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  1. It’s official: Theo Epstein resigns from Red Sox to join Cubs’ front office

    Oct 21, 2011, 10:03 PM EDT

    Theo Epstein

    It’s finally done. Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe reports that the Red Sox and Cubs have agreed to the framework of a deal that will allow Theo Epstein to become the Cubs’ president of baseball operations. Epstein has resigned from his post as Red Sox general manager and will join the Cubs’ front office,…

  2. Albert Pujols, Tony La Russa respond to criticism for skipping out on media

    Oct 21, 2011, 10:01 PM EDT

    St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols takes part in practice a day prior to Game 3 of MLB's World Series baseball championship in Arlington

    As we bid this off-day of the World Series adieu, here’s an update of the big hullabaloo of the day. Well, at least for some of us. According to Ronald Blum of the Associated Press, Albert Pujols and Cardinals manager Tony La Russa responded to criticism this afternoon for members of the team skipping out…

  3. Pirates to decline options on Ryan Doumit and Chris Snyder

    Oct 21, 2011, 8:50 PM EDT

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    In news that comes as no surprise to anyone, Pirates general manager Neal Huntington told Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com earlier today that he intends to decline club options for catchers Ryan Doumit and Chris Snyder after the World Series. “I hate closing doors,” Huntington said, “but I think it’s realistic to assume that neither option…

  4. Yorvit Torrealba expected to catch Game 3 of World Series

    Oct 21, 2011, 7:40 PM EDT

    Texas Rangers v Detroit Tigers - Game Three

    Rangers manager Ron Washington told Richard Durrett of ESPN Dallas earlier today that Yorvit Torrealba will likely start behind the plate for Game 3 of the World Series tomorrow night against the Cardinals. Mike Napoli, who caught the first two games of the series, is expected to move over to first base while Michael Young…

  5. Lance Berkman to serve as DH in Game 3 of World Series on Saturday

    Oct 21, 2011, 6:14 PM EDT

    World Series Rangers Cardinals Baseball

    The Cardinals are making some changes to their lineup as the World Series shifts to the American League for Game 3 against the Rangers tomorrow night. Buster Olney of ESPN.com reports that Lance Berkman will serve as designated hitter while Allen Craig will make the start in right field against the left-hander Matt Harrison. Craig,…

  6. Nationals all but certain to retain Davey Johnson as manager

    Oct 21, 2011, 5:07 PM EDT

    Davey Johnson

    No official decision has been made yet, but general manager Mike Rizzo made it very clear that Davey Johnson will remain the Nationals’ manager in 2012. Rizzo has interviewed several candidates for the job, but indicated to Mark Zuckerman of CSNWashington.com that Johnson has never ceased being the heavy favorite: We feel pretty confident that…

  7. Miguel Cabrera will skip All-Star series in Taiwan due to sore shoulder

    Oct 21, 2011, 4:40 PM EDT

    New York Yankees v Detroit Tigers - Game 3

    Miguel Cabrera was scheduled to join a group of MLB players including Curtis Granderson, Pablo Sandoval, Robinson Cano for a series against the Chinese Taipei national team in the 2011 Taiwan All-Star next month, but it turns out he’ll skip the series in order to rest his sore right shoulder. Jason Beck of MLB.com passed…

  8. Royals rookie Johnny Giavotella undergoes hip surgery

    Oct 21, 2011, 3:42 PM EDT

    Kansas City Royals Photo Day

    Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star reports that Royals rookie second baseman Johnny Giavotella underwent hip surgery to repair a torn labrum, but “is expected to be fine by the start of spring training.” Giavotella was one of many quality prospects called up by the Royals this season and struggled as a 23-year-old, hitting .247…

  9. Rangers reliever Koji Uehara wants to be back with Orioles

    Oct 21, 2011, 2:48 PM EDT

    Seattle Mariners v Texas Rangers

    Koji Uehara struggled following a midseason trade to the Rangers and was left off the World Series roster, and now Brittany Ghiroli of MLB.com reports that the reliever wants to return to the Orioles next year: I continue to believe that Koji Uehara will find a way back to the Orioles. … It’s hard to…

  10. Yu Darvish says he hasn’t decided on move to MLB

    Oct 21, 2011, 2:13 PM EDT

    darvish getty japan

    Most signs point to Japanese ace Yu Darvish making the jump from Nippon Professional Baseball to Major League Baseball at some point this winter. But to hear the right-hander tell it, on a personal blog no less, he has not completely made up his mind. And probably won’t for a couple more weeks. From Patrick…

  11. White Sox interested in Jim Thome as hitting coach?

    Oct 21, 2011, 1:50 PM EDT

    Jim Thome

    Their old hitting coach, Greg Walker, just joined the Braves, and Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun Times writes that the White Sox may try to talk Jim Thome into replacing him: Sox farm-system hitting instructors Jeff Manto or Tim Laker are thought to be the top candidates to replace Greg Walker as hitting…

  12. Braves hire Greg Walker as new hitting coach

    Oct 21, 2011, 1:18 PM EDT

    Greg Walker, Jerry Reinsdorf

    Greg Walker stepped down as the White Sox’s hitting coach immediately after the season and it didn’t take him long to find a new gig, with Bob Nightengale of USA Today reporting that Walker has agreed to become the Braves’ new hitting coach. Walker also interviewed for the Padres’ job, but given how frequently San…

  13. Rangers and Ian Kinsler didn’t let Yadier Molina stop them from running

    Oct 21, 2011, 12:46 PM EDT

    Rangers Kinsler steals second Cardinals Furcal in Game 2 of MLB's World Series baseball championship in St. Louis

    I wondered yesterday whether the Rangers runners would continue to test Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina. For most of Game 2 they avoided Molina, attempting zero steals, but that all changed in the ninth inning. Ian Kinsler was gunned down by Molina in the first inning of Game 1, at which point the Rangers put on…

  14. Pitching coach Curt Young leaves Red Sox, returns to A’s

    Oct 21, 2011, 12:12 PM EDT

    Boston Red Sox new pitching coach Curt Young watches Andrew Miller throw during workouts in Ft. Myers

    UPDATE: Apparently the interview went well, because Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com reports that Young has left the Red Sox and rejoined the A’s. ========== Jane Lee of MLB.com reported yesterday that Oakland is interested in rehiring pitching coach Curt Young after he left the A’s to take the same job with the Red Sox…

  15. Pinch-hitting hero Allen Craig will be a starter in Texas

    Oct 21, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

    Allen Craig

    After delivering RBI hits off the bench in each of the first two games Allen Craig will move into the starting lineup for the next three games as the World Series shifts to Texas and American League rules. Craig is expected to serve as the Cardinals’ designated hitter for Games 3, 4, and 5, although…

  16. Padres will receive compensation from Cubs for losing Jed Hoyer and Jason McLeod

    Oct 21, 2011, 11:37 AM EDT

    According to Scott Miller of CBSSports.com, the Padres will receive compensation if (or really, when) general manager Jed Hoyer and assistant general manager Jason McLeod leave to join the new-look Cubs’ front office. Hoyer, who has served as GM for the past two seasons, is under contract with the Padres through 2013 with a club…

  17. Tony La Russa to decide on future within two weeks of World Series

    Oct 21, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    St. Louis Cardinals v Arizona Diamondbacks

    Next season probably isn’t even on Tony La Russa’s mind right now, but Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post Dispatch reports that the 67-year-old manager and the Cardinals must both decide whether to exercise their half of a mutual contract option within two weeks of the World Series ending. When asked if he knew…

  18. Reds send Aroldis Chapman to Arizona Fall League

    Oct 21, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    Cincinnati Reds v Arizona Diamondbacks

    Two weeks ago the Reds revealed plans to have Aroldis Chapman stretch out his arm by working as a starter in winter ball, but before that they’ll send him to the Arizona Fall League. Rarely do players with more than one full season in the majors participate in the AFL, but Chapman is attempting to…

  19. Albert Pujols didn’t speak with reporters after Game 2 loss

    Oct 21, 2011, 10:06 AM EDT

    Texas Rangers v St Louis Cardinals - Game 2

    Albert Pujols wasn’t present to answer questions from the media following last night’s 2-1 loss to the Rangers in Game 2 of the World Series. Neither were some other prominent veterans on the team, including Yadier Molina, Matt Holliday and Lance Berkman. There’s plenty of blame to go around with this snubbing, but naturally the…

  20. Bud Selig could intervene in Theo Epstein talks

    Oct 21, 2011, 8:43 AM EDT

    Bud Selig

    If you thought the Theo Epstein situation wasn’t silly enough already, Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that commissioner Bud Selig may act as arbitrator if the Red Sox and Cubs can’t agree on compensation for the former Boston GM. Selig made the comments last night during an appearance on Sirius XM’s “Mad Dog…

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