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  1. Reds GM on Brandon Phillips extension: “I think it’s still a ways to go”

    Nov 30, 2011, 8:44 AM EDT

    Cincinnati Reds v Washington Nationals

    Yesterday Brandon Phillips took to Twitter to suggest that negotiations with the Reds over a long term deal were progressing. Reds GM Walt Jocketty — while hopeful himself — walked that back a bit last night: When reached for comment, Reds general manager Walt Jocketty didn’t believe a deal was near. “I think it’s still a…

  2. Bobby Valentine can handle Boston. Can Boston handle him?

    Nov 30, 2011, 6:24 AM EDT

    valentine in suit

    Bobby Valentine in Boston. I’ve seen a lot of people getting a bit worked up by all of this, but I’m having trouble seeing what the big deal is. He’s a bright guy. He’s had success. Especially in tough situations such as in New York and in the higher-pressure-than-anyone-ever-acknowledges world of Japanese baseball. Indeed, to…

  3. Report: Tigers interested in Angels’ infielder Maicer Izturis

    Nov 29, 2011, 9:45 PM EDT

    Maicer Izturis Reuters

    While the Tigers continue to express interest in a trade for Atlanta’s Martin Prado, they have identified a Plan B. According to Jon Paul Morosi and Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com, it’s Maicer Izturis of the Angels. The Tigers are currently looking for upgrades at second base, third base and the leadoff spot, so while Izturis…

  4. Giants unlikely to make a “big splash” for a hitter

    Nov 29, 2011, 8:32 PM EDT

    Arizona Diamondbacks v San Francisco Giants

    The Giants held a conference call this afternoon to discuss the contract extensions for GM Brian Sabean and manager Bruce Bochy. Asked about their offseason agenda by John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle, Sabean said he doesn’t plan on making a “big splash” to upgrade the team’s lackluster offense. While it’s not a surprise…

  5. Report: Bobby Valentine will be the next manager of the Red Sox

    Nov 29, 2011, 7:17 PM EDT

    Bobby Valentine

    UPDATE: He’s back. Gordon Edes of ESPN Boston confirms that Bobby Valentine will indeed be the next manager of the Red Sox. Valentine was offered the job while he was away on personal business in Japan and immediately accepted. He is expected to fly back home tomorrow while CSNNE.com reports that he will likely be introduced as Boston’s…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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,…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. Brewers prospect Santo Manzanillo separates shoulder in car accident

    Nov 29, 2011, 2:52 PM EDT

    santo_manzanillo

    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…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. 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.…

  18. 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,…

  19. 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…

  20. 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,…

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