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  1. Yet another candidate pulls out of running for O’s GM job

    Nov 3, 2011, 8:48 PM EST

    dejon watson getty

    It just gets uglier and uglier for the Orioles. According to SI’s Jon Heyman, Dodgers assistant GM DeJon Watson has pulled his name out of the running for Baltimore’s vacancy at general manager. Watson was never a favorite for the job, but he’s now the third candidate to drop out of the ongoing hunt voluntarily…

  2. Rafael Furcal drawing interest from “half dozen” teams

    Nov 3, 2011, 7:23 PM EST

    2011 World Series Game 7 - Texas Rangers v St Louis Cardinals

    Veteran shortstop Rafael Furcal hit .255/.316/.418 and launched seven home runs in 50 games after joining the Cardinals via a mid-summer trade. He also upgraded St. Louis’ infield defense significantly while managing to stay healthy through the end of the Redbirds’ victorious World Series run. Pleased with that performance, the St. Louis front office has…

  3. Chien-Ming Wang back to Nationals for $4 million

    Nov 3, 2011, 6:15 PM EST

    Chien-Ming Wang

    The Nationals and right-hander Chien-Ming Wang have agreed to terms on a deal worth $4 million, pending a physical, says CSN Washington’s Mark Zuckerman. It’s a larger-than-anticipated guarantee for the sinkerballer, who has made all of 20 starts the last three years. The contract will include incentives based on games started. After pitching half-seasons in 2008…

  4. Impatient Ned Colletti flushes at least $2 million down the toilet

    Nov 3, 2011, 5:44 PM EST

    Ned Colletti

    A 29-year-old Jonny Gomes was a free agent two winters ago after hitting .267/.338/.541 with 20 homers and 51 RBI in 281 at-bats for the Reds. He re-signed with the Reds for $800,000. A 33-year-old Andruw Jones was a free agent last winter after hitting .230/.341/.486 with 19 homers and 48 RBI in 278 at-bats…

  5. Braves listening to offers for Jair Jurrjens and Martin Prado

    Nov 3, 2011, 5:11 PM EST

    Jair Jurrjens

    Atlanta acted quickly to remove Derek Lowe and his salary from the books, dealing him to Cleveland, and now Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports that the Braves have told teams they’re willing to trade Jair Jurrjens and Martin Prado. Bowman writes that the Braves would like to free up some additional salary to pursue free…

  6. Diamondbacks extend contracts of manager Kirk Gibson and general manager Kevin Towers

    Nov 3, 2011, 4:40 PM EST

    Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson watches from the dugout

    Kirk Gibson is the odds-on favorite to be named NL Manager of the Year later this month, but in the meantime he’s agreed to a contract extension with the Diamondbacks that runs through 2014. General manager Kevin Towers’ deal was also extended through 2014, and Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports that both contracts…

  7. David Ortiz sounds frustrated by lack of offer from Red Sox

    Nov 3, 2011, 4:06 PM EST

    Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz reacts after flying out against the Tampa Bay Rays during the eighth inning of their MLB American League baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston

    During an interview with Rob Bradford of WEEI.com free agent David Ortiz said that the Red Sox have yet to make him an offer and seemed somewhat frustrated by the lack of communication: I was expecting something would happen before, but so many things are going on. I know everybody has priorities, and to be…

  8. Diamondbacks re-sign catcher Henry Blanco for $1.2 million

    Nov 3, 2011, 3:30 PM EST

    Arizona Diamondbacks v San Francisco Giants

    UPDATE: Jon Heyman of SI.com reports that the deal is worth $1.2 million and according to MLB Trade Rumors there’s also a $1.24 million mutual option for 2013, so Blanco essentially got an extra $50,000 for opting out. ========== Henry Blanco opted out of a one-year, $1.15 million deal with Arizona yesterday, but the veteran…

  9. Red Sox to interview Mike Maddux and Sandy Alomar Jr.

    Nov 3, 2011, 2:14 PM EST

    Sandy Alomar

    Rangers pitching coach Mike Maddux and Indians bench coach Sandy Alomar Jr. are the Red Sox’s next interviewees, according to Rob Bradford of WEEI.com. Texas and Cleveland both granted permission for the interviews, which come on the heels of Boston speaking to Philadelphia bench coach Pete Mackanin earlier this week. Alomar previously expressed interest in…

  10. The Marlins’ new ballpark is green

    Nov 3, 2011, 2:00 PM EST

    A fan holds a placard during an MLB National League baseball game between the Marlins and the Nationals in Miami

    No, not the color green. Green as in environmentally friendly green. Or at least as environmentally friendly a ballpark in a neighborhood not accessible by useful mass transit can possibly be! The kitchen hosts energy efficient appliances and the hood is self cleaning, which means no chemicals are needed. The paint in the stadium emits less toxic fumes, Estevez…

  11. Red Sox fire strength and conditioning coach, assistant trainer

    Nov 3, 2011, 1:50 PM EST

    red sox logo

    Beer, fried chicken, and video games specifically got all the headlines, but various Red Sox players simply not being in peak physical condition was also an issue this season and today Boston fired strength and conditioning coach Dave Page along with assistant trainer Greg Barajas. Rob Bradford of WEEI.com notes that Page was with the…

  12. Why did Tony LaCava turn down the Orioles?

    Nov 3, 2011, 1:18 PM EST

    tony lacava

    Tony LaCava was very professional with his comments about the Orioles, saying they handled the interview process with class and explaining that his decision to turn down the general manager job was due to wanting to remain with the Blue Jays. That never really passed the smell test, at least not entirely, and sure enough…

  13. Matty Alou: 1938-2011

    Nov 3, 2011, 1:00 PM EST

    Matty Alou

    Sad news: Matty Alou has died. He was 72. No cause of death was given. An overdose of being a really awesome and underrated contact hitter is being investigated. Alou, as most folks know, was part of what — with a nod to the DiMaggios — was arguably the most successful trio of brothers in…

  14. Ron Santo is back on the Hall of Fame ballot

    Nov 3, 2011, 12:30 PM EST

    Ron Santo

    After getting totally boned by the Hall of Fame for decades, Ron Santo will once again be up for consideration as part of the new-look Veterans Committee process. At this year’s Winter Meetings Santo — and 10 other former players — will be up for votes as part of the “Golden Era” slate of candidates…

  15. Javier Vazquez wants to play for an East Coast team if he doesn’t retire

    Nov 3, 2011, 11:51 AM EST

    Javier Vazquez

    Earlier this week the Marlins were said to be trying to talk Javier Vazquez out of retiring and now Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that the 35-year-old right-hander is “50-50″ to pitch in 2012. According to Rosenthal he has a “strong East Coast preference” after spending his 14-year career in Montreal, New York (twice), Arizona,…

  16. Let’s watch someone convince himself that Wilson Valdez isn’t a falloff from Jimmy Rollins

    Nov 3, 2011, 11:33 AM EST

    Wilson Valdez

    I don’t know if Jimmy Rollins is going to stay in Philly. I kind of think he will because it’s a great match and I have a hard time envisioning a world in which he isn’t wearing red pinstripes. But I do know this much: if he leaves the Phillies, the team would be way worse…

  17. Orioles expand GM search to include Phillies’ Scott Proefrock and Twins’ Mike Radcliff

    Nov 3, 2011, 11:19 AM EST

    now hiring

    After being turned down by both Jerry Dipoto and Tony Lacava the Orioles have expanded their search for a new general manager to include Phillies assistant GM Scott Proefrock and Twins vice president of player personnel Mike Radcliff. Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun reports that Proefrock will meet with the Orioles today and the…

  18. Bryan Stow writes his name

    Nov 3, 2011, 11:00 AM EST

    Giants Fan Attacked

    This ceased to be a baseball story a long damn time ago. And maybe it’s no longer properly in HBT’s jurisdiction. But I kinda don’t care. Sometimes you just have to highlight the fact that there’s some hope in this mean old world and, for whatever reason, Bryan Stow’s progress represents hope to me right…

  19. Cardinals’ candidates include Terry Francona, Ryne Sandberg

    Nov 3, 2011, 10:47 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

    Following up on yesterday’s news that the Cardinals asked for and were granted the Phillies’ permission to interview Triple-A manager Ryne Sandberg to fill Tony La Russa’s shoes Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post Dispatch reports that he’ll be one of “fewer than 10″ candidates for the job. According to Strauss the Cardinals are…

  20. 2012 Top 111 Free Agents: Nos. 70-51

    Nov 3, 2011, 10:30 AM EST

    Third baseman Jim Thome

    If you’re like me and you get excited about fringe regulars, injury-prone fifth starters and hopefully-not-quite-over-the-hill DH possibilities, you’ll love this part three of the free agent rundown. Free agents Nos. 111-91 , Free agents Nos. 90-71 (All ages are as of April 1, 2012. Compensation noted as Type A or Type B when applicable) 70.…

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