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  1. It’s AL Cy Young day: Let’s get ready to rumble

    Nov 18, 2010, 9:30 AM EDT

    Seattle Mariners Photo Day

    A lot of us went nutso with our Felix Hernandez vs. CC Sabathia vs. David Price Cy Young arguments back in September. Then the playoffs happened and we got distracted for a while. But today, at 2PM Eastern, the Baseball Writers Association of America is going to name the winner of the AL Cy Young…

  2. Friday is the McCourts’ last chance to avoid Dodgerpocalypse

    Nov 18, 2010, 8:39 AM EDT

    McCourt Divorce Trial Continues With Ownership Of Dodgers In Contention

    Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports that the mediator in the McCourt divorce case is going to propose “a fair settlement” to each side on Friday. The idea: this is a last chance for the McCourts to avoid the judge telling them how the Dodgers will be divided up. If they don’t settle…

  3. U.S. investors are commodifying Dominican ballplayers

    Nov 18, 2010, 6:51 AM EDT

    Dominican baseball player

    In today’s New York Times Michael S. Schmidt  reports that U.S. investors, many of whom are unconnected to Major League Baseball, are setting up training academies in the Dominican Republic with the sole purpose of profiting on draftees’ signing bonuses: Recognizing that major league teams are offering multimillion-dollar contracts to some teenage prospects, the investors…

  4. Is Derek Jeter this year’s Johnny Damon?

    Nov 18, 2010, 6:09 AM EDT

    Jeter error

    I had this crazy dream last night!  The Yankees offered Derek Jeter $21 million a year for three years . . . and he rejected it! Oh my, it actually happened. And at least someone in YankeeLand is tired of it: According to the source, there is at least one voice inside the Yankees’ hierarchy…

  5. Mets likely to introduce new manager on Tuesday

    Nov 17, 2010, 10:50 PM EDT

    mets logo hat

    The Mets interviewed Bob Melvin and Chip Hale on Wednesday for their managerial opening.  On Thursday, they’ll interview the other two finalists — Wally Backman and Terry Collins.  Assuming all goes according to plan and there’s no need for an abrupt schedule change, the Mets will then announce their new new skipper at a press…

  6. Derek Jeter wants at least a four-year contract from Yanks

    Nov 17, 2010, 9:23 PM EDT

    jeter in dugout

    Yankees veteran Derek Jeter posted a poor .270/.340/.370 batting line in 2010 and again showed diminishing range at the shortstop position.  A normal free agent with that profile would be lucky to find a two-year deal worth double-digit millions, but Derek Jeter is Derek Jeter.  And he’s using that legacy to squeak one final long-term…

  7. Marlins finalize strange three-year deal with John Buck

    Nov 17, 2010, 8:02 PM EDT

    Toronto Blue Jays Buck follows through on an RBI single during the first inning against the Boston Red Sox in their MLB American League baseball game in Boston

    Well, it’s official. The Marlins have made a couple of questionable moves so far in this young offseason and continued that trend Wednesday with the finalization of an odd three-year, $18 million contract for free agent catcher John Buck. Buck slugged 20 home runs for the Blue Jays in 2010 and represents a legitimate offensive…

  8. Nationals, Pirates, O’s interested in lefty Jorge De La Rosa

    Nov 17, 2010, 6:54 PM EDT

    Colorado Rockies v Arizona Diamondbacks

    The market for left-hander Jorge De La Rosa is heating up. According to Troy Renck of the Denver Post, the Nationals, Pirates and Orioles have been the most aggressive suitors thus far and other teams are expected to join the fray. The Nats have been on the hunt for a reliable long-term starter since their…

  9. Blue Jays acquire Rajai Davis from A’s for Trystan Magnuson

    Nov 17, 2010, 5:17 PM EDT

    rajai-davis-athletics

    According to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com the Blue Jays have acquired outfielder Rajai Davis from the A’s, with MLB Trade Rumors reporting that Oakland will receive minor-league reliever Trystan Magnuson in return. Oakland claimed Davis off waivers from San Francisco in early 2008 and he thrived in his first opportunity as a big-league regular the…

  10. Six or eight teams have inquired about Carl Pavano

    Nov 17, 2010, 5:05 PM EDT

    Carl Pavano

    Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post reports that the Nationals are one of “six or eight” teams to have engaged in discussions with Carl Pavano. Kilgore says that they met with Pavano’s agent at the GM meetings this week. I wouldn’t read too much into the Nats specifically, because they tend to say that they’re…

  11. Phillies “have done extensive groundwork on a potential deal” for Carlos Quentin

    Nov 17, 2010, 4:47 PM EDT

    carlos-quentin-white-sox

    At this point no one seems to believe Philadelphia has any chance of re-signing Jayson Werth and Jayson Stark of ESPN.com reports that the Phillies “have done what one source described as ‘extensive’ groundwork on a potential deal for” White Sox outfielder Carlos Quentin. As a right-handed, power-hitting corner outfielder Quentin makes sense as a…

  12. The White Sox would have done an Ozzie Guillen-to-the-Marlins deal

    Nov 17, 2010, 4:31 PM EDT

    Chicago White Sox manager Guillen sits in the dugout against the LA Angels during MLB American League baseball game in Anaheim

    Last month the Chicago Sun-Times reported that the Marlins and the White Sox discussed allowing Ozzie Guillen to skip down to Florida to become the Marlins’ manager in exchange for a player.  The report was shot down by Kenny Williams.  Seems, however, that there was more to it than Kenny let on: Chicago White Sox…

  13. Cody Ross will not get Jeff Loria’s Ferrari

    Nov 17, 2010, 4:03 PM EDT

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    A tale as old as time: Jeffrey Loria delivered a rah-rah speech inside the Marlins clubhouse the season before last in which he allegedly told players that he would give them his car — a red Ferrari – if one of them was voted MVP of the National League Championship Series. Cody Ross was there…

  14. Report: A’s offer Adrian Beltre a five-year, $64 million deal

    Nov 17, 2010, 3:46 PM EDT

    adrian-beltre-red-sox-swing

    Oakland has wasted little time making moves this offseason, bidding $17 million for the negotiating rights to Japanese pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma, trading Vin Mazzaro and Justin Marks to the Royals for David DeJesus, claiming Edwin Encarnacion off waivers from the Blue Jays, and spending $800,000 to sign 16-year-old prospect Vicmal De La Cruz out of…

  15. Stan Musial to be awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom

    Nov 17, 2010, 3:28 PM EDT

    Stan Musial

    Word to The Man: Post-Dispatch sources in Washington confirmed that Musial will be awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by the White House. Musial will join other baseball greats who have won the award like Hank Aaron, Jackie Robinson, Roberto Clemente and Ted Williams. The award recipients are selected by the sitting president. And some…

  16. Red Sox “are open to trading” shortstop Marco Scutaro

    Nov 17, 2010, 3:15 PM EDT

    marco-scutaro-red-sox

    Marco Scutaro had a solid first season in Boston after signing a two-year, $12.5 million contract as a free agent last winter, basically duplicating his career numbers by hitting .275/.333/.388 despite playing through multiple injuries. He was signed in large part because of Jed Lowrie’s uncertain injury status, but now that Lowrie is healthy again…

  17. Some additional thoughts on NL Manager of the Year

    Nov 17, 2010, 2:57 PM EDT

    Charlie Manuel

    A couple people have said that I came down a little hard on Bud Black in my Manager of the Year post.  I certainly didn’t mean to, and if I did, I apologize. I have nothing against Bud Black and I think he did a great job.  I can’t argue with his winning, nor will…

  18. Gardenhire tops Washington for AL Manager of the Year

    Nov 17, 2010, 2:19 PM EDT

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    Ron Gardenhire finished runner-up for Manager of the Year in five of his first eight seasons as the Twins’ skipper, including each of the past two seasons. Today he finally claimed the award for the first time, receiving 16 of 28 first-place votes to top Ron Washington of the Rangers and Joe Maddon of the…

  19. Bud Black is the National League Manager of the Year

    Nov 17, 2010, 2:07 PM EDT

    San Diego Padres  v Tampa Bay Rays

    The BBWAA has voted, and Bud Black is the National League Manager of the Year. Black beat out Dusty Baker by a single point, garnering 16 first place votes, seven second place votes and three third place votes.  Baker’s breakdown was 13, 12 and two.  Following Black and Baker on the list were Bruce Bochy,…

  20. Chan Ho Park and the Pirates have “mutual interest” in return

    Nov 17, 2010, 1:46 PM EDT

    Chan Ho Park

    General manager Neal Huntington told Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com that the Pirates and Chan Ho Park have mutual interest in the veteran reliever returning to Pittsburgh in 2011, but it sounds like Park would have to settle for a minor-league contract with an opportunity to compete for a bullpen spot in spring training. He was…

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