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  1. Agent: Cesar Izturis has “several” suitors

    Nov 23, 2011, 9:34 PM EST

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    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…

  2. Cubs hoping to hire Chris Bosio as pitching coach

    Nov 23, 2011, 8:02 PM EST

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    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…

  3. Bruce Chen gets $9 million over two years from Royals

    Nov 23, 2011, 6:40 PM EST

    Bruce Chen

    After 13 seasons and 10 teams, left-hander Bruce Chen has himself a multiyear contract. The Royals re-signed him to a two-year, $9 million deal on Wednesday, SI.com’s Jon Heyman reports. There’s never been a journeyman quite like Chen. 34 others have also played for 10 different franchises, but Chen pulled it off in just 11…

  4. Raul Ibanez surprisingly among Phillies arbitration offerings

    Nov 23, 2011, 4:45 PM EST

    Philadelphia Phillies v Arizona Diamondbacks

    As expected the Phillies offered arbitration to Jimmy Rollins and Ryan Madson, but surprisingly they also did the same with Raul Ibanez. Ibanez is 39 years old and was paid $12 million this season to hit just .245 with a .289 on-base percentage and .419 slugging percentage in 144 games, which along with sub par…

  5. Jose Molina signing with Rays “appears imminent”

    Nov 23, 2011, 4:16 PM EST

    Jose Molina

    Last week Jose Molina was said to be negotiating a deal with the Rays and now Joe Smith of the St. Petersburg Times reports that an agreement “appears imminent.” Molina would back up John Jaso, essentially replacing fellow right-handed-hitting free agent Kelly Shoppach. Molina lacks Shoppach’s power and ability to knock around left-handed pitching, but…

  6. Royals “making progress” toward re-signing Bruce Chen

    Nov 23, 2011, 3:41 PM EST

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    Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Start reports that the Royals are “making progress in reaching agreement on a new contract” with free agent left-hander Bruce Chen, with general manager Dayton Moore saying that the two sides are hoping to get a deal finalized before the winter meetings next month. Chen looked just about finished…

  7. Must-click link: An insanely extended interview with Pete Rose

    Nov 23, 2011, 3:10 PM EST

    Pete Rose

    Yahoo!’s Dave Brown took his Answer Man alter ego to Vegas and he talked with Pete Rose … forever.  It was a great interview, though.  Topics ranging from Game 6 of the 2011 World Series vs. Game 6 of the 1975 World Series, gambling, his bannination from baseball and, of course, Milk Duds. Just read…

  8. Juan Pierre doesn’t get arbitration offer from White Sox

    Nov 23, 2011, 2:40 PM EST

    Juan Pierre

    Chicago won’t be getting a compensatory draft pick if Juan Pierre leaves as a free agent, as the White Sox declined to offer arbitration to the veteran outfielder with Type B status. Pierre hit .279 with his usual lack of power and plate discipline, posting a sub-.700 OPS for the fourth time in five years.…

  9. Orioles not offering arbitration to free agent Vladimir Guerrero

    Nov 23, 2011, 1:20 PM EST

    Vladimir Guerrero

    As expected, the Orioles announced that they are not offering arbitration to free agent Vladimir Guerrero. Guerrero is coming off a career-worst season at age 36, so odds are he would have simply accepted an arbitration offer and locked the Orioles into a one-year deal paying him at least $8 million. Baltimore understandably didn’t want…

  10. Could Bryce Harper’s debut be delayed by the new CBA?

    Nov 23, 2011, 1:07 PM EST

    Bryce Harper

    Everyone in Washington Nationals Natio –er, Land, er District — is eagerly anticipating the debut of Bryce Harper.  Hopefully as soon as next season.  But as Mark Zukerman notes, that debut could be delayed a but due to some changes in baseball’s new collective bargaining agreement: What am I referring to? The decision to increase…

  11. Japanese team agrees to post reliever Hiroki Sanada

    Nov 23, 2011, 12:51 PM EST

    Hiroki Sanada

    Japanese relief pitcher Hiroki Sanada’s exclusive negotiating rights will be up for auction, as Patrick Newman of NPB Tracker reports that the Yokohama Bay Stars have decided to post the 28-year-old right-hander. However, based on Sanada’s mediocre numbers and Newman’s underwhelming scouting report it doesn’t sound as though he’s likely to draw a ton of…

  12. The Marlins’ new ballpark is going to cost taxpayers even more money than thought? Unpossible!

    Nov 23, 2011, 12:33 PM EST

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    Please sit down for this, because it’s going to come as something of a shock:  the taxpayer-funded ballpark the Marlins are moving into is going to end up costing taxpayers more money than the politicians said it would when they forced it upon the populace: When the city of Miami agreed to build parking garages…

  13. Braves choose not to offer arbitration to Alex Gonzalez

    Nov 23, 2011, 12:19 PM EST

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    In order to receive a compensatory draft pick for Alex Gonzalez signing elsewhere the Braves would first have to offer him arbitration, but the team announced today that they’ve decided not to risk the free agent shortstop accepting and locking them into a one-year deal. That means the Braves pass up the chance for a…

  14. Occupy Yankee Stadium! The Yankees raise the price of bleacher seats

    Nov 23, 2011, 12:05 PM EST

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    The Yankees have either kept prices level or even lowered some prices on tickets for 2012, but the bleacher seats are another story: New York said Tuesday the price of bleacher seats will be $20 and $12 next year, up from $15 and $5. “The $5 bleacher seats sold for about six times face value and…

  15. Indians re-sign Grady Sizemore to one-year, $5 million deal

    Nov 23, 2011, 11:23 AM EST

    Grady Sizemore

    Three weeks after declining their $8.5 million option on Grady Sizemore the Indians have re-signed the oft-injured outfielder to a one-year, $5 million contract. Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports that the deal also includes up to $4 million in additional incentives and Sizemore received a $500,000 buyout to become a free agent in the first…

  16. All-Star reliever Aaron Crow wants spot in Royals’ rotation

    Nov 23, 2011, 10:47 AM EST

    Aaron Crow

    Aaron Crow made the All-Star team as a rookie and finished the year with a 2.76 ERA and 65 strikeouts in 62 innings, but now the Royals are giving the 25-year-old former first-round pick a chance to win a rotation spot in 2012 after he started in college and the minors. Crow told Bob Dutton…

  17. Muppets-as-ballplayers? Yes, Muppets-as-ballplayers

    Nov 23, 2011, 10:29 AM EST

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    It’s 10:30 and I can already tell it’s going to be one of those days.  Stick around until this afternoon and I might upload a video of me singing the national anthem or something. Anyway: Larry Granillo cast various Muppets as their ballplayer counterparts. Derek Jeter as Kermit.  A-Rod as Miss Piggy.  You get the…

  18. Wilson Ramos returned to winter ball action in Venezuela

    Nov 23, 2011, 10:15 AM EST

    FILE: MLB Player Wilson Ramos Kidnapped in Venezuela

    Wilson Ramos was in the Aragua Tigers’ lineup last night, returning to Venezuelan winter ball action 13 days after being kidnapped at gunpoint and rescued by police 51 hours later. Ramos went 0-for-5 as the Tigers’ designated hitter and cleanup man. Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo said last week that he supported Ramos’ decision to…

  19. Thanks, dude

    Nov 23, 2011, 9:45 AM EST

    Baseball Bank

    Most people are either already travelling or pretending to work today or something, so I can be forgiven for a personal post, right?  Of course I can. I got an unexpected package today from an old friend.  In it was this baby: a vintage cast iron mechanical baseball bank: Yes, I see the ump’s right…

  20. Is 2012 Mariano Rivera’s last year?

    Nov 23, 2011, 8:59 AM EST

    Mariano Rivera

    In terms of things that may force Mariano Rivera‘s retirement, I’ll put “needing to cut back his hours so he can remain eligible for Social Security” at the top of the list. It’s certainly more plausible than “the Yankees won’t want him back” and “he can’t get guys out anymore.” For his part, Rivera said…

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