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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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,…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

  21. Bruce Bochy: “Barry Zito is our fifth starter next year”

    Nov 8, 2011, 12:21 PM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Arizona Diamondbacks

    By trading Jonathan Sanchez to the Royals yesterday the Giants opened up a rotation spot and manager Bruce Bochy said that Barry Zito is the man for the job. During a radio interview with KNBR today Bochy revealed: “I’m not gonna hide from it. Barry Zito is our fifth starter next year.” Zito started just…

  22. Brewers giving up on Prince Fielder, focusing on Jose Reyes?

    Nov 8, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    Milwaukee Brewers first baseman Prince Fielder walks back to the dugout after grounding out to the St. Louis Cardinals in the 8th inning in Game 6 of the MLB NLCS baseball playoffs in Milwaukee

    Add Milwaukee to the list of teams pursuing Jose Reyes, as Jon Heyman of SI.com reports that the “Brewers believe they have almost no hope for Prince Fielder and are now targeting Reyes.” It’s not an either/or situation, of course, and odds are the Brewers will wind up with neither player. Fielder’s return has always…

  23. Nationals “have expressed interest” in Japanese left-hander Tsuyoshi Wada

    Nov 8, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    Tsuyoshi Wada

    Yu Darvish is naturally getting all the attention when it comes to Japanese pitchers possibly coming to America, but Bill Ladson of MLB.com reports that the Nationals “have expressed interest in” Japanese left-hander Tsuyoshi Wada, who went 16-5 with a 1.51 ERA this season. Anyone who puts up numbers like that is worth taking a…

  24. Twins cutting payroll by $15 million in third year at Target Field

    Nov 8, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    pohlad ryan st.peter

    Lost in the shock of Minnesota firing Bill Smith as general manager and replacing him with the man he replaced in 2007, Terry Ryan, is that they dropped another bombshell on Twins fans, with Ryan revealing midway through the press conference that the team’s payroll will decline to “somewhere around $100 million.” If true that…

  25. Mike Maddux removes name from consideration for Red Sox job, will interview with Cubs

    Nov 7, 2011, 4:45 PM EDT

    Mike Maddux

    Mike Maddux was scheduled to interview for the Red Sox’s managerial opening tomorrow, but instead the Rangers’ pitching coach has removed his name from consideration. Maddux was also slated to interview for the Cubs’ opening and T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports that will go on as scheduled. However, based on what Maddux told Peter Gammons…

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