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  1. Orioles’ Dan Duquette on Ervin Santana: “I really don’t know what’s real and what’s not”

    Mar 10, 2014, 10:47 AM EDT

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    Among the numerous Ervin Santana rumors swirling right now is that the Orioles remain in the mix to sign the free agent right-hander. Rich Dubroff of CSNBaltimore.com asked Orioles executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette about that specific rumor and his response was an interesting one: I really don’t know what’s real and…

  2. Sergio Romo has a 33.00 ERA and isn’t throwing his slider

    Mar 10, 2014, 10:15 AM EDT

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    Sergio Romo has been one of the best relievers in baseball for six seasons now, posting a 2.27 ERA and 10.3 strikeouts per nine innings for his career, but he’s gotten knocked around this spring while allowing 12 runs in three innings. That includes retiring zero of the five batters he faced in his last…

  3. Diamondbacks close to signing Oliver Perez

    Mar 7, 2014, 4:17 PM EDT

    Seattle Mariners v New York Yankees

    Oliver Perez is one of the best unsigned free agents and Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com says that’s about to change, reporting that the left-handed reliever is close to a multi-year deal with the Diamondbacks. Arizona had already invested an awful lot of resources into the bullpen even before bringing in Perez, who went from being…

  4. Dane De La Rosa gets good news on forearm injury

    Mar 7, 2014, 3:50 PM EDT

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    Angels right-hander Dane De La Rosa went for an MRI exam after getting knocked around and being pulled from his appearance Thursday, but the initial news is good. Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com reports that the MRI exam showed no structural damage and De La Rosa is hopeful that he can avoid beginning the season on…

  5. Brandon Phillips: “How the [expletive] am I declining?”

    Mar 7, 2014, 2:44 PM EDT

    Brandon Phillips

    Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips isn’t talking to the Cincinnati media, but he’s willing to talk to the national media and willing to talk to the national media about why he’s not talking to the Cincinnati media. Case in point, this Phillips quote to Anthony Castrovince of MLB.com: I don’t have nothing to say to…

  6. Brad Penny punched a wall, got released by the Royals

    Mar 7, 2014, 1:10 PM EDT

    Detroit Tigers v Baltimore Orioles

    Brad Penny‘s comeback attempt didn’t last very long, as the Royals just released the 35-year-old right-hander. Penny didn’t pitch in the majors at all last season and hasn’t been effective since 2010, when he made nine good starts before getting hurt. Since then he has a 5.41 ERA in 210 innings and Penny got knocked…

  7. Doug Fister has a sore elbow

    Mar 7, 2014, 11:19 AM EDT

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    A whole lot of people said a whole lot of good things about the Nationals’ trade to acquire Doug Fister from the Tigers, but now there’s this: Fister was scratched from today’s scheduled start and sent for an MRI exam after complaining of elbow soreness. No structural damage was found during the MRI exam and…

  8. Carlos Santana looks “stiff and uncomfortable” at third base

    Mar 7, 2014, 10:47 AM EDT

    Chicago White Sox v Cleveland Indians

    Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer checks in with an update on Carlos Santana‘s progress trying to transition from catcher to third base and … well, it ain’t going perfectly: Right now, Lonnie Chisenhall and every other third basemen in camp look better than Santana when it comes to defense. No.1 Santana hasn’t gotten…

  9. Mariners third base coach steps down after hernia surgery

    Mar 7, 2014, 10:15 AM EDT

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    Mariners third base coach John Stearns was expected to miss the early part of the season after undergoing hiatal hernia surgery last week, but instead he’s decided to step down from the job altogether. Stearns explained that he felt it would be unfair to the players and coaching staff to reclaim the position in mid-April…

  10. Jon Niese throws, feels “very close to 100 percent”

    Mar 6, 2014, 12:51 PM EDT

    Jon Niese

    Jon Niese saw his first game action since undergoing an MRI exam on his sore shoulder last week, throwing two innings in a Mets intrasquad game today. And he seemed very happy with how things went, telling Adam Rubin of ESPN New York: I felt great. It’s a great feeling to go out there and…

  11. Orioles “maintain interest” in Ervin Santana

    Mar 6, 2014, 11:19 AM EDT

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    Once the Orioles surrendered their first- and second-round draft picks to sign Ubaldo Jimenez and Nelson Cruz there was speculation that they might decide to punt a third-round pick too in order to sign Ervin Santana. It hasn’t happened yet, but Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun reports that the Orioles “maintain interest” in Santana…

  12. Cardinals talking contract extension with Matt Carpenter

    Mar 6, 2014, 10:47 AM EDT

    World Series - Boston Red Sox v St Louis Cardinals - Game Three

    Matt Carpenter had a breakout season in 2013, handling a position switch to second base just fine and hitting .318 while leading the league in hits (199), doubles (55), and runs scored (126). Now this season he’s moving again, this time to third base, and Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch reports that…

  13. Bronson Arroyo has a bulging disk, out 7-10 days

    Mar 6, 2014, 10:15 AM EDT

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    Bronson Arroyo‘s durability was his primary selling point as a 37-year-old free agent, but his stint with the Diamondbacks has started with an injury. Steve Gilbert of MLB.com reports that Arroyo has a bulging disk in his back and is expected to be out for 7-10 days. He was scratched from Tuesday’s scheduled start and…

  14. Rick Ankiel is retiring

    Mar 5, 2014, 1:31 PM EDT

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    Via our own Matthew Pouliot, who was watching the Cardinals spring training broadcast just now when the announcers revealed this: Rick Ankiel has officially retired and apparently hopes to join a front office in some capacity. Ankiel ended up having just one good full season as a position player after his hugely promising pitching career…

  15. Luke Hochevar shut down with sprained elbow

    Mar 5, 2014, 10:47 AM EDT

    Luke Hochevar

    Royals right-hander Luke Hochevar has been shut down for at least two weeks with a sprained ulnar collateral ligament in his elbow, according to Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star. McCullough reports that “the team hopes he returns by the end of May,” which suggests it could be a more serious injury. UCLs are…

  16. Joe Saunders gets major league deal from Rangers

    Mar 5, 2014, 10:15 AM EDT

    Joe Saunders AP

    UPDATE: It’s a done deal, with a slight surprise: Saunders is getting a major-league contract. That means he’s got a 40-man roster spot and, barring something unforeseen, will be on the Opening Day roster. ========== Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports that the Rangers are close to a deal with free agent left-hander…

  17. Andy Dirks needs back surgery, out three months

    Mar 4, 2014, 4:46 PM EDT

    Andy Dirks

    Tigers outfielder Andy Dirks is expected to miss at least 12 weeks following back surgery, the team announced. Dirks had been slated to platoon with free agent signing Rajai Davis in left field, taking most of the playing time as the left-handed-hitting option, so his injury opens the door for Davis to take on a bigger…

  18. James Shields won’t negotiate with Royals past Opening Day

    Mar 4, 2014, 4:15 PM EDT

    Kansas City Royals v Chicago White Sox

    Impending free agent James Shields has told the Royals that he won’t negotiate beyond Opening Day, choosing to hit the open market if a deal can’t be worked out before then. Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star reports that the two sides have yet to engage in any talks, so an extension seems unlikely.…

  19. Ted Lilly takes a job in the Cubs’ front office

    Mar 4, 2014, 12:49 PM EDT

    Ted Lilly

    Ted Lilly, who announced his retirement in November after undergoing surgery to cauterize nerves in his neck,  has joined the Cubs’ front office as a special assistant to president of baseball operations Theo Epstein and general manager Jed Hoyer. Lilly was trying to make a comeback while pitching in Venezuela, but ultimately decided he simply…

  20. Orioles make minor league deal with Johan Santana official

    Mar 4, 2014, 11:40 AM EDT

    National League New York Mets pitcher Johan Santana during first inning action in Washington

    Johan Santana and the Orioles have finalized their minor-league contract, which was announced just now and will include an invitation to big-league camp. Santana struggled to top 80 miles per hour while throwing for a half-dozen teams last week, so the odds of him making the Opening Day roster seem awfully slim. There’s some speculation…

  21. Nationals sign Mike Gonzalez

    Mar 4, 2014, 10:45 AM EDT

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    Washington has added even more bullpen depth, signing left-hander Mike Gonzalez to a minor-league deal with an invitation to spring training. Gonzalez pitched well for the Nationals in 2012 and then spent last season with the Brewers, throwing 50 innings with a 4.68 ERA and 60/25 K/BB ratio. He’s a good bet to be more…

  22. Cameron Maybin “doubtful” for Opening Day after injuring shoulder, biceps

    Mar 3, 2014, 12:50 PM EDT

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    More bad injury news for Padres center fielder Cameron Maybin, who left Sunday’s game after landing on his shoulder in the outfield and is now considered “doubtful” for Opening Day. No word yet on the official injury because he’s scheduled to undergo further testing, but Maybin apparently did some damage to his biceps tendon in…

  23. Starlin Castro out 7-10 days with hamstring injury

    Mar 3, 2014, 11:49 AM EDT

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    Starlin Castro left Sunday’s game with a hamstring injury and the Cubs shortstop is expected to miss 7-10 days after being diagnosed with a “mild” strain, the team announced. Manager Rick Renteria told Carrie Muskat of MLB.com that “it shouldn’t set him back for the regular season,” but realistically any multi-week injury at this point…

  24. Rehabbing Miguel Sano could be DH-only late in minor league season

    Mar 3, 2014, 10:47 AM EDT

    Twins Daily

    There’s a strong chance that stud Twins third base prospect Miguel Sano will miss the entire season following Tommy John elbow surgery, but because the operation is easier to come back from for hitters than pitchers the team is leaving open the possibility that he could serve as a designated hitter late in the minor…

  25. Dale Sveum: “We have all these jobs to someday be fired”

    Mar 3, 2014, 10:15 AM EDT

    Chicago Cubs v Cincinnati Reds

    Fired by the Cubs after going 127-197 (.392) in two seasons as manager, Dale Sveum is now the Royals’ third base coach and told reporters yesterday that he definitely wants to manage again some day: I walked away with my head up with the understanding I knew what I wanted to do and did it…

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