Here are some baseball notes. For the most part, I got these reports off mlbtraderumors.com

I am torn on the Rays trading Akinori Iwamura to the Pirates for Jesse Chavez. I still don’t like it for the Rays but I hate it a little less when I realize that Chavez is a young productive reliever. Iwamura will give you everything that you need at second base: good batting average, decent speed, and defense. He can also play every infield position.

The Braves signed Scott Proctor to a minor league deal. http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2009/11/braves-sign-scott-proctor.html

Cardinals surprised a lot of people and released quality reliever Brad Thompson.

Pitcher Rich Hill, outfielder Jeff Fiorentino and catcher Guillermo Rodriguez all rejected a minor league assignment by the Orioles and elected free agency instead. Alfredo Simon, who was also removed from the 40-man roster last week, accepted an assignment to Triple-A Norfolk. Hill could draw some interest this winter.
A lot of teams can do a lot worse than Rich Hill. I am curious why the Orioles didn’t try and trade him for at least cash.

MLB.com’s T.R. Sullivan reports that former Colorado manager Clint Hurdle is likely to be the next hitting coach of the Rangers.

Don Mattingly passed on a chance to interview for Washington’s managerial opening, according to Alden Gonzalez and Ken Gurnick of MLB.com.

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