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  1. Indians expected to exercise Fausto Carmona’s option

    Oct 29, 2011, 8:48 PM EDT

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    Matthew noted earlier that the Indians are expected to decline Grady Sizemore‘s $9 million option for 2012, paying him a $500,000 buyout instead. Fausto Carmona will meet a different fate. According to MLB.com’s Jordan Bastian, the Cleveland front office is planning to exercise the right-hander’s $7 million club option for next season when contract option…

  2. 89 percent of televisions in St. Louis tuned into Game 7

    Oct 29, 2011, 7:51 PM EDT

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

    St. Louis’ whole “best fans in baseball” thing can get a little tired. But there are times when the city truly backs it up. Like… well… last night. Via MLB’s public relations department, 80 percent of the televisions in St. Louis were tuned into the FOX broadcast throughout Friday’s World Series Game 7, and 89…

  3. Jason Giambi, Rockies agree to exercise 2012 mutual option

    Oct 29, 2011, 6:34 PM EDT

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    From beat writer Troy Renck of the Denver Post comes word that the Rockies and Jason Giambi have agreed to exercise the backup first baseman’s $1 million mutual option for 2012. Giambi might have been able to fetch a slightly more fruitful salary on the open market after slugging 13 home runs and tallying 32…

  4. Angels likely to have payroll in $130-140 million range next season

    Oct 29, 2011, 5:47 PM EDT

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    Some have speculated that the Angels could be a player for Jose Reyes or another high-profile free agent this winter, but if owner Arte Moreno can be believed, a big ticket item might not be in the cards. According to Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times, Moreno said this afternoon that the Angels will…

  5. After being freed from Egyptian prison, Ilan Grapel told Mets won World Series

    Oct 29, 2011, 4:45 PM EDT

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    Did you know that the Mets won the World Series? For a little while, that’s what 27-year-old Ilan Grapel thought. Grapel, a law student from Queens, New York, was freed Thursday after spending five months in an Egyptian prison. He was accused of spying for Israel in June after attending a demonstration in Cairo during…

  6. Bobby Jenks “making progress” in treatment for pulmonary embolism

    Oct 29, 2011, 3:22 PM EDT

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    The last we heard from Bobby Jenks in mid-September, he was diagnosed with a pulmonary embolism, a condition which involves a sudden blockage of an artery in the lung. According to Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald, new Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington said yesterday that Jenks is “making progress” in his treatments. While…

  7. Option calls due in by midnight Monday

    Oct 29, 2011, 2:20 PM EDT

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    Teams and players will have to announce by midnight on Monday night whether they’re exercising or declining their 2012 options. The Cubs’ Ryan Dempster struck first Saturday, exercising his $14 million player option to stay in Chicago. Here are some of the other calls still to be made: Grady Sizemore (Cle) – The Indians hold a…

  8. Ryan Dempster exercises 2012 player option to stay with Cubs

    Oct 29, 2011, 1:56 PM EDT

    Chicago Cubs v Cincinnati Reds

    According to Patrick Mooney of CSNChicago.com, Ryan Dempster has exercised his 2012 player option to stay with the Cubs. It was an expected move, as he has $14 million coming his way next season. Dempster, 34, went 10-14 with a 4.80 ERA and 191/82 K/BB ratio over 34 starts this season. He logged 202 1/3…

  9. Game 7 of World Series was most watched baseball game since 2004

    Oct 29, 2011, 1:11 PM EDT

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    Jon Weisman of Variety and the excellent Dodger Thoughts brings word that Game 7 of the World Series between the Rangers and Cardinals drew 23.2 million viewers last night according to preliminary Nielsen estimates, making it the most watched baseball game in seven years. Weisman notes that the audience could go up by more than a…

  10. Mike Gonzalez pitched through a torn meniscus

    Oct 29, 2011, 12:10 PM EDT

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

    Josh Hamilton wasn’t the only member of the Rangers playing through a painful injury. Richard Durrett of ESPN Dallas, Mike Gonzalez has a torn meniscus in his left knee. He was pulled from the seventh inning of Game 7 last night due to the injury, which he originally suffered late in the season. “We didn’t…

  11. Bud Selig expects to handle compensation for Theo Epstein

    Oct 29, 2011, 11:29 AM EDT

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

    It’s the issue that just won’t go away. The Red Sox and Cubs have until Tuesday to work out compensation for Theo Epstein. If they can’t reach a satisfactory agreement by then, commissioner Bud Selig confirmed to the Associated Press yesterday that he will act as arbitrator. Here’s Selig, who sounds just as tired of…

  12. It’s official: Angels announce Jerry Dipoto as general manager

    Oct 29, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    Jerry DiPoto

    Confirming what was reported by Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com yesterday, the Angels just announced that they have hired Jerry Dipoto as general manager. He’ll receive a five-year contract to replace Tony Reagins, who resigned from his post as GM at the end of September. Here’s Dipoto, as quoted in a release from the team: “What…

  13. Don’t forget, the Cardinals will get Adam Wainwright back next season

    Oct 29, 2011, 10:35 AM EDT

    Adam Wainwright

    There’s naturally a lot of focus on Albert Pujols‘ impending free agency this winter, but let’s not forget that Adam Wainwright is on track to return to the Cardinals’ starting rotation next season. Wainwright, 30, missed the entire 2011 season following Tommy John surgery in February. He was recently shut down for a week due…

  14. Josh Hamilton to see doctor about possible sports hernia

    Oct 29, 2011, 9:59 AM EDT

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

    Josh Hamilton has played through a possible sports hernia for about two months now. And now that the season is over, he can finally get it checked out. According to Jeff Caplan of ESPN Dallas, Hamilton will take about a week off before being examined by Dr. William Myers in Philadelphia. Myers previously performed surgery…

  15. The Cardinals to hold victory parade Sunday

    Oct 29, 2011, 9:19 AM EDT

    St. Louis Cardinals players celebrate wth the World Series trophy after they defeated the Texas Rangers in Game 7 to win MLB's World Series baseball championship in St. Louis

    Winning a World Series title is never complete without all the trappings of the victory parade. According to Adam Berry of MLB.com, the Cardinals plan to hold theirs on Sunday afternoon through downtown St. Louis. The parade will begin at 4 p.m. CT with the Budweiser Clydesdales leading the procession and end with a special…

  16. What they’re saying about the Cardinals winning the World Series

    Oct 29, 2011, 8:48 AM EDT

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

    The Cardinals defeated the Rangers 6-2 last night to win Game 7 of the World Series and their 11th World Championship. Here’s some reaction from around the baseball world: Albert Pujols: “We had a 5 percent chance (to reach the playoffs) with 35 games left in the season. We knew we had to play great. The…

  17. Ryan Franklin is getting a World Series ring

    Oct 29, 2011, 2:14 AM EDT

    Ryan Franklin

    The Cardinals used 46 players on their way to a World Series victory, and given recent precedent, every single one of them will be getting some bling. Of course, some will deserve it more than others. Here’s a glimpse at a few of the lesser lights on the 2011 Cardinals… Ryan Franklin: An effective, if underpowered, closer…

  18. Albert Pujols doesn’t talk free agency after World Series win

    Oct 29, 2011, 1:49 AM EDT

    Albert Pujols

    As one would expect, Albert Pujols didn’t immediately have much to say about whether Friday’s Game 7 victory was his last game as a Cardinal: You know what? I’m not even thinking about that. I’m thinking about, you know, we’re the world champions and I’m going to celebrate and whenever that time comes, you know,…

  19. Yeah, Rangers pitchers definitely choked a bit

    Oct 29, 2011, 12:27 AM EDT

    C.J. Wilson

    In winning the ALCS against the Tigers, Rangers pitchers issued 22 walks in six games. None of those batters who walked came around to score. In losing the World Series to the Cardinals, Rangers pitchers walked 41 batters in seven games. 11 of those hitters came around to score. As did two of the batters…

  20. David Freese named World Series MVP

    Oct 29, 2011, 12:12 AM EDT

    St. Louis Cardinals' Freese watches his game winning home run with Texas Rangers relief pitcher Lowe during the 11th inning in Game 6 of MLB's World Series baseball championship in St. Louis

    Could it really be anyone else? Completing an improbable title run for the Cardinals, hometown boy David Freese was just announced as the World Series MVP. The 28-year-old third baseman batted .348 (8-for-22) during the series to go along with one home run, one triple, two doubles, seven RBI and five walks. After hitting the…

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