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  1. Mariners prospect Alex Liddi was cut by winter ball teams in Venezuela and Dominican Republic

    Nov 15, 2011, 4:09 PM EST

    Alex Liddi

    Alex Liddi had a solid season at Triple-A, hitting .259 with 30 homers, and made his big-league debut with the Mariners in September, but the 23-year-old third base prospect is having a rough offseason. Liddi headed to Venezuela to play winter ball for the Lara Cardenales, but got released from the team after going 6-for-44…

  2. Neil Walker’s extension talks with Pirates have “cooled”

    Nov 15, 2011, 3:15 PM EST

    Neil Walker, Jose Tabata

    Back when the Pirates signed Jose Tabata to a long-term contract extension in August there was talk of them doing the same with Neil Walker, but Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune Review reports that those negotiations never went anywhere. According to Biertempfel the two sides were “deep in talks” as of late August, but…

  3. The Giants are going to try to lock up Lincecum

    Nov 15, 2011, 3:01 PM EST

    Tim Lincecum

    Tim Linceucm has said or suggested on a number of occasions that, while he’s happy in San Francisco, he’s content to go year-to-year through arbitration and then perhaps sign additional short term deals as his career progresses.  The Giants either don’t take him at his word, find the prospect unsettling or both, because Jon Heyman…

  4. Mark Kotsay close to one-year contract with Padres

    Nov 15, 2011, 2:29 PM EST

    Milwaukee Brewers center fielder Mark Kotsay is unable to reach an RBI double by St. Louis Cardinals' Jon Jay in the 1st inning of Game 3 of the MLB National League Championship Series baseball playoffs in St. Louis

    Mark Kotsay had the best years of his career with the Padres from 2001-2003 and Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that the veteran outfielder is returning to San Diego on a one-year deal worth around $1.25 million. At age 35 he’s no longer capable of playing center field regularly and Kotsay’s bat isn’t starting-caliber in…

  5. Never in doubt: Justin Verlander cruises to the AL Cy Young Award

    Nov 15, 2011, 2:00 PM EST

    Texas Rangers v Detroit Tigers - Game Five

    What, you were expecting someone else? Justin Verlander ran away with the AL Cy Young Award today, garnering all 28 first place votes.  In his dust were Jered Weaver, James Shields CC Sabathia and Jose Valverde.  If you want to get mad about downballot stuff go ahead, but it kind of doesn’t matter here. Verlander…

  6. Ryan Howard “is making encouraging progress” in recovery from torn Achilles’ tendon

    Nov 15, 2011, 1:50 PM EST

    ryan howard ap

    Jeff Janiczek of the Philadelphia Daily News writes that Ryan Howard “is making encouraging progress” recovering from the torn Achilles’ tendon he suffered in the final at-bat of the NLDS. Charlie Manuel told Janiczek that he touched base with Howard “about 10 days ago” and “he’s doing really well.” It’s early enough in the recovery…

  7. The Rockies are checking out Grady Sizemore

    Nov 15, 2011, 1:30 PM EST

    sizemore close

    You people not in Ohio wouldn’t necessarily know this, but do understand that Grady Sizemore most likely leaving the Indians has upset a lot of women around here. I mean, I know there are always fans of cute ballplayers, but with Sizemore it seems another thing altogether. On the playground the other day a woman…

  8. Dodgers finalize two-year, $8.75 million deal with Mark Ellis

    Nov 15, 2011, 1:17 PM EST

    Mark Ellis

    UPDATE: It’s a done deal now. Two years and $8.75 million, with an option for 2014. ========== Not having an owner isn’t stopping the Dodgers from spending money this offseason. Matt Kemp‘s eight-year, $160 million contract is all but finalized and now Buster Olney of ESPN.com reports that the Dodgers are “on the verge” of…

  9. Ryne Sandberg likely to stay with Phillies as Triple-A manager

    Nov 15, 2011, 12:48 PM EST

    Philadelphia Phillies Spring Training Workout Session

    For the second straight offseason Ryne Sandberg failed to land a prominent big-league coaching or managing gig, so Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports that he’s expected to stay with the Phillies as their Triple-A manager. Gelb writes that the Phillies “are quite fond of Sandberg” and speculates that the Hall of Fame second…

  10. Former Giants employee pleads guilty to embezzlement charges

    Nov 15, 2011, 12:30 PM EST

    Giants logo

    The shocker: the person accused of taking money they did not earn from the Giants wasn’t Miguel Tejada! The San Francisco Giants’ former payroll manager pleaded guilty Monday to embezzling $2.2 million from the team. Robin M. O’Connor, 42, of American Canyon, pleaded guilty in San Francisco federal court to a single felony charge of wire fraud.…

  11. Brett Anderson throws for first time since elbow surgery

    Nov 15, 2011, 12:16 PM EST

    Brett Anderson

    Brett Anderson threw yesterday for the first time since undergoing Tommy John elbow surgery in July and told Jane Lee of MLB.com that he’s used the down time to drop 20 pounds by giving up soda. Anderson made 20 throws from 45 feet and afterward compared it to “walking again or riding your bike again.”…

  12. The Reds move their opening up a day

    Nov 15, 2011, 11:33 AM EST

    GABP

    When the 2012 schedule came out the Reds and officials in Cincinnati were none too pleased. Why? Because in addition to not getting the first game of the season — which they used to all the time but haven’t for many years now — they weren’t even going to be playing on the whole first…

  13. Red Sox bench coach DeMarlo Hale is fifth candidate to interview with Cubs

    Nov 15, 2011, 11:19 AM EST

    Terry Francona, DeMarlo Hale

    Red Sox bench coach DeMarlo Hale interviewed yesterday with Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer, becoming the fifth known candidate to replace Mike Quade as Chicago’s manager. Carrie Muskat of MLB.com reports that Hale’s interview came via phone, but team president Theo Epstein was quick to point out that the Cubs’ decision-makers are familiar with him…

  14. The Brewers are talking to Rafael Furcal

    Nov 15, 2011, 11:00 AM EST

    2011 World Series Game 7 - Texas Rangers v St Louis Cardinals

    Adam McCalvy spoke with Doug Melvin at the GM meetings yesterday to catch up on the Brewers search for a shortstop.  The upshot: Milwaukee has only had one phone call with Jose Reyes and no numbers were exchanged. There has been a bit more with less-sexy options, including Rafael Furcal, whose agent, Paul Kinzer, lunched…

  15. Matt Capps’ agent says “he’s going to be closing somewhere”

    Nov 15, 2011, 10:47 AM EST

    matt capps rueters

    Agent Paul Kinzer said yesterday that the Mets and Twins are among the teams to express interest in Matt Capps, adding: “I think he’s going to be closing somewhere. I’ll put it that way.” That’s hard to believe, in part because Capps pitched his way out of the closer job in Minnesota this year and…

  16. The Orioles unveil their new/old cartoon-birdie uniforms

    Nov 15, 2011, 10:31 AM EST

    Oroles new uniforms

    The Orioles have gone back to the future: orange jerseys, for the first time since 1992 and cartoon birds on the caps for the first time since 1988, at least on a regular basis.  Here’s the explanation. Here’s the look: So whaddaya think?  The caps with the white fields always looked like trucker caps back…

  17. White Sox not optimistic about re-signing Mark Buehrle

    Nov 15, 2011, 10:15 AM EST

    Mark Buehrle

    General manager Ken Williams spoke yesterday about the White Sox’s effort to re-sign Mark Buehrle and Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune writes that “he was bracing for the worst.” Here are some of Williams’ quotes, which certainly don’t sound very optimistic at all: Listen, it’s professional sports. There’s a time for everyone to come.…

  18. Frank McCourt apologizes to Dodgers fans

    Nov 15, 2011, 9:48 AM EST

    Frank McCourt sunglasses

    Frank McCourt moved on from denial to acceptance some time over the past month or two, and yesterday he started to make amends.  Speaking to reporters at the dedication of a youth baseball field yesterday, McCourt said that, for the most part, Dodgers fans have been great to him since he’s been there.  But then…

  19. The Diamondbacks have some interest in Roy Oswalt

    Nov 15, 2011, 9:30 AM EST

    Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic — which happens to be one of my favorite names of a newspaper, though I’m not entirely sure why — reports that the Diamondbacks have “at least some interest” in Roy Oswalt.  Piecoro noted earlier that there are many veteran starters on the Dbacks’ radar screen, including Mark Buehrle…

  20. Marlins offer to Reyes: six years, $90 million

    Nov 15, 2011, 8:58 AM EST

    Jose Reyes

    Ken Rosenthal’s latest column notes that, according to one source, the Marlins offer to Jose Reyes was for six years and $90 million. That seems a bit low. And Rosenthal noticed it too, noting that: Many in the industry are skeptical of the Marlins’ sincerity, believing that the club will make offers that are competitive, but not…

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