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  1. Astros’ Jordan Schafer to be arraigned on drug charges

    Nov 7, 2011, 1:06 PM EDT

    Jordan Schafer

    Astros outfielder Jordan Schafer was arrested last month in Florida for possession of marijuana and Zachary Levine of the Houston Chronicle reports that his arraignment has been set for next Monday. In addition to the initial third-degree marijuana possession felony Schafer is also being charged with drug paraphernalia possession, which is a misdemeanor. According to…

  2. The Rangers are NOT pleased that the Ron Washington speech was made public

    Nov 7, 2011, 12:43 PM EDT

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    That recording of Ron Washington speaking to the Rangers before Game 7 of the World Series?  Yeah, the Rangers aren’t happy that we all got to hear and laugh and otherwise marvel at it: The Texas Rangers are investigating who recorded and then leaked manager Ron Washington’s speech prior to Game 7 of the World Series. “It’s…

  3. Will a “high-revenue team” give Grady Sizemore $9 million?

    Nov 7, 2011, 12:11 PM EDT

    Grady Sizemore

    Last week the Indians declined their 2012 option on Grady Sizemore, deciding that the one-time star center fielder wasn’t worth $9 million after three straight injury wrecked seasons. Their decision made sense, but now Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that Sizemore “likely will sign with a high-revenue team that’s willing to give him approximately the…

  4. Magglio Ordonez plans to rehab fractured ankle, play in 2012

    Nov 7, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    Magglio Ordonez

    When Magglio Ordonez fractured his ankle for the second time there was speculation that he’d call it quits at age 37 and coming off the worst season of his career, but Carlos Guillen said yesterday that Ordonez plans to play in 2012. Guillen, who like Ordonez is a free agent and won’t be re-signing with…

  5. Yankees, Nationals, Marlins, Phillies in on Yoenis Cespedes

    Nov 7, 2011, 10:59 AM EDT

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    Now that you have had a chance to recover from the Yoenis Cespedes video, let’s talk about where this too weird to live and too rare to die talent may actually play baseball. He had a tryout in the Dominican Republic on Friday and, as Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post reports, it drew the…

  6. Jim Thome recruits Michael Cuddyer to join him on Phillies

    Nov 7, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    Seattle Mariners v Minnesota Twins

    After signing a one-year, $1.25 million deal with the Phillies last week Jim Thome talked to fellow free agent and former Twins teammate Michael Cuddyer about joining him in Philadelphia. Various reports have the Phillies strongly pursuing Cuddyer and Thome told Todd Zolecki of MLB.com that he tried to help the cause with his own…

  7. Some neat Tony La Russa facts

    Nov 7, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    Tony La Russa

    Seems like Chris Jaffe of The Hardball Times has had a good list every week for a month now. The latest: Ten things he didn’t know about Tony La Russa. It’s a good time for that list due to the retirement and Jaffe is the right guy to do it due to the fact that…

  8. Carlos Zambrano serves up homer to Cubs teammate in first Venezuelan start

    Nov 7, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    Houston Astros v Chicago Cubs

    Carlos Zambrano made his first Venezuelan winter league start yesterday and his Cubs teammate Bryan LaHair took him deep as part of 2.2 innings of two-run ball. Zambrano last started for the Cubs three months ago, so Los Caribes de Anzoátegui is limiting his workload for now. He needed 60 pitches to record eight outs…

  9. The scouting video of Yoennis Cespedes is absolutely ridiculous

    Nov 7, 2011, 9:30 AM EDT

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    I had not thought much of Cuban defector Yoennis Cespedes. Scouting and prospects are not exactly my strong suit, so I usually just wait to hear what the Kevin Goldsteins and Keith Laws of the world say about those guys before I take too much notice. Well, today Goldstein has a big post about Cespedes…

  10. 2012 Top 111 Free Agents: Nos. 50-1

    Nov 7, 2011, 9:00 AM EDT

    St. Louis Cardinals' Albert Pujols celebrates his single next to Milwaukee Brewers first baseman Prince Fielder in the 2nd inning of Game 3 of the MLB National League Championship Series baseball playoffs in St. Louis

    Instead of breaking the rankings up further, here’s the entire top 50. Links to the articles for free agents 111-51 can be found below. Again, I’m ranking the free agents based more on how I believe teams view them than how I see the players myself. Personally, I’d take a chance on Vladimir Guerrero over…

  11. The Winter Meetings are coming

    Nov 7, 2011, 8:52 AM EDT

    Winter Meetings Dallas

    As we plow into the offseason, it’s a good time to remember that the biggest hot stove event is the Winter Meetings. They’re going to be in Dallas this year from December 5-8, though most people show up on Sunday the 4th. It’s a nutso kind of thing, whether you’re actually on-site or whether you’re…

  12. The Royals to sell the naming rights to Kauffman Stadium

    Nov 7, 2011, 8:15 AM EDT

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    Via some very well-put disappointment in the development over at Big League Stew comes word that the Kansas City Royals are on the verge of selling naming rights to Kauffman Stadium. Probably to a bank. Almost certainly not to Oklahoma Joe’s BBQ, which is a cryin’ shame. Does Kansas City have any anti-corporate activists hanging…

  13. MLB “stars” sweep five-game series against Chinese Taipei

    Nov 6, 2011, 5:27 PM EDT

    San Francisco Giants' manager Bochy, New York Yankees' Granderson and Cano attend a news conference in Taipei

    We did it! … Or something. According to Doug Miller of MLB.com, a group of Major League Baseball players (some stars, others not) captured a 6-4 victory Sunday at Cheng-Ching Lake Stadium in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, finishing up a five-game sweep of a Chinese Taipei team led by Nationals right-hander Chien-Ming Wang. Yankees Curtis Granderson and…

  14. Orioles officially hire Dan Duquette as new general manager

    Nov 6, 2011, 4:05 PM EDT

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    They’ve finally found their man. Er, a man. According to Baltimore sports reporter Jen Royle, the Orioles have officially hired Dan Duqette to be their next general manager and will introduce him at a press conference Tuesday at Camden Yards. Duquette served as the Expos’ general manager from 1992-1994 before taking the same position with…

  15. A recording of Ron Washington’s speech before Game 7…

    Nov 6, 2011, 3:22 PM EDT

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    The fine fellas at Joe Sports Fan have obtained a recording of Rangers manager Ron Washington’s pregame speech from Game 7 of the World Series. It’s about as graphic as it gets, with Washington frequently referring to Cardinals starter Chris Carpenter as “mutha-f#%king Carp.” He also quotes the Three Musketeers, so there’s that. JSF’s Matt Sebek…

  16. Jim Thome’s contract carries $250K in performance bonuses

    Nov 6, 2011, 2:30 PM EDT

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    The Phillies signed veteran slugger Jim Thome to a one-year contract on Friday. It carries a $1.25 million base salary, but the 41-year-old can earn another $250,000 through performance-based incentives. According to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com, Thome will get $50,000 if he reaches 175 plate appearances, another $50,000 if he makes 200 plate appearances, and so…

  17. Rockies interested in reunion with utilityman Jamey Carroll

    Nov 6, 2011, 1:16 PM EDT

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    According to the Denver Post‘s Troy Renck, Rockies general manager Dan O’Dowd is looking to give his team an “attitude adjustment” this winter by bringing in a strong clubhouse presence. Or two. Veteran utility infielder Jamey Carroll is thought to carry that type of aura, and is known to be on the Rockies’ short list…

  18. Picture of the Day: Brian Wilson leads LSU over ‘Bama

    Nov 6, 2011, 12:01 PM EDT

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    OK, that headline isn’t at all accurate. But Wilson did pick the Tigers to win “The Game of the Century.” Here’s the bearded closer, donning an LSU football uniform just before appearing on ESPN’s “Gameday” set as a guest score-predictor. His first-ranked alma mater defeated the second-ranked Alabama Crimson Tide on Saturday night by a…

  19. Rays “expected to be willing” to trade Wade Davis

    Nov 6, 2011, 10:54 AM EDT

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    From Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe comes word that the Rays are “expected to be willing” to trade 26-year-old right-hander Wade Davis at some point before the start of the 2012 season. There were rumblings as this offseason began that Tampa Bay might be willing to unload 29-year-old righty James Shields, who registered a…

  20. M’s prospect Nick Franklin goes 4-for-5 in Rising Stars Game

    Nov 6, 2011, 9:37 AM EDT

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    Mariners shortstop prospect Nick Franklin stole the show in Saturday night’s Arizona Fall League Rising Stars Game, finishing 4-for-5 with a home run, two doubles and four RBI as the West beat the East 11-2. The switch-hitting Franklin, considered a Top 50 prospect by most ranking services, also scored three runs. He homered in the…

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