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  1. Free Agency Preview: Catchers

    Nov 12, 2009, 3:00 AM EDT

    This is part one in a series of columns looking at this winter’s free agents, trade candidates and non-tender possibilities. I’ll be making predictions for the key free agents, but try not to take them too awfully seriously. The catchers are up first. Bengie Molina (Giants) – While his stock appears to be down a…

  2. Panda attacks conditioning program like a jelly donut

    Nov 12, 2009, 12:16 AM EDT

    Good news for San Francisco fans: “Operation Panda” is underway, and if things continue at this pace, the Giants are going to be the biggest winners in the end. Joan Ryan of the blog Inside the Giants Clubhouse reports that budding star Pablo Sandoval has already dropped 10 pounds as he attacks his offseason…

  3. A deal on Milton Bradley? You're buying a lemon

    Nov 11, 2009, 11:33 PM EDT

    The Chicago Cubs are eager to get rid of Milton Bradley. That much is clear. And here is Jim Hendry’s pitch to potential trade partners (as imagined by yours truly): Milton Bradley is a fine young man who is generally misunderstood. He has a wealth of talent, much of it as yet untapped. Just look…

  4. Orioles catch break: Jones loses super-two tiebreaker

    Nov 11, 2009, 11:04 PM EDT

    MLB announced Wednesday that the Cubs’ Mike Fontenot had won a tiebreaker against Adam Jones and the Reds’ Micah Owings to become the last super-two arbitration-eligible player. All three players had two years and 139 days of service time. Initial reports had the cutoff at 141 days, but that proved to be false. As we…

  5. Pete Rose wants his girlfriend in Playboy

    Nov 11, 2009, 8:46 PM EDT

    Forget the Hall of Fame, Pete Rose has a new, far worthier cause to throw his lobbying efforts behind. Yes, that’s right, baseball’s all-time hit king is pushing for Playboy to feature his girlfriend in a pictorial. Rose took his pitch public in an interview with KGOW in Houston (from, via USA Today): “My…

  6. Nationals stick with Riggleman as manager

    Nov 11, 2009, 7:56 PM EDT

    It looks likes Bobby Valentine will be spending 2010 doing studio work at ESPN, as the Nationals confirmed Wednesday that they’re sticking with Jim Riggleman as the manager for 2010. Riggleman took over the team on an interim basis midway through last season, and the club improved from 26-61 under Manny Acta to 33-42 the…

  7. Varitek makes it official; rejoins Red Sox

    Nov 11, 2009, 5:22 PM EDT

    Jason Varitek will be back with the Red Sox for a 14th season in 2010 after exercising his $3 million player option on Wednesday. Varitek knew he wouldn’t do any better financially as a free agent, but he might have been able to find more playing time elsewhere. The Red Sox have already started that…

  8. Sifting through the rumors: Blue Jays – Halladay, Overbay and Bradley

    Nov 11, 2009, 4:07 PM EDT

    *The Yankees are expected to inquire about Roy Halladay, and new Blue Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos said trading within the AL East will “never be a stumbling block” for him. The Red Sox figure to get back into the chase for Halladay is that’s the case. The Phillies still have the young talent to pull…

  9. 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,…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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.…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

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