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  1. Jamie Quirk leaves Astros to become Cubs’ bench coach

    Nov 29, 2011, 2:20 PM EST

    jamie quirk

    Dale Sveum has decided on a right-hand man, with Jamie Quirk leaving his job as the Astros’ bullpen coach to become the Cubs’ new bench coach. Quirk called it “a great opportunity” and told Brian McTaggart of MLB.com that Sveum reached out to him about possibly joining his hypothetical staff before he’d even finished interviewing…

  2. Dmitri Young was in the best shape of his life but got released by his Venezuelan team anyway

    Nov 29, 2011, 2:04 PM EST

    Dmitri Young AP

    I was so excited last month when we got a Dmitri Young sighting. Not only was he playing baseball and talking comeback, but he was … in the best shape of his life. Sadly, the party seems to be over. Via the translation services of our friend Nick Collias comes a report from Ignacio Serrano of…

  3. Rangers grant Astros permission to interview Thad Levine

    Nov 29, 2011, 1:48 PM EST

    thad levine

    Just as the Rays did with Andrew Friedman, the Rangers have granted the Astros permission to speak to Thad Levine about their general manager opening, according to T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com. Levine is the Rangers’ assistant general manager, working under Jon Daniels for the past six seasons. It seems fairly obvious that Friedman is the…

  4. The Giants extend the contracts of Brian Sabean and Bruce Bochy

    Nov 29, 2011, 1:30 PM EST

    Brian Sabean phone

    Yes, I know that pic is old. And that Brian Sabean appears to be holding a Motorola flip phone in his hand. I use it, however, because (a) it’s awesome; and (b) it underscores just how long that dude has been in charge of the Giants. And it will be a little longer now, because…

  5. David Bell is the Reds’ new Triple-A manager

    Nov 29, 2011, 1:16 PM EST

    david bell

    David Bell, who retired in 2006 following a 16-season career in the majors, is now the Reds’ new Triple-A manager. Bell spent the past three years managing at Double-A and gets the promotion despite a 176-239 record there. Rick Sweet, who’d served as Louisville’s manager since 2004, will reportedly take another role in the organization.…

  6. Broxton will be the setup man in Kansas City; Aaron Crow will go to the rotation

    Nov 29, 2011, 12:58 PM EST

    Aaron Crow

    When the Royals’ signing of Jonathan Broxton was announced this morning, the reaction of most people was “wait, isn’t the Kansas City bullpen kind of crowded already?”  Why, yes.  Yes it is.  But it won’t be going forward because Dayton Moore was just on the radio and said that Joakim Soria will remain the closer,…

  7. Happy birthday to the greatest baseball announcer of all time

    Nov 29, 2011, 12:44 PM EST

    Vin Scully

    Today is Vin Scully’s birthday and the greatest announcer in baseball history turns 84 years old. And come April he’ll begin his 63rd season as voice of the Dodgers. I have no strong feelings about the Dodgers good or bad, yet season after season find myself choosing them as my late-night viewing several times per…

  8. David Ortiz wants a three-year deal

    Nov 29, 2011, 12:28 PM EST

    David Ortiz

    Look, I know people declared David Ortiz dead in parts of 2009 and 2010 and that he came roaring back every time. And I know that he had a great 2011.  But really, this seems kind of crazy to me:  Ortiz is looking for a three-year deal. He’s 36. He’s one-dimensional. It’s a great dimension,…

  9. White Sox “trying to move” setup man Matt Thornton

    Nov 29, 2011, 11:51 AM EST

    A.J. Pierzynski, Matt Thornton

    Last spring Matt Thornton signed a two-year, $12 million extension that hasn’t started yet, but Buster Olney of ESPN.com reports that the White Sox “are trying to move” the longtime setup man. Thornton got off to a bad start this year, blowing whatever chance he had of becoming the White Sox’s permanent closer, but recovered…

  10. Yes, the Mariners are going after Prince Fielder

    Nov 29, 2011, 11:38 AM EST

    Prince Fielder, Corey Hart, Ryan Braun, Rickie Weeks

    Mariners GM Jack Zduriencik confirmed to MLB.com today that the M’s are, indeed, going to make a play for Prince Fielder. With all requisite caution, of course: “There’s no question we could use a big bat in the middle of our lineup,” said the M’s general manager, “but where is your limitation and threshold? We’ll go…

  11. Marlins “rolled out the red carpet” for C.J. Wilson in Miami

    Nov 29, 2011, 11:19 AM EST

    C.J. Wilson Getty

    C.J. Wilson was in Miami yesterday to meet with the Marlins and Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post has some of the details of their courtship. There was a personal tour of the new ballpark from owner Jeffrey Loria and lunch at Joe’s Stone Crab, with agent Bob Garber saying afterward that the Marlins…

  12. Three Royals go hunting: a play in one act

    Nov 29, 2011, 11:04 AM EST

    Kansas City Royals Photo Day

    This morning, in connection with the news that Jonathan Broxton signed with the Kansas City Royals, ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick noted that “Fellow GA native Jeff Francoeur helped recruit Broxton for Royals. Broxton recently went hunting w/Francoeur & manager Ned Yost.” That created quite a picture in my head. I chuckled at that picture for a…

  13. Nationals’ Chris Marrero suffers torn hamstring in winter ball

    Nov 29, 2011, 10:47 AM EST

    Florida Marlins v Washington Nationals

    Nationals first baseman Chris Marrero tore his left hamstring while playing in the Dominican winter league earlier this month and could miss the entire season, according to Bill Ladson of MLB.com. Marrero repeatedly said that he doesn’t expect to miss all of 2012, but Ladson reports that the hamstring was torn off the bone and…

  14. Teams are inquiring about Alfonso Soriano for some reason

    Nov 29, 2011, 10:31 AM EST

    alfonso-soriano-cubs

    Ken Rosenthal says that teams are “kicking the tires” on Alfonso Soriano. I can only assume this means that they are kicking in anger, like you might kick the tires of your car when it breaks down on the side of the road. Not like you would when you were considering an investment in a…

  15. Bidding for Japanese shortstop Hiroyuki Nakajima ends Friday

    Nov 29, 2011, 10:15 AM EST

    Hikoyuki Nakakima

    As expected, Japanese shortstop Hiroyuki Nakajima has been posted by the Seibu Lions and the bidding is open until Friday. Tsuyoshi Nishioka flopping with the Twins may have further soured MLB teams on Japanese middle infielders, but Nakajima is a longtime star in Japan who’ll no doubt still draw interest from multiple teams. Last offseason…

  16. Report: Jonathan Broxton to sign with the Royals

    Nov 29, 2011, 9:39 AM EST

    Atlanta Braves v Los Angeles Dodgers

    Ken Rosenthal reports that the Royals and Jonathan Broxton have agreed to a one-year deal.  It’s done pending a physical. UPDATE: Heyman says it’s a $4 million deal. A physical isn’t purely academic in Broxton’s case given that he’s coming off elbow surgery — and you have to figure the doctor is going to yell…

  17. Willful Ignorance Theater: Red Sox managerial search edition

    Nov 29, 2011, 9:30 AM EST

    Bobby Valentine

    The Sox really need to hire a manager. If they don’t, we’re just going to see more columns in which people perpetuate the curious notion that in baseball, unlike any other field of endeavor, it is somehow not embarrassing to ignore advances in the field: People sometimes ask my opinion of sabermetrics. I tell them I accept the…

  18. Curtis Granderson is happy with the new HGH test

    Nov 29, 2011, 8:58 AM EST

    Detroit Tigers v New York Yankees

    Mark Feinsand of the Daily News spoke with Curtis Granderson — who, in addition to being awesome, is an MLBPA player rep — and Granderson said that he was happy about the changes in the collective bargaining agreement. Specifically the addition of the HGH blood test. Granderson is no idiot, though, and though I may…

  19. The Cubs are entering the Pujols-Fielder sweepstakes

    Nov 29, 2011, 6:12 AM EST

    Albert Pujols

    There was some question as to whether they’d get involved in big free agent game hunting, but according to Ken Rosenthal they are: the Cubs are pursuing both Prince Fielder and Albert Pujols. Well, either/or. They wouldn’t sign both of them because that would be silly. I think the why of it is more interesting…

  20. Report: Astros receive permission to interview Rays’ Andrew Friedman

    Nov 28, 2011, 9:32 PM EST

    Andrew Friedman Reuters

    According to Richard Justice of the Houston Chronicle, the Astros have received permission to interview Rays’ executive vice president Andrew Friedman for their general manager vacancy. The Astros have requested interviews with “a handful” of other candidates for the job, but Justice hears that Friedman is their No. 1 target to replace Ed Wade. As you…

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