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Nick Cafardo / The Boston Globe:
Miguel Cabrera the worthy MVP, despite complaints  —  The old-school/new-school debate is raging again after the old-school Giants beat the equally old-school Tigers in the World Series to win their second championship in three years and then sabermetric favorite Mike Trout lost to Miguel Cabrera in the American League MVP balloting.
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Michael Silverman / Boston Herald:
Cabrera tale far-reaching  —  + Recent Articles + Recent Blog Entries + Email  —  Buehrle's career record at Fenway Park [map] is 3-3, with a 5.60 ERA.  At the new and old Yankee Stadium combined, Buehrle is 1-3 with a 4.93 ERA.  At Camden Yards, he is 2-2, 3.07; at Tropicana Field, 6-2 …
Jonathan Mayo / MLB.com:
Awaiting big trade, Marisnick dons Blue Jays jersey  —  Jake Marisnick wore his Blue Jays jersey in the AFL title game as he awaits approval of a trade with the Marlins.  (MiLB.com)  —  SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Jake Marisnick found out he was going to be able to play in Saturday's Arizona Fall …
Michael Silverman / Boston Herald:
Cabrera tale far-reaching  —  + Recent Articles + Recent Blog Entries + Email  —  There are plenty of good reasons why Miguel Cabrera should not have won the American League MVP award this season, but there is no doubt that the Venezuelan slugger is the man of the year in Major League Baseball.
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Andy Martino / NY Daily News:
If NY Mets are to trade NL Cy Young winner R.A. Dickey, they will expect a lot in return  —  Executive says the Mets would only part with Cy Young winner for a few high-end prospects or major leaguers, likely outfielders or catching help.  —  Mets would only trade R.A. Dickey for a ‘monster package,’ says high-ranking MLB executive.
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Dan Martin / New York Post:
Source: R.A., Mets talking 2-year deal  —  Sandy Alderson said he needed “clarity” with a pair of his most important players Friday and he could be closer to getting that with at least one of them.  —  The Mets general manager and R.A. Dickey are in talks for a two-year extension …
Jon Heyman / CBSSports.com Sports News …:
Arizona owner Kendrick: ‘High likelihood’ OF Justin Upon stays with D-Backs  —  Justin Upton has a 90 percent chance of being with the Diamondbacks when spring training starts as things stand now, one Diamondbacks person estimated.  —  Even so, the D-Backs are still open to listening to a deal for the multi-talented outfielder.
Marc Topkin / Tampa Bay Times:
Rays' Joe Maddon doesn't worry about Toronto Blue Jays' moves  —  Joe Maddon has been chilling out in California recently, which has worked out even better given the Jill Kelley circus playing out near his Tampa house.  —  He and executive VP Andrew Friedman have started chatting …
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Sources: Toronto close to naming new manager
Alex Speier / WEEI:
SOX TO INTERVIEW COUNSELL, COLBRUNN  —  According to a major league source, the Red Sox will interview a pair of long-time big leaguers about their hitting coach position(s) this week, with Craig Counsell slated to interview on Monday and Greg Colbrunn in the process of being scheduled for another time during the week.
Jonathan Mayo / MLB.com:
Salt River, Peoria set to clash for AFL championship  —  SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — The Arizona Fall League is known, first and foremost, as a developmental league, a place where the game's top prospects can work on becoming big leaguers in a low-key setting.  But if you think that those here don't want to win …
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Jonathan Mayo / MLB.com:
‘Under-the-radar’ McGuiness named AFL MVP
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John Manuel / Baseball America:
Favored Taiwan Wins Qualifier; Brazil One Win Away  —  Taiwan completed a near-perfect run through the overmatched field in the World Baseball Classic qualifier field at New Taipei City, allowing the host nation to earn a spot in the WBC proper in March.  —  Taiwan beat New Zealand 9 …
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Mike Axisa / MLB Rumors:
Minor Moves: Kevin Russo, Scott Olsen  —  Here are Sunday's minor moves...  - The Tigers have signed Kevin Russo to a minor league contract with an invitation to Spring Training, reports Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports (Twitter links).  The 28-year-old utility man hit .284/.358/.351 with 15 steals …
Discussion: HardballTalk
Carrie Muskat / MLB.com:
Cubs sign veteran catcher Navarro for one year  —  Contract worth $1.75 million for former All-Star, who will back up Castillo  —  CHICAGO — The Cubs added a veteran backup catcher on Friday, signing free agent Dioner Navarro to a one-year, $1.75 million contract that could pay him an additional $250,000 in performance bonuses.
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