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  1. There’s hope for the Mets. Quick! counter with reminders of their depressing past!

    Nov 8, 2010, 11:29 AM EDT

    The hiring of Sandy Alderson seems to have gone over well, and my Met-fan friends are almost allowing themselves to be optimistic these past couple of weeks.  Sure, 2011 will still likely be a challenge due to financial constraints and a couple of onerous contracts that have yet to run their course, but for the…

  2. A’s win exclusive rights to negotiate with Japanese pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma

    Nov 8, 2010, 11:17 AM EDT

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    There’s no official word yet on which team submitted the winning bid for exclusive negotiating rights with Japanese right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma, but his agent Don Nomura tweeted the following a short time ago: 岩隈さん Oakland Athletics!!!! Translated, that reads: “Iwakuma’s Oakland Athletics!!!!” Jon Heyman of SI.com has confirmed the news. Oakland must still work out…

  3. The Australian Baseball League gets underway

    Nov 8, 2010, 11:04 AM EDT

    Aussie Flag

    There was a baseball league in Australia from 1989-99. It hemorrhaged cash, and was eventually bought by ex-Brewer Dave Nilsson. The league folded around then. I assume Nilsson still plays with it in his basement or something. But now there’s a new one — also called the Australian Baseball League — that just debuted on…

  4. A.J. Pierzynski growing mustache for charity in “Movember”

    Nov 8, 2010, 10:47 AM EDT

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    A.J. Pierzynski is looking for a new team as a free agent, but in the meantime he’s also raising money for charity by growing a mustache. Every year in November the “Movember Foundation” raises funds to promote awareness for “men’s health issues” such as prostate and testicular cancer and Pierzynski is taking part by pledging…

  5. Trevor Hoffman wants to pitch in 2011

    Nov 8, 2010, 10:30 AM EDT

    Trevor Hoffman

    Jon Heyman tweets that Trevor Hoffman wants to pitch in 2011 if someone will give him a chance to close. My first thought: what’s with him and Edgar Renteria?  One ended 2011 on top, and the other ended 2011 well enough — 600th save! — to make everyone forget how much of a train wreck…

  6. Cubs may have to move Kosuke Fukudome before diving into free agency

    Nov 8, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

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    Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune writes that the Cubs will be in the market for a power-hitting first baseman this offseason and may even be in the mix for Adam Dunn, but could be pretty limited financially unless they can unload Kosuke Fukudome’s contract: The Cubs might need to trade Kosuke Fukudome before making…

  7. The Tigers sign Jhonny Peralta to a two-year deal

    Nov 8, 2010, 9:57 AM EDT

    Jhonny Peralta

    UPDATE: The deal is done. Two-years, $11.25 million with a club option for 2013. Saturday, 4:25 P.M.: According to Enrique Rojas of ESPNDeportes.com, the Tigers are close to signing Jhonny Peralta to a two-year, $11.25 million contract. The Tigers declined Peralta’s $7.5 million option for 2011 earlier this week, but they were expected to bring…

  8. Francoeur to Philly? Burrell to Atlanta? Speculation for now, but let’s make this happen!

    Nov 8, 2010, 9:36 AM EDT

    Jeff Francoeur

    Last thing I take out of that Rosenthal column* this morning: One potential landing spot for Jeff Francoeur: Philadelphia . . . The Braves, again seeking outfield help, are among the clubs that could take a look at Pat Burrell. Before anyone goes nuts, remember: there’s a difference between an actual rumor and a reporter…

  9. The Reds, Bronson Arroyo might ink a deal this week. Votto, Bruce and Volquez to come?

    Nov 8, 2010, 9:06 AM EDT

    Bronson Arroyo

    Boy, Rosenthal is chock full-o-rumorly goodness this morning, isn’t he? After the Uggla and Boras stuff, he passes along word that the Reds and Bronson Arroyo will likely do a two-year deal this week. Actually a three-year deal, as Arroyo’s $13 million option for 2011 — which has already been picked up — would wrapped…

  10. Be skeptical of “Team X is wary of Scott Boras” articles

    Nov 8, 2010, 8:44 AM EDT

    Boras sulking

    During free agency season you often hear a lot of sentences with the clause ” . . . but he’s a Scott Boras client, so . . .”  And it’s a good point to make for free agents, because negotiations with Scott Boras are different. They take longer for one thing, because he almost always…

  11. HBT Weekend Wrapup

    Nov 8, 2010, 8:20 AM EDT

    Cell Phone

    A quick look back at the baseball stuff you missed while paying entirely too much attention to the lesser sports.

  12. Dan Uggla reportedly rejects a four year, $48 million offer

    Nov 8, 2010, 6:06 AM EDT

    Dan Uggla

    Last week we heard a report that the Marlins had an offer on the table to Dan Uggla. All we knew at the time was that the first year offered only a $200,000 raise for the arbitration-eligible Uggla. Ken Rosenthal reports, however, that it was a better overall deal than that suggested: four years, $48…

  13. Must-click link: Giants fans remember the good and bad times

    Nov 7, 2010, 5:02 PM EDT

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    Carl Steward of the San Jose Mercury News put together a piece in Wednesday’s edition chronicling 52 agonizing years of San Francisco Giants fandom.  That agony, of course, was broken this year when the Giants defeated the Rangers to win the franchise’s first World Series title since making the move to the Bay Area. Steward’s…

  14. Penny engaged to Dancing With The Stars’ Karina Smirnoff

    Nov 7, 2010, 3:45 PM EDT

    penny and smirnoff play catch

    Brad Penny gelled immediately with pitching coach Dave Duncan this year in St. Louis and posted a solid 3.23 ERA and 1.29 WHIP in his first nine starts for the Cardinals, but he went down with a lat injury in late May and never resurfaced due to injury setbacks. He’s back in the news now,…

  15. Orioles hire Mark Connor as pitching coach

    Nov 7, 2010, 2:51 PM EDT

    o's july hat

    The Orioles have hired a pitching coach. According to Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun, the O’s agreed to a contract last week with Mark Connor, a 61-year-old veteran of the pitching coach profression.  He is good friends with manager Buck Showalter and the two worked side-by-side for the Yankees, Diamondbacks and Rangers during the…

  16. Chibba Lotte Marines win Japan Series crown

    Nov 7, 2010, 1:23 PM EDT

    LLWS Japan Mexico Baseball

    Bailey Stephens of MLB.com has an update from our baseball friends overseas. The Chibba Lotte Marines defeated the Chunichi Dragons 8-7 on Sunday to win the Japan Series — a series that featured the longest game in the league’s history. The Marines and Dragons battled to a 2-2 tie* after six hours and 43 minutes…

  17. Nationals have a three-year offer on Adam Dunn’s table

    Nov 7, 2010, 12:49 PM EDT

    adam dunn standing

    Adam Dunn boasts one of the only legitimate power bats on the free agent market this winter and he should be able to cash in.  But it sounds like he’s not going to be back with the Nationals, at least not at their current offer. Bill Ladson of MLB.com reports that the Nats have had…

  18. Jamie Moyer may call it quits after another elbow injury

    Nov 7, 2010, 11:22 AM EDT

    Jamie Moyer, Matt Diaz

    The Phillies have already made it known that they have little desire to re-sign veteran lefty Jamie Moyer this offseason.  But it might not matter anyway. According to Dionisio Soldevila of Tiempo de Juego, Moyer suffered an injury to his throwing elbow while pitching Saturday in the Dominican Winter League.  It’s the same injury that…

  19. Cliff Lee will listen to offers from Nationals, probably all teams

    Nov 7, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

    cliff lee in ws

    It is officially hot stove season and, courtesy of MLB.com’s Bill Ladson, we officially have one of our first ridiculous hot stove items. In September, Nationals GM Mike Rizzo expressed a desire to pick up a front-end starter this offseason.  Then on Thursday ESPN.com’s Rob Neyer wrote that the Nats are “a potential sleeper in…

  20. Mets host three-hour interview with Wally Backman

    Nov 7, 2010, 9:03 AM EDT

    backman walking on field

    Single-A Brooklyn manager Wally Backman was interviewed Saturday in San Diego for the Mets’ managerial opening.  He had a three-hour sit-down meeting with new Mets GM Sandy Alderson and, according to Peter Botte of the New York Daily News, it went smoothly. “I thought it went very well,” Backman told the Daily News Saturday night. “But…

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