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  1. 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.…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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,…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. Russell Martin expects to be ready for spring training, but will it be with the Dodgers?

    Nov 10, 2010, 5:45 PM EDT

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    Russell Martin is still recovering from August hip surgery, but today his agent told Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times that the catcher will “absolutely” be healthy in time for spring training. Matt Colleran told Hernandez that Martin should be cleared to resume running at full speed within the “next couple of weeks” and…

  8. Needing 40-man roster spot, Royals cut loose Brian Bannister

    Nov 10, 2010, 5:17 PM EDT

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    Jason Kendall and David DeJesus returning from the 60-day disabled list meant the Royals needed to clear a couple spots on the 40-man roster and they did so by cutting loose Brian Bannister and Brian Anderson. Bannister is one of my favorite players because he’s a good quote, very smart, and a fan of sabermetrics,…

  9. Gregg Zaun wants to play for the Rays in 2011 at age 40

    Nov 10, 2010, 4:46 PM EDT

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    Gregg Zaun missed most of this season following shoulder surgery, but the 40-year-old catcher plans to play in 2011 and recently told Jim Bowden of MLB Network Radio that he’d prefer it be for the Rays. Zaun played 34 games for the Rays in 2009 after being acquired from the Orioles in midseason trade, but…

  10. Derek Jeter denied a National League Gold Glove award

    Nov 10, 2010, 3:53 PM EDT

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    Derek Jeter won his fifth American League Gold Glove yesterday, but in a tremendous slight to the future Hall of Famer he’s been denied the National League version of the award. Jeter not actually playing in the NL perhaps made it difficult to honor him, but then again Jeter not actually being a good defensive…

  11. Baseball America’s complete list of minor league free agents

    Nov 10, 2010, 2:45 PM EDT

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    Everyone is focused on the Cliff Lees and Carl Crawfords of the world, and rightfully so, but hundreds of minor leaguers recently became free agents after their teams declined to add them to the 40-man roster following six professional seasons. Collecting all those names is a lot harder than rounding up all the big-league free…

  12. By giving White Sox the chance to match any offer is Paul Konerko limiting free agent interest?

    Nov 10, 2010, 1:47 PM EDT

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    Doug Padilla of ESPNChicago.com reported yesterday that Paul Konerko’s “tight bond” with team chairman Jerry Reinsdorf “figures to afford the White Sox one last chance at matching any deal Konerko might have on the table from another team.” While that’s a unique situation in baseball it’s somewhat similar to “restricted” free agency in the NBA…

  13. Japanese infielder Tsuyoshi Nishioka “wants to play on the West Coast”

    Nov 10, 2010, 1:17 PM EDT

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    Later this week MLB teams are expected to bid on exclusive negotiating rights to Tsuyoshi Nishioka and Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times reports that the Japanese infielder “wants to play on the West Coast” and is mostly interested in the Dodgers, Giants, Diamondbacks, and Padres. He won’t actually have a choice in the…

  14. Adrian Gonzalez’s shoulder surgery may be more significant than initially believed

    Nov 10, 2010, 12:46 PM EDT

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    Adrian Gonzalez repeatedly making it clear that he has no plans to remain in San Diego long term could motivate the Padres to trade the All-Star first baseman with one season left on his contract and now Corey Brock of MLB.com reports that there’s some doubt about Gonzalez’s health status as well. Three weeks ago…

  15. Rob Picciolo replaces Ron Roenicke as Angels’ bench coach

    Nov 10, 2010, 11:49 AM EDT

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    Normally bench coach news isn’t one of our focuses, but since Joe Maddon and Ron Roenicke both landed manager gigs after serving as Mike Scioscia’s right-hand man it seems worth noting that Rob Picciolo has been named the new Angels bench coach. Picciolo has served as the Angels’ “roving infield instructor” for the past five…

  16. Japanese reliever Hiroyuki Kobayashi eyeing move to MLB

    Nov 10, 2010, 11:18 AM EDT

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    Japanese reliever Hiroyuki Kobayashi is reportedly looking to sign with an MLB team and because the 32-year-old right-hander is a free agent he won’t require a “posting fee” to negotiate with like starter Hisashi Iwakuma and infielder Tsuyoshi Nishioka. Formerly a starter, Kobayashi moved to the bullpen this season and saved 29 games with a…

  17. Braves sign independent league standout Beau Torbert

    Nov 10, 2010, 10:47 AM EDT

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    Beau Torbert spent four seasons playing in Houston’s farm system after the Astros made him their 17th-round pick in 2004, but the 6-foot-4 outfielder hit just .250 with one homer and a .642 OPS in 93 games between Double-A and Triple-A in 2007 and was cut. Since then he’s been playing for the independent league…

  18. Minnesota woman charged with stealing Grady Sizemore’s nude pictures

    Nov 10, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

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    Last offseason some not-safe-for-work pictures of Indians center fielder Grady Sizemore popped up on the internet, after which Sizemore’s lawyers sent cease-and-desist letters to various websites that posted them. Sizemore later apologized for the photos becoming public, saying that he meant for them to be seen only by his girlfriend, former Playboy centerfold Brittany Binger.…

  19. Derek Jeter now has more Gold Glove awards than all but four shortstops in baseball history

    Nov 9, 2010, 3:54 PM EDT

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    Derek Jeter has never fared well in advanced defensive statistics, typically ranking somewhere between below average and awful. He also now has five Gold Glove awards and a legion of Yankees fans who’ll swear he’s a great defender, so clearly not everyone cares about defensive statistics. And that’s fine, but the notion that Jeter, at…

  20. Scouting report on Japanese infielder Tsuyoshi Nishioka

    Nov 9, 2010, 3:17 PM EDT

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    With reports that shortstop Tsuyoshi Nishioka will be “posted” by his Japanese team later this week he’s suddenly an intriguing option in what is a pretty weak free agent market for middle infielders. Patrick Newman, who does a great job covering Japanese baseball for NPB Tracker and Fan Graphs, has a lengthy scouting report on…

  21. John Mayberry leaves Arizona Fall League with leg injury

    Nov 9, 2010, 2:46 PM EDT

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    John Mayberry no doubt had hopes of following up a poor season at Triple-A with a great showing in the Arizona Fall League, but instead the Phillies prospect has been sent home with a leg injury after appearing in just one game. Bob Brookover of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports that Mayberry was examined by doctors…

  22. Mariners prospect Dustin Ackley raking in Arizona Fall League

    Nov 9, 2010, 1:48 PM EDT

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    Last year’s No. 2 overall pick, Dustin Ackley, had modest numbers this season, hitting .267 with a .368 on-base percentage and .407 slugging percentage in 134 games. However, his season totals were dragged down by an awful first month that saw him hit just .147 in April and as a 22-year-old in his first pro…

  23. Adam Everett “has received interest from several teams”

    Nov 9, 2010, 1:16 PM EDT

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    Adam Everett didn’t latch on with a new team after the Tigers released him in early June, but Jason Beck of MLB.com reports that the 34-year-old shortstop is still looking to play in 2011 and “has received interest from several teams.” Everett is one of the best, most underrated defensive shortstop in baseball history and…

  24. Red Sox “have expressed interest in” Justin Duchscherer

    Nov 9, 2010, 12:45 PM EDT

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    Rob Bradford of WEEI.com reports that the Red Sox “have expressed interest in” free agent right-hander Justin Duchscherer, who missed all of 2009 and most of 2010 following hip and elbow surgeries. Duchscherer was originally drafted by the Red Sox in the eighth round back in 1996 and was traded to the Rangers in 2001…

  25. Mike Cameron still on the mend three months after surgery

    Nov 9, 2010, 11:49 AM EDT

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    Three months after undergoing a five-hour surgery to repair a torn abdominal muscle Mike Cameron is close to being cleared for baseball activities again. Cameron’s agent, Mike Nicotera, told Gordon Edes of ESPNBoston.com that the outfielder “is doing very well” and is on schedule to resume working out at full speed shortly after Thanksgiving. Signed…

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