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  1. Tracy a free agent after Arizona picks $1 million buyout over $7 million option

    Nov 5, 2009, 2:38 PM EDT

    When the Diamondbacks signed Chad Tracy to a long-term contract in May of 2006 he was a 26-year-old lifetime .296/.354/.484 hitter who had emerged as the team’s starting third baseman following a hugely productive minor-league career. Buying out his three seasons of arbitration eligibility for $13.25 million and getting a $7 million team option for…

  2. Dodgers decline Garland's $10 million option

    Nov 5, 2009, 1:52 PM EDT

    When the Diamondbacks traded Jon Garland to the Dodgers on August 31 they agreed to pay his remaining 2009 salary and cover his $2.5 million buyout for 2010, so it comes as no surprise that Los Angeles officially declined the right-hander’s $10 million option this afternoon. Garland pitched well for the Dodgers down the stretch,…

  3. Busy White Sox re-sign Mark Kotsay for one year, $1.5 million

    Nov 5, 2009, 1:10 PM EDT

    General manager Ken Williams has been busy, as usual. In addition to reportedly acquiring Mark Teahen from the Royals for Chris Getz and Josh Fields, the White Sox announced this afternoon that they’ve re-signed Mark Kotsay to a one-year, $1.5 million deal. Acquired from the Red Sox for Brian Anderson in late July, the 33-year-old…

  4. Girardi wins World Series, helps crash victim on way home

    Nov 5, 2009, 12:31 PM EDT

    On his way home from managing the Yankees to their 27th championship last night Joe Girardi reportedly “stopped to help a woman who had lost control of her car on the Cross County Parkway and crashed into a wall.” According to Hoa Nguyen of the New York Journal News, the crash happened at 2:25 a.m.…

  5. Report: Royals trade Teahen to White Sox for Getz and Fields

    Nov 5, 2009, 11:44 AM EDT

    Nothing is official yet, but Bill Madden of the New York Daily News reports that the Royals have agreed to trade Mark Teahen to the White Sox for Chris Getz and Josh Fields. According to Madden the White Sox plan to use Teahen in right field as the replacement for free agent Jermaine Dye, who’s…

  6. The McCourts go to court

    Nov 5, 2009, 11:00 AM EDT

    For those of you who think that tooth-and-nail competition ended with Victorino’s groundout last night, you couldn’t be more wrong. The McCourts will have the first of what are sure to be many offseason hearings in there divorce battle cum power struggle later today, and unlike some of the stuff that will come later, this one…

  7. Did the Yankees buy their title?

    Nov 5, 2009, 10:25 AM EDT

    Here are the first two I’ve seen of what I am sure will be many sour grapes reactions to the Yankees’ title today: Kevin Cowherd of the Baltimore Sun: I hate the Yankees. I feel like crying whenever they win. Still, it was inevitable that the season finish this way. The Yankees were the best team in…

  8. Jimmy Rollins: the Phillies are still the better team

    Nov 5, 2009, 9:55 AM EDT

    Take it away Jimmy: “They were the better team this series. Do I think we’re the better team? I really do. They just executed.” Um, yeah. Look, I wasn’t critical of Rollins’ prediction before the Series, because if I was the manager of a team I’d want my players to think they’re going to win.…

  9. What they're saying about the Yankees' 27th Championship

    Nov 5, 2009, 9:25 AM EDT

    Let’s take a trip around the blogosphere: Baseball Prospectus: “Maybe Joe Girardi does overmanage. Maybe Alex Rodriguez really is a choker Centaur. Maybe the new Stadium doesn’t have ghosts. What they all have now is a new championship banner and a set of rings on the way. Whether this was for George (as Selig said) or for…

  10. The champagne goggles are very lame, but very necessary

    Nov 5, 2009, 8:55 AM EDT

    Anyone else feel that the post-clinch champagne celebrations feel scripted and rote by now?  Like it’s something that players feel obligated to do as opposed to something done spontaneously? Are you telling me that a guy like Nick Swisher couldn’t, if baseball’s social conventions allowed it, find a more interesting way to celebrate than by…

  11. Random observations from Game Six

    Nov 5, 2009, 8:20 AM EDT

    You saw it, and even if you didn’t, Matthew has told you all of the details (any he missed can be found here). Now’s the time for some random impressions: An obviously gutsy performance from Andy Pettitte on short rest. He didn’t seem to suffer much for it, which is amazing considering the mileage on…

  12. Matsui carries Yankees to World Series victory

    Nov 5, 2009, 12:43 AM EDT

    Whether it was the remnants of a weekend cold or simply not having the extra day of rest he’s often been accustomed to, Pedro Martinez showed up Wednesday with far from his best stuff. He still managed to hold his own against eight of the Yankees’ nine hitters in two times through the order. Unfortunately,…

  13. Should Phillies give Lee Sabathia money?

    Nov 4, 2009, 9:32 PM EDT

    The Philadelphia Phillies are already talking about a possible extension for Cliff Lee, who immediately became the team’s ace and postseason star after Philly acquired the left-hander from Cleveland in a July trade. From the Inquirer: The Phillies have not yet decided whether to offer a contract extension to pitcher Cliff Lee this off-season, but…

  14. Iwamura a student of (ancient) history

    Nov 4, 2009, 7:55 PM EDT

    Akinori Iwamura, who went to the World Series with the Tampa Bay Rays last season, is putting the most optimistic spin possible on his recent trade to the Pittsburgh Pirates: Iwamura, acquired to be the Pirates’ starting second baseman, is hoping his new team can be a contender soon. Really. “I know, of course, about…

  15. World Series Game 6 live chat

    Nov 4, 2009, 7:40 PM EDT

    World Series Game 6 live chat

  16. Take a ride on Derek Jeter … the bridge

    Nov 4, 2009, 6:25 PM EDT

    The New York Post is known for stirring the pot with its screaming headlines and creative uses of photo shop (Pedro’s head on a baby’s body?) But they can push the envelope just as well with word-play. This from Angela Montefinise: Big Apple women may soon be able to take a ride on Derek Jeter…

  17. Lilly's shoulder adds to Cubs' pitching needs

    Nov 4, 2009, 5:55 PM EDT

    Given all of the indications that the team had no plans to offer free agent Rich Harden arbitration this winter, the Cubs must have been feeling confident about their 2010 rotation. Big-money pitchers Carlos Zambrano, Ted Lilly and Ryan Dempster were set to lead the way, with rookie surprise Randy Wells and summer acquisition Tom…

  18. It's all on Pedro's shoulders now

    Nov 4, 2009, 4:05 PM EDT

    The Phillies managed to score four runs in six innings against a fully rested Andy Pettitte in Game 3 of the World Series on Saturday. Given that he’ll be working on short rest tonight, it seems doubtful that they’ll be shut down entirely. Pettitte hadn’t even started on four days’ rest since Sept. 5. His…

  19. Link-O-Rama: Inge, Grabow, Strasburg, Gaga

    Nov 4, 2009, 3:02 PM EDT

    * After turning in an absolutely brutal second half that contributed to the Tigers coughing up their AL Central lead, Brandon Inge underwent surgery yesterday to address chronic patellar tendinitis in both knees. He’ll be shut down for about six weeks, but should have plenty of time to get healthy by spring training. Inge has…

  20. Video of the Day: Pettitte, Pedro discuss Game 6 matchup

    Nov 4, 2009, 2:10 PM EDT

    During their press conferences yesterday Andy Pettitte spoke about how expects to feel pitching on three days’ rest and Pedro Martinez jokingly encouraged the media to praise him now rather than waiting until he dies: After attending Martinez’s press conference several of my favorite media members posted notes on Twitter marveling at how entertaining the…

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