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  1. Reds re-sign Ramon Hernandez to one-year contract

    Nov 15, 2010, 7:45 PM EDT

    Ramon Hernandez

    The Reds have re-signed catcher Ramon Hernandez to a one-year contract, according to the team’s Twitter feed. Jon Heyman of SI.com reports that the contract is “thought to be worth” around $3 million. Hernandez, 34, batted .297/.364/.428 with seven homers, 48 RBI and a 792 OPS this past season, while throwing out 34 percent (18-for-53)…

  2. Mets may consider more candidates for manager

    Nov 15, 2010, 7:05 PM EDT

    Sandy Alderson

    Mets general manager Sandy Alderson spoke with reporters just a short while ago at the GM Meetings in Orlando and according to Mike Puma of the New York Post, he said he may still interview one or two more candidates for manager even after speaking with Cardinals third base coach Jose Oquendo today. The belief…

  3. Rosenthal: Dodgers “most willing” to trade James Loney

    Nov 15, 2010, 6:37 PM EDT

    James Loney swinging

    We’ve heard Matt Kemp bandied about in some trade talk, mostly of the silly Hot Stove variety, but major league sources tell Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com that James Loney is the position player the Dodgers are “most willing” to trade. Loney batted just .267/.329/.395 with 10 homers, 88 RBI and a 723 OPS this past…

  4. Brewers hire Rick Kranitz to replace Rick Peterson as pitching coach

    Nov 15, 2010, 5:48 PM EDT

    Rick Kranitz, Brad Bergesen, Kennie Steenstra

    After making Rick Peterson interview for his own job only to fire him a week later, the Brewers have hired Rick Kranitz to replace him as pitching coach. New manager Ron Roenicke met twice with Peterson, but the team decided to let him go and eat the one season and $450,000 remaining on his contract.…

  5. Cliff Lee is not accepting offers yet

    Nov 15, 2010, 5:40 PM EDT

    cliff lee in delivery

    Jon Heyman says that Cliff Lee’s agent has told teams that Lee is “not taking offers yet” and that he doesn’t see Lee signing before the Winter Meetings next month. I don’t understand. Why would you not take offers yet? If a team makes an offer, that’s information. Could be leverage. You don’t have to…

  6. Rico Brogna quits as Diamondbacks farm director after getting the job last month

    Nov 15, 2010, 5:14 PM EDT

    rico brogna

    Three weeks ago the Diamondbacks promoted Rico Brogna to director of player development as part of their front office housecleaning, but today the former big-league first baseman quit the job. Mike Bell will replace Brogna after serving as the Diamondbacks’ minor league field coordinator this season. Arizona senior vice president of scouting and player development…

  7. The Posey and Heyward omitters speak

    Nov 15, 2010, 5:00 PM EDT

    Yasushi Kikuchi, the writer who left Buster Posey off his Rookie of the Year ballot, explains himself: Kikuchi said he left Posey off his ballot because of the late-May promotion. “Obviously it was a tough decision,” Kikuchi said. “To me, Rookie of the Year is the best rookie player throughout the whole season. “On the…

  8. No wonder Yankees and Red Sox play never-ending games

    Nov 15, 2010, 4:46 PM EDT

    slow clock

    Beyond the Boxscore crunched the numbers on the time pitchers take between pitches and the results are pretty interesting. To no one’s surprise pitchers on the Red Sox (23.3 seconds) and Yankees (22.8 seconds) took the longest time between deliveries to the plate, while the A’s (18.9 seconds) and White Sox (19.1 seconds) were the…

  9. Brad Penny is going to be in the best shape of his life

    Nov 15, 2010, 4:30 PM EDT

    Brad Penny

    If you’ve been reading my stuff for a while, you know that I obsessively track those players who are reported to be “in the best shape of their life” each spring. Best Shape of His Life stories can take a couple of different forms. There’s the straightforward “Player X is looking good” story which, if…

  10. Phillies sign Jose Contreras to two-year, $5.5 million extension

    Nov 15, 2010, 4:16 PM EDT

    contreras throwing

    Jose Contreras and the Phillies have finalized the two-year contract extension that was reported over the weekend. He’ll get $5.5 million for two seasons and according to Todd Zolecki of MLB.com the Phillies also have a team option for 2013. Based on his 2010 performance alone Contreras is certainly worth the investment, as he thrived…

  11. The Best and Worst Uniforms of All Time: The Kansas City Royals

    Nov 15, 2010, 4:00 PM EDT

    Zack Greinke

    The Best: The home uniform has been fairly constant, ranging from a no-number-on-the-front version to a numbered version, and switching between pullover and button-up as trends have dictated. It looks good in all of those guises, but I think I prefer the button-up, numbered version — which has been in use for most of the…

  12. The Best and Worst Uniforms of All Time: The Cleveland Indians

    Nov 15, 2010, 3:30 PM EDT

    Indians Buddy Bell

    The Best: Let’s be clear about something: I despise Chief Wahoo. I despise him with the intensity of a thousand burning suns. He’s racist. He’s stupid. And anyone who defends him as “part of the team’s culture and history” should defend this, this and this and argue in favor of their continued use or else…

  13. Rick Peterson fired by Brewers after interviewing for own job

    Nov 15, 2010, 3:18 PM EDT

    rick-peterson-brewers

    Rick Peterson has one year left on his contract as Milwaukee’s pitching coach, but last week the Brewers made him re-interview for his own job after hiring Ron Roenicke as their new manager and now Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that they’ve decided to fire him. Rosenthal notes that the Yankees, Mets, and Pirates still…

  14. Pittsburgh writer leaves Heyward off Rookie of the Year ballot, includes two Pirates

    Nov 15, 2010, 2:59 PM EDT

    Neil Walker, Jose Tabata

    UPDATE: We now know who the voters who left Buster Posey and Jason Heyward off their Rookie of the Year ballots were: Yasushi Kikuchi of the Kyodo News (He’s a member of the L.A.-Anaheim BBWAA Chapter) was the only one to omit Posey. He had Gaby Sanchez first, Heyward second and Jaime Garcia third. The…

  15. Hisanori Takahashi drawing some interest from Phillies after leaving Mets

    Nov 15, 2010, 2:48 PM EDT

    Hisanori Takahashi throwing

    Because of a unique clause in his contract Hisanori Takahashi became a free agent when the Mets failed to sign him to a new contract by November 5 and now Jayson Stark of ESPN.com reports that the Phillies are interested in signing him. Philadelphia is already said to be close to a two-year deal to…

  16. Neftali Feliz beats Austin Jackson for AL Rookie of the Year

    Nov 15, 2010, 2:10 PM EDT

    World Series Giants Rangers Baseball

    Rangers closer Neftali Feliz topped Tigers center fielder Austin Jackson in the AL Rookie of the Year balloting, receiving 20 of 28 first-place votes cast by Baseball Writers Association of America members. There will no doubt be considerably more debate about Buster Posey topping Jason Heyward in the NL, but the AL version is also…

  17. Buster Posey is the NL Rookie of the Year

    Nov 15, 2010, 2:06 PM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Texas Rangers, Game 4

    The BBWAA has released the results, and Buster Posey is the National League Rookie of the Year. As expected, Posey and Heyward were number one and number two. Following them on the ballot were Jaime Garcia, Gaby Sanchez, and Neil Walker, respectively. Starlin Castro was sixth. I was rather surprised to see anyone get first…

  18. Cliff Lee “doesn’t like to be the center of attention”

    Nov 15, 2010, 1:30 PM EDT

    Cliff Lee wipes face

    We will continue to see this sort of thing until offers start flying. Do they mean anything? Doubtful. I must be sick, though, because I can’t get enough of them: A look of panic crossed Cliff Lee’s face as he walked into the auditorium at the Holland Chapel Church one January evening this year, right…

  19. Kyle Kendrick marries three-time “Survivor” contestant

    Nov 15, 2010, 1:17 PM EDT

    kyle kendrick wedding

    Over the weekend Phillies right-hander Kyle Kendrick married former three-time “Survivor” contestant Stephenie LaGrossa. People magazine has all the sappy details, such as the couples’ two dogs acting as flower girls and what dress LaGrossa wore, but I’m more interested in the fact that two-fifths of the Phillies’ rotation is now married to “Survivor” contestants.…

  20. The Best and Worst Uniforms of All Time: The Detroit Tigers

    Nov 15, 2010, 1:00 PM EDT

    Portrait of Al Kaline

    The Best: As if there was any question. It looks good in any decade, and on any body type. Well, almost any body type. The whites seem brighter than any other team’s whites. The English D is perfection. It’s the perfect shade of blue. A hair darker than navy, it seems, even if it’s called…

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