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  1. Brian Cashman: we'll talk to our own guys first

    Nov 24, 2009, 11:55 AM EST

    Brian Cashman, on how the Yankees will proceed in the free agent market: “I don’t want to make the mistake of having a conversation with somebody else’s agent and it plays out as if I’m pursuing that guy, and somebody misinterprets it (and) that means I’m not pursuing our guy.  We’re not even at that…

  2. The Angels are back in the Halladay chase

    Nov 24, 2009, 11:26 AM EST

    Last year the Angels balked when the Jays demanded either Jered Weaver or Joe Saunders, Erick Aybar and prospect Peter Bourjos for Roy Halladay.  I would have balked too, that’s way too steep.  Now, however, it appears that the Jays are being more reasonable, and that may get the Angels back in the game: A…

  3. The Twins hope to give their fans a Christmas present

    Nov 24, 2009, 10:57 AM EST

    The Strib’s Joe Christensen reports that “there are indications the team hopes to have a new deal with [Joe] Mauer by Christmas.” Um, “indications the team hopes to have. . .” So is it unclear whether the team really hopes to have a deal done, or do they definitely hope to have a deal done and there are…

  4. The Cubs move to block rooftop advertising

    Nov 24, 2009, 10:25 AM EST

    You know how those buildings over the left field bleachers at Wrigley have ads and stuff on them?  Well, the Cubs don’t like it all that much. At least when the ads are for casinos: The Cubs have fired the opening salvo in a dispute against a local casino, erecting two signboards in the back of…

  5. Kenny Williams to Bobby Jenks: slim down, fatty

    Nov 24, 2009, 9:55 AM EST

    Over the weekend, Bobby Jenks complained that the White Sox brass keep getting on him for being out of shape.  Kenny Williams isn’t all that interested in backing off: “If he’s upset that it’s continuously brought up, then he should work on it and get it to where it’s not an issue . . .…

  6. Pujols is a lock for the MVP

    Nov 24, 2009, 9:20 AM EST

    The NL MVP, the final major postseason award, will be announced today.  While we could maybe argue about Rookie of the Year and while reasonable people could potentially disagree about the NL Cy Young, the BBWAA has basically gotten the awards right on the money for two straight years now, so there’s very little reason…

  7. Should the Tigers shop Miguel Cabrera?

    Nov 24, 2009, 8:55 AM EST

    The Detroit News’ Lynn Henning is speculating/fantasizing this morning about the Tigers trading Miguel Cabrera.  Cabrera for Clay Buchholz is mentioned.  Like so many other stories this time of the year it’s based on nothing other than a no comment from a General Manager and informed speculation (i.e. the fact that the Red Sox could…

  8. The Angels could be the Tigers' ideal trade partner

    Nov 24, 2009, 8:20 AM EST

    Rosenthal says that someone “with close knowledge of the Tigers’ organization” thinks that the Angels may be the best trade partner out there for Detroit, given that they have depth at the three positions the Tigers have the most need: catcher, shortstop, and minimum-salary pitching. Setting aside the curiousness of the phrase “someone with close…

  9. Mets imagine Sheets on their DL in 2010

    Nov 23, 2009, 9:22 PM EST

    The New York Post is reporting that the Mets are “keeping an eye” on free agent pitcher Ben Sheets. At first, I wasn’t sure what level of interest that implied, but it turns out the Mets are, indeed considering Sheets as a viable option for 2010. A major-league source confirmed that Sheets, 31, would be…

  10. Dodgers uninterested in trading Billingsley for Halladay?

    Nov 23, 2009, 6:31 PM EST

    While Dodgers GM Ned Colletti was unwilling to mention anyone by name, he did attempt to defuse some of the Roy Halladay rumors in a conversation with the L.A. Times’ Dylan Hernandez on Monday: “We would like to improve our pitching, especially starting pitching. I don’t believe we can subtract from it in order to…

  11. Capuano to give it another try with Milwaukee

    Nov 23, 2009, 5:46 PM EST

    Former 18-game winner Chris Capuano will attempt another comeback with the Brewers after agreeing to a minor league deal on Monday. Capuano, who went 18-12 with a 3.99 ERA in 2005 and was an All-Star in 2006, hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2007. He underwent surgery on his non-throwing shoulder after that season and…

  12. Facing uncertain future, Dye open to move to first base

    Nov 23, 2009, 4:35 PM EST

    We still have so much to learn about defense, but one thing just about everybody can agree on now is that free agent Jermaine Dye isn’t any good in right field at this stage of his career. Given the nature of the concepts used to measure defense and the smaller sample sizes being dealt with,…

  13. Future Hall of Famer Vizquel joins White Sox

    Nov 23, 2009, 3:40 PM EST

    Satisfied with his role but not with the idea of spending another year in Texas, Omar Vizquel became the first major league free agent to sign with a different team Monday, joining the White Sox on a one-year, $1.375 million contract. In Chicago, Vizquel will be counted on to play behind youngsters Alexei Ramirez and…

  14. Mauer wins AL MVP with 27 of 28 first-place votes

    Nov 23, 2009, 2:27 PM EST

    Only a stray first-place vote for Miguel Cabrera kept Joe Mauer from being a unanimous pick for AL MVP by the Baseball Writers Association of America. Mark Teixeira finished runner-up, with Yankees teammate Derek Jeter placing third, and Cabrera finished fourth while somehow convincing one professional baseball writer that he was the league’s best player.…

  15. Marlins not looking to deal Cantu, but should be

    Nov 23, 2009, 1:42 PM EST

    As usual the Marlins are going to spend the offseason cutting payroll and trading players making more than minimum salaries, but’s Joe Frisaro reports that they’re “almost 100 percent” certain to keep Jorge Cantu. On the heels of apparently balking at 25-year-old ace Josh Johnson’s long-term contract demands, the decision to hang onto Cantu…

  16. Arroyo and Gleeman agree: Reds are confusing

    Nov 23, 2009, 12:55 PM EST

    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…

  17. My ballot: American League MVP

    Nov 23, 2009, 11:40 AM EST

    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,…

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

    Nov 23, 2009, 10:57 AM EST

    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…

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

    Nov 23, 2009, 10:25 AM EST

    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…

  20. The Sox will throw money into a Lowell deal

    Nov 23, 2009, 9:55 AM EST

    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…

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