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  1. MLB restores Mike Trout’s rookie status

    Dec 2, 2011, 6:40 PM EDT

    Mike Trout

    Cliff Corcoran from SI.com notes that MLB has decided Mike Trout will be Rookie of the Year eligible in 2012 despite having apparently lost his rookie status due to a technicality. As the Orange County Register’s Sam Miller originally pointed out last month, Trout was technically credited with 55 non-September days on the Angels’ active…

  2. Who will be the mystery team for Jose Reyes?

    Dec 2, 2011, 6:10 PM EDT

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    It’s hard to imagine Jose Reyes joining the Marlins for a relatively light $90 million over six years. Jon Heyman’s proposed $80 million over five years deal from the Mets isn’t all that special either. So, who might yet get involved in the bidding for the shortstop? Red Sox – Boston may not have as…

  3. Padres hire former Mets general manager Omar Minaya

    Dec 2, 2011, 5:42 PM EDT

    Omar Minaya

    UPDATE: Minaya’s official title is senior vice president of baseball operations, so he’ll be pretty high up on the food chain in San Diego. ========== Omar Minaya, who was fired as Mets general manager in October of 2010, has been hired by the Padres and their new general manager Josh Byrnes, according to Jon Heyman…

  4. Hall of Fame voting expert: Barry Larkin makes it this year; no one else does

    Dec 2, 2011, 5:31 PM EDT

    Barry Larkin

    For 30 years a man named Bill Deane has been predicting the Hall of Fame vote. He has a nearly 80% success rate in getting the votes right, so that’s pretty good.  His prediction this year: Barry Larkin is the only inductee. Hard to argue with that. Larkin was close last year and a jump…

  5. UPDATE: The Marlins pursuit of Jose Reyes is not exactly going anywhere

    Dec 2, 2011, 4:59 PM EDT

    Jose Reyes

    UPDATE:  Or maybe not.  Jayson Stark says that the Marlins have made very little headway.  So, just like, never mind. Probably a safe assumption that the Marlins, while not totally full of it given their signing of Heath Bell, happen to still be full of quite a bit of it. 4:30 PM We heard this…

  6. Tweet of the Day: Nickelback talks trash with Peter Moylan

    Dec 2, 2011, 4:49 PM EDT

    peter moylan and nickelback

    Rob Neyer of SB Nation points out this amusing Twitter back and forth between Braves reliever Peter Moylan and the band Nickelback (or at least whomever runs Nickelback’s account):

  7. Dave Magadan accepts Bobby Valentine’s offer to remain Red Sox’s hitting coach

    Dec 2, 2011, 4:16 PM EDT

    Jacoby Ellsbury, Dave Magadan

    Dave Magadan has been the Red Sox’s hitting coach since 2007 and he’ll keep the job despite never working with new manager Bobby Valentine before. Rob Bradford of WEEI.com reports that Valentine called Magadan today to offer the job and he gladly accepted, saying: “It was good to get a vote of confidence from the…

  8. The Marlins have discussed Prince Fielder

    Dec 2, 2011, 4:03 PM EDT

    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

    Ken Rosenthal and Jon Paul Morosi write today that the Marlins have “discussed Prince Fielder internally and done background work on his makeup.”  They add that “some club officials are indeed enamored of the idea” of putting Fielder in the same lineup as Mike Stanton. This is somewhat tepid, I suppose, inasmuch as it doesn’t sound…

  9. No one wants to be the Astros’ general manager

    Dec 2, 2011, 3:47 PM EDT

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    Rangers assistant general manager Thad Levine turned down a chance to interview for the Astros’ general manager opening and apparently he wasn’t alone. According to Jon Heyman of SI.com, White Sox assistant general manager Rick Hahn and MLB senior vice president of baseball operations Kim Ng also said no thanks to the Astros. Houston’s top…

  10. Bobby Valentine is going to the Dominican Republic to recruit David Ortiz (and play golf)

    Dec 2, 2011, 3:15 PM EDT

    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

    Bobby Valentine is on the move. One day after being announced as the Red Sox’s new manager Valentine is headed to the Dominican Republic to participate in David Ortiz‘s charity golf tournament, according to Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe. Oh, and while there Valentine will try to talk Ortiz into re-signing with the Red…

  11. I think Aramis Ramirez and the Brewers are going to kiss

    Dec 2, 2011, 3:00 PM EDT

    Aramis Ramirez

    There were reports yesterday that the Brewers are interested in Aramis Ramirez.  Tom Haudricourt reports that the interest is mutual. He quotes Brewers’ GM Doug Melvin: “He has expressed interest in us, too. That’s something I always like to hear.” Melvin later added that he more than likes Ramirez, but he “like-likes” him. Then later…

  12. Royals fire Frank White from television broadcast

    Dec 2, 2011, 2:40 PM EDT

    frank white royals

    Frank White played his entire 18-season career in Kansas City and has been a full-time analyst on the team’s television broadcasts for the past three years, but the Royals announced today that he won’t be back on the air in 2012. White resigned from his role as Royals senior advisor last winter after being told…

  13. Bill Buckner could join Bobby Valentine’s staff in Boston

    Dec 2, 2011, 2:06 PM EDT

    "The Summer of 86: The Rise and Fall Of The World Champion Mets" Premiere

    The Red Sox have several coaches still on staff from Terry Francona’s tenure: hitting coach Dave Magadan, bench coach DeMarlo Hale, third base coach Tim Bogar and bullpen coach Gary Tuck.  Bobby Valentine could get rid of some of them. And there are a couple of other openings.  And one of the potential candidates to…

  14. Terry Francona visiting ESPN to talk about television job

    Dec 2, 2011, 1:50 PM EDT

    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

    SI.com media writer Richard Deitsch reports that Terry Francona is at the ESPN offices in Connecticut today discussing a potential television analyst job. Shortly after the Red Sox fired him Francona subbed for Tim McCarver during FOX’s postseason broadcast and generally received glowing reviews. And with Bobby Valentine leaving ESPN to take Francona’s old job…

  15. Magic Johnson, Stan Kasten teaming up to bid on the Dodgers

    Dec 2, 2011, 1:30 PM EDT

    "The Mountaintop" Broadway Opening Night - Arrivals & Curtain Call

    Magic Johnson told Bill Plashcke of the Los Angeles Times that he’s putting together a group to buy the Dodgers. His group includes Stan Kasten, the former president of the Atlanta Braves and Washington Nationals, and Mark Walter, chief executive of Guggenheim Partners.  To the extent that Major League Baseball has a say in who…

  16. Dodgers sign Chris Capuano to two-year, $10 million deal

    Dec 2, 2011, 1:14 PM EDT

    Chicago Cubs v New York Mets

    Chris Capuano has agreed to a two-year contract with the Dodgers worth around $10 million, according to Jim Bowden of ESPN.com. Capuano played this year on an incentive-laden deal with the Mets, showing he was healthy for the first time since 2007 while throwing 186 innings with a 4.55 ERA and 168/53 K/BB ratio. He…

  17. Report: In 1999 Russ Davis “had more flow than Rockefeller has dough”

    Dec 2, 2011, 1:00 PM EDT

    Mr. Plow rap

    I don’t even know what to do with this. I always sort of regretted that I quit buying baseball cards in the late 80s, but Jon Bois’ latest installment of “Sports Cards for Insane People” over at SB Nation has made me really regret it. Yes, SkyBox put out a set in 1999 in which…

  18. Yoenis Cespedes’ price tag expected to rise above $50 million

    Dec 2, 2011, 12:48 PM EDT

    Yoenis Cespedes AP

    Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com has an update on Yoenis Cespedes and says “the buzz in baseball circles is that it will take north of $50 million to sign” the 26-year-old Cuban outfielder. Cespedes still has to establish residency in the Dominican Republic to officially become a free agent, but that’s viewed as merely a formality…

  19. Wanna feel old? Ken Griffey Jr.’s kid is playing in a high school all-star football game

    Dec 2, 2011, 12:30 PM EDT

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    A lot of things make me feel old lately. My hairline. The fact that I can’t seem to sleep plast 7:30AM no matter how late I stay up. The fact that teenagers frighten and confuse me.  Happens to everyone, I guess.  Time really does move faster for a person when they get older. But nothing…

  20. Joel Zumaya will throw for teams in two weeks, unlikely to re-sign with Tigers

    Dec 2, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

    Joel Zumaya injury

    Joel Zumaya hasn’t appeared in a big-league game since his elbow exploded mid-pitch on June 28, 2010, but Jason Beck of MLB.com reports that the oft-injured right-hander “is scheduled to throw a mound session for interested teams” two weeks from now in Houston. Plenty of promising young pitchers have had their careers derailed by arm…

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