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  1. Jamie Moyer may call it quits after another elbow injury

    Nov 7, 2010, 11:22 AM EDT

    Jamie Moyer, Matt Diaz

    The Phillies have already made it known that they have little desire to re-sign veteran lefty Jamie Moyer this offseason.  But it might not matter anyway. According to Dionisio Soldevila of Tiempo de Juego, Moyer suffered an injury to his throwing elbow while pitching Saturday in the Dominican Winter League.  It’s the same injury that…

  2. Cliff Lee will listen to offers from Nationals, probably all teams

    Nov 7, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

    cliff lee in ws

    It is officially hot stove season and, courtesy of’s Bill Ladson, we officially have one of our first ridiculous hot stove items. In September, Nationals GM Mike Rizzo expressed a desire to pick up a front-end starter this offseason.  Then on Thursday’s Rob Neyer wrote that the Nats are “a potential sleeper in…

  3. Mets host three-hour interview with Wally Backman

    Nov 7, 2010, 9:03 AM EDT

    backman walking on field

    Single-A Brooklyn manager Wally Backman was interviewed Saturday in San Diego for the Mets’ managerial opening.  He had a three-hour sit-down meeting with new Mets GM Sandy Alderson and, according to Peter Botte of the New York Daily News, it went smoothly. “I thought it went very well,” Backman told the Daily News Saturday night. “But…

  4. MLB free agency is officially underway

    Nov 7, 2010, 8:38 AM EDT

    cliff lee in delivery

    As Saturday turned to Sunday last night, MLB’s free agency period officially kicked off. It’s hot stove season and we’ll be digging up and dissecting rumors all winter long here on Hardball Talk. In the meantime, HBT’s own Matthew Pouliot has ranked this offseason’s Top 111 Free Agents.  A refresher: 111-91 90-71 70-51 50-31 30-11…

  5. Options deadline passes as teams look ahead to 2011

    Nov 5, 2010, 12:06 AM EDT

    Trader in the 30-year bond options pit signals an order in front of a trading board at the Chicago Board of Trade

    It’s now past midnight in the east and the deadline for teams to either exercise or decline options on players has passed.  There weren’t a ton of surprises — if any — but it’s worth reviewing some of the bigger names that were involved in the early offseason decisions. The Cardinals got an easy call…

  6. Rockies trade catcher Miguel Olivo to Jays for PTBNL

    Nov 4, 2010, 10:32 PM EDT

    olivo up closer

    This comes as a bit of a surprise. Tracy Ringolsby of reported Wednesday that the Rockies declined catcher Miguel Olivo’s $2.6 million option for 2011 and that the veteran would enter this offseason as a free agent.  That report was apparently incorrect. The Denver Post’s Troy Renck just tweeted that Olivo has been traded…

  7. Soria optimistic about Royals’ future, expects to stay

    Nov 4, 2010, 10:19 PM EDT

    Kansas City's Soria and Pena celebrate after the Royals' win over Tampa Bay during their MLB baseball game in Kansas City

    Staff ace Zack Greinke voiced concerns back in August about the Royals’ current rebuilding strategy, telling the Kansas City Star’s Bob Dutton that he’s not “excited” about the club’s crop of youngsters “because the chance of more than one of them making a major impact” during the duration of his contract is “pretty slim.”  Not…

  8. Giants decline Edgar Renteria’s $10.5M option for 2011

    Nov 4, 2010, 9:05 PM EDT

    edgar with trophy

    Veteran shortstop Edgar Renteria played the hero this year in the Giants’ amazing run to the World Series crown, batting .412 with six RBI over the course of the five-game Fall Classic. But he’s probably not going to be back in 2011. The Giants declined Renteria’s $10.5 million option on Thursday evening, according to the…

  9. Pirates interview Clint Hurdle for managerial opening

    Nov 4, 2010, 7:03 PM EDT

    Clint Hurdle

    The Pirates’ search for a new manager is picking up all sorts of steam. According to Jenifer Langosch of, the Bucs interviewed Rangers hitting coach Clint Hurdle on Thursday in what could be the club’s final managerial interview. Hurdle enjoyed great success as the Rangers’ hitting coach this season, helping to lead that franchise…

  10. Talks between Jeter and Yankees already looking problematic

    Nov 3, 2010, 9:48 PM EDT

    Texas Rangers v New York Yankees, Game 4

    When it comes to matters of Derek Jeter, the Yankees and free agency, everyone seems to agree on one thing: it’s best that the negotiations do not turn ugly.  Unfortunately, that may no longer be possible. Yankees managing partner Hal Steinbrenner told a New York-based radio station Tuesday that Jeter is wanted back, but also…

  11. Ryne Sandberg will not be returning to Cubs next season

    Nov 3, 2010, 8:34 PM EDT

    Ryne Sandberg

    When Lou Piniella stepped down from his post as Cubs manager earlier this year, there was an assumption that Triple-A Iowa skipper and Cubs legend Ryne Sandberg would take over to start the 2011 season.  Then Mike Quade stepped in, led the Cubbies to a 24-13 down the stretch and was awarded the full-time position…

  12. Rangers nearing multi-year extension with Ron Washington

    Nov 3, 2010, 7:20 PM EDT

    washington in white uni

    Rangers GM Jon Daniels told reporters soon after his club’s loss in the World Series that locking up manager Ron Washington to a multi-year contract was his first offseason priority.  He wasn’t lying. The two sides will sit down on Thursday and work out the final details of a contract extension, according to’s T.R.…

  13. World Series Game 4: Giants lineup vs. Tommy Hunter

    Oct 31, 2010, 5:02 PM EDT

    giants lineup

    The Giants’ official Twitter feed has the San Francisco batting order for Game 4 of the World Series on Sunday evening in Texas: 1. Andres Torres, CF 2. Freddy Sanchez, 2B 3. Aubrey Huff, DH 4. Buster Posey, C 5. Cody Ross, LF 6. Juan Uribe, 3B 7. Travis Ishikawa, 1B 8. Edgar Renteria, SS…

  14. World Series Game 4: Rangers lineup vs. Madison Bumgarner

    Oct 31, 2010, 4:39 PM EDT

    rangers standing for anthem

    The Rangers have released their batting lineup for Game 4 of the World Series against the Giants.  From ESPN Dallas: 1. Elvis Andrus, SS 2. Michael Young, 3B 3. Josh Hamilton, CF 4. Vladimir Guerrero, DH 5. Nelson Cruz, LF 6. Ian Kinsler, 2B 7. Jeff Francoeur, RF 8. Bengie Molina, C 9. Mitch Moreland…

  15. Lil’ Ron Washington will be part of pregame at World Series

    Oct 31, 2010, 3:35 PM EDT

    World Series Workout Session

    This picture of a second grader dressed as Rangers manager Ron Washington got a lot of play on the worldwide web this past week. It also got the Rangers’ attention and they have invited the young man, seven-year-old Liam Roybal, to exclaim “Play Ball!” before Sunday’s World Series Game 3 in Texas. Leigh Munsil of…

  16. Jays have not approached Bautista about long-term contract

    Oct 31, 2010, 3:03 PM EDT

    Jose Bautista

    The Boston Globe’s Nick Cafardo does a bang-up job during hot stove season and he has an article today about 2010′s biggest breakout star, Jose Bautista. Bautista, 30, posted a stellar 995 OPS and 124 RBI this past season while leading all major leaguers with 54 home runs. He’s in line for a big payday…

  17. Must-click link: The World Series according to Dave Eggers

    Oct 31, 2010, 1:42 PM EDT

    Click Here large

    This is great. The Bay Citizen, a San Francisco-based publication, invited bestselling author Dave Eggers to Game 1 of the World Series last week and asked him to draw up a few sketches of the people at AT&T Park.  He hit it out of the park, pun intended. The World Series, Dave Eggers Style Eggers…

  18. Giants might do well to shut down lefty Jonathan Sanchez

    Oct 31, 2010, 12:35 PM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Texas Rangers, Game 3

    Giants left-hander Jonathan Sanchez allowed four runs on six hits and three walks Saturday in San Francisco’s World Series Game 3 loss to the Rangers.  Before that, he was touched up for two earned runs in a two-inning outing against the Phillies.  He’s in line to make another start at the end of the seven-game…

  19. D’Backs eyeing free agent first baseman Paul Konerko

    Oct 31, 2010, 11:56 AM EDT

    konerko waves goodbye

    The free agent market will be fairly thin this winter, but that doesn’t mean the rumors won’t be flying. Paul Konerko, a free agent, posted a stellar .312/.393/.584 batting line in 2010 with 39 home runs and 111 RBI.  The on-base and slugging percentages were career highs. The White Sox never engaged in talks toward…

  20. Rangers sticking with Tommy Hunter in Game 4

    Oct 31, 2010, 10:39 AM EDT

    hunter wiping sweat

    How quickly opinions change. Down 2-0 in the World Series entering this busy sports weekend, some Rangers fans were pushing for the club to start ace left-hander Cliff Lee in Game 4.  But that kind of talk mostly took place before Texas won Game 3 and now it appears that manager Ron Washington will stick…

  21. Dave Eiland says he did not leave Yankees on a bad note

    Oct 31, 2010, 9:41 AM EDT

    eiland and hughes

    Andrew Marchand of ESPN New York heard from a source Saturday that the Yankees dismissed pitching coach Dave Eiland this fall because his relationship with manager Joe Girardi turned sour near the middle of the 2010 season.  That source may be correct, but Eiland is denying all claims about burned bridges. Eiland took a month-long…

  22. Mets offered a one-year contract to Hisanori Takahashi

    Oct 31, 2010, 8:54 AM EDT

    takahashi with black hat

    The Mets were given a short extension on their window of exclusive negotiating rights with free agent lefty Hisanori Takahashi.  And it sounds like they are going to take advantage of the extra time. Takahashi was offered a one-year deal from the Mets a few weeks back, according to David Waldstein of the New York…

  23. Guillen left off postseason roster because of injury, not PEDs

    Oct 30, 2010, 5:29 PM EDT

    San Diego Padres v San Francisco Giants

    HardballTalk’s own Craig Calcaterra had this story on Friday.  Now it’s close to being confirmed. Giants manager Bruce Bochy informed the Associated Press before Saturday’s World Series Game 3 that Jose Guillen was not left off the Giants’ postseason roster because of a PED-related investigation.  He was left off because of a neck injury that…

  24. Bobby Valentine likely to become Brewers’ next manager

    Oct 30, 2010, 4:41 PM EDT

    valentine in suit

    People have been hinting at the idea all week, and now it seems close to becoming a reality. According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today, “all signs” are indicating that Bobby Valentine is going to become the next manager of the Brewers. Valentine was interviewed for a variety of managing gigs this fall, and even…

  25. Joe Girardi, Dave Eiland had a falling out midseason

    Oct 30, 2010, 4:08 PM EDT

    girardi and eiland

    When the Yankees fired pitching coach Dave Eiland this fall after their run in the American League Championship Series was put to a stop, general manager Brian Cashman called it his own decision.  He said it was a “private” and “personal matter” that led to Eiland being let go and did not answer further questions. …

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