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  1. Alfredo Simon acquitted of manslaughter charges

    Nov 8, 2011, 1:46 PM EDT

    Alfredo Simon walking

    On New Year’s Eve, a 25-year-old man named Michel Castillo Almonte was killed in the Dominican Republic.  Orioles pitcher Alfredo Simon was arrested and jailed in the shooting, though he was later freed and allowed to come to the U.S. to pitch in advance of his trial. He just had his trial and the jury…

  2. Report: Phillies appear close to re-signing Ryan Madson

    Nov 8, 2011, 1:16 PM EDT

    Chicago Cubs v Philadelphia Phillies

    Last night the Phillies were said to be “making a strong push” to re-sign Ryan Madson and now Jon Heyman of SI.com reports that the two sides are closing in on a new contract. According to Heyman they’re “in serious discussions” and it’s “hard to imagine it not getting done soon.” One benefit to re-signing…

  3. The Giants aren’t going to try to re-sign Carlos Beltran

    Nov 8, 2011, 12:55 PM EDT

    Arizona Diamondbacks v San Francisco Giants

    Jon Heyman reports that the Giants are no longer going to try to re-sign Carlos Beltran.  Because when you add an .809 OPS outfielder like Melky Cabrera and take away a .910 OPS outfielder like Beltran, your severe offensive problems are all better. Oh, I don’t know. I’m just being mean. I’m sure they have…

  4. Bruce Bochy: “Barry Zito is our fifth starter next year”

    Nov 8, 2011, 12:21 PM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Arizona Diamondbacks

    By trading Jonathan Sanchez to the Royals yesterday the Giants opened up a rotation spot and manager Bruce Bochy said that Barry Zito is the man for the job. During a radio interview with KNBR today Bochy revealed: “I’m not gonna hide from it. Barry Zito is our fifth starter next year.” Zito started just…

  5. Hiroki Kuroda is talking to the Hiroshima Carp

    Nov 8, 2011, 12:00 PM EDT

    kuroda throws getty

    Hiroki Kuroda has made it clear that if he plays in the majors, it will be for the Dodgers and no one else.  But he doesn’t have to play in the majors.  According to Nikkan Sports — passed along by Patrick Newman of NPB Tracker — the Hiroshima Carp have made an offer to Kuroda, and…

  6. Brewers giving up on Prince Fielder, focusing on Jose Reyes?

    Nov 8, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    Milwaukee Brewers first baseman Prince Fielder walks back to the dugout after grounding out to the St. Louis Cardinals in the 8th inning in Game 6 of the MLB NLCS baseball playoffs in Milwaukee

    Add Milwaukee to the list of teams pursuing Jose Reyes, as Jon Heyman of SI.com reports that the “Brewers believe they have almost no hope for Prince Fielder and are now targeting Reyes.” It’s not an either/or situation, of course, and odds are the Brewers will wind up with neither player. Fielder’s return has always…

  7. Nationals “have expressed interest” in Japanese left-hander Tsuyoshi Wada

    Nov 8, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    Tsuyoshi Wada

    Yu Darvish is naturally getting all the attention when it comes to Japanese pitchers possibly coming to America, but Bill Ladson of MLB.com reports that the Nationals “have expressed interest in” Japanese left-hander Tsuyoshi Wada, who went 16-5 with a 1.51 ERA this season. Anyone who puts up numbers like that is worth taking a…

  8. The Cardinals will interview Terry Francona today

    Nov 8, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    Terry Francona

    WEEI reports that Terry Francona will interview for the Cardinals’ managerial job today. The club wants to have someone in place next week. From afar Francona seems like such a good fit. He’s been expected to win-now for most of the past decade, so going to a win-now job — this one without clubhouse crankiness…

  9. Twins cutting payroll by $15 million in third year at Target Field

    Nov 8, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    pohlad ryan st.peter

    Lost in the shock of Minnesota firing Bill Smith as general manager and replacing him with the man he replaced in 2007, Terry Ryan, is that they dropped another bombshell on Twins fans, with Ryan revealing midway through the press conference that the team’s payroll will decline to “somewhere around $100 million.” If true that…

  10. The Nats are making a “major push” for Roy Oswalt

    Nov 8, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

    oswalt getty

    It seems that pitching is on everyone’s mind in the early offseason, and according to Ken Rosenthal, the Nationals are planning a “major push” for Roy Oswalt. Oswalt makes a lot of sense for the Nationals. He’d be a much heavier rotation anchor than he might be for other teams, relatively speaking. Could be a financial…

  11. The Cubs are following in the Red Sox’ footsteps

    Nov 8, 2011, 9:40 AM EDT

    Wrigley Field

    We know they’ve hired Theo Epstein and are looking at the same managerial candidates, but one other way in which the Cubs are aping the Red Sox is in their approach to their historic old ballpark:  they wanna make it a cash cow. We’ve talked about that a lot over the past couple of years,…

  12. Yu Darvish might not be posted? Really?

    Nov 8, 2011, 9:08 AM EDT

    darvish presser

    It’s been long assumed and reported that Yu Darvish will be posted by Nippon Ham, his NPB team.  Jon Paul Morosi is talking to someone who has a doubt or two, however: Even then, there are questions about whether Darvish will come to the majors for the 2012 season. One source with close knowledge of…

  13. Of course Frank McCourt is going to try to complicate the Dodgers sale

    Nov 8, 2011, 8:46 AM EDT

    File photo of Los Angeles Dodgers owner Frank McCourt speaking at a news conference about increased security at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles

    Nothing is easy with this guy. Frank McCourt and Major League Baseball have a deal in which the team and the stadium and everything is to be sold and the TV rights — which aren’t up for renewal for two years — will be dealt with by the new owners, whoever they are.  The reason…

  14. Mark Buehrle to meet with the Marlins today

    Nov 8, 2011, 8:15 AM EDT

    Minnesota Twins v Chicago White Sox

    The Marlins seem to be in on everyone. Jose Reyes. Yoenis Cespedes. Heck, there are even multiple reports out there that they’re going to get into the Albert Pujols/Prince Fielder game.  Next up, though: Mark Buehrle. Ken Rosenthal reports that the Marilins will meet with him today. Buehrle would certainly help a Marlins rotation that,…

  15. Report: Mets plan to tender contract to Angel Pagan

    Nov 7, 2011, 10:20 PM EDT

    St. Louis Cardinals v New York Mets

    Jon Heyman of SI.com hears that the Mets plan to tender Angel Pagan a contract before the December 12 deadline. Pagan, 30, regressed in a big way this season, batting just .262/.322/.372 with seven home runs, 56 RBI, 32 stolen bases and a .694 OPS over 532 plate appearances while leading major league center fielders…

  16. Report: Phillies making “strong push” to re-sign Ryan Madson

    Nov 7, 2011, 9:33 PM EDT

    ryan-madson-phillies-nlcs

    Jayson Stark of ESPN.com reports that the Phillies are making a “strong push” to re-sign free agent closer Ryan Madson. Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com hears similar information, citing one major league source who says the Phillies are working hard to keep Madson and possibly nearing an agreement. As for Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro, he’s…

  17. UPDATE: Pablo Sandoval not yet confirmed to play in Venezuelan Winter League

    Nov 7, 2011, 8:20 PM EDT

    Nick Hundley, Pablo Sandoval

    UPDATE: Apparently Sandoval isn’t a done deal to play in the Venezuelan Winter League. At least not yet. Via Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle, Sandoval tweeted following Bochy’s comments this afternoon, calling them “rumors” while saying that he won’t make up his mind until early December. Odd, but there you go. (Thanks to Giants…

  18. Diamondbacks make contract offer to Aaron Hill

    Nov 7, 2011, 7:09 PM EDT

    aaron hill getty

    According to Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic, the Diamondbacks have submitted a contract offer to Aaron Hill. Hill became a free agent last week when the Diamondbacks declined his $8 million options for 2012 and 2013. It doesn’t appear as though a new agreement is imminent, though, as Piecoro notes that the offer has an…

  19. Kansas City’s move to sell high on Melky a good one

    Nov 7, 2011, 6:00 PM EDT

    Melky Cabrera

    It’s not all that often I have nice things to say about a Dayton Moore transaction. This one, though, looks pretty good to me. The Royals picked up Jonathan Sanchez from the Giants for Melky Cabrera on Monday and even got San Francisco to throw in a somewhat intriging minor leaguer in Ryan Verdugo to…

  20. The Marlins are talking to Jose Reyes

    Nov 7, 2011, 5:13 PM EDT

    Jose Reyes

    Twins news aside, this has been a pretty slow news day. But here’s the third Marlins post I have today, so at least we know Miami is alive.  Anyway: Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald reports that the Marlins have been in contact with Jose Reyes, and may have been talking to him since the…

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