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  1. HBT Extra: Offseason Preview

    Nov 4, 2010, 3:01 PM EDT

    Tiffany and I chat about free agents, trades, and who’s going where

  2. Pirates narrow manager search to Clint Hurdle, Jeff Banister

    Nov 4, 2010, 2:47 PM EDT

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    Pittsburgh put its manager search on hold until after the World Series in order to interview Texas hitting coach Clint Hurdle, and now Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post Gazette reports that the Pirates are down to Hurdle and in-house candidate Jeff Banister as the finalists for the job. Banister has spent 25 years in…

  3. Sparky Anderson: 1934-2010

    Nov 4, 2010, 2:25 PM EDT

    Sparky Anderson

    Sad but, in light of what we learned yesterday, not unexpected news: Sparky Anderson has died. Anderson won three world titles, five pennants and seven division titles. He won 2194 games with the Reds and Tigers. He was the first manager to win a World Series in both the NL and the AL. He was…

  4. Scott Podsednik opts out of Dodgers deal and becomes a free agent

    Nov 4, 2010, 2:15 PM EDT

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    When the Dodgers exercised their half of Scott Podsednik’s mutual option earlier this week the assumption was that the speedy outfielder would soon do the same and accept a $2 million salary for 2011, but today Podsednik declined his half of the option and became a free agent. Podsednik earned $1.75 million this season and…

  5. The Red Sox exercise David Ortiz’s 2011 option

    Nov 4, 2010, 1:30 PM EDT

    Ortiz home run swing

    Most people would consider it awesome when someone gives them $12.5 million, but I wonder if David Ortiz will feel that way.  We’ll know soon, because the Red Sox just picked up his option for 2011.  This after comments in the press in which he made it clear that he’d prefer a multi-year deal. Of…

  6. Would you believe the Nationals “are a potential sleeper team” for Cliff Lee?

    Nov 4, 2010, 1:18 PM EDT

    Cliff Lee

    Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com writes that the Nationals “are a potential sleeper team in the competition to land” Cliff Lee, quoting “one baseball insider” as saying: “They’re going to step up and try to get a top free agent. They’d like to make a splash.” Perhaps, but the odds of the top free agent on…

  7. Peter Moylan: dippin’ down under

    Nov 4, 2010, 1:02 PM EDT

    New York Mets v Atlanta Braves

    Braves reliever Peter Moylan is from Australia. And we learn from his recently launched blog — which, if the history of these sorts of things holds, will go inactive in two weeks — that it’s not easy transitioning to the offseason when you’re from the land down under.  After he took a 24 hour flight…

  8. Report: Yankees not planning to pursue Carl Crawford or Jayson Werth

    Nov 4, 2010, 12:47 PM EDT

    Carl Crawford, Raul Chavez

    Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News hears from “a source” that the Yankees “aren’t planning to make a hard charge for Carl Crawford or Jayson Werth” this offseason. That certainly makes sense because the Yankees are pretty set in the outfield with Brett Gardner, Curtis Granderson, and Nick Swisher, and Gardner in particular…

  9. Report: Marlins offer Dan Uggla a four-year deal

    Nov 4, 2010, 12:35 PM EDT

    Dan Uggla

    The Marlins have been content to let Dan Uggla do the arbitration thing the past couple of years, actually going to arbitration before the 2009 season and signing a one-year arbitration-avoiding deal this past offseason. His consistently strong production, however, has led to the point where they have to go long term with him, it…

  10. Astros eliminate “advance scout” position to focus on video

    Nov 4, 2010, 12:15 PM EDT

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    In his first year as manager Brad Mills encouraged Astros players to rely extensively on video to scout opponents and analyze their own performance, and now Zachary Levine of the Houston Chronicle reports that the team is eliminating the position of “advance scout” to focus even more on video work. The news isn’t quite as…

  11. The Cubs aren’t exactly aiming high on the free agent market

    Nov 4, 2010, 12:04 PM EDT

    Nick Johnson

    Cubs fans envisioning Jayson Werth or Adam Dunn in the fold can put those thoughts to rest, it seems, because according to the Sun-Times, Jim Hendry isn’t thinking that big: With a payroll budget that figures to leave little room for big-shot free agents, indications are that general manager Jim Hendry is focusing more on…

  12. The Brewers make Ron Roenicke’s hiring official

    Nov 4, 2010, 11:30 AM EDT

    My wife is crying upstairs. I hear cars coming to the house. Brewers beat reporter of mine, I think it’s time you told your Don what everyone seems to know: It’s official: Ron Roenicke is the next Milwaukee Brewers field manager. The Brewers made the announcement Thursday morning and planned to introduce Roenicke, 54, at…

  13. State taxes could play a factor in Cliff Lee choosing between Rangers and Yankees

    Nov 4, 2010, 11:19 AM EDT

    Cliff Lee Family

    While speculation swirls about how much Cliff Lee enjoyed his time in Texas and how much his wife disliked her time in New York, an overlooked factor in his free agent decision-making could be state income taxes. Darren Rovell of CNBC wrote a very interesting article examining the differences in taxes Lee would pay depending…

  14. How surprising were the Giants?

    Nov 4, 2010, 11:00 AM EDT

    Tim Marchman over at Sports Illustrated has a great post up this morning counting down all of the wild card-era World Series champions and ranking them from most surprising to least surprising. You won’t be, er, surprised, to find the 1998 Yankees at the bottom of the list.  Many of you may be quite surprised…

  15. Are coaches underpaid? (And how much was Davey Lopes worth to the Phillies?)

    Nov 4, 2010, 10:48 AM EDT

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    I’ve been thinking about the value of coaches lately, in part because the Cardinals only had to shell out $750,000 per season to make Dave Duncan the highest-paid pitching coach in baseball and in part because the Phillies let first base coach Davey Lopes go over failed contract talks that probably involved a difference of…

  16. Yu Darvish is coming to the United States . . . in 2012

    Nov 4, 2010, 10:30 AM EDT

    Yu Darvish pitch

    People have been getting rather excited over the possibility of Japanese pitcher Yu Darvish coming to America for some time.  Recently we learned that, nope, it won’t be in 2011.  David Lennon of Newsday reports however that it will happen in 2012. Interesting, I suppose, but one of the biggest knocks on Darvish is that…

  17. Rays may try to re-sign Dan Wheeler and Willy Aybar after declining options

    Nov 4, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

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    Tampa Bay declined 2011 options on Dan Wheeler at $4 million and Willy Aybar at $2.25 million, but Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times reports that the Rays may try to re-sign both players to lesser salaries. Aybar batted just .230/.309/.344 in 309 plate appearances while playing mostly designated hitter, so giving him a…

  18. Are the White Sox going to let A.J. Pierzynski walk?

    Nov 4, 2010, 9:58 AM EDT

    A.J. Pierzynski

    Jim Bowden reports — that always sounds weird, by the way — that the White Sox have not yet offered a contract to free agent catcher A.J. Pierzynski. And maybe they shouldn’t, because he has declined a great deal and he probably wants multiple years when he doesn’t really deserve them.  But it does leave…

  19. Jeff Francoeur wants to play every day

    Nov 4, 2010, 9:27 AM EDT

    Florida Marlins v Atlanta Braves

    Because they can’t help themselves, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution spoke with Jeff Francoeur yesterday.  Mostly chitchat, but this question about Francoeur’s hopes and dreams for next season stood out: Q. A part-time role isn’t what you’re after, is it? A. No, I want to play every day, and the Rangers know that. That’s why I said…

  20. The Mets slash ticket prices

    Nov 4, 2010, 8:58 AM EDT

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    Mets attendance went way down in 2010, and the team has reacted: they’ve lowered ticket prices.  Season tickets are a flat 10% off. Given how many categories of tickets any given ballpark has it’s complicated beyond that — big cuts for some categories of seats, slight increases for others — but the team says that…

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