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  1. Tim Wakefield has “strong desire” to return to the Red Sox

    Dec 3, 2011, 11:10 AM EDT

    Tim Wakefield

    Bobby Valentine wasn’t the only noteworthy guest for David Ortiz‘s charity golf tournament in the Dominican Republic. Tim Wakefield was also in attendance for the event and told Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald that he has a “strong desire to pitch one more year for the Red Sox.” Wakefield, who turned 45 in August, has…

  2. Japanese infielder Hiroyuki Nakajima draws a bid from at least one MLB team

    Dec 3, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    Hiroyuki_Nakajima AP

    UPDATE: We can scratch at least one team off the list. According to Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Brewers general manager Doug Melvin said yesterday that he was not submitting a bid on Nakajima. 10:30 PM: Patrick Newman of NPB Tracker passes along a Japanese media report that at least one MLB team…

  3. Yoenis Cespedes could be declared a free agent as soon as next week

    Dec 3, 2011, 9:55 AM EDT

    Yoenis Cespedes AP

    Cuban outfielder Yoenis Cespedes has drawn interest from well over a dozen MLB teams, but he is not yet eligible to sign with anyone. That could change as soon as next week. Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com was told by a source that while the time frame is “difficult to say,” Cespedes will be declared a free…

  4. Anti-ballpark group sues San Jose over proposed deal with Athletics

    Dec 3, 2011, 9:30 AM EDT

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    More ballpark stuff. Janie McCauley of the Associated Press reports that a coalition group called “Stand for San Jose” filed a lawsuit yesterday against the city of San Jose claiming that they failed to perform proper environmental review of land committed to the Athletics for a new stadium. The lawsuit comes after the San Jose City…

  5. Pablo Sandoval won’t play in Venezuelan Winter League

    Dec 3, 2011, 8:45 AM EDT

    Pablo Sandoval

    According to Andrew Baggarly of the San Francisco Chronicle, Pablo Sandoval won’t play for his hometown Navegantes de Magallanes in the Venezuelan Winter League. While the Giants initially cleared him to play in 10 games, he will now participate in the Home Run Derby and visit for a few days with family and friends before returning…

  6. Report: Feds open SEC probe into Marlins’ stadium deal

    Dec 2, 2011, 11:56 PM EDT

    The stadium the Miami Marlins will be using begining with  the upcoming baseball season, is seen in this undated handout photograph provided by the team.

    Heath Bell? Check. Jose Reyes? They’re still trying. C.J. Wilson or Mark Buehrle? Maybe. An investigation by the SEC? Safe to say that wasn’t on the Marlins’ wish list this offseason. According to a report in the Miami Herald, federal authorities have opened a “wide-ranging investigation” into the Marlins’ ballpark deal with Miami-Dade County and the…

  7. Picture of the Day: Bobby Valentine visits David Ortiz in the Dominican Republic

    Dec 2, 2011, 10:27 PM EDT

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    We learned earlier today that new Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine was scheduled to travel to the Dominican Republic this weekend to participate in David Ortiz‘s charity golf tournament. Oh, and to help in the recruiting process to retain the veteran slugger. Well, according to a picture posted to Ortiz’s Twitter account, the wooing is already underway:

  8. Report: Twins interested in Jeff Francis and Edwin Jackson

    Dec 2, 2011, 9:41 PM EDT

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    With Chris Capuano off the board, Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com reports that the Twins have turned their attention to two alternatives: Jeff Francis and Edwin Jackson. While one is a rather predictable target, the other is a bit of a surprise. Francis, who turns 31 in January, posted a 4.82 ERA and 91/39 K/BB…

  9. Report: Padres interested in Athletics’ closer Andrew Bailey

    Dec 2, 2011, 8:30 PM EDT

    Detroit Tigers v Oakland Athletics

    The Athletics are widely expected to move closer Andrew Bailey this offseason and now that Heath Bell has signed with the Marlins, Buster Olney of ESPN.com reports that the Padres are just the latest team to join the mix. The Padres have Luke Gregerson and Ernesto Frieri at the ready as two potential in-house replacements…

  10. Chris Bosio will be the Cubs’ next pitching coach

    Dec 2, 2011, 7:15 PM EDT

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    New Cubs’ manager Dale Sveum will have some familiar company on the bench next season. Chris Bosio confirmed to the Appleton Post-Crescent this afternoon that he has accepted an offer to be the Cubs’ pitching coach. Carrie Muskat of MLB.com reports that an official announcement is expected next week. Bosio, who pitched 11 seasons in the…

  11. MLB restores Mike Trout’s rookie status

    Dec 2, 2011, 6:40 PM EDT

    Mike Trout

    Cliff Corcoran from SI.com notes that MLB has decided Mike Trout will be Rookie of the Year eligible in 2012 despite having apparently lost his rookie status due to a technicality. As the Orange County Register’s Sam Miller originally pointed out last month, Trout was technically credited with 55 non-September days on the Angels’ active…

  12. Who will be the mystery team for Jose Reyes?

    Dec 2, 2011, 6:10 PM EDT

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    It’s hard to imagine Jose Reyes joining the Marlins for a relatively light $90 million over six years. Jon Heyman’s proposed $80 million over five years deal from the Mets isn’t all that special either. So, who might yet get involved in the bidding for the shortstop? Red Sox – Boston may not have as…

  13. Padres hire former Mets general manager Omar Minaya

    Dec 2, 2011, 5:42 PM EDT

    Omar Minaya

    UPDATE: Minaya’s official title is senior vice president of baseball operations, so he’ll be pretty high up on the food chain in San Diego. ========== Omar Minaya, who was fired as Mets general manager in October of 2010, has been hired by the Padres and their new general manager Josh Byrnes, according to Jon Heyman…

  14. Hall of Fame voting expert: Barry Larkin makes it this year; no one else does

    Dec 2, 2011, 5:31 PM EDT

    Barry Larkin

    For 30 years a man named Bill Deane has been predicting the Hall of Fame vote. He has a nearly 80% success rate in getting the votes right, so that’s pretty good.  His prediction this year: Barry Larkin is the only inductee. Hard to argue with that. Larkin was close last year and a jump…

  15. UPDATE: The Marlins pursuit of Jose Reyes is not exactly going anywhere

    Dec 2, 2011, 4:59 PM EDT

    Jose Reyes

    UPDATE:  Or maybe not.  Jayson Stark says that the Marlins have made very little headway.  So, just like, never mind. Probably a safe assumption that the Marlins, while not totally full of it given their signing of Heath Bell, happen to still be full of quite a bit of it. 4:30 PM We heard this…

  16. Tweet of the Day: Nickelback talks trash with Peter Moylan

    Dec 2, 2011, 4:49 PM EDT

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    Rob Neyer of SB Nation points out this amusing Twitter back and forth between Braves reliever Peter Moylan and the band Nickelback (or at least whomever runs Nickelback’s account):

  17. Dave Magadan accepts Bobby Valentine’s offer to remain Red Sox’s hitting coach

    Dec 2, 2011, 4:16 PM EDT

    Jacoby Ellsbury, Dave Magadan

    Dave Magadan has been the Red Sox’s hitting coach since 2007 and he’ll keep the job despite never working with new manager Bobby Valentine before. Rob Bradford of WEEI.com reports that Valentine called Magadan today to offer the job and he gladly accepted, saying: “It was good to get a vote of confidence from the…

  18. The Marlins have discussed Prince Fielder

    Dec 2, 2011, 4:03 PM 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

    Ken Rosenthal and Jon Paul Morosi write today that the Marlins have “discussed Prince Fielder internally and done background work on his makeup.”  They add that “some club officials are indeed enamored of the idea” of putting Fielder in the same lineup as Mike Stanton. This is somewhat tepid, I suppose, inasmuch as it doesn’t sound…

  19. No one wants to be the Astros’ general manager

    Dec 2, 2011, 3:47 PM EDT

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    Rangers assistant general manager Thad Levine turned down a chance to interview for the Astros’ general manager opening and apparently he wasn’t alone. According to Jon Heyman of SI.com, White Sox assistant general manager Rick Hahn and MLB senior vice president of baseball operations Kim Ng also said no thanks to the Astros. Houston’s top…

  20. Bobby Valentine is going to the Dominican Republic to recruit David Ortiz (and play golf)

    Dec 2, 2011, 3:15 PM EDT

    Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz reacts after flying out against the Tampa Bay Rays during the eighth inning of their MLB American League baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston

    Bobby Valentine is on the move. One day after being announced as the Red Sox’s new manager Valentine is headed to the Dominican Republic to participate in David Ortiz‘s charity golf tournament, according to Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe. Oh, and while there Valentine will try to talk Ortiz into re-signing with the Red…

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