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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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,…

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

    Nov 2, 2010, 6:45 PM EDT

    rodriguez-edwin-100627

    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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. Neftali Feliz expected to remain at closer next season

    Nov 1, 2010, 6:40 PM EDT

    World Series Giants Rangers Baseball

    You wouldn’t know it by Jon Daniels’ somewhat reflective comments to the media today, but Rangers actually still have a shot of winning this series. Granted, a pretty small one. Anyway, one of the notable things to take away from today is that Daniels told Jeff Kaplan of ESPNDallas.com that he expects Neftali Feliz to…

  18. Giants grab 3-1 lead, leave Rangers on last legs

    Nov 1, 2010, 12:37 AM EDT

    Hamilton Cruz frustrated

    Before this series began, many prognosticators gave the Rangers the edge because of the postseason success of Cliff Lee and the team’s powerhouse offense. Not an unreasonable conclusion to make, really. Well, not only did Lee get knocked around pretty good back in Game 1, but the Rangers have been shut out twice in the…

  19. Pablo Sandoval to DH for Giants in Game 3 on Saturday night

    Oct 29, 2010, 9:35 PM EDT

    Pablo Sandoval

    According to Jeff Fletcher of AOL Fanhouse, Pablo Sandoval will be the Giants’ designated hitter for Game 3 against right-hander Colby Lewis tomorrow night. Juan Uribe started at third base for the first two games of the World Series with left-handed starters on the mound for the Rangers. Sandoval has just 14 at-bats during the…

  20. No major changes expected in Ron Washington’s lineup for Game 3

    Oct 29, 2010, 8:25 PM EDT

    Ron Washington press conference

    Things are looking somewhat bleak for the Rangers right now, but Ron Washington doesn’t have any major changes up his sleeve for Game 3 against Jonathan Sanchez on Saturday night. According to Richard Durrett of ESPNDallas.com, Washington plans to roll out the same lineup he has used lately against left-handed pitching. This means we can…

  21. Placido Polanco undergoes successful elbow surgery

    Oct 29, 2010, 7:11 PM EDT

    Placido Polanco on bases

    Placido Polanco underwent successful surgery on his left elbow Friday, according to Todd Zolecki of MLB.com. Bothered by a bone spur and tendinitis in his elbow for most of the season, the 35-year-old required four cortisone injections in order to play 132 regular season games and eight playoff games. “It went very well and we…

  22. Notes from the Sandy Alderson press conference

    Oct 29, 2010, 3:31 PM EDT

    Alderson thing

    The Mets just introduced Sandy Alderson as their new general manager a short while ago. A few items of interest… It’s true, Alderson slipped up and began to say Oakland when describing the Mets’ GM job as the “best job in baseball.” A rough start, but it didn’t take him long to melt my nerd…

  23. World Series Game 2 Live Chat

    Oct 28, 2010, 7:30 PM EDT

    Come join HBT’s live chat as the Rangers attempt to pull even with the Giants in Game 2 of the World Series.

  24. UPDATE: Mets to hire Sandy Alderson as GM

    Oct 26, 2010, 11:16 PM EDT

    Sandy Alderson

    UPDATE: According to Jon Heyman of SI.com, the Mets will hire Sandy Alderson as general manager. Worst kept secret ever? Expect an official announcement later this week, likely on Friday. I have lived — and suffered — through the Mets making some pretty stupid decisions in my lifetime, but I really believe this will not…

  25. David Ortiz confident he’ll be back with Red Sox next season

    Oct 26, 2010, 10:35 PM EDT

    Ortiz home run swing

    David Ortiz was in attendance at tonight’s Heat-Celtics game and told the Boston Globe that he is confident he will be back with the Red Sox next season. The Red Sox have until three days after the World Series to decide whether to pick up his $12.5 million option for 2011. “We’re going to talk…

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