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  1. Report: Edwin Rodriguez to return as Marlins’ manager

    Nov 2, 2010, 6:45 PM EDT

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    It was easy to see where this one was headed after Bo Porter signed on to be the third base coach with the Nationals earlier today, but Juan C. Rodriguez of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel just confirmed what we all expected. Edwin Rodriguez will return as Marlins’ manager next season. Rodriguez was offered and accepted…

  2. Top 111 Free Agents: Nos. 30-11

    Nov 2, 2010, 6:00 PM EDT

    Chicago White Sox v Oakland Athletics

    Now we’re starting to see some bigger names. Here’s the fifth of six columns looking at the winter’s top 111 free agents. Nos. 30-11 are featured below. Free agents Nos. 111-91 Free agents Nos. 90-71 Free agents Nos. 70-51 Free agents Nos. 50-31 30. Lance Berkman (Yankees – Age 35) – Berkman’s worst OPS in…

  3. Opinions mixed on Diamondbacks’ interest in Paul Konerko

    Nov 2, 2010, 5:47 PM EDT

    Chicago White Sox Konerko watches his first hit of five against Minnesota Twins during the first inning of their American League baseball game in Minneapolis

    Last week Bruce Levine of ESPNChicago.com wrote that Arizona has made signing free agent Paul Konerko “an offseason priority” and it sounds like the Diamondbacks won’t exercise a $7.5 million option on their own first baseman, Adam LaRoche. However, Nick Piecero of the Arizona Republic is skeptical about the Diamondbacks actually making a heavy push…

  4. The Braves exercise options on Infante, Gonzalez; sign Scott Proctor to a one-year deal

    Nov 2, 2010, 5:28 PM EDT

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    More non-surprising Day One Of The Hot Stove Season news: the Braves exercised options on shortstop Alex Gonzalez and ALL-STAR Omar Infante. They also signed reliever Scott Proctor to a one-year deal for $750,000 plus incentives. Like I said, no-brainers. Gonzalez wasn’t any great shakes after coming over in the trade from Toronto, but he…

  5. Brewers decline 2011 options on Trevor Hoffman, Doug Davis, and Gregg Zaun

    Nov 2, 2010, 5:15 PM EDT

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    As expected, the Brewers have declined their 2011 options on three veterans: Trevor Hoffman, Doug Davis, and Gregg Zaun. Hoffman gets a $750,000 buyout rather than the $7 million option after losing the closer job early in the season and posting the worst ERA of his Hall of Fame career at 5.89. At age 42…

  6. My, the weather sure is fair in San Francisco today!

    Nov 2, 2010, 5:01 PM EDT

    Lisa Fernandez of the Mercury News has a story about San Francisco Giants gear flying off the shelves: Within minutes of the San Francisco Giants winning the World Series, the hawkers began their pitches. The Giants franchise e-mailed fans, offering championship gear ranging from snow globes to sweatshirts. Macy’s offered customers the chance to buy…

  7. The Padres exercise their option on Adrian Gonzalez

    Nov 2, 2010, 4:31 PM EDT

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    First the news: The Padres exercised 1B Adrian Gonzalez’s $5.5 million option for 2011. The only time Jed Hoyer had a decision easier than this was the time that guy asked him if he’d rather have delicious chocolate cake or a knee to the groin.  He probably decided on the Gonzalez option even quicker, actually.…

  8. Very early World Series odds have Yankees as 2011 favorites

    Nov 2, 2010, 4:19 PM EDT

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    There hasn’t even been a victory parade for the Giants yet, but gambling website Bodog.com has posted odds on all 30 teams winning the World Series next season. Not surprisingly, the Yankees lead the way at 4-to-1 while the reigning champs in San Francisco open at 10-to-1 (which is a big improvement from this season,…

  9. Elijah Dukes is in trouble again. Which makes me sad, though not for him.

    Nov 2, 2010, 3:59 PM EDT

    Washington Nationals Photo Day

    It’s not major trouble by his standards — he’d have to be accused of robbing a moving train or sedition or something in order for this to really register on the Elijah Dukes scale — but the former Ray and Nat was arrested again, this time for failing to pay court-ordered child support payments. Like,…

  10. Dodgers exercise their half of Scott Podsednik’s mutual option

    Nov 2, 2010, 3:48 PM EDT

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    The Dodgers have exercised their half of Scott Podsednik’s mutual option for 2011, meaning the speedy outfielder now has 72 hours to accept the $2 million contract or become a free agent. Acquired from the Royals at the trading deadline, Podsednik took over for Manny Ramirez in left field and hit just .262/.313/.336 in 39…

  11. Quote of the Day: Edgar Renteria

    Nov 2, 2010, 3:28 PM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Texas Rangers, Game 5

    Great, great stuff from a guy who sounds like a class act

  12. Brewers bypass Bobby Valentine, choose Ron Roenicke as new manager

    Nov 2, 2010, 3:11 PM EDT

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    Joe Cowley of the Chicago Sun-Times just tweeted that “sources are saying that Brewers have hired Ron Roenicke” to be their new manager. Cowley covers the White Sox, not the Brewers, but Chicago bench coach Joey Cora was in the mix for the Milwaukee job. Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel passed along Cowley’s…

  13. The Giants World Series win: in newspaper front pages

    Nov 2, 2010, 3:00 PM EDT

    Check out the McCovey Chronicles’ collection of newspaper covers with Giants World Series victory stories. You have to go down to Memphis’s Commercial Appeal to find a “San Francisco Treat” headline, but there are multiple “Say Heys.” By the way, this is why, no matter how many big media sites launch baseball blogs [cough, cough],…

  14. White Sox re-sign Omar Vizquel to one-year, $1.75 million deal

    Nov 2, 2010, 2:55 PM EDT

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    According to the team’s official Twitter feed the White Sox have re-signed Omar Vizquel to a one-year contract and Scott Merkin of MLB.com reports that the deal is worth $1.75 million after the 43-year-old Vizquel earned $1.375 million this season from a one-year deal signed last November. After getting a career-low 195 plate appearances as…

  15. Kevin Youkilis is preparing for third base

    Nov 2, 2010, 2:30 PM EDT

    Kevin Youkilis

    The Red Sox have a tricky offseason ahead of them. They have to figure out if they can bring Adiran Beltre back, and if not, what to do about third base. Or maybe first base, because Kevin Youkilis is being a team player and is talking like he’s ready and eager to take over the…

  16. Diamondbacks unlikely to exercise $7.5 million option on Adam LaRoche

    Nov 2, 2010, 2:19 PM EDT

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    An official decision won’t have to be made until later this week, but Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports that the Diamondbacks are unlikely to exercise their $7.5 million option on first baseman Adam LaRoche for 2011. Back in September both LaRoche and the team expressed interest in working out a contract extension, but…

  17. The Pirates can finally get their managerial search going

    Nov 2, 2010, 2:02 PM EDT

    Though the Pirates have interviewed a ton of people for their vacant manager’s job, the only really inspiring one of the lot — John Gibbons — has opted out, preferring to remain the Royals’ bench coach.  The thinking  has been that those guys were all just fallbacks, and that Pittsburgh had its heart set on…

  18. MLB teams have until Friday to bid on negotiating rights to star Japanese pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma

    Nov 2, 2010, 1:47 PM EDT

    GQ Men Of The Year 2009

    Two months ago Japanese pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma was said to be interested in leaving the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles for MLB and now the Kyoda News reports that he’s officially been “posted” as an available player. According to the report, MLB teams “will have until Friday to submit sealed bids and the highest paying club…

  19. HBT Daily: Easily my most embarrassing moment on video ever

    Nov 2, 2010, 1:27 PM EDT

    There’s wrong, there’s really wrong, there’s really effing wrong, and then there’s me on the Giants last July

  20. Red Sox set to hire Curt Young as new pitching coach

    Nov 2, 2010, 1:17 PM EDT

    Curt Young

    Alex Speier of WEEI.com reports that the Red Sox will hire Curt Young as their new pitching coach. Young was the A’s pitching coach for the past six seasons, but reportedly turned down a 40 percent raise to remain in Oakland. Instead he’ll head to Boston to replace John Farrell, who left the Red Sox…

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