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  1. The Yankees are interested in Torii Hunter

    Nov 1, 2012, 12:30 PM EDT

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    Nick Swisher is a free agent and is likely going to command a multi-year deal. Torii Hunter is also a free agent and, at age 37, is likely to command a shorter deal. Ergo: The Yankees have interest in Torii Hunter, a source said. Hunter is unlikely to get a qualifying offer, so he wouldn’t…

  2. John Danks ahead of schedule in recovery from surgery

    Nov 1, 2012, 12:16 PM EDT

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    By bringing back Jake Peavy and Gavin Floyd the White Sox now have five starters in place even with John Danks out following shoulder surgery. However, it sounds like Danks might be back on the mound sooner than initially expected. Dan Hayes of CSNChicago.com reports that Danks has already started a throwing program three months…

  3. Marlins hire Mike Redmond as manager

    Nov 1, 2012, 11:35 AM EDT

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    Mike Redmond was considered the frontrunner to replace Ozzie Guillen in Miami during the entire interview process and sure enough Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com reports that the Marlins have hired the former catcher to be their next manager. Redmond came up through the Marlins’ farm system and played for them from 1998-2004 before signing with…

  4. Rick Ankiel may try to pitch again

    Nov 1, 2012, 11:33 AM EDT

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    Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch dropped this moderate bomb — at least moderately interesting bomb — in his chat today: I’m hearing Ankiel is open to giving pitching one last shot since his market as a position player appears minimal. And, yes, I think the Cardinals would be among those open to providing…

  5. Adam LaRoche, Sean Burnett decline options with Nationals

    Nov 1, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

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    First baseman Adam LaRoche and reliever Sean Burnett are officially free agents after both players declined their half of mutual options with the Nationals. LaRoche turned down $10 million and Burnett turned down $3.5 million after the team previously exercised its half of both options. LaRoche will have no trouble securing a multi-year deal on…

  6. Michael Bourn is looking for $100 million? OK, good luck with that

    Nov 1, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

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    I’m gonna be sick to death of this stuff by January, but man, I forgot how much I loved the scuttlebutt, rumors, slanders, lies, hyperbole and general silliness of the hot stove season.  And it hasn’t truly begun until you start hearing things about Scott Boras clients, be it stuff from Boras himself or from…

  7. Rangers “are determined” to let Alexi Ogando be a starter

    Nov 1, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

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    Alexi Ogando has moved back and forth from the bullpen to the rotation for Texas during the past two seasons, making 30 starts and 59 relief appearances while thriving in both roles, and now T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports that the Rangers “are determined” to use him as a starter in 2013. Ogando has a…

  8. K-Rod settles a lawsuit against his former agents

    Nov 1, 2012, 10:30 AM EDT

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    In 2011, after he was traded from the Mets to the Brewers, Francisco Rodriguez fired his agents, Paul Kinzer ad Arn Tellem, and hooked up with Scott Boras. He later sued Kinzer and Tellem, claiming that they didn’t properly file the paperwork to activate a no-trade clause K-Rod negotiated for and that the no-trade clause…

  9. Jeff Kent on “Survivor” recap: “I’m a motorcycle dealer”

    Nov 1, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

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    I watched Jeff Kent on “Survivor” last night so you didn’t have to … • Kent explains to the camera that last week he went back and forth on whether to direct his alliance to vote out Jonathan, ultimately deciding against it. Moments later Jonathan tells the camera: “I think Jeff and I have built…

  10. Report: Pascual Perez killed in his home in the Dominican Republic

    Nov 1, 2012, 10:01 AM EDT

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    As we have all learned over the years, initial reports of celebrity deaths are often wrong. One hopes that is the case here, but as of now, two Spanish language newspapers are reporting that former major league pitcher Pascual Perez was murdered in a robbery in his home this morning in the Dominican Republic. The…

  11. The Red Sox expand their pitching coach interview list

    Nov 1, 2012, 9:41 AM EDT

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    The Red Sox were previously reported to be interviewing Rick Peterson for their pitching coach gig. While he still remains a candidate, Sean McAdam of CSNNE.com reports that the list is expanding: Red Sox interviewed Juan Nieves for pitching coach position today. Tomorrow: Randy St. Claire. Also, attempting 2 re-schedule Rick Peterson — Sean McAdam(@Sean_McAdam)…

  12. Roman Colon is suing his agents

    Nov 1, 2012, 9:14 AM EDT

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    Via the Sports Agent Blog we learn that journeyman reliever Roman Colon is suing his former agents, the Hendricks Brothers, alleging that they did not tell him about an offer which would have allowed him to continue pitching in Korea following the 2010 season. Colon — whose Baseball-reference.com page refers to as “Roman” but who…

  13. Darren Oliver is leaning toward retirement

    Nov 1, 2012, 8:45 AM EDT

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    Some baseball players go out on top. Some baseball players stay in the game until they’re in their 40s.  Very few do both. Darren Oliver seems poised to, however, as Jon Heyman reports that Oliver is leaning toward retirement. This despite the fact that, just yesterday, the Blue Jays exercised his $3 million option. He certainly…

  14. Photo of the Day: Sergio Romo looked good at the Giants victory parade

    Nov 1, 2012, 6:25 AM EDT

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    The Giants had their World Series victory parade in San Francisco yesterday afternoon. Like the one in 2010, it was festive and well-attended. The details, if you care about such things, are here. And of course, no Giants victory parade is complete without the quirky closer doing something quirky or provocative. In 2010 it was…

  15. Bryce Harper is a clown, bro, this Halloween

    Oct 31, 2012, 10:32 PM EDT

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    Because there isn’t much happening in the baseball world on this Wednesday night and because HardballTalk is nothing if not festive, here’s Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper in his Halloween costume: Props to the Harper house for giving out King Size candy bars. And those RGIII socks are a nice touch.

  16. Ryan Madson declines $11M mutual option for 2013

    Oct 31, 2012, 9:48 PM EDT

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    The Reds wouldn’t have picked it up anyway, so right-hander Ryan Madson beat the team to the punch on Wednesday night and declined his half of an $11 million mutual option for the 2013 season. This according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports. Madson gets a hefty $2.5 million buyout and will officially become a…

  17. D’Backs decline options on Matt Lindstrom and Henry Blanco

    Oct 31, 2012, 8:35 PM EDT

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    Arizona is also making moves this evening. According to the club’s official Twitter feed, the Diamondbacks declined a $1.24 million mutual option Wednesday on catcher Henry Blanco and a $4 million club option for reliever Matt Lindstrom. Blanco appeared in only 21 games this season because of a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his left…

  18. Jorge De La Rosa exercises $11M player option for 2013

    Oct 31, 2012, 7:13 PM EDT

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    Rockies left-hander Jorge De La Rosa made the easiest of easy decisions on Wednesday, exercising a player option that will pay him $11 million in 2013. This according to the Rockies’ Twitter feed. De La Rosa made only three starts this season and just 10 starts the season before due to Tommy John reconstructive elbow…

  19. Blue Jays exercise option on lefty reliever Darren Oliver and re-sign outfielder Rajai Davis

    Oct 31, 2012, 6:27 PM EDT

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    Veteran left-handed reliever Darren Oliver was said to be considering retirement earlier this month. But that apparently won’t be happening. According to beat writer Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com, the Blue Jays exercised Oliver’s $3 million club option on Wednesday. They also re-signed outfielder Rajai Davis to a one-year, $2.5 million deal after declining his $3…

  20. Option trading: Royals acquire Ervin Santana from Angels

    Oct 31, 2012, 5:01 PM EDT

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    This week the Angels have reportedly been shopping Ervin Santana and Dan Haren as they face big-money option decisions on both pitchers and according to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com they’ve found a taker for Santana in the Royals. No word yet on the return coming back to the Angels, but don’t expect it to be…

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