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  1. 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…

  2. 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,…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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)…

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

    Nov 17, 2010, 11:49 AM EDT

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    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…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. Mets haven’t approached Carlos Beltran about position switch

    Nov 17, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

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    Last week Carlos Beltran admitted that he “would have to listen” if the Mets approached him about switching positions, but Andy McCullough of the Newark Star Ledger reports that Beltran and general manager Sandy Alderson spent Saturday together in Puerto Rico and the topic wasn’t broached. “The trip to Puerto Rico was not to accomplish…

  16. Ramon Hernandez is probably kicking himself (or his agent) after seeing John Buck’s contract

    Nov 16, 2010, 5:18 PM EDT

    Ramon Hernandez

    Ramon Hernandez probably isn’t very happy with his agent right now. Yesterday he re-signed with the Reds for one year and $3 million, but now John Buck has reportedly agreed to a three-year, $18 million deal with the Marlins. Buck parlayed a career-year into $18 million, yet his career-year really wasn’t better than Hernandez’s performance…

  17. Jeff Francis drawing interest from at least five teams

    Nov 16, 2010, 4:49 PM EDT

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    Colorado is interested in re-signing Jeff Francis and he’s also drawing interest from Seattle, Milwaukee, Pittsburgh, and Houston, according to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com. Last month the Rockies declined their $7 million option on Francis for 2011, which was a no-brainer after he returned from shoulder surgery to post a 5.00 ERA in 104 innings.…

  18. Agent expects Ricky Nolasco to sign extension with Marlins, but “nothing’s going to happen soon”

    Nov 16, 2010, 4:17 PM EDT

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    Last month agent Matt Sosnick revealed that Ricky Nolasco and the Marlins were “about 20 percent” apart in contract extension negotiations and today he told Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald that he “would be surprised if something didn’t end up happening.” Sosnick explained that “we have had some conversations and I think we’ve made…

  19. Marlins “close to signing” John Buck to three-year contract

    Nov 16, 2010, 3:17 PM EDT

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    Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that the Marlins are “close to signing” John Buck to a three-year contract believed to be worth more than $15 million, which is pretty remarkable for a catcher who was available to the Blue Jays for a one-year, $2 million deal last offseason. Buck obviously boosted his value significantly with…

  20. Rockies release injured former closer Manny Corpas

    Nov 16, 2010, 2:47 PM EDT

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    Manny Corpas was the closer on a World Series team as a 24-year-old in 2007, tossing 78 innings with 2.08 ERA, but he struggled this season for the third straight year before undergoing Tommy John elbow surgery in September and today the Rockies released him. Corpas still has one season and $3.5 million remaining on…

  21. Former top prospect Wladimir Balentien is headed to Japan

    Nov 16, 2010, 2:16 PM EDT

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    Wladimir Balentien consistently crushed minor-league pitching at every level and hit .283/.351/.535 with 67 homers in 302 games at Triple-A, but he’s now headed to Japan at age 24 after struggling in 559 plate appearances for the Mariners and Reds. Balentien has tons of power, smacking 15 homers and 31 doubles in 511 at-bats even…

  22. Red Sox claim Taylor Buchholz off waivers from Blue Jays

    Nov 16, 2010, 1:18 PM EDT

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    For the second time in a week a Blue Jays player was snatched up off waivers after Toronto cut them loose to clear space on the 40-man roster. First the A’s claimed Edwin Encarnacion as a potential alternative to Kevin Kouzmanoff at third base and yesterday the Red Sox claimed Taylor Buchholz as a buy-low…

  23. Jorge De La Rosa is the Pirates’ “top free agent target”

    Nov 16, 2010, 12:48 PM EDT

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    If there’s one thing I’m convinced will happen this offseason it’s that Jorge De La Rosa will be significantly overpaid. There have already been reports of the Yankees and Nationals viewing him as their “Plan B” for Cliff Lee and now Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune Review writes that De La Rosa–who pitched for…

  24. Diamondbacks “listening” to offers for Justin Upton, but “need to be blown away”

    Nov 16, 2010, 12:15 PM EDT

    Justin Upton

    Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that the Diamondbacks are “listening” to offers on Justin Upton, but “need to be blown away” in order to actually trade the 23-year-old right fielder. I’m not exactly sure why a rebuilding team like the Diamondbacks would be even remotely interested in trading one of the best young players in…

  25. Brewers GM: “We’re not shopping Prince Fielder”

    Nov 16, 2010, 11:18 AM EDT

    Prince Fielder

    With one season remaining on Prince Fielder’s contract the assumption has been that the Brewers will look to trade him this offseason, but general manager Doug Melvin told Bob Nightengale of USA Today that “we’re not shopping Prince” and “I’d like to keep him.” Of course, regarding a new contract Melvin also said that the…

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