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  1. Report: Frank McCourt close to agreeing to sell Dodgers

    Nov 1, 2011, 12:09 AM EDT

    mccourt reuters

    It looks like Bud Selig may get his wish. According to Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times, Frank McCourt “appears close” to an agreement with MLB on a bankruptcy settlement in which he would agree to sell the Dodgers. We learned last week that the Dodgers’ bankruptcy trial was postponed for a month so…

  2. Matt Wieters headlines 2011 class of “Fielding Bible Awards”

    Oct 31, 2011, 11:00 PM EDT

    Matt Wieters Getty

    It’s tough to take the Gold Glove awards too seriously these days. Fortunately we also have the Fielding Bible Awards around to recognize the best defensive players at each position. For those unfamiliar, the Fielding Bible Awards are voted on by a 10-person panel of experts, including Bill James, Peter Gammons, Rob Neyer, Joe Posnanski,…

  3. Diamondbacks decline options on Aaron Hill, Zach Duke

    Oct 31, 2011, 9:28 PM EDT

    aaron hill getty

    Neither of these moves come as a huge surprise, but the Diamondbacks announced this evening that they have declined their club options on Aaron Hill and Zach Duke. Hill’s contract included a pair of $8 million options for 2012 and 2013. The 29-year-old second baseman played well after being acquired from the Blue Jays in…

  4. Red Sox hope to have new manager in place by Thanksgiving

    Oct 31, 2011, 8:42 PM EDT

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

    According to Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald, new Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington said today that he hopes to have a new manager in place by Thanksgiving. The Red Sox began the interview process today by welcoming Phillies bench coach Pete Mackanin to Fenway Park. Mackanin, 60, has only served in an interim…

  5. Yankees, CC Sabathia agree to contract extension

    Oct 31, 2011, 7:29 PM EDT

    sabathia reuters

    Well, here’s a surprise. CC Sabathia just announced that he has agreed to a contract extension with the Yankees. Most expected Sabathia would opt out of the remaining four years and $92 million on his contract and test free agency, but both sides worked hard to hammer out a new deal before tonight’s deadline. As Buster…

  6. Blue Jays pick up option on Edwin Encarnacion, decline option on Jon Rauch

    Oct 31, 2011, 7:00 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim  v Toronto Blue Jays

    Add another name to the lengthy list of free agent closer-types. While the Blue Jays announced their decision today to pick up Edwin Encarnacion‘s $3.5 million option for 2012, they also declined Jon Rauch‘s $3.75 million option. Rauch, who qualifies as a Type B free agent, will receive a $250,000 buyout. The 33-year-old right-hander posted…

  7. 2011 Projection Review: Outfielders

    Oct 31, 2011, 6:30 PM EDT

    Matt Kemp

    What follows is a review of some of my 2011 projections for Rotoworld.com. I’m highlighting my preseason top five for each position and some other notables. Catchers First basemen Second basemen Third basemen Shortstops Outfielders Preseason Top 10 Carlos Gonzalez – Rockies – $37 – #1 Projection: .314/.366/.561, 31 HR, 112 R, 103 RBI, 23…

  8. Rays pick up options on James Shields, Kyle Farnsworth

    Oct 31, 2011, 6:11 PM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher James Shields throws against the Texas Rangers in the first inning during Game 2 of their MLB American League Division Series baseball playoffs at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington

    The Rays reached decisions on their three option calls Monday afternoon, exercising the $7.5 million option on James Shields’ contract and the $3.3 million option on Kyle Farnsworth‘s deal. Declined was Kelly Shoppach‘s $3.2 million option. He’ll get a $300,000 buyout. Shields’ option was a no-brainer. The Rays also hold options on his services for 2013…

  9. Royals pick up closer Joakim Soria’s $6 million option

    Oct 31, 2011, 5:40 PM EDT

    soria wide getty

    In a no-brainer move the Royals have exercised their $6 million option on closer Joakim Soria. Soria had the worst overall numbers of his career and was briefly demoted from the closer role, but was his usual self from June 1 on with a 2.58 ERA and 41/7 K/BB ratio in 38 innings. In addition…

  10. Reds’ $12 million options: Brandon Phillips picked up, Francisco Cordero declined

    Oct 31, 2011, 5:11 PM EDT

    Chicago Cubs v Cincinnati Reds

    Cincinnati has exercised its $12 million option on second baseman Brandon Phillips, but made closer Francisco Cordero a free agent by declining his $12 million option. Cordero will get a $1 million buyout instead and joins an already crowded closer market, although the Reds have repeatedly indicated that they’d like to re-sign him for a…

  11. By keeping Fausto Carmona and trading for Derek Lowe the Indians are betting on ground balls

    Oct 31, 2011, 4:48 PM EDT

    Fausto Carmona

    Picking up Derek Lowe for what’s essentially a one-year, $5 million contract is a smart move for the Indians, as he pitched much better than his ERA suggests this season and if healthy should be a solid third or fourth starter. Shortly before trading for Lowe the Indians also exercised their $7 million option on…

  12. Picture of the Day: Tony La Russa, Triple-A infielder

    Oct 31, 2011, 4:16 PM EDT

    IF Tony LaRussa, age 26

    Via the Iowa Cubs’ official Twitter feed, here’s Tony La Russa as a 26-year-old Triple-A infielder in 1971:

  13. The Rangers are going to make a decision on Neftali Feliz’s role before spring training

    Oct 31, 2011, 4:00 PM EDT

    Neftali Feliz, Ron Washington

    Last year there was a lot of hemming and hawing over whether Neftali Feliz — who started all the way through the minor leagues before a year of closing — would return to the rotation.  He started some in the spring, some words were offered to the effect that he’d start, but ultimately Ron Washington…

  14. Red Sox decline $3 million option on Dan Wheeler

    Oct 31, 2011, 3:49 PM EDT

    Wheeler_Dan

    Dan Wheeler can be added to the list of free agent relievers, as the Red Sox declined their $3 million option on the 33-year-old right-hander. Wheeler had a decent season as low-leverage bullpen arm in Boston, throwing 49 innings with a 4.38 ERA and 39/8 K/BB ratio. He has trouble keeping the ball in the…

  15. The Rangers want Josh Hamilton to play left field full time

    Oct 31, 2011, 3:31 PM EDT

    2011 World Series Game 7 - Texas Rangers v St Louis Cardinals

    Anthony Andro of Fox Sports Southwest hears that the Rangers want Josh Hamilton to play left field full time, ending whatever is left of his career as a center fielder. He’s only played a handful of games out there the past two seasons, of course, but even that seems a bit much for the increasingly…

  16. White Sox exercise $3.75 million option on Jason Frasor

    Oct 31, 2011, 3:15 PM EDT

    Jason Frasor

    When the White Sox acquired Jason Frasor from the Blue Jays in July the assumption was that they made the move to get him for the second half of this season and all of next season, and sure enough they’ve exercised the reliever’s $3.75 million option for 2012. Frasor earned $3.5 million this season while…

  17. Rockies decline $11 million option on Aaron Cook

    Oct 31, 2011, 2:50 PM EDT

    Aaron Cook

    Colorado has declined Aaron Cook‘s $11 million option for next season, choosing a $500,000 buyout instead after injuries limited the 32-year-old right-hander to 97 ineffective innings. Cook was a workhorse for the Rockies from 2006-2008, but has thrown just 158, 128, and 97 innings during the past three seasons while posting a 4.94 ERA. General…

  18. Bryce Harper Tebows

    Oct 31, 2011, 2:32 PM EDT

    Detroit Lions v Denver Broncos

    This is the most inevitable thing in the history of things. Via MLB.com, here’s Bryce Harper’s new Twitter avatar: I know it’s fun to hate on Tim Tebow — I totally get it — but I’d bet that, in person, Harper is about 10,000 times more insufferable than Tebow.

  19. Type A and Type B free agent rankings

    Oct 31, 2011, 2:14 PM EDT

    type a or type b

    MLB Trade Rumors has been reverse-engineering the free agent ranking system all season, providing regular updates on Type A and Type B players, and now they’ve gotten their hands on the official rankings from Elias Sports Bureau. No big surprises, although as usual there are some head-scratchers. I wrote last offseason about how the compensation…

  20. The Mets are bringing in, lowering the fences

    Oct 31, 2011, 2:01 PM EDT

    Citi Field

    Everyone talks about Citi Field’s large dimensions, but nobody ever does anything about them.  Oh, wait: The Mets announced Monday they are moving the walls in by as much as 12 feet next season, lowering the height to 8 feet and changing the color to blue. In addition to the blue outfield walls they’re going…

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