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  1. Update: Shin-Soo Choo is one win away from freedom

    Nov 18, 2010, 11:36 AM EST

    Shin-Soo Choo

    Well, maybe freedom is not the right word — it’s the army he’s trying to avoid here, not a jail sentence — but he is on the cusp of being able to take advantage of his full earning potential in Major League Baseball without a bunch of hassle: South Korea is in the Asian Games…

  2. Ron Gardenhire follows Manager of the Year award with contract extension

    Nov 18, 2010, 11:18 AM EST

    Ron Gardenhire

    Ron Gardenhire is having a pretty good week. Yesterday he was named American League Manager of the Year after finishing runner-up for the award five times in the previous eight seasons and Joe Christensen of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that the Twins will soon announce a two-year contract extension for Gardenhire. According to Christensen…

  3. Tribune Columnist: Tear down Wrigley Field

    Nov 18, 2010, 11:05 AM EST

    Wrigley Field

    I’m with the Tribune’s Steve Chapman on the whole “tax dollars should not be used to renovate Wrigley Field” thing, but I’m not quite sure how this follows as a “b” to that “a”: Wrigley is attractive and charming in many ways, but it’s like driving a vintage car: After a while, the novelty is…

  4. With contract extension unlikely, Nationals may look to trade Josh Willingham

    Nov 18, 2010, 10:47 AM EST

    Josh Willingham

    Josh Willingham is under team control for one more season as an arbitration eligible player and would like to sign a contract extension to remain in Washington, but Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post reports that the Nationals aren’t interested in giving him a long-term deal and may look to trade him. Willingham, Adam Dunn,…

  5. The Diamondbacks want to “win” any Justin Upton trade. What does that mean?

    Nov 18, 2010, 10:37 AM EST

    Arizona Diamondbacks v New York Mets

    This from Rosenthal and Morosi: “The Diamondbacks are making it clear to potential suitors they intend to “win” any trade involving Upton, who is 23 and under contract through 2015.” What does that even mean?  What team is going to say “yes, Arizona, we understand.  We will make sure that any offer to you will…

  6. Jake Peavy’s uncertain status has Chris Sale preparing to be a starter in 2011

    Nov 18, 2010, 10:15 AM EST

    Chris Sale throwing

    Earlier this week White Sox general manager Kenny Williams indicated that he expects Jake Peavy to begin 2011 on the disabled list following shoulder surgery and Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports that Chris Sale, who thrived out of the bullpen as a rookie, has “embarked on an offseason program designed for him to…

  7. If the Yankees can’t get Cliff Lee, plan B is Carl Crawford

    Nov 18, 2010, 10:01 AM EST

    Tampa Bay Rays' Carl Crawford makes a sliding catch against the Seattle Mariners during the third inning of their MLB American League baseball game in St. Petersburg

    If the Yankees don’t get Cliff Lee, they’re not going to go with the so-called second best options on the market to bolster their rotation. Mostly because those second best options are allegedly Jorge De La Rosa, who isn’t that good, and Carl Pavano, who the Yankees wouldn’t sign again if he was the last…

  8. It’s AL Cy Young day: Let’s get ready to rumble

    Nov 18, 2010, 9:30 AM EST

    Seattle Mariners Photo Day

    A lot of us went nutso with our Felix Hernandez vs. CC Sabathia vs. David Price Cy Young arguments back in September. Then the playoffs happened and we got distracted for a while. But today, at 2PM Eastern, the Baseball Writers Association of America is going to name the winner of the AL Cy Young…

  9. Friday is the McCourts’ last chance to avoid Dodgerpocalypse

    Nov 18, 2010, 8:39 AM EST

    McCourt Divorce Trial Continues With Ownership Of Dodgers In Contention

    Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports that the mediator in the McCourt divorce case is going to propose “a fair settlement” to each side on Friday. The idea: this is a last chance for the McCourts to avoid the judge telling them how the Dodgers will be divided up. If they don’t settle…

  10. U.S. investors are commodifying Dominican ballplayers

    Nov 18, 2010, 6:51 AM EST

    Dominican baseball player

    In today’s New York Times Michael S. Schmidt  reports that U.S. investors, many of whom are unconnected to Major League Baseball, are setting up training academies in the Dominican Republic with the sole purpose of profiting on draftees’ signing bonuses: Recognizing that major league teams are offering multimillion-dollar contracts to some teenage prospects, the investors…

  11. Is Derek Jeter this year’s Johnny Damon?

    Nov 18, 2010, 6:09 AM EST

    Jeter error

    I had this crazy dream last night!  The Yankees offered Derek Jeter $21 million a year for three years . . . and he rejected it! Oh my, it actually happened. And at least someone in YankeeLand is tired of it: According to the source, there is at least one voice inside the Yankees’ hierarchy…

  12. Mets likely to introduce new manager on Tuesday

    Nov 17, 2010, 10:50 PM EST

    mets logo hat

    The Mets interviewed Bob Melvin and Chip Hale on Wednesday for their managerial opening.  On Thursday, they’ll interview the other two finalists — Wally Backman and Terry Collins.  Assuming all goes according to plan and there’s no need for an abrupt schedule change, the Mets will then announce their new new skipper at a press…

  13. Derek Jeter wants at least a four-year contract from Yanks

    Nov 17, 2010, 9:23 PM EST

    jeter in dugout

    Yankees veteran Derek Jeter posted a poor .270/.340/.370 batting line in 2010 and again showed diminishing range at the shortstop position.  A normal free agent with that profile would be lucky to find a two-year deal worth double-digit millions, but Derek Jeter is Derek Jeter.  And he’s using that legacy to squeak one final long-term…

  14. Marlins finalize strange three-year deal with John Buck

    Nov 17, 2010, 8:02 PM EST

    Toronto Blue Jays Buck follows through on an RBI single during the first inning against the Boston Red Sox in their MLB American League baseball game in Boston

    Well, it’s official. The Marlins have made a couple of questionable moves so far in this young offseason and continued that trend Wednesday with the finalization of an odd three-year, $18 million contract for free agent catcher John Buck. Buck slugged 20 home runs for the Blue Jays in 2010 and represents a legitimate offensive…

  15. Nationals, Pirates, O’s interested in lefty Jorge De La Rosa

    Nov 17, 2010, 6:54 PM EST

    Colorado Rockies v Arizona Diamondbacks

    The market for left-hander Jorge De La Rosa is heating up. According to Troy Renck of the Denver Post, the Nationals, Pirates and Orioles have been the most aggressive suitors thus far and other teams are expected to join the fray. The Nats have been on the hunt for a reliable long-term starter since their…

  16. Blue Jays acquire Rajai Davis from A’s for Trystan Magnuson

    Nov 17, 2010, 5:17 PM EST

    rajai-davis-athletics

    According to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com the Blue Jays have acquired outfielder Rajai Davis from the A’s, with MLB Trade Rumors reporting that Oakland will receive minor-league reliever Trystan Magnuson in return. Oakland claimed Davis off waivers from San Francisco in early 2008 and he thrived in his first opportunity as a big-league regular the…

  17. Six or eight teams have inquired about Carl Pavano

    Nov 17, 2010, 5:05 PM EST

    Carl Pavano

    Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post reports that the Nationals are one of “six or eight” teams to have engaged in discussions with Carl Pavano. Kilgore says that they met with Pavano’s agent at the GM meetings this week. I wouldn’t read too much into the Nats specifically, because they tend to say that they’re…

  18. Phillies “have done extensive groundwork on a potential deal” for Carlos Quentin

    Nov 17, 2010, 4:47 PM EST

    carlos-quentin-white-sox

    At this point no one seems to believe Philadelphia has any chance of re-signing Jayson Werth and Jayson Stark of ESPN.com reports that the Phillies “have done what one source described as ‘extensive’ groundwork on a potential deal for” White Sox outfielder Carlos Quentin. As a right-handed, power-hitting corner outfielder Quentin makes sense as a…

  19. The White Sox would have done an Ozzie Guillen-to-the-Marlins deal

    Nov 17, 2010, 4:31 PM EST

    Chicago White Sox manager Guillen sits in the dugout against the LA Angels during MLB American League baseball game in Anaheim

    Last month the Chicago Sun-Times reported that the Marlins and the White Sox discussed allowing Ozzie Guillen to skip down to Florida to become the Marlins’ manager in exchange for a player.  The report was shot down by Kenny Williams.  Seems, however, that there was more to it than Kenny let on: Chicago White Sox…

  20. Cody Ross will not get Jeff Loria’s Ferrari

    Nov 17, 2010, 4:03 PM EST

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    A tale as old as time: Jeffrey Loria delivered a rah-rah speech inside the Marlins clubhouse the season before last in which he allegedly told players that he would give them his car — a red Ferrari – if one of them was voted MVP of the National League Championship Series. Cody Ross was there…

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