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  1. Wanna hear Mr. T freak out over Bo Jackson’s arm?

    Dec 1, 2013, 10:45 PM EDT

    Mr. T

    Saw this on /r/baseball and couldn’t resist sharing. Via MLB’s YouTube channel: I pity the fool who challenged Bo Jackson’s arm. Sorry, couldn’t resist. Follow @CrashburnAlley

  2. Ryan Howard thinks he can be a 30-100 guy again

    Dec 1, 2013, 10:10 PM EDT

    Ryan Howard

    This is a few days old, but per MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki, Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard thinks he can still be a 30-100 guy (as in 30 home runs and 100 RBI). Howard has been slowed by injuries ever since he tore his Achilles tendon making the final out in Game 5 of the 2011…

  3. Royals utilityman Emilio Bonifacio drawing trade interest

    Dec 1, 2013, 9:15 PM EDT

    Kansas City Royals v Chicago White Sox

    In his latest column for the Kansas City Star, Bob Dutton reports that Royals team officials have acknowledged that utilityman Emilio Bonifacio has drawn “steady interest” from other teams as a trade target. The 28-year-old is eligible for arbitration for the third and final time after taking home $2.6 million in 2013. Bonifacio finished with…

  4. Braves’ off-season will take shape as they make decisions on arbitration-eligible players

    Dec 1, 2013, 8:30 PM EDT

    Detroit Tigers v Atlanta Braves

    The Braves lost free agent catcher Brian McCann to the Yankees and they have yet to make any signings this off-season, but they stand to make a ton of news as they make decisions about their many arbitration eligible players. Based on Matt Swartz’s arbitration salary projections at MLB Trade Rumors, Mike Axisa of CBS…

  5. Dave Dombrowski mum on Miguel Cabrera’s assumed shift to first base

    Dec 1, 2013, 7:10 PM EDT

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

    Following the blockbuster trade that sent first baseman Prince Fielder to the Rangers and second baseman Ian Kinsler to the Tigers, everyone on the planet simply assumed that Miguel Cabrera would move over from third base to first base while prospect Nick Castellanos would take over at third. It makes sense, as Cabrera was becoming…

  6. Indians are likely to tender Drew Stubbs a contract

    Dec 1, 2013, 7:00 PM EDT

    Drew Stubbs

    Outfielder Drew Stubbs is in line for a raise on his $2.825 million salary in 2013 as he is eligible for arbitration for the second of three years. Despite a solidified outfield with Michael Brantley in left, Michael Bourn in center, and the recently-signed David Murphy in right, the Indians are expected to tender Stubbs…

  7. Mets are interested in Tyler Flowers if he is non-tendered by the White Sox

    Dec 1, 2013, 6:05 PM EDT

    Minnesota Twins v Chicago White Sox - Game One

    The non-tender deadline is tomorrow and there is a chance that the White Sox could non-tender catcher Tyler Flowers. Flowers himself believes there’s slightly better than a 50-50 chance he stays in Chicago, per MLB.com’s Scott Merkin: “I put it at 51-49 in favor of staying because of the contractual conversation we’ve had before,” Flowers…

  8. Red Sox could non-tender Andrew Bailey

    Nov 30, 2013, 11:00 PM EDT

    Andrew Bailey

    Reliever Andrew Bailey‘s days with the Red Sox could be numbered. After moving to Boston in the Josh Reddick deal with the Athletics prior to the 2012 season, Bailey has made just 49 appearances in his two seasons with the Sox. He missed most of the 2012 season with a thumb injury, then had his…

  9. The Newark Bears have left the Canadian American League

    Nov 30, 2013, 10:05 PM EDT

    newark bears logo

    The Newark Bears are no longer part of the Canadian American League, an independent league. As a result, their future is very much in question, writes David Giambusso of The Star-Ledger. The Bears have had problems for a while now, drawing fewer than 500 fans per game while putting together losing teams. Due to the…

  10. Robinson Cano recently asked for $250-260 million over nine years from the Yankees

    Nov 30, 2013, 9:29 PM EDT

    New York Yankees v Houston Astros

    Robinson Cano says he never asked for the ten-year, $300 million-plus deal that was widely reported (and never discredited) weeks ago. According to Ken Davidoff of the New York Post, however, he did ask for $250-260 million over nine years: Cano’s most recent offer to the Yankees, in a meeting last week, was a nine-year…

  11. Report: Free agent Phil Hughes seeking more than two years

    Nov 30, 2013, 9:15 PM EDT

    Phil Hughes

    1500 ESPN’s Darren Wolfson is reporting via Twitter that a source close to Phil Hughes laughs at the notion that the Yankee would take a two-year deal. The Twins were reportedly interested in Hughes but Wolfson says he doesn’t see Hughes taking the team’s two-year offer if they do offer. Hughes was once a top…

  12. The Rockies’ pursuit of Justin Morneau could “heat up” soon

    Nov 30, 2013, 8:20 PM EDT

    Justin Morneau

    With Todd Helton now off to greener pastures, the Rockies need a new first baseman. You can expect them to start pursuing free agent Justin Morneau more heavily this week, tweets Troy Renck of the Denver Post. Morneau, now 32, was traded to the Pirates at the end of August after a 10 and a half…

  13. The Mets showed interest in Rafael Furcal, then reconsidered

    Nov 30, 2013, 7:35 PM EDT

    Rafael Furcal Getty

    ESPN’s Adam Rubin reported that the Mets had shown interest in free agent shortstop Rafael Furcal now that Jhonny Peralta is off the board and spending a lot of money on Stephen Drew is an unappetizing thought. Furcal is now 36 years old and missed all of the 2013 after undergoing Tommy John surgery. It…

  14. Historical precedent suggests Jack Morris will finally get into the Hall of Fame

    Nov 30, 2013, 6:55 PM EDT

    Jack Morris Blue Jays

    Tangotiger looked at past Hall of Fame results and concluded that it seems likely, based on historical precedent, that Jack Morris will, at some point make it into Cooperstown whether by the Baseball Writers Association of America, or by the Veterans Committee. Morris first appeared on the ballot in 2000, receiving 22.2 percent of the…

  15. Padres could trade from rotation depth to acquire a lefty bat or lefty reliever

    Nov 30, 2013, 6:05 PM EDT

    Eric Stults

    With an abundance of arms at the back end of the starting rotation, the Padres could make a deal to acquire a left-handed hitter and/or a left-handed reliever, suggests Bill Center of U-T San Diego. Center writes that Burch Smith, Robbie Erlin, or Eric Stults could be expendable. Smith and Erlin got their first taste…

  16. Dodgers, Hanley Ramirez working on contract extension

    Nov 29, 2013, 7:35 PM EDT

    hanley ramirez getty

    The Dodgers and shortstop Hanley Ramirez could get a contract extension done over the winter, reports Dionisio Soldevila of ESPN Deportes. Ramirez has one more year and $16 million remaining on the six-year, $70 million extension he signed with the Marlins back in May 2008. Ramirez turns 30 years old in December. Despite injuries limiting…

  17. Rays re-sign Juan Carlos Oviedo

    Nov 29, 2013, 6:54 PM EDT

    oviedo getty

    The Rays have re-signed reliever Juan Carlos Oviedo, formerly known as Leo Nunez, reports Mark Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times. The right-hander hasn’t pitched in the Majors since 2011 with the Marlins. Oviedo will turn 32 years old on March 15. He was signed by the Rays prior to the start of the 2013…

  18. Could Jhonny Peralta’s four-year, $53 million deal spur harsher PED penalties?

    Nov 24, 2013, 11:20 PM EDT

    Jhonny Peralta

    Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports makes the case that the four-year, $53 million deal shortstop Jhonny Peralta just signed with the Cardinals could be a potential driving force behind harsher penalties for performance-enhancing drug use. Peralta was suspended for 50 games last year by Major League Baseball for his involvement in the Biogenesis scandal. Peralta…

  19. With little payroll maneuverability, Angels may have to trade to bolster rotation

    Nov 24, 2013, 10:35 PM EDT

    trumbo getty

    The Angels signed reliever Joe Smith to a three-year, $15.75 million deal on Saturday, just a day after adding third baseman David Freese and reliever Fernando Salas in a trade for Peter Bourjos and prospect Randal Grichuk. As a result, the Angels have about $8 million left before hitting the $189 million luxury tax threshold,…

  20. Report: Dan Haren to sign with Dodgers on one-year, $10 million deal

    Nov 24, 2013, 9:49 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v Washington Nationals

    Ken Rosenthal is reporting on Twitter that the Dodgers and free agent starter Dan Haren have agreed to a one-year, $10 million deal with a 2015 option that vests at 180 innings pitched. The deal is pending a physical. Haren, now 33 years old, had a shaky first half of the 2013 season with the…

  21. Japanese baseball officials will try to resolve posting issue in New York

    Nov 24, 2013, 9:05 PM EDT

    Masahiro Tanaka AP

    Jon Heyman of CBS Sports is reporting that top Japanese baseball officials will attempt to finalize a new posting system in New York this week, which will impact free agent pitcher Masahiro Tanaka, the most sought-after prize from the Nippon Professional Baseball league. More, from Heyman: There is renewed hope for a posting agreement after…

  22. Carlos Ruiz surprises leukemia patient with a visit

    Nov 24, 2013, 8:00 PM EDT

    Carlos Ruiz AP

    Let’s break up the monotony of off-season transactions and rumors with a feel-good story. Catcher Carlos Ruiz, who recently re-upped with the Phillies, surprised six-year-old cancer patient Aiden Riebel with a visit. Via Paul Casella on MLB.com: With the Saint Florian medal dangling around his neck, Aiden and his 10-year-old brother, Max, were then each…

  23. Heyman: Yankees eyeing Carlos Beltran, Stephen Drew, Jacoby Ellsbury, others

    Nov 24, 2013, 7:05 PM EDT

    NLCS - Los Angeles Dodgers v St Louis Cardinals - Game One

    The Yankees already made waves this off-season with their recent signing of free agent catcher Brian McCann to a five-year, $85 million deal (the largest ever for a catcher going by average annual value). However, they are still pursuing some of the biggest names still available in the free agent market, reports Jon Heyman of…

  24. Let’s not overstate the impact Yankee Stadium will have on Brian McCann

    Nov 24, 2013, 6:05 PM EDT

    Brian McCann AP

    As soon as the Yankees’ signing of free agent catcher Brian McCann to a five-year, $85 million contract was announced, the projections started rolling in. “McCann will hit 35-40 HRs with Yankee Stadium as home ballpark,” tweeted David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Others were less bold, suggesting 35 as a ceiling for the former…

  25. Twins have Jarrod Saltalamacchia on their radar

    Nov 24, 2013, 5:25 PM EDT

    Jarrod Saltalamacchia

    Now in the mix for a catcher after moving Joe Mauer to first base, the Twins could pursue free agent Jarrod Saltalamacchia, writes Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe. He suggests Salty could fetch a three-year deal in the $30 million range, which is in the Twins’ affordability range. They currently have $46 million committed…

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