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  1. The Cubs are probably going to let Rich Harden go

    Nov 8, 2009, 12:00 PM EDT

    There hasn’t been any definitive statement to this effect, but the Tribune’s Paul Sullivan says that the Cubs “are focusing on re-signing John Grabow in the next two weeks,” and that no one with the Cubs has said a word about Harden.  If John Grabow is at the top of the priority list, you have…

  2. "The Yankees are smug and they are haughty"

    Nov 8, 2009, 11:00 AM EDT

    Sure, that’s an incendiary quote from Jerry Green’s latest column in the Detroit News, but it’s said in the service of a pretty interesting and slightly more nuanced “the Yankees are all that is wrong with baseball” column than we’ve seen in the past few days. Go beyond the headline and read the article.  The…

  3. Sunday Morning Rumors Comin' Down

    Nov 8, 2009, 10:08 AM EDT

    Fox’s Ken Rosenthal’s latest column has all kinds of tidbits to last you until kickoff this afternoon: An unnamed exec can’t feature the Red Sox pulling off a trade for Adrian Gonzalez that makes it worth the Padres’ while.  I agree with Rosenthal: the Padres shouldn’t be in any hurry to trade Gonzalez. Given that…

  4. Joe Torre may stay in L.A. beyond next year

    Nov 8, 2009, 9:04 AM EDT

    Last week rumors were circulating that Don Mattingly was negotiating with the Dodgers to become Joe Torre’s heir apparent.  I thought it was a bad move for Donnie Baseball to bypass offers and interviews from other teams because one never knows what the future might hold. For instance: the man you’re supposed to be succeeding…

  5. Quick hits: Halladay, Snyder, Phillies, Hardy, Sosa

    Nov 7, 2009, 6:27 PM EDT

    - New Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos is reluctant to give up a pitcher of Roy Halladay’s caliber, but realizes that the two parties will likely part ways after 2010, increasing the likelihood of a trade this winter. – Speaking of the Blue Jays, they are discussing a trade that would send first baseman…

  6. Previewing Saturday's Rising Stars Game

    Nov 7, 2009, 3:52 PM EDT

    As Aaron noted on Friday, Stephen Strasburg was scratched from Saturday’s Rising Stars Game in the Arizona Fall League due to a strained muscle in his neck. Bummer. But for those of you who are jonesin’ for some live baseball, many of baseball’s top prospects will still be on display tonight on MLB Network at…

  7. Hot Stove Roundup: Reagins, Maybin, Cuddyer, Snyder

    Nov 7, 2009, 12:54 PM EDT

    With the Hot Stove officially underway, news is coming in at a rapid fire pace. Here’s just a few things you may have missed: – Angels owner Arte Moreno has awarded general manager Tony Reagins with a long-term contract extension. Specifics were not announced, however one club official said it was at least as long…

  8. Jose Canseco plays Mr. Irrelevant

    Nov 7, 2009, 11:41 AM EDT

    While Alex Rodriguez is living the high-life as a member of the newly-crowned World Series Champion Yankees, a person from his past just refuses to go away. During a weigh-in leading up to a celebrity boxing match in Springfield, Mass. this week, Jose Canseco told a reporter from Masslive.com which baseball player he’d love to…

  9. Ramirez to return to Dodgers next season

    Nov 7, 2009, 11:21 AM EDT

    Manny Ramirez will be a Dodger again in 2010. His agent Scott Boras informed general manager Ned Colletti on Friday that the 37-year-old slugger would not exercise the escape clause in his contract. As part of the two-year, $45 million contract that Ramirez signed in March, he had the option to re-enter the free agent…

  10. Mariano Rivera is pretty special

    Nov 6, 2009, 7:39 PM EDT

    Mariano Rivera is a pretty special pitcher. I know, it’s a pretty revelatory statement. First, I direct your attention to this pretty neat interactive graphic from the New York Times. My description won’t do it justice, but the graphic details every single batter of Rivera’s postseason career. Yes, even Mike Piazza’s flyout to end Game…

  11. Phillies exploring other options at third base

    Nov 6, 2009, 6:56 PM EDT

    When asked if Pedro Feliz will return next season, general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. hedged a bit: “More than anything else, we want to see what options may be out there for us and decide whether picking his option up is best suited for this club to try to move forward,” Amaro said. “He had…

  12. Mets decline option on Putz

    Nov 6, 2009, 6:21 PM EDT

    As expected, the Mets have declined their $8.6 million option on J.J. Putz for 2010 by exercising a $1 million buyout. Putz posted a 5.22 ERA and 1.64 WHIP in just 29 games before undergoing right elbow surgery in June. He was shut down for good after suffering a strained right forearm during a rehab…

  13. Link-O-Rama: Lincecum, Strasburg, Podsednik, Matsui, Mulder

    Nov 6, 2009, 4:25 PM EDT

    * Prosecutors in Clark County, Washington have dropped misdemeanor marijuana possession charges in exchange for Tim Lincecum paying $377 in fines, which is apparently standard procedure for first-time offenders who cooperate with police. * So much for watching him pitch in the Arizona Fall League on MLB Network tomorrow. Stephen Strasburg has been scratched from…

  14. Yankees buck trend with 3-man playoff rotation

    Nov 6, 2009, 3:35 PM EDT

    By relying exclusively on CC Sabathia, A.J. Burnett, and Andy Pettitte throughout the postseason the Yankees became the first team since the Twins in 1991 to win the World Series while using only three starting pitchers. Minnesota won that year behind the trio of Jack Morris, Kevin Tapani, and 23-year-old 20-game winner Scott Erickson, and…

  15. Royals decline options on Crisp, Olivo, Yabuta

    Nov 6, 2009, 2:33 PM EDT

    Kansas City jumped into the option-related fun being had across baseball today by declining 2010 options on Coco Crisp, Miguel Olivo, and Yasuhiko Yabuta. Acquired from the Red Sox for reliever Ramon Ramirez last winter, Crisp hit just .228/.336/.378 before undergoing season-ending shoulder surgery to repair a torn labrum in late June. He’s not a…

  16. Phillies exercise Lee's option for 2010; extension talks next?

    Nov 6, 2009, 1:55 PM EDT

    In perhaps the biggest no-brainer decision of the offseason, the Phillies have exercised their $9 million option on Cliff Lee for 2010. While speculation about Roy Halladay dominated the headlines leading up to the July 31 trading deadline the Phillies sent prospects Carlos Carrasco, Jason Knapp, Jason Donald, and Lou Marson to the Indians for…

  17. White Sox complete trade for Teahen, decline Dye's option

    Nov 6, 2009, 1:20 PM EDT

    After some non-denial denials from both sides, the White Sox and Royals made things official with the three-player trade reported yesterday: Mark Teahen to Chicago for Chris Getz and Josh Fields. For a full breakdown of the deal check out my lengthy analysis from yesterday. Short version? Teahen is overrated and probably not worth the…

  18. Brewers and Twins swap Hardy for Gomez

    Nov 6, 2009, 12:49 PM EDT

    For months now the assumption has been that the Brewers would trade J.J. Hardy this offseason and they wasted no time getting a deal done, sending the 27-year-old shortstop to the Twins for 24-year-old center fielder Carlos Gomez. The deal makes sense for both sides. Milwaukee soured on Hardy during a career-worst season, sending him…

  19. Diamondbacks exercise Brandon Webb's $8.5 million option

    Nov 6, 2009, 12:16 PM EDT

    Shoulder problems limited Brandon Webb to just one start this season and he underwent surgery in August, leading to speculation that the Diamondbacks weren’t planning to exercise his $8.5 million option for 2010. However, when Webb made it very clear that he wasn’t interested in working out a new deal the Diamondbacks were faced with…

  20. Link-O-Rama: Teahen, Gonzalez, Sabathia, Leno

    Nov 6, 2009, 11:48 AM EDT

    * Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star did some digging and found that reports of the Royals trading Mark Teahen to the White Sox for Chris Getz and Josh Fields were at least premature and at most simply incorrect. Bill Madden of the New York Daily News initially reported the trade and the Chicago…

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