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  1. Thad Levine declines interview for Astros’ GM opening

    Nov 30, 2011, 10:18 PM EDT

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    The Astros’ hunt for a new general manager began Monday when freshly-approved owner Jim Crane fired Ed Wade. It’s early, but so far the hunt has not been fruitful. In fact, it’s even been a little embarrassing. Crane and Co. have reached out to Rays executive vice president Andrew Friedman, but most insiders believe that to…

  2. The new Angels are smarter than the old Rockies

    Nov 30, 2011, 9:06 PM EDT

    Chris Iannetta

    In trading Chris Iannetta for Tyler Chatwood and signing Ramon Hernandez, the Rockies are probably thinking that they made at worst a sideways move behind the plate and picked up a potential middle-of-the-rotation starter in return. And in thinking that, they are most likely very wrong. Hernandez is coming off two fine years for the…

  3. Mitch Moreland undergoes surgery on right wrist

    Nov 30, 2011, 8:41 PM EDT

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    According to T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com, Rangers first baseman Mitch Moreland underwent surgery Wednesday to repair his ailing right wrist. Rangers doctors say Moreland will need 8-12 weeks of recovery time, meaning he should be mostly done healing by the start of spring training in February and should be back to 100 percent health by…

  4. Rockies sign Ramon Hernandez to two-year contract, trade Chris Iannetta to Angels

    Nov 30, 2011, 7:26 PM EDT

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    From FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal comes word that the Rockies have reached a two-year, $6.4 million free agent contract with veteran catcher Ramon Hernandez and have traded Chris Iannetta to the Angels for 21-year-old right-hander Tyler Chatwood. Hernandez, 35, posted a .788 OPS in 328 plate appearances this year for the Reds. He’s not much…

  5. Bargain DeJesus signing a good start for Epstein in Chicago

    Nov 30, 2011, 6:30 PM EDT

    David DeJesus

    This isn’t the first time Theo Epstein tried to land David DeJesus. As Boston’s general manager, Epstein attempted to pick up DeJesus from the Royals both before the 2010 trade deadline and again after the season. Epstein missed out both times, though, and DeJesus was instead dealt to Oakland, where he turned in his most…

  6. Report: Joe Saunders likely to stay with Diamondbacks

    Nov 30, 2011, 5:54 PM EDT

    Joe Saunders

    ESPN’s Buster Olney tweets that left-hander Joe Saunders “has a very good chance of returning to the Arizona Diamondbacks on a two-year deal.” The news comes amid rumors that the arbitration-eligible Saunders was likely to be shopped this winter. While he’s a reliable middle-of-the-rotation guy, Saunders was already one of the Diamondbacks’ highest-paid players at $5.5…

  7. Tweet of the Day: David DeJesus’ wife is very happy

    Nov 30, 2011, 5:01 PM EDT

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    Most wives would probably be pretty happy after their husband signed a $10 million contract, but Kim DeJesus is especially pleased by David DeJesus joining the Cubs because she’s from Chicago and … well: Coincidentally, Calcaterra did the exact same thing when the Braves picked up Eric Hinske‘s option.

  8. Carlos Gutierrez is in the best shape of his — wait! The best shape EVER

    Nov 30, 2011, 4:12 PM EDT

    Carlos Gutierrez

    Best shape of my life? Ha!  Try this on for size. From La Velle Neal: [Carlos] Gutierrez, I’ve been told, has rededicated himself to conditioning during the offseason and wants to come to camp in the best shape ever. He reported last year noticeably heavier. He could be a bullpen wild card if he can…

  9. Logan Morrison “just trying to rehab” knee injury that may require surgery

    Nov 30, 2011, 3:50 PM EDT

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    Logan Morrison‘s right knee is still giving him problems after two outfield collisions and ongoing tendinitis issues, so the Marlins left fielder told Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post that he may need surgery. For now he’s “just trying to rehab it and make sure if doesn’t flare up again,” but he’s scheduled to…

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

    Nov 30, 2011, 3:30 PM EDT

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    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…

  11. 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…

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

    Nov 30, 2011, 2:27 PM EDT

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    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…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. Kelvim Escobar is making another comeback

    Nov 30, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

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    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…

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

    Nov 30, 2011, 11:42 AM EDT

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    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…

  19. 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…

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

    Nov 30, 2011, 11:03 AM EDT

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    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…

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