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  1. Rockies hope to re-sign Jeff Francis after declining $7 million option for 2011

    Oct 14, 2010, 10:16 AM EDT

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    Jeff Francis’ four-year, $13.25 million contract signed in November of 2006 includes a $7 million option for 2011 that the Rockies are all but guaranteed to decline, but Troy Renck of the Denver Post reports that they’ll likely try to re-sign Francis at a lesser salary. Francis missed all of last season following shoulder surgery…

  2. Hey, crazy trade talk has started early this year!

    Oct 14, 2010, 10:00 AM EDT

    One of the things I love about the early hot stove season is the crazy trade talk. Once things get going hot and heavy in December people get realistic, but in the few days after a team is eliminated you get all kinds of insane speculation. An excellent example of it comes in Jeff Schultz’s…

  3. Sandy Alderson wants the Mets job

    Oct 14, 2010, 9:35 AM EDT

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    I wish these two kids would just kiss already and get it over with. From Buster: There is also no question about this: Sandy Alderson wants the Mets’ GM job; friends say he wants to get back into the work of running a club And the way the Mets set up the interviews — everyone…

  4. Panic on the streets of New York

    Oct 14, 2010, 9:13 AM EDT

    Evidence that there are too many days off between playoff series: when a couple of plunkings in a simulated game give you the back page in the New York Daily News. Yeah, it’s kind of funny and I suppose kind of worrisome that Burnett was wild while pitching a simulated game.  But wasn’t the whole…

  5. Hey, another Bobby Valentine rumor! This time: Milwaukee

    Oct 14, 2010, 8:50 AM EDT

    I think we’re gonna just start listing the jobs Bobby Valentine isn’t rumored to be in the running for, because it would probably save time. The latest: Milwaukee, as reported by Tyler Kepner. The Brewers actually make more sense for him than Seattle. They have a better core of players and are way more likely…

  6. Oh noes! Timmy has a blister!

    Oct 14, 2010, 8:25 AM EDT

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    Eh, that’s fake panic. I can’t muster real panic about Tim Lincecum having blister issues because when he realized he was getting a blister he was in the process of striking out 14 dudes and pitching a two-hitter: Lincecum confirmed to the Mercury News that his blister problem resurfaced during his dominant 14-strikeout complete game…

  7. Today is the seven-year anniversary of the 'Bartman game'

    Oct 14, 2010, 1:39 AM EDT

    After a miserable season for the Cubs, I’m sure those Chicago fans who follow them have already moved on to worrying about the Bears, the Bulls and maybe even the Blackhawks. Speaking of people who would probably like to move on but can’t, today is the seven-year anniversary of Game 6 of the 2003 NLCS,…

  8. It's a Dirtbag world

    Oct 14, 2010, 12:23 AM EDT

    It got lost a bit in all the playoff excitement the last couple of days, but I spotted an interesting story in the Long Beach Press-Telegram, which pointed out the amazing baseball pipeline at Long Beach State. According to the story, Long Beach State had 17 players compete in the major leagues this season, more…

  9. Twins' Cuddyer undergoes right knee surgery

    Oct 13, 2010, 10:42 PM EDT

    Twins outfielder (and sometimes first-baseman) Michael Cuddyer underwent a surgical procedure on his right knee Wednesday, getting it out of the way soon after his club was eliminated from the ALDS by the Yankees. Cuddyer took to his Twitter page this…

  10. Giants hand NLCS Game 2 nod to Jonathan Sanchez

    Oct 13, 2010, 9:23 PM EDT

    We now have Championship Series rotations for three of the four involved teams. Phillies manager Charlie Manuel refused to name Roy Halladay as his Game 1 starter Monday, but that should change by Thursday morning. The Yankees’ ALCS rotation is HERE. And the Rangers’ can be found…

  11. Yankees reveal ALCS rotation, Burnett starting Game 4

    Oct 13, 2010, 8:18 PM EDT

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    The Yankees, not to be outdone by the Rangers, have filed their ALCS rotation. Bryan Hoch of MLB.com has the goods on Twitter. CC Sabathia will start Game 1 in Texas on Saturday night. The American League Cy Young Award candidate…

  12. Rangers set ALCS rotation, Wilson going in Game 1

    Oct 13, 2010, 7:45 PM EDT

    Rangers manager Ron Washington revealed his ALCS rotation on Wednesday in a chat with the media. MLB.com’s T.R. Sullivan has all of the details, quotes, and a roster change that involves speedy infielder Esteban German. (Hint: he’s been cut). Because staff ace Cliff Lee was…

  13. Bobby Valentine no longer interested in managing Marlins

    Oct 13, 2010, 6:31 PM EDT

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    This comes as a bit of surprise. But not really. Tim Kurkjian of ESPN.com is reporting that Bobby Valentine has pulled himself out of the running for the Marlins’ managerial vacancy. Valentine gave…

  14. The Rangers are locking up Jon Daniels long term

    Oct 13, 2010, 5:27 PM EDT

    Jim Bowden of FOX Sports Radio —  never the most reliable source on the planet when it comes to these things, but who may right about this — believes that the Rangers will announce a long-term contract for GM Jon Daniels once their season ends. This comes after Chuck Greenberg told a reporter yesterday that…

  15. Poll: What should the Yankees do with the playoff rotation

    Oct 13, 2010, 5:00 PM EDT

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    All these days off are giving Yankees fans too much to think about. What they’re thinking about mostly, it seems, is the rotation. Specifically, how to order it after CC Sabathia in Game 1.  Some people think Pettitte, Hughes and A.J. Burnett should follow in order. Some people want to flip Pettitte and Hughes, giving…

  16. Tommy Hunter soaked Craig Sager with "a fire hose of barley and hops"

    Oct 13, 2010, 4:45 PM EDT

    When you wear ridiculously flamboyant clothing into a baseball clubhouse where the players are celebrating an ALDS victory by spraying each other with champagne, ginger ale, and beer … well, you run the risk of catching some liquid shrapnel. And as Jeff Caplan of ESPNDallas.com writes, that’s exactly what happened to TBS sideline reporter Craig…

  17. Must-Click link: video archiving every play in every baseball game

    Oct 13, 2010, 4:30 PM EDT

    Great story in the New York Times today going behind the scenes at MLB Productions, where “loggers” — the only people more obsessive than bloggers, it would seem — watch and label every single play of every single baseball game with various descriptive tags so that video clips can be easily accessed later. The cool…

  18. Cable fight threatens NLCS; World Series in Philly and New York

    Oct 13, 2010, 4:06 PM EDT

    There’s a re-transmission rights fight going on between FOX and Cablevision that could put the NLCS and the World Series in peril for New York and Philly Cablevision subscribers: Fox and Cablevision ramped up the war of words behind their retransmission battle Tuesday. Both sides dug their heels in, as it began to look less…

  19. Tigers will try to re-sign Brandon Inge before free agency hits

    Oct 13, 2010, 3:49 PM EDT

    General manager Dave Dombrowski said yesterday that the Tigers “would ideally like to” sign free agent-to-be Brandon Inge to a new contract before he hits the open market five days after the World Series: We have a month advantage over anybody else, so I would hope to find out. I never, ever hold it against…

  20. Heath Bell is the Deliveryman of the Year

    Oct 13, 2010, 3:33 PM EDT

    Major League Baseball has announced that Heath Bell has won the 2010 Delivery Man of the Year Award, presented annually to the league’s best relief pitcher. Bell had a 1.93 ERA and saved 47 saves in 50 chances. That was a save behind Brian Wilson, but Bell had a higher save percentage. Bell had a…

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