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Cardinals tab Matheny as manager

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Don't know if this is a good choice for them or not. I felt like there were better managers to choose from.

Cards don't plan to "greatly" increase 9 yr, $210M offer to Pujols

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I haven't seen what the Marlins have offered, but at ~$23M/year and 9 years, the Cubs should move on (if they were in to begin with).

Owners, Players Closing In On New Labor Agreement

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It looks like a new 5 year deal could be in place as early as today or tomorrow. This new deal would apparently significantly restrict the amount of money that teams can spend on draft picks and also on draft pick compensation for free agents. It will be interesting to see how this effects teams that focus on spending big in the Rule 4 draft, and how it will effect Epstein and Hoyer depending on how strict the slotting is.

How should we judge Z's performance in Venezuela?

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Perhaps the biggest question mark going into 2012 appeared to pitch adequately in Venezuela last night (three runs in six innings). But considering the competition Z's facing, should he be doing better? Can somebody provide a little context?

Cubs To Work Out Yoenis...

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Cubs To Work Out Yoenis Cespedes http://muskat.mlblogs.com/2011/11/13/1112-cubs-to-work-out-cuban-star-cespedes/

Would Mike Maddux Have a Pitching Coach?

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Sorry the link above is just to the typical interview page, but I don't know where else to post this (its way too short for a fanpost). If Mike Maddux does become the Cubs manager, would he hire a pitching coach? My first instinct is yes, but why would one of the best in the game put someone else in charge.

OT: Ex-Expos Pitcher Charlie Lea Dead at 54

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Granted, this is a Memphis-centric story. He pitched a no-hitter and won an All-Star Game. It's sad to see somebody like this pass away at a relatively young age. R.I.P. Charlie Lea.

Wilson Ramos found alive

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Phew...great ending to a terrifying story.

AFL Friday: Mesa Solar Sox vs. Salt River Rafters

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This AFL game is on MLB Network beginning at 7 pm CST Friday, November 11. Cubs prospects play for the Solar Sox; Junior Lake is in the starting lineup. Use this as a game thread.