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  1. Strength and conditioning coach “surprised” by Red Sox firing

    Nov 4, 2011, 12:46 PM EDT

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    Dave Page, the strength and conditioning coach let go by the Red Sox yesterday, told Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe that he “was surprised” by the firing and “it caught me off guard that it happened now and not right after the season.” In other words, once the constant headlines about beer, fried chicken,…

  2. Bob Forsch 1950-2011

    Nov 4, 2011, 12:30 PM EDT

    Bob Forsch, a former St. Louis Cardinals pitcher, throws out ceremonial first pitch before the Cardinals met the Texas Rangers in Game 7 of MLB's World Series baseball championship in St. Louis

    Sad news: Longtime Cardinals pitcher Bob Forsch died unexpectedly last night at the age of 61.  According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch Forsch suffered an aneurysm in his upper chest. Forsch pitched 16 seasons in the bigs, pitching all but 37 of his 498 career games with the Cardinals, the others with the Astros at the…

  3. Rays drop Game 162 hero Dan Johnson

    Nov 4, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays' Dan Johnson hits a ninth inning home run with New York Yankees catcher Austin Romine at right during their American League MLB baseball game in St. Petersburg

    Dan Johnson saved Tampa Bay’s season with his homer in Game 162, but the first baseman was left off the playoff roster and yesterday the Rays outrighted him from the 40-man roster. Johnson refused an assignment to Triple-A and is now a free agent at age 32. Aside from the dramatic Game 162 homer against…

  4. Mark Buehrle may prefer the National League

    Nov 4, 2011, 11:35 AM EDT

    Mark Buehrle

    Ken Rosenthal spoke to Mark Buerle’s agent who said that all teams are on the table for his free agent client this winter but that he may prefer the National League: “Mark is not going to eliminate any team from free-agent consideration. But having pitched 12 years in the American League, the National League certainly…

  5. Kerry Wood likes Theo Epstein hire, wants to stay with Cubs

    Nov 4, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

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    Despite a regime change that included his friend Jim Hendry being let go as general manager Kerry Wood still wants to stay with the Cubs. Wood, who passed up bigger offers to sign a one-year, $1.5 million deal with Chicago last offseason, said yesterday on Comcast SportsNet Chicago that he liked the move to hire…

  6. The Giants should trade Tim Lincecum? Really?

    Nov 4, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    Tim Lincecum

    In trying to chart a course for the San Francisco Giants, Jon Paul Morosi is either thinking outside the box or trolling. I’m not sure which: So if the Giants wish to maximize their odds of returning to the World Series, they have two choices. 1. Spend big for Prince Fielder, Albert Pujols, Jose Reyes…

  7. Twins deny Orioles permission to interview Mike Radcliff

    Nov 4, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

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    None of their top candidates want the job and now the Orioles aren’t being allowed to pursue one of their fallback choices, as Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com reports that the Twins denied them permission to interview Mike Radcliff. Radcliff has been with the Twins for 25 years as their longtime scouting director and current vice…

  8. Mets official: we have “no shot” to sign Jose Reyes

    Nov 4, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

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    Joel Sherman of the New York Post spoke with someone in the Mets front office and that someone thinks the team has “no shot” to re-sign Jose Reyes: “My instinct is no shot. I think if [GM] Sandy [Alderson] asked for it, ownership would follow his recommendations. But where the money is going to go…

  9. Cubs will monitor Carlos Zambrano’s starts in Venezuela

    Nov 4, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    Chicago Cubs v Atlanta Braves

    Theo Epstein said yesterday that the Cubs are very much in favor of Carlos Zambrano pitching in the Venezuelan winter league and Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune reports that they’ll “have a scout monitoring” his first start Sunday. Zambrano, who’ll be managed in Venezuela by Julio Franco, is scheduled to make a total of…

  10. Knock me over with a feather: Mike Scott admits to scuffing baseballs

    Nov 4, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

    Mike Scott

    You could fill a book with the things I was wrong and deluded about in 1986, but one thing I was certain of was that Houston Astros pitcher Mike Scott was scuffing baseballs. Yeah, people were all taken at the time with the notion that the splitter was some vexing form of sorcery, but it…

  11. Next! The Orioles ask permission to interview Allard Baird for their GM job

    Nov 4, 2011, 9:33 AM EDT

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    It was Andy Warhol who said that, in the future, everyone will interview for the Orioles GM job for 15 minutes. He could paint a little too. Anyway: The Baltimore Orioles have asked permission to speak to Red Sox vice president of player personnel and pro scouting Allard Baird about their general manager vacancy. Baird had a…

  12. Jamie Moyer “Same as he’s been for the past 15 years”

    Nov 4, 2011, 9:12 AM EDT

    Jamie Moyer

    We mentioned Jamie Moyer‘s throwing sessions for scouts the other day. Today Ken Rosenthal has some more on that, having spoken to some scouts. The verdict from a scout: “Same as he’s been for the past 15 years — as incredible as that may sound. He has a chance to pitch in the big leagues as…

  13. Justin Verlander named Player of the Year by the MLBPA. Harbinger of an MVP?

    Nov 4, 2011, 8:45 AM EDT

    New York Yankees v Detroit Tigers - Game 3

    The MLBPA Player’s Choice Awards aren’t as big a deal as the BBWAA awards, but they’re not nothing.  The players certainly think they’re significant as anyone who is awarded something by their peers is likely to feel.  Justin Verlander certainly feels that way, as his comments after being awarded the MLBPA’s Player of the Year…

  14. The nerdiest baseball article you’ll ever see. Ever. Really.

    Nov 4, 2011, 8:15 AM EDT

    Sisko baseball

    Because I often drop references to Star Trek, Battlestar Galactica, Star Wars, comics and other similar fare, I get accused of being a nerd from time to time.  It’s OK. I own it. Not gonna run away from that because I am who I am and I’m OK with that. But if you ever thought…

  15. Free agent starter Bruce Chen already has three suitors

    Nov 3, 2011, 10:06 PM EDT

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    From Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star comes word that free agent left-hander Bruce Chen has already drawn “serious” interest from three different clubs this offseason, one being the Royals. Chen posted a respectable 3.77 ERA and 1.30 WHIP across 25 starts during the 2011 regular season. He only struck out 97 batters in…

  16. Yet another candidate pulls out of running for O’s GM job

    Nov 3, 2011, 8:48 PM EDT

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    It just gets uglier and uglier for the Orioles. According to SI’s Jon Heyman, Dodgers assistant GM DeJon Watson has pulled his name out of the running for Baltimore’s vacancy at general manager. Watson was never a favorite for the job, but he’s now the third candidate to drop out of the ongoing hunt voluntarily…

  17. Rafael Furcal drawing interest from “half dozen” teams

    Nov 3, 2011, 7:23 PM EDT

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

    Veteran shortstop Rafael Furcal hit .255/.316/.418 and launched seven home runs in 50 games after joining the Cardinals via a mid-summer trade. He also upgraded St. Louis’ infield defense significantly while managing to stay healthy through the end of the Redbirds’ victorious World Series run. Pleased with that performance, the St. Louis front office has…

  18. Chien-Ming Wang back to Nationals for $4 million

    Nov 3, 2011, 6:15 PM EDT

    Chien-Ming Wang

    The Nationals and right-hander Chien-Ming Wang have agreed to terms on a deal worth $4 million, pending a physical, says CSN Washington’s Mark Zuckerman. It’s a larger-than-anticipated guarantee for the sinkerballer, who has made all of 20 starts the last three years. The contract will include incentives based on games started. After pitching half-seasons in 2008…

  19. Impatient Ned Colletti flushes at least $2 million down the toilet

    Nov 3, 2011, 5:44 PM EDT

    Ned Colletti

    A 29-year-old Jonny Gomes was a free agent two winters ago after hitting .267/.338/.541 with 20 homers and 51 RBI in 281 at-bats for the Reds. He re-signed with the Reds for $800,000. A 33-year-old Andruw Jones was a free agent last winter after hitting .230/.341/.486 with 19 homers and 48 RBI in 278 at-bats…

  20. Braves listening to offers for Jair Jurrjens and Martin Prado

    Nov 3, 2011, 5:11 PM EDT

    Jair Jurrjens

    Atlanta acted quickly to remove Derek Lowe and his salary from the books, dealing him to Cleveland, and now Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports that the Braves have told teams they’re willing to trade Jair Jurrjens and Martin Prado. Bowman writes that the Braves would like to free up some additional salary to pursue free…

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