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12:35 PM ET, November 15, 2012

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Ken Davidoff / New York Post:
Marlins-Blue Jays deal upsets MLB owners  —  AT THE OWNERS MEETINGS  —  ROSEMONT, Illinois — Jeffrey Loria, the Marlins' maverick owner, reported to the Major League Baseball owners' meetings looking and sounding cantankerous.  —  “Not today, boys,” Loria told a group of reporters …
Discussion: HardballTalk and Bluebird Banter
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Evan Drellich / MLB.com:
Red Sox, Tribe, Bucs GMs react to trade reports  —  Cherington, Antonetti, Huntington hear buzz at alumni event  —  BOSTON — Three Major League general managers were about to go on stage Tuesday night when they learned of the impending Blue Jays-Marlins trade like everyone else: on the web.
Discussion: Over the Monster
Jon Heyman / CBSSports.com Sports News …:
Marlins' Loria explains deal: ‘We have to get better ... We have to take a new course’
Fox Sports:
Will Royals be tempted to deal?  —  Will Kansas City be the next team to pull a blockbuster trade?  —  Royals general manager Dayton Moore, according to one rival executive, is “feeling the heat” - in a sense, not unlike Toronto Blue Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos did when agreed to his 12-player trade with the Miami Marlins.
Debby Wu / MLB.com:
Philippines jumps on sloppy Thailand in qualifier  —  XINZHUANG, Taiwan — The Philippines took advantage of Thailand's defensive struggles en route to a 8-2 victory on Wednesday in the World Baseball Classic qualifier on Wednesday at Xinzhuang Stadium.  —  Eighteen-year Major League veteran …
Discussion: HardballTalk
Mike Axisa / MLB Rumors:
Braves To Sign Gerald Laird  —  The Braves have agreed to sign Gerald Laird, reports Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports (on Twitter).  MLB.com's Mark Bowman first reported that the two sides were close to a deal.  Laird is a CSE client.  —  The 33-year-old catcher hit .282/.337/.374 with two homers …
Lee Enterprises / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Goold: Why 21-game winner didn't make my Cy Young ballot  —  • By Derrick Goold dgoold@post-dispatch.com 314-340-8285  —  Whatever scorn or criticism is headed my way based on the ballot I submitted for the 2012 National League Cy Young Award cannot compare to the glare I already received …
Discussion: THE BOOK
Sean Lynch / Merced Sun-Star:
Merced's Fuentes announces retirement from baseball  —  MERCED — As the pennant race began to heat up, Brian Fuentes found his mind wasn't on baseball.  —  The reliever, a product of Merced High and Merced College, unexpectedly found himself in St. Louis after the Oakland A's released him in early July.
Adam Rubin / ESPN:
Mets' Dickey 1st knuckleballer to win Cy Young  —  Two years after R.A. Dickey was the first player cut by the New York Mets in spring training, the knuckleballer now has a Cy Young award on his résumé.  —  Dickey won the National League Cy Young Award on Wednesday, becoming the first knuckleballer to receive the award.
Discussion: NESN.com and ESPN.com
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Wayne Coffey / NY Daily News:
NY Mets knuckleballer R.A. Dickey could cap career year with Cy Young Award
Donnie Collins / The Times-Tribune:
ALL ABOARD!  It's the RailRiders  —  The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees officially are history.  —  Turns out, they were run out of town on a Rail.  —  During an event billed as one of the most important in the history of the franchise, team officials Wednesday night announced the area's Triple …
Adam McCalvy / MLB.com:
Brewers sign catcher Lalli to Minor League deal  —  MILWAUKEE — The Brewers have signed 29-year-old catcher Blake Lalli to a Minor League contract with an invitation to Major League Spring Training camp.  —  Lalli has spent most of his seven professional seasons in the Cubs' organization …
Discussion: Al's Ramblings
Mark Bowman / MLB.com:
On comeback trail, Beachy eyeing mid-June return  —  Recovering from Tommy John surgery, Braves righty regaining arm strength  —  ATLANTA — When Brandon Beachy celebrates Thanksgiving next week, he will be five months removed from Tommy John elbow reconstruction surgery and approximately seven months away …
Discussion: HardballTalk
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
The Statistical Case Against Cabrera for M.V.P.  —  On Thursday, the American League will announce the recipient of its Most Valuable Player award.  The winner is likely to be Miguel Cabrera, the Detroit Tigers star who won the league's triple crown by leading in batting average (.
Craig Calcaterra / HardballTalk:
Torii Hunter signs a two-year, $26 million deal with the Tigers  —  It's not 100% done yet — it's pending a physical — but Ken Rosenthal reports that the Tigers have signed Torii Hunter to a two-year deal.  The deal is for $26 million.  —  Hunter and the Tigers are a perfect fit.
Discussion: Halos Heaven
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Fox Sports:
Sources: Hunter, Tigers reach deal
Discussion: MLB Rumors and River Avenue Blues
 
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