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Notes and links on another quiet Friday

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Just a few links on this Friday night.

[2]• Still waiting for Andy Pettitte to make a decision for next year, but his son, Josh, has signed a letter of intent to pitch for Baylor. [3]

• I loved the opening line of Tim Brown’s story about the Melky Cabrera signing: [4] “Try to think of it not as the emerging Toronto Blue Jays signing a drug cheat, but the emerging Toronto Blue Jays signing a man who played for two championship teams and wasn’t kicked off of one of them.”

• Ken Rosenthal writes that the market for B.J. Upton is gaining steam [5] — the market for Angel Pagan as well — but there’s no indication that the Yankees are pursuit of either outfielder.

• Worried about the Red Sox signing Josh Hamilton? A source tells Rob Bradford that reports of the Red Sox interest are “overblown,” [6]and Bradford says that Hamilton “doesn’t appear to be near the top” of the Red Sox wishlist.

• The Tigers made their Torii Hunter signing official today.

• Up-and-down from the minor leagues this year, former Yankees reliever Ryota Igarashi has signed a three-year deal to play in Japan. [7] A translation of the linked article says he’ll make 600 million yen. I don’t know how much that is in U.S. dollars, and I really don’t want to find out. I prefer to imagine Igarashi making some insane amount of money over there.

• Former Yankees lefty Zach Kroenke — lost in the Rule 5 draft — has signed a minor league deal with the Brewers. [8]Kroenke never pitched in the big leagues with the Yankees, but he has some big league time in Arizona. Good guy. One of my favorites from Scranton.

• Over at Pinstriped Bible, Steven Goldman took a look at the largely uncharted territory of a potential Pettitte return. [9]

• The Yankees announced that, in conjunction with the Cloudbreak Group, 20 percent of all sales at http://www.nyyankeesfragrance.com/ [10] during the months of November and December will be donated to the American Red Cross for Hurricane Sandy relief efforts. A minimum guarantee of $10,000 will be offered by the Cloudbreak Group, in addition to the dedicated portion made from all sales on the website during those two months.

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