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  1. Westmoreland making steady progress from brain surgery

    Nov 21, 2010, 6:05 PM EDT

    ryan westmoreland

    When Red Sox prospect Ryan Westmoreland was diagnosed in March with a cavernous malformation in his brain, some medical specialists thought it might put an end to his baseball career.  Not so. Westmoreland had surgery to repair the problem and is now taking batting practice two or three times a week, according to Brian MacPherson…

  2. Mets hire Terry Collins as manager

    Nov 21, 2010, 5:12 PM EDT

    mets logo hat

    The search is over.  The pick is in. According to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York, the Mets are set to introduce Terry Collins as the franchise’s 20th manager. Collins, 61, played professional baseball for 10 years and compiled a .255 career batting average over 671 major league games before turning to the coaching and…

  3. A’s break off talks with Japanese righty Hisashi Iwakuma

    Nov 21, 2010, 4:32 PM EDT

    iwakuma with blue glove

    A bit of a shocker here. Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that talks have “broken off” between the A’s and Japanese right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma. The A’s bid $15 million in early November for the right to negotiate exclusively with Iwakuma, but Slusser says that he was looking for “Barry Zito type” money…

  4. Omar Minaya has multiple offers from big league clubs

    Nov 21, 2010, 3:39 PM EDT

    minaya with microphones

    Things got ugly at the end of Omar Minaya’s tenure as the Mets’ general manager, but he’s still well-respected around the league and could be employed again as a front office executive before the start of the 2011 season. According to Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes, Minaya has received “multiple” job offers in the last…

  5. Bidding for Cliff Lee likely to start at $120 million

    Nov 21, 2010, 2:15 PM EDT

    cliff lee on mound

    More from the Boston Globe’s Nick Cafardo. The Yankees and Rangers are locked in a battle for left-hander Cliff Lee, this offseason’s top free agent.  And it sounds like the Yanks may strike first with an offer. Cafardo reports that Brian Cashman and Co. are preparing a proposal worth around $115 million-$120 million over five…

  6. Nick Cafardo on A-Gon, Upton, Crawford, Dodgers, Prior

    Nov 21, 2010, 12:53 PM EDT

    a-gon in blue

    No writer packs more valuable information into a Sunday notes column like the Boston Globe’s Nick Cafardo.  He’s at it again today with details on a variety of big time free agent and trade options.  Let’s review: Though he’s unlikely to be moved this winter or even next summer, so far the White Sox, Cubs,…

  7. Jeter’s agent unhappy about offer, negotiation process

    Nov 21, 2010, 11:48 AM EDT

    jeter jumping

    If we told you that a 36-year-old free agent shortstop with poor range defensively and a .270/.340/.370 batting line in 2010 felt slighted at a three-year, $45 million contract offer, you’d call us crazy, right? Fine, we’re nuts. According to Mike Lupica of the New York Daily News, the agent for veteran shortstop Derek Jeter…

  8. Must-click link: 90 things to love about Stan Musial

    Nov 21, 2010, 10:22 AM EDT

    Stan Musial

    Cardinals legend Stan “The Man” Musial turns 90 today, and to honor the occasion Bernie Miklasz of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch has pieced to together a list of 90 things to love about the Hall of Famer. From his .331 career batting average and seven National League batting titles to his graciousness both on and…

  9. Bryce Harper helps Scottsdale Scorpions to AFL crown

    Nov 21, 2010, 9:55 AM EDT

    harper in white nats uni

    Bryce Harper is a winner!  Or something. From MLB.com comes word that the 18-year-old outfield prospect led his Scottsdale Scorpions over the Peoria Javelinas Saturday in the championship game of the Arizona Fall League.  Harper drove in a run in the 3-2 victory, capping off a truly impressive fall campaign in the prospect-packed AFL. Harper…

  10. Nationals expected to make offer to Javier Vazquez

    Nov 21, 2010, 8:38 AM EDT

    Javier Vazquez

    The Nationals have been linked to nearly every free agent starting pitcher this offseason.  They’re tuned into the Cliff Lee negotiations, they’ve expressed interest in Jorge De La Rosa.  And now it appears they have a beat on available right-hander Javier Vazquez. According to Bill Ladson of MLB.com, the Nats are expected to make a…

  11. Korea wins Asian Games, Choo exempt from military service?

    Nov 19, 2010, 9:23 AM EDT

    16th Asian Games - Day 7: Baseball

    Good news for Indians fans. According to Jordan Bastian, MLB.com’s new Indians beat writer, South Korea defeated Taiwan 9-3 on Friday in the final of the Asian Games.  Tribe outfielder Shin-Soo Choo should now be exempt from Korea’s required two-year military service. Choo batted .300/.401/.484 with 22 home runs, 90 RBI and 22 stolen bases…

  12. Orioles, Padres, Mariners likely to bid on Tsuyoshi Nishioka

    Nov 19, 2010, 8:56 AM EDT

    nishioka throwing

    SI.com’s Jon Heyman reported earlier this week that the Red Sox and Twins have serious interest in 26-year-old Japanese infielder and MLB free agent Tsuyoshi Nishioka. And now other teams are looking to join the fray. From Patrick Newman’s NPB Tracker comes a couple of updates on the highly coveted Nishioka: The Orioles fully intend…

  13. Yankees hoping Lou Piniella will accept advisory role

    Nov 18, 2010, 9:51 PM EDT

    piniella tipping cap

    When Lou Piniella stepped down from his post as Cubs manager in August, he did so in order to make time for his ailing mother. It wasn’t the way he wanted to go out and he expressed great emotion during his final press conference about leaving the game of baseball behind. Good news, Lou.  You…

  14. Must-click link: Joe Sports Fan presents…

    Nov 18, 2010, 8:29 PM EDT

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    The fellas over at Joe Sports Fan always do great work, parodying a range of sports topics with a strong focus on mustaches. This bit does not involve a mustache, but it is brilliant. Check out Earl Sanderson, world-renowned baseball card photographer.  He’s spilling the beans in the debut of… “Beyond The Cardboard”

  15. Tigers finalize three-year deal with Joaquin Benoit

    Nov 18, 2010, 7:04 PM EDT

    benoit in blue jersey

    Another odd early-offseason deal is official. According to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com, right-handed reliever Joaquin Benoit passed his physical on Thursday and officially signed a new three-year, $16.5 million contract with the Tigers. Benoit registered a fantastic 1.34 ERA and 0.68 WHIP in 63 relief appearances for the American League East champion Rays this year,…

  16. Mets likely to introduce new manager on Tuesday

    Nov 17, 2010, 10:50 PM EDT

    mets logo hat

    The Mets interviewed Bob Melvin and Chip Hale on Wednesday for their managerial opening.  On Thursday, they’ll interview the other two finalists — Wally Backman and Terry Collins.  Assuming all goes according to plan and there’s no need for an abrupt schedule change, the Mets will then announce their new new skipper at a press…

  17. Derek Jeter wants at least a four-year contract from Yanks

    Nov 17, 2010, 9:23 PM EDT

    jeter in dugout

    Yankees veteran Derek Jeter posted a poor .270/.340/.370 batting line in 2010 and again showed diminishing range at the shortstop position.  A normal free agent with that profile would be lucky to find a two-year deal worth double-digit millions, but Derek Jeter is Derek Jeter.  And he’s using that legacy to squeak one final long-term…

  18. Marlins finalize strange three-year deal with John Buck

    Nov 17, 2010, 8:02 PM EDT

    Toronto Blue Jays Buck follows through on an RBI single during the first inning against the Boston Red Sox in their MLB American League baseball game in Boston

    Well, it’s official. The Marlins have made a couple of questionable moves so far in this young offseason and continued that trend Wednesday with the finalization of an odd three-year, $18 million contract for free agent catcher John Buck. Buck slugged 20 home runs for the Blue Jays in 2010 and represents a legitimate offensive…

  19. Nationals, Pirates, O’s interested in lefty Jorge De La Rosa

    Nov 17, 2010, 6:54 PM EDT

    Colorado Rockies v Arizona Diamondbacks

    The market for left-hander Jorge De La Rosa is heating up. According to Troy Renck of the Denver Post, the Nationals, Pirates and Orioles have been the most aggressive suitors thus far and other teams are expected to join the fray. The Nats have been on the hunt for a reliable long-term starter since their…

  20. Phillies close to two-year extension with Jose Contreras

    Nov 14, 2010, 10:14 PM EDT

    contreras throwing

    From Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes comes word that the Phillies are close to re-signing reliever Jose Contreras to a two-year contract worth around $5 million.  The deal also comes with a third year option and performance incentives. Handing a multi-year contract to a reliever can be problematic, but the Phils had to buck up…

  21. Sandy Alderson’s father killed in pedestrian accident

    Nov 14, 2010, 7:20 PM EDT

    A bit of rough news here. Adam Rubin of ESPN New York reports that the father of new Mets GM Sandy Alderson died on Saturday night due to injuries sustained upon being struck by a vehicle in St. Petersburg, Florida.  Authorities are investigating the incident, but no charges have yet been filed against the 21-year-old…

  22. Uggla says long-term agreement with Marlins is ‘reachable’

    Nov 11, 2010, 9:54 PM EDT

    Florida Marlins v Atlanta Braves

    Dan Uggla rejected a four-year, $48 million contract extension proposal from the Marlins last week.  But he’s not done negotiating. According to Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post, the arbitration-eligible second baseman told reporters Thursday that believes a long-term deal is “reachable” and that the two sides “can close the gap” before salary arbitration…

  23. UPDATE: D’Backs nearing two-year contract with Geoff Blum

    Nov 11, 2010, 8:29 PM EDT

    blum with bat

    The Diamondbacks are about to get… older. According to Steve Gilbert of MLB.com, Arizona is close to agreement on a one-year contract with infielder Geoff Blum. The veteran Blum posted a poor .267/.321/.356 batting line, two home runs and 22 RBI in 202 at-bats for the Astros this year and they rewarded that effort by…

  24. Pujols tops Votto as MLB announces Silver Slugger Awards

    Nov 11, 2010, 7:43 PM EDT

    pujols with silv slug

    Major League Baseball revealed its 2010 Silver Slugger Award recipients this evening during a one-hour special on MLB Network.  It’s the kind of show that would be far better suited for the announcement of Gold Gloves — you know, with highlights of great plays and range breakdowns — but MLBN probably had better programming lined…

  25. Boras: Adrian Beltre already drawing major interest

    Nov 11, 2010, 6:51 PM EDT

    beltre head up close

    Super-agent Scott Boras is making wild claims about one of his free agent clients.  Crazy, right? According to Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe, Boras told MLB Network Radio on Thursday afternoon that he has “never seen more interest in a player” than what he’s experiencing this fall with free agent third baseman Adrian Beltre.…

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