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  1. Nick Cafardo on A-Gon, Upton, Crawford, Dodgers, Prior

    Nov 21, 2010, 12:53 PM EDT

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    No writer packs more valuable information into a Sunday notes column like the Boston Globe’s Nick Cafardo.  He’s at it again today with details on a variety of big time free agent and trade options.  Let’s review: Though he’s unlikely to be moved this winter or even next summer, so far the White Sox, Cubs,…

  2. Jeter’s agent unhappy about offer, negotiation process

    Nov 21, 2010, 11:48 AM EDT

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    If we told you that a 36-year-old free agent shortstop with poor range defensively and a .270/.340/.370 batting line in 2010 felt slighted at a three-year, $45 million contract offer, you’d call us crazy, right? Fine, we’re nuts. According to Mike Lupica of the New York Daily News, the agent for veteran shortstop Derek Jeter…

  3. Must-click link: 90 things to love about Stan Musial

    Nov 21, 2010, 10:22 AM EDT

    Stan Musial

    Cardinals legend Stan “The Man” Musial turns 90 today, and to honor the occasion Bernie Miklasz of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch has pieced to together a list of 90 things to love about the Hall of Famer. From his .331 career batting average and seven National League batting titles to his graciousness both on and…

  4. Bryce Harper helps Scottsdale Scorpions to AFL crown

    Nov 21, 2010, 9:55 AM EDT

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    Bryce Harper is a winner!  Or something. From MLB.com comes word that the 18-year-old outfield prospect led his Scottsdale Scorpions over the Peoria Javelinas Saturday in the championship game of the Arizona Fall League.  Harper drove in a run in the 3-2 victory, capping off a truly impressive fall campaign in the prospect-packed AFL. Harper…

  5. Nationals expected to make offer to Javier Vazquez

    Nov 21, 2010, 8:38 AM EDT

    Javier Vazquez

    The Nationals have been linked to nearly every free agent starting pitcher this offseason.  They’re tuned into the Cliff Lee negotiations, they’ve expressed interest in Jorge De La Rosa.  And now it appears they have a beat on available right-hander Javier Vazquez. According to Bill Ladson of MLB.com, the Nats are expected to make a…

  6. Jake Westbrook recovering from surgery on non-throwing shoulder

    Nov 20, 2010, 7:05 PM EDT

    Jake Westbrook

    Jake Westbrook, who signed a two-year, $16.5 million contract to stay with the Cardinals earlier this week, is currently recovering from surgery on his non-throwing shoulder. Our own Aaron Gleeman first passed along news of the surgery last month. The procedure, which Westbrook told the Associated Press was neither major nor minor, but something “in…

  7. Marlins manager Edwin Rodriguez met with Javier Vazquez today

    Nov 20, 2010, 5:45 PM EDT

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    During an appearance on “Marlins Insider,” a weekly radio show on 790 The Ticket in Miami, Marlins manager Edwin Rodriguez said that he met with free agent right-hander Javier Vazquez today. Courtesy of Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post: “He’s from my hometown in Ponce. I’ve know him well since he was 14, 15…

  8. Shocker: Oliver Perez isn’t doing too hot in winter ball

    Nov 20, 2010, 4:40 PM EDT

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    With a pretty slow day news-wise, I figured now was as good a time as any to check in on everyone’s favorite punching bag, Oliver Perez. Last we left the erratic left-hander, he intended to pitch for Culiacan of the Mexican Winter League in order to shake the rust after essentially rotting away in the…

  9. Mariners prospect Dustin Ackley named Arizona Fall League MVP

    Nov 20, 2010, 3:16 PM EDT

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    Mariners prospect second baseman Dustin Ackley was named the MVP of the Arizona Fall League today, according to Jonathan Mayo of MLB.com. Ackley, last year’s No. 2 overall pick, compiled a modest .267 batting average to go along with a .368 on-base percentage and an underwhelming .407 slugging percentage in 134 games between Double-A West…

  10. UPDATE: Marlins expected to tender a contract to Leo Nunez

    Nov 20, 2010, 2:30 PM EDT

    Leo Nunez celebrates

    UPDATE: According to Juan C. Rodriguez of the South Florida Sun Sentinel, Marlins general manager Larry Beinfest said that he believes Leo Nunez will be the team’s closer next season. “I think it’s going to be be Leo [Nunez], but we have to filter that out in spring training.” Well, I doubt the Marlins would…

  11. Domonic Brown is riding the pine in the Dominican winter league

    Nov 20, 2010, 2:14 PM EDT

    Domonic Brown swinging

    This probably isn’t what the Phillies had in mind when they sent top prospect Domonic Brown to play for the Escogido Lions in the Dominican Republic. The Phillies hoped his participation in winter ball would help make up for some of the time he spent on the major league team’s bench in August and September,…

  12. UPDATE: Jim Leyritz acquitted on DUI manslaughter charges

    Nov 20, 2010, 1:02 PM EDT

    Jim Leyritz

    UPDATE: According to Curt Anderson of the Associated Press, Jim Leyritz was acquitted on DUI manslaughter charges for a December 2007 crash that resulted in the death of Fredia Ann Veitch. However, he was convicted on a misdemeanor charge of driving under the influence, which could put him in jail for a maximum sentence of…

  13. Yankees prepared to sweeten their offer to Derek Jeter?

    Nov 20, 2010, 12:19 PM EDT

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    Possibly. The Bombers have already reportedly offered Derek Jeter a three-year, $45 million contract, but Brian Costello of the New York Post speculates that “it is likely the Yankees are willing to climb toward $60 million and possibly add an option year to the contract.” Giving Jeter $15 million per season is pretty reasonable, if…

  14. Tigers expect Joel Zumaya to be ready for spring training

    Nov 20, 2010, 12:05 PM EDT

    Joel Zumaya injury

    Joel Zumaya fractured his elbow in an ugly scene back in June and underwent surgery in early July. It looked like he would have a lengthy road back to a major league mound — and he still might — but Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski told James Schmehl of MLive.com yesterday that he expects the…

  15. The Red Sox originally offered Victor Martinez two years and $21 million

    Nov 20, 2010, 11:15 AM EDT

    Victor Martinez swinging

    Remember back in September when we heard that the Red Sox offered Victor Martinez a two-year contract extension? Even then we knew it wouldn’t get the job done, but now Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe has the specifics. He reports that the BoSox offered him $21 million over the two years. It’s unclear if…

  16. Kaz Matsui is drawing interest…in Japan

    Nov 20, 2010, 10:31 AM EDT

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    The Rakuten Eagles are apparently interested in fielding a complete team of failed Japanese MLB veterans. They already signed Akinori Iwamura and have discussed Kenshin Kawakami with the Braves, and now, according to a Japanese media report passed along by Jason Coskrey, the Eagles have interest in Kaz Matsui. Matsui arrived with much fanfare when…

  17. Pirates designate Zach Duke, Delwyn Young and Andy LaRoche for assignment

    Nov 20, 2010, 8:40 AM EDT

    Zach Duke throwing

    MLB teams had until the end of the day Friday to set their 40-man rosters before the Rule 5 Draft, so the Pirates did a little bit of housecleaning. Zach Duke, Delwyn Young and Andy LaRoche were all designated for assignment, according to Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com. All three were arbitration-eligible this fall, so these…

  18. A’s, Royals, Tigers and Indians on Justin Upton’s no-trade list

    Nov 19, 2010, 9:46 PM EDT

    Justin Upton

    Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com did a little digging about Justin Upton’s limited no-trade clause. The results? The four teams on Justin Upton’s no-trade list: A’s, Royals, Tigers, Indians. Can be sent to any other club without his permission. Most of these are pretty understandable, but what does Upton have against the Tigers, anyway? Doesn’t everybody…

  19. Report: Diamondbacks preparing offer for Japanese reliever Hiroyuki Kobayashi

    Nov 19, 2010, 9:13 PM EDT

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    UPDATE: Or not. Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic asked Towers via text message about the Sponichi report. He replied: “News to me!” 9:06 PM: Diamondbacks general manager Kevin Towers is apparently doing a lot more than talking to teams about a potential match for Justin Upton. Patrick Newman of NPB Tracker passes along a…

  20. Rangers sign 2010 first-round pick Barret Loux

    Nov 19, 2010, 8:16 PM EDT

    Barret Loux

    According to T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com, the Rangers have agreed to terms with Barret Loux, who was selected by the Diamondbacks with the No. 6 pick in this year’s First-Year Player Draft. Loux was left unsigned by the D-Backs after he failed a physical due to concerns about his shoulder and elbow. The 21-year-old Houston…

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