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  1. Astros not interested in Lance Berkman

    Nov 6, 2010, 2:29 PM EDT

    Lance Berkman swinging

    Astros general manager Ed Wade informed the agent for Lance Berkman that the club is not open to a reunion with their former slugger this offseason, according to Mark Berkman of FOX 26 in Houston. “I heard from Mike Moye and he inquired about whether we had interest in bringing Lance back and I was…

  2. UPDATE: A’s also in the mix for Hisashi Iwakuma, Rangers may have bid too low

    Nov 6, 2010, 2:04 PM EDT

    Hisashi Iwakuma pitching

    2:04 PM: More intrigue from Rosenthal. He tells us that the Athletics also submitted a bid for Iwakuma and that the Rangers’ bid may have actually been too low. According to Rosenthal, the A’s would like to add Iwakuma in order to acquire a hitter from their surplus of starting pitching. 1:15 PM: According to…

  3. Kevin Gregg could return to Blue Jays next season

    Nov 6, 2010, 1:49 PM EDT

    Kevin Gregg Blue Jays

    The Blue Jays declined a pair of options on Kevin Gregg this week, making him a free agent. But with no in-house favorite to close games with Scott Downs and Jason Frasor also poised to hit the free agency, Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos told Robert McLoed of the Globe and Mail that he…

  4. Jarrod Parker may be up in the major leagues next season

    Nov 6, 2010, 12:28 PM EDT

    XM All-Star Futures Game

    In a chat with fans on MLB.com Thursday, new Diamondbacks GM Kevin Towers indicated that Jarrod Parker has a chance of starting next season with the big club. More than likely, Jarrod will start the season in Double-A Mobile mainly because of the colder weather at the start of the season in Triple-A Reno. But…

  5. Scott Olsen chooses free agency

    Nov 6, 2010, 11:57 AM EDT

    Scott Olsen

    Bill Ladson of MLB.com reports that Scott Olsen opted for free agency after he was outrighted to Triple-A Syracuse. The southpaw was arbitration-eligible this winter, so this is essentially an early non-tender. Olsen has completely fizzled out since compiling a 4.04 ERA and striking out 166 batters over 180 2/3 innings in his rookie season…

  6. Scott Boras is looking for Matt Holliday money for Jayson Werth

    Nov 6, 2010, 10:57 AM EDT

    Jayson Werth shades

    According to Todd Zolecki of MLB.com, the belief is that Jayson Werth could seek a contract similar to the seven-year, $120 million deal Matt Holliday received from the Cardinals last winter. Scott Boras stated his new client’s case for big dollars on Friday. “We have, in my mind, probably the most coveted offensive player in…

  7. Report: Terry Collins may be the front runner to be Mets’ manager

    Nov 6, 2010, 10:06 AM EDT

    Terry Collins argue

    Last night, Jon Heyman of SI.com tweeted that he’s “hearing Terry Collins’ name more and more” in regards to the Mets’ managerial vacancy. It sounds like there’s some validity to that notion. According to Joel Sherman of the New York Post, a person who has talked to Mets officials in recent days believes that Collins…

  8. The investigation into Charlie Samuels takes another interesting turn

    Nov 6, 2010, 8:50 AM EDT

    Charlie Samuels

    More details have emerged regarding the gambling investigation into Mets clubhouse manager Charlie Samuels. And while I acknowledge that some of the following may be pretty innocent in nature, it doesn’t make them any less curious under the circumstances. Per the New York Daily News: According to law enforcement sources close to the probe being…

  9. Surprise! Scott Boras says there’s a lot of interest in Magglio Ordonez

    Nov 5, 2010, 9:29 PM EDT

    Magglio basepaths

    The air is crisp, the leaves are turning and Scott Boras is busy talking up his clients. All is right with the world. According to Jason Beck of MLB.com, Boras said he has already heard some early interest in his client Magglio Ordonez. “We’ve gotten a lot of early calls,” Boras said. “I think with…

  10. Mets fail to reach agreement with Hisanori Takahashi

    Nov 5, 2010, 8:01 PM EDT

    Takahashi Mets

    MLB recently granted an extension for the Mets to come to terms on a new contract with Hisanori Takahashi, but David Waldstein of the New York Times reported late this afternoon that the two sides were unable to reach a deal. Takahashi just confirmed the report in a statement from his new agent Arn Tellem…

  11. Mariners hire Ted Simmons as senior adviser to GM

    Nov 5, 2010, 6:45 PM EDT

    Ted Simmons

    According to Jon Heyman of SI.com, the Mariners hired Ted Simmons as a senior adviser to general manager Jack Zduriencik. Simmons, 61, was the Padres bench coach for the past two seasons and held the same job with the Brewers in 2008. Zduriencik considered first Simmons for manager, but according to Heyman, the club hired…

  12. Rangers starter Scott Feldman undergoes knee surgery

    Nov 5, 2010, 5:40 PM EDT

    scott-feldman-rangers

    Scott Feldman went 17-8 with a 4.08 ERA in 2009 and parlayed the career-year into a three-year, $14 million contract, but declined to 7-11 with a 5.48 ERA this season and was left off the Rangers’ playoff roster. Today he underwent microfracture surgery on his right knee and will be out of action for three…

  13. Ballparks > fire departments

    Nov 5, 2010, 5:04 PM EDT

    There’s a story in the Wall Street Journal today talking about how municipalities are less eager to fund ballpark projects now than they used to be. Convenient, I guess, in that nearly every major league and AAA baseball team in America has gotten a new park in the last 20 years or so, but whatever.…

  14. Does the Giants World Series win mean anything for Oakland’s move to San Jose?

    Nov 5, 2010, 4:36 PM EDT

    This story is a couple of days old — I missed it among the dozens of articles about the actual World Series — but the San Jose Mercury News wrote about how the Giants winning the World Series might be good for the A’s designs on San Jose: At least one expert Monday said the…

  15. Mike Barnett replaces Jeff Bagwell as Astros hitting coach

    Nov 5, 2010, 4:15 PM EDT

    mike barnett astros

    After spending the second half as the Astros’ hitting coach Jeff Bagwell stepped down from the position last month, citing the need to spend more time with his family and the longer-than-expected hours involved in the job. Today the Astros announced that Mike Barnett will replace Bagwell as hitting coach, putting him in charge of…

  16. Sabean on Pablo Sandoval: shape up or ship out!

    Nov 5, 2010, 3:30 PM EDT

    World Series Giants Rangers Baseball

    Giants’ beat writer Hank Schulman spoke with Brian Sabean. Pablo Sandoval came up. Schulman says that, according to Sabean, “Panda starts next year in minors if he doesnt get his act together.” I’m assuming this is primarily about his conditioning, which many felt was responsible for his pretty terrible 2010 season. Conditioning so poor that…

  17. Justin Morneau: “Nothing really new to report” on comeback from concussion

    Nov 5, 2010, 3:16 PM EDT

    John McDonald; Justin Morneau

    Justin Morneau sat out the final three months of the regular season after suffering a concussion on July 7. He started working out and taking batting practice in September, leading to some optimism that he could come back for the playoffs, but those hopes were quickly dashed when the post-concussion symptoms returned and he was…

  18. Some team needs to fire their GM

    Nov 5, 2010, 2:59 PM EDT

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    From Ken Rosenthal’s latest column speculating on the Yankees’ plans this winter: One rival GM actually believes the Yankees’ rather public obsession with Lee is a ruse, that they secretly want Tampa Bay Rays free-agent outfielder Carl Crawford, 29, instead. There is zero evidence, mind you, to support such a contention. The Yankees love left…

  19. The Nationals will pursue Brandon Webb

    Nov 5, 2010, 2:30 PM EDT

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    A pursuit, eh? Hopefully he’ll try to get away by swimming. With that shoulder, they’ll surely catch up to him fast! The Nationals will be one of several teams to pursue Arizona Diamondbacks right-hander and former Cy Young award winner Brandon Webb, according to someone close to the Nationals. Webb, 31, ranked third in the…

  20. What if nine teams hadn’t passed on Tim Lincecum in 2006?

    Nov 5, 2010, 2:18 PM EDT

    Tim Lincecum pitches

    Texas general manager Jon Daniels revealed during the World Series that the Rangers planned to take Tim Lincecum with the 12th pick in the 2006 draft, only to see the Giants snatch him up two spots ahead of them. Of course, while the Rangers’ near-miss with Lincecum is interesting it’s worth noting that nine teams…

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