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  1. 45-year-old Tim Wakefield wants to pitch another season

    Nov 16, 2011, 7:00 PM EDT

    Tim Wakefield

    Knuckleballer Tim Wakefield finally got his 200th win on his ninth try on Sept. 13. Now he’s hoping to add a few more to the total. According to agent Barry Meister, Wakefield wants to come back and pitch another season in 2012. Meister said it would be a “shame” if Wakefield didn’t finish his career…

  2. Koby Clemens barred from winter ball after going AWOL

    Nov 16, 2011, 6:30 PM EDT

    Houston Astros v Detroit Tigers

    Friend-of-HBT Nick Collias just tipped us off to a report from Puerto Rico about how Koby Clemens — son of Roger and property of the Houston Astros — has been barred from international play after abandoning his winter ball team, the Mayagüez Indians, last Wednesday. According to the report by Karla Pacheco Alvarez at the Puerto Rican…

  3. Report: Dodgers looking at sub-$100 million payroll in 2012

    Nov 16, 2011, 6:00 PM EDT

    Frank McCourt , Matt Kemp

    While there was talk last month about the Dodgers potentially being a player for Albert Pujols or Prince Fiedler this winter, it’s clear that’s not happening. Sources told that the Dodgers will enter 2012 with a payroll “well under” $100 million. The team opened 2011 with a $104.1 million payroll. The moves the Dodgers…

  4. Kerry Wood and Cubs interested in working out another deal

    Nov 16, 2011, 5:03 PM EDT


    Last offseason Kerry Wood turned down bigger offers to rejoin the Cubs and earlier this month he expressed interest in doing it again, saying that he liked the team’s move to hire Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer. It sounds like the feeling is mutual, as Bruce Levine of ESPN Chicago reports that Wood recently had…

  5. Actual baseball team meets with Sidney Ponson’s agent for some reason

    Nov 16, 2011, 4:40 PM EDT

    Sidney Ponson

    Every year something happens in the offseason that makes me think that I can’t handle the looniness anymore. That the hot stove season has reached its nadir. After which I say that I cannot handle another weird rumor or report. When I say “not again. The line must be drawn here! This far, no further!”…

  6. Japanese shortstop Hiroyuki Nakajima will be posted

    Nov 16, 2011, 3:50 PM EDT

    Hikoyuki Nakakima

    MLB teams in need of a shortstop but without the resources to go after Jose Reyes or Jimmy Rollins will have another intriguing option, as Ken Rosenthal of reports that Hiroyuki Nakajima will be posted by his team in Japan. Nakajima has long been a star in Japan, but the history of Japanese hitters–and…

  7. The Marlins offer to Pujols was less than $200 million

    Nov 16, 2011, 3:30 PM EDT

    pujols reuters

    We heard in the wee hours this morning that the Marlins had made a nine-year offer to Albert Pujols.  Shock! Dismay! Excitement! And now we hear from Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald that the offer was for less than $200 million.  Which means that it was almost certainly less than the $22 million a…

  8. There’s a new team called “The London Rippers” and some people have a problem with that

    Nov 16, 2011, 3:01 PM EDT

    Jack the Ripper

    London, Ontario has a new indy league baseball team and they’re called “The London Rippers.”  The logo is of a menacing-looking man in a Victorian-era top hat and is clearly and undeniably aimed at evoking Jack The Ripper. The mayor and a lot of other people have a bit of a problem with that. Here’s the…

  9. Rockies shopping closer Huston Street to clear payroll space

    Nov 16, 2011, 2:45 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v Colorado Rockies

    For teams like the Blue Jays that are in the market for a veteran closer but scared off by free agent demands Huston Street could emerge as a top target, with Troy Renck of the Denver Post reporting that the Rockies “would like to move Street to create payroll flexibility to pursue a starting pitcher.”…

  10. Kirk Gibson, Joe Maddon named Managers of the Year

    Nov 16, 2011, 2:02 PM EDT

    Kirk Gibson

    Your 2011 Managers of the Year: Kirk Gibson and Joe Maddon. I don’t know what to make of the Manager of the Year Award. Never have. No one has yet shown me a good way to measure the candidates against one another. It usually ends up with a “who did the most with the least”…

  11. Wilson Ramos to resume playing in Venezuelan winter league tonight

    Nov 16, 2011, 1:48 PM EDT

    Wilson Ramos

    Wilson Ramos is scheduled to be back in the lineup for Tigres de Aragua of the Venezuelan winter league tonight, less than a week after being rescued following a kidnapping at gunpoint. Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo signed off on Ramos remaining in Venezuela and returning to game action, but told ESPN-980 in Washington that…

  12. The Dodgers sue Fox over TV rights messiness

    Nov 16, 2011, 1:32 PM EDT

    old TV

    There’s not a much better way to characterize this in a headline, because it is just messiness. The upshot, though: Fox has the TV rights and exclusive rights to negotiate with the Dodgers over the next TV deal until sometime next year; The Dodgers, even though they are to be sold, would like to be…

  13. Reds prospect Juan Francisco robbed at gunpoint in Dominican Republic

    Nov 16, 2011, 1:18 PM EDT


    Last week Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos was kidnapped at gunpoint in Venezuela and now Mark Sheldon of reports that Reds prospect Juan Francisco was robbed at gunpoint in the Dominican Republic yesterday. According to the general manager of Francisco’s winter ball team he had stopped for something to eat while going to visit his…

  14. Glenn Beck uses MLB’s video platfrom to spew his bile. So what?

    Nov 16, 2011, 1:00 PM EDT

    45th Annual CMA Awards  - Arrivals

    I’ve been trying to avoid this — and other outlets have been talking about it already, including my compadre Rick Chandler over at Off the Bench — but the PR guy from this group keeps emailing me about it so why the heck not. The group in question is Americans United for Change* and the…

  15. Cardinals don’t view Prince Fielder as fallback to Albert Pujols

    Nov 16, 2011, 12:46 PM EDT

    Prince Fielder, Albert Pujols

    If the Cardinals’ effort to re-sign Albert Pujols fails they won’t pursue Prince Fielder as his replacement at first base, according to Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post Dispatch. Strauss writes that if Pujols leaves the Cardinals would replace him internally by shifting Lance Berkman to first base and making Allen Craig the everyday…

  16. Terry Francona won’t manage in 2012

    Nov 16, 2011, 12:19 PM EDT

    Terry Francona

    Sean McAdam of spoke with Terry Francona, who says that he will not seek to manage in 2012 “for my benefit.” Francona interviewed with the Cardinals and said he would have liked that job, but they went with Mike Matheny. He says he’s been in contact with Theo Epstein in Chicago, but says it’s…

  17. White Sox moving Chris Sale into the rotation for 2012

    Nov 16, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

    Chris Sale throwing

    Chris Sale has worked exclusively out of the bullpen through his first two seasons, establishing himself as a top-notch setup man, but White Sox general manager Ken Williams revealed yesterday that the left-hander will be moved into the starting rotation for 2012. Sale was drafted as a starter and the White Sox have indicated all…

  18. The Orioles spoke to David Ortiz’s agent

    Nov 16, 2011, 11:36 AM EDT

    Boston Red Sox v New York Yankees

    Orioles’ GM Dan Duquette confirmed to Roch Kubatko of that he spoke with David Ortiz‘s agent last night.  This after it was reported that the Red Sox have made Ortiz an offer to return as their DH. This, in all likelihood, is a gambit by Ortiz to squeeze a few more bucks out of…

  19. Long-term contract talks between Diamondbacks and Miguel Montero “are at a standstill”

    Nov 16, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    Miguel Montero

    Diamondbacks general manager Kevin Towers said yesterday that he’d like to sign catcher Miguel Montero to a long-term contract extension, but Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports that talks “are at a standstill.” Montero is coming off a career-best season and his first All-Star selection, so with free agency one year away he may…

  20. Quote of the Day: Jeff Loria on the Marlins’ new colors

    Nov 16, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

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    This is actually the quote of last Friday, but I had missed it and it’s way too awesome to pass up.  Here’s Marlins owner Jeff Loria, describing the team’s new color scheme: “We are the red-orange of the breathtaking Miami sunsets and the citrus industry; the blue of the sky and the sea; and the…

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