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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. Tim Belcher named Indians' pitching coach

    Nov 6, 2009, 10:56 AM EDT

    The former Dodger (and six other teams’) pitcher is an Ohio native who has worked for the Tribe for several years now in one of those amorphous “special assistant” jobs. Mostly he’s been acting as a spring pitching coach, scout and traveling instructor. His mission, which he has now accepted: (a) try to get Fausto…

  13. Your Offseason Roadmap

    Nov 6, 2009, 10:29 AM EDT

    Here at CTB we’re going to hit you with news, rumors and commentary all offseason, so if you want, you can simply lock the page in, hit “refresh” over and over again between now and April and never miss a thing. But if you’re one of those types that just has to see what’s ahead, here’s a handy…

  14. Joe Girardi contemplates a change in uniform number

    Nov 6, 2009, 9:55 AM EDT

    Girardi famously selected number 27 to serve as championship inspiration when he was hired last year. Yesterday he said that he may make a move to 28: That’s something I talked to Brian Cashman briefly about today. I think I will. I’ve got to talk to Shelley Duncan to see if he allows me to…

  15. Seventy-nine players filed for free agency yesterday

    Nov 6, 2009, 9:25 AM EDT

    Seventy-nine players filed for free agency yesterday. The two teams with the most filers: the Cardinals with seven and the Dodgers with six. For the Cardinals: Rick Ankiel, Mark DeRosa, Troy Glaus, Khalil Greene, Matt Holliday, Jason LaRue and John Smoltz.  Off the top of my head in terms of “would I sign them-a-bilitiy”: yes, yes,…

  16. Schilling Piles on Pedro

    Nov 6, 2009, 8:55 AM EDT

    It’s been five years since Curt Schilling and Pedro Martinez were less-than-perfectly-friendly teammates, yet old bloody sock can’t seem to let things go. After talking about how he didn’t care all that much for Pedro’s sense of humor and laid back personality back in Boston, Schilling brought some seriously oblivious irony to the table: “You…

  17. Quote of the Day: David Letterman

    Nov 6, 2009, 8:20 AM EDT

    “Andy, I think you left for three years to go run a Dairy Queen or something.” – David Letterman to Andy Pettitte last night, subtly reminding everyone that the “Core Four” weren’t all with the Yankees since 1995. It’s a cheap shot, though.  Dairy Queen at least has Blizzards. In contrast, there’s very little enjoyment…

  18. Tim Lincecum cited for marijuana possession following traffic stop

    Nov 5, 2009, 7:58 PM EDT

    Tim Lincecum is facing misdemeanor drug possession charges after being found with 3.3 grams of marijuana during a routine traffic stop last week. According to police, Lincecum was stopped for going 74 miles per hour in a 60-mph zone in his home state of Washington last Friday morning and the state trooper smelled marijuana coming…

  19. Pouliot's thoughts on the Teahen trade, Abreu and more

    Nov 5, 2009, 6:28 PM EDT

    White Sox acquire 3B-OF Mark Teahen from the Royals for 2B Chris Getz and 3B Josh Fields Neither player the White Sox surrendered for Teahen is likely to come back and bite them in a big way. I just wrote this about Getz in the AL Rookie Review on Monday: Getz always showed a knack…

  20. Red Sox land outfielder Hermida in deal with Marlins

    Nov 5, 2009, 5:54 PM EDT

    The Red Sox acquired disappointing outfielder Jeremy Hermida in a three-player deal with the Marlins on Thursday, surrendering left-handers Hunter Jones and Jose Alvarez in the bargain. Hermida was hardly an obvious fit for the Red Sox, given his left-handedness and the presence of J.D. Drew and Jacoby Ellsbury ahead of him in the outfield.…

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