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  1. Cliff Lee is not accepting offers yet

    Nov 15, 2010, 5:40 PM EST

    cliff lee in delivery

    Jon Heyman says that Cliff Lee’s agent has told teams that Lee is “not taking offers yet” and that he doesn’t see Lee signing before the Winter Meetings next month. I don’t understand. Why would you not take offers yet? If a team makes an offer, that’s information. Could be leverage. You don’t have to…

  2. Rico Brogna quits as Diamondbacks farm director after getting the job last month

    Nov 15, 2010, 5:14 PM EST

    rico brogna

    Three weeks ago the Diamondbacks promoted Rico Brogna to director of player development as part of their front office housecleaning, but today the former big-league first baseman quit the job. Mike Bell will replace Brogna after serving as the Diamondbacks’ minor league field coordinator this season. Arizona senior vice president of scouting and player development…

  3. The Posey and Heyward omitters speak

    Nov 15, 2010, 5:00 PM EST

    Yasushi Kikuchi, the writer who left Buster Posey off his Rookie of the Year ballot, explains himself: Kikuchi said he left Posey off his ballot because of the late-May promotion. “Obviously it was a tough decision,” Kikuchi said. “To me, Rookie of the Year is the best rookie player throughout the whole season. “On the…

  4. No wonder Yankees and Red Sox play never-ending games

    Nov 15, 2010, 4:46 PM EST

    slow clock

    Beyond the Boxscore crunched the numbers on the time pitchers take between pitches and the results are pretty interesting. To no one’s surprise pitchers on the Red Sox (23.3 seconds) and Yankees (22.8 seconds) took the longest time between deliveries to the plate, while the A’s (18.9 seconds) and White Sox (19.1 seconds) were the…

  5. Brad Penny is going to be in the best shape of his life

    Nov 15, 2010, 4:30 PM EST

    Brad Penny

    If you’ve been reading my stuff for a while, you know that I obsessively track those players who are reported to be “in the best shape of their life” each spring. Best Shape of His Life stories can take a couple of different forms. There’s the straightforward “Player X is looking good” story which, if…

  6. Phillies sign Jose Contreras to two-year, $5.5 million extension

    Nov 15, 2010, 4:16 PM EST

    contreras throwing

    Jose Contreras and the Phillies have finalized the two-year contract extension that was reported over the weekend. He’ll get $5.5 million for two seasons and according to Todd Zolecki of MLB.com the Phillies also have a team option for 2013. Based on his 2010 performance alone Contreras is certainly worth the investment, as he thrived…

  7. The Best and Worst Uniforms of All Time: The Kansas City Royals

    Nov 15, 2010, 4:00 PM EST

    Zack Greinke

    The Best: The home uniform has been fairly constant, ranging from a no-number-on-the-front version to a numbered version, and switching between pullover and button-up as trends have dictated. It looks good in all of those guises, but I think I prefer the button-up, numbered version — which has been in use for most of the…

  8. The Best and Worst Uniforms of All Time: The Cleveland Indians

    Nov 15, 2010, 3:30 PM EST

    Indians Buddy Bell

    The Best: Let’s be clear about something: I despise Chief Wahoo. I despise him with the intensity of a thousand burning suns. He’s racist. He’s stupid. And anyone who defends him as “part of the team’s culture and history” should defend this, this and this and argue in favor of their continued use or else…

  9. Rick Peterson fired by Brewers after interviewing for own job

    Nov 15, 2010, 3:18 PM EST

    rick-peterson-brewers

    Rick Peterson has one year left on his contract as Milwaukee’s pitching coach, but last week the Brewers made him re-interview for his own job after hiring Ron Roenicke as their new manager and now Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that they’ve decided to fire him. Rosenthal notes that the Yankees, Mets, and Pirates still…

  10. Pittsburgh writer leaves Heyward off Rookie of the Year ballot, includes two Pirates

    Nov 15, 2010, 2:59 PM EST

    Neil Walker, Jose Tabata

    UPDATE: We now know who the voters who left Buster Posey and Jason Heyward off their Rookie of the Year ballots were: Yasushi Kikuchi of the Kyodo News (He’s a member of the L.A.-Anaheim BBWAA Chapter) was the only one to omit Posey. He had Gaby Sanchez first, Heyward second and Jaime Garcia third. The…

  11. Hisanori Takahashi drawing some interest from Phillies after leaving Mets

    Nov 15, 2010, 2:48 PM EST

    Hisanori Takahashi throwing

    Because of a unique clause in his contract Hisanori Takahashi became a free agent when the Mets failed to sign him to a new contract by November 5 and now Jayson Stark of ESPN.com reports that the Phillies are interested in signing him. Philadelphia is already said to be close to a two-year deal to…

  12. Neftali Feliz beats Austin Jackson for AL Rookie of the Year

    Nov 15, 2010, 2:10 PM EST

    World Series Giants Rangers Baseball

    Rangers closer Neftali Feliz topped Tigers center fielder Austin Jackson in the AL Rookie of the Year balloting, receiving 20 of 28 first-place votes cast by Baseball Writers Association of America members. There will no doubt be considerably more debate about Buster Posey topping Jason Heyward in the NL, but the AL version is also…

  13. Buster Posey is the NL Rookie of the Year

    Nov 15, 2010, 2:06 PM EST

    San Francisco Giants v Texas Rangers, Game 4

    The BBWAA has released the results, and Buster Posey is the National League Rookie of the Year. As expected, Posey and Heyward were number one and number two. Following them on the ballot were Jaime Garcia, Gaby Sanchez, and Neil Walker, respectively. Starlin Castro was sixth. I was rather surprised to see anyone get first…

  14. Cliff Lee “doesn’t like to be the center of attention”

    Nov 15, 2010, 1:30 PM EST

    Cliff Lee wipes face

    We will continue to see this sort of thing until offers start flying. Do they mean anything? Doubtful. I must be sick, though, because I can’t get enough of them: A look of panic crossed Cliff Lee’s face as he walked into the auditorium at the Holland Chapel Church one January evening this year, right…

  15. Kyle Kendrick marries three-time “Survivor” contestant

    Nov 15, 2010, 1:17 PM EST

    kyle kendrick wedding

    Over the weekend Phillies right-hander Kyle Kendrick married former three-time “Survivor” contestant Stephenie LaGrossa. People magazine has all the sappy details, such as the couples’ two dogs acting as flower girls and what dress LaGrossa wore, but I’m more interested in the fact that two-fifths of the Phillies’ rotation is now married to “Survivor” contestants.…

  16. The Best and Worst Uniforms of All Time: The Detroit Tigers

    Nov 15, 2010, 1:00 PM EST

    Portrait of Al Kaline

    The Best: As if there was any question. It looks good in any decade, and on any body type. Well, almost any body type. The whites seem brighter than any other team’s whites. The English D is perfection. It’s the perfect shade of blue. A hair darker than navy, it seems, even if it’s called…

  17. White Sox may turn to Dayan Viciedo at first base if Paul Konerko leaves

    Nov 15, 2010, 12:45 PM EST

    Chicago White Sox v Washington Nationals

    If the White Sox decide to let Paul Konerko leave as a free agent–and with the privilege to match any offer the decision may truly be up to them–they may turn to rookie Dayan Viciedo as the starter at first base, according to Phil Rogers of the Chicago Tribune. With a 167/34 K/BB ratio in…

  18. The SoftBank Hawks are interested in Kenshin Kawakami

    Nov 15, 2010, 12:33 PM EST

    Kawakami  throwing

    The Braves took Kenshin Kawakami out of their rotation last year, and last week they demoted him to Double-A. The hope was that they could find someone — possibly an NPB team — to take him and pick up some of his $6.67 million salary for 2011.  They may have a sucker — er, I…

  19. The Best and Worst Uniforms of All Time: The Chicago White Sox

    Nov 15, 2010, 12:00 PM EST

    White Sox shorts

    No team has messed around as much as the Chicago White Sox. You name it, and they’ve done it: black, white, red, blue, classic, modern, pinstriped, plain. There has been a lot of bad in there, no question, but a lot of good too. The Best: Chicago more or less had it together before the…

  20. Akinori Iwamura returns to Japan after four MLB seasons

    Nov 15, 2010, 11:49 AM EST

    Akinori Iwamura

    Akinori Iwamura left Japan in November of 2006 at age 28, signing a three-year, $7.7 million contract with Tampa Bay after the Rays paid a $4.55 million posting fee just for the rights to negotiate with him. He gave the Rays a solid return on that investment for two-and-a-half seasons, hitting .281/.354/.393 with good defense…

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