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  1. Carlos Beltran switches agents, leaving Scott Boras

    Nov 1, 2011, 2:14 PM EDT

    carlos beltran and scott boras

    Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com reports that Carlos Beltran has switched agents, leaving Scott Boras and signing with Dan Lozano. Ultimately the move probably doesn’t mean a whole lot, since Beltran will likely be going to the highest bidding in free agency either way. Still, it’s interesting considering Boras negotiated the seven-year, $119 million deal that…

  2. David Freese’s Game 6 walkoff was even better for UK radio listeners

    Nov 1, 2011, 2:00 PM EDT

    St. Louis Cardinals' Freese watches his game winning home run with Texas Rangers relief pitcher Lowe during the 11th inning in Game 6 of MLB's World Series baseball championship in St. Louis

    Deadspin found the BBC radio feed from Game 6 of the World Series, took the announcer’s call of David Freese‘s walkoff homer and put it over the FOX video. Maybe I’m a sucker for an accent, but I’m pretty sure I’d love to listen to 162 games of my home team being called by that…

  3. A’s “going younger” could mean passing on Hideki Matsui

    Nov 1, 2011, 1:48 PM EDT

    Hideki Matsui

    MLB announcing Oakland versus Seattle as the season-opening series in Japan next year led to speculation that the A’s were committed to re-signing Japanese outfielder Hideki Matsui, but it turns out that may not be the case. Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle writes that the A’s are intent on “going younger” and could…

  4. C.J. Wilson: There’s “a great chance” I stay with Texas

    Nov 1, 2011, 1:30 PM EDT

    C.J. Wilson

    Before you read this, go back and read this.  OK? Great.  I won’t make you do that again every time we talk free agent stuff, but do please try to remember it. Anyway, C.J. Wilson gave an interview to Scoreboarddaily.com and said this when asked if he might return to the Rangers: Yeah, there’s a…

  5. Perry Hill won’t return to Marlins because of knee injury

    Nov 1, 2011, 12:48 PM EDT

    New York Mets v Florida Marlins

    Perry Hill got a lot of credit for the Marlins’ defensive improvement this season, but the 59-year-old first base and infield coach won’t be on Ozzie Guillen’s staff in 2012 because of knee problems. Florida brought in Hill specifically to address its high error total and the Marlins’ error count dropped from 123 in 2010…

  6. Jamie Moyer throws for scouts. Verdict: “excellent”

    Nov 1, 2011, 12:30 PM EDT

    moyer getty

    Ken Rosenthal just tweeted that Jamie Moyer — who turns 49 in a couple of weeks and is coming off Tommy John surgery — threw for scouts in San Diego yesterday and that the scouting report was “excellent.” The definition of “excellent” is a subjective one, I suppose, but I also suppose that the scouts…

  7. Dave Duncan wants to return to the Cardinals next year

    Nov 1, 2011, 12:02 PM EDT

    Dave Duncan, Jaime Garcia, Yadier Molina

    With Tony La Russa retiring, it’s not unreasonable to wonder what pitching coach Dave Duncan’s future holds.  He’s been La Russa’s partner in crime for nearly 30 years, following him from Chicago to Oakland and then finally on to St. Louis.  Does he ride off in the sunset at the same time as La Russa?…

  8. Yankees interested in re-signing Freddy Garcia

    Nov 1, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

    Freddy Garcia

    Now that the Yankees have CC Sabathia locked up long term they’ve turned their attention to re-signing Freddy Garcia, according to agent Peter Greenberg. Greenberg told Mark Hale of the New York Post that “there’s definitely interest on their part and there’s interest on Freddy’s part in coming back.” Garcia provided great value on a…

  9. The Yankees sign Brian Cashman to a three-year deal

    Nov 1, 2011, 11:33 AM EDT

    Cashman profile

    We were told that negotiations between Brian Cashman and the Yankees over a new contract were going smoothly. Must have, because the Yankees just announced that Cashman has agreed to a new three-year deal.  No details have been announced yet, but you can probably assume a bit of a raise was involved and all will…

  10. GM expects David Wright to remain with Mets in 2012

    Nov 1, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    David Wright

    Free agent Jose Reyes‘ odds of returning to the Mets are unclear, but general manager Sandy Alderson said yesterday that he expects David Wright to be on the team in 2012. That response came following a question about the Mets possibly trading Wright, who’s under contract for $15 million next season with a $16 million…

  11. Comment of the Day: free agent speculation in a nutshell

    Nov 1, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    Hot stove

    Reader snowbirdgothic, commenting on the David Eckstein/Pujols story this morning, pretty much nails the nature of free agency speculation in the sporting press: Somewhere, there’s a lonely, honest sportswriter who’s going to pen a piece called “Albert Pujols is going somewhere they’re going to back up a dump truck full of money to his house,…

  12. Aroldis Chapman scratched from Arizona Fall League start

    Nov 1, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    Atlanta Braves v Cincinnati Reds

    Aroldis Chapman was scheduled to make his first Arizona Fall League start yesterday, but those plans were canceled because of shoulder soreness. Chapman previously made two relief appearances in the AFL as the Reds try to stretch him out for a potential starting role in 2012, but general manager Walt Jocketty told Mark Sheldon of…

  13. 2012 Top 111 Free Agents: Nos. 111-91

    Nov 1, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    Andruw Jones

    With Monday’s option deadline having passed, here’s take two of the winter’s top 111 free agents. Please note that I rank players not on how I rate them but rather on how I believe teams will rate them; essentially, I’m ranking them according to how valuable their contracts will be. (All ages are as of…

  14. Josh Willingham wants three-year deal, unlikely to re-sign with A’s

    Nov 1, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    willingham getty

    General manager Billy Beane and agent Matt Sosnick both agree that free agent Josh Willingham is unlikely to re-sign with the A’s. Sosnick told Joe Stiglich of the San Jose Mercury News that Willingham will probably be looking for a three-year contract and “I just don’t think that’s the position the A’s are in right…

  15. CC Sabathia willing to lose weight

    Nov 1, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

    CC Sabathia

    It was reported last winter that CC Sabathia lost 30 pounds simply by cutting Captain Crunch out of his diet. No, really. Of course, anyone who watched Sabathia pitch this year — especially in the second half — could not help but notice that the Yankees’ ace was not exactly in the best shape of…

  16. The Red Sox are going to take a look at Grady Sizemore

    Nov 1, 2011, 9:40 AM EDT

    sizemore close

    According to Michael Silverman of the Boston Herald, the Red Sox are going to consider Grady Sizemore as a potential replacement for J.D. Drew in right field. I can only assume it’s because they were tired of Drew’s health and durability. Seriously, though, there are worse things to do in life than to give Grady…

  17. What happens when you interview for a managerial job?

    Nov 1, 2011, 9:13 AM EDT

    Pete Mackanin Getty

    Interesting story over at the Globe about Pete Mackanin’s day interviewing for the Red Sox managerial job yesterday. If you’re unaware of Mackanin’s history — current bench coach for the Phillies, former interim manager for Cincy and Pittsburgh, and loooong time minor league manager and coach — it’s worth a read just for that. Sounds…

  18. No progress on Theo compensation talks; Selig to decide

    Nov 1, 2011, 8:45 AM EDT

    Chicago Cubs Introduce Theo Epstein as President of Baseball Operations

    Today is deadline day for the Cubs and the Red Sox to come to an agreement on compensation for the latter allowing Epstein out of his contract to join the former.  As Pete Abe reports in the Globe, there has been no real progress and it looks as though it will all be thrown into…

  19. Eckstein: Pujols would stay if Jose Oquendo got the Cardinals managing gig

    Nov 1, 2011, 8:15 AM EDT

    pujols smile getty

    Some very gritty insight from former World Series MVP David Eckstein: “Albert would stay if (Jose) Oquendo got the job” No word on whether Pujols’ agent agrees with that. Also no word on whether or not the Cardinals will lower their offer to Pujols to, say $16 million while hiring Oquendo to find out if…

  20. Cardinals decline options on Rafael Furcal and Octavio Dotel

    Nov 1, 2011, 12:54 AM EDT

    2011 World Series Game 7 - Texas Rangers v St Louis Cardinals

    The Cardinals have declined the 2012 options for Rafael Furcal and Octavio Dotel, according to the Associated Press. Furcal’s option was worth $12 million, so it was a no-brainer to pay the $1.3 million buyout. The 34-year-old shortstop batted .231/.298/.348 with eight homers, 28 RBI and nine stolen bases over 369 plate appearances this season…

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