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  1. Jimmy Rollins has interest from six teams

    Nov 10, 2011, 4:25 PM EST

    Jimmy Rollins

    Well, Jimmy Rollins‘ friend says he has interest from six teams. Jayson Stark says that the Phillies, Cardinals, Brewers, Braves and Giants are likely among those six. For the sixth one, I’m going to guess the 1947 St. Louis Browns. Which makes no sense because Vern Stevens is easily one of their best hitters, but…

  2. Must-click link: The Boston Red Sox sex abuse scandal

    Nov 10, 2011, 4:00 PM EST

    Storm clouds

    The sports-related news has been terrible these past few days. Really, I can find a joke in a 20-car pileup, but this stuff has been awful and horrific and sad and I just want to crawl under the covers until it all goes away. But the thing about the Penn State story is that you…

  3. Kidnapping expert: Venezuelan authorities helpless in Ramos case, but risk to his life is low

    Nov 10, 2011, 3:32 PM EST

    Wilson Ramos

    As we wait for any word or developments in the Wilson Ramos kidnapping, Wahingtonian magazine has a Q&A with Chris Voss, who is an expert on international kidnapping.  Of interest: Are the Venezuelan authorities up to the task of finding him? No. Kidnapping is a problem most effectively dealt with by civilian law enforcement—the police.…

  4. Stephen Drew underwent sports hernia surgery last month

    Nov 10, 2011, 3:08 PM EST

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    Diamondbacks shortstop Stephen Drew is still recovering from the severely fractured right ankle that he suffered back in late July. And now he has even more offseason rehab to look forward to. According to Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic, Drew underwent surgery last month to fix a hernia. Diamondbacks GM Kevin Towers told Piecoro that the…

  5. Manny Ramirez worked out for the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks

    Nov 10, 2011, 2:26 PM EST

    Manny Ramirez

    Jayson Stark reports that Manny Ramirez had a workout in Florida a couple weeks ago for Japan’s Fukuoka Softbank Hawks. We knew he was interested in playing in Japan, so this is not a terribly big surprise. Likewise, you’ll not be shocked to hear that the workout “didn’t go well.”  I’m sure Manny still has…

  6. Baseball isn’t pretty in Taiwan either

    Nov 10, 2011, 2:03 PM EST

    Taiwan

    There is crime in Venezuela, but there is more overarching corruption in Taiwain. That according to this report in the Taiwan News, following up on the recent visit by the MLB All-Star team: Since pro-ball began in Taiwan in 1990, there have been five game-fixing scandals, four of them in the last seven years. With each…

  7. What can Major League Baseball do about ballplayer security in Venezuela?

    Nov 10, 2011, 12:51 PM EST

    Florida Marlins v Washington Nationals

    Major League Baseball and the Washington Nationals have issued a joint statement regarding the Wilson Ramos kidnapping: “Our foremost concern is with Wilson Ramos and his family and our thoughts are with them at this time. Major League Baseball’s Department of Investigations is working with the appropriate authorities on this matter. Both Major League Baseball…

  8. UPDATE: Wilson Ramos confirmed to still be alive

    Nov 10, 2011, 12:12 PM EST

    Wilson Ramos

    UPDATE:  Ben Goessling reports that Venezuelan authorities have confirmed that Wilson Ramos is still alive. This is not unexpected as kidnapping in Venezuela has traditionally been a financial affair so it’s not necessarily reasonable to expect any harm to come to Ramos.  That said: when you kick off a serious crime anything can happen, so…

  9. The Dodgers are not going to be able to bid on big free agents

    Nov 10, 2011, 12:00 PM EST

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    There has been some chatter that the Dodgers, despite their current limbo, would be able to nonetheless be able to bid on big free agents like Prince Fielder. The Rangers, after all, were able to take on Cliff Lee‘s salary when they were awaiting a bankruptcy auction, and the thinking then was that, short term…

  10. Pirates sign Rod Barajas to one-year deal with club option for 2013

    Nov 10, 2011, 11:58 AM EST

    Rod Barajas

    UPDATE: Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports hears that Barajas will make $4 million next season while the contract includes a $3.5 million option for 2013. Barajas made $3.25 million with the Dodgers in 2011. 11:58 AM: After declining the options on Ryan Doumit and Chris Snyder at the end of October, the Pirates have settled…

  11. Japanese outfielder Norichika Aoki to be posted

    Nov 10, 2011, 11:30 AM EST

    Aoki

    Jon Heyman reports that Norichika Aoki, an outfielder for the Yakult Swallows, will be posted and made available for the majors. Aoki is almost 30.  He hits for average — cracked 20 homers once, but usually hovers around 15 — who turns 30 in January. He has a .329 lifetime batting average and has won the…

  12. Red Sox, Cubs hope to settle Theo Epstein compensation next week

    Nov 10, 2011, 11:01 AM EST

    Chicago Cubs President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein speaks at a news conference at Wrigley Field in Chicago

    The Red Sox and Cubs were granted an extension last week to work out the lingering issue of compensation over Theo Epstein. However, since both sides are pretty busy interviewing managerial candidates and expressing interest to free agents, little progress has been made in recent days. Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington hopes to change…

  13. Mike Quade to interview for the Twins Triple-A job

    Nov 10, 2011, 10:12 AM EST

    New York Mets v Chicago Cubs

    The Peter Principle states that  “in a hierarchy every employee tends to rise to his level of incompetence.” That means that employees tend to be promoted until they reach a position at which they cannot work competently. Most of us shoulda kept our last job, basically. You’ll see this in action if NBC ever decides to give me my own…

  14. The Rockies and Braves are talking about Martin Prado

    Nov 10, 2011, 9:44 AM EST

    Prado_Martin

    Troy Renck of the Denver Post hears that the Rockies are talking to the Braves about Martin Prado. The idea, Renck says, would be to put Prado in at second base full time, which is something he can’t do in Atlanta anymore now that Dan Uggla is around.  The Rockies may be a good match…

  15. The Yankees spoke with Edwin Jackson’s agent

    Nov 10, 2011, 9:14 AM EST

    Edwin Jackson

    Missed this the other day, but since it’s “collect every tenuous rumor” season around here, may as well add it to the pile:  the Yankees met with Edwin Jackson’s agent the other day for “preliminary discussions.” Not too interesting in and of itself. The Yankees need pitching so they’re obviously going to talk to tons…

  16. Still no contact from Wilson Ramos’ kidnappers

    Nov 10, 2011, 8:45 AM EST

    Florida Marlins v Washington Nationals

    If you missed the absolutely stunning news last night, Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos was kidnapped at gunpoint from his home in Venezuela.  The details, such as we currently have them, can all be read over in our original thread. Obviously we’ll continue to update this story as we learn new things today, but for now…

  17. The Marlins are interested in Carlos Beltran

    Nov 10, 2011, 8:16 AM EST

    San Francisco Giants v Cincinnati Reds

    The Marlins season ticket sales push — er, I mean, their efforts to improve their team — continue as they have now been linked to yet another top free agent:  Carlos Beltran. That comes via a report from Tim Brown of Yahoo!, who says the Marlins have expressed interest in Carlos Beltran.  It’s a passing…

  18. Jorge Posada confirms he won’t be back with Yankees

    Nov 9, 2011, 10:55 PM EST

    posada wide getty

    This will come as no surprise to anyone with a basic knowledge of the Yankees’ roster. But, alas… According to the AP, via NBCSports.com, free agent Jorge Posada said Wednesday before an annual dinner for his charitable foundation that he will not be back with the Yankees for the 2012 season. Posada also told reporters…

  19. Matt Kemp’s agent optimistic about ongoing extension talks

    Nov 9, 2011, 9:41 PM EST

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    Matt Kemp‘s agent, former major league pitcher Dave Stewart, had this to say Wednesday about his ongoing negotiations with the Dodgers’ front office concerning a contract extension for his client (via ESPN L.A.): “I don’t think that it’s going to be difficult, I really don’t,” Stewart said. “I think we should be able to come…

  20. Report: Wilson Ramos kidnapped from home in Venezuela

    Nov 9, 2011, 8:37 PM EST

    Wilson Ramos

    From Rafael Rojas of Viva Colorado, a bilingual news source connected to the Denver Post, comes word that Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos has been kidnapped from his home in Valencia, Venezuela. There aren’t many more details available at the moment and it might be hard to come by accurate information as this situation plays out,…

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