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  1. Astros ink former first-rounder Brad Snyder to minors deal

    Nov 12, 2011, 6:58 PM EDT

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    From Astros social media director Alyson Footer comes word that Houston has signed 29-year-old outfielder Brad Snyder to a minor league contract. He’ll also be invited to spring training. Snyder, the No. 18 overall pick in the 2003 MLB Amateur Draft, has made only 37 career plate appearances in the major leagues — all with…

  2. Ryan Doumit may sign contract within next few days

    Nov 12, 2011, 5:10 PM EDT

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    According to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com, Ryan Doumit‘s agent Paul Cobbe said his client received two new offers today and could sign a contract in the next few days. The Pirates declined 2012 and 2013 options on Doumit late last month totaling $15.5 million. Crasnick reported earlier this week that the 30-year-old has already received…

  3. Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington may already have a favorite for manager

    Nov 12, 2011, 3:49 PM EDT

    Boston Red Sox Announce Ben Cherington as Executive Vice President/General Manager

    While the Red Sox were scheduled to interview Tigers third base coach Gene Lamont for their managerial vacancy today, general manager Ben Cherington may have already pegged a favorite. Gordon Edes of ESPN Boston writes that Cherington is “extremely high” on Brewers hitting coach and former Red Sox third base coach Dale Sveum. In fact,…

  4. Slow recovery from foot injury delays Mark Trumbo’s potential move to third base

    Nov 12, 2011, 2:48 PM EDT

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    Mark Trumbo said earlier this week that the Angels wanted him to work with bench coach Rob Picciolo this offseason in order to see if he could be an option at third base, but those plans will have to be put on hold for now. Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times reports that a foot…

  5. Report: Yoenis Cespedes may not become a free agent for two months

    Nov 12, 2011, 1:26 PM EDT

    Yoenis Cespedes AP

    Here’s a development that could have a significant impact on the offseason plans for several teams. Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer was told by a source that it could take two months before Cuban outfielder Yoenis Cespedes will be declared a free agent by MLB. Cespedes, 26, defected to the Dominican Republic this…

  6. Report: Rockies express interest in Grady Sizemore

    Nov 12, 2011, 12:45 PM EDT

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    Add another team to the list of those who might be willing to take a chance on Grady Sizemore. According to Troy Renck of the Denver Post, the Rockies have expressed interest in Sizemore. Of course, “expressed interest” is a familiar and vague piece of Hot Stove jargon, so it’s not clear if they have…

  7. Charlie Lea: 1956-2011

    Nov 12, 2011, 11:48 AM EDT

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    Some sad news to pass along out of Tennessee. According to the Associated Press, Charlie Lea passed away yesterday at the age of 54. Collierville police chief Larry Goodwin told the Commercial Appeal that he died of a suspected heart attack. Lea pitched seven seasons in the big leagues, six of them with the Expos, and…

  8. More details on the rescue of Wilson Ramos

    Nov 12, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    Venezuelan Washington Nationals catcher

    Wilson Ramos was found safely by Venezuelan authorities on Friday, nearly 48 hours after he was taken from his home by four gunmen. Here are some more details on his rescue. In an interview with Amanda Comak of the Washington Times, Ramos said he was lying in a bed in captivity when he began to…

  9. Report: Pirates interested in Ramon Santiago

    Nov 12, 2011, 10:02 AM EDT

    Ramon Santiago

    According to Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com, the Pirates have interest in free agent infielder Ramon Santiago. Santiago has proven to be a valuable utility man for Tigers’ manager Jim Leyland. The 32-year-old has batted .263/.323/.362 with a .685 OPS over the past three seasons. He is also known as an above average defender at…

  10. Picture of the Day: Wilson Ramos hugs mom

    Nov 12, 2011, 9:18 AM EDT

    Venezuelan Washington Nationals catcher

    Some images don’t need much setting up. Via STR/AFP/Getty Images, here’s Wilson Ramos reunited with his mother, Maria Campos.

  11. Astros’ sale on the agenda for MLB owners’ meeting next week

    Nov 12, 2011, 8:52 AM EDT

    Jim Crane

    We’ve heard rumors of this before, but it seems like it’s really happening this time. According to Ronald Blum of the Associated Press, the proposed sale of the Astros from Drayton McLane to Jim Crane is on the agenda for the MLB owners’ meetings next week in Milwaukee. The vote is expected to take place…

  12. Wilson Ramos found safely

    Nov 11, 2011, 9:59 PM EDT

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    Rafael Rojas of the Meridiano newspaper in Venezuela just tweeted that Wilson Ramos has been found safely: Internal Affairs Minister called Ramos family and told them they got him … VZ Information Minister tweets Ramos has been found safely by authorities at mountains at Carabobo state .. Rojas says that Ramos’ recovery was announced on the…

  13. The Marlins officially become the Miami Marlins; unveil new logo, uniforms

    Nov 11, 2011, 9:48 PM EDT

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    The Florida Marlins are no longer. Ushering in a new era for their new ballpark in Little Havana, owner Jeffrey Loria unveiled the team’s new identity a little less than an hour ago. In addition to the new name, the Miami Marlins, they have a new logo and uniforms. The logo, to your right, is…

  14. Red Sox GM Ben Cherington says talks with David Ortiz are “ongoing”

    Nov 11, 2011, 8:44 PM EDT

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    Jonathan Papelbon has reportedly agreed to a four-year, $50 million contract with the Phillies. Could David Ortiz be the next to leave Boston? Don’t count on it. Based on what Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington told reporters (via WEEI.com) following a press conference for managerial candidate Torey Lovullo earlier today, there’s still plenty of optimism about…

  15. Marlins have made “substantial” offers to Albert Pujols and Jose Reyes

    Nov 11, 2011, 7:15 PM EDT

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    With a new name, logo and stadium comes a new approach in free agency. The Miami Marlins are pulling out all the stops to land a big name and create some serious buzz going into 2012. According to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com, the Marlins have made “substantial offers” to free agents Albert Pujols and Jose…

  16. A look at the closer market minus Jonathan Papelbon

    Nov 11, 2011, 6:40 PM EDT

    Ryan Madson

    The Phillies just went and bought themselves the best closer available this winter. Now we’ll see who else is ready to ante up. Here’s how I ranked the available closers in the top 111 free agents: 6. Papelbon 12. Heath Bell 14. Ryan Madson 16. Francisco Rodriguez 24. Francisco Cordero 40. Joe Nathan 45. Jonathan…

  17. Jamey Carroll is useful, but he’s not a starting shortstop

    Nov 11, 2011, 6:09 PM EDT

    Jamey Carroll

    This is really a pretty amazing story, though it’s one that probably won’t have a happy ending. According to FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal and ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick, the Twins and infielder Jamey Carroll have agreed to terms on a two-year, $7 million contract. That in itself doesn’t seem like a particularly bad move. However, according to both…

  18. What it’s like to play in Venezuela

    Nov 11, 2011, 5:42 PM EDT

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    Jon Paul Morosi interviewed an American baseball player who played in the Venezuelan Winter League. The player, who asked to remain anonymous, spoke frankly about the good — and there’s a lot of good — as well as the bad and the ugly about it all. Read it all because it’s all worth reading. But…

  19. Report: Red Sox will pursue Ryan Madson and Heath Bell

    Nov 11, 2011, 5:12 PM EDT

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    We’ve already talked about the Phillies’ side of things already regarding the Jonathan Papelbon deal, but what about the fallout for the Red Sox? It once looked like Daniel Bard was the natural heir apparent for the ninth inning role, but whether it had to do with his struggles in September or not, it appears…

  20. Silver lining: it’s possible the Papelbon signing won’t cost the Phillies a draft pick

    Nov 11, 2011, 4:38 PM EDT

    Baltimore Orioles v Boston Red Sox

    I’m still reeling from the Jonathan Papelbon signing, but I suppose there is one thing that makes it slightly less odious than first considered: as Ken Rosenthal notes, the signing may not cost the Phillies their first-round pick. That’s because signings this offseason are going to be covered by the new collective bargaining agreement and…

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