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Aaron Gleeman

  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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.…

  8. 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…

  9. 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,…

  10. Who should win the National League MVP award?

    Nov 22, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

    albert-pujols-and-joey-votto

    My assumption is that Joey Votto will be named National League MVP when the award is announced this afternoon, as his monster season combined with the Reds making the playoffs for the first time since 1995 will likely have him atop most of the 32 ballots cast by Baseball Writers Association of America members. However,…

  11. Rays release Jose Julio Ruiz five months after signing him

    Nov 19, 2010, 5:17 PM EDT

    In early June the Rays signed Cuban first baseman Jose Julio Ruiz to a minor-league contract that included a unique stipulation where they had to decide by mid-November whether to give him a four-year, $4 million deal or let him go. At the time of the initial signing Ruiz was viewed as a solid prospect…

  12. Cy Young award earns Felix Hernandez an extra $2.5 million

    Nov 19, 2010, 4:16 PM EDT

    Felix Hernandez

    Lost in the debate about the value of win-loss records or sabermetrics versus old-school is that winning the Cy Young award yesterday earned Felix Hernandez a whole bunch of extra money thanks to incentives in his contract. Hernandez receives a $1 million bonus for winning the award and his salaries for the next three seasons…

  13. Photo of the Day: “Homeboys” teammates Roger Clemens and Pamela Anderson

    Nov 19, 2010, 3:16 PM EDT

    roger clemens and pam anderson

    SI.com’s Andy Gray is a must-follow on Twitter because he spends all day passing along great old photos. My favorite for today features Roger Clemens, Albert Belle, Kenny Lofton, Pamela Anderson, and some other guy wearing “Homeboys” jerseys at what appears to be an MTV rock-and-jock softball game. You can click here for the full-sized…

  14. Mariners hoping Milton Bradley and Eric Wedge can get along

    Nov 19, 2010, 2:45 PM EDT

    eric wedge and milton bradley indians

    Milton Bradley and Eric Wedge clashed numerous times while in Cleveland in 2003 and 2004, leading to Bradley being traded by the Indians, and now that they’re together again in Seattle it seemed inevitable that the Mariners would try to deal the oft-disgruntled outfielder as well. However, shortly after Wedge was hired last month Bradley…

  15. Magglio Ordonez’s fractured ankle is healed, says Scott Boras

    Nov 19, 2010, 1:46 PM EDT

    Magglio Ordonez ankle

    Scott Boras entered “boy who cried wolf” territory a long time ago when it comes to hyping clients and painting everything about them in the best possible light, but for whatever it’s worth he told Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com that Magglio Ordonez is now fully healthy following ankle surgery. Ordonez missed the final two…

  16. Mark Cuban is not interested in buying the Astros

    Nov 19, 2010, 12:47 PM EDT

    Mark Cuban horizontal

    Drayton McLane putting the Astros up for sale has led to some natural speculation that Mark Cuban could be interested in buying the team, but according to Zachary Levine of the Houston Chronicle he’s not interested. Oh well. A couple other notes on the situation … • While the assumption is that McLane is serious…

  17. Astros owner holding a press conference this afternoon to announce team is for sale

    Nov 19, 2010, 12:15 PM EDT

    Drayton McClane

    Reports surfaced late last night that Astros owner Drayton McLane has hired an investment bank to help him sell the team and he’s now expected to make an official announcement today with a press conference scheduled for 3:30 ET. Zachary Levine of the Houston Chronicle reports that McLane declined to return phone calls seeking more…

  18. Javier Vazquez and the Marlins “seems like a perfect fit”

    Nov 19, 2010, 11:18 AM EDT

    Javier Vazquez Yankees

    Juan C. Rodriguez of the Florida Sun Sentinel reports that “Javier Vazquez has told associates he would love a return engagement in the National League, particularly with the Florida Marlins due in part to the proximity to his native Puerto Rico.” Rodriguez notes that Vazquez also “has a relationship” with Puerto Rico-born manager Edwin Rodriguez…

  19. Jonathan Papelbon likely to ask for $11.5 million in arbitration

    Nov 19, 2010, 10:47 AM EDT

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    Jonathan Papelbon “is poised to ask for $11.5 million” in his final year of arbitration, according to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe. That would be a raise of slightly over $2 million from his 2010 salary, which Papelbon earned while having the worst season of his career. He blew nine of 46 save opportunities…

  20. Bryce Harper has a 1.039 OPS in the Arizona Fall League

    Nov 19, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

    AZ Fall League: Mesa v Scottsdale

    As a member of the Scottsdale Scorpions’ “taxi squad” Bryce Harper has been limited to playing twice per week in the Arizona Fall League, but the No. 1 overall pick has been extremely impressive when in the lineup, batting .343 with six extra-base hits and a 1.039 OPS in nine games. Not bad for the…

  21. If the Rockies want Scott Kazmir, they can probably have him

    Nov 18, 2010, 5:19 PM EDT

    Scott Kazmir

    Buried in the middle of Troy Renck’s latest Rockies notebook in the Denver Post is this sentence, accompanied by no other details: “Colorado also has interest in Angels starter Scott Kazmir, who had a disappointing season.” First, calling what Kazmir did this year “a disappointing season” would be like calling me chubby. He had a…

  22. Rickie Weeks is “open to listening” about contract extension

    Nov 18, 2010, 4:45 PM EDT

    Rickie Weeks

    No one seems to think the Brewers have any chance of keeping Prince Fielder beyond 2011, but Rickie Weeks is also one season away from becoming a free agent and told Adam McCalvy of MLB.com that he’s “open to listening” if the team wants to pursue a contract extension. Weeks revealed that his agent has…

  23. Orioles “have had trade discussions” about J.J. Hardy and Jason Bartlett

    Nov 18, 2010, 3:49 PM EDT

    Jason Bartlett

    According to Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun the Orioles “have had trade discussions” with the Twins about J.J. Hardy and with the Rays about Jason Bartlett. Cesar Izturis was Baltimore’s starting shortstop this year, but he’s a free agent the team is clearly looking for an upgrade offensively. Previous reports had the Rays shopping…

  24. Astros get Clint Barmes from Rockies for Felipe Paulino

    Nov 18, 2010, 2:47 PM EDT

    Clint Barmes

    Colorado has traded infielder Clint Barmes to Houston for right-hander Felipe Paulino. Barmes was once the Rockies’ starting shortstop, but moved to second base when Troy Tulowitzki arrived in 2006 and is coming off a horrendous year at the plate, hitting just .235 with a lowly .656 OPS despite calling Coors Field home. At times…

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