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

    Nov 15, 2010, 7:45 PM EST

    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)…

  2. Mets may consider more candidates for manager

    Nov 15, 2010, 7:05 PM EST

    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…

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

    Nov 15, 2010, 6:37 PM EST

    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…

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

    Nov 13, 2010, 6:10 PM EST

    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…

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

    Nov 13, 2010, 5:01 PM EST

    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…

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

    Nov 13, 2010, 4:12 PM EST

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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…

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

    Nov 13, 2010, 3:24 PM EST

    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…

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

    Nov 13, 2010, 2:35 PM EST

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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…

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

    Nov 13, 2010, 1:19 PM EST

    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.…

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

    Nov 13, 2010, 12:40 PM EST

    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…

  11. Cardinals expected to aggressively pursue Juan Uribe

    Nov 13, 2010, 11:45 AM EST

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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…

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

    Nov 13, 2010, 11:10 AM EST

    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…

  13. Braves drop Kenshin Kawakami from 40-man roster

    Nov 13, 2010, 10:45 AM EST

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    Just in case there was any doubt that the Braves have completely given up on Kenshin Kawakami, they dropped him from their 40-man roster today, according to Mark Bowman of MLB.com. The Japanese right-hander passed through waivers and was sent outright to Double-A Mississippi. Kawakami, 35, is 8-22 with a 4.32 ERA in 50 games…

  14. John Russell interviews for Orioles’ coaching vacancy

    Nov 13, 2010, 9:40 AM EST

    John Russell

    Now that Juan Samuel has decided to return home to Philadelphia, the Orioles still have vacancies at third base coach and bench coach. According to Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun, former Pirates manager John Russell interviewed Friday for the two openings on Buck Showalter’s staff. *Russell was fired by the Pirates in October after…

  15. Terry Collins had a DUI in 2002, but does that mean anything?

    Nov 13, 2010, 8:55 AM EST

    Terry Collins argue

    This is news to me. Joe Janish of Mets Today has information about Terry Collins’ 2002 DUI arrest in Augusta, Georgia. Here’s part of the story that ran in the Augusta Chronicle, which I was also able to find on Baseball America. Former major league manager Terry Collins was arrested early Thursday morning and charged…

  16. Heyman: Phillies making “big push” to keep Jayson Werth

    Nov 12, 2010, 10:46 PM EST

    NLCS Giants Phillies Baseball

    Well, lookie here: Jon Heyman of SI.com hears that the Phillies are making a “big push” to keep free agent outfielder Jayson Werth. No, Werth isn’t going to sign tomorrow or anything, but Heyman also refers to Ruben Amaro’s comments from earlier this afternoon, when the Phils’ GM indicated that he would like to know…

  17. Confirmed: Mets to interview Jose Oquendo for managerial vacancy

    Nov 12, 2010, 9:14 PM EST

    Jose Oquendo

    Terry Collins, Clint Hurdle and Bob Melvin remain the favorites in the Mets’ managerial derby, but one wildcard candidate has emerged in the past 24 hours. As hinted by Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com earlier this afternoon, the Mets will indeed interview Jose Oquendo next Monday in Orlando before the GM meetings get underway, according to…

  18. Athletics interested in Lance Berkman as designated hitter

    Nov 12, 2010, 8:11 PM EST

    Berkman Yanks

    The Athletics have been mighty busy so far this offseason, but general manager Billy Beane is still on a mission to find a power bat for a team that finished second from the bottom in the league in home runs and slugging percentage this past season. With that in mind, Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com hears…

  19. Mets officially fire longtime clubhouse manager Charlie Samuels

    Nov 12, 2010, 7:21 PM EST

    Charlie Samuels

    It was more a matter of “when” than “if,” but the Mets officially fired clubhouse manager Charlie Samuels today. Samuels is currently under investigation for his involvement in an illegal gambling ring and reportedly admitted to MLB that he bet on baseball. He was previously “indefinitely suspended” by the team. The Mets released the following…

  20. Red Sox acquire Andrew Miller from Marlins

    Nov 12, 2010, 6:44 PM EST

    Andrew Miller

    According to Danny Knobler of CBSSports.com, the Red Sox have acquired Andrew Miller from the Marlins for Dustin Richardson. Miller, a former first-round pick of the Tigers in 2005, has yet to put things together on the major league level, posting a 5.84 ERA in 79 big league appearances (54 starts), averaging 7.3 K/9 and…

  21. Rumor: Phillies “could be interested” in Jason Varitek

    Nov 9, 2010, 9:31 PM EST

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    A source tells Boston-based writer Maureen Mullen that the Phillies could be interested in signing Jason Varitek as a backup catcher to Carlos Ruiz. How seriously should we take this one? Hard to say. Unless the Phillies find a taker for Brian Schneider’s $1.5 million contract for next season, it doesn’t sound like a very…

  22. Laynce Nix declares free agency

    Nov 9, 2010, 8:20 PM EST

    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…

  23. Trevor Hoffman keeping his eye on the Diamondbacks

    Nov 9, 2010, 7:38 PM EST

    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.…

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

    Nov 8, 2010, 9:36 PM EST

    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…

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

    Nov 8, 2010, 8:34 PM EST

    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…

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