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Aaron Gleeman

  1. Historically speaking, how bad was Cliff Lee last night?

    Oct 28, 2010, 2:45 PM EDT

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    Cliff Lee turning in a clunker last night was a huge surprise, but how does his disappointing performance compare to some of the worst Game 1 efforts in World Series history? Based on Game Score, which is a Bill James invention that uses various aspects of a pitcher’s performance to calculate one number representing the…

  2. Kerry Wood “would be welcomed back to the Cubs”

    Oct 28, 2010, 1:49 PM EDT

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    Yesterday the Yankees declined their $11 million option on Kerry Wood for next season and today Bruce Levine of ESPNChicago.com reports that he “would be welcomed back to the Cubs organization if general manager Jim Hendry has enough money in the offseason.” Wood was the Cubs’ first-round pick in 1998 and spent the first decade…

  3. Justin Maxwell out 4-6 months following Tommy John surgery

    Oct 28, 2010, 1:18 PM EDT

    Justin Maxwell

    For obvious reasons position players typically come back from Tommy John elbow surgery far more quickly than pitchers, but Nationals outfielder Justin Maxwell is still expected to be out of action for 4-6 months after undergoing the operation. Byron Kerr of MASNSports.com reports that Maxwell injured his elbow while making a diving catch in the…

  4. Adrian Beltre is selling his house in California for $19.8 million

    Oct 28, 2010, 12:48 PM EDT

    adrian beltre house

    With free agency around the corner Adrian Beltre has put his 16,600-square foot home in California on the market for $19.8 million. According to Diane Tuman of Zillow.com the lavish mansion sits on a four-acre property and includes basketball and tennis courts, a pool, an exercise room, a putting green and two-hole golf course, and…

  5. Hisanori Takahashi switches agents before likely leaving Mets

    Oct 28, 2010, 12:15 PM EDT

    Hisanori Takahashi throwing

    Because of a clause in Hisanori Takahashi’s contract the Mets have until Sunday to agree to a new deal with the left-hander or they’re prohibited from signing him until May 15. In other words, he’ll either sign by Sunday or be playing for another team in 2011. Further complicating things is that Takahashi switched agents…

  6. Jon Daniels on report that he asked the Mets to wait for him: “Complete bull”

    Oct 28, 2010, 11:17 AM EDT

    Jon Daniels

    Last week Andy Martino of the New York Daily News reported that Rangers general manager and New York native Jon Daniels had “communicated through back channels that he hoped the Mets would wait until after the World Series” to replace Omar Minaya as GM, leading to speculation that he was interested in hopping from Texas…

  7. Leo Mazzone wants to be Yankees’ or Mets’ pitching coach

    Oct 28, 2010, 10:52 AM EDT

    leo mazzone braves phone

    During a radio interview this morning longtime Braves pitching coach Leo Mazzone said that he’d be interested in taking the same position with the Yankees or Mets, calling both openings “a great job.” Mazzone had an incredible amount of success in Atlanta and much of that was obviously due to the three Hall of Famers…

  8. Joe Girardi, Yankees on verge of three-year, $9 million deal

    Oct 28, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

    Texas Rangers v New York Yankees, Game 3

    Joel Sherman of the New York Post has some additional details on the three-year contract extension for Joe Girardi that has been reported as a nearly done deal since early this week. According to Sherman he’ll get a total of $9 million, which is a raise of $500,000 per season over his previous contract and…

  9. World Series Game 1: Rangers lineup versus Tim Lincecum

    Oct 27, 2010, 5:18 PM EDT

    New York Yankees v Texas Rangers, Game 2

    Here’s the Rangers’ lineup for Game 1 of the World Series tonight against Tim Lincecum: 1. Elvis Andrus, SS 2. Michael Young, 3B 3. Josh Hamilton, CF 4. Vladimir Guerrero, RF 5. Nelson Cruz, LF 6. Ian Kinsler, 2B 7. Bengie Molina, C 8. Mitch Moreland, 1B 9. Cliff Lee, P Playing under NL rules…

  10. World Series Game 1: Giants lineup versus Cliff Lee

    Oct 27, 2010, 4:16 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v San Francisco Giants, Game 3

    Here’s the Giants’ lineup for Game 1 of the World Series tonight against Cliff Lee: 1. Andres Torres, CF 2. Freddy Sanchez, 2B 3. Buster Posey, C 4. Pat Burrell, LF 5. Cody Ross, RF 6. Aubrey Huff, 1B 7. Juan Uribe, 3B 8. Edgar Renteria, SS 9. Tim Lincecum, P Tonight is just the…

  11. Yankees decline their 2011 options on Lance Berkman, Kerry Wood, and Nick Johnson

    Oct 27, 2010, 3:48 PM EDT

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    Marc Carig of the Newark Star Ledger reports that the Yankees have declined their 2011 options on Lance Berkman, Kerry Wood, and Nick Johnson, all of which were expected moves. Berkman’s contract included a $15 million team option or $2 million buyout for 2011, but as part of his accepting a trade to the Yankees…

  12. Rangers missed out on drafting Tim Lincecum by two spots

    Oct 27, 2010, 3:15 PM EDT

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    Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News has an interesting story about how the Rangers nearly ended up with Tim Lincecum. Texas had the 12th overall pick in Jon Daniels’ first draft as general manager back in 2006 and “had identified the diminutive, hard-throwing right-hander from Washington as the club’s No. 1 target.” According to…

  13. Rangers drop Clay Rapada from roster, add Mark Lowe

    Oct 27, 2010, 2:19 PM EDT

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    San Francisco made no changes to its roster for the World Series, but Texas made a minor switch in the bullpen by dropping left-hander Clay Rapada and replacing him with right-hander Mark Lowe. Rapada was added to the ALCS roster to help combat the Yankees’ left-handed hitters, and particularly Robinson Cano, but he failed to…

  14. Giants leave playoff roster intact, which means no Barry Zito

    Oct 27, 2010, 1:47 PM EDT

    zito

    Sticking with the same 25-man roster they used in both the NLDS and NLCS, the Giants will not be adding Barry Zito to the pitching staff for the World Series. There was some speculation that Zito could be added to the World Series roster in place of reliever Guillermo Mota, who went unused in the…

  15. Jeff Bagwell explains why he chose not to return as Astros hitting coach

    Oct 27, 2010, 1:19 PM EDT

    St. Louis Cardinals v Houston Astros

    Jeff Bagwell left his special assistant gig in Houston’s front office to take over as the Astros’ hitting coach when Sean Berry was fired at the All-Star break and the offense actually showed some significant improvement in the second half despite trading away Lance Berkman. However, last week the former MVP turned down a two-year…

  16. Report: Tigers “are deeply interested in Carl Crawford”

    Oct 27, 2010, 12:45 PM EDT

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    Carl Crawford will obviously have no shortage of suitors when he hits the open market as a free agent next month and now Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that the Tigers will be among the many teams making a run at the speedy outfielder. According to Rosenthal the Tigers “are deeply interested in Crawford” and…

  17. Scouting the World Series umpiring crew

    Oct 27, 2010, 11:49 AM EDT

    Ron Washington, John Hirschbeck

    Jeff Zimmerman of Fan Graphs crunched the numbers on the umpiring crew assigned to the World Series, using Pitch-F/X data along with strikeout and walk rates to rank the six umpires from most pitcher-friendly to most hitter-friendly: Bill Miller John Hirschbeck Mike Winters Gary Darling Sam Holbrook Jeff Kellogg Hirschbeck, who in addition to being…

  18. Nationals officially sticking with Jim Riggleman as manager

    Oct 27, 2010, 11:17 AM EDT

    Jim Riggleman

    In a move viewed as little more than a formality, the Nationals have officially exercised their 2011 option on manager Jim Riggleman rather than buying him out for $100,000. “He is a terrific baseball manager,” general manager Mike Rizzo told Bailey Stephens of MLB.com. “He has great respect from his peers in this game. When…

  19. Tigers “expected” to re-sign free agent-to-be Jhonny Peralta

    Oct 27, 2010, 10:48 AM EDT

    Jhonny Peralta

    Last week the Tigers kept Brandon Inge from hitting the open market by signing him to a two-year, $11.5 million deal and now Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com reports that they’re “expected” to retain impending free agent Jhonny Peralta as well. Peralta went from Cleveland to Detroit in a July 28 trade and hit just…

  20. Bengie Molina leaning toward retiring after the World Series

    Oct 27, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

    Texas Rangers' Bengie Molina hits a two out three run home run as New York Yankees' Francisco Cervelli waits for the ball during the sixth inning during Game 4 of their Major League Baseball ALCS playoff series in New York

    Bengie Molina is in the unique position of getting a World Series ring even if the Rangers lose, as the veteran catcher spent the first half of the season with the Giants before being traded on July 1. He’s guaranteed some new jewelry and will pad his wallet with a playoff share from both teams,…

  21. Phillies decline $4.5 million option on J.C. Romero for 2011

    Oct 26, 2010, 5:16 PM EDT

    Romero

    In a no-brainer move, the Phillies have declined their $4.5 million option on reliever J.C. Romero for 2011. He’ll get a $250,000 buyout instead. Philadelphia signed Romero to a three-year, $12 million deal after he posted a 1.24 ERA in 36 innings down the stretch in 2006. He was reasonably solid in Year 1 of…

  22. Diamondbacks add Trammell, Nagy, Baylor to coaching staff

    Oct 26, 2010, 4:40 PM EDT

    Nagy

    Arizona filled out most of its coaching staff this afternoon, with Alan Trammell coming on as Kirk Gibson’s bench coach, Charles Nagy and Don Baylor joining as the pitching and hitting coaches, and Eric Young serving as first base coach. Gibson was actually the bench coach in Detroit back when Trammell was the Tigers’ manager,…

  23. MLBPA’s “Heart and Hustle” award has amusing candidates

    Oct 26, 2010, 4:17 PM EDT

    heart and hustle

    Today the MLB players association released the list of 30 candidates for their annual “Heart and Hustle” award that’s “presented to an active player who demonstrates a passion for the game of baseball and best embodies the values, spirit, and traditions of the game.” A few things about the candidates list stood out to me…

  24. Phillies have no plans for Jimmy Rollins contract extension

    Oct 26, 2010, 3:18 PM EDT

    Jimmy Rollins

    Philadelphia has already exercised next season’s $8.5 million option on Jimmy Rollins, but general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said yesterday that the Phillies have no plans to negotiate a long-term extension right now: I think we’ll probably let things, at this time, play out. There’s some concern about his production the last couple of years.…

  25. White Sox exercise 2011 options on Thornton and Castro

    Oct 26, 2010, 2:45 PM EDT

    matt-thornton-and-ramon-castro-white-sox

    As expected, the White Sox have exercised their 2011 options on reliever Matt Thornton and catcher Ramon Castro. Thornton will earn $3 million next season, which is an incredible bargain for one of the best relievers in baseball. He has ERAs of 2.67, 2.74, and 2.67 over the past three seasons and this year held…

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