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  1. Orioles acquire catcher Taylor Teagarden from Rangers

    Dec 1, 2011, 2:20 PM EDT

    Texas Rangers v Seattle Mariners

    UPDATE: Done deal. Connolly says the Rangers are getting minor-league pitcher Randy Henry and a player to be named later for Teagarden. =========== Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun reports that the Orioles have been talking to the Rangers about catcher Taylor Teagarden as they search for a new backup for Matt Wieters. Teagarden is…

  2. Tal Smith got two weeks’ severance pay after 35 years with the Astros

    Dec 1, 2011, 1:48 PM EDT

    Pittsburgh Pirates v Houston Astros

    When the Astros fired Tal Smith last week after 35 years in the organization the longtime team president was upset with how the situation unfolded, saying he learned the news through the media and hadn’t spoken to new owner Jim Crane in months. Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com has a few more details about Smith’s firing,…

  3. White Sox’s rebuild may involve shopping starters John Danks and Gavin Floyd

    Dec 1, 2011, 1:16 PM EDT

    Seattle Mariners v Chicago White Sox

    John Danks could be on the trading block if he can’t agree to a long-term contract extension with the White Sox and Doug Padilla of ESPN Chicago reports that negotiations are at a “stalemate.” According to Padilla the White Sox made Danks several offers “not that long ago” and were rebuffed, so they haven’t even…

  4. Rockies grant Astros permission to interview Bill Geivett

    Dec 1, 2011, 12:44 PM EDT

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    Rockies assistant general manager Bill Geivett is a candidate for the Astros’ general manager opening, according to Brian McTaggart of MLB.com. McTaggart writes that the Rockies granted the Astros permission to interview Geivett, although the Rangers did the same with Thad Levine earlier this week and he ultimately decided to withdraw his name from consideration…

  5. Yonder Alonso is in–you guessed it–the best shape of his life

    Dec 1, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

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    Add another name to the ever-growing “best shape of my life” list. John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer caught up with Yonder Alonso today and reports that the Reds prospect has lost about 18 pounds already this offseason. Alonso hired a personal chef and switched up his workout routine in order to prepare for potential…

  6. Ron Gardenhire says the Twins “are making a mad effort” to re-sign Michael Cuddyer

    Dec 1, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

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    During a 1500-ESPN radio interview yesterday manager Ron Gardenhire said the Twins “are making a mad effort” to re-sign free agent Michael Cuddyer, adding that “both sides are talking.” Cuddyer previously visited the Phillies and has reportedly drawn interest from several other teams, and if he signs elsewhere the Type A free agent would fetch…

  7. A’s catcher Kurt Suzuki is eating 4,000 calories per day in the most boring way possible

    Dec 1, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    Kurt Suzuki

    In an effort to put on 15 pounds this offseason A’s catcher Kurt Suzuki is eating 4,000 calories per day, telling Jane Lee of MLB.com that his “gluttonous” diet plan includes non-stop eating and working out. Of course, those 4,000 calories are coming in the form of turkey burgers, fruit, energy bars, protein shakes, salads,…

  8. Marlins “going strong after” free agent closer Heath Bell

    Dec 1, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    Padres pitcher Bell is congratulated by teammate and catcher Torrealba after the Padres defeated the Giants during their MLB baseball  game in San Francisco

    Last night Heath Bell posted on Twitter denying an ESPN.com report that he was close to signing with an undisclosed team, but Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post reports that the free agent closer met with the Marlins and described Miami as “going strong after” him. Whether that means the ESPN.com report is accurate…

  9. Tweet of the Day: David DeJesus’ wife is very happy

    Nov 30, 2011, 5:01 PM EDT

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    Most wives would probably be pretty happy after their husband signed a $10 million contract, but Kim DeJesus is especially pleased by David DeJesus joining the Cubs because she’s from Chicago and … well: Coincidentally, Calcaterra did the exact same thing when the Braves picked up Eric Hinske‘s option.

  10. Logan Morrison “just trying to rehab” knee injury that may require surgery

    Nov 30, 2011, 3:50 PM EDT

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    Logan Morrison‘s right knee is still giving him problems after two outfield collisions and ongoing tendinitis issues, so the Marlins left fielder told Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post that he may need surgery. For now he’s “just trying to rehab it and make sure if doesn’t flare up again,” but he’s scheduled to…

  11. Tigers re-sign Ramon Santiago to two-year contract

    Nov 30, 2011, 3:11 PM EDT

    Ramon Santiago

    After testing the free agent market Ramon Santiago has decided to remain in Detroit, re-signing with the Tigers on a two-year contract. As the Tigers’ utility man Santiago has averaged just 278 plate appearances during the past four years, but depending on how the rest of the offseason plays out he could get an opportunity…

  12. Jose Reyes was in Philadelphia yesterday, but it had nothing to do with the Phillies

    Nov 30, 2011, 1:46 PM EDT

    Jose Reyes

    Jose Reyes was spotted at a Philadelphia restaurant yesterday, leading to some hasty speculation about the Phillies’ potentially being interested in the free agent shortstop, but any rumors can safely be shut down. Reyes was apparently just in town visiting his daughter, who lives in Philadelphia, and general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. made it very…

  13. Cubs sign David DeJesus to two-year, $10 million deal

    Nov 30, 2011, 12:44 PM EDT

    Athletics' DeJesus hits a solo home run against the Angels during their MLB American League baseball game in Anaheim

    David DeJesus has agreed to a two-year contract with the Cubs and is expected to be Chicago’s starting right fielder, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com. Jon Heyman of SI.com reports that the deal is worth $10 million and includes a team option for 2014, when DeJesus will be 34 years old. DeJesus is coming…

  14. Kelvim Escobar is making another comeback

    Nov 30, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

    Kelvim Escobar throwing

    Kelvim Escobar is 35 years old and hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2009 because of shoulder problems, but Mike Puma of the New York Post reports that he’s attempting a comeback. Or, more accurately, another comeback. Escobar had similar plans last offseason, when agent Peter Greenberg told reporters he was “doing very well.” It…

  15. Cubs “have interest” in Rockies third baseman Ian Stewart

    Nov 30, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

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    Last week Rockies general manager Dan O’Dowd ruled out non-tendering Ian Stewart before the deadline to offer arbitration, but he didn’t rule out trading him and now Troy Renck of the Denver Post reports that the Cubs have expressed interest in the 26-year-old third baseman. Renck writes that the Rockies turned down an offer for…

  16. Greg Maddux will be “helping players and coaches as much as possible” as Rangers’ special assistant

    Nov 30, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    Greg Maddux

    In leaving the Cubs and joining his brother Mike Maddux with the Rangers yesterday Greg Maddux described his new role as “helping the players and the coaches as much as possible” and serving as “another set of eyes.” His title is officially special assistant to the general manager, which is the same job he had…

  17. Cardinals may view Jimmy Rollins as fallback target if Albert Pujols doesn’t re-sign

    Nov 30, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    Gary Cederstrom, Jimmy Rollins

    As the Cardinals wait for Albert Pujols to make a decision Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch reports that they “could shift their focus to Jimmy Rollins” if the three-time MVP signs elsewhere. Rollins obviously wouldn’t replace Pujols–in the lineup or at first base–but the Cardinals also have an opening at shortstop and…

  18. UPDATE: Greg Maddux joins Rangers as special assistant to GM

    Nov 29, 2011, 6:08 PM EDT

    Greg Maddux

    UPDATE: According to Richard Durrett of ESPN Dallas, Greg Maddux has officially joined the Rangers as a special assistant to the general manager. 3:44 PM: Mike Maddux turned down a chance to potentially become the Cubs’ manager and decided to remain the Rangers’ pitching coach, and now his brother, future Hall of Famer Greg Maddux,…

  19. Brandon Phillips tweets hint about possible Reds extension

    Nov 29, 2011, 5:15 PM EDT

    Brandon Phillips, Chase Utley

    Brandon Phillips is one season away from becoming a free agent, but the Reds second baseman posted a tweet today seemingly hinting at a possible long-term contract extension: Just a couple weeks ago general manager Walt Jocketty described contract talks as “not close” and Phillips has previously tweeted some stuff suggesting he expected to become…

  20. Brewers prospect Santo Manzanillo separates shoulder in car accident

    Nov 29, 2011, 2:52 PM EDT

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    Pitching prospect Santo Manzanillo was involved in a car accident this morning in the Dominican Republic and the Brewers have issued a statement saying he “suffered a separated right shoulder and is currently undergoing further tests.” Adam McCalvy of MLB.com provides some additional details, reporting that “a truck struck Manzanillo’s Hummer on a highway in…

  21. Jamie Quirk leaves Astros to become Cubs’ bench coach

    Nov 29, 2011, 2:20 PM EDT

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    Dale Sveum has decided on a right-hand man, with Jamie Quirk leaving his job as the Astros’ bullpen coach to become the Cubs’ new bench coach. Quirk called it “a great opportunity” and told Brian McTaggart of MLB.com that Sveum reached out to him about possibly joining his hypothetical staff before he’d even finished interviewing…

  22. Rangers grant Astros permission to interview Thad Levine

    Nov 29, 2011, 1:48 PM EDT

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    Just as the Rays did with Andrew Friedman, the Rangers have granted the Astros permission to speak to Thad Levine about their general manager opening, according to T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com. Levine is the Rangers’ assistant general manager, working under Jon Daniels for the past six seasons. It seems fairly obvious that Friedman is the…

  23. David Bell is the Reds’ new Triple-A manager

    Nov 29, 2011, 1:16 PM EDT

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    David Bell, who retired in 2006 following a 16-season career in the majors, is now the Reds’ new Triple-A manager. Bell spent the past three years managing at Double-A and gets the promotion despite a 176-239 record there. Rick Sweet, who’d served as Louisville’s manager since 2004, will reportedly take another role in the organization.…

  24. Happy birthday to the greatest baseball announcer of all time

    Nov 29, 2011, 12:44 PM EDT

    Vin Scully

    Today is Vin Scully’s birthday and the greatest announcer in baseball history turns 84 years old. And come April he’ll begin his 63rd season as voice of the Dodgers. I have no strong feelings about the Dodgers good or bad, yet season after season find myself choosing them as my late-night viewing several times per…

  25. White Sox “trying to move” setup man Matt Thornton

    Nov 29, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

    A.J. Pierzynski, Matt Thornton

    Last spring Matt Thornton signed a two-year, $12 million extension that hasn’t started yet, but Buster Olney of ESPN.com reports that the White Sox “are trying to move” the longtime setup man. Thornton got off to a bad start this year, blowing whatever chance he had of becoming the White Sox’s permanent closer, but recovered…

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