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  1. The Dodgers are “open to the idea” of trading Andre Ethier this offseason

    Oct 30, 2012, 9:14 AM EDT

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    Back in June the Dodgers made a commitment to Andre Ethier in the form of a five-year $85 million extension. But when it comes to commitments they’re not fanatics about it, baby: Sources: Dodgers are open to the idea of dealing Andre Ethier. He signed a five-year, $85 million contract during the season. — Buster…

  2. Brian Sabean has some tough calls to make this offseason

    Oct 30, 2012, 8:53 AM EDT

    World Series - San Francisco Giants v Detroit Tigers - Game 4

    Brian Sabean bashing is a pretty common pastime among stathead types. I’ve spent an awful lot of time doing it, I’ll admit. For what it’s worth, my bashing him has less to do with any individual moves he’s made and more to do with some poor behavior on his part, but it’s undeniable that, for whatever…

  3. Jim Leyland is coming back

    Oct 30, 2012, 8:23 AM EDT

    Jim Leyland

    Going into the clubhouse and asking a manager who just lost the World Series if he is coming back next year is kinda like asking the widow at a funeral if she plans on remarrying. So it was understandable that Jim Leyland was not ready to talk about that stuff on Sunday night.  Give it…

  4. Bartolo Colon gets six stitches after liner to head

    Oct 29, 2012, 10:23 PM EDT

    Bartolo Colon

    Bartolo Colon managed to avoid any fractures when he was hit in the head by a liner while pitching for Aguilas Cibaenas on Sunday, but he did need six stitches to close the cut above his chin. Here’s the video: Colon was making his second winter league start in the Dominican Republic when he was…

  5. Nick Blackburn had arthroscopic surgery on his right elbow last week

    Oct 29, 2012, 8:43 PM EDT

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    According to Joe Christensen of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, the Twins announced today that Nick Blackburn had arthroscopic surgery last Thursday to remove a bone chip from his right elbow. It was a minor procedure and he’s expected to be 100 percent for spring training. Blackburn posted an ugly 7.39 ERA over 19 starts with the…

  6. Vladimir Guerrero to play winter ball for Licey

    Oct 29, 2012, 7:46 PM EDT

    Vladimir Guerrero

    Vladimir Guerrero, who sat out most of the 2012 season after not finding any offers to his liking in free agency, will play winter ball in his native Dominican Republic. The popular Licey Tigers announced that he’d join the team on Nov. 4. Guerrero signed a minor league deal with the Blue Jays in May,…

  7. Angels exploring trades for Dan Haren and Ervin Santana

    Oct 29, 2012, 7:04 PM EDT

    Dan Haren

    We heard last month that the Angels were likely to decline their club options on Dan Haren and Ervin Santana in order to focus their efforts on signing impending free agent Zack Greinke, but things could get interesting in the next couple of days. According to Jon Heyman of, the Angels are currently exploring…

  8. Phillies decline mutual option on Placido Polanco

    Oct 29, 2012, 6:25 PM EDT

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    An expected move, Ryan Lawrence of the Philadelphia Daily News reports that the Phillies have declined their half of Placido Polanco‘s $5.5 million mutual option for 2013. Polanco will receive a $1 million buyout and will become a free agent. This was a pretty easy call for the Fightins, as the 37-year-old was limited to…

  9. Dodgers decline Juan Rivera, Matt Treanor options

    Oct 29, 2012, 5:55 PM EDT

    Juan Rivera, Buster Posey, Larry Vanover

    Turning the page on 2012, the Dodgers declined their options on outfielder Juan Rivera ($4 million, $500,000 buyout), Todd Coffey ($2.5 million, $300,000 buyout) and Matt Treanor ($950,000, $150,000 buyout) for 2013. All three were easy calls. Rivera, unsurprisingly, was a waste of $4 million for the Dodgers. He hit just .244/.286/.375 in 312 at-bats…

  10. The Giants to decline their option on Aubrey Huff

    Oct 29, 2012, 5:32 PM EDT

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    Like a lot of refusals to decline options, this one is not really news. But the way it is stated by Andrew Baggarly is Tweet of the Day-worthy: Nothing official, but Giants will decline $10 million option on Aubrey Huff and choose $2 mil buyout. They didn’t get THAT drunk last night. — Andrew Baggarly…

  11. A’s options: Stephen Drew declined, Grant Balfour exercised

    Oct 29, 2012, 5:11 PM EDT

    Division Series - Detroit Tigers v Oakland Athletics - Game Four

    Oakland has exercised its 2013 option on Grant Balfour, bringing the right-hander back for $4.5 million after he emerged as the team’s closer this season, but the A’s have declined their half of Stephen Drew‘s mutual option for $10 million. That makes Drew a free agent, although it’s possible the A’s could try to re-sign…

  12. The Tigers are your 2013 World Series favorites!

    Oct 29, 2012, 4:30 PM EDT

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    Too soon? Nah, it’s never too soon from the gambling folks at Bovada.  Before you place your wagers, however, just remember that everyone had the Orioles and A’s in last place this year, the Marlins, the Red Sox the Angels and the Phillies as playoff locks and the Nationals as at least a year away…

  13. Luis Aparicio offers his congratulations to Pablo Sandoval, Miguel Cabrera

    Oct 29, 2012, 4:00 PM EDT


    Following on the story from over the weekend about Hugo Chavez, the Associated Press has a story about the triumph of the Venezuelan players in this year’s postseason, including Pablo Sandoval, Marco Scutaro and Miguel Cabrera. My favorite part: Hall of Famer Luis Aparicio sent congratulations on Twitter, calling Sandoval’s performance great in the series…

  14. Twins decline $9.25 million option on Scott Baker

    Oct 29, 2012, 3:23 PM EDT

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    Joe Christensen of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that the Twins have declined their $9.25 million option on Scott Baker, making him a free agent after the 31-year-old right-hander missed the entire season following Tommy John surgery. The move was expected, but the two sides have reportedly been negotiating a new deal that could keep…

  15. MLB apologizes to Astros for leaking new logo

    Oct 29, 2012, 2:50 PM EDT


    Over the weekend Calcaterra noted that the Astros’ logo changes for 2013 had been leaked ahead of this Friday’s planned unveiling, as a local sporting goods store briefly had merchandise featuring the new logo before pulling them from the shelves. Apparently some products with the new logo were also available online via, because Major…

  16. Phil Coke: “The game of baseball just kicked me in the butt”

    Oct 29, 2012, 2:30 PM EDT

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    Phil Coke had a great, raw and honest interview after last night’s game.  It’s really hard not to like this guy after seeing this:   Notably, he puts no stock in the “too much time off” thing. Justin Verlander said last night that it may have affected some guys.  It’s pretty academic right now, I’d…

  17. Phillies decline options on Ty Wigginton, Jose Contreras

    Oct 29, 2012, 2:14 PM EDT

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    Philadelphia has declined 2013 team options on bench bat Ty Wigginton and reliever Jose Contreras, buying out each player for $500,000 instead. Wigginton’s option was for $4 million, but he hasn’t cracked a .750 OPS since 2008 and at age 35 can no longer really even fake it defensively at third base or second base.…

  18. Free agents can sign starting at 12:01AM Saturday

    Oct 29, 2012, 2:00 PM EDT


    The season is over and the hot stove is upon us. It used to be we had to wait a while until players filed for and then signed in free agency. It doesn’t work that way anymore. Guys whose contracts have expired immediately become free agents after the season ends (i.e. last night) and signings…

  19. Gold Glove finalists announced

    Oct 29, 2012, 1:20 PM EDT

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    I stopped caring about the Gold Glove awards sometime between designated hitter Rafael Palmeiro winning one as a “first baseman” and Derek Jeter winning five as a “shortstop” but MLB has announced three (or four) finalists per league at each position and here they are: (Note: Coaches and managers vote for the Gold Glove award…

  20. Yankees exercise options on Curtis Granderson, Robinson Cano, David Aardsma

    Oct 29, 2012, 12:48 PM EDT

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    In a pair of no-brainer moves the Yankees have exercised their 2013 options on Curtis Granderson and Robinson Cano. Granderson and Cano will each make $15 million, and they’ll both be eligible for free agency next winter. Despite a pair of ugly postseason performances obviously Granderson and Cano on one-year commitments are easy calls. Mark…

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