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  1. UPDATE: Rangers hire Thad Bosley as new hitting coach

    Nov 23, 2010, 3:48 PM EDT

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    UPDATE: As expected, the Rangers have hired Bosley as their new hitting coach. ========== After one season as Texas’ hitting coach Clint Hurdle was hired as Pittsburgh’s manager and now the Rangers are interviewing five different candidates to replace him: Thad Bosley, Ty Van Burkleo, Scott Coolbaugh, Luis Ortiz, Johnny Narron. Rangers hitting coach is…

  2. Cashman: Jeter should test the market if he doesn’t like our offer

    Nov 23, 2010, 3:30 PM EDT

    Jeter Red Sox

    That’s what he told Wallace Matthews of ESPN New York anyway: “We understand his contributions to the franchise and our offer has taken them into account. We’ve encouraged him to test the market and see if there’s something he would prefer other than this. If he can, fine. That’s the way it works . .…

  3. Javier Vazquez agrees to decline arbitration offer, giving free draft pick to Yankees

    Nov 23, 2010, 3:15 PM EDT

    Javier Vazquez Yankees

    While the Yankees have no interest in re-signing Javier Vazquez following a disastrous one-season return to New York, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com they’ll offer him arbitration because Vazquez has agreed ahead of time to decline the offer. In other words, the Yankees will be able to collect a supplemental draft pick between the…

  4. Red Sox could look to Iannetta, Napoli with Victor gone

    Nov 23, 2010, 3:00 PM EDT

    Jesse Litsch, Chris Iannetta

    While the Red Sox made noises about viewing Victor Martinez’s return as a priority, they didn’t get very aggressive with their offers, suggesting that they were prepared to lose him all along.  In the big picture, that makes sense.  Martinez is a subpar defensive catcher who won’t be getting any better in his mid-30s.   The…

  5. Red Sox offered Victor Martinez $36 million for three years or $42 million for four years

    Nov 23, 2010, 2:22 PM EDT

    Terry Francona, Victor Martinez, David Ortiz

    Victor Martinez’s four-year, $50 million deal with the Tigers is all but official, and Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe reports that the Red Sox made a pair of offers to Martinez that he turned down. One was a three-year deal worth $36 million and the other was a four-year deal worth $42 million. In…

  6. Josh Hamilton wins the AL MVP Award

    Nov 23, 2010, 2:01 PM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Texas Rangers, Game 3

    The voting for the final award of the year is in and the trophy goes to Josh Hamilton, who beat out Miquel Cabrera and Robinson Cano for the AL MVP award.  Hamilton received 22 of the 28 first place votes. Cabrera had five and Jose Bautista — who finished fourth overall — had one. I…

  7. Brewers join Braves in making an offer to Eric Hinske

    Nov 23, 2010, 1:48 PM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Atlanta Braves, Game 3

    Craig noted yesterday that the Brewers are interested in Eric Hinske and now Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that they’ve officially made the veteran role player an offer. “It’s his call, not ours,” general manager Doug Melvin told Haudricourt. “We’re waiting to hear back from him.” Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports reported…

  8. The Yankees and Jeter are “not even in the same ballpark”

    Nov 23, 2010, 1:30 PM EDT

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    Michael S. Schmidt of the New York Times reports that, according to someone in the know on the Yankees-Jeter negotiations, the parties are “not even in the same ballpark.” If so, it would be the first time Jeter has left the ballpark in ages. Hey-o! No, seriously, there’s reportedly trouble in paradise, as the Yankees…

  9. Reds haven’t talked long-term contract with Joey Votto yet

    Nov 23, 2010, 1:17 PM EDT

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    General manager Walt Jocketty said yesterday that the Reds haven’t had any long-term contract talks with Joey Votto yet in part because “we were waiting until after the MVP [was announced] to be fair to him.” Now that he has an MVP award at age 26 the long-term price tag has probably gone up, but…

  10. With Huff under contract, what happens to Brandon Belt?

    Nov 23, 2010, 12:34 PM EDT

    Brandon Belt

    Like I said a few minutes ago, the Aubrey Huff contract is not a terrible one. I had visions that the Giants would give him four years or something crazy, but two years plus an option is not a bad deal for the guy.  The one question it raises, however, is what the Giants should/will…

  11. Mets will offer arbitration to Type B free agent Pedro Feliciano

    Nov 23, 2010, 12:16 PM EDT

    New York Mets v Philadelphia Phillies

    Pedro Feliciano is the only Mets free agent who can bring back draft compensation as a Type A or Type B player and today the team announced that they will offer him the arbitration needed to get a second-round pick back if he signs elsewhere. As one of the best and most durable left-handed relievers…

  12. The Giants sign Aubrey Huff to a two-year, $22 million deal

    Nov 23, 2010, 12:00 PM EDT

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    FOX’s Jon Paul Morosi reports that the Giants are on the verge of signing have signed Aubrey Huff to a two-year extension worth $22 million, plus a club option for 2013. Huff hit .290/.385/.506 with 26 homers and 86 RBIs this year while playing a little left a little right but mostly first base. He…

  13. Tigers take $50 million risk that Victor Martinez is rare catcher to age well into his mid-30s

    Nov 23, 2010, 11:22 AM EDT

    Victor Martinez

    Victor Martinez’s reported four-year, $50 million deal with the Tigers would make him the third-highest paid catcher in baseball behind Joe Mauer and Jorge Posada, which is interesting given that nearly every other position has many more big-money deals. Several factors keep catchers from cashing in more often as free agents. First and foremost is…

  14. Terry Collins has a club option for 2013

    Nov 23, 2010, 11:01 AM EDT

    Terry Collins

    Terry Collins’ contract was widely reported as a two-year deal, but Andy Martino reports that there is a team option for 2013. This likely doesn’t change the equation we discussed yesterday — the team still has him on a relatively short leash compared to other managers — but it’s not quite as short as, say,…

  15. Dodgers hoping new first base coach Davey Lopes can work his magic on Matt Kemp

    Nov 23, 2010, 10:47 AM EDT

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    In hiring Davey Lopes as their new first base coach the Dodgers are adding one of the game’s most successful base-stealers and base-stealing coaches to the staff, but there’s also an added bonus: Lopes is longtime friends with Dave Stewart, the former All-Star pitcher-turned-agent who represents center fielder Matt Kemp. Kemp clashed with the previous…

  16. Report: the Tigers are close to signing Victor Martinez

    Nov 23, 2010, 10:05 AM EDT

    Victor Martinez swinging

    A report from Ignacio Serrano of ESPN Deportes has the Tigers on the verge of signing Victor Martinez for four-years, $50 million. Serrano says that it’s all but done and is pending a physical. Ken Rosenthal is confirming the report. Rosenthal adds that the Tigers outbid the Red Sox (which we discussed the other day),…

  17. Oh no! The bullies have gotten to Joey Votto!

    Nov 23, 2010, 9:58 AM EDT

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    Here’s Joey Votto, talking yesterday about how he stacked up against Albert Pujols after beating him out for the MVP award: “I said, ‘Holy cow. He beat me in a lot of them.’ He beat me in runs, RBIs and home runs and a couple others. I had a better batting average, but we all…

  18. The Yankees decline to offer Derek Jeter arbitration

    Nov 23, 2010, 9:34 AM EDT

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    Teams have until midnight tonight in order to offer arbitration to free agents.  If they do, and the players accept, the player will stay with the team and there will be a fun arbitration. If they do and the player declines, the team will get draft picks from whatever team eventually signs the free agent.…

  19. Justin Upton isn’t going anywhere

    Nov 23, 2010, 9:06 AM EDT

    Justin Upton

    Here’s Diamondbacks CEO Derrick Hall, talking to MLB.com yesterday about Justin Upton: “I think he’ll probably be here on Opening Day” Kevin Towers added, “If we are overwhelmed in a deal, great. If not, the fallback is we still have Justin Upton on our team, and that’s a good thing.” Based on the extremely high…

  20. The judge in the Rangers’ bankruptcy case was hilarious

    Nov 23, 2010, 8:46 AM EDT

    Texas Rangers v New York Yankees, Game 5

    There’s a story in the New York Times today about some of the things the judge in the Texas Rangers’ bankruptcy said during meetings with counsel in his chambers regarding the contentiousness of the case.  The comments, which were tape recorded, were all great fun. My favorite: “I don’t like what’s been done to it,…

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