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  1. The Giants’ championship is illegitimate because of Melky, says man with presumably straight face

    Oct 31, 2012, 8:23 AM EDT

    melky getty

    This column from Ray McNulty of the T.C. Palm in Florida is so chock full o’ stupid that it defies block quoting. But know that Mr. McNulty believes the following: The Giants are not deserving of World Series congratulations because Melky Cabrera tested positive for PEDs, and that justifies us questioning “the legitimacy” of the…

  2. Gold Glove Award winners, as they’re announced…

    Oct 30, 2012, 9:43 PM EDT

    gold glove

    Major League Baseball is revealing the 2012 Gold Glove Award recipients tonight during an hour-long program on ESPN2. We’ll list this year’s winners below as they are announced. Let the outrage commence! CATCHER American League: Matt Wieters National League: Yadier Molina LEFT FIELD American League: Alex Gordon National League: Carlos Gonzalez CENTER FIELD American League:…

  3. Dodgers re-sign Brandon League to three-year, $22.5M deal

    Oct 30, 2012, 8:28 PM EDT

    league getty

    The Dodgers acquired reliever Brandon League from the Mariners at the July 31 trade deadline and were pleased with the numbers (2.30 ERA and 1.13 WHIP in 27 1/3 innings) he posted down the stretch. So they’ve decided to keep him around for a while. According to Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times, the…

  4. Rays to exercise $1.5 million option on Jose Molina

    Oct 30, 2012, 7:54 PM EDT

    jose molina getty

    From Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times comes word that the Rays are planning to exercise catcher Jose Molina‘s $1.8 million club option for the 2013 season. It was that or pay a $300,000 buyout. Molina batted .223/.286/.355 with eight home runs and 32 RBI in 102 games this season for the Rays while…

  5. Mets exercise options on David Wright and R.A. Dickey

    Oct 30, 2012, 6:40 PM EDT

    dickey, wright getty

    A couple of no-brainer option decisions here. FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal and Jon Paul Morosi report that the Mets officially exercised 2013 club options on Tuesday evening for third baseman David Wright and right-handed starter R.A. Dickey. Wright’s is $16 million. Dickey’s is $5 million. Wright, 29, batted .306/.391/.492 with 21 home runs and 93…

  6. White Sox sign Jake Peavy to $29 million contract, decline Kevin Youkilis’ option

    Oct 30, 2012, 6:16 PM EDT

    Jake Peavy

    The White Sox’s 2013 rotation is set to look a whole lot like the 2012 group after all. The team today re-signed Jake Peavy to a tw0-year, $29 million deal and picked up Gavin Floyd‘s $9.5 million option for 2013. The team also announced that it had declined Kevin Youkilis‘ $13 million option and Brett…

  7. Dallas Braden will be pitching in a new area code next year

    Oct 30, 2012, 5:42 PM EDT

    dallas braden ap

    Dallas Braden‘s days with the A’s are over: Dallas Braden is a free agent. #Athletics outright him and Joey Devine. Both elected to be free agents. — John Shea (@JohnSheaHey) October 30, 2012 Devine is a Tommy John disaster — he’s had two TJ surgeries in three years. Braden’s issue has been his shoulder, which…

  8. Rangers decline Scott Feldman, Yoshinori Tateyama options

    Oct 30, 2012, 5:17 PM EDT

    Scott Feldman pitches against the Detroit Tigers during the third inning in Game 2 of their MLB American League Championship Series baseball playoffs in Arlington

    As expected the Rangers have declined their 2013 options on right-handers Scott Feldman and Yoshinori Tateyama. Run support and luck allowed Feldman to win 17 games in 2009 despite a 4.08 ERA and that got him a contract extension, but in three seasons since then he’s been ineffective and injured with a 5.15 ERA in…

  9. Ricky Romero undergoes minor elbow surgery, gets plasma injections in both knees

    Oct 30, 2012, 4:46 PM EDT

    Ricky Romero

    Shi Davidi of Sportsnet reports that Blue Jays left-hander Ricky Romero underwent arthroscopic elbow surgery and “received platelet-rich plasma injections in both knees to enhance recovery from quad tendinitis,” which perhaps helps explain at least some of his disastrous season. Romero was an All-Star last season and got off to a decent start this year,…

  10. Taco Bell does not want you to miss out on your Angel Pagan free taco

    Oct 30, 2012, 4:31 PM EDT

    Taco Bell

    Those Taco Bell commercials during the World Series would have you believe that the sole purpose for Angel Pagan stealing second base in Game 2 was so that you could get a free Doritos Locos taco today as a result of their Steal a Base, Steal a Taco promotion. It was THAT important to him.…

  11. A.J. Ellis’ wife gave birth in a car while he drove to hospital

    Oct 30, 2012, 4:16 PM EDT

    baby on board

    A.J. Ellis finally getting an extended chance in the majors at age 31 and emerging as the Dodgers’ starting catcher was a pretty good story, but Ellis’ wife giving birth to their third child tops it pretty easily. Molly Knight of has the details: On Oct. 12, Ellis’ wife, Cindy, gave birth to the…

  12. There will be fewer foul balls caught for outs in Texas next year

    Oct 30, 2012, 3:32 PM EDT

    Ballpark at Arlington

    ESPN Dallas has the details of multiple renovations at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington this winter. Most are about amenities and concessions and things. This one will influence some baseball: The dugouts are coming out toward the field by about three more feet. That’s going to give players and coaches more room to move around in…

  13. Braves exercise options on Brian McCann, Tim Hudson, Paul Maholm

    Oct 30, 2012, 3:15 PM EDT

    Hudson McCann

    Atlanta has exercised its options on catcher Brian McCann, right-hander Tim Hudson, and left-hander Paul Maholm, bringing all three players back for 2013 at a combined cost of $27.5 million. McCann faded badly in the second half and was benched in the Wild Card playoff game, but it would have been tough for the Braves…

  14. Because of course there is a Taiwanese animation of the 2012 World Series

    Oct 30, 2012, 3:00 PM EDT

    I have no idea either

    In case you missed the World Series, here is everything you need to know:   (Via

  15. Do you know this Giants fan?

    Oct 30, 2012, 2:50 PM EDT

    Giants logo

    The orange towel hooked onto his belt is a nice touch: The San Francisco Police Department is asking for the public’s help to find this person.… — Josh Suchon (@Josh_Suchon) October 30, 2012

  16. If you’re painting the Giants as some sort of anti-Moneyball team you’re delusional

    Oct 30, 2012, 2:02 PM EDT

    Brian Sabean, Bruce Bochy

    Bruce Jenkins of the San Francisco Chronicle has a column today in which he praises the Giants for being a scout-based anti-Moneyball organization, claiming that they have no use for advanced analytics, that they base their decisions on “visual evidence” and that they are superior to “organizations cutting their scouting staffs and stocking computers.” He…

  17. Two reasons for Tigers fans to be happy

    Oct 30, 2012, 1:32 PM EDT

    jose valverde getty

    They come in form of tweets: Dave Dombrowski says the Tigers will not pursue Delmon Young. See him as a DH. — Chris Iott (@Chris_Iott) October 30, 2012 Dave Dombrowski said the Tigers will not pursue signing Jose Valverde. — Chris Iott (@Chris_Iott) October 30, 2012   I can already feel the anxiety level of…

  18. Rays will exercise $10.25 million option on James Shields

    Oct 30, 2012, 1:18 PM EDT

    James Shields

    In one of the biggest no-brainer calls of the offseason, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that the Rays have informed right-hander James Shields that they’ll exercise his $10.25 million option for 2013. Shields is a tremendous bargain at that price after bouncing back from a rough 2010 season to throw 477 innings…

  19. And now, a free agency primer

    Oct 30, 2012, 12:34 PM EDT

    Money Bag

    It’s free agent season! Yay!  What’s free agent season? I know most of you know this stuff, but in an effort to be welcoming to all of the new fans baseball’s blockbuster World Series brought into the fold this year, let’s run down the basics of baseball free agency so that we are not adrift…

  20. Brian Butterfield becomes latest Blue Jays coach to join John Farrell’s staff in Boston

    Oct 30, 2012, 12:16 PM EDT


    John Farrell has brought another member of his Toronto coaching staff with him to Boston, as the Red Sox announced that Brian Butterfield will be their new third base coach. Butterfield had been with the Blue Jays since 2002, sticking around through four different managers. He spent the past three seasons as third base coach…

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