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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

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

    Nov 23, 2010, 1:17 PM EDT

    joey-votto-head-scratch

    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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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,…

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

    Nov 23, 2010, 10:47 AM EDT

    davey-lopes-dodgers

    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…

  11. 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),…

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

    Nov 23, 2010, 9:58 AM EDT

    joey-votto-reds

    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…

  13. The Yankees decline to offer Derek Jeter arbitration

    Nov 23, 2010, 9:34 AM EDT

    mlb_jeter

    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.…

  14. 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…

  15. 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,…

  16. Scott Boras allegedly loaned Dominican players money. Is this a problem?

    Nov 23, 2010, 7:26 AM EDT

    Boras sulking

    The New York Times is reporting that Scott Boras, possibly in violation of MLBPA rules, made loans to Dominican prospects “raising questions” about whether his company “exploited the prospects.”  A spokesman for Major League Baseball said that “this is a serious issue that raises concerns about the business practices of agents who have played a…

  17. Are the Yankees really playing it cheap with Mo Rivera?

    Nov 22, 2010, 9:37 PM EDT

    mariano rivera in suit

    Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports is reporting that the Yankees, already in a public free agent battle with shortstop Derek Jeter, are now at odds with Mariano Rivera about a contract for next season. Rivera wants a two-year deal worth around $18 million per season but the Yanks only want to give him a one-year…

  18. Dodgers sign Dana Eveland to split minor league deal

    Nov 22, 2010, 9:11 PM EDT

    Blue Jays Diamondbacks Baseball

    Dana Eveland posted a 4.34 ERA and 1.48 WHIP in 29 starts for the A’s in 2008 as a 24-year-old.  He wasn’t dominant, striking out only 118 batters in 168 innings while walking 77, but he looked like a youngster with a promising future as a No. 4 or No. 5 starter. That changed in…

  19. Jon Miller rejects ESPN’s offer to do radio

    Nov 22, 2010, 8:15 PM EDT

    jon miller

    This isn’t terribly surprising, but Jon Miller — the play-by-play voice of Sunday Night Baseball for 20 years — has rejected ESPN’s offer to stay on and do the Sunday night games on the radio, reports Richard Sandomir.  As you recall, he and Joe Morgan were not invited back to do TV. This decision isn’t…

  20. The Mets could hire Larry Bowa

    Nov 22, 2010, 7:22 PM EDT

    Larry Bowa

    Because you can never have too much intensity on a coaching staff, there is word floating around that there is a “strong possibility” that Larry Bowa will become Terry Collins’ bench coach on the Mets. Bowa, however, says that he hasn’t been contacted. His quote ended with “in all honesty.”  I always found that anyone…

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