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  1. Orioles still interested in Ervin Santana even after signing Ubaldo Jimenez

    Feb 21, 2014, 10:47 AM EDT

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    Baltimore was linked to Ervin Santana before signing Ubaldo Jimenez to a four-year, $50 million deal and now Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com reports that the Orioles are still interesting in added Santana too. Because they’ve already parted with their first-round draft pick to sign Jimenez the Orioles would only need to give up a second-round…

  2. Padres prospect Max Fried shut down with forearm injury

    Feb 21, 2014, 10:15 AM EDT

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    Padres pitching prospect and former seventh overall draft pick Max Fried has been shut down for at least two weeks with soreness in his left forearm. General manager Josh Byrnes told Corey Brock of MLB.com that Fried complained of soreness while doing some offseason throwing, so the Padres examined him and “have decided to shut…

  3. More shoulder problems for Matt Capps

    Feb 20, 2014, 4:08 PM EDT

    Matt Capps

    Matt Capps missed most of last season with a shoulder injury that required surgery and now the right-hander’s attempt to make the Indians out of spring training has been stalled by more shoulder problems. Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that Capps will be shut down for at least two weeks with a…

  4. Red Sox close to signing Chris Capuano

    Feb 20, 2014, 12:38 PM EDT

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    Free agent left-hander Chris Capuano is on the verge of signing with the Red Sox, according to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe. Cafardo reports that a deal could be completed as soon as today. Boston’s need for rotation help increased following Ryan Dempster‘s decision to sit out the season and Capuano represents a cheap…

  5. Brandon Phillips refuses to speak to the media

    Feb 19, 2014, 2:14 PM EDT

    Wild Card Game - Cincinnati Reds v Pittsburgh Pirates

    Brandon Phillips made headlines back in August for calling a local beat reporter a “fat mother******” (among other things) and now he’s decided to simply stop talking to the media altogether. John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports that Phillips “refused to speak to the media on the day position players reported to camp” and…

  6. Ron Washington unveils his planned Rangers lineup

    Feb 19, 2014, 12:19 PM EDT

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    Rangers manager Ron Washington already has a lineup and batting order in mind for the regular season and he shared it with reporters today: LF Shin-Soo Choo SS Elvis Andrus 1B Prince Fielder 3B Adrian Beltre RF Alex Rios DH Mitch Moreland C Geovany Soto 2B Jurickson Profar CF Leonys Martin No big surprises, although…

  7. Justin Verlander throws 54-pitch bullpen session

    Feb 19, 2014, 11:47 AM EDT

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    There had been some worry that Justin Verlander wouldn’t be ready for Opening Day following surgery to repair a torn “core muscle” in mid-January, but he threw for the first time last week and advanced to throwing a 54-pitch bullpen session yesterday. Manager Brad Ausmus seemed pleased with how the mound session went and Verlander…

  8. Mat Latos is already walking without crutches five days after knee surgery

    Feb 19, 2014, 11:15 AM EDT

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    Mat Latos underwent surgery Friday to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee and Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports that the Reds right-hander is already “walking without crutches” or “a noticeable limp.” At the time of the surgery the Reds said they hoped Latos could resume throwing in around 10 days and so far…

  9. Yu Darvish was just kidding about the Yankees paying Masahiro Tanaka too much

    Feb 18, 2014, 3:15 PM EDT

    Texas Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish delivers a pitch against the Houston Astros in the second inning of their MLB American League baseball game in Houston

    UPDATE: Darvish says he was just joking around about the Tanaka comments and apparently both Darvish and his interpreter were laughing as he said the quotes, although as you can see below that bit of context was oddly left out by several reporters on hand. ========== Yu Darvish was asked today what he thought of…

  10. Mark Mulder’s injury won’t make Angels trust Joe Blanton

    Feb 18, 2014, 1:03 PM EDT

    Joe Blanton

    Mark Mulder‘s comeback attempt ending before it really even began thanks to a torn Achilles’ tendon took a dent out of the Angels’ rotation depth, but they still aren’t willing to trust Joe Blanton and his $8.5 million salary. Blanton went 2-14 with a 6.04 ERA last season after signing with the Angels as a…

  11. Rangers worried about Jurickson Profar’s shoulder

    Feb 18, 2014, 11:17 AM EDT

    Jurickson Profar

    Last week Jurickson Profar arrived at Rangers camp with a sore shoulder, which was diagnosed as mild tendinitis. As of yesterday he was cleared to resume baseball activities, but now the Rangers have scrapped those plans and Anthony Andro of FOX Sports Southwest reports that Profar won’t resume throwing for at least a week and…

  12. Congrats to the Marlins for being able to grow beards

    Feb 18, 2014, 10:15 AM EDT

    Ricky Nolasco

    Huge news from Marlins camp, where manager Mike Redmond announced that players are now allowed to grow beards as long as they keep them nice and neat: This year, we’re going to let them have beards, but they have to keep it trimmed up. And the hair, too. We just don’t want it to be…

  13. Jake Westbrook is retiring

    Feb 14, 2014, 2:44 PM EDT

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    Jake Westbrook was pulled from the Cardinals’ rotation down the stretch and had his $9.75 million option for 2014 declined, and now the 36-year-old right-hander is retiring after 13 seasons in the majors. Westbrook broke the news to local reporter Rob Rains, saying: “The interest that I was getting wasn’t significant enough for me to…

  14. Nationals sign Josh Roenicke

    Feb 14, 2014, 1:48 PM EDT

    Josh Roenicke

    Josh Roenicke, who was non-tendered by the Twins early in the offseason, has agreed to a minor-league deal with the Nationals. Minnesota chose not to bring back Roenicke for about $1.5 million via the arbitration process after he threw 62 innings with a 4.35 ERA and 45/36 K/BB ratio in a middle relief role last…

  15. Mat Latos slips while throwing, undergoes knee surgery

    Feb 14, 2014, 1:13 PM EDT

    Mat Latos

    Early bad news from Reds camp, as Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports that Mat Latos “slipped while throwing” and tore the meniscus in his left knee. He underwent surgery today and the team says he’s expected to be sidelined for at least 10 days. If that’s an accurate return timetable Latos would have plenty of…

  16. Brad Ausmus wants Victor Martinez catching again

    Feb 14, 2014, 12:12 PM EDT

    Justin Verlander, Victor Martinez

    Victor Martinez missed the entire 2012 season with a knee injury and caught only three times all of last season, but two years after his last regular game action behind the plate he’s putting on the gear again this spring. Tom Gage of the Detroit News writes that new Tigers manager Brad Ausmus called Martinez…

  17. Braves sign Julio Teheran to long-term extension

    Feb 14, 2014, 10:40 AM EDT

    Atlanta Braves v New York Mets

    Julio Teheran and the Braves have agreed to a six-year contract extension with a team option for 2020. Atlanta is locking up Teheran after just one full season, but it was a very impressive one as he threw 186 innings with a 3.20 ERA and 170/45 K/BB ratio as a 22-year-old. Teheran also has the…

  18. Franklin Gutierrez to sit out the season after relapse of symptoms

    Feb 13, 2014, 1:46 PM EDT

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    Franklin Gutierrez re-signed with the Mariners in mid-December and said he was “feeling good” after dealing with an assortment of health issues during the past three seasons, but the team announced that he now plans to sit out the entire season. Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times reports that the center fielder has been placed…

  19. A.J. Burnett turned down $12 million from Pirates for $16 million from Phillies

    Feb 13, 2014, 11:19 AM EDT

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    Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com has a follow-up to A.J. Burnett signing a one-year, $16 million deal with the Phillies, reporting that the free agent right-hander turned down a one-year, $12 million deal from the Pirates. At the beginning of the offseason Pittsburgh chose not to make Burnett a one-year, $14.1 million qualifying offer that would…

  20. Rays trade Jose Lobaton to Nationals for Nate Karns

    Feb 13, 2014, 10:47 AM EDT

    Jose Lobaton

    The rumored trade between Tampa Bay and Washington is a reality, as Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that the Rays have traded catcher Jose Lobaton and two unnamed minor leaguers to the Nationals for pitching prospect Nate Karns. Lobaton became expendable following the Rays’ trade for Ryan Hanigan earlier this offseason and…

  21. Chad Gaudin failed physical exam, released by Phillies

    Feb 13, 2014, 10:15 AM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Arizona Diamondbacks

    Chad Gaudin signed a minor-league deal with the Phillies three weeks ago, but he failed the physical exam and was released today. Gaudin would have earned $750,000 if he made the Opening Day roster out of spring training after throwing 97 innings with a 3.06 ERA for the Giants at age 30. However, he missed…

  22. Hisashi Iwakuma out 4-6 weeks with finger injury

    Feb 12, 2014, 4:16 PM EDT

    Hisashi Iwakuma

    Mariners right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma, who finished third in the Cy Young voting last season, is expected to miss 4-6 weeks with a finger injury sustained while working out at home last month. Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune reports that Iwakuma suffered a strained tendon in the middle finger of his throwing hand. The…

  23. Orioles interested in Kendrys Morales, talking to his agent

    Feb 12, 2014, 3:15 PM EDT

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    After missing out on A.J. Burnett the Orioles “remain interested” in first baseman/designated hitter Kendrys Morales and “continue to be in contact with his reps,” according to Eduardo Encina of the Baltimore Sun. Baltimore has collected some designated hitter options like Nolan Reimold, Delmon Young, and Henry Urrutia, but the Orioles could definitely find room…

  24. Royals release Emilio Bonifacio, eat a half-million bucks

    Feb 12, 2014, 2:44 PM EDT

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    Kansas City has released Emilio Bonifacio after the utility man and his $3.5 million contract predictably passed through waivers. Because his one-year deal was an arbitration avoidance it’s not fully guaranteed, so by releasing him the Royals are only on the hook for around $575,000. Or maybe “only” is a better way to put it.…

  25. So long, Pirates: A.J. Burnett signs with the Phillies

    Feb 12, 2014, 12:01 PM EDT

    A.J. Burnett AP

    Just minutes after news that Cole Hamels could miss the beginning of the season due to a biceps injury the Phillies have made a big move for the rotation: Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com reports that they’ve signed A.J. Burnett to a one-year contract. Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com says it’s worth $16 million. Burnett had two…

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