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  1. Facing midnight deadline Hisanori Takahashi wants three-year deal from Mets

    Nov 5, 2010, 12:46 PM EDT

    Hisanori Takahashi throwing

    MLB extended the Mets’ deadline to re-sign Hisanori Takahashi until midnight today, but it sounds like the two sides aren’t particularly close to agreeing on a new contract. Jon Heyman of SI.com reports that Takahashi is asking for a three-year deal worth around $5 million per season and Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com confirmed those demands.…

  2. The nuns get their Honus Wagner dough

    Nov 5, 2010, 12:33 PM EDT

    Honus Wagner card

    Remember those nuns who were selling the Honus Wagner card?  Well, they got $262,000 for it. Best part: the guys delivering the money from the sale made it all the way to Daley Plaza in time to deposit it despite the fact that they were 106 miles away, it was dark and they were wearing…

  3. Carl Willis, Chris Chambliss, and Robbie Thompson join Eric Wedge’s coaching staff

    Nov 5, 2010, 12:15 PM EDT

    carl-willis-mariners

    Three weeks after hiring Eric Wedge as their new manager the Mariners announced his coaching staff: Hitting coach: Chris Chambliss Pitching coach: Carl Willis Bench coach: Robbie Thompson First base coach: Mike Brumley Third base coach: Jeff Datz Bullpen coach: Jaime Navarro Willis served as interim pitching coach after the Mariners cleaned house at midseason…

  4. Can we please remember for a second that Derek Jeter is, first and foremost, a baseball player?

    Nov 5, 2010, 11:29 AM EDT

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    I’m not sure what to make of Derek Jeter’s total value. That is, his value as both a baseball player and a piece of marketing and good will and all of that. And those are the terms in which his current contractual situation are being played out. There’s just so much uncertainty there. I think…

  5. Nationals release injured reliever Tyler Walker

    Nov 5, 2010, 11:17 AM EDT

    tyler-walker-nationals

    Tyler Walker pitched well for the Nationals through mid-June, posting a 3.57 ERA and 30/8 K/BB ratio in 35 innings, but missed the final three months of the season following shoulder surgery. Based on his recovery timetable the veteran reliever could be ready to pitch again as soon as spring training, but at age 34…

  6. The Rockies will be watching this week’s NC State-Clemson game closely

    Nov 5, 2010, 10:59 AM EDT

    And hoping for no injuries at all. Why? Because the starting quarterback of each team — Kyle Parker for Clemson and Russell Wilson for the Wolfpack — is a Rockies prospect. Naturally, the better football prospect (Wilson) is the worse baseball prospect. I think it would be hard to figure out what to do if…

  7. Indians cut ties with former top prospect Andy Marte

    Nov 5, 2010, 10:48 AM EDT

    andy-marte-indians-broken-bat

    Once upon a time Andy Marte was considered an elite prospect. While in the Braves’ farm system he ranked among Baseball America‘s top 50 prospects in four years, including top-15 spots in 2004, 2005, and 2006. After hitting .275/.372/.506 with 20 homers and 64 walks in 109 games at Triple-A as a 21-year-old in 2005…

  8. Some great stories about Sparky Anderson

    Nov 5, 2010, 10:30 AM EDT

    Sparky Anderson Reds uni

    My memories of Sparky Anderson — and the memories of anyone younger than 40 or so — are of him managing the Tigers.  But while he had longevity and success in Detroit, he had even more success in Cincinnati, and that gives us a good reason to turn to this story from the Cincinnati Enquirer…

  9. Blue Jays trade for Miguel Olivo … and decline his 2011 option

    Nov 5, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

    Miguel Olivo

    Last night the Blue Jays traded a player to be named later to the Rockies for catcher Miguel Olivo, and then less than two hours later they made Olivo a free agent by declining his $2.5 million option for 2011. That may sound crazy considering Toronto had to pay Olivo a $500,000 buyout, but as…

  10. World Series games were way shorter this year

    Nov 5, 2010, 9:45 AM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Texas Rangers, Game 3

    The USA Today reports that, on average, World Series games were 25 minutes shorter than last year’s games between the Phillies and the Yankees. The story credits MLB’s efforts at speeding the game along, but does anyone really believe that was the biggest difference? Seems to me that the biggest difference was (a) good pitching…

  11. How is the league going to crack down on “mystery team” reports?

    Nov 5, 2010, 9:20 AM EDT

    Boras sulking

    In addition to shortening the period in which a free agent’s current team gets exclusive negotiation rights, the September agreement between the union and the league sought to impose “restrictions on the abilities of the Clubs, players and agents to conduct their free agent negotiations through use of the media.” What that means is anyone’s…

  12. Jesus Montero to get a chance at the Yankees’ starting catching job. Maybe.

    Nov 5, 2010, 8:58 AM EDT

    Mark Feinsand of the Daily News reports that the Yankees are going to give 21-year-old catching prospect Jesus Montero a chance to win the starting gig.  He notes that there are still reservations about his defense but, man, Jorge Posada, y’all.  How bad could Montero be by comparison? Steve S. at TYU has the more…

  13. Adrian Gonzalez is as good as gone

    Nov 5, 2010, 8:30 AM EDT

    Adrian Gonzalez

    We all looked kind of silly last winter assuming that Adrian Gonzalez was going to be traded. We never took into account the possibility that the Padres could, you know, win some ballgames. But win they did, and it took Gonzalez right out of the trade speculation pool before the weather got hot.  What’s more,…

  14. Mets clubhouse manager allegedly bet on baseball, stole from the team

    Nov 5, 2010, 6:36 AM EDT

    Charlie Samuels

    That stuff about Mets clubhouse manager Charlie Samuels is apparently worse than initially reported. Yesterday the New York Times reported that Samuels’ suspension was due to a probe involving gambling on football. This morning the Daily News reports, however, that he is being investigated in connection with an organized gambling ring that took bets on…

  15. Options deadline passes as teams look ahead to 2011

    Nov 5, 2010, 12:06 AM EDT

    Trader in the 30-year bond options pit signals an order in front of a trading board at the Chicago Board of Trade

    It’s now past midnight in the east and the deadline for teams to either exercise or decline options on players has passed.  There weren’t a ton of surprises — if any — but it’s worth reviewing some of the bigger names that were involved in the early offseason decisions. The Cardinals got an easy call…

  16. Rockies trade catcher Miguel Olivo to Jays for PTBNL

    Nov 4, 2010, 10:32 PM EDT

    olivo up closer

    This comes as a bit of a surprise. Tracy Ringolsby of FOXSports.com reported Wednesday that the Rockies declined catcher Miguel Olivo’s $2.6 million option for 2011 and that the veteran would enter this offseason as a free agent.  That report was apparently incorrect. The Denver Post’s Troy Renck just tweeted that Olivo has been traded…

  17. Soria optimistic about Royals’ future, expects to stay

    Nov 4, 2010, 10:19 PM EDT

    Kansas City's Soria and Pena celebrate after the Royals' win over Tampa Bay during their MLB baseball game in Kansas City

    Staff ace Zack Greinke voiced concerns back in August about the Royals’ current rebuilding strategy, telling the Kansas City Star’s Bob Dutton that he’s not “excited” about the club’s crop of youngsters “because the chance of more than one of them making a major impact” during the duration of his contract is “pretty slim.”  Not…

  18. Giants decline Edgar Renteria’s $10.5M option for 2011

    Nov 4, 2010, 9:05 PM EDT

    edgar with trophy

    Veteran shortstop Edgar Renteria played the hero this year in the Giants’ amazing run to the World Series crown, batting .412 with six RBI over the course of the five-game Fall Classic. But he’s probably not going to be back in 2011. The Giants declined Renteria’s $10.5 million option on Thursday evening, according to the…

  19. Hugo Chavez to Edgar Renteria: “We beat Bush’s team!”

    Nov 4, 2010, 8:28 PM EDT

    Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez talks on the phone with Edgar Renteria in Caracas

    This is absolutely delicious. Earlier this week Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez and Colombian president Juan Manuel Santos had a summit meeting.  As recounted in this BBC report, the meeting was interrupted so Santos could call national hero Edgar Renteria and congratulate him on winning the World Series.  Chavez, a huge baseball fan, spoke with Renteria…

  20. Pirates interview Clint Hurdle for managerial opening

    Nov 4, 2010, 7:03 PM EDT

    Clint Hurdle

    The Pirates’ search for a new manager is picking up all sorts of steam. According to Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com, the Bucs interviewed Rangers hitting coach Clint Hurdle on Thursday in what could be the club’s final managerial interview. Hurdle enjoyed great success as the Rangers’ hitting coach this season, helping to lead that franchise…

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