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  1. Tigers exercise $9 million option on closer Jose Valverde

    Oct 28, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    Jose Valverde

    UPDATE: It’s official. ========== Jon Heyman of SI.com reports that the Tigers are expected to exercise their $9 million option on closer Jose Valverde, which is no surprise after he went 49-for-49 converting saves in the regular season. Valverde didn’t pitch quite as well as the perfect saveĀ  percentage would suggest, posting the lowest strikeout…

  2. Tony La Russa expected back with Cardinals in 2012

    Oct 28, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    St. Louis Cardinals v Arizona Diamondbacks

    Regardless of what happens in Game 7 tonight Tony La Russa is expected to return as Cardinals manager next season, according to Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post Dispatch. Officially both La Russa and the Cardinals must decide on their respective half of his mutual option within two weeks after the World Series ends,…

  3. World Series Game 6 lineups: Rangers vs. Cardinals

    Oct 27, 2011, 4:36 PM EDT

    blank lineup card

    Here are the lineups for Game 6 of the Rangers-Cardinals series tonight: TEXAS RANGERS ST. LOUIS CARDINALS 1. Ian Kinsler, 2B 1. Rafael Furcal, SS 2. Elvis Andrus, SS 2. Skip Schumaker, CF 3. Josh Hamilton, LF 3. Albert Pujols, 1B 4. Michael Young, 1B 4. Lance Berkman, RF 5. Adrian Beltre, 3B 5. Matt…

  4. Padres prospect lied about age, identity for $1 million bonus

    Oct 27, 2011, 4:02 PM EDT

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    Three years ago 16-year-old Dominican middle infielder Alvaro Aristy signed with the Padres for $1 million as one of the top international prospects available that season. Since then he’s hit .169 while failing to advance beyond rookie-ball and now Ben Badler of Baseball America reports that Aristy’s real name is Jorge Leandro Guzman and his…

  5. Hong-Chih Kuo has no plans to retire despite fifth surgery

    Oct 27, 2011, 2:19 PM EDT

    kuo small

    Hong-Chih Kuo‘s agent told Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times that the injured left-hander has no plans to retire despite battling anxiety issues during the season and needing a fifth elbow surgery. Kuo is scheduled to go under the knife tomorrow, but the surgery is a relatively minor removal of “loose bodies” from his…

  6. Picture of the Day: Portrait of the GM as a young man

    Oct 27, 2011, 12:48 PM EDT

    ben cherington kid

    Kevin Gray of the New Hampshire Union Leader wrote a good article about new Red Sox general manager (and New Hampshire native) Ben Cherington, including this picture of the GM attending his first game at Fenway Park as a 5-year-old in 1979:

  7. After the rain: Lewis and Garcia set for Game 6 pitchers’ duel

    Oct 27, 2011, 12:16 PM EDT

    Tarp covers the infield at Bush Stadium after Major League Baseball cancelled Game 6 in St. Louis

    Last night’s rainout in St. Louis could dramatically change the pitching plans for Game 7, but the Cardinals will have to get there first by winning tonight’s Colby Lewis–Jaime Garcia matchup. They faced off in Game 2, combining for 13.2 innings of one-run ball. Garcia exited after seven shutout innings with a 1-0 lead, but…

  8. Brian Cashman’s new deal with Yankees “just about” done

    Oct 27, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays v New York Yankees

    There was never much doubt about general manager Brian Cashman agreeing to a new contract with the Yankees and it sounds like the two sides could reach an agreement very soon. Anthony McCarron of the New York Daily News reports that negotiations for a new deal are “just about” complete and Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com…

  9. Yankees readying new contract offer for CC Sabathia

    Oct 27, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    CC Sabathia

    After meeting in Florida this week to formulate a plan to keep CC Sabathia if/when he exercises the opt-out clause in his contract the Yankees have prepared a new contract offer for the 30-year-old left-hander. David Waldstein of the New York Times reports that they’ll make the proposal to Sabathia and his agent before he…

  10. Mariners keep manager Eric Wedge and entire coaching staff

    Oct 27, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    Eric Wedge, Paul Emmel

    Eric Wedge went 67-95 in his first season as Seattle’s manager, but the Mariners announced last night that he’ll be back in 2012 along with his entire coaching staff. In a statement released to the media general manager Jack Zduriencik called them “a group of hard-working professionals.” Greg Johns of MLB.com notes that this is…

  11. Cardinals exercise 2012, 2013 options on Adam Wainwright

    Oct 27, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    Adam Wainwright

    General manager John Mozeliak said last month that the Cardinals planned to exercise their 2012 and 2013 options on rehabbing right-hander Adam Wainwright and now they’ve made things official. Wainwright, who missed the entire season following Tommy John elbow surgery during spring training, will earn $9 million in 2012 and $12 million in 2013. That…

  12. Dodgers reliever Hong-Chih Kuo needs another elbow surgery

    Oct 26, 2011, 5:48 PM EDT

    Hong-Chih Kuo

    Hong-Chih Kuo was removed from the Chinese Taipei national team’s roster for the upcoming “All-Star series” against a team of MLB players because of elbow soreness and the Dodgers just announced that he’ll undergo arthroscopic surgery to remove loose bodies from the elbow. Kuo has a long history of elbow problems, including multiple surgeries, and…

  13. Juan Nicasio “making remarkable progress” in recovery from broken neck

    Oct 26, 2011, 5:17 PM EDT

    Juan Nicasio, Joe Diaz, Kieth Dugger

    Troy Renck of the Denver Post has an update on Rockies pitcher Juan Nicasio‘s recovery from a broken neck and the news is very encouraging. Renck writes that Nicasio “is making remarkable progress” and “has begun throwing off a mound for the first time since his injury.” Nicasio suffered a fractured C-1 vertebrae when he…

  14. Melky Cabrera unlikely to sign long-term extension with Royals

    Oct 26, 2011, 4:23 PM EDT

    Melky Cabrera

    General manager Dayton Moore told Dick Kaegel of MLB.com that the Royals are unlikely to sign Melky Cabrera to a long-term contract extension because the 27-year-old outfielder wants to test free agency following next season: We’ll probably go a year at a time at this point, but he was a terrific player for us and…

  15. MLB postpones Game 6 until Thursday due to expected rain

    Oct 26, 2011, 3:22 PM EDT

    charlie brown rain

    MLB announced that tonight’s scheduled Game 6 of the World Series has been postponed because of expected rain in St. Louis. Cardinals and Rangers officials learned of the early postponement during an afternoon conference call with MLB. Light rain has been falling throughout the day in St. Louis and various weather reports peg the chances…

  16. Theo Epstein wants to meet with Carlos Zambrano

    Oct 26, 2011, 2:10 PM EDT

    zambrano getty wide

    Not so long ago it seemed certain that Carlos Zambrano would never pitch for the Cubs again, but new team president Theo Epstein said during a television interview today that he wants to meet with the veteran right-hander. I need to get to the bottom of that. I think the best organizations get the most…

  17. Nationals waiting until after World Series to announce Davey Johnson as full-time manager

    Oct 26, 2011, 1:29 PM EDT

    Washington Nationals v Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

    At this point it’s no secret that the Nationals have decided to retain Davey Johnson as their full-time manager, but general manager Mike Rizzo continues to avoid confirming various reports and said today that the team will wait until after the World Series to make an announcement. Rizzo did, however, tell reporters that Johnson has…

  18. Marcel Lachemann resigns from Rockies after 12 seasons

    Oct 26, 2011, 12:32 PM EDT

    Marcel Lachemann

    Marcel Lachemann has resigned as specialist assistant to Rockies general manager Dan O’Dowd, stepping down after spending 12 seasons in the organization because of “different ideas on the development of pitchers.” Based on what Lachemann told Jack Etkin of Inside the Rockies, he appears to have a pretty strong disagreement with the team’s approach: Not…

  19. Albert Pujols prepares for Game 6 by hanging out at Best Buy

    Oct 26, 2011, 11:36 AM EDT

    albert pujols best buy

    What would you do before playing in Game 6 of the World Series? Well, if you’re Albert Pujols apparently you’d put on a sleeveless shirt and go hang out at Best Buy: It’s always nice when sleeveless shirt-wearing people find other sleeveless shirt-wearing people. And can anyone figure out which DVD he’s holding?

  20. Mike Scioscia gets defensive about the Mike Napoli trade

    Oct 26, 2011, 10:45 AM EDT

    Cleveland Indians v Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

    Mike Napoli continuing his spectacular season in the playoffs has led to the Angels being criticized for trading him in a deal for Vernon Wells and manager Mike Scioscia being criticized for never being the biggest Napoli fan. Scioscia got defensive when that topic was raised during a radio interview yesterday, saying: We did not…

  21. Yankees will meet to formulate plan to keep CC Sabathia

    Oct 26, 2011, 10:17 AM EDT

    CC Sabathia

    While the New York Daily News photo-shops CC Sabathia into a Red Sox uniform the New York Post (and George King) reports that the Yankees will meet in Florida to formulate a plan to keep Sabathia. A few months ago there were several reports about how Sabathia had no plans to exercise his opt-out clause,…

  22. Brewers pitcher Chris Narveson undergoes hip surgery

    Oct 25, 2011, 5:45 PM EDT

    Milwaukee Brewers v Arizona Diamondbacks

    Chris Narveson underwent hip surgery today, but according to the Brewers’ statement they expect the left-hander to be fully healthy in time for spring training. Barring setbacks along the way Narveson will be in Milwaukee’s rotation after throwing 162 innings with a 4.45 ERA and 126/65 K/BB ratio this season. He shifted to the bullpen…

  23. A’s decline $3.25 million option on reliever Michael Wuertz

    Oct 25, 2011, 4:16 PM EDT

    Wuertz_Michael

    Michael Wuertz was injured and ineffective this season, throwing just 34 innings with a 6.68 ERA, so it comes as no surprise that the A’s have declined their $3.25 million option on the 32-year-old reliever for 2012. Wuertz will receive a $250,000 buyout instead and may have to settle for a minor-league deal as a…

  24. John Lackey to undergo Tommy John surgery, will miss 2012

    Oct 25, 2011, 3:52 PM EDT

    John Lackey

    Well, at least this explains why he couldn’t get anyone out. John Lackey traveled to California to have his elbow examined by Dr. Lewis Yocum and the Red Sox announced today that he’ll undergo Tommy John surgery, knocking him out for all of 2012 and perhaps part of 2013. Lackey will earn $15.25 million while…

  25. Twins decline $12.5 million option on closer Joe Nathan

    Oct 25, 2011, 3:34 PM EDT

    Joe Nathan

    UPDATE: It’s official, as the Twins announced that they’ve declined Nathan’s option and hope to re-sign him at a lesser salary. ========== No surprise, but Joe Christensen of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that “all signs point to the Twins declining Joe Nathan‘s $12.5 million option for 2012.” Nathan missed all of 2010 following Tommy…

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