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Arizona Fall League

National Rising Stars 7, American Rising Stars 6

  • Daniel Murphy started at DH for the American Rising Stars and walked and was caught stealing in his only plate appearance.
  • Josh Thole was 1-for-1 with a walk and an RBI single.
  • Eddie Kunz had another ruff [sic] outing, blowing a save by allowing two hits, a walk and a run in two-thirds of an inning.

Hawaiian Winter Baseball

West Oahu CaneFires 8, Honolulu Sharks 2

  • Greg Veloz went 0-for-4 and is hitting .219/.296/.234 overall.
  • Scott Shaw started for the Sharks and allowed three runs (two earned) on four hits and two walks in 2.2 innings. He struck out two and picked up the loss.
  • Junior Guerra allowed four runs on four hits and two walks in two-thirds of an inning of relief.

Domincan Winter League

Leones del Escogido 10, Gigantes del Cibao 2

  • Victor Mendez (CF-Gigantes) went 1-for-3.
  • Julio Polcano (LHP-Gigantes) allowed a run on two hits and a walk in an inning of relief.
  • Argenis Reyes (2B-Leones) went 1-for-3 with a walk.
  • Abraham Nunez (2B-Leones) went 0-for-0 with a walk.
  • Fernando Martinez (LF-Leones) went 1-for-5 with a double and three RBI.
  • Ambiorix Concepcion (CF-Leones) went 0-for-1.

Azucareros del Este 3, Aguilas Cibaenas 2

  • Eude Brito (LHP-Azucareros) picked up a hold (?) in a third of an inning of relief.
  • Luis Terrero (CF-Aguilas) went 1-for-3 with a stolen base.

Tigres del Licey 7, Estrellas de Oriente 4

  • Fernando Tatis (DH-Estrellas) went 0-for-5 with three strikeouts but is hitting .393/.452/.643 overall.

Mexican Pacific League

Mayos de Navojoa 7, Aguilas de Mexicali 4

  • Carlos Muniz (RHP-Mexicali) allowed four walks in two-thirds of an inning, which rightfully earned him a hold.

Venezuelan Winter League

Navegantes del Magallanes 12, Tiburones de La Guaira 3

  • Gustavo Molina (C-Magallanes) went 2-for-5 with a two-run homer and three RBI.
  • Jose Sanchez (RHP-Magallanes) allowed two runs on five hits and a walk in 2.2 innings of relief, striking out four.
  • Edgar Alfonzo (LHP-Magallanes) picked up the win in relief, allowing one hit and no runs in 1.1 innings.

Tigres de Aragua 9, Caribes de Anzoategui 1

  • Jose Rojas (RHP-Caribes) allowed one hit and struck out one in an inning of relief.

Aggregate winter league stats for all Mets players can be found at

Rob Neyer comments on the rumor that the Mets may go after Derek Lowe and Brian Fuentes, calling both pitchers "impeccable", with some reservations about Lowe's age.

Tim Marchman has a nice article up about playoff LOOGYs.

The Dodgers have allegedly offered Manny Ramirez a two-year, $60 million deal to stay in Los Angeles. The deal will almost surely be rebuffed by Scott Boras, who is seeking as many as six years for the enigmatic outfielder.

Jon Heyman writes that Russell Martin may be wearing out his welcome in L.A. Martin's plate discipline improved nicely from 2007 to 2008, as he increased his unintentional walk total from 66 to 82. His power took a nosedive, though, as he collected 16 fewer extra-base hits in 30 more plate appearances. He's only 25 and there's every reason to believe he'll get better, so his will be an interesting story to watch this winter.

The Sporting News announced their end-of-season awards, and David Wright was named to the NL All-Star Team while Fernando Tatis was named NL Comeback Player of the Year. Tatis was also the Players' Choice for the same award as voted on by the MLBPA.

We've got the first glimpse into 2003-2008 UZR, as Tom Tango breaks down some of MGL's proprietary zone ratings. Carlos Beltran, Endy Chavez and Jose Valentin (!) good; Carlos Delgado bad.