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  1. Yankees prepared to sweeten their offer to Derek Jeter?

    Nov 20, 2010, 12:19 PM EDT

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    Possibly. The Bombers have already reportedly offered Derek Jeter a three-year, $45 million contract, but Brian Costello of the New York Post speculates that “it is likely the Yankees are willing to climb toward $60 million and possibly add an option year to the contract.” Giving Jeter $15 million per season is pretty reasonable, if…

  2. Tigers expect Joel Zumaya to be ready for spring training

    Nov 20, 2010, 12:05 PM EDT

    Joel Zumaya injury

    Joel Zumaya fractured his elbow in an ugly scene back in June and underwent surgery in early July. It looked like he would have a lengthy road back to a major league mound — and he still might — but Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski told James Schmehl of MLive.com yesterday that he expects the…

  3. The Red Sox originally offered Victor Martinez two years and $21 million

    Nov 20, 2010, 11:15 AM EDT

    Victor Martinez swinging

    Remember back in September when we heard that the Red Sox offered Victor Martinez a two-year contract extension? Even then we knew it wouldn’t get the job done, but now Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe has the specifics. He reports that the BoSox offered him $21 million over the two years. It’s unclear if…

  4. Kaz Matsui is drawing interest…in Japan

    Nov 20, 2010, 10:31 AM EDT

    Matsui jersey

    The Rakuten Eagles are apparently interested in fielding a complete team of failed Japanese MLB veterans. They already signed Akinori Iwamura and have discussed Kenshin Kawakami with the Braves, and now, according to a Japanese media report passed along by Jason Coskrey, the Eagles have interest in Kaz Matsui. Matsui arrived with much fanfare when…

  5. Pirates designate Zach Duke, Delwyn Young and Andy LaRoche for assignment

    Nov 20, 2010, 8:40 AM EDT

    Zach Duke throwing

    MLB teams had until the end of the day Friday to set their 40-man rosters before the Rule 5 Draft, so the Pirates did a little bit of housecleaning. Zach Duke, Delwyn Young and Andy LaRoche were all designated for assignment, according to Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com. All three were arbitration-eligible this fall, so these…

  6. A’s, Royals, Tigers and Indians on Justin Upton’s no-trade list

    Nov 19, 2010, 9:46 PM EDT

    Justin Upton

    Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com did a little digging about Justin Upton’s limited no-trade clause. The results? The four teams on Justin Upton’s no-trade list: A’s, Royals, Tigers, Indians. Can be sent to any other club without his permission. Most of these are pretty understandable, but what does Upton have against the Tigers, anyway? Doesn’t everybody…

  7. Report: Diamondbacks preparing offer for Japanese reliever Hiroyuki Kobayashi

    Nov 19, 2010, 9:13 PM EDT

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    UPDATE: Or not. Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic asked Towers via text message about the Sponichi report. He replied: “News to me!” 9:06 PM: Diamondbacks general manager Kevin Towers is apparently doing a lot more than talking to teams about a potential match for Justin Upton. Patrick Newman of NPB Tracker passes along a…

  8. Rangers sign 2010 first-round pick Barret Loux

    Nov 19, 2010, 8:16 PM EDT

    Barret Loux

    According to T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com, the Rangers have agreed to terms with Barret Loux, who was selected by the Diamondbacks with the No. 6 pick in this year’s First-Year Player Draft. Loux was left unsigned by the D-Backs after he failed a physical due to concerns about his shoulder and elbow. The 21-year-old Houston…

  9. Don’t look for Greg Maddux to be the Cubs’ next pitching coach

    Nov 19, 2010, 7:38 PM EDT

    Greg Maddux

    UPDATE: According to Bruce Levine of ESPNChicago.com, Cubs bullpen coach Lester Strode and Double-A Tennessee pitching coach Dennis Lewallyn are also expected to be considered. For what it’s worth, Levine pegs Riggins as the favorite. 7:35 PM: Now that Larry Rothschild is the new pitching coach for the Yankees, Greg Maddux is the obvious sentimental…

  10. Heyman: Execs believe Zack Greinke will “probably” be traded

    Nov 19, 2010, 6:29 PM EDT

    Zack Greinke

    The Royals may be more motivated to trade Zack Greinke than we first realized. According to Jon Heyman of SI.com, execs believe that the 2009 AL Cy Young Award winner will “probably” be traded, while he throws the Rangers out there as one interested team. Presumably, trade talks would heat up if Cliff Lee ended…

  11. Rays release Jose Julio Ruiz five months after signing him

    Nov 19, 2010, 5:17 PM EDT

    In early June the Rays signed Cuban first baseman Jose Julio Ruiz to a minor-league contract that included a unique stipulation where they had to decide by mid-November whether to give him a four-year, $4 million deal or let him go. At the time of the initial signing Ruiz was viewed as a solid prospect…

  12. The Yankees hire Larry Rothschild to be their pitching coach

    Nov 19, 2010, 4:54 PM EDT

    Larry Rothschild

    Larry Rothschild was the Cubs’ pitching coach when we woke up this morning. Now he’s the Yankees’ pitching coach.  They just announced that he got the gig. And when I say he was the Cubs’ pitching coach, that was only technically speaking. He was the incumbent. He was under contract and had just exercised his…

  13. Cy Young award earns Felix Hernandez an extra $2.5 million

    Nov 19, 2010, 4:16 PM EDT

    Felix Hernandez

    Lost in the debate about the value of win-loss records or sabermetrics versus old-school is that winning the Cy Young award yesterday earned Felix Hernandez a whole bunch of extra money thanks to incentives in his contract. Hernandez receives a $1 million bonus for winning the award and his salaries for the next three seasons…

  14. I think Ruben Amaro is messing with Scott Boras

    Nov 19, 2010, 4:02 PM EDT

    Jayson Werth

    Scott Boras likes to compare his free agent clients to Hall of Famers.  I think it’s pretty funny that Ruben Amaro is comparing one of Scott Boras’ clients to someone of a  . . . lesser stature: Amaro, however, did bring Werth into the discussion when asked about leftfielder Raul Ibanez’ 2010 season. Ibanez “was…

  15. Mariano Rivera wants a two-year deal

    Nov 19, 2010, 3:36 PM EDT

    Rivera delivers a pitch against the Orioles in the ninth inning of their MLB American League baseball game in Baltimore

    The Yankees are busy with Derek Jeter and Cliff Lee, but after that’s all said and done, Mariano Rivera will be tops on their priority list.  Jon Heyman reports today that, when they do get to him, they’ll find that he wants a two-year deal, not a one-year deal. This should not be a problem.…

  16. Photo of the Day: “Homeboys” teammates Roger Clemens and Pamela Anderson

    Nov 19, 2010, 3:16 PM EDT

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    SI.com’s Andy Gray is a must-follow on Twitter because he spends all day passing along great old photos. My favorite for today features Roger Clemens, Albert Belle, Kenny Lofton, Pamela Anderson, and some other guy wearing “Homeboys” jerseys at what appears to be an MTV rock-and-jock softball game. You can click here for the full-sized…

  17. The Cubs aren’t happy with the Big Ten’s decision to use one end zone in Wrigley

    Nov 19, 2010, 3:03 PM EDT

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    Everyone I know who read the report about the Big Ten ruling that only one end zone will be used for tomorrow’s Illinois-Northwestern game in Wrigley Field had a chuckle about it.  The Cubs, however, are not laughing.  They issued a statement today that is about as close to “screw all y’all, OK?” as you’ll…

  18. Mariners hoping Milton Bradley and Eric Wedge can get along

    Nov 19, 2010, 2:45 PM EDT

    eric wedge and milton bradley indians

    Milton Bradley and Eric Wedge clashed numerous times while in Cleveland in 2003 and 2004, leading to Bradley being traded by the Indians, and now that they’re together again in Seattle it seemed inevitable that the Mariners would try to deal the oft-disgruntled outfielder as well. However, shortly after Wedge was hired last month Bradley…

  19. Report: Jeter to get an offer for three-years, $45 million

    Nov 19, 2010, 2:24 PM EDT

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    Jon Heyman reports that the Yankees are going to offer Derek Jeter a $45 million, three-year deal. Yesterday Wallace Matthews suggested that the Yankees were offering Jeter more than $20 million a year and that Jeter was cool to the idea.  This clearly undercuts that notion, which seemed rather nutty anyway.  The $45 million is…

  20. Bud Selig: labor scholar

    Nov 19, 2010, 2:04 PM EDT

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    Yesterday Bud Selig, when talking about baseball’s recent harmonious relationship with the players’ union, said “In American labor history it’s probably as bad a relationship as ever existed.” Rob Neyer — who knows a few things about history — wasn’t going to sit for that. He detailed a handful of labor disputes that, with all…

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