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  1. Rays “remain interested in” re-signing Johnny Damon and Casey Kotchman

    Nov 21, 2011, 11:51 AM EST

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    Last offseason the Rays signed Johnny Damon and Casey Kotchman to one-year deals and got good value out of both players, but rather than simply let them walk as free agents Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Tribune writes that they “remain interested in” re-signing both hitters. “They are very prominent in our discussions right…

  2. Clint Barmes turned down Brewers to sign with Pirates

    Nov 21, 2011, 11:19 AM EST

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    No official announcement has been made yet, but Clint Barmes told Brian McTaggart of MLB.com that his new contract with the Pirates is a two-year, $10.5 million deal. He’s expected to take a physical exam today, at which point it’ll be finalized and he’ll take over as Pittsburgh’s starting shortstop. Barmes explained that he signed…

  3. Tossup Alert: The AL MVP to be announced at 2pm Eastern

    Nov 21, 2011, 11:05 AM EST

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    Today the BBWAA will give out the only award that looks to have any kind of intrigue or potential controversy to it: AL MVP. This year’s award throws a couple of time-tested argument starters out there: should a pitcher win the MVP?  Should the MVP winner come from a team that didn’t go anywhere? Is…

  4. Reds talking to A’s about deal for closer Andrew Bailey

    Nov 21, 2011, 10:47 AM EST

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    Cincinnati is preparing for Francisco Cordero‘s departure via free agency by talking to Oakland about closer Andrew Bailey, according to Buster Olney of ESPN.com. Earlier this month there were reports about the A’s shopping nearly everyone on the roster as they wait to hear back about the likelihood of a new ballpark. That apparently includes…

  5. Rockies offer Seth Smith to Braves for Martin Prado

    Nov 21, 2011, 10:15 AM EST

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    Earlier this month Colorado was said to be talking to Atlanta about infielder Martin Prado and now Troy Renck of the Denver Post reports that the Rockies offered outfielder Seth Smith. Detroit reportedly offered Delmon Young for Prado and got turned down, so it seems pretty clear that Atlanta is shopping Prado for outfield help…

  6. “Jeopardy!” + “Moneyball” = $$$$

    Nov 21, 2011, 9:26 AM EST

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    I roll with a bunch of nerds, so I know all kinds of people who have been on “Jeopardy!” My former boss. A former coworker. A couple of sportswriters I know. Even a long time HBT commenter. I once took and passed the test for the talent search but they never called me to be…

  7. Mariners outfielder Greg Halman killed

    Nov 21, 2011, 8:50 AM EST

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    Horrible news from the Netherlands: Dutch police say Seattle Mariners outfielder Greg Halman has been stabbed to death and his brother has been arrested as a suspect. Rotterdam Police spokeswoman Patricia Wessels says police were called to a home in the Dutch port city early Monday morning and found Halman bleeding from a stab wound.…

  8. Report: The Marlins are talking to the A’s about Gio Gonzalez

    Nov 21, 2011, 6:06 AM EST

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    We’ve heard the Marlins connected with all manner of free agents. But how a trade rumor? Here’s one: Miami is talking with the Athletics about Gio Gonzalez David Villavicencio is the man with this report, and he says that sources close to Gonzalez are telling him that the two teams are talking trade for the…

  9. Phillies acquire Ty Wigginton from Rockies for PTBNL

    Nov 20, 2011, 7:14 PM EST

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    Philadelphia picked up a decent right-handed bat, potential fill in for Ryan Howard at first base, and possible alternative to Placido Polanco at third base, acquiring Ty Wigginton from Colorado for a player to be named later or cash. Wigginton is owed $4 million in 2012 and his contract has a $4 million option or…

  10. Ten teams are interested in Jonathan Broxton

    Nov 20, 2011, 4:28 PM EST

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    Jon Heyman tweets that more than 10 teams have shown interest in Jonathan Broxton. More than ten. I think Broxton is a good candidate for a bounce-backy kind of year, but when you see this kind of interest on a due coming off of elbow surgery and an ERA of 5.68, it’s understandable that the…

  11. Marvin Miller doesn’t know why the players agreed to HGH testing

    Nov 20, 2011, 2:20 PM EST

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    I liked to Shaughnessy earlier, so why not link to Murray Chass? He spoke with former union head Marvin Miller — they’re bffs, you know — about the MLBPA agreeing to submit to HGH blood testing in the new collective bargaining agreement. Miller is perplexed by the union agreeing to this and to earlier concessions…

  12. The Red Sox to meet with Bobby Valentine on Monday

    Nov 20, 2011, 12:32 PM EST

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    Today, Jeff Passan reports: Bobby Valentine expects to meet with Red Sox GM Ben Cherington on Monday. Could emerge as favorite for manager if meeting goes well. Interesting, because the other day the Boston Herald wrote: Bobby Valentine has been a candidate for the Red Sox manager job from the early stages of the team’s search…

  13. The Marlins think Albert Pujols is older than he says he is

    Nov 20, 2011, 11:36 AM EST

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    An interesting read from Dan Le Batard in the Miami Herald about how the Marlins are going about — or at least appear to be going about — transforming the franchise. Going big and trying to establish a Latin brand. Part of that, of course, is the pursuit, such as it is, of Albert Pujols.…

  14. The Braves are interested in the Yankees’ Eduardo Nunez

    Nov 20, 2011, 10:30 AM EST

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    John Harper of the New York Daily News reports that the Braves have asked the Yankees about the availability of Eduardo Nunez.  That’s fine as far as it goes. The Braves need someone to play shortstop and there aren’t a ton of great candidates available. Think of it as last call. You look around and…

  15. Shaughnessy: the Red Sox are “a doofus organization”

    Nov 20, 2011, 9:44 AM EST

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    I know you all hate it when I link Shaughnessy, but if enjoying the living hell out of his particular brand of performance art on a fine Sunday morning is wrong, I don’t want to be right. Today he has decided not to pick a particular target and instead has gone in for some carpet-bombing.…

  16. Mark Cuban doesn’t want to buy the Braves. Drat.

    Nov 20, 2011, 7:52 AM EST

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    Being a Braves fan was its most fun when a potentially-crazy billionaire owned them. We won’t get a second go-around of that, however, because Mark Cuban told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution yesterday that he has no interest in buying the team. Now, the Braves aren’t for sale, but that doesn’t mean this is a wholly academic exercise.…

  17. New Cardinals manager Mike Matheny lost his dreamhouse, faces lawsuit

    Nov 19, 2011, 8:06 PM EST

    St. Louis Cardinals Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Bill DeWitt (L), new Manager Mike Matheny (C) and Sr. Vice President and General Manager John Mozeliak (R) hold a press conference about the new hire in St. Louis

    As it turns out, Mike Matheny needed the Cardinals managerial job a lot more than Terry Francona did. St. Louis’s new hire lost his 17-room house in Missouri and may yet owe more than $4 million due to bad real estate deals, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Saturday. Jack Wagman presents a very well researched…

  18. Minimum salary to rise to $480,000 in new labor deal

    Nov 19, 2011, 7:07 PM EST

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    The Associated Press reports that MLB’s minimum salary will increase from $414,000 to $480,000 under the league’s new CBA set to go into effect next week. It is expected to continue to increase over the duration of the deal and could soon top $500,000. A couple of other new reveals: – Super-two arbitration will not…

  19. Selig to meet with Giants in attempt to clear San Jose for the A’s

    Nov 19, 2011, 6:30 PM EST

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    Commissioner Bud Selig is planning to meet with the Giants within two weeks to discuss a potential A’s relocation to San Jose, sources told FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal. The Giants own the territorial rights to San Jose and are very reluctant to give them up, but with the A’s floundering, Selig may be willing to make…

  20. The Pirates lineup of the moment

    Nov 19, 2011, 5:45 PM EST

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    Already having picked up Rod Barajas to catcher, the Pirates are reportedly in the process of adding a second OBP-challenged regular to their lineup in shortstop Clint Barmes. That gives them a lineup that could look something like this: RF Jose Tabata LF Alex Presley CF Andrew McCutchen 2B Neil Walker 1B Garrett Jones 3B Pedro…

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