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  1. Yes, the Mariners are going after Prince Fielder

    Nov 29, 2011, 11:38 AM EDT

    Prince Fielder, Corey Hart, Ryan Braun, Rickie Weeks

    Mariners GM Jack Zduriencik confirmed to MLB.com today that the M’s are, indeed, going to make a play for Prince Fielder. With all requisite caution, of course: “There’s no question we could use a big bat in the middle of our lineup,” said the M’s general manager, “but where is your limitation and threshold? We’ll go…

  2. Marlins “rolled out the red carpet” for C.J. Wilson in Miami

    Nov 29, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    C.J. Wilson Getty

    C.J. Wilson was in Miami yesterday to meet with the Marlins and Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post has some of the details of their courtship. There was a personal tour of the new ballpark from owner Jeffrey Loria and lunch at Joe’s Stone Crab, with agent Bob Garber saying afterward that the Marlins…

  3. Three Royals go hunting: a play in one act

    Nov 29, 2011, 11:04 AM EDT

    Kansas City Royals Photo Day

    This morning, in connection with the news that Jonathan Broxton signed with the Kansas City Royals, ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick noted that “Fellow GA native Jeff Francoeur helped recruit Broxton for Royals. Broxton recently went hunting w/Francoeur & manager Ned Yost.” That created quite a picture in my head. I chuckled at that picture for a…

  4. Nationals’ Chris Marrero suffers torn hamstring in winter ball

    Nov 29, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    Florida Marlins v Washington Nationals

    Nationals first baseman Chris Marrero tore his left hamstring while playing in the Dominican winter league earlier this month and could miss the entire season, according to Bill Ladson of MLB.com. Marrero repeatedly said that he doesn’t expect to miss all of 2012, but Ladson reports that the hamstring was torn off the bone and…

  5. Teams are inquiring about Alfonso Soriano for some reason

    Nov 29, 2011, 10:31 AM EDT

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    Ken Rosenthal says that teams are “kicking the tires” on Alfonso Soriano. I can only assume this means that they are kicking in anger, like you might kick the tires of your car when it breaks down on the side of the road. Not like you would when you were considering an investment in a…

  6. Bidding for Japanese shortstop Hiroyuki Nakajima ends Friday

    Nov 29, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    Hikoyuki Nakakima

    As expected, Japanese shortstop Hiroyuki Nakajima has been posted by the Seibu Lions and the bidding is open until Friday. Tsuyoshi Nishioka flopping with the Twins may have further soured MLB teams on Japanese middle infielders, but Nakajima is a longtime star in Japan who’ll no doubt still draw interest from multiple teams. Last offseason…

  7. Report: Jonathan Broxton to sign with the Royals

    Nov 29, 2011, 9:39 AM EDT

    Atlanta Braves v Los Angeles Dodgers

    Ken Rosenthal reports that the Royals and Jonathan Broxton have agreed to a one-year deal.  It’s done pending a physical. UPDATE: Heyman says it’s a $4 million deal. A physical isn’t purely academic in Broxton’s case given that he’s coming off elbow surgery — and you have to figure the doctor is going to yell…

  8. Willful Ignorance Theater: Red Sox managerial search edition

    Nov 29, 2011, 9:30 AM EDT

    Bobby Valentine

    The Sox really need to hire a manager. If they don’t, we’re just going to see more columns in which people perpetuate the curious notion that in baseball, unlike any other field of endeavor, it is somehow not embarrassing to ignore advances in the field: People sometimes ask my opinion of sabermetrics. I tell them I accept the…

  9. Curtis Granderson is happy with the new HGH test

    Nov 29, 2011, 8:58 AM EDT

    Detroit Tigers v New York Yankees

    Mark Feinsand of the Daily News spoke with Curtis Granderson — who, in addition to being awesome, is an MLBPA player rep — and Granderson said that he was happy about the changes in the collective bargaining agreement. Specifically the addition of the HGH blood test. Granderson is no idiot, though, and though I may…

  10. The Cubs are entering the Pujols-Fielder sweepstakes

    Nov 29, 2011, 6:12 AM EDT

    Albert Pujols

    There was some question as to whether they’d get involved in big free agent game hunting, but according to Ken Rosenthal they are: the Cubs are pursuing both Prince Fielder and Albert Pujols. Well, either/or. They wouldn’t sign both of them because that would be silly. I think the why of it is more interesting…

  11. Report: Astros receive permission to interview Rays’ Andrew Friedman

    Nov 28, 2011, 9:32 PM EDT

    Andrew Friedman Reuters

    According to Richard Justice of the Houston Chronicle, the Astros have received permission to interview Rays’ executive vice president Andrew Friedman for their general manager vacancy. The Astros have requested interviews with “a handful” of other candidates for the job, but Justice hears that Friedman is their No. 1 target to replace Ed Wade. As you…

  12. Pirates interested in free agent right-hander Aaron Cook

    Nov 28, 2011, 8:23 PM EDT

    Aaron Cook

    We learned earlier this month that Aaron Cook planned to talk to the Padres and Reds, but Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that the Pirates have also expressed interest in the free agent right-hander. Talks are said to be in the early stages and Brink hears that the Bucs are just one of about…

  13. UPDATE: Pirates haven’t entertained offers for Andrew McCutchen

    Nov 28, 2011, 8:22 PM EDT

    Andrew McCutchen

    UPDATE: That was fun while it lasted. According to Dejan Kovacevic of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, a high-ranking team official said the Pirates have not entertained trade offers for McCutchen and have no intention of doing so. 6:50 PM: Andrew McCutchen, who made his first All-Star team before slipping in the second half of last season, is…

  14. Report: Matt Murton to remain in Japan

    Nov 28, 2011, 7:30 PM EDT

    Matt Murton AP

    Many have assumed that Matt Murton will attempt a comeback in the majors at some point. While it may happen someday, it apparently won’t be in 2012. Patrick Newman of NPB Tracker hears that Murton will remain with the Hanshin Tigers of Japan’s Central League. Murton, 30, left for Japan following the 2009 season. He…

  15. Nationals pursue Prince Fielder for first base

    Nov 28, 2011, 6:18 PM EDT

    Prince Fielder

    While the Nationals have long maintained that Adam LaRoche would reclaim the first-base job in 2012, they’ve always been looked at as potential bidders for Albert Pujols and Prince Fielder anyway. From Ken Rosenthal comes word that the Nationals have indeed engaged in talks with Fielder, but that those talks hit a roadblock today. Fielder, coming off a…

  16. Tim Hudson had back surgery

    Nov 28, 2011, 5:40 PM EDT

    Tim Hudson

    Braves starter Tim Hudson had a wonky back late in the season and had hoped to avoid surgery. He didn’t, however, and today had surgery to repair a herniated disc. The surgery — like all surgery on athletes — was reported as “successful.” One day, heaven forbid, they’re going to report someone’s surgery as “a…

  17. Red Sox rule out Torey Lovullo in manager search

    Nov 28, 2011, 5:17 PM EDT

    Toronto Blue Jays Photo Day

    Cross another name off the list, as Joe McDonald of ESPN Boston reports that the Red Sox have ruled out Torey Lovullo as their next manager. Sandy Alomar Jr. was ruled out last week, which means Bobby Valentine and Gene Lamont are the only remaining candidates. And just about everyone seems to think the job…

  18. Minor league umpires agree to new labor deal

    Nov 28, 2011, 4:47 PM EDT

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    With their current deal set to expire later this week, minor league umpires have agreed to a new labor contract. According to the Associated Press “the agreement calls for salaries to remain the same until 2016 when umps will receive a minimum $100 per month raise, depending on service time.” In the meantime the umpires…

  19. The latest round of Dodgers-Fox bickering

    Nov 28, 2011, 4:29 PM EDT

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    If anyone either (a) needs a sleep aid; and/or (b) wants to know how lawyers can make even the most run-of-the-mill disputes seem like battles between evil and righteousness, check out Bill Shaikin’s latest report about the machinations between the Dodgers and Fox over the team’s post-2012 TV rights. Not that the report itself is…

  20. The Cardinals are not willing to raise their offer to Albert Pujols

    Nov 28, 2011, 3:32 PM EDT

    Albert Pujols

    Jon Heyman tweets that the Cardinals are unwilling to raise their offer to Albert Pujols from the $200-210 million over nine years that has been on the table for some time. This is what happens, of course, when no one else is really bidding on your target.  So far the only other offer anyone knows…

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