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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. Report: Wilson Ramos kidnapped from home in Venezuela

    Nov 9, 2011, 8:37 PM EDT

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    From Rafael Rojas of Viva Colorado, a bilingual news source connected to the Denver Post, comes word that Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos has been kidnapped from his home in Valencia, Venezuela. There aren’t many more details available at the moment and it might be hard to come by accurate information as this situation plays out,…

  11. Padres unveil new(ish) logos and uniforms

    Nov 9, 2011, 7:58 PM EDT

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    The Padres gave the press a sneak peek at their new logos and uniforms Wednesday night in San Diego. There had been some push from the Friars’ fanbase to revert back to the brown and gold uniforms of the ’70s and ’80s, but that change was deemed too drastic by the organization’s higher-ups. They’ve simply…

  12. Marlins met with Jose Reyes on Wednesday in Miami

    Nov 9, 2011, 7:03 PM EDT

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    If the Marlins’ interest in Jose Reyes wasn’t already being taken seriously, it certainly should be now. According to Joe Frisaro of MLB.com, the free agent shortstop met with Marlins officials on Wednesday afternoon in south Florida, dining at the famous Joe’s Stone Crab and taking a tour of the club’s nearly-completed ballpark in Little Havana. No…

  13. MLB “stars” sweep five-game series against Chinese Taipei

    Nov 6, 2011, 5:27 PM EDT

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    We did it! … Or something. According to Doug Miller of MLB.com, a group of Major League Baseball players (some stars, others not) captured a 6-4 victory Sunday at Cheng-Ching Lake Stadium in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, finishing up a five-game sweep of a Chinese Taipei team led by Nationals right-hander Chien-Ming Wang. Yankees Curtis Granderson and…

  14. Orioles officially hire Dan Duquette as new general manager

    Nov 6, 2011, 4:05 PM EDT

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    They’ve finally found their man. Er, a man. According to Baltimore sports reporter Jen Royle, the Orioles have officially hired Dan Duqette to be their next general manager and will introduce him at a press conference Tuesday at Camden Yards. Duquette served as the Expos’ general manager from 1992-1994 before taking the same position with…

  15. A recording of Ron Washington’s speech before Game 7…

    Nov 6, 2011, 3:22 PM EDT

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    The fine fellas at Joe Sports Fan have obtained a recording of Rangers manager Ron Washington’s pregame speech from Game 7 of the World Series. It’s about as graphic as it gets, with Washington frequently referring to Cardinals starter Chris Carpenter as “mutha-f#%king Carp.” He also quotes the Three Musketeers, so there’s that. JSF’s Matt Sebek…

  16. Jim Thome’s contract carries $250K in performance bonuses

    Nov 6, 2011, 2:30 PM EDT

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    The Phillies signed veteran slugger Jim Thome to a one-year contract on Friday. It carries a $1.25 million base salary, but the 41-year-old can earn another $250,000 through performance-based incentives. According to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com, Thome will get $50,000 if he reaches 175 plate appearances, another $50,000 if he makes 200 plate appearances, and so…

  17. Rockies interested in reunion with utilityman Jamey Carroll

    Nov 6, 2011, 1:16 PM EDT

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    According to the Denver Post‘s Troy Renck, Rockies general manager Dan O’Dowd is looking to give his team an “attitude adjustment” this winter by bringing in a strong clubhouse presence. Or two. Veteran utility infielder Jamey Carroll is thought to carry that type of aura, and is known to be on the Rockies’ short list…

  18. Picture of the Day: Brian Wilson leads LSU over ‘Bama

    Nov 6, 2011, 12:01 PM EDT

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    OK, that headline isn’t at all accurate. But Wilson did pick the Tigers to win “The Game of the Century.” Here’s the bearded closer, donning an LSU football uniform just before appearing on ESPN’s “Gameday” set as a guest score-predictor. His first-ranked alma mater defeated the second-ranked Alabama Crimson Tide on Saturday night by a…

  19. Rays “expected to be willing” to trade Wade Davis

    Nov 6, 2011, 10:54 AM EDT

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    From Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe comes word that the Rays are “expected to be willing” to trade 26-year-old right-hander Wade Davis at some point before the start of the 2012 season. There were rumblings as this offseason began that Tampa Bay might be willing to unload 29-year-old righty James Shields, who registered a…

  20. M’s prospect Nick Franklin goes 4-for-5 in Rising Stars Game

    Nov 6, 2011, 9:37 AM EDT

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    Mariners shortstop prospect Nick Franklin stole the show in Saturday night’s Arizona Fall League Rising Stars Game, finishing 4-for-5 with a home run, two doubles and four RBI as the West beat the East 11-2. The switch-hitting Franklin, considered a Top 50 prospect by most ranking services, also scored three runs. He homered in the…

  21. Mets open to trading David Wright this offseason?

    Nov 6, 2011, 8:49 AM EDT

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    From Joel Sherman of the New York Post: “We will listen on [David] Wright for sure,” a Mets official told me during the week. “We know we are not going to win it all in 2012. We have to hope the Phillies get old and we are in position to take advantage of that in…

  22. Boras: Ryan Madson already receiving “a lot of interest”

    Nov 5, 2011, 10:03 PM EDT

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    Free agent right-hander Ryan Madson registered an impressive 2.37 ERA and 62/16 K/BB ratio across 60 2/3 innings this season for the NL East champion Phillies, collecting 32 saves in 34 opportunities. He’ll be looking to cash in this winter as the most dominant reliever on the market. And it sure sounds like his suitors…

  23. Yankees contact the agent for Roy Oswalt, C.J. Wilson

    Nov 5, 2011, 8:58 PM EDT

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    The Yankees’ search for pitching is now underway. According to beat writer Marc Carig of the Newark Star-Ledger, Yankees GM Brian Cashman placed a call Friday to agent Bob Garber, who represents two of this winter’s top available starters: right-hander Roy Oswalt and left-hander C.J Wilson. The interest in Wilson comes as no surprise, but…

  24. Roger Clemens invited to pitch for Puerto Rican team

    Nov 5, 2011, 7:35 PM EDT

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    Look, kids: a real-life Kenny Powers! According to Christian Red of the New York Daily News, former major league starter Roger Clemens has been invited to join the pitching staff of Indios de Mayaguez, a Puerto Rican winter league team that recently signed a contract with his son, 24-year-old corner infield prospect Koby Clemens. “The…

  25. Free agent starter Bruce Chen already has three suitors

    Nov 3, 2011, 10:06 PM EDT

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    From Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star comes word that free agent left-hander Bruce Chen has already drawn “serious” interest from three different clubs this offseason, one being the Royals. Chen posted a respectable 3.77 ERA and 1.30 WHIP across 25 starts during the 2011 regular season. He only struck out 97 batters in…

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