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Nationals engage in preliminary discussion with pitcher Carl Pavano

11.18.10 at 1:19 pm ET
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The Washington Post reports that the Nationals are one of six or eight teams that have expressed interest in acquiring pitcher Carl Pavano. Pavano is a free agent who spent the 2010 season with the Twins.

The Nationals met with Pavano’s representative at the general managers’ meetings in Orlando to discuss any interest the starter may have in pitching for the team. The discussions are still in the preliminary stages.

As an 11-year veteran, Pavano was 17-11 in 2010, with a 3.75 ERA and 117 strikeouts.

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Rockies show interest in outfielder Justin Upton, pitcher Gavin Floyd

11.18.10 at 1:18 pm ET
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The Rockies recently inquired about the availability of outfielder Justin Upton, and have discussed with the White Sox about acquiring starting pitcher Gavin Floyd, the Denver Post reported. Upton, a 23-year-old member of the Diamondbacks, is coming off of an All-Star season. But Arizona is asking for four to five players in return for the young star. He has $49.5 million remaining on his contract that runs up in 2015.

Floyd is under contract until 2012 but could be shopped around if the White Sox receive relevant offensive talent in return. Third baseman Ian Stewart could be a target in the potential deal, however the Rockies don’t have another third baseman to step in.

The Rockies have shown interest in Floyd as the likelihood of resigning free agent pitcher Jorge De La Rosa has decreased.

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Former Steelers kicker Jeff Reed turns down several offers, will take weekend off

11.18.10 at 1:15 pm ET
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The Cincinnati Enquirer reports that former Steelers kicker Jeff Reed received several offers from NFL teams about kicking jobs, including an offer from the Bengals, but decided that it was best not to kick this weekend, his agent Don Henderson said. Reed was released from the Steelers earlier this week after missing a field goal in Sunday’s loss to the Patriots and criticizing Heinz Field conditions.

Reed cleared waivers on Wednesday and had offers from two teams, both of whom wanted the kicker to start this weekend. Henderson said that his client was receptive to the Bengals, but just decided that it was best not to kick this weekend.

“We thought it would be better for Jeff to recharge and get ready for the rest of the season,” Henderson said. “We’ll start listening to offers again on Sunday or Monday.”

The Bengals’ starting kicker, Mike Nugent, may be out for the remainder of the season with an injury.

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Report: Phillies interested in Carlos Quentin

11.18.10 at 7:56 am ET
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Assuming Jayson Werth leaves Philadelphia as a free agent, the Phillies will be looking for a right-handed bat. Rumor has it that they are interested in White Sox right fielder Carlos Quentin.

There also was a report out of Venezuela that free agent outfielder Magglio Ordonez was in Philadelphia for a medical examination, but Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. called that report “unequivocally false.”

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Yankees: Derek Jeter ‘allowed to test the market’

11.18.10 at 7:47 am ET
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Yankees president Randy Levine weighed in on the Derek Jeter negotiations Wednesday, complimenting the shortstop but also noting that he’s benefited from playing with some stellar teams in New York during his career.

“All I can say is we think he’s a great Yankee, we think he’s been a great Yankee and we’ve been great for him and this is the best place for him,” Levine said. “But he’s a free agent and he’s allowed to test the market and do whatever he wants.”

Levine said he expects that general manager Brian Cashman to have further discussions with Jeter, as well as free agent pitcher Cliff Lee, this week.

Levine indicated he understands the intangibles Jeter brings to the team, but the executive made it clear the Yankees have to watch the bottom line. Jeter, coming off a 10-year, $189 million deal, is 36 and just finished the worst season of his career.

“He’s a baseball player,” Levine said. “It’s a player negotiation. Everything he is and who he is gets factored in. But this isn’t a licensing deal or a commercial rights deal. He’s a baseball player.

“But with that said, you can’t take away from who he is. He brings a lot to the organization and we bring a lot to him. … Derek Jeter is a great Yankee, a great player. That said, now is a different negotiation than 10 years ago.”

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Report: White Sox consider Johnny Damon, Hideki Matsui

11.18.10 at 7:39 am ET
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According to a report in the Chicago Tribune, the White Sox are considering making offers to Johnny Damon and Hideki Matsui as they search for a left-handed bat. The report indicates that the team likely will wait until next month before making a decision. Damon played for the Tigers last season while Matsui played for the Angels.

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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Rex Ryan challenges Jets fans

11.18.10 at 7:31 am ET
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‘™¦ The Jets are 5-0 on the road but just 2-2 at home. Rex Ryan hopes to change that trend, starting with Sunday’s game vs. the Texans, and he’s asking for the fans’ help. The Jets coach on Wednesday said he wants his team to get off to a fast start, and the crowd can help by ending the tailgating early enough to be seated in the stadium before kickoff. “I’€™m just asking that we start tailgating earlier so by the time the introductions come out, we’€™ve got a butt in every seat,” he said.

Added Ryan: “I’€™m challenging our fans. I’€™m challenging everybody, myself included, to start fast,” he said. “Let [the Texans] know we’€™re here. Our team is going to let Houston know that we’€™re here and our fans will also.

‘€œThe last time we played Houston [last season’€™s opener in Texas], they had a ‘€˜white out.’€™ Everybody was wearing white. I’€™m not calling for anything like that. I’€™m just calling for a ‘€˜loud out.’€™ Let’€™s be loud and proud and get after these guys.’€

‘™¦ In a repeat of what happened in Boston shortly before the rejuvenation of the team thanks to the new Big Three, fans in Detroit chanted “MVP” to Kobe Bryant when the Lakers routed the Pistons on Wednesday night. In the Detroit Free Press, Drew Sharp writes that this latest indignity proves that it’s time to break up the Pistons, and coach John Kuester is in an “unwinnable situation.”

‘™¦ Trail Blazers center Greg Oden will have knee surgery and miss the rest of the season. In The Oregonian, Jason Quick looks at how the “numbing news” affected Oden and the organization.

‘™¦ In The New York Times, Jonathan Abrams looks at the popularity of the deceptive “Euro step” move among NBA players.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Nov. 18, 1997, the same day the Red Sox acquired Pedro Martinez from the Expos, which two pitchers did the Sox lose in the expansion draft to the Diamondbacks and Devil Rays?

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Report: Cam Newton’s father submitted payment plan

11.18.10 at 6:39 am ET
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A Mississippi State booster told ESPN that he received a payment plan from a man who said he represented the father of Cam Newton when the now-Auburn quarterback was being recruited. Former MSU player Bill Bell said Kenny Rogers sent him a text message indicating that he expected $80,000 on the day Newton signed, $50,000 three days later and $50,000 three days after that.

“When he asked for it, it was like ‘Bam!’ ” Bell said in the report. “He told me this kid’s dad is going to want money and the next day he sent me a text message. He didn’t say anything other than ‘This is what I want and I want it in three installments.’ ”

Bell said in the report that the phone that contains Rogers’ text message was damaged by water, but he’s attempting to retrieve the text through his cell phone provider.

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Blazers’ Greg Oden out for season

11.18.10 at 6:31 am ET
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Trail Blazers center Greg Oden will have microfracture surgery on his left knee and miss the rest of the season. Oden has not played since last December, when he had surgery for a fractured left patella. The team announced that the new injury is unrelated.

The first overall pick in the 2007 draft, Oden missed his first season after microfracture surgery on his right knee.

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Bud Black, Ron Gardenhire win MLB Manager of Year awards

11.18.10 at 6:28 am ET
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Padres manager Bud Black and Twins bench boss Ron Gardenhire were named MLB Managers of the Year, according to The Associated Press. Black barely beat out Dusty Baker, who led the Reds to the NL Central crown in the 2010 season.

Major League Baseball announced on Wednesday that Black beat out Baker by one point in the results, released by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America.

The award is the first for Gardenhire, whose Twins won the AL Central but lost to the Yankees in the divisional round of the American League playoffs. Gardenhire has finished second in the voting multiple times.

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