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  1. Jim Thome recruits Michael Cuddyer to join him on Phillies

    Nov 7, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    Seattle Mariners v Minnesota Twins

    After signing a one-year, $1.25 million deal with the Phillies last week Jim Thome talked to fellow free agent and former Twins teammate Michael Cuddyer about joining him in Philadelphia. Various reports have the Phillies strongly pursuing Cuddyer and Thome told Todd Zolecki of MLB.com that he tried to help the cause with his own…

  2. Some neat Tony La Russa facts

    Nov 7, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    Tony La Russa

    Seems like Chris Jaffe of The Hardball Times has had a good list every week for a month now. The latest: Ten things he didn’t know about Tony La Russa. It’s a good time for that list due to the retirement and Jaffe is the right guy to do it due to the fact that…

  3. Carlos Zambrano serves up homer to Cubs teammate in first Venezuelan start

    Nov 7, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    Houston Astros v Chicago Cubs

    Carlos Zambrano made his first Venezuelan winter league start yesterday and his Cubs teammate Bryan LaHair took him deep as part of 2.2 innings of two-run ball. Zambrano last started for the Cubs three months ago, so Los Caribes de Anzoátegui is limiting his workload for now. He needed 60 pitches to record eight outs…

  4. The scouting video of Yoennis Cespedes is absolutely ridiculous

    Nov 7, 2011, 9:30 AM EDT

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    I had not thought much of Cuban defector Yoennis Cespedes. Scouting and prospects are not exactly my strong suit, so I usually just wait to hear what the Kevin Goldsteins and Keith Laws of the world say about those guys before I take too much notice. Well, today Goldstein has a big post about Cespedes…

  5. 2012 Top 111 Free Agents: Nos. 50-1

    Nov 7, 2011, 9:00 AM EDT

    St. Louis Cardinals' Albert Pujols celebrates his single next to Milwaukee Brewers first baseman Prince Fielder in the 2nd inning of Game 3 of the MLB National League Championship Series baseball playoffs in St. Louis

    Instead of breaking the rankings up further, here’s the entire top 50. Links to the articles for free agents 111-51 can be found below. Again, I’m ranking the free agents based more on how I believe teams view them than how I see the players myself. Personally, I’d take a chance on Vladimir Guerrero over…

  6. The Winter Meetings are coming

    Nov 7, 2011, 8:52 AM EDT

    Winter Meetings Dallas

    As we plow into the offseason, it’s a good time to remember that the biggest hot stove event is the Winter Meetings. They’re going to be in Dallas this year from December 5-8, though most people show up on Sunday the 4th. It’s a nutso kind of thing, whether you’re actually on-site or whether you’re…

  7. The Royals to sell the naming rights to Kauffman Stadium

    Nov 7, 2011, 8:15 AM EDT

    Kauffman Stadium

    Via some very well-put disappointment in the development over at Big League Stew comes word that the Kansas City Royals are on the verge of selling naming rights to Kauffman Stadium. Probably to a bank. Almost certainly not to Oklahoma Joe’s BBQ, which is a cryin’ shame. Does Kansas City have any anti-corporate activists hanging…

  8. MLB “stars” sweep five-game series against Chinese Taipei

    Nov 6, 2011, 5:27 PM EDT

    San Francisco Giants' manager Bochy, New York Yankees' Granderson and Cano attend a news conference in Taipei

    We did it! … Or something. According to Doug Miller of MLB.com, a group of Major League Baseball players (some stars, others not) captured a 6-4 victory Sunday at Cheng-Ching Lake Stadium in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, finishing up a five-game sweep of a Chinese Taipei team led by Nationals right-hander Chien-Ming Wang. Yankees Curtis Granderson and…

  9. Orioles officially hire Dan Duquette as new general manager

    Nov 6, 2011, 4:05 PM EDT

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    They’ve finally found their man. Er, a man. According to Baltimore sports reporter Jen Royle, the Orioles have officially hired Dan Duqette to be their next general manager and will introduce him at a press conference Tuesday at Camden Yards. Duquette served as the Expos’ general manager from 1992-1994 before taking the same position with…

  10. A recording of Ron Washington’s speech before Game 7…

    Nov 6, 2011, 3:22 PM EDT

    World Series Rangers Cardinals Baseball

    The fine fellas at Joe Sports Fan have obtained a recording of Rangers manager Ron Washington’s pregame speech from Game 7 of the World Series. It’s about as graphic as it gets, with Washington frequently referring to Cardinals starter Chris Carpenter as “mutha-f#%king Carp.” He also quotes the Three Musketeers, so there’s that. JSF’s Matt Sebek…

  11. Jim Thome’s contract carries $250K in performance bonuses

    Nov 6, 2011, 2:30 PM EDT

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    The Phillies signed veteran slugger Jim Thome to a one-year contract on Friday. It carries a $1.25 million base salary, but the 41-year-old can earn another $250,000 through performance-based incentives. According to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com, Thome will get $50,000 if he reaches 175 plate appearances, another $50,000 if he makes 200 plate appearances, and so…

  12. Rockies interested in reunion with utilityman Jamey Carroll

    Nov 6, 2011, 1:16 PM EDT

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    According to the Denver Post‘s Troy Renck, Rockies general manager Dan O’Dowd is looking to give his team an “attitude adjustment” this winter by bringing in a strong clubhouse presence. Or two. Veteran utility infielder Jamey Carroll is thought to carry that type of aura, and is known to be on the Rockies’ short list…

  13. Picture of the Day: Brian Wilson leads LSU over ‘Bama

    Nov 6, 2011, 12:01 PM EDT

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    OK, that headline isn’t at all accurate. But Wilson did pick the Tigers to win “The Game of the Century.” Here’s the bearded closer, donning an LSU football uniform just before appearing on ESPN’s “Gameday” set as a guest score-predictor. His first-ranked alma mater defeated the second-ranked Alabama Crimson Tide on Saturday night by a…

  14. Rays “expected to be willing” to trade Wade Davis

    Nov 6, 2011, 10:54 AM EDT

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    From Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe comes word that the Rays are “expected to be willing” to trade 26-year-old right-hander Wade Davis at some point before the start of the 2012 season. There were rumblings as this offseason began that Tampa Bay might be willing to unload 29-year-old righty James Shields, who registered a…

  15. M’s prospect Nick Franklin goes 4-for-5 in Rising Stars Game

    Nov 6, 2011, 9:37 AM EDT

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    Mariners shortstop prospect Nick Franklin stole the show in Saturday night’s Arizona Fall League Rising Stars Game, finishing 4-for-5 with a home run, two doubles and four RBI as the West beat the East 11-2. The switch-hitting Franklin, considered a Top 50 prospect by most ranking services, also scored three runs. He homered in the…

  16. Mets open to trading David Wright this offseason?

    Nov 6, 2011, 8:49 AM EDT

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    From Joel Sherman of the New York Post: “We will listen on [David] Wright for sure,” a Mets official told me during the week. “We know we are not going to win it all in 2012. We have to hope the Phillies get old and we are in position to take advantage of that in…

  17. Boras: Ryan Madson already receiving “a lot of interest”

    Nov 5, 2011, 10:03 PM EDT

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    Free agent right-hander Ryan Madson registered an impressive 2.37 ERA and 62/16 K/BB ratio across 60 2/3 innings this season for the NL East champion Phillies, collecting 32 saves in 34 opportunities. He’ll be looking to cash in this winter as the most dominant reliever on the market. And it sure sounds like his suitors…

  18. Yankees contact the agent for Roy Oswalt, C.J. Wilson

    Nov 5, 2011, 8:58 PM EDT

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    The Yankees’ search for pitching is now underway. According to beat writer Marc Carig of the Newark Star-Ledger, Yankees GM Brian Cashman placed a call Friday to agent Bob Garber, who represents two of this winter’s top available starters: right-hander Roy Oswalt and left-hander C.J Wilson. The interest in Wilson comes as no surprise, but…

  19. Roger Clemens invited to pitch for Puerto Rican team

    Nov 5, 2011, 7:35 PM EDT

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    Look, kids: a real-life Kenny Powers! According to Christian Red of the New York Daily News, former major league starter Roger Clemens has been invited to join the pitching staff of Indios de Mayaguez, a Puerto Rican winter league team that recently signed a contract with his son, 24-year-old corner infield prospect Koby Clemens. “The…

  20. Scott Boras takes some shots at the Diamondbacks and John McDonald

    Nov 5, 2011, 6:02 PM EDT

    San Diego Padres v Arizona Diamondbacks

    According to Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic, Scott Boras said his client Willie Bloomquist is drawing “a lot of interest” on the free agent market. Yawn. I can’t recall the last time Boras didn’t say that about one of his clients, so the real interesting part of this story is how he ended up…

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