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  1. Jeff Francoeur wants to play every day

    Nov 4, 2010, 9:27 AM EDT

    Florida Marlins v Atlanta Braves

    Because they can’t help themselves, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution spoke with Jeff Francoeur yesterday.  Mostly chitchat, but this question about Francoeur’s hopes and dreams for next season stood out: Q. A part-time role isn’t what you’re after, is it? A. No, I want to play every day, and the Rangers know that. That’s why I said…

  2. The Mets slash ticket prices

    Nov 4, 2010, 8:58 AM EDT

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    Mets attendance went way down in 2010, and the team has reacted: they’ve lowered ticket prices.  Season tickets are a flat 10% off. Given how many categories of tickets any given ballpark has it’s complicated beyond that — big cuts for some categories of seats, slight increases for others — but the team says that…

  3. Ron Roenicke: an inspiring choice for the Brewers

    Nov 4, 2010, 8:31 AM EDT

    Great story by Adam McCalvy at MLB.com about Ron Roenicke, who will soon take over the Brewers.  Seems that in the aftermath of Nick Adenhart’s death last year, Roenicke was instrumental in helping to pull the team together. He particularly impressed Scott Boras, Adenhart’s agent, who was in the clubhouse along with Adenhart’s father and…

  4. The Giants had a big parade

    Nov 4, 2010, 8:00 AM EDT

    San Francisco Giants Victory Parade

    The Giants had their victory parade in San Francisco, and it seemed pretty nuts by victory parade standards.  It’s always hard to estimate this stuff — and estimates always seem to err on the ridiculously high side — but the Chronicle said that hundreds of thousands lined the parade route. Random tweets and things from…

  5. Huff wants to re-sign with Giants: ‘I love this place’

    Nov 4, 2010, 2:00 AM EDT

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    Not that he would say anything different during the Giants championship victory parade, but free agent first baseman Aubrey Huff was pretty emphatic in saying that he wants to return to San Francisco next season. From the Associated Press: “Oh, absolutely, without question,” Huff said. “I won a World Series here. I’ve been in last…

  6. Cliff Lee, cowboy boots and free agent madness

    Nov 4, 2010, 1:06 AM EDT

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    Just after midnight Eastern on Saturday night it will be open season on free agents. But the madness is already starting. According to ‘Duk over at BLS, Cliff Lee has been spotted buying cowboy boots! Hold the presses! This clearly means Cliff Lee is staying with the Texas Rangers right? Or maybe he’s interested in…

  7. Talks between Jeter and Yankees already looking problematic

    Nov 3, 2010, 9:48 PM EDT

    Texas Rangers v New York Yankees, Game 4

    When it comes to matters of Derek Jeter, the Yankees and free agency, everyone seems to agree on one thing: it’s best that the negotiations do not turn ugly.  Unfortunately, that may no longer be possible. Yankees managing partner Hal Steinbrenner told a New York-based radio station Tuesday that Jeter is wanted back, but also…

  8. Ryne Sandberg will not be returning to Cubs next season

    Nov 3, 2010, 8:34 PM EDT

    Ryne Sandberg

    When Lou Piniella stepped down from his post as Cubs manager earlier this year, there was an assumption that Triple-A Iowa skipper and Cubs legend Ryne Sandberg would take over to start the 2011 season.  Then Mike Quade stepped in, led the Cubbies to a 24-13 down the stretch and was awarded the full-time position…

  9. Rangers nearing multi-year extension with Ron Washington

    Nov 3, 2010, 7:20 PM EDT

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    Rangers GM Jon Daniels told reporters soon after his club’s loss in the World Series that locking up manager Ron Washington to a multi-year contract was his first offseason priority.  He wasn’t lying. The two sides will sit down on Thursday and work out the final details of a contract extension, according to MLB.com’s T.R.…

  10. Chris Young’s option declined by Padres

    Nov 3, 2010, 6:38 PM EDT

    Chris Young

    Confirming something GM Jed Hoyer admitted was coming a month ago, the Padres on Wednesday declined Chris Young’s $8.5 million option for 2011. After missing five months with a shoulder injury, Young returned in September to post a 1.49 ERA in three starts, and he surely would have been a part of San Diego’s postseason…

  11. Mets retain Jose Reyes for $11 million

    Nov 3, 2010, 6:24 PM EDT

    Jose Reyes

    Maybe it wasn’t quite the no-brainer everyone figured it would be a couple of years ago, but the Mets exercised their $11 million option on Jose Reyes for 2011 on Thursday, retaining the shortstop for what will be his ninth season in Queens. Reyes was healthy for the most part last season after missing most…

  12. Top 111 Free Agents: Nos. 10-1

    Nov 3, 2010, 6:05 PM EDT

    New York Yankees v Tampa Bay Rays

    It’s time for the final chapter in our rundown of the winter’s free agents. I don’t think there will be any controversial choices in the top 10 below. All will get multiyear deals if they want them, and none should have to settle for less than $10 million per year. 111-91 90-71 70-51 50-31 30-11…

  13. Rangers decline $9 million option on Vladimir Guerrero

    Nov 3, 2010, 5:38 PM EDT

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    T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports that the Rangers have declined their $9 million option on Vladimir Guerrero for 2011. While perhaps surprising to some based on his big name and 115-RBI season, Guerrero simply wasn’t a $9 million player in 2010 and at age 36 was unlikely to be any better in 2011. He struggled…

  14. The Washington Nationals get less scrappy

    Nov 3, 2010, 5:30 PM EDT

    Adam Kennedy, Chris Denorfia

    Or maybe gritty. Each apply to offensively-deficient white middle infielders.  They’re certainly both terms that have been applied to Adam Kennedy, who will no longer be a Washington National now that they have declined his 2011 option. No surprise here of course, as he would have cost the Nats $2 million next year, when he’d…

  15. Rockies decline $4.5 million option on Octavio Dotel for 2011

    Nov 3, 2010, 5:21 PM EDT

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    Because he was traded during the season Octavio Dotel had the right to reject his $4.5 million option if it was exercised, but the Rockies made that a moot point by choosing a $250,000 buyout instead. Colorado acquired Dotel in mid-September and he wouldn’t have even been eligible for the playoff roster, so it’s no…

  16. Bruce Chen wants a multi-year deal

    Nov 3, 2010, 5:01 PM EDT

    Kansas City's Chen winds up a pitch against Tampa Bay during their MLB baseball game in Kansas City

    Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star reports that  Royals pitcher  Bruce Chen said he is looking for a multi-year contract this winter. Which will make him a former Royals pitcher because Kansas City isn’t going to give him such a deal. Not a bad bounce back year for Chen, who went 12-7 with a…

  17. Aramis Ramirez exercises $14.6 million option for 2011

    Nov 3, 2010, 4:45 PM EDT

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    For a brief moment Aramis Ramirez dropped some hints about possibly declining his $14.6 million player option for 2011, but presumably his agent (or really anyone with a functional brain) took him aside and said something like, “Uh, you just had your worst season since 2002, maybe take the money.” Ramirez made it official today,…

  18. Yet another “how to fix baseball” article

    Nov 3, 2010, 4:07 PM EDT

    This one, from Time Magazine’s blog, is more specific: how to fix the World Series.  The only problem it identifies is low TV ratings which, as we’ve gone on and on about, mean very little in the grand scheme of things. But it’s a slow day, so let’s play along: The first suggestion: don’t schedule…

  19. Mariners decline 2011 options on Erik Bedard, Jose Lopez, and Russell Branyan

    Nov 3, 2010, 3:48 PM EDT

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    Seattle declined a trio of 2011 options today: Erik Bedard for $8 million, Russell Branyan for $5 million, and Jose Lopez for $4.5 million. Bedard and Branyan are now free agents, while the Mariners still control Lopez as an arbitration-eligible player. However, there’s a strong chance they’ll non-tender him by the December 2 deadline unless…

  20. The Braves claim Joe Mather off waivers from St. Louis

    Nov 3, 2010, 3:34 PM EDT

    This is not exactly how I envisioned Atlanta fixing its outfield problem: the Braves claimed OF Joe Mather off waivers from the Cardinals. He hit a lusty.217 with three RBI in 60 at-bats with the Cardinals last year. OK, I’m just being grumpy. I know that the Braves don’t think of him as a starter.…

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