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

    Nov 14, 2011, 5:24 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Nov 14, 2011, 4:48 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Nov 14, 2011, 4:16 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Nov 14, 2011, 2:50 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Nov 14, 2011, 2:44 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Nov 14, 2011, 2:20 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Nov 14, 2011, 1:18 PM 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

    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…

  8. Twins moving Trevor Plouffe from shortstop to outfield

    Nov 14, 2011, 12:46 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Nov 14, 2011, 11:21 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

    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…

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

    Nov 14, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    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…

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

    Nov 14, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    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…

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

    Nov 9, 2011, 4:22 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Nov 9, 2011, 3:19 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Nov 9, 2011, 2:14 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Nov 9, 2011, 1:13 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Nov 9, 2011, 12:20 PM EDT

    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…

  17. Phillies “reconsidering options” with Ryan Madson deal in flux

    Nov 9, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

    ryan-madson-phillies-nlcs

    Ryan Madson‘s four-year, $44 million contract with the Phillies has not yet been approved by ownership and now Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com writes that reports of the deal being completed “may have been premature.” In fact, according to Rosenthal “the team is reconsidering its options” and might get back in touch with Jonathan Papelbon, whom…

  18. Ryan Madson’s deal sets a rich market for free agent closers

    Nov 9, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    Brian Schneider, Ryan Madson

    Assuming his reported four-year, $44 million contract eventually becomes official, as the first closer from a closer-heavy free agent class to sign Ryan Madson‘s deal would set the market extremely high for guys like Jonathan Papelbon, Francisco Rodriguez, Joe Nathan, and Francisco Cordero. They’re surely thrilled with Madson’s deal setting the tone, but the other…

  19. Mike Maddux will interview with Cubs today after turning down Red Sox yesterday

    Nov 9, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    Mike Maddux Getty

    Mike Maddux removed his name from consideration for the Red Sox’s managerial opening yesterday, citing the desire to remain close to his family in Texas, but the Rangers pitching coach will go through with his scheduled interview with the Cubs today. Chicago is obviously much closer to Dallas than Boston is, but it’s still nearly…

  20. Non-tender candidate Ian Stewart still limited by wrist injury

    Nov 9, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    ian stewart getty

    Ian Stewart’s nightmare season ended in early August because of a wrist injury and Troy Renck of the Denver Post reports that the Rockies third baseman has yet to resume “baseball activity.” Stewart told Renck that his wrist “is good” and he’s been lifting weights, but likely won’t be cleared to swing a bat before…

  21. Red Sox set to interview Sandy Alomar Jr., Torey Lovullo, and Gene Lamont this week

    Nov 8, 2011, 5:17 PM EDT

    Sandy Alomar

    Boston has a full slate of interviews scheduled for this week, with the Red Sox announcing that they’ll talk to Indians bench coach Sandy Alomar Jr. tomorrow, Blue Jays first base coach Torey Lovullo on Friday, and Tigers third base coach Gene Lamont on Saturday. Alomar was already a known candidate and Lovullo makes sense,…

  22. Terry Francona after interviewing with Cardinals: “Whatever happens happens”

    Nov 8, 2011, 4:44 PM EDT

    Terry Francona

    As expected, Terry Francona interviewed with the Cardinals today, meeting with team chairman Bill DeWitt Jr. at his private equity firm in Cincinnati. Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post Dispatch spoke to Francona after the interview and the former Red Sox manager said: “There is a huge amount of tradition. A good organization. I…

  23. Lance Berkman: Astros moving to AL would be “a travesty”

    Nov 8, 2011, 3:52 PM EDT

    berkman

    Lance Berkman, who played the first 12 seasons of his career in Houston, called the Astros’ potential move to the American League “a travesty” and “a shame.” Zachary Levine of the Houston Chronicle reports that Berkman, while appearing at a press conference for a memorabilia company, called the Astros “a National League franchise” and suggested…

  24. GM says Royals will “explore” a trade for Carlos Zambrano

    Nov 8, 2011, 2:18 PM EDT

    Chicago Cubs v Atlanta Braves

    Yesterday during an interview with 610 Sports Radio in Kansas City general manager Dayton Moore said that the Royals will “explore” a potential trade for Carlos Zambrano, who’s currently pitching in the Venezuelan winter league. Via David Kaplan of CSNChicago.com, here’s what Moore told host Mark Carman: We would have to be interested. We would…

  25. Report: Phillies appear close to re-signing Ryan Madson

    Nov 8, 2011, 1:16 PM EDT

    Chicago Cubs v Philadelphia Phillies

    Last night the Phillies were said to be “making a strong push” to re-sign Ryan Madson and now Jon Heyman of SI.com reports that the two sides are closing in on a new contract. According to Heyman they’re “in serious discussions” and it’s “hard to imagine it not getting done soon.” One benefit to re-signing…

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