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  1. Ten teams are interested in Jonathan Broxton

    Nov 20, 2011, 4:28 PM EDT

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    Jon Heyman tweets that more than 10 teams have shown interest in Jonathan Broxton. More than ten. I think Broxton is a good candidate for a bounce-backy kind of year, but when you see this kind of interest on a due coming off of elbow surgery and an ERA of 5.68, it’s understandable that the…

  2. Marvin Miller doesn’t know why the players agreed to HGH testing

    Nov 20, 2011, 2:20 PM EDT

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    I liked to Shaughnessy earlier, so why not link to Murray Chass? He spoke with former union head Marvin Miller — they’re bffs, you know — about the MLBPA agreeing to submit to HGH blood testing in the new collective bargaining agreement. Miller is perplexed by the union agreeing to this and to earlier concessions…

  3. The Red Sox to meet with Bobby Valentine on Monday

    Nov 20, 2011, 12:32 PM EDT


    Today, Jeff Passan reports: Bobby Valentine expects to meet with Red Sox GM Ben Cherington on Monday. Could emerge as favorite for manager if meeting goes well. Interesting, because the other day the Boston Herald wrote: Bobby Valentine has been a candidate for the Red Sox manager job from the early stages of the team’s search…

  4. The Marlins think Albert Pujols is older than he says he is

    Nov 20, 2011, 11:36 AM EDT

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    An interesting read from Dan Le Batard in the Miami Herald about how the Marlins are going about — or at least appear to be going about — transforming the franchise. Going big and trying to establish a Latin brand. Part of that, of course, is the pursuit, such as it is, of Albert Pujols.…

  5. The Braves are interested in the Yankees’ Eduardo Nunez

    Nov 20, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT


    John Harper of the New York Daily News reports that the Braves have asked the Yankees about the availability of Eduardo Nunez.  That’s fine as far as it goes. The Braves need someone to play shortstop and there aren’t a ton of great candidates available. Think of it as last call. You look around and…

  6. Shaughnessy: the Red Sox are “a doofus organization”

    Nov 20, 2011, 9:44 AM EDT

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    I know you all hate it when I link Shaughnessy, but if enjoying the living hell out of his particular brand of performance art on a fine Sunday morning is wrong, I don’t want to be right. Today he has decided not to pick a particular target and instead has gone in for some carpet-bombing.…

  7. Mark Cuban doesn’t want to buy the Braves. Drat.

    Nov 20, 2011, 7:52 AM EDT

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    Being a Braves fan was its most fun when a potentially-crazy billionaire owned them. We won’t get a second go-around of that, however, because Mark Cuban told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution yesterday that he has no interest in buying the team. Now, the Braves aren’t for sale, but that doesn’t mean this is a wholly academic exercise.…

  8. New Cardinals manager Mike Matheny lost his dreamhouse, faces lawsuit

    Nov 19, 2011, 8:06 PM EDT

    St. Louis Cardinals Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Bill DeWitt (L), new Manager Mike Matheny (C) and Sr. Vice President and General Manager John Mozeliak (R) hold a press conference about the new hire in St. Louis

    As it turns out, Mike Matheny needed the Cardinals managerial job a lot more than Terry Francona did. St. Louis’s new hire lost his 17-room house in Missouri and may yet owe more than $4 million due to bad real estate deals, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Saturday. Jack Wagman presents a very well researched…

  9. Minimum salary to rise to $480,000 in new labor deal

    Nov 19, 2011, 7:07 PM EDT

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    The Associated Press reports that MLB’s minimum salary will increase from $414,000 to $480,000 under the league’s new CBA set to go into effect next week. It is expected to continue to increase over the duration of the deal and could soon top $500,000. A couple of other new reveals: – Super-two arbitration will not…

  10. Selig to meet with Giants in attempt to clear San Jose for the A’s

    Nov 19, 2011, 6:30 PM EDT

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    Commissioner Bud Selig is planning to meet with the Giants within two weeks to discuss a potential A’s relocation to San Jose, sources told’s Ken Rosenthal. The Giants own the territorial rights to San Jose and are very reluctant to give them up, but with the A’s floundering, Selig may be willing to make…

  11. The Pirates lineup of the moment

    Nov 19, 2011, 5:45 PM EDT

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    Already having picked up Rod Barajas to catcher, the Pirates are reportedly in the process of adding a second OBP-challenged regular to their lineup in shortstop Clint Barmes. That gives them a lineup that could look something like this: RF Jose Tabata LF Alex Presley CF Andrew McCutchen 2B Neil Walker 1B Garrett Jones 3B Pedro…

  12. Rockies prospect third baseman Nolan Arenado named Arizona Fall League MVP

    Nov 19, 2011, 5:04 PM EDT

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    This year’s Arizona Fall League featured some of the game’s most high-profile hitting prospects, most notably Bryce Harper of the Nationals, Mike Trout of the Angels and Wil Myers of the Royals, but Rockies’ prospect third baseman Nolan Arenado was the one who stole the show. Before this afternoon’s title game between the Surprise Saguaros…

  13. Report: Ryan Madson, Heath Bell won’t cost draft picks

    Nov 19, 2011, 4:27 PM EDT

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    The story is still developing, but according to’s Ken Rosenthal, the top relievers left on the market will not require draft-pick compensation once the new CBA goes into effect next week. Ryan Madson, Heath Bell and Francisco Rodriguez are among the relievers to be affected by the change. Rosenthal says the Phillies will still…

  14. Brett Wallace released from Dominican Winter League team

    Nov 19, 2011, 4:11 PM EDT

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    The strange voyage of Brett Wallace continues. Steve Campbell of Houston Chronicle reports that Wallace was recently dropped from his Dominican Winter League team. The 25-year-old batted .173 (9-for-52) with two home runs and nine RBI over 20 games before getting the boot from the Escogido Lions. Astros general manager Ed Wade, who was busy at…

  15. Report: MLB to begin testing for HGH

    Nov 19, 2011, 2:56 PM EDT

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    According to Michael S. Schmidt of the New York Times, MLB’s new collective bargaining agreement, which is set to be announced early next week, will include blood testing for human growth hormone (HGH). Here are some of the details: The bargaining agreement, which could be announced early next week, calls for blood testing to begin…

  16. UPDATE: Pirates the favorites to sign Clint Barmes

    Nov 19, 2011, 2:15 PM EDT

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    UPDATE: Jon Heyman of hears that Barmes is expected to receive a two-year contract worth around $11 million. 2:15 PM: Clint Barmes has drawn a surprising amount of interest in the early days of the Hot Stove season, but Ken Rosenthal of hears that the Pirates appear to be the current favorites to…

  17. Marlins among teams interested in 19-year-old Cuban outfielder Jorge Soler

    Nov 19, 2011, 1:10 PM EDT

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    We’ve heard so much about viral sensation Yoenis Cespedes in the media this month that another talented Cuban outfielder is flying under the radar. However, that doesn’t mean he hasn’t generated plenty of buzz among MLB front-office types. According to Joe Frisaro of, the Marlins, Red Sox, Yankees, Rangers and Cubs are among the teams…

  18. Terry Francona in talks to broadcast for FOX next season

    Nov 19, 2011, 12:10 PM EDT

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    After Terry Francona told Sean McAdam of earlier this week that he will not manage next season, the natural assumption was that he would end up in the broadcasting booth before testing the waters again next offseason. FOX was obviously impressed with the work he did filling in for Tim McCarver during the ALCS,…

  19. The extra Wild Card team might not be the only change to the playoff format

    Nov 19, 2011, 11:40 AM EDT

    2011 World Series Game 7 - Texas Rangers v St Louis Cardinals

    We already know that there will be an extra Wild Card team in each league and a one-game playoff, perhaps as soon as next season. Craig discussed the issue at length yesterday, by the way. But Buster Olney of hears that there could be another change to the playoff format on the horizon: Source:…

  20. UPDATE: Carlos Zambrano hit in the face by line drive in Venezuelan Winter League

    Nov 19, 2011, 10:45 AM EDT

    Chicago Cubs v Atlanta Braves

    UPDATE: Big Z’s next start might be put on hold, at least for precautionary reasons. Bruce Levine of ESPN Chicago reports that in addition to receiving 10 stitches as a result of the comebacker, Zambrano also suffered soft tissue damage. He is scheduled to undergo more tests in the coming days. 10:45 AM: According to…

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