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  1. Rockies prospect third baseman Nolan Arenado named Arizona Fall League MVP

    Nov 19, 2011, 5:04 PM EDT

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    This year’s Arizona Fall League featured some of the game’s most high-profile hitting prospects, most notably Bryce Harper of the Nationals, Mike Trout of the Angels and Wil Myers of the Royals, but Rockies’ prospect third baseman Nolan Arenado was the one who stole the show. Before this afternoon’s title game between the Surprise Saguaros…

  2. Report: Ryan Madson, Heath Bell won’t cost draft picks

    Nov 19, 2011, 4:27 PM EDT

    Ryan Madson

    The story is still developing, but according to FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal, the top relievers left on the market will not require draft-pick compensation once the new CBA goes into effect next week. Ryan Madson, Heath Bell and Francisco Rodriguez are among the relievers to be affected by the change. Rosenthal says the Phillies will still…

  3. Brett Wallace released from Dominican Winter League team

    Nov 19, 2011, 4:11 PM EDT

    Brett Wallace

    The strange voyage of Brett Wallace continues. Steve Campbell of Houston Chronicle reports that Wallace was recently dropped from his Dominican Winter League team. The 25-year-old batted .173 (9-for-52) with two home runs and nine RBI over 20 games before getting the boot from the Escogido Lions. Astros general manager Ed Wade, who was busy at…

  4. Report: MLB to begin testing for HGH

    Nov 19, 2011, 2:56 PM EDT

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    According to Michael S. Schmidt of the New York Times, MLB’s new collective bargaining agreement, which is set to be announced early next week, will include blood testing for human growth hormone (HGH). Here are some of the details: The bargaining agreement, which could be announced early next week, calls for blood testing to begin…

  5. UPDATE: Pirates the favorites to sign Clint Barmes

    Nov 19, 2011, 2:15 PM EDT

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    UPDATE: Jon Heyman of SI.com hears that Barmes is expected to receive a two-year contract worth around $11 million. 2:15 PM: Clint Barmes has drawn a surprising amount of interest in the early days of the Hot Stove season, but Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com hears that the Pirates appear to be the current favorites to…

  6. Marlins among teams interested in 19-year-old Cuban outfielder Jorge Soler

    Nov 19, 2011, 1:10 PM EDT

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    We’ve heard so much about viral sensation Yoenis Cespedes in the media this month that another talented Cuban outfielder is flying under the radar. However, that doesn’t mean he hasn’t generated plenty of buzz among MLB front-office types. According to Joe Frisaro of MLB.com, the Marlins, Red Sox, Yankees, Rangers and Cubs are among the teams…

  7. Terry Francona in talks to broadcast for FOX next season

    Nov 19, 2011, 12:10 PM EDT

    Terry Francona

    After Terry Francona told Sean McAdam of CSNNE.com earlier this week that he will not manage next season, the natural assumption was that he would end up in the broadcasting booth before testing the waters again next offseason. FOX was obviously impressed with the work he did filling in for Tim McCarver during the ALCS,…

  8. The extra Wild Card team might not be the only change to the playoff format

    Nov 19, 2011, 11:40 AM EDT

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

    We already know that there will be an extra Wild Card team in each league and a one-game playoff, perhaps as soon as next season. Craig discussed the issue at length yesterday, by the way. But Buster Olney of ESPN.com hears that there could be another change to the playoff format on the horizon: Source:…

  9. UPDATE: Carlos Zambrano hit in the face by line drive in Venezuelan Winter League

    Nov 19, 2011, 10:45 AM EDT

    Chicago Cubs v Atlanta Braves

    UPDATE: Big Z’s next start might be put on hold, at least for precautionary reasons. Bruce Levine of ESPN Chicago reports that in addition to receiving 10 stitches as a result of the comebacker, Zambrano also suffered soft tissue damage. He is scheduled to undergo more tests in the coming days. 10:45 AM: According to…

  10. Cleared of murder charges, Angel Villalona added to Giants’ to 40-man roster

    Nov 19, 2011, 9:54 AM EDT

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    In case you didn’t notice, yesterday was the day teams set their 40-man rosters in advance of December’s Rule 5 Draft. Most of the moves are expected and usually include many guys you’ve never heard of, but occasionally a surprise is thrown our way. For instance, the Giants have added former top prospect Angel Villalona…

  11. Scott Kazmir to pitch in Dominican Winter League

    Nov 19, 2011, 8:50 AM EDT

    Scott Kazmir

    Here’s a blast from the relatively recent past. According to Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes, Scott Kazmir will pitch in the Dominican Winter League with the Escogido Lions. Kazmir, as you’ll recall, made just one start in the majors this season before the Angels stashed him on the disabled list with a supposed back injury in…

  12. UPDATE: Indians, Grady Sizemore closing in on new deal

    Nov 18, 2011, 9:55 PM EDT

    Grady Sizemore

    UPDATE II: According to Buster Olney of ESPN.com, a deal between the Indians and Sizemore will get done. UPDATE: Sizemore’s agent, Joe Urbon, confirmed to Rosenthal that serious discussions with the Indians are taking place. The 29-year-old could make up his mind as soon as this weekend. 7:42 PM: Sources tell FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal than…

  13. Don’t count the Giants out on Carlos Beltran yet

    Nov 18, 2011, 9:12 PM EDT

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    Apparently satisfied with the state of their outfield following the recent acquisition of Melky Cabrera, Jon Heyman of SI.com reported last week that the Giants were no longer expected to attempt to bring back Carlos Beltran. It sounded pretty ridiculous at the time and fortunately for Giants fans, that’s not necessarily the case. According to…

  14. Pablo Sandoval undergoes LASIK surgery

    Nov 18, 2011, 7:14 PM EDT

    Pablo Sandoval

    With any luck, this panda won’t be squinting so much next year. Pablo Sandoval told Beisbol por Gotas that he recently underwent LASIK surgery on his left eye. “I’ve had problems with left eyesight since 2010,” he said. “I decided to go on with the operation today in San Francisco.” Sandoval went on to say that…

  15. Orioles give former first-rounder Matt Antonelli a big-league deal

    Nov 18, 2011, 6:29 PM EDT

    Matt Antonelli

    2006 first-round pick Matt Antonelli was a big bust for the Padres, but the Orioles apparently liked what he did with the Nationals’ Triple-A club last season. They signed him to a major league contract on Friday and will give him a chance to compete for a job in spring training. Antonelli, who turns 27…

  16. Report: MLB could tax low-spending clubs

    Nov 18, 2011, 5:54 PM EDT

    Bud Selig

    This tweet comes from Jayson Stark, who has done a great job of covering the soon-to-be-announced CBA for ESPN.com: There have been lots of rumblings there will also be a tax on teams that spend too little on big-league payroll. Looking forward to details There are none of those available yet, so what kind of floor…

  17. The Marlins’ offer to Jose Reyes was lower than first reported

    Nov 18, 2011, 5:23 PM EDT

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    Remember when it was reported earlier this week that the Marlins made a $90 million offer to Jose Reyes? Most folks thought it was a low initial offer.  Well, Jon Heyman hears that it was actually $10-20 million lower than that. He doesn’t rule out that the Marlins may increase the offer and stay competitive…

  18. You can interview Jose Canseco. As long as you pay $2,000

    Nov 18, 2011, 4:50 PM EDT

    Jose Canseco

    Dave Brown of Big League Stew is about the nicest guy I’ve met since I started meeting baseball writery-types a couple of years ago. He’s funny. Disarming. Straight shooter.  If there’s anyone who isn’t going to misrepresent you in an interview it’s Dave. Quite the opposite in fact. His forte, via his Answer Man interviews,…

  19. The Twins lineup of the moment

    Nov 18, 2011, 4:28 PM EDT

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    The Twins appear to be far from locks to re-sign either Michael Cuddyer or Jason Kubel, but they have added infielder Jamey Carroll and catcher-first baseman Ryan Doumit since free agency began. So, here’s a guess at their lineup as it stands right now: CF Denard Span SS Jamey Carroll C Joe Mauer 1B Justin…

  20. Brian Cashman sleeps in Times Square to raise awareness for homeless youth

    Nov 18, 2011, 3:55 PM EDT

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    I made a passing, joking reference to Brian Cashman sleeping on the streets this morning, but the story behind that deserves its own spotlight.  From the New York Daily News, here’s why he was doing it: Cashman was hoping that joining a group of nearly 50 business leaders in the Covenant House CEO Solidarity Sleepout would make…

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