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Bautista Reaches Pair Of Franchise Milestones - RealGM WiretapJose Bautista notched a pair of career milestones during Saturday afternoon's win over the New York Yankees. The Toronto Blue Jays slugger hit a home run and drew three walks. He has 202 career home runs to pull into a tie with George Bell for fourth most in franchise history. Bautista also now has 100 walks and 100 RBIs for the third time in his career (2010-11). Bautista joins Carlos Delgado (four times) and John Olerud (1993) as the only Blue Jays to have reached that milestone. "I'll enjoy that more in the offseason , and personal accolades are great," Bautista said. "That puts you in an elite group amongst Major Leaguers. ... That's what the game is all about when it comes down to it, and I'm going to enjoy it in the offseason, but we're still worried about winning games right now."Blue Jays To Acquire David Price - RealGM WiretapThe Toronto Blue Jays are set to acquire David Price from the Detroit Tigers, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports. Toronto will send Daniel Norris , Matt Boyd and Jairo Labourt to Detroit for Price.Trading Cespedes Would Make It Easier For Tigers To Re Sign Him - RealGM WiretapIt may not initially make sense, but trading Yoenis Cespedes would make it easier for the Detroit Tigers to re-sign the slugger this winter If the Tigers keep Cespedes past the trade deadline, a unique clause in his contract effectively will close the team's negotiating window with him five days after the World Series is over. When Cespedes signed a a four-year, $36 million contract with the Oakland Athletics after leaving Cuba in Feb. 2012, his agent used leverage to gain the right for him to be released at the end of his deal. Cespedes , then represented by Adam Katz of the Wasserman Sports Group, is now under Roc Nation. A team cannot extend a qualifying offer to a released player under the collective-bargaining agreement. Nor can it re-sign him as a free agent until after May 15 of the following year.Nationals Spend $165M To Sign Picks - RealGM Wiretap The Nationals shelled out $16.5 million on Monday to sign a host of their 2011 First-Year Player Draft picks. Washington signed their first five picks from June's event, going above and behind baseball's recommended signing bonuses for all of the players. "It just solidifies where we're at in the industry," general manager Mike Rizzo said. "These guys want to come here. He knows that we develop players and we develop them well. We've got a system that's second to none. We're the talk of the industry right now. This just solidifies us, to me , as one of the great scouting and player development organizations in baseball. We feel really good about ourselves tonight." The Nationals signed Rice infielder Anthony Rizzo, the sixth-overall pick, to a four-year, $7.2 million major-league contract. Kentucky right-hander Alex Meyer, the 23rd overall pick , signed for a $2 million bonus. Miami Dade College outfielder Brian Goodwin, the 34th overall pick, signed for $3 million. TCU left-hander Matt Purke (No. 96 overall) joined Rendon in signing a major league deal, worth roughly $4 million over four years. Purke and Rendon received major league deals because they are "close to the big leagues" and "extreme talents," Rizzo said. The Nationals reached an agreement with fourth-rounder Kylin Turnbull (No. 127 overall) , signing the 6-foot-5 left-hander from Santa Barbara City College with a $325,000 signing bonus. TweetThe life settlement world has seen an interesting 2010. As it comes to a close, some of this year’s events can be viewed not only as a barometer of the industry throughout the year, but also as a significant indicators of its future. Below are the ten biggest life settlement stories of 2010, in no particular order. 1) $100 million life settlement fraud case cracked. While fraud has been linked to life settlement investments in the past , the sheer size and scope of this case is hard to ignore. It features an 18-count indictment for [the] alleged roles in a $100 million fraud scheme with more than 800 victims across the United States and Canada.” Unfortunately, allegations of fraud continues to shape the perceptions held by consumers, regulators and investors alike. 2)SEC report suggests life settlements be defined as securities. The SEC’s Life Settlements Task Force recommended that the Commission “consider recommending to Congress that it amend the definition of security under the federal securities laws to include life settlements as securities.” Changing federal securities laws in this way would force life settlement intermediaries under the SEC’s authority and necessitate FINRA registration. 3)Zang v. Alliance Financial Services of Illinois, Ltd. In September, an Illinois court made a much talked about decision when it ruled that in essence , life settlements are not securities when only a single investor is involved. However, as renowned life settlement legal expert, Brian Casey pointed out, “[industry participants] should limit [their] enthusiasm for the ruling until additional courts have had the opportunity to adjudicate similar issues with fact patterns not as unusual as those set forth in Zang.” 4) LISA leadership change. After stewarding the Life Insurance Settlement Association (LISA) since 2001, Doug Head announces he will retire as executive director at the end of this year. Darwin Bayston , who has experience as a consultant with AVS Underwriting, and his own firm Life Settlement Consulting & Management, steps into the position at a time of enormous market and regulatory changes. 5)Invescor closes doors. A leading life settlement broker with strong ties to the broker dealer community cites slow market volume and a difficult selling environment as reason for shutt.

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