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  1. Did an MLB agent use a porn star to recruit clients?

    Oct 27, 2011, 11:33 AM EDT

    Bibi Jones

    And you thought Scott Boras was the only agent who played hardball.  Business Insider has a story that makes his client-luring techniques seem like tiddly winks.  Fasten your seat belts. It’s gonna be a bumpy ride: Porn star Bibi Jones says an MLB agent would bring her out to recruit potential clients after Arizona Diamondbacks games in 2010. Starting in…

  2. Yankees readying new contract offer for CC Sabathia

    Oct 27, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    CC Sabathia

    After meeting in Florida this week to formulate a plan to keep CC Sabathia if/when he exercises the opt-out clause in his contract the Yankees have prepared a new contract offer for the 30-year-old left-hander. David Waldstein of the New York Times reports that they’ll make the proposal to Sabathia and his agent before he…

  3. Scott Boras wants the Yankees to redo Robinson Cano’s contract. Good luck with that.

    Oct 27, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    Boras sulking

    George A. King III of the New York Post reports that Scott Boras attempted to contact Yankees general manager Brian Cashman about redoing Robinson Cano‘s contract. A contract that currently calls for $14 million in 2012 and $15 million in 2013, both club options.  Boras told the Post that Cashman hasn’t returned his call. And…

  4. Mariners keep manager Eric Wedge and entire coaching staff

    Oct 27, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    Eric Wedge, Paul Emmel

    Eric Wedge went 67-95 in his first season as Seattle’s manager, but the Mariners announced last night that he’ll be back in 2012 along with his entire coaching staff. In a statement released to the media general manager Jack Zduriencik called them “a group of hard-working professionals.” Greg Johns of MLB.com notes that this is…

  5. Cardinals exercise 2012, 2013 options on Adam Wainwright

    Oct 27, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    Adam Wainwright

    General manager John Mozeliak said last month that the Cardinals planned to exercise their 2012 and 2013 options on rehabbing right-hander Adam Wainwright and now they’ve made things official. Wainwright, who missed the entire season following Tommy John elbow surgery during spring training, will earn $9 million in 2012 and $12 million in 2013. That…

  6. Fifteen potential Red Sox managers

    Oct 27, 2011, 9:47 AM EDT

    Jerry Manuel

    I know this much: we won’t know who the next manager of the Red Sox is until the Red Sox hire someone. I know that probably blew your mind a little bit when I told you that, but it’s true. Still, it’s fun to speculate and handicap the candidates, and today Gordon Edes does that,…

  7. The Marlins have not asked Hanley Ramirez to switch positions

    Oct 27, 2011, 9:17 AM EDT

    Hanley Ramirez

    Ozzie Guillen’s suggestions of a Hanley Ramirez position-switch to the contrary, a representative for Ramirez told the Palm Beach Post yesterday that no one with the team has said a thing to his client about it: Ramirez was surprised about reports last week that suggested Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen had not ruled out the idea…

  8. Joe Maddon: banning beer in the clubhouse is “asinine”

    Oct 27, 2011, 8:44 AM EDT

    Joe Maddon

    Joe Maddon was on WEEI and brought some righteous noise with respect to the whole beer in the clubhouse thing. He correctly noted — as we noted before — that baseball’s interest in potentially banning alcohol in clubhouses is a knee-jerk, P.R.-driven thing, not an idea that anyone thought of beforehand, nor would they.  He…

  9. Great moments in bullpen phone miscommunication

    Oct 27, 2011, 8:15 AM EDT

    bullpen-phone

    This story from Bob Elliott is fun. Game cancelled because of rain, so old guys tell stories about stuff in the press box and around the ballpark.  The topic: other bullpen phone failures in baseball history. Some technical, some just miscommunications and weirdness. My favorite: the time in 1983 when Braves manager Joe Torre called…

  10. 2011 Projection Review: Second basemen

    Oct 27, 2011, 12:44 AM EDT

    Robinson Cano, Al Alburquerque, Tony Randazzo, Alex Avila

    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 Preseason Top 5 Robinson Cano – Yankees – $32 – #1 Projection: .313/.368/.518, 28 HR, 96 R, 113 RBI, 4 SB in 620 AB…

  11. Blue Jays may look to sign David Ortiz this offseason

    Oct 26, 2011, 10:39 PM EDT

    ortiz award ap

    Impending free agent David Ortiz told ESPN’s Collen Dominguez earlier this month that he would be open to signing with the Yankees this offseason. While the Bombers aren’t likely to have interest, another American League East foe just might. According to Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald, the Blue Jays “will not rule out” making…

  12. Padres officially name Josh Byrnes as general manager, Hoyer and McLeod head to Cubs

    Oct 26, 2011, 9:26 PM EDT

    None of this will come as a surprise to the HBT readership because it has been public knowledge for weeks, but the Cubs and Padres finally announced in a joint press release Wednesday night that Jed Hoyer and Jason McLeod are headed to Chicago and that Josh Byrnes has officially been promoted to the position…

  13. Holland in bullpen for Game 6, Harrison starts Game 7

    Oct 26, 2011, 8:51 PM EDT

    washington and holland reuters

    There’s been some speculation that the Rangers might take advantage of the extra day of rest provided by Wednesday night’s rainout and start young lefty Derek Holland in a potential Game 7 Friday night at Busch Stadium in St. Louis. But those rumors can now be put to rest. Via beat writer Drew Davison of…

  14. Aroldis Chapman to make first start in AFL on Monday

    Oct 26, 2011, 7:54 PM EDT

    Cincinnati Reds v Pittsburgh Pirates

    Word is already out that the Reds are planning to convert hard-throwing left-hander Aroldis Chapman from a setup man to a starter this winter. Just under four weeks from the conclusion of the 2011 regular season, that transition is already in full swing. According to beat writer John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer, Chapman is…

  15. Skip Schumaker will start in center field in Game 6

    Oct 26, 2011, 6:33 PM EDT

    Skip Schumaker

    Cardinals utilityman Skip Schumaker drew the start in center field Monday night in Game 5 of the World Series, spelling a badly-slumping Jon Jay. In Game 6, it will happen again. According to B.J. Rains of FOX Sports Midwest, Cardinals manager Tony La Russa informed the media Wednesday afternoon at Busch Stadium that Schumaker will…

  16. Dodgers reliever Hong-Chih Kuo needs another elbow surgery

    Oct 26, 2011, 5:48 PM EDT

    Hong-Chih Kuo

    Hong-Chih Kuo was removed from the Chinese Taipei national team’s roster for the upcoming “All-Star series” against a team of MLB players because of elbow soreness and the Dodgers just announced that he’ll undergo arthroscopic surgery to remove loose bodies from the elbow. Kuo has a long history of elbow problems, including multiple surgeries, and…

  17. Potential candidates to replace Bud Selig

    Oct 26, 2011, 5:35 PM EDT

    Bud Selig

    The other day I noted that there was no clear successor to Bud Selig when he steps down at the end of 2012.  From my lips to Maury Brown’s keyboard, for today he runs down some of the possibilities over at The Biz of Baseball. None of the candidates Maury mentions are bad. Sandy Alderson…

  18. Juan Nicasio “making remarkable progress” in recovery from broken neck

    Oct 26, 2011, 5:17 PM EDT

    Juan Nicasio, Joe Diaz, Kieth Dugger

    Troy Renck of the Denver Post has an update on Rockies pitcher Juan Nicasio‘s recovery from a broken neck and the news is very encouraging. Renck writes that Nicasio “is making remarkable progress” and “has begun throwing off a mound for the first time since his injury.” Nicasio suffered a fractured C-1 vertebrae when he…

  19. Joe Torre: “Do you want to play in the rain?”

    Oct 26, 2011, 4:50 PM EDT

    Joe Torre

    Can’t help but think that Joe Torre and the powers that be made the easy — and the correct — call in postponing Game 6. Why risk having delays knock out Colby Lewis and Jaime Garcia? Why risk the annoyance? Why risk the broadcast going on until 1AM?  Especially when Thursday and Friday look to…

  20. Melky Cabrera unlikely to sign long-term extension with Royals

    Oct 26, 2011, 4:23 PM EDT

    Melky Cabrera

    General manager Dayton Moore told Dick Kaegel of MLB.com that the Royals are unlikely to sign Melky Cabrera to a long-term contract extension because the 27-year-old outfielder wants to test free agency following next season: We’ll probably go a year at a time at this point, but he was a terrific player for us and…

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