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  1. Angels visited with Aramis Ramirez, likely to make offer

    Dec 1, 2011, 8:38 PM EST

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    From FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal comes word that members of the Angels’ front office paid a visit recently to free agent third baseman Aramis Ramirez and an offer is likely coming soon. Ramirez struggled with injuries and inconsistency during the latter part of his tenure in Chicago, but he posted a bounceback .871 OPS with 26…

  2. Rangers “optimistic” about locking up Mike Napoli this winter

    Dec 1, 2011, 7:25 PM EST

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    Rangers catcher Mike Napoli is currently scheduled to become a free agent at the conclusion of the 2012 season. But the Texas front office is hoping that he won’t even get a whiff of the open market. According to FOX Sports’ Jon Paul Morosi, the Rangers are going to attempt to sign Napoli to a…

  3. Thad Levine declines interview for Astros’ GM opening

    Nov 30, 2011, 10:18 PM EST

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    The Astros’ hunt for a new general manager began Monday when freshly-approved owner Jim Crane fired Ed Wade. It’s early, but so far the hunt has not been fruitful. In fact, it’s even been a little embarrassing. Crane and Co. have reached out to Rays executive vice president Andrew Friedman, but most insiders believe that to…

  4. Mitch Moreland undergoes surgery on right wrist

    Nov 30, 2011, 8:41 PM EST

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    According to T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com, Rangers first baseman Mitch Moreland underwent surgery Wednesday to repair his ailing right wrist. Rangers doctors say Moreland will need 8-12 weeks of recovery time, meaning he should be mostly done healing by the start of spring training in February and should be back to 100 percent health by…

  5. Rockies sign Ramon Hernandez to two-year contract, trade Chris Iannetta to Angels

    Nov 30, 2011, 7:26 PM EST

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    From FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal comes word that the Rockies have reached a two-year, $6.4 million free agent contract with veteran catcher Ramon Hernandez and have traded Chris Iannetta to the Angels for 21-year-old right-hander Tyler Chatwood. Hernandez, 35, posted a .788 OPS in 328 plate appearances this year for the Reds. He’s not much…

  6. Nationals re-sign Carlos Maldonado to minors contract

    Nov 27, 2011, 5:03 PM EST

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    From beat writer Bill Ladson of MLB.com comes word that the Nationals have re-signed catcher Carlos Maldonado to a minor league contract. Maldonado hasn’t appeared in a major league game since the 2010 season and posted an ugly-looking .234/.361/.342 slash line with one home run and 12 RBI in 38 games this past year at the…

  7. Eric Young Jr. dismissed from VWL team due to tardiness

    Nov 27, 2011, 3:49 PM EST

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    Rockies speedster Eric Young Jr. was sent to the Venezuelan Winter League this month to work on his play at second base, the hope being that he might enter 2012 with a bit more defensive versatility. But that plan has now been derailed. According to Rafael Rojas of Viva Colorado, an affiliate of the Denver…

  8. Joba Chamberlain says Tommy John rehab is on track

    Nov 27, 2011, 2:05 PM EST

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    According to Larry Brooks of the New York Post, via River Ave. Blues, Yankees right-hander Joba Chamberlain was in the New York Rangers locker room after Saturday’s game against the Flyers and told reporters that he’s currently on schedule in his rehabilitation from Tommy John surgery. Chamberlain underwent the reconstructive elbow procedure this past June — only five months…

  9. O’s might be open to trading Chris Tillman this winter

    Nov 27, 2011, 12:17 PM EST

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    Chris Tillman was a second-round pick of the Mariners back in the 2006 MLB Amateur Draft. He posted intriguing strikeout numbers at a few different levels of Single-A between 2006-2007 before being dealt in an offseason trade to the Orioles in 2008. That’s when his profile really began rising. Tillman registered a 3.18 ERA and 154/65 K/BB…

  10. Dodgers near agreement with reliever Wil Ledezma

    Nov 27, 2011, 10:38 AM EST

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    From Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com comes word that the Dodgers are close to an agreement on a minor league contract with reliever Wil Ledezma. A 30-year-old left-hander, Ledezma surrendered 11 hits and 10 earned runs in six innings this past year for the Blue Jays. He has a brutal 5.40 career ERA and 1.61 career…

  11. Wily Mo Pena close to signing deal with Japanese team

    Nov 27, 2011, 9:02 AM EST

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    According to Sponichi in Japan, via Yakyubaka.com and CBS Sports’ Eye on Baseball, free agent slugger Wily Mo Pena is close to signing a two-year contract with the Softbank Hawks of Nippon Professional Baseball. Pena, 29, slugged seven home runs in 120 major league plate appearances this past year between the Diamondbacks and Mariners. He…

  12. Brian Tallet was a victim of check forgery in St. Louis

    Nov 26, 2011, 8:51 PM EST

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    According to Marlon A. Walker of the Post-Dispatch, a man in St. Louis was arrested this summer for attempting to cash a $2,000 check on a Regions Bank account belonging to left-handed reliever Brian Tallet and his wife Natalie. Tallet posted a rough 8.31 ERA and 10/7 K/BB ratio in 13 1/3 innings for the Cardinals…

  13. Blue Jays acquire infielder Luis Valbuena from Indians

    Nov 26, 2011, 6:23 PM EST

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    It feels like it’s been weeks since the announcement of a trade or free agent signing in baseball. Well, folks, the long wait is over. From the Indians’ official Twitter feed comes this bit of thrilling news: Valbuena posted a weak .209/.227/.279 batting line in 44 plate appearances this past year for Cleveland and has…

  14. A Night at the Peabody: covering the premiere of MLB Productions’ 2011 World Series Film…

    Nov 24, 2011, 8:51 PM EST

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    I was invited, through Craig and MLB’s PR people, to attend and report on the premiere of the 2011 World Series Film on Tuesday night in St. Louis. I’ve been writing professionally about baseball since 2008, but it was the first time I had covered any sort of live event with a media badge and…

  15. Yankees sign Jayson Nix to minor league contract

    Nov 23, 2011, 10:18 PM EST

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    From Joel Sherman of the New York Post comes word that the Yankees have signed utilityman Jayson Nix to a minor league contract with an invitation to major league spring training. Nix is unlikely to land an Opening Day roster spot next March in Tampa, but he can play his way into the emergency mid-season…

  16. Agent: Cesar Izturis has “several” suitors

    Nov 23, 2011, 9:34 PM EST

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    Veteran infielder Cesar Izturis played in only 18 games and made just 33 plate appearances for the Orioles in 2011 due to groin and elbow issues. He batted .230/.277/.268 in 2010, and hasn’t registered an OPS above .700 since the 2004 season. But Major League Baseball can’t quit him. According to beat writer Dan Connolly…

  17. Cubs hoping to hire Chris Bosio as pitching coach

    Nov 23, 2011, 8:02 PM EST

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    Freshly-hired Cubs manager Dale Sveum is beginning to put together his coaching staff. According to Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune, Sveum has asked former big league teammate and current Triple-A manager Chris Bosio to become the Cubs’ new pitching coach. A formal interview is likely to take place after Thanksgiving weekend. Bosio served as an advance…

  18. Jocketty: Reds “not close” to extension with Brandon Phillips

    Nov 17, 2011, 10:03 PM EST

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    Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips told reporters back in late-September that he would not be offering a “homeboy hookup” to Cincinnati once it came time to discuss terms for a new contract. And he certainly seems to be sticking to that. Reds GM Walt Jocketty told Mark Sheldon of MLB.com on Thursday that the two…

  19. Rockies sign Brandon Wood to minor league contract

    Nov 17, 2011, 8:51 PM EST

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    Brandon Wood is like a left-handed reliever: despite years of poor results, he just keeps getting chances. From Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com comes word that the Rockies have signed the 26-year-old infielder to a minor league contract. He’ll be paid $100,000 over the major league minimum if he manages to land a spot on the…

  20. MLB’s players and owners reach new labor agreement

    Nov 17, 2011, 7:38 PM EST

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    Great news, Major League Baseball fans. According to FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal, MLB’s players and owners have reached agreement on a new labor deal that will be officially implemented on Monday and will last for the next five seasons. Full details of the agreement have not yet been released, but we’re expecting two major changes:…

  21. Cubs officially hire Dale Sveum as manager

    Nov 17, 2011, 2:39 PM EST

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    Well, it’s officially official. According to ESPN’s Gordon Edes, the Cubs have announced that Dale Sveum will become the team’s next manager. He’s to be introduced at a press conference scheduled for 9 a.m. Friday in Chicago. Sveum was offered the job on Wednesday evening after a second in-person interview, then issued his official acceptance on Thursday…

  22. Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw captures NL Cy Young Award

    Nov 17, 2011, 2:07 PM EST

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    The Baseball Writers’ Association of America announced Thursday that Dodgers left-hander Clayton Kershaw has been voted the National League Cy Young Award winner for 2011. Kershaw, 23, registered a sparkling 2.28 ERA in 33 starts this year, striking out 248 batters and walking only 54 across 233 1/3 innings. He snagged 27 of 32 possible first-place votes…

  23. Cubs expected to introduce manager Dale Sveum on Friday

    Nov 17, 2011, 1:18 PM EST

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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…

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

    Nov 17, 2011, 12:41 PM EST

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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…

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

    Nov 16, 2011, 11:26 PM EST

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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…

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