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  1. Rosenthal on the Rangers: Sign ALL THE FREE AGENTS

    Nov 9, 2011, 10:04 AM EST

    Prince Fielder

    There isn’t a lot happening in free agent land yet. As Olney notes today, a big reason for that is the pending Collective Bargaining Agreement, which is likely to alter free agent draft pick compensation pretty substantially, thereby changing the overall value/cost of a big name free agent. Thank goodness for folks playing the “what…

  2. The Marlins may offer Jose Reyes a short but lucrative contract

    Nov 9, 2011, 9:30 AM EST

    Philadelphia Phillies v New York Mets

    John Harper of the New York Daily News is reporting that the Marlins plan to offer Jose Reyes a three-year contract with a high annual salary. Like, north of $20 million a year. That’s way shorter than your typical high-end free agent normally wants to sign, but give the Marlins points for creativity. And maybe…

  3. Roger Clemens trying to get his legal expenses paid for by the feds

    Nov 9, 2011, 9:04 AM EST

    Roger Clemens leaves the federal courthouse with attorney Rusty Hardin in Washington

    Roger Clemens is still going to go on trial for perjury eventually, and he could be in big trouble and maybe do time and all of that. But if you have to be a criminal defendant. there are positions to be in that are way worse than watching the prosecutors have to explain to the…

  4. Another potential free agent pitcher: Korea’s Suk-Min Yoon

    Nov 9, 2011, 8:15 AM EST

    Suk Min Yoon

    Jeff Passan reports that Suk-Min Yoon — 2011 MVP of the Korean Baseball Organization — has hired Scott Boras and could be posted in time to play in MLB next season. It’s hard to gauge how a Korean pitcher would do here. Could he be early-vintage Chan-Ho Park? Could he simply be the equivalent of…

  5. Olney: Yankees “highly unlikely” to make a serious run at Mark Buehrle

    Nov 8, 2011, 10:30 PM EST

    Mark Buehrle

    The free agent market opened for business less than a week ago, so Yankees general manager Brian Cashman is just getting started in his search for a starting pitcher. He got in touch with the agent for C.J. Wilson and Roy Oswalt over the weekend and contacted Mark Buehrle‘s agent Jeff Berry earlier today. Buster Olney…

  6. Michael Cuddyer was in Philadelphia today for a meet-and-greet with the Phillies

    Nov 8, 2011, 8:47 PM EST

    Minnesota Twins v Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

    While the Phillies are close to wrapping up a new contract with closer Ryan Madson, they are also moving aggressively on another one of their primary targets in free agency. According to Tom Sredenschek of FOX 29 in Philadelphia, Michael Cuddyer was in town today for a meet-and-greet with the Phillies. Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com confirms Sredenschek’s…

  7. Sandy Alomar, Jr. will also interview for the Cubs’ managerial job this week

    Nov 8, 2011, 7:30 PM EST

    Cubs logo

    Indians bench coach Sandy Alomar, Jr. is already scheduled to interview for the Red Sox managerial opening tomorrow, but Bruce Levine of ESPNChicago.com hears that he will also interview with the Cubs later this week. Alomar isn’t exactly a surprise candidate with Chicago, but this is the first confirmation of an interview. The six-time All-Star…

  8. UPDATE: Phillies, Ryan Madson close to four-year, $44 million deal

    Nov 8, 2011, 6:10 PM EST

    madson ap

    UPDATE: Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports confirms that the two sides are discussing a four-year, $44 million deal with a $13 million vesting option for 2016. Oh, Ruben. 5:52 PM: We learned earlier today that the Phillies and Ryan Madson were closing in on a new contract and now we have some of the details.…

  9. Red Sox set to interview Sandy Alomar Jr., Torey Lovullo, and Gene Lamont this week

    Nov 8, 2011, 5:17 PM EST

    Sandy Alomar

    Boston has a full slate of interviews scheduled for this week, with the Red Sox announcing that they’ll talk to Indians bench coach Sandy Alomar Jr. tomorrow, Blue Jays first base coach Torey Lovullo on Friday, and Tigers third base coach Gene Lamont on Saturday. Alomar was already a known candidate and Lovullo makes sense,…

  10. Terry Francona after interviewing with Cardinals: “Whatever happens happens”

    Nov 8, 2011, 4:44 PM EST

    Terry Francona

    As expected, Terry Francona interviewed with the Cardinals today, meeting with team chairman Bill DeWitt Jr. at his private equity firm in Cincinnati. Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post Dispatch spoke to Francona after the interview and the former Red Sox manager said: “There is a huge amount of tradition. A good organization. I…

  11. Diamondbacks’ Derrick Hall has successful prostate cancer surgery

    Nov 8, 2011, 4:21 PM EST

    Derrick Hall

    Diamondbacks president and CEO Derrick Hall was diagnosed with prostate cancer last month. He had surgery today.  The team announced that it was successful and that the cancer had not spread. Good news on a day otherwise full of weird and awful news all over the place.

  12. Lance Berkman: Astros moving to AL would be “a travesty”

    Nov 8, 2011, 3:52 PM EST

    berkman

    Lance Berkman, who played the first 12 seasons of his career in Houston, called the Astros’ potential move to the American League “a travesty” and “a shame.” Zachary Levine of the Houston Chronicle reports that Berkman, while appearing at a press conference for a memorabilia company, called the Astros “a National League franchise” and suggested…

  13. GM says Royals will “explore” a trade for Carlos Zambrano

    Nov 8, 2011, 2:18 PM EST

    Chicago Cubs v Atlanta Braves

    Yesterday during an interview with 610 Sports Radio in Kansas City general manager Dayton Moore said that the Royals will “explore” a potential trade for Carlos Zambrano, who’s currently pitching in the Venezuelan winter league. Via David Kaplan of CSNChicago.com, here’s what Moore told host Mark Carman: We would have to be interested. We would…

  14. Alfredo Simon acquitted of manslaughter charges

    Nov 8, 2011, 1:46 PM EST

    Alfredo Simon walking

    On New Year’s Eve, a 25-year-old man named Michel Castillo Almonte was killed in the Dominican Republic.  Orioles pitcher Alfredo Simon was arrested and jailed in the shooting, though he was later freed and allowed to come to the U.S. to pitch in advance of his trial. He just had his trial and the jury…

  15. Report: Phillies appear close to re-signing Ryan Madson

    Nov 8, 2011, 1:16 PM EST

    Chicago Cubs v Philadelphia Phillies

    Last night the Phillies were said to be “making a strong push” to re-sign Ryan Madson and now Jon Heyman of SI.com reports that the two sides are closing in on a new contract. According to Heyman they’re “in serious discussions” and it’s “hard to imagine it not getting done soon.” One benefit to re-signing…

  16. The Giants aren’t going to try to re-sign Carlos Beltran

    Nov 8, 2011, 12:55 PM EST

    Arizona Diamondbacks v San Francisco Giants

    Jon Heyman reports that the Giants are no longer going to try to re-sign Carlos Beltran.  Because when you add an .809 OPS outfielder like Melky Cabrera and take away a .910 OPS outfielder like Beltran, your severe offensive problems are all better. Oh, I don’t know. I’m just being mean. I’m sure they have…

  17. Bruce Bochy: “Barry Zito is our fifth starter next year”

    Nov 8, 2011, 12:21 PM EST

    San Francisco Giants v Arizona Diamondbacks

    By trading Jonathan Sanchez to the Royals yesterday the Giants opened up a rotation spot and manager Bruce Bochy said that Barry Zito is the man for the job. During a radio interview with KNBR today Bochy revealed: “I’m not gonna hide from it. Barry Zito is our fifth starter next year.” Zito started just…

  18. Hiroki Kuroda is talking to the Hiroshima Carp

    Nov 8, 2011, 12:00 PM EST

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    Hiroki Kuroda has made it clear that if he plays in the majors, it will be for the Dodgers and no one else.  But he doesn’t have to play in the majors.  According to Nikkan Sports — passed along by Patrick Newman of NPB Tracker — the Hiroshima Carp have made an offer to Kuroda, and…

  19. Brewers giving up on Prince Fielder, focusing on Jose Reyes?

    Nov 8, 2011, 11:19 AM EST

    Milwaukee Brewers first baseman Prince Fielder walks back to the dugout after grounding out to the St. Louis Cardinals in the 8th inning in Game 6 of the MLB NLCS baseball playoffs in Milwaukee

    Add Milwaukee to the list of teams pursuing Jose Reyes, as Jon Heyman of SI.com reports that the “Brewers believe they have almost no hope for Prince Fielder and are now targeting Reyes.” It’s not an either/or situation, of course, and odds are the Brewers will wind up with neither player. Fielder’s return has always…

  20. Nationals “have expressed interest” in Japanese left-hander Tsuyoshi Wada

    Nov 8, 2011, 10:47 AM EST

    Tsuyoshi Wada

    Yu Darvish is naturally getting all the attention when it comes to Japanese pitchers possibly coming to America, but Bill Ladson of MLB.com reports that the Nationals “have expressed interest in” Japanese left-hander Tsuyoshi Wada, who went 16-5 with a 1.51 ERA this season. Anyone who puts up numbers like that is worth taking a…

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