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  1. Orioles not offering arbitration to free agent Vladimir Guerrero

    Nov 23, 2011, 1:20 PM EST

    Vladimir Guerrero

    As expected, the Orioles announced that they are not offering arbitration to free agent Vladimir Guerrero. Guerrero is coming off a career-worst season at age 36, so odds are he would have simply accepted an arbitration offer and locked the Orioles into a one-year deal paying him at least $8 million. Baltimore understandably didn’t want…

  2. Could Bryce Harper’s debut be delayed by the new CBA?

    Nov 23, 2011, 1:07 PM EST

    Bryce Harper

    Everyone in Washington Nationals Natio –er, Land, er District — is eagerly anticipating the debut of Bryce Harper.  Hopefully as soon as next season.  But as Mark Zukerman notes, that debut could be delayed a but due to some changes in baseball’s new collective bargaining agreement: What am I referring to? The decision to increase…

  3. Japanese team agrees to post reliever Hiroki Sanada

    Nov 23, 2011, 12:51 PM EST

    Hiroki Sanada

    Japanese relief pitcher Hiroki Sanada’s exclusive negotiating rights will be up for auction, as Patrick Newman of NPB Tracker reports that the Yokohama Bay Stars have decided to post the 28-year-old right-hander. However, based on Sanada’s mediocre numbers and Newman’s underwhelming scouting report it doesn’t sound as though he’s likely to draw a ton of…

  4. The Marlins’ new ballpark is going to cost taxpayers even more money than thought? Unpossible!

    Nov 23, 2011, 12:33 PM EST

    Marlins Miami new logo

    Please sit down for this, because it’s going to come as something of a shock:  the taxpayer-funded ballpark the Marlins are moving into is going to end up costing taxpayers more money than the politicians said it would when they forced it upon the populace: When the city of Miami agreed to build parking garages…

  5. Braves choose not to offer arbitration to Alex Gonzalez

    Nov 23, 2011, 12:19 PM EST

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    In order to receive a compensatory draft pick for Alex Gonzalez signing elsewhere the Braves would first have to offer him arbitration, but the team announced today that they’ve decided not to risk the free agent shortstop accepting and locking them into a one-year deal. That means the Braves pass up the chance for a…

  6. Occupy Yankee Stadium! The Yankees raise the price of bleacher seats

    Nov 23, 2011, 12:05 PM EST

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    The Yankees have either kept prices level or even lowered some prices on tickets for 2012, but the bleacher seats are another story: New York said Tuesday the price of bleacher seats will be $20 and $12 next year, up from $15 and $5. “The $5 bleacher seats sold for about six times face value and…

  7. Indians re-sign Grady Sizemore to one-year, $5 million deal

    Nov 23, 2011, 11:23 AM EST

    Grady Sizemore

    Three weeks after declining their $8.5 million option on Grady Sizemore the Indians have re-signed the oft-injured outfielder to a one-year, $5 million contract. Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports that the deal also includes up to $4 million in additional incentives and Sizemore received a $500,000 buyout to become a free agent in the first…

  8. All-Star reliever Aaron Crow wants spot in Royals’ rotation

    Nov 23, 2011, 10:47 AM EST

    Aaron Crow

    Aaron Crow made the All-Star team as a rookie and finished the year with a 2.76 ERA and 65 strikeouts in 62 innings, but now the Royals are giving the 25-year-old former first-round pick a chance to win a rotation spot in 2012 after he started in college and the minors. Crow told Bob Dutton…

  9. Muppets-as-ballplayers? Yes, Muppets-as-ballplayers

    Nov 23, 2011, 10:29 AM EST

    Scooter

    It’s 10:30 and I can already tell it’s going to be one of those days.  Stick around until this afternoon and I might upload a video of me singing the national anthem or something. Anyway: Larry Granillo cast various Muppets as their ballplayer counterparts. Derek Jeter as Kermit.  A-Rod as Miss Piggy.  You get the…

  10. Wilson Ramos returned to winter ball action in Venezuela

    Nov 23, 2011, 10:15 AM EST

    FILE: MLB Player Wilson Ramos Kidnapped in Venezuela

    Wilson Ramos was in the Aragua Tigers’ lineup last night, returning to Venezuelan winter ball action 13 days after being kidnapped at gunpoint and rescued by police 51 hours later. Ramos went 0-for-5 as the Tigers’ designated hitter and cleanup man. Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo said last week that he supported Ramos’ decision to…

  11. Thanks, dude

    Nov 23, 2011, 9:45 AM EST

    Baseball Bank

    Most people are either already travelling or pretending to work today or something, so I can be forgiven for a personal post, right?  Of course I can. I got an unexpected package today from an old friend.  In it was this baby: a vintage cast iron mechanical baseball bank: Yes, I see the ump’s right…

  12. Is 2012 Mariano Rivera’s last year?

    Nov 23, 2011, 8:59 AM EST

    Mariano Rivera

    In terms of things that may force Mariano Rivera‘s retirement, I’ll put “needing to cut back his hours so he can remain eligible for Social Security” at the top of the list. It’s certainly more plausible than “the Yankees won’t want him back” and “he can’t get guys out anymore.” For his part, Rivera said…

  13. People are reaching out to Joe Torre to join groups bidding on the Dodgers

    Nov 23, 2011, 6:17 AM EST

    Joe Torre

    Joe Torre has a job:  he’s the guy who has to deliver bad news for MLB, fine people and offer rather incoherent defenses of the league’s current instant replay policy. It’s a full time gig. But is there something else in his future? Like, say … becoming part owner and potential president/figurehead of the Los…

  14. Angels picking up search for catcher, target Reds’ Ryan Hanigan

    Nov 22, 2011, 10:00 PM EST

    Ryan Hanigan AP

    Not long after ESPN’s Buster Olney mentioned earlier tonight that the Angels have “intensified their search for a catcher,” did Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com report that the Reds’ Ryan Hanigan is one potential trade target. Hanigan, 31, batted .267/.356/.357 with six home runs, 31 RBI and a .714 OPS over 304 plate appearances this season…

  15. Red Sox among six teams interested in Huston Street

    Nov 22, 2011, 8:30 PM EST

    Huston Street Getty

    It sounds like the Rockies won’t have any trouble finding a taker for Huston Street this offseason. According to Jon Heyman of SI.com, the Red Sox, Blue Jays, Orioles, Marlins, Reds and Mets are all interested in the veteran right-hander. Street, 28, posted a 3.58 ERA, 29 saves and a 55/9 K/BB ratio over 58…

  16. Marlins acquire left-hander Wade LeBlanc from Padres for catcher John Baker

    Nov 22, 2011, 7:02 PM EST

    Wade LeBlanc Getty

    The Marlins just announced that they have acquired left-hander Wade LeBlanc from the Padres in exchange for catcher John Baker. The Marlins have 11 players who are eligible for arbitration this winter and John Buck is already locked in as their primary starting catcher, so swapping Baker for LeBlanc makes plenty of sense. LeBlanc, 27,…

  17. New CBA to result in less talent for baseball, more money for mediocrities

    Nov 22, 2011, 6:00 PM EST

    Commissioner of Baseball Selig gestures to the crowd after throwing out the opening pitch before the start of Game 5 of the MLB National League Divisional League Series baseball playoff in Milwaukee

    The MLBPA had held out for so long in not selling out those entering the league. That all changed in recent weeks. Tuesday’s newly announced CBA doesn’t technically cap draft spending, but it will severely punish any team that exceeds MLB’s proposed slot caps. Teams that go 10 percent over slot will be taxed by…

  18. Mariano Rivera may need surgery on his vocal cords

    Nov 22, 2011, 5:17 PM EST

    Mariano Rivera

    In the strongest evidence yet that Mariano Rivera is, in fact, human, the Yankees closer told Anthony McCarron of the New York Daily News that he likely needs vocal cord surgery. Rivera said that his vocal cords have “been bothering him for a month.” Presumably the surgery wouldn’t have any impact on Rivera’s usual offseason…

  19. DWI policy, maple bats, new helmets all part of the new collective bargaining agreement

    Nov 22, 2011, 5:04 PM EST

    David Wright helmet

    More health and safety stuff from the new collective bargaining agreement.  First, let’s call this new part the “2011 DUI-fest Memorial Contract Provision”: The parties agreed on a program of mandatory evaluation by a trained professional for Players who are suspected of an alcohol use problem (including Players who are arrested for DWI or other…

  20. Tweet of the Day: Matt Kemp just wants to party

    Nov 22, 2011, 3:48 PM EST

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    Matt Kemp doesn’t seem too broken up about finishing runner-up to Ryan Braun in the MVP voting:

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