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  1. What will Terry Francona do after Cardinals passed him over?

    Nov 14, 2011, 11:21 AM EST

    File image of Boston Red Sox manager Francona walking back to the dugout during their MLB American League baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Fenway Park in Boston

    In choosing Mike Matheny as their new manager the Cardinals may have guaranteed that Terry Francona won’t be in a dugout on Opening Day. There’s been some speculation about his interest in the Cubs’ opening, but nothing indicates he’s actually a candidate in Chicago and no other gigs are available. Well, except for his old…

  2. Must-click link: The most devastating takedown of Peter Angelos you’ll ever read

    Nov 14, 2011, 11:00 AM EST

    Peter Angelos

    Because some of you care about such things I will note at the outset that this blog post by Jonathan Bernhardt is long.  Quite long. But there are fewer wasted words there than in most Twitter updates. Everyone knows that Peter Angelos is the central problem with the Orioles, but I’ve never seen it put…

  3. Blue Jays have sticker shock over free agent closer demands

    Nov 14, 2011, 10:47 AM EST

    Alex Anthopoulos

    Toronto is in the market for a veteran closer, but Bob Elliott of the Toronto Sun writes that they’ve “been shocked at the dollars” free agents are asking for and general manager Alex Anthopoulos indicated that they may turn to the trade market instead. Anthopoulos talked specifically about not wanting to give out a four- or…

  4. Come February, Phil Hughes may be in the best shape of his life

    Nov 14, 2011, 10:31 AM EST

    Phil Hughes

    Andrew Marchand of ESPN New York notes that the Yankees weren’t pleased with Phil Hughes conditioning last year and are heartened that he appears to be taking steps to correct that heading into 2012: Phil Hughes didn’t show up to spring training grossly overweight last February, but he’d packed on enough pounds to end up in…

  5. Joe Saunders may have priced himself out of Arizona’s plans

    Nov 14, 2011, 10:15 AM EST

    Arizona Diamondbacks v San Francisco Giants

    Joe Saunders had a very good season in Arizona, throwing 212 innings with a 3.69 ERA despite a mediocre 109/68 K/BB ratio, but Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports that the Diamondbacks may end up non-tendering the 30-year-old left-hander rather than giving him a raise to $7-8 million via arbitration. Saunders earned $5.5 million…

  6. Wilson Ramos intends to play in Venezuelan Winter League

    Nov 14, 2011, 9:45 AM EST

    Florida Marlins v Washington Nationals

    Mark Zuckerman of CSNWashington.com reports that Wilson Ramos intends to start playing for Aragua Tigres on Wednesday.  This is one of those deals where, after you get over the initial reaction — dude, I’d be the heck out of Venezuela, like, yesterday if I were him — it makes a ton of sense. After Ramos’ ordeal,…

  7. Doug Melvin on Prince Fielder: “it’s simple math”

    Nov 14, 2011, 9:15 AM EST

    Milwaukee Brewers first baseman Prince Fielder walks back to the dugout after grounding out to the St. Louis Cardinals in the 8th inning in Game 6 of the MLB NLCS baseball playoffs in Milwaukee

    Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel spoke with Brewers GM Doug Melvin and, while Melvin said that he “might” meet with Scott Boras this week at the GM/owners meetings in Milwaukee, there is zero chance that the Brewers will make Fielder an offer. Haudricourt breaks it down pretty simply: the Brewers have extended Ryan Braun…

  8. Dale Sveum to get a second interview with the Red Sox

    Nov 14, 2011, 8:45 AM EST

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    Given that the first interview consisted of nine hours of conversation and a battery of managerial simulations — and given that the dude worked for Boston previously — I’m not sure what will be learned in a second Dale Sveum interview.  But according to Ken Rosenthal he’s getting one. Pete Abe says the interview could…

  9. Jose Reyes has not signed with the Marlins. Yet.

    Nov 14, 2011, 8:15 AM EST

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    Everybody’s in a hurry to put Jose Reyes in Marlin-teal. Er, orange. Or whatever color it is. Pick one. You’ll probably be right. Anyway, it’s funny how so many people — including people who aren’t normally involved in mainstream of the rumor-mongering game — seem to have some inside dirt on Reyes’ plans. Last week Jorge…

  10. Why not have Jason Varitek manage the Red Sox?

    Nov 14, 2011, 12:00 AM EST

    Jason Varitek

    Hiring managers without managing experience is the new fad in baseball. The White Sox chose former third baseman Robin Ventura from way out of left field, and the Cardinals just picked their old catcher, Mike Matheny, over a two-time World Series champion manager who seemed like a pretty perfect fit for a veteran team. So,…

  11. Mike Matheny hiring opens a few more million for Albert Pujols

    Nov 13, 2011, 10:53 PM EST

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    The Cardinals were 10 1/2 games back on August 25. They weren’t supposed to make it to October. The Cardinals drew an NLDS matchup with the 102-win Phillies. They were supposed to get out-pitched. The Cardinals faced the high-powered Brewers in the NLCS, then the higher-powered Rangers in the Fall Classic. They weren’t supposed to…

  12. Report: Diamondbacks, Aaron Hill come to terms on two-year deal

    Nov 13, 2011, 9:47 PM EST

    Aaron Hill

    A strong six-week audition landed Aaron Hill a two-year, $10 million contract with the Diamondbacks, the Arizona Republic’s Nick Piecoro reports. Hill, a pretty abysmal regular in his final year and two-thirds with the Blue Jays, hit .315/.386/.492 in 33 games after coming over from Toronto with John McDonald for Kelly Johnson in August. The second…

  13. Report: Ryan Doumit turns down the Dodgers

    Nov 13, 2011, 8:00 PM EST

    Ryan Doumit

    It looks like Ryan Doumit will be the next catcher to exit the free agent pool, but he won’t be signing with the Dodgers, according to Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times. He turned down a one-year offer worth nearly $3 million to replace Rod Barajas in L.A. The fit would have been interesting:…

  14. The Cardinals radically shift gears by hiring Mike Matheny

    Nov 13, 2011, 6:57 PM EST

    Mike Matheny AP

    Pop quiz, hot shot: your manager just retired following a World Series win.  He was the most experienced and successful and savvy guy to manage a major league baseball team in decades. You need someone to follow that act, somehow. Who do you hire? WHO DO YOU HIRE?! Why, you hire a guy with absolutely…

  15. The Cardinals name Mike Matheny their new manager

    Nov 13, 2011, 6:17 PM EST

    mike matheny getty

    UPDATE:  The Cardinals have hired Matheny.  Wow.  Between him and Robin Ventura in Chicago, no managerial experience is the new thing for 2012. The Cards are going to formally announce Matheny tomorrow. Saturday: The Cardinals are expected to name Tony La Russa’s replacement at some point before Thanksgiving, and possibly as soon as next week.…

  16. The Miami Marlins stole their new logo from … Maroon 5?

    Nov 13, 2011, 5:06 PM EST

    miami marlins new log

    OK, “stole” is probably too strong of a word. But, as noted by Juan C. Rodriguez of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, it certainly looks as though the designers of the Miami Marlins’ new logo took some amount of inspiration from the cover art for the hit single “Moves Like Jagger” by Maroon 5 and Christina Aguilera.…

  17. Phillies consider signing Michael Cuddyer a “middle priority”

    Nov 13, 2011, 3:49 PM EST

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    The Phillies met with free agent outfielder Michael Cuddyer a few days ago in the City of Brotherly Love, giving him a tour of Citizens Bank Park and taking him out to a lunch attended by multiple front office officials. But their interest in signing him to a long-term contract is not as high as…

  18. Cardinals likely to start Daniel Descalso at 2B in 2012

    Nov 13, 2011, 2:32 PM EST

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    According to Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Cardinals GM John Mozeliak said Saturday that Daniel Descalso is likely to open the 2012 season as the club’s starting second baseman. Descalso batted .264/.334/.353 with one home run, 20 doubles and 28 RBI in 375 plate appearances this year, making 61 starts at third base,…

  19. Cubs will have private workout with Yoenis Cespedes

    Nov 13, 2011, 1:15 PM EST

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    Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer heard this weekend that Cuban phenom Yoenis Cespedes might not be eligible for major league free agency for another two months. But that hasn’t stopped teams from expressing serious interest. According to Carrie Muskat of MLB.com, the Cubs will have a private workout with the 26-year-old outfielder in the…

  20. MLB’s players and owners move closer to labor agreement

    Nov 13, 2011, 12:07 PM EST

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    While the NBA lockout rolls into day 136, Major League Baseball’s players and owners are moving closer and closer to reaching a new labor deal. According to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com, the two sides have a “near-agreement” on draft-related issues, thought to be the last remaining significant hurdle in the ongoing negotiations. There will not…

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