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  1. Slow recovery from foot injury delays Mark Trumbo’s potential move to third base

    Nov 12, 2011, 2:48 PM EDT

    Mark Trumbo Getty

    Mark Trumbo said earlier this week that the Angels wanted him to work with bench coach Rob Picciolo this offseason in order to see if he could be an option at third base, but those plans will have to be put on hold for now. Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times reports that a foot…

  2. Report: Yoenis Cespedes may not become a free agent for two months

    Nov 12, 2011, 1:26 PM EDT

    Yoenis Cespedes AP

    Here’s a development that could have a significant impact on the offseason plans for several teams. Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer was told by a source that it could take two months before Cuban outfielder Yoenis Cespedes will be declared a free agent by MLB. Cespedes, 26, defected to the Dominican Republic this…

  3. Report: Rockies express interest in Grady Sizemore

    Nov 12, 2011, 12:45 PM EDT

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    Add another team to the list of those who might be willing to take a chance on Grady Sizemore. According to Troy Renck of the Denver Post, the Rockies have expressed interest in Sizemore. Of course, “expressed interest” is a familiar and vague piece of Hot Stove jargon, so it’s not clear if they have…

  4. Charlie Lea: 1956-2011

    Nov 12, 2011, 11:48 AM EDT

    Charlie Lea AP

    Some sad news to pass along out of Tennessee. According to the Associated Press, Charlie Lea passed away yesterday at the age of 54. Collierville police chief Larry Goodwin told the Commercial Appeal that he died of a suspected heart attack. Lea pitched seven seasons in the big leagues, six of them with the Expos, and…

  5. More details on the rescue of Wilson Ramos

    Nov 12, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    Venezuelan Washington Nationals catcher

    Wilson Ramos was found safely by Venezuelan authorities on Friday, nearly 48 hours after he was taken from his home by four gunmen. Here are some more details on his rescue. In an interview with Amanda Comak of the Washington Times, Ramos said he was lying in a bed in captivity when he began to…

  6. Report: Pirates interested in Ramon Santiago

    Nov 12, 2011, 10:02 AM EDT

    Ramon Santiago

    According to Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com, the Pirates have interest in free agent infielder Ramon Santiago. Santiago has proven to be a valuable utility man for Tigers’ manager Jim Leyland. The 32-year-old has batted .263/.323/.362 with a .685 OPS over the past three seasons. He is also known as an above average defender at…

  7. Picture of the Day: Wilson Ramos hugs mom

    Nov 12, 2011, 9:18 AM EDT

    Venezuelan Washington Nationals catcher

    Some images don’t need much setting up. Via STR/AFP/Getty Images, here’s Wilson Ramos reunited with his mother, Maria Campos.

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

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

    Nov 8, 2011, 6:10 PM EDT

    madson ap

    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.…

  21. 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…

  22. 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…

  23. 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…

  24. 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…

  25. 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…

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