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  1. Another potential free agent pitcher: Korea’s Suk-Min Yoon

    Nov 9, 2011, 8:15 AM EDT

    Suk Min Yoon

    Jeff Passan reports that Suk-Min Yoon — 2011 MVP of the Korean Baseball Organization — has hired Scott Boras and could be posted in time to play in MLB next season. It’s hard to gauge how a Korean pitcher would do here. Could he be early-vintage Chan-Ho Park? Could he simply be the equivalent of…

  2. Olney: Yankees “highly unlikely” to make a serious run at Mark Buehrle

    Nov 8, 2011, 10:30 PM EDT

    Mark Buehrle

    The free agent market opened for business less than a week ago, so Yankees general manager Brian Cashman is just getting started in his search for a starting pitcher. He got in touch with the agent for C.J. Wilson and Roy Oswalt over the weekend and contacted Mark Buehrle‘s agent Jeff Berry earlier today. Buster Olney…

  3. Michael Cuddyer was in Philadelphia today for a meet-and-greet with the Phillies

    Nov 8, 2011, 8:47 PM EDT

    Minnesota Twins v Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

    While the Phillies are close to wrapping up a new contract with closer Ryan Madson, they are also moving aggressively on another one of their primary targets in free agency. According to Tom Sredenschek of FOX 29 in Philadelphia, Michael Cuddyer was in town today for a meet-and-greet with the Phillies. Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com confirms Sredenschek’s…

  4. Sandy Alomar, Jr. will also interview for the Cubs’ managerial job this week

    Nov 8, 2011, 7:30 PM EDT

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    Indians bench coach Sandy Alomar, Jr. is already scheduled to interview for the Red Sox managerial opening tomorrow, but Bruce Levine of ESPNChicago.com hears that he will also interview with the Cubs later this week. Alomar isn’t exactly a surprise candidate with Chicago, but this is the first confirmation of an interview. The six-time All-Star…

  5. UPDATE: Phillies, Ryan Madson close to four-year, $44 million deal

    Nov 8, 2011, 6:10 PM EDT

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    UPDATE: Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports confirms that the two sides are discussing a four-year, $44 million deal with a $13 million vesting option for 2016. Oh, Ruben. 5:52 PM: We learned earlier today that the Phillies and Ryan Madson were closing in on a new contract and now we have some of the details.…

  6. Red Sox set to interview Sandy Alomar Jr., Torey Lovullo, and Gene Lamont this week

    Nov 8, 2011, 5:17 PM EDT

    Sandy Alomar

    Boston has a full slate of interviews scheduled for this week, with the Red Sox announcing that they’ll talk to Indians bench coach Sandy Alomar Jr. tomorrow, Blue Jays first base coach Torey Lovullo on Friday, and Tigers third base coach Gene Lamont on Saturday. Alomar was already a known candidate and Lovullo makes sense,…

  7. Terry Francona after interviewing with Cardinals: “Whatever happens happens”

    Nov 8, 2011, 4:44 PM EDT

    Terry Francona

    As expected, Terry Francona interviewed with the Cardinals today, meeting with team chairman Bill DeWitt Jr. at his private equity firm in Cincinnati. Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post Dispatch spoke to Francona after the interview and the former Red Sox manager said: “There is a huge amount of tradition. A good organization. I…

  8. Diamondbacks’ Derrick Hall has successful prostate cancer surgery

    Nov 8, 2011, 4:21 PM EDT

    Derrick Hall

    Diamondbacks president and CEO Derrick Hall was diagnosed with prostate cancer last month. He had surgery today.  The team announced that it was successful and that the cancer had not spread. Good news on a day otherwise full of weird and awful news all over the place.

  9. Lance Berkman: Astros moving to AL would be “a travesty”

    Nov 8, 2011, 3:52 PM EDT

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    Lance Berkman, who played the first 12 seasons of his career in Houston, called the Astros’ potential move to the American League “a travesty” and “a shame.” Zachary Levine of the Houston Chronicle reports that Berkman, while appearing at a press conference for a memorabilia company, called the Astros “a National League franchise” and suggested…

  10. GM says Royals will “explore” a trade for Carlos Zambrano

    Nov 8, 2011, 2:18 PM EDT

    Chicago Cubs v Atlanta Braves

    Yesterday during an interview with 610 Sports Radio in Kansas City general manager Dayton Moore said that the Royals will “explore” a potential trade for Carlos Zambrano, who’s currently pitching in the Venezuelan winter league. Via David Kaplan of CSNChicago.com, here’s what Moore told host Mark Carman: We would have to be interested. We would…

  11. Alfredo Simon acquitted of manslaughter charges

    Nov 8, 2011, 1:46 PM EDT

    Alfredo Simon walking

    On New Year’s Eve, a 25-year-old man named Michel Castillo Almonte was killed in the Dominican Republic.  Orioles pitcher Alfredo Simon was arrested and jailed in the shooting, though he was later freed and allowed to come to the U.S. to pitch in advance of his trial. He just had his trial and the jury…

  12. Report: Phillies appear close to re-signing Ryan Madson

    Nov 8, 2011, 1:16 PM EDT

    Chicago Cubs v Philadelphia Phillies

    Last night the Phillies were said to be “making a strong push” to re-sign Ryan Madson and now Jon Heyman of SI.com reports that the two sides are closing in on a new contract. According to Heyman they’re “in serious discussions” and it’s “hard to imagine it not getting done soon.” One benefit to re-signing…

  13. The Giants aren’t going to try to re-sign Carlos Beltran

    Nov 8, 2011, 12:55 PM EDT

    Arizona Diamondbacks v San Francisco Giants

    Jon Heyman reports that the Giants are no longer going to try to re-sign Carlos Beltran.  Because when you add an .809 OPS outfielder like Melky Cabrera and take away a .910 OPS outfielder like Beltran, your severe offensive problems are all better. Oh, I don’t know. I’m just being mean. I’m sure they have…

  14. Bruce Bochy: “Barry Zito is our fifth starter next year”

    Nov 8, 2011, 12:21 PM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Arizona Diamondbacks

    By trading Jonathan Sanchez to the Royals yesterday the Giants opened up a rotation spot and manager Bruce Bochy said that Barry Zito is the man for the job. During a radio interview with KNBR today Bochy revealed: “I’m not gonna hide from it. Barry Zito is our fifth starter next year.” Zito started just…

  15. Hiroki Kuroda is talking to the Hiroshima Carp

    Nov 8, 2011, 12:00 PM EDT

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    Hiroki Kuroda has made it clear that if he plays in the majors, it will be for the Dodgers and no one else.  But he doesn’t have to play in the majors.  According to Nikkan Sports — passed along by Patrick Newman of NPB Tracker — the Hiroshima Carp have made an offer to Kuroda, and…

  16. Brewers giving up on Prince Fielder, focusing on Jose Reyes?

    Nov 8, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    Milwaukee Brewers first baseman Prince Fielder walks back to the dugout after grounding out to the St. Louis Cardinals in the 8th inning in Game 6 of the MLB NLCS baseball playoffs in Milwaukee

    Add Milwaukee to the list of teams pursuing Jose Reyes, as Jon Heyman of SI.com reports that the “Brewers believe they have almost no hope for Prince Fielder and are now targeting Reyes.” It’s not an either/or situation, of course, and odds are the Brewers will wind up with neither player. Fielder’s return has always…

  17. Nationals “have expressed interest” in Japanese left-hander Tsuyoshi Wada

    Nov 8, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    Tsuyoshi Wada

    Yu Darvish is naturally getting all the attention when it comes to Japanese pitchers possibly coming to America, but Bill Ladson of MLB.com reports that the Nationals “have expressed interest in” Japanese left-hander Tsuyoshi Wada, who went 16-5 with a 1.51 ERA this season. Anyone who puts up numbers like that is worth taking a…

  18. The Cardinals will interview Terry Francona today

    Nov 8, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    Terry Francona

    WEEI reports that Terry Francona will interview for the Cardinals’ managerial job today. The club wants to have someone in place next week. From afar Francona seems like such a good fit. He’s been expected to win-now for most of the past decade, so going to a win-now job — this one without clubhouse crankiness…

  19. Twins cutting payroll by $15 million in third year at Target Field

    Nov 8, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

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    Lost in the shock of Minnesota firing Bill Smith as general manager and replacing him with the man he replaced in 2007, Terry Ryan, is that they dropped another bombshell on Twins fans, with Ryan revealing midway through the press conference that the team’s payroll will decline to “somewhere around $100 million.” If true that…

  20. The Nats are making a “major push” for Roy Oswalt

    Nov 8, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

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    It seems that pitching is on everyone’s mind in the early offseason, and according to Ken Rosenthal, the Nationals are planning a “major push” for Roy Oswalt. Oswalt makes a lot of sense for the Nationals. He’d be a much heavier rotation anchor than he might be for other teams, relatively speaking. Could be a financial…

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