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  1. Lenny Dykstra backs out of celebrity boxing match with Jose Canseco

    Nov 5, 2011, 4:41 PM EST

    Former Major League baseball player Lenny Dykstra appears in Los Angeles Superior Court for an arraignment in San Fernando, California

    Sorry to ruin your evening plans, everyone, but Paul Hagen of the Philadelphia Daily News is reporting that Lenny Dykstra has backed out of tonight’s celebrity boxing match with Jose Canseco. We learned earlier this week that Dykstra would participate in the event after White House party crasher Tareq Salahi ducked out. No word on…

  2. Previewing Saturday’s Rising Stars Game in the Arizona Fall League

    Nov 5, 2011, 3:54 PM EST

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    Not interested in tonight’s big college football game between LSU and Alabama? Fortunately there’s also some baseball on the tube. Some of the game’s best prospects will be on hand for tonight’s Rising Stars Game in the Arizona Fall League, which will be broadcast live on MLB Network and MLB.com at 8 p.m. ET. The…

  3. Report: Mets willing to pay three percent interest to minority investors

    Nov 5, 2011, 2:50 PM EST

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    Looking to sweeten interest among potential minority investors, the New York Post reports that the Mets are willing to cover three percent interest per year over the course of a six-year investment. For those unfamiliar, the Mets announced plans in September to sell off $20-30 million stakes in the team after a proposed $200 million…

  4. Report: Orioles close to naming Dan Duquette as general manager

    Nov 5, 2011, 1:34 PM EST

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    After being turned down by multiple candidates, the Orioles may have finally found someone willing to head their front office. According to Tim Kurkjian of ESPN.com, the Orioles are close to naming former Expos and Red Sox GM Dan Duquette as their new general manager. Duquette interviewed for the job yesterday and is reportedly traveling…

  5. The Giants are willing to trade left-hander Jonathan Sanchez

    Nov 5, 2011, 12:30 PM EST

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    Tim Lincecum probably isn’t going anywhere, but Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com reports that the Giants are willing to trade left-hander Jonathan Sanchez. After posting a 3.07 ERA and 205 strikeouts over 193 1/3 innings in 2010, Sanchez regressed to the tune of a 4.26 ERA this season. The 28-year-old southpaw struggled mightily with his…

  6. The Yankees plan to talk to C.J. Wilson

    Nov 5, 2011, 11:41 AM EST

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    “Pitching, pitching, pitching.” Those were the words of Yankees general manager Brian Cashman earlier this week, fresh off wrapping up a contract extension for ace left-hander CC Sabathia. The Yankees haven’t been shy about their focus this offseason, so it comes as no surprise that Cashman told Dan Martin of the New York Post that…

  7. Frank McCourt is also trying to sell the Los Angeles Marathon

    Nov 5, 2011, 10:41 AM EST

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    Embattled owner Frank McCourt agreed to sell the Dodgers earlier this week, but Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports that he is also entertaining offers for the Los Angeles Marathon. McCourt has owned the marathon for the past three years, introducing the popular “Stadium to the Sea” route, but Howard Sunkin, senior vice president…

  8. Mike Maddux to interview with Red Sox and Cubs next week

    Nov 5, 2011, 9:50 AM EST

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    Let the carousel of managerial candidates continue. Rangers pitching coach Mike Maddux will interview next week for the manager gigs with the Red Sox and Cubs, according to Anthony Andro of FOX Sports Southwest. He’ll meet with Boston on Tuesday and Chicago on Wednesday. Maddux worked for the Rangers for the past three seasons and…

  9. Report: Phillies “in serious pursuit” of Michael Cuddyer

    Nov 5, 2011, 8:56 AM EST

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    The Phillies have already agreed to a one-year contract with veteran slugger Jim Thome, but they are also moving aggressively on another one of their offseason targets. According to Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com, the Phillies are “in serious pursuit” of free agent Michael Cuddyer. Cuddyer, who turns 33 in March, batted .284/.346/.459 with 20 homers,…

  10. Allard Baird withdraws name from consideration for Orioles’ GM job

    Nov 4, 2011, 10:00 PM EST

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    Another day, another candidate drops out out the running for the Orioles’ general manager job. Nice to know you can still count on something in this cruel, cruel world. Earlier this morning we learned that the Orioles planned to ask permission to interview Red Sox vice president of player personnel and pro scouting Allard Baird.…

  11. The Cardinals interviewed Mike Matheny, not Terry Francona, for manager today

    Nov 4, 2011, 8:40 PM EST

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    Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that while the Cardinals interviewed former catcher and fan favorite Mike Matheny for their managerial vacancy today, they didn’t meet with Terry Francona. John Dennis of WEEI in Boston, who was all over the Theo Epstein situation, reported yesterday that Francona was en route to St. Louis…

  12. Willy Aybar continues to be an awful human being

    Nov 4, 2011, 7:54 PM EST

    Rays' Aybar drives in the game-winning run against the Angels during their MLB American League baseball game in St. Petersburg

    Friend of HBT Nick Collias just translated and relayed to me several Spanish language reports that have former Tampa Bay Ray Willy Aybar continuing to be a total scumbag. He has been arrested multiple times for beating his wife — one time putting her into intensive care, but apparently he hasn’t learned anything from it.…

  13. Report: Phillies, Jim Thome agree on one-year contract

    Nov 4, 2011, 7:04 PM EST

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    The Hot Stove is off and running. Todd Zolecki of MLB.com reports that the Phillies and Jim Thome have agreed on a one-year contract, pending a physical. Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com was told by a source that the veteran slugger will receive $1.25 million. Thome, who currently sits at eighth place on the all-time list with…

  14. Mets lay off 15 of their approx. 180 employees

    Nov 4, 2011, 6:45 PM EST

    Mr. Met and security personnel prepare to escort Frederick Johnson from Citi Field

    More fallout from the Wilpon family’s bad business decisions. The Mets have let go nearly 10 percent of their approximately 180 non-player employees, they admitted in a statement late Friday afternoon (because that’s the time of the week this kind of news always gets announced). The reductions came in both the baseball and business operations…

  15. Rangers farm director Scott Servais expected to join Angels

    Nov 4, 2011, 6:04 PM EST

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    Former big-league catcher Scott Servais, the Rangers’ director of player development since Dec. 2005, is leaving to become the apparent No. 2 man in the Angels front office, MLB.com’s T.R. Sullivan reports. The 44-year-old Servais will join the newly hired Jerry Dipoto in Anaheim as an assistant GM. The two were briefly batterymates in Colorado in…

  16. The Mets settle ANOTHER lawsuit: this one the falling fat guy suit

    Nov 4, 2011, 5:34 PM EST

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    I started blogging about baseball in earnest in April 2007. It seems like a million years ago.  But some things are all the same.  Just like I did back then, I’m still writing about a woman named Ellen Massey who was injured when a drunk fat guy fell on her on Opening Day at Shea…

  17. Royals turn down Braves’ Jair Jurrjens and Martin Prado offer

    Nov 4, 2011, 5:17 PM EST

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    Mark Bowman of MLB.com reported yesterday that the Braves were shopping Jair Jurrjens and Martin Prado, and had already talked to the Royals about a potential deal, but now Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star writes that those discussions have “stalled.” According to Dutton the Royals expressed interest in Jurrjens and the Braves offered…

  18. MLB Investigator accused of fraud in the Dominican Republic

    Nov 4, 2011, 5:00 PM EST

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    Major League Baseball often cites fraud as a major factor for wanting an international draft.  If MLB can oversee the process, see, the excesses will be reduced.  But who watches the watchmen? A Major League Baseball investigator in the Dominican Republic has been charged with falsifying the identity of a prospect so the player could…

  19. Nationals “have expressed interest” in Roy Oswalt

    Nov 4, 2011, 4:46 PM EST

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    Washington re-signed Chien-Ming Wang to a one-year, $4 million deal, but general manager Mike Rizzo said today that the Nationals are still looking for veteran starting pitching and Bill Ladson of MLB.com reports that they’ve “expressed interest” in Roy Oswalt. Ladson adds that Rizzo and the Nationals pursued Oswalt when the Astros were shopping him…

  20. Report: Dale Sveum the favorite for the Red Sox job

    Nov 4, 2011, 4:30 PM EST

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    Ken Rosenthal hears that Brewers hitting coach Dale Sveum “appears to be the front-runner” for the Red Sox’ vacant managerial position.  Which, given that it’s not a race as much as it is a binary yes/no kind of thing, is not the most illuminating thing in the world, but you know how this stuff goes.…

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