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  1. 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…

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

    Nov 5, 2011, 3:54 PM EDT

    ArizonaFallLeagueLogo

    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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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,…

  10. 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.…

  11. 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…

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

    Nov 4, 2011, 7:04 PM EDT

    Thome Phillies AP

    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…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. Diamondbacks president Derrick Hall to have surgery for prostate cancer

    Nov 1, 2011, 9:20 PM EDT

    AP Derrick Hall

    According to the Associated Press, Diamondbacks president and CEO Derrick Hall will undergo surgery for prostate cancer next Tuesday. Hall, 42, was diagnosed last month after a prostate biopsy revealed cancerous tumors. The encouraging part is that the disease was caught in the early stages and he is expected to make a full recovery. All the…

  19. Marlins optimistic for resolution with the man formerly known as Leo Nunez

    Nov 1, 2011, 9:00 PM EDT

    leo nunez getty

    The last we heard about Juan Carlos Oviedo — the man formerly known as Marlins’ closer Leo Nunez — he was back in the Dominican Republic working through legal issues after admitting in September that he faked his identity. The Marlins provided a bit of an update on the matter this afternoon and while details…

  20. MLB may grant extension in Theo Epstein compensation talks

    Nov 1, 2011, 6:39 PM EDT

    Chicago Cubs Introduce Theo Epstein as President of Baseball Operations

    Bud Selig said last week that he would step in as arbitrator if the Red Sox and Cubs couldn’t come to an agreement on compensation for Theo Epstein by November 1. While we heard this morning that no real progress has been made in negotiations, don’t look for Selig to get involved just yet. According to…

  21. Cardinals decline options on Rafael Furcal and Octavio Dotel

    Nov 1, 2011, 12:54 AM EDT

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

    The Cardinals have declined the 2012 options for Rafael Furcal and Octavio Dotel, according to the Associated Press. Furcal’s option was worth $12 million, so it was a no-brainer to pay the $1.3 million buyout. The 34-year-old shortstop batted .231/.298/.348 with eight homers, 28 RBI and nine stolen bases over 369 plate appearances this season…

  22. Report: Frank McCourt close to agreeing to sell Dodgers

    Nov 1, 2011, 12:09 AM EDT

    mccourt reuters

    It looks like Bud Selig may get his wish. According to Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times, Frank McCourt “appears close” to an agreement with MLB on a bankruptcy settlement in which he would agree to sell the Dodgers. We learned last week that the Dodgers’ bankruptcy trial was postponed for a month so…

  23. Matt Wieters headlines 2011 class of “Fielding Bible Awards”

    Oct 31, 2011, 11:00 PM EDT

    Matt Wieters Getty

    It’s tough to take the Gold Glove awards too seriously these days. Fortunately we also have the Fielding Bible Awards around to recognize the best defensive players at each position. For those unfamiliar, the Fielding Bible Awards are voted on by a 10-person panel of experts, including Bill James, Peter Gammons, Rob Neyer, Joe Posnanski,…

  24. Diamondbacks decline options on Aaron Hill, Zach Duke

    Oct 31, 2011, 9:28 PM EDT

    aaron hill getty

    Neither of these moves come as a huge surprise, but the Diamondbacks announced this evening that they have declined their club options on Aaron Hill and Zach Duke. Hill’s contract included a pair of $8 million options for 2012 and 2013. The 29-year-old second baseman played well after being acquired from the Blue Jays in…

  25. Red Sox hope to have new manager in place by Thanksgiving

    Oct 31, 2011, 8:42 PM EDT

    Boston Red Sox Announce Ben Cherington as Executive Vice President/General Manager

    According to Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald, new Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington said today that he hopes to have a new manager in place by Thanksgiving. The Red Sox began the interview process today by welcoming Phillies bench coach Pete Mackanin to Fenway Park. Mackanin, 60, has only served in an interim…

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