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If All You Care About is Winning, Don't Come to the Games (News and Notes 11/29)

Mark Shapiro opens mouth, inserts foot; Rafael Perez DFAd; BJ Upton to Atlanta: plus free agent bargains for your Christmas stocking!

And finally, Mark Shapiro has put his foot in his mouth again, this time telling a disgruntled season ticket holder that if all he cares about is winning, "don't come."

So, why go to the games, campers?

The Rafael Perez era appears to have ended not with a bang, but with a shoulder injury, as he was DFAd to make room on the 40-man roster for Nick Hagadone. Hagadone's grievance regarding his treatment after injuring himself last season is ongoing. Perez would likely have been non-tendered on Friday anyway, the deadline to make contract tender offers for arbitration eligible players.

Those being promoted from AA Akron to AAA Columbus next year will see a familiar face in charge, as the Tribe has promoted former Akron skipper Chris Tremie to manage the Clippers next year.

LGFT Kenny Lofton and Sandy Alomar will appear on the Hall of Fame ballot this year for the first time, along with Joe Table and some guy named Bonds. Here is a list of first-time eligible players.

The Indians will have to look elsewhere to fill their outfield chasm, as BJ Upton has signed with the Braves for 5 yrs/$75.25MM.

Ryan Madson is now an Angel, taking another team out of the Chris Perez market. writer John Schlegel speculates on free agent "bargains" to be had, including many names tossed around here.

Hey Hoynsie (warning - read the comments at your own peril - at least plan to shower afterwards) proves once again that most fans really are clueless when it comes to projecting trade values.

LGFT Travis Buck has a minor league deal with Spring Training invite with the Padres.

LGFT Cory Burns has a new home with the Rangers.

Buster Olney reporting that the Tigers are listening on Rick Porcello (paid content post). But would Detroit trade within the division?

Speaking of the division, the KC Royals are trying to get anything they can for Luke Hochevar and Bruce Chen. Hochevar is widely expected to be non-tendered.

In case anyone is wondering, LobstersOfPersuasion will not be keeping Carlos Ruiz in the LGT head to head keeper league, not since his 25-game suspension for using a PED. So, plan your draft accordingly.