ESPN Chicago "The Chicago Cubs will announce the hiring of former Tampa Bay Rays skipper Joe Maddon as the 54th manager in franchise history on Monday, the team announced in a release. The team set the stage for Maddon's hiring by firing current skipper Rick Renteria earlier Friday. Team president Theo..." October 31
USA Today "Here's what you get when you're the MVP of the World Series, besides a free Chevy truck: your own pair of underwear. Sort of. Jockey has quickly made 2,000 pairs of limited-edition "Mad Bum" underwear to commemorate the third World Series championship won by Madison Bumgarner, the San..." October 31
Hardball Talk "There’s still no official announcement about Joe Maddon becoming the Cubs’ new manager, but in the meantime the Cubs just announced the firing of their current manager, Rick Renteria. Renteria was hired last offseason–less than 365 days ago, in fact–and went 73-89 in his first and only year on..." October 31
CBSSports.com "Back in April and May when he was uncharacteristically struggling, and batting south of .200, Pablo Sandoval might have been wondering whether he made the right call turning down the Giants' multiyear offer back in spring training. But now that he's a three-time World Series winner with a .426..." October 31
The Orioles have declined their portion of a mutual option on OF Nick Markakis for 2015.
Fox Sports "Expect a different look in the Angels' infield next season. The team is likely to trade either second baseman Howie Kendrick or third baseman David Freese to address other needs, according to major-league sources. The Angels would like to add another starting pitcher for depth and protection..." October 31
MLB.com "Starting on Tuesday, the Red Sox can negotiate with free agents on other teams. And that could include a pitcher the Red Sox are extremely familiar with in lefty Jon Lester, the man they traded to the Oakland Athletics for Yoenis Cespedes back in July. The rotation is one of the key areas of..." October 31
ESPN.com "Daisuke Matsuzaka at the end of the season left open the possibility of returning to Japan, saying his priority is to return to a starting rotation. Well, Matsuzaka appears as though he will have a lucrative opportunity to do so. The Pacific League champion Fukuoka Softbank Hawks are planning..." October 31
#Brewers exercise $13 million option on RHP Yovani Gallardo and decline $14.5 million option on 2B Rickie Weeks.
Hardball Talk "News broke just before Game 7 that the Cubs had hired — or were about to hire — Joe Maddon as their manager. Then everything seemed to back off a bit. “Details were still being worked on,” and since then we’ve had more or less radio silence. The general consensus from reporters who tend to be..." October 31
CBSSports.com "The Yankees have hired longtime star third baseman Eric Chavez as a special assignment scout. Chavez, the former A's, Yankees and Diamondbacks player who retired this year, has said all along he wants to remain in the game. Chavez has been close to GM Brian Cashman and assistant GM Billy Eppler..." October 31
Hardball Talk "Cleveland has exercised its $3.5 million option on Mike Aviles, bringing back the 34-year-old infielder for next season. Aviles has been a terrible hitter for a long time now, so this is paying a premium for defensive versatility and … I dunno, maybe clubhouse presence. This season he hit..." October 31
Source: Despite mutual interest in #Padres reunion, Josh Johnson will test market and hear offers from other teams before making decision.
Source: #Tigers exercise $7M team option on Joakim Soria.
Tampa Bay Times "The Rays first major decision of the off-season has to come by Saturday night. While some team options decisions don't have to be made until Monday night - five days after the end of the World Series - Ben Zobrist's option comes with a Saturday deadline. It shouldn't be much of a decision..." October 31
New York Daily News "Closer David Robertson was one of 10 Yankees to officially become a free agent Thursday and he figures to be the club’s most intriguing available name in this pinstriped winter. But the Yanks likely will be pursuing some of their other free agents, notably third baseman Chase Headley and..." October 31
TSN.ca "The Baltimore Orioles have exercised the 2015 club options on the contracts of pitchers Wei-Yin Chen and Darren O'Day, the team announced Thursday. Chen was 16-6 with a 3.54 earned run average in 31 starts this past season. In three years with the O's, the 29-year-old lefty from Taiwan has gone..." October 31
All systems remain “go” for Maddon and #Cubs. Announcement could come as soon as tomorrow.
CBSSports.com "The dust has not yet settled following the Giants' Game 7 win over the Royals on Wednesday night, giving San Francisco its third title in the last five years, but the oddsmakers in Las Vegas are already hard at work looking ahead to next season. Courtesy of Bovada, here are the super early..." October 31
New York Daily News "Alex Rodriguez is officially a Yankee again. The 39-year-old slugger completed his season-long doping ban after the San Francisco Giants won Game 7 of the World Series, a punishment that outgoing Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig handed down on Aug. 5, 2013, nearly 15 months..." October 31
MLB Trade Rumors "The Red Sox announced that they have signed right-hander Koji Uehara to a two-year extension that runs through the 2016 season. Alex Speier of WEEI.com reports that it is a two-year, $18MM contract (Twitter link). Uehara is represented by Mark Pieper of Relativity Sports. " October 31
MLB Trade Rumors "The Padres announced that they have declined their $4MM club option on right-hander Josh Johnson. As MLB.com’s Corey Brock tweets, the Friars are said to want to work out a lesser deal with Johnson and his representatives at Sosnick/Cobbe Sports. Johnson, 31 in January, signed a one-year, $8MM..." October 31
MLB.com "In what was merely a formality, the Cardinals exercised their team option on right-handed starter John Lackey for 2015. The organization's decision to retain Lackey for another season was never in question. In fact, one of the reasons that Lackey was so attractive to the Cardinals at the Trade..." October 31
ESPN Chicago "The Chicago Cubs are on the verge of hiring Joe Maddon as manager, as first reported by CBSSports.com. Two sources familiar with the situation confirmed the agreement to ESPN's Jim Bowden. However, three team sources told ESPN's Buster Olney a deal is not yet in place, though they say one is..." October 30
TheScore.com "A loss in Game 7 of the World Series hasn't extinguished the fire Ned Yost has to manage. The Kansas City Royals manager addressed the media on Thursday, and while still contemplating what could have been, the 60-year-old told Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star that he still would like to..." October 30
The Nats have exercised Denard Span's $9 million option for 2015, a source said. No surprise after Span's excellent 2014.
MLB Daily Dish "Infielder Kevin Youkilis has decided to retire from baseball after a ten-year major league career, according to a tweet from his agency, Pro Star Management. Youkilis spent the 2014 season in Japan, appearing in 21 games for the Rakuten Golden Eagles. In ten major league seasons with the Red..." October 30
TheScore.com "Texas Rangers infielder Jurickson Profar's ailing shoulder still isn't completely healed, but general manager Jon Daniels remains optimistic he'll be ready to resume baseball activities within the next few months, reports Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News. Profar missed the entire 2014..." October 30
MLB Trade Rumors "The Angels have announced a series of transactions (Twitter links). As expected, the team exercised its $7MM option over closer Huston Street while declining a $4.5MM option over reliever Sean Burnett. The Halos also returned Rule 5 lefty Brian Moran to the Mariners after he cleared..." October 30
#Athletics name Darren Bush hitting coach, Scott Emerson bullpen coach and Marcus Jensen assistant hitting/catching coach.
World Series Science: don't dive into 1st base. Instant a runner leaves his feet, he slows down. May have cost Royals a run and the game.
San Francisco Chronicle "One hundred times they won for each other. They won 100 games for a manager who would just as soon bang his big head against a wall than publicly doubt them. They won 100 for a city that loves them and has come to expect the joy they have brought in this championship era. As fate would have..." October 30
Bumgarner named MVP. Sorry for another Captain Obvious tweet. Thought you'd want to know.
SB Nation "It would have made for incredible television, but no, Alex Gordon shouldn't have tried to score the game-tying run on an inside-the-park home run. Alex Gordon came to the plate with the Royals trailing by one run and down to the their final out in the 2014 World Series. Giants pitcher Madison..." October 30
Deadspin.com "Last we checked in with Torii Hunter's thoughts about gay players in the locker room, he was saying just the sort of thing that makes gay ballplayers reticent about coming out of the closet: For me, as a Christian…I will be uncomfortable because in all my teachings and all my learning,..." October 30
CSN Bay Area "The Giants had won Game 7 of the World Series, Madison Bumgarner turned in a relief performance for the ages and amid the clubhouse celebration, someone asked Jeremy Affeldt if it mattered to him that the official scorers did not give him the winning decision. “Nah, Bum deserves it because he..." October 30
Bumgarner has pitched 48 2/3 innings in this postseason, an MLB record. Curt Schilling had 47.2 IP for Arizona in 2001.
That's the 26th hit for Sandoval this postseason, a new MLB record. $$$
Hardball Talk "Cincinnati picking up a $10 million option on Johnny Cueto for next season was a no-brainer decision and at the opposite end of the spectrum so are declining 2015 options on Ryan Ludwick and Jack Hannahan. Ludwick gets a $4.5 million buyout instead of a $9 million option and Hannahan gets a $2..." October 30
Atlanta Journal-Constitution "The Braves went from 96 wins and a division title in 2013 to 79 wins and out of the playoffs in 2014, but it was through no fault of their starting pitchers. Despite losing Kris Medlen and Brandon Beachy to season-ending elbow injuries during spring training and Gavin Floyd to another elbow..." October 30
Detroit News "Tap at a calculator for a few revealing moments and anyone can see the Tigers are colliding with significant and potentially daunting 2015 payroll realities. Even with the possible loss of free agents Max Scherzer, Victor Martinez, and Torii Hunter and the combined $41.2 million they drew this..." October 30
CSN Philly "Last month the Phillies invited back the entire coaching staff for the 2015 season. On Wednesday, the team announced the entire gang is under contract and will return. Manager Ryne Sandberg’s staff, comprised of bench coach Larry Bowa, pitching coach Bob McClure, hitting coach Steve Henderson,..." October 30
Royals expected to decline billy butlers $12M option. With aoki a free agent, may pursue torii hunter (they tried 7 yrs ago)
CBSSports.com "Joe Maddon is about to become the new manager of the Cubs, sources tell CBSSports.com. Maddon and the Cubs are on the verge of agreeing to a mega deal, according to people familiar with the situation. The Cubs and agent Alan Nero denied that a deal is done, but people familiar with the..." October 29
New York Post "Giancarlo Stanton sat with Hank Aaron last week. He could soon be in the same conversation with the great sluggers of today – at least, contract-wise. Stanton, who was presented the Hank Aaron Award as the NL’s best hitter by Aaron at the World Series, will soon be given something potentially..." October 29
CBSSports.com "The Red Sox, in need of third base production, are prioritizing Giants postseason hero Pablo Sandoval as well as Chase Headley, according to people in the know. Boston may also take a look at Aramis Ramirez, if he become a free agent, though he is said to fit below Sandoval and Headley. Ramirez..." October 29
Chicago Sun-Times "With the ball in his hands and his team leading the World Series three games to two, Jake Peavy had the starting assignment every pitcher dreams of — a chance to win the series. But the night terrors that ensued during the Kansas City Royals’ seven-run second inning Tuesday might haunt Peavy..." October 29
MLB.com "In moves that were of no surprise, MLB.com has learned Tuesday that the Reds exercised the $10 million 2015 club option for ace starting pitcher Johnny Cueto and declined options for outfielder Ryan Ludwick and infielder Jack Hannahan." October 29
Los Angeles Times "Former baseball star Jose Canseco is undergoing surgery after he accidentally nearly shot his finger off in his Las Vegas home Tuesday night, his fiancée Leila Knight told the Los Angeles Times. The shooting happened about 3 p.m. while Canseco was cleaning his gun at the kitchen table. There..." October 29