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  1. Mark Teixeira is in the best shape of his life

    Nov 30, 2011, 3:30 PM EDT

    teixeira getty

    This doesn’t quite qualify as a BSOML story because he didn’t use the magic words, but at this time of the year I’ll accept any story that leads with weight loss and conditioning. Mark Teixeira: Mark Teixeira says that he is already about 10 pounds lighter thanks to diet and exercise, but what the Yankees…

  2. Tigers re-sign Ramon Santiago to two-year contract

    Nov 30, 2011, 3:11 PM EDT

    Ramon Santiago

    After testing the free agent market Ramon Santiago has decided to remain in Detroit, re-signing with the Tigers on a two-year contract. As the Tigers’ utility man Santiago has averaged just 278 plate appearances during the past four years, but depending on how the rest of the offseason plays out he could get an opportunity…

  3. The Hall of Fame ballot is announced, Bernie Williams, other luminaries now eligible

    Nov 30, 2011, 2:27 PM EDT

    cooperstown

    The Baseball Writers Association of America just released the Hall of Fame ballots for the 2012 inductions.  There are 13 new candidates on it.  Included are Bernie Williams and a cast of … guys not as good as Bernie Williams. To wit: Jeromy Burnitz Vinny Castilla Brian Jordan Javy Lopez Bill Mueller Terry Mulholland Phil…

  4. Jose Reyes was in Philadelphia yesterday, but it had nothing to do with the Phillies

    Nov 30, 2011, 1:46 PM EDT

    Jose Reyes

    Jose Reyes was spotted at a Philadelphia restaurant yesterday, leading to some hasty speculation about the Phillies’ potentially being interested in the free agent shortstop, but any rumors can safely be shut down. Reyes was apparently just in town visiting his daughter, who lives in Philadelphia, and general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. made it very…

  5. UPDATE: The Dodgers and Adam Kennedy: done deal

    Nov 30, 2011, 1:26 PM EDT

    Seattle Mariners v Texas Rangers

    UPDATE:  The deal is done. The Dodgers have signed Kennedy to a one-year, $800,000 contract. Tuesday, 5:13 PM: Tony Jackson of ESPN Los Angeles reports that Kennedy and the Dodgers are close to a deal. Tuesday, 3:10 PM: Feel the offseason excitement, Dodgers fans: According to Ben Nicholson-Smith of MLB Trade Rumors, the Dodgers are talking…

  6. Cubs sign David DeJesus to two-year, $10 million deal

    Nov 30, 2011, 12:44 PM EDT

    Athletics' DeJesus hits a solo home run against the Angels during their MLB American League baseball game in Anaheim

    David DeJesus has agreed to a two-year contract with the Cubs and is expected to be Chicago’s starting right fielder, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com. Jon Heyman of SI.com reports that the deal is worth $10 million and includes a team option for 2014, when DeJesus will be 34 years old. DeJesus is coming…

  7. Larry King is getting in on the Dodgers bidding

    Nov 30, 2011, 12:32 PM EDT

    Larry King

    The list of celebrities aligning themselves with bidders for the Los Angels Dodgers keeps getting longer.  The latest? Larry King: Larry King, the longtime talk-show host who in September said that Frank McCourt “does not belong as an owner of a baseball team,” might try to do a better job himself. King has agreed to participate…

  8. Kelvim Escobar is making another comeback

    Nov 30, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

    Kelvim Escobar throwing

    Kelvim Escobar is 35 years old and hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2009 because of shoulder problems, but Mike Puma of the New York Post reports that he’s attempting a comeback. Or, more accurately, another comeback. Escobar had similar plans last offseason, when agent Peter Greenberg told reporters he was “doing very well.” It…

  9. The Bobby Valentine-Yankees silliness started two seconds after he accepted the job

    Nov 30, 2011, 11:42 AM EDT

    bobby valentine mets hat

    Funny story from The Slanch Report.  It has an air of “my best friend’s sister’s boyfriend’s brother’s girlfriend heard from this guy who knows this kid who’s going with the girl …” to it, but I am going to assume it is true because I want it to be true. Click through for the story…

  10. Cubs “have interest” in Rockies third baseman Ian Stewart

    Nov 30, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    ian stewart getty

    Last week Rockies general manager Dan O’Dowd ruled out non-tendering Ian Stewart before the deadline to offer arbitration, but he didn’t rule out trading him and now Troy Renck of the Denver Post reports that the Cubs have expressed interest in the 26-year-old third baseman. Renck writes that the Rockies turned down an offer for…

  11. Our continuing coverage of the Francoeur-Broxton hunting trip

    Nov 30, 2011, 11:03 AM EDT

    broxton getty

    Yesterday we learned that part of the sales pitch to get Jonathan Broxton to come to Kansas City was a hunting trip involving Broxton, Jeff Francoeur and Ned Yost. Today, because I’m obsessed with this kind of thing and I’m too old to be cured of such maladies by now, I read the in-depth report…

  12. Greg Maddux will be “helping players and coaches as much as possible” as Rangers’ special assistant

    Nov 30, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    Greg Maddux

    In leaving the Cubs and joining his brother Mike Maddux with the Rangers yesterday Greg Maddux described his new role as “helping the players and the coaches as much as possible” and serving as “another set of eyes.” His title is officially special assistant to the general manager, which is the same job he had…

  13. The Giants are looking to trade Ramon Ramirez or Jeremy Affeldt

    Nov 30, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    Ramon Ramirez

    Rosenthal says that the Giants are trying to trade either Ramon Ramirez or Jeremy Affeldt. He says it’s for payroll space and flexibility. Which makes one wonder why in the hell they picked up Affeldt’s $5 million option after the season was over, but I suppose that’s between Brian Sabean and his god. Ramirez would be…

  14. Cardinals may view Jimmy Rollins as fallback target if Albert Pujols doesn’t re-sign

    Nov 30, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    Gary Cederstrom, Jimmy Rollins

    As the Cardinals wait for Albert Pujols to make a decision Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch reports that they “could shift their focus to Jimmy Rollins” if the three-time MVP signs elsewhere. Rollins obviously wouldn’t replace Pujols–in the lineup or at first base–but the Cardinals also have an opening at shortstop and…

  15. Some Red Sox players may not be thrilled with Bobby V.

    Nov 30, 2011, 9:53 AM EDT

    Bobby Valentine

    From Buster Olney’s column this morning: As Valentine has emerged as a managerial candidate, some Red Sox players have been upset; they’ve been grumbling to each other, through texts and phone calls. Maybe it’s because they heard Bobby critique their play on the air. Maybe they haven’t liked his tone. Maybe they haven’t liked his…

  16. Tom Ricketts: signing Pujols or Fielder is Theo’s call

    Nov 30, 2011, 9:09 AM EDT

    Chicago Cubs President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein speaks at a news conference at Wrigley Field in Chicago

    Are the Cubs really looking at Prince Fielder and Albert Pujols? Are they just trying to drive up the price for St. Louis?  Are they looking to go big or are they going to cast out every player who isn’t nailed down and start from scratch? We’ve heard all of these things in the past…

  17. Reds GM on Brandon Phillips extension: “I think it’s still a ways to go”

    Nov 30, 2011, 8:44 AM EDT

    Cincinnati Reds v Washington Nationals

    Yesterday Brandon Phillips took to Twitter to suggest that negotiations with the Reds over a long term deal were progressing. Reds GM Walt Jocketty — while hopeful himself — walked that back a bit last night: When reached for comment, Reds general manager Walt Jocketty didn’t believe a deal was near. “I think it’s still a…

  18. Bobby Valentine can handle Boston. Can Boston handle him?

    Nov 30, 2011, 6:24 AM EDT

    valentine in suit

    Bobby Valentine in Boston. I’ve seen a lot of people getting a bit worked up by all of this, but I’m having trouble seeing what the big deal is. He’s a bright guy. He’s had success. Especially in tough situations such as in New York and in the higher-pressure-than-anyone-ever-acknowledges world of Japanese baseball. Indeed, to…

  19. Report: Tigers interested in Angels’ infielder Maicer Izturis

    Nov 29, 2011, 9:45 PM EDT

    Maicer Izturis Reuters

    While the Tigers continue to express interest in a trade for Atlanta’s Martin Prado, they have identified a Plan B. According to Jon Paul Morosi and Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com, it’s Maicer Izturis of the Angels. The Tigers are currently looking for upgrades at second base, third base and the leadoff spot, so while Izturis…

  20. Giants unlikely to make a “big splash” for a hitter

    Nov 29, 2011, 8:32 PM EDT

    Arizona Diamondbacks v San Francisco Giants

    The Giants held a conference call this afternoon to discuss the contract extensions for GM Brian Sabean and manager Bruce Bochy. Asked about their offseason agenda by John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle, Sabean said he doesn’t plan on making a “big splash” to upgrade the team’s lackluster offense. While it’s not a surprise…

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