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  1. 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…

  2. $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…

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

    Nov 14, 2011, 5:24 PM EST

    duncan and carpenter

    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…

  4. 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…

  5. The Tigers are interested in Martin Prado

    Nov 14, 2011, 4:35 PM EST

    prado batting

    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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

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

    Nov 14, 2011, 2:44 PM EST

    edwin rodriguez

    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…

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

    Nov 14, 2011, 2:20 PM EST

    papelbon getty

    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…

  13. 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.…

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

    Nov 14, 2011, 1:41 PM EST

    Rumors Timex Social Club

    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…

  15. At least six teams have “expressed interest” in C.J. Wilson

    Nov 14, 2011, 1:18 PM EST

    Texas Rangers starting pitcher C.J. Wilson faces the St. Louis Cardinals in the 1st inning of Game 1 of MLB's World Series baseball championship in St. Louis

    General manager Jon Daniels told T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com that the Rangers remain in contact with C.J. Wilson, but Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com reports that they’re just one of at least six known teams that have “already expressed interest” in the free agent left-hander. Morosi names the Yankees, Angels, Blue Jays, Marlins, and Nationals…

  16. Twins moving Trevor Plouffe from shortstop to outfield

    Nov 14, 2011, 12:46 PM EST

    Atlanta Braves v Minnesota Twins

    General manager Terry Ryan revealed during a 1500-ESPN radio interview yesterday that Trevor Plouffe will be an outfielder going forward, which isn’t shocking considering how awful the former first-round pick looked as an infielder for the Twins despite playing 680 games at shortstop in the minors. He has the tools to be a strong corner…

  17. Wily Mo Pena could play in Japan next year

    Nov 14, 2011, 12:30 PM EST

    wily mo pena head getty

    Every time Wily Mo Pena comes up I — and a lot of other people — get kind of excited because big long home runs and all-or-nothing kind of players like him are sort of neat on some weird level.  It’s irrational, I know. It’s just one of those times when people who think like…

  18. Lenny Dykstra may try to lam it to Mexico? OK. I could see that.

    Nov 14, 2011, 11:34 AM EST

    Former Major League baseball player Lenny Dykstra appears Los Angeles Superior court for an arraignment in San Fernando, California

    Lenny Dykstra may have actually had the first rational thought in years, and sadly, it’s likely going to get his bail revoked. According to Larry Brown Sports, Dykstra’s former business manager withdrew the $30,000 bail he posted because he is fearful that Dykstra plans on leaving the county for Mexico. He basically just thinks that…

  19. What will Terry Francona do after Cardinals passed him over?

    Nov 14, 2011, 11:21 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

    In choosing Mike Matheny as their new manager the Cardinals may have guaranteed that Terry Francona won’t be in a dugout on Opening Day. There’s been some speculation about his interest in the Cubs’ opening, but nothing indicates he’s actually a candidate in Chicago and no other gigs are available. Well, except for his old…

  20. Must-click link: The most devastating takedown of Peter Angelos you’ll ever read

    Nov 14, 2011, 11:00 AM EST

    Peter Angelos

    Because some of you care about such things I will note at the outset that this blog post by Jonathan Bernhardt is long.  Quite long. But there are fewer wasted words there than in most Twitter updates. Everyone knows that Peter Angelos is the central problem with the Orioles, but I’ve never seen it put…

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