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  1. Report: Bradley talks involve Blue Jays, Mets, Rays

    Nov 9, 2009, 7:33 PM EDT’s Ken Rosenthal said Monday that the Cubs and Mets have discussed a deal that would send Milton Bradley to New York for Luis Castillo and then onto Toronto for Lyle Overbay. Rosenthal believes such a deal is a long shot, since the Jays don’t appear to be interested in a one-for-one trade. Perhaps that…

  2. Wakefield to keep knuckling along in Boston

    Nov 9, 2009, 5:44 PM EDT

    Torn up Monday was baseball’s one truly unique contract. And, arguably, one of the most foolish. In April 2005, a then 38-year-old Tim Wakefield made a deal with the Red Sox that gave the team a one-year, $4 million extension for 2006 and $4 million in perpetuity after that. The Red Sox had exercised those…

  3. Elias Sports Bureau releases free agent rankings

    Nov 9, 2009, 4:12 PM EDT

    This afternoon Elias Sports Bureau released the 2010 free agent rankings, which determine draft pick compensation received by teams losing players. Type A free agents require the signing team to send the old team their first draft pick after the 15th overall selection, with the old team also receiving a “sandwich” pick between the first…

  4. Red Sox exercise Victor Martinez's option, cut Alex Gonzalez loose

    Nov 9, 2009, 2:51 PM EDT

    In a pair of no-brainer decisions for 2010, the Red Sox have exercised their $7.1 million option on Victor Martinez and declined their $6 million option on Alex Gonzalez. Acquired from the Indians at the trading deadline, Martinez hit .336/.405/.507 with 41 RBIs in 56 games for the Red Sox while splitting time between catcher…

  5. Free agent Rodney an interesting test case for the value of saves and closers

    Nov 9, 2009, 2:01 PM EDT

    After six years spent as a mostly mediocre setup man Fernando Rodney picked a perfect season to become a full-time closer and go 37-for-38 converting saves, because now he’s hitting the open market as a free agent with his value at an all-time high. However, look past the saves and Rodney really wasn’t all that…

  6. Link-O-Rama: Pudge, Myers, Money, Matsui

    Nov 9, 2009, 1:10 PM EDT

    * After filing for free agency Ivan Rodriguez said that he hopes to play 2-3 more seasons and wants to re-sign with the Rangers. To which general manager Jon Daniels replied: “Pudge had a good return to our organization, but we’re still evaluating other options.” Texas likely wants to see how Jarrod Saltalamacchia is doing…

  7. General manager meetings start today in Chicago

    Nov 9, 2009, 12:33 PM EDT

    Today is the start of the annual general manager meetings in Chicago, which are not to be confused with the far more interesting, action-packed, and media-driven winter meetings that begin next month in Indianapolis. Bruce Miles of the Arlington Heights Daily Herald has a preview of what the GMs will be up to for the…

  8. Blue Jays call off Overbay-for-Snyder trade

    Nov 9, 2009, 11:47 AM EDT

    Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports that the Blue Jays have backed away from a nearly completed Lyle Overbay-for-Chris Snyder trade because of concerns about the catcher’s surgically repaired back. Snyder underwent microdiscectomy surgery in September to relieve pressure on a nerve in his back after hitting just .200/.333/.352 this season in his least…

  9. The Rangers could deal a pitcher

    Nov 9, 2009, 10:54 AM EDT

    That’s odd to hear. The Rangers never have pitching to spare. In fact, the entire modern history of the Texas Rangers has been a distinct lack of pitching. Until last year, that is, when they were suddenly strong in that department.’s T.R. Sullivan, however, describes the putative strength from which Texas could deal: The Rangers…

  10. Where are the aces going?

    Nov 9, 2009, 9:57 AM EDT

    There’s no CC Sabathia available this offseason, but between John Lackey, Roy Halladay and Javier Vazquez, there are at least three options available for a team looking to upgrade the rotation.  ESPN’s Buster Olney looks at possible landing pads for each of them. There are no perfect fits, but Olney likes Lackey in Milwaukee of…

  11. Sammy Sosa's complexion explained

    Nov 9, 2009, 9:25 AM EDT

    Because there hasn’t been a ton of baseball news in recent days, a lot of folks were talking about Sammy Sosa’s complexion: as in, he looked like a cross between later period Michael Jackson and a zombie when he showed up at the Latin Grammy Awards over the weekend.  No worries, says a friend of…

  12. The McCourts: "a pattern of broken promises, deception, and misrepresentation."

    Nov 9, 2009, 8:55 AM EDT

    We’ve had a lot of blow by blow of the McCourt divorce, but today comes some added flavor in the form of a background piece on the power couple from the Boston Globe, their former hometown newspaper.  Lots of interesting detail, including one passage regarding their earlier bid to buy the Red Sox, which I…

  13. The Philles decline Feliz's option

    Nov 9, 2009, 8:20 AM EDT

    There are a metric butt-ton of third basemen on the market this winter, so the Phillies decided that it was not worth paying their current one $5.5 million: The Phillies have declined the option for 2010 on third baseman Pedro Feliz’ contract, general manager Ruben Amaro, Jr. announced in a press release. The Phillies had a…

  14. Mother of Victor Zambrano reportedly kidnapped

    Nov 9, 2009, 12:53 AM EDT

    According to a report from’s Jon Heyman, the mother of former big league pitcher Victor Zambrano was kidnapped sometime Sunday morning from Zambrano’s farm outside of Maracay, Venezuela. The information came to Heyman via a telephone call from Zambrano’s agent Peter Greenburg. Earlier this summer in Venezuela, the son of Colorado Rockies catcher Yorvit…

  15. Dodgers having 2nd thoughts on Padilla?

    Nov 8, 2009, 11:30 PM EDT

    Phil Rogers of the Chicago Tribune is reporting/theorizing that the L.A. Dodgers are re-thinking the whole idea of re-signing pitcher Vicente Padilla in the offseason. According to Rogers, the Dodgers are “asking hard questions” about the incident last week in which Padilla shot himself in the leg (or was shot by his bodyguard) in what…

  16. Tim Lincecum: social pioneer

    Nov 8, 2009, 3:29 PM EDT

    At least to the San Jose Mercury News, he is: Though it won’t be on the same epic scale as a Jackie Robinson or a Muhammad Ali, who sacrificed considerable parts of themselves to bear necessary torches, Lincecum’s contribution will stand as part of another movement. When marijuana is fully decriminalized and legalized sometime in…

  17. Two mound meetings and you have to change pitchers

    Nov 8, 2009, 1:00 PM EDT

    That’s one of the three proposed rule changes Nico of Athletics Nation makes this morning. He’s not just talking about manager visits: catcher and infielder pow-wows would be limited too.  His reasoning on that one is that conferences in every other sport are limited by the number of time outs and natural breaks in the…

  18. 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…

  19. "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…

  20. 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…

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