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  1. Sammy Sosa “shocked” that Mike Remlinger tried to sell his corked bat

    Nov 3, 2010, 10:47 AM EDT

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    Mike Remlinger’s attempt to sell Sammy Sosa’s corked bat from 2003 failed yesterday when the reserve price he’d set wasn’t met during an auction in which the high bid was $14,407. Naturally, now Sosa says he’s “shocked” that his former Cubs teammate would do such a thing. Well, technically his “spokesperson” said it, but presumably…

  2. If Zack Greinke gets traded, it won’t be to New York

    Nov 3, 2010, 10:34 AM EDT

    Zack Greinke

    There has been a lot of speculation that Zack Greinke, who has a history of some serious anxiety problems, wouldn’t do well in New York. Yesterday Jon Heyman reported that Greinke feels the same way about the matter and that there would be “no chance”  that he would accept a trade to New York. Greinke…

  3. Brian Sabean has no plans to trade Barry Zito … because he can’t

    Nov 3, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

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    Despite making $18.5 million this season as part of a seven-year, $126 million contract Barry Zito was left off the Giants’ playoff roster for all three rounds, but general manager Brian Sabean said yesterday that he has no plans to trade Zito this offseason. You know why? Because he can’t. In related news, I have…

  4. The Giants have a lot of decisions ahead

    Nov 3, 2010, 10:00 AM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v San Francisco Giants, Game 4

    Andrew Baggarly of the Mercury News reports that the Giants are going to take all of the time available to them — all the way to the midnight deadline tomorrow night — to decide what to do with Edgar Renteria’s option.  It’s a $10 million option with a $500,000 buyout.  I was of the impression…

  5. Adam Rubin: “the Mets know things” about Wally Backman

    Nov 3, 2010, 9:41 AM EDT

    Wally Backman

    This is . . . odd.  Matthew Cerrone passes along word that, in a chat yesterday, ESPN New York’s Adam Rubin responded to reader questions about Wally Backman by saying that “the Mets know things [about Backman] that are not circulated and don’t feel comfortable.”  Then he went on and said that sometimes reporters “hear…

  6. Now your team can sign Kyle Farnsworth, Rick Ankiel

    Nov 3, 2010, 9:07 AM EDT

    Kyle Farnsworth

    It’s not nice to horde all the good things in the world, so kudos to the Braves for selflessly allowing all the other baseball teams the opportunity to have Kyle Fanrsworth and Rick Ankiel on their roster by declining to exercise their options.  Don’t cry for them, though: they each get six-figure buyouts, which is…

  7. Coco Crisp’s option is being picked up by the A’s

    Nov 3, 2010, 8:30 AM EDT

    Coco Crisp

    Behold the future of baseball reporting: Coco Crisp tweets his own contract status, telling the world that the A’s are picking up his option.  He says he’s happy about it.  Of course, in the very next tweet he says he’s happy about having season tickets to the Los Angeles Clippers, so the dude obviously has…

  8. Sparky Anderson is seriously ill

    Nov 3, 2010, 8:18 AM EDT

    Sparky Anderson

    Tom Gage of the Detroit News tweets what is easily the saddest news I’ve heard in a while: Former Reds and Tigers manager Sparky Anderson is seriously ill, and is in hospice care. According to his  family he’s suffering from “complications resulting from dementia.” Anderson is 76, though that gray hair always made him seem…

  9. Jon Garland declines mutual option for 2011, declares free agency

    Nov 2, 2010, 9:29 PM EDT

    Jon Garland

    According to Dan Hayes of the North County Times, Jon Garland declined his $6.75 mutual option with the Padres for 2011 and will test the free agent waters. Per the terms of his contract, the veteran right-hander will receive a $300,000 buyout from the club. Garland, who turned 31 in September, went 14-12 with a…

  10. Mets hire J.P. Ricciardi as special assistant to Sandy Alderson

    Nov 2, 2010, 8:01 PM EDT

    JP Ricciardi headshot

    New Mets GM Sandy Alderson has already secured one of his former trusted lieutenants. During a conference call just a short while ago, former Blue Jays general manager J.P. Ricciardi was officially added to the Mets’ front office under the title of special assistant to the general manager. We’re a long way from Tony Bernazard,…

  11. Report: Edwin Rodriguez to return as Marlins’ manager

    Nov 2, 2010, 6:45 PM EDT

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    It was easy to see where this one was headed after Bo Porter signed on to be the third base coach with the Nationals earlier today, but Juan C. Rodriguez of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel just confirmed what we all expected. Edwin Rodriguez will return as Marlins’ manager next season. Rodriguez was offered and accepted…

  12. Top 111 Free Agents: Nos. 30-11

    Nov 2, 2010, 6:00 PM EDT

    Chicago White Sox v Oakland Athletics

    Now we’re starting to see some bigger names. Here’s the fifth of six columns looking at the winter’s top 111 free agents. Nos. 30-11 are featured below. Free agents Nos. 111-91 Free agents Nos. 90-71 Free agents Nos. 70-51 Free agents Nos. 50-31 30. Lance Berkman (Yankees – Age 35) – Berkman’s worst OPS in…

  13. Opinions mixed on Diamondbacks’ interest in Paul Konerko

    Nov 2, 2010, 5:47 PM EDT

    Chicago White Sox Konerko watches his first hit of five against Minnesota Twins during the first inning of their American League baseball game in Minneapolis

    Last week Bruce Levine of ESPNChicago.com wrote that Arizona has made signing free agent Paul Konerko “an offseason priority” and it sounds like the Diamondbacks won’t exercise a $7.5 million option on their own first baseman, Adam LaRoche. However, Nick Piecero of the Arizona Republic is skeptical about the Diamondbacks actually making a heavy push…

  14. The Braves exercise options on Infante, Gonzalez; sign Scott Proctor to a one-year deal

    Nov 2, 2010, 5:28 PM EDT

    NLDS Braves Giants Baseball

    More non-surprising Day One Of The Hot Stove Season news: the Braves exercised options on shortstop Alex Gonzalez and ALL-STAR Omar Infante. They also signed reliever Scott Proctor to a one-year deal for $750,000 plus incentives. Like I said, no-brainers. Gonzalez wasn’t any great shakes after coming over in the trade from Toronto, but he…

  15. Brewers decline 2011 options on Trevor Hoffman, Doug Davis, and Gregg Zaun

    Nov 2, 2010, 5:15 PM EDT

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    As expected, the Brewers have declined their 2011 options on three veterans: Trevor Hoffman, Doug Davis, and Gregg Zaun. Hoffman gets a $750,000 buyout rather than the $7 million option after losing the closer job early in the season and posting the worst ERA of his Hall of Fame career at 5.89. At age 42…

  16. My, the weather sure is fair in San Francisco today!

    Nov 2, 2010, 5:01 PM EDT

    Lisa Fernandez of the Mercury News has a story about San Francisco Giants gear flying off the shelves: Within minutes of the San Francisco Giants winning the World Series, the hawkers began their pitches. The Giants franchise e-mailed fans, offering championship gear ranging from snow globes to sweatshirts. Macy’s offered customers the chance to buy…

  17. The Padres exercise their option on Adrian Gonzalez

    Nov 2, 2010, 4:31 PM EDT

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    First the news: The Padres exercised 1B Adrian Gonzalez’s $5.5 million option for 2011. The only time Jed Hoyer had a decision easier than this was the time that guy asked him if he’d rather have delicious chocolate cake or a knee to the groin.  He probably decided on the Gonzalez option even quicker, actually.…

  18. Very early World Series odds have Yankees as 2011 favorites

    Nov 2, 2010, 4:19 PM EDT

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    There hasn’t even been a victory parade for the Giants yet, but gambling website Bodog.com has posted odds on all 30 teams winning the World Series next season. Not surprisingly, the Yankees lead the way at 4-to-1 while the reigning champs in San Francisco open at 10-to-1 (which is a big improvement from this season,…

  19. Elijah Dukes is in trouble again. Which makes me sad, though not for him.

    Nov 2, 2010, 3:59 PM EDT

    Washington Nationals Photo Day

    It’s not major trouble by his standards — he’d have to be accused of robbing a moving train or sedition or something in order for this to really register on the Elijah Dukes scale — but the former Ray and Nat was arrested again, this time for failing to pay court-ordered child support payments. Like,…

  20. Dodgers exercise their half of Scott Podsednik’s mutual option

    Nov 2, 2010, 3:48 PM EDT

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    The Dodgers have exercised their half of Scott Podsednik’s mutual option for 2011, meaning the speedy outfielder now has 72 hours to accept the $2 million contract or become a free agent. Acquired from the Royals at the trading deadline, Podsednik took over for Manny Ramirez in left field and hit just .262/.313/.336 in 39…

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