Ellsbury open to long-terms talks with Red Sox

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ellsbury high-five.JPGRed Sox outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury told WEEI.com’s Alex Speier on Sunday that he is open to long-term contract negotiations with the Red Sox, but has not been approached yet.

“I’m going to play this year. When the Red Sox talk with my agent, I
guess that’s when that ball starts rolling. As a ballplayer, you don’t
want to get caught up in the numbers right now,” said Ellsbury. “I think
it’s fine [that there have been no long-term talks]. I’d like to get
one more year under my belt, but if they come with something tomorrow,
then it’s a totally different ballgame. But I’m not really worried about
that right now.”

Ellsbury, 26, boasts a .297/.350/.414 batting line over his first 1,294 major league at-bats and is under team control through 2013.  He hit .301/.355/.415 last season with eight homers, 60 RBI and 70 stolen bases in 153 games.  For what it’s worth, Scott Boras is his agent.

Miguel Cabrera, Dee Gordon win AL and NL batting titles, respectively

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Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera didn’t play in the Tigers’ season finale against the White Sox, but he has officially clinched the AL batting title with a .338 average following Sunday’s action. It’s Cabrera’s fourth batting title in his last five seasons.

Marlins second baseman Dee Gordon entered Sunday’s season finale with a bit more pressure. He was in a tight race with Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper for the NL batting title, trailing only by rounding to the fourth place, .3307 to .3306. Gordon went 3-for-4 in a loss to the Phillies while Harper went 1-for-4 in a loss to the Mets. As a result, Gordon officially won the NL batting title with a .330 average. It’s the first batting title of Gordon’s brief career. Hanley Ramirez was the Marlins’ last batting champion, doing so in 2009.

Report: Angels to announce Billy Eppler as new GM on Monday

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Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports that the Angels are expected to announce Billy Eppler as their new general manager on Monday. Eppler had been serving as the assistant general manager with the Yankees.

Jerry DiPoto had been the Angels’ GM but he stepped down on July 1. DiPoto later joined the Red Sox in an advisory role, then was named the Mariners’ new GM last week.

The Angels lost to the Rangers in Sunday’s season finale, which eliminated them from contention for the second AL Wild Card spot. They finished 85-77. Most of their regulars are under contract for the 2016 season, but Eppler will have to decide whether to tender contracts to seven arbitration-eligible players while filling in the rest of the roster.