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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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,…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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.…

  10. Abreu gets $19 million guarantee from Angels

    Nov 5, 2009, 4:43 PM EDT

    According to Fanhouse’s Ed Price, the deal between the Angels and Bobby Abreu is worth $19 million over two years and includes a vesting option for 2011. Abreu, who had to settle for a one-year, $5 million deal last winter, will make $9 million each of the next two seasons. The details of the vesting…

  11. Report: Angels re-sign Abreu to two-year deal

    Nov 5, 2009, 3:27 PM EDT

    Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register reports that the Angels have re-signed Bobby Abreu to a two-year contract with a team option for 2012. No word yet on the money involved, but Abreu said that he’s “very happy to sign this contract” after settling for a one-year deal worth just $5 million in guaranteed…

  12. 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…

  13. 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,…

  14. 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…

  15. 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.…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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.…

  20. 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…

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