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  1. UPDATE: There’s nothing to the Rangers-Andy Pettitte story

    Nov 30, 2010, 5:41 AM EDT

    Pettitte looks in

    UPDATE: Call off the Pettitte-to-Texas party. Jeff Wilson at the Star-Telegram spoke with Nolan Ryan late last night and said that there is no truth to the report that the Rangers are interested in Andy Pettitte. To the extent Pettitte and Nolan Ryan talked, it was to exchange pleasantries, and to the extent Pettitte talked…

  2. UPDATE: Rockies close to three-year deal with Jorge De La Rosa

    Nov 29, 2010, 11:07 PM EDT

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    UPDATE: According to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com, De La Rosa will receive $32-33 million from the Rockies, essentially matching the three-year contract Ted Lilly got with the Dodgers. 11:07 PM: It’s a busy evening for the Rockies. Not only are they about to lock up their star shortstop, but they are close to retaining a…

  3. UPDATE: Rockies close to ten-year extension with Troy Tulowitzki

    Nov 29, 2010, 10:35 PM EDT

    Troy Tulowitzki

    UPDATE: Final word on this for the night. Tracy Ringolsby hears that Tulowitzki will receive $157.75 million over the length of the contract. This includes $23.75 million for the final three guaranteed years remaining on his current deal, his $15 million option for 2014 and $119 million for six new years. 10:35 PM: According to…

  4. UPDATE: Mets close to signing Chris Young

    Nov 29, 2010, 8:01 PM EDT

    Chris Young throwing

    UPDATE: Not so fast. According to Steve Popper of the Bergen Record, a baseball executive says the Mets and Chris Young are not close to an agreement yet. The two sides are said to be talking, though. 8:01 PM: Buster Olney of ESPN.com hears that the Mets are closing in on a contract with free…

  5. The Giants have been in contact with Derek Jeter’s agent

    Nov 29, 2010, 7:00 PM EDT

    New York Yankees v Texas Rangers, Game 6

    You knew this was coming. According to Brian Costa of the Wall Street Journal, the Giants have been in contact with Derek Jeter’s agent Casey Close. Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle speculated earlier this month that the Giants would likely keep an eye on the negotiations — remember, general manager Brian Sabean was…

  6. Russell Martin’s agent hasn’t heard from the Dodgers in about a week

    Nov 29, 2010, 6:36 PM EDT

    Russell Martin dodgers

    That’s the word from Russell Martin’s agent Matt Colleran, who tells Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times that he and the Dodgers have exchanged “general ideas” about a potential deal before Thursday’s non-tender deadline, but that the club has not presented his client with a formal offer. “If any offer is made to us,…

  7. Could Paul Konerko be a fit with the Rangers?

    Nov 27, 2010, 6:03 PM EDT

    Chicago White Sox Konerko watches his first hit of five against Minnesota Twins during the first inning of their American League baseball game in Minneapolis

    Phil Rogers of the Chicago Tribune seems to think so. He writes that the Rangers “are becoming a more realistic option” for Konerko. The possibility has gained momentum in recent days, as Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reported earlier this week that the Rangers were showing interest in the free agent first baseman after missing out…

  8. Justin Morneau vows to be ready for spring training

    Nov 27, 2010, 4:01 PM EDT

    Morneau catch

    Justin Morneau was cleared to resume workouts earlier this week, but the encouraging news doesn’t end there. At the team’s winter coat drive at Target Field earlier today, Morneau told Joe Christensen of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune that he expects to be ready for spring training. “There’s not a doubt in my mind. I’ll be ready…

  9. Yankees sign Brian Anderson and Andy Sisco to minor league deals

    Nov 27, 2010, 2:45 PM EDT

    Yankees logo

    This just about sums up how slow this Saturday afternoon has been. According to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com, the Yankees have signed right-hander Brian Anderson and left-hander Andy Sisco to minor league contracts. Both receive invites to major league spring training. Anderson, who turns 29 next March, converted to a pitcher in the Royals organization…

  10. Lou Piniella: Mike Quade deserved Cubs job

    Nov 27, 2010, 1:51 PM EDT

    New York Mets v Chicago Cubs

    During an appearance with Steve Cochran on ESPN1000 in Chicago yesterday, Lou Piniella said he believes Mike Quade deserved the opportunity to return as Cubs manager. “Mike’s a good baseball man. He’s been in baseball for a long, long time,” Piniella said. “He got that opportunity when I left there and I tell you what,…

  11. What’s the right price for Manny Ramirez?

    Nov 27, 2010, 12:12 PM EDT

    Chicago White Sox v Oakland Athletics

    We’re not sure where Cliff Lee or Carl Crawford will end up just yet, but most of us can agree that both will likely cross the $100 million threshold. As for the future of Manny Ramirez, you’ll get a different take from just about everybody. One day after suggesting that Ramirez may have to accept…

  12. Jonathan Albaladejo signs to play in Japan

    Nov 27, 2010, 11:17 AM EDT

    Jonathan Albaladejo

    Jonathan Albaladejo has signed a one-year, $950,000 contract with the Yomiuri Giants of Japan’s Central League, according to the Associated Press. Albaladejo was released by the Yankees earlier this month after he informed the team about his plans to play in Japan. The 28-year-old right-hander originally came over from the Nationals in the Tyler Clippard…

  13. Pedro Feliciano “seriously considering” accepting arbitration from Mets

    Nov 27, 2010, 10:46 AM EDT

    New York Mets v Philadelphia Phillies

    According to Ken Davidoff of New York Newsday, Pedro Feliciano’s agent Melvin Roman says his client is “seriously considering” accepting the Mets’ arbitration offer. Players face a Tuesday deadline to accept or decline arbitration. Feliciano is one of the most effective and durable left-handed relievers in the sport, so it’s hard to believe he won’t…

  14. Must-click link: Felix Pie goes nuts

    Nov 27, 2010, 10:25 AM EDT

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    Orioles outfielder Felix Pie recently got picked off first base while playing for Estrellas Orientales in the Dominican Winter League. He wasn’t too happy about it. I won’t spoil this one too much, but Pie owes that first base coach a steak dinner or something. We can laugh at this now, but this could have…

  15. Report: Yankees, Derek Jeter are about $65-75 million apart

    Nov 27, 2010, 9:40 AM EDT

    Jeter batting cage

    Oh boy, I closed my eyes for about seven hours and the story has already changed! What a surprise. OK, so it’s just a variation of what was reported by Michael S. Schmidt of the New York Times last night, but Anthony McCarron and Bill Madden of the New York Daily News report that Derek…

  16. Wally Backman still thinks he was the right choice for Mets manager

    Nov 27, 2010, 8:57 AM EDT

    Wally Backman

    Last I left you guys last Saturday evening, the Mets were still without a manager. That all changed on Sunday night, when it was reported that Terry Collins was hired as the club’s new manager. Still, five days later, Wally Backman tells John Harper of the New York Daily News that he can’t believe he…

  17. Jake Westbrook recovering from surgery on non-throwing shoulder

    Nov 20, 2010, 7:05 PM EDT

    Jake Westbrook

    Jake Westbrook, who signed a two-year, $16.5 million contract to stay with the Cardinals earlier this week, is currently recovering from surgery on his non-throwing shoulder. Our own Aaron Gleeman first passed along news of the surgery last month. The procedure, which Westbrook told the Associated Press was neither major nor minor, but something “in…

  18. Marlins manager Edwin Rodriguez met with Javier Vazquez today

    Nov 20, 2010, 5:45 PM EDT

    Vazquez 2

    During an appearance on “Marlins Insider,” a weekly radio show on 790 The Ticket in Miami, Marlins manager Edwin Rodriguez said that he met with free agent right-hander Javier Vazquez today. Courtesy of Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post: “He’s from my hometown in Ponce. I’ve know him well since he was 14, 15…

  19. Shocker: Oliver Perez isn’t doing too hot in winter ball

    Nov 20, 2010, 4:40 PM EDT

    liver Perez

    With a pretty slow day news-wise, I figured now was as good a time as any to check in on everyone’s favorite punching bag, Oliver Perez. Last we left the erratic left-hander, he intended to pitch for Culiacan of the Mexican Winter League in order to shake the rust after essentially rotting away in the…

  20. Mariners prospect Dustin Ackley named Arizona Fall League MVP

    Nov 20, 2010, 3:16 PM EDT

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    Mariners prospect second baseman Dustin Ackley was named the MVP of the Arizona Fall League today, according to Jonathan Mayo of MLB.com. Ackley, last year’s No. 2 overall pick, compiled a modest .267 batting average to go along with a .368 on-base percentage and an underwhelming .407 slugging percentage in 134 games between Double-A West…

  21. UPDATE: Marlins expected to tender a contract to Leo Nunez

    Nov 20, 2010, 2:30 PM EDT

    Leo Nunez celebrates

    UPDATE: According to Juan C. Rodriguez of the South Florida Sun Sentinel, Marlins general manager Larry Beinfest said that he believes Leo Nunez will be the team’s closer next season. “I think it’s going to be be Leo [Nunez], but we have to filter that out in spring training.” Well, I doubt the Marlins would…

  22. Domonic Brown is riding the pine in the Dominican winter league

    Nov 20, 2010, 2:14 PM EDT

    Domonic Brown swinging

    This probably isn’t what the Phillies had in mind when they sent top prospect Domonic Brown to play for the Escogido Lions in the Dominican Republic. The Phillies hoped his participation in winter ball would help make up for some of the time he spent on the major league team’s bench in August and September,…

  23. UPDATE: Jim Leyritz acquitted on DUI manslaughter charges

    Nov 20, 2010, 1:02 PM EDT

    Jim Leyritz

    UPDATE: According to Curt Anderson of the Associated Press, Jim Leyritz was acquitted on DUI manslaughter charges for a December 2007 crash that resulted in the death of Fredia Ann Veitch. However, he was convicted on a misdemeanor charge of driving under the influence, which could put him in jail for a maximum sentence of…

  24. Yankees prepared to sweeten their offer to Derek Jeter?

    Nov 20, 2010, 12:19 PM EDT

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    Possibly. The Bombers have already reportedly offered Derek Jeter a three-year, $45 million contract, but Brian Costello of the New York Post speculates that “it is likely the Yankees are willing to climb toward $60 million and possibly add an option year to the contract.” Giving Jeter $15 million per season is pretty reasonable, if…

  25. Tigers expect Joel Zumaya to be ready for spring training

    Nov 20, 2010, 12:05 PM EDT

    Joel Zumaya injury

    Joel Zumaya fractured his elbow in an ugly scene back in June and underwent surgery in early July. It looked like he would have a lengthy road back to a major league mound — and he still might — but Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski told James Schmehl of MLive.com yesterday that he expects the…

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