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  1. Former-Astro Hunter Pence named Astros MVP

    Nov 2, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

    Hunter Pence

    This is fun. The Houston chapter of the Baseball Writers Association of America votes on the Astros MVP every year. And then, later this winter, there’s a banquet held in his honor which also serves as a fundraiser for team charities and as an unofficial kickoff to the 2012 season.  And the winner of the…

  2. The Marlins are gonna spend some money this winter

    Nov 2, 2011, 9:40 AM EDT

    Marlins cap

    There are very few franchises out there whose decisions have been influences by payroll constraints and, in some cases, unadulterated parsimony than the Florida Marlins.  Every year the story is the same: incremental improvements, hope the kids get better and then, at some point, the departure of someone who has the audacity to make more…

  3. Aaron Cook will talk to the Padres and Reds in free agency

    Nov 2, 2011, 9:12 AM EDT

    Aaron Cook

    Aaron Cook is a free agent now that the Rockies have declined their $11 million option on him for 2012.  And like a lot of recently-injured or ineffective starting pitchers, he said that he’d talk to the San Diego Padres.  You know the pattern by now: it’s a big, pitcher-friendly park and it’s a great…

  4. With La Russa retired, who manages the NL in next year’s All-Star Game?

    Nov 2, 2011, 8:45 AM EDT

    2011 World Series Game 4 -Texas Rangers v St Louis Cardinals

    The guy whose team wins the pennant always manages that league’s All-Star team the following summer.  Tony La Russa is that guy in the NL, but he’ll be playing shuffleboard or something next July. So who gets the gig? Rick Hummel writes about that over at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch today. Could be La Russa. That’s…

  5. ESPN’s PR people gave away the Gold Glove winners in advance

    Nov 2, 2011, 8:15 AM EDT

    Gold Glove

    The Gold Glove is a joke of an award these days. The process determining the winners is hopelessly flawed in conception (are other players and managers the best judge of this stuff?) and almost but not quite always results in the wrong people winning (No Peter Bourjos? Really?). But hey, an award is an award and…

  6. Frank McCourt agrees to sell Dodgers

    Nov 2, 2011, 5:38 AM EDT

    File photo of Frank McCourt leaving Stanley Mosk Courthouse after testifying during his divorce trial in Los Angeles

    UPDATE:   Major League Baseball and the Dodgers have released a joint statement confirming the earlier Los Angeles Times report: “The Los Angeles Dodgers and Major League Baseball announced that they have agreed today to a court supervised process to sell the team and its attendant media rights in a manner designed to realize maximum value…

  7. National League Gold Glove winners include three Dodgers

    Nov 2, 2011, 2:00 AM EDT

    82nd MLB All-Star Game - Batting Practice

    We already went over the American League Gold Glove winners, so now it’s the National League’s turn. Again, things were a little different this year. In addition to three finalists at each defensive position, we also had one winner from each outfield position for the first time. Courtesy of the Associated Press, here are your 2011…

  8. Trio of Red Sox win American League Gold Gloves

    Nov 2, 2011, 12:40 AM EDT

    Jacoby Ellsbury

    Rawlings unveiled the 2011 Gold Glove award winners this evening, but things didn’t go exactly as planned. The new award show was going to be televised on ESPN2 at 10 p.m. ET, but it was pushed back for about 45 minutes due to a high-scoring college football game between Northern Illinois University and Toledo. Once the…

  9. Mark Cuban offered to buy Dodgers, remains interested

    Nov 1, 2011, 9:51 PM EDT

    Jazz Mavericks Basketball

    There’s still a belief that Mark Cuban wouldn’t be welcomed by Bud Selig in the club of MLB owners, but that didn’t stop him from offering to buy the Dodgers earlier this year. Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports that Cuban inquired about the Dodgers “several months ago,” but that he declined to…

  10. Dodgers, Juan Rivera closing in on new contract

    Nov 1, 2011, 9:40 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Dodgers v San Francisco Giants

    With free agency set to begin on Thursday, Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times reports that the Dodgers and Juan Rivera are closing in on a new contract. The two sides are discussing a one-year deal with a club option for 2013. Rivera was acquired from Blue Jays in July after being designated for…

  11. Diamondbacks president Derrick Hall to have surgery for prostate cancer

    Nov 1, 2011, 9:20 PM EDT

    AP Derrick Hall

    According to the Associated Press, Diamondbacks president and CEO Derrick Hall will undergo surgery for prostate cancer next Tuesday. Hall, 42, was diagnosed last month after a prostate biopsy revealed cancerous tumors. The encouraging part is that the disease was caught in the early stages and he is expected to make a full recovery. All the…

  12. Marlins optimistic for resolution with the man formerly known as Leo Nunez

    Nov 1, 2011, 9:00 PM EDT

    leo nunez getty

    The last we heard about Juan Carlos Oviedo — the man formerly known as Marlins’ closer Leo Nunez — he was back in the Dominican Republic working through legal issues after admitting in September that he faked his identity. The Marlins provided a bit of an update on the matter this afternoon and while details…

  13. Yet again the Orioles fail to get their man

    Nov 1, 2011, 7:30 PM EDT

    Peter Angelos

    We know that Blue Jays assistant Tony LaCava wants to be a general manager. He just doesn’t want to be the Orioles’ general manager. According to FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal, LaCava turned down Baltimore’s offer to serve as their GM, or whatever they’re calling the equivalent role these days. The Orioles under Peter Angelos don’t actually employ…

  14. MLB may grant extension in Theo Epstein compensation talks

    Nov 1, 2011, 6:39 PM EDT

    Chicago Cubs Introduce Theo Epstein as President of Baseball Operations

    Bud Selig said last week that he would step in as arbitrator if the Red Sox and Cubs couldn’t come to an agreement on compensation for Theo Epstein by November 1. While we heard this morning that no real progress has been made in negotiations, don’t look for Selig to get involved just yet. According to…

  15. Report: Tony LaCava turns down Orioles’ GM job

    Nov 1, 2011, 5:30 PM EDT

    tony lacava

    UPDATE: Turns out maybe it wasn’t the Orioles who were having second thoughts about LaCava, but the other way around? Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that LaCava has turned down Baltimore’s general manager job. ========== Last week various reports had the Orioles all but settled on Blue Jays assistant general manager Tony LaCava as their…

  16. Theo Epstein on Aramis Ramirez: “Likely he’ll be moving on”

    Nov 1, 2011, 5:17 PM EDT

    Aramis Ramirez

    Aramis Ramirez became a free agent by declining his half of a $16 million mutual option and when asked about the third baseman’s odds of re-signing with the Cubs new team president Theo Epstein replied: “Likely he’ll be moving on.” Not a big surprise, certainly, but prior to Epstein taking over there was some thought…

  17. The Cubs expect to make a decision on Mike “dead man walking” Quade within a week

    Nov 1, 2011, 5:00 PM EDT

    Mike Quade

    Theo Epstein met with manager Mike Quade on Friday to discuss Quade’s future [cough!] lack thereof [cough!] with the Cubs. No word since then, but this afternoon Epstein was asked and he said that they had “a productive conversation” and that they hope to have a decision on Quade within a week. I’ve mentioned before…

  18. Yankees are focused on pitching, not Albert Pujols or Prince Fielder

    Nov 1, 2011, 4:46 PM EDT

    Milwaukee Brewers v St. Louis Cardinals

    Yankees general manager Brian Cashman has had a busy week, signing CC Sabathia to a contract extension and inking a three-year deal of his own to stay in New York. Today he held court with the media and indicated pretty strongly that the Yankees won’t be pursuing Albert Pujols or Prince Fielder as free agents…

  19. Rob Dibble would like you to know how much he hates the Nationals organization

    Nov 1, 2011, 4:30 PM EDT

    dibble1

    Let’s review Rob Dibble’s past couple of years: 1. Slamming the Washington Nationals organization’s top prospect for being soft for coming out of a game when, in fact, he had a torn ligament; 2. Getting fired for it; 3. Slamming the Washington Nationals organization itself for allegedly rushing back the top prospect in order to…

  20. GM says Magglio Ordonez and Carlos Guillen “would most likely not be back” with Tigers

    Nov 1, 2011, 3:45 PM EDT

    Magglio Ordonez

    General manager Dave Dombrowski revealed to Jason Beck of MLB.com that free agents Magglio Ordonez and Carlos Guillen “would most likely not be back” with the Tigers in 2012. Ordonez was removed from the playoff roster after re-fracturing his ankle and his career is very much in doubt at age 38. He earned $10 million…

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