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  1. Blue Jays not close in search for new manager

    Nov 6, 2012, 8:59 PM EDT

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    MLB.com’s Gregor Chisholm has the update: The Blue Jays’ search for a new manager temporarily will be put on hold this week while Alex Anthopoulos attends the annual General Managers Meetings in Palm Springs, Calif. The meetings are set to run from Wednesday until Friday, which means for at least a few days the quest…

  2. Diamondbacks sign Eddie Bonine to minor league deal

    Nov 6, 2012, 7:43 PM EDT

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    Hey, look — news that isn’t election-related! FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reports that the Diamondbacks have signed right-hander Eddie Bonine to a minor league contract. The deal will pay him a $500,000 salary if he cracks the MLB roster. Bonine posted a 4.63 ERA in 68 innings (one start, 46 relief appearances) in 2010 with…

  3. Yu Darvish will not participate in the World Baseball Classic

    Nov 6, 2012, 6:35 PM EDT

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    Rangers right-hander Yu Darvish announced through an official press release on Tuesday evening that he will not be pitching for Team Japan in next spring’s 2013 World Baseball Classic: After much deliberation, which has included a lot of consultation with my coaches and trainers, I have decided that I will not play in the upcoming World…

  4. Bartolo Colon’s deal could be worth as much as $6 million

    Nov 4, 2012, 5:05 PM EDT

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    The A’s announced Saturday that they had signed veteran right-hander Bartolo Colon to a new one-year contract. And now Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chonicle has the full financial details: Despite Colon’s age and his suspension, the A’s will pay him $3 million next year, and an incentives package could push the deal to between…

  5. Rockies’ search for new manager down to four candidates

    Nov 4, 2012, 3:49 PM EDT

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    From Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post: The Rockies’ managerial search has reached the final four: bench coach Tom Runnells, veteran slugger Jason Giambi, former Rockies shortstop Walt Weiss and current Diamondbacks third-base coach Matt Williams. Williams is the only one who hasn’t had a formal interview, but that will change Monday when he sits…

  6. Nationals likely to cut ties with left-hander John Lannan

    Nov 4, 2012, 2:53 PM EDT

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    The Nationals did not make free agent right-hander Edwin Jackson a qualifying offer by Friday night’s deadline and would seem to have an opening in their 2013 starting rotation for a guy like John Lannan. But Lannan probably won’t be given that shot. According to Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post, “people familiar with the…

  7. Padres could be a fit for Dan Haren this winter

    Nov 4, 2012, 1:48 PM EDT

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    Free agent right-hander Dan Haren had a frustrating 2012, posting a pedestrian 4.33 ERA across 176 2/3 innings while fighting a lingering lower back issue. Haren should still find plenty of interest on the open market this offseason, but if he would rather do a one-year “prove-it” style of deal to reestablish his value, there’s…

  8. Dodgers might want a reunion with Hiroki Kuroda

    Nov 4, 2012, 12:30 PM EDT

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    The Yankees are expected to attempt to re-sign starting pitcher Hiroki Kuroda this offseason and should have ample funds to get the contract done. But they’re going to have some competition. Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe writes in this week’s Sunday notes column that Kuroda “may be the most sought-after pitcher in terms of…

  9. Twins considering trade for Rays righty James Shields?

    Nov 4, 2012, 11:41 AM EDT

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    The Twins had one of the worst pitching staffs in the majors this season, finishing with a combined 4.77 ERA that ranked 28th out of baseball’s 30 teams. It was a given that they’d try to do some patchwork this winter, but could a big splash be on the way? According to Nick Cafardo of…

  10. Cody Ross and Red Sox are not close to deal

    Nov 4, 2012, 10:57 AM EDT

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    The Red Sox have been trying to work out a contract extension with Cody Ross since July. But it’s now November, and it suddenly sounds like the free agent corner outfielder will not be brought back for 2013. “It hasn’t been really what I would say close,” Ross told Rob Bradford of Boston’s WEEI.com about…

  11. Red Sox have standing job offer for Pedro Martinez

    Nov 4, 2012, 9:34 AM EDT

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    Pedro Martinez is enjoying life after (and away from) baseball. And he can return to the game in a flash if he wants. Via MLB.com’s Evan Drellich: “We’ve had discussions,” general manager Ben Cherington said Saturday. “He knows there is a role waiting for him when the time is right for him.” It would probably…

  12. Billy Hamilton steals second and third in Rising Stars Game

    Nov 4, 2012, 8:49 AM EDT

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    The video is unfortunately not embeddable, but you’ll want to follow this link to see Reds prospect Billy Hamilton steal the show — pun intended — at last night’s Arizona Fall League Rising Stars Game. The 22-year-old gets a nice jump and snags second base rather routinely, then darts over to third after the next pitch…

  13. Mariners re-sign Oliver Perez to one-year contract

    Nov 3, 2012, 10:26 PM EDT

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    From MLB.com’s Greg Johns comes word that the Mariners have re-signed left-hander Oliver Perez to a one-year major league deal for the 2013 season. Financial terms of the agreement aren’t yet available. Perez reinvented himself as reliever this past season on a non-guaranteed minor league deal with the M’s, posting a 2.12 ERA across 29 2/3…

  14. Miguel Tejada to play in Dominican Winter League

    Nov 3, 2012, 9:58 PM EDT

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    Veteran infielder Miguel Tejada was released from Triple-A Norfolk (the Orioles’ International League affiliate) in late June and failed to latch on with another organization. But he is keeping active. According to Venezuelan baseball reporter Manolo Hernandez, the 38-year-old Tejada will being playing with Aguilas Cibaenas of the Dominican Winter League on Sunday. He’s presumably hoping to…

  15. Brandon McCarthy finding “immediate interest” in free agency

    Nov 3, 2012, 8:40 PM EDT

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    Free agent starter Brandon McCarthy has made it known that he would like to return to the Athletics. But he is going to have some options. Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that McCarthy has drawn “immediate interest” from multiple teams since officially becoming a free agent early Saturday morning. Slusser names the…

  16. Mike Gonzalez drawing interest from 10 clubs

    Nov 3, 2012, 7:13 PM EDT

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    Free agency is a breeze for a good lefty reliever. According to beat writer James Wagner of the Washington Post, free agent left-hander Mike Gonzalez said in a phone interview on Saturday morning that he’s already drawn interest from 10 different teams this offseason. Nationals included. “They’ve had a couple conversations,” Gonzalez said of the…

  17. Bryce Harper is a clown, bro, this Halloween

    Oct 31, 2012, 10:32 PM EDT

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    Because there isn’t much happening in the baseball world on this Wednesday night and because HardballTalk is nothing if not festive, here’s Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper in his Halloween costume: Props to the Harper house for giving out King Size candy bars. And those RGIII socks are a nice touch.

  18. Ryan Madson declines $11M mutual option for 2013

    Oct 31, 2012, 9:48 PM EDT

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    The Reds wouldn’t have picked it up anyway, so right-hander Ryan Madson beat the team to the punch on Wednesday night and declined his half of an $11 million mutual option for the 2013 season. This according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports. Madson gets a hefty $2.5 million buyout and will officially become a…

  19. D’Backs decline options on Matt Lindstrom and Henry Blanco

    Oct 31, 2012, 8:35 PM EDT

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    Arizona is also making moves this evening. According to the club’s official Twitter feed, the Diamondbacks declined a $1.24 million mutual option Wednesday on catcher Henry Blanco and a $4 million club option for reliever Matt Lindstrom. Blanco appeared in only 21 games this season because of a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his left…

  20. Jorge De La Rosa exercises $11M player option for 2013

    Oct 31, 2012, 7:13 PM EDT

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    Rockies left-hander Jorge De La Rosa made the easiest of easy decisions on Wednesday, exercising a player option that will pay him $11 million in 2013. This according to the Rockies’ Twitter feed. De La Rosa made only three starts this season and just 10 starts the season before due to Tommy John reconstructive elbow…

  21. Blue Jays exercise option on lefty reliever Darren Oliver and re-sign outfielder Rajai Davis

    Oct 31, 2012, 6:27 PM EDT

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    Veteran left-handed reliever Darren Oliver was said to be considering retirement earlier this month. But that apparently won’t be happening. According to beat writer Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com, the Blue Jays exercised Oliver’s $3 million club option on Wednesday. They also re-signed outfielder Rajai Davis to a one-year, $2.5 million deal after declining his $3…

  22. Gold Glove Award winners, as they’re announced…

    Oct 30, 2012, 9:43 PM EDT

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    Major League Baseball is revealing the 2012 Gold Glove Award recipients tonight during an hour-long program on ESPN2. We’ll list this year’s winners below as they are announced. Let the outrage commence! CATCHER American League: Matt Wieters National League: Yadier Molina LEFT FIELD American League: Alex Gordon National League: Carlos Gonzalez CENTER FIELD American League:…

  23. Dodgers re-sign Brandon League to three-year, $22.5M deal

    Oct 30, 2012, 8:28 PM EDT

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    The Dodgers acquired reliever Brandon League from the Mariners at the July 31 trade deadline and were pleased with the numbers (2.30 ERA and 1.13 WHIP in 27 1/3 innings) he posted down the stretch. So they’ve decided to keep him around for a while. According to Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times, the…

  24. Rays to exercise $1.5 million option on Jose Molina

    Oct 30, 2012, 7:54 PM EDT

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    From Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times comes word that the Rays are planning to exercise catcher Jose Molina‘s $1.8 million club option for the 2013 season. It was that or pay a $300,000 buyout. Molina batted .223/.286/.355 with eight home runs and 32 RBI in 102 games this season for the Rays while…

  25. Mets exercise options on David Wright and R.A. Dickey

    Oct 30, 2012, 6:40 PM EDT

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    A couple of no-brainer option decisions here. FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal and Jon Paul Morosi report that the Mets officially exercised 2013 club options on Tuesday evening for third baseman David Wright and right-handed starter R.A. Dickey. Wright’s is $16 million. Dickey’s is $5 million. Wright, 29, batted .306/.391/.492 with 21 home runs and 93…

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