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  1. Red Sox set to interview Sandy Alomar Jr., Torey Lovullo, and Gene Lamont this week

    Nov 8, 2011, 5:17 PM EDT

    Sandy Alomar

    Boston has a full slate of interviews scheduled for this week, with the Red Sox announcing that they’ll talk to Indians bench coach Sandy Alomar Jr. tomorrow, Blue Jays first base coach Torey Lovullo on Friday, and Tigers third base coach Gene Lamont on Saturday. Alomar was already a known candidate and Lovullo makes sense,…

  2. Terry Francona after interviewing with Cardinals: “Whatever happens happens”

    Nov 8, 2011, 4:44 PM EDT

    Terry Francona

    As expected, Terry Francona interviewed with the Cardinals today, meeting with team chairman Bill DeWitt Jr. at his private equity firm in Cincinnati. Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post Dispatch spoke to Francona after the interview and the former Red Sox manager said: “There is a huge amount of tradition. A good organization. I…

  3. Diamondbacks’ Derrick Hall has successful prostate cancer surgery

    Nov 8, 2011, 4:21 PM EDT

    Derrick Hall

    Diamondbacks president and CEO Derrick Hall was diagnosed with prostate cancer last month. He had surgery today.  The team announced that it was successful and that the cancer had not spread. Good news on a day otherwise full of weird and awful news all over the place.

  4. Lance Berkman: Astros moving to AL would be “a travesty”

    Nov 8, 2011, 3:52 PM EDT

    berkman

    Lance Berkman, who played the first 12 seasons of his career in Houston, called the Astros’ potential move to the American League “a travesty” and “a shame.” Zachary Levine of the Houston Chronicle reports that Berkman, while appearing at a press conference for a memorabilia company, called the Astros “a National League franchise” and suggested…

  5. GM says Royals will “explore” a trade for Carlos Zambrano

    Nov 8, 2011, 2:18 PM EDT

    Chicago Cubs v Atlanta Braves

    Yesterday during an interview with 610 Sports Radio in Kansas City general manager Dayton Moore said that the Royals will “explore” a potential trade for Carlos Zambrano, who’s currently pitching in the Venezuelan winter league. Via David Kaplan of CSNChicago.com, here’s what Moore told host Mark Carman: We would have to be interested. We would…

  6. Alfredo Simon acquitted of manslaughter charges

    Nov 8, 2011, 1:46 PM EDT

    Alfredo Simon walking

    On New Year’s Eve, a 25-year-old man named Michel Castillo Almonte was killed in the Dominican Republic.  Orioles pitcher Alfredo Simon was arrested and jailed in the shooting, though he was later freed and allowed to come to the U.S. to pitch in advance of his trial. He just had his trial and the jury…

  7. Report: Phillies appear close to re-signing Ryan Madson

    Nov 8, 2011, 1:16 PM EDT

    Chicago Cubs v Philadelphia Phillies

    Last night the Phillies were said to be “making a strong push” to re-sign Ryan Madson and now Jon Heyman of SI.com reports that the two sides are closing in on a new contract. According to Heyman they’re “in serious discussions” and it’s “hard to imagine it not getting done soon.” One benefit to re-signing…

  8. The Giants aren’t going to try to re-sign Carlos Beltran

    Nov 8, 2011, 12:55 PM EDT

    Arizona Diamondbacks v San Francisco Giants

    Jon Heyman reports that the Giants are no longer going to try to re-sign Carlos Beltran.  Because when you add an .809 OPS outfielder like Melky Cabrera and take away a .910 OPS outfielder like Beltran, your severe offensive problems are all better. Oh, I don’t know. I’m just being mean. I’m sure they have…

  9. Bruce Bochy: “Barry Zito is our fifth starter next year”

    Nov 8, 2011, 12:21 PM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Arizona Diamondbacks

    By trading Jonathan Sanchez to the Royals yesterday the Giants opened up a rotation spot and manager Bruce Bochy said that Barry Zito is the man for the job. During a radio interview with KNBR today Bochy revealed: “I’m not gonna hide from it. Barry Zito is our fifth starter next year.” Zito started just…

  10. Hiroki Kuroda is talking to the Hiroshima Carp

    Nov 8, 2011, 12:00 PM EDT

    kuroda throws getty

    Hiroki Kuroda has made it clear that if he plays in the majors, it will be for the Dodgers and no one else.  But he doesn’t have to play in the majors.  According to Nikkan Sports — passed along by Patrick Newman of NPB Tracker — the Hiroshima Carp have made an offer to Kuroda, and…

  11. Brewers giving up on Prince Fielder, focusing on Jose Reyes?

    Nov 8, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    Milwaukee Brewers first baseman Prince Fielder walks back to the dugout after grounding out to the St. Louis Cardinals in the 8th inning in Game 6 of the MLB NLCS baseball playoffs in Milwaukee

    Add Milwaukee to the list of teams pursuing Jose Reyes, as Jon Heyman of SI.com reports that the “Brewers believe they have almost no hope for Prince Fielder and are now targeting Reyes.” It’s not an either/or situation, of course, and odds are the Brewers will wind up with neither player. Fielder’s return has always…

  12. Nationals “have expressed interest” in Japanese left-hander Tsuyoshi Wada

    Nov 8, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    Tsuyoshi Wada

    Yu Darvish is naturally getting all the attention when it comes to Japanese pitchers possibly coming to America, but Bill Ladson of MLB.com reports that the Nationals “have expressed interest in” Japanese left-hander Tsuyoshi Wada, who went 16-5 with a 1.51 ERA this season. Anyone who puts up numbers like that is worth taking a…

  13. The Cardinals will interview Terry Francona today

    Nov 8, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    Terry Francona

    WEEI reports that Terry Francona will interview for the Cardinals’ managerial job today. The club wants to have someone in place next week. From afar Francona seems like such a good fit. He’s been expected to win-now for most of the past decade, so going to a win-now job — this one without clubhouse crankiness…

  14. Twins cutting payroll by $15 million in third year at Target Field

    Nov 8, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    pohlad ryan st.peter

    Lost in the shock of Minnesota firing Bill Smith as general manager and replacing him with the man he replaced in 2007, Terry Ryan, is that they dropped another bombshell on Twins fans, with Ryan revealing midway through the press conference that the team’s payroll will decline to “somewhere around $100 million.” If true that…

  15. The Nats are making a “major push” for Roy Oswalt

    Nov 8, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

    oswalt getty

    It seems that pitching is on everyone’s mind in the early offseason, and according to Ken Rosenthal, the Nationals are planning a “major push” for Roy Oswalt. Oswalt makes a lot of sense for the Nationals. He’d be a much heavier rotation anchor than he might be for other teams, relatively speaking. Could be a financial…

  16. The Cubs are following in the Red Sox’ footsteps

    Nov 8, 2011, 9:40 AM EDT

    Wrigley Field

    We know they’ve hired Theo Epstein and are looking at the same managerial candidates, but one other way in which the Cubs are aping the Red Sox is in their approach to their historic old ballpark:  they wanna make it a cash cow. We’ve talked about that a lot over the past couple of years,…

  17. Yu Darvish might not be posted? Really?

    Nov 8, 2011, 9:08 AM EDT

    darvish presser

    It’s been long assumed and reported that Yu Darvish will be posted by Nippon Ham, his NPB team.  Jon Paul Morosi is talking to someone who has a doubt or two, however: Even then, there are questions about whether Darvish will come to the majors for the 2012 season. One source with close knowledge of…

  18. Of course Frank McCourt is going to try to complicate the Dodgers sale

    Nov 8, 2011, 8:46 AM EDT

    File photo of Los Angeles Dodgers owner Frank McCourt speaking at a news conference about increased security at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles

    Nothing is easy with this guy. Frank McCourt and Major League Baseball have a deal in which the team and the stadium and everything is to be sold and the TV rights — which aren’t up for renewal for two years — will be dealt with by the new owners, whoever they are.  The reason…

  19. Mark Buehrle to meet with the Marlins today

    Nov 8, 2011, 8:15 AM EDT

    Minnesota Twins v Chicago White Sox

    The Marlins seem to be in on everyone. Jose Reyes. Yoenis Cespedes. Heck, there are even multiple reports out there that they’re going to get into the Albert Pujols/Prince Fielder game.  Next up, though: Mark Buehrle. Ken Rosenthal reports that the Marilins will meet with him today. Buehrle would certainly help a Marlins rotation that,…

  20. Report: Mets plan to tender contract to Angel Pagan

    Nov 7, 2011, 10:20 PM EDT

    St. Louis Cardinals v New York Mets

    Jon Heyman of SI.com hears that the Mets plan to tender Angel Pagan a contract before the December 12 deadline. Pagan, 30, regressed in a big way this season, batting just .262/.322/.372 with seven home runs, 56 RBI, 32 stolen bases and a .694 OPS over 532 plate appearances while leading major league center fielders…

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