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  1. The Red Sox are going to take a look at Grady Sizemore

    Nov 1, 2011, 9:40 AM EDT

    sizemore close

    According to Michael Silverman of the Boston Herald, the Red Sox are going to consider Grady Sizemore as a potential replacement for J.D. Drew in right field. I can only assume it’s because they were tired of Drew’s health and durability. Seriously, though, there are worse things to do in life than to give Grady…

  2. What happens when you interview for a managerial job?

    Nov 1, 2011, 9:13 AM EDT

    Pete Mackanin Getty

    Interesting story over at the Globe about Pete Mackanin’s day interviewing for the Red Sox managerial job yesterday. If you’re unaware of Mackanin’s history — current bench coach for the Phillies, former interim manager for Cincy and Pittsburgh, and loooong time minor league manager and coach — it’s worth a read just for that. Sounds…

  3. No progress on Theo compensation talks; Selig to decide

    Nov 1, 2011, 8:45 AM EDT

    Chicago Cubs Introduce Theo Epstein as President of Baseball Operations

    Today is deadline day for the Cubs and the Red Sox to come to an agreement on compensation for the latter allowing Epstein out of his contract to join the former.  As Pete Abe reports in the Globe, there has been no real progress and it looks as though it will all be thrown into…

  4. Eckstein: Pujols would stay if Jose Oquendo got the Cardinals managing gig

    Nov 1, 2011, 8:15 AM EDT

    pujols smile getty

    Some very gritty insight from former World Series MVP David Eckstein: “Albert would stay if (Jose) Oquendo got the job” No word on whether Pujols’ agent agrees with that. Also no word on whether or not the Cardinals will lower their offer to Pujols to, say $16 million while hiring Oquendo to find out if…

  5. Cardinals decline options on Rafael Furcal and Octavio Dotel

    Nov 1, 2011, 12:54 AM EDT

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

    The Cardinals have declined the 2012 options for Rafael Furcal and Octavio Dotel, according to the Associated Press. Furcal’s option was worth $12 million, so it was a no-brainer to pay the $1.3 million buyout. The 34-year-old shortstop batted .231/.298/.348 with eight homers, 28 RBI and nine stolen bases over 369 plate appearances this season…

  6. Report: Frank McCourt close to agreeing to sell Dodgers

    Nov 1, 2011, 12:09 AM EDT

    mccourt reuters

    It looks like Bud Selig may get his wish. According to Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times, Frank McCourt “appears close” to an agreement with MLB on a bankruptcy settlement in which he would agree to sell the Dodgers. We learned last week that the Dodgers’ bankruptcy trial was postponed for a month so…

  7. Matt Wieters headlines 2011 class of “Fielding Bible Awards”

    Oct 31, 2011, 11:00 PM EDT

    Matt Wieters Getty

    It’s tough to take the Gold Glove awards too seriously these days. Fortunately we also have the Fielding Bible Awards around to recognize the best defensive players at each position. For those unfamiliar, the Fielding Bible Awards are voted on by a 10-person panel of experts, including Bill James, Peter Gammons, Rob Neyer, Joe Posnanski,…

  8. Diamondbacks decline options on Aaron Hill, Zach Duke

    Oct 31, 2011, 9:28 PM EDT

    aaron hill getty

    Neither of these moves come as a huge surprise, but the Diamondbacks announced this evening that they have declined their club options on Aaron Hill and Zach Duke. Hill’s contract included a pair of $8 million options for 2012 and 2013. The 29-year-old second baseman played well after being acquired from the Blue Jays in…

  9. Red Sox hope to have new manager in place by Thanksgiving

    Oct 31, 2011, 8:42 PM EDT

    Boston Red Sox Announce Ben Cherington as Executive Vice President/General Manager

    According to Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald, new Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington said today that he hopes to have a new manager in place by Thanksgiving. The Red Sox began the interview process today by welcoming Phillies bench coach Pete Mackanin to Fenway Park. Mackanin, 60, has only served in an interim…

  10. Yankees, CC Sabathia agree to contract extension

    Oct 31, 2011, 7:29 PM EDT

    sabathia reuters

    Well, here’s a surprise. CC Sabathia just announced that he has agreed to a contract extension with the Yankees. Most expected Sabathia would opt out of the remaining four years and $92 million on his contract and test free agency, but both sides worked hard to hammer out a new deal before tonight’s deadline. As Buster…

  11. Blue Jays pick up option on Edwin Encarnacion, decline option on Jon Rauch

    Oct 31, 2011, 7:00 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim  v Toronto Blue Jays

    Add another name to the lengthy list of free agent closer-types. While the Blue Jays announced their decision today to pick up Edwin Encarnacion‘s $3.5 million option for 2012, they also declined Jon Rauch‘s $3.75 million option. Rauch, who qualifies as a Type B free agent, will receive a $250,000 buyout. The 33-year-old right-hander posted…

  12. 2011 Projection Review: Outfielders

    Oct 31, 2011, 6:30 PM EDT

    Matt Kemp

    What follows is a review of some of my 2011 projections for Rotoworld.com. I’m highlighting my preseason top five for each position and some other notables. Catchers First basemen Second basemen Third basemen Shortstops Outfielders Preseason Top 10 Carlos Gonzalez – Rockies – $37 – #1 Projection: .314/.366/.561, 31 HR, 112 R, 103 RBI, 23…

  13. Rays pick up options on James Shields, Kyle Farnsworth

    Oct 31, 2011, 6:11 PM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher James Shields throws against the Texas Rangers in the first inning during Game 2 of their MLB American League Division Series baseball playoffs at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington

    The Rays reached decisions on their three option calls Monday afternoon, exercising the $7.5 million option on James Shields’ contract and the $3.3 million option on Kyle Farnsworth‘s deal. Declined was Kelly Shoppach‘s $3.2 million option. He’ll get a $300,000 buyout. Shields’ option was a no-brainer. The Rays also hold options on his services for 2013…

  14. Royals pick up closer Joakim Soria’s $6 million option

    Oct 31, 2011, 5:40 PM EDT

    soria wide getty

    In a no-brainer move the Royals have exercised their $6 million option on closer Joakim Soria. Soria had the worst overall numbers of his career and was briefly demoted from the closer role, but was his usual self from June 1 on with a 2.58 ERA and 41/7 K/BB ratio in 38 innings. In addition…

  15. Reds’ $12 million options: Brandon Phillips picked up, Francisco Cordero declined

    Oct 31, 2011, 5:11 PM EDT

    Chicago Cubs v Cincinnati Reds

    Cincinnati has exercised its $12 million option on second baseman Brandon Phillips, but made closer Francisco Cordero a free agent by declining his $12 million option. Cordero will get a $1 million buyout instead and joins an already crowded closer market, although the Reds have repeatedly indicated that they’d like to re-sign him for a…

  16. By keeping Fausto Carmona and trading for Derek Lowe the Indians are betting on ground balls

    Oct 31, 2011, 4:48 PM EDT

    Fausto Carmona

    Picking up Derek Lowe for what’s essentially a one-year, $5 million contract is a smart move for the Indians, as he pitched much better than his ERA suggests this season and if healthy should be a solid third or fourth starter. Shortly before trading for Lowe the Indians also exercised their $7 million option on…

  17. Picture of the Day: Tony La Russa, Triple-A infielder

    Oct 31, 2011, 4:16 PM EDT

    IF Tony LaRussa, age 26

    Via the Iowa Cubs’ official Twitter feed, here’s Tony La Russa as a 26-year-old Triple-A infielder in 1971:

  18. The Rangers are going to make a decision on Neftali Feliz’s role before spring training

    Oct 31, 2011, 4:00 PM EDT

    Neftali Feliz, Ron Washington

    Last year there was a lot of hemming and hawing over whether Neftali Feliz — who started all the way through the minor leagues before a year of closing — would return to the rotation.  He started some in the spring, some words were offered to the effect that he’d start, but ultimately Ron Washington…

  19. Red Sox decline $3 million option on Dan Wheeler

    Oct 31, 2011, 3:49 PM EDT

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    Dan Wheeler can be added to the list of free agent relievers, as the Red Sox declined their $3 million option on the 33-year-old right-hander. Wheeler had a decent season as low-leverage bullpen arm in Boston, throwing 49 innings with a 4.38 ERA and 39/8 K/BB ratio. He has trouble keeping the ball in the…

  20. The Rangers want Josh Hamilton to play left field full time

    Oct 31, 2011, 3:31 PM EDT

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

    Anthony Andro of Fox Sports Southwest hears that the Rangers want Josh Hamilton to play left field full time, ending whatever is left of his career as a center fielder. He’s only played a handful of games out there the past two seasons, of course, but even that seems a bit much for the increasingly…

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