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  1. Red Sox, Cubs get another week to work on Theo Epstein compensation

    Nov 2, 2011, 6:21 PM EDT

    Chicago Cubs President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein speaks at a news conference at Wrigley Field in Chicago

    Rather than intervene now, commisioner Bud Selig has opted to give the Red Sox and Cubs another week to come to an agreement on the compensation for Theo Epstein, who left Boston to become the Cubs’ president of baseball operation. The commisioner’s office cited the preoccupation both teams have had with other matters in recent…

  2. Albert Pujols unveils statue of himself outside restaurant

    Nov 2, 2011, 6:08 PM EDT

    Albert Pujols, Harry Weber

    If Albert Pujols leaves St. Louis this winter, at least its residents will still have a 10-foot tall reminder of him outside of his restaurant in Westport. Pujols unveiled the 1,100-pound bronze statue, which features his likeness pointing with both hands towards the sky, outside Pujols’s Westport Grill this morning. “There’s going to be a…

  3. Report: Jerry Dipoto was first to turn down the Orioles

    Nov 2, 2011, 5:40 PM EDT

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    On the heels of Tuesday’s news that Blue Jays assistant GM Tony Lacava turned down the Orioles’ GM opening comes word from ESPN’s Buster Olney today that Jerry Dipoto was originally Baltimore’s top choice, but that he withdrew from the process following his interview. Dipoto has since been named GM of the Angels. After relaying…

  4. Chien-Ming Wang close to re-signing with Nationals

    Nov 2, 2011, 4:44 PM EDT

    Washington Nationals' Wang throws during MLB National League baseball game against the Mets in Washington

    UPDATE: Bill Ladson of MLB.com reports that Wang and the Nationals are “close to an agreement” and finalizing various contract details, so apparently the interest from those other teams worked to his agent’s satisfaction. ========== The Nationals are still hoping to re-sign Chien-Ming Wang, but in the meantime agent Alan Nero told Adam Kilgore of…

  5. Henry Blanco opts out of $1.15 million deal with Arizona

    Nov 2, 2011, 3:45 PM EDT

    Arizona Diamondbacks v San Francisco Giants

    Henry Blanco has followed Willie Bloomquist‘s footsteps by declining his half of a $1.15 million option after the Diamondbacks exercised their half earlier this week. That means Blanco is a free agent and the 40-year-old veteran will be looking for another backup catcher gig in what will be his 15th season. Blanco is coming off…

  6. Cardinals ask Phillies’ permission to interview Ryne Sandberg

    Nov 2, 2011, 3:11 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies Spring Training Workout Session

    Ryne Sandberg may not be an option to replace Mike Quade as Cubs manager, but Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that the Cardinals have asked the Phillies for permission to interview Sandberg as a potential Tony La Russa replacement. Sandberg managed at Triple-A in the Phillies’ system this season and according to Rosenthal they’ll grant…

  7. Cubs fire Mike Quade, already ruling out Ryne Sandberg?

    Nov 2, 2011, 2:47 PM EDT

    Bob Davidson, Mike Quade

    Mike Quade is out as Cubs manager after meeting last week with new team president Theo Epstein to essentially interview for his own job. Epstein called it “a productive conversation” and Quade is under contract for $980,000 in 2012, but not surprisingly the new regime wants to bring in their own guy. Ryne Sandberg’s name…

  8. Orioles claim reliever Darren O’Day off waivers from Rangers

    Nov 2, 2011, 2:05 PM EDT

    World Series Giants Rangers Baseball

    Darren O’Day was a key part of the Rangers’ bullpen in 2010, but he missed most of this season following hip surgery and today the Orioles claimed him off waivers. Even after coming back from surgery O’Day missed the end of the season with shoulder problems, so he’s certainly a big question mark health-wise. However,…

  9. Barry Bonds makes a PSA for Bryan Stow

    Nov 2, 2011, 1:30 PM EDT

    Image of Dodger Stadium beating victim Stow is shown on scoreboard before MLB National League baseball game between San Francisco Giants and St. Louis Cardinals in San Francisco, California

    Barry Bonds quietly reached out to Bryan Stow’s family following the Opening Day attack, pledging to help put Stow’s kids through college.  Now he has a PSA with the Stow family in which he promotes the fund he’s created for that purpose.  Some background here.  Here’s the video: I suppose it’s still possible to think…

  10. Chris Coghlan has gone from Rookie of the Year winner to afterthought with Marlins

    Nov 2, 2011, 12:50 PM EDT

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    Chris Coghlan hit .321 to win the Rookie of the Year award in 2009, but has batted just .252 with a .695 OPS in two seasons since then and spent the final three months of this year in the minors. Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post asked Marlins president Larry Beinfest where Coghlan fits…

  11. Same as the old boss: Fox may bid for the Dodgers

    Nov 2, 2011, 12:34 PM EDT

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    Michele Steele of Bloomberg Television reports that, according to some people in the company, Fox is interested in bidding on the Dodgers when they’re auctioned off in bankruptcy. As Steele later tweeted, this would simply be about the costs of programming, not about actually, you know, wanting to buy a baseball team.  She notes that…

  12. Albert Pujols on Tony La Russa: “He’s like a father to me”

    Nov 2, 2011, 12:16 PM EDT

    Minnesota Twins v St Louis Cardinals

    Albert Pujols released a statement addressing Tony La Russa’s retirement: I’d like to congratulate Tony on his amazing Hall of Fame career. He’s been like a father to me and in my opinion, is one of the greatest managers in the history of the game. I’ve been blessed to be able to learn from Tony…

  13. Len Dykstra to fight Jose Canseco? Um, OK.

    Nov 2, 2011, 12:02 PM EDT

    Former Major League baseball player Lenny Dykstra appears in Los Angeles Superior Court for an arraignment in San Fernando, California

    I wasn’t even aware that they let Len Dykstra out of jail, but apparently he’s free on bail because according to this farkakte press release that readers Jonny 5 and Bicepts each brought to my attention, he’s free enough to where he’s going to fight Jose Canseco in one of those ghastly celebrity boxing match…

  14. Darren Oliver leaning toward playing next season at age 41

    Nov 2, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

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    Darren Oliver is 41 years old and a free agent, but the left-handed reliever is leaning toward coming back for a 19th season. “After what happened this year, that leaves a bad taste in my mouth,” Oliver told T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com. “I don’t think I want it to end like that.” Oliver also has…

  15. Bryce Harper is destroying the Arizona Fall League

    Nov 2, 2011, 11:34 AM EDT

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    We mock his immaturity, but we must marvel at his abilities: Bryce Harper is playing in the Arizona Fall League, and he’s basically toying with it:  He was was 2-4 with a homer and two RBI yesterday and, in the last eight games, he’s hit five homers and 17 RBI. There are several players with…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

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

    Nov 2, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

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    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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

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