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

    Nov 2, 2010, 4:19 PM EST

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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,…

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

    Nov 2, 2010, 3:59 PM EST

    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,…

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

    Nov 2, 2010, 3:48 PM EST

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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…

  4. Quote of the Day: Edgar Renteria

    Nov 2, 2010, 3:28 PM EST

    San Francisco Giants v Texas Rangers, Game 5

    Great, great stuff from a guy who sounds like a class act

  5. Brewers bypass Bobby Valentine, choose Ron Roenicke as new manager

    Nov 2, 2010, 3:11 PM EST

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    Joe Cowley of the Chicago Sun-Times just tweeted that “sources are saying that Brewers have hired Ron Roenicke” to be their new manager. Cowley covers the White Sox, not the Brewers, but Chicago bench coach Joey Cora was in the mix for the Milwaukee job. Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel passed along Cowley’s…

  6. The Giants World Series win: in newspaper front pages

    Nov 2, 2010, 3:00 PM EST

    Check out the McCovey Chronicles’ collection of newspaper covers with Giants World Series victory stories. You have to go down to Memphis’s Commercial Appeal to find a “San Francisco Treat” headline, but there are multiple “Say Heys.” By the way, this is why, no matter how many big media sites launch baseball blogs [cough, cough],…

  7. White Sox re-sign Omar Vizquel to one-year, $1.75 million deal

    Nov 2, 2010, 2:55 PM EST

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    According to the team’s official Twitter feed the White Sox have re-signed Omar Vizquel to a one-year contract and Scott Merkin of MLB.com reports that the deal is worth $1.75 million after the 43-year-old Vizquel earned $1.375 million this season from a one-year deal signed last November. After getting a career-low 195 plate appearances as…

  8. Kevin Youkilis is preparing for third base

    Nov 2, 2010, 2:30 PM EST

    Kevin Youkilis

    The Red Sox have a tricky offseason ahead of them. They have to figure out if they can bring Adiran Beltre back, and if not, what to do about third base. Or maybe first base, because Kevin Youkilis is being a team player and is talking like he’s ready and eager to take over the…

  9. Diamondbacks unlikely to exercise $7.5 million option on Adam LaRoche

    Nov 2, 2010, 2:19 PM EST

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    An official decision won’t have to be made until later this week, but Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports that the Diamondbacks are unlikely to exercise their $7.5 million option on first baseman Adam LaRoche for 2011. Back in September both LaRoche and the team expressed interest in working out a contract extension, but…

  10. The Pirates can finally get their managerial search going

    Nov 2, 2010, 2:02 PM EST

    Though the Pirates have interviewed a ton of people for their vacant manager’s job, the only really inspiring one of the lot — John Gibbons — has opted out, preferring to remain the Royals’ bench coach.  The thinking  has been that those guys were all just fallbacks, and that Pittsburgh had its heart set on…

  11. MLB teams have until Friday to bid on negotiating rights to star Japanese pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma

    Nov 2, 2010, 1:47 PM EST

    GQ Men Of The Year 2009

    Two months ago Japanese pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma was said to be interested in leaving the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles for MLB and now the Kyoda News reports that he’s officially been “posted” as an available player. According to the report, MLB teams “will have until Friday to submit sealed bids and the highest paying club…

  12. HBT Daily: Easily my most embarrassing moment on video ever

    Nov 2, 2010, 1:27 PM EST

    There’s wrong, there’s really wrong, there’s really effing wrong, and then there’s me on the Giants last July

  13. Red Sox set to hire Curt Young as new pitching coach

    Nov 2, 2010, 1:17 PM EST

    Curt Young

    Alex Speier of WEEI.com reports that the Red Sox will hire Curt Young as their new pitching coach. Young was the A’s pitching coach for the past six seasons, but reportedly turned down a 40 percent raise to remain in Oakland. Instead he’ll head to Boston to replace John Farrell, who left the Red Sox…

  14. Ron Washington is going to get a new deal very soon

    Nov 2, 2010, 1:01 PM EST

    Ron Washington press conference

    Ron Washington getting a contract extension after his great season at the helm of the Rangers is about as surprising as some tabloid columnist framing the Giants World Series victory in terms of Barry Bonds.  Yeah, that matters.  Anyway, here’s Jon Daniels on offseason priorities: “First things first, we’ll address our own free agents as…

  15. Read the scouting report on a 20-year-old Edgar Renteria

    Nov 2, 2010, 12:45 PM EST

    edgar renteria marlins

    Conor Glassey of Baseball America dug through the magazine’s archives and found their scouting report on a 20-year-old Edgar Renteria from 1995, when he was the No. 1 prospect in the Marlins’ farm system and about six months from his big-league debut. The whole thing is definitely worth reading, but here are a few particularly…

  16. Comment of the Day: Pat Burrell breathes a sigh of relief

    Nov 2, 2010, 12:29 PM EST

    San Francisco Giants v Texas Rangers, Game 5

    Levi Stahl and I had the exact same thought following Edgar Rentaria’s dinger: I don’t know if I’ve ever seen any player more clearly relieved to have been taken off the hook than Pat Burrell after that home run. He just looked flat-out overjoyed and grateful–it was like Renteria had won the game just for…

  17. Hot stove time: What will be the biggest stories this offseason?

    Nov 2, 2010, 12:00 PM EST

    Hot stove

    The carpet of the visitor’s clubhouse down in Texas is still wet with bubbly and the Giants are still several hours from having their hangovers kick in, but it’s never too early to think about what’s next. That’s especially true this year with the free agency season getting into full swing so soon after the…

  18. Will the Rangers bring back Vladimir Guerrero for $9 million?

    Nov 2, 2010, 11:49 AM EST

    World Series Rangers Giants Baseball

    Vladimir Guerrero’s poor postseason performance has people questioning if the Rangers should exercise their half of his $9 million mutual option for 2011, but the truth is that should have been in question well before the playoffs even began. Guerrero went 13-for-59 (.220) with zero homers and a measly .513 OPS in the playoffs, striking…

  19. Tigers decline Jhonny Peralta’s option for 2011, but may work out new deal

    Nov 2, 2010, 11:17 AM EST

    Jhonny Peralta

    Last week the Tigers were said to be working on a two-year contract with Jhonny Peralta and Jason Beck of MLB.com reports that the two sides are still talking, but in the meantime they declined his $7.5 million option for 2011. Detroit should be able to re-sign him for quite a bit less than that…

  20. Should Cliff Lee have pitched to Renteria?

    Nov 2, 2010, 11:00 AM EST

    San Francisco Giants v Texas Rangers, Game 5

    It isn’t all hindsight. Before Cliff Lee gave up that home run to Edgar Renteria last night there were multiple people on my Twitter feed — lots of beat writers and bloggers and everyone — thinking that with first base open and the punchless Aaron Rowand on deck, Lee should have pitched around Renteria or…

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