• Friedman reiterates Don Mattingly 'will be our manager next season'

    CBSSports.com "Earlier on Friday, the Rays announced manager Joe Maddon had opted out of his contract and is leaving the organization, effective immediately. As soon as that happened, there was speculation he would follow ex-Rays GM Andrew Friedman to the Dodgers. Friedman, now the president of baseball..." October 24

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    Joel Sherman @Joelsherman1

    Heard Maddon seeking 5-yr, $25M range #Mets never going there for $ reasons. Also not sure Alderson believes mgrs should earn at that level

  • Andrew Friedman got $35 million to leave the Rays for the Dodgers … and he might be underpaid

    Hardball Talk "Everyone figured the Dodgers must have shelled out a ton of money to lure Andrew Friedman away from the Rays and now Buster Olney has the details: $35 million over five years. That’s obviously a ton of money, but $7 million per season means almost nothing to a Dodgers team with a $240 million..." October 24

  • Victor Martinez likely to pursue four-year deal after monster season

    CBSSports.com "Tigers star designated hitter Victor Martinez will try to capitalize on a monster season with a four-year deal as a free agent, according to sources. The Tigers will extend the qualifying offer to the switch-hitting Martinez, according to people familair with their plans, but he will decline..." October 24

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    Covers @Covers

    Joe Maddon opts out of contract with Tampa Bay Rays. Will leave team immediately. pic.twitter.com/3DcKRblAJD

  • With Phillies needing to retool, Cole Hamels could hit trade block

    CBSSports.com "Phillies ace Cole Hamels could hit the trade market this winter, competing teams are saying. Hamels could be dealt, but only for a very steep price, executives on other teams say they've been told. Hamels himself has been told by the Phillies that they would love to keep him but also that..." October 24

  • John McGrath: The Giants have become the Yankees — obnoxious

    Tacoma News Tribune "The San Francisco Giants are a nuisance. There was a time I couldn’t imagine saying that. The old Giants contended now and then but usually just stayed out of the way, playing games in a baseball park known for its perpetual fog, fierce gusts, and hot dog wrappers swirling in the outfield...." October 24

  • Miguel Cabrera had surgery for bone spurs. And for a stress fracture in his foot.

    Hardball Talk "The Tigers issued a press release today about the health of Miguel Cabrera. We knew he had bone spurs in his ankle. I don’t believe we knew anything about the stress fracture: Miguel Cabrera underwent successful right ankle surgery to remove bone spurs and to repair a stress fracture to his..." October 24

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    Chris Cotillo @ChrisCotillo

    Source: No substantial progress in #Orioles extension talks with Markakis since they were eliminated.

  • Strickland 'embarrassed', hopes for another chance

    CSN Bay Area "Hunter Strickland already owned up to his emotional transgressions in Game 2 of the World Series Wednesday night. Given a day to process everything that happened, though, and after talking with coaches and teammates, the right-handed rookie said he had an even better understanding of how bad it..." October 24

  • Giants will extend qualifying offer to Sandoval

    CBSSports.com "The Giants and third baseman Pablo Sandoval haven't had contract talks since spring training and that won't change until after the World Series ends, but the Giants will extend the $15.3 million qualifying offer to Sandoval, according to people familair with their thinking. The Giants and..." October 24

  • Craig Breslow not optimistic about option being picked up

    WEEI Boston "As time ticks toward the Red Sox having to make a decision on Craig Breslow’s contract, the reliever remains realistic. The Red Sox have until five days after the completion of the World Series to decide whether or not to exercise Breslow’s $4 million option for 2015. The 34-year-old lefty is..." October 24

  • Rawlings announces 2014 Gold Glove finalists

    CBSSports.com "Rawlings announced the finalists for the 2014 Gold Glove awards Thursday afternoon. There are three finalists per position, and the winners will be announced Friday, Nov. 11, at 8 p.m. ET. As a reminder, Gold Glove voting consists of two components: 75 percent from managers and coaches and 25..." October 24

  • Clayton Kershaw edges Mike Trout for Sporting News Player of the Year

    Sporting News "Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw is the Sporting News MLB Player of the Year for 2014, as selected by a panel of 244 major league players. Kershaw beat Angels superstar Mike Trout by just three votes. Kershaw follows a rich tradition of Dodgers to win the award since its inception in 1936, with..." October 24

  • Blue Jays, hopeful to re-sign improved Melky, begin contract talks

    CBSSports.com "The Blue Jays have begun contract talks with free-agent outfielder Melky Cabrera. Toronto is very interested in bringing back Cabrera, and is said to be willing to offer at least a three-year deal following Cabrera's fine 2014 season in Toronto. Talks are seen as preliminary thus far, but..." October 24

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    New York Mets @Mets

    Official news! Kevin Long is the #Mets new hitting coach. pic.twitter.com/YvZVerJmLL

  • Michael Cuddyer is a perfect free agent fit for NY Mets, who like him

    New York Daily News "The Mets are highly reluctant to trade any of their young pitchers this winter, despite an urgent need to upgrade the offense. It’s not impossible to imagine Zack Wheeler, Noah Syndergaard, Jacob deGrom and to some extent Rafael Montero playing for different teams next year, but it’s close. So..." October 24

  • Phillies Extend Grady Sizemore For 2015

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Phillies have agreed to a one-year, $2MM extension with Grady Sizemore that will keep the outfielder in Philadelphia for 2015, the club announced. Sizemore’s contract includes performance incentives that could boost its value to $5MM, per MLBDailyDish.com’s Chris Cotillo (via..." October 24

  • Giants' Tim Lincecum needs MRI on lower back/side after leaving Game 2

    CBSSports.com "Tim Lincecum, the Giants' iconic starter-turned-reliever who came out of Game 2 after feeling sudden tightness, will be getting an MRI on Thursday on his lower back/left side region, according to sources connected to the team. No one with the Giants has said yet whether Lincecum will remain..." October 23

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    Ken Rosenthal @Ken_Rosenthal

    Sources: Hart says "yes" to #Braves, will be named president of baseball operations.

  • Bochy's decisions give Royals renewed hope

    CSN Bay Area "Of course this is going to be about Tim Lincecum, because the predetermined narrative demands it. It’s enough to make your brain throb. Only it’s way more involved than that. Lincecum, the Giants’ one sentry on the last outpost in the Yukon this postseason, finally got the call in the long-lost..." October 23

  • MLB will try to implement a policy on domestic violence

    Los Angeles Times "On the day after the NHL suspended Kings defenseman Slaya Voynov after his arrest for alleged domestic violence, the incoming commissioner of Major League Baseball said his league hopes to have a policy in place to cover such incidents next year. Rob Manfred, who replaces the retiring Bud Selig..." October 23

  • Abreu's performance could earn another big payday in 2017

    CSN Chicago "As a rookie, Jose Abreu made big ballparks look tiny and great pitchers appear mortal. His performance could dictate he receives another big payday after two more seasons. One of the stipulations in Abreu’s six-year, $68-million contract is that the first baseman can opt out of the guaranteed..." October 23

  • No talks since spring but Giants will extend qualifying offer to Panda

    CBSSports.com "The Giants and third baseman Pablo Sandoval haven't had contract talks since spring training and that won't change until after the World Series ends, but the Giants will extend the $15.3-million qualifying offer to Sandoval, according to people familair with their thinking. The Giants and..." October 23

  • Phillies' A.J. Burnett likely to return for 2015

    CSN Washington "At times during 2014 it sounded like the struggling A.J. Burnett would call it a career after this season. But now, over three weeks since the regular season ended, Phillies GM Ruben Amaro now expects to have the veteran back for 2015. Burnett, who turns 38 in January, has a mutual option worth..." October 23

  • Yankees' CC Sabathia: I could still dominate

    Newark Star-Ledger "Despite a pair of down seasons, a loss of fastball velocity and a serious knee injury, CC Sabathia said still believes he can regain his Cy Young-caliber form. Asked on ESPN Radio Wednesday whether he could come back in 2015 and pitch the way he did in 2009 — when his 19-8 record and 3.37 ERA..." October 23

  • Cubs: Ricketts may be close to deal for some Wrigley rooftops

    CSN Chicago "With the long delayed Wrigley Field renovation project finally underway and the demolition of the bleachers the first step in a $575 million overhaul of the stadium and surrounding area, the big question is what will happen with the rooftops that have long opposed the stadium renovation..." October 23

  • The Royals are not dead, the World Series has just started

    SB Nation "Royals fans booed the first pitch of Game 1 of the World Series, a fastball from James Shields that arrived at 93 miles per hour, slightly outside to Giants leadoff man Gregor Blanco, and was called a ball by home plate umpire Jerry Meals. They were not booing the pitch, but the call. And maybe..." October 22

  • Who is Yasmany Tomas, and who will sign him?

    New York Daily News "Spending on Cuban talent has become the trendy way for a baseball team to try to improve quickly. We all know about Yasiel Puig, the most interesting man in baseball, and Jose Abreu is about to win a rookie of the year award for the White Sox. Boston’s effort to engineer another fast turnaround..." October 22

  • Scouts gather to view Dominican prospects Heredia, Reyes, Tatis, etc.

    CBSSports.com "The Dominican Prospect League showcase event in Fort Lauderdale, which features several young Dominican players who are expected to receive bonuses from big-league teams, including outfielders Starling Heredia and Franklin Reyes and infielders Fernando Tatis Jr. and Wander Javier, wraps up today..." October 22

  • Report: Marlins may have James Shields atop shopping list

    CSN Washington "The Marlins infused their roster with veterans such as Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Casey McGehee last offseason and it paid off, as the team improved by 15 wins from the year before. This winter, according to MLB.com, Miami hopes to gain even more experience, specifically free agents who have been..." October 22

  • Craig Kimbrel wins first Trevor Hoffman Award

    CBSSports.com "Back in April, Major League Baseball announced that a new award would be handed out on an annual basis to the best relief pitcher in each league. The NL version of the award is now known as the Trevor Hoffman Award, and the first winner of it is Braves closer Craig Kimbrel. The announcement was..." October 22

  • Greg Holland wins first Mariano Rivera Award

    CBSSports.com "Back in April, Major League Baseball announced that a new award would be handed out on an annual basis to the best relief pitcher in each league. The AL version of the award is now known as the Mariano Rivera Award, and the first winner of it is Royals closer Greg Holland. The announcement was..." October 22

  • Torii Hunter likely to continue baseball career in 2015: 'I really want to play with the Tigers'

    Michigan Live "Torii Hunter is spending a lot of his time right now watching his sons play college football, so he hasn't made a final decision regarding the 2015 season. But he is leaning toward another year of baseball. And if he does play, he would prefer that the 2015 season be spent with the Detroit..." October 22

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    Los Angeles Dodgers @Dodgers

    RHP Dan Haren underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left non-throwing shoulder this morning. Expected to be back to start Spring Training.

  • As suspension ends for Yankees' Alex Rodriguez, woes continue

    New York Daily News "These days, A-Rod is everybody’s All-American. With his season-long doping suspension about to end, steroid-tainted Yankee Alex Rodriguez has been making the college and professional rounds in recent weeks — South Bend, Ind., here, Tuscaloosa, Ala. and Arlington, Tex., there — taking in..." October 22

  • Best tip ever! Wade Davis' wife gives waiter World Series ticket as a tip

    Yahoo! Sports "This sure beats getting tipped 15 percent: A waiter at a restaurant near Kansas City was handed a ticket to Game 1 of the World Series as a tip. The customer? Katelyn Davis, wife of Kansas City Royals pitcher Wade Davis, the team's lockdown, eighth-inning reliever. KMBC-TV in Kansas City..." October 22

  • Can the Orioles afford not to re-sign Markakis?

    CSN Baltimore "Twice in his three years as Orioles executive vice president of baseball operations, Dan Duquette has extended a frontline player. Both times it wasn’t expected. In May 2012, the Orioles reached a six-year contract extension with Adam Jones, precluding him from going the free agent route and..." October 22

  • Twins decline $3.6 million option on Jared Burton

    Hardball Talk "Minnesota has declined right-hander Jared Burton‘s option for 2015, choosing to pay the 33-year-old reliever a $200,000 buyout rather than a $3.6 million salary. Not so long ago that option looked like it might be a bargain, as Burton went from scrap-heap pickup to one of the league’s best..." October 22

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    LaVelle E. Neal III @LaVelleNeal

    Looks like it's Molitor, Mientkiewicz and Lovullo left for the Twins job

  • What CC Sabathia and A-Rod have in common right now

    New York Post "CC Sabathia said he’s “pretty much back to 100 percent” as he continues to come back from knee surgery, but just like several of his other high-priced teammates, including Alex Rodriguez, there are no guarantees on what he’ll produce going forward. Still, the lefty sounded confident that both..." October 22

  • Blue Jays' Adam Lind attracting plenty of interest

    Toronto Sun "he fact that Adam Lind had the highest batting average in the game amongst left-handed hitters has not been overlooked. The Blue Jays first baseman/DH hit .354 (91-for-257) with six homers, 40 RBIs and a .942 OPS. His average was 13 points higher than Colorado Rockies first baseman Justin..." October 22

  • Tigers reserves must show improvement next season

    Detroit News "Detroit — All in favor? Thought so. The show of hands is impressive. Even president and general manager Dave Dombrowski believes the Tigers need a more productive bench. But here's the catch. The Tigers aren't going to allocate much money this winter to come up with one. "Our bench could..." October 22

  • Giants willing to lose DH to sub for Morse

    MLB.com "Giants manager Bruce Bochy indicated before Tuesday's World Series opener that he would prefer to stick with his usual substitution strategy involving Michael Morse, Juan Perez and Travis Ishikawa instead of tailoring his moves to American League rules for Games 1 and 2 of the World..." October 21

  • Adam Wainwright won’t require surgery on elbow

    Hardball Talk "We heard some vague comments regarding Adam Wainwright‘s health from Cardinals manager Mike Matheny and teammates throughout the postseason, but general manager John Mozeliak said during an end-of-season media session today that the staff ace will not require elbow surgery. According to Jenifer..." October 21

  • James Shields passed a kidney stone during the ALCS

    CBSSports.com "When Game 3 of the ALCS was rained out last week, many speculated the Royals would take advantage by using ace right-hander James Shields in Game 4 on regular rest. Instead, they opted to start Jason Vargas as scheduled and kept Shields lined up for Game 5. Turns out that decision was based on..." October 21

  • Cardinals will try to trade Randy Choate this offseason

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "We heard some vague comments regarding Adam Wainwright‘s health from Cardinals manager Mike Matheny and teammates throughout the postseason, but general manager John Mozeliak said during an end-of-season media session today that the staff ace will not require elbow surgery. According to Jenifer..." October 21

  • Kansas City Royals announce roster for 2014 World Series

    MLB.com "The Kansas City Royals have announced their 25-man roster (attached) that they will use in the World Series against the San Francisco Giants, scheduled to begin tonight at 7:07 p.m. CT. The 2014 World Series is being televised by FOX and MLB International, with radio broadcasts on ESPN Radio as..." October 21

  • Yoenis Cespedes Signs With Jay Z's Roc Nation

    Boston Globe "Jay Z’s Roc Nation has announced that they have brought another sports star into their fold: Red Sox outfielder Yoenis Cespedes. The entertainment company, which represents athletes such as Kevin Durant, CC Sabathia, and Victor Cruz, tweeted the news Monday afternoon that Cespedes was now a Roc..." October 21

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    Mike Berardino @MikeBerardino

    Doesn't sound like Terry Ryan is expected to offer Paul Molitor the mgr job just yet. More due diligence remains. #MNTwins