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  1. Wily Mo Pena close to signing deal with Japanese team

    Nov 27, 2011, 9:02 AM EDT

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    According to Sponichi in Japan, via Yakyubaka.com and CBS Sports’ Eye on Baseball, free agent slugger Wily Mo Pena is close to signing a two-year contract with the Softbank Hawks of Nippon Professional Baseball. Pena, 29, slugged seven home runs in 120 major league plate appearances this past year between the Diamondbacks and Mariners. He…

  2. Brian Tallet was a victim of check forgery in St. Louis

    Nov 26, 2011, 8:51 PM EDT

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    According to Marlon A. Walker of the Post-Dispatch, a man in St. Louis was arrested this summer for attempting to cash a $2,000 check on a Regions Bank account belonging to left-handed reliever Brian Tallet and his wife Natalie. Tallet posted a rough 8.31 ERA and 10/7 K/BB ratio in 13 1/3 innings for the Cardinals…

  3. Blue Jays acquire infielder Luis Valbuena from Indians

    Nov 26, 2011, 6:23 PM EDT

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    It feels like it’s been weeks since the announcement of a trade or free agent signing in baseball. Well, folks, the long wait is over. From the Indians’ official Twitter feed comes this bit of thrilling news: Valbuena posted a weak .209/.227/.279 batting line in 44 plate appearances this past year for Cleveland and has…

  4. Picture of the Day: Bryan Stow celebrates Thanksgiving with family and friends

    Nov 26, 2011, 4:46 PM EDT

    Bryan Stow Thanksgiving

    It was a very special Thanksgiving for the family and friends of Bryan Stow, the Giants fan who was severely beaten outside of Dodger Stadium on Opening Day. The family updated their website Thursday with a new photo of Stow, which can be seen below, along with the following caption: “It has been a long time…

  5. The White Sox may have misread the market for Mark Buehrle

    Nov 26, 2011, 1:36 PM EDT

    Mark Buehrle

    Here’s something you may have missed during the slumber of the Thanksgiving holiday. Joe Cowley of the Chicago Sun-Times was told by a source that the White Sox thought only five or six teams would be interested in Mark Buehrle and that it would ultimately take a two-year deal in order to sign him. Really,…

  6. Report: Red Sox and Rays interested in reliever Luis Ayala

    Nov 26, 2011, 12:00 PM EDT

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    Luis Ayala had to settle for a spring training invite last offseason, but he might find a guaranteed major league contract this winter. According to Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com, the Red Sox and Rays are among the teams who have “checked in” on the veteran right-hander. Ayala, who turns 34 in January, made the…

  7. Carlos Zambrano ordered to rest after being hit in face with comebacker

    Nov 26, 2011, 10:37 AM EDT

    Chicago Cubs v Atlanta Braves

    Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune reports that Carlos Zambrano will not make his next start in the Venezuelan Winter League until December 6 as he recovers from being hit in the face with a comebacker during a start last Friday. Big Z required 16 stitches after being hit below the right bottom lip. While…

  8. Greg Halman’s funeral scheduled for Tuesday in Netherlands

    Nov 26, 2011, 8:58 AM EDT

    Greg Halman

    According to Greg Johns of MLB.com, the funeral service for Greg Halman will be held Tuesday in the Netherlands. The family is also having a public viewing Sunday in the Kinheim gym in Haarlem, where Halman played baseball growing up. The Mariners plan to send vice president of international operations Bob Engle, coordinator of European scouting Wayne Norton and and…

  9. Fake trade: James Shields to Cincinnati for Yonder Alonso

    Nov 25, 2011, 11:00 PM EDT

    James Shields

    (The following is not a done deal or even a valid rumor and should not be treated as such.) Reds acquire RHP James Shields and RHP Kyle Farnsworth from the Rays for first baseman Yonder Alonso and catcher Yasmani Grandal. Courtesy of Yahoo’s Tim Brown comes the rumor that the Reds have started shopping top prospect Yonder…

  10. Athletics hire Chili Davis as hitting coach

    Nov 25, 2011, 9:00 PM EDT

    Chili Davis

    According to Maureen Mullen of CSNNE.com, the Athletics have hired Chili Davis as hitting coach. Imagine my excitement when this story broke while I was in the process of eating some turkey chili. It’s fate, I tell you. Davis, who turns 52 in January, served as hitting coach with Triple-A Pawtucket in the Red Sox organization this…

  11. We’re all waiting on Yu (Darvish)

    Nov 25, 2011, 6:20 PM EDT

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    While the season is ripe for Japanese players to be posted, no one has heard yet whether Yu Darvish is becoming available. The Nippon Ham Fighters have yet to inform teams of his status. Expectations are that the Fighters will let Darvish go if he makes the request. According to FOXSports.com’s Jon Paul Morosi, a…

  12. Ned Colletti thinks James Loney is going to get superpowers or something next year

    Nov 25, 2011, 5:18 PM EDT

    James Loney

    I haven’t had MLB Network Radio on this afternoon because I’m too busy listening to the new Vaccines album on my speakers wot go to 11.  But apparently something interesting was said about James Loney. From Mel Antonen’s Twitter feed: Dodgers GM Ned Colletti says on MLB Network Radio that James Loney will be at…

  13. Red Sox: It’s down to Gene Lamont and Bobby V. It’s gonna be Bobby V.

    Nov 25, 2011, 1:56 PM EDT

    Bobby Valentine

    Alex Speier of WEEI talked to a team source who says that the Red Sox — who had Gene Lamont and Bobby Valentine in for interviews earlier this week — don’t plan on talking to anyone else.  It’s gonna be one of those two guys. I’ve promised my hat for these purposes several times, but…

  14. The Blue Jays wanted Clay Buchholz for John Farrell

    Nov 25, 2011, 11:20 AM EDT

    John Farrell

    We learned the other day that the Red Sox tried to talk the Blue Jays into letting them interview John Farrell for their open manager’s job.  The Blue Jays, however, have a policy of not giving permission for their people to interview for lateral moves, so that didn’t go anywhere. But the Jays weren’t totally closed…

  15. Indians expect Grady Sizemore “to play the vast majority of games”

    Nov 25, 2011, 10:40 AM EDT

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    In re-signing Grady Sizemore to a one-year, $5 million contract Indians general manager Chris Antonetti said that he expects the oft-injured outfielder to be fully healthy by spring training and “to play the vast majority of games” in 2012. Sizemore, who played just 71 games this year and 33 games in 2010, underwent his latest…

  16. Indians unveil new uniforms. We think.

    Nov 25, 2011, 9:52 AM EDT

    Indians new uniforms

    I was directed to a web page this morning which was billed as the Indians unveiling “new uniforms for 2012.”  This was the picture on that web page: You tell me what’s different, because I’m sort of not seeing it. Based on this pic it appears as though the white piping around the neck and…

  17. Lenny Dykstra: live from rehab

    Nov 25, 2011, 9:07 AM EDT

    Lenny Dykstra

    We always highlight gonzo Lenny Dykstra stories, so it’s only fair that we likewise highlight Dykstra in a more subdued setting when he actually sounds lucid and — dare I say it? — responsible. Nancy Dillon of The New York Daily News visited Nails at the Los Angeles rehab center he currently calls home.  In…

  18. A Night at the Peabody: covering the premiere of MLB Productions’ 2011 World Series Film…

    Nov 24, 2011, 8:51 PM EDT

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    I was invited, through Craig and MLB’s PR people, to attend and report on the premiere of the 2011 World Series Film on Tuesday night in St. Louis. I’ve been writing professionally about baseball since 2008, but it was the first time I had covered any sort of live event with a media badge and…

  19. Happy Thanksgiving HBT Nation/Universe

    Nov 24, 2011, 1:28 PM EDT

    Thanksgiving

    Thanksgiving may be the most unbaseball holiday. It’s far enough removed from last season to where the taste has left our mouths, still too far from the next season for our appetites to be rewarded. It’s usually cold, often gray. Someone always has a football game on. It’s probably still my favorite holiday, though.  Yes,…

  20. Yankees re-sign Freddy Garcia to one-year, $5 million deal

    Nov 24, 2011, 12:28 PM EDT

    Freddy Garcia, Joe Girardi

    Freddy Garcia and the Yankees have agreed to a one-year, $5 million contract, according to Jon Heyman of SI.com. Garcia proved to be a tremendous bargain for New York this year, winning a rotation spot in the spring training after signing for a minor-league deal and throwing 147 innings with a 3.62 ERA that was…

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