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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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,…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

  21. 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…

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

    Oct 29, 2011, 1:11 PM EDT

    old TV

    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…

  23. 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…

  24. 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…

  25. 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…

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