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  1. Orioles “have had trade discussions” about J.J. Hardy and Jason Bartlett

    Nov 18, 2010, 3:49 PM EDT

    Jason Bartlett

    According to Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun the Orioles “have had trade discussions” with the Twins about J.J. Hardy and with the Rays about Jason Bartlett. Cesar Izturis was Baltimore’s starting shortstop this year, but he’s a free agent the team is clearly looking for an upgrade offensively. Previous reports had the Rays shopping…

  2. “Melvin: smooth. Hale: cautious. Backman: nervous. Collins: intense.”

    Nov 18, 2010, 3:31 PM EDT

    Wally Backman

    This means very little in the grand scheme of things, but I think it’s great fun: Andy Martino of the Daily News, who is down at the GM meetings, tweeted a quick thumbnail assessment of the demeanor of each Mets managerial candidate the moment they came out of their second interviews with Alderson and company:…

  3. The Brewers are unlikely to deal Prince Fielder

    Nov 18, 2010, 3:00 PM EDT

    Prince Fielder

    Jon Heyman tweets that the Brewers are leaning towards keeping Prince Fielder. It’s not easy to be trying to trade Fielder right now, given that Adrian Gonzalez may soon be available and that other, lesser-but-cheaper first basemen can be had via free agency at the moment.  And of course, given that Fielder is a Boras…

  4. Astros get Clint Barmes from Rockies for Felipe Paulino

    Nov 18, 2010, 2:47 PM EDT

    Clint Barmes

    Colorado has traded infielder Clint Barmes to Houston for right-hander Felipe Paulino. Barmes was once the Rockies’ starting shortstop, but moved to second base when Troy Tulowitzki arrived in 2006 and is coming off a horrendous year at the plate, hitting just .235 with a lowly .656 OPS despite calling Coors Field home. At times…

  5. Felix Hernandez wins the American League Cy Young Award

    Nov 18, 2010, 2:03 PM EDT

    Felix Hernandez crop

    The results have been released and Alexander Mendoza was right: Felix Hernandez has won the 2010 American League Cy Young Award.  He beat out David Price, who finished second, and CC Sabathia who took third. Jon Lester and Jered Weaver rounded out the top five.  Ultimately — and as I predicted — the voting wasn’t…

  6. Diamondbacks acquire Juan Miranda from Yankees

    Nov 18, 2010, 1:49 PM EDT

    juan-miranda-yankees

    Juan Miranda defected from Cuba in 2004, signed with the Yankees for $2 million in 2006, and has been stuck in the minors ever since despite consistently putting up some pretty good numbers. He may finally get an opportunity at age 29, as the Yankees have traded him to the Diamondbacks for pitching prospect Scott…

  7. BBWAA leak? Venezuelan reporter says King Felix has won the Cy Young Award

    Nov 18, 2010, 1:37 PM EDT

    Mariners' Hernandez throws against the Blue Jays in their MLB American League baseball game in Toronto

    The BBWAA won’t officially release the winner of the Cy Young Award until 2PM, but Venezuelan journalist Alexander Mendoza tweeted a few minutes ago that Felix Hernandez has won it, and that he’s celebrating his win with his family already. I guess we’ll see shortly if he was right.

  8. Jim Leyritz is halfway to an acquittal

    Nov 18, 2010, 1:33 PM EDT

    Jim Leyritz

    The details and reasoning is not yet being reported, but apparently the judge in the Jim Leyritz criminal trial has just ordered that one of the two manslaughter charges against Leyritz be dropped.  I never looked at the actual charges against him, but apparently there were two distinct manslaughter charges, one being a lesser-included offense…

  9. Why are the Braves moving Martin Prado to left field instead of Dan Uggla?

    Nov 18, 2010, 1:18 PM EDT

    dan-uggla-marlins

    David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports that Martin Prado had no problem with the Braves’ request that he move to left field following the trade for Dan Uggla. General manager Frank Wren talked to Prado after making the trade and quoted the All-Star infielder as saying: “I just want to be a part…

  10. Nolan Ryan isn’t confident about the Rangers landing Cliff Lee

    Nov 18, 2010, 1:01 PM EDT

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    Brian Costa of the Wall Street Journal caught up with Rangers’ President Nolan Ryan down at the GM meetings and asked him about Cliff Lee.  Ryan’s response: he’s not giving up or anything, and he and the rest of the Rangers are going to try and sell Lee on the charms of Texas, but he’s…

  11. Scouting report on 17-year-old Cuban defector Yasiel Balaguer

    Nov 18, 2010, 12:46 PM EDT

    Yasiel Balaguer

    Last week 17-year-old Cuban center fielder Yasiel Balaguer defected to Nicaragua and immediately got himself an agent with eye toward becoming a free agent and signing with an MLB team. An article about the news in the El Nuevo Herald included all sorts of glowing words about his upside, including the usual praise from his…

  12. The Blue Jays are showing “strong interest” in Justin Upton

    Nov 18, 2010, 12:33 PM EDT

    Justin Upton

    There’s not much more to this than that statement itself, which Ken Rosenthal passed along a few minutes ago.  It’s kind of hard to analyze such a rumor in the manner we normally do, however, because (a) all teams should have a strong interest in Upton, so Toronto’s would not be surprising; and (b) Justin…

  13. Chris Coghlan in center field would be risky move for Marlins

    Nov 18, 2010, 12:15 PM EDT

    chris-coghlan-marlins

    Dan Uggla turning down a four-year, $48 million contract extension led to Florida trading him to Atlanta, but after the swap the Marlins also talked about how the move allows them to improve defensively. Uggla consistently ranked among the worst defensive second basemen in baseball, so replacing him with Omar Infante is a clear upgrade.…

  14. Quote of the Day: Bud Selig on the expanded playoffs

    Nov 18, 2010, 12:05 PM EDT

    Spinal Tap But it goes to eleven

    Well, it’s one louder, isn’t it? It’s not ten. You see, most blokes, you know, will be playing at ten. You’re on ten here, all the way up, all the way up, all the way up, you’re on ten on your guitar. Where can you go from there? Where? Nowhere. Exactly.

  15. Update: Shin-Soo Choo is one win away from freedom

    Nov 18, 2010, 11:36 AM EDT

    Shin-Soo Choo

    Well, maybe freedom is not the right word — it’s the army he’s trying to avoid here, not a jail sentence — but he is on the cusp of being able to take advantage of his full earning potential in Major League Baseball without a bunch of hassle: South Korea is in the Asian Games…

  16. Ron Gardenhire follows Manager of the Year award with contract extension

    Nov 18, 2010, 11:18 AM EDT

    Ron Gardenhire

    Ron Gardenhire is having a pretty good week. Yesterday he was named American League Manager of the Year after finishing runner-up for the award five times in the previous eight seasons and Joe Christensen of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that the Twins will soon announce a two-year contract extension for Gardenhire. According to Christensen…

  17. Tribune Columnist: Tear down Wrigley Field

    Nov 18, 2010, 11:05 AM EDT

    Wrigley Field

    I’m with the Tribune’s Steve Chapman on the whole “tax dollars should not be used to renovate Wrigley Field” thing, but I’m not quite sure how this follows as a “b” to that “a”: Wrigley is attractive and charming in many ways, but it’s like driving a vintage car: After a while, the novelty is…

  18. With contract extension unlikely, Nationals may look to trade Josh Willingham

    Nov 18, 2010, 10:47 AM EDT

    Josh Willingham

    Josh Willingham is under team control for one more season as an arbitration eligible player and would like to sign a contract extension to remain in Washington, but Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post reports that the Nationals aren’t interested in giving him a long-term deal and may look to trade him. Willingham, Adam Dunn,…

  19. The Diamondbacks want to “win” any Justin Upton trade. What does that mean?

    Nov 18, 2010, 10:37 AM EDT

    Arizona Diamondbacks v New York Mets

    This from Rosenthal and Morosi: “The Diamondbacks are making it clear to potential suitors they intend to “win” any trade involving Upton, who is 23 and under contract through 2015.” What does that even mean?  What team is going to say “yes, Arizona, we understand.  We will make sure that any offer to you will…

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