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  1. The Yankees put pitching coach candidates to the test

    Nov 17, 2010, 10:35 AM EDT

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    Like, literally, a test: Cashman has devised a process by which candidates fly up to New York, are given a specially culled videotape of Yankees pitchers to watch in the video room at Yankee Stadium, given a night to think about what they have seen and formulate solutions, and then present them in a rigorous…

  2. Mets haven’t approached Carlos Beltran about position switch

    Nov 17, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

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    Last week Carlos Beltran admitted that he “would have to listen” if the Mets approached him about switching positions, but Andy McCullough of the Newark Star Ledger reports that Beltran and general manager Sandy Alderson spent Saturday together in Puerto Rico and the topic wasn’t broached. “The trip to Puerto Rico was not to accomplish…

  3. The Mets’ managerial interview process is “as close to a rigged event as possible”

    Nov 17, 2010, 10:00 AM EDT

    Wally Backman

    As D.J. said last night, the Mets announced their second round of interviews, and they include Terry Collins, Bob Melvin, Chip Hale and Wally Backman. But Joel Sherman is throwing cold water on the notion that this is truly a four-man race: I guess Hale, in particular, has a chance to throw a Hail Mary…

  4. The Yankees told Jeter that he’ll get a baseball contract, not a “victory lap” contract

    Nov 17, 2010, 9:28 AM EDT

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    I seem to have misplaced my calendar, and I can’t figure out if today is “the Yankees are going to overpay Derek Jeter” day, or if it’s “The Yankees are going to hold the line and pay Jeter what he’s actually worth” day.  Can someone help me? Ah, there’s Joel Sherman now: In a meeting…

  5. Dan Uggla is “blue collar?”

    Nov 17, 2010, 8:24 AM EDT

    Dan Uggla running

    Still lovin’ the Dan Uggla trade. My friend Stephen Silver pretty much summed up the whole deal last night when he tweeted “I had no idea they were giving away free Dan Ugglas today. I wish my team had known in advance.”  Yep. But one thing has struck me in the aftermath of the trade: …

  6. Johan Santana won’t be ready for Opening Day

    Nov 17, 2010, 7:57 AM EDT

    Johan Santana

    Johan Santana underwent surgery to repair a torn anterior capsule in his left shoulder in September. At the time it was reported that the time table for rehab was 24 weeks and that he could throw at 20 weeks. That would have had him throwing — not pitching — in mid-February.  As such, it seemed…

  7. Adam Dunn wants at least three years and $40 million

    Nov 16, 2010, 9:39 PM EDT

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    That’s what one general manager told Bruce Levine of ESPNChicago.com. White Sox general manager Ken Williams met with Adam Dunn’s agent Greg Genske on Tuesday in order to determine what the slugger is hoping to find in free agency. Of course, Williams coveted Dunn around the trade deadline, but eventually settled for Manny Ramirez on…

  8. UPDATE: GMs favor an additional wild card, best of three wild card playoff round

    Nov 16, 2010, 9:00 PM EDT

    Bud Selig defiant

    UPDATE: Some hate it. Some like it. But MLB is more likely to expand the playoffs in 2012 as opposed to next season, according to the Associated Press. Rob Manfred, MLB’s executive vice president of labor relations, explained earlier this afternoon that adding another wild card team would be “a difficult trick to pull off”…

  9. Jay Bruce open to multi-year deal from Reds

    Nov 16, 2010, 8:30 PM EDT

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    Jay Bruce’s agent Matt Sosnick told Mark Sheldon of MLB.com earlier today that his client is open to signing a multi-year contract extension with the Reds. The talented young outfielder is arbitration-eligible for the first time this winter, as he qualifies as a “Super Two.” “If Jay can get compensated fairly over his arbitration years…

  10. UPDATE: Mets complete first round of interviews for manager

    Nov 16, 2010, 7:59 PM EDT

    Sandy Alderson

    UPDATE: The Wally Backman campaign is still alive and kicking, for some reason. According to Andy Martino of the New York Daily News, Backman has made it through to the second round of interviews for the Mets’ manager job. The rest of the field played out as expected, as Terry Collins, Bob Melvin and Chip…

  11. Cardinals bring back Jake Westbrook for two years

    Nov 16, 2010, 6:29 PM EDT

    Jake Westbrook

    Update: FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal says Westbrook will receive a $16.5 million guarantee. The dollars aren’t in yet, but free agent Jake Westbrook will stick with the Cardinals after agreeing to a two-year deal with a mutual option for 2013, Fanhouse’s Ed Price reports. Back from Tommy John surgery, the sinkerballing Westbrook went 10-11 with a…

  12. The Best and Worst Uniforms of All Time: The Wrapup

    Nov 16, 2010, 6:20 PM EDT

    Ryan Richard

    I had a lot of fun running down the best and worst looks of all 30 teams.  If anyone can think of any other silly offseason time-killers, by all means, let me know.  In the meantime, at the request of many, what follows are links to all 30 of the uniform rundowns: NATIONAL LEAGUE Phillies,…

  13. Journeyman Chad Tracy signs to play in Japan

    Nov 16, 2010, 6:20 PM EDT

    Chicago Cubs v Milwaukee Brewers

    As NPBtracker notes, former Diamondback Chad Tracy, who struggled to reestablish himself as a big-league regular after undergoing microfracture surgery on his right knee following the 2007 season, is expected to sign an approx. $1.3 million deal to play with the Hiroshima Toyo Carp in 2011. Tracy hit .308/.359/.553 for the Diamondbacks in his second…

  14. The Marlins trade Dan Uggla to the Braves

    Nov 16, 2010, 5:48 PM EDT

    Dan Uggla

    UPDATE: The trade is a done deal: Dan Uggla to the Braves for Omar Infante and Mike Dunn.  Really not much of a haul for the Marlins given what Uggla brings to the table. And while, sure, Uggla has some defensive issues and is only under team control for one year, this is not a…

  15. Ramon Hernandez is probably kicking himself (or his agent) after seeing John Buck’s contract

    Nov 16, 2010, 5:18 PM EDT

    Ramon Hernandez

    Ramon Hernandez probably isn’t very happy with his agent right now. Yesterday he re-signed with the Reds for one year and $3 million, but now John Buck has reportedly agreed to a three-year, $18 million deal with the Marlins. Buck parlayed a career-year into $18 million, yet his career-year really wasn’t better than Hernandez’s performance…

  16. The Rangers went to visit Cliff Lee yesterday

    Nov 16, 2010, 5:00 PM EDT

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    Anthony Andro of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports that a contingent from the Rangers flew to Arkansas yesterday to meet with Cliff Lee. But wait! I thought he wasn’t listening! I thought he was in a duck blind somewhere, thinking about anything other than baseball. But I guess this is just arms race stuff, what…

  17. Jeff Francis drawing interest from at least five teams

    Nov 16, 2010, 4:49 PM EDT

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    Colorado is interested in re-signing Jeff Francis and he’s also drawing interest from Seattle, Milwaukee, Pittsburgh, and Houston, according to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com. Last month the Rockies declined their $7 million option on Francis for 2011, which was a no-brainer after he returned from shoulder surgery to post a 5.00 ERA in 104 innings.…

  18. An update on Joe Ricketts pursuit of public funding for the Cubs

    Nov 16, 2010, 4:34 PM EDT

    Joe Ricketts

    UPDATE:   Commenter johnvmoore alerts me to a report that the Ricketts have withdrawn their request to the Illinois legislature for the $200 million in Wrigley updates.  It’s not official or anything, but that’s the buzz. Also, he points me to this comment from the Huffington Post, in which Brian Baker of Taxpayers Against Earmarks says…

  19. Adrian Gonzalez on his future: “I’m not in control. God is.”

    Nov 16, 2010, 4:30 PM EDT

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    I really like Adrian Gonzalez. And yes, I appreciate that he has a closer connection to San Diego than a lot of star players have to the teams they end up leaving in free agency. But I really do wish that he — and any other player in his position would stop saying things like…

  20. Agent expects Ricky Nolasco to sign extension with Marlins, but “nothing’s going to happen soon”

    Nov 16, 2010, 4:17 PM EDT

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    Last month agent Matt Sosnick revealed that Ricky Nolasco and the Marlins were “about 20 percent” apart in contract extension negotiations and today he told Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald that he “would be surprised if something didn’t end up happening.” Sosnick explained that “we have had some conversations and I think we’ve made…

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