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  1. Epstein: Zambrano will have to earn his way back

    Nov 15, 2011, 8:45 AM EST

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    The Cubs are turning a new page. New team president, new GM and soon a new manager.  It’s fresh start city at Wrigley. So the last thing they probably want is to deal with bad old business like Carlos Zambrano. Theo Epstein, however, has continued to leave the door open to the possibility of Zambrano…

  2. Hanley Ramirez “not at all pleased” about having to switch positions for Jose Reyes

    Nov 15, 2011, 8:15 AM EST

    Hanley Ramirez

    Last Thursday, Hanley Ramirez was quoted as saying that “it would be a good move” for the Marlins to sign Jose Reyes. He sidestepped questions about a position change, though he did note that he considered himself a shortstop. Seems that that’s pretty much the limit of his diplomatic skills, because Clark Spencer of the…

  3. Report: Angels have “serious” interest in C.J. Wilson

    Nov 14, 2011, 10:59 PM EST

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    We learned earlier today that six teams have expressed interest in C.J. Wilson, but it appears one team in particular is making a strong early push. Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times reports that Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto and assistant general manager Scott Servais had dinner tonight with Wilson’s agent Bob Garber. DiGiovanna…

  4. Mariners willing to throw in money to rid themselves of Chone Figgins

    Nov 14, 2011, 9:30 PM EST

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    Chone Figgins has been a complete disaster since signing a four-year, $36 million deal with the Mariners in December of 2009. After he hit absolute rock bottom this season by batting just .188/.241/.243 over 313 plate appearances, it appears general manager Jack Zduriencik is ready to cut his losses and move on. According to Jon Paul…

  5. Aramis Ramirez will not be back with the Cubs

    Nov 14, 2011, 8:00 PM EST

    Aramis Ramirez

    New Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein hinted earlier this month that Aramis Ramirez will likely be “moving on,” but the veteran third baseman’s agent said something much more definitive earlier today. According to Carrie Muskat of MLB.com, Ramirez’s agent Paul Kinzer said “that ship has sailed” as far as his client re-signing with…

  6. Diamondbacks sell Kam Mickolio to Hiroshima Carp

    Nov 14, 2011, 7:00 PM EST

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    The Diamondbacks announced this afternoon that they have sold reliever Kam Mickolio to the Hiroshima Toyo Carp of Japan’s Central League. It was an expected move, as Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com reported last week that Mickolio will pitch in Japan next season. Mickolio was acquired from the Orioles last December along with David Hernandez in the…

  7. Juan Gonzalez for the Hall of Fame!

    Nov 14, 2011, 6:40 PM EST

    Juan Gonzalez

    Incredibly enough, he’s not even a Scott Boras client. Tweets ESPN’s Jon Weisman: In today’s mail, I received a 12-page full-color campaign brochure for Juan “Igor” Gonzalez’s Hall of Fame candidacy. 12 pages trumpeting Juan Gonzalez. Someone had a lot of time on their hands. Gonzalez, of course, was a two-time MVP thanks to some…

  8. $160 million for Matt Kemp sounds about right

    Nov 14, 2011, 6:00 PM EST

    Matt Kemp

    One can debate whether Matt Kemp is the game’s best outfielder, but the truth is the Dodgers pretty much had to make him the game’s highest-paid outfielder to keep him beyond 2012. The eight-year, $160 million contract he reportedly agreed to Monday is tied for the largest ever given to an outfielder. Manny Ramirez’s late-2000 deal with…

  9. Dave Duncan will remain Cardinals’ pitching coach in 2012

    Nov 14, 2011, 5:24 PM EST

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    Dave Duncan has a good relationship with new Cardinals manager Mike Matheny and today the pitching coach reiterated that he plans to keep the job in 2012. Duncan told Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch that Matheny reached out to him immediately after being hired and “assured me that he wants me to…

  10. Jim Crane will get $50 million price break to move Astros to AL

    Nov 14, 2011, 4:48 PM EST

    Drayton McLane, Jim Crane

    Last month potential Astros owner Jim Crane was said to want a $50 million discount in exchange for agreeing to move the team to the American League and now Jon Heyman of SI.com reports that MLB has agreed to the price break. According to Heyman the Astros will move to the AL in 2013, and…

  11. The Tigers are interested in Martin Prado

    Nov 14, 2011, 4:35 PM EST

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    Jon Paul Morosi reports that the Tigers are interested in Martin Prado. That’s fine as far as it goes. The Braves seem intent on dealing him. The Tigers second base situation is pretty poor and they could use a leadoff guy, which Prado could do.  Nice fit. That is, until I got to the part where…

  12. White Sox hire Joel Skinner as Triple-A manager

    Nov 14, 2011, 4:16 PM EST

    Joel Skinner

    Joe McEwing joined the White Sox’s coaching staff as third base coach, so today they replaced him as Triple-A manager with Joel Skinner, who served as the A’s bench coach this year and was the Indians’ manager for a half-season in 2002. Given his coaching and managing experience Skinner seemingly would have been a fit…

  13. Francisco Cordero drawing wide interest

    Nov 14, 2011, 4:04 PM EST

    Francisco Cordero

    Maybe he’s not the most unbiased source on the planet, but Francisco Cordero’s agent tells MLB.com’s Mark Sheldon that his client is drawing interest from “seven or eight teams.” Cordero wants to come back to Cincinnati, but it’s worth noting that the Reds are not going to pay Papelbonian prices for a closer.  And there…

  14. Pudge Rodriguez wants to play in 2012; is drawing interest

    Nov 14, 2011, 3:35 PM EST

    Ivan Rodriguez

    Jon Heyman — who never fails to note that he’s neighbors with the guy — tweeted that Ivan Rodriguez wants to play in 2012. He also notes that several teams, including the Twins, Cardinals, Phillies, Blue Jays, Orioles, Dodgers and Marlins have expressed interest. Pudge certainly can’t hit anymore — hasn’t been able to for…

  15. The Wilson Ramos kidnappers were a bunch of amateurs

    Nov 14, 2011, 3:00 PM EST

    Wilson Ramos

    FC alerts us to an English language version of a story from Venezuela which reports that the guys who kidnapped Wilson Ramos were a bunch of amateurs.  Like, literally amateurs. As FC notes, the more expansive Spanish language version of the report notes that only two of the six kidnappers had criminal records. They were…

  16. Dodgers sign Matt Kemp to eight-year, $160 million extension

    Nov 14, 2011, 2:50 PM EST

    Matt Kemp

    UPDATE: Bob Nightengale of USA Today says it’ll be a done deal as soon as Kemp passes a physical exam. Eight years and $160 million, which makes it the largest contract in National League history and will keep Kemp in Los Angeles through age 34. ========== Last week Matt Kemp‘s agent sounded optimistic about the…

  17. Former Marlins manager Edwin Rodriguez takes job with Indians’ high Single-A team

    Nov 14, 2011, 2:44 PM EST

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    Edwin Rodriguez, who resigned as Marlins manager on June 19 after going 78-85, has signed on with the Indians as their new high Single-A skipper. Rodriguez will manage the Carolina Mudcats, who’re becoming the Indians’ affiliate in the Carolina League for 2012. Jordan Bastian of MLB.com notes that the 51-year-old Rodriguez served as the Carolina…

  18. Phillies and Papelbon make it official: Four years, $50,000,058

    Nov 14, 2011, 2:20 PM EST

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    Jonathan Papelbon‘s four-year contract with the Phillies is now official, as the team announced the deal along with one little twist: He’ll get $50,000,058. That extra 58 bucks matches his uniform number, which he’ll apparently be taking from new bullpen-mate Antonio Bastardo. Papelbon’s contract also includes a $13 million option for 2016 that vests if…

  19. Craig Kimbrel, Jeremy Hellickson named Rookies of the Year

    Nov 14, 2011, 2:07 PM EST

    Craig Kimbrel

    The official award season is upon us and the first announcement has been made: your 2011 Rookies of the Year are Craig Kimbrel in the NL and Jeremy Hellickson in the AL. Kimbrel was voted the award unanimously. Hellickson received 17 of the 28 first place votes. Kimbrel seemed like a lock for some time.…

  20. The most important thing you’ll read about hot stove rumors today

    Nov 14, 2011, 1:41 PM EST

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    Sam Miller of the OC Register explains how one tiny bit of nothing about anything can turn into a rumor of a player being connected with a given team in the space of a few tweets, using the example of a Ryan Doumit rumor to trace the path from ether to concrete, such as it…

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