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  1. The Orioles are going to make a run at Josh Hamilton

    Nov 7, 2012, 1:01 PM EDT

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    Jon Paul Morosi reports that the Orioles are interested in Josh Hamilton: Hamilton is on the Orioles’ list of targets for left field, according to a source with knowledge of the organization’s plans. Hamilton has started more games in left field than center over the past three seasons, and the Orioles have an opening there…

  2. Former Yankees No. 1 overall pick Brien Taylor sentenced to 38 months in prison for selling crack

    Nov 7, 2012, 12:53 PM EDT

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    Brian Taylor, the former No. 1 overall pick and one-time elite Yankees pitching prospect, has been sentenced to 38 months in prison for distributing crack cocaine. Taylor, who’s now 40 years old, was arrested in March after undercover police bought what the Associated Press describes as “a large quantity of cocaine and crack cocaine from…

  3. U.S. Cellular Field may get a name change next year

    Nov 7, 2012, 12:30 PM EDT

    U.S. Cellular Field

    It may not happen for the 2013 season because the deal is not yet done, but the park formerly known as New Comiskey may be Sprint Field or something like it in time for 2014. Why? Because U.S. Cellular is selling some of its business units to Sprint/Nextel, and exiting the Chicago market: There has been no word…

  4. Padres haven’t talked extension with Chase Headley

    Nov 7, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

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    Chase Headley‘s breakout season led to speculation about whether the Padres would try to sign the third baseman to a long-term contract extension, but it doesn’t sound likely anytime soon. Headley is under contract through 2014 and Corey Brock of MLB.com reports that “no discussions have taken place to date.” Headley has always been a…

  5. Sorry, dudes: Legal marijuana in Colorado and Washington does not mean Rockies and Mariners can smoke pot

    Nov 7, 2012, 11:32 AM EDT

    Tim Lincecum

    One of the more interesting developments in yesterday’s election was Colorado and Washington legalizing marijuana. Maybe this is just, like, my opinion man, but given how poor the results of the war on drugs have been, this move should be applauded. And even if you’re not pro-pot in any way shape or form, it’s a…

  6. Cubs interested in Brandon McCarthy and Shaun Marcum

    Nov 7, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

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    According to Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun Times the Cubs “already have expressed interest in” Brandon McCarthy and “another buy-low candidate the Cubs are eyeing” is Shaun Marcum. General manager Jed Hoyer indicated that the Cubs will probably try to sign some veterans to reasonably priced one- or two-year deals, like they did last…

  7. Delmon Young pleads guilty to aggravated harassment, gets community service

    Nov 7, 2012, 11:05 AM EDT

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    The 2012 season was kicked off in style as Delmon Young got drunk and walked down a New York street yelling anti-Semitic garbage at people. It became a tabloid sensation in New York and he was charged with a hate crime.  The matter has been settled now, however, with a plea that his beef busted…

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

    Nov 7, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

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    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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

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