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  1. Red Sox “currently disinclined to trade” Jacoby Ellsbury

    Nov 7, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    Jacoby Ellsbury

    Jacoby Ellsbury figures to make around $8 million in his final season of arbitration eligibility and will hit the open market as a free agent next offseason, but Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that the Red Sox are “currently disinclined to trade Ellsbury with value down.” Ellsbury was runner-up in the 2011 MVP voting, but…

  2. The G.M. meetings are getting underway

    Nov 7, 2012, 10:30 AM EDT

    Indian Wells

    The G.M.s of all 30 teams and their various and sundry assistants have assembled in Indian Wells, California for the annual G.M. meetings.  That’s in the Coachella Valley, which means that there will be a performance by a holographic Branch Rickey at some point. At least I think that’s how it works. No, actually how…

  3. Brewers signing Zack Greinke is “a long shot” despite chat with general manager

    Nov 7, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

    Zack Greinke

    Brewers general manager Doug Melvin admitted yesterday that he recently chatted on the phone with Zack Greinke, leading to speculation that the free agent returning to Milwaukee might be possible. Melvin stressed that he simply likes talking baseball with Greinke–which is something he’s said in the past as well–and added that the right-hander “didn’t tip…

  4. The Indians will listen to offers for basically anybody

    Nov 7, 2012, 9:41 AM EDT

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    Sometimes general managers will declare certain players off-limits. Less than they used to, but they still sometimes do it. I think, in their heart of hearts, all general managers will listen to any offer for any player because, hey, you never know when someone may do something dumb and offer you too much.  That’s kind…

  5. Hurricane Sandy restrictions impacted CC Sabathia’s elbow rehab

    Nov 7, 2012, 9:18 AM EDT

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    We continue our morning of “let’s find some sort of baseball connection to stuff that is way, way more important than baseball because, man, there isn’t a lot of baseball news yet today.” Next up: those restrictions last week requiring people driving into Manhattan to have at least three people in their cars in order…

  6. The race is too close to call! But Walt Weiss is still a favorite over Matt Williams

    Nov 7, 2012, 8:45 AM EDT

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    Still many precincts yet to report so these results are tentative at best but [touches the fancy screen, half of Coors Field lights up blue] it looks like Walt Weiss is the favorite in the Rockies managerial race. The Denver Post: With momentum growing toward Walt Weiss’ hiring, the Rockies paused after Matt Williams’ impressive…

  7. A pretty decent election night for the HardballTalk platform

    Nov 7, 2012, 7:02 AM EDT

    Woodrow Wilson

    Look, I realize this is tenuous at best, but every baseball newsmaker in the country was watching election stuff last night too rather than making baseball news so the pickings are slim this morning. Anyway: An issue on the ballot in Wilmington, North Carolina that would have spent $37 million in public funds to build…

  8. Orioles still awaiting the arrival of Henry Urrutia

    Nov 6, 2012, 10:07 PM EDT

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    The Orioles signed Cuban defector Henry Urrutia to a minor league contract with a $778,500 signing bonus back in July and were hoping that he’d arrive in the United States in time to get a feel for Double-A ball. But the Double-A season has been over for seven weeks and Urrutia has yet to step…

  9. Blue Jays not close in search for new manager

    Nov 6, 2012, 8:59 PM EDT

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    MLB.com’s Gregor Chisholm has the update: The Blue Jays’ search for a new manager temporarily will be put on hold this week while Alex Anthopoulos attends the annual General Managers Meetings in Palm Springs, Calif. The meetings are set to run from Wednesday until Friday, which means for at least a few days the quest…

  10. Diamondbacks sign Eddie Bonine to minor league deal

    Nov 6, 2012, 7:43 PM EDT

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    Hey, look — news that isn’t election-related! FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reports that the Diamondbacks have signed right-hander Eddie Bonine to a minor league contract. The deal will pay him a $500,000 salary if he cracks the MLB roster. Bonine posted a 4.63 ERA in 68 innings (one start, 46 relief appearances) in 2010 with…

  11. Yu Darvish will not participate in the World Baseball Classic

    Nov 6, 2012, 6:35 PM EDT

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    Rangers right-hander Yu Darvish announced through an official press release on Tuesday evening that he will not be pitching for Team Japan in next spring’s 2013 World Baseball Classic: After much deliberation, which has included a lot of consultation with my coaches and trainers, I have decided that I will not play in the upcoming World…

  12. Rockies choosing between Walt Weiss and Matt Williams; Jason Giambi no longer in running

    Nov 6, 2012, 5:20 PM EDT

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    Despite plenty of initial skepticism Jason Giambi emerged as a legitimate candidate for the Rockies’ managerial opening and was interviewed for the job, but Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post reports that he’s no longer in the running. According to Saunders that means the Rockies have narrowed their choice down to either Walt Weiss or…

  13. Dustin Pedroia is philosophical about the Bobby Valentine era

    Nov 6, 2012, 5:02 PM EDT

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    The first really public strife involving Bobby Valentine and the Sox last year came when Dustin Pedroia called him out in the media for making disparaging comments about Kevin Youkilis (“that’s not how we go about our stuff here”). In light of that — and in light of other rumored issues between Pedroia and Valentine…

  14. Dodgers looking to add starting pitching, Zack Greinke and Anibal Sanchez “on their list”

    Nov 6, 2012, 4:14 PM EDT

    Zack Greinke

    A potential reunion between the Dodgers and Hiroki Kuroda is one thing, but Jayson Stark of ESPN.com reports that Zack Greinke and Anibal Sanchez are also “on their list” as Los Angeles looks to add starting pitching. Los Angeles’ payroll is already around $200 million, so making a serious run at Greinke or even Sanchez…

  15. Lucas Duda breaks his wrist moving furniture

    Nov 6, 2012, 3:03 PM EDT

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    Details are sketchy, but this is not good: ALERT: @mets Lucas Duda breaks wrist moving furniture. — SNY Assignment Desk (@SNY_Studio) November 6, 2012 ALERT: Mets today announced outfielder Lucas Duda underwent surgery yesterday at the HSS in NYC to repair a fracture in his right wrist. — SNY Assignment Desk (@SNY_Studio) November 6, 2012…

  16. Art Howe would like to be considered for the Blue Jays manager job

    Nov 6, 2012, 2:32 PM EDT

    Art Howe

    Art Howe hasn’t managed since 2004, but Bob Elliott of the Toronto Sun caught up with him and he says, sure, he’d be interested if the Blue Jays called him: Art Howe wants to be the next manager of your Toronto Blue Jays. …“I want to manage again, the best thing I have going for…

  17. Johnny Damon is playing for Thailand in the World Baseball Classic

    Nov 6, 2012, 2:14 PM EDT

    Johnny Damon

    Johnny Damon has a new team. Next week when Thailand attempts to qualify for the World Baseball Classic they’ll have Damon on the roster. Damon, whose mother is Thai, began working out with the team this week and according to The Nation he’ll be involved in team-related charities as well. Thailand is in Group 4…

  18. Brandon League’s crazy contract with the Dodgers is even crazier than you thought

    Nov 6, 2012, 1:18 PM EDT

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    If you thought the Dodgers giving Brandon League a three-year, $22.5 million contract was nuts, you may want to sit down for this. Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times has the full contract breakdown and the deal could be worth as much as $33.5 million. Seriously: If League finishes 55 games in 2015, the…

  19. The guy who smashed the bus window in San Francisco pleads not guilty

    Nov 6, 2012, 1:00 PM EDT

    Bus smash

    You know that guy, Gregory Graniss, who smashed the bus window after the Giants won the World Series?  Oh, I’m sorry ALLEGEDLY smashed the bus window?  Yeah, he pleaded not guilty. Which seems like a stretch given the photographic and video evidence showing him, you know, smashing the bus. But despite the plea, it’s not…

  20. Is Javier Vazquez mulling a comeback?

    Nov 6, 2012, 12:31 PM EDT

    Javier Vazquez

    Javier Vazquez had a great 2011, throwing 193 innings with a 3.69 ERA for the Marlins. If he wanted to, he could have made a bunch of money pitching for in 2012. But he didn’t. He dropped the mic and has spent the last year enjoying life with his family in Puerto Rico. But Peter…

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