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  1. The Red Sox originally offered Victor Martinez two years and $21 million

    Nov 20, 2010, 11:15 AM EDT

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    Remember back in September when we heard that the Red Sox offered Victor Martinez a two-year contract extension? Even then we knew it wouldn’t get the job done, but now Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe has the specifics. He reports that the BoSox offered him $21 million over the two years. It’s unclear if…

  2. Kaz Matsui is drawing interest…in Japan

    Nov 20, 2010, 10:31 AM EDT

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    The Rakuten Eagles are apparently interested in fielding a complete team of failed Japanese MLB veterans. They already signed Akinori Iwamura and have discussed Kenshin Kawakami with the Braves, and now, according to a Japanese media report passed along by Jason Coskrey, the Eagles have interest in Kaz Matsui. Matsui arrived with much fanfare when…

  3. Pirates designate Zach Duke, Delwyn Young and Andy LaRoche for assignment

    Nov 20, 2010, 8:40 AM EDT

    Zach Duke throwing

    MLB teams had until the end of the day Friday to set their 40-man rosters before the Rule 5 Draft, so the Pirates did a little bit of housecleaning. Zach Duke, Delwyn Young and Andy LaRoche were all designated for assignment, according to Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com. All three were arbitration-eligible this fall, so these…

  4. A’s, Royals, Tigers and Indians on Justin Upton’s no-trade list

    Nov 19, 2010, 9:46 PM EDT

    Justin Upton

    Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com did a little digging about Justin Upton’s limited no-trade clause. The results? The four teams on Justin Upton’s no-trade list: A’s, Royals, Tigers, Indians. Can be sent to any other club without his permission. Most of these are pretty understandable, but what does Upton have against the Tigers, anyway? Doesn’t everybody…

  5. Report: Diamondbacks preparing offer for Japanese reliever Hiroyuki Kobayashi

    Nov 19, 2010, 9:13 PM EDT

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    UPDATE: Or not. Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic asked Towers via text message about the Sponichi report. He replied: “News to me!” 9:06 PM: Diamondbacks general manager Kevin Towers is apparently doing a lot more than talking to teams about a potential match for Justin Upton. Patrick Newman of NPB Tracker passes along a…

  6. Rangers sign 2010 first-round pick Barret Loux

    Nov 19, 2010, 8:16 PM EDT

    Barret Loux

    According to T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com, the Rangers have agreed to terms with Barret Loux, who was selected by the Diamondbacks with the No. 6 pick in this year’s First-Year Player Draft. Loux was left unsigned by the D-Backs after he failed a physical due to concerns about his shoulder and elbow. The 21-year-old Houston…

  7. Don’t look for Greg Maddux to be the Cubs’ next pitching coach

    Nov 19, 2010, 7:38 PM EDT

    Greg Maddux

    UPDATE: According to Bruce Levine of ESPNChicago.com, Cubs bullpen coach Lester Strode and Double-A Tennessee pitching coach Dennis Lewallyn are also expected to be considered. For what it’s worth, Levine pegs Riggins as the favorite. 7:35 PM: Now that Larry Rothschild is the new pitching coach for the Yankees, Greg Maddux is the obvious sentimental…

  8. Heyman: Execs believe Zack Greinke will “probably” be traded

    Nov 19, 2010, 6:29 PM EDT

    Zack Greinke

    The Royals may be more motivated to trade Zack Greinke than we first realized. According to Jon Heyman of SI.com, execs believe that the 2009 AL Cy Young Award winner will “probably” be traded, while he throws the Rangers out there as one interested team. Presumably, trade talks would heat up if Cliff Lee ended…

  9. Adam Dunn wants at least three years and $40 million

    Nov 16, 2010, 9:39 PM EDT

    Adam Dunn swinging

    That’s what one general manager told Bruce Levine of ESPNChicago.com. White Sox general manager Ken Williams met with Adam Dunn’s agent Greg Genske on Tuesday in order to determine what the slugger is hoping to find in free agency. Of course, Williams coveted Dunn around the trade deadline, but eventually settled for Manny Ramirez on…

  10. Jay Bruce open to multi-year deal from Reds

    Nov 16, 2010, 8:30 PM EDT

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    Jay Bruce’s agent Matt Sosnick told Mark Sheldon of MLB.com earlier today that his client is open to signing a multi-year contract extension with the Reds. The talented young outfielder is arbitration-eligible for the first time this winter, as he qualifies as a “Super Two.” “If Jay can get compensated fairly over his arbitration years…

  11. UPDATE: Mets complete first round of interviews for manager

    Nov 16, 2010, 7:59 PM EDT

    Sandy Alderson

    UPDATE: The Wally Backman campaign is still alive and kicking, for some reason. According to Andy Martino of the New York Daily News, Backman has made it through to the second round of interviews for the Mets’ manager job. The rest of the field played out as expected, as Terry Collins, Bob Melvin and Chip…

  12. UPDATE: Dodgers re-sign Hiroki Kuroda for one-year, $12 million

    Nov 15, 2010, 10:36 PM EDT

    Hiroki Kuroda pitches

    UPDATE: Pretty sweet deal for the Dodgers. According to ESPN.com’s Jayson Stark, Kuroda will receive an $8 million salary next season and a $4 million signing bonus that will be paid out in 2012 and 2013. According to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com, Kuroda also receives a full no-trade clause and can earn an additional $500,000…

  13. Chiba Lotte Marines about to post Tsuyoshi Nishioka for MLB teams

    Nov 15, 2010, 8:50 PM EDT

    Tsuyoshi Nishioka

    According to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com, the Chiba Lotte Marines are about to post Tsuyoshi Nishioka for MLB teams. Beverly Hills Sports Council will be his representation stateside. Nishioka, 26, led Japan’s Pacific League with a .346 batting average, 121 runs scored and 206 hits this past season. Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports speculates that…

  14. Reds re-sign Ramon Hernandez to one-year contract

    Nov 15, 2010, 7:45 PM EDT

    Ramon Hernandez

    The Reds have re-signed catcher Ramon Hernandez to a one-year contract, according to the team’s Twitter feed. Jon Heyman of SI.com reports that the contract is “thought to be worth” around $3 million. Hernandez, 34, batted .297/.364/.428 with seven homers, 48 RBI and a 792 OPS this past season, while throwing out 34 percent (18-for-53)…

  15. Mets may consider more candidates for manager

    Nov 15, 2010, 7:05 PM EDT

    Sandy Alderson

    Mets general manager Sandy Alderson spoke with reporters just a short while ago at the GM Meetings in Orlando and according to Mike Puma of the New York Post, he said he may still interview one or two more candidates for manager even after speaking with Cardinals third base coach Jose Oquendo today. The belief…

  16. Rosenthal: Dodgers “most willing” to trade James Loney

    Nov 15, 2010, 6:37 PM EDT

    James Loney swinging

    We’ve heard Matt Kemp bandied about in some trade talk, mostly of the silly Hot Stove variety, but major league sources tell Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com that James Loney is the position player the Dodgers are “most willing” to trade. Loney batted just .267/.329/.395 with 10 homers, 88 RBI and a 723 OPS this past…

  17. Babe Ruth home run ball goes for $264,500 at auction

    Nov 13, 2010, 6:10 PM EDT

    Jeremy Kraft

    According to the Associated Press, the ball Babe Ruth hit for his 702nd career home run went for $264,500 earlier today at the Louisville Slugger Museum’s seventh annual live auction. Ruth hit the home run in 1934 and later signed the ball. Of course, he finished his career with 714 round-trippers. The ball was passed…

  18. Quote of the Day: David Wright on Jeff Francoeur

    Nov 13, 2010, 5:01 PM EDT

    Jeff Francoeur

    Here’s David Wright, as quoted by Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com, when asked if he was rooting for his former teammate Jeff Francoeur in the World Series: “I really was. I was rooting for him. I think he finds a way to get in the camera shot. He’s everywhere. He didn’t play all that much, but…

  19. UPDATE: Marlins trade Cameron Maybin to Padres for two relievers

    Nov 13, 2010, 4:12 PM EDT

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    UPDATE: Well, the Marlins may have the bullpen help they were looking for. According to Krasovic, the Marlins will acquire right-handers Ryan Webb and Edward Mujica from the Padres in exchange for Maybin. Webb, who turns 25 in February, posted a 2.90 ERA and 44/19 K/BB ratio over 59 innings with the Padres this past…

  20. Pirates ramping up efforts to hire Clint Hurdle as manager

    Nov 13, 2010, 3:24 PM EDT

    Clint Hurdle

    According to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com, the Pirates have “increased efforts” to hire Clint Hurdle as manager. One source tells Rosenthal that the process is “moving forward at a rapid pace.” Hurdle, of course, is also a candidate for the Mets’ managerial vacancy. He is considered a favorite for the job along with Terry Collins…

  21. Dayton Moore says Royals won’t be active in free agency

    Nov 13, 2010, 2:35 PM EDT

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    David DeJesus and his $6 million salary for 2011 was shipped off to the Athletics earlier this week, but Royals general manager Dayton Moore told Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star that he doesn’t intend to invest the cost savings in free agents. “It’s not cost effective at this time for us to be…

  22. UPDATE: Dodgers close to re-signing Hiroki Kuroda

    Nov 13, 2010, 1:19 PM EDT

    Hiroki Kuroda pitches

    UPDATE: Buster Olney of ESPN.com also hears that the Dodgers are close to keeping Kuroda for one year at $12 million. 12:27 AM: Patrick Newman of NPB Tracker originally stated that 1 billon yen works out to $8 million, which looked like an awesome deal for the Dodgers. Turns out the exchange rate was incorrect.…

  23. Despite latest elbow injury, Jamie Moyer isn’t ready to hang ‘em up

    Nov 13, 2010, 12:40 PM EDT

    Jamie Moyer throwing

    When Jamie Moyer was shut down from the Dominican Winter League last week due to an elbow injury — his second such injury since July — the natural assumption was that his career was over. We should probably all know better than that by now. Moyer hadn’t heard the results of the MRI on his…

  24. Cardinals expected to aggressively pursue Juan Uribe

    Nov 13, 2010, 11:45 AM EDT

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    That’s the word from ESPN’s Buster Olney, who writes that the Cardinals could use Juan Uribe at third base or shortstop. Uribe, who turns 32 in March, batted .248/.310/.440 with 24 homers and 85 RBI this past season. And though he had a lousy .149 batting average during the playoffs, he also had his fair…

  25. UPDATE: Marlins “not confident” about signing Dan Uggla, now talking trade

    Nov 13, 2010, 11:10 AM EDT

    Dan Uggla running

    UPDATE: Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports that the Marlins “are not confident” they will sign Dan Uggla and are now fielding trade offers for the second baseman. According to Frisaro, in addition to the Tigers, the Marlins have received calls from at least two unidentified National League teams. The Marlins have been asking for relief…

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