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  1. Cubs expected to introduce manager Dale Sveum on Friday

    Nov 17, 2011, 1:18 PM EDT

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    As reported late last night, Brewers hitting coach Dale Sveum has been offered the Cubs’ vacant managerial position. He hasn’t officially accepted, but the expectation is that he will at some point Thursday evening, with a Friday press conference to follow. Here’s the Chicago Tribune‘s Phil Rogers: Sveum, 47, went 7-5 as an interim skipper for the…

  2. Astros sale approved, team will move to AL West in 2013

    Nov 17, 2011, 12:41 PM EDT

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    MLB commissioner Bud Selig announced Thursday afternoon that the sale of the Houston Astros from former owner Drayton McLane to new owner Jim Crane has been unanimously approved. This according to CBS Sports’ Danny Knobler. As part of the agreement, the Astros will be moved to the American League West in 2013, with Crane getting a $70 million discount…

  3. Cubs offer manager’s gig to Brewers’ Dale Sveum

    Nov 16, 2011, 11:26 PM EDT

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    The Cubs’ search for a new skipper could be over. According to Jon Heyman of Sports Illustrated, Brewers hitting coach Dale Sveum was offered the vacant position at some point Wednesday night. Former Red Sox manager Terry Francona took himself out of the running on Wednesday morning and Rangers pitching coach Mike Maddux has reportedly…

  4. C.J. Wilson is looking for a six-year, $120 million contract

    Nov 16, 2011, 10:08 PM EDT

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    From Jon Heyman of Sports Illustrated comes word that free agent left-hander C.J. Wilson is seeking a six-year contract worth “close to” $120 million. Wilson is a shining light on a free agent market short on quality starting pitching and he might be able to land a six-year deal with so many teams desperate for…

  5. Rockies met with Milton Bradley’s representatives

    Nov 16, 2011, 9:24 PM EDT

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    Last we heard of Milton Bradley, he was being accused of threatening to kill his wife and then vehemently denying those accusations. A real pleasant situation. But this is baseball’s hot stove season and Bradley just so happens to be a major league free agent. Rumors rest for no man. Or something. According to Gordon…

  6. Eric Chavez hoping to continue playing career in 2012

    Nov 16, 2011, 8:07 PM EDT

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    Veteran infielder Eric Chavez was said to be “leaning heavily” toward retirement back in early October, but he never filed papers and has now decided that he’s not yet ready to call it quits. According to beat writer Wally Matthews of ESPNNewYork.com, Chavez’s agent has been telling front office executives that the 33-year-old will “definitely” return…

  7. Mike Matheny hiring opens a few more million for Albert Pujols

    Nov 13, 2011, 10:53 PM EDT

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    The Cardinals were 10 1/2 games back on August 25. They weren’t supposed to make it to October. The Cardinals drew an NLDS matchup with the 102-win Phillies. They were supposed to get out-pitched. The Cardinals faced the high-powered Brewers in the NLCS, then the higher-powered Rangers in the Fall Classic. They weren’t supposed to…

  8. The Cardinals name Mike Matheny their new manager

    Nov 13, 2011, 6:17 PM EDT

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    UPDATE:  The Cardinals have hired Matheny.  Wow.  Between him and Robin Ventura in Chicago, no managerial experience is the new thing for 2012. The Cards are going to formally announce Matheny tomorrow. Saturday: The Cardinals are expected to name Tony La Russa’s replacement at some point before Thanksgiving, and possibly as soon as next week.…

  9. The Miami Marlins stole their new logo from … Maroon 5?

    Nov 13, 2011, 5:06 PM EDT

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    OK, “stole” is probably too strong of a word. But, as noted by Juan C. Rodriguez of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, it certainly looks as though the designers of the Miami Marlins’ new logo took some amount of inspiration from the cover art for the hit single “Moves Like Jagger” by Maroon 5 and Christina Aguilera.…

  10. Phillies consider signing Michael Cuddyer a “middle priority”

    Nov 13, 2011, 3:49 PM EDT

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    The Phillies met with free agent outfielder Michael Cuddyer a few days ago in the City of Brotherly Love, giving him a tour of Citizens Bank Park and taking him out to a lunch attended by multiple front office officials. But their interest in signing him to a long-term contract is not as high as…

  11. Cardinals likely to start Daniel Descalso at 2B in 2012

    Nov 13, 2011, 2:32 PM EDT

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    According to Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Cardinals GM John Mozeliak said Saturday that Daniel Descalso is likely to open the 2012 season as the club’s starting second baseman. Descalso batted .264/.334/.353 with one home run, 20 doubles and 28 RBI in 375 plate appearances this year, making 61 starts at third base,…

  12. Cubs will have private workout with Yoenis Cespedes

    Nov 13, 2011, 1:15 PM EDT

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    Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer heard this weekend that Cuban phenom Yoenis Cespedes might not be eligible for major league free agency for another two months. But that hasn’t stopped teams from expressing serious interest. According to Carrie Muskat of MLB.com, the Cubs will have a private workout with the 26-year-old outfielder in the…

  13. MLB’s players and owners move closer to labor agreement

    Nov 13, 2011, 12:07 PM EDT

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    While the NBA lockout rolls into day 136, Major League Baseball’s players and owners are moving closer and closer to reaching a new labor deal. According to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com, the two sides have a “near-agreement” on draft-related issues, thought to be the last remaining significant hurdle in the ongoing negotiations. There will not…

  14. Alex Rodriguez expects to bounce back next season

    Nov 13, 2011, 10:51 AM EDT

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    The Bronx Bombers have been relatively quiet since baseball’s free agency period began. That is, unless you ask third baseman Alex Rodriguez: “The Yankees made two big moves this offseason,” Rodriguez told the New York Post by phone. “Keeping CC (Sabathia), and I expect to be who I have been in the past.” (Quote comes…

  15. Cardinals don’t plan on increasing offer to Albert Pujols

    Nov 13, 2011, 9:34 AM EDT

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    The Cardinals reportedly made a nine-year, $210 million contract offer to first baseman Albert Pujols before the start of the 2011 season. That amounts to a $23.3 million annual salary, which is less than Alex Rodriguez, Ryan Howard, Cliff Lee and CC Sabathia will make in 2012 and beyond. Aware that his client has been…

  16. Ozzie Guillen: handyman?

    Nov 13, 2011, 8:42 AM EDT

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    Miami Marlins skipper Ozzie Guillen tweeted the picture below late Saturday night, with the following title: “never leave ur car lights on when u go into mall. Very bad idea feel free to make fun.”

  17. Carlos Zambrano goes six innings in second VWL outing

    Nov 12, 2011, 10:03 PM EDT

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    Cubs right-hander Carlos Zambrano surrendered two runs over 2 2/3 innings in his Venezuelan Winter League debut earlier this week. On Saturday afternoon, he made his second VWL appearance. Rafael Rojas of Viva Colorado has the goods. Big Z allowed five hits and three earned runs over six innings, issuing two walks while striking out…

  18. Astros ink former first-rounder Brad Snyder to minors deal

    Nov 12, 2011, 6:58 PM EDT

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    From Astros social media director Alyson Footer comes word that Houston has signed 29-year-old outfielder Brad Snyder to a minor league contract. He’ll also be invited to spring training. Snyder, the No. 18 overall pick in the 2003 MLB Amateur Draft, has made only 37 career plate appearances in the major leagues — all with…

  19. Marlins to meet with Albert Pujols “within the next few days”

    Nov 10, 2011, 10:16 PM EDT

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    Finally, some news to pass along concerning this offseason’s top free agent: Albert Pujols. According to MLB.com’s Matthew Leach, the 31-year-old first baseman is scheduled to meet with Marlins officials in Miami “within the next few days.” The meeting will probably be similar to the one that free agent shortstop Jose Reyes took part in…

  20. Josh Hamilton set to undergo MRI on groin

    Nov 10, 2011, 9:41 PM EDT

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    From columnist Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News comes word that Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton is scheduled to undergo an MRI on his groin late Thursday night in Philadelphia. Hamilton was bothered by the groin injury throughout the 2011 postseason, batting just .271/.289/.414 in 76 plate appearances while homering only once. If Thursday night’s MRI reveals…

  21. More details emerge about the kidnapping of Wilson Ramos

    Nov 10, 2011, 8:35 PM EDT

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    Nats catcher Wilson Ramos was kidnapped in Venezuela over 24 hours ago. His captors have yet to contact the Ramos family seeking a ransom and authorities are short on promising leads. But El Universal, a Venezuelan newspaper based in Caracas, has uncovered a few more details about what exactly took place on Wednesday evening in…

  22. Report: Phillies “really like” free agent Jonathan Papelbon

    Nov 10, 2011, 7:18 PM EDT

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    Despite previous reports, the Phillies never had a four-year, $44 million contract agreement in place with free agent closer Ryan Madson. The two sides are continuing to discuss terms and a deal could be struck eventually, but the Philadelphia front office apparently has a fall-back plan in case those talks with Madson completely fall apart. Here’s the…

  23. Stephen Drew underwent sports hernia surgery last month

    Nov 10, 2011, 3:08 PM EDT

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    Diamondbacks shortstop Stephen Drew is still recovering from the severely fractured right ankle that he suffered back in late July. And now he has even more offseason rehab to look forward to. According to Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic, Drew underwent surgery last month to fix a hernia. Diamondbacks GM Kevin Towers told Piecoro that the…

  24. Jorge Posada confirms he won’t be back with Yankees

    Nov 9, 2011, 10:55 PM EDT

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    This will come as no surprise to anyone with a basic knowledge of the Yankees’ roster. But, alas… According to the AP, via NBCSports.com, free agent Jorge Posada said Wednesday before an annual dinner for his charitable foundation that he will not be back with the Yankees for the 2012 season. Posada also told reporters…

  25. Matt Kemp’s agent optimistic about ongoing extension talks

    Nov 9, 2011, 9:41 PM EDT

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    Matt Kemp‘s agent, former major league pitcher Dave Stewart, had this to say Wednesday about his ongoing negotiations with the Dodgers’ front office concerning a contract extension for his client (via ESPN L.A.): “I don’t think that it’s going to be difficult, I really don’t,” Stewart said. “I think we should be able to come…

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