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Baseball Insider: November 9, 2008 - November 15, 2008

Swisher Deal Has Big Trickle-Down Effect

The Yankees' move to add first baseman/outfielder Nick Swisher from the White Sox late last week made news, but it didn't garner the attention that signing a primo first baseman, say, Mark Teixeira, would have. Well, it should have made those ripples, because it actually signifies something equally significant: The...

By Cameron Smith  |  November 15, 2008; 9:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  White Sox , Yankees  
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Sabathia's Bank-Breaking Offer

By now you've probably read this story, about the fairly monumental offer the Yankees are reportedly extending to pitcher C.C. Sabathia. Well, details beyond what the AP's Ronald Blum was reporting here are starting to leak out from some New York sources. According to Anthony McCarron of the New York...

By Cameron Smith  |  November 14, 2008; 6:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Blue Jays , Braves , Brewers , Yankees  
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Could Wood Return to the Cubs? UPDATED

One of last season's best stories was the resurrection of erstwhile ace Kerry Wood's career as an overpowering closer in Chicago. Finally, Wood seemed to find a role he could stay (relatively) healthy in, and he had a significant impact, shutting the door late in games as the Cubs avoided...

By Cameron Smith  |  November 14, 2008; 6:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Angels , Cubs , Marlins , Mets , Rangers , Rockies  
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Free Agency, Day 1

The first morning of free agency dawns cold and gray ... and quiet. Here are a few stories you might enjoy as we await a puff of white smoke from Scott Boras's house ... The Chicago Tribune (among others) says the Gregg acquisition brings an end to the Kerry Woods...

By Tracee Hamilton  |  November 14, 2008; 8:22 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Perlozzo to Phillies

From the Associated Press: Former Baltimore Orioles manager Sam Perlozzo joined the Philadelphia Phillies' coaching staff on Thursday. Perlozzo wasn't immediately assigned a specific position. The World Series champion Phillies are seeking a third-base coach and bench coach for manager Charlie Manuel. Steve Smith wasn't retained as third-base coach and...

By Tracee Hamilton  |  November 13, 2008; 4:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Yankees Get Swisher From Chisox

The AP is reporting that the New York Yankees have acquired Nick Swisher from the Chicago White Sox for pitching prospect Jeff Marquez and infielder Wilson Betemit. The teams also swapped a pair of minor league right-handers as part of the deal, with Chicago receiving Jhonny Nunez and New York...

By Tracee Hamilton  |  November 13, 2008; 4:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Yankees  
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Cubs Land Kevin Gregg

He's not the ace they've been publicly angling for, but the Cubs added a pitcher on Thursday nonetheless, picking up the next piece in the latest Marlins firesale in the form of Kevin Gregg. The trade was first reported by FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal and confirmed by the Miami Herald's...

By Cameron Smith  |  November 13, 2008; 3:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Cubs , Marlins , Nationals  
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AL Cy Young Award Goes to Cleveland's Lee

Another drama-free day on the awards front, as Cleveland's Cliff Lee trounced Toronto's Roy Halladay, 24 first-place votes to four, to win the American League Cy Young Award. Los Angeles Angels closer Francisco Rodriguez, despite setting an all-time record with 62 saves, garnered not a single first-place vote and finished...

By Dave Sheinin  |  November 13, 2008; 2:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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What Others Are Saying

A little light reading, with free agency still some 14.5 hours away... CBSSportsline's Scott Miller reports that the Jake Peavy-to-Atlanta deal is nearing completion. ...Rays center fielder B.J. Upton had shoulder surgery Tuesday, the same day Josh Smoker went under the knife with Andrews. ... The New York Daily News...

By Tracee Hamilton  |  November 13, 2008; 8:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Maddon, Piniella Win Manager of the Year Awards

No surprise in the AL, where Tampa Bay's Joe Maddon was a near-unanimous pick, while in the NL, Chicago's Lou Piniella won by a sizable margin over Philadelphia's Charlie Manuel. Maddon, who took the Rays from worst to first and all the way to the World Series, garnered 27 of...

By Dave Sheinin  |  November 12, 2008; 2:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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Red Sox Hold the Line

The Boston Red Sox said Wednesday they will not raise prices on any tickets for the 2009 season, including spring training games at Ft. Myers, Fla. It's the first time in 14 years the Sox have held the line on prices across the board. Said President/CEO Larry Lucchino in a...

By Tracee Hamilton  |  November 12, 2008; 2:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Mora Had Shoulder Surgery

Marc Carig reports from the Orioles' uniform unveiling that Melvin Mora had shoulder surgery. Jim Palmer apparently let it slip during the festivities. Carig will have more on this......

By Tracee Hamilton  |  November 12, 2008; 1:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Orioles  
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Orioles Show Off New Uniforms

Marc Carig is at the Orioles' uniform unveiling today and we'll try to get his impressions later, but here is a photo gallery of the new unis. Here's what the AP's longtime O's writer Dave Ginburg says: For the first time since 1972, the Orioles will wear the script word...

By Tracee Hamilton  |  November 12, 2008; 1:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Cal Blogs From Nicaragua

Cal Ripken will write a blog for MASN during his goodwill trip to Nicaragua, which begins Thursday. Ripken will be accompanied by Dennis Martinez. According to a release from MASN: Cal's blog will contain trip updates, stories about the children he meets, reflections about the country's baseball culture and photographs...

By Tracee Hamilton  |  November 12, 2008; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Market Watch: Francisco Rodriguez

RHP Francisco Rodriguez, free agent Age: 26 (turns 27 in January) Career stats: 23-17, 2.35 ERA, 208 saves in 241 opportunities Agent: Paul Kinzer A few days ago we described the perfect storm of circumstances surrounding soon-to-be-gazillionaire free agent first baseman Mark Teixeira, the perfect player in the perfect marketplace....

By Dave Sheinin  |  November 12, 2008; 10:16 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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LA Times: $60M for Manny?

The Los Angeles Times' Dylan Hernandez is reporting that the Dodgers' offer to Manny Ramirez could reach $60 million. This is worth a look just to see the art they used with the story....

By Tracee Hamilton  |  November 12, 2008; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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How the Holliday Trade Could Make More Sense

The ink hasn't completely dried on the Matt Holliday trade -- with e-mail and Blackberries and txt messaging is any ink even involved anymore? -- and physicals still need to be passed, but the trade already stands as one of the more intriguing and puzzling swaps in recent years. Here's...

By Cameron Smith  |  November 11, 2008; 4:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Athletics , Rockies  
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Ortiz: Wrist is "Feeling Fine"

From the Associated Press: Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz said he is about a month away from swinging a bat after spending the last month resting the ailing left wrist that slowed him for much of last season. Speaking at a news conference to announce a new charity golf...

By Tracee Hamilton  |  November 11, 2008; 2:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Red Sox  
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Lincecum Takes NL Cy Young Award

San Francisco's Tim Lincecum took the NL Cy Young Award today, winning 23 of the possible 32 first-place votes to blow away runner-up Brandon Webb of Arizona and third-place finished Johan Santana of the Mets, each of whom received four first-place votes. The other first-place vote went to CC Sabathia,...

By Dave Sheinin  |  November 11, 2008; 2:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Piazza to Write Memoir

From the Associated Press: Baseball great Mike Piazza, a home run slugger and 12-time All Star widely regarded as the best hitting catcher in history, is working on a memoir. "I look forward to having the chance to take people behind the scenes and to talk about the many great...

By Tracee Hamilton  |  November 11, 2008; 1:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Herb Score Passes Away

Herb Score, the 1955 AL Rookie of the Year and a standout pitcher and later broadcast for the Cleveland Indians, died Tuesday. He was 75. Score's career was cut short when he was hit in the face by a line drive in 1957. Although he remained in the game until...

By Tracee Hamilton  |  November 11, 2008; 12:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Indians  
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Sheinin on the Nats, Plus Other Hot Stove Stuff

Dave Sheinin has analyzed the Nats-Marlins trade over at the Nationals Journal, in case you'd like to take a look. And here are some other hot stove musings you might enjoy: The Denver Post's Mark Kiszla says Matt Holliday is the lucky one; he got away. .... Boston fans seem...

By Tracee Hamilton  |  November 11, 2008; 9:13 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Who Will Win NL Cy Young?

The winner will be announced around 2 today; that gives us time to debate. Who will be the NL Cy Young Award winner? Leading candidates: Brandon Webb, Arizona: 22-7 record, tops in the majors, 3.30 ERA. Tim Lincecum, San Francisco: 18-5, led the majors with 265 strikeouts. CC Sabathia, Milwaukee:...

By Tracee Hamilton  |  November 11, 2008; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Padres Withdraw Hoffman Offer

A couple of developments from last night: The Padres withdrew their $4 million offer to Trevor Hoffman. General Manager Kevin Towers said last week he was trying to work out an agreement to keep the closer, but he sent a text message to The Associated Press on Monday night confirming...

By Tracee Hamilton  |  November 11, 2008; 8:34 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Padres , Phillies  
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Holliday to Oakland (Update)

The Oakland Athletics, a team that is neither particularly rich nor particularly close to contention, were close to pulling off the first blockbuster trade of baseball's offseason yesterday, plucking away slugging left fielder Matt Holliday from the Colorado Rockies in a stunning deal that would only enhance the reputation of...

By Dave Sheinin  |  November 10, 2008; 5:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
 
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Mariners to Interview 7

From the Associated Press: Former Mariners infielder Joey Cora, currently bench coach for the Chicago White Sox, is among seven candiates to be intereviewed for Seattle's manager job. New Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik was to start interviews Monday by speaking with Boston bench coach Brad Mills. Also on the...

By Tracee Hamilton  |  November 10, 2008; 2:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Mariners  
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Soto, Longoria Named Top Rookies

No surprises on the first day of awards season, as Chicago Cubs catcher Geovany Soto and Tampa Bay Rays third baseman Evan Longoria were landslide winners of the National League and American League rookie of the year awards, respectively. Longoria won unanimously, while Soto missed by only one first-place vote....

By Dave Sheinin  |  November 10, 2008; 2:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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Market Watch: Mark Teixeira

1B Mark Teixeira, free agent Age: 28 (turns 29 on April 11) Career stats: .290 BA, 203 HRs, 676 RBI in six seasons Agent: Scott Boras Ask any agent to describe their ultimate free-agent scenario, and it would look like this: The client would be a young, clean-cut slugger who...

By Dave Sheinin  |  November 10, 2008; 10:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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