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  1. A strong showing in the Forecaster’s Challenge

    Nov 29, 2011, 7:00 PM EDT

    rotoworld

    Tangotiger published the results of his annual Forecaster’s Challenge on Tuesday, and my Rotoworld projections put together a pretty nice showing versus several other experts and projections systems. There were 22 entries in the challenge, including the likes of Baseball Prospectus’ PECOTA, Bloomberg Sports and the Fangraphs community projections. Also included was a consensus ranking…

  2. Red Sox deny report that Lamont is out of running

    Nov 29, 2011, 6:34 PM EDT

    Gene Lamont, Ben Cherington

    6:30 p.m. EST: The Red Sox are denying that they’ve eliminated Gene Lamont from contention for the vacancy. Lamont also says he hasn’t heard anything from the Red Sox suggesting that he’s out of the mix. /// It’s down to Bobby Valentine and, umm…., Bobby Valentine? Sources told ESPN’s Karl Ravech that Gene Lamont is…

  3. Phillies reliever Scott Mathieson gets closing gig in Japan

    Nov 29, 2011, 6:30 PM EDT

    Scott Mathieson

    Longtime Phillies prospect Scott Mathieson certainly wasn’t going to get any saves in Philadelphia next year after the team signed Jonathan Papelbon, and the Phillies released him Tuesday so that he could join the Yomiuri Giants of Japan as their new closer. Mathieson debuted with the Phillies way back in 2006, but he hurt his…

  4. UPDATE: Greg Maddux joins Rangers as special assistant to GM

    Nov 29, 2011, 6:08 PM EDT

    Greg Maddux

    UPDATE: According to Richard Durrett of ESPN Dallas, Greg Maddux has officially joined the Rangers as a special assistant to the general manager. 3:44 PM: Mike Maddux turned down a chance to potentially become the Cubs’ manager and decided to remain the Rangers’ pitching coach, and now his brother, future Hall of Famer Greg Maddux,…

  5. Brandon Phillips tweets hint about possible Reds extension

    Nov 29, 2011, 5:15 PM EDT

    Brandon Phillips, Chase Utley

    Brandon Phillips is one season away from becoming a free agent, but the Reds second baseman posted a tweet today seemingly hinting at a possible long-term contract extension: Just a couple weeks ago general manager Walt Jocketty described contract talks as “not close” and Phillips has previously tweeted some stuff suggesting he expected to become…

  6. The Giants are going to bring back an old road jersey

    Nov 29, 2011, 4:27 PM EDT

    Bonds Clark

    The website Sportslogos.net hears “from a reliable source” that the Giants are going to bring back their old interlocking “SF” road jerseys as a road alternate next season.  It’s supposed to be a slight update of this number: Eh.  I’m kind of partial to their current look with the block “San Francisco” on it.  But…

  7. Brewers prospect Santo Manzanillo separates shoulder in car accident

    Nov 29, 2011, 2:52 PM EDT

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    Pitching prospect Santo Manzanillo was involved in a car accident this morning in the Dominican Republic and the Brewers have issued a statement saying he “suffered a separated right shoulder and is currently undergoing further tests.” Adam McCalvy of MLB.com provides some additional details, reporting that “a truck struck Manzanillo’s Hummer on a highway in…

  8. Jamie Quirk leaves Astros to become Cubs’ bench coach

    Nov 29, 2011, 2:20 PM EDT

    jamie quirk

    Dale Sveum has decided on a right-hand man, with Jamie Quirk leaving his job as the Astros’ bullpen coach to become the Cubs’ new bench coach. Quirk called it “a great opportunity” and told Brian McTaggart of MLB.com that Sveum reached out to him about possibly joining his hypothetical staff before he’d even finished interviewing…

  9. Dmitri Young was in the best shape of his life but got released by his Venezuelan team anyway

    Nov 29, 2011, 2:04 PM EDT

    Dmitri Young AP

    I was so excited last month when we got a Dmitri Young sighting. Not only was he playing baseball and talking comeback, but he was … in the best shape of his life. Sadly, the party seems to be over. Via the translation services of our friend Nick Collias comes a report from Ignacio Serrano of…

  10. Rangers grant Astros permission to interview Thad Levine

    Nov 29, 2011, 1:48 PM EDT

    thad levine

    Just as the Rays did with Andrew Friedman, the Rangers have granted the Astros permission to speak to Thad Levine about their general manager opening, according to T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com. Levine is the Rangers’ assistant general manager, working under Jon Daniels for the past six seasons. It seems fairly obvious that Friedman is the…

  11. The Giants extend the contracts of Brian Sabean and Bruce Bochy

    Nov 29, 2011, 1:30 PM EDT

    Brian Sabean phone

    Yes, I know that pic is old. And that Brian Sabean appears to be holding a Motorola flip phone in his hand. I use it, however, because (a) it’s awesome; and (b) it underscores just how long that dude has been in charge of the Giants. And it will be a little longer now, because…

  12. David Bell is the Reds’ new Triple-A manager

    Nov 29, 2011, 1:16 PM EDT

    david bell

    David Bell, who retired in 2006 following a 16-season career in the majors, is now the Reds’ new Triple-A manager. Bell spent the past three years managing at Double-A and gets the promotion despite a 176-239 record there. Rick Sweet, who’d served as Louisville’s manager since 2004, will reportedly take another role in the organization.…

  13. Broxton will be the setup man in Kansas City; Aaron Crow will go to the rotation

    Nov 29, 2011, 12:58 PM EDT

    Aaron Crow

    When the Royals’ signing of Jonathan Broxton was announced this morning, the reaction of most people was “wait, isn’t the Kansas City bullpen kind of crowded already?”  Why, yes.  Yes it is.  But it won’t be going forward because Dayton Moore was just on the radio and said that Joakim Soria will remain the closer,…

  14. Happy birthday to the greatest baseball announcer of all time

    Nov 29, 2011, 12:44 PM EDT

    Vin Scully

    Today is Vin Scully’s birthday and the greatest announcer in baseball history turns 84 years old. And come April he’ll begin his 63rd season as voice of the Dodgers. I have no strong feelings about the Dodgers good or bad, yet season after season find myself choosing them as my late-night viewing several times per…

  15. David Ortiz wants a three-year deal

    Nov 29, 2011, 12:28 PM EDT

    David Ortiz

    Look, I know people declared David Ortiz dead in parts of 2009 and 2010 and that he came roaring back every time. And I know that he had a great 2011.  But really, this seems kind of crazy to me:  Ortiz is looking for a three-year deal. He’s 36. He’s one-dimensional. It’s a great dimension,…

  16. White Sox “trying to move” setup man Matt Thornton

    Nov 29, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

    A.J. Pierzynski, Matt Thornton

    Last spring Matt Thornton signed a two-year, $12 million extension that hasn’t started yet, but Buster Olney of ESPN.com reports that the White Sox “are trying to move” the longtime setup man. Thornton got off to a bad start this year, blowing whatever chance he had of becoming the White Sox’s permanent closer, but recovered…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

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