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Aaron Gleeman

  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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.…

  9. 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.…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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,…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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,…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

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

    Nov 10, 2010, 1:17 PM EDT

    Tsuyoshi Nishioka

    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…

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

    Nov 10, 2010, 12:46 PM EDT

    Adrian Gonzalez

    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…

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

    Nov 10, 2010, 11:49 AM EDT

    Rob Picciolo

    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…

  24. 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…

  25. 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…

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