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  1. 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…

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

    Nov 2, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

    oliver_darren

    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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. Josh Willingham wants three-year deal, unlikely to re-sign with A’s

    Nov 1, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    willingham getty

    General manager Billy Beane and agent Matt Sosnick both agree that free agent Josh Willingham is unlikely to re-sign with the A’s. Sosnick told Joe Stiglich of the San Jose Mercury News that Willingham will probably be looking for a three-year contract and “I just don’t think that’s the position the A’s are in right…

  18. Royals pick up closer Joakim Soria’s $6 million option

    Oct 31, 2011, 5:40 PM EDT

    soria wide getty

    In a no-brainer move the Royals have exercised their $6 million option on closer Joakim Soria. Soria had the worst overall numbers of his career and was briefly demoted from the closer role, but was his usual self from June 1 on with a 2.58 ERA and 41/7 K/BB ratio in 38 innings. In addition…

  19. Reds’ $12 million options: Brandon Phillips picked up, Francisco Cordero declined

    Oct 31, 2011, 5:11 PM EDT

    Chicago Cubs v Cincinnati Reds

    Cincinnati has exercised its $12 million option on second baseman Brandon Phillips, but made closer Francisco Cordero a free agent by declining his $12 million option. Cordero will get a $1 million buyout instead and joins an already crowded closer market, although the Reds have repeatedly indicated that they’d like to re-sign him for a…

  20. By keeping Fausto Carmona and trading for Derek Lowe the Indians are betting on ground balls

    Oct 31, 2011, 4:48 PM EDT

    Fausto Carmona

    Picking up Derek Lowe for what’s essentially a one-year, $5 million contract is a smart move for the Indians, as he pitched much better than his ERA suggests this season and if healthy should be a solid third or fourth starter. Shortly before trading for Lowe the Indians also exercised their $7 million option on…

  21. Picture of the Day: Tony La Russa, Triple-A infielder

    Oct 31, 2011, 4:16 PM EDT

    IF Tony LaRussa, age 26

    Via the Iowa Cubs’ official Twitter feed, here’s Tony La Russa as a 26-year-old Triple-A infielder in 1971:

  22. Red Sox decline $3 million option on Dan Wheeler

    Oct 31, 2011, 3:49 PM EDT

    Wheeler_Dan

    Dan Wheeler can be added to the list of free agent relievers, as the Red Sox declined their $3 million option on the 33-year-old right-hander. Wheeler had a decent season as low-leverage bullpen arm in Boston, throwing 49 innings with a 4.38 ERA and 39/8 K/BB ratio. He has trouble keeping the ball in the…

  23. White Sox exercise $3.75 million option on Jason Frasor

    Oct 31, 2011, 3:15 PM EDT

    Jason Frasor

    When the White Sox acquired Jason Frasor from the Blue Jays in July the assumption was that they made the move to get him for the second half of this season and all of next season, and sure enough they’ve exercised the reliever’s $3.75 million option for 2012. Frasor earned $3.5 million this season while…

  24. Rockies decline $11 million option on Aaron Cook

    Oct 31, 2011, 2:50 PM EDT

    Aaron Cook

    Colorado has declined Aaron Cook‘s $11 million option for next season, choosing a $500,000 buyout instead after injuries limited the 32-year-old right-hander to 97 ineffective innings. Cook was a workhorse for the Rockies from 2006-2008, but has thrown just 158, 128, and 97 innings during the past three seasons while posting a 4.94 ERA. General…

  25. Type A and Type B free agent rankings

    Oct 31, 2011, 2:14 PM EDT

    type a or type b

    MLB Trade Rumors has been reverse-engineering the free agent ranking system all season, providing regular updates on Type A and Type B players, and now they’ve gotten their hands on the official rankings from Elias Sports Bureau. No big surprises, although as usual there are some head-scratchers. I wrote last offseason about how the compensation…

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