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  1. Derek Jeter now has more Gold Glove awards than all but four shortstops in baseball history

    Nov 9, 2010, 3:54 PM EDT

    Mark Texeira, Derek Jeter

    Derek Jeter has never fared well in advanced defensive statistics, typically ranking somewhere between below average and awful. He also now has five Gold Glove awards and a legion of Yankees fans who’ll swear he’s a great defender, so clearly not everyone cares about defensive statistics. And that’s fine, but the notion that Jeter, at…

  2. Scouting report on Japanese infielder Tsuyoshi Nishioka

    Nov 9, 2010, 3:17 PM EDT

    Tsuyoshi Nishioka

    With reports that shortstop Tsuyoshi Nishioka will be “posted” by his Japanese team later this week he’s suddenly an intriguing option in what is a pretty weak free agent market for middle infielders. Patrick Newman, who does a great job covering Japanese baseball for NPB Tracker and Fan Graphs, has a lengthy scouting report on…

  3. John Mayberry leaves Arizona Fall League with leg injury

    Nov 9, 2010, 2:46 PM EDT

    john-mayberry-phillies

    John Mayberry no doubt had hopes of following up a poor season at Triple-A with a great showing in the Arizona Fall League, but instead the Phillies prospect has been sent home with a leg injury after appearing in just one game. Bob Brookover of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports that Mayberry was examined by doctors…

  4. Mariners prospect Dustin Ackley raking in Arizona Fall League

    Nov 9, 2010, 1:48 PM EDT

    dustin-ackley-mariners

    Last year’s No. 2 overall pick, Dustin Ackley, had modest numbers this season, hitting .267 with a .368 on-base percentage and .407 slugging percentage in 134 games. However, his season totals were dragged down by an awful first month that saw him hit just .147 in April and as a 22-year-old in his first pro…

  5. Adam Everett “has received interest from several teams”

    Nov 9, 2010, 1:16 PM EDT

    Adam Everett

    Adam Everett didn’t latch on with a new team after the Tigers released him in early June, but Jason Beck of MLB.com reports that the 34-year-old shortstop is still looking to play in 2011 and “has received interest from several teams.” Everett is one of the best, most underrated defensive shortstop in baseball history and…

  6. Red Sox “have expressed interest in” Justin Duchscherer

    Nov 9, 2010, 12:45 PM EDT

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    Rob Bradford of WEEI.com reports that the Red Sox “have expressed interest in” free agent right-hander Justin Duchscherer, who missed all of 2009 and most of 2010 following hip and elbow surgeries. Duchscherer was originally drafted by the Red Sox in the eighth round back in 1996 and was traded to the Rangers in 2001…

  7. Mike Cameron still on the mend three months after surgery

    Nov 9, 2010, 11:49 AM EDT

    Mike Cameron outfield

    Three months after undergoing a five-hour surgery to repair a torn abdominal muscle Mike Cameron is close to being cleared for baseball activities again. Cameron’s agent, Mike Nicotera, told Gordon Edes of ESPNBoston.com that the outfielder “is doing very well” and is on schedule to resume working out at full speed shortly after Thanksgiving. Signed…

  8. Ryne Sandberg is a candidate to manage at Triple-A … for the Phillies

    Nov 9, 2010, 11:17 AM EDT

    Ryne Sandberg

    After finishing runner-up to Mike Quade in the Cubs’ manager search Ryne Sandberg reportedly turned down Chicago’s offer to remain the manager at Triple-A and talked about wanting to find a big-league job instead. All of which is why it’s surprising to see Bob Brookover of the Philadelphia Inquirer report that Sandberg “is among the…

  9. Manny Ramirez spotted in Toronto; does it mean anything?

    Nov 9, 2010, 10:47 AM EDT

    Manny Ramirez Zen

    Manny Ramirez has been spotted in Toronto for the past couple days, leading to speculation that his visiting has something to do with interest from the Blue Jays. Asked if there was a connection of any kind, Toronto general manager Alex Anthopoulos replied: “I wouldn’t comment on player rumours either way.” (And yes, he somehow…

  10. Don’t expect a decision from Cliff Lee any time soon

    Nov 9, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

    Cliff Lee

    Not surprisingly, Cliff Lee’s agent said yesterday that the free agent left-hander will likely take his sweet time fielding offers before deciding on a long-term home. Here’s what Darek Braunecker told Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News: Historically, these deals take some time. We don’t handicap the timing of this stuff, but we…

  11. Mets to interview DeMarlo Hale, Don Wakamatsu, and Clint Hurdle this week

    Nov 8, 2010, 5:40 PM EDT

    Sandy Alderson

    Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com reports that the Mets will begin interviewing external manager candidates this week, starting with Red Sox bench coach DeMarlo Hale tomorrow. General manager Sandy Alderson is then slated to meet with Rangers hitting coach Clint Hurdle and newly hired Blue Jays bench coach Don Wakamatsu on Wednesday. Hale previously interviewed for…

  12. Blue Jays add Don Wakamatsu as bench coach, Dwayne Murphy as hitting coach

    Nov 8, 2010, 4:19 PM EDT

    Don Wakamatsu

    Toronto made four additions to new manager John Farrell’s staff today, adding Don Wakamatsu as bench coach, Dwayne Murphy as hitting coach, Pat Hentgen as bullpen coach, and Torey Lovullo as first base coach. Wakamatsu was the Mariners’ manager for all of 2009 and most of this season, going 127-147 before being fired in mid-August.…

  13. Twins unlikely to re-sign second baseman Orlando Hudson

    Nov 8, 2010, 3:48 PM EDT

    orlando-hudson-twins-sitting

    I wrote last month that several people who know about such things have told me that the Twins are highly unlikely to re-sign Orlando Hudson, in part because of payroll limitations and in part because the veteran second baseman wasn’t universally beloved within the clubhouse. After talking to Hudson recently Joe Christensen of the Minneapolis…

  14. Derrek Lee undergoes surgery on torn thumb ligament

    Nov 8, 2010, 3:17 PM EDT

    Derrek Lee

    Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports reports that Derrek Lee underwent surgery Friday to repair a torn thumb ligament that limited him for the entire season. Lee initially suffered the injury on Opening Day, yet played 148 games and was at his best following a mid-August trade to the Braves, hitting .287 with a .384 on-base…

  15. A’s bid for Hisashi Iwakuma’s negotiating rights believed to be “in the $15 million range”

    Nov 8, 2010, 2:45 PM EDT

    Hisashi Iwakuma pitching

    Various sources confirm that Oakland has secured exclusive negotiating rights with Japanese right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma and Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that “the A’s winning bid was in the $15 million range.” Oakland will pay that “posting fee” to Iwakuma’s team in Japan only if the two sides are able to agree…

  16. Free agent reliever Jesse Crain wants a chance to close

    Nov 8, 2010, 1:47 PM EDT

    jesse-crain-twins

    Jesse Crain is one of four prominent Twins relievers hitting the open market as free agents and has said he’d like to remain in Minnesota, but told Kelly Thesier of MLB.com that his chances of re-signing depend largely on whether other teams offer him an opportunity to be their closer: Obviously, I’d love an opportunity…

  17. Jarrod Washburn considering comeback after sitting out 2010

    Nov 8, 2010, 1:16 PM EDT

    Jarrod Washburn

    Jarrod Washburn sat out all of this season when he struggled to find interested teams following knee surgery, but the 36-year-old left-hander told Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com that he’s considering a comeback. I honestly am very happy with my decision to not play and hadn’t thought of playing again until recently. This past week…

  18. Rick Peterson is interviewing for his own job in Milwaukee

    Nov 8, 2010, 12:45 PM EDT

    Manny Parra, Rick Peterson, Jonathan Lucroy

    Rick Peterson still has one season remaining on his contract as the Brewers’ pitching coach, but new manager Ron Roenicke is undecided about keeping him on the coaching staff and has met with Peterson several times since taking over the job last week. Roenicke told Adam McCalvy of MLB.com that the meetings “went well” but…

  19. Jorge Posada plans on remaining Yankees’ starting catcher

    Nov 8, 2010, 11:49 AM EDT

    posada

    With a solid backup in Francisco Cervelli and an elite prospect in 20-year-old Jesus Montero there’s been a lot of speculation about how the Yankees will divvy up playing time at catcher next season and beyond, but Jorge Posada told Christian Red of the New York Daily News that he expects to remain the starter:…

  20. A’s win exclusive rights to negotiate with Japanese pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma

    Nov 8, 2010, 11:17 AM EDT

    iwakuma tweet

    There’s no official word yet on which team submitted the winning bid for exclusive negotiating rights with Japanese right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma, but his agent Don Nomura tweeted the following a short time ago: 岩隈さん Oakland Athletics!!!! Translated, that reads: “Iwakuma’s Oakland Athletics!!!!” Jon Heyman of SI.com has confirmed the news. Oakland must still work out…

  21. A.J. Pierzynski growing mustache for charity in “Movember”

    Nov 8, 2010, 10:47 AM EDT

    aj pierzynski movember

    A.J. Pierzynski is looking for a new team as a free agent, but in the meantime he’s also raising money for charity by growing a mustache. Every year in November the “Movember Foundation” raises funds to promote awareness for “men’s health issues” such as prostate and testicular cancer and Pierzynski is taking part by pledging…

  22. Cubs may have to move Kosuke Fukudome before diving into free agency

    Nov 8, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

    fukudome

    Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune writes that the Cubs will be in the market for a power-hitting first baseman this offseason and may even be in the mix for Adam Dunn, but could be pretty limited financially unless they can unload Kosuke Fukudome’s contract: The Cubs might need to trade Kosuke Fukudome before making…

  23. Rangers starter Scott Feldman undergoes knee surgery

    Nov 5, 2010, 5:40 PM EDT

    scott-feldman-rangers

    Scott Feldman went 17-8 with a 4.08 ERA in 2009 and parlayed the career-year into a three-year, $14 million contract, but declined to 7-11 with a 5.48 ERA this season and was left off the Rangers’ playoff roster. Today he underwent microfracture surgery on his right knee and will be out of action for three…

  24. Mike Barnett replaces Jeff Bagwell as Astros hitting coach

    Nov 5, 2010, 4:15 PM EDT

    mike barnett astros

    After spending the second half as the Astros’ hitting coach Jeff Bagwell stepped down from the position last month, citing the need to spend more time with his family and the longer-than-expected hours involved in the job. Today the Astros announced that Mike Barnett will replace Bagwell as hitting coach, putting him in charge of…

  25. Justin Morneau: “Nothing really new to report” on comeback from concussion

    Nov 5, 2010, 3:16 PM EDT

    John McDonald; Justin Morneau

    Justin Morneau sat out the final three months of the regular season after suffering a concussion on July 7. He started working out and taking batting practice in September, leading to some optimism that he could come back for the playoffs, but those hopes were quickly dashed when the post-concussion symptoms returned and he was…

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