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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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.…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. Diamondbacks make contract offer to Aaron Hill

    Nov 7, 2011, 7:09 PM EDT

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    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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

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

    Nov 5, 2011, 1:34 PM EDT

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    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…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

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

    Nov 5, 2011, 10:41 AM EDT

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    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…

  16. Mike Maddux to interview with Red Sox and Cubs next week

    Nov 5, 2011, 9:50 AM EDT

    Mike Maddux Getty

    Let the carousel of managerial candidates continue. Rangers pitching coach Mike Maddux will interview next week for the manager gigs with the Red Sox and Cubs, according to Anthony Andro of FOX Sports Southwest. He’ll meet with Boston on Tuesday and Chicago on Wednesday. Maddux worked for the Rangers for the past three seasons and…

  17. Report: Phillies “in serious pursuit” of Michael Cuddyer

    Nov 5, 2011, 8:56 AM EDT

    Minnesota Twins v Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

    The Phillies have already agreed to a one-year contract with veteran slugger Jim Thome, but they are also moving aggressively on another one of their offseason targets. According to Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com, the Phillies are “in serious pursuit” of free agent Michael Cuddyer. Cuddyer, who turns 33 in March, batted .284/.346/.459 with 20 homers,…

  18. Allard Baird withdraws name from consideration for Orioles’ GM job

    Nov 4, 2011, 10:00 PM EDT

    Allard Baird AP

    Another day, another candidate drops out out the running for the Orioles’ general manager job. Nice to know you can still count on something in this cruel, cruel world. Earlier this morning we learned that the Orioles planned to ask permission to interview Red Sox vice president of player personnel and pro scouting Allard Baird.…

  19. The Cardinals interviewed Mike Matheny, not Terry Francona, for manager today

    Nov 4, 2011, 8:40 PM EDT

    Mike Matheny AP

    Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that while the Cardinals interviewed former catcher and fan favorite Mike Matheny for their managerial vacancy today, they didn’t meet with Terry Francona. John Dennis of WEEI in Boston, who was all over the Theo Epstein situation, reported yesterday that Francona was en route to St. Louis…

  20. Report: Phillies, Jim Thome agree on one-year contract

    Nov 4, 2011, 7:04 PM EDT

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    The Hot Stove is off and running. Todd Zolecki of MLB.com reports that the Phillies and Jim Thome have agreed on a one-year contract, pending a physical. Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com was told by a source that the veteran slugger will receive $1.25 million. Thome, who currently sits at eighth place on the all-time list with…

  21. Frank McCourt agrees to sell Dodgers

    Nov 2, 2011, 5:38 AM EDT

    File photo of Frank McCourt leaving Stanley Mosk Courthouse after testifying during his divorce trial in Los Angeles

    UPDATE:   Major League Baseball and the Dodgers have released a joint statement confirming the earlier Los Angeles Times report: “The Los Angeles Dodgers and Major League Baseball announced that they have agreed today to a court supervised process to sell the team and its attendant media rights in a manner designed to realize maximum value…

  22. National League Gold Glove winners include three Dodgers

    Nov 2, 2011, 2:00 AM EDT

    82nd MLB All-Star Game - Batting Practice

    We already went over the American League Gold Glove winners, so now it’s the National League’s turn. Again, things were a little different this year. In addition to three finalists at each defensive position, we also had one winner from each outfield position for the first time. Courtesy of the Associated Press, here are your 2011…

  23. Trio of Red Sox win American League Gold Gloves

    Nov 2, 2011, 12:40 AM EDT

    Jacoby Ellsbury

    Rawlings unveiled the 2011 Gold Glove award winners this evening, but things didn’t go exactly as planned. The new award show was going to be televised on ESPN2 at 10 p.m. ET, but it was pushed back for about 45 minutes due to a high-scoring college football game between Northern Illinois University and Toledo. Once the…

  24. Mark Cuban offered to buy Dodgers, remains interested

    Nov 1, 2011, 9:51 PM EDT

    Jazz Mavericks Basketball

    There’s still a belief that Mark Cuban wouldn’t be welcomed by Bud Selig in the club of MLB owners, but that didn’t stop him from offering to buy the Dodgers earlier this year. Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports that Cuban inquired about the Dodgers “several months ago,” but that he declined to…

  25. Dodgers, Juan Rivera closing in on new contract

    Nov 1, 2011, 9:40 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Dodgers v San Francisco Giants

    With free agency set to begin on Thursday, Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times reports that the Dodgers and Juan Rivera are closing in on a new contract. The two sides are discussing a one-year deal with a club option for 2013. Rivera was acquired from Blue Jays in July after being designated for…

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