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  1. Photo of the Day: Brian Wilson at some party

    Nov 17, 2010, 12:57 PM EDT

    And you think he looks interesting in a baseball uniform.

  2. UPDATE: the Red Sox deny a $52 million ceiling for Beltre

    Nov 17, 2010, 12:47 PM EDT

    Adrian Beltre

    UPDATE:  This morning the Boston Globe reported that the Red Sox would not offer Adrian Beltre in excess of four years, $52 million.  Theo Epstein has now denied that report to the Globe. This is one of those “who knows?” things. I mean, sure, you have to take Epstein at face value because that’s the…

  3. Hmmm, the “Eric Chavez is coming back” stories are early this year . . .

    Nov 17, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT

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    This is not a repeat from last year. Or the year before. Or the year before that. Or really any year after 2006: [Chavez's agent says] Chavez is handling “pretty strenuous workouts’’ five days a week at Athletes Performance in Arizona just fine and “from our perspective, is completely healthy . . . Eric’s looking…

  4. Coco Crisp is ‘looking for a live-in personal assistant (female)’

    Nov 17, 2010, 12:17 PM EDT

    craigslist

    Someone claiming to be A’s outfielder Coco Crisp has posted an ad on Craigslist “looking for a live-in personal assistant (female) that can help simplify my life.” Here’s the full text of the ad: Hi, My name is Covelli Crisp (Coco Crisp), i am a professional baseball player. Looking for a live-in personal assistant (Female)…

  5. White Sox GM expects Jake Peavy to begin 2011 on the DL

    Nov 17, 2010, 11:49 AM EDT

    Chicago White Sox v Cleveland Indians

    Jake Peavy has said that he hopes to be healthy by Opening Day following July shoulder surgery, but yesterday general manager Ken Williams noted that he may not begin throwing again until January and indicated that he expects the former Cy Young winner to begin 2011 on the disabled list: I’m preparing in my mind…

  6. The Ricketts’ proposal for Wrigley Field is wrongheaded and deceptive

    Nov 17, 2010, 11:31 AM EDT

    Wrigley Field

    I was a day or two late into the whole Ricketts-want-public-money-for-Wrigley Field thing, and yesterday I spent more time trying to get Joe Ricketts or someone on record about it than reading deeply into the issue.  Note: the Ricketts’ spokespeople have still not returned my calls, so I can only assume that their response to…

  7. James Loney “is all but certain to” remain with the Dodgers

    Nov 17, 2010, 11:18 AM EDT

    James Loney swinging

    Earlier this week Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com wrote that “James Loney is the position player the Dodgers are most willing to trade,” yet today Kevin Baxter of the Los Angeles Times wrote that “Loney, despite rumors the team is looking to trade him, is all but certain to return at first base.” Two good reporters…

  8. The Rockies aren’t willing to go long on Jorge De La Rosa

    Nov 17, 2010, 11:00 AM EDT

    de-la-rosa-in-black

    Troy Renck of the Denver Post says that the Rockies have drawn a line in the sand and that they will not give free agent pitcher Jorge De La Rosa anything longer than a three-year deal. If he’s not interested, they’d prefer to go with Carl Pavano or Javier Vazquez to take his place. Deep…

  9. Tigers sign Joaquin Benoit to three-year, $16.5 million deal

    Nov 17, 2010, 10:48 AM EDT

    joaquin-benoit-rays

    UPDATE: Enrique Rojas of ESPNDeportes says the deal is for three years and $16.5 million, with another $1 million in incentives each season. MLB Trade Rumors notes that it’s the biggest contract signed by a non-closer reliever since Scott Linebrink in November of 2007. ========== According to Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com the Tigers “are…

  10. The Yankees put pitching coach candidates to the test

    Nov 17, 2010, 10:35 AM EDT

    kobayashi-maru_l

    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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

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

    Nov 17, 2010, 9:28 AM EDT

    MLB_Jeter

    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…

  14. 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: …

  15. 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…

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

    Nov 16, 2010, 9:39 PM EDT

    Adam Dunn swinging

    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…

  17. 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”…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

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