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  1. Astros’ sale on the agenda for MLB owners’ meeting next week

    Nov 12, 2011, 8:52 AM EDT

    Jim Crane

    We’ve heard rumors of this before, but it seems like it’s really happening this time. According to Ronald Blum of the Associated Press, the proposed sale of the Astros from Drayton McLane to Jim Crane is on the agenda for the MLB owners’ meetings next week in Milwaukee. The vote is expected to take place…

  2. The Marlins officially become the Miami Marlins; unveil new logo, uniforms

    Nov 11, 2011, 9:48 PM EDT

    Marlins Miami new logo

    The Florida Marlins are no longer. Ushering in a new era for their new ballpark in Little Havana, owner Jeffrey Loria unveiled the team’s new identity a little less than an hour ago. In addition to the new name, the Miami Marlins, they have a new logo and uniforms. The logo, to your right, is…

  3. Red Sox GM Ben Cherington says talks with David Ortiz are “ongoing”

    Nov 11, 2011, 8:44 PM EDT

    David Ortiz Getty Images

    Jonathan Papelbon has reportedly agreed to a four-year, $50 million contract with the Phillies. Could David Ortiz be the next to leave Boston? Don’t count on it. Based on what Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington told reporters (via WEEI.com) following a press conference for managerial candidate Torey Lovullo earlier today, there’s still plenty of optimism about…

  4. Marlins have made “substantial” offers to Albert Pujols and Jose Reyes

    Nov 11, 2011, 7:15 PM EDT

    Marlins cap

    With a new name, logo and stadium comes a new approach in free agency. The Miami Marlins are pulling out all the stops to land a big name and create some serious buzz going into 2012. According to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com, the Marlins have made “substantial offers” to free agents Albert Pujols and Jose…

  5. Report: Red Sox will pursue Ryan Madson and Heath Bell

    Nov 11, 2011, 5:12 PM EDT

    red sox logo

    We’ve already talked about the Phillies’ side of things already regarding the Jonathan Papelbon deal, but what about the fallout for the Red Sox? It once looked like Daniel Bard was the natural heir apparent for the ninth inning role, but whether it had to do with his struggles in September or not, it appears…

  6. UPDATE: Phillies, Jonathan Papelbon agree to four-year, $50 million contract

    Nov 11, 2011, 2:42 PM EDT

    Jonathan Papelbon

    UPDATE III: Jon Heyman of SI.com reports that Papelbon is guaranteed $50 million over four years while the vesting option is believed to be easily attainable. UPDATE II: If you were somehow on the fence about this deal being excessive, this should push you overboard and then some. Jayson Stark of ESPN.com reports that Papelbon…

  7. Report: White Sox drawing interest in John Danks and Gavin Floyd

    Nov 10, 2011, 5:02 PM EDT

    Seattle Mariners v Chicago White Sox

    The lack of quality starting pitchers available in free agency is pretty well documented, so it comes as no surprise that Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com is hearing the White Sox are drawing trade interest in John Danks and Gavin Floyd. Danks, who turns 27 in April, went 8-12 with a 4.33 ERA and 135/46 K/BB ratio…

  8. Pirates sign Rod Barajas to one-year deal with club option for 2013

    Nov 10, 2011, 11:58 AM EDT

    Rod Barajas

    UPDATE: Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports hears that Barajas will make $4 million next season while the contract includes a $3.5 million option for 2013. Barajas made $3.25 million with the Dodgers in 2011. 11:58 AM: After declining the options on Ryan Doumit and Chris Snyder at the end of October, the Pirates have settled…

  9. Red Sox, Cubs hope to settle Theo Epstein compensation next week

    Nov 10, 2011, 11:01 AM EDT

    Chicago Cubs President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein speaks at a news conference at Wrigley Field in Chicago

    The Red Sox and Cubs were granted an extension last week to work out the lingering issue of compensation over Theo Epstein. However, since both sides are pretty busy interviewing managerial candidates and expressing interest to free agents, little progress has been made in recent days. Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington hopes to change…

  10. Olney: Yankees “highly unlikely” to make a serious run at Mark Buehrle

    Nov 8, 2011, 10:30 PM EDT

    Mark Buehrle

    The free agent market opened for business less than a week ago, so Yankees general manager Brian Cashman is just getting started in his search for a starting pitcher. He got in touch with the agent for C.J. Wilson and Roy Oswalt over the weekend and contacted Mark Buehrle‘s agent Jeff Berry earlier today. Buster Olney…

  11. Michael Cuddyer was in Philadelphia today for a meet-and-greet with the Phillies

    Nov 8, 2011, 8:47 PM EDT

    Minnesota Twins v Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

    While the Phillies are close to wrapping up a new contract with closer Ryan Madson, they are also moving aggressively on another one of their primary targets in free agency. According to Tom Sredenschek of FOX 29 in Philadelphia, Michael Cuddyer was in town today for a meet-and-greet with the Phillies. Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com confirms Sredenschek’s…

  12. Sandy Alomar, Jr. will also interview for the Cubs’ managerial job this week

    Nov 8, 2011, 7:30 PM EDT

    Cubs logo

    Indians bench coach Sandy Alomar, Jr. is already scheduled to interview for the Red Sox managerial opening tomorrow, but Bruce Levine of ESPNChicago.com hears that he will also interview with the Cubs later this week. Alomar isn’t exactly a surprise candidate with Chicago, but this is the first confirmation of an interview. The six-time All-Star…

  13. UPDATE: Phillies, Ryan Madson close to four-year, $44 million deal

    Nov 8, 2011, 6:10 PM EDT

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    UPDATE: Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports confirms that the two sides are discussing a four-year, $44 million deal with a $13 million vesting option for 2016. Oh, Ruben. 5:52 PM: We learned earlier today that the Phillies and Ryan Madson were closing in on a new contract and now we have some of the details.…

  14. Report: Mets plan to tender contract to Angel Pagan

    Nov 7, 2011, 10:20 PM EDT

    St. Louis Cardinals v New York Mets

    Jon Heyman of SI.com hears that the Mets plan to tender Angel Pagan a contract before the December 12 deadline. Pagan, 30, regressed in a big way this season, batting just .262/.322/.372 with seven home runs, 56 RBI, 32 stolen bases and a .694 OPS over 532 plate appearances while leading major league center fielders…

  15. Report: Phillies making “strong push” to re-sign Ryan Madson

    Nov 7, 2011, 9:33 PM EDT

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    Jayson Stark of ESPN.com reports that the Phillies are making a “strong push” to re-sign free agent closer Ryan Madson. Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com hears similar information, citing one major league source who says the Phillies are working hard to keep Madson and possibly nearing an agreement. As for Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro, he’s…

  16. UPDATE: Pablo Sandoval not yet confirmed to play in Venezuelan Winter League

    Nov 7, 2011, 8:20 PM EDT

    Nick Hundley, Pablo Sandoval

    UPDATE: Apparently Sandoval isn’t a done deal to play in the Venezuelan Winter League. At least not yet. Via Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle, Sandoval tweeted following Bochy’s comments this afternoon, calling them “rumors” while saying that he won’t make up his mind until early December. Odd, but there you go. (Thanks to Giants…

  17. Diamondbacks make contract offer to Aaron Hill

    Nov 7, 2011, 7:09 PM EDT

    aaron hill getty

    According to Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic, the Diamondbacks have submitted a contract offer to Aaron Hill. Hill became a free agent last week when the Diamondbacks declined his $8 million options for 2012 and 2013. It doesn’t appear as though a new agreement is imminent, though, as Piecoro notes that the offer has an…

  18. Scott Boras takes some shots at the Diamondbacks and John McDonald

    Nov 5, 2011, 6:02 PM EDT

    San Diego Padres v Arizona Diamondbacks

    According to Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic, Scott Boras said his client Willie Bloomquist is drawing “a lot of interest” on the free agent market. Yawn. I can’t recall the last time Boras didn’t say that about one of his clients, so the real interesting part of this story is how he ended up…

  19. Lenny Dykstra backs out of celebrity boxing match with Jose Canseco

    Nov 5, 2011, 4:41 PM EDT

    Former Major League baseball player Lenny Dykstra appears in Los Angeles Superior Court for an arraignment in San Fernando, California

    Sorry to ruin your evening plans, everyone, but Paul Hagen of the Philadelphia Daily News is reporting that Lenny Dykstra has backed out of tonight’s celebrity boxing match with Jose Canseco. We learned earlier this week that Dykstra would participate in the event after White House party crasher Tareq Salahi ducked out. No word on…

  20. Previewing Saturday’s Rising Stars Game in the Arizona Fall League

    Nov 5, 2011, 3:54 PM EDT

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    Not interested in tonight’s big college football game between LSU and Alabama? Fortunately there’s also some baseball on the tube. Some of the game’s best prospects will be on hand for tonight’s Rising Stars Game in the Arizona Fall League, which will be broadcast live on MLB Network and MLB.com at 8 p.m. ET. The…

  21. Report: Mets willing to pay three percent interest to minority investors

    Nov 5, 2011, 2:50 PM EDT

    Fred Wilpon, Jeff Wilpon

    Looking to sweeten interest among potential minority investors, the New York Post reports that the Mets are willing to cover three percent interest per year over the course of a six-year investment. For those unfamiliar, the Mets announced plans in September to sell off $20-30 million stakes in the team after a proposed $200 million…

  22. Report: Orioles close to naming Dan Duquette as general manager

    Nov 5, 2011, 1:34 PM EDT

    dan-duquette

    After being turned down by multiple candidates, the Orioles may have finally found someone willing to head their front office. According to Tim Kurkjian of ESPN.com, the Orioles are close to naming former Expos and Red Sox GM Dan Duquette as their new general manager. Duquette interviewed for the job yesterday and is reportedly traveling…

  23. The Giants are willing to trade left-hander Jonathan Sanchez

    Nov 5, 2011, 12:30 PM EDT

    Jonathan Sanchez

    Tim Lincecum probably isn’t going anywhere, but Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com reports that the Giants are willing to trade left-hander Jonathan Sanchez. After posting a 3.07 ERA and 205 strikeouts over 193 1/3 innings in 2010, Sanchez regressed to the tune of a 4.26 ERA this season. The 28-year-old southpaw struggled mightily with his…

  24. The Yankees plan to talk to C.J. Wilson

    Nov 5, 2011, 11:41 AM EDT

    C.J. Wilson

    “Pitching, pitching, pitching.” Those were the words of Yankees general manager Brian Cashman earlier this week, fresh off wrapping up a contract extension for ace left-hander CC Sabathia. The Yankees haven’t been shy about their focus this offseason, so it comes as no surprise that Cashman told Dan Martin of the New York Post that…

  25. Frank McCourt is also trying to sell the Los Angeles Marathon

    Nov 5, 2011, 10:41 AM EDT

    mccourt reuters

    Embattled owner Frank McCourt agreed to sell the Dodgers earlier this week, but Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports that he is also entertaining offers for the Los Angeles Marathon. McCourt has owned the marathon for the past three years, introducing the popular “Stadium to the Sea” route, but Howard Sunkin, senior vice president…

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