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  1. The Yankees sign Brian Cashman to a three-year deal

    Nov 1, 2011, 11:33 AM EST

    Cashman profile

    We were told that negotiations between Brian Cashman and the Yankees over a new contract were going smoothly. Must have, because the Yankees just announced that Cashman has agreed to a new three-year deal.  No details have been announced yet, but you can probably assume a bit of a raise was involved and all will…

  2. GM expects David Wright to remain with Mets in 2012

    Nov 1, 2011, 11:19 AM EST

    David Wright

    Free agent Jose Reyes‘ odds of returning to the Mets are unclear, but general manager Sandy Alderson said yesterday that he expects David Wright to be on the team in 2012. That response came following a question about the Mets possibly trading Wright, who’s under contract for $15 million next season with a $16 million…

  3. Comment of the Day: free agent speculation in a nutshell

    Nov 1, 2011, 11:00 AM EST

    Hot stove

    Reader snowbirdgothic, commenting on the David Eckstein/Pujols story this morning, pretty much nails the nature of free agency speculation in the sporting press: Somewhere, there’s a lonely, honest sportswriter who’s going to pen a piece called “Albert Pujols is going somewhere they’re going to back up a dump truck full of money to his house,…

  4. Aroldis Chapman scratched from Arizona Fall League start

    Nov 1, 2011, 10:47 AM EST

    Atlanta Braves v Cincinnati Reds

    Aroldis Chapman was scheduled to make his first Arizona Fall League start yesterday, but those plans were canceled because of shoulder soreness. Chapman previously made two relief appearances in the AFL as the Reds try to stretch him out for a potential starting role in 2012, but general manager Walt Jocketty told Mark Sheldon of…

  5. 2012 Top 111 Free Agents: Nos. 111-91

    Nov 1, 2011, 10:30 AM EST

    Andruw Jones

    With Monday’s option deadline having passed, here’s take two of the winter’s top 111 free agents. Please note that I rank players not on how I rate them but rather on how I believe teams will rate them; essentially, I’m ranking them according to how valuable their contracts will be. (All ages are as of…

  6. Josh Willingham wants three-year deal, unlikely to re-sign with A’s

    Nov 1, 2011, 10:15 AM EST

    willingham getty

    General manager Billy Beane and agent Matt Sosnick both agree that free agent Josh Willingham is unlikely to re-sign with the A’s. Sosnick told Joe Stiglich of the San Jose Mercury News that Willingham will probably be looking for a three-year contract and “I just don’t think that’s the position the A’s are in right…

  7. CC Sabathia willing to lose weight

    Nov 1, 2011, 10:00 AM EST

    CC Sabathia

    It was reported last winter that CC Sabathia lost 30 pounds simply by cutting Captain Crunch out of his diet. No, really. Of course, anyone who watched Sabathia pitch this year — especially in the second half — could not help but notice that the Yankees’ ace was not exactly in the best shape of…

  8. The Red Sox are going to take a look at Grady Sizemore

    Nov 1, 2011, 9:40 AM EST

    sizemore close

    According to Michael Silverman of the Boston Herald, the Red Sox are going to consider Grady Sizemore as a potential replacement for J.D. Drew in right field. I can only assume it’s because they were tired of Drew’s health and durability. Seriously, though, there are worse things to do in life than to give Grady…

  9. What happens when you interview for a managerial job?

    Nov 1, 2011, 9:13 AM EST

    Pete Mackanin Getty

    Interesting story over at the Globe about Pete Mackanin’s day interviewing for the Red Sox managerial job yesterday. If you’re unaware of Mackanin’s history — current bench coach for the Phillies, former interim manager for Cincy and Pittsburgh, and loooong time minor league manager and coach — it’s worth a read just for that. Sounds…

  10. No progress on Theo compensation talks; Selig to decide

    Nov 1, 2011, 8:45 AM EST

    Chicago Cubs Introduce Theo Epstein as President of Baseball Operations

    Today is deadline day for the Cubs and the Red Sox to come to an agreement on compensation for the latter allowing Epstein out of his contract to join the former.  As Pete Abe reports in the Globe, there has been no real progress and it looks as though it will all be thrown into…

  11. Eckstein: Pujols would stay if Jose Oquendo got the Cardinals managing gig

    Nov 1, 2011, 8:15 AM EST

    pujols smile getty

    Some very gritty insight from former World Series MVP David Eckstein: “Albert would stay if (Jose) Oquendo got the job” No word on whether Pujols’ agent agrees with that. Also no word on whether or not the Cardinals will lower their offer to Pujols to, say $16 million while hiring Oquendo to find out if…

  12. Cardinals decline options on Rafael Furcal and Octavio Dotel

    Nov 1, 2011, 12:54 AM EST

    2011 World Series Game 7 - Texas Rangers v St Louis Cardinals

    The Cardinals have declined the 2012 options for Rafael Furcal and Octavio Dotel, according to the Associated Press. Furcal’s option was worth $12 million, so it was a no-brainer to pay the $1.3 million buyout. The 34-year-old shortstop batted .231/.298/.348 with eight homers, 28 RBI and nine stolen bases over 369 plate appearances this season…

  13. Report: Frank McCourt close to agreeing to sell Dodgers

    Nov 1, 2011, 12:09 AM EST

    mccourt reuters

    It looks like Bud Selig may get his wish. According to Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times, Frank McCourt “appears close” to an agreement with MLB on a bankruptcy settlement in which he would agree to sell the Dodgers. We learned last week that the Dodgers’ bankruptcy trial was postponed for a month so…

  14. Matt Wieters headlines 2011 class of “Fielding Bible Awards”

    Oct 31, 2011, 11:00 PM EST

    Matt Wieters Getty

    It’s tough to take the Gold Glove awards too seriously these days. Fortunately we also have the Fielding Bible Awards around to recognize the best defensive players at each position. For those unfamiliar, the Fielding Bible Awards are voted on by a 10-person panel of experts, including Bill James, Peter Gammons, Rob Neyer, Joe Posnanski,…

  15. Diamondbacks decline options on Aaron Hill, Zach Duke

    Oct 31, 2011, 9:28 PM EST

    aaron hill getty

    Neither of these moves come as a huge surprise, but the Diamondbacks announced this evening that they have declined their club options on Aaron Hill and Zach Duke. Hill’s contract included a pair of $8 million options for 2012 and 2013. The 29-year-old second baseman played well after being acquired from the Blue Jays in…

  16. Red Sox hope to have new manager in place by Thanksgiving

    Oct 31, 2011, 8:42 PM EST

    Boston Red Sox Announce Ben Cherington as Executive Vice President/General Manager

    According to Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald, new Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington said today that he hopes to have a new manager in place by Thanksgiving. The Red Sox began the interview process today by welcoming Phillies bench coach Pete Mackanin to Fenway Park. Mackanin, 60, has only served in an interim…

  17. Yankees, CC Sabathia agree to contract extension

    Oct 31, 2011, 7:29 PM EST

    sabathia reuters

    Well, here’s a surprise. CC Sabathia just announced that he has agreed to a contract extension with the Yankees. Most expected Sabathia would opt out of the remaining four years and $92 million on his contract and test free agency, but both sides worked hard to hammer out a new deal before tonight’s deadline. As Buster…

  18. Blue Jays pick up option on Edwin Encarnacion, decline option on Jon Rauch

    Oct 31, 2011, 7:00 PM EST

    Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim  v Toronto Blue Jays

    Add another name to the lengthy list of free agent closer-types. While the Blue Jays announced their decision today to pick up Edwin Encarnacion‘s $3.5 million option for 2012, they also declined Jon Rauch‘s $3.75 million option. Rauch, who qualifies as a Type B free agent, will receive a $250,000 buyout. The 33-year-old right-hander posted…

  19. 2011 Projection Review: Outfielders

    Oct 31, 2011, 6:30 PM EST

    Matt Kemp

    What follows is a review of some of my 2011 projections for Rotoworld.com. I’m highlighting my preseason top five for each position and some other notables. Catchers First basemen Second basemen Third basemen Shortstops Outfielders Preseason Top 10 Carlos Gonzalez – Rockies – $37 – #1 Projection: .314/.366/.561, 31 HR, 112 R, 103 RBI, 23…

  20. Rays pick up options on James Shields, Kyle Farnsworth

    Oct 31, 2011, 6:11 PM EST

    Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher James Shields throws against the Texas Rangers in the first inning during Game 2 of their MLB American League Division Series baseball playoffs at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington

    The Rays reached decisions on their three option calls Monday afternoon, exercising the $7.5 million option on James Shields’ contract and the $3.3 million option on Kyle Farnsworth‘s deal. Declined was Kelly Shoppach‘s $3.2 million option. He’ll get a $300,000 buyout. Shields’ option was a no-brainer. The Rays also hold options on his services for 2013…

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