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  1. How will the White Sox use Chris Sale next season?

    Nov 8, 2010, 7:40 PM EDT

    Chris Sale throwing

    In September, White Sox general manager Ken Williams stated that 2010 first-round pick Chris Sale would have a chance to win a spot in the starting rotation next spring. One scenario Williams discussed at the time is that the young left-hander could function as an insurance policy if Jake Peavy needs more time to bounce…

  2. ESPN to replace Jon Miller, Joe Morgan on Sunday nights

    Nov 8, 2010, 6:26 PM EDT

    2010 Baseball Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

    After 20 years in the booth together, Jon Miller and Joe Morgan are on the way out as ESPN’s broadcast team for Sunday Night Baseball.  The network has declined to renew Morgan’s contract.  Miller is being given the option of staying on as the play-by-play radio voice on Sunday night. Expectations are that ESPN will…

  3. Report: Jeter’s offer from the Yankees will be three years, $45-60 million

    Nov 8, 2010, 6:00 PM EDT

    MLB_Jeter

    Wallace Matthews of ESPN reports that the Yankees are currently preparing offers for Derek Jeter, Mariano Rivera and Cliff Lee. Matthews’ source tells him that Jeter’s offer will be for three years and between $15-20 million per year. The Yankees are expected to have a deal done with Jeter before either Rivera or Lee, Matthews…

  4. Mets to interview DeMarlo Hale, Don Wakamatsu, and Clint Hurdle this week

    Nov 8, 2010, 5:40 PM EDT

    Sandy Alderson

    Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com reports that the Mets will begin interviewing external manager candidates this week, starting with Red Sox bench coach DeMarlo Hale tomorrow. General manager Sandy Alderson is then slated to meet with Rangers hitting coach Clint Hurdle and newly hired Blue Jays bench coach Don Wakamatsu on Wednesday. Hale previously interviewed for…

  5. Mark Buehrle’s wife spills the beans on her husband winning the Gold Glove

    Nov 8, 2010, 5:30 PM EDT

    Chicago White Sox v Boston Red Sox

    The Gold Glove award announcements don’t come out until tomorrow, but the Chicago Tribune reports that Mark Buehrle’s wife Jamie posted this today on her Facebook page today: “So proud of my husband. He is now a TWO time gold glove winner!!!” I would have been able to report this news myself if it wasn’t…

  6. Quote of the day: Henry Schulman on Pablo Sandoval

    Nov 8, 2010, 4:56 PM EDT

    World Series Giants Rangers Baseball

    The playoffs are so serious.  One nice thing about the offseason — and the middle of June for that matter — is that you can drop goofy/awesome lines like this without worrying about missing the story: The Giants plan to use a carrot-and-stick approach with Pablo Sandoval’s conditioning this winter. If he does not eat…

  7. Blue Jays add Don Wakamatsu as bench coach, Dwayne Murphy as hitting coach

    Nov 8, 2010, 4:19 PM EDT

    Don Wakamatsu

    Toronto made four additions to new manager John Farrell’s staff today, adding Don Wakamatsu as bench coach, Dwayne Murphy as hitting coach, Pat Hentgen as bullpen coach, and Torey Lovullo as first base coach. Wakamatsu was the Mariners’ manager for all of 2009 and most of this season, going 127-147 before being fired in mid-August.…

  8. George Steinbrenner, Marvin Miller, nine others on Veteran’s Committee Hall of Fame ballot

    Nov 8, 2010, 4:07 PM EDT

    George Steinbrenner thumbs up

    The Hall of Fame Veteran’s Committee used to consider managers, umpires, executives and long-retired players every couple of years in one big lump.  Last summer they decided to break it up by era, with “Pre-Integration Era” candidates (1871-1946), “Golden Era” candidates (1947-1972) and “Expansion Era” candidates (starting in 1973) getting alternating consideration. They also decided…

  9. Twins unlikely to re-sign second baseman Orlando Hudson

    Nov 8, 2010, 3:48 PM EDT

    orlando-hudson-twins-sitting

    I wrote last month that several people who know about such things have told me that the Twins are highly unlikely to re-sign Orlando Hudson, in part because of payroll limitations and in part because the veteran second baseman wasn’t universally beloved within the clubhouse. After talking to Hudson recently Joe Christensen of the Minneapolis…

  10. The Mets hire Paul DePodesta

    Nov 8, 2010, 3:30 PM EDT

    DePodesta

    The New York Mets announced today that Paul DePodesta has been named Special Assistant to General Manager Sandy Alderson.  He joins J.P. Ricciardi in the “Former GMs Who Made Their Bones While Working for the Alderson/Beane ‘Moneyball’ Atheltics Teams Club.” DePodesta’s tenure as Dodgers’ GM was kind of a pain for him. He only got…

  11. Derrek Lee undergoes surgery on torn thumb ligament

    Nov 8, 2010, 3:17 PM EDT

    Derrek Lee

    Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports reports that Derrek Lee underwent surgery Friday to repair a torn thumb ligament that limited him for the entire season. Lee initially suffered the injury on Opening Day, yet played 148 games and was at his best following a mid-August trade to the Braves, hitting .287 with a .384 on-base…

  12. The Tigers could be looking at Adam Dunn or Victor Martinez

    Nov 8, 2010, 2:59 PM EDT

    Adam Dunn

    I just spoke with my buddy Norm Wamer at 106.5 The Ticket in Toledo. Norm tells me that he was on a conference call with Tigers’ GM Dave Dombrowski this morning, talking about the Jhonny Peralta signing. During the call someone asked him, basically, what’s next?  The response was that they were looking at the…

  13. A’s bid for Hisashi Iwakuma’s negotiating rights believed to be “in the $15 million range”

    Nov 8, 2010, 2:45 PM EDT

    Hisashi Iwakuma pitching

    Various sources confirm that Oakland has secured exclusive negotiating rights with Japanese right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma and Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that “the A’s winning bid was in the $15 million range.” Oakland will pay that “posting fee” to Iwakuma’s team in Japan only if the two sides are able to agree…

  14. Now the Marlins might trade Dan Uggla

    Nov 8, 2010, 2:09 PM EDT

    Dan Uggla

    On the heels of news that Dan Uggla rejected a four-year, $48 million offer, MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro — after confirming the offer Rosenthal mentioned — reports that the Marlins “may seriously consider” trading him. He’d be valuable to any number of teams, I presume. But maybe less so if they think that he wants a…

  15. Free agent reliever Jesse Crain wants a chance to close

    Nov 8, 2010, 1:47 PM EDT

    jesse-crain-twins

    Jesse Crain is one of four prominent Twins relievers hitting the open market as free agents and has said he’d like to remain in Minnesota, but told Kelly Thesier of MLB.com that his chances of re-signing depend largely on whether other teams offer him an opportunity to be their closer: Obviously, I’d love an opportunity…

  16. Shocker: Bud Selig believes that which has been thoroughly debunked

    Nov 8, 2010, 1:24 PM EDT

    Bud Selig defiant

    A letter Bud Selig recently wrote is making the rounds this morning. Why? Because in it he says “I really believe that Abner Doubleday is the ‘Father of Baseball,’” and makes reference to “some historians who would dispute this though.” You can see a copy of it over at Deadspin. Of course, the story of…

  17. Jarrod Washburn considering comeback after sitting out 2010

    Nov 8, 2010, 1:16 PM EDT

    Jarrod Washburn

    Jarrod Washburn sat out all of this season when he struggled to find interested teams following knee surgery, but the 36-year-old left-hander told Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com that he’s considering a comeback. I honestly am very happy with my decision to not play and hadn’t thought of playing again until recently. This past week…

  18. We don’t care about umpire development. We just want the right calls made.

    Nov 8, 2010, 1:00 PM EDT

    Joyce blown call

    There was an essay in the New York Times over the weekend about the state of umpiring. The author, Bruce Weber, who wrote a book about umpiring in 2009, says that replay would be bad a thing. Why? Well, human element and Alexander Cartwright and all of that.  What does Weber think is preferable? Better…

  19. Rick Peterson is interviewing for his own job in Milwaukee

    Nov 8, 2010, 12:45 PM EDT

    Manny Parra, Rick Peterson, Jonathan Lucroy

    Rick Peterson still has one season remaining on his contract as the Brewers’ pitching coach, but new manager Ron Roenicke is undecided about keeping him on the coaching staff and has met with Peterson several times since taking over the job last week. Roenicke told Adam McCalvy of MLB.com that the meetings “went well” but…

  20. Hank Conger cut from his winter ball team

    Nov 8, 2010, 12:25 PM EDT

    Texas Rangers v Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

    A couple of years ago Angels’ third baseman Brandon Wood was cut by his winter ball team for poor performance. On the one hand, it’s a small sample size and winter ball teams are trying to win, not develop U.S. talent. On the other hand, hey, they sure saw through Brandon Wood, didn’t they?  Oh…

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