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  1. Sandy Alderson’s father killed in pedestrian accident

    Nov 14, 2010, 7:20 PM EST

    A bit of rough news here. Adam Rubin of ESPN New York reports that the father of new Mets GM Sandy Alderson died on Saturday night due to injuries sustained upon being struck by a vehicle in St. Petersburg, Florida.  Authorities are investigating the incident, but no charges have yet been filed against the 21-year-old…

  2. Jays and Uggla seem an unlikely match

    Nov 14, 2010, 4:57 PM EST

    Dan Uggla

    Not to say it couldn’t work out.   But Buster Olney’s report that the Jays, according to rival executives, have emerged as the favorites to acquire Dan Uggla strikes an odd chord. The Jays not only led the majors in homers last season, but they did it with a total nearly 20 percent greater than any…

  3. 2008 first overall pick Tim Beckham becomes a long shot

    Nov 14, 2010, 3:30 PM EST

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    As the St. Petersburg Times’ Marc Topkin points out here, the first overall pick in the 2008 draft, Tim Beckham, was left off Baseball America’s list of the Rays’ top 10 prospects when it was announced last week. Beckham, a shortstop taken out of a Georgia high school, was ranked by BA as the Rays’…

  4. Fake trade: Dan Uggla to Rays for B.J. Upton, Jason Bartlett

    Nov 14, 2010, 2:30 PM EST

    B.J. Upton

    The following scenario is completely hypothetical and should not be taken as an actual rumor, much less a completed deal. Rays acquire second baseman Dan Uggla from the Marlins for outfielder B.J. Upton and shortstop Jason Bartlett. Why it works for Tampa Bay: The Rays finished third in the AL in runs scored last season, but the team was…

  5. Jose Guillen drug case: HGH was signed for by wife

    Nov 14, 2010, 1:40 PM EST

    San Diego Padres v San Francisco Giants

    With the investigation ongoing, some new details came to light Sunday. A shipment of 50 pre-loaded syringes was sent to Jose Guillen’s house and signed for by his wife in September, a source close to the investigation told the New York Daily News. According to the report, DEA agents, monitoring the activies of the alleged…

  6. Sad-sack Indians to sport sub-$50 million payroll in 2011

    Nov 14, 2010, 1:00 PM EST

    According to the Cleveland Plain Dealer’s Paul Hoynes, the Indians’ 2011 payroll is expected to fall in the $40 million-$50 million range, potentially making the team baseball’s thriftiest. The Indians opened 2010 with a $61.2 million payroll, down from $81.6 million to begin 2009.  That ranked them 24th among the 30 teams.  The only two…

  7. Pirates get their man, hire Clint Hurdle as new manager

    Nov 14, 2010, 11:52 AM EST

    Clint Hurdle

    Clint Hurdle has clearly been atop the Pirates’ manager wish list all offseason, but the Mets expressing interest in the former Rockies skipper threatened to ruin Pittsburgh’s plans. However, according to Jon Heyman of SI.com the Pirates have agreed to a contract with Hurdle, who’ll replace John Russell as manager of a team that hasn’t…

  8. Cardinals looking for upgrade over Brendan Ryan at shortstop

    Nov 14, 2010, 11:44 AM EST

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    Brendan Ryan is one of the elite defensive shortstops in baseball, but he followed up a solid 2009 season at the plate by hitting just .223 with a lowly .573 OPS this year and general manager John Mozeliak told Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post Dispatch that the Cardinals will look to upgrade the…

  9. Rosenthal: The Marlins could trade Dan Uggla within the week

    Nov 14, 2010, 11:00 AM EST

    Dan Uggla

    Ken Rosenthal reports that the Dan Uggla saga — in which he says he wants to stay but has rejected a big offer, and the Marlins say they want to keep him but have cut off negotiations — may be concluded this week. How? With a trade, which he reports the Marlins are “down the…

  10. Your Awards Week Preview

    Nov 14, 2010, 10:26 AM EST

    Mariners' Hernandez throws against the Blue Jays in their MLB American League baseball game in Toronto

    Starting tomorrow, the Baseball Writers Association of America will announce the winners of the major postseason awards. Tomorrow is Rookie of the Year Awards (both of them), Tuesday is the NL Cy Young Award, Wednesday is both Manager of the Year Awards, Thursday is the AL Cy Young Award, next Monday is the NL MVP…

  11. And then there were two: Collins, Melvin appear to be finalists for the Mets job

    Nov 14, 2010, 9:41 AM EST

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    With Clint Hurdle looking more and more like he’s destined for Pittsburgh, it’s being reported that the Mets have narrowed their managerial search down to two men: Terry Collins and Bob Melvin. While Jose Oquendo is on Sandy Alderson’s interview schedule, the New York Times is saying that he’s not “a serious contender.”  Same with…

  12. Kirk Gibson’s 1988 home run bat sells for $575,912

    Nov 14, 2010, 9:00 AM EST

    Kirk Gibson Dodgers home run

    I can’t believe what I just saw! Is it just me, or does over half a million bucks for a bat from 1988 seem excessive? Because that’s what the bat Kirk Gibson used to hit his famous walkoff homer in the 1988 World Series went for last night.  $575,912 to be exact.  Other items sold:…

  13. Are John Sterling and Suzyn Waldman nearing the end of their run as the voice of the Yankees?

    Nov 14, 2010, 8:21 AM EST

    John Sterling

    The Daily News reminds us that the Yankees contract with WCBS-AM expires at the end of the 2011 season, so with it so do the contracts of radio voiced John Sterling and Suzyn Waldman. Moreover, there has not been any serious negotiation between the Yankees and WCBS yet, and other stations are reportedly interested in…

  14. Cameron Maybin trade a bigger gamble for Marlins than Padres

    Nov 13, 2010, 7:00 PM EST

    Cameron Maybin

    Constricted by a payroll that’s barely a third of that of division leader Philadelphia, the Florida Marlins should be rolling the dice on high-upside players like Cameron Maybin.  Instead, they chose Saturday to give up on the 23-year-old center fielder, sending him to San Diego for a pair of setup men in Ryan Webb and Edward Mujica.…

  15. Babe Ruth home run ball goes for $264,500 at auction

    Nov 13, 2010, 6:10 PM EST

    Jeremy Kraft

    According to the Associated Press, the ball Babe Ruth hit for his 702nd career home run went for $264,500 earlier today at the Louisville Slugger Museum’s seventh annual live auction. Ruth hit the home run in 1934 and later signed the ball. Of course, he finished his career with 714 round-trippers. The ball was passed…

  16. Quote of the Day: David Wright on Jeff Francoeur

    Nov 13, 2010, 5:01 PM EST

    Jeff Francoeur

    Here’s David Wright, as quoted by Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com, when asked if he was rooting for his former teammate Jeff Francoeur in the World Series: “I really was. I was rooting for him. I think he finds a way to get in the camera shot. He’s everywhere. He didn’t play all that much, but…

  17. UPDATE: Marlins trade Cameron Maybin to Padres for two relievers

    Nov 13, 2010, 4:12 PM EST

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    UPDATE: Well, the Marlins may have the bullpen help they were looking for. According to Krasovic, the Marlins will acquire right-handers Ryan Webb and Edward Mujica from the Padres in exchange for Maybin. Webb, who turns 25 in February, posted a 2.90 ERA and 44/19 K/BB ratio over 59 innings with the Padres this past…

  18. Pirates ramping up efforts to hire Clint Hurdle as manager

    Nov 13, 2010, 3:24 PM EST

    Clint Hurdle

    According to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com, the Pirates have “increased efforts” to hire Clint Hurdle as manager. One source tells Rosenthal that the process is “moving forward at a rapid pace.” Hurdle, of course, is also a candidate for the Mets’ managerial vacancy. He is considered a favorite for the job along with Terry Collins…

  19. Dayton Moore says Royals won’t be active in free agency

    Nov 13, 2010, 2:35 PM EST

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    David DeJesus and his $6 million salary for 2011 was shipped off to the Athletics earlier this week, but Royals general manager Dayton Moore told Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star that he doesn’t intend to invest the cost savings in free agents. “It’s not cost effective at this time for us to be…

  20. UPDATE: Dodgers close to re-signing Hiroki Kuroda

    Nov 13, 2010, 1:19 PM EST

    Hiroki Kuroda pitches

    UPDATE: Buster Olney of ESPN.com also hears that the Dodgers are close to keeping Kuroda for one year at $12 million. 12:27 AM: Patrick Newman of NPB Tracker originally stated that 1 billon yen works out to $8 million, which looked like an awesome deal for the Dodgers. Turns out the exchange rate was incorrect.…

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