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  1. Rangers and Giants: Teams of Destiny

    Oct 27, 2010, 8:53 AM EDT

    Manifest Destiny

    In the past 72 hours I have been on a handful of radio shows, and each time the host has asked me if I agreed that the Rangers looked like a “team of destiny.”  Well, not all of them. Some of them have asked me if I agreed that the Giants looked like  a “team…

  2. Cliff Lee brushes off the fan spitting stuff

    Oct 27, 2010, 8:28 AM EDT

    Cliff Lee

    I continue to maintain that the “fans spit on Kristen Lee” thing is being blown way out of proportion. If you’re going to take anything from her comments it’s not that, which was a brief, one-sentence aside. It’s the several things she had to say about liking Dallas, wanting to be close to Arkansas and…

  3. CC Sabathia to have knee surgery

    Oct 27, 2010, 7:55 AM EDT

    CC Sabathia

    And you thought Yankees fans were freaking out at the possibility of not landing Cliff Lee before? CC Sabathia was diagnosed with a minor meniscus tear of the right knee that will require surgery, The Post has learned. Sabathia was diagnosed yesterday at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital and is expected to undergo surgery in the coming…

  4. UPDATE: Mets to hire Sandy Alderson as GM

    Oct 26, 2010, 11:16 PM EDT

    Sandy Alderson

    UPDATE: According to Jon Heyman of SI.com, the Mets will hire Sandy Alderson as general manager. Worst kept secret ever? Expect an official announcement later this week, likely on Friday. I have lived — and suffered — through the Mets making some pretty stupid decisions in my lifetime, but I really believe this will not…

  5. David Ortiz confident he’ll be back with Red Sox next season

    Oct 26, 2010, 10:35 PM EDT

    Ortiz home run swing

    David Ortiz was in attendance at tonight’s Heat-Celtics game and told the Boston Globe that he is confident he will be back with the Red Sox next season. The Red Sox have until three days after the World Series to decide whether to pick up his $12.5 million option for 2011. “We’re going to talk…

  6. Bobby Valentine rumored to be a finalist for Brewers manager

    Oct 26, 2010, 9:37 PM EDT

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    Bobby Valentine may not end up with a managerial job at all this winter, but he’s darn sure going to be rumored for all of them. Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com “keeps hearing” that Bobby V is a finalist to be the Brewers’ next manager. Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reported on Saturday that the…

  7. Report: Marlins leaning towards keeping Edwin Rodriguez as manager

    Oct 26, 2010, 7:31 PM EDT

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    Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post passes along news from Juan C. Rodriguez of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel that the Marlins are “leaning towards” keeping Edwin Rodriguez as manager for at least one more year. Rodriguez led the Marlins to a 46-46 record after replacing Fredi Gonzalez as manager in late-June. He was told…

  8. Top 111 Free Agents: Nos. 90-71

    Oct 26, 2010, 6:30 PM EDT

    Trevor Hoffman

    Here’s part two of the Top 111 Free Agents. Whereas most of the players in the 111-91 range will be looking at one-year deals in the $1 million-$2 million range, the players here will hold out for a bit more, if not necessarily in guarantees then definitely in incentives. Free agents Nos. 111-91 90. J.C.…

  9. Phillies decline $4.5 million option on J.C. Romero for 2011

    Oct 26, 2010, 5:16 PM EDT

    Romero

    In a no-brainer move, the Phillies have declined their $4.5 million option on reliever J.C. Romero for 2011. He’ll get a $250,000 buyout instead. Philadelphia signed Romero to a three-year, $12 million deal after he posted a 1.24 ERA in 36 innings down the stretch in 2006. He was reasonably solid in Year 1 of…

  10. Diamondbacks add Trammell, Nagy, Baylor to coaching staff

    Oct 26, 2010, 4:40 PM EDT

    Nagy

    Arizona filled out most of its coaching staff this afternoon, with Alan Trammell coming on as Kirk Gibson’s bench coach, Charles Nagy and Don Baylor joining as the pitching and hitting coaches, and Eric Young serving as first base coach. Gibson was actually the bench coach in Detroit back when Trammell was the Tigers’ manager,…

  11. MLBPA’s “Heart and Hustle” award has amusing candidates

    Oct 26, 2010, 4:17 PM EDT

    heart and hustle

    Today the MLB players association released the list of 30 candidates for their annual “Heart and Hustle” award that’s “presented to an active player who demonstrates a passion for the game of baseball and best embodies the values, spirit, and traditions of the game.” A few things about the candidates list stood out to me…

  12. How much do the words of Cliff Lee’s wife really mean?

    Oct 26, 2010, 3:57 PM EDT

    Cliff Lee Family

    Much has been made of the whole “Yankees fans spit on Cliff Lee’s wife and they like Arkansas and all that jazz” story from this morning.  As far as I can tell, the battle lines break down as follows: (a) people who are dying for the Yankees to finally whiff on a highly-coveted free agent…

  13. Phillies have no plans for Jimmy Rollins contract extension

    Oct 26, 2010, 3:18 PM EDT

    Jimmy Rollins

    Philadelphia has already exercised next season’s $8.5 million option on Jimmy Rollins, but general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said yesterday that the Phillies have no plans to negotiate a long-term extension right now: I think we’ll probably let things, at this time, play out. There’s some concern about his production the last couple of years.…

  14. The Red Sox announce their 2011 ticket prices

    Oct 26, 2010, 3:00 PM EDT

    The Red Sox have announced their ticket prices for 2011. Yes, there are increases. You can read the whole press release here. From best I can tell, ticket prices overall will see only a modest increase — 2 % — but the bulk of the pain will be felt by the rich, with those in…

  15. White Sox exercise 2011 options on Thornton and Castro

    Oct 26, 2010, 2:45 PM EDT

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    As expected, the White Sox have exercised their 2011 options on reliever Matt Thornton and catcher Ramon Castro. Thornton will earn $3 million next season, which is an incredible bargain for one of the best relievers in baseball. He has ERAs of 2.67, 2.74, and 2.67 over the past three seasons and this year held…

  16. Girardi expected to get a three-year contract extension

    Oct 26, 2010, 2:30 PM EDT

    Texas Rangers v New York Yankees, Game 3

    Jon Heyman reports that the Yankees are expected to give manager Joe Girardi a three-year contract extension. He’s expected to get $3 million a year. This is pretty much a no-brainer. Whatever issues anyone had with Girardi during the postseason, he has done a remarkable job managing the Yankees in my view. Despite the usual…

  17. The Nationals are getting new uniforms

    Oct 26, 2010, 2:01 PM EDT

    Ryan Zimmerman, Danny Espinosa

    They way I heard it — I’m assuming from Paul Lukas, bit it could have come from someone else — was that the Nats’ home uniforms were originally going to look just as they do now, but that the cap was going to have a blocky W that matched the jersey font. Someone — maybe…

  18. Josh Hamilton close to 100 percent healthy six weeks after fracturing ribs

    Oct 26, 2010, 1:49 PM EDT

    Gary Pettis, Josh Hamilton

    You wouldn’t know it based on his homering four times in six games against the Yankees, but Josh Hamilton played the ALCS while still somewhat limited by the fractured ribs that caused him to miss nearly all of September. Unfortunately for the Giants, the MVP candidate said yesterday that he’s now close to 100 percent…

  19. HBT Daily: World Series matchups less sexy than Lee vs. Lincecum

    Oct 26, 2010, 1:30 PM EDT

    Tiffany and I talk about the non-ace portions of the Giants and Rangers rotations, the managers and outfield defense.

  20. Ryne Sandberg could coach in Chicago … with the White Sox

    Oct 26, 2010, 1:17 PM EDT

    ryne-sandberg-triple-a

    Ryne Sandberg was passed over for the Cubs’ managerial job, but perhaps the Hall of Famer could end up coaching in Chicago after all. White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen praised Sandberg during a radio interview today and seemed open to the possibility of Sandberg joining his coaching staff if third base coach Joey Cora leaves…

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