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  1. Bruce Chen wants a multi-year deal

    Nov 3, 2010, 5:01 PM EST

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    Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star reports that  Royals pitcher  Bruce Chen said he is looking for a multi-year contract this winter. Which will make him a former Royals pitcher because Kansas City isn’t going to give him such a deal. Not a bad bounce back year for Chen, who went 12-7 with a…

  2. Aramis Ramirez exercises $14.6 million option for 2011

    Nov 3, 2010, 4:45 PM EST

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    For a brief moment Aramis Ramirez dropped some hints about possibly declining his $14.6 million player option for 2011, but presumably his agent (or really anyone with a functional brain) took him aside and said something like, “Uh, you just had your worst season since 2002, maybe take the money.” Ramirez made it official today,…

  3. Yet another “how to fix baseball” article

    Nov 3, 2010, 4:07 PM EST

    This one, from Time Magazine’s blog, is more specific: how to fix the World Series.  The only problem it identifies is low TV ratings which, as we’ve gone on and on about, mean very little in the grand scheme of things. But it’s a slow day, so let’s play along: The first suggestion: don’t schedule…

  4. Mariners decline 2011 options on Erik Bedard, Jose Lopez, and Russell Branyan

    Nov 3, 2010, 3:48 PM EST

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    Seattle declined a trio of 2011 options today: Erik Bedard for $8 million, Russell Branyan for $5 million, and Jose Lopez for $4.5 million. Bedard and Branyan are now free agents, while the Mariners still control Lopez as an arbitration-eligible player. However, there’s a strong chance they’ll non-tender him by the December 2 deadline unless…

  5. The Braves claim Joe Mather off waivers from St. Louis

    Nov 3, 2010, 3:34 PM EST

    This is not exactly how I envisioned Atlanta fixing its outfield problem: the Braves claimed OF Joe Mather off waivers from the Cardinals. He hit a lusty.217 with three RBI in 60 at-bats with the Cardinals last year. OK, I’m just being grumpy. I know that the Braves don’t think of him as a starter.…

  6. Red Sox prospect Adalberto Ibarra has shoulder surgery

    Nov 3, 2010, 3:17 PM EST

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    Back in April the Red Sox signed 22-year-old Cuban catcher Adalberto Ibarra for $4.3 million, but that bonus was lessened to $800,000 after he failed a physical exam due to a shoulder injury. And now it turns out he needed shoulder surgery. Alex Speier of WEEI.com reports that Ibarra underwent surgery yesterday to repair a…

  7. Derek Jeter, six-year deals, and how HBT makes sense of the hot stove rumor mill

    Nov 3, 2010, 2:58 PM EST

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    Jon Heyman is reporting that Derek Jeter is asking for a six year deal. Oh noes! That’s crazy!  But hey, before we get into this, let me say a few words to those of you who weren’t reading HBT last winter — or those of you who forgot — about how we deal with rumors…

  8. After 13 seasons A’s cut ties with oft-injured Eric Chavez

    Nov 3, 2010, 2:45 PM EST

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    Injuries have wrecked Eric Chavez’s career and after paying him $62.5 million to hit just .249/.322/.434 while missing more than half of the team’s games over the past six seasons the A’s declined his $12 million option for 2011. Chavez will get a $3.5 million buyout instead and may be considering retirement despite being just…

  9. The Reds exercise Bronson Arroyo’s $11 million option

    Nov 3, 2010, 2:00 PM EST

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    Ken Rosenthal reports that Bonson Arroyo’s $11 million option has been exercised by the Reds.  He also says that Walt Jocketty wouldn’t mind tearing that up and negotiating a long term deal. If, two years ago, you would have asked me for any one prediction about the winter of 2010-11, it would have been that…

  10. Adrian Beltre officially becomes a free agent by declining $10 million player option

    Nov 3, 2010, 1:49 PM EST

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    As expected, Adrian Beltre has declined his $10 million player option for 2011 and will hit the open market following a monster year that saw him bat .321 with 28 homers and a league-leading 49 doubles for the Red Sox. After an injury wrecked, career-worst campaign for the Mariners last season Beltre turned down some…

  11. Johan Santana moves to have the sexual assault case against him dismissed

    Nov 3, 2010, 1:32 PM EST

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    A year ago,  Johan Santana was accused of rape. The police investigated, found the accuser’s statements “to be inconsistent with that of other witnesses” and declined to file charges.  Back in August, Santana’s accuser filed a civil suit in Florida.  Santana is now asking that it be dismissed. Why? Because the accuser filed it anonymously,…

  12. Diamondbacks likely won’t try to re-sign Brandon Webb

    Nov 3, 2010, 1:16 PM EST

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    Jack Magruder of FOXSportsArizona.com reports that the Diamondbacks are unlikely to re-sign free agent Brandon Webb after paying the former Cy Young winner $8.5 million to throw zero innings this season. According to Magruder “the Diamondbacks have had no conversations with Webb about a new contract and they do not plan to initiate talks moving…

  13. A’s exercise 2011 options on Coco Crisp and Mark Ellis

    Nov 3, 2010, 12:48 PM EST

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    Coco Crisp already broke half of this news on Twitter, but the A’s have officially exercised his $5.75 million option and picked up their $6 million option on Mark Ellis for 2011. Two months ago there was some speculation that the A’s would decline Ellis’ option and perhaps try to work out a new contract…

  14. Former Yankees manager Clyde King dies

    Nov 3, 2010, 12:32 PM EST

    Calling Clyde King a “former Yankees manager” is pretty damn misleading actually, but I couldn’t think of a better headline.  Fact is, King only managed the Yankees for part of one season, leading the Bombers for 62 games in 1982. A season in which three different men managed the team at the height of George…

  15. Marlins decide to stick with Edwin Rodriguez as manager

    Nov 3, 2010, 12:15 PM EST

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    It’s official: Edwin Rodriguez is staying on as the Marlins’ manager. Rodriguez went 46-46 as the interim manager after taking over a 34-36 team from Fredi Gonzalez in late June and following interviews with various candidates to replace him the Marlins have decided to extend his contract through 2011. That puts pressure on Rodriguez to…

  16. Vote on the top 60 Topps cards of all time

    Nov 3, 2010, 12:01 PM EST

    The good folks at Topps would like you help celebrate the company’s 60th anniversary by voting on the top 60 cards of all time.  And it’s a really cool interface, with nice pics of baseball cards you either remember having or coveting at one point or another. Total time suck. The only problem: way, way,…

  17. The Mets will begin interviewing potential managers tomorrow

    Nov 3, 2010, 11:30 AM EST

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    Troubling innuendo aside, the Mets are expected to start interviewing managerial candidates this week, Wally Backman included. That according to Andy Martino of the New York Daily News. Chip Hale is also expected to be interviewed this week. Backman and Hale are both internal candidates, of course.  There are several other internal guys such as…

  18. Cubs prospect Brett Jackson leaves Arizona Fall League with bacterial infection in leg

    Nov 3, 2010, 11:18 AM EST

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    Cubs prospect Brett Jackson headed to the Arizona Fall League last week after being limited by a right ankle injury while playing for Team USA in the Pan American Games qualifying tournament, but now the 2009 first-round pick has been hospitalized with a bacterial infection in the same leg. He appeared in just four games…

  19. Arizona taxpayers to give the Cubs a new spring training facility

    Nov 3, 2010, 11:03 AM EST

    In an election year that allegedly stood for the proposition that government needs to stop its careless, spendthrift ways, the citizens of Mesa, Arizona decided to give the Chicago Cubs a total blank check for the construction of a new spring training facility: On Tuesday, Mesa voters overwhelmingly approved of the City of Mesa’s $99…

  20. Sammy Sosa “shocked” that Mike Remlinger tried to sell his corked bat

    Nov 3, 2010, 10:47 AM EST

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    Mike Remlinger’s attempt to sell Sammy Sosa’s corked bat from 2003 failed yesterday when the reserve price he’d set wasn’t met during an auction in which the high bid was $14,407. Naturally, now Sosa says he’s “shocked” that his former Cubs teammate would do such a thing. Well, technically his “spokesperson” said it, but presumably…

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