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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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, 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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.…

  8. Angels expected to make serious run at Carl Crawford

    Nov 10, 2010, 10:33 PM EDT

    carl crawford rays

    The Angels are going to make a serious run this winter at free agent outfielder Carl Crawford.  This is something we’ve all known for weeks, and now it’s finally being talked about. Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times wrote this evening that the Angels have identified the multi-talented Crawford as their “primary” offseason target…

  9. Kirk Gibson’s memorabilia auction is going pretty well

    Nov 10, 2010, 9:45 PM EDT

    gibson 88

    Craig ran a story in October explaining why current Diamondbacks manager and former Dodgers legend Kirk Gibson is selling several pieces of his personal memorabilia. Gibson basically said that the memories of his playing career are locked in his head and that he doesn’t need bats and batting gloves on display at his home to…

  10. Dave Niehaus: 1935-2010

    Nov 10, 2010, 8:28 PM EDT

    dave niehaus frick

    Sad news out of the Pacific Northwest tonight. According to Kirby Arnold of the Everett Herald, longtime Mariners broadcaster Dave Niehaus passed away from a heart attack this afternoon at the age of 75. Niehaus was awarded the job of play-by-play announcer before Seattle’s inaugural season in 1977 and remained in that role through the…

  11. A’s acquire David DeJesus from Royals for two pitchers

    Nov 10, 2010, 7:02 PM EDT

    Kansas City Royals v Atlanta Braves

    A major trade on November 10?  Good stuff. According to the A’s official Twitter feed, Oakland has acquired outfielder David DeJesus from the Royals in exchange for right-hander Vin Mazzaro and minor league left-hander Justin Marks. DeJesus has been involved in trade rumors for a couple of seasons now and the Royals, aiming to form…

  12. Red Sox have no interest in Matsuzaka-Fukudome swap

    Nov 10, 2010, 6:31 PM EDT

    fukudome running bases

    Phil Rogers of the Chicago Tribune tweeted earlier today that the Cubs have been “kicking around” the idea of swapping outfielder Kosuke Fukudome in a package for Red Sox right-hander Daisuke Matsuzaka.  If the Cubs have indeed been exploring such a deal, they should stop now. Whether you prefer MLB Network’s Peter Gammons, the Boston…

  13. Must-click link: Giants fans remember the good and bad times

    Nov 7, 2010, 5:02 PM EDT

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    Carl Steward of the San Jose Mercury News put together a piece in Wednesday’s edition chronicling 52 agonizing years of San Francisco Giants fandom.  That agony, of course, was broken this year when the Giants defeated the Rangers to win the franchise’s first World Series title since making the move to the Bay Area. Steward’s…

  14. Penny engaged to Dancing With The Stars’ Karina Smirnoff

    Nov 7, 2010, 3:45 PM EDT

    penny and smirnoff play catch

    Brad Penny gelled immediately with pitching coach Dave Duncan this year in St. Louis and posted a solid 3.23 ERA and 1.29 WHIP in his first nine starts for the Cardinals, but he went down with a lat injury in late May and never resurfaced due to injury setbacks. He’s back in the news now,…

  15. Orioles hire Mark Connor as pitching coach

    Nov 7, 2010, 2:51 PM EDT

    o's july hat

    The Orioles have hired a pitching coach. According to Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun, the O’s agreed to a contract last week with Mark Connor, a 61-year-old veteran of the pitching coach profression.  He is good friends with manager Buck Showalter and the two worked side-by-side for the Yankees, Diamondbacks and Rangers during the…

  16. Chibba Lotte Marines win Japan Series crown

    Nov 7, 2010, 1:23 PM EDT

    LLWS Japan Mexico Baseball

    Bailey Stephens of has an update from our baseball friends overseas. The Chibba Lotte Marines defeated the Chunichi Dragons 8-7 on Sunday to win the Japan Series — a series that featured the longest game in the league’s history. The Marines and Dragons battled to a 2-2 tie* after six hours and 43 minutes…

  17. Nationals have a three-year offer on Adam Dunn’s table

    Nov 7, 2010, 12:49 PM EDT

    adam dunn standing

    Adam Dunn boasts one of the only legitimate power bats on the free agent market this winter and he should be able to cash in.  But it sounds like he’s not going to be back with the Nationals, at least not at their current offer. Bill Ladson of reports that the Nats have had…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

  21. 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…

  22. 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…

  23. 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…

  24. 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…

  25. 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…

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