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  1. Great Moments in lazy sexism

    Jan 4, 2012, 4:33 PM EDT

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    Stan McNeal of The Sporting News wrote today about the Astros’ two front office hires.  The first one was Sig Mejdal, the Director of Decision Sciences I mentioned this morning. The other: Stephanie Wilka, the team’s new coordinator of amateur scouting.  But get how he describes Wilka in his article: Wilka, a former cheerleader at Harvard, has worked…

  2. Must-click link: long-time Red Sox P.R. flack dishes the dirt

    Jan 4, 2012, 3:40 PM EDT

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    Doug Bailey was a Boston Globe reporter. Then he was a P.R. man.  His P.R. firm repped Les Otten and Tom Werner, who went on to buy the Red Sox.  From 2001 through 2006 Bailey handled P.R. and communications for the Sox, and in his words, he “got to know these people pretty well over the…

  3. The Tigers are not — repeat not — shopping Jacob Turner

    Jan 4, 2012, 1:53 PM EDT

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    A couple of times over the past couple of weeks we’ve heard reports that the Tigers were willing to trade top prospect Jacob Turner for a veteran starter. Reports like this one from Buster Olney last week: Tigers have made it known to other teams that they are willing to trade Jacob Turner in a…

  4. Japanese outfielder Norichika Aoki to work out for Brewers this weekend

    Jan 4, 2012, 1:13 PM EDT

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    Milwaukee secured exclusive negotiating rights to Norichika Aoki with a $2.5 million bid, but before talking contract with the Japanese outfielder they wanted to get a first-hand look at him. According to Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that will happen this weekend in Arizona, where the Brewers will put Aoki through what general…

  5. Apparently “toughness” was the Red Sox’ biggest problem in 2011

    Jan 4, 2012, 12:29 PM EDT

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    Word count in the latest column from Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe about the new values Bobby Valentine plans to instill in the Red Sox: Some variation of the word “tough”: 26 Some reference to running out ground balls: 6 “grit”:  3 “Punto”: 2 Mentions of the quality of the starting pitching: 0 Mentions…

  6. Marlins have “little to no interest” in Joe Saunders or Edwin Jackson, but do like Matt Garza

    Jan 4, 2012, 11:48 AM EDT

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    Last month the Marlins were said to be looking at Joe Saunders to fill out their rotation and agent Scott Boras is still trying to find Edwin Jackson a lucrative new home, but Joe Frisaro of MLB.com writes that Miami “has little to no interest” in either free agent starter. However, according to Frisaro the…

  7. Fernando Rodney and the Rays have come to terms

    Jan 4, 2012, 11:32 AM EDT

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    We now know what Fernando Rodney has apparently known for over a week: he has a deal with the Tampa Bay Rays. Per Enrique Rojas of ESPN, it’s for  $1.75M in 2012 with a $2.5M team option for 2013. If the option is not exercised, it’ll be a $250K buyout. As D.J. mentioned last night, Rodney…

  8. Joe Torre resigns from his MLB post to join in a bid on the Dodgers

    Jan 4, 2012, 10:22 AM EDT

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    Major League Baseball just announced that Joe Torre is resigning from his post as Executive Vice President for Baseball Operations, effective immediately, to explore opportunities with a group that will pursue ownership of the Los Angeles Dodgers. He’s had the job since last February. In that time he has dealt with umpires, replay and discipline for…

  9. Adam LaRoche’s status in Washington is unclear amid Prince Fielder rumors

    Jan 4, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

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    Adam LaRoche has seen the reports about the Nationals’ pursuit of Prince Fielder, but the would-be starting first baseman told Bill Ladson of MLB.com that he understands if the team tries to replace him: All I can tell you is, I don’t hold any grudges either way. If [Fielder doesn’t sign with the Nationals] and…

  10. Dodgers bid deadline pushed back

    Jan 4, 2012, 9:51 AM EDT

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    If you had planned on spending a billion bucks but didn’t have time to get the paperwork together until after January 13, don’t worry: you have ten more days to put a bid in on the Dodgers: The Dodgers have extended the deadline by which prospective buyers must submit their opening bids for the team. Bids…

  11. The Astros follow Bill Simmons’ advice

    Jan 4, 2012, 9:07 AM EDT

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    Bill Simmons in 2006: I’m becoming more and more convinced that every professional sports team needs to hire a Vice President of Common Sense, someone who cracks the inner circle of the decision-making process along with the GM, assistant GM, head scout, head coach, owner and whomever else. One catch: the VP of CS doesn’t…

  12. Aubrey Huff is in the best shape of his life

    Jan 4, 2012, 8:20 AM EDT

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    The Giants called out Aubrey Huff after his miserable 2011 season was over, saying that their big money first baseman was out of shape.  Huff has responded thusly: “I think I’m preparing a lot better this offseason as far as Pilates. I’m feeling physically better this year. I know I’m making a lot of money to go…

  13. Ichiro opens up, says he ‘felt desperate’ in worst season

    Jan 4, 2012, 3:08 AM EDT

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    Ichiro Suzuki, 38, had the worst season of his MLB career in 2011, notching career lows in average (.272), hits (184), on-base (.310) and slugging (.335) as his Seattle Mariners struggled to a 67-95 record and second straight last-place finish in the AL West. Ichiro talked about his disappointing year with the Nikkan Sports newspaper,…

  14. Yankees, Hiroyuki Nakajima unlikely to agree to deal before Friday’s deadline

    Jan 3, 2012, 9:30 PM EDT

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    The Yankees and Japanese infielder Hiroyuki Nakajima have until Friday at 5 p.m. ET to agree on a contract, but Marc Carig of the Newark Star-Ledger was told by “a person with knowledge of the situation” that a deal is unlikely. The Bombers were given a 30-day exclusive negotiating window with Nakajima last month after submitting a…

  15. Report: Marlins re-sign Greg Dobbs to two-year, $3 million contract

    Jan 3, 2012, 8:00 PM EDT

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    Remember how it was a little weird when it was reported last week that the Marlins’ main objective was to re-sign Greg Dobbs? Well, they aren’t messing around. According to Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald, the Marlins have re-signed Dobbs to a two-year contract. Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com hears that the deal is worth…

  16. Report: Hisashi Iwakuma leaning toward signing with Mariners

    Jan 3, 2012, 7:07 PM EDT

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    According to a Sponichi report, Japanese right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma is leaning toward signing with the Mariners. The story was passed along by Patrick Newman of NPB Tracker and the following translated quote from Iwakuma was published on MLB Trade Rumors. “We’ve received terms from a number of clubs, but considering where I’m needed and an environment…

  17. Coco Crisp returning to Oakland for two years, $14 million

    Jan 3, 2012, 5:43 PM EDT

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    Coco Crisp had a tough time finding a multi-year contract elsewhere and the A’s need outfield help after departures by Josh Willingham, David DeJesus, and Ryan Sweeney, so his deciding to return to Oakland makes sense. The price, however, is surprising. Buster Olney of ESPN.com reports that Crisp will get a two-year, $14 million deal…

  18. Say what you want about him, but Scott Boras has got guts

    Jan 3, 2012, 5:22 PM EDT

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    Jon Heyman writes about Edwin Jackson today, and the market his agent — Scott Boras — is trying to create for him.  This passage is great fun: Jackson is believed to be looking for a deal that pays him in the $15-to-17-million range annually. Agent Scott Boras has compared Jackson to C.J. Wilson, Mark Buehrle, John Lackey, A.J. Burnett and Derek…

  19. Agent says Francisco Cordero has multi-year contract offers

    Jan 3, 2012, 4:41 PM EDT

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    General manager Walt Jocketty revealed last week that the Reds have kept their one-year offer to Francisco Cordero on the table and the two sides continue to talk, but today agent Bean Stringfellow indicated that the veteran closer has multi-year offers from other teams. “We’re making progress on a lot of fronts,” Stringfellow told Mark…

  20. Roy Oswalt “being eyed” by the Cardinals

    Jan 3, 2012, 4:14 PM EDT

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    Phrasing. Seriously people. Just makes the Cardinals sound like creepers. But according to Nick Cafardo, the Cardinals are “eyeing” the free agent Oswalt. The free agent Oswalt who is open to a one-year deal and would be really attractive to any number of teams on such a basis. And who, back when he was on…

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