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Baseball Insider: November 2, 2008 - November 8, 2008

Market Watch: Jake Peavy

RHP Jake Peavy, San Diego Padres Age: 27 Contract: Owed $63 million through 2012, with club option for $22 million in 2013 Height, weight: 6-1, 180 pounds Career stats: 86-62, 3.25 ERA Agent: Barry Axelrod We know the San Diego Padres intend to trade 2007 National League Cy Young winner...

By Dave Sheinin  |  November 7, 2008; 2:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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GMs Want to Dump Coin Flips

From the Associated Press: Rather than heads or tails, baseball general managers plan to recommend that sites for division and wild-card tiebreakers be decided by wins and losses. "The team that performed better against the other team I think is the one that deserves to have home-field advantage, not an...

By Tracee Hamilton  |  November 7, 2008; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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Elite Closers May be in Midst of Market Adjustment

Not too long ago -- say, last winter -- a team might have overpaid dramatically for a proven closer, even if his ascending age was starting to become a question (cough cough, Rivera, cough). The assumption was that those high-spending trends would repeat themselves this year, with a strong crop...

By Cameron Smith  |  November 7, 2008; 8:26 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Angels , Cubs , Dodgers , Mets , Red Sox , Yankees  
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Fenway Getting More Seats

From the Associated Press: The Boston Red Sox are adding more seats to 96-year-old Fenway Park. The team is working on adding 560 new seats to the Major League's oldest and smallest ballpark. Workers are using jackhammers in the rain Thursday in the lower deck and cranes are on the...

By Tracee Hamilton  |  November 6, 2008; 12:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Red Sox  
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Market Watch: Manny Ramirez

OF Manny Ramirez Age: 36 Height, weight: 6-0, 190 pounds Career stats: .314 BA, 527 HR, 1725 RBI, 1.004 OPS Agent: Scott Boras When you give a free agent a monster contract, what are you paying for? Theoretically, you should be paying for the production you believe the player will...

By Dave Sheinin  |  November 6, 2008; 9:58 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Dodgers Open Bank For Ramirez

The Dodgers said heading into the offseason that they were going to make re-signing Manny Ramirez their main priority. Well, it looks like they're living up to their word. Dodgers GM Ned Colletti told the media at the annual GM Meetings in Dana Point, Calif. that L.A.'s pitch to the...

By Cameron Smith  |  November 6, 2008; 8:39 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Astros , Braves , Cardinals , Cubs , Dodgers , Mariners , Mets , Padres , Phillies , Pirates , Yankees  
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Market Watch: CC Sabathia

In this regular feature on Baseball Insider, which will run throughout the winter's Hot Stove League, we will examine closely the situations, permutations and motivations of the most prominent free agents and tradeable stars on the market, player by player, and give readers a chance to vote on where they...

By Dave Sheinin  |  November 5, 2008; 12:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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Nationals, Orioles Enter Free Agent Fray

It took two days, but the Nationals and Orioles finally seem to be entering the transactional white noise emanating from the GM meetings in Dana Point, Calif. According to both SI.com's Jon Heyman and MLB.com's Bill Ladson, the Nationals hope to surprise this offseason by signing legitimate stars. Both writers...

By Cameron Smith  |  November 5, 2008; 9:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Blue Jays , Braves , Cardinals , Cubs , Giants , Nationals , Orioles , Padres , Yankees  
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Big Free Agents Float Demands

It's the second day of the annual GM meetings, and some of the contract demands of the biggest free agents are starting to become clearer already. That, and there's a stronger sign than ever that Rockies slugging outfielder Matt Holliday will be on the way to a new destination next...

By Cameron Smith  |  November 4, 2008; 12:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Angels , Braves , Brewers , Cubs , Diamondbacks , Dodgers , Mets , Orioles , Padres , Phillies , Red Sox , Rockies , Tigers , Yankees  
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Mostly Quiet on the GM Western Front

Not much happening at the first official day of the GM meetings out in Dana Point, Calif., at least from what Baseball Insider could gather. Sure, there were a couple of relatively minor developments and one revelation of past business already done, but hey, that happens every day in baseball,...

By Cameron Smith  |  November 4, 2008; 9:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Angels , Brewers , Cubs , Indians , Mariners , Mets , Nationals , Padres , Phillies , Pirates , Rangers , Red Sox , Rockies , Tigers , Twins , White Sox , Yankees  
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Fallout For Philadelphia's New GM

When the Phillies officially named Ruben Amaro Jr. their new GM at a press conference this morning -- a move that was widely reported last week -- the move was largely met with acclaim. And why shouldn't it be? Amaro's arrival at Philadelphia's helm is the culmination of a Cinderfella...

By Cameron Smith  |  November 3, 2008; 4:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Phillies  
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Second Guessing Mr. Minaya

Like a good self-help meeting, this entry starts with one's weakness: My name is Cameron Smith, and I love Omar Minaya. That's why it hurts so much to admit this: I think Minaya missed the boat when he picked up Carlos Delgado's option. I think he missed a golden opportunity...

By Cameron Smith  |  November 3, 2008; 12:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Mets  
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Monday Morning Fastballs

Some Monday morning developments and opinions in the offseason rumor mill from around the country: -- Philadelphia native Ruben Amaro officially became the new GM of the World Champion Phillies this morning, and according to Phil Hagen of the Philadelphia Daily News, he'll have plenty to work on from the...

By Cameron Smith  |  November 3, 2008; 10:47 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Braves , Brewers , Cubs , Dodgers , Padres , Phillies , Red Sox , Yankees  
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Free Agents Working on the Weekend

Some weekend news and notes to pass on, just in case you missed them. The Mets picked up a $12 million option on Carlos Delgado for next year late Friday afternoon. The move came simultaneously with Pedro Martinez, Moises Alou and a handful of other Mets filing for free agency....

By Cameron Smith  |  November 2, 2008; 1:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Angels , Brewers , Dodgers , Marlins , Mets , Red Sox , Yankees  
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