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  1. Surprise! Scott Boras says there’s a lot of interest in Magglio Ordonez

    Nov 5, 2010, 9:29 PM EDT

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    The air is crisp, the leaves are turning and Scott Boras is busy talking up his clients. All is right with the world. According to Jason Beck of MLB.com, Boras said he has already heard some early interest in his client Magglio Ordonez. “We’ve gotten a lot of early calls,” Boras said. “I think with…

  2. Mets fail to reach agreement with Hisanori Takahashi

    Nov 5, 2010, 8:01 PM EDT

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    MLB recently granted an extension for the Mets to come to terms on a new contract with Hisanori Takahashi, but David Waldstein of the New York Times reported late this afternoon that the two sides were unable to reach a deal. Takahashi just confirmed the report in a statement from his new agent Arn Tellem…

  3. Mariners hire Ted Simmons as senior adviser to GM

    Nov 5, 2010, 6:45 PM EDT

    Ted Simmons

    According to Jon Heyman of SI.com, the Mariners hired Ted Simmons as a senior adviser to general manager Jack Zduriencik. Simmons, 61, was the Padres bench coach for the past two seasons and held the same job with the Brewers in 2008. Zduriencik considered first Simmons for manager, but according to Heyman, the club hired…

  4. Rangers starter Scott Feldman undergoes knee surgery

    Nov 5, 2010, 5:40 PM EDT

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    Scott Feldman went 17-8 with a 4.08 ERA in 2009 and parlayed the career-year into a three-year, $14 million contract, but declined to 7-11 with a 5.48 ERA this season and was left off the Rangers’ playoff roster. Today he underwent microfracture surgery on his right knee and will be out of action for three…

  5. Ballparks > fire departments

    Nov 5, 2010, 5:04 PM EDT

    There’s a story in the Wall Street Journal today talking about how municipalities are less eager to fund ballpark projects now than they used to be. Convenient, I guess, in that nearly every major league and AAA baseball team in America has gotten a new park in the last 20 years or so, but whatever.…

  6. Does the Giants World Series win mean anything for Oakland’s move to San Jose?

    Nov 5, 2010, 4:36 PM EDT

    This story is a couple of days old — I missed it among the dozens of articles about the actual World Series — but the San Jose Mercury News wrote about how the Giants winning the World Series might be good for the A’s designs on San Jose: At least one expert Monday said the…

  7. Mike Barnett replaces Jeff Bagwell as Astros hitting coach

    Nov 5, 2010, 4:15 PM EDT

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    After spending the second half as the Astros’ hitting coach Jeff Bagwell stepped down from the position last month, citing the need to spend more time with his family and the longer-than-expected hours involved in the job. Today the Astros announced that Mike Barnett will replace Bagwell as hitting coach, putting him in charge of…

  8. Sabean on Pablo Sandoval: shape up or ship out!

    Nov 5, 2010, 3:30 PM EDT

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    Giants’ beat writer Hank Schulman spoke with Brian Sabean. Pablo Sandoval came up. Schulman says that, according to Sabean, “Panda starts next year in minors if he doesnt get his act together.” I’m assuming this is primarily about his conditioning, which many felt was responsible for his pretty terrible 2010 season. Conditioning so poor that…

  9. Justin Morneau: “Nothing really new to report” on comeback from concussion

    Nov 5, 2010, 3:16 PM EDT

    John McDonald; Justin Morneau

    Justin Morneau sat out the final three months of the regular season after suffering a concussion on July 7. He started working out and taking batting practice in September, leading to some optimism that he could come back for the playoffs, but those hopes were quickly dashed when the post-concussion symptoms returned and he was…

  10. Some team needs to fire their GM

    Nov 5, 2010, 2:59 PM EDT

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    From Ken Rosenthal’s latest column speculating on the Yankees’ plans this winter: One rival GM actually believes the Yankees’ rather public obsession with Lee is a ruse, that they secretly want Tampa Bay Rays free-agent outfielder Carl Crawford, 29, instead. There is zero evidence, mind you, to support such a contention. The Yankees love left…

  11. The Nationals will pursue Brandon Webb

    Nov 5, 2010, 2:30 PM EDT

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    A pursuit, eh? Hopefully he’ll try to get away by swimming. With that shoulder, they’ll surely catch up to him fast! The Nationals will be one of several teams to pursue Arizona Diamondbacks right-hander and former Cy Young award winner Brandon Webb, according to someone close to the Nationals. Webb, 31, ranked third in the…

  12. What if nine teams hadn’t passed on Tim Lincecum in 2006?

    Nov 5, 2010, 2:18 PM EDT

    Tim Lincecum pitches

    Texas general manager Jon Daniels revealed during the World Series that the Rangers planned to take Tim Lincecum with the 12th pick in the 2006 draft, only to see the Giants snatch him up two spots ahead of them. Of course, while the Rangers’ near-miss with Lincecum is interesting it’s worth noting that nine teams…

  13. Jim Leyritz broke down in court yesterday

    Nov 5, 2010, 1:59 PM EDT

    Leyrtiz in court

    I’ve not been following everything that’s been going on in Jim Leyritz’s trial, but a couple notable things happened this week: On Tuesday, the defense was able to ask a coworker of the victim’s how much she had been drinking before she drove off and, ultimately, got into the accident. A lot, it seems!  Only…

  14. Padres “will listen to offers” on All-Star closer Heath Bell

    Nov 5, 2010, 1:46 PM EDT

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    Adrian Gonzalez’s potential availability is grabbing all the headlines, and rightfully so, but Dan Hayes of the North County Times reports that the Padres “will also listen to offers on Heath Bell.” Bell, like Gonzalez, is only under team control through 2011. He’s also in line for a big raise via arbitration after saving 47…

  15. The Phillies wisely raise ticket prices

    Nov 5, 2010, 1:02 PM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Philadelphia Phillies, Game 1

    The opposite side of the Mets “if you stink and don’t draw you must lower ticket prices” argument is the “if you’re good and you sell out game after game you must raise them” argument.  That latter part is the Phillies’ story, as they have announced an across the board ticket price increase.  Tickets are…

  16. 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.…

  17. 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…

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

    Nov 5, 2010, 12:15 PM EDT

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    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…

  19. 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…

  20. Nationals release injured reliever Tyler Walker

    Nov 5, 2010, 11:17 AM EDT

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    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…

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