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  1. Scott Podsednik opts out of Dodgers deal and becomes a free agent

    Nov 4, 2010, 2:15 PM EDT

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    When the Dodgers exercised their half of Scott Podsednik’s mutual option earlier this week the assumption was that the speedy outfielder would soon do the same and accept a $2 million salary for 2011, but today Podsednik declined his half of the option and became a free agent. Podsednik earned $1.75 million this season and…

  2. Would you believe the Nationals “are a potential sleeper team” for Cliff Lee?

    Nov 4, 2010, 1:18 PM EDT

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    Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com writes that the Nationals “are a potential sleeper team in the competition to land” Cliff Lee, quoting “one baseball insider” as saying: “They’re going to step up and try to get a top free agent. They’d like to make a splash.” Perhaps, but the odds of the top free agent on…

  3. Report: Yankees not planning to pursue Carl Crawford or Jayson Werth

    Nov 4, 2010, 12:47 PM EDT

    Carl Crawford, Raul Chavez

    Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News hears from “a source” that the Yankees “aren’t planning to make a hard charge for Carl Crawford or Jayson Werth” this offseason. That certainly makes sense because the Yankees are pretty set in the outfield with Brett Gardner, Curtis Granderson, and Nick Swisher, and Gardner in particular…

  4. Astros eliminate “advance scout” position to focus on video

    Nov 4, 2010, 12:15 PM EDT

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    In his first year as manager Brad Mills encouraged Astros players to rely extensively on video to scout opponents and analyze their own performance, and now Zachary Levine of the Houston Chronicle reports that the team is eliminating the position of “advance scout” to focus even more on video work. The news isn’t quite as…

  5. State taxes could play a factor in Cliff Lee choosing between Rangers and Yankees

    Nov 4, 2010, 11:19 AM EDT

    Cliff Lee Family

    While speculation swirls about how much Cliff Lee enjoyed his time in Texas and how much his wife disliked her time in New York, an overlooked factor in his free agent decision-making could be state income taxes. Darren Rovell of CNBC wrote a very interesting article examining the differences in taxes Lee would pay depending…

  6. Are coaches underpaid? (And how much was Davey Lopes worth to the Phillies?)

    Nov 4, 2010, 10:48 AM EDT

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    I’ve been thinking about the value of coaches lately, in part because the Cardinals only had to shell out $750,000 per season to make Dave Duncan the highest-paid pitching coach in baseball and in part because the Phillies let first base coach Davey Lopes go over failed contract talks that probably involved a difference of…

  7. Rays may try to re-sign Dan Wheeler and Willy Aybar after declining options

    Nov 4, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

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    Tampa Bay declined 2011 options on Dan Wheeler at $4 million and Willy Aybar at $2.25 million, but Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times reports that the Rays may try to re-sign both players to lesser salaries. Aybar batted just .230/.309/.344 in 309 plate appearances while playing mostly designated hitter, so giving him a…

  8. Rangers decline $9 million option on Vladimir Guerrero

    Nov 3, 2010, 5:38 PM EDT

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    T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports that the Rangers have declined their $9 million option on Vladimir Guerrero for 2011. While perhaps surprising to some based on his big name and 115-RBI season, Guerrero simply wasn’t a $9 million player in 2010 and at age 36 was unlikely to be any better in 2011. He struggled…

  9. Rockies decline $4.5 million option on Octavio Dotel for 2011

    Nov 3, 2010, 5:21 PM EDT

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    Because he was traded during the season Octavio Dotel had the right to reject his $4.5 million option if it was exercised, but the Rockies made that a moot point by choosing a $250,000 buyout instead. Colorado acquired Dotel in mid-September and he wouldn’t have even been eligible for the playoff roster, so it’s no…

  10. Aramis Ramirez exercises $14.6 million option for 2011

    Nov 3, 2010, 4:45 PM EDT

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    For a brief moment Aramis Ramirez dropped some hints about possibly declining his $14.6 million player option for 2011, but presumably his agent (or really anyone with a functional brain) took him aside and said something like, “Uh, you just had your worst season since 2002, maybe take the money.” Ramirez made it official today,…

  11. Mariners decline 2011 options on Erik Bedard, Jose Lopez, and Russell Branyan

    Nov 3, 2010, 3:48 PM EDT

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    Seattle declined a trio of 2011 options today: Erik Bedard for $8 million, Russell Branyan for $5 million, and Jose Lopez for $4.5 million. Bedard and Branyan are now free agents, while the Mariners still control Lopez as an arbitration-eligible player. However, there’s a strong chance they’ll non-tender him by the December 2 deadline unless…

  12. Red Sox prospect Adalberto Ibarra has shoulder surgery

    Nov 3, 2010, 3:17 PM EDT

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    Back in April the Red Sox signed 22-year-old Cuban catcher Adalberto Ibarra for $4.3 million, but that bonus was lessened to $800,000 after he failed a physical exam due to a shoulder injury. And now it turns out he needed shoulder surgery. Alex Speier of WEEI.com reports that Ibarra underwent surgery yesterday to repair a…

  13. After 13 seasons A’s cut ties with oft-injured Eric Chavez

    Nov 3, 2010, 2:45 PM EDT

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    Injuries have wrecked Eric Chavez’s career and after paying him $62.5 million to hit just .249/.322/.434 while missing more than half of the team’s games over the past six seasons the A’s declined his $12 million option for 2011. Chavez will get a $3.5 million buyout instead and may be considering retirement despite being just…

  14. Adrian Beltre officially becomes a free agent by declining $10 million player option

    Nov 3, 2010, 1:49 PM EDT

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    As expected, Adrian Beltre has declined his $10 million player option for 2011 and will hit the open market following a monster year that saw him bat .321 with 28 homers and a league-leading 49 doubles for the Red Sox. After an injury wrecked, career-worst campaign for the Mariners last season Beltre turned down some…

  15. Diamondbacks likely won’t try to re-sign Brandon Webb

    Nov 3, 2010, 1:16 PM EDT

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    Jack Magruder of FOXSportsArizona.com reports that the Diamondbacks are unlikely to re-sign free agent Brandon Webb after paying the former Cy Young winner $8.5 million to throw zero innings this season. According to Magruder “the Diamondbacks have had no conversations with Webb about a new contract and they do not plan to initiate talks moving…

  16. A’s exercise 2011 options on Coco Crisp and Mark Ellis

    Nov 3, 2010, 12:48 PM EDT

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    Coco Crisp already broke half of this news on Twitter, but the A’s have officially exercised his $5.75 million option and picked up their $6 million option on Mark Ellis for 2011. Two months ago there was some speculation that the A’s would decline Ellis’ option and perhaps try to work out a new contract…

  17. Marlins decide to stick with Edwin Rodriguez as manager

    Nov 3, 2010, 12:15 PM EDT

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    It’s official: Edwin Rodriguez is staying on as the Marlins’ manager. Rodriguez went 46-46 as the interim manager after taking over a 34-36 team from Fredi Gonzalez in late June and following interviews with various candidates to replace him the Marlins have decided to extend his contract through 2011. That puts pressure on Rodriguez to…

  18. Cubs prospect Brett Jackson leaves Arizona Fall League with bacterial infection in leg

    Nov 3, 2010, 11:18 AM EDT

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    Cubs prospect Brett Jackson headed to the Arizona Fall League last week after being limited by a right ankle injury while playing for Team USA in the Pan American Games qualifying tournament, but now the 2009 first-round pick has been hospitalized with a bacterial infection in the same leg. He appeared in just four games…

  19. Sammy Sosa “shocked” that Mike Remlinger tried to sell his corked bat

    Nov 3, 2010, 10:47 AM EDT

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    Mike Remlinger’s attempt to sell Sammy Sosa’s corked bat from 2003 failed yesterday when the reserve price he’d set wasn’t met during an auction in which the high bid was $14,407. Naturally, now Sosa says he’s “shocked” that his former Cubs teammate would do such a thing. Well, technically his “spokesperson” said it, but presumably…

  20. Brian Sabean has no plans to trade Barry Zito … because he can’t

    Nov 3, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

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    Despite making $18.5 million this season as part of a seven-year, $126 million contract Barry Zito was left off the Giants’ playoff roster for all three rounds, but general manager Brian Sabean said yesterday that he has no plans to trade Zito this offseason. You know why? Because he can’t. In related news, I have…

  21. Opinions mixed on Diamondbacks’ interest in Paul Konerko

    Nov 2, 2010, 5:47 PM EDT

    Chicago White Sox Konerko watches his first hit of five against Minnesota Twins during the first inning of their American League baseball game in Minneapolis

    Last week Bruce Levine of ESPNChicago.com wrote that Arizona has made signing free agent Paul Konerko “an offseason priority” and it sounds like the Diamondbacks won’t exercise a $7.5 million option on their own first baseman, Adam LaRoche. However, Nick Piecero of the Arizona Republic is skeptical about the Diamondbacks actually making a heavy push…

  22. Brewers decline 2011 options on Trevor Hoffman, Doug Davis, and Gregg Zaun

    Nov 2, 2010, 5:15 PM EDT

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    As expected, the Brewers have declined their 2011 options on three veterans: Trevor Hoffman, Doug Davis, and Gregg Zaun. Hoffman gets a $750,000 buyout rather than the $7 million option after losing the closer job early in the season and posting the worst ERA of his Hall of Fame career at 5.89. At age 42…

  23. Very early World Series odds have Yankees as 2011 favorites

    Nov 2, 2010, 4:19 PM EDT

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    There hasn’t even been a victory parade for the Giants yet, but gambling website Bodog.com has posted odds on all 30 teams winning the World Series next season. Not surprisingly, the Yankees lead the way at 4-to-1 while the reigning champs in San Francisco open at 10-to-1 (which is a big improvement from this season,…

  24. Dodgers exercise their half of Scott Podsednik’s mutual option

    Nov 2, 2010, 3:48 PM EDT

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    The Dodgers have exercised their half of Scott Podsednik’s mutual option for 2011, meaning the speedy outfielder now has 72 hours to accept the $2 million contract or become a free agent. Acquired from the Royals at the trading deadline, Podsednik took over for Manny Ramirez in left field and hit just .262/.313/.336 in 39…

  25. Brewers bypass Bobby Valentine, choose Ron Roenicke as new manager

    Nov 2, 2010, 3:11 PM EDT

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    Joe Cowley of the Chicago Sun-Times just tweeted that “sources are saying that Brewers have hired Ron Roenicke” to be their new manager. Cowley covers the White Sox, not the Brewers, but Chicago bench coach Joey Cora was in the mix for the Milwaukee job. Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel passed along Cowley’s…

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