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  1. 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.…

  2. 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    UPDATE:   Commenter johnvmoore alerts me to a report that the Ricketts have withdrawn their request to the Illinois legislature for the $200 million in Wrigley updates.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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

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

    Nov 16, 2010, 12:48 PM EDT

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    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…

  14. 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…

  15. The Best and Worst Uniforms of All Time: the Oakland Athletics

    Nov 16, 2010, 12:00 PM EDT

    Oakland A's Green and Gold

    Confession time. I played little league baseball in Parkersburg, West Virginia for a team sponsored by a business called “Doug’s Family Hairstyling.” All of the other teams were sponsored by sporting goods stores or hardware stores or at least something that sounded cool and manly. Not us! We were probably the worst team in the…

  16. Adrian Beltre could go quickly

    Nov 16, 2010, 11:30 AM EDT

    beltre head up close

    Jon Heyman tweeted the following a few minutes ago: adrian beltre market is very hot. 12 teams are interested. got a chance to be the first star to go off the board. I don’t doubt that there is sharp interest in Beltre and that he might sign quickly. He’s easily the top infielder on the…

  17. Brewers GM: “We’re not shopping Prince Fielder”

    Nov 16, 2010, 11:18 AM EDT

    Prince Fielder

    With one season remaining on Prince Fielder’s contract the assumption has been that the Brewers will look to trade him this offseason, but general manager Doug Melvin told Bob Nightengale of USA Today that “we’re not shopping Prince” and “I’d like to keep him.” Of course, regarding a new contract Melvin also said that the…

  18. The Best and Worst Uniforms of All Time: The Texas Rangers

    Nov 16, 2010, 11:00 AM EDT

    Nolan Ryan Rangers

    The Best: For my money their original look was their best ever look. Why? The font on the jersey. It’s unlike anything that we had ever seen before and unlike anything we’ve seen since. No, it’s not the greatest possible look of all time – if they could put that font on a more modern…

  19. A.J. Pierzynski and the Marlins have “mutual interest”

    Nov 16, 2010, 10:47 AM EDT

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    According to Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post “there is mutual interest between the Marlins and A.J. Pierzynski, but he might be too expensive for Florida.” Capozzi cites the $6.75 million Pierzynski made this season, but in reality there’s zero chance of him costing that much as a free agent in 2011. Pierzynski is…

  20. Scott Boras on Manny Ramirez: pretty reasonable, actually

    Nov 16, 2010, 10:30 AM EDT

    Manny Ramirez, new team member of the Chicago White Sox, looks on during batting practice prior to the White Sox MLB American League baseball game against the Cleveland Indians in Cleveland

    Manny Ramirez’s agent Scott Boras said Monday that he’s looking for an incentive-laden one-year contract. Specifically he said: “It’s just like Vlad Guerrero. His last Angels season, where he had an injury season and he had 50 RBI, was not a customary Vlad Guerrero season. He went to Texas and reestablished himself. This is really…

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