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  1. The extra Wild Card team might not be the only change to the playoff format

    Nov 19, 2011, 11:40 AM EDT

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

    We already know that there will be an extra Wild Card team in each league and a one-game playoff, perhaps as soon as next season. Craig discussed the issue at length yesterday, by the way. But Buster Olney of ESPN.com hears that there could be another change to the playoff format on the horizon: Source:…

  2. UPDATE: Carlos Zambrano hit in the face by line drive in Venezuelan Winter League

    Nov 19, 2011, 10:45 AM EDT

    Chicago Cubs v Atlanta Braves

    UPDATE: Big Z’s next start might be put on hold, at least for precautionary reasons. Bruce Levine of ESPN Chicago reports that in addition to receiving 10 stitches as a result of the comebacker, Zambrano also suffered soft tissue damage. He is scheduled to undergo more tests in the coming days. 10:45 AM: According to…

  3. Cleared of murder charges, Angel Villalona added to Giants’ to 40-man roster

    Nov 19, 2011, 9:54 AM EDT

    Angel Villalona AP

    In case you didn’t notice, yesterday was the day teams set their 40-man rosters in advance of December’s Rule 5 Draft. Most of the moves are expected and usually include many guys you’ve never heard of, but occasionally a surprise is thrown our way. For instance, the Giants have added former top prospect Angel Villalona…

  4. Scott Kazmir to pitch in Dominican Winter League

    Nov 19, 2011, 8:50 AM EDT

    Scott Kazmir

    Here’s a blast from the relatively recent past. According to Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes, Scott Kazmir will pitch in the Dominican Winter League with the Escogido Lions. Kazmir, as you’ll recall, made just one start in the majors this season before the Angels stashed him on the disabled list with a supposed back injury in…

  5. UPDATE: Indians, Grady Sizemore closing in on new deal

    Nov 18, 2011, 9:55 PM EDT

    Grady Sizemore

    UPDATE II: According to Buster Olney of ESPN.com, a deal between the Indians and Sizemore will get done. UPDATE: Sizemore’s agent, Joe Urbon, confirmed to Rosenthal that serious discussions with the Indians are taking place. The 29-year-old could make up his mind as soon as this weekend. 7:42 PM: Sources tell FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal than…

  6. Don’t count the Giants out on Carlos Beltran yet

    Nov 18, 2011, 9:12 PM EDT

    beltran scores getty

    Apparently satisfied with the state of their outfield following the recent acquisition of Melky Cabrera, Jon Heyman of SI.com reported last week that the Giants were no longer expected to attempt to bring back Carlos Beltran. It sounded pretty ridiculous at the time and fortunately for Giants fans, that’s not necessarily the case. According to…

  7. Pablo Sandoval undergoes LASIK surgery

    Nov 18, 2011, 7:14 PM EDT

    Pablo Sandoval

    With any luck, this panda won’t be squinting so much next year. Pablo Sandoval told Beisbol por Gotas that he recently underwent LASIK surgery on his left eye. “I’ve had problems with left eyesight since 2010,” he said. “I decided to go on with the operation today in San Francisco.” Sandoval went on to say that…

  8. Orioles give former first-rounder Matt Antonelli a big-league deal

    Nov 18, 2011, 6:29 PM EDT

    Matt Antonelli

    2006 first-round pick Matt Antonelli was a big bust for the Padres, but the Orioles apparently liked what he did with the Nationals’ Triple-A club last season. They signed him to a major league contract on Friday and will give him a chance to compete for a job in spring training. Antonelli, who turns 27…

  9. Report: MLB could tax low-spending clubs

    Nov 18, 2011, 5:54 PM EDT

    Bud Selig

    This tweet comes from Jayson Stark, who has done a great job of covering the soon-to-be-announced CBA for ESPN.com: There have been lots of rumblings there will also be a tax on teams that spend too little on big-league payroll. Looking forward to details There are none of those available yet, so what kind of floor…

  10. The Marlins’ offer to Jose Reyes was lower than first reported

    Nov 18, 2011, 5:23 PM EDT

    jose reyes getty

    Remember when it was reported earlier this week that the Marlins made a $90 million offer to Jose Reyes? Most folks thought it was a low initial offer.  Well, Jon Heyman hears that it was actually $10-20 million lower than that. He doesn’t rule out that the Marlins may increase the offer and stay competitive…

  11. You can interview Jose Canseco. As long as you pay $2,000

    Nov 18, 2011, 4:50 PM EDT

    Jose Canseco

    Dave Brown of Big League Stew is about the nicest guy I’ve met since I started meeting baseball writery-types a couple of years ago. He’s funny. Disarming. Straight shooter.  If there’s anyone who isn’t going to misrepresent you in an interview it’s Dave. Quite the opposite in fact. His forte, via his Answer Man interviews,…

  12. The Twins lineup of the moment

    Nov 18, 2011, 4:28 PM EDT

    Joe Mauer high five

    The Twins appear to be far from locks to re-sign either Michael Cuddyer or Jason Kubel, but they have added infielder Jamey Carroll and catcher-first baseman Ryan Doumit since free agency began. So, here’s a guess at their lineup as it stands right now: CF Denard Span SS Jamey Carroll C Joe Mauer 1B Justin…

  13. Brian Cashman sleeps in Times Square to raise awareness for homeless youth

    Nov 18, 2011, 3:55 PM EDT

    Cashman profile

    I made a passing, joking reference to Brian Cashman sleeping on the streets this morning, but the story behind that deserves its own spotlight.  From the New York Daily News, here’s why he was doing it: Cashman was hoping that joining a group of nearly 50 business leaders in the Covenant House CEO Solidarity Sleepout would make…

  14. Switch-pitcher Pat Venditte to be available in Rule 5 draft

    Nov 18, 2011, 3:23 PM EDT

    Pat Venditte

    The Yankees added 2B David Adams, OF Zoilo Almonte, INF Corban Joseph, RHP D.J. Mitchell and RHP David Phelps to the 40-man roster prior to Friday’s deadline to protect players from the Rule 5 draft, but they left switch-pitcher Pat Venditte off the list, making him eligible to be picked on Dec. 8. It will be interesting to see if anyone…

  15. The Twins sign Ryan Doumit

    Nov 18, 2011, 2:53 PM EDT

    Ryan Doumit

    Jerry Crasnick of ESPN reports that the Twins have signed catcher — and occasional first baseman — Ryan Doumit to a one-year, $3 million deal. There are performance bonuses involved. Doumit is a disaster behind the plate, but he can play a little first base. His real asset is his bat. A switch hitter, he…

  16. Wilson Ramos: “‘Thanks, Nats fans, for your prayers and your support”

    Nov 18, 2011, 2:34 PM EDT

    wilson ramos reuters

    Wilson Ramos made a brief appearance back at Nationals Park today, meeting with GM Mike Rizzo and undergoing a physical exam.  Ben Goessling has the story here.  Ramos’ statement: “I just want to say, ‘Thanks, Nats fans, for your prayers and your support,’ ” Ramos said. “I’m happy to be here. I’m happy to be…

  17. Yoenis Cespedes expects a deal in the $35-50 million range

    Nov 18, 2011, 1:57 PM EDT

    yoenis cespedes getty

    Peter Gammons was told by scouts in the Dominican Republic that Yoenis Cespedes expects a deal in the $35-50 million range. Yikes. That’s more than Aroldis Chapman got.  But then again, you’re getting six years of team control out of him, right?  So amortize that and it works out well as long as he becomes even…

  18. Dale Sveum’s nickname: “Nuts”

    Nov 18, 2011, 1:27 PM EDT

    Dale Sveum

    I’m guessing Brewers fans knew this already, but I was unaware that Dale Sveum’s nickname is “nuts.” Things like deez always sort of surprise me. Over at CSNChicago.com, Tony Andracki recounts Sveum’s answer when he asked how he got that nickname.  Fun reading.  Sveum is a bit cagey about it, but it’s fun reading. I…

  19. Details of Matt Kemp’s contract extension with the Dodgers

    Nov 18, 2011, 1:00 PM EDT

    matt kemp getty

    Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times has the year-by-year breakdown of Matt Kemp‘s new eight-year, $160 million extension with the Dodgers. Signing bonus: $2 million 2012: $10 million 2013: $20 million 2014: $21 million 2015: $21 million 2016: $21.5 million 2017: $21.5 million 2018: $21.5 million 2019: $21.5 million The deal takes Kemp through his…

  20. The Blue Jays go retro with their new logo, uniforms

    Nov 18, 2011, 12:21 PM EDT

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    The Toronto Blue Jays just unveiled their new logo and uniforms.  And they look pretty familiar: I like ’em, mostly because I always liked the old ones.  It’s a clean look. The split font on the team name and the numbers is unique. Sure, some people may say it’s too 70s, but the aggressive-looking bird…

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