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

    Nov 22, 2011, 7:02 PM EDT

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    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,…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

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

    Nov 19, 2011, 5:04 PM EDT

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    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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. UPDATE: Pirates the favorites to sign Clint Barmes

    Nov 19, 2011, 2:15 PM EDT

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    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…

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

    Nov 19, 2011, 1:10 PM EDT

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    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…

  11. 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,…

  12. 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:…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. Don’t count the Giants out on Carlos Beltran yet

    Nov 18, 2011, 9:12 PM EDT

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    Apparently satisfied with the state of their outfield following the recent acquisition of Melky Cabrera, Jon Heyman of SI.com reported last week that the Giants were no longer expected to attempt to bring back Carlos Beltran. It sounded pretty ridiculous at the time and fortunately for Giants fans, that’s not necessarily the case. According to…

  17. Details of Matt Kemp’s contract extension with the Dodgers

    Nov 18, 2011, 1:00 PM EDT

    matt kemp getty

    Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times has the year-by-year breakdown of Matt Kemp‘s new eight-year, $160 million extension with the Dodgers. Signing bonus: $2 million 2012: $10 million 2013: $20 million 2014: $21 million 2015: $21 million 2016: $21.5 million 2017: $21.5 million 2018: $21.5 million 2019: $21.5 million The deal takes Kemp through his…

  18. Joel Hanrahan open to contract extension with Pirates

    Nov 18, 2011, 11:32 AM EDT

    Joel Hanrahan

    Joel Hanrahan has emerged as one of the better relief pitchers in baseball since coming over from the Nationals in the Njyer Morgan trade in June of 2009. The 30-year-old right-hander posted a 1.83 ERA this season and finished sixth in the National League with 40 saves. Sure, save totals don’t tell us much about…

  19. UPDATE: Tigers sign Gerald Laird to one-year deal

    Nov 17, 2011, 12:30 PM EDT

    Cincinnati Reds v St. Louis Cardinals

    UPDATE: Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that the Tigers and Laird have agreed to a one-year deal, pending a physical. 12:30 PM: It’s backup catcher day here on Hardball Talk. Thanks for joining us. Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com hears that the Tigers are “on the verge” of bringing back veteran backstop Gerald Laird. They were…

  20. Phillies re-sign backup catcher Brian Schneider

    Nov 17, 2011, 11:40 AM EDT

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    UPDATE: It’s a done deal. Heyman reports that Schneider will make $800,000 next season with the chance at an additional $200,000 with incentives. He doesn’t specify, but we can assume this is strictly a one-year deal. 11:40 AM: Jon Heyman of SI.com reports that the Phillies have re-signed catcher Brian Schneider, pending a physical. We…

  21. The Mets are considering a reunion with Endy Chavez

    Nov 17, 2011, 10:19 AM EDT

    Endy Chavez catch

    The Mets are bringing in the fences and bringing back Banner Day and some vintage uniforms, so it’s only appropriate that Andy Martino of the New York Daily News hears that they are also considering a reunion with fan favorite Endy Chavez. Chavez is remembered fondly for his time with the Mets, including an iconic…

  22. Report: Albert Pujols believed to have nine-year offer on the table from the Marlins

    Nov 16, 2011, 2:15 AM EDT

    Albert Pujols

    When we woke up Tuesday morning, we learned that the Marlins reportedly made a six-year, $90 million offer for Jose Reyes. Well, their offer for Albert Pujols almost certainly blows that one out of the water. According to Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports, the Marlins’ offer to Pujols “is believed to be” for nine years.…

  23. Report: Red Sox have made offer to David Ortiz

    Nov 16, 2011, 1:20 AM EDT

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    We’re probably talking about a starting point on negotiations here, but Rob Bradford of WEEI.com reports that the Red Sox have made a contract offer to David Ortiz. The specifics of the offer aren’t known, but Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington indicated last Friday that he has maintained contact with Ortiz’s representatives in hopes…

  24. UPDATE: Yankees invite C.J. Wilson to New York

    Nov 15, 2011, 10:05 PM EDT

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    The competition for the top starting pitcher of this year’s free agent class is beginning to intensify. After the Angels wined and dined C.J. Wilson’s agent Bob Garber last night in Milwaukee, Marc Carig of the Newark Star-Ledger reports that the Yankees have invited the free-agent left-hander to New York to meet with “team decision-makers.”…

  25. Report: The Mets will tender contracts to Angel Pagan and Mike Pelfrey

    Nov 15, 2011, 9:01 PM EDT

    Pelfrey Pagan AP

    Angel Pagan and Mike Pelfrey were solid contributors for the Mets in 2010, but after regressing significantly this season, many wondered if one or both would be non-tendered this winter. According to Jon Heyman of SI.com, that won’t happen. The Mets will tender contracts to both players. Pagan, 30, batted .262/.322/.372 with seven homers, 56…

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