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  1. Mets making progress in extension talks with R.A. Dickey

    Nov 7, 2012, 9:55 PM EDT

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    The Mets made the easy decision last month to exercise a $5 million club option for 2013 on R.A. Dickey. But now they’re working on a multi-year extension with the knuckleballer. And working hard. Dickey told Marc Carig of Newsday on Wednesday night that negotiations have “progressed” and that he feels the “franchise is going in…

  2. Red Sox expected to pursue trade for Justin Upton … or not

    Nov 7, 2012, 8:48 PM EDT

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    Michael Silverman of the Boston Herald brings the knowledge: The Arizona Diamondbacks are once again actively shopping outfielder Justin Upton, and despite the appearance of the Red Sox on Upton’s no-trade list, that would not prohibit a trade of the 25-year-old to Boston, according to a major-league source. Players frequently insert names of teams they are willing…

  3. Brian Matusz underwent abdominal surgery last month

    Nov 7, 2012, 7:32 PM EDT

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    From MLB.com’s Britt Ghiroli comes word that Orioles left-hander Brian Matusz had surgery last month to repair a torn muscle in the lower part of his abdomen, officially termed a rectus abdominis tear. Matusz pitched with the injury for the final three months of the regular season and was fully aware that some kind of…

  4. Finalists announced for Rookie of the Year, Manager of the Year, Cy Young and MVP…

    Nov 7, 2012, 6:03 PM EDT

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    This year, the Baseball Writers Association of America is revealing finalists for its eight major awards before actually rolling out the trophies next week. Those finalists will be announced in an hour-long special on MLB Network beginning at 6 p.m. ET. We’ll list the names as they come in… Rookie of the Year American League:…

  5. Orioles still awaiting the arrival of Henry Urrutia

    Nov 6, 2012, 10:07 PM EDT

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    The Orioles signed Cuban defector Henry Urrutia to a minor league contract with a $778,500 signing bonus back in July and were hoping that he’d arrive in the United States in time to get a feel for Double-A ball. But the Double-A season has been over for seven weeks and Urrutia has yet to step…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

  21. 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…

  22. 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.

  23. 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…

  24. 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…

  25. 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…

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