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  1. Arroyo and Gleeman agree: Reds are confusing

    Nov 23, 2009, 12:55 PM EDT

    When reports surfaced last week that the Reds “need to slash payroll” and may be forced to shed high-priced veterans I wrote about the horrible planning that led to their trading three players to acquire Scott Rolen and his $12 million 2010 contract just months ago. Cincinnati had no business taking on a salary like…

  2. My ballot: American League MVP

    Nov 23, 2009, 11:40 AM EDT

    Later today the Baseball Writers Association of America will announce their choice for AL MVP, but first here’s how my ballot would look: 1. Joe Mauer, Minnesota 2. Derek Jeter, New York 3. Ben Zobrist, Tampa Bay 4. Evan Longoria, Tampa Bay 5. Zack Greinke, Kansas City 6. Mark Teixeira, New York 7. Miguel Cabrera,…

  3. As Torrealba looks west, the Rockies court Brian Schneider

    Nov 23, 2009, 10:57 AM EDT

    The Denver Post’s Troy Renck reports that the Rockies are interested in free agent catcher Brian Schneider, late of the New York Mets.  The reason: their own free agent catcher, Yorvit Torrealba, is getting calls from the West Coast.  Renck thinks it’s probably the Giants. Which makes a ton of sense for them, as long…

  4. The Blue Jays add scouts. How very Moneyball of them.

    Nov 23, 2009, 10:25 AM EDT

    When J.P. Ricciardi, armed with the scout-averse teachings of Billy Beane that would later be revealed Moneyball took over the Blue Jays back in 2001, there was something of a scouting purge in Toronto.  New Jays’ GM Alex Anthopolous is remedying that, increasing the team’s number of domestic scouts from 28 to 54 in an attempt to better compete…

  5. The Sox will throw money into a Lowell deal

    Nov 23, 2009, 9:55 AM EDT

    There were scattered reports over the weekend that the Red Sox could be shopping Mike Lowell, but given that he’s old, expensive and in decline, such a deal would be a tough nut to crack. According to Rosenthal, however, the Sox are willing to kick in as much as $6 million of Lowell’s $12 million…

  6. Did A-Rod throw his cousin under the financial bus?

    Nov 23, 2009, 9:25 AM EDT

    Remember back in the spring how Alex Rodriguez said that it was his cousin, Yuri Sucart, who was the one that supplied him with his PEDs? Well, he’s had a worse go of it since then than A-Rod has: Banks began foreclosure proceedings on Yuri Sucart’s Miami home and three South Florida rental properties in…

  7. The Mets may play some games in Puerto Rico

    Nov 23, 2009, 8:50 AM EDT

    The Daily News reports that Major League Baseball wants to return regular season baseball to Hiram Bithorn Stadium in San Juan, Puerto Rico in 2010, and that, due to the presence of multiple Puerto Ricans on their roster, they want the Mets to be one of the participants.  The visiting team, of course, because they’d…

  8. White Sox offer Vizquel $1 million

    Nov 23, 2009, 8:20 AM EDT

    On Friday it was reported that the White Sox were interested in ancient former Mariner (and Indian and Giant and Ranger) Omar Vizquel. Yesterday the Chicago Tribune reported that the Sox have offered Vizquel $1 million.  You have to figure he’s gonna take it. Vizquel is only three years younger than Ozzie Guillen, and like…

  9. AL MVP: Can Mauer beat the Bronx bullies?

    Nov 23, 2009, 2:24 AM EDT

    Zack Greinke proved that the little guys from small markets can get it done, correctly earning the AL Cy Young award when voters overlooked his relative lack of wins (16) and focused instead on his sheer dominance over the course of this season, giving him the award over big names like CC Sabathia, Felix Hernandez…

  10. Cubs probably won't be a fit for Halladay

    Nov 22, 2009, 6:58 PM EDT

    Ken Rosenthal and Jon Paul Morosi of write that the Cubs would love to trade for Roy Halladay, however they would need to clear salary in order to pull off such a deal, according to major league sources. Halladay is owed $15.75 million in 2010, but the Cubs already have $42.375 million tied up…

  11. Drew's shoulder surgery won't affect contract status

    Nov 22, 2009, 5:52 PM EDT

    Earlier this morning I wrote about Nick Cafardo’s column from the Boston Globe that mentioned J.D. Drew underwent surgery on his left shoulder last week to alleviate inflammation he suffered with after the All-Star break. The Red Sox have an out-clause based on the pre-existing condition in Drew’s right shoulder, according to Cot’s Baseball Contracts,…

  12. Friedman outlines Rays' offseason plans

    Nov 22, 2009, 2:40 PM EDT

    Rays executive VP Andrew Friedman told Joe Smith of the St. Petersburg Times that the club plans to be active in adding at least one reliever and another catcher to use in tandem with Dioner Navarro. “We have a list of guys on other teams we have an interest in, and a list of free…

  13. Athletics notes: McPherson, Beane, Desme

    Nov 22, 2009, 1:31 PM EDT

    According to Jerry Crasnick of, the Athletics have signed former top prospect Dallas McPherson to a minor league contract with an invite to spring training. McPherson, 29, failed to make the Marlins out of spring training last season, then underwent back surgery in July after signing a minor league contract with the Giants. McPherson…

  14. Should the Yankees get younger?

    Nov 22, 2009, 11:50 AM EDT

    In a piece for the New York Times, Jonah Keri makes a rather interesting and detailed case for the Yankees to get younger next season. While the dangers of complacency are numerous, he highlights the 2002 Anaheim Angels as the classic cautionary tale for what Yankees general manager Brian Cashman faces in the coming months.…

  15. Will the Orioles be 'buyers' this offseason?

    Nov 22, 2009, 10:25 AM EDT

    According to Jeff Zrebiec and Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun, the Orioles are poised to be “buyers” this offseason, as they are in a better financial position than they have been in more than a decade. “It’s the fun part of the job. This is the time for us to go up and hit,”…

  16. Indians unlikely to deal Wood this offseason

    Nov 22, 2009, 9:45 AM EDT

    Ken Rosenthal and Jon Paul Morosi of report that the Indians are unlikely to trade Kerry Wood this offseason. According to the report, in order to trade him they would have to eat a significant chunk of Wood’s $10.5 million salary for 2010. With the overabundance of closers available this winter, the demand doesn’t…

  17. Cafardo on Sheffield, Lackey, Lowell and more

    Nov 22, 2009, 9:16 AM EDT

    Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe is back with his latest batch of Hot Stove goodies. Here’s a quick run-down of some of the more interesting tidbits: – Gary Sheffield isn’t done. The 41-year-old slugger wants to return for his 23rd season and he has 3,000 hits on his mind. “After talking to my wife…

  18. Could Mets be interested in Royals' Guillen?

    Nov 22, 2009, 8:42 AM EDT

    Adam Rubin of the Daily News writes that the Royals have identified the Mets as a potential trading partner for Jose Guillen. According to the report, the Royals aim to acquire an inexpensive outfielder in return for Guillen and are impressed with Angel Pagan. Limited to just 81 games in 2009 due to various injuries…

  19. Handicapping the Halladay chase

    Nov 21, 2009, 10:46 PM EDT

    With a deal seeming more likely by the hour, let’s run through the candidates to pick up Toronto’s ace: Yankees – Money isn’t much of an issue, and the Yankees certainly have the pieces to get a deal done between Phil Hughes, Joba Chamberlain, elite hitting prospect Jesus Montero and outfielder Austin Jackson. Also, new…

  20. Free Agency Preview: Relievers

    Nov 21, 2009, 9:00 PM EDT

    Free Agency Preview – Catcher Free Agency Preview – First base & DH Free Agency Preview – Second base Free Agency Preview – Third base Free Agency Preview – Shortstop Free Agency Preview – Outfield Free Agency Preview – Starting pitchers This is the last in a series of columns looking at this winter’s free…

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