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  1. Dodgers decline Juan Rivera, Matt Treanor options

    Oct 29, 2012, 5:55 PM EDT

    Juan Rivera, Buster Posey, Larry Vanover

    Turning the page on 2012, the Dodgers declined their options on outfielder Juan Rivera ($4 million, $500,000 buyout), Todd Coffey ($2.5 million, $300,000 buyout) and Matt Treanor ($950,000, $150,000 buyout) for 2013. All three were easy calls. Rivera, unsurprisingly, was a waste of $4 million for the Dodgers. He hit just .244/.286/.375 in 312 at-bats…

  2. The Giants to decline their option on Aubrey Huff

    Oct 29, 2012, 5:32 PM EDT

    Getty Aubrey Huff

    Like a lot of refusals to decline options, this one is not really news. But the way it is stated by Andrew Baggarly is Tweet of the Day-worthy: Nothing official, but Giants will decline $10 million option on Aubrey Huff and choose $2 mil buyout. They didn’t get THAT drunk last night. — Andrew Baggarly…

  3. A’s options: Stephen Drew declined, Grant Balfour exercised

    Oct 29, 2012, 5:11 PM EDT

    Division Series - Detroit Tigers v Oakland Athletics - Game Four

    Oakland has exercised its 2013 option on Grant Balfour, bringing the right-hander back for $4.5 million after he emerged as the team’s closer this season, but the A’s have declined their half of Stephen Drew‘s mutual option for $10 million. That makes Drew a free agent, although it’s possible the A’s could try to re-sign…

  4. The Tigers are your 2013 World Series favorites!

    Oct 29, 2012, 4:30 PM EDT

    gambling poster

    Too soon? Nah, it’s never too soon from the gambling folks at Bovada.  Before you place your wagers, however, just remember that everyone had the Orioles and A’s in last place this year, the Marlins, the Red Sox the Angels and the Phillies as playoff locks and the Nationals as at least a year away…

  5. Luis Aparicio offers his congratulations to Pablo Sandoval, Miguel Cabrera

    Oct 29, 2012, 4:00 PM EDT

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    Following on the story from over the weekend about Hugo Chavez, the Associated Press has a story about the triumph of the Venezuelan players in this year’s postseason, including Pablo Sandoval, Marco Scutaro and Miguel Cabrera. My favorite part: Hall of Famer Luis Aparicio sent congratulations on Twitter, calling Sandoval’s performance great in the series…

  6. Twins decline $9.25 million option on Scott Baker

    Oct 29, 2012, 3:23 PM EDT

    Scott Baker Getty

    Joe Christensen of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that the Twins have declined their $9.25 million option on Scott Baker, making him a free agent after the 31-year-old right-hander missed the entire season following Tommy John surgery. The move was expected, but the two sides have reportedly been negotiating a new deal that could keep…

  7. MLB apologizes to Astros for leaking new logo

    Oct 29, 2012, 2:50 PM EDT

    I-am-sorry

    Over the weekend Calcaterra noted that the Astros’ logo changes for 2013 had been leaked ahead of this Friday’s planned unveiling, as a local sporting goods store briefly had merchandise featuring the new logo before pulling them from the shelves. Apparently some products with the new logo were also available online via MLB.com, because Major…

  8. Phil Coke: “The game of baseball just kicked me in the butt”

    Oct 29, 2012, 2:30 PM EDT

    World Series Tigers Giants Baseball

    Phil Coke had a great, raw and honest interview after last night’s game.  It’s really hard not to like this guy after seeing this:   Notably, he puts no stock in the “too much time off” thing. Justin Verlander said last night that it may have affected some guys.  It’s pretty academic right now, I’d…

  9. Phillies decline options on Ty Wigginton, Jose Contreras

    Oct 29, 2012, 2:14 PM EDT

    Jose Contreras Getty

    Philadelphia has declined 2013 team options on bench bat Ty Wigginton and reliever Jose Contreras, buying out each player for $500,000 instead. Wigginton’s option was for $4 million, but he hasn’t cracked a .750 OPS since 2008 and at age 35 can no longer really even fake it defensively at third base or second base.…

  10. Free agents can sign starting at 12:01AM Saturday

    Oct 29, 2012, 2:00 PM EDT

    Auction

    The season is over and the hot stove is upon us. It used to be we had to wait a while until players filed for and then signed in free agency. It doesn’t work that way anymore. Guys whose contracts have expired immediately become free agents after the season ends (i.e. last night) and signings…

  11. Gold Glove finalists announced

    Oct 29, 2012, 1:20 PM EDT

    gold glove

    I stopped caring about the Gold Glove awards sometime between designated hitter Rafael Palmeiro winning one as a “first baseman” and Derek Jeter winning five as a “shortstop” but MLB has announced three (or four) finalists per league at each position and here they are: (Note: Coaches and managers vote for the Gold Glove award…

  12. Yankees exercise options on Curtis Granderson, Robinson Cano, David Aardsma

    Oct 29, 2012, 12:48 PM EDT

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    In a pair of no-brainer moves the Yankees have exercised their 2013 options on Curtis Granderson and Robinson Cano. Granderson and Cano will each make $15 million, and they’ll both be eligible for free agency next winter. Despite a pair of ugly postseason performances obviously Granderson and Cano on one-year commitments are easy calls. Mark…

  13. Autopsy Report: Detroit Tigers

    Oct 29, 2012, 12:30 PM EDT

    San Francisco Giants pitcher Romo strikes out Detroit Tigers Miguel Cabrera to win the MLB World Series baseball championship in Detroit

    I prefer to think of this as an autopsy and not a eulogy, because an autopsy deals specifically with the cause of death. A eulogy, in contrast, takes in the deceased’s whole life and tries to draw some lessons from it. I don’t think anyone can draw any intelligent conclusions about the Tigers’ entire 2012…

  14. Lew Ford undergoes sports hernia surgery

    Oct 29, 2012, 12:16 PM EDT

    New York Yankees v Baltimore Orioles - Game One

    Lew Ford getting back to the majors this season for the first since 2007 and at age 35 was an amazing story, but he ended up hitting just .183 in 25 games for the Orioles. And now his offseason has started with surgery to repair a sports hernia, the result of an injury that caused…

  15. How did the BSOHL guys do in 2012?

    Oct 29, 2012, 12:03 PM EDT

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    Each winter we keep tabs on which players — and sometimes which managers or even bloggers — report to spring training in The Best Shape of Their Lives.  Let’s see how the winter 2011-12 roster did compared to their 2011 seasons when, presumably, they were in terrible shape. Note: there may have been a few…

  16. Phillies exercise $5 million option on Carlos Ruiz

    Oct 29, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

    Carlos Ruiz AP

    As expected the Phillies have exercised their $5 million team option on catcher Carlos Ruiz for next season. Among the biggest no-brainer decisions of the offseason, as the 33-year-old Ruiz is coming off a career-year in which he hit .325 with 16 homers and a .935 OPS in 114 games. He’d previously never reached double-digit…

  17. Photo of the day: Romo kisses Scutaro

    Oct 29, 2012, 11:02 AM EDT

    Camera

    Scanning the hundreds of AP and Getty photos from last night’s clincher. This one is my favorite so far: (Associated Press)  

  18. Three months ago Marco Scutaro was playing poorly on a last-place team

    Oct 29, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    Colorado Rockies v St. Louis Cardinals

    Marco Scutaro hit .362 in 61 regular season games for the Giants, was named MVP of the NLCS, and delivered the World Series-winning hit in Game 4 last night. It was one helluva stint in San Francisco for the 37-year-old veteran and made even more amazing by the fact that three months ago Scutaro was…

  19. Sullivan: Michael Young was jobbed for the Clemente Award

    Oct 29, 2012, 10:36 AM EDT

    Michael Young dugout

    We argue about every possible award around here because, heck, what else is there to do when there are no baseball games going on?  But while it’s easy to come up with any kind of argument for one guy over another for the MVP or the Cy Young or whatever, it’s not easy — and…

  20. Korean star pitcher Ryu Hyun-Jin available for bidding, hires agent Scott Boras

    Oct 29, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

    Ryu Hyun-Jin

    MLB teams will be able to bid on the negotiating rights to Korean pitching star Ryu Hyun-Jin, according to Yoo Jee-Ho of the Yonhap News. Hyun-Jin, a 25-year-old left-hander who’s been one of the Korea Baseball Organization’s best pitchers since 2006, will be “posted” by the Hanwha Eagles and has already hired agent Scott Boras…

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