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  1. Report: Marlins offer Dan Uggla a four-year deal

    Nov 4, 2010, 12:35 PM EST

    Dan Uggla

    The Marlins have been content to let Dan Uggla do the arbitration thing the past couple of years, actually going to arbitration before the 2009 season and signing a one-year arbitration-avoiding deal this past offseason. His consistently strong production, however, has led to the point where they have to go long term with him, it…

  2. Astros eliminate “advance scout” position to focus on video

    Nov 4, 2010, 12:15 PM EST

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    In his first year as manager Brad Mills encouraged Astros players to rely extensively on video to scout opponents and analyze their own performance, and now Zachary Levine of the Houston Chronicle reports that the team is eliminating the position of “advance scout” to focus even more on video work. The news isn’t quite as…

  3. The Cubs aren’t exactly aiming high on the free agent market

    Nov 4, 2010, 12:04 PM EST

    Nick Johnson

    Cubs fans envisioning Jayson Werth or Adam Dunn in the fold can put those thoughts to rest, it seems, because according to the Sun-Times, Jim Hendry isn’t thinking that big: With a payroll budget that figures to leave little room for big-shot free agents, indications are that general manager Jim Hendry is focusing more on…

  4. The Brewers make Ron Roenicke’s hiring official

    Nov 4, 2010, 11:30 AM EST

    My wife is crying upstairs. I hear cars coming to the house. Brewers beat reporter of mine, I think it’s time you told your Don what everyone seems to know: It’s official: Ron Roenicke is the next Milwaukee Brewers field manager. The Brewers made the announcement Thursday morning and planned to introduce Roenicke, 54, at…

  5. State taxes could play a factor in Cliff Lee choosing between Rangers and Yankees

    Nov 4, 2010, 11:19 AM EST

    Cliff Lee Family

    While speculation swirls about how much Cliff Lee enjoyed his time in Texas and how much his wife disliked her time in New York, an overlooked factor in his free agent decision-making could be state income taxes. Darren Rovell of CNBC wrote a very interesting article examining the differences in taxes Lee would pay depending…

  6. How surprising were the Giants?

    Nov 4, 2010, 11:00 AM EST

    Tim Marchman over at Sports Illustrated has a great post up this morning counting down all of the wild card-era World Series champions and ranking them from most surprising to least surprising. You won’t be, er, surprised, to find the 1998 Yankees at the bottom of the list.  Many of you may be quite surprised…

  7. Are coaches underpaid? (And how much was Davey Lopes worth to the Phillies?)

    Nov 4, 2010, 10:48 AM EST

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    I’ve been thinking about the value of coaches lately, in part because the Cardinals only had to shell out $750,000 per season to make Dave Duncan the highest-paid pitching coach in baseball and in part because the Phillies let first base coach Davey Lopes go over failed contract talks that probably involved a difference of…

  8. Yu Darvish is coming to the United States . . . in 2012

    Nov 4, 2010, 10:30 AM EST

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    People have been getting rather excited over the possibility of Japanese pitcher Yu Darvish coming to America for some time.  Recently we learned that, nope, it won’t be in 2011.  David Lennon of Newsday reports however that it will happen in 2012. Interesting, I suppose, but one of the biggest knocks on Darvish is that…

  9. Rays may try to re-sign Dan Wheeler and Willy Aybar after declining options

    Nov 4, 2010, 10:15 AM EST

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    Tampa Bay declined 2011 options on Dan Wheeler at $4 million and Willy Aybar at $2.25 million, but Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times reports that the Rays may try to re-sign both players to lesser salaries. Aybar batted just .230/.309/.344 in 309 plate appearances while playing mostly designated hitter, so giving him a…

  10. Are the White Sox going to let A.J. Pierzynski walk?

    Nov 4, 2010, 9:58 AM EST

    A.J. Pierzynski

    Jim Bowden reports — that always sounds weird, by the way — that the White Sox have not yet offered a contract to free agent catcher A.J. Pierzynski. And maybe they shouldn’t, because he has declined a great deal and he probably wants multiple years when he doesn’t really deserve them.  But it does leave…

  11. Jeff Francoeur wants to play every day

    Nov 4, 2010, 9:27 AM EST

    Florida Marlins v Atlanta Braves

    Because they can’t help themselves, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution spoke with Jeff Francoeur yesterday.  Mostly chitchat, but this question about Francoeur’s hopes and dreams for next season stood out: Q. A part-time role isn’t what you’re after, is it? A. No, I want to play every day, and the Rangers know that. That’s why I said…

  12. The Mets slash ticket prices

    Nov 4, 2010, 8:58 AM EST

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    Mets attendance went way down in 2010, and the team has reacted: they’ve lowered ticket prices.  Season tickets are a flat 10% off. Given how many categories of tickets any given ballpark has it’s complicated beyond that — big cuts for some categories of seats, slight increases for others — but the team says that…

  13. Ron Roenicke: an inspiring choice for the Brewers

    Nov 4, 2010, 8:31 AM EST

    Great story by Adam McCalvy at MLB.com about Ron Roenicke, who will soon take over the Brewers.  Seems that in the aftermath of Nick Adenhart’s death last year, Roenicke was instrumental in helping to pull the team together. He particularly impressed Scott Boras, Adenhart’s agent, who was in the clubhouse along with Adenhart’s father and…

  14. The Giants had a big parade

    Nov 4, 2010, 8:00 AM EST

    San Francisco Giants Victory Parade

    The Giants had their victory parade in San Francisco, and it seemed pretty nuts by victory parade standards.  It’s always hard to estimate this stuff — and estimates always seem to err on the ridiculously high side — but the Chronicle said that hundreds of thousands lined the parade route. Random tweets and things from…

  15. Huff wants to re-sign with Giants: ‘I love this place’

    Nov 4, 2010, 2:00 AM EST

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    Not that he would say anything different during the Giants championship victory parade, but free agent first baseman Aubrey Huff was pretty emphatic in saying that he wants to return to San Francisco next season. From the Associated Press: “Oh, absolutely, without question,” Huff said. “I won a World Series here. I’ve been in last…

  16. Cliff Lee, cowboy boots and free agent madness

    Nov 4, 2010, 1:06 AM EST

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    Just after midnight Eastern on Saturday night it will be open season on free agents. But the madness is already starting. According to ‘Duk over at BLS, Cliff Lee has been spotted buying cowboy boots! Hold the presses! This clearly means Cliff Lee is staying with the Texas Rangers right? Or maybe he’s interested in…

  17. Talks between Jeter and Yankees already looking problematic

    Nov 3, 2010, 9:48 PM EST

    Texas Rangers v New York Yankees, Game 4

    When it comes to matters of Derek Jeter, the Yankees and free agency, everyone seems to agree on one thing: it’s best that the negotiations do not turn ugly.  Unfortunately, that may no longer be possible. Yankees managing partner Hal Steinbrenner told a New York-based radio station Tuesday that Jeter is wanted back, but also…

  18. Ryne Sandberg will not be returning to Cubs next season

    Nov 3, 2010, 8:34 PM EST

    Ryne Sandberg

    When Lou Piniella stepped down from his post as Cubs manager earlier this year, there was an assumption that Triple-A Iowa skipper and Cubs legend Ryne Sandberg would take over to start the 2011 season.  Then Mike Quade stepped in, led the Cubbies to a 24-13 down the stretch and was awarded the full-time position…

  19. Rangers nearing multi-year extension with Ron Washington

    Nov 3, 2010, 7:20 PM EST

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    Rangers GM Jon Daniels told reporters soon after his club’s loss in the World Series that locking up manager Ron Washington to a multi-year contract was his first offseason priority.  He wasn’t lying. The two sides will sit down on Thursday and work out the final details of a contract extension, according to MLB.com’s T.R.…

  20. Chris Young’s option declined by Padres

    Nov 3, 2010, 6:38 PM EST

    Chris Young

    Confirming something GM Jed Hoyer admitted was coming a month ago, the Padres on Wednesday declined Chris Young’s $8.5 million option for 2011. After missing five months with a shoulder injury, Young returned in September to post a 1.49 ERA in three starts, and he surely would have been a part of San Diego’s postseason…

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