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  1. Orioles expand GM search to include Phillies’ Scott Proefrock and Twins’ Mike Radcliff

    Nov 3, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    now hiring

    After being turned down by both Jerry Dipoto and Tony Lacava the Orioles have expanded their search for a new general manager to include Phillies assistant GM Scott Proefrock and Twins vice president of player personnel Mike Radcliff. Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun reports that Proefrock will meet with the Orioles today and the…

  2. Cardinals’ candidates include Terry Francona, Ryne Sandberg

    Nov 3, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    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

    Following up on yesterday’s news that the Cardinals asked for and were granted the Phillies’ permission to interview Triple-A manager Ryne Sandberg to fill Tony La Russa’s shoes Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post Dispatch reports that he’ll be one of “fewer than 10″ candidates for the job. According to Strauss the Cardinals are…

  3. Free agent Coco Crisp wants to stay on the West Coast

    Nov 3, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    crisp getty wide

    Coco Crisp‘s agent, Steve Comte, told Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle that the free agent center fielder “has made it clear that he would like to play for a team that is determined to compete and he’d also like to stay on the West Coast.” As for potentially returning to Oakland, Comte speculated…

  4. Chien-Ming Wang close to re-signing with Nationals

    Nov 2, 2011, 4:44 PM EDT

    Washington Nationals' Wang throws during MLB National League baseball game against the Mets in Washington

    UPDATE: Bill Ladson of MLB.com reports that Wang and the Nationals are “close to an agreement” and finalizing various contract details, so apparently the interest from those other teams worked to his agent’s satisfaction. ========== The Nationals are still hoping to re-sign Chien-Ming Wang, but in the meantime agent Alan Nero told Adam Kilgore of…

  5. Henry Blanco opts out of $1.15 million deal with Arizona

    Nov 2, 2011, 3:45 PM EDT

    Arizona Diamondbacks v San Francisco Giants

    Henry Blanco has followed Willie Bloomquist‘s footsteps by declining his half of a $1.15 million option after the Diamondbacks exercised their half earlier this week. That means Blanco is a free agent and the 40-year-old veteran will be looking for another backup catcher gig in what will be his 15th season. Blanco is coming off…

  6. Cardinals ask Phillies’ permission to interview Ryne Sandberg

    Nov 2, 2011, 3:11 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies Spring Training Workout Session

    Ryne Sandberg may not be an option to replace Mike Quade as Cubs manager, but Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that the Cardinals have asked the Phillies for permission to interview Sandberg as a potential Tony La Russa replacement. Sandberg managed at Triple-A in the Phillies’ system this season and according to Rosenthal they’ll grant…

  7. Cubs fire Mike Quade, already ruling out Ryne Sandberg?

    Nov 2, 2011, 2:47 PM EDT

    Bob Davidson, Mike Quade

    Mike Quade is out as Cubs manager after meeting last week with new team president Theo Epstein to essentially interview for his own job. Epstein called it “a productive conversation” and Quade is under contract for $980,000 in 2012, but not surprisingly the new regime wants to bring in their own guy. Ryne Sandberg’s name…

  8. Orioles claim reliever Darren O’Day off waivers from Rangers

    Nov 2, 2011, 2:05 PM EDT

    World Series Giants Rangers Baseball

    Darren O’Day was a key part of the Rangers’ bullpen in 2010, but he missed most of this season following hip surgery and today the Orioles claimed him off waivers. Even after coming back from surgery O’Day missed the end of the season with shoulder problems, so he’s certainly a big question mark health-wise. However,…

  9. Chris Coghlan has gone from Rookie of the Year winner to afterthought with Marlins

    Nov 2, 2011, 12:50 PM EDT

    chris-coghlan-marlins

    Chris Coghlan hit .321 to win the Rookie of the Year award in 2009, but has batted just .252 with a .695 OPS in two seasons since then and spent the final three months of this year in the minors. Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post asked Marlins president Larry Beinfest where Coghlan fits…

  10. Albert Pujols on Tony La Russa: “He’s like a father to me”

    Nov 2, 2011, 12:16 PM EDT

    Minnesota Twins v St Louis Cardinals

    Albert Pujols released a statement addressing Tony La Russa’s retirement: I’d like to congratulate Tony on his amazing Hall of Fame career. He’s been like a father to me and in my opinion, is one of the greatest managers in the history of the game. I’ve been blessed to be able to learn from Tony…

  11. Darren Oliver leaning toward playing next season at age 41

    Nov 2, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

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    Darren Oliver is 41 years old and a free agent, but the left-handed reliever is leaning toward coming back for a 19th season. “After what happened this year, that leaves a bad taste in my mouth,” Oliver told T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com. “I don’t think I want it to end like that.” Oliver also has…

  12. Nick Markakis recovering from pelvic bone bruise

    Nov 2, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    Nick Markakis grand slam

    Nick Markakis, who won his first Gold Glove award yesterday, told Brittany Ghiroli of MLB.com that he’s about 75 percent recovered from a pelvic bone bruise suffered late in the season. “I just felt my belt buckle go into my pelvic bone,” Markakis said. “And it knocked me pretty good, just repeatedly diving into it…

  13. Tony LaCava calls Orioles “classy in everything they did” after turning down GM job

    Nov 2, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    tony lacava

    In explaining why he turned down an offer to become Baltimore’s general manager yesterday Tony LaCava called the Orioles “classy in everything they did” and asserted that his decision “was about the Toronto Blue Jays more than it is anything about the Baltimore Orioles.” Here’s more: For me, it was how much I love the…

  14. Tigers interested in re-signing utility man Ramon Santiago

    Nov 2, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    Ramon Santiago

    General manager Dave Dombrowski said yesterday that the Tigers are unlikely to re-sign free agents Magglio Ordonez and Carlos Guillen, but he also made it clear that they’d like to bring back Ramon Santiago in his old utility man role. Dombrowski acknowledged that Santiago may be focused on finding a starting job and “it wouldn’t…

  15. Report: Tony LaCava turns down Orioles’ GM job

    Nov 1, 2011, 5:30 PM EDT

    tony lacava

    UPDATE: Turns out maybe it wasn’t the Orioles who were having second thoughts about LaCava, but the other way around? Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that LaCava has turned down Baltimore’s general manager job. ========== Last week various reports had the Orioles all but settled on Blue Jays assistant general manager Tony LaCava as their…

  16. Theo Epstein on Aramis Ramirez: “Likely he’ll be moving on”

    Nov 1, 2011, 5:17 PM EDT

    Aramis Ramirez

    Aramis Ramirez became a free agent by declining his half of a $16 million mutual option and when asked about the third baseman’s odds of re-signing with the Cubs new team president Theo Epstein replied: “Likely he’ll be moving on.” Not a big surprise, certainly, but prior to Epstein taking over there was some thought…

  17. Yankees are focused on pitching, not Albert Pujols or Prince Fielder

    Nov 1, 2011, 4:46 PM EDT

    Milwaukee Brewers v St. Louis Cardinals

    Yankees general manager Brian Cashman has had a busy week, signing CC Sabathia to a contract extension and inking a three-year deal of his own to stay in New York. Today he held court with the media and indicated pretty strongly that the Yankees won’t be pursuing Albert Pujols or Prince Fielder as free agents…

  18. GM says Magglio Ordonez and Carlos Guillen “would most likely not be back” with Tigers

    Nov 1, 2011, 3:45 PM EDT

    Magglio Ordonez

    General manager Dave Dombrowski revealed to Jason Beck of MLB.com that free agents Magglio Ordonez and Carlos Guillen “would most likely not be back” with the Tigers in 2012. Ordonez was removed from the playoff roster after re-fracturing his ankle and his career is very much in doubt at age 38. He earned $10 million…

  19. Rangers exercise $1 million option on Yoshinori Tateyama

    Nov 1, 2011, 2:49 PM EDT

    Tateyama_Yoshinori

    Yoshinori Tateyama was removed from the Rangers’ roster for the World Series, but yesterday the team exercised its $1 million option on the right-handed reliever for 2012. Tateyama signed with the Rangers last winter following a lengthy career in Japan and began the season in the minors at age 35, but was called up in…

  20. Carlos Beltran switches agents, leaving Scott Boras

    Nov 1, 2011, 2:14 PM EDT

    carlos beltran and scott boras

    Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com reports that Carlos Beltran has switched agents, leaving Scott Boras and signing with Dan Lozano. Ultimately the move probably doesn’t mean a whole lot, since Beltran will likely be going to the highest bidding in free agency either way. Still, it’s interesting considering Boras negotiated the seven-year, $119 million deal that…

  21. A’s “going younger” could mean passing on Hideki Matsui

    Nov 1, 2011, 1:48 PM EDT

    Hideki Matsui

    MLB announcing Oakland versus Seattle as the season-opening series in Japan next year led to speculation that the A’s were committed to re-signing Japanese outfielder Hideki Matsui, but it turns out that may not be the case. Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle writes that the A’s are intent on “going younger” and could…

  22. Perry Hill won’t return to Marlins because of knee injury

    Nov 1, 2011, 12:48 PM EDT

    New York Mets v Florida Marlins

    Perry Hill got a lot of credit for the Marlins’ defensive improvement this season, but the 59-year-old first base and infield coach won’t be on Ozzie Guillen’s staff in 2012 because of knee problems. Florida brought in Hill specifically to address its high error total and the Marlins’ error count dropped from 123 in 2010…

  23. Yankees interested in re-signing Freddy Garcia

    Nov 1, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

    Freddy Garcia

    Now that the Yankees have CC Sabathia locked up long term they’ve turned their attention to re-signing Freddy Garcia, according to agent Peter Greenberg. Greenberg told Mark Hale of the New York Post that “there’s definitely interest on their part and there’s interest on Freddy’s part in coming back.” Garcia provided great value on a…

  24. GM expects David Wright to remain with Mets in 2012

    Nov 1, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    David Wright

    Free agent Jose Reyes‘ odds of returning to the Mets are unclear, but general manager Sandy Alderson said yesterday that he expects David Wright to be on the team in 2012. That response came following a question about the Mets possibly trading Wright, who’s under contract for $15 million next season with a $16 million…

  25. Aroldis Chapman scratched from Arizona Fall League start

    Nov 1, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    Atlanta Braves v Cincinnati Reds

    Aroldis Chapman was scheduled to make his first Arizona Fall League start yesterday, but those plans were canceled because of shoulder soreness. Chapman previously made two relief appearances in the AFL as the Reds try to stretch him out for a potential starting role in 2012, but general manager Walt Jocketty told Mark Sheldon of…

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