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  1. Reds hire Jim Riggleman as Double-A manager

    Dec 5, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    Jim Riggleman

    Quitting on the Nationals in the middle of the season made it tough for Jim Riggleman to land another prominent big-league job, but the Reds have hired the 59-year-old former Nationals, Padres, Cubs, and Mariners manager to be their new Double-A skipper. Nothing is official yet, but Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports that Riggleman will…

  2. C.J. Wilson has offers from four teams, including Marlins and Angels

    Dec 4, 2011, 10:33 PM EDT

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    Apparently the Marlins might not be done spending. Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com reports that C.J. Wilson has offers from four teams, including the Marlins and Angels. Earlier today Jon Heyman of SI.com pegged the Nationals as the favorites to sign Wilson, but then Bill Ladson of MLB.com wrote that Wilson “is not a top…

  3. Padres hire former Mets general manager Omar Minaya

    Dec 2, 2011, 5:42 PM EDT

    Omar Minaya

    UPDATE: Minaya’s official title is senior vice president of baseball operations, so he’ll be pretty high up on the food chain in San Diego. ========== Omar Minaya, who was fired as Mets general manager in October of 2010, has been hired by the Padres and their new general manager Josh Byrnes, according to Jon Heyman…

  4. Tweet of the Day: Nickelback talks trash with Peter Moylan

    Dec 2, 2011, 4:49 PM EDT

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    Rob Neyer of SB Nation points out this amusing Twitter back and forth between Braves reliever Peter Moylan and the band Nickelback (or at least whomever runs Nickelback’s account):

  5. Dave Magadan accepts Bobby Valentine’s offer to remain Red Sox’s hitting coach

    Dec 2, 2011, 4:16 PM EDT

    Jacoby Ellsbury, Dave Magadan

    Dave Magadan has been the Red Sox’s hitting coach since 2007 and he’ll keep the job despite never working with new manager Bobby Valentine before. Rob Bradford of WEEI.com reports that Valentine called Magadan today to offer the job and he gladly accepted, saying: “It was good to get a vote of confidence from the…

  6. No one wants to be the Astros’ general manager

    Dec 2, 2011, 3:47 PM EDT

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    Rangers assistant general manager Thad Levine turned down a chance to interview for the Astros’ general manager opening and apparently he wasn’t alone. According to Jon Heyman of SI.com, White Sox assistant general manager Rick Hahn and MLB senior vice president of baseball operations Kim Ng also said no thanks to the Astros. Houston’s top…

  7. Bobby Valentine is going to the Dominican Republic to recruit David Ortiz (and play golf)

    Dec 2, 2011, 3:15 PM EDT

    Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz reacts after flying out against the Tampa Bay Rays during the eighth inning of their MLB American League baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston

    Bobby Valentine is on the move. One day after being announced as the Red Sox’s new manager Valentine is headed to the Dominican Republic to participate in David Ortiz‘s charity golf tournament, according to Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe. Oh, and while there Valentine will try to talk Ortiz into re-signing with the Red…

  8. Royals fire Frank White from television broadcast

    Dec 2, 2011, 2:40 PM EDT

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    Frank White played his entire 18-season career in Kansas City and has been a full-time analyst on the team’s television broadcasts for the past three years, but the Royals announced today that he won’t be back on the air in 2012. White resigned from his role as Royals senior advisor last winter after being told…

  9. Terry Francona visiting ESPN to talk about television job

    Dec 2, 2011, 1:50 PM 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

    SI.com media writer Richard Deitsch reports that Terry Francona is at the ESPN offices in Connecticut today discussing a potential television analyst job. Shortly after the Red Sox fired him Francona subbed for Tim McCarver during FOX’s postseason broadcast and generally received glowing reviews. And with Bobby Valentine leaving ESPN to take Francona’s old job…

  10. Dodgers sign Chris Capuano to two-year, $10 million deal

    Dec 2, 2011, 1:14 PM EDT

    Chicago Cubs v New York Mets

    Chris Capuano has agreed to a two-year contract with the Dodgers worth around $10 million, according to Jim Bowden of ESPN.com. Capuano played this year on an incentive-laden deal with the Mets, showing he was healthy for the first time since 2007 while throwing 186 innings with a 4.55 ERA and 168/53 K/BB ratio. He…

  11. Yoenis Cespedes’ price tag expected to rise above $50 million

    Dec 2, 2011, 12:48 PM EDT

    Yoenis Cespedes AP

    Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com has an update on Yoenis Cespedes and says “the buzz in baseball circles is that it will take north of $50 million to sign” the 26-year-old Cuban outfielder. Cespedes still has to establish residency in the Dominican Republic to officially become a free agent, but that’s viewed as merely a formality…

  12. Joel Zumaya will throw for teams in two weeks, unlikely to re-sign with Tigers

    Dec 2, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

    Joel Zumaya injury

    Joel Zumaya hasn’t appeared in a big-league game since his elbow exploded mid-pitch on June 28, 2010, but Jason Beck of MLB.com reports that the oft-injured right-hander “is scheduled to throw a mound session for interested teams” two weeks from now in Houston. Plenty of promising young pitchers have had their careers derailed by arm…

  13. Wily Mo Pena signs two-year deal with Japanese team

    Dec 2, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

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    Wily Mo Pena’s comeback attempt never quite took hold, as he totaled just 120 plate appearances for the Mariners and Diamondbacks, and now the flawed but powerful 29-year-old has agreed to a two-year contract to play in Japan for the Softbank Hawks. Earlier this week reports pegged Pena’s contract as being worth around $5 million,…

  14. Twins interested in free agent starter Chris Capuano

    Dec 2, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

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    UPDATE: So much for that. Capuano signed with the Dodgers. =========== Among the many items on the Twins’ to-do list this offseason is adding another veteran starter to the rotation and LaVelle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that they’re interested in left-hander Chris Capuano. Capuano is coming off a bounceback season…

  15. Rockies want Blake DeWitt from Cubs for Ian Stewart

    Dec 2, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

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    Earlier this week Troy Renck of the Denver Post reported that the Cubs are interested in Ian Stewart and now he says the Rockies asked for Blake DeWitt in exchange for him. DeWitt doesn’t hit much, but he’s much more versatile and valuable than Stewart defensively and also under team control through 2014. Not so…

  16. Logan Morrison to undergo minor right knee surgery Monday

    Dec 1, 2011, 5:47 PM EDT

    Florida Marlins v Oakland Athletics

    Logan Morrison revealed yesterday that his right knee was still giving him problems after a pair of outfield collisions and ongoing tendinitis, saying surgery might be needed. Sure enough, Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post reports that Morrison will go under the knife Monday for what’s being described as a “minor” operation. According to…

  17. Tweet of the Day: Chantel Kendall says hello

    Dec 1, 2011, 5:11 PM EDT

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    As Craig noted in his “Baseball Wives” recap this morning, my favorite cast member is Jason Kendall‘s ex-wife, Chantel Kendall. She happens to be on Twitter, so naturally I creepily attempted to interact this afternoon and … well, this happened: I’m aiming for an appearance on Season 2. Or maybe a “Baseball Blogger Wives” spin-off?

  18. Yankees turned down meeting with free agent C.J. Wilson

    Dec 1, 2011, 3:51 PM EDT

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    There have been plenty of reports about the Yankees’ lack of interest in C.J. Wilson and now Andrew Marchand of ESPN New York writes that they don’t even want to meet with him. Marchand reports that Wilson’s agent requested a meeting to discuss the free agent left-hander and “the Yankees said no.” That doesn’t preclude…

  19. 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…

  20. 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,…

  21. 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…

  22. 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…

  23. 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…

  24. 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…

  25. 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,…

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