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Rangers don’t pick up option on Vladimir Guerrero, might re-sign

11.04.10 at 10:03 am ET
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The Texas Rangers announced on Wednesday that the team would not pick up the mutual option on designated hitter Vladimir Guerrero for 2011, but manager Jon Daniels said that they are interested in re-signing the hitter, ESPN Dallas reported. Guerrero signed a contract last year that included a $9 million option for 2011.

Daniels said that neither side intended to pick up the option when the contract was originally devised. Guerrero hit .300 in 2010 with 29 home runs and 115 RBIs, a team high, in 152 games. In the playoffs, however, the slugger struggled, batting .220 with no home runs and just six RBIs.

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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Surfing champion Andy Irons’ death a shocker

11.04.10 at 7:55 am ET
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Welcome to Thursday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

WHAT’S HAPPENING LOCALLY THURSDAY:
No games scheduled

AROUND THE WEB:

‘™¦ The surfing world is in shock following the death of three-time world champion Andy Irons, who was found dead Tuesday morning in a Dallas hotel room during a layover on a trip to his home in Hawaii. The 32-year-old Irons had withdrawn from a tournament in Puerto Rico because of an illness related to dengue fever, according to his sponsor, and his illness apparently worsened during his flight home.

‘™¦ With the Big East Conference set to expand, Andy Staples at Sports Illustrated writes that it’s time for Notre Dame football to end its run as an independent and jump aboard. ND already is a member of the conference in other sports.

‘™¦ Former Boston-area high school track star Alberto Salazar is now a respected coach of runners. With the New York City Marathon Sunday, The New Yorker looks at Salazar’s controversial techniques in bringing out the best in his pupils. Meanwhile, another product of Greater Boston, Shalane Flanagan, will make her marathon debut at New York, and its being called the most anticipated debut of an American woman marathoner in nine years.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Nov. 4, 1993, which Bruins player recorded a hat trick in a 6-3 victory over the Flames and in the process became the ninth player to score 250 goals as a Bruin? (Answer below)

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Agent: Derek Jeter’s impact on the Yankees can’t be overstated

11.04.10 at 2:16 am ET
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Casey Close, the agent for free agent shortstop Derek Jeter of the Yankees, told Ed Price of AOL Fanhouse that his client’s “impact on the sport’s most valuable franchise cannot be overstated. Moreover, no athlete embodies the spirit of a champion more than Derek Jeter.”

Close’s comments occurred one day after Yankees co-owner Hal Steinbrenner discussed the need to treat negotiations with Jeter according to the best business interests of the Yankees. Jeter is coming off a career-worst season, having produced career lows in average (.270), OBP (.340), slugging (.370) and OPS (.710). The 36-year-old has concluded a 10-year, $189 million deal with the Yankees.

If he did not re-sign with the Yankees, he would likely see a massive pay cut, something to which Steinbrenner seemed to allude during an interview on Tuesday with WFAN.

“He’s one of the greatest Yankees in history, no doubt about it. But at the same time, I’m running a business,” Steinbrenner told the station. “So we have to remain somewhat objective. And we’re going to do that. And I want to get a deal done that he’s happy with, but also that I’m happy with.”

Close’s statement would appear to represent a ratcheting up of the rhetoric, and perhaps a signal that negotiations of a new contract have the potential to turn contentious.

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Heyman: Jayson Werth rejected a Jason Bay-sized deal

11.04.10 at 2:05 am ET
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According to Jon Heyman of SI.com, free agent outfielder Jayson Werth rejected a contract offer from the Phillies this summer along the lines of the four-year, $66 million deal that Jason Bay signed with the Mets as a free agent last offseason. Heyman suggested that Bay will be seeking a deal more in line with the seven-year, $120 million contract inked by Matt Holliday with the Cardinals last winter.

The Red Sox are expected to be interested in Werth and outfielder Carl Crawford, considered the top prizes of this winter’s free agent class. Heyman suggested that the Sox might prefer Werth to Crawford, a reflection of Werth’s superior on-base and power numbers.

Of the possibility that the Padres might trade superstar first baseman Adrian Gonzalez this offseason, Heyman wrote, “In a word, no.”

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Childress: Vikings trade for Moss a ‘poor decision’

11.04.10 at 1:20 am ET
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Minnesota Vikings head coach Brad Childress said that the decision to trade for wide receiver Randy Moss was a “poor decision.” The Vikings put Moss on waivers this week, and on Wednesday, the Titans were awarded a claim on the former Patriots receiver. Childress and the Vikings had traded a third-round pick to New England in exchange for Moss and a seventh-round pick four weeks earlier, but after the Vikings cut bait with Moss, Childress made clear that he regretted the deal and that he was accountable for the decision.

“It was a poor decision,” Childress told reporters. “I’ve got to stand up and I have to make it right. When it’s not right, you need to make it right. …

“I wished and hoped that it would have worked out as well,” Childress added. “But it was a programmatic nonfit, and it didn’t work out. When things don’t work out, you need to move quickly to take steps.”

For more, including the view of members of the Vikings locker room on both the decision to release Moss and the wide receiver’s rant about a catered meal on Friday, click here.

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Report: Jets make no claim on Randy Moss, deny meeting with agent

11.03.10 at 1:59 pm ET
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According to a New York Daily News report, the Jets will not put in a claim for Randy Moss by Wednesday’s 4 p.m. deadline. Gary Myers writes that a league source indicated the team will not attempt to claim Moss nor Chargers linebacker Shawne Merriman.

Earlier Wednesday, the team denied a radio report of a meeting between Moss and the Jets in New Jersey. “There has been no contact with Moss or his agent,” a team spokesman said. “Zero.”

It would be tampering for a team to contact Moss while he is on waivers.

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Athlete election results: Jon Runyan, Heath Shuler win, Shawn Bradley loses, Chris Dudley in battle

11.03.10 at 11:30 am ET
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Former NBA center Chris Dudley found himself in a close race for Oregon governor, a race that had not been decided as of Wednesday morning. Dudley reportedly holding a slim lead as voted were being counted Wednesday.

Another former NBA center, 7-foot-6 Shawn Bradley, was defeated in his bid for the Utah Legislature.

Two former NFL players were successful Tuesday. Ex-quarterback Heath Shuler was re-elected to Congress from North Carolina, and ex-lineman Jon Runyan was elected to Congress from New Jersey.

Another former NFL player, Keith Fimian, was in a battle for Congress from Virginia, with the race too close to call Wednesday morning.

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Baseball legend Sparky Anderson in hospice care

11.03.10 at 11:21 am ET
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Former Reds and Tigers manager Sparky Anderson was placed in hospice care at his Southern California home for complications resulting from dementia, his family announced Wednesday. Anderson, 76, was the first manager to win more than 100 games in a season in both leagues. The Hall of Famer finished with 2,194 career wins, and won three World Series ‘€” two with the Reds (1975, ’76) and one with the Tigers (1984).

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Devils’ Zach Parise expected to miss three months with knee injury

11.03.10 at 11:13 am ET
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Devils left winger Zach Parise is expected to be out three months with a knee injury. The Devils announced Tuesday evening that Parise underwent exploratory arthroscopic surgery on his right knee to repair a torn meniscus. Parise hurt his knee skating back in August and has been bothered by the injury all season. He was sent home from Los Angeles after a game on Saturday to have the knee examined.

“The good news is that the meniscus is 100 percent intact,” Devils president and general manager Lou Lamoriello told The Associated Press. “They didn’t have to do anything to it other than stitch it. It will be a 100 percent recovery and there will be no risk of anything down the road later, and that’s the most important thing.”

Parise will be a restricted free agent after this season. Lamoriello said the injury will not influence the team’s thinking about re-signing him. The Devils are off to their worst start in 27 years at 3-9-1, with Parise tallying just three goals and three assists in those last 12 games.

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Terrell Owens rips Donovan McNabb, again

11.03.10 at 11:11 am ET
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Terrell Owens isn’t one to keep his mouth shut, and the topic of his former quarterback Donovan McNabb is no exception to that. The Bengals wide receiver made comments on his reality show late Tuesday night regarding his understanding for the Redskins’ decision to bench McNabb in the final minutes of a 37-25 loss to the Lions on Sunday.

Owens, who feuded with McNabb when they were in Philadelphia together from 2004-05, didn’t pass on an opportunity to take another jab at the QB, saying there were “rumors” he couldn’t get things done in the two-minute offense together, either. Owens was referring to the Eagles’ Super Bowl loss to the Patriots at the end of the 2004 season, suggesting that McNabb was too tired in the fourth quarter.

“Well, I don’t really want to start anything,” Owens said during The T.Ocho Show, “but I did play in the Super Bowl and there were rumors where he couldn’t get our two-minute offense going at the end of the game.” When pressed on the matter by co-host and teammate Chad Ochocinco, Owens said, “I’m just saying.”

Redskins coach Mike Shanahan said immediately after Sunday’s game that McNabb was pulled because backup Rex Grossman had a better understanding of the team’s two-minute offense. On Monday, the coach said nagging hamstring injuries kept McNabb from practicing at full speed and therefore created doubts as to whether the quarterback had the “cardiovascular endurance” to run a two-minute drill with no timeouts.

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