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  1. Diamondbacks make contract offer to Aaron Hill

    Nov 7, 2011, 7:09 PM EDT

    aaron hill getty

    According to Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic, the Diamondbacks have submitted a contract offer to Aaron Hill. Hill became a free agent last week when the Diamondbacks declined his $8 million options for 2012 and 2013. It doesn’t appear as though a new agreement is imminent, though, as Piecoro notes that the offer has an…

  2. Kansas City’s move to sell high on Melky a good one

    Nov 7, 2011, 6:00 PM EDT

    Melky Cabrera

    It’s not all that often I have nice things to say about a Dayton Moore transaction. This one, though, looks pretty good to me. The Royals picked up Jonathan Sanchez from the Giants for Melky Cabrera on Monday and even got San Francisco to throw in a somewhat intriging minor leaguer in Ryan Verdugo to…

  3. The Marlins are talking to Jose Reyes

    Nov 7, 2011, 5:13 PM EDT

    Jose Reyes

    Twins news aside, this has been a pretty slow news day. But here’s the third Marlins post I have today, so at least we know Miami is alive.  Anyway: Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald reports that the Marlins have been in contact with Jose Reyes, and may have been talking to him since the…

  4. Mike Maddux removes name from consideration for Red Sox job, will interview with Cubs

    Nov 7, 2011, 4:45 PM EDT

    Mike Maddux

    Mike Maddux was scheduled to interview for the Red Sox’s managerial opening tomorrow, but instead the Rangers’ pitching coach has removed his name from consideration. Maddux was also slated to interview for the Cubs’ opening and T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports that will go on as scheduled. However, based on what Maddux told Peter Gammons…

  5. The Marlins are going to rock orange jerseys. And black. And occasionally blue caps.

    Nov 7, 2011, 4:32 PM EDT

    Marlins cap

    Via our brother blog Off The Bench comes a report in the Miami New Times previewing the Marlins new uniforms which, while not yet officially announced, seem to be happening thusly: That’s an alternate, apparently. If you click through to the Miami New Times article, you see the regular white and gray. There’s a black too.…

  6. Twins fire general manager Bill Smith, name former GM Terry Ryan as interim replacement

    Nov 7, 2011, 4:04 PM EDT

    Chicago White Sox v Minnesota Twins

    Minnesota gave zero indication that general manager Bill Smith’s job was in jeopardy despite a 99-loss season, with ownership publicly issuing a vote of confidence last month, but today the Twins fired Smith and replaced him on an interim basis with former general manager Terry Ryan. Smith replaced Ryan as GM in late 2007 and…

  7. Now Dykstra says he never agreed to fight Canseco

    Nov 7, 2011, 2:00 PM EDT

    Former Major League baseball player Lenny Dykstra appears in Los Angeles Superior Court for an arraignment in San Fernando, California

    Because I know you’re worried about this, Len Dykstra denies the report that he “backed out” of that “celebrity” boxing match with Jose Canseco. He now says that he never agreed to fight the guy. From the Philadelphia Daily News: “I never agreed to anything,” Dykstra told the Daily News in an e-mail. “Damon Feldman…

  8. Royals get Jonathan Sanchez from Giants for Melky Cabrera

    Nov 7, 2011, 1:30 PM EDT

    Jonathan Sanchez

    Suddenly the Royals’ lack of interest in signing Melky Cabrera to a contract extension makes even more sense, as Kansas City has traded the outfielder to San Francisco for left-hander Jonathan Sanchez and pitching prospect Ryan Verdugo. Cabrera is coming off a career-year and the Giants can certainly use lineup help, but he hit just…

  9. Astros’ Jordan Schafer to be arraigned on drug charges

    Nov 7, 2011, 1:06 PM EDT

    Jordan Schafer

    Astros outfielder Jordan Schafer was arrested last month in Florida for possession of marijuana and Zachary Levine of the Houston Chronicle reports that his arraignment has been set for next Monday. In addition to the initial third-degree marijuana possession felony Schafer is also being charged with drug paraphernalia possession, which is a misdemeanor. According to…

  10. The Rangers are NOT pleased that the Ron Washington speech was made public

    Nov 7, 2011, 12:43 PM EDT

    Ron Washington

    That recording of Ron Washington speaking to the Rangers before Game 7 of the World Series?  Yeah, the Rangers aren’t happy that we all got to hear and laugh and otherwise marvel at it: The Texas Rangers are investigating who recorded and then leaked manager Ron Washington’s speech prior to Game 7 of the World Series. “It’s…

  11. Will a “high-revenue team” give Grady Sizemore $9 million?

    Nov 7, 2011, 12:11 PM EDT

    Grady Sizemore

    Last week the Indians declined their 2012 option on Grady Sizemore, deciding that the one-time star center fielder wasn’t worth $9 million after three straight injury wrecked seasons. Their decision made sense, but now Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that Sizemore “likely will sign with a high-revenue team that’s willing to give him approximately the…

  12. Magglio Ordonez plans to rehab fractured ankle, play in 2012

    Nov 7, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    Magglio Ordonez

    When Magglio Ordonez fractured his ankle for the second time there was speculation that he’d call it quits at age 37 and coming off the worst season of his career, but Carlos Guillen said yesterday that Ordonez plans to play in 2012. Guillen, who like Ordonez is a free agent and won’t be re-signing with…

  13. Yankees, Nationals, Marlins, Phillies in on Yoenis Cespedes

    Nov 7, 2011, 10:59 AM EDT

    Cespedes.bmp

    Now that you have had a chance to recover from the Yoenis Cespedes video, let’s talk about where this too weird to live and too rare to die talent may actually play baseball. He had a tryout in the Dominican Republic on Friday and, as Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post reports, it drew the…

  14. Jim Thome recruits Michael Cuddyer to join him on Phillies

    Nov 7, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    Seattle Mariners v Minnesota Twins

    After signing a one-year, $1.25 million deal with the Phillies last week Jim Thome talked to fellow free agent and former Twins teammate Michael Cuddyer about joining him in Philadelphia. Various reports have the Phillies strongly pursuing Cuddyer and Thome told Todd Zolecki of MLB.com that he tried to help the cause with his own…

  15. Some neat Tony La Russa facts

    Nov 7, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    Tony La Russa

    Seems like Chris Jaffe of The Hardball Times has had a good list every week for a month now. The latest: Ten things he didn’t know about Tony La Russa. It’s a good time for that list due to the retirement and Jaffe is the right guy to do it due to the fact that…

  16. Carlos Zambrano serves up homer to Cubs teammate in first Venezuelan start

    Nov 7, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    Houston Astros v Chicago Cubs

    Carlos Zambrano made his first Venezuelan winter league start yesterday and his Cubs teammate Bryan LaHair took him deep as part of 2.2 innings of two-run ball. Zambrano last started for the Cubs three months ago, so Los Caribes de Anzoátegui is limiting his workload for now. He needed 60 pitches to record eight outs…

  17. The scouting video of Yoennis Cespedes is absolutely ridiculous

    Nov 7, 2011, 9:30 AM EDT

    Cespedes.bmp

    I had not thought much of Cuban defector Yoennis Cespedes. Scouting and prospects are not exactly my strong suit, so I usually just wait to hear what the Kevin Goldsteins and Keith Laws of the world say about those guys before I take too much notice. Well, today Goldstein has a big post about Cespedes…

  18. 2012 Top 111 Free Agents: Nos. 50-1

    Nov 7, 2011, 9:00 AM EDT

    St. Louis Cardinals' Albert Pujols celebrates his single next to Milwaukee Brewers first baseman Prince Fielder in the 2nd inning of Game 3 of the MLB National League Championship Series baseball playoffs in St. Louis

    Instead of breaking the rankings up further, here’s the entire top 50. Links to the articles for free agents 111-51 can be found below. Again, I’m ranking the free agents based more on how I believe teams view them than how I see the players myself. Personally, I’d take a chance on Vladimir Guerrero over…

  19. The Winter Meetings are coming

    Nov 7, 2011, 8:52 AM EDT

    Winter Meetings Dallas

    As we plow into the offseason, it’s a good time to remember that the biggest hot stove event is the Winter Meetings. They’re going to be in Dallas this year from December 5-8, though most people show up on Sunday the 4th. It’s a nutso kind of thing, whether you’re actually on-site or whether you’re…

  20. The Royals to sell the naming rights to Kauffman Stadium

    Nov 7, 2011, 8:15 AM EDT

    Kauffman Stadium

    Via some very well-put disappointment in the development over at Big League Stew comes word that the Kansas City Royals are on the verge of selling naming rights to Kauffman Stadium. Probably to a bank. Almost certainly not to Oklahoma Joe’s BBQ, which is a cryin’ shame. Does Kansas City have any anti-corporate activists hanging…

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