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  1. The Marlins’ offer to Jose Reyes was lower than first reported

    Nov 18, 2011, 5:23 PM EST

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    Remember when it was reported earlier this week that the Marlins made a $90 million offer to Jose Reyes? Most folks thought it was a low initial offer.  Well, Jon Heyman hears that it was actually $10-20 million lower than that. He doesn’t rule out that the Marlins may increase the offer and stay competitive…

  2. You can interview Jose Canseco. As long as you pay $2,000

    Nov 18, 2011, 4:50 PM EST

    Jose Canseco

    Dave Brown of Big League Stew is about the nicest guy I’ve met since I started meeting baseball writery-types a couple of years ago. He’s funny. Disarming. Straight shooter.  If there’s anyone who isn’t going to misrepresent you in an interview it’s Dave. Quite the opposite in fact. His forte, via his Answer Man interviews,…

  3. The Twins lineup of the moment

    Nov 18, 2011, 4:28 PM EST

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    The Twins appear to be far from locks to re-sign either Michael Cuddyer or Jason Kubel, but they have added infielder Jamey Carroll and catcher-first baseman Ryan Doumit since free agency began. So, here’s a guess at their lineup as it stands right now: CF Denard Span SS Jamey Carroll C Joe Mauer 1B Justin…

  4. Brian Cashman sleeps in Times Square to raise awareness for homeless youth

    Nov 18, 2011, 3:55 PM EST

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    I made a passing, joking reference to Brian Cashman sleeping on the streets this morning, but the story behind that deserves its own spotlight.  From the New York Daily News, here’s why he was doing it: Cashman was hoping that joining a group of nearly 50 business leaders in the Covenant House CEO Solidarity Sleepout would make…

  5. Switch-pitcher Pat Venditte to be available in Rule 5 draft

    Nov 18, 2011, 3:23 PM EST

    Pat Venditte

    The Yankees added 2B David Adams, OF Zoilo Almonte, INF Corban Joseph, RHP D.J. Mitchell and RHP David Phelps to the 40-man roster prior to Friday’s deadline to protect players from the Rule 5 draft, but they left switch-pitcher Pat Venditte off the list, making him eligible to be picked on Dec. 8. It will be interesting to see if anyone…

  6. The Twins sign Ryan Doumit

    Nov 18, 2011, 2:53 PM EST

    Ryan Doumit

    Jerry Crasnick of ESPN reports that the Twins have signed catcher — and occasional first baseman — Ryan Doumit to a one-year, $3 million deal. There are performance bonuses involved. Doumit is a disaster behind the plate, but he can play a little first base. His real asset is his bat. A switch hitter, he…

  7. Wilson Ramos: “‘Thanks, Nats fans, for your prayers and your support”

    Nov 18, 2011, 2:34 PM EST

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    Wilson Ramos made a brief appearance back at Nationals Park today, meeting with GM Mike Rizzo and undergoing a physical exam.  Ben Goessling has the story here.  Ramos’ statement: “I just want to say, ‘Thanks, Nats fans, for your prayers and your support,’ ” Ramos said. “I’m happy to be here. I’m happy to be…

  8. Yoenis Cespedes expects a deal in the $35-50 million range

    Nov 18, 2011, 1:57 PM EST

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    Peter Gammons was told by scouts in the Dominican Republic that Yoenis Cespedes expects a deal in the $35-50 million range. Yikes. That’s more than Aroldis Chapman got.  But then again, you’re getting six years of team control out of him, right?  So amortize that and it works out well as long as he becomes even…

  9. Dale Sveum’s nickname: “Nuts”

    Nov 18, 2011, 1:27 PM EST

    Dale Sveum

    I’m guessing Brewers fans knew this already, but I was unaware that Dale Sveum’s nickname is “nuts.” Things like deez always sort of surprise me. Over at CSNChicago.com, Tony Andracki recounts Sveum’s answer when he asked how he got that nickname.  Fun reading.  Sveum is a bit cagey about it, but it’s fun reading. I…

  10. Details of Matt Kemp’s contract extension with the Dodgers

    Nov 18, 2011, 1:00 PM EST

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    Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times has the year-by-year breakdown of Matt Kemp‘s new eight-year, $160 million extension with the Dodgers. Signing bonus: $2 million 2012: $10 million 2013: $20 million 2014: $21 million 2015: $21 million 2016: $21.5 million 2017: $21.5 million 2018: $21.5 million 2019: $21.5 million The deal takes Kemp through his…

  11. The Blue Jays go retro with their new logo, uniforms

    Nov 18, 2011, 12:21 PM EST

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    The Toronto Blue Jays just unveiled their new logo and uniforms.  And they look pretty familiar: I like ‘em, mostly because I always liked the old ones.  It’s a clean look. The split font on the team name and the numbers is unique. Sure, some people may say it’s too 70s, but the aggressive-looking bird…

  12. Cashman: “I have an interest in both Freddy and Bartolo”

    Nov 18, 2011, 12:03 PM EST

    Freddy Garcia

    Brian Cashman said today that he is interested in re-signing both Bartolo Colon and Freddy Garcia. From ESPN New York: “I have an interest in both Freddy and Bartolo. Those guys all did a good job for us, a really good job.” Makes sense. Particularly Garcia who it is not quite as unreasonable to assume…

  13. Joel Hanrahan open to contract extension with Pirates

    Nov 18, 2011, 11:32 AM EST

    Joel Hanrahan

    Joel Hanrahan has emerged as one of the better relief pitchers in baseball since coming over from the Nationals in the Njyer Morgan trade in June of 2009. The 30-year-old right-hander posted a 1.83 ERA this season and finished sixth in the National League with 40 saves. Sure, save totals don’t tell us much about…

  14. The Expanded Playoffs or: How I learned to stop worrying and love the wild card

    Nov 18, 2011, 10:36 AM EST

    Bud Selig

    I’ve been trying to process yesterday’s announcement — which we knew was coming for a long time — that a playoff team will be added in each league, possibly as soon as next season.  I’ve been against the idea for some time and, from a purely baseball perspective, I still don’t like it.  But I…

  15. Cubs to introduce Dale Sveum shortly: watch the press conference live

    Nov 18, 2011, 9:54 AM EST

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    The Cubs are going to formally introduce Dale Sveum at the top of the hour. CSNChicago.com will offer a live stream of the press conference here.  The stream will include a live chat hosted by Tony Andracki, who handles the CubsTalk beat at CSNChicago.com.  Tony will have post-presser coverage as well. To anyone who may be…

  16. Tracking the increasing Molina hegemony

    Nov 18, 2011, 9:25 AM EST

    Jose Molina

    I was all excited when I saw the news nugget about Jose Molina nearing a deal to catch for the Rays embedded in Matthew’s post about the free agent catching market last night.  Because it meant that a Molina was going to catch for a team that no Molina had ever caught for before. So…

  17. Valentine has been on the Red Sox’ radar for some time

    Nov 18, 2011, 8:59 AM EST

    Bobby Valentine

    It sure seemed like a change in plans when it was revealed that the Red Sox were talking to Bobby Valentine yesterday. But as Michael Silverman of the Boston Herald reports, this is not a new development: Bobby Valentine has been a candidate for the Red Sox manager job from the early stages of the team’s…

  18. Yes, Virginia, the Yankees do have a budget

    Nov 18, 2011, 8:26 AM EST

    Tampa Bay Rays v New York Yankees

    If you Googled the phrase “buy a championship,” I suspect that the words “New York Yankees” would appear in approximately 92% of the results that came back.  For non-Yankees fans it’s simply part of the brand now. The assumption, held for years, that money is no object in the Bronx. Except money is an object.…

  19. Jocketty: Reds “not close” to extension with Brandon Phillips

    Nov 17, 2011, 10:03 PM EST

    Cincinnati Reds v Washington Nationals

    Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips told reporters back in late-September that he would not be offering a “homeboy hookup” to Cincinnati once it came time to discuss terms for a new contract. And he certainly seems to be sticking to that. Reds GM Walt Jocketty told Mark Sheldon of MLB.com on Thursday that the two…

  20. Rockies sign Brandon Wood to minor league contract

    Nov 17, 2011, 8:51 PM EST

    Cincinnati Reds v Pittsburgh Pirates

    Brandon Wood is like a left-handed reliever: despite years of poor results, he just keeps getting chances. From Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com comes word that the Rockies have signed the 26-year-old infielder to a minor league contract. He’ll be paid $100,000 over the major league minimum if he manages to land a spot on the…

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