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  1. Jonathan Papelbon likely to ask for $11.5 million in arbitration

    Nov 19, 2010, 10:47 AM EDT

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    Jonathan Papelbon “is poised to ask for $11.5 million” in his final year of arbitration, according to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe. That would be a raise of slightly over $2 million from his 2010 salary, which Papelbon earned while having the worst season of his career. He blew nine of 46 save opportunities…

  2. Bryce Harper has a 1.039 OPS in the Arizona Fall League

    Nov 19, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

    AZ Fall League: Mesa v Scottsdale

    As a member of the Scottsdale Scorpions’ “taxi squad” Bryce Harper has been limited to playing twice per week in the Arizona Fall League, but the No. 1 overall pick has been extremely impressive when in the lineup, batting .343 with six extra-base hits and a 1.039 OPS in nine games. Not bad for the…

  3. If the Rockies want Scott Kazmir, they can probably have him

    Nov 18, 2010, 5:19 PM EDT

    Scott Kazmir

    Buried in the middle of Troy Renck’s latest Rockies notebook in the Denver Post is this sentence, accompanied by no other details: “Colorado also has interest in Angels starter Scott Kazmir, who had a disappointing season.” First, calling what Kazmir did this year “a disappointing season” would be like calling me chubby. He had a…

  4. Rickie Weeks is “open to listening” about contract extension

    Nov 18, 2010, 4:45 PM EDT

    Rickie Weeks

    No one seems to think the Brewers have any chance of keeping Prince Fielder beyond 2011, but Rickie Weeks is also one season away from becoming a free agent and told Adam McCalvy of MLB.com that he’s “open to listening” if the team wants to pursue a contract extension. Weeks revealed that his agent has…

  5. Orioles “have had trade discussions” about J.J. Hardy and Jason Bartlett

    Nov 18, 2010, 3:49 PM EDT

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    According to Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun the Orioles “have had trade discussions” with the Twins about J.J. Hardy and with the Rays about Jason Bartlett. Cesar Izturis was Baltimore’s starting shortstop this year, but he’s a free agent the team is clearly looking for an upgrade offensively. Previous reports had the Rays shopping…

  6. Astros get Clint Barmes from Rockies for Felipe Paulino

    Nov 18, 2010, 2:47 PM EDT

    Clint Barmes

    Colorado has traded infielder Clint Barmes to Houston for right-hander Felipe Paulino. Barmes was once the Rockies’ starting shortstop, but moved to second base when Troy Tulowitzki arrived in 2006 and is coming off a horrendous year at the plate, hitting just .235 with a lowly .656 OPS despite calling Coors Field home. At times…

  7. Diamondbacks acquire Juan Miranda from Yankees

    Nov 18, 2010, 1:49 PM EDT

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    Juan Miranda defected from Cuba in 2004, signed with the Yankees for $2 million in 2006, and has been stuck in the minors ever since despite consistently putting up some pretty good numbers. He may finally get an opportunity at age 29, as the Yankees have traded him to the Diamondbacks for pitching prospect Scott…

  8. Why are the Braves moving Martin Prado to left field instead of Dan Uggla?

    Nov 18, 2010, 1:18 PM EDT

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    David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports that Martin Prado had no problem with the Braves’ request that he move to left field following the trade for Dan Uggla. General manager Frank Wren talked to Prado after making the trade and quoted the All-Star infielder as saying: “I just want to be a part…

  9. Scouting report on 17-year-old Cuban defector Yasiel Balaguer

    Nov 18, 2010, 12:46 PM EDT

    Yasiel Balaguer

    Last week 17-year-old Cuban center fielder Yasiel Balaguer defected to Nicaragua and immediately got himself an agent with eye toward becoming a free agent and signing with an MLB team. An article about the news in the El Nuevo Herald included all sorts of glowing words about his upside, including the usual praise from his…

  10. Chris Coghlan in center field would be risky move for Marlins

    Nov 18, 2010, 12:15 PM EDT

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    Dan Uggla turning down a four-year, $48 million contract extension led to Florida trading him to Atlanta, but after the swap the Marlins also talked about how the move allows them to improve defensively. Uggla consistently ranked among the worst defensive second basemen in baseball, so replacing him with Omar Infante is a clear upgrade.…

  11. Ron Gardenhire follows Manager of the Year award with contract extension

    Nov 18, 2010, 11:18 AM EDT

    Ron Gardenhire

    Ron Gardenhire is having a pretty good week. Yesterday he was named American League Manager of the Year after finishing runner-up for the award five times in the previous eight seasons and Joe Christensen of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that the Twins will soon announce a two-year contract extension for Gardenhire. According to Christensen…

  12. With contract extension unlikely, Nationals may look to trade Josh Willingham

    Nov 18, 2010, 10:47 AM EDT

    Josh Willingham

    Josh Willingham is under team control for one more season as an arbitration eligible player and would like to sign a contract extension to remain in Washington, but Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post reports that the Nationals aren’t interested in giving him a long-term deal and may look to trade him. Willingham, Adam Dunn,…

  13. Jake Peavy’s uncertain status has Chris Sale preparing to be a starter in 2011

    Nov 18, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

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    Earlier this week White Sox general manager Kenny Williams indicated that he expects Jake Peavy to begin 2011 on the disabled list following shoulder surgery and Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports that Chris Sale, who thrived out of the bullpen as a rookie, has “embarked on an offseason program designed for him to…

  14. Blue Jays acquire Rajai Davis from A’s for Trystan Magnuson

    Nov 17, 2010, 5:17 PM EDT

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    According to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com the Blue Jays have acquired outfielder Rajai Davis from the A’s, with MLB Trade Rumors reporting that Oakland will receive minor-league reliever Trystan Magnuson in return. Oakland claimed Davis off waivers from San Francisco in early 2008 and he thrived in his first opportunity as a big-league regular the…

  15. Phillies “have done extensive groundwork on a potential deal” for Carlos Quentin

    Nov 17, 2010, 4:47 PM EDT

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    At this point no one seems to believe Philadelphia has any chance of re-signing Jayson Werth and Jayson Stark of ESPN.com reports that the Phillies “have done what one source described as ‘extensive’ groundwork on a potential deal for” White Sox outfielder Carlos Quentin. As a right-handed, power-hitting corner outfielder Quentin makes sense as a…

  16. Report: A’s offer Adrian Beltre a five-year, $64 million deal

    Nov 17, 2010, 3:46 PM EDT

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    Oakland has wasted little time making moves this offseason, bidding $17 million for the negotiating rights to Japanese pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma, trading Vin Mazzaro and Justin Marks to the Royals for David DeJesus, claiming Edwin Encarnacion off waivers from the Blue Jays, and spending $800,000 to sign 16-year-old prospect Vicmal De La Cruz out of…

  17. Red Sox “are open to trading” shortstop Marco Scutaro

    Nov 17, 2010, 3:15 PM EDT

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    Marco Scutaro had a solid first season in Boston after signing a two-year, $12.5 million contract as a free agent last winter, basically duplicating his career numbers by hitting .275/.333/.388 despite playing through multiple injuries. He was signed in large part because of Jed Lowrie’s uncertain injury status, but now that Lowrie is healthy again…

  18. Gardenhire tops Washington for AL Manager of the Year

    Nov 17, 2010, 2:19 PM EDT

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    Ron Gardenhire finished runner-up for Manager of the Year in five of his first eight seasons as the Twins’ skipper, including each of the past two seasons. Today he finally claimed the award for the first time, receiving 16 of 28 first-place votes to top Ron Washington of the Rangers and Joe Maddon of the…

  19. Chan Ho Park and the Pirates have “mutual interest” in return

    Nov 17, 2010, 1:46 PM EDT

    Chan Ho Park

    General manager Neal Huntington told Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com that the Pirates and Chan Ho Park have mutual interest in the veteran reliever returning to Pittsburgh in 2011, but it sounds like Park would have to settle for a minor-league contract with an opportunity to compete for a bullpen spot in spring training. He was…

  20. Sandy Alderson not sold on Josh Thole as everyday catcher

    Nov 17, 2010, 1:15 PM EDT

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    Before they were fired Jerry Manuel and Omar Minaya both indicated that 24-year-old Josh Thole would likely be the Mets’ starting catcher in 2011 after playing regularly down the stretch as a rookie, but new general manager Sandy Alderson isn’t quite as sold on the idea. Alderson said yesterday that the Mets are “thin” at…

  21. Coco Crisp is ‘looking for a live-in personal assistant (female)’

    Nov 17, 2010, 12:17 PM EDT

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    Someone claiming to be A’s outfielder Coco Crisp has posted an ad on Craigslist “looking for a live-in personal assistant (female) that can help simplify my life.” Here’s the full text of the ad: Hi, My name is Covelli Crisp (Coco Crisp), i am a professional baseball player. Looking for a live-in personal assistant (Female)…

  22. White Sox GM expects Jake Peavy to begin 2011 on the DL

    Nov 17, 2010, 11:49 AM EDT

    Chicago White Sox v Cleveland Indians

    Jake Peavy has said that he hopes to be healthy by Opening Day following July shoulder surgery, but yesterday general manager Ken Williams noted that he may not begin throwing again until January and indicated that he expects the former Cy Young winner to begin 2011 on the disabled list: I’m preparing in my mind…

  23. James Loney “is all but certain to” remain with the Dodgers

    Nov 17, 2010, 11:18 AM EDT

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    Earlier this week Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com wrote that “James Loney is the position player the Dodgers are most willing to trade,” yet today Kevin Baxter of the Los Angeles Times wrote that “Loney, despite rumors the team is looking to trade him, is all but certain to return at first base.” Two good reporters…

  24. Tigers sign Joaquin Benoit to three-year, $16.5 million deal

    Nov 17, 2010, 10:48 AM EDT

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    UPDATE: Enrique Rojas of ESPNDeportes says the deal is for three years and $16.5 million, with another $1 million in incentives each season. MLB Trade Rumors notes that it’s the biggest contract signed by a non-closer reliever since Scott Linebrink in November of 2007. ========== According to Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com the Tigers “are…

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