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  1. Josh Willingham wants three-year deal, unlikely to re-sign with A’s

    Nov 1, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    willingham getty

    General manager Billy Beane and agent Matt Sosnick both agree that free agent Josh Willingham is unlikely to re-sign with the A’s. Sosnick told Joe Stiglich of the San Jose Mercury News that Willingham will probably be looking for a three-year contract and “I just don’t think that’s the position the A’s are in right…

  2. Royals pick up closer Joakim Soria’s $6 million option

    Oct 31, 2011, 5:40 PM EDT

    soria wide getty

    In a no-brainer move the Royals have exercised their $6 million option on closer Joakim Soria. Soria had the worst overall numbers of his career and was briefly demoted from the closer role, but was his usual self from June 1 on with a 2.58 ERA and 41/7 K/BB ratio in 38 innings. In addition…

  3. Reds’ $12 million options: Brandon Phillips picked up, Francisco Cordero declined

    Oct 31, 2011, 5:11 PM EDT

    Chicago Cubs v Cincinnati Reds

    Cincinnati has exercised its $12 million option on second baseman Brandon Phillips, but made closer Francisco Cordero a free agent by declining his $12 million option. Cordero will get a $1 million buyout instead and joins an already crowded closer market, although the Reds have repeatedly indicated that they’d like to re-sign him for a…

  4. By keeping Fausto Carmona and trading for Derek Lowe the Indians are betting on ground balls

    Oct 31, 2011, 4:48 PM EDT

    Fausto Carmona

    Picking up Derek Lowe for what’s essentially a one-year, $5 million contract is a smart move for the Indians, as he pitched much better than his ERA suggests this season and if healthy should be a solid third or fourth starter. Shortly before trading for Lowe the Indians also exercised their $7 million option on…

  5. Picture of the Day: Tony La Russa, Triple-A infielder

    Oct 31, 2011, 4:16 PM EDT

    IF Tony LaRussa, age 26

    Via the Iowa Cubs’ official Twitter feed, here’s Tony La Russa as a 26-year-old Triple-A infielder in 1971:

  6. Red Sox decline $3 million option on Dan Wheeler

    Oct 31, 2011, 3:49 PM EDT

    Wheeler_Dan

    Dan Wheeler can be added to the list of free agent relievers, as the Red Sox declined their $3 million option on the 33-year-old right-hander. Wheeler had a decent season as low-leverage bullpen arm in Boston, throwing 49 innings with a 4.38 ERA and 39/8 K/BB ratio. He has trouble keeping the ball in the…

  7. White Sox exercise $3.75 million option on Jason Frasor

    Oct 31, 2011, 3:15 PM EDT

    Jason Frasor

    When the White Sox acquired Jason Frasor from the Blue Jays in July the assumption was that they made the move to get him for the second half of this season and all of next season, and sure enough they’ve exercised the reliever’s $3.75 million option for 2012. Frasor earned $3.5 million this season while…

  8. Rockies decline $11 million option on Aaron Cook

    Oct 31, 2011, 2:50 PM EDT

    Aaron Cook

    Colorado has declined Aaron Cook‘s $11 million option for next season, choosing a $500,000 buyout instead after injuries limited the 32-year-old right-hander to 97 ineffective innings. Cook was a workhorse for the Rockies from 2006-2008, but has thrown just 158, 128, and 97 innings during the past three seasons while posting a 4.94 ERA. General…

  9. Type A and Type B free agent rankings

    Oct 31, 2011, 2:14 PM EDT

    type a or type b

    MLB Trade Rumors has been reverse-engineering the free agent ranking system all season, providing regular updates on Type A and Type B players, and now they’ve gotten their hands on the official rankings from Elias Sports Bureau. No big surprises, although as usual there are some head-scratchers. I wrote last offseason about how the compensation…

  10. Angels owner says GM Jerry Dipoto “has complete power”

    Oct 31, 2011, 1:48 PM EDT

    Jerry Dipoto, Mike Scioscia

    In the wake of Tony Reagins stepping down as Angels general manager there were reports about how manager Mike Scioscia was truly running the show, but in introducing Jerry Dipoto yesterday owner Arte Moreno said the new GM “has complete power.” Here’s what Dipoto said about Scioscia’s influence on roster moves: I didn’t wake up…

  11. Carlos Zambrano scheduled to make nine starts in Venezuela

    Oct 31, 2011, 12:48 PM EDT

    zambrano getty wid

    Carlos Zambrano will participate in the Venezuelan winter league in an effort to catch up on all the pitching he missed while suspended by the Cubs, with Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune reporting that he’s scheduled to make nine starts for Los Caribes de Anzoategui. Zambrano’s last game action came way back on August…

  12. Pirates decline 2012 options on Maholm, Snyder, and Doumit

    Oct 31, 2011, 12:16 PM EDT

    Paul Maholm

    In a trio of expected moves the Pirates have declined their 2012 options on left-hander Paul Maholm, catcher Chris Snyder, and catcher/outfielder Ryan Doumit. Maholm was due $9.75 million and has failed to develop into more than a solid middle-of-the-rotation starter at age 29, so Pittsburgh will instead give him a $750,000 buyout. Snyder was…

  13. Indians bring back Fausto Carmona, cut loose Grady Sizemore

    Oct 31, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

    Grady Sizemore

    Fausto Carmona will stay with Cleveland in 2012 after the team exercised his $7 million option, but the Indians made Grady Sizemore a free agent by choosing a $500,000 buyout rather than pay him $8.5 million following another injury wrecked season. Once upon a time Sizemore was one of the best young players in baseball…

  14. Nationals name Davey Johnson full-time manager

    Oct 31, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    Washington Nationals v Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

    As expected, the Nationals have decided to stick with Davey Johnson as manager. General manager Mike Rizzo went through the interview process with other candidates, but various reports pegged Johnson as the man for the job for weeks now and the Nationals simply held off making things official until after the World Series. Rizzo said…

  15. Marlins trying to talk Javier Vazquez out of retirement

    Oct 31, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    Florida Marlins v Washington Nationals

    Javier Vazquez has repeatedly indicated that he plans to retire despite being a free agent coming off a very good season, but Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post reports that the Marlins may try to talk the 35-year-old right-hander into pitching at least one more season. Capozzi writes that playing close to his home…

  16. Going out on top: Tony La Russa announces retirement

    Oct 31, 2011, 10:17 AM EDT

    2011 World Series Game 4 -Texas Rangers v St Louis Cardinals

    Last week every indication was that Tony La Russa planned to return for his 17th season as Cardinals manager and even today when the Cardinals announced a press conference few people suspected it had anything to do with the manager. Turns out he’s decided to go out on top, with La Russa making the surprise…

  17. Rangers will be strong contenders again in 2012

    Oct 29, 2011, 12:03 AM 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

    It won’t make them feel much better tonight and replacing the team’s ace for a second straight offseason would be a tall order, but Rangers fans should take some solace in the fact that C.J. Wilson is their only significant free agent. Wilson, who earned $7 million in his final year of arbitration, figures to…

  18. World Series Game 7 lineups: Rangers vs. Cardinals

    Oct 28, 2011, 5:11 PM EDT

    blank lineup card

    Here are the lineups for Game 7 of the Rangers-Cardinals series tonight: TEXAS RANGERS ST. LOUIS CARDINALS 1. Ian Kinsler, 2B 1. Ryan Theriot, 2B 2. Elvis Andrus, SS 2. Allen Craig, LF 3. Josh Hamilton, CF 3. Albert Pujols, 1B 4. Michael Young, 1B 4. Lance Berkman, RF 5. Adrian Beltre, 3B 5. David…

  19. Yankees will announce new contract with general manager Brian Cashman after World Series

    Oct 28, 2011, 4:33 PM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays v New York Yankees

    Brian Cashman and the Yankees have made it very clear that finalizing his new contract was merely a formality, with the general manager saying something would get done by Halloween. Jon Heyman of SI.com reports that the two sides have agreed to a deal and will make things official after the World Series, following Bud…

  20. Chris Carpenter is starting Game 7 on short rest

    Oct 28, 2011, 4:10 PM EDT

    St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Chris Carpenter celebrates after getting Texas Rangers' Mike Napoli to fly out and end the 6th inning of Game 5 of MLB's World Series baseball championship in Arlington

    UPDATE: It’s official, Carpenter is starting on short rest. Here’s Tony La Russa’s rather simple explanation, via R.B. Fallstrom of the Associated Press: “He’s the guy our club wants to have out there, and he’s ready to take it. Plain and simple. He’s our guy.” ========== Tony La Russa might wait until the last possible moment…

  21. Nelson Cruz and Mike Napoli are both in the Rangers’ lineup

    Oct 28, 2011, 3:48 PM EDT

    2011 World Series Game 6 - Texas Rangers v St Louis Cardinals

    Barring a last-minute change Nelson Cruz and Mike Napoli will start Game 7 tonight despite suffering what appeared to be pretty significant injuries last night. Napoli rolled his ankle running the bases, but stayed in to catch the final eight innings and X-rays taken afterward were negative. Speed has never been part of Napoli’s game…

  22. John Lackey is the last pitcher to win a World Series Game 7

    Oct 28, 2011, 2:52 PM EDT

    LACKEY

    Tonight will be the first time since 2002 that there’s been a Game 7 in the World Series. And hard as it may be to believe considering his current predicament John Lackey was the winning pitcher that night, tossing five innings of one-run ball as the Angels defeated Livan Hernandez and the Giants on October…

  23. Last night’s Win Probability graph is hilarious

    Oct 28, 2011, 2:14 PM EDT

    win probability chart

    Fan Graphs has real-time Win Probability graphs for every game, which track each team’s chances of winning based on the historical odds of the specific game situation at the time. Last night’s Win Probability graph is pretty amazing. It looks more like an EKG for … well, a Cardinals or Rangers fan watching the game:

  24. Cardinals remove injured Matt Holliday from roster, Allen Craig to start Game 7

    Oct 28, 2011, 1:50 PM EDT

    2011 World Series Game 6 - Texas Rangers v St Louis Cardinals

    Matt Holliday left last night’s game with a sprained right wrist and X-rays were negative, but the Cardinals have removed the injured left fielder from the World Series roster for Game 7. Holliday, who suffered the injury diving back into third base on a play in which Mike Napoli and Adrian Beltre picked him off,…

  25. Dodgers set to hire MLB’s first female physical trainer

    Oct 28, 2011, 1:18 PM EDT

    sue falsone dodgers

    Stephania Bell of ESPN.com reports that the Dodgers will soon make Sue Falsone the first female head physical trainer in MLB history when they announce her hiring next week. Not only that, according to Bell she’ll be the first head physical trainer in any of the four major sports. Falsone has served as a consultant…

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