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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. Former Giants employee pleads guilty to embezzlement charges

    Nov 15, 2011, 12:30 PM EDT

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    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.…

  4. 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.”…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

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

    Nov 15, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

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    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…

  9. The Orioles unveil their new/old cartoon-birdie uniforms

    Nov 15, 2011, 10:31 AM EDT

    Oroles new uniforms

    The Orioles have gone back to the future: orange jerseys, for the first time since 1992 and cartoon birds on the caps for the first time since 1988, at least on a regular basis.  Here’s the explanation. Here’s the look: So whaddaya think?  The caps with the white fields always looked like trucker caps back…

  10. White Sox not optimistic about re-signing Mark Buehrle

    Nov 15, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    Mark Buehrle

    General manager Ken Williams spoke yesterday about the White Sox’s effort to re-sign Mark Buehrle and Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune writes that “he was bracing for the worst.” Here are some of Williams’ quotes, which certainly don’t sound very optimistic at all: Listen, it’s professional sports. There’s a time for everyone to come.…

  11. Frank McCourt apologizes to Dodgers fans

    Nov 15, 2011, 9:48 AM EDT

    Frank McCourt sunglasses

    Frank McCourt moved on from denial to acceptance some time over the past month or two, and yesterday he started to make amends.  Speaking to reporters at the dedication of a youth baseball field yesterday, McCourt said that, for the most part, Dodgers fans have been great to him since he’s been there.  But then…

  12. The Diamondbacks have some interest in Roy Oswalt

    Nov 15, 2011, 9:30 AM EDT

    Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic — which happens to be one of my favorite names of a newspaper, though I’m not entirely sure why — reports that the Diamondbacks have “at least some interest” in Roy Oswalt.  Piecoro noted earlier that there are many veteran starters on the Dbacks’ radar screen, including Mark Buehrle…

  13. Marlins offer to Reyes: six years, $90 million

    Nov 15, 2011, 8:58 AM EDT

    Jose Reyes

    Ken Rosenthal’s latest column notes that, according to one source, the Marlins offer to Jose Reyes was for six years and $90 million. That seems a bit low. And Rosenthal noticed it too, noting that: Many in the industry are skeptical of the Marlins’ sincerity, believing that the club will make offers that are competitive, but not…

  14. Epstein: Zambrano will have to earn his way back

    Nov 15, 2011, 8:45 AM EDT

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    The Cubs are turning a new page. New team president, new GM and soon a new manager.  It’s fresh start city at Wrigley. So the last thing they probably want is to deal with bad old business like Carlos Zambrano. Theo Epstein, however, has continued to leave the door open to the possibility of Zambrano…

  15. Hanley Ramirez “not at all pleased” about having to switch positions for Jose Reyes

    Nov 15, 2011, 8:15 AM EDT

    Hanley Ramirez

    Last Thursday, Hanley Ramirez was quoted as saying that “it would be a good move” for the Marlins to sign Jose Reyes. He sidestepped questions about a position change, though he did note that he considered himself a shortstop. Seems that that’s pretty much the limit of his diplomatic skills, because Clark Spencer of the…

  16. Report: Angels have “serious” interest in C.J. Wilson

    Nov 14, 2011, 10:59 PM EDT

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    We learned earlier today that six teams have expressed interest in C.J. Wilson, but it appears one team in particular is making a strong early push. Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times reports that Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto and assistant general manager Scott Servais had dinner tonight with Wilson’s agent Bob Garber. DiGiovanna…

  17. Mariners willing to throw in money to rid themselves of Chone Figgins

    Nov 14, 2011, 9:30 PM EDT

    Chone Figgins running

    Chone Figgins has been a complete disaster since signing a four-year, $36 million deal with the Mariners in December of 2009. After he hit absolute rock bottom this season by batting just .188/.241/.243 over 313 plate appearances, it appears general manager Jack Zduriencik is ready to cut his losses and move on. According to Jon Paul…

  18. Aramis Ramirez will not be back with the Cubs

    Nov 14, 2011, 8:00 PM EDT

    Aramis Ramirez

    New Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein hinted earlier this month that Aramis Ramirez will likely be “moving on,” but the veteran third baseman’s agent said something much more definitive earlier today. According to Carrie Muskat of MLB.com, Ramirez’s agent Paul Kinzer said “that ship has sailed” as far as his client re-signing with…

  19. Diamondbacks sell Kam Mickolio to Hiroshima Carp

    Nov 14, 2011, 7:00 PM EDT

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    The Diamondbacks announced this afternoon that they have sold reliever Kam Mickolio to the Hiroshima Toyo Carp of Japan’s Central League. It was an expected move, as Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com reported last week that Mickolio will pitch in Japan next season. Mickolio was acquired from the Orioles last December along with David Hernandez in the…

  20. Juan Gonzalez for the Hall of Fame!

    Nov 14, 2011, 6:40 PM EDT

    Juan Gonzalez

    Incredibly enough, he’s not even a Scott Boras client. Tweets ESPN’s Jon Weisman: In today’s mail, I received a 12-page full-color campaign brochure for Juan “Igor” Gonzalez’s Hall of Fame candidacy. 12 pages trumpeting Juan Gonzalez. Someone had a lot of time on their hands. Gonzalez, of course, was a two-time MVP thanks to some…

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