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  1. Jeremy Affeldt and the Giants moving toward a three-year deal

    Nov 9, 2012, 4:33 PM EDT

    Jeremy Affeldt

    The headline says it all. Here is the reportage: The #SFGiants are confident they will be resigning Jeremy Affeldt, likely to 3-year deal. — Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) November 9, 2012   Affeldt, who is the best left reliever on the market, is coming off a three-year, $14 million deal. He just put up two fantastic…

  2. The Reds are interested in Michael Bourn

    Nov 9, 2012, 4:04 PM EDT

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    The Reds could use a leadoff guy, so .. The Reds, who tried but failed to acquire a leadoff hitter at midseason, are interested in Michael Bourn, according to sources. That’s Danny Knobler of CBSSports.com, who notes that, no, the Reds aren’t favorites. Which makes sense given the sort of money Bourn is likely looking for and…

  3. Brewers not working on contract extension with Corey Hart

    Nov 9, 2012, 3:17 PM EDT

    Corey Hart homers AP

    UPDATE: Both general manager Doug Melvin and Hart himself have denied Rosenthal’s report that they’re working on a new contract. ========== Corey Hart is heading into the final season of a three-year, $26.5 million contract and Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that he’s “discussing a new deal” with the Brewers. Rosenthal writes that Hart is…

  4. The Tigers are going to go with Bruce Rondon as their closer

    Nov 9, 2012, 3:00 PM EDT

    Bruce Rondon

    Many of you are saying “who is Bruce Rondon?”  The most relevant answer to that question for you is that he’s the reason why the Tigers aren’t, according to Danny Knobler, going to be players for Rafael Soriano or any other established closer types: Tigers are not interested in Soriano. Plan to stay in-house for…

  5. Hall of Famer Lee MacPhail passes away at age 95

    Nov 9, 2012, 1:52 PM EDT

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    Lee MacPhail, the Hall of Fame baseball executive and father of former Orioles, Cubs, and Twins general manager Andy MacPhail, has passed away at age 95. MacPhail’s father, Larry MacPhail, is also in the Hall of Fame, making them the only father-son duo in Cooperstown. Here’s an excerpt from the press release MLB sent announcing…

  6. Bobby Valentine dishes on the 2012 Red Sox, to dress up like an elf next month

    Nov 9, 2012, 1:32 PM EDT

    Bobby Valentine

    Bobby Valentine spoke at Salem State University last night as part of a speaker’s series. Peter Gammons was the moderator and audience questions were taken.  Some highlights from CSNNewEngland.com: The front office wanted “a quieter, calmer” version of Bobby Valentine during the season, so he was told to tone down his usually effusive comments to…

  7. The Phillies are “quietly checking on” Josh Hamilton

    Nov 9, 2012, 1:00 PM EDT

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    In case you forgot, the best things that happens in the offseason is the creation of new metaphors for teams expressing an interest in a player’s services. “Checking in,” “kicking the tires,” “inquiring on” and so many others. I wish the reporters would get even more creative: “The Yankees gave Smith a once-over” “The Dodgers…

  8. Fred Lewis signs with Japanese team

    Nov 9, 2012, 12:46 PM EDT

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    Not so long ago I thought Fred Lewis was an underrated all-around player who deserved an extended opportunity to be an everyday outfielder, but he’s been injured and ineffective for the past two seasons. And now he’s headed to Japan, as Patrick Newman of NPB Tracker reports that Lewis has signed a one-year deal with…

  9. The Tigers have offered Jeremy Bonderman a contract

    Nov 9, 2012, 12:30 PM EDT

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    The other day Jeremy Bonderman talked about wanting to get back in the game in 2013 and that all he wanted was a minor league deal to prove himself.  His wish is the Tigers’ command: #Tigers have offered a contract to Jeremy Bonderman, sources tell FOXSports.com. @mlbonfox — Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) November 9, 2012  …

  10. Jeff Kent lost 22 pounds on “Survivor” and had a torn MCL the entire time

    Nov 9, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

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    Every Thursday morning for the past eight weeks I’ve been recapping Jeff Kent’s adventures on “Survivor,” which came to an end this week when he was voted out in ninth place during an episode filled with weirdness and culminating in the former MVP going off on a pretty memorable rant: You know what pisses me…

  11. Robinson Cano will not be giving the Yankees a hometown discount

    Nov 9, 2012, 11:33 AM EDT

    Robinson Cano

    More from Joel Sherman, who notes that while the Yankees have more immediate concerns, their biggest overall decision involves a long term deal for Robinson Cano.  Sherman says: I reported last month Cano was telling teammates he is expecting a 10-year contract at the top of the market. Now, a confidant of Cano informs me…

  12. The Mets won’t trade Ike Davis

    Nov 9, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

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    Back in September Adam Rubin reported that the Mets were considering shopping Ike Davis. And you knew there was probably something to it given that, at the same time, the team floated stuff about his character and work ethic to give them cover. It’s like the Mets are the Red Sox’ padawan learner in this…

  13. Red Sox leaning toward Jose Iglesias as starting shortstop

    Nov 9, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

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    Boston traded away Mike Aviles in the deal for manager John Farrell and the free agent shortstop class is an extremely weak one, so not surprisingly it looks like the Red Sox are planning to have 22-year-old rookie Jose Iglesias as their starting shortstop in 2013. Nothing is set in stone, of course, but general…

  14. Angel Pagan at “the top of the Braves wish list”

    Nov 9, 2012, 10:30 AM EDT

    Angel Pagan AP

    I saw this rumor at the paddock before the second race, outside the men’s room when I placed my bet. I saw this rumor before it even got up this morning: The Braves are exploring other options via free agency – San Francisco’s Angel Pagan probably tops that short list — or through a trade. That’s…

  15. Jason Giambi “mulling” offer to be Rockies’ hitting coach

    Nov 9, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

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    Colorado has offered Jason Giambi its hitting coach job after passing on him as manager in favor of Walt Weiss, but Troy Renck of the Denver Post reports that Giambi is “mulling” the offer because he still wants to keep playing. Giambi said previously that he’d be willing to retire as a player in order…

  16. The Denver Post to sell its share of the Colorado Rockies

    Nov 9, 2012, 9:49 AM EDT

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    In other news, the Denver Post owns a share of the Colorado Rockies: The Post holds a 7.3 percent state in the major league baseball club that is majority owned by brothers Dick and Charlie Monfort. Ed Moss, CEO of the Denver Post, said Digital First Media, which operates MediaNews Group, owner of the newspaper, is…

  17. The Rangers max offer to Josh Hamilton will be three years

    Nov 9, 2012, 9:14 AM EDT

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    In other words, the Rangers are really not that interested in signing Josh Hamilton. Bob Nightengale reports: The Texas Rangers don’t plan to offer prized free agent outfielder Josh Hamilton more than a three-year contract, according to a high-ranking team official, which likely will lead to the Rangers severing ties with the 2010 American League…

  18. The Brewers are interested in Ryan Dempster

    Nov 9, 2012, 8:54 AM EDT

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    Ken Rosenthal says: Count the Milwaukee Brewers among the teams interested in free-agent right-hander Ryan Dempster, particularly now that the Los Angeles Dodgers are showing greater interest in other pitchers. If you stop and just let your mind drift for a minute, you can almost picture Ryan Dempster in a Brewers jersey already. Not envisioning a future in which he…

  19. Steve Johnson’s dentist is cool

    Nov 9, 2012, 8:30 AM EDT

    Boston Red Sox v Baltimore Orioles

    This little story about Orioles pitcher Steve Johnson‘s trip to the dentist– and especially the picture that accompanies it —  is fun. But it does make me wonder: do all teams make shirseys for swingmen with 38 innings under their belt? Like, could I theoretically buy a David Phelps shirsey right now?

  20. Three strikes and you’re out

    Nov 9, 2012, 7:41 AM EDT

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    Starting in the mid-90s, states started adopting habitual offender laws which put criminals who have been convicted of multiple felonies away for life. You probably know such laws by their popular name: “three strikes and you’re out” laws. Gideon Cohn-Postar wonders took a few moments to stop and think about how random it is that…

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