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  1. Wilson Ramos: “‘Thanks, Nats fans, for your prayers and your support”

    Nov 18, 2011, 2:34 PM EDT

    wilson ramos reuters

    Wilson Ramos made a brief appearance back at Nationals Park today, meeting with GM Mike Rizzo and undergoing a physical exam.  Ben Goessling has the story here.  Ramos’ statement: “I just want to say, ‘Thanks, Nats fans, for your prayers and your support,’ ” Ramos said. “I’m happy to be here. I’m happy to be…

  2. Yoenis Cespedes expects a deal in the $35-50 million range

    Nov 18, 2011, 1:57 PM EDT

    yoenis cespedes getty

    Peter Gammons was told by scouts in the Dominican Republic that Yoenis Cespedes expects a deal in the $35-50 million range. Yikes. That’s more than Aroldis Chapman got.  But then again, you’re getting six years of team control out of him, right?  So amortize that and it works out well as long as he becomes even…

  3. Dale Sveum’s nickname: “Nuts”

    Nov 18, 2011, 1:27 PM EDT

    Dale Sveum

    I’m guessing Brewers fans knew this already, but I was unaware that Dale Sveum’s nickname is “nuts.” Things like deez always sort of surprise me. Over at CSNChicago.com, Tony Andracki recounts Sveum’s answer when he asked how he got that nickname.  Fun reading.  Sveum is a bit cagey about it, but it’s fun reading. I…

  4. The Blue Jays go retro with their new logo, uniforms

    Nov 18, 2011, 12:21 PM EDT

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    The Toronto Blue Jays just unveiled their new logo and uniforms.  And they look pretty familiar: I like ’em, mostly because I always liked the old ones.  It’s a clean look. The split font on the team name and the numbers is unique. Sure, some people may say it’s too 70s, but the aggressive-looking bird…

  5. Cashman: “I have an interest in both Freddy and Bartolo”

    Nov 18, 2011, 12:03 PM EDT

    Freddy Garcia

    Brian Cashman said today that he is interested in re-signing both Bartolo Colon and Freddy Garcia. From ESPN New York: “I have an interest in both Freddy and Bartolo. Those guys all did a good job for us, a really good job.” Makes sense. Particularly Garcia who it is not quite as unreasonable to assume…

  6. The Expanded Playoffs or: How I learned to stop worrying and love the wild card

    Nov 18, 2011, 10:36 AM EDT

    Bud Selig

    I’ve been trying to process yesterday’s announcement — which we knew was coming for a long time — that a playoff team will be added in each league, possibly as soon as next season.  I’ve been against the idea for some time and, from a purely baseball perspective, I still don’t like it.  But I…

  7. Cubs to introduce Dale Sveum shortly: watch the press conference live

    Nov 18, 2011, 9:54 AM EDT

    sveum getty large

    The Cubs are going to formally introduce Dale Sveum at the top of the hour. CSNChicago.com will offer a live stream of the press conference here.  The stream will include a live chat hosted by Tony Andracki, who handles the CubsTalk beat at CSNChicago.com.  Tony will have post-presser coverage as well. To anyone who may be…

  8. Tracking the increasing Molina hegemony

    Nov 18, 2011, 9:25 AM EDT

    Jose Molina

    I was all excited when I saw the news nugget about Jose Molina nearing a deal to catch for the Rays embedded in Matthew’s post about the free agent catching market last night.  Because it meant that a Molina was going to catch for a team that no Molina had ever caught for before. So…

  9. Valentine has been on the Red Sox’ radar for some time

    Nov 18, 2011, 8:59 AM EDT

    Bobby Valentine

    It sure seemed like a change in plans when it was revealed that the Red Sox were talking to Bobby Valentine yesterday. But as Michael Silverman of the Boston Herald reports, this is not a new development: Bobby Valentine has been a candidate for the Red Sox manager job from the early stages of the team’s…

  10. Yes, Virginia, the Yankees do have a budget

    Nov 18, 2011, 8:26 AM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays v New York Yankees

    If you Googled the phrase “buy a championship,” I suspect that the words “New York Yankees” would appear in approximately 92% of the results that came back.  For non-Yankees fans it’s simply part of the brand now. The assumption, held for years, that money is no object in the Bronx. Except money is an object.…

  11. So who gave Ian Kennedy a first place Cy Young vote?

    Nov 17, 2011, 5:34 PM EDT

    Ian Kennedy

    I am a much older and wiser man than I used to be and thus I no longer make a big fuss out of the actual vote tabulations when it comes to awards voting and that sort of thing.* But some things are confusing, such as how Ian Kennedy got a first place vote for…

  12. C.J. Wilson to meet with the Angels

    Nov 17, 2011, 5:09 PM EDT

    C.J. Wilson Getty

    Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com says that C.J. Wilson will visit the Angels on Monday. And he’ll no doubt meet with many other teams. But I gotta say, Wilson on the Angels would be intriguing.  Because if he does — and if he does it at something approaching the $120 million figure it’s reported he wants…

  13. Red Sox owners have met with Bobby Valentine

    Nov 17, 2011, 3:41 PM EDT

    valentine in suit

    Remember last year when Bobby Valentine was rumored to be in the running for every single managerial job there was?  Yeah, that was fun.  Well buckle up, because here we go again. Ken Rosenthal reports — confirmed by Gordon Edes — that Red Sox ownership has reached out to Bobby V. and that the interest is mutual.…

  14. The Dodgers are looking Kuroda, Harang, Capuano and Francis

    Nov 17, 2011, 3:24 PM EDT

    dodgers logo

    The Dodgers have a Cy Young Award winner in their rotation, but they’re looking to round it out with some more moderate talent.  Specifically, as Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times reports, they are wanting to sign either (a) Hiroki Kuroda; Aaron Harang; Chris Capuano; or Jeff Francis. None of them — with the…

  15. Report: Theo was the one who leaked Boston’s dirty laundry last month

    Nov 17, 2011, 2:33 PM EDT

    Theo Epstein

    Of course you remember the Boston Globe report from last month in which the beer and fried chicken thing — not to mention Terry Francona’s divorce and pain medication issues — came to light.  Since it came out people have been saying that it was a “front office leak,” and have been blaming ownership for…

  16. The Mets’ search for investors is moving slowly

    Nov 17, 2011, 12:03 PM EDT

    File image of New York Mets chairman and CEO Fred Wilpon talking to reporters at a news conference in New York

    When David Einhorn backed out of buying into the Mets, the Mets announced that rather than finding one big sugar daddy that they’d look for multiple sugar babies instead. Investors looking to give them, say $20 million a pop.  The search for such beasts has been ongoing, but it’s not going quickly: At this point,…

  17. Brewers looking into contract extensions for Greinke, Marcum

    Nov 17, 2011, 10:55 AM EDT

    greinke getty

    Danny Knobler of CBSSports.com reports that the Brewers expect to explore contract extensions with Zack Greinke and Shaun Marcum. Call it the Fielder Dividend, as Doug Melvin seems content to spread out the money that might have been used to pay for Prince, using it to lock up the pitchers who — Marcum’s postseason follies…

  18. Mystery Team Alert: Albert Pujols edition

    Nov 17, 2011, 9:46 AM EDT

    pujols smile getty

    We know the Marlins have made an offer to Albert Pujols.  And we know that the Cardinals, obviously, are continuing to talk to him.  Both Tim Brown of Yahoo! and Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch say, however, that at least three teams are “actively jockeying” for El Hombre. No one knows the third team,…

  19. Look on Eddie Murray’s works, ye mighty, and despair!

    Nov 17, 2011, 9:17 AM EDT

    Robinson Statue

    I offered my weird neurotic take on statues back in September. Short version: they creep me out because they remind me of my own mortality. Yes, I’ll take it up with my therapist at some point.  Meanwhile, in Baltimore: A club source has confirmed the Orioles will erect bronze statues of their players enshrined in…

  20. The Mets have new (old) uniforms

    Nov 17, 2011, 8:52 AM EDT

    Mets new uniform1

    The Mets are celebrating their 50th anniversary season in 2012. Once you ignore the fact that it’s actually their 51st season you’ll actually enjoy it, I’m sure. Anyway, in honor of the occasion, the Mets have done something that a ton of Mets fans — and many non-Mets fans, myself included — have wanted them…

  21. Do the Red Sox have any idea what they’re doing in their managerial search?

    Nov 17, 2011, 8:27 AM EDT

    Liverpool Football club's co-owner, John

    The Red Sox seemed pretty interested in Dale Sveum for their managerial opening and now the Cubs have him. Or, will have him, assuming that he accepts their offer.  And it seems like he should because the Red Sox apparently decided against him: Red Sox owners John Henry and Tom Werner, who met with Sveum…

  22. Koby Clemens barred from winter ball after going AWOL

    Nov 16, 2011, 6:30 PM EDT

    Houston Astros v Detroit Tigers

    Friend-of-HBT Nick Collias just tipped us off to a report from Puerto Rico about how Koby Clemens — son of Roger and property of the Houston Astros — has been barred from international play after abandoning his winter ball team, the Mayagüez Indians, last Wednesday. According to the report by Karla Pacheco Alvarez at the Puerto Rican…

  23. Actual baseball team meets with Sidney Ponson’s agent for some reason

    Nov 16, 2011, 4:40 PM EDT

    Sidney Ponson

    Every year something happens in the offseason that makes me think that I can’t handle the looniness anymore. That the hot stove season has reached its nadir. After which I say that I cannot handle another weird rumor or report. When I say “not again. The line must be drawn here! This far, no further!”…

  24. The Marlins offer to Pujols was less than $200 million

    Nov 16, 2011, 3:30 PM EDT

    pujols reuters

    We heard in the wee hours this morning that the Marlins had made a nine-year offer to Albert Pujols.  Shock! Dismay! Excitement! And now we hear from Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald that the offer was for less than $200 million.  Which means that it was almost certainly less than the $22 million a…

  25. There’s a new team called “The London Rippers” and some people have a problem with that

    Nov 16, 2011, 3:01 PM EDT

    Jack the Ripper

    London, Ontario has a new indy league baseball team and they’re called “The London Rippers.”  The logo is of a menacing-looking man in a Victorian-era top hat and is clearly and undeniably aimed at evoking Jack The Ripper. The mayor and a lot of other people have a bit of a problem with that. Here’s the…

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