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  1. Did “bullies” give the Cy Young Award to Felix Hernandez?

    Nov 22, 2010, 9:29 AM EDT

    Scut Farkas

    Murray Chass spoke with Phil Rogers of the Chicago Tribune about the American League Cy Young Award results. Rogers, who voted for David Price, wondered about the outcome: “I wonder how much of it was bullying on the Internet. There were a lot of columns written in September saying no one should be stupid enough…

  2. The Diamondbacks are interested in J.J. Putz

    Nov 22, 2010, 9:01 AM EDT

    J.J. Putz

    The Tribune reports that “multiple National League sources” are saying that the Diamondbacks are interested in White Sox’ setup man J.J. Putz. This is silly. No, not the Dbacks’ interest in Putz — he’s good and could help their crappy bullpen — but the notion of “National League sources.”  The league offices were abolished years…

  3. Some thoughts on the Mets’ hiring of Terry Collins

    Nov 22, 2010, 8:25 AM EDT

    Terry Collins

    I’m not sure what to make of the Terry Collins choice just yet.  Obviously I didn’t think Wally Backman was the right choice, but I didn’t have a preference for any specific candidate per se. While Mets fans don’t want to hear it, my thinking is that the team is likely to be in the…

  4. HBT Weekend Wrapup

    Nov 22, 2010, 6:23 AM EDT

    Turducken

    The stuff you missed as you spent the weekend trying to track down the perfect turducken recipe in anticipation of the big day.

  5. Westmoreland making steady progress from brain surgery

    Nov 21, 2010, 6:05 PM EDT

    ryan westmoreland

    When Red Sox prospect Ryan Westmoreland was diagnosed in March with a cavernous malformation in his brain, some medical specialists thought it might put an end to his baseball career.  Not so. Westmoreland had surgery to repair the problem and is now taking batting practice two or three times a week, according to Brian MacPherson…

  6. Mets hire Terry Collins as manager

    Nov 21, 2010, 5:12 PM EDT

    mets logo hat

    The search is over.  The pick is in. According to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York, the Mets are set to introduce Terry Collins as the franchise’s 20th manager. Collins, 61, played professional baseball for 10 years and compiled a .255 career batting average over 671 major league games before turning to the coaching and…

  7. A’s break off talks with Japanese righty Hisashi Iwakuma

    Nov 21, 2010, 4:32 PM EDT

    iwakuma with blue glove

    A bit of a shocker here. Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that talks have “broken off” between the A’s and Japanese right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma. The A’s bid $15 million in early November for the right to negotiate exclusively with Iwakuma, but Slusser says that he was looking for “Barry Zito type” money…

  8. Omar Minaya has multiple offers from big league clubs

    Nov 21, 2010, 3:39 PM EDT

    minaya with microphones

    Things got ugly at the end of Omar Minaya’s tenure as the Mets’ general manager, but he’s still well-respected around the league and could be employed again as a front office executive before the start of the 2011 season. According to Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes, Minaya has received “multiple” job offers in the last…

  9. Bidding for Cliff Lee likely to start at $120 million

    Nov 21, 2010, 2:15 PM EDT

    cliff lee on mound

    More from the Boston Globe’s Nick Cafardo. The Yankees and Rangers are locked in a battle for left-hander Cliff Lee, this offseason’s top free agent.  And it sounds like the Yanks may strike first with an offer. Cafardo reports that Brian Cashman and Co. are preparing a proposal worth around $115 million-$120 million over five…

  10. Nick Cafardo on A-Gon, Upton, Crawford, Dodgers, Prior

    Nov 21, 2010, 12:53 PM EDT

    a-gon in blue

    No writer packs more valuable information into a Sunday notes column like the Boston Globe’s Nick Cafardo.  He’s at it again today with details on a variety of big time free agent and trade options.  Let’s review: Though he’s unlikely to be moved this winter or even next summer, so far the White Sox, Cubs,…

  11. Jeter’s agent unhappy about offer, negotiation process

    Nov 21, 2010, 11:48 AM EDT

    jeter jumping

    If we told you that a 36-year-old free agent shortstop with poor range defensively and a .270/.340/.370 batting line in 2010 felt slighted at a three-year, $45 million contract offer, you’d call us crazy, right? Fine, we’re nuts. According to Mike Lupica of the New York Daily News, the agent for veteran shortstop Derek Jeter…

  12. Must-click link: 90 things to love about Stan Musial

    Nov 21, 2010, 10:22 AM EDT

    Stan Musial

    Cardinals legend Stan “The Man” Musial turns 90 today, and to honor the occasion Bernie Miklasz of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch has pieced to together a list of 90 things to love about the Hall of Famer. From his .331 career batting average and seven National League batting titles to his graciousness both on and…

  13. Bryce Harper helps Scottsdale Scorpions to AFL crown

    Nov 21, 2010, 9:55 AM EDT

    harper in white nats uni

    Bryce Harper is a winner!  Or something. From MLB.com comes word that the 18-year-old outfield prospect led his Scottsdale Scorpions over the Peoria Javelinas Saturday in the championship game of the Arizona Fall League.  Harper drove in a run in the 3-2 victory, capping off a truly impressive fall campaign in the prospect-packed AFL. Harper…

  14. Nationals expected to make offer to Javier Vazquez

    Nov 21, 2010, 8:38 AM EDT

    Javier Vazquez

    The Nationals have been linked to nearly every free agent starting pitcher this offseason.  They’re tuned into the Cliff Lee negotiations, they’ve expressed interest in Jorge De La Rosa.  And now it appears they have a beat on available right-hander Javier Vazquez. According to Bill Ladson of MLB.com, the Nats are expected to make a…

  15. Jake Westbrook recovering from surgery on non-throwing shoulder

    Nov 20, 2010, 7:05 PM EDT

    Jake Westbrook

    Jake Westbrook, who signed a two-year, $16.5 million contract to stay with the Cardinals earlier this week, is currently recovering from surgery on his non-throwing shoulder. Our own Aaron Gleeman first passed along news of the surgery last month. The procedure, which Westbrook told the Associated Press was neither major nor minor, but something “in…

  16. Marlins manager Edwin Rodriguez met with Javier Vazquez today

    Nov 20, 2010, 5:45 PM EDT

    Vazquez 2

    During an appearance on “Marlins Insider,” a weekly radio show on 790 The Ticket in Miami, Marlins manager Edwin Rodriguez said that he met with free agent right-hander Javier Vazquez today. Courtesy of Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post: “He’s from my hometown in Ponce. I’ve know him well since he was 14, 15…

  17. Shocker: Oliver Perez isn’t doing too hot in winter ball

    Nov 20, 2010, 4:40 PM EDT

    liver Perez

    With a pretty slow day news-wise, I figured now was as good a time as any to check in on everyone’s favorite punching bag, Oliver Perez. Last we left the erratic left-hander, he intended to pitch for Culiacan of the Mexican Winter League in order to shake the rust after essentially rotting away in the…

  18. Mariners prospect Dustin Ackley named Arizona Fall League MVP

    Nov 20, 2010, 3:16 PM EDT

    090831_dustin_ackley

    Mariners prospect second baseman Dustin Ackley was named the MVP of the Arizona Fall League today, according to Jonathan Mayo of MLB.com. Ackley, last year’s No. 2 overall pick, compiled a modest .267 batting average to go along with a .368 on-base percentage and an underwhelming .407 slugging percentage in 134 games between Double-A West…

  19. UPDATE: Marlins expected to tender a contract to Leo Nunez

    Nov 20, 2010, 2:30 PM EDT

    Leo Nunez celebrates

    UPDATE: According to Juan C. Rodriguez of the South Florida Sun Sentinel, Marlins general manager Larry Beinfest said that he believes Leo Nunez will be the team’s closer next season. “I think it’s going to be be Leo [Nunez], but we have to filter that out in spring training.” Well, I doubt the Marlins would…

  20. Domonic Brown is riding the pine in the Dominican winter league

    Nov 20, 2010, 2:14 PM EDT

    Domonic Brown swinging

    This probably isn’t what the Phillies had in mind when they sent top prospect Domonic Brown to play for the Escogido Lions in the Dominican Republic. The Phillies hoped his participation in winter ball would help make up for some of the time he spent on the major league team’s bench in August and September,…

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