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  1. Red Sox have no interest in Matsuzaka-Fukudome swap

    Nov 10, 2010, 6:31 PM EDT

    fukudome running bases

    Phil Rogers of the Chicago Tribune tweeted earlier today that the Cubs have been “kicking around” the idea of swapping outfielder Kosuke Fukudome in a package for Red Sox right-hander Daisuke Matsuzaka.  If the Cubs have indeed been exploring such a deal, they should stop now. Whether you prefer MLB Network’s Peter Gammons, the Boston…

  2. Russell Martin expects to be ready for spring training, but will it be with the Dodgers?

    Nov 10, 2010, 5:45 PM EDT

    Russell Martin

    Russell Martin is still recovering from August hip surgery, but today his agent told Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times that the catcher will “absolutely” be healthy in time for spring training. Matt Colleran told Hernandez that Martin should be cleared to resume running at full speed within the “next couple of weeks” and…

  3. The Glenn Burke documentary airs tonight

    Nov 10, 2010, 5:34 PM EDT

    Glenn Burke was the first and, as far as we know, the only gay player to be out of the closet to his teammates and team ownership during his major league career.  Burke and many believed that he was run out of the league because of it.  It’s also possible that he was pushed out…

  4. Needing 40-man roster spot, Royals cut loose Brian Bannister

    Nov 10, 2010, 5:17 PM EDT

    brian-bannister-royals

    Jason Kendall and David DeJesus returning from the 60-day disabled list meant the Royals needed to clear a couple spots on the 40-man roster and they did so by cutting loose Brian Bannister and Brian Anderson. Bannister is one of my favorite players because he’s a good quote, very smart, and a fan of sabermetrics,…

  5. The Dodgers are interested in Brandon Webb

    Nov 10, 2010, 5:02 PM EDT

    webb

    That’s what Troy Renck tweets — that the Nationals and Dodgers “have some interest” in Brandon Webb — and it’s about all we have on the matter. As we’ve said before, Webb would be a risk, but not a terrible one at a low salary. If he’s healthy he could be a pretty good starter…

  6. Gregg Zaun wants to play for the Rays in 2011 at age 40

    Nov 10, 2010, 4:46 PM EDT

    gregg-zaun-brewers

    Gregg Zaun missed most of this season following shoulder surgery, but the 40-year-old catcher plans to play in 2011 and recently told Jim Bowden of MLB Network Radio that he’d prefer it be for the Rays. Zaun played 34 games for the Rays in 2009 after being acquired from the Orioles in midseason trade, but…

  7. The Best and Worst Uniforms of All Time: The Pittsburgh Pirates

    Nov 10, 2010, 4:30 PM EDT

    Pirates bumble bees

    The Best: When I wrote this up a couple of years ago I was clearly suffering from some sort of stress-related malady, because I picked the 1960s vests as the best Pirate uniform.  That’s not the worst thing ever because the Pirates did vests pretty well, all things considered, but I realize now that no…

  8. Derek Jeter denied a National League Gold Glove award

    Nov 10, 2010, 3:53 PM EDT

    gold glove

    Derek Jeter won his fifth American League Gold Glove yesterday, but in a tremendous slight to the future Hall of Famer he’s been denied the National League version of the award. Jeter not actually playing in the NL perhaps made it difficult to honor him, but then again Jeter not actually being a good defensive…

  9. Former White Sox executive David Wilder, two scouts charged with bonus skimming

    Nov 10, 2010, 3:28 PM EDT

    dominican republic

    In May 2008, the White Sox fired senior director of player personnel David Wilder and scouts Jorge L. Oquendo Rivera and  Victor Mateo  after allegations surfaced that they had pocketed money earmarked for player signing bonuses.  They’ve now been charged with crimes: Wilder, 50, was charged with seven counts of mail fraud. He was considered…

  10. The Best and Worst Uniforms of All Time: The Chicago Cubs

    Nov 10, 2010, 3:00 PM EDT

    Ernie Banks

    The Best: The Cubs have stayed pretty close to a classic look, at least in living memory. Like a lot of teams, they did the minimalism thing pretty well 100 years ago. They experimented some here and there, but they’ve never strayed too far from the big C on the home uniforms. Choosing among relatively…

  11. Baseball America’s complete list of minor league free agents

    Nov 10, 2010, 2:45 PM EDT

    andy-marte-indians-broken-bat

    Everyone is focused on the Cliff Lees and Carl Crawfords of the world, and rightfully so, but hundreds of minor leaguers recently became free agents after their teams declined to add them to the 40-man roster following six professional seasons. Collecting all those names is a lot harder than rounding up all the big-league free…

  12. Rumor: the Cubs considering a Fukudome for Dice-K trade

    Nov 10, 2010, 2:30 PM EDT

    Kosuke Fukudome

    This one from Phil Rogers is prefaced with the idea that the Cubs are merely “kicking it around,” do don’t get your hopes up, Fukudome-hating Cubs fans or Matsuzaka-hating Red Sox fans.  There’s no suggestion that the Red Sox have been contacted about it and, of course, both of these guys have no-trade clauses, so…

  13. The Best and Worst Uniforms of All Time: The Houston Astros

    Nov 10, 2010, 2:00 PM EDT

    JR Richard

    The Best: I angered fellow HBTer Drew Silva with my dissing of the Cardinals’ powder blues earlier today.  I have this feeling I’m going to step in it with some Astros fans now too. But here goes: I know I’m supposed to be all hip and say I liked the crazy 70s-80s getup the best,…

  14. By giving White Sox the chance to match any offer is Paul Konerko limiting free agent interest?

    Nov 10, 2010, 1:47 PM EDT

    konerko waves goodbye

    Doug Padilla of ESPNChicago.com reported yesterday that Paul Konerko’s “tight bond” with team chairman Jerry Reinsdorf “figures to afford the White Sox one last chance at matching any deal Konerko might have on the table from another team.” While that’s a unique situation in baseball it’s somewhat similar to “restricted” free agency in the NBA…

  15. Wally Backman needs a better lobbying operation

    Nov 10, 2010, 1:30 PM EDT

    Wally Backman

    Look, I know there’s a passionate pro-Wally Backman lobby out there. And even if I disagree about his fitness for the job, I understand his appeal. But really, if you’re going to argue in favor of Backman — and more to the point, if you’re going to rebut the charges that he lacks the requisite…

  16. Japanese infielder Tsuyoshi Nishioka “wants to play on the West Coast”

    Nov 10, 2010, 1:17 PM EDT

    Tsuyoshi Nishioka

    Later this week MLB teams are expected to bid on exclusive negotiating rights to Tsuyoshi Nishioka and Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times reports that the Japanese infielder “wants to play on the West Coast” and is mostly interested in the Dodgers, Giants, Diamondbacks, and Padres. He won’t actually have a choice in the…

  17. The Best and Worst Uniforms of All Time: The Milwaukee Brewers

    Nov 10, 2010, 1:00 PM EDT

    1982 Brewers

    The Best: The 70s and the early 80s were a disaster for so many teams, but man, I really like the old Harvey’s Wallbangers look. Lose the pullovers if you must — that’s what they do for throwback day now — and I suppose the powder blue is negotiable, but the Brewers without pinstripes, yellow…

  18. Adrian Gonzalez’s shoulder surgery may be more significant than initially believed

    Nov 10, 2010, 12:46 PM EDT

    Adrian Gonzalez

    Adrian Gonzalez repeatedly making it clear that he has no plans to remain in San Diego long term could motivate the Padres to trade the All-Star first baseman with one season left on his contract and now Corey Brock of MLB.com reports that there’s some doubt about Gonzalez’s health status as well. Three weeks ago…

  19. Edgar Renteria: don’t give me a party, use the money to aid flood victims

    Nov 10, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Texas Rangers, Game 4

    Edgar Renteria just doin’ what Edgar Renteria does: World Series MVP Edgar Renteria has asked that a celebration in his honor be called off in his home country, with the money donated to Colombia flood victims . . . Renteria says there are “more important things back home” and it’s critical to tend to the…

  20. The Best and Worst Uniforms of All Time: The St. Louis Cardinals

    Nov 10, 2010, 12:00 PM EDT

    Stan Musial

    The Best: The Cards’ uniforms are all about process of elimination: they adopted the two birds on the seesaw look in 1922, and it’s pretty choice. No design before that look or after it without the seesaw (and there were a few before it took firm hold) can qualify as the best.  They switched from…

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