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  1. Why are the Braves moving Martin Prado to left field instead of Dan Uggla?

    Nov 18, 2010, 1:18 PM EDT

    dan-uggla-marlins

    David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports that Martin Prado had no problem with the Braves’ request that he move to left field following the trade for Dan Uggla. General manager Frank Wren talked to Prado after making the trade and quoted the All-Star infielder as saying: “I just want to be a part…

  2. Nolan Ryan isn’t confident about the Rangers landing Cliff Lee

    Nov 18, 2010, 1:01 PM EDT

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    Brian Costa of the Wall Street Journal caught up with Rangers’ President Nolan Ryan down at the GM meetings and asked him about Cliff Lee.  Ryan’s response: he’s not giving up or anything, and he and the rest of the Rangers are going to try and sell Lee on the charms of Texas, but he’s…

  3. Scouting report on 17-year-old Cuban defector Yasiel Balaguer

    Nov 18, 2010, 12:46 PM EDT

    Yasiel Balaguer

    Last week 17-year-old Cuban center fielder Yasiel Balaguer defected to Nicaragua and immediately got himself an agent with eye toward becoming a free agent and signing with an MLB team. An article about the news in the El Nuevo Herald included all sorts of glowing words about his upside, including the usual praise from his…

  4. The Blue Jays are showing “strong interest” in Justin Upton

    Nov 18, 2010, 12:33 PM EDT

    Justin Upton

    There’s not much more to this than that statement itself, which Ken Rosenthal passed along a few minutes ago.  It’s kind of hard to analyze such a rumor in the manner we normally do, however, because (a) all teams should have a strong interest in Upton, so Toronto’s would not be surprising; and (b) Justin…

  5. Chris Coghlan in center field would be risky move for Marlins

    Nov 18, 2010, 12:15 PM EDT

    chris-coghlan-marlins

    Dan Uggla turning down a four-year, $48 million contract extension led to Florida trading him to Atlanta, but after the swap the Marlins also talked about how the move allows them to improve defensively. Uggla consistently ranked among the worst defensive second basemen in baseball, so replacing him with Omar Infante is a clear upgrade.…

  6. Quote of the Day: Bud Selig on the expanded playoffs

    Nov 18, 2010, 12:05 PM EDT

    Spinal Tap But it goes to eleven

    Well, it’s one louder, isn’t it? It’s not ten. You see, most blokes, you know, will be playing at ten. You’re on ten here, all the way up, all the way up, all the way up, you’re on ten on your guitar. Where can you go from there? Where? Nowhere. Exactly.

  7. Update: Shin-Soo Choo is one win away from freedom

    Nov 18, 2010, 11:36 AM EDT

    Shin-Soo Choo

    Well, maybe freedom is not the right word — it’s the army he’s trying to avoid here, not a jail sentence — but he is on the cusp of being able to take advantage of his full earning potential in Major League Baseball without a bunch of hassle: South Korea is in the Asian Games…

  8. Ron Gardenhire follows Manager of the Year award with contract extension

    Nov 18, 2010, 11:18 AM EDT

    Ron Gardenhire

    Ron Gardenhire is having a pretty good week. Yesterday he was named American League Manager of the Year after finishing runner-up for the award five times in the previous eight seasons and Joe Christensen of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that the Twins will soon announce a two-year contract extension for Gardenhire. According to Christensen…

  9. Tribune Columnist: Tear down Wrigley Field

    Nov 18, 2010, 11:05 AM EDT

    Wrigley Field

    I’m with the Tribune’s Steve Chapman on the whole “tax dollars should not be used to renovate Wrigley Field” thing, but I’m not quite sure how this follows as a “b” to that “a”: Wrigley is attractive and charming in many ways, but it’s like driving a vintage car: After a while, the novelty is…

  10. With contract extension unlikely, Nationals may look to trade Josh Willingham

    Nov 18, 2010, 10:47 AM EDT

    Josh Willingham

    Josh Willingham is under team control for one more season as an arbitration eligible player and would like to sign a contract extension to remain in Washington, but Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post reports that the Nationals aren’t interested in giving him a long-term deal and may look to trade him. Willingham, Adam Dunn,…

  11. The Diamondbacks want to “win” any Justin Upton trade. What does that mean?

    Nov 18, 2010, 10:37 AM EDT

    Arizona Diamondbacks v New York Mets

    This from Rosenthal and Morosi: “The Diamondbacks are making it clear to potential suitors they intend to “win” any trade involving Upton, who is 23 and under contract through 2015.” What does that even mean?  What team is going to say “yes, Arizona, we understand.  We will make sure that any offer to you will…

  12. Jake Peavy’s uncertain status has Chris Sale preparing to be a starter in 2011

    Nov 18, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

    Chris Sale throwing

    Earlier this week White Sox general manager Kenny Williams indicated that he expects Jake Peavy to begin 2011 on the disabled list following shoulder surgery and Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports that Chris Sale, who thrived out of the bullpen as a rookie, has “embarked on an offseason program designed for him to…

  13. If the Yankees can’t get Cliff Lee, plan B is Carl Crawford

    Nov 18, 2010, 10:01 AM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays' Carl Crawford makes a sliding catch against the Seattle Mariners during the third inning of their MLB American League baseball game in St. Petersburg

    If the Yankees don’t get Cliff Lee, they’re not going to go with the so-called second best options on the market to bolster their rotation. Mostly because those second best options are allegedly Jorge De La Rosa, who isn’t that good, and Carl Pavano, who the Yankees wouldn’t sign again if he was the last…

  14. It’s AL Cy Young day: Let’s get ready to rumble

    Nov 18, 2010, 9:30 AM EDT

    Seattle Mariners Photo Day

    A lot of us went nutso with our Felix Hernandez vs. CC Sabathia vs. David Price Cy Young arguments back in September. Then the playoffs happened and we got distracted for a while. But today, at 2PM Eastern, the Baseball Writers Association of America is going to name the winner of the AL Cy Young…

  15. Friday is the McCourts’ last chance to avoid Dodgerpocalypse

    Nov 18, 2010, 8:39 AM EDT

    McCourt Divorce Trial Continues With Ownership Of Dodgers In Contention

    Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports that the mediator in the McCourt divorce case is going to propose “a fair settlement” to each side on Friday. The idea: this is a last chance for the McCourts to avoid the judge telling them how the Dodgers will be divided up. If they don’t settle…

  16. U.S. investors are commodifying Dominican ballplayers

    Nov 18, 2010, 6:51 AM EDT

    Dominican baseball player

    In today’s New York Times Michael S. Schmidt  reports that U.S. investors, many of whom are unconnected to Major League Baseball, are setting up training academies in the Dominican Republic with the sole purpose of profiting on draftees’ signing bonuses: Recognizing that major league teams are offering multimillion-dollar contracts to some teenage prospects, the investors…

  17. Is Derek Jeter this year’s Johnny Damon?

    Nov 18, 2010, 6:09 AM EDT

    Jeter error

    I had this crazy dream last night!  The Yankees offered Derek Jeter $21 million a year for three years . . . and he rejected it! Oh my, it actually happened. And at least someone in YankeeLand is tired of it: According to the source, there is at least one voice inside the Yankees’ hierarchy…

  18. Mets likely to introduce new manager on Tuesday

    Nov 17, 2010, 10:50 PM EDT

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    The Mets interviewed Bob Melvin and Chip Hale on Wednesday for their managerial opening.  On Thursday, they’ll interview the other two finalists — Wally Backman and Terry Collins.  Assuming all goes according to plan and there’s no need for an abrupt schedule change, the Mets will then announce their new new skipper at a press…

  19. Derek Jeter wants at least a four-year contract from Yanks

    Nov 17, 2010, 9:23 PM EDT

    jeter in dugout

    Yankees veteran Derek Jeter posted a poor .270/.340/.370 batting line in 2010 and again showed diminishing range at the shortstop position.  A normal free agent with that profile would be lucky to find a two-year deal worth double-digit millions, but Derek Jeter is Derek Jeter.  And he’s using that legacy to squeak one final long-term…

  20. Marlins finalize strange three-year deal with John Buck

    Nov 17, 2010, 8:02 PM EDT

    Toronto Blue Jays Buck follows through on an RBI single during the first inning against the Boston Red Sox in their MLB American League baseball game in Boston

    Well, it’s official. The Marlins have made a couple of questionable moves so far in this young offseason and continued that trend Wednesday with the finalization of an odd three-year, $18 million contract for free agent catcher John Buck. Buck slugged 20 home runs for the Blue Jays in 2010 and represents a legitimate offensive…

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