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  1. Nolan Ryan: the Rangers are not interested in Prince Fielder or Albert Pujols

    Nov 11, 2011, 8:32 AM EDT

    ryan-nolan-101030

    A lot of people want to put Prince Fielder in a Texas Rangers jersey, but Nolan Ryan tells the Fort Worth Star-Telegram that the Rangers are in the Mitch Moreland business: “We truly believe Mitch’s career is ahead of him,” said Ryan. “Making a seven-or-eight year deal for Fielder or Pujols is not something our…

  2. Pete Rose may be banned, but he advises A-Rod, Joey Votto and Jay Bruce

    Nov 11, 2011, 8:15 AM EDT

    Pete Rose

    “Banned.”  You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means: Rose regularly attends games each season in Cincinnati and Philadelphia, two of the places where he played during his 23-year career, and is often introduced to players. “Then they end up texting me all the time,” Rose said. “I…

  3. Pat Burrell says his career is likely over

    Nov 10, 2011, 5:50 PM EDT

    burrell getty bat

    We saw this coming two months ago, but now it seems pretty clear that Pat Burrell‘s career is over. He even sees it too: Pat Burrell says his baseball career is likely over because of a right foot injury that limited him in 2010 for the Giants. While Burrell acknowledged late in the year that he…

  4. Dontrelle Willis drawing a lot of interest for some reason

    Nov 10, 2011, 5:26 PM EDT

    Colorado Rockies v Cincinnati Reds

    Jon Heyman tweet:  “hearing dontrelle willis is drawing lots of interest. nice story if he takes another step forward next yr.” I’m struggling to think of who is showing interest in Willis and why. Yes, Willis did take a step forward, but given how far back he had fallen over the previous several years that’s…

  5. Jimmy Rollins has interest from six teams

    Nov 10, 2011, 4:25 PM EDT

    Jimmy Rollins

    Well, Jimmy Rollins‘ friend says he has interest from six teams. Jayson Stark says that the Phillies, Cardinals, Brewers, Braves and Giants are likely among those six. For the sixth one, I’m going to guess the 1947 St. Louis Browns. Which makes no sense because Vern Stevens is easily one of their best hitters, but…

  6. Must-click link: The Boston Red Sox sex abuse scandal

    Nov 10, 2011, 4:00 PM EDT

    Storm clouds

    The sports-related news has been terrible these past few days. Really, I can find a joke in a 20-car pileup, but this stuff has been awful and horrific and sad and I just want to crawl under the covers until it all goes away. But the thing about the Penn State story is that you…

  7. Kidnapping expert: Venezuelan authorities helpless in Ramos case, but risk to his life is low

    Nov 10, 2011, 3:32 PM EDT

    Wilson Ramos

    As we wait for any word or developments in the Wilson Ramos kidnapping, Wahingtonian magazine has a Q&A with Chris Voss, who is an expert on international kidnapping.  Of interest: Are the Venezuelan authorities up to the task of finding him? No. Kidnapping is a problem most effectively dealt with by civilian law enforcement—the police.…

  8. Manny Ramirez worked out for the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks

    Nov 10, 2011, 2:26 PM EDT

    Manny Ramirez

    Jayson Stark reports that Manny Ramirez had a workout in Florida a couple weeks ago for Japan’s Fukuoka Softbank Hawks. We knew he was interested in playing in Japan, so this is not a terribly big surprise. Likewise, you’ll not be shocked to hear that the workout “didn’t go well.”  I’m sure Manny still has…

  9. Baseball isn’t pretty in Taiwan either

    Nov 10, 2011, 2:03 PM EDT

    Taiwan

    There is crime in Venezuela, but there is more overarching corruption in Taiwain. That according to this report in the Taiwan News, following up on the recent visit by the MLB All-Star team: Since pro-ball began in Taiwan in 1990, there have been five game-fixing scandals, four of them in the last seven years. With each…

  10. What can Major League Baseball do about ballplayer security in Venezuela?

    Nov 10, 2011, 12:51 PM EDT

    Florida Marlins v Washington Nationals

    Major League Baseball and the Washington Nationals have issued a joint statement regarding the Wilson Ramos kidnapping: “Our foremost concern is with Wilson Ramos and his family and our thoughts are with them at this time. Major League Baseball’s Department of Investigations is working with the appropriate authorities on this matter. Both Major League Baseball…

  11. UPDATE: Wilson Ramos confirmed to still be alive

    Nov 10, 2011, 12:12 PM EDT

    Wilson Ramos

    UPDATE:  Ben Goessling reports that Venezuelan authorities have confirmed that Wilson Ramos is still alive. This is not unexpected as kidnapping in Venezuela has traditionally been a financial affair so it’s not necessarily reasonable to expect any harm to come to Ramos.  That said: when you kick off a serious crime anything can happen, so…

  12. The Dodgers are not going to be able to bid on big free agents

    Nov 10, 2011, 12:00 PM EDT

    dodgers logo

    There has been some chatter that the Dodgers, despite their current limbo, would be able to nonetheless be able to bid on big free agents like Prince Fielder. The Rangers, after all, were able to take on Cliff Lee‘s salary when they were awaiting a bankruptcy auction, and the thinking then was that, short term…

  13. Japanese outfielder Norichika Aoki to be posted

    Nov 10, 2011, 11:30 AM EDT

    Aoki

    Jon Heyman reports that Norichika Aoki, an outfielder for the Yakult Swallows, will be posted and made available for the majors. Aoki is almost 30.  He hits for average — cracked 20 homers once, but usually hovers around 15 — who turns 30 in January. He has a .329 lifetime batting average and has won the…

  14. Mike Quade to interview for the Twins Triple-A job

    Nov 10, 2011, 10:12 AM EDT

    New York Mets v Chicago Cubs

    The Peter Principle states that  “in a hierarchy every employee tends to rise to his level of incompetence.” That means that employees tend to be promoted until they reach a position at which they cannot work competently. Most of us shoulda kept our last job, basically. You’ll see this in action if NBC ever decides to give me my own…

  15. The Rockies and Braves are talking about Martin Prado

    Nov 10, 2011, 9:44 AM EDT

    Prado_Martin

    Troy Renck of the Denver Post hears that the Rockies are talking to the Braves about Martin Prado. The idea, Renck says, would be to put Prado in at second base full time, which is something he can’t do in Atlanta anymore now that Dan Uggla is around.  The Rockies may be a good match…

  16. The Yankees spoke with Edwin Jackson’s agent

    Nov 10, 2011, 9:14 AM EDT

    Edwin Jackson

    Missed this the other day, but since it’s “collect every tenuous rumor” season around here, may as well add it to the pile:  the Yankees met with Edwin Jackson’s agent the other day for “preliminary discussions.” Not too interesting in and of itself. The Yankees need pitching so they’re obviously going to talk to tons…

  17. Still no contact from Wilson Ramos’ kidnappers

    Nov 10, 2011, 8:45 AM EDT

    Florida Marlins v Washington Nationals

    If you missed the absolutely stunning news last night, Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos was kidnapped at gunpoint from his home in Venezuela.  The details, such as we currently have them, can all be read over in our original thread. Obviously we’ll continue to update this story as we learn new things today, but for now…

  18. The Marlins are interested in Carlos Beltran

    Nov 10, 2011, 8:16 AM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Cincinnati Reds

    The Marlins season ticket sales push — er, I mean, their efforts to improve their team — continue as they have now been linked to yet another top free agent:  Carlos Beltran. That comes via a report from Tim Brown of Yahoo!, who says the Marlins have expressed interest in Carlos Beltran.  It’s a passing…

  19. Progress being made in labor negotiations; deal could be done this week

    Nov 9, 2011, 2:45 PM EDT

    Selig and Weiner

    Jayson Stark and others are hearing this afternoon that some serious progress has been made in labor negotiations over the new collective bargaining agreement. There’s a decent chance that a deal could be done this week, in fact, though Stark has other sources telling him that’s a 50/50 proposition. Of course, my counterparts at ProBasketballTalk…

  20. Yoenis Cespedes is in the best shape of his life

    Nov 9, 2011, 1:40 PM EDT

    Yoennis Cespedes

    It’s never too early to start my favorite offseason cliche. And today we have once from a guy who may be in the best shape of ten people’s lives: Yoenis Cespedes.  From Kevin Goldstein’s latest over at Baseball Prospectus, here’s the money quote from Cespedes’ advisor, Edgar Mercedes: “We wanted to show that he’s left…

  21. The Yu Darvish scouting report

    Nov 9, 2011, 12:40 PM EDT

    darvish presser

    Because it’s getting old to simply spout off the same old cliches about Japanese pitchers’ ability to make it in the United States, it’s a good time to look at an actual Yu Darvish scouting report. There’s one over at ProjectProspect.com today for your viewing pleasure. The big takeaway: we probably need to stop lumping…

  22. Marlins President David Samson: we’re gonna be drawing 30,000-35,000 every night

    Nov 9, 2011, 11:34 AM EDT

    Marlins cap

    Gator bait, courtesy of Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald: Marlins prez David Samson “we’re going to be drawing 30,000 to 35,000 every single game” in new ballpark Maybe the novelty of the new park will change the game. And of course if the Feesh do go on a big spending spree and land some free agents there…

  23. No Hay Amigo! Jose Reyes apparently sang his free agent intentions last summer

    Nov 9, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    Jose Reyes

    I have no idea how I missed this, but Kevin Kernan of the New York Post notes today that Jose Reyes put a song and music video out over the summer in which, according to Kernan anyway, Reyes’ decision to do the Mets no favors in free agency was made clear: In his song and…

  24. Rosenthal on the Rangers: Sign ALL THE FREE AGENTS

    Nov 9, 2011, 10:04 AM EDT

    Prince Fielder

    There isn’t a lot happening in free agent land yet. As Olney notes today, a big reason for that is the pending Collective Bargaining Agreement, which is likely to alter free agent draft pick compensation pretty substantially, thereby changing the overall value/cost of a big name free agent. Thank goodness for folks playing the “what…

  25. The Marlins may offer Jose Reyes a short but lucrative contract

    Nov 9, 2011, 9:30 AM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v New York Mets

    John Harper of the New York Daily News is reporting that the Marlins plan to offer Jose Reyes a three-year contract with a high annual salary. Like, north of $20 million a year. That’s way shorter than your typical high-end free agent normally wants to sign, but give the Marlins points for creativity. And maybe…

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