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Peter Angelos is directly involved in Chris Davis negotiations

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Buster Olney of ESPN reports that Orioles owner Peter Angelos is “personally involved in the team’s effort to re-sign” free agent first baseman Chris Davis.

You have to figure that suggests the O’s are seriously wanting Davis back. Which makes a lot of sense given that power is scarce these days and that, despite striking out a whole lot, Davis is still one of the premier power hitters in the game. He posted a .923 OPS with 47 home runs and 117 RBI in 160 games this past season for Baltimore. If the O’s don’t keep him, they’ll have a big hole in the middle of their lineup.

There’s a rumor that the Braves will be sold

The Atlanta Braves logo lies on Turner Field before Thursday's Game 1 of the National League Division Series between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Atlanta Braves, Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
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Don’t tease me like this, Marietta Daily Journal. Please do not tease me like this:

THE RUMORS have resurfaced. Might the Atlanta Braves be close to a change in ownership?  Recent back-fence talk describes the same scenario that circulated a couple years ago — current owner Liberty Media selling to an Internet mogul with strong ties to Cobb County.

Normally you’d dismiss a blind item like this out of hand, but this is the same business gossip column which first reported that the Braves were going to move to get a new ballpark and move from Atlanta to Cobb County a couple of years ago. Absolutely no one saw that coming either.

If the Braves were sold it would likely be a function of Liberty Media realizing that between a new ballpark coming and a minuscule team payroll the Braves are never going to look healthier from a financial point of view. That there are no more udders left to milk. It will have been unfortunate that, in order to do it, they saw fit to decimate the roster first, but if it means that people who actually give a crap about owning a baseball team took over it will have probably been worth it.

Alex Anthopoulos being courted by the Arizona . . . Coyotes?

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Alex Anthopoulos’ departure from the Toronto Blue Jays was quick and unexpected. The sort of job-leaving that, one would think, would make it difficult for him to find a new position really quickly. Not because there’s anything wrong with Anthopoulos, but because taking on a top front office person tends to be a think that is long planned-for and which takes some time. To the extent a guy like him does find a quick position it’s as a “special advisor” or some kind, sort of like how Jerry Dipoto was hired by the Red Sox in an interim position.

Another possibility? Just going to a whole other sports. From Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun:

Two sources have now confirmed that the Arizona Coyotes have reached out to the former general manager of the Blue Jays, with the hopes he would consider a senior position or a consulting position with the National Hockey League team.

It’s just one of many calls, Simmons says. But it’s definitely one of the more unconventional gigs for a former baseball GM.