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  1. The Top 50 Free Agents of 2013

    Nov 2, 2012, 8:31 AM EDT

    Josh Hamilton

    Earlier this fall I counted down the top 111 free agents of this offseason. Since then, several players have had their options picked up or contracts extended, taking them out of play.  With the free agent signing period beginning tonight, it’s a good time to update that list and count them down once again. Up first,…

  2. The Rangers are interested in David Ortiz

    Nov 2, 2012, 8:07 AM EDT

    David Ortiz Getty

    Yesterday I said I’d be utterly shocked if David Ortiz wasn’t back with the Red Sox in 2013.  I still will be, but Ken Rosenthal reports that there is at least some competition for Big Papi’s services: The Boston Red Sox are not alone in their pursuit of designated hitter David Ortiz. The Texas Rangers also have expressed serious interest…

  3. Hiroki Kuroda is fine with a one-year contract

    Nov 1, 2012, 11:04 PM EDT

    Hiroki Kuroda Getty

    The Yankees are expected to make qualifying offers to both Nick Swisher and Hiroki Kuroda by the end of the day tomorrow. While the motivation with Swisher is to secure draft pick compensation, the Bombers are hoping Kuroda will accept and stick around for another season. They might get their wish. According to Jon Heyman…

  4. Dan Plesac to interview for job in Cubs’ broadcast booth

    Nov 1, 2012, 10:02 PM EDT

    Dan Plesac

    WGN continues to search for a new broadcasting partner for Len Kasper after Bob Brenly left the Cubs’ booth to join the Diamondbacks’ broadcast team last month. According to Bruce Levine of ESPN Chicago, MLB Network’s Dan Plesac is expected to interview for the gig next week. Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times reported last…

  5. Giants won’t make qualifying offers to their free agents, including Angel Pagan

    Nov 1, 2012, 8:40 PM EDT

    Angel Pagan Getty

    Angel Pagan was a key contributor for the World Series champion Giants this season, batting .288/.338/.440 with eight home runs, 56 RBI, 29 stolen bases and a .778 OPS while playing solid defense in center field. However, the Giants are prepared to let him walk for nothing if he signs elsewhere as a free agent.…

  6. Brewers outright Nyjer Morgan to Triple-A

    Nov 1, 2012, 7:31 PM EDT

    Nyjer Morgan AP

    Just in case there was any doubt that Nyjer Morgan‘s tenure in Milwaukee was coming to an end, the Brewers announced today that they have outrighted the outspoken outfielder to Triple-A Nashville. The moves clears him from the 40-man roster and sets the stage for him to become a free agent. After playing a key…

  7. Yankees considering using Curtis Granderson in corner outfield spot, Brett Gardner in center field

    Nov 1, 2012, 6:40 PM EDT

    AP Granderson Gardner

    It’s surprising this hasn’t been a bigger controversy at some point over the past three years, but the Yankees are finally considering making a change in center field. Danny Knobler of CBSSports.com hears that the Yankees are mulling over moving Curtis Granderson to a corner outfield spot and using Brett Gardner in center field. While…

  8. No one has called the Yankees about A-Rod

    Nov 1, 2012, 5:40 PM EDT

    Alex Rodriguez Getty

    So much talk about how, after the ALCS, there’s no way the Yankees and A-Rod can stay together.  Well, it’s pretty easy to stay together when there’s no one else interested. Bob Nightengale reports: Not one team, a Yankees official told USA TODAY Sports, has called the club asking about Rodriguez. The official spoke on…

  9. Francisco Rodriguez charged with domestic abuse

    Nov 1, 2012, 5:12 PM EDT

    Francisco Rodriguez

    This morning he settled a lawsuit. this afternoon, other legal proceedings moved forward: Free agent reliever Francisco Rodriguez was charged with one count of domestic abuse in a suburban Milwaukee courtroom Wednesday, the result of an alleged scuffle with his fiancée in September. Rodriguez faces up to nine months in prison and $10,000 in fines if…

  10. Two of Pascual Perez’s greatest hits

    Nov 1, 2012, 4:30 PM EDT

    Pascual Perez fight

    Still bummed over the news of the death of Pascual Perez.  When I first started thinking about him I, and probably a ton of other people, immediately first thought of him being lost on I-285, desperately looking for the ballpark and ultimately missing his start because of it. A ballpark that was not, it should…

  11. White Sox interested in re-signing Kevin Youkilis after declining his option

    Nov 1, 2012, 3:50 PM EDT

    White Sox Youkilis celebrates game-winning single in MLB American League baseball game against Rangers in Chicago

    Chicago declined its $13 million option on Kevin Youkilis earlier this week, buying him out for $1 million instead, but the White Sox are interested in bringing him back at a reduced salary. New general manager Rick Hahn said during a radio interview with ESPN-1000 that he laid out the situation to Youkilis when informing…

  12. The Braves welcome back Jordan Schafer for some reason

    Nov 1, 2012, 3:36 PM EDT

    Nate McLouth, Jordan Schafer

    The timeline of relevant news involving Jordan Schafer: 2009-2011: Jordan Schafer is rushed by the Braves, but hits a home run in his major league debut, so they give him too many at bats during which he shows no real aptitude to hit baseballs; 2011: Jordan Schafer gets injured, Braves trade him to Houston; Offseason 2011: Jordan Schafer…

  13. Old story: The insiders go after the stat guys. New twist: in politics

    Nov 1, 2012, 3:00 PM EDT

    Nate Silver

    Nate Silver is known for two things: (1) being one of the old school Baseball Prospectus people, where he developed the PECOTA projection system; and (2) being a political polling analyst/prognosticator and proprietor of the FiveThirtyEight.com blog, which appears in the New York Times. He used to crunch baseball numbers. Now he crunches political polling data. Viva varied interests…

  14. Dan Haren expects the Angels to trade him

    Nov 1, 2012, 2:51 PM EDT

    Dan Haren

    Yesterday the Angels traded Ervin Santana to the Royals, getting out from under his $13 million option for 2013, and there’s been tons of speculation that they’re looking to do the same thing with Dan Haren and his $15.5 million option or $3.5 million buyout. One way or another the Angels must exercise or decline…

  15. Bowden: The Mets are being “cavalier” about the David Wright talks

    Nov 1, 2012, 2:30 PM EDT

    David Wright

    No real news here, but this report from ESPN.com’s Jim Bowden on the Mets-David Wright negotiations made me smile: First, discussions between Wright’s agents — Sam and Seth Levinson — and the Mets have been slow and grinding. Most negotiations with the Mets usually plod along, but the Mets also have shown the same cavalier attitude…

  16. Don Zimmer is coming back for a 65th season

    Nov 1, 2012, 2:14 PM EDT

    Don Zimmer, Evan Longoria

    Don Zimmer will spend a 65th season in baseball, as the Rays announced that the 82-year-old will continue his role as senior baseball advisor after being away from the team for a while this season due to health problems. Next year will be his 10th season with the Rays, which matches the length of time…

  17. The State of Rhode Island sues Curt Schilling

    Nov 1, 2012, 2:00 PM EDT

    Curt Schilling

    This was probably inevitable: The state of Rhode Island on Thursday sued former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling and one-time officials with the state’s economic development agency in connection with a $75 million loan guarantee to his failed video game company. The AP Story on it is rather vague as to the specifics, but if…

  18. The State of the David Ortiz talks

    Nov 1, 2012, 1:30 PM EDT

    David Ortiz

    Sean McAdam of CSNNE.com has an update on the David Ortiz-Red Sox talks, which both parties likely want to put to bed soon without the sort of beefing we had in the past two offseasons: A source with knowledge of the talks said Wednesday that the two sides continue to exchange proposals, with some progress…

  19. Little kids aren’t quite sure what to make of Tim Lincecum

    Nov 1, 2012, 1:20 PM EDT

    newsom and lincecum

    Sergio Romo wearing an “I just look illegal” t-shirt at the Giants’ championship parade yesterday was pretty funny, but my favorite picture from the event is lieutenant governor Gavin Newsom’s daughter reacting to Tim Lincecum: And the best part is that in a different picture 3-year-old Montana Newsom seems to like Romo and his crazy…

  20. The Angels top priority: signing Zack Greinke

    Nov 1, 2012, 1:00 PM EDT

    Zack Greinke

    In some of the Dan Haren/Ervin Santana threads some Angels fans have said that they hope that L.A. doesn’t re-sign Zack Greinke.  Guess what: the Angels aren’t listening to you, as Danny Knobler reports: The Angels’ top offseason priority is finding a way to re-sign Greinke (“huge priority,” one Angels person said). Greinke was 6-2…

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