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  1. Report: Tigers listening to offers for Granderson

    Nov 11, 2009, 3:15 PM EDT

    As a career .272/.344/.484 hitter with a good glove in center field Curtis Granderson is one of the better all-around players in the league. He’s also just 28 years old and under team control through 2013 at around $9 million per season. All of that would seemingly make him a long-term building block in Detroit,…

  2. NL Gold Glove voters fail to embarrass selves

    Nov 11, 2009, 3:10 PM EDT

    Time to pat yourselves on the back, NL managers and coaches: you weren’t nearly as dim as your AL counterparts in your Gold Glove selections: C Yadier Molina 1B Adrian Gonzalez 2B Orlando Hudson 3B Ryan Zimmerman SS Jimmy Rollins OF Michael Bourn OF Matt Kemp OF Shane Victorino P Adam Wainwright I think pretty…

  3. Joe Mauer, Twins begin contract extension talks

    Nov 11, 2009, 2:48 PM EDT

    Charley Walters of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports that Joe Mauer and the Twins “have begun talking about a new deal.” Walters offers no real details beyond that, and mentions nothing about the money or contract length being discussed, but does have a few quotes from team president Jerry Bell: I feel good about…

  4. Link-O-Rama: Halladay, Kendall, Smoltz, Dye

    Nov 11, 2009, 2:09 PM EDT

    * Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos revealed that trading Roy Halladay within the division “will never be a stumbling block.” That’s a smart approach, if only because it’s tough to get maximum trade value for a big-name player without involving the Yankees and Red Sox to some extent. * General manager Doug Melvin hinted…

  5. Poor planning, lack of cash could force Reds to slash payroll

    Nov 11, 2009, 1:36 PM EDT

    Less than four months ago the Reds traded three players to the Blue Jays for Scott Rolen and the $11.8 million remaining on his contract for 2010, but now Ed Price of Fanhouse reports that they “need to slash payroll” and may be forced to shop high-paid veterans Brandon Phillips, Aaron Harang, and Bronson Arroyo.…

  6. Yankees may non-tender Wang following surgery

    Nov 11, 2009, 1:08 PM EDT

    Chien-Ming Wang is making his way back from June shoulder surgery and plans to begin a throwing program on December 1 with an eye toward being ready for game action as soon as mid-April, but Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that the Yankees are giving serious thought to non-tendering him. While that’s…

  7. Phillies showing interest in Fernando Rodney

    Nov 11, 2009, 12:40 PM EDT’s Ken Rosenthal reports that the Phillies “are showing preliminary interest” in Fernando Rodney. General manager Ruben Amaro Jr. has rightfully made upgrading the bullpen a priority this offseason, but as I wrote about earlier this week Rodney may not be the right guy to target. His going 37-for-38 converting saves this season vastly overstates…

  8. Griffey returning for another season in Seattle

    Nov 11, 2009, 12:16 PM EDT

    Ken Griffey Jr.’s return to Seattle was a success in so much as Mariners fans seemed to enjoy having him back and the team made major strides following a horrible 2008, but his actual performance was awful. Griffey showed that he still has plenty of power and patience with 19 homers and 63 walks in…

  9. Rockies shopping Brad Hawpe and Garrett Atkins

    Nov 11, 2009, 11:45 AM EDT

    Rockies general manager Dan O’Dowd said yesterday that he’s not actively looking to trade Brad Hawpe, but admitted that he’s listening to offers for the 30-year-old outfielder just weeks after saying that “we have no desire to move him at all.” Hawpe is signed for $7.5 million next season and the Rockies hold a $10…

  10. The Hall of Fame announces its non-player candidates

    Nov 11, 2009, 10:55 AM EDT

    Most of the Hall of Fame arguing this winter will be over Edgar Martinez, Fred McGriff, Barry Larkin and Robby Alomar.  But there are managers and executives to be considered as well: Twenty former major league managers, umpires and executives will be considered for election to the National Baseball Hall of Fame for induction in…

  11. The Designated Hitter: a regrettable inevitability

    Nov 11, 2009, 10:25 AM EDT

    I’m a National League guy and I’ve never been a big fan of the DH. It’s not a superiority thing or an elitist thing — I know that pitchers can’t bat — it’s just a familiarity thing in my case. I’ve watched tons more NL ball than AL ball in my lifetime, I just like…

  12. Varitek deal not done yet and other Red Sox tidbits

    Nov 11, 2009, 9:55 AM EDT

    Contrary to yesterday’s reports that he had already exercised his $3 million option, Jason Varitek held out yesterday, apparently trying to get the Red Sox to renegotiate its terms in an effort to make the incentives more attainable. That according to the Globe’s Pete Abraham, who reports that Scott Boras and Theo Epstein had a…

  13. Scott Boras continues to be full of it

    Nov 11, 2009, 9:20 AM EDT

    The uber-agent on his free agent client, Johnny Damon: “His durability is off the charts,” Boras said, referring to Damon’s streak of 14 straight seasons with 140-plus games played. “Chronological age does not have anything to do with a player of his genetics. Certainly you have to look at the Yankees’ history and what they’ve…

  14. The Giants are not likely to keep Molina, but that doesn't mean Buster Posey has the job

    Nov 11, 2009, 8:55 AM EDT

    Andrew Baggarly of the Mercury News says that while the Giants would welcome Bengie Molina back, they only want to give him a single year and don’t want to give him a raise.  Molina, on the other hand, wants more money and two years.  Given that Buster Posey is waiting in the wings in San…

  15. The Tigers are shopping Edwin Jackson

    Nov 11, 2009, 8:20 AM EDT

    FOX’s Ken Rosenthal and Jon Paul Morosi are reporting that, while nothing is imminent, the Tigers are looking to deal Edwin Jackson in an effort to shed some payroll. Jackson only made a bit over $2 million last year, but he’s arbitration eligible, and coming off a 13-9, 3.62 ERA season he’s looking at a…

  16. Prosecutor: Angel Villalona bought way out of jail

    Nov 10, 2009, 6:46 PM EDT

    Angel Villalona is out of jail yet still facing murder charges in the Dominican Republic after paying the family of the man he allegedly killed $55,000 of an approx. $140,000 settlement, prosecutor Jose Antonio Polanco told The Associated Press on Tuesday. Polanco said Villalona, one of the Giants’ top prospects, is expected to pay another…

  17. Just call him Chone Phiggins

    Nov 10, 2009, 6:11 PM EDT’s Jon Heyman tweets that the Phillies are “seriously considering” free agent Chone Figgins. The 31-year-old speedster doesn’t figure to lack for options in free agency, particularly because he can play third base, center field and perhaps second. Figgins to the White Sox has been a popular rumor through the years, but GM Ken Williams…

  18. Looking back: Top 111 Free Agents

    Nov 10, 2009, 4:04 PM EDT

    It’s that time of year again, so in case you missed it, here’s the rundown of the top 111 free agents I did back in late September. Some, like Manny Ramirez, Tim Hudson, Bobby Abreu and Brandon Webb are now off the table. Nos. 111-91 Nos. 90-71 Nos. 70-51 Nos. 50-36 Nos. 35-21 Nos. 20-11…

  19. AL Gold Gloves look more like Silver Sluggers

    Nov 10, 2009, 3:22 PM EDT

    The Gold Gloves aren’t worthy of any real analysis and never have been, but we won’t completely ignore them, even if it’s likely the best way to treat them. The AL choices were announced Tuesday, and the managers and coaches voting for them clearly went for offense over defense: C Joe Mauer 1B Mark Teixeira…

  20. Cardinals 'have options' for life without Holliday

    Nov 10, 2009, 3:03 PM EDT

    Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post Dispatch reports that the Cardinals “have yet to present an offer to” Matt Holliday and “acknowledge it is virtually certain their former cleanup hitter will reach the open market.” “We have to be prepared if we can’t sign him,” general manager John Mozeliak said. “We need to have…

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