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  1. Japanese shortstop Hiroyuki Nakajima will be posted

    Nov 16, 2011, 3:50 PM EDT

    Hikoyuki Nakakima

    MLB teams in need of a shortstop but without the resources to go after Jose Reyes or Jimmy Rollins will have another intriguing option, as Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that Hiroyuki Nakajima will be posted by his team in Japan. Nakajima has long been a star in Japan, but the history of Japanese hitters–and…

  2. The Marlins offer to Pujols was less than $200 million

    Nov 16, 2011, 3:30 PM EDT

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    We heard in the wee hours this morning that the Marlins had made a nine-year offer to Albert Pujols.  Shock! Dismay! Excitement! And now we hear from Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald that the offer was for less than $200 million.  Which means that it was almost certainly less than the $22 million a…

  3. There’s a new team called “The London Rippers” and some people have a problem with that

    Nov 16, 2011, 3:01 PM EDT

    Jack the Ripper

    London, Ontario has a new indy league baseball team and they’re called “The London Rippers.”  The logo is of a menacing-looking man in a Victorian-era top hat and is clearly and undeniably aimed at evoking Jack The Ripper. The mayor and a lot of other people have a bit of a problem with that. Here’s the…

  4. Rockies shopping closer Huston Street to clear payroll space

    Nov 16, 2011, 2:45 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v Colorado Rockies

    For teams like the Blue Jays that are in the market for a veteran closer but scared off by free agent demands Huston Street could emerge as a top target, with Troy Renck of the Denver Post reporting that the Rockies “would like to move Street to create payroll flexibility to pursue a starting pitcher.”…

  5. Kirk Gibson, Joe Maddon named Managers of the Year

    Nov 16, 2011, 2:02 PM EDT

    Kirk Gibson

    Your 2011 Managers of the Year: Kirk Gibson and Joe Maddon. I don’t know what to make of the Manager of the Year Award. Never have. No one has yet shown me a good way to measure the candidates against one another. It usually ends up with a “who did the most with the least”…

  6. Wilson Ramos to resume playing in Venezuelan winter league tonight

    Nov 16, 2011, 1:48 PM EDT

    Wilson Ramos

    Wilson Ramos is scheduled to be back in the lineup for Tigres de Aragua of the Venezuelan winter league tonight, less than a week after being rescued following a kidnapping at gunpoint. Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo signed off on Ramos remaining in Venezuela and returning to game action, but told ESPN-980 in Washington that…

  7. The Dodgers sue Fox over TV rights messiness

    Nov 16, 2011, 1:32 PM EDT

    old TV

    There’s not a much better way to characterize this in a headline, because it is just messiness. The upshot, though: Fox has the TV rights and exclusive rights to negotiate with the Dodgers over the next TV deal until sometime next year; The Dodgers, even though they are to be sold, would like to be…

  8. Reds prospect Juan Francisco robbed at gunpoint in Dominican Republic

    Nov 16, 2011, 1:18 PM EDT

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    Last week Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos was kidnapped at gunpoint in Venezuela and now Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports that Reds prospect Juan Francisco was robbed at gunpoint in the Dominican Republic yesterday. According to the general manager of Francisco’s winter ball team he had stopped for something to eat while going to visit his…

  9. Glenn Beck uses MLB’s video platfrom to spew his bile. So what?

    Nov 16, 2011, 1:00 PM EDT

    45th Annual CMA Awards  - Arrivals

    I’ve been trying to avoid this — and other outlets have been talking about it already, including my compadre Rick Chandler over at Off the Bench — but the PR guy from this group keeps emailing me about it so why the heck not. The group in question is Americans United for Change* and the…

  10. Cardinals don’t view Prince Fielder as fallback to Albert Pujols

    Nov 16, 2011, 12:46 PM EDT

    Prince Fielder, Albert Pujols

    If the Cardinals’ effort to re-sign Albert Pujols fails they won’t pursue Prince Fielder as his replacement at first base, according to Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post Dispatch. Strauss writes that if Pujols leaves the Cardinals would replace him internally by shifting Lance Berkman to first base and making Allen Craig the everyday…

  11. Terry Francona won’t manage in 2012

    Nov 16, 2011, 12:19 PM EDT

    Terry Francona

    Sean McAdam of CSNNE.com spoke with Terry Francona, who says that he will not seek to manage in 2012 “for my benefit.” Francona interviewed with the Cardinals and said he would have liked that job, but they went with Mike Matheny. He says he’s been in contact with Theo Epstein in Chicago, but says it’s…

  12. White Sox moving Chris Sale into the rotation for 2012

    Nov 16, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

    Chris Sale throwing

    Chris Sale has worked exclusively out of the bullpen through his first two seasons, establishing himself as a top-notch setup man, but White Sox general manager Ken Williams revealed yesterday that the left-hander will be moved into the starting rotation for 2012. Sale was drafted as a starter and the White Sox have indicated all…

  13. The Orioles spoke to David Ortiz’s agent

    Nov 16, 2011, 11:36 AM EDT

    Boston Red Sox v New York Yankees

    Orioles’ GM Dan Duquette confirmed to Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com that he spoke with David Ortiz‘s agent last night.  This after it was reported that the Red Sox have made Ortiz an offer to return as their DH. This, in all likelihood, is a gambit by Ortiz to squeeze a few more bucks out of…

  14. Long-term contract talks between Diamondbacks and Miguel Montero “are at a standstill”

    Nov 16, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    Miguel Montero

    Diamondbacks general manager Kevin Towers said yesterday that he’d like to sign catcher Miguel Montero to a long-term contract extension, but Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports that talks “are at a standstill.” Montero is coming off a career-best season and his first All-Star selection, so with free agency one year away he may…

  15. Quote of the Day: Jeff Loria on the Marlins’ new colors

    Nov 16, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

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    This is actually the quote of last Friday, but I had missed it and it’s way too awesome to pass up.  Here’s Marlins owner Jeff Loria, describing the team’s new color scheme: “We are the red-orange of the breathtaking Miami sunsets and the citrus industry; the blue of the sky and the sea; and the…

  16. Phillies close to re-signing backup catcher Brian Schneider

    Nov 16, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    schneider phillies

    Philadelphia was apparently satisfied with Brian Schneider backing up Carlos Ruiz for the past two seasons, because Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com reports that the Phillies are close to re-signing the 34-year-old catcher. Schneider signed a two-year, $2.75 million deal with the Phillies as a free agent in December of 2009, but he’s coming off…

  17. Must-click link: wonderfully awful baseball cards

    Nov 16, 2011, 10:31 AM EDT

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    I have tens of thousands of baseball cards in my basement.  I don’t think I have any as unintentionally hilarious as the ones Jon Bois highlights over at SB Nation today. Most of them were issued by local police departments and contain anti-drug messages.  I guess their heart was in the right place, but the…

  18. Brewers agree not to offer arbitration to Type A free agent Takashi Saito

    Nov 16, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    takashi-saito-brewers-spring

    Takashi Saito is a Type A free agent, but in order to receive draft pick compensation for his departure the Brewers would have to first offer him arbitration and have him decline. That isn’t happening, as Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that they’ve agreed not to offer the 41-year-old reliever arbitration. Teams are now free…

  19. The Red Sox have called about Freddy Garcia

    Nov 16, 2011, 9:51 AM EDT

    Freddy Garcia

    The Boston Herald says that the Red Sox, looking to get some “buy-low” starting pitching, have called Freddy Garcia‘s agent. I would presume that the Yankees have at least some degree of interest in bringing Garcia back given that he was pretty darn useful last year.  Which makes one wonder if you can really “buy-low”…

  20. No, Mike Krzyzewski, it’s not harder to win at Duke than with the New York Yankees

    Nov 16, 2011, 9:12 AM EDT

    Duke v Michigan State

    Last night Mike Krzyzewski became college basketball’s all-time winningest coach. Good for him. One of his postgame comments was interesting: Krzyzewski used the New York Yankees to explain how hard it is to keep a program on top because of players changing every four years, or even earlier with the NBA draft looming overhead. “We don’t have Jeter…

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