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11:45 PM ET, November 17, 2012


 Top News: 
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 …
Discussion: MLB Rumors
Sources: Toronto close to naming new manager  —  The Toronto Blue Jays are close to announcing their next manager less than a month after John Farrell left for the same position as part of a trade with the Boston Red Sox, sources have told ESPN The Magazine's Buster Olney.
Jonathan Mayo /
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.  (  —  SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Jake Marisnick found out he was going to be able to play in Saturday's Arizona Fall …
Discussion: HardballTalk
Fox Sports:
Sources: Marlins broke promises  —  Miami Marlins fans are not the only ones feeling betrayed by ownership's decision to break up the club.  —  Shortstop Jose Reyes and left-hander Mark Buehrle, two of the five Marlins headed to Toronto in a pending blockbuster, are upset …
Peter Gammons /
Stanton solely focused on ‘winning philosophy’  —  Marlins slugger frustrated after five teammates traded to Toronto  —  Giancarlo Stanton was home in Westwood, Calif., on Tuesday when he heard the news that five of his teammates were being traded to the Toronto Blue Jays.
Discussion: HardballTalk and Miami Marlins
Globe and Mail:
Report: Blue Jays sign free-agent outfielder Melky Cabrera
Discussion: Bats
Jonathan Mayo /
‘Under-the-radar’ McGuiness named AFL MVP  —  First baseman led the league with 27 RBIs  —  SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Chris McGuiness is the kind of player who prefers to be more of an under-the-radar kind of prospect.  He may have blown his cover by winning the Arizona Fall League's Joe Black Most Valuable Player Award this fall.
Discussion: HardballTalk and Lone Star Ball
Jonathan Mayo /
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 …
Discussion: Gaslamp Ball and Federal Baseball
Fox Sports:
Mets may be close on offer to Dickey  —  The New York Mets could be on the verge of a breakthrough in their negotiations with National League Cy Young Award winner R.A. Dickey.  —  Or, maybe not.  —  The Mets plan to offer Dickey a two-year contract extension, according to major league sources.
David Lennon / Newsday:
Bud Selig gives Fred Wilpon's ownership group a vote of confidence
Discussion: Metsblog
Buster Olney /
Wilpons should re-sign Dickey or sell Mets
Discussion: New York Post, Metsblog and MLB Rumors
Maryland, Rutgers to Big Ten?  —  The University of Maryland is in serious negotiations to join the Big Ten Conference, sources told on Saturday.  —  If Maryland goes to the Big Ten, Rutgers of the Big East is expected to follow suit.  The addition of Maryland and Rutgers would give …
Adam Kilgore / Nationals Journal:
Nationals have talked with B.J. Upton  —  As the Nationals wait for a resolution to their ongoing talks with first baseman Adam LaRoche, they have had initial dialogue with free agent outfielder B.J. Upton, according to a person familiar with the situation, and are expected to have increased communication with Upton in the near future.
Fox Sports:
Market heats up for B.J. Upton
Discussion: Federal Baseball
Greg Johns /
Zduriencik says Mariners aren't targeting Hamilton  —  SEATTLE — Although the Mariners plan to pursue offensive upgrades this offseason, general manager Jack Zduriencik said Friday he doesn't see Seattle being big players in the pursuit of free-agent slugger Josh Hamilton.
Dick Kaegel /
Trout is Negro Leagues Legacy Awards' AL MVP  —  Pirates outfielder McCutchen receives National League's top honor  —  KANSAS CITY — Mike Trout settled for runner-up when the Baseball Writers' Association of America announced its choice for American League MVP on Thursday …
Discussion: Pinstriped Bible
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