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  1. Yoenis Cespedes is in the best shape of his life

    Nov 9, 2011, 1:40 PM EDT

    Yoennis Cespedes

    It’s never too early to start my favorite offseason cliche. And today we have once from a guy who may be in the best shape of ten people’s lives: Yoenis Cespedes.  From Kevin Goldstein’s latest over at Baseball Prospectus, here’s the money quote from Cespedes’ advisor, Edgar Mercedes: “We wanted to show that he’s left…

  2. Former top prospect Jeremy Hermida may be headed to Japan

    Nov 9, 2011, 1:13 PM EDT

    Boston Red Sox v Seattle Mariners

    UPDATE: Not so fast, apparently. Tim Dierkes of MLB Trade Rumors reports that the Yomiuri Giants have been in contact with Hermida, but no contract has actually be signed. ========== Jeremy Hermida was once a top prospect for the Marlins, ranking fourth on Baseball America‘s list of the best prospects in the game back in…

  3. The Yu Darvish scouting report

    Nov 9, 2011, 12:40 PM EDT

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    Because it’s getting old to simply spout off the same old cliches about Japanese pitchers’ ability to make it in the United States, it’s a good time to look at an actual Yu Darvish scouting report. There’s one over at ProjectProspect.com today for your viewing pleasure. The big takeaway: we probably need to stop lumping…

  4. Diamondbacks re-sign Willie Bloomquist to two-year deal

    Nov 9, 2011, 12:20 PM EDT

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    Whatever bad blood there was between agent Scott Boras and the Diamondbacks over the Willie Bloomquist situation was short-lived, as Scott Miller of CBSSports.com reports that Arizona has re-signed the veteran utility man to a two-year, $3.8 million contract. Boras said earlier this week that the Diamondbacks were upset with Bloomquist for declining his half…

  5. Phillies “reconsidering options” with Ryan Madson deal in flux

    Nov 9, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

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    Ryan Madson‘s four-year, $44 million contract with the Phillies has not yet been approved by ownership and now Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com writes that reports of the deal being completed “may have been premature.” In fact, according to Rosenthal “the team is reconsidering its options” and might get back in touch with Jonathan Papelbon, whom…

  6. Marlins President David Samson: we’re gonna be drawing 30,000-35,000 every night

    Nov 9, 2011, 11:34 AM EDT

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    Gator bait, courtesy of Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald: Marlins prez David Samson “we’re going to be drawing 30,000 to 35,000 every single game” in new ballpark Maybe the novelty of the new park will change the game. And of course if the Feesh do go on a big spending spree and land some free agents there…

  7. Ryan Madson’s deal sets a rich market for free agent closers

    Nov 9, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    Brian Schneider, Ryan Madson

    Assuming his reported four-year, $44 million contract eventually becomes official, as the first closer from a closer-heavy free agent class to sign Ryan Madson‘s deal would set the market extremely high for guys like Jonathan Papelbon, Francisco Rodriguez, Joe Nathan, and Francisco Cordero. They’re surely thrilled with Madson’s deal setting the tone, but the other…

  8. No Hay Amigo! Jose Reyes apparently sang his free agent intentions last summer

    Nov 9, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    Jose Reyes

    I have no idea how I missed this, but Kevin Kernan of the New York Post notes today that Jose Reyes put a song and music video out over the summer in which, according to Kernan anyway, Reyes’ decision to do the Mets no favors in free agency was made clear: In his song and…

  9. Mike Maddux will interview with Cubs today after turning down Red Sox yesterday

    Nov 9, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

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    Mike Maddux removed his name from consideration for the Red Sox’s managerial opening yesterday, citing the desire to remain close to his family in Texas, but the Rangers pitching coach will go through with his scheduled interview with the Cubs today. Chicago is obviously much closer to Dallas than Boston is, but it’s still nearly…

  10. Non-tender candidate Ian Stewart still limited by wrist injury

    Nov 9, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

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    Ian Stewart’s nightmare season ended in early August because of a wrist injury and Troy Renck of the Denver Post reports that the Rockies third baseman has yet to resume “baseball activity.” Stewart told Renck that his wrist “is good” and he’s been lifting weights, but likely won’t be cleared to swing a bat before…

  11. Rosenthal on the Rangers: Sign ALL THE FREE AGENTS

    Nov 9, 2011, 10:04 AM EDT

    Prince Fielder

    There isn’t a lot happening in free agent land yet. As Olney notes today, a big reason for that is the pending Collective Bargaining Agreement, which is likely to alter free agent draft pick compensation pretty substantially, thereby changing the overall value/cost of a big name free agent. Thank goodness for folks playing the “what…

  12. The Marlins may offer Jose Reyes a short but lucrative contract

    Nov 9, 2011, 9:30 AM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v New York Mets

    John Harper of the New York Daily News is reporting that the Marlins plan to offer Jose Reyes a three-year contract with a high annual salary. Like, north of $20 million a year. That’s way shorter than your typical high-end free agent normally wants to sign, but give the Marlins points for creativity. And maybe…

  13. Roger Clemens trying to get his legal expenses paid for by the feds

    Nov 9, 2011, 9:04 AM EDT

    Roger Clemens leaves the federal courthouse with attorney Rusty Hardin in Washington

    Roger Clemens is still going to go on trial for perjury eventually, and he could be in big trouble and maybe do time and all of that. But if you have to be a criminal defendant. there are positions to be in that are way worse than watching the prosecutors have to explain to the…

  14. Another potential free agent pitcher: Korea’s Suk-Min Yoon

    Nov 9, 2011, 8:15 AM EDT

    Suk Min Yoon

    Jeff Passan reports that Suk-Min Yoon — 2011 MVP of the Korean Baseball Organization — has hired Scott Boras and could be posted in time to play in MLB next season. It’s hard to gauge how a Korean pitcher would do here. Could he be early-vintage Chan-Ho Park? Could he simply be the equivalent of…

  15. Olney: Yankees “highly unlikely” to make a serious run at Mark Buehrle

    Nov 8, 2011, 10:30 PM EDT

    Mark Buehrle

    The free agent market opened for business less than a week ago, so Yankees general manager Brian Cashman is just getting started in his search for a starting pitcher. He got in touch with the agent for C.J. Wilson and Roy Oswalt over the weekend and contacted Mark Buehrle‘s agent Jeff Berry earlier today. Buster Olney…

  16. Michael Cuddyer was in Philadelphia today for a meet-and-greet with the Phillies

    Nov 8, 2011, 8:47 PM EDT

    Minnesota Twins v Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

    While the Phillies are close to wrapping up a new contract with closer Ryan Madson, they are also moving aggressively on another one of their primary targets in free agency. According to Tom Sredenschek of FOX 29 in Philadelphia, Michael Cuddyer was in town today for a meet-and-greet with the Phillies. Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com confirms Sredenschek’s…

  17. Sandy Alomar, Jr. will also interview for the Cubs’ managerial job this week

    Nov 8, 2011, 7:30 PM EDT

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    Indians bench coach Sandy Alomar, Jr. is already scheduled to interview for the Red Sox managerial opening tomorrow, but Bruce Levine of ESPNChicago.com hears that he will also interview with the Cubs later this week. Alomar isn’t exactly a surprise candidate with Chicago, but this is the first confirmation of an interview. The six-time All-Star…

  18. UPDATE: Phillies, Ryan Madson close to four-year, $44 million deal

    Nov 8, 2011, 6:10 PM EDT

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    UPDATE: Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports confirms that the two sides are discussing a four-year, $44 million deal with a $13 million vesting option for 2016. Oh, Ruben. 5:52 PM: We learned earlier today that the Phillies and Ryan Madson were closing in on a new contract and now we have some of the details.…

  19. Red Sox set to interview Sandy Alomar Jr., Torey Lovullo, and Gene Lamont this week

    Nov 8, 2011, 5:17 PM EDT

    Sandy Alomar

    Boston has a full slate of interviews scheduled for this week, with the Red Sox announcing that they’ll talk to Indians bench coach Sandy Alomar Jr. tomorrow, Blue Jays first base coach Torey Lovullo on Friday, and Tigers third base coach Gene Lamont on Saturday. Alomar was already a known candidate and Lovullo makes sense,…

  20. Terry Francona after interviewing with Cardinals: “Whatever happens happens”

    Nov 8, 2011, 4:44 PM EDT

    Terry Francona

    As expected, Terry Francona interviewed with the Cardinals today, meeting with team chairman Bill DeWitt Jr. at his private equity firm in Cincinnati. Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post Dispatch spoke to Francona after the interview and the former Red Sox manager said: “There is a huge amount of tradition. A good organization. I…

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