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  1. Chiba Lotte Marines to announce winning bid for infielder Tsuyoshi Nishioka on Friday

    Nov 25, 2010, 11:48 AM EDT

    Tsuyoshi Nishioka

    According to Patrick Newman of NPB Tracker the Chiba Lotte Marines have received at least one acceptable bid for infielder Tsuyoshi Nishioka and have scheduled a press conference for Friday to announce the winning MLB team. Seattle, San Francisco, Boston, and San Diego are among the teams said to be interested in Nishioka, but various…

  2. History suggests A’s are right to balk at Japanese ace Hisashi Iwakuma’s asking price

    Nov 24, 2010, 3:15 PM EDT

    Hisashi Iwakuma pitching

    Earlier this week contract talks between the A’s and Japanese right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma broke down over what was, depending on which side you choose to believe, either a large or humongous gap in expected value. Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle initially reported that Iwakuma was asking for a “Barry Zito-type deal” before agent…

  3. Former No. 1 overall pick Bryan Bullington is headed to Japan

    Nov 24, 2010, 2:18 PM EDT

    Bryan Bullington

    Bryan Bullington finally notched his first big-league win with eight shutout innings against the Yankees on August 15, eight years after the Pirates selected him with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2002 draft, but now it looks like that may prove to be his only major-league victory. Designated for assignment by the Royals…

  4. Nationals infielder Danny Espinosa undergoes hand surgery

    Nov 24, 2010, 1:17 PM EDT

    Ryan Zimmerman, Danny Espinosa

    Depending on what moves the Nationals make this offseason Danny Espinosa could be the favorite to start at second base on Opening Day, but he’ll be out of commission for at least the next six weeks after undergoing surgery today to remove the hook of the hamate bone from his right hand. Espinosa had been…

  5. Lance Berkman drawing interest from A’s and Cubs

    Nov 24, 2010, 12:18 PM EDT

    Berkman Yanks

    Lance Berkman struggled for the Yankees after coming over in a July 31 trade and finished the season with an OPS below .800 for the first time in his career, but it sounds like the 34-year-old first baseman is getting plenty of interest as a free agent. Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com calls the A’s “his…

  6. Is it time to do something about “gentleman’s agreements” free agents make to decline arbitration?

    Nov 24, 2010, 11:46 AM EDT

    Trevor Hoffman 2

    Just like the Yankees and Javier Vazquez, the Brewers and Trevor Hoffman came to a “gentleman’s agreement” that Hoffman will decline what at first glance appeared to be a shocking arbitration offer. Hoffman made $7.5 million this season and under normal circumstances the Brewers offering him arbitration would essentially be like putting a one-year, $7.5…

  7. Teams offer arbitration to just 14 of 29 “Type A” free agents

    Nov 24, 2010, 10:48 AM EDT

    Texas Rangers v Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

    When offered arbitration Type B free agents allow their old team to pick up a draft pick between the first and second rounds, but because their new team doesn’t have to give up anything to sign them their market value isn’t impacted by whether or not the arbitration is offered. However, with Type A free…

  8. Twins offer arbitration to Pavano, Hudson, and Crain

    Nov 24, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

    carl-pavano-mustache-pitching

    Last night was the deadline to offer departing free agents arbitration to receive compensatory draft picks if they sign elsewhere and the Twins did so to Carl Pavano, Orlando Hudson, and Jesse Crain, but chose not to tender arbitration offers to Matt Guerrier, Jon Rauch, and Brian Fuentes. Pavano and Crain were no-brainers, as they’ll…

  9. A.J. Pierzynski’s mustache-growing isn’t going so well

    Nov 23, 2010, 5:20 PM EDT

    aj pierzynski movember update

    A.J. Pierzynski pledged not to shave his mustache this month as part of the “Movember” charity effort to raise money for “men’s health issues” like prostate and testicular cancer. I applaud his efforts, particularly since he’s already raised more than $7,000 via donations from the likes of Darin Erstad and Doug Mientkiewicz, but … well,…

  10. White Sox offer arbitration to Konerko and Putz, decline on Ramirez and Pierzynski

    Nov 23, 2010, 4:47 PM EDT

    Chicago White Sox v Oakland Athletics

    In a quartet of expected moves, the White Sox have offered arbitration to free agents Paul Konerko and J.J. Putz while declining to offer arbitration to Manny Ramirez and A.J. Pierzynski. Ramirez made $20 million this season and Pierzynski earned $6.25 million, so while they’re both Type A free agents the White Sox couldn’t risk…

  11. Shin-Soo Choo granted military exemption by South Korea

    Nov 23, 2010, 4:16 PM EDT

    Shin soo Choo

    In news that is suddenly a lot more noteworthy given today’s bombings, the South Korean government has officially granted Indians right fielder Shin-Soo Choo a military exemption. Choo, like all South Korean men, was obligated to serve two years in the military prior to age 30, but the 28-year-old will not have to fulfill that…

  12. UPDATE: Rangers hire Thad Bosley as new hitting coach

    Nov 23, 2010, 3:48 PM EDT

    thad bosley baseball card

    UPDATE: As expected, the Rangers have hired Bosley as their new hitting coach. ========== After one season as Texas’ hitting coach Clint Hurdle was hired as Pittsburgh’s manager and now the Rangers are interviewing five different candidates to replace him: Thad Bosley, Ty Van Burkleo, Scott Coolbaugh, Luis Ortiz, Johnny Narron. Rangers hitting coach is…

  13. Javier Vazquez agrees to decline arbitration offer, giving free draft pick to Yankees

    Nov 23, 2010, 3:15 PM EDT

    Javier Vazquez Yankees

    While the Yankees have no interest in re-signing Javier Vazquez following a disastrous one-season return to New York, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com they’ll offer him arbitration because Vazquez has agreed ahead of time to decline the offer. In other words, the Yankees will be able to collect a supplemental draft pick between the…

  14. Red Sox offered Victor Martinez $36 million for three years or $42 million for four years

    Nov 23, 2010, 2:22 PM EDT

    Terry Francona, Victor Martinez, David Ortiz

    Victor Martinez’s four-year, $50 million deal with the Tigers is all but official, and Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe reports that the Red Sox made a pair of offers to Martinez that he turned down. One was a three-year deal worth $36 million and the other was a four-year deal worth $42 million. In…

  15. Brewers join Braves in making an offer to Eric Hinske

    Nov 23, 2010, 1:48 PM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Atlanta Braves, Game 3

    Craig noted yesterday that the Brewers are interested in Eric Hinske and now Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that they’ve officially made the veteran role player an offer. “It’s his call, not ours,” general manager Doug Melvin told Haudricourt. “We’re waiting to hear back from him.” Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports reported…

  16. Reds haven’t talked long-term contract with Joey Votto yet

    Nov 23, 2010, 1:17 PM EDT

    joey-votto-head-scratch

    General manager Walt Jocketty said yesterday that the Reds haven’t had any long-term contract talks with Joey Votto yet in part because “we were waiting until after the MVP [was announced] to be fair to him.” Now that he has an MVP award at age 26 the long-term price tag has probably gone up, but…

  17. Mets will offer arbitration to Type B free agent Pedro Feliciano

    Nov 23, 2010, 12:16 PM EDT

    New York Mets v Philadelphia Phillies

    Pedro Feliciano is the only Mets free agent who can bring back draft compensation as a Type A or Type B player and today the team announced that they will offer him the arbitration needed to get a second-round pick back if he signs elsewhere. As one of the best and most durable left-handed relievers…

  18. Tigers take $50 million risk that Victor Martinez is rare catcher to age well into his mid-30s

    Nov 23, 2010, 11:22 AM EDT

    Victor Martinez

    Victor Martinez’s reported four-year, $50 million deal with the Tigers would make him the third-highest paid catcher in baseball behind Joe Mauer and Jorge Posada, which is interesting given that nearly every other position has many more big-money deals. Several factors keep catchers from cashing in more often as free agents. First and foremost is…

  19. Dodgers hoping new first base coach Davey Lopes can work his magic on Matt Kemp

    Nov 23, 2010, 10:47 AM EDT

    davey-lopes-dodgers

    In hiring Davey Lopes as their new first base coach the Dodgers are adding one of the game’s most successful base-stealers and base-stealing coaches to the staff, but there’s also an added bonus: Lopes is longtime friends with Dave Stewart, the former All-Star pitcher-turned-agent who represents center fielder Matt Kemp. Kemp clashed with the previous…

  20. Dontrelle Willis’ latest comeback attempt will be with the Reds

    Nov 22, 2010, 4:45 PM EDT

    Detroit Tigers v Los Angeles Dodgers

    Dontrelle Willis hasn’t been healthy and effective since 2006, but Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com reports that the 29-year-old left-hander will make his latest comeback attempt with the Reds after agreeing to a minor-league contract today. Willis was let go by the Tigers, Diamondbacks, and Giants last season while posting a 5.62 ERA with more walks…

  21. Brandon McCarthy “scouted heavily” by at least six teams

    Nov 22, 2010, 3:46 PM EDT

    brandon-mccarthy-rangers

    Once upon a time Brandon McCarthy was considered a top pitching prospect and in December of 2006 the White Sox traded him to the Rangers for John Danks and Nick Masset. That trade didn’t exactly work out well for Texas, in part because of Danks’ emergence as one of the league’s best southpaws and in…

  22. Joey Votto named NL MVP with 31 of 32 first-place votes

    Nov 22, 2010, 2:13 PM EDT

    joey-votto-reds

    Leading the league in OPS and leading the Reds to the playoffs for the first time since 1995 has earned Joey Votto the National League MVP award, as the 26-year-old first baseman easily topped Albert Pujols and Carlos Gonzalez by receiving 31 of the 32 first-place votes cast by Baseball Writers Association of America members.…

  23. Dan Warthen to return as Mets pitching coach

    Nov 22, 2010, 1:15 PM EDT

    dan-warthen-mets

    Third base coach Chip Hale is staying with the Mets following the team’s house-cleaning and apparently pitching coach Dan Warthen will be sticking around too. Andy McCullough of the Newark Star Ledger reports that “Warthen says he’s been asked by Sandy Alderson to return next year as the Mets’ pitching coach.” Warthen replaced Rick Peterson…

  24. Picking the “10 greatest living baseball players”

    Nov 22, 2010, 11:48 AM EDT

    hank aaron and willie mays

    In honor of Stan Musial’s 90th birthday Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch wrote an interesting article laying out his picks for the “10 greatest living baseball players” (retired only, with no active guys). Here are his 10 picks: Hank Aaron, Yogi Berra, Barry Bonds, Rickey Henderson, Sandy Koufax, Willie Mays, Stan Musial,…

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