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  1. Athletics interested in Lance Berkman as designated hitter

    Nov 12, 2010, 8:11 PM EDT

    Berkman Yanks

    The Athletics have been mighty busy so far this offseason, but general manager Billy Beane is still on a mission to find a power bat for a team that finished second from the bottom in the league in home runs and slugging percentage this past season. With that in mind, Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com hears…

  2. Mets officially fire longtime clubhouse manager Charlie Samuels

    Nov 12, 2010, 7:21 PM EDT

    Charlie Samuels

    It was more a matter of “when” than “if,” but the Mets officially fired clubhouse manager Charlie Samuels today. Samuels is currently under investigation for his involvement in an illegal gambling ring and reportedly admitted to MLB that he bet on baseball. He was previously “indefinitely suspended” by the team. The Mets released the following…

  3. Red Sox acquire Andrew Miller from Marlins

    Nov 12, 2010, 6:44 PM EDT

    Andrew Miller

    According to Danny Knobler of CBSSports.com, the Red Sox have acquired Andrew Miller from the Marlins for Dustin Richardson. Miller, a former first-round pick of the Tigers in 2005, has yet to put things together on the major league level, posting a 5.84 ERA in 79 big league appearances (54 starts), averaging 7.3 K/9 and…

  4. The Red Sox want to keep Adrian Beltre and Victor Martinez

    Nov 12, 2010, 5:20 PM EDT

    Adrian Beltre

    Red Sox’ GM Theo Epstein held a conference call with the Sox beat writers this afternoon. The most notable nugget, according to Pete Abraham: Theo said “in strong terms” that the Red Sox want Adrian Beltre and Victor Martinez back and that he’s pursuing them. Specifically, he said that Martinez “would certainly be our first…

  5. Nationals “have interest” in Jorge De La Rosa

    Nov 12, 2010, 4:48 PM EDT

    de-la-rosa-in-black

    Apparently the Yankees aren’t the only team viewing Jorge De La Rosa as the “left-handed starting pitcher” fallback plan should they miss out on Cliff Lee, as Bill Ladson of MLB.com reports that the Nationals “have interest” in De La Rosa. Of course, given Washington’s slim odds of actually signing Lee perhaps it’s not fair…

  6. Ruben Amaro: never say never on Jayson Werth

    Nov 12, 2010, 4:39 PM EDT

    Jayson Werth

    Yesterday Jayson Stark reported that an anonymous person in the Phillies front office said that Jayson Werth wasn’t coming back to Philly. In fact, the quote was “No chance. None. Zero.” Ruben Amaro is NOT happy about that: “That’s unequivocally a false statement,” Amaro said. “That did not come from me and I would not…

  7. Deep thoughts: should your team’s conditioning coach eat well?

    Nov 12, 2010, 4:07 PM EDT

    Double Double

    UPDATE: My bad. The quote about In-N-Out came from Spencer Dallin, the team’s Assistant  to the equipment manager. The strength coach is  Jim Malone, mentioned earlier in the article.  Apologies. Both for misreading the story, and for rendering moot a perfectly good Pablo Sandoval joke. Story on MLB.com about how a couple of Padres’ employees…

  8. A’s claim Edwin Encarnacion off waivers from Blue Jays

    Nov 12, 2010, 3:48 PM EDT

    Edwin Encarnacion

    Oakland continues to be the busiest team of the early offseason, as the A’s claimed 27-year-old third baseman Edwin Encarnacion off waivers from the Blue Jays. Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos indicated last month that Encarnacion was a candidate to be non-tendered after hitting .244/.305/.482 in 367 plate appearances while missing nearly half the…

  9. Dan Shulman to replace Jon Miller on “Sunday Night Baseball”

    Nov 12, 2010, 3:18 PM EDT

    dan shulman espn

    In reporting on ESPN removing Joe Morgan and Jon Miller from the “Sunday Night Baseball” booth after two decades Richard Sandomir of the New York Times wrote that Dan Shulman was likely to replace Miller as the play-by-play announcer. SI.com media writer Richard Deitsch just tweeted that the move to Shulman is now all but…

  10. The Best and Worst Uniforms of All Time: The Baltimore Orioles

    Nov 12, 2010, 3:00 PM EDT

    Jim Palmer

    The Best: They’ve stayed quite steady over the course of their 56-year existence, but they’ve changed little details more than you might remember. They’ve switched between various cartoon and various realistic birds a number of times and they’ve messed with the orange/black/white ratio on the hats too. They’ve always looked pretty sharp, though, never running…

  11. Anheuser-Busch sues Major League Baseball

    Nov 12, 2010, 2:30 PM EDT

    Budweiser baseball

    Anheuser-Busch has sued Major League Baseball, claiming that they had an agreement to continue their longstanding sponsorship deal that has AB brands as the official beer in every park but four of ‘em. The article doesn’t list the four, but I’m guessing Coors Field and Miller Park are two of them. Maybe Toronto is a…

  12. Terry Collins, Clint Hurdle, and Bob Melvin emerge as top candidates in Mets’ manager search

    Nov 12, 2010, 2:16 PM EDT

    Sandy Alderson

    Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com reports that “Terry Collins, Clint Hurdle, and Bob Melvin have emerged as leading candidates in the Mets’ search for a manager.” However, new general manager Sandy Alderson apparently hasn’t officially trimmed his list to three names, as Rubin adds that “a potential fourth candidate for a callback is current third base…

  13. The Best and Worst Uniforms of All Time: The Toronto Blue Jays

    Nov 12, 2010, 2:00 PM EDT

    Halladay Jays

    The Best: The Blue Jays came out of the gate in 1977 with a bird’s head smack dab in the center of the jersey. And you know what? I liked it!  No, it wasn’t totally sharp in an absolute sense, but it’s certainly better than anything they’ve worn since.  It has character, and it’s pretty…

  14. Look past ERA and Chad Qualls can be a free agent bargain

    Nov 12, 2010, 1:18 PM EDT

    chad-qualls-rays

    With a 7.32 ERA in 59 innings split between two teams Chad Qualls had a dreadful season, but most of that can be blamed on a .399 batting average on balls in play that was the worst in all of baseball among the 327 pitchers who logged at least 50 innings. In fact, Qualls was…

  15. The Best and Worst Uniforms of All Time: The Boston Red Sox

    Nov 12, 2010, 1:00 PM EDT

    David Ortiz

    The Best:  The Red Sox are always included in lists of franchises with proud and grand traditions, but even if they are a classic organization, they have mixed it up a little bit over the years.  Red hats, for one thing. Changing the lettering on the road unis from blue to red. All in all,…

  16. No timetable for Andy Pettitte to decide on his 2011 status

    Nov 12, 2010, 12:46 PM EDT

    Andy Pettitte

    General manager Brian Cashman has spoken to Andy Pettitte since the Yankees’ season ended, but told Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News that the left-hander has not yet made a decision about returning in 2011 or retiring at age 38: He’s going to take some time like he always does. He’s going to…

  17. Rosenthal says the Rangers can sign Lee and Victor Martinez

    Nov 12, 2010, 12:29 PM EDT

    cliff lee in delivery

    Ken Rosenthal writes today that he thinks the Rangers could be bigger players on the free agent market than some of us are giving him credit for: The defending American League champions, major-league sources say, are in strong enough financial position to add not one but two top free agents — left-hander Cliff Lee and…

  18. Royals not willing to “dump” former top prospect Alex Gordon

    Nov 12, 2010, 12:15 PM EDT

    Alex Gordon

    In addition to teams calling the Royals about Zack Greinke’s availability Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star reports that Alex Gordon is generating some interest in as well. However, according to Dutton the Royals aren’t “willing to dump him for little in return.” Gordon is a former college player of the year and No.…

  19. The Best and Worst Uniforms of All Time: The New York Yankees

    Nov 12, 2010, 12:01 PM EDT

    SPORT RIPKEN

    The Best: Wow, this is tough!  Do I go with 1937? 1947? 1957? 1967? 1977? 1987? 1997? 2007? 2017?  OK, that last one was merely speculative, but there you go.  The point is: there are so many options! The Yankees, obviously, know what looks good and how to stick with it.  With the exception of…

  20. Kato Kaelin: Brewers fan

    Nov 12, 2010, 11:30 AM EDT

    Kato

    Baseball may not be the true National Pastime anymore, but it’s still pretty darn popular. And it’s certainly universal enough to where every team has a celebrity fan or two.  This can be a weird thing to think about. I mean, it’s hard to get my brain around the fact that, on any given night,…

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