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  1. Report: Feds open SEC probe into Marlins’ stadium deal

    Dec 2, 2011, 11:56 PM EDT

    The stadium the Miami Marlins will be using begining with  the upcoming baseball season, is seen in this undated handout photograph provided by the team.

    Heath Bell? Check. Jose Reyes? They’re still trying. C.J. Wilson or Mark Buehrle? Maybe. An investigation by the SEC? Safe to say that wasn’t on the Marlins’ wish list this offseason. According to a report in the Miami Herald, federal authorities have opened a “wide-ranging investigation” into the Marlins’ ballpark deal with Miami-Dade County and the…

  2. Picture of the Day: Bobby Valentine visits David Ortiz in the Dominican Republic

    Dec 2, 2011, 10:27 PM EDT

    David Ortiz Bobby Valentine

    We learned earlier today that new Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine was scheduled to travel to the Dominican Republic this weekend to participate in David Ortiz‘s charity golf tournament. Oh, and to help in the recruiting process to retain the veteran slugger. Well, according to a picture posted to Ortiz’s Twitter account, the wooing is already underway:

  3. Report: Twins interested in Jeff Francis and Edwin Jackson

    Dec 2, 2011, 9:41 PM EDT

    Twins logo

    With Chris Capuano off the board, Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com reports that the Twins have turned their attention to two alternatives: Jeff Francis and Edwin Jackson. While one is a rather predictable target, the other is a bit of a surprise. Francis, who turns 31 in January, posted a 4.82 ERA and 91/39 K/BB…

  4. Report: Padres interested in Athletics’ closer Andrew Bailey

    Dec 2, 2011, 8:30 PM EDT

    Detroit Tigers v Oakland Athletics

    The Athletics are widely expected to move closer Andrew Bailey this offseason and now that Heath Bell has signed with the Marlins, Buster Olney of ESPN.com reports that the Padres are just the latest team to join the mix. The Padres have Luke Gregerson and Ernesto Frieri at the ready as two potential in-house replacements…

  5. Chris Bosio will be the Cubs’ next pitching coach

    Dec 2, 2011, 7:15 PM EDT

    bosio getty

    New Cubs’ manager Dale Sveum will have some familiar company on the bench next season. Chris Bosio confirmed to the Appleton Post-Crescent this afternoon that he has accepted an offer to be the Cubs’ pitching coach. Carrie Muskat of MLB.com reports that an official announcement is expected next week. Bosio, who pitched 11 seasons in the…

  6. Report: Tigers interested in Angels’ infielder Maicer Izturis

    Nov 29, 2011, 9:45 PM EDT

    Maicer Izturis Reuters

    While the Tigers continue to express interest in a trade for Atlanta’s Martin Prado, they have identified a Plan B. According to Jon Paul Morosi and Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com, it’s Maicer Izturis of the Angels. The Tigers are currently looking for upgrades at second base, third base and the leadoff spot, so while Izturis…

  7. Giants unlikely to make a “big splash” for a hitter

    Nov 29, 2011, 8:32 PM EDT

    Arizona Diamondbacks v San Francisco Giants

    The Giants held a conference call this afternoon to discuss the contract extensions for GM Brian Sabean and manager Bruce Bochy. Asked about their offseason agenda by John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle, Sabean said he doesn’t plan on making a “big splash” to upgrade the team’s lackluster offense. While it’s not a surprise…

  8. Report: Bobby Valentine will be the next manager of the Red Sox

    Nov 29, 2011, 7:17 PM EDT

    Bobby Valentine

    UPDATE: He’s back. Gordon Edes of ESPN Boston confirms that Bobby Valentine will indeed be the next manager of the Red Sox. Valentine was offered the job while he was away on personal business in Japan and immediately accepted. He is expected to fly back home tomorrow while CSNNE.com reports that he will likely be introduced as Boston’s…

  9. Report: Astros receive permission to interview Rays’ Andrew Friedman

    Nov 28, 2011, 9:32 PM EDT

    Andrew Friedman stands in the dugout prior to the continuation of World Series in Philadelphia

    According to Richard Justice of the Houston Chronicle, the Astros have received permission to interview Rays’ executive vice president Andrew Friedman for their general manager vacancy. The Astros have requested interviews with “a handful” of other candidates for the job, but Justice hears that Friedman is their No. 1 target to replace Ed Wade. As you…

  10. Pirates interested in free agent right-hander Aaron Cook

    Nov 28, 2011, 8:23 PM EDT

    Aaron Cook

    We learned earlier this month that Aaron Cook planned to talk to the Padres and Reds, but Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that the Pirates have also expressed interest in the free agent right-hander. Talks are said to be in the early stages and Brink hears that the Bucs are just one of about…

  11. Report: Matt Murton to remain in Japan

    Nov 28, 2011, 7:30 PM EDT

    Matt Murton AP

    Many have assumed that Matt Murton will attempt a comeback in the majors at some point. While it may happen someday, it apparently won’t be in 2012. Patrick Newman of NPB Tracker hears that Murton will remain with the Hanshin Tigers of Japan’s Central League. Murton, 30, left for Japan following the 2009 season. He…

  12. Picture of the Day: Bryan Stow celebrates Thanksgiving with family and friends

    Nov 26, 2011, 4:46 PM EDT

    Bryan Stow Thanksgiving

    It was a very special Thanksgiving for the family and friends of Bryan Stow, the Giants fan who was severely beaten outside of Dodger Stadium on Opening Day. The family updated their website Thursday with a new photo of Stow, which can be seen below, along with the following caption: “It has been a long time…

  13. The White Sox may have misread the market for Mark Buehrle

    Nov 26, 2011, 1:36 PM EDT

    Mark Buehrle

    Here’s something you may have missed during the slumber of the Thanksgiving holiday. Joe Cowley of the Chicago Sun-Times was told by a source that the White Sox thought only five or six teams would be interested in Mark Buehrle and that it would ultimately take a two-year deal in order to sign him. Really,…

  14. Report: Red Sox and Rays interested in reliever Luis Ayala

    Nov 26, 2011, 12:00 PM EDT

    Detroit Tigers v New York Yankees - Game 1

    Luis Ayala had to settle for a spring training invite last offseason, but he might find a guaranteed major league contract this winter. According to Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com, the Red Sox and Rays are among the teams who have “checked in” on the veteran right-hander. Ayala, who turns 34 in January, made the…

  15. Carlos Zambrano ordered to rest after being hit in face with comebacker

    Nov 26, 2011, 10:37 AM EDT

    Chicago Cubs v Atlanta Braves

    Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune reports that Carlos Zambrano will not make his next start in the Venezuelan Winter League until December 6 as he recovers from being hit in the face with a comebacker during a start last Friday. Big Z required 16 stitches after being hit below the right bottom lip. While…

  16. Greg Halman’s funeral scheduled for Tuesday in Netherlands

    Nov 26, 2011, 8:58 AM EDT

    Greg Halman

    According to Greg Johns of MLB.com, the funeral service for Greg Halman will be held Tuesday in the Netherlands. The family is also having a public viewing Sunday in the Kinheim gym in Haarlem, where Halman played baseball growing up. The Mariners plan to send vice president of international operations Bob Engle, coordinator of European scouting Wayne Norton and and…

  17. Athletics hire Chili Davis as hitting coach

    Nov 25, 2011, 9:00 PM EDT

    Chili Davis

    According to Maureen Mullen of CSNNE.com, the Athletics have hired Chili Davis as hitting coach. Imagine my excitement when this story broke while I was in the process of eating some turkey chili. It’s fate, I tell you. Davis, who turns 52 in January, served as hitting coach with Triple-A Pawtucket in the Red Sox organization this…

  18. Angels picking up search for catcher, target Reds’ Ryan Hanigan

    Nov 22, 2011, 10:00 PM EDT

    Ryan Hanigan AP

    Not long after ESPN’s Buster Olney mentioned earlier tonight that the Angels have “intensified their search for a catcher,” did Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com report that the Reds’ Ryan Hanigan is one potential trade target. Hanigan, 31, batted .267/.356/.357 with six home runs, 31 RBI and a .714 OPS over 304 plate appearances this season…

  19. Red Sox among six teams interested in Huston Street

    Nov 22, 2011, 8:30 PM EDT

    Huston Street Getty

    It sounds like the Rockies won’t have any trouble finding a taker for Huston Street this offseason. According to Jon Heyman of SI.com, the Red Sox, Blue Jays, Orioles, Marlins, Reds and Mets are all interested in the veteran right-hander. Street, 28, posted a 3.58 ERA, 29 saves and a 55/9 K/BB ratio over 58…

  20. Marlins acquire left-hander Wade LeBlanc from Padres for catcher John Baker

    Nov 22, 2011, 7:02 PM EDT

    Wade LeBlanc Getty

    The Marlins just announced that they have acquired left-hander Wade LeBlanc from the Padres in exchange for catcher John Baker. The Marlins have 11 players who are eligible for arbitration this winter and John Buck is already locked in as their primary starting catcher, so swapping Baker for LeBlanc makes plenty of sense. LeBlanc, 27,…

  21. Ryne Sandberg will return as Phillies’ Triple-A manager

    Nov 21, 2011, 10:03 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies Spring Training Workout Session

    In an expected move, Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com confirms that Ryne Sandberg will remain with the Phillies as manager of their Triple-A affiliate in Lehigh Valley. It was made official when the Phillies announced their player development staff earlier today. Sandberg has been passed over for big-league manager gigs in back-to-back offseasons. While he interviewed…

  22. C.J. Wilson to dine with Angels manager Mike Scioscia and GM Jerry Dipoto tonight

    Nov 21, 2011, 9:00 PM EDT

    C.J. Wilson Getty

    In a meeting that was first reported last week, Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times hears that C.J. Wilson will dine with Angels manager Mike Scioscia and general manager Jerry Dipoto tonight in Los Angeles. Dipoto had a three-hour dinner with Wilson’s agent, Bob Garber, last Monday at the general managers’ meetings in Milwaukee, after…

  23. UPDATE: Rangers ink Joe Nathan to two-year contract, moving Neftali Feliz to rotation

    Nov 21, 2011, 8:24 PM EDT

    Joe Nathan

    UPDATE II: Via Jeff Wilson, Nathan will earn $7 million in 2012 and 2013 while the contract includes a $9 million club option for 2014 or a $500,000 buyout. UPDATE: Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports that Nathan is guaranteed $14.5 million over the length of the contract, including the buyout for the…

  24. Mets, Dodgers and Braves among “half-dozen teams” interested in Jack Wilson

    Nov 21, 2011, 7:00 PM EDT

    Atlanta Braves v St. Louis Cardinals

    Jack Wilson is coming off back-to-back terrible years, but that hasn’t expressed multiple teams from expressing interest. According to Jon Heyman of SI.com, the Mets, Dodgers and Braves are among the “half-dozen teams” who have checked in on the veteran infielder. Wilson, who turns 34 next month, batted .249/.283/.295 with zero homers, 11 RBI and…

  25. Rockies prospect third baseman Nolan Arenado named Arizona Fall League MVP

    Nov 19, 2011, 5:04 PM EDT

    Nolan Arenado Getty

    This year’s Arizona Fall League featured some of the game’s most high-profile hitting prospects, most notably Bryce Harper of the Nationals, Mike Trout of the Angels and Wil Myers of the Royals, but Rockies’ prospect third baseman Nolan Arenado was the one who stole the show. Before this afternoon’s title game between the Surprise Saguaros…

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