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  1. Rockies interested in reunion with utilityman Jamey Carroll

    Nov 6, 2011, 1:16 PM EST

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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…

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

    Nov 6, 2011, 12:01 PM EST

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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…

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

    Nov 6, 2011, 10:54 AM EST

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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…

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

    Nov 6, 2011, 9:37 AM EST

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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…

  5. Mets open to trading David Wright this offseason?

    Nov 6, 2011, 8:49 AM EST

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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…

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

    Nov 5, 2011, 10:03 PM EST

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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…

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

    Nov 5, 2011, 8:58 PM EST

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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…

  8. Roger Clemens invited to pitch for Puerto Rican team

    Nov 5, 2011, 7:35 PM EST

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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…

  9. Free agent starter Bruce Chen already has three suitors

    Nov 3, 2011, 10:06 PM EST

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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…

  10. Yet another candidate pulls out of running for O’s GM job

    Nov 3, 2011, 8:48 PM EST

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    It just gets uglier and uglier for the Orioles. According to SI’s Jon Heyman, Dodgers assistant GM DeJon Watson has pulled his name out of the running for Baltimore’s vacancy at general manager. Watson was never a favorite for the job, but he’s now the third candidate to drop out of the ongoing hunt voluntarily…

  11. Rafael Furcal drawing interest from “half dozen” teams

    Nov 3, 2011, 7:23 PM EST

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    Veteran shortstop Rafael Furcal hit .255/.316/.418 and launched seven home runs in 50 games after joining the Cardinals via a mid-summer trade. He also upgraded St. Louis’ infield defense significantly while managing to stay healthy through the end of the Redbirds’ victorious World Series run. Pleased with that performance, the St. Louis front office has…

  12. Red Sox interview second potential skipper: Dale Sveum

    Nov 2, 2011, 10:39 PM EST

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    On Monday, the Red Sox brought in Phillies bench coach Pete Mackanin to interview for the club’s managerial vacancy. The chat went well, according to Mackanin, who remains a promising candidate. But the interview process is far from over. According to the AP, via NBCSports.com, the Red Sox held their second meeting for the open…

  13. D’Backs reach two-year, $3M deal with John McDonald

    Nov 2, 2011, 9:25 PM EST

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    From Jack Magruder of FOXSportsArizona.com comes word that the Diamondbacks have reached agreement on a two-year, $3 million contract with veteran utility infielder John McDonald. McDonald batted just .169/.222/.203 in 63 plate appearances after joining Arizona in late August, but he’s still a capable defender at the age of 37 and will provide the Snakes…

  14. Report: Rays “dead-set” on keeping James Shields

    Nov 2, 2011, 8:18 PM EST

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    James Shields posted a fantastic 2.82 ERA in 33 starts this season, striking out 225 batters and issuing only 65 walks across 249 1/3 innings. There’s been some thought that the Rays might try to capitalize on that breakout 2011 campaign by shopping the 29-year-old right-hander this winter. He’s owed a $7.5 million salary in…

  15. Silver Slugger Award winners announced on MLB Network

    Nov 2, 2011, 7:03 PM EST

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    Major League Baseball is unveiling this year’s Silver Slugger Award winners Wednesday evening in an hour-long special on MLB Network. The Silver Slugger Award is given annually to the top offensive player at each position in each league, as determined by MLB’s coaches and managers. We’ll post the recipients as they are announced: National League…

  16. “Field of Dreams” property in Iowa sold by Lansing family

    Oct 30, 2011, 6:14 PM EST

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    “Don’t sell the farm, Ray.” That’s what the character Mark tells Ray Kinsella in “Field of Dreams,” after seeing Shoeless Joe (or his spirit or whatever) for the first time. Well, get this: According to the Associated Press, via SI.com, the property in Iowa on which that Kevin Costner-starred baseball flick was shot has been…

  17. Watch live coverage of the Cardinals’ World Series parade

    Oct 30, 2011, 4:59 PM EST

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    The Cardinals won their 11th World Series title on Friday night with a 6-2 Game 7 victory over the Rangers. On Sunday night, the city of St. Louis will “go crazy” again with a parade through downtown. It’ll end with a celebration inside Busch Stadium, which sold out of $5 tickets by Saturday afternoon. MLB.com…

  18. Brewers decline 2012 options on K-Rod and Betancourt

    Oct 30, 2011, 3:40 PM EST

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    With option decisions due by midnight Monday, teams are beginning to make things official. We’ll have all of the transactions as they stream in. Here are some obvious ones. According to the Associated Press, via the New York Post, the Brewers have declined a $17.5 million mutual option on right-hander Francisco Rodriguez, paying him a…

  19. Padres hire Phil Plantier as hitting coach

    Oct 30, 2011, 2:37 PM EST

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    According to FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal, the Padres have hired Phil Plantier as hitting coach. Plantier, 42, had been serving as manager at the Padres’ single affiliate in Lake Elsinore, California. He was a big league outfielder from 1990-1997, batting .243/.332/.439 with 91 home runs in 610 games, 298 of which he played with San…

  20. Will David Ortiz have National League suitors?

    Oct 30, 2011, 1:23 PM EST

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    The general assumption is that free agent slugger David Ortiz will only get offers from American League teams this winter. He hasn’t played more than 10 games at first base since the 2004 season, and even then he had poor range defensively. But what if Ortiz commits to getting in great shape over the offseason,…

  21. Red Sox to interview Mackanin, Sveum for managing gig

    Oct 30, 2011, 12:08 PM EST

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    According to Rob Bradford of WEEI.com, the Red Sox have identified the first two candidates who could potentially fill the team’s opening at manager: Phillies bench coach Pete Mackanin and Brewers hitting coach Dale Sveum. Both men will interview within the next week. Mackanin, 60, has managed nine different minor league teams and served as…

  22. Rangers to exercise Colby Lewis’ $3.25M option for 2012

    Oct 30, 2011, 11:25 AM EST

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    As reported by Gerry Fraley of the Dallas Morning News, the Rangers are fully expected to exercise right-hander Colby Lewis‘ $3.25 million club option for 2012 by Monday’s midnight deadline. Lewis has topped 200 innings in back-to-back seasons, registering a 3.72 ERA and 196 strikeouts in 2010 and a 4.40 ERA with 169 strikeouts in…

  23. Buster Posey on pace to be fully healthy by spring training

    Oct 30, 2011, 10:16 AM EST

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    From Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle comes this promising update on young Giants catcher Buster Posey, who had his 2011 season cut short by a nasty late-May collision at home plate: For the last six weeks, Posey has been rehabilitating and strengthening his leg in Scottsdale. He is taking batting practice. He has…

  24. Joe Nathan says Mets are “on radar” this offseason

    Oct 30, 2011, 9:39 AM EST

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    Veteran reliever Joe Nathan posted a disappointing 4.84 ERA in 44 2/3 innings this season. And while his numbers were greatly improved in the second half, the Twins made the no-brainer decision earlier this month to decline his $12.5M option for 2012. Nathan will become a free agent on Thursday, allowed to sign with any…

  25. Marlins prez: Hanley Ramirez will play shortstop in 2012

    Oct 30, 2011, 8:42 AM EST

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    Marlins skipper Ozzie Guillen told the media a few weeks ago that he had spoken to Hanley Ramirez about possibly moving away from shortstop. Hanley’s defense there has always been a bit spotty and there’s a belief that it will only get worse. But there will be no position change in 2012. According to Joe…

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