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  1. Nick Markakis recovering from pelvic bone bruise

    Nov 2, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    Nick Markakis grand slam

    Nick Markakis, who won his first Gold Glove award yesterday, told Brittany Ghiroli of MLB.com that he’s about 75 percent recovered from a pelvic bone bruise suffered late in the season. “I just felt my belt buckle go into my pelvic bone,” Markakis said. “And it knocked me pretty good, just repeatedly diving into it…

  2. The Cubs and Nats are interested in Mark Buehrle

    Nov 2, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    Mark Buehrle

    Actually, a ton of teams will likely be interested in Mark Buehrle because he’s reliable as all get out and may be the best free agent pitching option on the market this year. But at the moment we’re at least getting reports of two clubs with more concrete interest: the Cubs and the Nationals. According…

  3. Tony LaCava calls Orioles “classy in everything they did” after turning down GM job

    Nov 2, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    tony lacava

    In explaining why he turned down an offer to become Baltimore’s general manager yesterday Tony LaCava called the Orioles “classy in everything they did” and asserted that his decision “was about the Toronto Blue Jays more than it is anything about the Baltimore Orioles.” Here’s more: For me, it was how much I love the…

  4. 2012 Top 111 Free Agents: Nos. 90-71

    Nov 2, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    Jorge Posada

    Continuing this week’s countdown of the top 111 free agents, here’s the exciting part two, which features our first Type A free agent. Free agents Nos. 111-91 (All ages are as of April 1, 2012. Compensation noted as Type A or Type B when applicable) 90. Jason Varitek (Age 39, Red Sox, Type B): With…

  5. Tigers interested in re-signing utility man Ramon Santiago

    Nov 2, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    Ramon Santiago

    General manager Dave Dombrowski said yesterday that the Tigers are unlikely to re-sign free agents Magglio Ordonez and Carlos Guillen, but he also made it clear that they’d like to bring back Ramon Santiago in his old utility man role. Dombrowski acknowledged that Santiago may be focused on finding a starting job and “it wouldn’t…

  6. Former-Astro Hunter Pence named Astros MVP

    Nov 2, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

    Hunter Pence

    This is fun. The Houston chapter of the Baseball Writers Association of America votes on the Astros MVP every year. And then, later this winter, there’s a banquet held in his honor which also serves as a fundraiser for team charities and as an unofficial kickoff to the 2012 season.  And the winner of the…

  7. The Marlins are gonna spend some money this winter

    Nov 2, 2011, 9:40 AM EDT

    Marlins cap

    There are very few franchises out there whose decisions have been influences by payroll constraints and, in some cases, unadulterated parsimony than the Florida Marlins.  Every year the story is the same: incremental improvements, hope the kids get better and then, at some point, the departure of someone who has the audacity to make more…

  8. Aaron Cook will talk to the Padres and Reds in free agency

    Nov 2, 2011, 9:12 AM EDT

    Aaron Cook

    Aaron Cook is a free agent now that the Rockies have declined their $11 million option on him for 2012.  And like a lot of recently-injured or ineffective starting pitchers, he said that he’d talk to the San Diego Padres.  You know the pattern by now: it’s a big, pitcher-friendly park and it’s a great…

  9. With La Russa retired, who manages the NL in next year’s All-Star Game?

    Nov 2, 2011, 8:45 AM EDT

    2011 World Series Game 4 -Texas Rangers v St Louis Cardinals

    The guy whose team wins the pennant always manages that league’s All-Star team the following summer.  Tony La Russa is that guy in the NL, but he’ll be playing shuffleboard or something next July. So who gets the gig? Rick Hummel writes about that over at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch today. Could be La Russa. That’s…

  10. ESPN’s PR people gave away the Gold Glove winners in advance

    Nov 2, 2011, 8:15 AM EDT

    Gold Glove

    The Gold Glove is a joke of an award these days. The process determining the winners is hopelessly flawed in conception (are other players and managers the best judge of this stuff?) and almost but not quite always results in the wrong people winning (No Peter Bourjos? Really?). But hey, an award is an award and…

  11. Frank McCourt agrees to sell Dodgers

    Nov 2, 2011, 5:38 AM EDT

    File photo of Frank McCourt leaving Stanley Mosk Courthouse after testifying during his divorce trial in Los Angeles

    UPDATE:   Major League Baseball and the Dodgers have released a joint statement confirming the earlier Los Angeles Times report: “The Los Angeles Dodgers and Major League Baseball announced that they have agreed today to a court supervised process to sell the team and its attendant media rights in a manner designed to realize maximum value…

  12. National League Gold Glove winners include three Dodgers

    Nov 2, 2011, 2:00 AM EDT

    82nd MLB All-Star Game - Batting Practice

    We already went over the American League Gold Glove winners, so now it’s the National League’s turn. Again, things were a little different this year. In addition to three finalists at each defensive position, we also had one winner from each outfield position for the first time. Courtesy of the Associated Press, here are your 2011…

  13. Trio of Red Sox win American League Gold Gloves

    Nov 2, 2011, 12:40 AM EDT

    Jacoby Ellsbury

    Rawlings unveiled the 2011 Gold Glove award winners this evening, but things didn’t go exactly as planned. The new award show was going to be televised on ESPN2 at 10 p.m. ET, but it was pushed back for about 45 minutes due to a high-scoring college football game between Northern Illinois University and Toledo. Once the…

  14. Mark Cuban offered to buy Dodgers, remains interested

    Nov 1, 2011, 9:51 PM EDT

    Jazz Mavericks Basketball

    There’s still a belief that Mark Cuban wouldn’t be welcomed by Bud Selig in the club of MLB owners, but that didn’t stop him from offering to buy the Dodgers earlier this year. Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports that Cuban inquired about the Dodgers “several months ago,” but that he declined to…

  15. Dodgers, Juan Rivera closing in on new contract

    Nov 1, 2011, 9:40 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Dodgers v San Francisco Giants

    With free agency set to begin on Thursday, Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times reports that the Dodgers and Juan Rivera are closing in on a new contract. The two sides are discussing a one-year deal with a club option for 2013. Rivera was acquired from Blue Jays in July after being designated for…

  16. Diamondbacks president Derrick Hall to have surgery for prostate cancer

    Nov 1, 2011, 9:20 PM EDT

    AP Derrick Hall

    According to the Associated Press, Diamondbacks president and CEO Derrick Hall will undergo surgery for prostate cancer next Tuesday. Hall, 42, was diagnosed last month after a prostate biopsy revealed cancerous tumors. The encouraging part is that the disease was caught in the early stages and he is expected to make a full recovery. All the…

  17. Marlins optimistic for resolution with the man formerly known as Leo Nunez

    Nov 1, 2011, 9:00 PM EDT

    leo nunez getty

    The last we heard about Juan Carlos Oviedo — the man formerly known as Marlins’ closer Leo Nunez — he was back in the Dominican Republic working through legal issues after admitting in September that he faked his identity. The Marlins provided a bit of an update on the matter this afternoon and while details…

  18. Yet again the Orioles fail to get their man

    Nov 1, 2011, 7:30 PM EDT

    Peter Angelos

    We know that Blue Jays assistant Tony LaCava wants to be a general manager. He just doesn’t want to be the Orioles’ general manager. According to FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal, LaCava turned down Baltimore’s offer to serve as their GM, or whatever they’re calling the equivalent role these days. The Orioles under Peter Angelos don’t actually employ…

  19. MLB may grant extension in Theo Epstein compensation talks

    Nov 1, 2011, 6:39 PM EDT

    Chicago Cubs Introduce Theo Epstein as President of Baseball Operations

    Bud Selig said last week that he would step in as arbitrator if the Red Sox and Cubs couldn’t come to an agreement on compensation for Theo Epstein by November 1. While we heard this morning that no real progress has been made in negotiations, don’t look for Selig to get involved just yet. According to…

  20. Report: Tony LaCava turns down Orioles’ GM job

    Nov 1, 2011, 5:30 PM EDT

    tony lacava

    UPDATE: Turns out maybe it wasn’t the Orioles who were having second thoughts about LaCava, but the other way around? Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that LaCava has turned down Baltimore’s general manager job. ========== Last week various reports had the Orioles all but settled on Blue Jays assistant general manager Tony LaCava as their…

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