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  1. Mariano Rivera may need surgery on his vocal cords

    Nov 22, 2011, 5:17 PM EDT

    Mariano Rivera

    In the strongest evidence yet that Mariano Rivera is, in fact, human, the Yankees closer told Anthony McCarron of the New York Daily News that he likely needs vocal cord surgery. Rivera said that his vocal cords have “been bothering him for a month.” Presumably the surgery wouldn’t have any impact on Rivera’s usual offseason…

  2. DWI policy, maple bats, new helmets all part of the new collective bargaining agreement

    Nov 22, 2011, 5:04 PM EDT

    David Wright helmet

    More health and safety stuff from the new collective bargaining agreement.  First, let’s call this new part the “2011 DUI-fest Memorial Contract Provision”: The parties agreed on a program of mandatory evaluation by a trained professional for Players who are suspected of an alcohol use problem (including Players who are arrested for DWI or other…

  3. Tweet of the Day: Matt Kemp just wants to party

    Nov 22, 2011, 3:48 PM EDT

    matt kemp tweet

    Matt Kemp doesn’t seem too broken up about finishing runner-up to Ryan Braun in the MVP voting:

  4. The new CBA requires players to hide their smokeless tobacco

    Nov 22, 2011, 3:08 PM EDT

    Dykstra Tobacco

    There are so many details of the new collective bargaining agreement spinning out this afternoon in various reports and tweets that it’s probably useful to have a link to a full outline of the new deal.  Here is that outline, courtesy of MLB.com. One of the interesting items: a nod to the recent push, signed…

  5. Lonnie Chisenhall and Jason Kipnis expected to be Opening Day starters for Indians

    Nov 22, 2011, 2:44 PM EDT

    Cincinnati Reds v Cleveland Indians

    In his most recent mailbag column Jordan Bastian of MLB.com writes that third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall and second baseman Jason Kipnis are both likely to be in the Indians’ lineup on Opening Day, although he says Chisenhall “would be the more likely of the two to start at Triple-A.” Jason Donald and Jack Hannahan will…

  6. Ryan Braun is your 2011 NL MVP

    Nov 22, 2011, 2:13 PM EDT

    Milwaukee Brewers v St Louis Cardinals - Game Five

    Congratulations to Ryan Braun for beating out Matt Kemp for the 2011 NL MVP.  A big assist to the other Milwaukee Brewers for being better than the Los Angeles Dodgers, thereby making Braun more valuable.  At least I guess that’s how that worked. Braun received 20 of the 32 first place votes, Kemp got 10…

  7. Red Sox tried to talk Blue Jays into letting them interview manager John Farrell

    Nov 22, 2011, 1:50 PM EDT

    John Farrell

    Back in the early days of Boston’s never-ending managerial search the Blue Jays changed their team policy to block the Red Sox from potentially interviewing John Farrell. However, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com even after that policy switch the Red Sox tried to talk the Blue Jays into changing their mind about Farrell, who…

  8. On second thought: the new CBA sells amateurs down the river

    Nov 22, 2011, 1:28 PM EDT

    Selig and Weiner

    In the blogging game, speed often rules. Sometimes you can be too fast, however. That happened a few minutes ago when I broke down the new collective bargaining agreement. Within about five minutes of that post going live, a number of details started spilling out about the thing, and a lot of those details are…

  9. Pitcher turned outfielder Adam Loewen signs minor-league deal with Mets

    Nov 22, 2011, 1:18 PM EDT

    Adam Loewen

    Adam Loewen’s conversion from pitcher to outfielder went well enough that he made it back to the majors with Toronto as a hitter in September, but the Blue Jays let him go after the season and now the former No. 4 overall pick has signed a minor-league deal with the Mets. Loewen played well at…

  10. The new HGH testing will be kind of weird

    Nov 22, 2011, 12:59 PM EDT

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    The announcement that the new collective bargaining agreement provides for testing for HGH was a bit surprising, but the way it’s being implemented is kind of surprising too.  Here’s a mashup of Buster Olney’s tweets in the past few minutes reporting on that: On HGH testing: It’s TBD when/if it goes into effect. There will…

  11. UPDATE: Let’s not call the new collective bargaining agreement a success just yet

    Nov 22, 2011, 12:37 PM EDT

    Handshake

    UPDATE:  I need to walk this one back quite a bit, as many new details emerged about the new CBA after I posted it.  Here are some of those details which change my assessment of this quite a bit. 12:37 PM: At 1PM Eastern the MLB Network will have the news conference announcing the new…

  12. Report: Grady Sizemore has agreed to re-sign with Indians

    Nov 22, 2011, 12:16 PM EDT

    Cleveland Indians v Baltimore Orioles

    Last week Grady Sizemore was to be putting negotiations with other teams on hold in an effort to work out a deal with the Indians and now Nick Camino of 1100-WTAM in Cleveland reports that the two sides have agreed to a contract. According to Camino an official announcement “will happen by tonight or tomorrow.”…

  13. NL MVP preview: it’s a two-man race

    Nov 22, 2011, 12:03 PM EDT

    Milwaukee Brewers' Ryan Braun celebrates his 2 RBIs against the St. Louis Cardinals in the 5th inning of Game 1 in the MLB National League Championship Series baseball playoffs in Milwaukee

    It doesn’t get much closer than this when it comes to a couple of MVP candidates. Player A:  .332/.397/.597, 33 HR, 111 RBI, 109 runs Player B: .324/.399/.586, 39 HR, 126 RBI, 111 runs But then you add in that Player A played a pedestrian-to-bad left field and Player B played a good center field,…

  14. Neftali Feliz happy to be moving into the Rangers’ rotation

    Nov 22, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

    New York Yankees v Texas Rangers, Game 2

    By signing Joe Nathan to a two-year, $14.5 million contract the Rangers showed that they’re committed to moving Neftali Feliz into the rotation and the 23-year-old closer issued a statement saying he’s on board with the switch: Jon Daniels and Ron Washington called me a couple of days ago and told me about the team’s…

  15. The Cubs will shop Matt Garza

    Nov 22, 2011, 11:33 AM EDT

    Cincinnati Reds v Chicago Cubs

    Ken Rosenthal tweets that the Cubs are willing to move Matt Garza. This makes a lot of sense given how thin the free agent pitching market is.  Garza had a 3.32 ERA and 197/63 K/BB ratio in 198 innings this year. He’s only a second-year arbitration-eligible player and he made just under $6 million last year.…

  16. C.J. Wilson to visit the Marlins in Miami after Thanksgiving

    Nov 22, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    Texas Rangers starting pitcher C.J. Wilson faces the St. Louis Cardinals in the 1st inning of Game 1 of MLB's World Series baseball championship in St. Louis

    C.J. Wilson dined last night with Angels manager Mike Scioscia and general manager Jerry Dipoto, and Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald reports that the free agent left-hander’s next meeting with come with the Marlins after Thanksgiving. According to Spencer the two sides initially spoke at the general manager meetings in Milwaukee last week and…

  17. Man arrested for breaking into White Sox GM’s house drank his beer and wore his World Series ring

    Nov 22, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    Ken Williams

    OK, so this might be taking the whole “GM for a day” thing a little too far. Paula Faris of NBC Chicago reports that a man was arrested yesterday for allegedly breaking into White Sox general manager Ken Williams’ home after “police found him wearing Williams’ clothes and the GM’s 2005 World Series ring.” But…

  18. The Marlins “flatly rejected” the Athletics’ demands for Gio Gonzalez

    Nov 22, 2011, 10:35 AM EDT

    Gio Gonzalez

    Yesterday we talked about the Marlins’ interest in trading for Gio Gonzalez.  Later in the day Matthew broke down the possible players Oakland might ask for in return. Chief among them: Logan Morrison. Today Clark Spencer reports that, yes, Logan Morrison was a requested player. As was Mike Stanton, but really, that was never going…

  19. International scouting director Craig Shipley leaves Red Sox

    Nov 22, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    red sox logo

    General manager Ben Cherington announced yesterday that the Red Sox and international scouting director Craig Shipley are parting ways after the former big leaguer spent nine years in the organization. Last February the Red Sox promoted Shipley to senior vice president of player personnel and international scouting and at various points during his time with…

  20. Must-click link: Breaking down Juan Gonzalez’s Hall of Fame brochure

    Nov 22, 2011, 9:45 AM EDT

    Juan Gonzalez

    The other day I was minding my own business when Sam Miller of the Orange County Register and Baseball Prospectus Im’d me and asked me if I knew Juan Gonzalez’s nickname. I said “sure, Juan Gone.”  He said “know any others?”  I said “no, should I?”  He said “thanks.”  I probably should have known Sam was…

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