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  1. Red Sox to interview Mackanin, Sveum for managing gig

    Oct 30, 2011, 12:08 PM EST

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    According to Rob Bradford of WEEI.com, the Red Sox have identified the first two candidates who could potentially fill the team’s opening at manager: Phillies bench coach Pete Mackanin and Brewers hitting coach Dale Sveum. Both men will interview within the next week. Mackanin, 60, has managed nine different minor league teams and served as…

  2. Rangers to exercise Colby Lewis’ $3.25M option for 2012

    Oct 30, 2011, 11:25 AM EST

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    As reported by Gerry Fraley of the Dallas Morning News, the Rangers are fully expected to exercise right-hander Colby Lewis‘ $3.25 million club option for 2012 by Monday’s midnight deadline. Lewis has topped 200 innings in back-to-back seasons, registering a 3.72 ERA and 196 strikeouts in 2010 and a 4.40 ERA with 169 strikeouts in…

  3. Buster Posey on pace to be fully healthy by spring training

    Oct 30, 2011, 10:16 AM EST

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    From Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle comes this promising update on young Giants catcher Buster Posey, who had his 2011 season cut short by a nasty late-May collision at home plate: For the last six weeks, Posey has been rehabilitating and strengthening his leg in Scottsdale. He is taking batting practice. He has…

  4. Joe Nathan says Mets are “on radar” this offseason

    Oct 30, 2011, 9:39 AM EST

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    Veteran reliever Joe Nathan posted a disappointing 4.84 ERA in 44 2/3 innings this season. And while his numbers were greatly improved in the second half, the Twins made the no-brainer decision earlier this month to decline his $12.5M option for 2012. Nathan will become a free agent on Thursday, allowed to sign with any…

  5. Marlins prez: Hanley Ramirez will play shortstop in 2012

    Oct 30, 2011, 8:42 AM EST

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    Marlins skipper Ozzie Guillen told the media a few weeks ago that he had spoken to Hanley Ramirez about possibly moving away from shortstop. Hanley’s defense there has always been a bit spotty and there’s a belief that it will only get worse. But there will be no position change in 2012. According to Joe…

  6. Yankees exercise 2012 club options on Cano, Swisher

    Oct 29, 2011, 10:23 PM EST

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    From beat writer Marc Carig of the Newark Star-Ledger comes word that the Yankees have exercised 2012 club options on second baseman Robinson Cano and right fielder Nick Swisher. Cano’s option is worth $14 million, a bargain rate for a player of his caliber. The 29-year-old All-Star batted .302 with an .882 OPS, 28 home…

  7. Rangers won’t hold fan rally in Arlington this year

    Oct 29, 2011, 9:05 PM EST

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    The Rangers drew several thousand fans to a rally outside the Ballpark in Arlington a few days after last season’s World Series loss to the Giants. Despite that strong turnout, the organization is not going to host a similar event this time around. According to Eva-Marie Ayala of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Rangers higher-ups asked…

  8. Indians expected to exercise Fausto Carmona’s option

    Oct 29, 2011, 8:48 PM EST

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    Matthew noted earlier that the Indians are expected to decline Grady Sizemore‘s $9 million option for 2012, paying him a $500,000 buyout instead. Fausto Carmona will meet a different fate. According to MLB.com’s Jordan Bastian, the Cleveland front office is planning to exercise the right-hander’s $7 million club option for next season when contract option…

  9. 89 percent of televisions in St. Louis tuned into Game 7

    Oct 29, 2011, 7:51 PM EST

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    St. Louis’ whole “best fans in baseball” thing can get a little tired. But there are times when the city truly backs it up. Like… well… last night. Via MLB’s public relations department, 80 percent of the televisions in St. Louis were tuned into the FOX broadcast throughout Friday’s World Series Game 7, and 89…

  10. Jason Giambi, Rockies agree to exercise 2012 mutual option

    Oct 29, 2011, 6:34 PM EST

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    From beat writer Troy Renck of the Denver Post comes word that the Rockies and Jason Giambi have agreed to exercise the backup first baseman’s $1 million mutual option for 2012. Giambi might have been able to fetch a slightly more fruitful salary on the open market after slugging 13 home runs and tallying 32…

  11. Angels likely to have payroll in $130-140 million range next season

    Oct 29, 2011, 5:47 PM EST

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    Some have speculated that the Angels could be a player for Jose Reyes or another high-profile free agent this winter, but if owner Arte Moreno can be believed, a big ticket item might not be in the cards. According to Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times, Moreno said this afternoon that the Angels will…

  12. After being freed from Egyptian prison, Ilan Grapel told Mets won World Series

    Oct 29, 2011, 4:45 PM EST

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    Did you know that the Mets won the World Series? For a little while, that’s what 27-year-old Ilan Grapel thought. Grapel, a law student from Queens, New York, was freed Thursday after spending five months in an Egyptian prison. He was accused of spying for Israel in June after attending a demonstration in Cairo during…

  13. Bobby Jenks “making progress” in treatment for pulmonary embolism

    Oct 29, 2011, 3:22 PM EST

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    The last we heard from Bobby Jenks in mid-September, he was diagnosed with a pulmonary embolism, a condition which involves a sudden blockage of an artery in the lung. According to Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald, new Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington said yesterday that Jenks is “making progress” in his treatments. While…

  14. Option calls due in by midnight Monday

    Oct 29, 2011, 2:20 PM EST

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    Teams and players will have to announce by midnight on Monday night whether they’re exercising or declining their 2012 options. The Cubs’ Ryan Dempster struck first Saturday, exercising his $14 million player option to stay in Chicago. Here are some of the other calls still to be made: Grady Sizemore¬†(Cle) – The Indians hold a…

  15. Ryan Dempster exercises 2012 player option to stay with Cubs

    Oct 29, 2011, 1:56 PM EST

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    According to Patrick Mooney of CSNChicago.com, Ryan Dempster has exercised his 2012 player option to stay with the Cubs. It was an expected move, as he has $14 million coming his way next season. Dempster, 34, went 10-14 with a 4.80 ERA and 191/82 K/BB ratio over 34 starts this season. He logged 202 1/3…

  16. Game 7 of World Series was most watched baseball game since 2004

    Oct 29, 2011, 1:11 PM EST

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    Jon Weisman of Variety and the excellent Dodger Thoughts brings word that Game 7 of the World Series between the Rangers and Cardinals drew 23.2 million viewers last night according to preliminary Nielsen¬†estimates, making it the most watched baseball game in seven years. Weisman notes that the audience could go up by more than a…

  17. Mike Gonzalez pitched through a torn meniscus

    Oct 29, 2011, 12:10 PM EST

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    Josh Hamilton wasn’t the only member of the Rangers playing through a painful injury. Richard Durrett of ESPN Dallas, Mike Gonzalez has a torn meniscus in his left knee. He was pulled from the seventh inning of Game 7 last night due to the injury, which he originally suffered late in the season. “We didn’t…

  18. Bud Selig expects to handle compensation for Theo Epstein

    Oct 29, 2011, 11:29 AM EST

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    It’s the issue that just won’t go away. The Red Sox and Cubs have until Tuesday to work out compensation for Theo Epstein. If they can’t reach a satisfactory agreement by then, commissioner Bud Selig confirmed to the Associated Press yesterday that he will act as arbitrator. Here’s Selig, who sounds just as tired of…

  19. It’s official: Angels announce Jerry Dipoto as general manager

    Oct 29, 2011, 11:00 AM EST

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    Confirming what was reported by Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com yesterday, the Angels just announced that they have hired Jerry Dipoto as general manager. He’ll receive a five-year contract to replace Tony Reagins, who resigned from his post as GM at the end of September. Here’s Dipoto, as quoted in a release from the team: “What…

  20. Don’t forget, the Cardinals will get Adam Wainwright back next season

    Oct 29, 2011, 10:35 AM EST

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    There’s naturally a lot of focus on Albert Pujols‘ impending free agency this winter, but let’s not forget that Adam Wainwright is on track to return to the Cardinals’ starting rotation next season. Wainwright, 30, missed the entire 2011 season following Tommy John surgery in February. He was recently shut down for a week due…

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