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  1. Travis Hafner and $13 million salary remain in Indians’ plans

    Sep 30, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

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    General manager Chris Antonetti said yesterday that the Indians have Travis Hafner in their plans for 2012 despite the oft-injured designated hitter missing 70 games with shoulder and foot problems. That isn’t a surprise, as Hafner is under contract for $13 million in 2012 and remains plenty productive when healthy enough to play, but Paul…

  2. The Braves are thinking about trading Jason Heyward? Have they lost their damn minds?

    Sep 30, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

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    I was too busy recovering from shock to have seen this Buster Olney item from yesterday, but I’m sane today and … it’s probably going to send me back into insanity if there are any legs to it: The Braves need power production out of right field. Now there is some sentiment within the organization…

  3. Twins rookie outfielder Ben Revere to undergo knee surgery

    Sep 30, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    Minnesota Twins v Detroit Tigers

    Ben Revere was one of the few Twins players to make it through the season healthy, but it turns out the rookie outfielder was banged up too. Revere is set to undergo knee surgery today, the details of which are unclear because he announced it via Twitter while the Twins have done their usual best…

  4. It’s happening: Terry Francona is leaving the Red Sox

    Sep 30, 2011, 9:50 AM EDT

    Terry Francona

    The reports from late last night are apparently true. Jon Heyman reports that Terry Francona has managed his last game in Boston.  No sense yet if it will be couched as a resignation or the Red Sox deciding not to pick up his 2012 option or Francona requesting that they not do it or whatever.…

  5. The 2011 playoff qualifiers represent payrolls of all sizes

    Sep 30, 2011, 9:40 AM EDT

    Money Bag

    Blogging is basically about reacting to stuff, but sometimes it helps to get ahead of the narrative a bit.  Just to help you prepare, here are the potential state-of-the-game storylines we can expect to see in the coming weeks: If the Yankees face the Phillies in the World Series baseball is broken because the big…

  6. HBT’s Division Series Preview Extravaganza

    Sep 30, 2011, 9:15 AM EDT

    CC Sabathia

    In case you missed it yesterday, we ran our previews for all four division series. To wit: ALDS: Tigers vs. Yankees ALDS: Rays vs. Rangers NLDS: Cardinals vs. Phillies NLDS: Diamondbacks vs. Brewers Also, if you’re not into the whole “reading” thing, Sports Illustrated’s Joe Sheehan and I were on NBC SportsTalk last night and…

  7. Offense was at its lowest level since 1992

    Sep 30, 2011, 8:50 AM EDT

    Adam Dunn

    With the final totals in we can officially see what was pretty darn obvious throughout the season. Offense was down. Way down. Down to a level we had not seen since there were 26 teams in the league, I had a full head of hair and people actually thought that Mike Myers was hilarious. 1992,…

  8. “Team chemistry” was to blame for the Sox collapse? Really?

    Sep 30, 2011, 8:20 AM EDT

    David Ortiz

    I hate Terry Francona’s likely departure for a bunch of reasons. He’s a great manager. Like Matthew said, there are no better options. Whether it’s Francona getting nudged out or him simply wanting out, him leaving smells of scapegoat-creation.  It’s just not the kind of thing that happens in otherwise well-run organizations. But it’s apparently…

  9. Who is better than Terry Francona?

    Sep 30, 2011, 2:32 AM EDT

    Terry Francona

    Terry Francona leaves his starters in too long, he’s too prone to pinch-running for his best hitters and not aggressive enough in pinch-hitting for his worst. But so what? He’s 744-552 with two World Series championships in eight years with the Red Sox. To believe he needs to go is to believe that pretty much all…

  10. Report: Terry Francona, Red Sox likely to part ways

    Sep 30, 2011, 12:10 AM EDT

    Terry Francona, Theo Epstein

    Stunning news tonight this morning out of Boston. According to FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal, manager Terry Francona is expected to leave the Red Sox organization after a meeting Friday morning with upper management. Allow Rosenthal to explain: While Francona’s departure is not certain, it is the likely outcome, in part because he is pressing for…

  11. Carlos Zambrano allowed back on Cubs’ 40-man roster

    Sep 29, 2011, 10:51 PM EDT

    Cincinnati Reds v Chicago Cubs

    From Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune comes word that the Cubs have activated right-hander Carlos Zambrano from the disqualified list. Just in time for the start of the offseason. Big Z, you might remember, was suspended indefinitely in mid-August after walking out on his Cubs teammates following a blowout loss to the Braves. He…

  12. Rays turn to rookie Matt Moore for ALDS Game 1 start

    Sep 29, 2011, 9:26 PM EDT

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    Rays manager Joe Maddon is going all-in. According to Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times, the bespectacled skipper announced late Thursday evening that rookie left-hander Matt Moore will take the mound Friday in Texas for Game 1 of the Rays’ ALDS matchup with the Rangers. James Shields probably would have been Maddon’s preferred option…

  13. Dustin Pedroia undergoing minor foot surgery Friday

    Sep 29, 2011, 8:45 PM EDT

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    From beat writer Brian MacPherson of the Providence Journal comes word that Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia is scheduled to undergo minor surgery Friday on his left foot. The procedure, which has been scheduled since the start of spring training, will involve the removal of a stabilizing screw that was inserted into Pedroia’s foot…

  14. Matt Holliday unavailable for Game 1 of NLDS

    Sep 29, 2011, 7:34 PM EDT

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    Cardinals slugger Matt Holliday hasn’t played since aggravating his injured right middle finger during Tuesday’s game against the Astros. And he’ll remain sidelined even as the postseason is set to begin. According to beat writer Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Holliday has been ruled out for Game 1 of the Cardinals’ NLDS matchup…

  15. Leaderboards vs. the projections: the pitchers

    Sep 29, 2011, 7:00 PM EDT

    Clayton Kershaw

    Here’s part two of my look at the actual leaderboards versus my projected totals. I’ll be listing players with their season totals and then where I had them ranked and projected. Wins 1. Justin Verlander: 24 (6th, 16) 2. Ian Kennedy: 21 (67th, 11) 2. Clayton Kershaw: 21 (10th, 15) 4. Roy Halladay: 19 (1st, 19) 4. CC Sabathia:…

  16. James Loney would move to the outfield to make room for Pujols, Fielder

    Sep 29, 2011, 6:40 PM EDT

    James Loney

    How generous of him. James Loney, who was one of the NL’s worst regulars for four months before finally finding his strong in August, said he’d be just fine moving to the outfield if the Dodgers wanted to sign either Albert Pujols or Prince Fielder this winter. “I’ll do anything,” he told the Los Angeles…

  17. Billy Beane wants to move to San Jose, not Chicago

    Sep 29, 2011, 6:20 PM EDT

    Billy Beane

    Athletics GM Billy Beane said Thursday that word should come down “very soon” from the commissioner’s office on whether the A’s will be allowed to move to San Jose. Reports have indicated that the team is in a spending freeze while waiting to hear about the future. If something is worked out that allows the A’s…

  18. Leaderboards vs. the projections: the hitters

    Sep 29, 2011, 6:00 PM EDT

    Jose Bautista

    For those who may not know, I do a big set of projections every year over on Rotoworld, and while I’ll be doing an in-depth review of those over on that site in the next few weeks, I thought it’d be fun here to take a look at how the leaderboards compared to my picks. I’ll…

  19. Rangers will use Alexi Ogando as a reliever during playoffs

    Sep 29, 2011, 5:40 PM EDT

    Alexi Ogando

    Alexi Ogando spent nearly all of this season in the Rangers’ rotation, throwing 167 innings with a 3.56 ERA in 29 starts, but his last appearance came as a reliever and he’ll be working out of the bullpen during the playoffs. Ogando had never started prior to this season, so the bullpen role will be…

  20. The Indians will raise payroll “significantly” for 2012

    Sep 29, 2011, 5:30 PM EDT

    Progressive Field

    A funny thing happened to the Cleveland Indians in 2011. They won a lot more games than many thought they would, especially early in the season.  That led to a lot more people coming out to the ballpark — about 450,000 more — which made the team money.  And because generally smart people run the…

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