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  1. The Dodgers sign Juan Rivera for one year, $4.5 million

    Nov 3, 2011, 9:12 AM EDT

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    Fox’s Jon Paul Morosi tweets that the Dodgers have signed outfielder Juan Rivera to one-year, $4.5 million contract. The deal is, as always, pending a physical. The $4.5 million is a pay cut from the $5.25 million he made in 2011. Rivera split time between the Blue Jays and the Dodgers last year, coming to L.A.…

  2. Must-click link: Bing Russell and Lou Gehrig’s bat

    Nov 3, 2011, 8:41 AM EDT

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    There is a fantastic story over at The Postgame by Steve Henson that went live late Monday night. Thanks to Old Gator I read it this morning. The topic: Bing Russell, Lou Gehrig’s last home run bat and a whole lot more. Bing Russell is the father of actor Kurt Russell and the grandfather of…

  3. Steve Garvey and a billion others line up to bid on the Dodgers

    Nov 3, 2011, 7:28 AM EDT

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    ESPN Los Angeles is reporting that former Dodger first baseman Steve Garvey is preparing to put in a bid for the team in the upcoming bankruptcy auction which will finally wrest control of the team from the clutches of Frank McCourt. Garvey went on record last February with his interest in buying the team.  Of…

  4. It’s good to be the king: David Freese wows ‘em at Macy’s

    Nov 3, 2011, 2:09 AM EDT

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    After his heroics in the World Series, you had to know that life was going to become very, very good for David Freese. As a Cardinal playing in his native St. Louis, the World Series MVP might never again be forced to buy his own drink or pay for his own dinner, even if he regresses to…

  5. Red Sox interview second potential skipper: Dale Sveum

    Nov 2, 2011, 10:39 PM EDT

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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…

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

    Nov 2, 2011, 9:25 PM EDT

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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…

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

    Nov 2, 2011, 8:18 PM EDT

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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…

  8. Silver Slugger Award winners announced on MLB Network

    Nov 2, 2011, 7:03 PM EDT

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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…

  9. Red Sox, Cubs get another week to work on Theo Epstein compensation

    Nov 2, 2011, 6:21 PM EDT

    Chicago Cubs President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein speaks at a news conference at Wrigley Field in Chicago

    Rather than intervene now, commisioner Bud Selig has opted to give the Red Sox and Cubs another week to come to an agreement on the compensation for Theo Epstein, who left Boston to become the Cubs’ president of baseball operation. The commisioner’s office cited the preoccupation both teams have had with other matters in recent…

  10. Albert Pujols unveils statue of himself outside restaurant

    Nov 2, 2011, 6:08 PM EDT

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    If Albert Pujols leaves St. Louis this winter, at least its residents will still have a 10-foot tall reminder of him outside of his restaurant in Westport. Pujols unveiled the 1,100-pound bronze statue, which features his likeness pointing with both hands towards the sky, outside Pujols’s Westport Grill this morning. “There’s going to be a…

  11. Report: Jerry Dipoto was first to turn down the Orioles

    Nov 2, 2011, 5:40 PM EDT

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    On the heels of Tuesday’s news that Blue Jays assistant GM Tony Lacava turned down the Orioles’ GM opening comes word from ESPN’s Buster Olney today that Jerry Dipoto was originally Baltimore’s top choice, but that he withdrew from the process following his interview. Dipoto has since been named GM of the Angels. After relaying…

  12. Chien-Ming Wang close to re-signing with Nationals

    Nov 2, 2011, 4:44 PM EDT

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    UPDATE: Bill Ladson of MLB.com reports that Wang and the Nationals are “close to an agreement” and finalizing various contract details, so apparently the interest from those other teams worked to his agent’s satisfaction. ========== The Nationals are still hoping to re-sign Chien-Ming Wang, but in the meantime agent Alan Nero told Adam Kilgore of…

  13. Henry Blanco opts out of $1.15 million deal with Arizona

    Nov 2, 2011, 3:45 PM EDT

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    Henry Blanco has followed Willie Bloomquist‘s footsteps by declining his half of a $1.15 million option after the Diamondbacks exercised their half earlier this week. That means Blanco is a free agent and the 40-year-old veteran will be looking for another backup catcher gig in what will be his 15th season. Blanco is coming off…

  14. Cardinals ask Phillies’ permission to interview Ryne Sandberg

    Nov 2, 2011, 3:11 PM EDT

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    Ryne Sandberg may not be an option to replace Mike Quade as Cubs manager, but Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that the Cardinals have asked the Phillies for permission to interview Sandberg as a potential Tony La Russa replacement. Sandberg managed at Triple-A in the Phillies’ system this season and according to Rosenthal they’ll grant…

  15. Cubs fire Mike Quade, already ruling out Ryne Sandberg?

    Nov 2, 2011, 2:47 PM EDT

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    Mike Quade is out as Cubs manager after meeting last week with new team president Theo Epstein to essentially interview for his own job. Epstein called it “a productive conversation” and Quade is under contract for $980,000 in 2012, but not surprisingly the new regime wants to bring in their own guy. Ryne Sandberg’s name…

  16. Orioles claim reliever Darren O’Day off waivers from Rangers

    Nov 2, 2011, 2:05 PM EDT

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    Darren O’Day was a key part of the Rangers’ bullpen in 2010, but he missed most of this season following hip surgery and today the Orioles claimed him off waivers. Even after coming back from surgery O’Day missed the end of the season with shoulder problems, so he’s certainly a big question mark health-wise. However,…

  17. Barry Bonds makes a PSA for Bryan Stow

    Nov 2, 2011, 1:30 PM EDT

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    Barry Bonds quietly reached out to Bryan Stow’s family following the Opening Day attack, pledging to help put Stow’s kids through college.  Now he has a PSA with the Stow family in which he promotes the fund he’s created for that purpose.  Some background here.  Here’s the video: I suppose it’s still possible to think…

  18. Chris Coghlan has gone from Rookie of the Year winner to afterthought with Marlins

    Nov 2, 2011, 12:50 PM EDT

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    Chris Coghlan hit .321 to win the Rookie of the Year award in 2009, but has batted just .252 with a .695 OPS in two seasons since then and spent the final three months of this year in the minors. Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post asked Marlins president Larry Beinfest where Coghlan fits…

  19. Same as the old boss: Fox may bid for the Dodgers

    Nov 2, 2011, 12:34 PM EDT

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    Michele Steele of Bloomberg Television reports that, according to some people in the company, Fox is interested in bidding on the Dodgers when they’re auctioned off in bankruptcy. As Steele later tweeted, this would simply be about the costs of programming, not about actually, you know, wanting to buy a baseball team.  She notes that…

  20. Albert Pujols on Tony La Russa: “He’s like a father to me”

    Nov 2, 2011, 12:16 PM EDT

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    Albert Pujols released a statement addressing Tony La Russa’s retirement: I’d like to congratulate Tony on his amazing Hall of Fame career. He’s been like a father to me and in my opinion, is one of the greatest managers in the history of the game. I’ve been blessed to be able to learn from Tony…

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