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  1. Venezuelan winter league suspends Yorvit Torrealba for 66 games following umpire attack

    Dec 26, 2011, 1:13 PM EDT

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    While playing in the Venezuelan winter league last week Rangers catcher Yorvit Torrealba attacked the home plate umpire following a strikeout, screaming in his face and then shoving his head. You can see the incident for yourself in this video. Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said yesterday that the team was looking into the situation,…

  2. Meet MLB’s new chief of security

    Dec 26, 2011, 12:30 PM EDT

    Clinton Lewinsky

    Back in October we passed along word that MLB had hired a new security chief. He’s Bill Bordley, who once had a cup of coffee for the San Francisco Giants back in 1980 and then went on to become a Secret Service agent. Today’s Washington Post has a feature on him and his background. Including…

  3. Pitching coach Bob McClure ready to “kick ass and win” in Boston

    Dec 26, 2011, 11:47 AM EDT

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    Hired as the Red Sox’s new pitching coach last week, Bob McClure said during a radio interview yesterday that his philosophy is to “kick ass and win” in Boston. McClure also said that he likes the idea of Daniel Bard coming into spring training with plans to compete for a rotation spot, because switching back…

  4. Rockies “in contract talks” with outfielder Cody Ross

    Dec 26, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    Cody Ross

    Colorado seemingly had all the outfield depth it needs and then some after signing Michael Cuddyer, but apparently they’re not done pursuing right-handed hitting outfielders. Buster Olney of ESPN.com reports that the Rockies are “in contract talks” with Cody Ross, whose market has proven lacking compared to his desire for a three-year contract. Ross seems…

  5. Casper Wells is the most awesome person ever

    Dec 26, 2011, 9:32 AM EDT

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    I had a pretty good Christmas. It’s all about the kids at this point in my life, but I got a couple of cool things and I’m grateful.  But — at the risk of sounding like a horrible, materialistic and greedy person — there is part of me that wishes I was Casper Wells of…

  6. Hall of Fame voting: Great Moments in Apples and Oranges

    Dec 26, 2011, 8:34 AM EDT

    Tim Raines

    Did you all have a good Chirstmas? I hope so. Hope you got what you wanted. Anyway, the week between Christmas and New Years is the deadest of the dead in baseball circles. The only thing you get a lot of are Hall of Fame columns because ballots are due by December 31.  And they…

  7. Red Sox keeping door open with free agent Jason Varitek

    Dec 25, 2011, 4:21 PM EDT

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    When the Red Sox signed catcher Kelly Shoppach to a one-year, $1.35 million free agent contract earlier this winter, many took it as a signal of the conclusion of the Jason Varitek era in Boston. But maybe that was an incorrect assumption. According to Michael Silverman of the Boston Herald, the Red Sox have “kept…

  8. Joba Chamberlain’s rehabbing right arm “feels great”

    Dec 25, 2011, 1:39 PM EDT

    Milwaukee Brewers v New York Yankees

    Yankees right-hander Joba Chamberlain provided an update Saturday on his ongoing recovery from Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery. It sounds like everything is going smoothly: Chamberlain had the procedure in June and will be looking to return to live action around late May. He registered a 2.83 ERA and 24/7 K/BB ratio in 28 2/3 innings…

  9. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from HardballTalk

    Dec 25, 2011, 11:03 AM EDT

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    Christmas isn’t typically a busy day in the baseball world, so you probably won’t be hearing much from us over the next several hours. Enjoy whatever it is you enjoy, and maybe check in with our friends at ProBasketballTalk as they cover the season-opening marathon of NBA games. Happy Holidays!

  10. Padres ready to talk extension again with Cameron Maybin

    Dec 25, 2011, 9:14 AM EDT

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    From Dan Hayes of the North County Times comes word that the Padres are planning to re-engage young center fielder Cameron Maybin early next month about a contract extension. The two sides first broached the topic of a long-term deal in September, but decided to table talks until the winter. And now it’s time to get…

  11. A’s making another attempt at Japan’s Hisashi Iwakuma

    Dec 24, 2011, 7:01 PM EDT

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    The A’s put up a $19 million posting fee last winter for the right to negotiate exclusively with Japanese righty Hisashi Iwakuma. The two sides failed to work out a contract, and that money was returned to Oakland after the 30-day negotiating period. But now that Iwakuma is a free agent, Billy Beane and Co.…

  12. Edwin Encarnacion is playing left field in the Dominican Winter League

    Dec 24, 2011, 4:48 PM EDT

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    We heard last month that Edwin Encarnacion was going to play some left field during winter ball. Well, the experiment is officially underway. According to a report in the Toronto Sun, Encarnacion has played left field in four out of his first five games with Aguilas Cibaenas in the Dominican Winter League. Encarnacion proved to…

  13. The White Sox could still trade Gavin Floyd

    Dec 24, 2011, 2:45 PM EDT

    Gavin Floyd

    The fire sale is apparently back on. While the White Sox signed John Danks to a five-year, $65 million contract extension earlier this week, Danny Knobler of CBSSports.com reported yesterday that they remain open to trading Gavin Floyd. Floyd could be an attractive target for many teams because he is owed $7 million next season…

  14. Report: The Athletics will be granted permission to move to San Jose by February

    Dec 24, 2011, 1:15 PM EDT

    Oakland A's logo

    Some pretty significant news to pass along on this Christmas Eve afternoon. According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today, “all signs and top MLB sources” say that the Athletics will be granted permission by February to move to San Jose. Of course, the A’s efforts to move have been stonewalled since 2009 so that a…

  15. What’s going on with Javier Vazquez?

    Dec 24, 2011, 11:47 AM EDT

    Javier Vazquez

    Under normal circumstances, Javier Vazquez would do pretty well in this weak free agent market for starting pitchers. The 35-year-old right-hander was awful over the first two and a half months this past season, but finished with a 1.92 ERA and 115/19 K/BB ratio over 126 2/3 innings in his final 19 starts. Only Cliff…

  16. Report: Rays interested in Jorge Posada

    Dec 24, 2011, 10:20 AM EDT

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    We already know Jorge Posada isn’t returning to the Yankees, but he hasn’t dismissed the possibility of continuing his career elsewhere. With that in mind, Javier Maymi of ESPNDeportes.com hears (link in Spanish) that the division-rival Rays are interested in the 40-year-old. Maymi confirmed the information with Posada’s father, who said he has also had…

  17. Rangers looking into Yorvit Torrealba incident

    Dec 24, 2011, 8:56 AM EDT

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    Footage of Yorvit Torrealba‘s attack on home plate umpire Dario Rivero, Jr. in the Venezuelan Winter League spread like wildfire last night, so naturally it didn’t take long for word to reach the Rangers. Rangers general manager Jon Daniels told Drew Davison of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram that he is aware of the incident and…

  18. Adam LaRoche expected to be Nationals’ first baseman next season

    Dec 23, 2011, 10:30 PM EDT

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    We’ve heard plenty of speculation that the Nationals could emerge as a suitor for free agent first baseman Prince Fielder, but general manager Mike Rizzo is doing his best to downplay the situation. The Nationals held a conference call earlier today to discuss the Gio Gonzalez deal. Amanda Comak of the Washington Times reports that…

  19. Reds GM Walt Jocketty says Sean Marshall “a possibility” to close

    Dec 23, 2011, 8:47 PM EDT

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    The Reds held a conference call earlier this afternoon to introduce Sean Marshall, who was acquired from the Cubs for Travis Wood, Dave Sappelt and Ronald Torreyes. Marshall has primarily pitched in a set-up role over the past two seasons, but Jon Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports that Reds general manager Walt Jocketty didn’t…

  20. Yorvit Torrealba hits umpire during Venezuelan Winter League game

    Dec 23, 2011, 6:42 PM EDT

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    Rangers catcher Yorvit Torrealba isn’t exactly in the “Christmas spirit.” After striking out while playing with Leones del Caracas in the Venezuelan Winter League earlier today, the veteran backstop blew off some steam by attacking home plate umpire Dario Rivero, Jr. It’s unclear what sort of penalty he’ll pay in the VWL, but Licey manager Jose…

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