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Tony LaRussa leads active managers with 2,552 wins and is third alltime behind Connie Mack and John McGraw.

MLB.com has a list that will make it easier for baseball fans to track the transactions made during the offseason.

http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/news/hot_stove/y2009/free_agent_tracker.jsp

There are presently 294 free agents and the tracker breaks down the free agents by position so instead of checking 294 names to find all the second baseman on the list just select second basemen and you find a list of the nine second baseman who are free agents.

Another great way to keep up with what is going on during the offseason is the all offseason acquisitions option which lists 31 players of today who have been acquired by re-signing, trading for, exercising options, are spring invitees or have been claimed off waivers.

Players can file for free agency until November 20. By the time the winter meetings are over on December 10 in Indianapolis there should be a lot of activity on the trade and free agent front. A lot more players should know which team they are playing for in 2010 by Christmas.

Hot Stove News

Next week the Rookie of the Year Awards will be announced along with they Cy Young Award winners and the Manager of the Year Award winners. The following week the MVP Award winners will be announced.

Bobby Valentine will be concentrating on his job with ESPN after finding out he lost his bid to become the manager of the Washington Nationals….Every Baseball America Minor League Player of the Year starting with Manny Ramirez the 1993 winner played in the major leagues in 2009. Ramirez and Derek Jeter are the only surefire Hall of Famers in the list.

Winningest Active Managers

Tony LaRussa leads all active managers with in wins with 2,552 and is third winningest manager in baseball history. Only Connie Mack and John McGraw have more wins with 3,731 and 2,763 respectively.

Bobby Cox is fourth alltime with 2,413 wins and Joe Torre is fifth with 2,246 wins.

LaRussa does not fare so well when ranked by winning percentage and is 62nd on the list with a .535 winning percentage. Bobby Cox, Mike Scioscia and Joe Girardi lead active managers with a .556 mark.

Manny Acta is listed 285th of 294 managers with a .385 winning percentage and John Russell is 283rd with a .399 mark.

Joe Torre leads active managers in World Series wins with four wins and Cito Gaston, Terry Francona and Tony LaRussa with two wins are the only active managers with more than one World Series win.

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