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  1. Ron Gardenhire says the Twins “are making a mad effort” to re-sign Michael Cuddyer

    Dec 1, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

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    During a 1500-ESPN radio interview yesterday manager Ron Gardenhire said the Twins “are making a mad effort” to re-sign free agent Michael Cuddyer, adding that “both sides are talking.” Cuddyer previously visited the Phillies and has reportedly drawn interest from several other teams, and if he signs elsewhere the Type A free agent would fetch…

  2. Must-click link: How the Red Sox got to Bobby Valentine

    Dec 1, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    Bobby Valentine

    Things move fast and furious in real time. As we watched the Red Sox managerial search unfold, we were first confused about the shift away from the team’s early focus on Dale Sveum and guys like him and onto experienced candidates like Gene Lamont and Bobby Valentine. But as Alex Speier writes in an in-depth…

  3. A’s catcher Kurt Suzuki is eating 4,000 calories per day in the most boring way possible

    Dec 1, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    Kurt Suzuki

    In an effort to put on 15 pounds this offseason A’s catcher Kurt Suzuki is eating 4,000 calories per day, telling Jane Lee of MLB.com that his “gluttonous” diet plan includes non-stop eating and working out. Of course, those 4,000 calories are coming in the form of turkey burgers, fruit, energy bars, protein shakes, salads,…

  4. Brad Lidge, Jon Rauch are “strong” on the Mets radar

    Dec 1, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    John Farrell, J.P. Arencibia, Jon Rauch, Alfonso Marquez

    It’s “strong” day. The Marlins are going “strong” after Heath Bell and now we hear that the Mets are “strong” after Brad Lidge and Jon Rauch.  No word if any tires have been kicked. But if they were, they were kicked HARD. Obviously the Mets want bullpen help.  In addition to these two, the Mets have…

  5. Marlins “going strong after” free agent closer Heath Bell

    Dec 1, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    Padres pitcher Bell is congratulated by teammate and catcher Torrealba after the Padres defeated the Giants during their MLB baseball  game in San Francisco

    Last night Heath Bell posted on Twitter denying an ESPN.com report that he was close to signing with an undisclosed team, but Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post reports that the free agent closer met with the Marlins and described Miami as “going strong after” him. Whether that means the ESPN.com report is accurate…

  6. UPDATE: Jorge Posada DID NOT reach out to the Mets

    Dec 1, 2011, 9:37 AM EDT

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    UPDATE:  Scratch all of this. Ken Rosenthal spoke to Jorge Posada’s agent who says “there is no truth to that report. None.”  So, go Heyman. 9:37 AM: Jorge Posada still wants to play baseball, and today Jon Heyman tweets that he’s reached out to the Mets to see if they’d be interested. Hard to see why…

  7. Yes, I watched “Baseball Wives” for some reason

    Dec 1, 2011, 9:18 AM EDT

    Baseball Wives 2011 Advertising Shoot

    I’m generally not a person who regrets things. Rare are the times when I’ve done something and later said “wow, that was a big mistake.” I mean, yes, things go bad sometimes, but even when they do I tend to try to find the good in it, even if it’s just a life lesson. I’m…

  8. My imaginary Hall of Fame ballot

    Dec 1, 2011, 8:42 AM EDT

    Tim Raines

    The Hall of Fame ballot came out yesterday. One does not get to vote unless one has been a member of the Baseball Writers Association of America for a decade. I am not a BBWAA member, of course, so my voting will have to be imaginary. That’s OK, though, I do a lot of pretend…

  9. Thad Levine declines interview for Astros’ GM opening

    Nov 30, 2011, 10:18 PM EDT

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    The Astros’ hunt for a new general manager began Monday when freshly-approved owner Jim Crane fired Ed Wade. It’s early, but so far the hunt has not been fruitful. In fact, it’s even been a little embarrassing. Crane and Co. have reached out to Rays executive vice president Andrew Friedman, but most insiders believe that to…

  10. The new Angels are smarter than the old Rockies

    Nov 30, 2011, 9:06 PM EDT

    Chris Iannetta

    In trading Chris Iannetta for Tyler Chatwood and signing Ramon Hernandez, the Rockies are probably thinking that they made at worst a sideways move behind the plate and picked up a potential middle-of-the-rotation starter in return. And in thinking that, they are most likely very wrong. Hernandez is coming off two fine years for the…

  11. Mitch Moreland undergoes surgery on right wrist

    Nov 30, 2011, 8:41 PM EDT

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    According to T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com, Rangers first baseman Mitch Moreland underwent surgery Wednesday to repair his ailing right wrist. Rangers doctors say Moreland will need 8-12 weeks of recovery time, meaning he should be mostly done healing by the start of spring training in February and should be back to 100 percent health by…

  12. Rockies sign Ramon Hernandez to two-year contract, trade Chris Iannetta to Angels

    Nov 30, 2011, 7:26 PM EDT

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    From FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal comes word that the Rockies have reached a two-year, $6.4 million free agent contract with veteran catcher Ramon Hernandez and have traded Chris Iannetta to the Angels for 21-year-old right-hander Tyler Chatwood. Hernandez, 35, posted a .788 OPS in 328 plate appearances this year for the Reds. He’s not much…

  13. Bargain DeJesus signing a good start for Epstein in Chicago

    Nov 30, 2011, 6:30 PM EDT

    David DeJesus

    This isn’t the first time Theo Epstein tried to land David DeJesus. As Boston’s general manager, Epstein attempted to pick up DeJesus from the Royals both before the 2010 trade deadline and again after the season. Epstein missed out both times, though, and DeJesus was instead dealt to Oakland, where he turned in his most…

  14. Report: Joe Saunders likely to stay with Diamondbacks

    Nov 30, 2011, 5:54 PM EDT

    Joe Saunders

    ESPN’s Buster Olney tweets that left-hander Joe Saunders “has a very good chance of returning to the Arizona Diamondbacks on a two-year deal.” The news comes amid rumors that the arbitration-eligible Saunders was likely to be shopped this winter. While he’s a reliable middle-of-the-rotation guy, Saunders was already one of the Diamondbacks’ highest-paid players at $5.5…

  15. Tweet of the Day: David DeJesus’ wife is very happy

    Nov 30, 2011, 5:01 PM EDT

    kim dejesus tweet

    Most wives would probably be pretty happy after their husband signed a $10 million contract, but Kim DeJesus is especially pleased by David DeJesus joining the Cubs because she’s from Chicago and … well: Coincidentally, Calcaterra did the exact same thing when the Braves picked up Eric Hinske‘s option.

  16. Carlos Gutierrez is in the best shape of his — wait! The best shape EVER

    Nov 30, 2011, 4:12 PM EDT

    Carlos Gutierrez

    Best shape of my life? Ha!  Try this on for size. From La Velle Neal: [Carlos] Gutierrez, I’ve been told, has rededicated himself to conditioning during the offseason and wants to come to camp in the best shape ever. He reported last year noticeably heavier. He could be a bullpen wild card if he can…

  17. Logan Morrison “just trying to rehab” knee injury that may require surgery

    Nov 30, 2011, 3:50 PM EDT

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    Logan Morrison‘s right knee is still giving him problems after two outfield collisions and ongoing tendinitis issues, so the Marlins left fielder told Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post that he may need surgery. For now he’s “just trying to rehab it and make sure if doesn’t flare up again,” but he’s scheduled to…

  18. Mark Teixeira is in the best shape of his life

    Nov 30, 2011, 3:30 PM EDT

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    This doesn’t quite qualify as a BSOML story because he didn’t use the magic words, but at this time of the year I’ll accept any story that leads with weight loss and conditioning. Mark Teixeira: Mark Teixeira says that he is already about 10 pounds lighter thanks to diet and exercise, but what the Yankees…

  19. Tigers re-sign Ramon Santiago to two-year contract

    Nov 30, 2011, 3:11 PM EDT

    Ramon Santiago

    After testing the free agent market Ramon Santiago has decided to remain in Detroit, re-signing with the Tigers on a two-year contract. As the Tigers’ utility man Santiago has averaged just 278 plate appearances during the past four years, but depending on how the rest of the offseason plays out he could get an opportunity…

  20. The Hall of Fame ballot is announced, Bernie Williams, other luminaries now eligible

    Nov 30, 2011, 2:27 PM EDT

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    The Baseball Writers Association of America just released the Hall of Fame ballots for the 2012 inductions.  There are 13 new candidates on it.  Included are Bernie Williams and a cast of … guys not as good as Bernie Williams. To wit: Jeromy Burnitz Vinny Castilla Brian Jordan Javy Lopez Bill Mueller Terry Mulholland Phil…

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