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  1. Aramis Ramirez exercises $14.6 million option for 2011

    Nov 3, 2010, 4:45 PM EST

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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,…

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

    Nov 3, 2010, 3:48 PM EST

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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…

  3. Red Sox prospect Adalberto Ibarra has shoulder surgery

    Nov 3, 2010, 3:17 PM EST

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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…

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

    Nov 3, 2010, 2:45 PM EST

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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…

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

    Nov 3, 2010, 1:49 PM EST

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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…

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

    Nov 3, 2010, 1:16 PM EST

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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…

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

    Nov 3, 2010, 12:48 PM EST

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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…

  8. Marlins decide to stick with Edwin Rodriguez as manager

    Nov 3, 2010, 12:15 PM EST

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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…

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

    Nov 3, 2010, 11:18 AM EST

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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…

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

    Nov 3, 2010, 10:47 AM EST

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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…

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

    Nov 3, 2010, 10:15 AM EST

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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…

  12. Opinions mixed on Diamondbacks’ interest in Paul Konerko

    Nov 2, 2010, 5:47 PM EST

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    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…

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

    Nov 2, 2010, 5:15 PM EST

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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…

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

    Nov 2, 2010, 4:19 PM EST

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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,…

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

    Nov 2, 2010, 3:48 PM EST

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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…

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

    Nov 2, 2010, 3:11 PM EST

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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…

  17. White Sox re-sign Omar Vizquel to one-year, $1.75 million deal

    Nov 2, 2010, 2:55 PM EST

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    According to the team’s official Twitter feed the White Sox have re-signed Omar Vizquel to a one-year contract and Scott Merkin of MLB.com reports that the deal is worth $1.75 million after the 43-year-old Vizquel earned $1.375 million this season from a one-year deal signed last November. After getting a career-low 195 plate appearances as…

  18. Diamondbacks unlikely to exercise $7.5 million option on Adam LaRoche

    Nov 2, 2010, 2:19 PM EST

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    An official decision won’t have to be made until later this week, but Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports that the Diamondbacks are unlikely to exercise their $7.5 million option on first baseman Adam LaRoche for 2011. Back in September both LaRoche and the team expressed interest in working out a contract extension, but…

  19. MLB teams have until Friday to bid on negotiating rights to star Japanese pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma

    Nov 2, 2010, 1:47 PM EST

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    Two months ago Japanese pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma was said to be interested in leaving the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles for MLB and now the Kyoda News reports that he’s officially been “posted” as an available player. According to the report, MLB teams “will have until Friday to submit sealed bids and the highest paying club…

  20. Red Sox set to hire Curt Young as new pitching coach

    Nov 2, 2010, 1:17 PM EST

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    Alex Speier of WEEI.com reports that the Red Sox will hire Curt Young as their new pitching coach. Young was the A’s pitching coach for the past six seasons, but reportedly turned down a 40 percent raise to remain in Oakland. Instead he’ll head to Boston to replace John Farrell, who left the Red Sox…

  21. Read the scouting report on a 20-year-old Edgar Renteria

    Nov 2, 2010, 12:45 PM EST

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    Conor Glassey of Baseball America dug through the magazine’s archives and found their scouting report on a 20-year-old Edgar Renteria from 1995, when he was the No. 1 prospect in the Marlins’ farm system and about six months from his big-league debut. The whole thing is definitely worth reading, but here are a few particularly…

  22. Will the Rangers bring back Vladimir Guerrero for $9 million?

    Nov 2, 2010, 11:49 AM EST

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    Vladimir Guerrero’s poor postseason performance has people questioning if the Rangers should exercise their half of his $9 million mutual option for 2011, but the truth is that should have been in question well before the playoffs even began. Guerrero went 13-for-59 (.220) with zero homers and a measly .513 OPS in the playoffs, striking…

  23. Tigers decline Jhonny Peralta’s option for 2011, but may work out new deal

    Nov 2, 2010, 11:17 AM EST

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    Last week the Tigers were said to be working on a two-year contract with Jhonny Peralta and Jason Beck of MLB.com reports that the two sides are still talking, but in the meantime they declined his $7.5 million option for 2011. Detroit should be able to re-sign him for quite a bit less than that…

  24. Sammy Sosa’s corked bat goes unsold at auction despite $14,000 bid

    Nov 2, 2010, 10:47 AM EST

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    Sammy Sosa’s former Cubs teammate Mike Remlinger somehow got his hands on the slugger’s corked bat from 2003 and put it up for auction, but Fred Mitchell of the Chicago Tribune reports that the item went unsold last night when the high bid of $14,407 did not meet Remlinger’s “reserve” price. Grant DePorter, who’s the…

  25. Yorvit Torrealba opts out of contract and hits open market

    Nov 2, 2010, 10:15 AM EST

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    Yorvit Torrealba joined the free agent mix by declining his $3.5 million mutual option for 2011, which is somewhat surprising given that he was able to get just a one-year, $1.25 million deal as a free agent last offseason and didn’t have a particularly special year for the Padres. Torrealba played well in a part-time…

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