EDT

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    Last week Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos was kidnapped at gunpoint in Venezuela and now Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports that Reds prospect Juan Francisco was robbed at gunpoint in the Dominican Republic yesterday. According to the general manager of Francisco’s winter ball team he had stopped for something to eat while going to visit his…

  24. Cardinals don’t view Prince Fielder as fallback to Albert Pujols

    Nov 16, 2011, 12:46 PM EDT

    Prince Fielder, Albert Pujols

    If the Cardinals’ effort to re-sign Albert Pujols fails they won’t pursue Prince Fielder as his replacement at first base, according to Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post Dispatch. Strauss writes that if Pujols leaves the Cardinals would replace him internally by shifting Lance Berkman to first base and making Allen Craig the everyday…

  25. White Sox moving Chris Sale into the rotation for 2012

    Nov 16, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

    Chris Sale throwing

    Chris Sale has worked exclusively out of the bullpen through his first two seasons, establishing himself as a top-notch setup man, but White Sox general manager Ken Williams revealed yesterday that the left-hander will be moved into the starting rotation for 2012. Sale was drafted as a starter and the White Sox have indicated all…

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