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  1. 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…

  2. The Best and Worst Uniforms of All Time: The Wrapup

    Nov 16, 2010, 6:20 PM EDT

    Ryan Richard

    I had a lot of fun running down the best and worst looks of all 30 teams.  If anyone can think of any other silly offseason time-killers, by all means, let me know.  In the meantime, at the request of many, what follows are links to all 30 of the uniform rundowns: NATIONAL LEAGUE Phillies,…

  3. Journeyman Chad Tracy signs to play in Japan

    Nov 16, 2010, 6:20 PM EDT

    Chicago Cubs v Milwaukee Brewers

    As NPBtracker notes, former Diamondback Chad Tracy, who struggled to reestablish himself as a big-league regular after undergoing microfracture surgery on his right knee following the 2007 season, is expected to sign an approx. $1.3 million deal to play with the Hiroshima Toyo Carp in 2011. Tracy hit .308/.359/.553 for the Diamondbacks in his second…

  4. The Marlins trade Dan Uggla to the Braves

    Nov 16, 2010, 5:48 PM EDT

    Dan Uggla

    UPDATE: The trade is a done deal: Dan Uggla to the Braves for Omar Infante and Mike Dunn.  Really not much of a haul for the Marlins given what Uggla brings to the table. And while, sure, Uggla has some defensive issues and is only under team control for one year, this is not a…

  5. Ramon Hernandez is probably kicking himself (or his agent) after seeing John Buck’s contract

    Nov 16, 2010, 5:18 PM EDT

    Ramon Hernandez

    Ramon Hernandez probably isn’t very happy with his agent right now. Yesterday he re-signed with the Reds for one year and $3 million, but now John Buck has reportedly agreed to a three-year, $18 million deal with the Marlins. Buck parlayed a career-year into $18 million, yet his career-year really wasn’t better than Hernandez’s performance…

  6. The Rangers went to visit Cliff Lee yesterday

    Nov 16, 2010, 5:00 PM EDT

    cliff lee in delivery

    Anthony Andro of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports that a contingent from the Rangers flew to Arkansas yesterday to meet with Cliff Lee. But wait! I thought he wasn’t listening! I thought he was in a duck blind somewhere, thinking about anything other than baseball. But I guess this is just arms race stuff, what…

  7. Jeff Francis drawing interest from at least five teams

    Nov 16, 2010, 4:49 PM EDT

    jeff-francis-rockies

    Colorado is interested in re-signing Jeff Francis and he’s also drawing interest from Seattle, Milwaukee, Pittsburgh, and Houston, according to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com. Last month the Rockies declined their $7 million option on Francis for 2011, which was a no-brainer after he returned from shoulder surgery to post a 5.00 ERA in 104 innings.…

  8. An update on Joe Ricketts pursuit of public funding for the Cubs

    Nov 16, 2010, 4:34 PM EDT

    Joe Ricketts

    UPDATE:   Commenter johnvmoore alerts me to a report that the Ricketts have withdrawn their request to the Illinois legislature for the $200 million in Wrigley updates.  It’s not official or anything, but that’s the buzz. Also, he points me to this comment from the Huffington Post, in which Brian Baker of Taxpayers Against Earmarks says…

  9. Adrian Gonzalez on his future: “I’m not in control. God is.”

    Nov 16, 2010, 4:30 PM EDT

    Adrian Gonzalez 2

    I really like Adrian Gonzalez. And yes, I appreciate that he has a closer connection to San Diego than a lot of star players have to the teams they end up leaving in free agency. But I really do wish that he — and any other player in his position would stop saying things like…

  10. Agent expects Ricky Nolasco to sign extension with Marlins, but “nothing’s going to happen soon”

    Nov 16, 2010, 4:17 PM EDT

    Ricky Nolasco 2

    Last month agent Matt Sosnick revealed that Ricky Nolasco and the Marlins were “about 20 percent” apart in contract extension negotiations and today he told Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald that he “would be surprised if something didn’t end up happening.” Sosnick explained that “we have had some conversations and I think we’ve made…

  11. Prince Fielder may not be a vegetarian

    Nov 16, 2010, 3:34 PM EDT

    Prince Fielder

    You may find this hard to believe given his lithe and healthy frame, but apparently Prince Fielder is not, as he loudly proclaimed a couple of years ago, really a vegetarian: prince fielder spotted eating with scott boras at hotel. no word on whether prince stuck to veggies. #pseudovegetarian That was Jon Heyman, who is…

  12. Marlins “close to signing” John Buck to three-year contract

    Nov 16, 2010, 3:17 PM EDT

    john-buck-blue-jays

    Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that the Marlins are “close to signing” John Buck to a three-year contract believed to be worth more than $15 million, which is pretty remarkable for a catcher who was available to the Blue Jays for a one-year, $2 million deal last offseason. Buck obviously boosted his value significantly with…

  13. The Best and Worst Uniforms of All Time: The Seattle Mariners

    Nov 16, 2010, 3:00 PM EDT

    Flying Ken Griffey

    Our last entry of the series. Ah, memories. It seems like it was only last Tuesday when we began this thing . . . The Best: Call me crazy, but I loved the old trident M on the caps. It looked better with the star behind it than the original look , but like so…

  14. Rockies release injured former closer Manny Corpas

    Nov 16, 2010, 2:47 PM EDT

    Jim Tracy,  Manny Corpas

    Manny Corpas was the closer on a World Series team as a 24-year-old in 2007, tossing 78 innings with 2.08 ERA, but he struggled this season for the third straight year before undergoing Tommy John elbow surgery in September and today the Rockies released him. Corpas still has one season and $3.5 million remaining on…

  15. Former top prospect Wladimir Balentien is headed to Japan

    Nov 16, 2010, 2:16 PM EDT

    Wladimir Balentien

    Wladimir Balentien consistently crushed minor-league pitching at every level and hit .283/.351/.535 with 67 homers in 302 games at Triple-A, but he’s now headed to Japan at age 24 after struggling in 559 plate appearances for the Mariners and Reds. Balentien has tons of power, smacking 15 homers and 31 doubles in 511 at-bats even…

  16. It’s unanimous: Roy Halladay wins the NL Cy Young Award

    Nov 16, 2010, 2:01 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v Colorado Rockies

    What, you were expecting Oliver Perez? This was a no-brainer, and there was very little dissent in the ranks:  Roy Halladay received all 32 of the first place votes, easily beating out Adam Wainwright, Ubaldo Jimenez, Tim Hudson and Josh Johnson, who finished in second through fifth place. When the Phillies traded for him last…

  17. Red Sox claim Taylor Buchholz off waivers from Blue Jays

    Nov 16, 2010, 1:18 PM EDT

    taylor-buchholz-rockies

    For the second time in a week a Blue Jays player was snatched up off waivers after Toronto cut them loose to clear space on the 40-man roster. First the A’s claimed Edwin Encarnacion as a potential alternative to Kevin Kouzmanoff at third base and yesterday the Red Sox claimed Taylor Buchholz as a buy-low…

  18. The Best and Worst Uniforms of All Time: The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

    Nov 16, 2010, 1:00 PM EDT

    California Angels

    The Best: for a team that has been all over the place in terms of their geographic identify, they’ve generally been steady on their sartorial identity.  The red and white with the navy accents is a good look. The capital “A” with the halo is pretty inspired too.  They’re not awful now, but they wear…

  19. Jorge De La Rosa is the Pirates’ “top free agent target”

    Nov 16, 2010, 12:48 PM EDT

    de-la-rosa-in-black

    If there’s one thing I’m convinced will happen this offseason it’s that Jorge De La Rosa will be significantly overpaid. There have already been reports of the Yankees and Nationals viewing him as their “Plan B” for Cliff Lee and now Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune Review writes that De La Rosa–who pitched for…

  20. Diamondbacks “listening” to offers for Justin Upton, but “need to be blown away”

    Nov 16, 2010, 12:15 PM EDT

    Justin Upton

    Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that the Diamondbacks are “listening” to offers on Justin Upton, but “need to be blown away” in order to actually trade the 23-year-old right fielder. I’m not exactly sure why a rebuilding team like the Diamondbacks would be even remotely interested in trading one of the best young players in…

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