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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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,…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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,…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. Brett Wallace released from Dominican Winter League team

    Nov 19, 2011, 4:11 PM EDT

    Brett Wallace

    The strange voyage of Brett Wallace continues. Steve Campbell of Houston Chronicle reports that Wallace was recently dropped from his Dominican Winter League team. The 25-year-old batted .173 (9-for-52) with two home runs and nine RBI over 20 games before getting the boot from the Escogido Lions. Astros general manager Ed Wade, who was busy at…

  18. Report: MLB to begin testing for HGH

    Nov 19, 2011, 2:56 PM EDT

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    According to Michael S. Schmidt of the New York Times, MLB’s new collective bargaining agreement, which is set to be announced early next week, will include blood testing for human growth hormone (HGH). Here are some of the details: The bargaining agreement, which could be announced early next week, calls for blood testing to begin…

  19. UPDATE: Pirates the favorites to sign Clint Barmes

    Nov 19, 2011, 2:15 PM EDT

    Clint Barmes Getty

    UPDATE: Jon Heyman of SI.com hears that Barmes is expected to receive a two-year contract worth around $11 million. 2:15 PM: Clint Barmes has drawn a surprising amount of interest in the early days of the Hot Stove season, but Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com hears that the Pirates appear to be the current favorites to…

  20. Marlins among teams interested in 19-year-old Cuban outfielder Jorge Soler

    Nov 19, 2011, 1:10 PM EDT

    miami marlins new log

    We’ve heard so much about viral sensation Yoenis Cespedes in the media this month that another talented Cuban outfielder is flying under the radar. However, that doesn’t mean he hasn’t generated plenty of buzz among MLB front-office types. According to Joe Frisaro of MLB.com, the Marlins, Red Sox, Yankees, Rangers and Cubs are among the teams…

  21. Terry Francona in talks to broadcast for FOX next season

    Nov 19, 2011, 12:10 PM EDT

    Terry Francona

    After Terry Francona told Sean McAdam of CSNNE.com earlier this week that he will not manage next season, the natural assumption was that he would end up in the broadcasting booth before testing the waters again next offseason. FOX was obviously impressed with the work he did filling in for Tim McCarver during the ALCS,…

  22. The extra Wild Card team might not be the only change to the playoff format

    Nov 19, 2011, 11:40 AM EDT

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

    We already know that there will be an extra Wild Card team in each league and a one-game playoff, perhaps as soon as next season. Craig discussed the issue at length yesterday, by the way. But Buster Olney of ESPN.com hears that there could be another change to the playoff format on the horizon: Source:…

  23. UPDATE: Carlos Zambrano hit in the face by line drive in Venezuelan Winter League

    Nov 19, 2011, 10:45 AM EDT

    Chicago Cubs v Atlanta Braves

    UPDATE: Big Z’s next start might be put on hold, at least for precautionary reasons. Bruce Levine of ESPN Chicago reports that in addition to receiving 10 stitches as a result of the comebacker, Zambrano also suffered soft tissue damage. He is scheduled to undergo more tests in the coming days. 10:45 AM: According to…

  24. Cleared of murder charges, Angel Villalona added to Giants’ to 40-man roster

    Nov 19, 2011, 9:54 AM EDT

    Angel Villalona AP

    In case you didn’t notice, yesterday was the day teams set their 40-man rosters in advance of December’s Rule 5 Draft. Most of the moves are expected and usually include many guys you’ve never heard of, but occasionally a surprise is thrown our way. For instance, the Giants have added former top prospect Angel Villalona…

  25. Scott Kazmir to pitch in Dominican Winter League

    Nov 19, 2011, 8:50 AM EDT

    Scott Kazmir

    Here’s a blast from the relatively recent past. According to Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes, Scott Kazmir will pitch in the Dominican Winter League with the Escogido Lions. Kazmir, as you’ll recall, made just one start in the majors this season before the Angels stashed him on the disabled list with a supposed back injury in…

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