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  1. Carlos Zambrano ordered to rest after being hit in face with comebacker

    Nov 26, 2011, 10:37 AM EST

    Chicago Cubs v Atlanta Braves

    Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune reports that Carlos Zambrano will not make his next start in the Venezuelan Winter League until December 6 as he recovers from being hit in the face with a comebacker during a start last Friday. Big Z required 16 stitches after being hit below the right bottom lip. While…

  2. Greg Halman’s funeral scheduled for Tuesday in Netherlands

    Nov 26, 2011, 8:58 AM EST

    Greg Halman

    According to Greg Johns of MLB.com, the funeral service for Greg Halman will be held Tuesday in the Netherlands. The family is also having a public viewing Sunday in the Kinheim gym in Haarlem, where Halman played baseball growing up. The Mariners plan to send vice president of international operations Bob Engle, coordinator of European scouting Wayne Norton and and…

  3. Fake trade: James Shields to Cincinnati for Yonder Alonso

    Nov 25, 2011, 11:00 PM EST

    James Shields

    (The following is not a done deal or even a valid rumor and should not be treated as such.) Reds acquire RHP James Shields and RHP Kyle Farnsworth from the Rays for first baseman Yonder Alonso and catcher Yasmani Grandal. Courtesy of Yahoo’s Tim Brown comes the rumor that the Reds have started shopping top prospect Yonder…

  4. Athletics hire Chili Davis as hitting coach

    Nov 25, 2011, 9:00 PM EST

    Chili Davis

    According to Maureen Mullen of CSNNE.com, the Athletics have hired Chili Davis as hitting coach. Imagine my excitement when this story broke while I was in the process of eating some turkey chili. It’s fate, I tell you. Davis, who turns 52 in January, served as hitting coach with Triple-A Pawtucket in the Red Sox organization this…

  5. We’re all waiting on Yu (Darvish)

    Nov 25, 2011, 6:20 PM EST

    yu darvish in nippon uniform

    While the season is ripe for Japanese players to be posted, no one has heard yet whether Yu Darvish is becoming available. The Nippon Ham Fighters have yet to inform teams of his status. Expectations are that the Fighters will let Darvish go if he makes the request. According to FOXSports.com’s Jon Paul Morosi, a…

  6. Ned Colletti thinks James Loney is going to get superpowers or something next year

    Nov 25, 2011, 5:18 PM EST

    James Loney

    I haven’t had MLB Network Radio on this afternoon because I’m too busy listening to the new Vaccines album on my speakers wot go to 11.  But apparently something interesting was said about James Loney. From Mel Antonen’s Twitter feed: Dodgers GM Ned Colletti says on MLB Network Radio that James Loney will be at…

  7. Red Sox: It’s down to Gene Lamont and Bobby V. It’s gonna be Bobby V.

    Nov 25, 2011, 1:56 PM EST

    Bobby Valentine

    Alex Speier of WEEI talked to a team source who says that the Red Sox — who had Gene Lamont and Bobby Valentine in for interviews earlier this week — don’t plan on talking to anyone else.  It’s gonna be one of those two guys. I’ve promised my hat for these purposes several times, but…

  8. The Blue Jays wanted Clay Buchholz for John Farrell

    Nov 25, 2011, 11:20 AM EST

    John Farrell

    We learned the other day that the Red Sox tried to talk the Blue Jays into letting them interview John Farrell for their open manager’s job.  The Blue Jays, however, have a policy of not giving permission for their people to interview for lateral moves, so that didn’t go anywhere. But the Jays weren’t totally closed…

  9. Indians expect Grady Sizemore “to play the vast majority of games”

    Nov 25, 2011, 10:40 AM EST

    sizemore close

    In re-signing Grady Sizemore to a one-year, $5 million contract Indians general manager Chris Antonetti said that he expects the oft-injured outfielder to be fully healthy by spring training and “to play the vast majority of games” in 2012. Sizemore, who played just 71 games this year and 33 games in 2010, underwent his latest…

  10. Indians unveil new uniforms. We think.

    Nov 25, 2011, 9:52 AM EST

    Indians new uniforms

    I was directed to a web page this morning which was billed as the Indians unveiling “new uniforms for 2012.”  This was the picture on that web page: You tell me what’s different, because I’m sort of not seeing it. Based on this pic it appears as though the white piping around the neck and…

  11. Lenny Dykstra: live from rehab

    Nov 25, 2011, 9:07 AM EST

    Lenny Dykstra

    We always highlight gonzo Lenny Dykstra stories, so it’s only fair that we likewise highlight Dykstra in a more subdued setting when he actually sounds lucid and — dare I say it? — responsible. Nancy Dillon of The New York Daily News visited Nails at the Los Angeles rehab center he currently calls home.  In…

  12. A Night at the Peabody: covering the premiere of MLB Productions’ 2011 World Series Film…

    Nov 24, 2011, 8:51 PM EST

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    I was invited, through Craig and MLB’s PR people, to attend and report on the premiere of the 2011 World Series Film on Tuesday night in St. Louis. I’ve been writing professionally about baseball since 2008, but it was the first time I had covered any sort of live event with a media badge and…

  13. Happy Thanksgiving HBT Nation/Universe

    Nov 24, 2011, 1:28 PM EST

    Thanksgiving

    Thanksgiving may be the most unbaseball holiday. It’s far enough removed from last season to where the taste has left our mouths, still too far from the next season for our appetites to be rewarded. It’s usually cold, often gray. Someone always has a football game on. It’s probably still my favorite holiday, though.  Yes,…

  14. Yankees re-sign Freddy Garcia to one-year, $5 million deal

    Nov 24, 2011, 12:28 PM EST

    Freddy Garcia, Joe Girardi

    Freddy Garcia and the Yankees have agreed to a one-year, $5 million contract, according to Jon Heyman of SI.com. Garcia proved to be a tremendous bargain for New York this year, winning a rotation spot in the spring training after signing for a minor-league deal and throwing 147 innings with a 3.62 ERA that was…

  15. Raul Ibanez agreed to decline Phillies’ arbitration offer

    Nov 24, 2011, 10:23 AM EST

    Phillies' Ibanez reacts to grounding out to end the seventh inning of their MLB baseball playoff game against the Cardinals in Philadelphia

    Philadelphia’s decision to offer Raul Ibanez arbitration yesterday made zero sense unless the two sides had a pre-arranged agreement that the 39-year-old outfielder would decline. Sure enough, Buster Olney of ESPN.com reports exactly that, as Ibanez did the Phillies a favor and agreed ahead of time to decline an arbitration offer to basically just give…

  16. Albert Pujols sticking with agent Dan Lozano amid allegations

    Nov 24, 2011, 9:36 AM EST

    pujols getty

    Earlier this week Deadspin published a lengthy story that included many unsavory allegations about agent Dan Lozano, whose client list includes Albert Pujols, Alex Rodriguez, and lots of other big names. Last night Lozano’s lawyer issued a statement denying the claims and Pujols told Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch: I am absolutely…

  17. Report: Yankees, Freddy Garcia nearing one-year deal

    Nov 23, 2011, 11:58 PM EST

    Freddy Garcia

    The Yankees don’t appear to be any closer to adding the No. 2 starter they desire, but they are set to bring back Freddy Garcia on a one-year deal, David Waldstein of the New York Times reports. Garcia took a modest $1.5 million guarantee from the Bombers before going 12-8 with a 3.62 ERA in 146…

  18. Yankees sign Jayson Nix to minor league contract

    Nov 23, 2011, 10:18 PM EST

    jayson nix ap

    From Joel Sherman of the New York Post comes word that the Yankees have signed utilityman Jayson Nix to a minor league contract with an invitation to major league spring training. Nix is unlikely to land an Opening Day roster spot next March in Tampa, but he can play his way into the emergency mid-season…

  19. Agent: Cesar Izturis has “several” suitors

    Nov 23, 2011, 9:34 PM EST

    izturis getty o's

    Veteran infielder Cesar Izturis played in only 18 games and made just 33 plate appearances for the Orioles in 2011 due to groin and elbow issues. He batted .230/.277/.268 in 2010, and hasn’t registered an OPS above .700 since the 2004 season. But Major League Baseball can’t quit him. According to beat writer Dan Connolly…

  20. Cubs hoping to hire Chris Bosio as pitching coach

    Nov 23, 2011, 8:02 PM EST

    bosio getty

    Freshly-hired Cubs manager Dale Sveum is beginning to put together his coaching staff. According to Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune, Sveum has asked former big league teammate and current Triple-A manager Chris Bosio to become the Cubs’ new pitching coach. A formal interview is likely to take place after Thanksgiving weekend. Bosio served as an advance…

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