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  1. Picture of the Day: CC Sabathia doing his part following Hurricane Sandy

    Nov 10, 2012, 4:01 PM EDT

    Sabathia

    Courtesy of the Yankees’ team Twitter account, here’s a picture of CC Sabathia helping repaint and revamp the Hoboken Girls and Boys Club, which was flooded as a result of Hurricane Sandy. By the way, it looks like his surgically-repaired left elbow is doing just fine. Steven Miller of MLB.com notes that Sabathia’s PitCCh In Foundation…

  2. The Dodgers are “aggressively pursuing” Torii Hunter…or not

    Nov 10, 2012, 3:59 PM EDT

    Torii Hunter

    UPDATE: Hold your horses, everyone. According to Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times, the Dodgers’ interest in Hunter has been overstated. Hernandez hears that Hunter’s agent approached the Dodgers, who agreed to take a meeting with him. You know how agents used to try to get the Yankees involved in order to get other…

  3. Twins talking extension with reliever Jared Burton

    Nov 10, 2012, 2:17 PM EDT

    Jared Burton Getty

    Jared Burton had to settle for a minor league contract with the Twins last offseason following consecutive injury-plagued seasons as a member of the Reds, but he could soon get a pretty nice payday. According to Darren Wolfson of ESPN 1500, the Twins are currently discussing a contract extension with Burton. The 31-year-old right-hander is…

  4. The Diamondbacks aren’t shopping Trevor Bauer

    Nov 10, 2012, 1:01 PM EDT

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    On the heels of a report earlier this week that the Diamondbacks were listening to offers for Trevor Bauer because he “fell out of favor” with some members of the organization, team president Derrick Hall told Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com yesterday that the young right-hander isn’t being shopped. Hall acknowledged that Bauer made some mistakes…

  5. One year removed from kidnapping, Wilson Ramos trying to focus on rehab from knee surgery

    Nov 10, 2012, 11:45 AM EDT

    Wilson Ramos

    Yesterday marked the one-year anniversary of Wilson Ramos being kidnapped from his home in Venezuela. The harrowing ordeal has made an indelible imprint on his memory, but he told Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post yesterday that he’s much more focused on rehabbing his surgically-repaired right knee. “The truth is that I’m happy to be…

  6. Dodgers bid $25.7 million to negotiate with Korean left-hander Ryu Hyun-Jin

    Nov 10, 2012, 11:05 AM EDT

    Ryu Hyun-Jin

    UPDATE: According to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com, MLB has confirmed that the Dodgers had the winning bid of $25,737,737 and have secured exclusive negotiating rights for Ryu Hyun-Jin. They now have 30 days to work out a contract with Hyun-Jin’s agent, Scott Boras. Given how much of an investment the Dodgers are likely to make…

  7. Orioles optimistic about re-signing Nate McLouth

    Nov 10, 2012, 10:52 AM EDT

    Nate McLouth Getty

    We heard a report earlier this week linking the Orioles to both Josh Hamilton and Cody Ross as potential options for left field next year, but the club is currently focused on keeping one of their surprising late-season contributors. Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun reports that the Orioles continue to pursue free agent outfielder…

  8. The Rangers tried to pry Andrelton Simmons away from the Braves

    Nov 10, 2012, 10:01 AM EDT

    Andrelton Simmons AP

    In the same story that mentioned the Dodgers’ interest in Torii Hunter, Bob Nightengale of USA Today also noted that the Rangers recently tried to acquire shortstop Andrelton Simmons from the Braves. Why would the Rangers do this? Well, general manager Jon Daniels isn’t interested in giving up either Elvis Andrus or top prospect Jurickson…

  9. Mike Hampton, Tim Bogar join Angels’ minor league staff

    Nov 10, 2012, 9:30 AM EDT

    Mike Hampton

    According to Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times, the Angels have hired Mike Hampton and Tim Bogar to join their minor league staff. Bogar will be the manager with Double-A Arkansas while Hampton will serve as his pitching coach. The pair were teammates with the Astros from 1997-1999. Bogar joins the Angels after serving…

  10. Red Sox agree to two-year deal, $6.2 million deal with catcher David Ross

    Nov 10, 2012, 8:37 AM EDT

    David Ross Getty

    UPDATE: Rosenthal reports that Ross will get a total of $6.2 million over the two years. It’s well-deserved raise for Ross, who just finished up a two-year, $3.25 million extension with the Braves. 8:37 AM: Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that the Red Sox have signed catcher David Ross to a two-year contract, pending a…

  11. Dodgers open to discussing extension with Clayton Kershaw this winter

    Nov 9, 2012, 9:31 PM EDT

    Clayton Kershaw AP

    Clayton Kershaw will make $11 million next season and is arbitration-eligible for the final time next winter, but the Dodgers are keen on making sure he’ll be around for the long haul. According to Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times, Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti said Thursday that he’s open to discussing a contract…

  12. Rays could emerge as front-runners for Justin Upton

    Nov 9, 2012, 7:15 PM EDT

    justin upton getty

    The Rays may have an Upton in their lineup next season after all. While B.J. Upton declined a one-year, $13.3 million qualifying offer earlier today and is expected to land a lucrative multi-year contract in free agency, Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com hears from rival executives that the Rays might emerge as the front-runners to pull…

  13. Phillies and Kevin Frandsen avoid arbitration by agreeing to new contract

    Nov 8, 2012, 11:48 PM EDT

    Kevin Frandsen AP

    UPDATE: ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick reports that Frandsen will make a base salary of $850,000. The deal includes incentives which could bring the overall payout to $1.2 million. 11:35 PM: According to Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com, the Phillies and Kevin Frandsen have avoided arbitration by agreeing to a new contract. Terms aren’t yet available, but it…

  14. Anibal Sanchez wants a $90 million deal

    Nov 8, 2012, 10:48 PM EDT

    Anibal Sanchez Getty

    We’re only a few days into free agency, but we have already heard multiple reports of outrageous contract demands. Just to name some recent examples, Josh Hamilton reportedly wants $175 million while Michael Bourn is looking for $100 million and Jeremy Guthrie is seeking $34 million. Well, we can add a new name to the…

  15. Quote of the Day: Scott Boras on the Dodgers and Mets

    Nov 8, 2012, 10:04 PM EDT

    Boras thinking

    Scott Boras said at the Winter Meetings last year that the Dodgers and Mets were hanging out in the “fruits-and-nuts” section among free agents rather than going after big-ticket items like they have in the past. One year later, we’re in a different world. The Dodgers don’t know what a budget is while the Mets…

  16. The Phillies have talked to B.J. Upton’s agent

    Nov 8, 2012, 9:35 PM EDT

    B.J. Upton AP

    There isn’t a lot going on at the General Manager Meetings from a transaction perspective, but many teams are laying the groundwork for possible signings and trades down the road. With that in mind, Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com was told by a source that Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro, Jr. has spoken with B.J. Upton‘s…

  17. Rafael Soriano, Michael Bourn, Nick Swisher and B.J. Upton to reject qualifying offers

    Nov 8, 2012, 8:47 PM EDT

    Rafael Soriano Getty

    Those free agents who received one-year, $13.3 million qualifying offers last week must decide by 5 p.m. ET tomorrow whether to accept them. David Ortiz finalized a two-year, $26 million extension with the Red Sox earlier this week, so that leaves eight players with a decision to make: Josh Hamilton, Rafael Soriano, Nick Swisher, Hiroki…

  18. Rangers won’t give up Elvis Andrus or Jurickson Profar for Justin Upton

    Nov 8, 2012, 8:18 PM EDT

    Justin Upton AP

    With Justin Upton circulating in trade rumors once again, many have speculated that the Rangers could be a perfect fit. We’re still in the early days of the Hot Stove, so things could change in a hurry, but a deal appears unlikely right now. Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com reports that the Rangers aren’t willing to…

  19. Cubs among teams to submit bids on Korean left-hander Ryu Hyun-Jin

    Nov 8, 2012, 7:42 PM EDT

    Ryu Hyun-Jin

    UPDATE: Phil Rogers of the Chicago Tribune reports that the Cubs were among the teams who submitted a bid. The Hanwha Eagles have four business days to decide whether they are going to accept the highest bid. 7:42 PM: We learned early last week that the Hanwha Eagles of the Korea Baseball Organization were planning…

  20. Marlins hire Tino Martinez as hitting coach

    Nov 8, 2012, 6:17 PM EDT

    Tino Martinez Getty

    So much for the Red Sox having interest in Tino Martinez as their hitting coach. Adam Rubin of ESPN New York reports that Martinez has been hired as the hitting coach with the Marlins. He’ll join the staff of Mike Redmond, who was named manager last week. Martinez has never coached professionally, but was a…

  21. The Silver Slugger Awards are announced

    Nov 8, 2012, 6:05 PM EDT

    silver slugger getty

    This year’s Silver Slugger Award winners are being unveiled tonight during a one-hour special on MLB Network. The Silver Slugger Award is given annually to the best offensive player at each position in the American League and National League and is voted on by coaches and managers. We’ll run the winners down here as they…

  22. Miguel Cabrera named Player of the Year by his peers

    Nov 5, 2012, 9:57 PM EDT

    Miguel Cabrera Getty

    We have to wait until next week for the awards voted on by the writers, but the Players Choice Awards were announced earlier tonight on MLB Network. Triple Crown winner Miguel Cabrera was voted as the Player of the Year by his peers, beating out finalists Mike Trout and Andrew McCutchen. So, um, cue the…

  23. Joakim Soria open to being a setup man with the Yankees

    Nov 5, 2012, 9:31 PM EDT

    joakim soria getty

    Joakim Soria recently became a free agent after the Royals declined his $8 million option for 2013. Coming back from Tommy John surgery, the thought is that he’ll look for a closer job on a one-year deal in hopes of re-establishing his value and testing the market again next offseason. But he’s keeping his options…

  24. Melky Cabrera’s agents cleared of wrongdoing by MLBPA

    Nov 5, 2012, 8:03 PM EDT

    melky cabrera getty

    Melky Cabrera‘s agents, Seth and Sam Levinson of ACES, have been cleared of any wrongdoing in the attempted coverup of Melky Cabrera’s positive test for testosterone following an investigation by the MLB players’ association. In other words, the union has apparently agreed with the notion that former ACES consultant Juan Nunez acted alone in the…

  25. David Ortiz’s contract includes incentives based on his Achilles injury

    Nov 5, 2012, 7:02 PM EDT

    David Ortiz AP

    David Ortiz finalized a two-year, $26 million contract with the Red Sox earlier today. But he could make more if he stays healthy. Rob Bradford of WEEI.com was told by a baseball source that Ortiz’s contract includes specific language regarding the right Achilles tendon injury which limited him to just 90 games this season. The…

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