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  1. Tim Hudson had back surgery

    Nov 28, 2011, 5:40 PM EDT

    Tim Hudson

    Braves starter Tim Hudson had a wonky back late in the season and had hoped to avoid surgery. He didn’t, however, and today had surgery to repair a herniated disc. The surgery — like all surgery on athletes — was reported as “successful.” One day, heaven forbid, they’re going to report someone’s surgery as “a…

  2. The latest round of Dodgers-Fox bickering

    Nov 28, 2011, 4:29 PM EDT

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    If anyone either (a) needs a sleep aid; and/or (b) wants to know how lawyers can make even the most run-of-the-mill disputes seem like battles between evil and righteousness, check out Bill Shaikin’s latest report about the machinations between the Dodgers and Fox over the team’s post-2012 TV rights. Not that the report itself is…

  3. The Cardinals are not willing to raise their offer to Albert Pujols

    Nov 28, 2011, 3:32 PM EDT

    Albert Pujols

    Jon Heyman tweets that the Cardinals are unwilling to raise their offer to Albert Pujols from the $200-210 million over nine years that has been on the table for some time. This is what happens, of course, when no one else is really bidding on your target.  So far the only other offer anyone knows…

  4. Yu Darvish’s posting may be delayed by his divorce

    Nov 28, 2011, 3:00 PM EDT

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    There has been no small amount of skepticism as to whether Yu Darvish would actually be posted to play in the United States for 2012.  The reasons for this were kind of vague, but we have a better sense of it now.  Seems he’s getting divorced from his actress wife. This matters because Darvish only…

  5. The A’s may move their spring training home to Mesa, Arizona

    Nov 28, 2011, 2:08 PM EDT

    Phoenix Muni

    Via about 12 different reporters in my Twitter feed a few minutes ago, we hear that the Athletics have announced they’re in negotiations to move their Spring Training operations from Phoenix Municipal Stadium to HoHoKam Park in Mesa, Arizona.  HoHoKam will be empty starting in the spring of 2013 because the Cubs are vacating it…

  6. Orioles, Angels have discussed a Jeremy Guthrie trade

    Nov 28, 2011, 1:30 PM EDT

    Jeremy Guthrie

    I believe I heard the first Jeremy Guthrie trade rumor in the summer of 1984. I had just turned 11, got a copy of the Sporting News and read that the the Orioles were talking to some teams about dealing him but would, inevitably, just hold on to him so they could have an innings…

  7. David Ortiz getting “serious interest” from a non-Red Sox team

    Nov 28, 2011, 12:32 PM EDT

    David Ortiz

    David Ortiz is one of those dudes who you just really can’t imagine switching teams. But he is a free agent, and the Boston Herald says this: David Ortiz has choices now. The free agent designated hitter is receiving “serious interest” from more than one team, an industry source said today, indicating that Ortiz has more than…

  8. The Cubs, White Sox are getting inquires about relievers Marmol, Santos

    Nov 28, 2011, 12:04 PM EDT

    Carlos Marmol

    The White Sox are in a bit of a transitional period.  And a lot of people assumed that the Cubs would try to make a play for Prince Fielder or Albert Pujols or something like that. Maybe it’s more likely that both teams will simply be sellers. Here’s Phil Rogers of the Chicago Tribune: According…

  9. Jordan Schafer enters a diversion program

    Nov 28, 2011, 11:32 AM EDT

    Jordan Schafer

    Astros outfielder Jordan Schafer was arrested  in Florida back in October for possession of marijuana and paraphernalia.  At a Cheesecake Factory. Just, I don’t know either, but that’s what he did.  Looks like he’s going to fly clear of serious consequences, however, as Zach Levine of the Houston Chronicle reports that he has opted for Florida’s pretrial intervention program. If…

  10. The Tigers are interested in Mark Buehrle

    Nov 28, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    Minnesota Twins v Chicago White Sox

    According to Lynn Henning of the Detroit News, the Tigers have made inquiries to Mark Buehrle.  Watch as Henning sets phasers to “every Mark Buehrle cliche you’ve ever heard”: The Tigers aren’t talking about Buehrle, although it’s known they have been one of many clubs inquiring what it might take to sign the fast-working, strikes-throwing,…

  11. There is “almost no way” the Yankees sign C.J. Wilson

    Nov 28, 2011, 10:03 AM EDT

    2011 World Series Game 7 - Texas Rangers v St Louis Cardinals

    There has been less-than-tepid interest from the Yankees in C.J. Wilson. Like, almost zero. That doesn’t necessarily mean everything, of course, as the Yankees have been known to lay kinda low until they just come in and sign someone, but today ESPN New York’s Andrew Marchand says that there is “almost no way” the Yankees sign…

  12. The Rays sign Jose Molina

    Nov 28, 2011, 9:35 AM EDT

    Jose Molina

    This has been a long time coming — it was first reported a couple of weeks ago — but the Rays have finally signed Jose Molina. It’s a one-year deal for $1.8 million with a club option. Of course, when this was first reported, Molina was supposed to be John Jaso‘s backup.  Jaso was traded…

  13. Report: it’s “100 percent certain” that Pujols will stay with the Cardinals

    Nov 28, 2011, 9:05 AM EDT

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    Jeff Passan of Yahoo! spoke with an MLB executive who says he’s “100 percent certain” Albert Pujols will re-sign with the Cardinals.  The reason: no one else is really showing interest. At least no one with the kind of money to outbid St. Louis. I’ve kinda assumed this for a while. It was just bad timing…

  14. The Astros clean house: Ed Wade, Tal Smith fired

    Nov 28, 2011, 8:09 AM EDT

    Ed Wade

    Shakeup time:  the Astros have announced that president of baseball operations Tal Smith and general manager Ed Wade have been fired. the moves come a week after Jim Crane took control of the team.  It was not terribly surprising. The team said assistant general manager David Gottfried will serve as interim general manager but is not…

  15. Ned Colletti thinks James Loney is going to get superpowers or something next year

    Nov 25, 2011, 5:18 PM EDT

    James Loney

    I haven’t had MLB Network Radio on this afternoon because I’m too busy listening to the new Vaccines album on my speakers wot go to 11.  But apparently something interesting was said about James Loney. From Mel Antonen’s Twitter feed: Dodgers GM Ned Colletti says on MLB Network Radio that James Loney will be at…

  16. Red Sox: It’s down to Gene Lamont and Bobby V. It’s gonna be Bobby V.

    Nov 25, 2011, 1:56 PM EDT

    Bobby Valentine

    Alex Speier of WEEI talked to a team source who says that the Red Sox — who had Gene Lamont and Bobby Valentine in for interviews earlier this week — don’t plan on talking to anyone else.  It’s gonna be one of those two guys. I’ve promised my hat for these purposes several times, but…

  17. The Blue Jays wanted Clay Buchholz for John Farrell

    Nov 25, 2011, 11:20 AM EDT

    John Farrell

    We learned the other day that the Red Sox tried to talk the Blue Jays into letting them interview John Farrell for their open manager’s job.  The Blue Jays, however, have a policy of not giving permission for their people to interview for lateral moves, so that didn’t go anywhere. But the Jays weren’t totally closed…

  18. Indians unveil new uniforms. We think.

    Nov 25, 2011, 9:52 AM EDT

    Indians new uniforms

    I was directed to a web page this morning which was billed as the Indians unveiling “new uniforms for 2012.”  This was the picture on that web page: You tell me what’s different, because I’m sort of not seeing it. Based on this pic it appears as though the white piping around the neck and…

  19. Lenny Dykstra: live from rehab

    Nov 25, 2011, 9:07 AM EDT

    Lenny Dykstra

    We always highlight gonzo Lenny Dykstra stories, so it’s only fair that we likewise highlight Dykstra in a more subdued setting when he actually sounds lucid and — dare I say it? — responsible. Nancy Dillon of The New York Daily News visited Nails at the Los Angeles rehab center he currently calls home.  In…

  20. Happy Thanksgiving HBT Nation/Universe

    Nov 24, 2011, 1:28 PM EDT

    Thanksgiving

    Thanksgiving may be the most unbaseball holiday. It’s far enough removed from last season to where the taste has left our mouths, still too far from the next season for our appetites to be rewarded. It’s usually cold, often gray. Someone always has a football game on. It’s probably still my favorite holiday, though.  Yes,…

  21. Must-click link: An insanely extended interview with Pete Rose

    Nov 23, 2011, 3:10 PM EDT

    Pete Rose

    Yahoo!’s Dave Brown took his Answer Man alter ego to Vegas and he talked with Pete Rose … forever.  It was a great interview, though.  Topics ranging from Game 6 of the 2011 World Series vs. Game 6 of the 1975 World Series, gambling, his bannination from baseball and, of course, Milk Duds. Just read…

  22. Could Bryce Harper’s debut be delayed by the new CBA?

    Nov 23, 2011, 1:07 PM EDT

    Bryce Harper

    Everyone in Washington Nationals Natio –er, Land, er District — is eagerly anticipating the debut of Bryce Harper.  Hopefully as soon as next season.  But as Mark Zukerman notes, that debut could be delayed a but due to some changes in baseball’s new collective bargaining agreement: What am I referring to? The decision to increase…

  23. The Marlins’ new ballpark is going to cost taxpayers even more money than thought? Unpossible!

    Nov 23, 2011, 12:33 PM EDT

    Marlins Miami new logo

    Please sit down for this, because it’s going to come as something of a shock:  the taxpayer-funded ballpark the Marlins are moving into is going to end up costing taxpayers more money than the politicians said it would when they forced it upon the populace: When the city of Miami agreed to build parking garages…

  24. Occupy Yankee Stadium! The Yankees raise the price of bleacher seats

    Nov 23, 2011, 12:05 PM EDT

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    The Yankees have either kept prices level or even lowered some prices on tickets for 2012, but the bleacher seats are another story: New York said Tuesday the price of bleacher seats will be $20 and $12 next year, up from $15 and $5. “The $5 bleacher seats sold for about six times face value and…

  25. Muppets-as-ballplayers? Yes, Muppets-as-ballplayers

    Nov 23, 2011, 10:29 AM EDT

    Scooter

    It’s 10:30 and I can already tell it’s going to be one of those days.  Stick around until this afternoon and I might upload a video of me singing the national anthem or something. Anyway: Larry Granillo cast various Muppets as their ballplayer counterparts. Derek Jeter as Kermit.  A-Rod as Miss Piggy.  You get the…

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