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  1. Laynce Nix declares free agency

    Nov 9, 2010, 8:20 PM EDT

    Laynce Nix

    Laynce Nix declared himself a free agent today after clearing waivers and refusing an outright assignment, according to the Reds’ official Twitter feed. Nix, who turned 30 last month, batted .291/.350/.455 with four home runs, 18 RBI and an 805 OPS over 165 at-bats this past season. He sprained his left ankle on August 23…

  2. Trevor Hoffman keeping his eye on the Diamondbacks

    Nov 9, 2010, 7:38 PM EDT

    Trevor Hoffman

    Just one day after we learned that Trevor Hoffman would return for another season if given a chance to close, the all-time saves leader tells Barry M. Bloom of MLB.com that he sees a potential fit with the Diamondbacks. The chances of Hoffman finding another closing gig are slim, but he isn’t completely off base.…

  3. Mets to interview Ken Oberkfell for managerial opening

    Nov 9, 2010, 6:45 PM EDT

    Mets logo

    It seemed like a no-brainer out of loyalty, if nothing else. Ken Oberkfell, who has managed the Mets’  Triple-A team for most of the last six years, will get a chance to interview for the opening with the big-league team. Oberkfell has certainly paid all of his dues.  He was Baseball America’s Minor League Manager…

  4. A final word on Joe Morgan

    Nov 9, 2010, 6:00 PM EDT

    Joe Morgan headshot

    I started the day with Joe Morgan, so I’ll end the day with Joe Morgan. I think I’m in the distinct minority in not really celebrating his departure from ESPN. I can live with that. I belong to a lot of distinct minorities. People who like Dylan’s signing voice for its own sake. People who…

  5. The White Sox will have a chance to match any offers for Konerko

    Nov 9, 2010, 5:33 PM EDT

    Paul Konerko

    Doug Padilla has a story over at ESPN Chicago talking up the close relationship between Paul Konerko and White Sox owner Jerry Reinsdorf.  The upshot for our purposes: that relationship has made it so that Konerko has agreed to come back to Reinsdorf with whatever offers he gets while out on the market and will…

  6. Adrian Gonzalez continues to make it clear that he’s not stayin’ in San Diego

    Nov 9, 2010, 5:11 PM EDT

    Adrian Gonzalez

    If the recent comments of his agent and his general manager weren’t enough, today Adrian Gonzalez himself put to rest the notion that he’d be giving anyone a hometown discount to stay with the Padres. Here he is on a radio show today: “In essence, if I take what you call a San Diego discount…

  7. Derek Jeter now has more Gold Glove awards than all but four shortstops in baseball history

    Nov 9, 2010, 3:54 PM EDT

    Mark Texeira, Derek Jeter

    Derek Jeter has never fared well in advanced defensive statistics, typically ranking somewhere between below average and awful. He also now has five Gold Glove awards and a legion of Yankees fans who’ll swear he’s a great defender, so clearly not everyone cares about defensive statistics. And that’s fine, but the notion that Jeter, at…

  8. Holy Jeter! Your American League Gold Glove Winners

    Nov 9, 2010, 3:36 PM EDT

    Texas Rangers v New York Yankees, Game 5

    I have no words.  Aaron’s analysis is here. Here are the winners: C: Joe Mauer 1B: Mark Teixeira 2B: Robinson Cano 3B:Evan Longoria SS: Derek Freakin’ Jeter OF: Ichiro Suzuki OF: Carl Crawford OF: Franklin Gutierrez P: Mark Buehrle I suppose good arguments can be made for and against most of those guys, but I…

  9. Scouting report on Japanese infielder Tsuyoshi Nishioka

    Nov 9, 2010, 3:17 PM EDT

    Tsuyoshi Nishioka

    With reports that shortstop Tsuyoshi Nishioka will be “posted” by his Japanese team later this week he’s suddenly an intriguing option in what is a pretty weak free agent market for middle infielders. Patrick Newman, who does a great job covering Japanese baseball for NPB Tracker and Fan Graphs, has a lengthy scouting report on…

  10. The Best and Worst Uniforms of All Time: The Washington Nationals/Montreal Expos

    Nov 9, 2010, 3:00 PM EDT

    Expos in a line

    I think it’s fair to include the Expos in this one, don’t you? They’re not otherwise represented, and there is franchise continuity here.  To be fair, I’ll include the Browns with the Orioles, Senators v.1 and v.2 with the Twins and Rangers, the Pilots with the Brewers and so on. Cool? Best: With apologies to…

  11. John Mayberry leaves Arizona Fall League with leg injury

    Nov 9, 2010, 2:46 PM EDT

    john-mayberry-phillies

    John Mayberry no doubt had hopes of following up a poor season at Triple-A with a great showing in the Arizona Fall League, but instead the Phillies prospect has been sent home with a leg injury after appearing in just one game. Bob Brookover of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports that Mayberry was examined by doctors…

  12. The Best and Worst Uniforms of All Time: The New York Mets

    Nov 9, 2010, 2:00 PM EDT

    Seaver Mets

    The Best: The Mets have stayed pretty steady over the years.  The biggest change has been the introduction of black a few years ago (more on that below) and disappearing pinstripes. Otherwise, it has been a pretty classic design.  Inspired, even, taking some elements from the Yankees (pinstripes), some from the Dodgers (blue) and some…

  13. Mariners prospect Dustin Ackley raking in Arizona Fall League

    Nov 9, 2010, 1:48 PM EDT

    dustin-ackley-mariners

    Last year’s No. 2 overall pick, Dustin Ackley, had modest numbers this season, hitting .267 with a .368 on-base percentage and .407 slugging percentage in 134 games. However, his season totals were dragged down by an awful first month that saw him hit just .147 in April and as a 22-year-old in his first pro…

  14. In which I “express interest” in Cliff Lee

    Nov 9, 2010, 1:30 PM EDT

    cliff lee in delivery

    Ken Rosenthal reports that “7-8 teams” have expressed interest already in free agent left-hander Cliff Lee.  I’m interested in Cliff Lee too — he’s a good pitcher and I’m going to have to write about him for the next several years, after all — so let’s make it “7-8 teams + one blogger.”  You can…

  15. Adam Everett “has received interest from several teams”

    Nov 9, 2010, 1:16 PM EDT

    Adam Everett

    Adam Everett didn’t latch on with a new team after the Tigers released him in early June, but Jason Beck of MLB.com reports that the 34-year-old shortstop is still looking to play in 2011 and “has received interest from several teams.” Everett is one of the best, most underrated defensive shortstop in baseball history and…

  16. The Best and Worst Uniforms of All Time: The Florida Marlins

    Nov 9, 2010, 1:00 PM EDT

    1993 Marlins uniforms

    The Best: Look, when you’ve only been around since 1993, there’s not a ton to work with. They didn’t  have anything historical from which to draw, so a lot of good modern classics are non-starters. At the same time, they began business after the Era of the Unfortunate (a/k/a the 70s) concluded so they don’t…

  17. Red Sox “have expressed interest in” Justin Duchscherer

    Nov 9, 2010, 12:45 PM EDT

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    Rob Bradford of WEEI.com reports that the Red Sox “have expressed interest in” free agent right-hander Justin Duchscherer, who missed all of 2009 and most of 2010 following hip and elbow surgeries. Duchscherer was originally drafted by the Red Sox in the eighth round back in 1996 and was traded to the Rangers in 2001…

  18. Quote of the Day: Jon Heyman on David Eckstein

    Nov 9, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT

    eckstein

    Would you believe that David Eckstein is the eighth biggest bargain on the free agent market. You may after reading this!

  19. The Best and Worst Uniforms of All Time: The Atlanta Braves

    Nov 9, 2010, 12:02 PM EDT

    Braves Padres Baseball

    We continue our trek through the NL East’s best unis. Next up: the Bravos: The Best: Let us first specify that the Braves’ use of Native American iconography is problematic. Yes, the uniforms look good, but that tomahawk, while nothing as offensive as Chief Wahoo, does present a bit of a problem for me. Not…

  20. Mike Cameron still on the mend three months after surgery

    Nov 9, 2010, 11:49 AM EDT

    Mike Cameron outfield

    Three months after undergoing a five-hour surgery to repair a torn abdominal muscle Mike Cameron is close to being cleared for baseball activities again. Cameron’s agent, Mike Nicotera, told Gordon Edes of ESPNBoston.com that the outfielder “is doing very well” and is on schedule to resume working out at full speed shortly after Thanksgiving. Signed…

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