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  1. Report: Matt Murton to remain in Japan

    Nov 28, 2011, 7:30 PM EDT

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    Many have assumed that Matt Murton will attempt a comeback in the majors at some point. While it may happen someday, it apparently won’t be in 2012. Patrick Newman of NPB Tracker hears that Murton will remain with the Hanshin Tigers of Japan’s Central League. Murton, 30, left for Japan following the 2009 season. He…

  2. Nationals pursue Prince Fielder for first base

    Nov 28, 2011, 6:18 PM EDT

    Prince Fielder

    While the Nationals have long maintained that Adam LaRoche would reclaim the first-base job in 2012, they’ve always been looked at as potential bidders for Albert Pujols and Prince Fielder anyway. From Ken Rosenthal comes word that the Nationals have indeed engaged in talks with Fielder, but that those talks hit a roadblock today. Fielder, coming off a…

  3. Tim Hudson had back surgery

    Nov 28, 2011, 5:40 PM EDT

    Tim Hudson

    Braves starter Tim Hudson had a wonky back late in the season and had hoped to avoid surgery. He didn’t, however, and today had surgery to repair a herniated disc. The surgery — like all surgery on athletes — was reported as “successful.” One day, heaven forbid, they’re going to report someone’s surgery as “a…

  4. Red Sox rule out Torey Lovullo in manager search

    Nov 28, 2011, 5:17 PM EDT

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    Cross another name off the list, as Joe McDonald of ESPN Boston reports that the Red Sox have ruled out Torey Lovullo as their next manager. Sandy Alomar Jr. was ruled out last week, which means Bobby Valentine and Gene Lamont are the only remaining candidates. And just about everyone seems to think the job…

  5. Minor league umpires agree to new labor deal

    Nov 28, 2011, 4:47 PM EDT

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    With their current deal set to expire later this week, minor league umpires have agreed to a new labor contract. According to the Associated Press “the agreement calls for salaries to remain the same until 2016 when umps will receive a minimum $100 per month raise, depending on service time.” In the meantime the umpires…

  6. The latest round of Dodgers-Fox bickering

    Nov 28, 2011, 4:29 PM EDT

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    If anyone either (a) needs a sleep aid; and/or (b) wants to know how lawyers can make even the most run-of-the-mill disputes seem like battles between evil and righteousness, check out Bill Shaikin’s latest report about the machinations between the Dodgers and Fox over the team’s post-2012 TV rights. Not that the report itself is…

  7. The Cardinals are not willing to raise their offer to Albert Pujols

    Nov 28, 2011, 3:32 PM EDT

    Albert Pujols

    Jon Heyman tweets that the Cardinals are unwilling to raise their offer to Albert Pujols from the $200-210 million over nine years that has been on the table for some time. This is what happens, of course, when no one else is really bidding on your target.  So far the only other offer anyone knows…

  8. Brewers hire Johnny Narron to replace Dale Sveum as hitting coach

    Nov 28, 2011, 3:15 PM EDT

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    Dale Svuem taking over as the Cubs’ manager left the Brewers without a hitting coach and today they filled the position with Johnny Narron, whose brother Jerry is Milwaukee’s bench coach. Narron has lots of experience coaching and managing in the Brewers’ minor-league system and most recently served as the Rangers’ assistant hitting coach, working…

  9. Yu Darvish’s posting may be delayed by his divorce

    Nov 28, 2011, 3:00 PM EDT

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    There has been no small amount of skepticism as to whether Yu Darvish would actually be posted to play in the United States for 2012.  The reasons for this were kind of vague, but we have a better sense of it now.  Seems he’s getting divorced from his actress wife. This matters because Darvish only…

  10. Rockies interested in free agent catcher Ramon Hernandez

    Nov 28, 2011, 2:44 PM EDT

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    Colorado is interested in signing free agent Ramon Hernandez and might be willing to trade incumbent catcher Chris Iannetta to make room for him behind the plate, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com. Iannetta’s stock has dropped considerably in the past couple seasons, so it’s not surprising that the Rockies are willing to part with…

  11. The A’s may move their spring training home to Mesa, Arizona

    Nov 28, 2011, 2:08 PM EDT

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    Via about 12 different reporters in my Twitter feed a few minutes ago, we hear that the Athletics have announced they’re in negotiations to move their Spring Training operations from Phoenix Municipal Stadium to HoHoKam Park in Mesa, Arizona.  HoHoKam will be empty starting in the spring of 2013 because the Cubs are vacating it…

  12. Ron Johnson takes Triple-A job with Orioles after being fired by Red Sox

    Nov 28, 2011, 1:52 PM EDT

    Boston Red Sox v Tampa Bay Rays

    Fired last month as the Red Sox’s first base coach, Ron Johnson has taken a job with the Orioles as their Triple-A manager. He’ll manage at Triple-A Norfolk, with Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun reporting that the Orioles will reassign the man he’s replacing, Gary Allenson, to another role in the organization. Prior to…

  13. Orioles, Angels have discussed a Jeremy Guthrie trade

    Nov 28, 2011, 1:30 PM EDT

    Jeremy Guthrie

    I believe I heard the first Jeremy Guthrie trade rumor in the summer of 1984. I had just turned 11, got a copy of the Sporting News and read that the the Orioles were talking to some teams about dealing him but would, inevitably, just hold on to him so they could have an innings…

  14. Jonathan Broxton close to signing, won’t return to Dodgers

    Nov 28, 2011, 1:20 PM EDT

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    Jonathan Broxton‘s agent told Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times that the rehabbing right-hander is close to signing and has ruled out returning to the Dodgers. According to agent B.B. Abbott “he had multiple suitors and we should have something tentative in the next few days.” Earlier this offseason Broxton was said to be…

  15. Twins hire Rays scout Gene Glynn as Triple-A manager

    Nov 28, 2011, 12:48 PM EDT

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    Gene Glynn, a 55-year-old Minnesota native who spent the past five years as a scout for the Rays, is the Twins’ new Triple-A manager. He hasn’t managed anywhere since 1992 and never managed above rookie-ball, but Glynn spent 13 years on major-league coaching staffs under managers Don Baylor and Felipe Alou. Glynn also grew up…

  16. David Ortiz getting “serious interest” from a non-Red Sox team

    Nov 28, 2011, 12:32 PM EDT

    David Ortiz

    David Ortiz is one of those dudes who you just really can’t imagine switching teams. But he is a free agent, and the Boston Herald says this: David Ortiz has choices now. The free agent designated hitter is receiving “serious interest” from more than one team, an industry source said today, indicating that Ortiz has more than…

  17. Astros fired general manager Ed Wade with two years remaining on contract

    Nov 28, 2011, 12:16 PM EDT

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    Ed Wade is out of a job after being fired by the Astros last night, but the 55-year-old former general manager will be collecting a paycheck for two more seasons. Wade told Zachary Levine of the Houston Chronicle that an “evergreen” provision in his contract recently kicked in to extend the deal another season, meaning…

  18. The Cubs, White Sox are getting inquires about relievers Marmol, Santos

    Nov 28, 2011, 12:04 PM EDT

    Carlos Marmol

    The White Sox are in a bit of a transitional period.  And a lot of people assumed that the Cubs would try to make a play for Prince Fielder or Albert Pujols or something like that. Maybe it’s more likely that both teams will simply be sellers. Here’s Phil Rogers of the Chicago Tribune: According…

  19. Mariners’ trade for John Jaso may make Miguel Olivo available

    Nov 28, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

    Miguel Olivo

    Ongoing speculation that Seattle could look to trade catcher Miguel Olivo is likely even stronger after the Mariners acquired John Jaso from the Rays last night. Jaso facing most right-handers and Olivo facing most left-handers is a natural platoon from which the Mariners could get very nice production, but Adam Moore is also waiting in…

  20. Jordan Schafer enters a diversion program

    Nov 28, 2011, 11:32 AM EDT

    Jordan Schafer

    Astros outfielder Jordan Schafer was arrested  in Florida back in October for possession of marijuana and paraphernalia.  At a Cheesecake Factory. Just, I don’t know either, but that’s what he did.  Looks like he’s going to fly clear of serious consequences, however, as Zach Levine of the Houston Chronicle reports that he has opted for Florida’s pretrial intervention program. If…

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