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  1. Theo Epstein on Aramis Ramirez: “Likely he’ll be moving on”

    Nov 1, 2011, 5:17 PM EST

    Aramis Ramirez

    Aramis Ramirez became a free agent by declining his half of a $16 million mutual option and when asked about the third baseman’s odds of re-signing with the Cubs new team president Theo Epstein replied: “Likely he’ll be moving on.” Not a big surprise, certainly, but prior to Epstein taking over there was some thought…

  2. The Cubs expect to make a decision on Mike “dead man walking” Quade within a week

    Nov 1, 2011, 5:00 PM EST

    Mike Quade

    Theo Epstein met with manager Mike Quade on Friday to discuss Quade’s future [cough!] lack thereof [cough!] with the Cubs. No word since then, but this afternoon Epstein was asked and he said that they had “a productive conversation” and that they hope to have a decision on Quade within a week. I’ve mentioned before…

  3. Yankees are focused on pitching, not Albert Pujols or Prince Fielder

    Nov 1, 2011, 4:46 PM EST

    Milwaukee Brewers v St. Louis Cardinals

    Yankees general manager Brian Cashman has had a busy week, signing CC Sabathia to a contract extension and inking a three-year deal of his own to stay in New York. Today he held court with the media and indicated pretty strongly that the Yankees won’t be pursuing Albert Pujols or Prince Fielder as free agents…

  4. Rob Dibble would like you to know how much he hates the Nationals organization

    Nov 1, 2011, 4:30 PM EST

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    Let’s review Rob Dibble’s past couple of years: 1. Slamming the Washington Nationals organization’s top prospect for being soft for coming out of a game when, in fact, he had a torn ligament; 2. Getting fired for it; 3. Slamming the Washington Nationals organization itself for allegedly rushing back the top prospect in order to…

  5. GM says Magglio Ordonez and Carlos Guillen “would most likely not be back” with Tigers

    Nov 1, 2011, 3:45 PM EST

    Magglio Ordonez

    General manager Dave Dombrowski revealed to Jason Beck of MLB.com that free agents Magglio Ordonez and Carlos Guillen “would most likely not be back” with the Tigers in 2012. Ordonez was removed from the playoff roster after re-fracturing his ankle and his career is very much in doubt at age 38. He earned $10 million…

  6. The Yankees cut ties with Andrew Brackman

    Nov 1, 2011, 3:30 PM EST

    Andrew Brackman

    Andrew Brackman was the Yankees’ first round pick in 2007. He’s tall. He had some serious promise. But he’s never put it together at all, and today the Yankees declined his 2012 option — he had a major league deal — and Brackman is now a free agent. Brackman had Tommy John surgery after he…

  7. Rangers exercise $1 million option on Yoshinori Tateyama

    Nov 1, 2011, 2:49 PM EST

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    Yoshinori Tateyama was removed from the Rangers’ roster for the World Series, but yesterday the team exercised its $1 million option on the right-handed reliever for 2012. Tateyama signed with the Rangers last winter following a lengthy career in Japan and began the season in the minors at age 35, but was called up in…

  8. Edwin Encarnacion to try left field

    Nov 1, 2011, 2:30 PM EST

    Edwin Encarnacion

    Shi Davidi of Sportsnet reports that Edwin Encarnacion is playing left field in winter ball. What’s more, he’s expected to continue to play left when Blue Jays spring training gets underway. Encarnacion has been an increasing adventure at his natural position, third base. As such, the Jays have used him as DH more often than…

  9. Carlos Beltran switches agents, leaving Scott Boras

    Nov 1, 2011, 2:14 PM EST

    carlos beltran and scott boras

    Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com reports that Carlos Beltran has switched agents, leaving Scott Boras and signing with Dan Lozano. Ultimately the move probably doesn’t mean a whole lot, since Beltran will likely be going to the highest bidding in free agency either way. Still, it’s interesting considering Boras negotiated the seven-year, $119 million deal that…

  10. David Freese’s Game 6 walkoff was even better for UK radio listeners

    Nov 1, 2011, 2:00 PM EST

    St. Louis Cardinals' Freese watches his game winning home run with Texas Rangers relief pitcher Lowe during the 11th inning in Game 6 of MLB's World Series baseball championship in St. Louis

    Deadspin found the BBC radio feed from Game 6 of the World Series, took the announcer’s call of David Freese‘s walkoff homer and put it over the FOX video. Maybe I’m a sucker for an accent, but I’m pretty sure I’d love to listen to 162 games of my home team being called by that…

  11. A’s “going younger” could mean passing on Hideki Matsui

    Nov 1, 2011, 1:48 PM EST

    Hideki Matsui

    MLB announcing Oakland versus Seattle as the season-opening series in Japan next year led to speculation that the A’s were committed to re-signing Japanese outfielder Hideki Matsui, but it turns out that may not be the case. Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle writes that the A’s are intent on “going younger” and could…

  12. C.J. Wilson: There’s “a great chance” I stay with Texas

    Nov 1, 2011, 1:30 PM EST

    C.J. Wilson

    Before you read this, go back and read this.  OK? Great.  I won’t make you do that again every time we talk free agent stuff, but do please try to remember it. Anyway, C.J. Wilson gave an interview to Scoreboarddaily.com and said this when asked if he might return to the Rangers: Yeah, there’s a…

  13. Perry Hill won’t return to Marlins because of knee injury

    Nov 1, 2011, 12:48 PM EST

    New York Mets v Florida Marlins

    Perry Hill got a lot of credit for the Marlins’ defensive improvement this season, but the 59-year-old first base and infield coach won’t be on Ozzie Guillen’s staff in 2012 because of knee problems. Florida brought in Hill specifically to address its high error total and the Marlins’ error count dropped from 123 in 2010…

  14. Jamie Moyer throws for scouts. Verdict: “excellent”

    Nov 1, 2011, 12:30 PM EST

    moyer getty

    Ken Rosenthal just tweeted that Jamie Moyer — who turns 49 in a couple of weeks and is coming off Tommy John surgery — threw for scouts in San Diego yesterday and that the scouting report was “excellent.” The definition of “excellent” is a subjective one, I suppose, but I also suppose that the scouts…

  15. Dave Duncan wants to return to the Cardinals next year

    Nov 1, 2011, 12:02 PM EST

    Dave Duncan, Jaime Garcia, Yadier Molina

    With Tony La Russa retiring, it’s not unreasonable to wonder what pitching coach Dave Duncan’s future holds.  He’s been La Russa’s partner in crime for nearly 30 years, following him from Chicago to Oakland and then finally on to St. Louis.  Does he ride off in the sunset at the same time as La Russa?…

  16. Yankees interested in re-signing Freddy Garcia

    Nov 1, 2011, 11:51 AM EST

    Freddy Garcia

    Now that the Yankees have CC Sabathia locked up long term they’ve turned their attention to re-signing Freddy Garcia, according to agent Peter Greenberg. Greenberg told Mark Hale of the New York Post that “there’s definitely interest on their part and there’s interest on Freddy’s part in coming back.” Garcia provided great value on a…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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,…

  20. 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…

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