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  1. 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…

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

    Nov 9, 2011, 10:55 PM EST

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    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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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,…

  5. Padres unveil new(ish) logos and uniforms

    Nov 9, 2011, 7:58 PM EST

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    The Padres gave the press a sneak peek at their new logos and uniforms Wednesday night in San Diego. There had been some push from the Friars’ fanbase to revert back to the brown and gold uniforms of the ’70s and ’80s, but that change was deemed too drastic by the organization’s higher-ups. They’ve simply…

  6. Marlins met with Jose Reyes on Wednesday in Miami

    Nov 9, 2011, 7:03 PM EST

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    If the Marlins’ interest in Jose Reyes wasn’t already being taken seriously, it certainly should be now. According to Joe Frisaro of MLB.com, the free agent shortstop met with Marlins officials on Wednesday afternoon in south Florida, dining at the famous Joe’s Stone Crab and taking a tour of the club’s nearly-completed ballpark in Little Havana. No…

  7. Jimmy Rollins and his desire for a five-year deal

    Nov 9, 2011, 6:10 PM EST

    Jimmy Rollins

    According to SI.com’s Jon Heyman, the Phillies and free agent Jimmy Rollins are talking, but Rollins is still asking for a five-year contract, meaning a quick resolution probably isn’t on the way. Rollins is coming off something of a bounce-back season at age 32, having hit .268/.338/.399 in 567 at-bats. That was good for a…

  8. Report: Phillies never had agreement with Ryan Madson; Nationals interested?

    Nov 9, 2011, 4:22 PM EST

    Chicago Cubs v Philadelphia Phillies

    This Ryan Madson situation is getting weird. Last night Madson was said to be signing a four-year, $44 million deal with the Phillies, but this morning several reports said the deal was on hold because ownership had yet to sign off and now Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com says the two sides never actually had an…

  9. So much for that: Reds cancel Aroldis Chapman’s winter ball plans

    Nov 9, 2011, 3:19 PM EST

    Atlanta Braves v Cincinnati Reds

    Aroldis Chapman went to the Arizona Fall League in order to build up some arm strength in preparation for pitching as a starter in the Puerto Rican winter league, but the Reds have canceled those plans. Chapman is healthy after briefly being sidelined by shoulder soreness in Arizona, but general manager Walt Jocketty told John…

  10. Progress being made in labor negotiations; deal could be done this week

    Nov 9, 2011, 2:45 PM EST

    Selig and Weiner

    Jayson Stark and others are hearing this afternoon that some serious progress has been made in labor negotiations over the new collective bargaining agreement. There’s a decent chance that a deal could be done this week, in fact, though Stark has other sources telling him that’s a 50/50 proposition. Of course, my counterparts at ProBasketballTalk…

  11. Angels prospect Mike Trout likely to begin 2012 in minors

    Nov 9, 2011, 2:14 PM EST

    Mike Trout

    The Angels’ decision to trade for Vernon Wells‘ massive contract was bad enough when he was performing horribly, but now his presence on the team (and $21 million salary in each of the next three seasons) might keep stud prospect Mike Trout in the minors. Sam Miller of the Orange County Register connected some dots…

  12. Yoenis Cespedes is in the best shape of his life

    Nov 9, 2011, 1:40 PM EST

    Yoennis Cespedes

    It’s never too early to start my favorite offseason cliche. And today we have once from a guy who may be in the best shape of ten people’s lives: Yoenis Cespedes.  From Kevin Goldstein’s latest over at Baseball Prospectus, here’s the money quote from Cespedes’ advisor, Edgar Mercedes: “We wanted to show that he’s left…

  13. Former top prospect Jeremy Hermida may be headed to Japan

    Nov 9, 2011, 1:13 PM EST

    Boston Red Sox v Seattle Mariners

    UPDATE: Not so fast, apparently. Tim Dierkes of MLB Trade Rumors reports that the Yomiuri Giants have been in contact with Hermida, but no contract has actually be signed. ========== Jeremy Hermida was once a top prospect for the Marlins, ranking fourth on Baseball America‘s list of the best prospects in the game back in…

  14. The Yu Darvish scouting report

    Nov 9, 2011, 12:40 PM EST

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    Because it’s getting old to simply spout off the same old cliches about Japanese pitchers’ ability to make it in the United States, it’s a good time to look at an actual Yu Darvish scouting report. There’s one over at ProjectProspect.com today for your viewing pleasure. The big takeaway: we probably need to stop lumping…

  15. Diamondbacks re-sign Willie Bloomquist to two-year deal

    Nov 9, 2011, 12:20 PM EST

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    Whatever bad blood there was between agent Scott Boras and the Diamondbacks over the Willie Bloomquist situation was short-lived, as Scott Miller of CBSSports.com reports that Arizona has re-signed the veteran utility man to a two-year, $3.8 million contract. Boras said earlier this week that the Diamondbacks were upset with Bloomquist for declining his half…

  16. Phillies “reconsidering options” with Ryan Madson deal in flux

    Nov 9, 2011, 11:51 AM EST

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    Ryan Madson‘s four-year, $44 million contract with the Phillies has not yet been approved by ownership and now Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com writes that reports of the deal being completed “may have been premature.” In fact, according to Rosenthal “the team is reconsidering its options” and might get back in touch with Jonathan Papelbon, whom…

  17. Marlins President David Samson: we’re gonna be drawing 30,000-35,000 every night

    Nov 9, 2011, 11:34 AM EST

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    Gator bait, courtesy of Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald: Marlins prez David Samson “we’re going to be drawing 30,000 to 35,000 every single game” in new ballpark Maybe the novelty of the new park will change the game. And of course if the Feesh do go on a big spending spree and land some free agents there…

  18. Ryan Madson’s deal sets a rich market for free agent closers

    Nov 9, 2011, 11:19 AM EST

    Brian Schneider, Ryan Madson

    Assuming his reported four-year, $44 million contract eventually becomes official, as the first closer from a closer-heavy free agent class to sign Ryan Madson‘s deal would set the market extremely high for guys like Jonathan Papelbon, Francisco Rodriguez, Joe Nathan, and Francisco Cordero. They’re surely thrilled with Madson’s deal setting the tone, but the other…

  19. No Hay Amigo! Jose Reyes apparently sang his free agent intentions last summer

    Nov 9, 2011, 11:00 AM EST

    Jose Reyes

    I have no idea how I missed this, but Kevin Kernan of the New York Post notes today that Jose Reyes put a song and music video out over the summer in which, according to Kernan anyway, Reyes’ decision to do the Mets no favors in free agency was made clear: In his song and…

  20. Mike Maddux will interview with Cubs today after turning down Red Sox yesterday

    Nov 9, 2011, 10:47 AM EST

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    Mike Maddux removed his name from consideration for the Red Sox’s managerial opening yesterday, citing the desire to remain close to his family in Texas, but the Rangers pitching coach will go through with his scheduled interview with the Cubs today. Chicago is obviously much closer to Dallas than Boston is, but it’s still nearly…

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