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  1. Phillies hire Ryne Sandberg to manage at Triple-A

    Nov 15, 2010, 10:46 AM EDT

    Ryne Sandberg

    Three decades after regrettably trading a 21-year-old Ryne Sandberg to the Cubs the Phillies have hired the Hall of Famer to manage their Triple-A team. Sandberg managed at Triple-A for the Cubs this season, but left the organization after finishing runner-up to Mike Quade in the team’s manager search and talked about wanting to land…

  2. Cuban center fielder Yasiel Balaguer defects with eye on MLB

    Nov 15, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

    Yasiel Balaguer

    Yasiel Balaguer, a 17-year-old center fielder considered one of the top prospects in Cuba, has defected to Nicaragua in order to become a free agent and sign with an MLB team, according to Jorge Ebro of El Nuevo Herald. Ebro reports that Balaguer is now being represented by the Miami Sports agency and calls him…

  3. Pirates get their man, hire Clint Hurdle as new manager

    Nov 14, 2010, 11:52 AM EDT

    Clint Hurdle

    Clint Hurdle has clearly been atop the Pirates’ manager wish list all offseason, but the Mets expressing interest in the former Rockies skipper threatened to ruin Pittsburgh’s plans. However, according to Jon Heyman of SI.com the Pirates have agreed to a contract with Hurdle, who’ll replace John Russell as manager of a team that hasn’t…

  4. Cardinals looking for upgrade over Brendan Ryan at shortstop

    Nov 14, 2010, 11:44 AM EDT

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    Brendan Ryan is one of the elite defensive shortstops in baseball, but he followed up a solid 2009 season at the plate by hitting just .223 with a lowly .573 OPS this year and general manager John Mozeliak told Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post Dispatch that the Cardinals will look to upgrade the…

  5. Nationals “have interest” in Jorge De La Rosa

    Nov 12, 2010, 4:48 PM EDT

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    Apparently the Yankees aren’t the only team viewing Jorge De La Rosa as the “left-handed starting pitcher” fallback plan should they miss out on Cliff Lee, as Bill Ladson of MLB.com reports that the Nationals “have interest” in De La Rosa. Of course, given Washington’s slim odds of actually signing Lee perhaps it’s not fair…

  6. A’s claim Edwin Encarnacion off waivers from Blue Jays

    Nov 12, 2010, 3:48 PM EDT

    Edwin Encarnacion

    Oakland continues to be the busiest team of the early offseason, as the A’s claimed 27-year-old third baseman Edwin Encarnacion off waivers from the Blue Jays. Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos indicated last month that Encarnacion was a candidate to be non-tendered after hitting .244/.305/.482 in 367 plate appearances while missing nearly half the…

  7. Dan Shulman to replace Jon Miller on “Sunday Night Baseball”

    Nov 12, 2010, 3:18 PM EDT

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    In reporting on ESPN removing Joe Morgan and Jon Miller from the “Sunday Night Baseball” booth after two decades Richard Sandomir of the New York Times wrote that Dan Shulman was likely to replace Miller as the play-by-play announcer. SI.com media writer Richard Deitsch just tweeted that the move to Shulman is now all but…

  8. Terry Collins, Clint Hurdle, and Bob Melvin emerge as top candidates in Mets’ manager search

    Nov 12, 2010, 2:16 PM EDT

    Sandy Alderson

    Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com reports that “Terry Collins, Clint Hurdle, and Bob Melvin have emerged as leading candidates in the Mets’ search for a manager.” However, new general manager Sandy Alderson apparently hasn’t officially trimmed his list to three names, as Rubin adds that “a potential fourth candidate for a callback is current third base…

  9. Look past ERA and Chad Qualls can be a free agent bargain

    Nov 12, 2010, 1:18 PM EDT

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    With a 7.32 ERA in 59 innings split between two teams Chad Qualls had a dreadful season, but most of that can be blamed on a .399 batting average on balls in play that was the worst in all of baseball among the 327 pitchers who logged at least 50 innings. In fact, Qualls was…

  10. No timetable for Andy Pettitte to decide on his 2011 status

    Nov 12, 2010, 12:46 PM EDT

    Andy Pettitte

    General manager Brian Cashman has spoken to Andy Pettitte since the Yankees’ season ended, but told Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News that the left-hander has not yet made a decision about returning in 2011 or retiring at age 38: He’s going to take some time like he always does. He’s going to…

  11. Royals not willing to “dump” former top prospect Alex Gordon

    Nov 12, 2010, 12:15 PM EDT

    Alex Gordon

    In addition to teams calling the Royals about Zack Greinke’s availability Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star reports that Alex Gordon is generating some interest in as well. However, according to Dutton the Royals aren’t “willing to dump him for little in return.” Gordon is a former college player of the year and No.…

  12. Vladimir Guerrero’s undeserved Silver Slugger award

    Nov 12, 2010, 11:18 AM EDT

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    Admittedly no one really cares about the Silver Slugger awards, so I’m not sure why I care enough to write about them, but Vladimir Guerrero being the pick at designated hitter is pretty clearly the wrong choice. Guerrero had a good season, hitting .300 with 29 homers and an .841 OPS, but he just wasn’t…

  13. Brewers “making progress” on re-signing Craig Counsell

    Nov 12, 2010, 10:47 AM EDT

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    General manager Doug Melvin told Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that the Brewers are “making progress” toward re-signing veteran infielder Craig Counsell to a new contract. Counsell is a Wisconsin native and has signed or re-signed with the Brewers as a free agent on three different occasions, so it sounds like the 40-year-old…

  14. Yankees “have expressed interest in” Jorge De La Rosa as fallback option to Cliff Lee

    Nov 12, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

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    Cliff Lee is obviously atop the Yankees’ offseason shopping list regardless of whether or not general manager Brian Cashman is “desperate” to sign him, but Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News reports that they’ve also “expressed interest in” Jorge De La Rosa. De La Rosa is a left-handed starting pitcher, so it seems…

  15. Why did No. 9 pick Karsten Whitson turn down $2.1 million from the Padres?

    Nov 11, 2010, 5:15 PM EDT

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    Kendall Rogers of Yahoo! Sports has an interesting article about Karsten Whitson, a right-handed pitcher who was the ninth overall pick in June’s draft and turned down a $2.1 million offer to sign with the Padres in order to attend the University of Florida. The short version is that Whitson questioned whether he was truly…

  16. Marlins moving Chris Coghlan from left field to third base

    Nov 11, 2010, 4:16 PM EDT

    Chris Coghlan

    Chris Coghlan has played left field in all but one of his 219 career games, but according to Joe Frisaro of MLB.com “the Marlins plan on converting Coghlan from left field to third base” in 2011. It presumably won’t take much to convert him, because Coghlan was actually a full-time infielder in the minors before…

  17. Carlos Beltran “would have to listen” if Mets approached him about trade or move to right field

    Nov 11, 2010, 3:17 PM EDT

    Carlos Beltran

    Carlos Beltran held a conference call this afternoon to discuss the opening of a $6.5 million high school and baseball academy in his native Puerto Rico, but also gave some interesting answers to questions about his future with the Mets. Beltran made it very clear that he’d like to remain with the Mets and continue…

  18. With trade rumors swirling, Kosuke Fukudome buys a $1.3 million condo in Chicago

    Nov 11, 2010, 2:45 PM EDT

    Kosuke Fukudome

    This could mean absolutely nothing or it could mean that he’s not paying much attention to the trade rumors swirling this week, but Kosuke Fukudome just bought a three-bedroom condo in Chicago for $1.32 million. Dennis Rodkin of ChicagoMag.com reports that Fukudome and his wife had been renting a place since signing with the Cubs…

  19. Red Sox’s reported interest in John Buck seems surprising

    Nov 11, 2010, 1:47 PM EDT

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    According to Gordon Edes of ESPNBoston.com “the Red Sox are expected to be aggressive in their pursuit of free-agent catcher John Buck” if Victor Martinez signs elsewhere. On one hand that makes sense, as both Martinez and Jason Varitek are free agents and Buck is generally considered the second-best catcher on the market this offseason.…

  20. Joe Morgan “was not surprised by ESPN’s decision”

    Nov 11, 2010, 1:19 PM EDT

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    Joe Morgan issued a short statement to address ESPN declining to renew his contract after 20 years as the lead analyst on “Sunday Night Baseball”: I was not surprised by ESPN’s decision. They have been taking “Sunday Night Baseball” in a different direction the last two years and I was not comfortable with that direction.…

  21. Twins no longer a small-payroll team thanks to Target Field

    Nov 11, 2010, 12:48 PM EDT

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    Minnesota has long been one of MLB’s most successful “small-market” or “small-payroll” teams, making the playoffs five times from 2002-2009 despite consistently ranking among the bottom third in money spent. In their final two Metrodome seasons–2008 and 2009–the Twins won 87 and 88 games, made it to the postseason once and narrowly missed a second…

  22. Royce Clayton is playing Miguel Tejada in the Moneyball movie

    Nov 11, 2010, 12:15 PM EDT

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    Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com has an interesting article about longtime big leaguer Royce Clayton, who after retiring in 2008 auditioned for a part in the upcoming “Moneyball” movie and was cast as Miguel Tejada. Seriously. Clayton didn’t speak Spanish, but tried to learn enough to sound authentic for his scenes with Brad Pitt. And then…

  23. Does the free agent compensation system overrate relievers?

    Nov 11, 2010, 11:19 AM EDT

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    Sam Miller of the Orange County Register raised an interesting point on Twitter just now, which is that 12 of the 34 free agents who’ve been classified as Type A–and thus will require forfeiting a first-round draft pick to sign–are relief pitchers. Here are the dozen Type A relievers: Grant Balfour, Scott Downs, Frank Francisco,…

  24. A’s sign Dominican outfielder Vicmal De La Cruz for $800,000

    Nov 11, 2010, 10:47 AM EDT

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    Oakland hasn’t wasted any time making moves this offseason, bidding $17 million to win the exclusive negotiating rights to Japanese pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma, trading Vin Mazzaro and Justin Marks to the Royals for David DeJesus, and now spending $800,000 to sign 16-year-old prospect Vicmal De La Cruz out of the Dominican Republic. Ben Badler of…

  25. Royals acquired Vin Mazzaro for the stuff, not the stats

    Nov 11, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

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    Last night the Royals traded veteran outfielder David DeJesus to the A’s for 24-year-old starter Vin Mazzaro and pitching prospect Justin Marks. Marks is a former third-round pick and a solid prospect, but the key to the deal from Kansas City’s point of view was clearly Mazzaro, as general manager Dayton Moore called him “a…

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