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  1. As the leaves turn, the “let’s contract the Rays” talk begins anew

    Oct 12, 2011, 11:05 AM EST

    Tropicana Field

    I feel like I spent half of last offseason debunking the notion of Major League Baseball contracting a team, be it the A’s or the Rays or whoever. It’s an easy notion to debunk when you actually think about what contraction of a franchise would entail. Just off the top of my head it would…

  2. Buster Posey is hitting in cage and catching bullpen sessions

    Oct 12, 2011, 10:47 AM EST

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    Buster Posey‘s surgically repaired left leg is strong enough that he caught an eight-minute bullpen session yesterday at the Giants’ instructional league complex in Arizona, according to Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle. That means Posey is slightly ahead of schedule, as the Giants had set November 1 as the target date for catching…

  3. Theo Epstein in Chicago: Can he break a second curse?

    Oct 12, 2011, 10:29 AM EST

    Theo Epstein

    The first thing most people thought when the rumors of Theo Epstein possibly joining the Chicago Cubs began to circulate was “can he do it again?”  Can the man credited with ending baseball’s most famous world championship drought end baseball’s longest?  Now that Epstein and the Cubs have a deal, it’s worth taking a look…

  4. Red Sox “widely expected” to name Ben Cherington new GM

    Oct 12, 2011, 10:15 AM EST

    ben cherington red sox

    Theo Epstein has reportedly agreed to a five-year, $15 million contract with the Cubs, which means the Red Sox are now in search of a new general manager. However, according to Sean McAdam of CSNNE.com that search won’t take long, as vice president of player personnel Ben Cherington “is widely expected” to replace Epstein as…

  5. The Phillies want Domonic Brown to play another year of Triple-A ball

    Oct 12, 2011, 9:30 AM EST

    Phillies Brown drops his bat and helmet at the plate after striking out in their MLB National League baseball game in Washington

    From hope-for-the-future to organizational guy?  Phillies GM Ruben Amaro Jr. said Tuesday that he’d like outfielder Domonic Brown to spend another full season at Triple-A. Brown certainly hasn’t busted out in his 280 major league plate appearances, but man, he’s 24 now and he has never truly been given the chance to have a big…

  6. Report: Theo Epstein agrees to a five-year deal with the Cubs

    Oct 12, 2011, 8:56 AM EST

    Theo Epstein

    John Dennis of WEEI just reported that Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein has agreed with the Cubs on a five-year deal worth more than $15 million. This is a huge moment for the Cubs.  Franchise-altering. The deal is expected to be finalized by the end of this week. The Cubs and Red Sox still have…

  7. Victor Martinez expects to play today

    Oct 12, 2011, 8:44 AM EST

    Detroit Tigers' Martinez runs bases after hitting a solo home run against the Texas Rangers in Game 3 in their MLB American League Championship Series baseball playoffs in Detroit

    Tigers’ DH Victor Martinez tweaked his oblique when he hit that home run in the fourth inning of last night’s game.  But he told the Detroit Free Press last night that he expects to play in Game 4 this afternoon.  Well, most likely anyway: Q: Are you positive you’ll play tomorrow (this afternoon’s Game 4)? A:…

  8. The 2011 Red Sox: “a story of disunity, disloyalty, and dysfunction like few others in franchise history”

    Oct 12, 2011, 6:09 AM EST

    File image of Boston Red Sox manager Francona walking back to the dugout during their MLB American League baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Fenway Park in Boston

    There’s a long and rich history of the folks in the Red Sox organization casting blame, settling scores and throwing people under the bus after things have gone sideways on the field.  It’s been a subdued dynamic for the past several years as success and a new professionalism has asserted itself, but with Terry Francona…

  9. Two World Series rings outweighs Theo Epstein’s betrayal

    Oct 12, 2011, 1:44 AM EST

    Theo Epstein

    Make no mistake: Theo Epstein should not be leaving the Red Sox like this. Not after one of the biggest September collapses in baseball history. Not one year after handing out $142 million for Carl Crawford and two years after giving John Lackey $82.5 million. If Theo Epstein wanted to leave the Red Sox, he should…

  10. Stepping up: the Tigers’ big guns give them new life

    Oct 11, 2011, 11:33 PM EST

    Detroit Tigers' Miguel Cabrera hits a solo home run against the Texas Rangers in the seventh inning of Game 3 of the MLB American League Championship Series baseball playoffs in Detroit

    It’s an overused cliche — I know, because I’ve overused it — to say that a team has to have someone “step up” when things go poorly.  I guess what makes it most objectionable is the notion implied in the term itself that a player can simply choose to perform better. To “take a step”…

  11. ALCS Game 3 Live Chat: Rangers vs. Tigers

    Oct 11, 2011, 7:50 PM EST

    Detroit Tigers v New York Yankees - Game 5

    Only three teams have overcome a 0-2 deficit in the LCS since it became a seven-game format in 1985, but the Tigers will hope to chip away when they return home tonight to take on the Rangers in Game 3 of the ALCS. We’ll cover it all in a live chat, beginning right around 8:05…

  12. Report: Theo Epstein “on the cusp” of leaving Red Sox to accept job with Cubs

    Oct 11, 2011, 6:52 PM EST

    Carl Crawford Signs with the Boston Red Sox

    It’s really happening. According to Steve Buckley of the Boston Herald, Theo Epstein is “on the cusp” of leaving the Red Sox to accept a job with the Cubs. The new position is believed “to include powers greater than he has in Boston” and an announcement could be made “within the next 24 to 48…

  13. The Orioles have a lengthy list of candidates for general manager

    Oct 11, 2011, 6:48 PM EST

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    According to Buster Olney of ESPN.com, the Orioles are considering a lengthy list of high-profile executives for their general manager vacancy. This list includes former Diamondbacks GM and current Padres VP Josh Byrnes, former Astros GM and current Rays’ senior VP Gerry Hunsicker, former Blue Jays GM and current Mets’ assistant GM J.P Ricciardi, Rangers assistant GM Thad Levine, Blue…

  14. Bryan Stow out of hospital, transferred to rehabilitation facility

    Oct 11, 2011, 6:10 PM EST

    Giants Fan Attacked

    The news continues to get better about Bryan Stow, the Giants’ fan who was severely beaten outside Dodger Stadium on March 31. According to the Associated Press, Stow was transferred to a rehabilitation facility today after nearly seven months in hospitals. “Bryan has been an extremely challenging patient,” said Dr. Geoff Manley, who is the…

  15. Quote of the Day: Brian Cashman on postseason samples

    Oct 11, 2011, 5:33 PM EST

    Tampa Bay Rays v New York Yankees

    Yankees general manager Brian Cashman, saying something that is both absolutely correct and guaranteed to be criticized by fans angry about another early postseason exit: I don’t make decisions on postseason samples because no one’s going to have a large enough postseason sample to be meaningful. Amen.

  16. ALCS Game 3 lineups: Rangers vs. Tigers

    Oct 11, 2011, 5:01 PM EST

    blank lineup card

    Here are the lineups for Game 3 of the Rangers-Tigers series tonight: TEXAS RANGERS DETROIT TIGERS 1. Ian Kinsler, 2B 1. Austin Jackson, CF 2. Elvis Andrus, SS 2. Ramon Santiago, 2B 3. Josh Hamilton, CF 3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B 4. Michael Young, 1B 4. Victor Martinez, DH 5. Adrian Beltre, 3B 5. Don Kelly,…

  17. Charlie Morton undergoes surgery to repair torn labrum in left hip

    Oct 11, 2011, 4:35 PM EST

    St Louis Cardinals v Pittsburgh Pirates

    The Pirates announced this afternoon that right-hander Charlie Morton underwent surgery Monday to repair a torn labrum in his left hip. The surgery was performed by Dr. Thomas Byrd in Nashville. Dejan Kovacevic of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review hears that Morton is expected to be sidelined for six months, a timeline which could put his status…

  18. GM considered Paul Konerko as White Sox player/manager

    Oct 11, 2011, 3:28 PM EST

    Paul Konerko

    In addition to learning that Robin Ventura’s contract with the White Sox runs through 2014 another interesting tidbit from his introductory press conference as manager today is that general manager Ken Williams admitted he considered first baseman Paul Konerko for the job before settling on Ventura: It was considered long enough for me to realize…

  19. Robin Ventura gets three-year contract as White Sox manager

    Oct 11, 2011, 2:24 PM EST

    robin ventura white sox

    This afternoon the White Sox officially introduced Robin Ventura as their new manager and Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports that he signed a three-year contract that runs through 2014. Ozzie Guillen had one season remaining on his contract with the White Sox, but received a four-year, $10 million extension from the Marlins. Asked…

  20. Jimmy Rollins wants to re-sign with the Phillies … as long as they give him a five-year contract

    Oct 11, 2011, 1:53 PM EST

    Gary Cederstrom, Jimmy Rollins

    Last week impending free agent Jimmy Rollins explained that he won’t be giving a “hometown discount” to the Phillies and today the former MVP told reporters that he’ll be looking for a five-year contract on the open market. During a press conference this morning Rollins made it clear that he wants to re-sign with the…

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