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  1. Terry Francona won’t manage in 2012

    Nov 16, 2011, 12:19 PM EDT

    Terry Francona

    Sean McAdam of CSNNE.com 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…

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

    Nov 16, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

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    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…

  3. 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 MASNSports.com 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. Phillies close to re-signing backup catcher Brian Schneider

    Nov 16, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

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    Philadelphia was apparently satisfied with Brian Schneider backing up Carlos Ruiz for the past two seasons, because Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com reports that the Phillies are close to re-signing the 34-year-old catcher. Schneider signed a two-year, $2.75 million deal with the Phillies as a free agent in December of 2009, but he’s coming off…

  7. Must-click link: wonderfully awful baseball cards

    Nov 16, 2011, 10:31 AM EDT

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    I have tens of thousands of baseball cards in my basement.  I don’t think I have any as unintentionally hilarious as the ones Jon Bois highlights over at SB Nation today. Most of them were issued by local police departments and contain anti-drug messages.  I guess their heart was in the right place, but the…

  8. Brewers agree not to offer arbitration to Type A free agent Takashi Saito

    Nov 16, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

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    Takashi Saito is a Type A free agent, but in order to receive draft pick compensation for his departure the Brewers would have to first offer him arbitration and have him decline. That isn’t happening, as Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that they’ve agreed not to offer the 41-year-old reliever arbitration. Teams are now free…

  9. The Red Sox have called about Freddy Garcia

    Nov 16, 2011, 9:51 AM EDT

    Freddy Garcia

    The Boston Herald says that the Red Sox, looking to get some “buy-low” starting pitching, have called Freddy Garcia‘s agent. I would presume that the Yankees have at least some degree of interest in bringing Garcia back given that he was pretty darn useful last year.  Which makes one wonder if you can really “buy-low”…

  10. No, Mike Krzyzewski, it’s not harder to win at Duke than with the New York Yankees

    Nov 16, 2011, 9:12 AM EDT

    Duke v Michigan State

    Last night Mike Krzyzewski became college basketball’s all-time winningest coach. Good for him. One of his postgame comments was interesting: Krzyzewski used the New York Yankees to explain how hard it is to keep a program on top because of players changing every four years, or even earlier with the NBA draft looming overhead. “We don’t have Jeter…

  11. The Cubs are talking to Mark Buehrle

    Nov 16, 2011, 8:45 AM EDT

    Minnesota Twins v Chicago White Sox

    Jon Paul Morosi tweeted last night that the Cubs have had multiple conversations with Mark Buehrle. You figure that there will be umpteen teams who have at least some level of communication Buehrle so this isn’t monumental.  But at least there are a couple of cool things about this prospect of Buehrle playing in Wrigley.…

  12. Sure, J.D. Drew would listen if someone called

    Nov 16, 2011, 8:15 AM EDT

    J.D. Drew

    J.D. Drew sure looked and sounded all year like someone who plans on retiring. The other day, however, Scott Boras told Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe that it’s possible Drew could play again: Agent Scot Boras said J.D. Drew may continue to play baseball in 2012. “I just think it depends, frankly, on the locale,…

  13. Report: Albert Pujols believed to have nine-year offer on the table from the Marlins

    Nov 16, 2011, 2:15 AM EDT

    Albert Pujols

    When we woke up Tuesday morning, we learned that the Marlins reportedly made a six-year, $90 million offer for Jose Reyes. Well, their offer for Albert Pujols almost certainly blows that one out of the water. According to Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports, the Marlins’ offer to Pujols “is believed to be” for nine years.…

  14. Report: Red Sox have made offer to David Ortiz

    Nov 16, 2011, 1:20 AM EDT

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    We’re probably talking about a starting point on negotiations here, but Rob Bradford of WEEI.com reports that the Red Sox have made a contract offer to David Ortiz. The specifics of the offer aren’t known, but Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington indicated last Friday that he has maintained contact with Ortiz’s representatives in hopes…

  15. UPDATE: Yankees invite C.J. Wilson to New York

    Nov 15, 2011, 10:05 PM EDT

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    The competition for the top starting pitcher of this year’s free agent class is beginning to intensify. After the Angels wined and dined C.J. Wilson’s agent Bob Garber last night in Milwaukee, Marc Carig of the Newark Star-Ledger reports that the Yankees have invited the free-agent left-hander to New York to meet with “team decision-makers.”…

  16. Report: The Mets will tender contracts to Angel Pagan and Mike Pelfrey

    Nov 15, 2011, 9:01 PM EDT

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    Angel Pagan and Mike Pelfrey were solid contributors for the Mets in 2010, but after regressing significantly this season, many wondered if one or both would be non-tendered this winter. According to Jon Heyman of SI.com, that won’t happen. The Mets will tender contracts to both players. Pagan, 30, batted .262/.322/.372 with seven homers, 56…

  17. Josh Reddick undergoes surgery on left wrist

    Nov 15, 2011, 7:58 PM EDT

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    Joe McDonald of ESPN Boston reports that Josh Reddick underwent surgery earlier today to repair torn cartilage in his left wrist. The report was confirmed by Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington, according to McDonald’s colleague Gordon Edes. McDonald writes that Reddick may have suffered the injury when he was hit in the left hand by…

  18. Dodgers sign backup catcher Matt Treanor to one-year deal

    Nov 15, 2011, 7:37 PM EDT

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    UPDATE II: Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times reports that Treanor will make $850,000 next season while the contract includes a $950,000 club option for 2013 or a $150,000 buyout. UPDATE: Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com says it’s a done deal. Treanor is expected to get around $1 million. ========= Rod Barajas‘ departure means the…

  19. Cardinals interested in bringing back Octavio Dotel

    Nov 15, 2011, 7:00 PM EDT

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    According to Buster Olney of ESPN.com, the Cardinals have had “multiple discussions” about bringing back veteran reliever Octavio Dotel. Dotel, 37, posted a 3.50 ERA and 62/17 K/BB ratio over 54 innings between the Cardinals and Blue Jays during the regular season. Of course, he was also an important part of Tony La Russa’s bullpen during…

  20. Angels phenom Mike Trout can’t be the 2012 Rookie of the Year

    Nov 15, 2011, 6:35 PM EDT

    Mike Trout

    Because MLB’s math works a little differently. To qualify as a rookie for MLB purposes, a player cannot have more than 130 at-bats, 50 innings pitched or 45 non-September days of service time on the active roster total in previous seasons. Mike Trout would seem to have none of those things. He finished 2011 with…

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