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  1. 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…

  2. 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,…

  3. Diamondbacks decline options on Aaron Hill, Zach Duke

    Oct 31, 2011, 9:28 PM EDT

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    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…

  4. 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…

  5. Yankees, CC Sabathia agree to contract extension

    Oct 31, 2011, 7:29 PM EDT

    sabathia reuters

    Well, here’s a surprise. CC Sabathia just announced that he has agreed to a contract extension with the Yankees. Most expected Sabathia would opt out of the remaining four years and $92 million on his contract and test free agency, but both sides worked hard to hammer out a new deal before tonight’s deadline. As Buster…

  6. Blue Jays pick up option on Edwin Encarnacion, decline option on Jon Rauch

    Oct 31, 2011, 7:00 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim  v Toronto Blue Jays

    Add another name to the lengthy list of free agent closer-types. While the Blue Jays announced their decision today to pick up Edwin Encarnacion‘s $3.5 million option for 2012, they also declined Jon Rauch‘s $3.75 million option. Rauch, who qualifies as a Type B free agent, will receive a $250,000 buyout. The 33-year-old right-hander posted…

  7. Angels likely to have payroll in $130-140 million range next season

    Oct 29, 2011, 5:47 PM EDT

    Angels logo

    Some have speculated that the Angels could be a player for Jose Reyes or another high-profile free agent this winter, but if owner Arte Moreno can be believed, a big ticket item might not be in the cards. According to Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times, Moreno said this afternoon that the Angels will…

  8. After being freed from Egyptian prison, Ilan Grapel told Mets won World Series

    Oct 29, 2011, 4:45 PM EDT

    Israel Egypt

    Did you know that the Mets won the World Series? For a little while, that’s what 27-year-old Ilan Grapel thought. Grapel, a law student from Queens, New York, was freed Thursday after spending five months in an Egyptian prison. He was accused of spying for Israel in June after attending a demonstration in Cairo during…

  9. Bobby Jenks “making progress” in treatment for pulmonary embolism

    Oct 29, 2011, 3:22 PM EDT

    Bobby Jenks

    The last we heard from Bobby Jenks in mid-September, he was diagnosed with a pulmonary embolism, a condition which involves a sudden blockage of an artery in the lung. According to Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald, new Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington said yesterday that Jenks is “making progress” in his treatments. While…

  10. Ryan Dempster exercises 2012 player option to stay with Cubs

    Oct 29, 2011, 1:56 PM EDT

    Chicago Cubs v Cincinnati Reds

    According to Patrick Mooney of CSNChicago.com, Ryan Dempster has exercised his 2012 player option to stay with the Cubs. It was an expected move, as he has $14 million coming his way next season. Dempster, 34, went 10-14 with a 4.80 ERA and 191/82 K/BB ratio over 34 starts this season. He logged 202 1/3…

  11. Game 7 of World Series was most watched baseball game since 2004

    Oct 29, 2011, 1:11 PM EDT

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    Jon Weisman of Variety and the excellent Dodger Thoughts brings word that Game 7 of the World Series between the Rangers and Cardinals drew 23.2 million viewers last night according to preliminary Nielsen estimates, making it the most watched baseball game in seven years. Weisman notes that the audience could go up by more than a…

  12. Mike Gonzalez pitched through a torn meniscus

    Oct 29, 2011, 12:10 PM EDT

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

    Josh Hamilton wasn’t the only member of the Rangers playing through a painful injury. Richard Durrett of ESPN Dallas, Mike Gonzalez has a torn meniscus in his left knee. He was pulled from the seventh inning of Game 7 last night due to the injury, which he originally suffered late in the season. “We didn’t…

  13. Bud Selig expects to handle compensation for Theo Epstein

    Oct 29, 2011, 11:29 AM EDT

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

    It’s the issue that just won’t go away. The Red Sox and Cubs have until Tuesday to work out compensation for Theo Epstein. If they can’t reach a satisfactory agreement by then, commissioner Bud Selig confirmed to the Associated Press yesterday that he will act as arbitrator. Here’s Selig, who sounds just as tired of…

  14. It’s official: Angels announce Jerry Dipoto as general manager

    Oct 29, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    Jerry DiPoto

    Confirming what was reported by Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com yesterday, the Angels just announced that they have hired Jerry Dipoto as general manager. He’ll receive a five-year contract to replace Tony Reagins, who resigned from his post as GM at the end of September. Here’s Dipoto, as quoted in a release from the team: “What…

  15. Don’t forget, the Cardinals will get Adam Wainwright back next season

    Oct 29, 2011, 10:35 AM EDT

    Adam Wainwright

    There’s naturally a lot of focus on Albert Pujols‘ impending free agency this winter, but let’s not forget that Adam Wainwright is on track to return to the Cardinals’ starting rotation next season. Wainwright, 30, missed the entire 2011 season following Tommy John surgery in February. He was recently shut down for a week due…

  16. Josh Hamilton to see doctor about possible sports hernia

    Oct 29, 2011, 9:59 AM EDT

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

    Josh Hamilton has played through a possible sports hernia for about two months now. And now that the season is over, he can finally get it checked out. According to Jeff Caplan of ESPN Dallas, Hamilton will take about a week off before being examined by Dr. William Myers in Philadelphia. Myers previously performed surgery…

  17. The Cardinals to hold victory parade Sunday

    Oct 29, 2011, 9:19 AM EDT

    St. Louis Cardinals players celebrate wth the World Series trophy after they defeated the Texas Rangers in Game 7 to win MLB's World Series baseball championship in St. Louis

    Winning a World Series title is never complete without all the trappings of the victory parade. According to Adam Berry of MLB.com, the Cardinals plan to hold theirs on Sunday afternoon through downtown St. Louis. The parade will begin at 4 p.m. CT with the Budweiser Clydesdales leading the procession and end with a special…

  18. What they’re saying about the Cardinals winning the World Series

    Oct 29, 2011, 8:48 AM EDT

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

    The Cardinals defeated the Rangers 6-2 last night to win Game 7 of the World Series and their 11th World Championship. Here’s some reaction from around the baseball world: Albert Pujols: “We had a 5 percent chance (to reach the playoffs) with 35 games left in the season. We knew we had to play great. The…

  19. David Freese named World Series MVP

    Oct 29, 2011, 12:12 AM EDT

    St. Louis Cardinals' Freese watches his game winning home run with Texas Rangers relief pitcher Lowe during the 11th inning in Game 6 of MLB's World Series baseball championship in St. Louis

    Could it really be anyone else? Completing an improbable title run for the Cardinals, hometown boy David Freese was just announced as the World Series MVP. The 28-year-old third baseman batted .348 (8-for-22) during the series to go along with one home run, one triple, two doubles, seven RBI and five walks. After hitting the…

  20. World Series Game 7 Live Chat: Rangers vs. Cardinals

    Oct 28, 2011, 7:47 PM EDT

    2011 World Series Game 6 - Texas Rangers v St Louis Cardinals

    It all comes down to this. After a dramatic Game 6 which ran the gamut from ugly to resplendent, the Rangers and Cardinals will play a decisive Game 7 this evening in St. Louis. Game 7. The best two words in sports. How will the Rangers respond after letting Game 6 slip through their fingers?…

  21. C.J. Wilson and Jake Westbrook likely the first arms out of the bullpen tonight

    Oct 28, 2011, 7:07 PM EDT

    Texas Rangers starting pitcher C.J. Wilson faces the St. Louis Cardinals in the 1st inning of Game 1 of MLB's World Series baseball championship in St. Louis

    The Rangers and Cardinals are hoping their starting pitchers can rise to the occasion tonight, but it will be all hands on deck if either gets into early trouble. According to Richard Durrett of ESPN Dallas, C.J. Wilson will likely be the first arm out of the bullpen if Matt Harrison needs relief. Wilson has…

  22. Report: Yankees, CC Sabathia to discuss contract this weekend

    Oct 28, 2011, 6:04 PM EDT

    New York Yankees v Texas Rangers, Game 6

    Many have considered it a foregone conclusion that CC Sabathia will use the opt-out clause in his contract and hit free agency next week, but the Yankees are doing their best to make sure that doesn’t happen. Andrew Marchand of ESPN New York reports that the Yankees “will be talking extensively” with the agent for…

  23. Red Sox expected to pick up Marco Scutaro’s option for 2012

    Oct 25, 2011, 11:00 PM EDT

    Marco Scutaro

    New Red Sox GM Ben Cherington has plenty of important decisions awaiting him this offseason, but the status of Marco Scutaro looks like an easy call. Michael Silverman of the Boston Herald was told by “a source familiar with the Red Sox thinking” that the club is leaning toward picking up Scutaro’s $6 million option…

  24. Hong-Chih Kuo to miss All-Star series in Taiwan due to elbow soreness

    Oct 25, 2011, 9:30 PM EDT

    Hong-Chih Kuo

    Hong-Chih Kuo was scheduled to pitch for the Chinese Taipei national team in the 2011 Taiwan All-Star series next week against a group of MLB players, but it turns out he’ll skip the series due to left elbow soreness. Kuo has undergone four procedures on his elbow during his career, including two Tommy John surgeries.…

  25. Tony La Russa takes responsibility for bullpen mix-up

    Oct 25, 2011, 8:02 PM EDT

    Tony La Russa

    Tony La Russa tried to explain the bullpen phone mix-up following last night’s loss and failed miserably, seemingly throwing his bullpen coach Derek Lilliquist under the bus. Fortunately he sung a decidedly different tune in his comments to the press this afternoon at Busch Stadium. According to the Associated Press, La Russa took full responsibility…

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