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11:15 PM ET, October 21, 2009

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Jorge Arangure Jr / MLB:
Coveted Aroldis Chapman to meet with teams in New York  —  Prized Cuban left-handed pitcher Aroldis Chapman will arrive in New York on Wednesday to begin a series of meetings with several general managers, Chapman's agent, Edwin Mejia, confirmed.  —  The 21-year-old will visit several cities …
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Peter Abraham / Boston Globe:
Red Sox likely to meet with Cuban LHP  —  Aroldis Chapman, a 21-year-old Cuban defector with a 100-mph fastball, is expected to arrive in New York as early as today.  According to his agent, Edwin Mejia, meetings with Major League teams will follow.  —  The Red Sox and Yankees are among …
Discussion: Union-News and NESN.com
Jorge Arangure Jr / ESPN:
Chapman pays a visit to the U.S.  —  On Wednesday, prized Cuban left-handed pitcher Aroldis Chapman will arrive in New York to begin a series of meetings with several general managers, Chapman's agent Edwin Mejia confirmed to La Esquina.  —  The 21-year-old will visit several cities …
New York Post:
Affair is foul for ESPN star  —  Ex-Met GM's dumped mistress has a ‘Fatal Attraction’ freakout  —  She's not going to be ignored, Steve!  —  ESPN analyst Steve Phillips had a fling with a 22-year-old production assistant, who, after being dumped, taunted his wife with “Fatal Attraction” …
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Espn Com / MLB:
Steve Phillips, ESPN baseball analyst, takes leave of absence  —  ESPN baseball analyst Steve Phillips is taking a leave of absence.  —  The New York Post reported Wednesday that Phillips, formerly general manager of the Mets, was involved in a relationship with a female ESPN employee.
Erik Larson / Bloomberg:
Mets Entity May Be Sued for $48 Million Profit From Madoff Firm  —  Oct. 21 (Bloomberg) — An entity tied to the New York Mets baseball team and its owner Sterling Equities Inc. might be sued for withdrawing $47.8 million more from Bernard Madoff's firm than it deposited with the con man, a lawyer said.
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Buster Olney / MLB:
Sources: San Diego Padres closer to hiring Jed Hoyer as GM  —  The San Diego Padres are moving closer toward hiring Jed Hoyer, an assistant general manager with the Boston Red Sox, as their next general manager, according to major league sources.  —  Hoyer, 35, has worked in Boston's front office under Theo Epstein.
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Corey Brock / MLB.com:
Padres could soon hire new GM
Discussion: MLB Rumors
Nick Cafardo / Boston Globe:   Towers has standing offer from Sox
Associated Press:
Bobby Valentine to have second interview with the Cleveland Indians  —  CLEVELAND — Former New York Mets manager Bobby Valentine will have his second interview with the Cleveland Indians on Thursday.  —  Valentine, who led the Mets to the World Series against the Yankees in 2000 …
Discussion: Fox Sports
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Jon Heyman / Sports Illustrated:
Hate 'em or love 'em, these gritty Phillies are something else
Discussion: Circling The Bases
Tim McClelland / ASAP Sports:
AL CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES: ANGELS v YANKEES  —  THE MODERATOR: Tim, whatever you want to say.  —  TIM McCLELLAND: As far as the two calls that I had at third base.  The first one with Swisher leaving too soon.  In my heart I thought he left too soon.  —  On the play with Cano and Posada, I thought Cano was on the base.
Discussion: Deadspin and Circling The Bases
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Amalie Benjamin / Boston Globe:
Wakefield surgery ‘successful’  —  ANAHEIM, Calif. — While there's not a lot of news on Tim Wakefield's back surgery yet, a Red Sox spokesman said that the procedure was “successful” in an email.  —  The surgery, which was to address a herniated disk, occurred this morning at Massachusetts General Hospital.
Discussion: NESN.com and Fenway West
Patrick Saunders / Denver Post:
Rockies give O'Dowd new deal  —  The Rockies' road into the future will continued to be navigated by general manager Dan O'Dowd.  —  Today, the Rockies awarded O'Dowd a new contract.  Terms have not yet been announced.  He has been the GM since Sept. 20, 1999, meaning he's already …
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Patrick Saunders / All Things Rockies:
Sporting News honors Rox Tracy
Discussion: Purple Row
Jon Heyman / Sports Illustrated:
Yankees top list of contenders in race for coveted free agent Holliday … Outfielder Matt Holliday, probably the biggest free agent about to be on the market — John Lackey and Jason Bay are the only other in-their-prime stars — is said by a friend to love the idea of going to the Yankees.
Seth Livingstone / USA Today:
After early missteps, GM Colletti oversees revival of Dodgers  —  PHILADELPHIA — Los Angeles Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti, who was rewarded with a multiyear contract extension, takes pride in what his team accomplished in 2009 but knows the Philadelphia Phillies …
Discussion: Yahoo! Sports
Amy K. Nelson / MLB:
MLBPA memo: Donald Fehr to get $11 million package  —  PHILADELPHIA — When Donald Fehr officially steps down as the head of the Major League Baseball Players Association, he will leave with an $11 million compensation package, according to a memo sent out to players late last month and seen by ESPN.com.
Bill Ladson / MLB.com:
Inbox: What's in store for Storen?  —  Beat reporter Bill Ladson answers Nats fans' questions  —  Right-hander Drew Storen has been touted as a closer.  If he makes the big league team, how about starting him off as a setup man, and then working him into the closer role by midseason?
Discussion: MLB Rumors
Monte Burke / Forbes:
America's Hottest Sports Cities  —  These towns have teams that win—and passionate fans supporting them.  —  Boston was once a sports city of lovable losers.  Now?  Maybe calling them non-lovable winners is best.  —  The city's pro sports teams have shed their underdog label …
 
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