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  1. Royals decline $7.5 million option on Joakim Soria

    Oct 31, 2012, 1:20 PM EDT

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    Joakim Soria missed the entire season following Tommy John elbow surgery and today the Royals declined their $7.5 million option on the once-elite closer, making him a free agent. Soria will hit the open market after receiving a $750,000 buyout, although Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star reports that it’s possible the Royals will…

  2. The Indians pick up Ubaldo Jimenez’s option, decline Travis Hafner and Roberto Hernandez options

    Oct 31, 2012, 1:00 PM EDT

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    The headline, she speaks for itself.  These moves were not unexpected. Hafner signed a big contract extension in 2007 at almost the exact moment that he ceased to be a healthy, reliable and productive player. Well, saying he was not productive is unfair, for he still presented a threat to go deep when he was…

  3. Orioles decline $11 million option on Mark Reynolds

    Oct 31, 2012, 12:48 PM EDT

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    Baltimore has declined its $11 million team option on Mark Reynolds after he set a career-low in slugging percentage while being moved from third base to first base. However, because he’s still an arbitration-eligible player Reynolds does not simply become an outright free agent. Instead, as Brittany Ghiroli of MLB.com reports, the Orioles have until…

  4. Jay Bell named the Pirates new hitting coach

    Oct 31, 2012, 12:30 PM EDT

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    The Pirates are makin’ moves: The #Pirates announce former Bucco infielder Jay Bell as new Pirates Hitting Coach — Pittsburgh Pirates (@Pirates) October 31, 2012 Other coaching changes: Rick Sofield First Base Coach, Dave Jauss ML Coach & Luis Silverio Senior Advisor, Latin American Operations — Pittsburgh Pirates (@Pirates) October 31, 2012   Bell, who…

  5. Angel Pagan worked the drive-thru window at Taco Bell and gave away free tacos

    Oct 31, 2012, 12:16 PM EDT

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    Giants center fielder Angel Pagan provided free tacos for the whole country by stealing second base in Game 2 of the World Series as part of a Taco Bell promotion. Yesterday was the day for everyone to come claim their tacos and Pagan spent the afternoon hanging out at a Taco Bell in Redwood City,…

  6. The Dan Haren-Ervin Santana trade efforts have been upgraded to: “aggressive”

    Oct 31, 2012, 12:00 PM EDT

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    We heard about the Angels’ efforts to unload Dan Haren and/or Ervin Santana before the team is required to exercise their 2013 options this week, but the heat on that was tepid at best. There was talk of the desire to trade them, but no real sense if anything could get done. Ken Rosenthal, however,…

  7. Hunter Pence was on “Conan” last night

    Oct 31, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

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    Giants right fielder Hunter Pence was a guest on “Conan” last night and chatted with Conan O’Brien about, among other things, his love for Katy Perry: Pence also shared this photo of him chatting with O’Brien backstage before the show.

  8. Pirates president: that stuff about the Navy SEALS training was “overblown”

    Oct 31, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

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    Pirates President Frank Coonelly spoke to Cory Giger yesterday about the team’s failed second half and the criticism it has received over the reports of unorthodox training (i.e. Navy SEALS-type drills) for its minor leaguers. He says it’s overblown: Team president Frank Coonelly believes much of the criticism was “overblown” and also gave a vote…

  9. Bryan Price pulls out of running in Marlins’ manager search

    Oct 31, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

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    Bryan Price interviewed to replace Ozzie Guillen as Marlins manager last week, but John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports that the Reds pitching coach has now withdrawn his name from consideration. He’ll remain in Cincinnati after previously signing a contract extension with the Reds. Meanwhile, according to Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald the…

  10. Brian Butterfield leaves Blue Jays for Red Sox, but still a candidate to manage Blue Jays

    Oct 31, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

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    Yesterday third base coach Brian Butterfield left the Blue Jays to take the same job on John Farrell’s new staff in Boston, but Rob Bradford of WEEI.com reports that Butterfield could wind up right back in Toronto as manager. Bradford spoke to an unnamed source who told him that Butterfield remains a candidate in the…

  11. The Rockies managerial field is set at six

    Oct 31, 2012, 10:00 AM EDT

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    This isn’t the Red Sox 2011 search for a Terry Francona replacement — that was quite the drawn-out saga — but the Rockies are taking their time finding a replacement for Jim Tracy.  They’ve interviewed six guys, but Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post says the field is not likely to grow any more. The…

  12. Rafael Soriano is going to opt out of his contract today

    Oct 31, 2012, 9:41 AM EDT

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    Rafael Soriano has until tonight to opt out of his contract. We’ve known for a while that he’s likely to do so, but Jon Heyman says that, yes, it will happen today. It’s a no-brainer for him, even if he didn’t want to test the free agent market. He’s slated to make $14 million in…

  13. The SFPD arrested their bus smasher

    Oct 31, 2012, 9:14 AM EDT

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    Yesterday the San Francisco Chronicle published this picture, and the police asked for the public’s help in tracking the vandal down: The San Francisco Police Department is asking for the public’s help to find this person. twitter.com/Josh_Suchon/st… — Josh Suchon (@Josh_Suchon) October 30, 2012 They got him: Police in San Francisco have arrested a 22-year-old…

  14. What will pass for Gold Glove outrage today

    Oct 31, 2012, 8:53 AM EDT

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    Gold Glove Awards were announced last night. I didn’t see them when they came out because I was doing important things like watching “Serenity” for the tenth time. Shiny. Look, I’m not going to pretend that I have any way to measure defense that is any better than what anyone else has. Quite worse, in…

  15. The Giants’ championship is illegitimate because of Melky, says man with presumably straight face

    Oct 31, 2012, 8:23 AM EDT

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    This column from Ray McNulty of the T.C. Palm in Florida is so chock full o’ stupid that it defies block quoting. But know that Mr. McNulty believes the following: The Giants are not deserving of World Series congratulations because Melky Cabrera tested positive for PEDs, and that justifies us questioning “the legitimacy” of the…

  16. Gold Glove Award winners, as they’re announced…

    Oct 30, 2012, 9:43 PM EDT

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    Major League Baseball is revealing the 2012 Gold Glove Award recipients tonight during an hour-long program on ESPN2. We’ll list this year’s winners below as they are announced. Let the outrage commence! CATCHER American League: Matt Wieters National League: Yadier Molina LEFT FIELD American League: Alex Gordon National League: Carlos Gonzalez CENTER FIELD American League:…

  17. Dodgers re-sign Brandon League to three-year, $22.5M deal

    Oct 30, 2012, 8:28 PM EDT

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    The Dodgers acquired reliever Brandon League from the Mariners at the July 31 trade deadline and were pleased with the numbers (2.30 ERA and 1.13 WHIP in 27 1/3 innings) he posted down the stretch. So they’ve decided to keep him around for a while. According to Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times, the…

  18. Rays to exercise $1.5 million option on Jose Molina

    Oct 30, 2012, 7:54 PM EDT

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    From Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times comes word that the Rays are planning to exercise catcher Jose Molina‘s $1.8 million club option for the 2013 season. It was that or pay a $300,000 buyout. Molina batted .223/.286/.355 with eight home runs and 32 RBI in 102 games this season for the Rays while…

  19. Mets exercise options on David Wright and R.A. Dickey

    Oct 30, 2012, 6:40 PM EDT

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    A couple of no-brainer option decisions here. FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal and Jon Paul Morosi report that the Mets officially exercised 2013 club options on Tuesday evening for third baseman David Wright and right-handed starter R.A. Dickey. Wright’s is $16 million. Dickey’s is $5 million. Wright, 29, batted .306/.391/.492 with 21 home runs and 93…

  20. White Sox sign Jake Peavy to $29 million contract, decline Kevin Youkilis’ option

    Oct 30, 2012, 6:16 PM EDT

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    The White Sox’s 2013 rotation is set to look a whole lot like the 2012 group after all. The team today re-signed Jake Peavy to a tw0-year, $29 million deal and picked up Gavin Floyd‘s $9.5 million option for 2013. The team also announced that it had declined Kevin Youkilis‘ $13 million option and Brett…

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