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  1. Sandy Alderson not sold on Josh Thole as everyday catcher

    Nov 17, 2010, 1:15 PM EDT

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    Before they were fired Jerry Manuel and Omar Minaya both indicated that 24-year-old Josh Thole would likely be the Mets’ starting catcher in 2011 after playing regularly down the stretch as a rookie, but new general manager Sandy Alderson isn’t quite as sold on the idea. Alderson said yesterday that the Mets are “thin” at…

  2. Coco Crisp is ‘looking for a live-in personal assistant (female)’

    Nov 17, 2010, 12:17 PM EDT

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    Someone claiming to be A’s outfielder Coco Crisp has posted an ad on Craigslist “looking for a live-in personal assistant (female) that can help simplify my life.” Here’s the full text of the ad: Hi, My name is Covelli Crisp (Coco Crisp), i am a professional baseball player. Looking for a live-in personal assistant (Female)…

  3. White Sox GM expects Jake Peavy to begin 2011 on the DL

    Nov 17, 2010, 11:49 AM EDT

    Chicago White Sox v Cleveland Indians

    Jake Peavy has said that he hopes to be healthy by Opening Day following July shoulder surgery, but yesterday general manager Ken Williams noted that he may not begin throwing again until January and indicated that he expects the former Cy Young winner to begin 2011 on the disabled list: I’m preparing in my mind…

  4. James Loney “is all but certain to” remain with the Dodgers

    Nov 17, 2010, 11:18 AM EDT

    James Loney swinging

    Earlier this week Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com wrote that “James Loney is the position player the Dodgers are most willing to trade,” yet today Kevin Baxter of the Los Angeles Times wrote that “Loney, despite rumors the team is looking to trade him, is all but certain to return at first base.” Two good reporters…

  5. Tigers sign Joaquin Benoit to three-year, $16.5 million deal

    Nov 17, 2010, 10:48 AM EDT

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    UPDATE: Enrique Rojas of ESPNDeportes says the deal is for three years and $16.5 million, with another $1 million in incentives each season. MLB Trade Rumors notes that it’s the biggest contract signed by a non-closer reliever since Scott Linebrink in November of 2007. ========== According to Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com the Tigers “are…

  6. Mets haven’t approached Carlos Beltran about position switch

    Nov 17, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

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    Last week Carlos Beltran admitted that he “would have to listen” if the Mets approached him about switching positions, but Andy McCullough of the Newark Star Ledger reports that Beltran and general manager Sandy Alderson spent Saturday together in Puerto Rico and the topic wasn’t broached. “The trip to Puerto Rico was not to accomplish…

  7. Ramon Hernandez is probably kicking himself (or his agent) after seeing John Buck’s contract

    Nov 16, 2010, 5:18 PM EDT

    Ramon Hernandez

    Ramon Hernandez probably isn’t very happy with his agent right now. Yesterday he re-signed with the Reds for one year and $3 million, but now John Buck has reportedly agreed to a three-year, $18 million deal with the Marlins. Buck parlayed a career-year into $18 million, yet his career-year really wasn’t better than Hernandez’s performance…

  8. Jeff Francis drawing interest from at least five teams

    Nov 16, 2010, 4:49 PM EDT

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    Colorado is interested in re-signing Jeff Francis and he’s also drawing interest from Seattle, Milwaukee, Pittsburgh, and Houston, according to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com. Last month the Rockies declined their $7 million option on Francis for 2011, which was a no-brainer after he returned from shoulder surgery to post a 5.00 ERA in 104 innings.…

  9. Agent expects Ricky Nolasco to sign extension with Marlins, but “nothing’s going to happen soon”

    Nov 16, 2010, 4:17 PM EDT

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    Last month agent Matt Sosnick revealed that Ricky Nolasco and the Marlins were “about 20 percent” apart in contract extension negotiations and today he told Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald that he “would be surprised if something didn’t end up happening.” Sosnick explained that “we have had some conversations and I think we’ve made…

  10. Marlins “close to signing” John Buck to three-year contract

    Nov 16, 2010, 3:17 PM EDT

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    Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that the Marlins are “close to signing” John Buck to a three-year contract believed to be worth more than $15 million, which is pretty remarkable for a catcher who was available to the Blue Jays for a one-year, $2 million deal last offseason. Buck obviously boosted his value significantly with…

  11. Rockies release injured former closer Manny Corpas

    Nov 16, 2010, 2:47 PM EDT

    Jim Tracy,  Manny Corpas

    Manny Corpas was the closer on a World Series team as a 24-year-old in 2007, tossing 78 innings with 2.08 ERA, but he struggled this season for the third straight year before undergoing Tommy John elbow surgery in September and today the Rockies released him. Corpas still has one season and $3.5 million remaining on…

  12. Former top prospect Wladimir Balentien is headed to Japan

    Nov 16, 2010, 2:16 PM EDT

    Wladimir Balentien

    Wladimir Balentien consistently crushed minor-league pitching at every level and hit .283/.351/.535 with 67 homers in 302 games at Triple-A, but he’s now headed to Japan at age 24 after struggling in 559 plate appearances for the Mariners and Reds. Balentien has tons of power, smacking 15 homers and 31 doubles in 511 at-bats even…

  13. Red Sox claim Taylor Buchholz off waivers from Blue Jays

    Nov 16, 2010, 1:18 PM EDT

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    For the second time in a week a Blue Jays player was snatched up off waivers after Toronto cut them loose to clear space on the 40-man roster. First the A’s claimed Edwin Encarnacion as a potential alternative to Kevin Kouzmanoff at third base and yesterday the Red Sox claimed Taylor Buchholz as a buy-low…

  14. Jorge De La Rosa is the Pirates’ “top free agent target”

    Nov 16, 2010, 12:48 PM EDT

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    If there’s one thing I’m convinced will happen this offseason it’s that Jorge De La Rosa will be significantly overpaid. There have already been reports of the Yankees and Nationals viewing him as their “Plan B” for Cliff Lee and now Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune Review writes that De La Rosa–who pitched for…

  15. Diamondbacks “listening” to offers for Justin Upton, but “need to be blown away”

    Nov 16, 2010, 12:15 PM EDT

    Justin Upton

    Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that the Diamondbacks are “listening” to offers on Justin Upton, but “need to be blown away” in order to actually trade the 23-year-old right fielder. I’m not exactly sure why a rebuilding team like the Diamondbacks would be even remotely interested in trading one of the best young players in…

  16. Brewers GM: “We’re not shopping Prince Fielder”

    Nov 16, 2010, 11:18 AM EDT

    Prince Fielder

    With one season remaining on Prince Fielder’s contract the assumption has been that the Brewers will look to trade him this offseason, but general manager Doug Melvin told Bob Nightengale of USA Today that “we’re not shopping Prince” and “I’d like to keep him.” Of course, regarding a new contract Melvin also said that the…

  17. A.J. Pierzynski and the Marlins have “mutual interest”

    Nov 16, 2010, 10:47 AM EDT

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    According to Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post “there is mutual interest between the Marlins and A.J. Pierzynski, but he might be too expensive for Florida.” Capozzi cites the $6.75 million Pierzynski made this season, but in reality there’s zero chance of him costing that much as a free agent in 2011. Pierzynski is…

  18. Yankees not interested in Leo Mazzone as pitching coach

    Nov 16, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

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    Leo Mazzone said last month that he’d like to be the Yankees’ or Mets’ pitching coach, calling both openings “a great job.” However, according to Chad Jennings of the New York Journal News general manager Brian Cashman “has no plans of meeting with Mazzone, who turned down the Yankees job before Ron Guidry was hired.”…

  19. Brewers hire Rick Kranitz to replace Rick Peterson as pitching coach

    Nov 15, 2010, 5:48 PM EDT

    Rick Kranitz, Brad Bergesen, Kennie Steenstra

    After making Rick Peterson interview for his own job only to fire him a week later, the Brewers have hired Rick Kranitz to replace him as pitching coach. New manager Ron Roenicke met twice with Peterson, but the team decided to let him go and eat the one season and $450,000 remaining on his contract.…

  20. Rico Brogna quits as Diamondbacks farm director after getting the job last month

    Nov 15, 2010, 5:14 PM EDT

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    Three weeks ago the Diamondbacks promoted Rico Brogna to director of player development as part of their front office housecleaning, but today the former big-league first baseman quit the job. Mike Bell will replace Brogna after serving as the Diamondbacks’ minor league field coordinator this season. Arizona senior vice president of scouting and player development…

  21. No wonder Yankees and Red Sox play never-ending games

    Nov 15, 2010, 4:46 PM EDT

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    Beyond the Boxscore crunched the numbers on the time pitchers take between pitches and the results are pretty interesting. To no one’s surprise pitchers on the Red Sox (23.3 seconds) and Yankees (22.8 seconds) took the longest time between deliveries to the plate, while the A’s (18.9 seconds) and White Sox (19.1 seconds) were the…

  22. Phillies sign Jose Contreras to two-year, $5.5 million extension

    Nov 15, 2010, 4:16 PM EDT

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    Jose Contreras and the Phillies have finalized the two-year contract extension that was reported over the weekend. He’ll get $5.5 million for two seasons and according to Todd Zolecki of MLB.com the Phillies also have a team option for 2013. Based on his 2010 performance alone Contreras is certainly worth the investment, as he thrived…

  23. Rick Peterson fired by Brewers after interviewing for own job

    Nov 15, 2010, 3:18 PM EDT

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    Rick Peterson has one year left on his contract as Milwaukee’s pitching coach, but last week the Brewers made him re-interview for his own job after hiring Ron Roenicke as their new manager and now Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that they’ve decided to fire him. Rosenthal notes that the Yankees, Mets, and Pirates still…

  24. Hisanori Takahashi drawing some interest from Phillies after leaving Mets

    Nov 15, 2010, 2:48 PM EDT

    Hisanori Takahashi throwing

    Because of a unique clause in his contract Hisanori Takahashi became a free agent when the Mets failed to sign him to a new contract by November 5 and now Jayson Stark of ESPN.com reports that the Phillies are interested in signing him. Philadelphia is already said to be close to a two-year deal to…

  25. Neftali Feliz beats Austin Jackson for AL Rookie of the Year

    Nov 15, 2010, 2:10 PM EDT

    World Series Giants Rangers Baseball

    Rangers closer Neftali Feliz topped Tigers center fielder Austin Jackson in the AL Rookie of the Year balloting, receiving 20 of 28 first-place votes cast by Baseball Writers Association of America members. There will no doubt be considerably more debate about Buster Posey topping Jason Heyward in the NL, but the AL version is also…

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