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  1. Tim Lincecum narrowly defeats Cardinals duo for second straight NL Cy Young

    Nov 19, 2009, 2:23 PM EDT

    Showing more than ever before that they’re smartly willing to look beyond win-loss records to determine the league’s best pitcher, the Baseball Writers Association of America followed up their selection of 16-game winner Zack Greinke as AL Cy Young by giving 15-game winner Tim Lincecum the NL award. Lincecum received just 11 of 32 first-place…

  2. Nightengale notes: Bradley, Swisher, Halladay

    Nov 19, 2009, 1:33 PM EDT

    Bob Nightengale of USA Today posted a bunch of interesting notes via Twitter today, including: * Tampa Bay has become “the clear-cut favorite” to acquire Milton Bradley from the Cubs. Last offseason the Rays pursued Bradley as a free agent before he signed a three-year, $30 million deal with the Cubs and now they can…

  3. Cubs re-sign reliever John Grabow

    Nov 19, 2009, 1:02 PM EDT

    John Grabow has decided to pass on free agency and remain with the Cubs, signing a two-year deal worth a reported $7.5 million. Acquired from the Pirates at midseason, Grabow had a 3.24 ERA in 25 innings out of the Cubs’ bullpen and has a nice-looking 3.09 ERA in 148 innings overall during the past…

  4. Report: Bay turns down Boston's $60 million offer

    Nov 19, 2009, 12:31 PM EDT

    SI.com’s Jon Heyman reports that Jason Bay has turned down a four-year, $60 million offer from the Red Sox and will officially hit the open market. Not a shock, certainly. Bay was never going to accept $60 million, whether he ends up remaining in Boston or going elsewhere, and there was little reason for him…

  5. My ballot: National League Cy Young

    Nov 19, 2009, 11:45 AM EDT

    Later today the Baseball Writers Association of America will announce their choice for NL Cy Young, but first here’s how my ballot would look: 1. Tim Lincecum, San Francisco 2. Chris Carpenter, St. Louis 3. Adam Wainwright, St. Louis 4. Javier Vazquez, Atlanta 5. Dan Haren, Arizona This is a tight race, so it’ll be…

  6. The Yankees call the Jays about Roy Halladay

    Nov 19, 2009, 10:57 AM EDT

    There has long been an assumption that either the Yankees or the Red Sox will the ultimate landing pad for Roy Halladay, but it’s just been speculation.  It’s getting less speculative, however, as Jon Heyman is reporting that the Yankees have actually called the Jays about Doc.  Heyman thinks that the starting point of any Yankees-Jays talks…

  7. Lincecum vs. Carpenter vs. Wainwright for the NL Cy Young

    Nov 19, 2009, 10:37 AM EDT

    The awards parade continues at 1:30 Eastern today, as the NL Cy Young Award is going to be announced.  Guys like Javier Vazquez and Josh Johnson could get some love, but most folks (including this folk) believes it will come down to one of these three guys: Tim Lincecum: the incumbent had a lower ERA…

  8. MLB: "Scott Boras is living in fantasy land"

    Nov 19, 2009, 10:11 AM EDT

    Not that you didn’t know that already (remember how Oliver Perez was the next Sandy Koufax?).  But now MLB brass is coming right out and saying it: Major League Baseball executive vice president Rob Manfred responded strongly to revenue sharing figures thrown out by Scott Boras at last week’s general managers’ meetings indicating that Boras’s…

  9. Of course the Yankees are going to re-sign Hideki Matsui: he pays for himself

    Nov 19, 2009, 9:25 AM EDT

    Via MLB Trade Rumors comes a Tweet from NPB Tracker in which it is claimed that Hideki Matsui’s mere presence on the New York Yankees accounts for “at least” $15 million in annual revenue.  NPB bases this assertion on a report that’s written in Japanese, so it’s hard to say where this figure comes from, but we…

  10. The Nats hire Davey Johnson

    Nov 19, 2009, 8:55 AM EDT

    The Washington Nationals have hired Davey Johnson as a special assistant. Johnson was a pretty fabulous manager. His managing days are over — he has had some serious health and family issues in recent years and after all of that and at his age, he likely doesn’t have the energy for the 162-game grind anymore…

  11. Seling wants to tighten up the playoff schedule

    Nov 19, 2009, 8:20 AM EDT

    Bud Selig acknowledged Mike Scioscia’s complaints yesterday regarding there being too many days off during playoffs and agreed that something needs to be done with the schedule. “We’re going to change it,” Selig said. “I don’t disagree with Mike Scioscia. I think he was right, so we’re going to try and tighten that up.” This…

  12. Darvish, former big leaguer Ramirez win MVP honors in Japan

    Nov 18, 2009, 6:13 PM EDT

    23-year-old Nippon Ham Fighters ace Yu Darvish and Venezuelan outfielder Alex Ramirez took home the Japanese league MVP awards on Wednesday. Darvish, who probably qualifies as one of the world’s top 10 pitchers, earned the Pacific League honor despite making just 23 starts this season. He went 15-5 with a 1.73 ERA and a 167/45…

  13. Burnt last winter, A's threaten to sit out free agency

    Nov 18, 2009, 5:08 PM EDT

    Let down by Jason Giambi, Orlando Cabrera and Nomar Garciaparra last winter, the A’s plan to sit out free agency this time, GM Billy Beane told MLB.com on Wednesday. Instead, he wants to go the trade route. “We’re going to look at young players to fill spots, first and foremost,” Beane said. “If those players…

  14. Rockies quickly reward Manager of the Year with 3-year contract extension

    Nov 18, 2009, 3:35 PM EDT

    Just minutes after Jim Tracy was named Manager of the Year by the Baseball Writers Association of America, the Rockies announced that they’ve agreed to terms with the award-winning skipper on a new three-year contract extension. Tracy is now under contract through 2012 and his entire coaching staff will return for next season after the…

  15. Scioscia, Tracy named Managers of the Year

    Nov 18, 2009, 2:45 PM EDT

    Today the Baseball Writers Association of America handed out their Manager of the Year awards to Mike Scioscia in the AL and Jim Tracy in the NL. Tracy received 29 of 32 first-place votes after taking over a last-place Rockies team from Clint Hurdle in mid-May and managing them to the Wild Card spot with…

  16. Zack Greinke: Stathead

    Nov 18, 2009, 1:45 PM EDT

    Not only did Zack Greinke claim a victory for statheads everywhere by winning the AL Cy Young yesterday despite only 16 wins, afterward he outed himself as a believer in sabermetrics thanks to stathead teammate Brian Bannister: I’m also a follower … of sabermetric stuff and going into details of stats about what you can…

  17. Greinke in great company with Cy Young at 25

    Nov 18, 2009, 12:36 PM EDT

    As part of the Kansas City Star‘s well-done, blowout coverage of Zack Greinke winning the AL Cy Young yesterday, Sam Mellinger put together a list of all the pitchers since 1985 who also won the award in or before their age-25 season. Greinke joins Dwight Gooden, Bret Saberhagen, Tom Glavine, Pedro Martinez, Barry Zito, Roger…

  18. Chan Ho Park wants to start again, but he should stick to relieving

    Nov 18, 2009, 11:47 AM EDT

    This morning Craig discussed the continued uncertainty surrounding whether Joba Chamberlain will start or relieve for the Yankees, but he’s not the only pitcher unclear about his role for 2010. Philadelphia is interested in re-signing Chan Ho Park as a reliever after he thrived in that role this season, but the 36-year-old free agent and…

  19. Jason Marquis wants to sign with the Mets

    Nov 18, 2009, 10:50 AM EDT

    And he’s been saying it for several months according to the New York Post.  He was born on and still lives on Staten Island. He likes the ballpark. He’s buddies with former Brave and current Met Jeff Francoeur.  Makes sense for him. Does it make sense for the Mets?  His late fade in 2009 might give…

  20. The Phillies are hot for Mark DeRosa

    Nov 18, 2009, 10:25 AM EDT

    Forget that Dodgers business, FOX’s Ken Rosenthal reported — at 5:38 this morning, because he’s more machine than man — that the Phillies are the favorite to sign Mark DeRosa. As is often the case, he cites a “Major League source.”  I’m going to assume that it’s either Dorn or Cerrano. The thinking is that,…

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