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Could Red Sox Make Play For Matt Harvey?

Oct 9, 2015 4:39 PM

There is growing speculation that the Boston Red Sox could make a play for Matt Harvey.

The Red Sox are in need of an ace and Dave Dombrowski, the club's new lead executive, loves hard-throwing pitchers.

After a drama-filled second half, there have been rumors that the New York Mets would listen to offers for Harvey.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

Tags: Boston Red Sox, New York Mets, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Lloyd McClendon Out In Seattle

Oct 9, 2015 4:25 PM

The Seattle Mariners won't bring Lloyd McClendon back as manager for the 2016 season.

Jerry Dipoto, hired as the club's general manager earlier this offseason, has decided to hire his own manager.

"Everything we do is as a group," Dipoto said. "This isn't an indictment of Lloyd. This is a representation of what we would like to build going forward. That is what we'll do."

McClendon's firing was far from a surprise and came less than a week after the Mariners concluded a disappointing 76-86 season.

Associated Press

Tags: Seattle Mariners, Misc Rumor

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Kim Ng To Interview For Phillies' GM Job

Oct 9, 2015 4:33 PM

Kim Ng, who currently works in Major League Baseball's central office after jobs with the New York Yankees, Los Angeles Dodgers and Chicago White Sox, is in line to interview for the vacant general manger job with the Philadelphia Phillies.

Ng joins Cleveland Indians executive Ross Atkins, who is interviewing this week according to sources, and ex-Miami Marlins GM Larry Beinfest, who interviewed a couple weeks ago.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

Tags: Philadelphia Phillies, Misc Rumor

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Girardi Defends Job Following Playoff Loss

Oct 9, 2015 4:30 PM

After losing Tuesday's American League Wild Card game to the Houston Astros, Joe Girardi has defended the job he did as manager of the New York Yankees this season.

"I did what I thought was right every day," Girardi said.

New York led the AL East by seven games in late July but finished 87-75, six games behind the first-place Toronto Blue Jays.

Girardi acknowledges "people thought that I could have done better. I understand that, and so you live with it."


Tags: New York Yankees, Misc Rumor

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Mariners Expected To Fire Lloyd McClendon

Oct 9, 2015 12:11 PM

The Seattle Mariners are not expected to bring Lloyd McClendon back as manager, according to a source.

The Mariners have not made the playoffs in two years under the manager.

They went 87-75 his first year, missing the postseason by one game. Seattle went 76-86 despite lofty expectations in 2015, leading to the dismissal of general manager Jack Zduriencik in late August.

The team hired Jerry Dipoto as GM on on Sept. 29.

Jim Bowden/ESPN

Tags: Seattle Mariners, Misc Rumor

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Cubs To Sign Eddy Julio Martinez

Oct 9, 2015 7:30 AM

The Chicago Cubs have reached a contract agreement with Cuban outfielder Eddy Julio Martinez.

The 20-year-old prospect will receive a $3 million signing bonus.

Martinez had been said to be in agreement with the San Francisco Giants earlier in the week. The deal was only pending a physical, but things reportedly fell apart for financial reasons.

Jesse Sanchez/MLB

Tags: Chicago Cubs, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Signing

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Tigers, J.D. Martinez Have Mutual Interest In Extension

Oct 9, 2015 7:26 AM

The Detroit Tigers and J.D. Martinez have mutual interest in a contract extension, according to general manager Al Avila.

Avila declined to discuss whether and to what extent the sides had already discussed that possibility.

"I don't really want to get into our conversations with the players or their agents at this point," Avila said. "Usually we don't make those comments. I can tell you we would have interest in something like that."

Martinez, 28, is entering his second season of arbitration eligibility after earning $3 million last year.

Chris Iott/MLive

Tags: Detroit Tigers, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Brewers Formulating Wide-Ranging Plan For Offseason

Oct 9, 2015 7:19 AM

David Stearns, hired as general manager of the Milwaukee Brewers recently, discussed Thursday a wide-ranging and flexible plan for the team's offseason.

"Having a specified plan going into an offseason is always a little bit challenging because the dynamics of the offseason change consistently," Stearns told the media. "With every trade, every team's needs change somewhat. With every signing, the market can change a little bit. But heading into the GM Meetings [in Boca Raton, Fla., from Nov. 9-12] we should have a rough outline of what we're looking to do as an organization. And then the period between the GM Meetings and the Winter Meetings [in Nashville, Tenn., from Dec. 7-10], as the market begins to take shape, we should begin to really target specific areas.

"So we'll have a plan. That doesn't necessarily mean that I'm going to share the specifics of it publicly. But we'll certainly have a plan formulated by then."

Adam McCalvy/MLB

Tags: Milwaukee Brewers, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Cubs To Start Hendricks In Game 2 Against Cardinals

Oct 9, 2015 7:14 AM

Joe Maddon says Kyle Hendricks will start for the Chicago Cubs in Game 2 of their best-of-five NL Division Series against the St. Louis Cardinals on Saturday.

Hendricks will start over Jason Hammel, who could still get the nod in a potential Game 4.

"I think he's been really sharp," Maddon said of the second-year right-hander. "The fact that he could put the ball on the ground matters a lot, too, keep the ball out of the air. He's just been very sharp, so we just chose to do that."

Jon Lester will start Game 1 for the Cubs on Friday, with Jake Arrieta pitching in Game 3 on Monday at Wrigley Field.

Jesse Rogers/ESPN

Tags: Chicago Cubs, St. Louis Cardinals, Misc Rumor

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Vin Scully To Miss Postseason Following Procedure

Oct 9, 2015 7:10 AM

Vin Scully will sit out the postseason as he recuperates from a medical procedure, the Los Angeles Dodgers announced Friday.

Scully, 87, was scheduled to work six innings per game on Dodgers radio broadcasts for the team's National League Division Series against the New York Mets.

The plan was for Scully to work the first three innings and the final three, with Charley Steiner and Rick Monday handling the middle innings. Scully was not scheduled to work any of the games on television.

Scully missed the Dodgers' final homestand with what the team called an illness.

The team said Scully is "resting comfortably" but did not offer any details about the nature of the procedure. Doctors advised Scully to skip the playoffs to rest.

Mark Saxon/ESPN

Tags: Los Angeles Dodgers, Misc Rumor

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Sean Rodriguez Apologizes For Skirmish, Punching Cooler
Sean Rodriguez has issued an apology on Twitter for his actions in Wednesday night's bench-clearing scuffle and for pummeling a cooler in the Pirates dugout after his ejection.


Yankees Could Have Acquired Zobrist From A's For Refsnyder, Warren
The Yankees turned down an offer of Ben Zobrist for Adam Warren and Rob Refsnyder.

Chad Jennings/The Journal News

Mariners Waiting To Make Decision On Lloyd McClendon
Lloyd McClendon is signed through the 2016 season.

Ryan Davish/Seattle Times

Yankees Unlikely To Sign David Price, Yoenis Cespedes
Signing David Price for at least $30 million per year would be another $45 million annually for the Yankees.

Joel Sherman/New York Post

Phil Nevin Receiving Interest From Nationals, Marlins
Phil Nevin has been manager of the Reno Aces, AAA affiliate of the Diamondbacks, since the 2014 season.

Zach Buchanan/Arizona Republic

Teams Reliant On Home Runs Retain More Offense In Postseason
There has been a common misconception that teams need to manufacture runs in October rather than hit homers.

Ben Lindbergh/Grantland

Red Sox Tell Hanley Ramirez To Lose 15-20 Pounds
Hanley Ramirez is listed at 225 pounds, but he reported to spring training at 240.

Scott Lauber/Boston Globe

Dusty Baker, Ron Gardenhire Interested In Nationals' Job
Ron Gardenhire is said to be rejuvenated after a year away from the job.

Steve Adams/MLBTradeRumors

Walt Weiss Will Return To Rockies In 2016
Rockies players campaigned for Walt Weiss in the final days of the season.


Dan Jennings Won't Return As Manager Of Marlins
Dan Jennings won't return as manager of the Marlins in 2016, but he'll instead resume his role as general manager.


Matt Harvey Misses Mandatory Workout
Matt Harvey is scheduled to pitch Game 3 of the National League Division Series against the Dodgers on Monday.

Adam Rubin/ESPN

Nationals Likely To Pick Manager With Previous Experience
Bud Black would be a logical choice, though Cal Ripken's name has come up as well.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

Indians Name Chris Antonetti To President Of Baseball Ops
Chris Antonetti will be the top decision maker of the Indians following the departure of Mark Shapiro to the Blue Jays.

Paul Hoynes/Cleveland Plain Dealer

Marlins Re-Sign Ichiro Suzuki For 2016 Season
Ichiro is 65 hits away from 3,000 in his MLB career.

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CC Sabathia Leaving Yankees To Check Into Alcohol Rehab Center
CC Sabathia had a 4.73 ERA in 29 starts this season.

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Aroldis Chapman Threw 62 Fastest Pitches In MLB During 2015
Aroldis Chapman's fastest pitches ranged from 103.92 mph to 102.36 mph.


Angels Hire Billy Eppler As General Manager
Billy Eppler, 40, is a longtime executive of the Yankees and will now work with Arte Moreno and Mike Scioscia.


Kris Bryant Had MLB's Most Popular Selling Jersey In 2015
Kris Bryant was joined in the top-5 by Madison Bumgarner, Buster Posey, Clayton Kershaw and Mike Trout.

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Supreme Court Rejects San Jose's Appeal Of A's Move
San Jose sued MLB in June 2013 for conspiring to block the relocation.


Nationals Fire Matt Williams
The Nationals entered the season as a World Series favorite, but had an 83-79 record and finished seven games behind the Mets.


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