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  1. Diamondbacks “listening” to offers for Justin Upton, but “need to be blown away”

    Nov 16, 2010, 12:15 PM EDT

    Justin Upton

    Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that the Diamondbacks are “listening” to offers on Justin Upton, but “need to be blown away” in order to actually trade the 23-year-old right fielder. I’m not exactly sure why a rebuilding team like the Diamondbacks would be even remotely interested in trading one of the best young players in…

  2. The Best and Worst Uniforms of All Time: the Oakland Athletics

    Nov 16, 2010, 12:00 PM EDT

    Oakland A's Green and Gold

    Confession time. I played little league baseball in Parkersburg, West Virginia for a team sponsored by a business called “Doug’s Family Hairstyling.” All of the other teams were sponsored by sporting goods stores or hardware stores or at least something that sounded cool and manly. Not us! We were probably the worst team in the…

  3. Adrian Beltre could go quickly

    Nov 16, 2010, 11:30 AM EDT

    beltre head up close

    Jon Heyman tweeted the following a few minutes ago: adrian beltre market is very hot. 12 teams are interested. got a chance to be the first star to go off the board. I don’t doubt that there is sharp interest in Beltre and that he might sign quickly. He’s easily the top infielder on the…

  4. Brewers GM: “We’re not shopping Prince Fielder”

    Nov 16, 2010, 11:18 AM EDT

    Prince Fielder

    With one season remaining on Prince Fielder’s contract the assumption has been that the Brewers will look to trade him this offseason, but general manager Doug Melvin told Bob Nightengale of USA Today that “we’re not shopping Prince” and “I’d like to keep him.” Of course, regarding a new contract Melvin also said that the…

  5. The Best and Worst Uniforms of All Time: The Texas Rangers

    Nov 16, 2010, 11:00 AM EDT

    Nolan Ryan Rangers

    The Best: For my money their original look was their best ever look. Why? The font on the jersey. It’s unlike anything that we had ever seen before and unlike anything we’ve seen since. No, it’s not the greatest possible look of all time – if they could put that font on a more modern…

  6. A.J. Pierzynski and the Marlins have “mutual interest”

    Nov 16, 2010, 10:47 AM EDT

    Pierzynski_1

    According to Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post “there is mutual interest between the Marlins and A.J. Pierzynski, but he might be too expensive for Florida.” Capozzi cites the $6.75 million Pierzynski made this season, but in reality there’s zero chance of him costing that much as a free agent in 2011. Pierzynski is…

  7. Scott Boras on Manny Ramirez: pretty reasonable, actually

    Nov 16, 2010, 10:30 AM EDT

    Manny Ramirez, new team member of the Chicago White Sox, looks on during batting practice prior to the White Sox MLB American League baseball game against the Cleveland Indians in Cleveland

    Manny Ramirez’s agent Scott Boras said Monday that he’s looking for an incentive-laden one-year contract. Specifically he said: “It’s just like Vlad Guerrero. His last Angels season, where he had an injury season and he had 50 RBI, was not a customary Vlad Guerrero season. He went to Texas and reestablished himself. This is really…

  8. Yankees not interested in Leo Mazzone as pitching coach

    Nov 16, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

    leo mazzone braves phone

    Leo Mazzone said last month that he’d like to be the Yankees’ or Mets’ pitching coach, calling both openings “a great job.” However, according to Chad Jennings of the New York Journal News general manager Brian Cashman “has no plans of meeting with Mazzone, who turned down the Yankees job before Ron Guidry was hired.”…

  9. Wrigley Field looks like a pretty terrible place to play a football game

    Nov 16, 2010, 10:02 AM EDT

    Preparing Wrigley

    As I mentioned yesterday, they’re tearing up Wrigley Field so Illinois can play Northwestern there on Saturday.  I put this under the category of Bad Idea Jeans if for no other reason than — based on the picture in this article in the Chicago Tribune — any receivers who get a ball thrown to them…

  10. The Yankees are raising ticket prices

    Nov 16, 2010, 9:37 AM EDT

    Image (1) yankee%20stadium.jpg for post 4012

    Damn that Derek Jeter and his insane contract demands causing the ticket prices at Yankee Stadium to go up! The price of the best field-level seats will rise to $260 as part of season ticket plans, the team said Monday. Those seats cost $250 this year, down from $325 when new Yankee Stadium opened in…

  11. Bartolo Colon is in the best shape of his life

    Nov 16, 2010, 9:18 AM EDT

    bartolo colon released

    Nick Collias over at MLBTR reports that Bartlo Colon is thinking comeback. I’ll believe that when I see it.  But I suppose he could be serious. Why?  Because Nick tells me that one of the Spanish language articles covering Colon’s recent performances reported Bartolo hitting on one of my favorite topics.  Seems that Colon has…

  12. The Ricketts Family: government spending is horrible unless it benefits the Cubs

    Nov 16, 2010, 8:38 AM EDT

    Joe Ricketts

    We’ve noted how the Ricketts Family is all about getting the government to help them out with the Cubs, be it financing their new spring training complex in Arizona or paying for renovations to their ballpark in Illinois. Par for the course as far as baseball owners go. Those guys are always at the public…

  13. The Omaha Royals get a new name

    Nov 16, 2010, 7:39 AM EDT

    My old man worked for the National Weather Service for 40 years. Weathermen of his generation were mostly ex-military guys who fell into meteorology by accident, like becoming a bartender or something. Staring in the 70s, however, most of the young men who hired on with the NWS were guys who went and got their…

  14. The Cardinals will try to lock up Pujols before Christmas

    Nov 16, 2010, 6:32 AM EDT

    Albert Pujols

    Joe Strauss of the Post-Dispatch reports that the Cardinals have targeted December for Operation Sign Albert Pujols. Well, they may have a better name for it, but that’s what it is: “Timing is important,” Mozeliak said. “We don’t want it to drag out this winter. I wouldn’t say it’s at a critical juncture right now,…

  15. UPDATE: Dodgers re-sign Hiroki Kuroda for one-year, $12 million

    Nov 15, 2010, 10:36 PM EDT

    Hiroki Kuroda pitches

    UPDATE: Pretty sweet deal for the Dodgers. According to ESPN.com’s Jayson Stark, Kuroda will receive an $8 million salary next season and a $4 million signing bonus that will be paid out in 2012 and 2013. According to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com, Kuroda also receives a full no-trade clause and can earn an additional $500,000…

  16. Chiba Lotte Marines about to post Tsuyoshi Nishioka for MLB teams

    Nov 15, 2010, 8:50 PM EDT

    Tsuyoshi Nishioka

    According to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com, the Chiba Lotte Marines are about to post Tsuyoshi Nishioka for MLB teams. Beverly Hills Sports Council will be his representation stateside. Nishioka, 26, led Japan’s Pacific League with a .346 batting average, 121 runs scored and 206 hits this past season. Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports speculates that…

  17. 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)…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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.…

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