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  1. Laynce Nix declares free agency

    Nov 9, 2010, 8:20 PM EDT

    Laynce Nix

    Laynce Nix declared himself a free agent today after clearing waivers and refusing an outright assignment, according to the Reds’ official Twitter feed. Nix, who turned 30 last month, batted .291/.350/.455 with four home runs, 18 RBI and an 805 OPS over 165 at-bats this past season. He sprained his left ankle on August 23…

  2. Trevor Hoffman keeping his eye on the Diamondbacks

    Nov 9, 2010, 7:38 PM EDT

    Trevor Hoffman

    Just one day after we learned that Trevor Hoffman would return for another season if given a chance to close, the all-time saves leader tells Barry M. Bloom of MLB.com that he sees a potential fit with the Diamondbacks. The chances of Hoffman finding another closing gig are slim, but he isn’t completely off base.…

  3. Report: Tsuyoshi Nishioka to be posted for MLB teams this week

    Nov 8, 2010, 9:36 PM EDT

    Tsuyoshi Nishioka

    According to Tim Kurkjian of ESPN.com, the Chiba Lotte Marines are posting infielder Tsuyoshi Nishioka for MLB teams this week. Nishioka, 26, led the Pacific League with a .346 batting average, 121 runs scored and 206 hits this past season. His hit total established a club record and were the most in the Pacific League…

  4. Report: Edgar Renteria willing to move to second base

    Nov 8, 2010, 8:34 PM EDT

    Renteria running

    World Series MVP Edgar Renteria said over the weekend that he has no plans to hang ‘em up and now he tells Enrique Rojas of ESPNDeportes.com that he is willing to move to second base in order to prolong his career. Here’s the link on Twitter and the news story on ESPN Deportes, if you…

  5. How will the White Sox use Chris Sale next season?

    Nov 8, 2010, 7:40 PM EDT

    Chris Sale throwing

    In September, White Sox general manager Ken Williams stated that 2010 first-round pick Chris Sale would have a chance to win a spot in the starting rotation next spring. One scenario Williams discussed at the time is that the young left-hander could function as an insurance policy if Jake Peavy needs more time to bounce…

  6. The Tigers sign Jhonny Peralta to a two-year deal

    Nov 8, 2010, 9:57 AM EDT

    Jhonny Peralta

    UPDATE: The deal is done. Two-years, $11.25 million with a club option for 2013. Saturday, 4:25 P.M.: According to Enrique Rojas of ESPNDeportes.com, the Tigers are close to signing Jhonny Peralta to a two-year, $11.25 million contract. The Tigers declined Peralta’s $7.5 million option for 2011 earlier this week, but they were expected to bring…

  7. Previewing tonight’s Rising Stars Game in the Arizona Fall League

    Nov 6, 2010, 5:55 PM EDT

    ArizonaFallLeagueLogo

    Already missing real-live baseball? Of course you are. Well, fear not, as some of the game’s best prospects will be on display in the Arizona Fall League’s annual Rising Stars Game, which will be broadcast live on MLB Network and MLB.com at 9 p.m. ET tonight. According to Jonathan Mayo of MLB.com, 28 of last…

  8. Rays add former No. 1 pick Matt Bush to 40-man roster

    Nov 6, 2010, 4:03 PM EDT

    Matt Bush Padres

    Interesting move by the Rays this afternoon, as they have added former 2004 No. 1 overall pick Matt Bush to their 40-man roster, according to Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times. Bush, who turns 25 in February, otherwise would have had the right to become a free agent. Bush, of course, is known as…

  9. Could the Giants actually be a player for Derek Jeter?

    Nov 6, 2010, 3:14 PM EDT

    Texas Rangers v New York Yankees, Game 4

    Well, no. Not realistically, anyway. Pretty much everybody agrees that Derek Jeter will be back in the Bronx next season, so don’t take this too seriously. While acknowledging the likelihood that Jeter re-signs with the Bombers, Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle speculates that Giants general manager Brian Sabean will at least keep an…

  10. Astros not interested in Lance Berkman

    Nov 6, 2010, 2:29 PM EDT

    Lance Berkman swinging

    Astros general manager Ed Wade informed the agent for Lance Berkman that the club is not open to a reunion with their former slugger this offseason, according to Mark Berkman of FOX 26 in Houston. “I heard from Mike Moye and he inquired about whether we had interest in bringing Lance back and I was…

  11. UPDATE: A’s also in the mix for Hisashi Iwakuma, Rangers may have bid too low

    Nov 6, 2010, 2:04 PM EDT

    Hisashi Iwakuma pitching

    2:04 PM: More intrigue from Rosenthal. He tells us that the Athletics also submitted a bid for Iwakuma and that the Rangers’ bid may have actually been too low. According to Rosenthal, the A’s would like to add Iwakuma in order to acquire a hitter from their surplus of starting pitching. 1:15 PM: According to…

  12. Kevin Gregg could return to Blue Jays next season

    Nov 6, 2010, 1:49 PM EDT

    Kevin Gregg Blue Jays

    The Blue Jays declined a pair of options on Kevin Gregg this week, making him a free agent. But with no in-house favorite to close games with Scott Downs and Jason Frasor also poised to hit the free agency, Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos told Robert McLoed of the Globe and Mail that he…

  13. Jarrod Parker may be up in the major leagues next season

    Nov 6, 2010, 12:28 PM EDT

    XM All-Star Futures Game

    In a chat with fans on MLB.com Thursday, new Diamondbacks GM Kevin Towers indicated that Jarrod Parker has a chance of starting next season with the big club. More than likely, Jarrod will start the season in Double-A Mobile mainly because of the colder weather at the start of the season in Triple-A Reno. But…

  14. Scott Olsen chooses free agency

    Nov 6, 2010, 11:57 AM EDT

    Scott Olsen

    Bill Ladson of MLB.com reports that Scott Olsen opted for free agency after he was outrighted to Triple-A Syracuse. The southpaw was arbitration-eligible this winter, so this is essentially an early non-tender. Olsen has completely fizzled out since compiling a 4.04 ERA and striking out 166 batters over 180 2/3 innings in his rookie season…

  15. Scott Boras is looking for Matt Holliday money for Jayson Werth

    Nov 6, 2010, 10:57 AM EDT

    Jayson Werth shades

    According to Todd Zolecki of MLB.com, the belief is that Jayson Werth could seek a contract similar to the seven-year, $120 million deal Matt Holliday received from the Cardinals last winter. Scott Boras stated his new client’s case for big dollars on Friday. “We have, in my mind, probably the most coveted offensive player in…

  16. Report: Terry Collins may be the front runner to be Mets’ manager

    Nov 6, 2010, 10:06 AM EDT

    Terry Collins argue

    Last night, Jon Heyman of SI.com tweeted that he’s “hearing Terry Collins’ name more and more” in regards to the Mets’ managerial vacancy. It sounds like there’s some validity to that notion. According to Joel Sherman of the New York Post, a person who has talked to Mets officials in recent days believes that Collins…

  17. The investigation into Charlie Samuels takes another interesting turn

    Nov 6, 2010, 8:50 AM EDT

    Charlie Samuels

    More details have emerged regarding the gambling investigation into Mets clubhouse manager Charlie Samuels. And while I acknowledge that some of the following may be pretty innocent in nature, it doesn’t make them any less curious under the circumstances. Per the New York Daily News: According to law enforcement sources close to the probe being…

  18. Surprise! Scott Boras says there’s a lot of interest in Magglio Ordonez

    Nov 5, 2010, 9:29 PM EDT

    Magglio basepaths

    The air is crisp, the leaves are turning and Scott Boras is busy talking up his clients. All is right with the world. According to Jason Beck of MLB.com, Boras said he has already heard some early interest in his client Magglio Ordonez. “We’ve gotten a lot of early calls,” Boras said. “I think with…

  19. Mets fail to reach agreement with Hisanori Takahashi

    Nov 5, 2010, 8:01 PM EDT

    Takahashi Mets

    MLB recently granted an extension for the Mets to come to terms on a new contract with Hisanori Takahashi, but David Waldstein of the New York Times reported late this afternoon that the two sides were unable to reach a deal. Takahashi just confirmed the report in a statement from his new agent Arn Tellem…

  20. Mariners hire Ted Simmons as senior adviser to GM

    Nov 5, 2010, 6:45 PM EDT

    Ted Simmons

    According to Jon Heyman of SI.com, the Mariners hired Ted Simmons as a senior adviser to general manager Jack Zduriencik. Simmons, 61, was the Padres bench coach for the past two seasons and held the same job with the Brewers in 2008. Zduriencik considered first Simmons for manager, but according to Heyman, the club hired…

  21. Jon Garland declines mutual option for 2011, declares free agency

    Nov 2, 2010, 9:29 PM EDT

    Jon Garland

    According to Dan Hayes of the North County Times, Jon Garland declined his $6.75 mutual option with the Padres for 2011 and will test the free agent waters. Per the terms of his contract, the veteran right-hander will receive a $300,000 buyout from the club. Garland, who turned 31 in September, went 14-12 with a…

  22. Mets hire J.P. Ricciardi as special assistant to Sandy Alderson

    Nov 2, 2010, 8:01 PM EDT

    JP Ricciardi headshot

    New Mets GM Sandy Alderson has already secured one of his former trusted lieutenants. During a conference call just a short while ago, former Blue Jays general manager J.P. Ricciardi was officially added to the Mets’ front office under the title of special assistant to the general manager. We’re a long way from Tony Bernazard,…

  23. Report: Edwin Rodriguez to return as Marlins’ manager

    Nov 2, 2010, 6:45 PM EDT

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    It was easy to see where this one was headed after Bo Porter signed on to be the third base coach with the Nationals earlier today, but Juan C. Rodriguez of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel just confirmed what we all expected. Edwin Rodriguez will return as Marlins’ manager next season. Rodriguez was offered and accepted…

  24. World Series Live blog: Giants-Rangers Game 5

    Nov 1, 2010, 10:31 PM EDT

    World Series logo

    UPDATE: It’s all over! Brian Wilson strikes out Nelson Cruz swinging and the Giants have won it! The Giants have won their first World Series title since 1954! Stay tuned for the postgame from Craig and all sorts of fallout. Thanks for reading HBT all season long. 10:28 PM: Make that two away. Vlad swings…

  25. Rangers owner Chuck Greenberg issues apology for comments about Yankees fans

    Nov 1, 2010, 7:41 PM EDT

    Texas Rangers v New York Yankees, Game 5

    That didn’t take long. As you’ve probably heard in various media outlets by now, Rangers owner Chuck Greenberg has contacted Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner and team president Hal Levine today in order to apologize for calling Yankees fans “violent” and “apathetic” earlier today. Here’s Greenberg’s mea culpa, courtesy of Eric Fisher of SportsBusiness Journal: “Earlier…

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