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  1. Quote of the Day: Derek Jeter is worth $10 million over two years

    Oct 4, 2010, 4:30 PM EDT

    So, how much is Derek Jeter worth as a free agent? A former general manager, speaking to Andrew Marchand of ESPN New York, opines thusly: “Twelve million dollars over two years, maybe $10 million over two. But I think he’ll probably get a lot more than that . . . It is not a rational…

  2. Astros exercise $900,000 option on Jason Michaels for 2011

    Oct 4, 2010, 4:18 PM EDT

    Houston decided that Geoff Blum wasn’t worth $1.6 million next season, choosing to buy him out for $150,000, but the Astros have exercised their $900,000 option on Jason Michaels for 2011. Michaels actually got less playing time than Blum this season, but did more with it by hitting .253/.310/.468 in 203 plate appearances. He’s been…

  3. Your Monday Afternoon Power Rankings: Playoffs edition

    Oct 4, 2010, 4:00 PM EDT

    Twenty-two teams are snug in their rumpus rooms, getting ready to watch the playoffs on TV like the rest of us suckers. The other eight still live, and if it lives, I can rank it.

  4. Rays name playoff rotation: Price, Shields, Garza, Davis

    Oct 4, 2010, 3:45 PM EDT

    Tampa Bay announced its rotation for the ALDS. As expected David Price will start Game 1 and Game 5, but in a mild surprise the Rays have tabbed James Shields rather than Matt Garza to start Game 2. Ultimately it doesn’t matter a whole lot, since both guys will end up starting just once in…

  5. HBT Daily: Me being a Braves homer edition

    Oct 4, 2010, 3:30 PM EDT

    If the reference to “today’s games” doesn’t tip you off, the fact that I had my Braves cap on while taping should reveal that this went in the can about five minutes after the Giants game ended yesterday.

  6. Diamondbacks expected to fire most of coaching staff while keeping Kirk Gibson as manager

    Oct 4, 2010, 3:14 PM EDT

    Two weeks ago, when new general manager Kevin Towers revealed that he wanted Greg Maddux to be the Diamondbacks’ pitching coach, I wrote: “Mel Stottlemyre Jr. is currently in his second season as Arizona’s pitching coach and has spent the past nine years in the organization in some capacity, so he’s probably not thrilled to…

  7. Must-click link: Peter Angelos: the most generous owner in baseball

    Oct 4, 2010, 3:00 PM EDT

    OK, that’s hyperbole, but how many baseball owners gave their teams $100 million out of their own pocket to cover operating losses? And how many wrote a check for $300,000 to keep the municipal pools open in a budget crunch while asking for no credit or acknowledgment?  According to this in-depth profile of Orioles’ owner…

  8. Astros won't bring back Geoff Blum, picking $150,000 buyout

    Oct 4, 2010, 2:45 PM EDT

    Geoff Blum was Houston’s Opening Day first baseman, but yesterday the Astros informed the 37-year-old utility man that he will not be back in 2011. Rather than exercise their $1.65 million option the Astros will give Blum a $150,000 buyout and he’ll go in search of another bench job after hitting his usual .267/.321/.356 in…

  9. The Rays change the rules regarding balls off the catwalks

    Oct 4, 2010, 2:30 PM EDT

    It’s not often that you see a ground rules change in midstream, but Major League Baseball has approved of new ones for Tropicana Field, effective for the playoffs. Specifically, for balls off the A&B catwalks (i.e. the two highest rings). Previously, if a ball hit those rings, the ball was in play, and it was…

  10. Jeff Wilpon: Omar Minaya had full autonomy

    Oct 4, 2010, 1:59 PM EDT

    As I type this, Fred and Jeff Wilpon are giving a press conference regarding the firings of Omar Minaya and Jerry Manuel. There have been some high points. Fred Wilpon acknowledging that the Mets haven’t won enough and, for the first time I can recall, speaking passionately about the team and saying that it means…

  11. Twins rule out Justin Morneau for the playoffs

    Oct 4, 2010, 1:45 PM EDT

    Two weeks ago Ron Gardenhire replied “I don’t see how it can possibly happen” when asked if Justin Morneau could return from a July 7 concussion to play in the postseason, but then last week Morneau had a handful of symptom-free days and expressed optimism about potentially joining the Twins for the ALCS if they…

  12. What the heck are "pressure starts?"

    Oct 4, 2010, 1:30 PM EDT

    I’m not going to re-re-re-rehash the AL Cy Young arguments here, but this thing from the Daily News’ Bill Madden — Spink Award-winning Bill Madden — begs to be highlighted: The sabermetric guys are making the case for Seattle’s Felix Hernandez, who belies his 13-12 record with a league-leading 2.27 ERA, 249.2 innings, 30 quality…

  13. Joe Torre says managing WBC team "would be interesting"

    Oct 4, 2010, 1:16 PM EDT

    Prior to managing his final game for the Dodgers yesterday Joe Torre reiterated to Tony Jackson of ESPNLosAngeles.com that he doesn’t plan to manage in the big leagues again, but did say that a short-term gig skippering the World Baseball Classic team in 2013 “would be interesting.” You wouldn’t have a lot of baggage there,…

  14. Dusty Baker, Reds sign a two-year extension

    Oct 4, 2010, 1:00 PM EDT

    Not all of today’s managerial news is carnage. Some of it is downright positive: like Dusty Baker and the Reds agreeing to a two-year extension, as the team just said in a press release. It’s a deserved extension. Dusty led the Reds to their first playoff appearance and division title in 15 years, and their…

  15. Oliver Perez ends his season by walking in the go-ahead run

    Oct 4, 2010, 12:45 PM EDT

    Oliver Perez ended his disastrous season on a fitting note yesterday, coming into a 1-1 game in the 14th inning, striking out the first batter he faced, hitting the second batter he faced, and then handing out three straight walks, the last of which forced in the game-winning run with the bases loaded. Now, in…

  16. The Brewers decline to pick up Ken Macha's 2011 option

    Oct 4, 2010, 12:31 PM EDT

    This is neither (a) technically a firing; or (b) a surprise, but it’s now official — via team press release — that the Brewers and Ken Macha are parting ways. It’s not a firing because Macha’s contract was only a two-year thing and it’s now up. The mechanism of his departure is the team declining…

  17. Pirates fire manager John Russell after 299 losses in 3 years

    Oct 4, 2010, 12:15 PM EDT

    As expected, the Pirates just announced that they’ve fired manager John Russell following a 105-loss season and 186-299 (.384) overall record in three years on the job. However, general manager Neal Huntington will keep his job despite being hired just a couple months before Russell and of course being responsible for choosing the manager. Not…

  18. It's finally official: Manuel and Minaya are gone

    Oct 4, 2010, 11:57 AM EDT

    The Mets just issued a press release saying that Jerry Manuel and Omar Minaya have been “relieved of their duties.” This follows their morning release about the sun rising and anticipates their evening release about darkness falling. As soon as it came out a dozen fedora-wearing reporters rushed to pay phones to call in their…

  19. Brad Ausmus announces retirement after 18 seasons

    Oct 4, 2010, 11:49 AM EDT

    As expected, Brad Ausmus announced his retirement yesterday after 18 seasons in the majors and over 15,000 innings logged behind the plate, saying: “I’m ready to stop playing. I just don’t feel like I cant contribute every day.” Ausmus struggled to stay healthy in two seasons as Russell Martin’s backup with the Dodgers, but was…

  20. So how did I do with those predictions?

    Oct 4, 2010, 11:27 AM EDT

    I’m certain that mine weren’t the best around in 2010. I’m pretty sure they weren’t the worst either. How were yours?

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