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  1. Dodgers sign backup catcher Matt Treanor to one-year deal

    Nov 15, 2011, 7:37 PM EDT

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    UPDATE II: Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times reports that Treanor will make $850,000 next season while the contract includes a $950,000 club option for 2013 or a $150,000 buyout. UPDATE: Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com says it’s a done deal. Treanor is expected to get around $1 million. ========= Rod Barajas‘ departure means the…

  2. Cardinals interested in bringing back Octavio Dotel

    Nov 15, 2011, 7:00 PM EDT

    Octavio Dotel Getty

    According to Buster Olney of ESPN.com, the Cardinals have had “multiple discussions” about bringing back veteran reliever Octavio Dotel. Dotel, 37, posted a 3.50 ERA and 62/17 K/BB ratio over 54 innings between the Cardinals and Blue Jays during the regular season. Of course, he was also an important part of Tony La Russa’s bullpen during…

  3. Angels phenom Mike Trout can’t be the 2012 Rookie of the Year

    Nov 15, 2011, 6:35 PM EDT

    Mike Trout

    Because MLB’s math works a little differently. To qualify as a rookie for MLB purposes, a player cannot have more than 130 at-bats, 50 innings pitched or 45 non-September days of service time on the active roster total in previous seasons. Mike Trout would seem to have none of those things. He finished 2011 with…

  4. Just what are the Padres doing?

    Nov 15, 2011, 5:54 PM EDT

    Josh Byrnes

    The Padres currently have 20 position players on their 40-man roster and all but two of them will be 25 or older as of next July 1. Of the two younger, one, Jeudy Valdez, is pretty much guaranteed to spend all of next season in the minors. The other, Anthony Rizzo, should take over as…

  5. Chris Volstad wasn’t invited to Marlins’ uniform unveiling

    Nov 15, 2011, 4:47 PM EDT

    Chris Volstad

    Chris Volstad has started 102 games and thrown 584 innings for the Marlins since debuting in mid-2008, but the 25-year-old right-hander wasn’t invited to the team’s new uniform unveiling last week and thinks it might hint at an upcoming trade. “I can’t say I haven’t had those thoughts,” Volstad told Joe Capozzi of the Palm…

  6. Mariners prospect Alex Liddi was cut by winter ball teams in Venezuela and Dominican Republic

    Nov 15, 2011, 4:09 PM EDT

    Alex Liddi

    Alex Liddi had a solid season at Triple-A, hitting .259 with 30 homers, and made his big-league debut with the Mariners in September, but the 23-year-old third base prospect is having a rough offseason. Liddi headed to Venezuela to play winter ball for the Lara Cardenales, but got released from the team after going 6-for-44…

  7. Neil Walker’s extension talks with Pirates have “cooled”

    Nov 15, 2011, 3:15 PM EDT

    Neil Walker, Jose Tabata

    Back when the Pirates signed Jose Tabata to a long-term contract extension in August there was talk of them doing the same with Neil Walker, but Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune Review reports that those negotiations never went anywhere. According to Biertempfel the two sides were “deep in talks” as of late August, but…

  8. The Giants are going to try to lock up Lincecum

    Nov 15, 2011, 3:01 PM EDT

    Tim Lincecum

    Tim Linceucm has said or suggested on a number of occasions that, while he’s happy in San Francisco, he’s content to go year-to-year through arbitration and then perhaps sign additional short term deals as his career progresses.  The Giants either don’t take him at his word, find the prospect unsettling or both, because Jon Heyman…

  9. Mark Kotsay close to one-year contract with Padres

    Nov 15, 2011, 2:29 PM EDT

    Milwaukee Brewers center fielder Mark Kotsay is unable to reach an RBI double by St. Louis Cardinals' Jon Jay in the 1st inning of Game 3 of the MLB National League Championship Series baseball playoffs in St. Louis

    Mark Kotsay had the best years of his career with the Padres from 2001-2003 and Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that the veteran outfielder is returning to San Diego on a one-year deal worth around $1.25 million. At age 35 he’s no longer capable of playing center field regularly and Kotsay’s bat isn’t starting-caliber in…

  10. Never in doubt: Justin Verlander cruises to the AL Cy Young Award

    Nov 15, 2011, 2:00 PM EDT

    Texas Rangers v Detroit Tigers - Game Five

    What, you were expecting someone else? Justin Verlander ran away with the AL Cy Young Award today, garnering all 28 first place votes.  In his dust were Jered Weaver, James Shields CC Sabathia and Jose Valverde.  If you want to get mad about downballot stuff go ahead, but it kind of doesn’t matter here. Verlander…

  11. Ryan Howard “is making encouraging progress” in recovery from torn Achilles’ tendon

    Nov 15, 2011, 1:50 PM EDT

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    Jeff Janiczek of the Philadelphia Daily News writes that Ryan Howard “is making encouraging progress” recovering from the torn Achilles’ tendon he suffered in the final at-bat of the NLDS. Charlie Manuel told Janiczek that he touched base with Howard “about 10 days ago” and “he’s doing really well.” It’s early enough in the recovery…

  12. The Rockies are checking out Grady Sizemore

    Nov 15, 2011, 1:30 PM EDT

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    You people not in Ohio wouldn’t necessarily know this, but do understand that Grady Sizemore most likely leaving the Indians has upset a lot of women around here. I mean, I know there are always fans of cute ballplayers, but with Sizemore it seems another thing altogether. On the playground the other day a woman…

  13. Dodgers finalize two-year, $8.75 million deal with Mark Ellis

    Nov 15, 2011, 1:17 PM EDT

    Mark Ellis

    UPDATE: It’s a done deal now. Two years and $8.75 million, with an option for 2014. ========== Not having an owner isn’t stopping the Dodgers from spending money this offseason. Matt Kemp‘s eight-year, $160 million contract is all but finalized and now Buster Olney of ESPN.com reports that the Dodgers are “on the verge” of…

  14. Ryne Sandberg likely to stay with Phillies as Triple-A manager

    Nov 15, 2011, 12:48 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies Spring Training Workout Session

    For the second straight offseason Ryne Sandberg failed to land a prominent big-league coaching or managing gig, so Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports that he’s expected to stay with the Phillies as their Triple-A manager. Gelb writes that the Phillies “are quite fond of Sandberg” and speculates that the Hall of Fame second…

  15. Former Giants employee pleads guilty to embezzlement charges

    Nov 15, 2011, 12:30 PM EDT

    Giants logo

    The shocker: the person accused of taking money they did not earn from the Giants wasn’t Miguel Tejada! The San Francisco Giants’ former payroll manager pleaded guilty Monday to embezzling $2.2 million from the team. Robin M. O’Connor, 42, of American Canyon, pleaded guilty in San Francisco federal court to a single felony charge of wire fraud.…

  16. Brett Anderson throws for first time since elbow surgery

    Nov 15, 2011, 12:16 PM EDT

    Brett Anderson

    Brett Anderson threw yesterday for the first time since undergoing Tommy John elbow surgery in July and told Jane Lee of MLB.com that he’s used the down time to drop 20 pounds by giving up soda. Anderson made 20 throws from 45 feet and afterward compared it to “walking again or riding your bike again.”…

  17. The Reds move their opening up a day

    Nov 15, 2011, 11:33 AM EDT

    GABP

    When the 2012 schedule came out the Reds and officials in Cincinnati were none too pleased. Why? Because in addition to not getting the first game of the season — which they used to all the time but haven’t for many years now — they weren’t even going to be playing on the whole first…

  18. Red Sox bench coach DeMarlo Hale is fifth candidate to interview with Cubs

    Nov 15, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    Terry Francona, DeMarlo Hale

    Red Sox bench coach DeMarlo Hale interviewed yesterday with Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer, becoming the fifth known candidate to replace Mike Quade as Chicago’s manager. Carrie Muskat of MLB.com reports that Hale’s interview came via phone, but team president Theo Epstein was quick to point out that the Cubs’ decision-makers are familiar with him…

  19. The Brewers are talking to Rafael Furcal

    Nov 15, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

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

    Adam McCalvy spoke with Doug Melvin at the GM meetings yesterday to catch up on the Brewers search for a shortstop.  The upshot: Milwaukee has only had one phone call with Jose Reyes and no numbers were exchanged. There has been a bit more with less-sexy options, including Rafael Furcal, whose agent, Paul Kinzer, lunched…

  20. Matt Capps’ agent says “he’s going to be closing somewhere”

    Nov 15, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    matt capps rueters

    Agent Paul Kinzer said yesterday that the Mets and Twins are among the teams to express interest in Matt Capps, adding: “I think he’s going to be closing somewhere. I’ll put it that way.” That’s hard to believe, in part because Capps pitched his way out of the closer job in Minnesota this year and…

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