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  1. Look past ERA and Chad Qualls can be a free agent bargain

    Nov 12, 2010, 1:18 PM EDT

    chad-qualls-rays

    With a 7.32 ERA in 59 innings split between two teams Chad Qualls had a dreadful season, but most of that can be blamed on a .399 batting average on balls in play that was the worst in all of baseball among the 327 pitchers who logged at least 50 innings. In fact, Qualls was…

  2. The Best and Worst Uniforms of All Time: The Boston Red Sox

    Nov 12, 2010, 1:00 PM EDT

    David Ortiz

    The Best:  The Red Sox are always included in lists of franchises with proud and grand traditions, but even if they are a classic organization, they have mixed it up a little bit over the years.  Red hats, for one thing. Changing the lettering on the road unis from blue to red. All in all,…

  3. No timetable for Andy Pettitte to decide on his 2011 status

    Nov 12, 2010, 12:46 PM EDT

    Andy Pettitte

    General manager Brian Cashman has spoken to Andy Pettitte since the Yankees’ season ended, but told Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News that the left-hander has not yet made a decision about returning in 2011 or retiring at age 38: He’s going to take some time like he always does. He’s going to…

  4. Rosenthal says the Rangers can sign Lee and Victor Martinez

    Nov 12, 2010, 12:29 PM EDT

    cliff lee in delivery

    Ken Rosenthal writes today that he thinks the Rangers could be bigger players on the free agent market than some of us are giving him credit for: The defending American League champions, major-league sources say, are in strong enough financial position to add not one but two top free agents — left-hander Cliff Lee and…

  5. Royals not willing to “dump” former top prospect Alex Gordon

    Nov 12, 2010, 12:15 PM EDT

    Alex Gordon

    In addition to teams calling the Royals about Zack Greinke’s availability Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star reports that Alex Gordon is generating some interest in as well. However, according to Dutton the Royals aren’t “willing to dump him for little in return.” Gordon is a former college player of the year and No.…

  6. The Best and Worst Uniforms of All Time: The New York Yankees

    Nov 12, 2010, 12:01 PM EDT

    SPORT RIPKEN

    The Best: Wow, this is tough!  Do I go with 1937? 1947? 1957? 1967? 1977? 1987? 1997? 2007? 2017?  OK, that last one was merely speculative, but there you go.  The point is: there are so many options! The Yankees, obviously, know what looks good and how to stick with it.  With the exception of…

  7. Kato Kaelin: Brewers fan

    Nov 12, 2010, 11:30 AM EDT

    Kato

    Baseball may not be the true National Pastime anymore, but it’s still pretty darn popular. And it’s certainly universal enough to where every team has a celebrity fan or two.  This can be a weird thing to think about. I mean, it’s hard to get my brain around the fact that, on any given night,…

  8. Vladimir Guerrero’s undeserved Silver Slugger award

    Nov 12, 2010, 11:18 AM EDT

    World Series Rangers Giants Baseball

    Admittedly no one really cares about the Silver Slugger awards, so I’m not sure why I care enough to write about them, but Vladimir Guerrero being the pick at designated hitter is pretty clearly the wrong choice. Guerrero had a good season, hitting .300 with 29 homers and an .841 OPS, but he just wasn’t…

  9. The Best and Worst Uniforms of All Time: The Tampa Bay Rays

    Nov 12, 2010, 11:00 AM EDT

    Wade Boggs Devil Rays

    The Best: There certainly isn’t much history to work with here.  You got this, you’ve got that and you’ve got the other. Well, “that” came in a model with sleeves too.  Anyway, I like “the other” best.  I can’t decide how I feel about the light blues they wear on Sunday.  While I’m predisposed to…

  10. Brewers “making progress” on re-signing Craig Counsell

    Nov 12, 2010, 10:47 AM EDT

    Craig Counsell, Ronny Cedeno

    General manager Doug Melvin told Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that the Brewers are “making progress” toward re-signing veteran infielder Craig Counsell to a new contract. Counsell is a Wisconsin native and has signed or re-signed with the Brewers as a free agent on three different occasions, so it sounds like the 40-year-old…

  11. Things that don’t go together: Cleveland Indians Edition

    Nov 12, 2010, 10:31 AM EDT

    Jake Westbrook

    Paul Hoynes offers a couple of tidbits in his latest article about the Indians. first: . . . the $2.53 million the Indians spent on big-league free agents last winter — $850,000 for Mike Redmond and $1.5 million for Russell Branyan — may look like a lavish spending spree compared to this winter. Then: Here’s…

  12. Yankees “have expressed interest in” Jorge De La Rosa as fallback option to Cliff Lee

    Nov 12, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

    de-la-rosa-in-black

    Cliff Lee is obviously atop the Yankees’ offseason shopping list regardless of whether or not general manager Brian Cashman is “desperate” to sign him, but Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News reports that they’ve also “expressed interest in” Jorge De La Rosa. De La Rosa is a left-handed starting pitcher, so it seems…

  13. The Cubs are asking the Illinois legislature for $200 million in Wrigley upgrades

    Nov 12, 2010, 10:05 AM EDT

    Wrigley Field

    Attention Tea Partying Cubs fans: Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts is asking the state of Illinois to help finance more than $200 million in renovations at Wrigley Field. In a letter to season ticket holders and Wrigleyville residents, Ricketts said the Illinois General Assembly will be considering a bill to preserve Wrigley Field. The plan will…

  14. Justin Morneau wants the fences brought in at Target Field

    Nov 12, 2010, 9:30 AM EDT

    target-field-100407

    The Star-Tribune reports that Justin Morneau said that the team’s hitters “are very disappointed with the organization’s decision not to move in the fences at Target Field for next season.” In an email to the paper he said: “Right-center to left-center is ridiculous. [It's] almost impossible for a righthanded hitter to [homer to the] opposite…

  15. Cashman: we’re not desperate for Cliff Lee

    Nov 12, 2010, 8:57 AM EDT

    Brian Cashman

    Here’s Brian Cashman, talking about the Yankees’ need for Cliff Lee: “I don’t feel like we are in a desperate situation here. I think we have a lot of quality players on this team that won 95 games and fell two games short of a World Series.” To the extent that you’re never “desperate” when…

  16. Hire Wally Backman! He tries to win!

    Nov 12, 2010, 8:31 AM EDT

    Wally Backman

    Interesting conversation in the comment thread to yesterday’s post about how much impact a manager has on team performance.  In response to a commenter who asked if I thought managers had absolutely no affect, I said, no, I thought that managers are ultimately limited on the top end by the talent on their team, but…

  17. The challenge of writing for a newspaper audience

    Nov 12, 2010, 6:33 AM EDT

    Jeter error

    Marc Carig is the Yankees’ beat writer for the Newark Star-Ledger.  He’s easily my favorite Yankees’ beat guy going,* partially because he does great work, partially because he’s a nice, funny guy and partially because you can tell he takes his job seriously and thinks hard about his craft. That thinking is on display today…

  18. Uggla says long-term agreement with Marlins is ‘reachable’

    Nov 11, 2010, 9:54 PM EDT

    Florida Marlins v Atlanta Braves

    Dan Uggla rejected a four-year, $48 million contract extension proposal from the Marlins last week.  But he’s not done negotiating. According to Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post, the arbitration-eligible second baseman told reporters Thursday that believes a long-term deal is “reachable” and that the two sides “can close the gap” before salary arbitration…

  19. UPDATE: D’Backs nearing two-year contract with Geoff Blum

    Nov 11, 2010, 8:29 PM EDT

    blum with bat

    The Diamondbacks are about to get… older. According to Steve Gilbert of MLB.com, Arizona is close to agreement on a one-year contract with infielder Geoff Blum. The veteran Blum posted a poor .267/.321/.356 batting line, two home runs and 22 RBI in 202 at-bats for the Astros this year and they rewarded that effort by…

  20. Pujols tops Votto as MLB announces Silver Slugger Awards

    Nov 11, 2010, 7:43 PM EDT

    pujols with silv slug

    Major League Baseball revealed its 2010 Silver Slugger Award recipients this evening during a one-hour special on MLB Network.  It’s the kind of show that would be far better suited for the announcement of Gold Gloves — you know, with highlights of great plays and range breakdowns — but MLBN probably had better programming lined…

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