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  1. Marlins manager Edwin Rodriguez met with Javier Vazquez today

    Nov 20, 2010, 5:45 PM EDT

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    During an appearance on “Marlins Insider,” a weekly radio show on 790 The Ticket in Miami, Marlins manager Edwin Rodriguez said that he met with free agent right-hander Javier Vazquez today. Courtesy of Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post: “He’s from my hometown in Ponce. I’ve know him well since he was 14, 15…

  2. Shocker: Oliver Perez isn’t doing too hot in winter ball

    Nov 20, 2010, 4:40 PM EDT

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    With a pretty slow day news-wise, I figured now was as good a time as any to check in on everyone’s favorite punching bag, Oliver Perez. Last we left the erratic left-hander, he intended to pitch for Culiacan of the Mexican Winter League in order to shake the rust after essentially rotting away in the…

  3. Mariners prospect Dustin Ackley named Arizona Fall League MVP

    Nov 20, 2010, 3:16 PM EDT

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    Mariners prospect second baseman Dustin Ackley was named the MVP of the Arizona Fall League today, according to Jonathan Mayo of MLB.com. Ackley, last year’s No. 2 overall pick, compiled a modest .267 batting average to go along with a .368 on-base percentage and an underwhelming .407 slugging percentage in 134 games between Double-A West…

  4. UPDATE: Marlins expected to tender a contract to Leo Nunez

    Nov 20, 2010, 2:30 PM EDT

    Leo Nunez celebrates

    UPDATE: According to Juan C. Rodriguez of the South Florida Sun Sentinel, Marlins general manager Larry Beinfest said that he believes Leo Nunez will be the team’s closer next season. “I think it’s going to be be Leo [Nunez], but we have to filter that out in spring training.” Well, I doubt the Marlins would…

  5. Domonic Brown is riding the pine in the Dominican winter league

    Nov 20, 2010, 2:14 PM EDT

    Domonic Brown swinging

    This probably isn’t what the Phillies had in mind when they sent top prospect Domonic Brown to play for the Escogido Lions in the Dominican Republic. The Phillies hoped his participation in winter ball would help make up for some of the time he spent on the major league team’s bench in August and September,…

  6. UPDATE: Jim Leyritz acquitted on DUI manslaughter charges

    Nov 20, 2010, 1:02 PM EDT

    Jim Leyritz

    UPDATE: According to Curt Anderson of the Associated Press, Jim Leyritz was acquitted on DUI manslaughter charges for a December 2007 crash that resulted in the death of Fredia Ann Veitch. However, he was convicted on a misdemeanor charge of driving under the influence, which could put him in jail for a maximum sentence of…

  7. Yankees prepared to sweeten their offer to Derek Jeter?

    Nov 20, 2010, 12:19 PM EDT

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    Possibly. The Bombers have already reportedly offered Derek Jeter a three-year, $45 million contract, but Brian Costello of the New York Post speculates that “it is likely the Yankees are willing to climb toward $60 million and possibly add an option year to the contract.” Giving Jeter $15 million per season is pretty reasonable, if…

  8. Tigers expect Joel Zumaya to be ready for spring training

    Nov 20, 2010, 12:05 PM EDT

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    Joel Zumaya fractured his elbow in an ugly scene back in June and underwent surgery in early July. It looked like he would have a lengthy road back to a major league mound — and he still might — but Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski told James Schmehl of MLive.com yesterday that he expects the…

  9. The Red Sox originally offered Victor Martinez two years and $21 million

    Nov 20, 2010, 11:15 AM EDT

    Victor Martinez swinging

    Remember back in September when we heard that the Red Sox offered Victor Martinez a two-year contract extension? Even then we knew it wouldn’t get the job done, but now Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe has the specifics. He reports that the BoSox offered him $21 million over the two years. It’s unclear if…

  10. Kaz Matsui is drawing interest…in Japan

    Nov 20, 2010, 10:31 AM EDT

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    The Rakuten Eagles are apparently interested in fielding a complete team of failed Japanese MLB veterans. They already signed Akinori Iwamura and have discussed Kenshin Kawakami with the Braves, and now, according to a Japanese media report passed along by Jason Coskrey, the Eagles have interest in Kaz Matsui. Matsui arrived with much fanfare when…

  11. Pirates designate Zach Duke, Delwyn Young and Andy LaRoche for assignment

    Nov 20, 2010, 8:40 AM EDT

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    MLB teams had until the end of the day Friday to set their 40-man rosters before the Rule 5 Draft, so the Pirates did a little bit of housecleaning. Zach Duke, Delwyn Young and Andy LaRoche were all designated for assignment, according to Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com. All three were arbitration-eligible this fall, so these…

  12. A’s, Royals, Tigers and Indians on Justin Upton’s no-trade list

    Nov 19, 2010, 9:46 PM EDT

    Justin Upton

    Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com did a little digging about Justin Upton’s limited no-trade clause. The results? The four teams on Justin Upton’s no-trade list: A’s, Royals, Tigers, Indians. Can be sent to any other club without his permission. Most of these are pretty understandable, but what does Upton have against the Tigers, anyway? Doesn’t everybody…

  13. Report: Diamondbacks preparing offer for Japanese reliever Hiroyuki Kobayashi

    Nov 19, 2010, 9:13 PM EDT

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    UPDATE: Or not. Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic asked Towers via text message about the Sponichi report. He replied: “News to me!” 9:06 PM: Diamondbacks general manager Kevin Towers is apparently doing a lot more than talking to teams about a potential match for Justin Upton. Patrick Newman of NPB Tracker passes along a…

  14. Rangers sign 2010 first-round pick Barret Loux

    Nov 19, 2010, 8:16 PM EDT

    Barret Loux

    According to T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com, the Rangers have agreed to terms with Barret Loux, who was selected by the Diamondbacks with the No. 6 pick in this year’s First-Year Player Draft. Loux was left unsigned by the D-Backs after he failed a physical due to concerns about his shoulder and elbow. The 21-year-old Houston…

  15. Don’t look for Greg Maddux to be the Cubs’ next pitching coach

    Nov 19, 2010, 7:38 PM EDT

    Greg Maddux

    UPDATE: According to Bruce Levine of ESPNChicago.com, Cubs bullpen coach Lester Strode and Double-A Tennessee pitching coach Dennis Lewallyn are also expected to be considered. For what it’s worth, Levine pegs Riggins as the favorite. 7:35 PM: Now that Larry Rothschild is the new pitching coach for the Yankees, Greg Maddux is the obvious sentimental…

  16. Heyman: Execs believe Zack Greinke will “probably” be traded

    Nov 19, 2010, 6:29 PM EDT

    Zack Greinke

    The Royals may be more motivated to trade Zack Greinke than we first realized. According to Jon Heyman of SI.com, execs believe that the 2009 AL Cy Young Award winner will “probably” be traded, while he throws the Rangers out there as one interested team. Presumably, trade talks would heat up if Cliff Lee ended…

  17. Rays release Jose Julio Ruiz five months after signing him

    Nov 19, 2010, 5:17 PM EDT

    In early June the Rays signed Cuban first baseman Jose Julio Ruiz to a minor-league contract that included a unique stipulation where they had to decide by mid-November whether to give him a four-year, $4 million deal or let him go. At the time of the initial signing Ruiz was viewed as a solid prospect…

  18. The Yankees hire Larry Rothschild to be their pitching coach

    Nov 19, 2010, 4:54 PM EDT

    Larry Rothschild

    Larry Rothschild was the Cubs’ pitching coach when we woke up this morning. Now he’s the Yankees’ pitching coach.  They just announced that he got the gig. And when I say he was the Cubs’ pitching coach, that was only technically speaking. He was the incumbent. He was under contract and had just exercised his…

  19. Cy Young award earns Felix Hernandez an extra $2.5 million

    Nov 19, 2010, 4:16 PM EDT

    Felix Hernandez

    Lost in the debate about the value of win-loss records or sabermetrics versus old-school is that winning the Cy Young award yesterday earned Felix Hernandez a whole bunch of extra money thanks to incentives in his contract. Hernandez receives a $1 million bonus for winning the award and his salaries for the next three seasons…

  20. I think Ruben Amaro is messing with Scott Boras

    Nov 19, 2010, 4:02 PM EDT

    Jayson Werth

    Scott Boras likes to compare his free agent clients to Hall of Famers.  I think it’s pretty funny that Ruben Amaro is comparing one of Scott Boras’ clients to someone of a  . . . lesser stature: Amaro, however, did bring Werth into the discussion when asked about leftfielder Raul Ibanez’ 2010 season. Ibanez “was…

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