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Verlander Wins AL MVP

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Cy Young Justin Verlander also takes home the AL MVP award

RUMOR: Pirates Nearing Deal With Clint Barmes

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I'm going to be pretty frustrated if he chooses Pittsburgh over Milwaukee. EDIT: Jon Heyman is reporting Barmes is getting two years and $11 million. I don't feel as bad about missing out now.

MLB Labor Agreement Expected to be Announced Monday

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Maury Brown discusses a few of the new Labor Agreement scenarios. In the article, he mentions the possibility of a luxury tax for teams at or below a bottom threshold (yet to be determined). But let's say it is $40M, as suggested in the article. A club would still receive revenue sharing, but if the payroll does not increase after 2 years, they would be taxed. I'm going to get some sleep, and figure this out tomorrow. It's sort of/kind of a salary-cap. Or it has that feel to it. I don't have a problem with this, except that it seems like another poke at teams who - - um - - - rely on the Rule IV draft and international development to not spend, or something. Selig is a real trip, isn't he?

Brewers add Caleb Gindl, Brock Kjeldgaard, Santo Manzanillo and Zelous Wheeler to 40 man roster

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The 40 man roster now stands at 35. Unless the Brewers make another move today, that means they'll be leaving Daniel Meadows and Dan Merklinger unprotected in the Rule 5 draft.

Cubs To Introduce Dale Sveum At 9 AM News Conference

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The presser will be streamed live on MLB.com, if you're looking for something to do while you're waiting for the Mug.

Brewers release nine minor leaguers

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There's really not much to see here: The biggest name on the list might be 2010 29th round pick Daniel Britt, who spent 2011 with Wisconsin. Here's the full list: P Charly Bashara P Daniel Britt P Skyler Crawford P Greg Davis C Doug Elliot 1B/OF Steve Felix OF Robbie Garvey P Alex Jones P Jose Oviedo

Astros Move to AL West, Addition of 2nd Wild Card in Each League Approved by Owners

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It wiill become official when new CBA is signed. Houston will move as early as 2013. Article on the move can be found here. On wild cards: "Selig says the extra wild cards would be a one-game playoff to advance to next round. "It will be dramatic," he said." Link

Cubs Offer Managing Job to Dale Sveum

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Sveum is, of course, likely to accept.

Roenicke Finishes 2nd in NL Manager of the Year Voting

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Kirk Gibson and Joe Maddon take home the honors in the NL, AL respectively.