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  1. Can we now retroactively give Pedro Martinez his MVP award?

    Nov 21, 2011, 4:10 PM EDT

    Boston Red Sox

    Justin Verlander‘s deserved MVP nod on Monday ended an 18-year drought in which only position players had been awarded the game’s ultimate single-season honor. No pitcher had won an MVP award since A’s closer Dennis Eckersley in 1992. No starter had won since Boston’s Roger Clemens in 1986. Now that the BBWAA is again showing a willingness…

  2. News conference tomorrow to announce the new collective bargaining agreement

    Nov 21, 2011, 3:44 PM EDT

    Selig and Weiner

    The owners and the MLBPA are going to reach a memorandum of understanding on the new five-year collective bargaining agreement today, and they’ve announced that there will be a news conference tomorrow afternoon to make the new labor deal public. We know most of the larger components already: blood testing for human growth hormone, an increase…

  3. Rangers interested in bringing back Frank Francisco

    Nov 21, 2011, 2:44 PM EDT

    frank-francisco-blue-jays-spring

    If the Rangers move Neftali Feliz into the rotation they could simply turn closing duties over to Mike Adams, but T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com writes that another possibility is reuniting with Frank Francisco. Last offseason the Rangers traded Francisco to the Blue Jays for Mike Napoli, which worked out pretty damn well for Texas. According…

  4. Justin Verlander wins the AL MVP Award

    Nov 21, 2011, 2:14 PM EDT

    Texas Rangers v Detroit Tigers - Game Five

    You can stuff your “pitchers can’t win the MVP Award” nonsense in a sack, mister, because Justin Verlander just won the 2011 MVP Award. Verlander — the first starting pitcher in 25 years to be named MVP — got 13 of 28 first place votes.  He only got 27 of a possible 28 overall votes,…

  5. Nationals visiting “top free agent choice” Mark Buehrle at his home in St. Louis

    Nov 21, 2011, 1:18 PM EDT

    Mark Buehrle

    Mark Buehrle is rumored to be fielding offers from nearly half the teams in baseball and the Nationals are pulling out all the stops, with Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post reporting that they’ve made Buehrle “their top free agent choice” and are visiting the left-hander at his home in St. Louis today. According to…

  6. Logan Morrison would have to be part of the return for Gio Gonzalez

    Nov 21, 2011, 12:50 PM EDT

    Logan Morrison

    A quick take on the story Craig relayed earlier. I thought the last paragragh of David Villavicencio’s piece on a possible Gio Gonzalez-to-Florida deal was the most interesting one: The source says three different players have been discussed as potential pieces for the deal. All three players played significant time with the Marlins last season. It…

  7. Commissioner Selig issues a statement on the death of Greg Halman

    Nov 21, 2011, 12:30 PM EDT

    Greg Halman

    No new news on the killing of Mariners outfielder Greg Halman.  A few minutes ago, however, Commissioner Selig issued the following statement: “Today Major League Baseball mourns the passing of Greg Halman, a member of the Seattle Mariners organization since 2004.  Greg reached the Major Leagues in each of the last two seasons, hitting his…

  8. Trade for Ty Wigginton won’t keep Phillies from pursuing Michael Cuddyer

    Nov 21, 2011, 12:16 PM EDT

    cuddyer getty

    Last night the Phillies sent a player to be named later to the Rockies for Ty Wigginton, but general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. told Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com that acquiring Wigginton’s right-handed bat “really doesn’t have anything to do with what I may do in the outfield or infield.” In other words, Wigginton won’t stop…

  9. In which baseball’s newsmakers are compared to “The Princess Bride” characters

    Nov 21, 2011, 12:00 PM EDT

    Vizzini

    Linked with very little comment because none is really needed, Bill Parker explains how Clint Barmes is Princess Buttercup, Bobby Valentine is Miracle Max, and Dan Shaughnessy is Vizzini from “The Princess Bride.” And to preempt your comments: (1) yes, it’s a slow news day; and (2) no, I can’t help myself when it comes to “Princess Bride”…

  10. Rays “remain interested in” re-signing Johnny Damon and Casey Kotchman

    Nov 21, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

    damon ap

    Last offseason the Rays signed Johnny Damon and Casey Kotchman to one-year deals and got good value out of both players, but rather than simply let them walk as free agents Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Tribune writes that they “remain interested in” re-signing both hitters. “They are very prominent in our discussions right…

  11. Clint Barmes turned down Brewers to sign with Pirates

    Nov 21, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    Clint Barmes Getty

    No official announcement has been made yet, but Clint Barmes told Brian McTaggart of MLB.com that his new contract with the Pirates is a two-year, $10.5 million deal. He’s expected to take a physical exam today, at which point it’ll be finalized and he’ll take over as Pittsburgh’s starting shortstop. Barmes explained that he signed…

  12. Tossup Alert: The AL MVP to be announced at 2pm Eastern

    Nov 21, 2011, 11:05 AM EDT

    Jose Bautista

    Today the BBWAA will give out the only award that looks to have any kind of intrigue or potential controversy to it: AL MVP. This year’s award throws a couple of time-tested argument starters out there: should a pitcher win the MVP?  Should the MVP winner come from a team that didn’t go anywhere? Is…

  13. Reds talking to A’s about deal for closer Andrew Bailey

    Nov 21, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    Andrew Bailey

    Cincinnati is preparing for Francisco Cordero‘s departure via free agency by talking to Oakland about closer Andrew Bailey, according to Buster Olney of ESPN.com. Earlier this month there were reports about the A’s shopping nearly everyone on the roster as they wait to hear back about the likelihood of a new ballpark. That apparently includes…

  14. Rockies offer Seth Smith to Braves for Martin Prado

    Nov 21, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

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    Earlier this month Colorado was said to be talking to Atlanta about infielder Martin Prado and now Troy Renck of the Denver Post reports that the Rockies offered outfielder Seth Smith. Detroit reportedly offered Delmon Young for Prado and got turned down, so it seems pretty clear that Atlanta is shopping Prado for outfield help…

  15. “Jeopardy!” + “Moneyball” = $$$$

    Nov 21, 2011, 9:26 AM EDT

    jeopardy

    I roll with a bunch of nerds, so I know all kinds of people who have been on “Jeopardy!” My former boss. A former coworker. A couple of sportswriters I know. Even a long time HBT commenter. I once took and passed the test for the talent search but they never called me to be…

  16. Mariners outfielder Greg Halman killed

    Nov 21, 2011, 8:50 AM EDT

    Greg Halman

    Horrible news from the Netherlands: Dutch police say Seattle Mariners outfielder Greg Halman has been stabbed to death and his brother has been arrested as a suspect. Rotterdam Police spokeswoman Patricia Wessels says police were called to a home in the Dutch port city early Monday morning and found Halman bleeding from a stab wound.…

  17. Report: The Marlins are talking to the A’s about Gio Gonzalez

    Nov 21, 2011, 6:06 AM EDT

    Gio Gonzalez

    We’ve heard the Marlins connected with all manner of free agents. But how a trade rumor? Here’s one: Miami is talking with the Athletics about Gio Gonzalez David Villavicencio is the man with this report, and he says that sources close to Gonzalez are telling him that the two teams are talking trade for the…

  18. Phillies acquire Ty Wigginton from Rockies for PTBNL

    Nov 20, 2011, 7:14 PM EDT

    Wigginton_Ty

    Philadelphia picked up a decent right-handed bat, potential fill in for Ryan Howard at first base, and possible alternative to Placido Polanco at third base, acquiring Ty Wigginton from Colorado for a player to be named later or cash. Wigginton is owed $4 million in 2012 and his contract has a $4 million option or…

  19. Ten teams are interested in Jonathan Broxton

    Nov 20, 2011, 4:28 PM EDT

    broxton getty

    Jon Heyman tweets that more than 10 teams have shown interest in Jonathan Broxton. More than ten. I think Broxton is a good candidate for a bounce-backy kind of year, but when you see this kind of interest on a due coming off of elbow surgery and an ERA of 5.68, it’s understandable that the…

  20. Marvin Miller doesn’t know why the players agreed to HGH testing

    Nov 20, 2011, 2:20 PM EDT

    Marvin Miller

    I liked to Shaughnessy earlier, so why not link to Murray Chass? He spoke with former union head Marvin Miller — they’re bffs, you know — about the MLBPA agreeing to submit to HGH blood testing in the new collective bargaining agreement. Miller is perplexed by the union agreeing to this and to earlier concessions…

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