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  1. Collusion IV? The union is getting annoyed at ownership

    Nov 14, 2012, 9:20 AM EDT

    Major League Baseball Players Association Executive Director Michael Weiner speaks at news conference to announce new collective bargaining agreement in New York

    Once upon a time, baseball owners illegally conspired to keep free agent salaries down. Then they did it again. And again. And they were busted for it, hard. Then, according to the union, they did it again, and again and again.  They were not busted for it in those instances — baseball owners are a…

  2. The Blue Jays contacted Bobby Cox for their managerial opening

    Nov 14, 2012, 8:50 AM EDT

    Bobby Cox cigar

    It doesn’t sound like it was formal, and it seems like it was something far short of an offer, but Jon Paul Morosi reports that the Toronto Blue Jays contacted Bobby Cox about their managerial opening: The 71-year-old is probably a longshot to be the Blue Jays’ next manager. But the notion starts to make…

  3. The Marlins are not a baseball team. They’re a kleptocracy

    Nov 14, 2012, 7:24 AM EDT

    Jeffrey Loria

    Perhaps it’s possible to defend last night’s mega Blue Jays-Marlins trade on purely baseball merits. To say that the Marlins weren’t going to contend with Reyes, Buehrle, Johnson and the rest and that they needed to blow things up. To say that the return they’re realizing from Toronto was actually pretty good and can form…

  4. Tweet of the Day: Bryce Harper woos Giancarlo Stanton

    Nov 14, 2012, 5:45 AM EDT

    bryce harper getty

    After the mockery Jeff Loria has made of major league baseball in Miami it is impossible to call anything more clownish than his reign of terror. But if you’re so inclined, you can call Bryce Harper‘s reaction to Giancarlo Stanton‘s displeasure over the Miami Massacre a clown tweet, bro: @giancarlo818 you can always come play…

  5. Dodgers may wait until early December to negotiate with Korean left-hander Ryu Hyun-Jin

    Nov 13, 2012, 10:38 PM EDT

    hyun-jin getty

    Via Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times: The Dodgers could wait until after the winter meetings to decide whether to sign South Korean pitcher Ryu Hyun-jin, team President Stan Kasten said Monday. The Dodgers paid $25.7 million for the right to negotiate with Ryu. If they do not sign him by Dec. 10, they…

  6. Marlins might unload right-hander Ricky Nolasco next

    Nov 13, 2012, 9:21 PM EDT

    ricky nolasco getty

    The big firesale in Miami might not be finished. Two different baseball executives told Joel Sherman of the New York Post on Tuesday night that right-handed starter Ricky Nolasco will be “next to go” as the Marlins’ front office looks to unload any player making — or in line to make — a decent wage. Nolasco…

  7. Breaking down the huge Toronto-Miami trade

    Nov 13, 2012, 8:16 PM EDT

    Jose Reyes

    It’s not official yet, but here are some early thoughts on the trade as it’s currently being presented: Blue Jays acquire SS Jose Reyes, RHP Josh Johnson, LHP Mark Buehrle, INF-OF Emilio Bonifacio, C John Buck and $4 million from the Marlins for SS Yunel Escobar, RHP Henderson Alvarez, SS Adeiny Hechvarria, LHP Justin Nicolino,…

  8. It’s time for Bud Selig to force Jeffrey Loria out of MLB

    Nov 13, 2012, 7:33 PM EDT

    Jeffrey Loria

    Jeffrey Loria has long been on the short list of MLB’s worst owners, but he’s truly outdone himself now by trading Jose Reyes and Mark Buehrle, just one year after signing them to long-term deals, along with Josh Johnson, Emilio Bonifacio and John Buck to the Blue Jays on Tuesday. Of course, the topper is…

  9. Giancarlo Stanton not happy about Marlins’ firesale

    Nov 13, 2012, 7:14 PM EDT

    giancarlo stanton getty

    Giancarlo Stanton, who is one of the few productive members of the 2012 Marlins not packing his bags for Toronto, just publicly voiced his displeasure with tonight’s still-developing blockbuster trade: Alright, I’m pissed off!!! Plain & Simple — Giancarlo Stanton (@Giancarlo818) November 13, 2012 We’d guess that many Marlins fans are feeling the same way. What…

  10. Bob Melvin scores narrow AL Manager of the Year victory

    Nov 13, 2012, 6:57 PM EDT

    Bob Melvin

    Just as it should have been, Oakland’s Bob Melvin and Baltimore’s Buck Showalter claimed the top two spots on all 28 AL Manager of the Year ballots. Melvin, though, scored the win with 16 first-place votes to Showalter’s 12. Rookie manager Robin Ventura of the White Sox came in third place with 12 third-place votes.…

  11. Davey Johnson named National League Manager of the Year

    Nov 13, 2012, 6:25 PM EDT

    St Louis Cardinals v Washington Nationals - Game Five

    Fresh off his new one-year deal and retirement announcement, the Nationals’ Davey Johnson claimed 23 of the 32 first-place votes to win his first National League Manager of the Year award on Tuesday. Johnson also won the American League award with the Orioles in 1997. He’s the first Expos/Nationals manager to win the award since…

  12. Blue Jays getting Johnson, Buehrle, Reyes, Buck and Bonifacio in megatrade with Marlins

    Nov 13, 2012, 6:13 PM EDT

    josh johnson, mark buehrle getty

    UPDATE, 8:58 PM: Olney says the 12-player trade might not be finalized until sometime Wednesday. UPDATE, 7:49 PM: Juan C. Rodriguez of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel adds that right-handed prospect Anthony DeSclafani is going to Miami. That’s the final piece of the puzzle. Here’s the breakdown: BLUE JAYS GET: SS Jose Reyes RHP Josh Johnson LHP…

  13. Walt Weiss’ one-year contract played role in Jason Giambi turning down coaching job

    Nov 13, 2012, 5:30 PM EDT

    jason giambi getty

    Jason Giambi turned down the Rockies’ offer to become a hitting coach, so today Colorado hired Dante Bichette to fill the job instead. Troy Renck of the Denver Post talked to Giambi about why he decided against retiring as a player to begin a coaching career and the former MVP said “the timing wasn’t right”…

  14. The Braves are pursuing Cody Ross

    Nov 13, 2012, 5:03 PM EDT

    Cody Ross

    This seems almost inevitable, yes? Jon Paul Morosi: The Atlanta Braves, looking to add an outfield bat, have interest in signing free-agent outfielder Cody Ross, according to a major-league source. With Torii Hunter likely choosing between the Rangers and Tigers, the Braves are pursuing another of the top right-handed bats on the market. Ross posted…

  15. How to win the Manager of the Year Award: prove the pundits wrong

    Nov 13, 2012, 4:02 PM EDT

    Buck Showalter Getty

    I wrote this when Bud Black won the Manager of the Year Award in 2010, and Aaron touched on some of the same themes earlier today. I think it remains the most that can be said about the Manager of the Year Award: As I’ve said in the past, no one has ever set forth…

  16. Jaime Garcia throws off mound, set for “normal offseason”

    Nov 13, 2012, 3:45 PM EDT

    Jaime Garcia, Cameron Maybin

    Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch has an encouraging update on Cardinals left-hander Jaime Garcia, who’s trying to avoid surgery after being shut down with a shoulder injury. Garcia threw 25 pitches off a mound yesterday and general manager John Mozeliak told Goold that he’s on track for a “normal offseason.” There are…

  17. Must-click link: ranking the possible relocation and expansion markets

    Nov 13, 2012, 3:03 PM EDT

    Welcome to Las Vegas sign

    About once I year I link to a story about some plan in a non-MLB town to lure a baseball team. The plan is almost always a pipe dream and there’s always a fatal flaw.  Then, in the comments, someone says that it’s a no-brainer to move a team to Las Vegas. Then I write…

  18. Rockies hire Dante Bichette as new hitting coach

    Nov 13, 2012, 2:44 PM EDT

    Bichette

    Colorado wanted Jason Giambi to retire as a player and become a hitting coach, but the 41-year-old apparently isn’t ready to call it a career yet and the Rockies have moved on. Today the team announced the hiring of Dante Bichette as hitting coach. Bichette and first-year manager Walt Weiss were Rockies teammates from 1994-1997…

  19. Democracy in action: petitioning the Royals to release Jeff Francoeur

    Nov 13, 2012, 2:30 PM EDT

    Jeff Francoeur

    People have been having all kinds of fun over the past few days making up petitions on the White House’s official website. Most of them involve either Texans wanting Texas to secede from the union because of the Obama win or non-Texans wanting Texas to secede from the union on general principles. But politics is…

  20. John Valentin will be the Dodgers’ assistant hitting coach

    Nov 13, 2012, 1:50 PM EDT

    john valentin dodgers

    In joining the increasing number of teams to employ a pair of hitting coaches the Dodgers have hired John Valentin as their assistant hitting coach. He’ll work alongside new hitting coach Mark McGwire, who left the Cardinals for the Dodgers last week. Valentin retired as a player in 2002 following an 11-year career spent mostly…

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