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  1. Bidding for Japanese shortstop Hiroyuki Nakajima ends Friday

    Nov 29, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    Hikoyuki Nakakima

    As expected, Japanese shortstop Hiroyuki Nakajima has been posted by the Seibu Lions and the bidding is open until Friday. Tsuyoshi Nishioka flopping with the Twins may have further soured MLB teams on Japanese middle infielders, but Nakajima is a longtime star in Japan who’ll no doubt still draw interest from multiple teams. Last offseason…

  2. Red Sox rule out Torey Lovullo in manager search

    Nov 28, 2011, 5:17 PM EDT

    Toronto Blue Jays Photo Day

    Cross another name off the list, as Joe McDonald of ESPN Boston reports that the Red Sox have ruled out Torey Lovullo as their next manager. Sandy Alomar Jr. was ruled out last week, which means Bobby Valentine and Gene Lamont are the only remaining candidates. And just about everyone seems to think the job…

  3. Minor league umpires agree to new labor deal

    Nov 28, 2011, 4:47 PM EDT

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    With their current deal set to expire later this week, minor league umpires have agreed to a new labor contract. According to the Associated Press “the agreement calls for salaries to remain the same until 2016 when umps will receive a minimum $100 per month raise, depending on service time.” In the meantime the umpires…

  4. Brewers hire Johnny Narron to replace Dale Sveum as hitting coach

    Nov 28, 2011, 3:15 PM EDT

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    Dale Svuem taking over as the Cubs’ manager left the Brewers without a hitting coach and today they filled the position with Johnny Narron, whose brother Jerry is Milwaukee’s bench coach. Narron has lots of experience coaching and managing in the Brewers’ minor-league system and most recently served as the Rangers’ assistant hitting coach, working…

  5. Rockies interested in free agent catcher Ramon Hernandez

    Nov 28, 2011, 2:44 PM EDT

    Ramon Hernandez

    Colorado is interested in signing free agent Ramon Hernandez and might be willing to trade incumbent catcher Chris Iannetta to make room for him behind the plate, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com. Iannetta’s stock has dropped considerably in the past couple seasons, so it’s not surprising that the Rockies are willing to part with…

  6. Ron Johnson takes Triple-A job with Orioles after being fired by Red Sox

    Nov 28, 2011, 1:52 PM EDT

    Boston Red Sox v Tampa Bay Rays

    Fired last month as the Red Sox’s first base coach, Ron Johnson has taken a job with the Orioles as their Triple-A manager. He’ll manage at Triple-A Norfolk, with Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun reporting that the Orioles will reassign the man he’s replacing, Gary Allenson, to another role in the organization. Prior to…

  7. Jonathan Broxton close to signing, won’t return to Dodgers

    Nov 28, 2011, 1:20 PM EDT

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    Jonathan Broxton‘s agent told Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times that the rehabbing right-hander is close to signing and has ruled out returning to the Dodgers. According to agent B.B. Abbott “he had multiple suitors and we should have something tentative in the next few days.” Earlier this offseason Broxton was said to be…

  8. Twins hire Rays scout Gene Glynn as Triple-A manager

    Nov 28, 2011, 12:48 PM EDT

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    Gene Glynn, a 55-year-old Minnesota native who spent the past five years as a scout for the Rays, is the Twins’ new Triple-A manager. He hasn’t managed anywhere since 1992 and never managed above rookie-ball, but Glynn spent 13 years on major-league coaching staffs under managers Don Baylor and Felipe Alou. Glynn also grew up…

  9. Astros fired general manager Ed Wade with two years remaining on contract

    Nov 28, 2011, 12:16 PM EDT

    Ed Wade, Brad Mills

    Ed Wade is out of a job after being fired by the Astros last night, but the 55-year-old former general manager will be collecting a paycheck for two more seasons. Wade told Zachary Levine of the Houston Chronicle that an “evergreen” provision in his contract recently kicked in to extend the deal another season, meaning…

  10. Mariners’ trade for John Jaso may make Miguel Olivo available

    Nov 28, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

    Miguel Olivo

    Ongoing speculation that Seattle could look to trade catcher Miguel Olivo is likely even stronger after the Mariners acquired John Jaso from the Rays last night. Jaso facing most right-handers and Olivo facing most left-handers is a natural platoon from which the Mariners could get very nice production, but Adam Moore is also waiting in…

  11. Tigers “have been in contact” with free agent Aramis Ramirez

    Nov 28, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    Aramis Ramirez

    In addition to their reported interest in Mark Buehrle the Tigers “have been in contact with the agent for” Aramis Ramirez, according to Jason Beck of MLB.com. Beck writes that “there are no negotiations going on” and the two sides haven’t talked since early this month, but adds that Thanksgiving may have played a part…

  12. Tal Smith upset with how Astros fired him after 35 years

    Nov 28, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    Pittsburgh Pirates v Houston Astros

    Tal Smith spent 35 years in the Astros organization prior to being fired last night and the longtime team president told Zachary Levine of the Houston Chronicle that he’s upset with how the situation unfolded. Smith admitted to seeing the writing on the wall once Jim Crane named George Postolos the president of his new…

  13. Phillies tried to talk Billy Wagner out of retirement

    Nov 28, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

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    Billy Wagner retired after the 2010 season despite coming off one of his best years, saving 37 games with a 1.43 ERA in 69 innings for the Braves, and Mark Hale of the New York Post reports that the Phillies recently tried to talk the now 40-year-old left-hander out of retirement. Wagner declined, telling them:…

  14. Indians expect Grady Sizemore “to play the vast majority of games”

    Nov 25, 2011, 10:40 AM EDT

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    In re-signing Grady Sizemore to a one-year, $5 million contract Indians general manager Chris Antonetti said that he expects the oft-injured outfielder to be fully healthy by spring training and “to play the vast majority of games” in 2012. Sizemore, who played just 71 games this year and 33 games in 2010, underwent his latest…

  15. Yankees re-sign Freddy Garcia to one-year, $5 million deal

    Nov 24, 2011, 12:28 PM EDT

    Freddy Garcia, Joe Girardi

    Freddy Garcia and the Yankees have agreed to a one-year, $5 million contract, according to Jon Heyman of SI.com. Garcia proved to be a tremendous bargain for New York this year, winning a rotation spot in the spring training after signing for a minor-league deal and throwing 147 innings with a 3.62 ERA that was…

  16. Raul Ibanez agreed to decline Phillies’ arbitration offer

    Nov 24, 2011, 10:23 AM EDT

    Phillies' Ibanez reacts to grounding out to end the seventh inning of their MLB baseball playoff game against the Cardinals in Philadelphia

    Philadelphia’s decision to offer Raul Ibanez arbitration yesterday made zero sense unless the two sides had a pre-arranged agreement that the 39-year-old outfielder would decline. Sure enough, Buster Olney of ESPN.com reports exactly that, as Ibanez did the Phillies a favor and agreed ahead of time to decline an arbitration offer to basically just give…

  17. Albert Pujols sticking with agent Dan Lozano amid allegations

    Nov 24, 2011, 9:36 AM EDT

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    Earlier this week Deadspin published a lengthy story that included many unsavory allegations about agent Dan Lozano, whose client list includes Albert Pujols, Alex Rodriguez, and lots of other big names. Last night Lozano’s lawyer issued a statement denying the claims and Pujols told Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch: I am absolutely…

  18. Raul Ibanez surprisingly among Phillies arbitration offerings

    Nov 23, 2011, 4:45 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v Arizona Diamondbacks

    As expected the Phillies offered arbitration to Jimmy Rollins and Ryan Madson, but surprisingly they also did the same with Raul Ibanez. Ibanez is 39 years old and was paid $12 million this season to hit just .245 with a .289 on-base percentage and .419 slugging percentage in 144 games, which along with sub par…

  19. Jose Molina signing with Rays “appears imminent”

    Nov 23, 2011, 4:16 PM EDT

    Jose Molina

    Last week Jose Molina was said to be negotiating a deal with the Rays and now Joe Smith of the St. Petersburg Times reports that an agreement “appears imminent.” Molina would back up John Jaso, essentially replacing fellow right-handed-hitting free agent Kelly Shoppach. Molina lacks Shoppach’s power and ability to knock around left-handed pitching, but…

  20. Royals “making progress” toward re-signing Bruce Chen

    Nov 23, 2011, 3:41 PM EDT

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    Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Start reports that the Royals are “making progress in reaching agreement on a new contract” with free agent left-hander Bruce Chen, with general manager Dayton Moore saying that the two sides are hoping to get a deal finalized before the winter meetings next month. Chen looked just about finished…

  21. Juan Pierre doesn’t get arbitration offer from White Sox

    Nov 23, 2011, 2:40 PM EDT

    Juan Pierre

    Chicago won’t be getting a compensatory draft pick if Juan Pierre leaves as a free agent, as the White Sox declined to offer arbitration to the veteran outfielder with Type B status. Pierre hit .279 with his usual lack of power and plate discipline, posting a sub-.700 OPS for the fourth time in five years.…

  22. Orioles not offering arbitration to free agent Vladimir Guerrero

    Nov 23, 2011, 1:20 PM EDT

    Vladimir Guerrero

    As expected, the Orioles announced that they are not offering arbitration to free agent Vladimir Guerrero. Guerrero is coming off a career-worst season at age 36, so odds are he would have simply accepted an arbitration offer and locked the Orioles into a one-year deal paying him at least $8 million. Baltimore understandably didn’t want…

  23. Japanese team agrees to post reliever Hiroki Sanada

    Nov 23, 2011, 12:51 PM EDT

    Hiroki Sanada

    Japanese relief pitcher Hiroki Sanada’s exclusive negotiating rights will be up for auction, as Patrick Newman of NPB Tracker reports that the Yokohama Bay Stars have decided to post the 28-year-old right-hander. However, based on Sanada’s mediocre numbers and Newman’s underwhelming scouting report it doesn’t sound as though he’s likely to draw a ton of…

  24. Braves choose not to offer arbitration to Alex Gonzalez

    Nov 23, 2011, 12:19 PM EDT

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    In order to receive a compensatory draft pick for Alex Gonzalez signing elsewhere the Braves would first have to offer him arbitration, but the team announced today that they’ve decided not to risk the free agent shortstop accepting and locking them into a one-year deal. That means the Braves pass up the chance for a…

  25. Indians re-sign Grady Sizemore to one-year, $5 million deal

    Nov 23, 2011, 11:23 AM EDT

    Grady Sizemore

    Three weeks after declining their $8.5 million option on Grady Sizemore the Indians have re-signed the oft-injured outfielder to a one-year, $5 million contract. Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports that the deal also includes up to $4 million in additional incentives and Sizemore received a $500,000 buyout to become a free agent in the first…

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