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  1. The Collective Bargaining Agreement won’t be changed until it expires

    Mar 8, 2014, 9:40 PM EDT

    Kendrys Morales

    Yesterday, Brewers starter Kyle Lohse criticized the qualifying offer system. Lohse rejected a $13.3 million qualifying offer from the Cardinals after the 2012 season, hoping to get a lucrative deal in free agency. He ended up jobless well into march until the Brewers jumped in and signed him to a three-year, $33 million deal. This…

  2. Replay will not be available in Australia when the regular season opens

    Mar 8, 2014, 8:30 PM EDT

    instant replay picture

    Many are anxious to see how the new instant replay system will affect the way baseball is played. They may have to wait a week. According to the Associated Press, replay won’t be available when the Dodgers and Diamondbacks open the regular season in Australia. Standard replay, for home run and boundary calls, will be…

  3. Jonathan Papelbon thinks the Phillies will have a top-five bullpen

    Mar 8, 2014, 7:20 PM EDT

    Jonathan Papelbon

    The Phillies had the fourth-highest bullpen ERA in baseball last season at 4.19, according to FanGraphs. Don’t tell that to closer Jonathan Papelbon, who thinks the Phillies will have a top-five bullpen in 2014. Via CSN Philly’s Jim Salisbury: “I will be very, very surprised if this is not a much better bullpen this year,”…

  4. Edwin Jackson sidestepped game plan, threw all fastballs on Friday

    Mar 8, 2014, 6:15 PM EDT

    Chicago Cubs v St. Louis Cardinals

    Edwin Jackson gave up three runs on four hits in his start against the Indians on Friday, but that wasn’t the shocking part of what happened. Unbeknownst to manager Rick Renteria and pitching coach Chris Bosio, Jackson threw all fastballs in his outing — 50 of them. Via MLB.com’s Carrie Muskat: “I think maybe, as…

  5. Billy Hamilton is honing his bunting weapon

    Mar 7, 2014, 11:20 PM EDT

    Pittsburgh Pirates v Cincinnati Reds

    Billy Hamilton hit .368 in 22 plate appearances in September last season, but some in the know say that Hamilton will struggle to hit in the Majors. In his first season against Triple-A competition last season, Hamilton hit .256 with a .308 on-base percentage and a .343 slugging percentage. Hamilton’s signature has always been his…

  6. Marco Scutaro’s Cactus League debut pushed back

    Mar 7, 2014, 10:30 PM EDT

    Marco Scutaro Getty

    Marco Scutaro was scheduled to make his Cactus League debut on Sunday or Monday, but his back problems are persisting and now the Giants are keeping him out for the time being, Alex Pavlovic reports for the Mercury News. Manager Bruce Bochy says that if Scutaro isn’t ready to go at the end of next…

  7. Jayson Werth is a fan of the Nationals’ plan to be more aggressive on the bases

    Mar 7, 2014, 9:20 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v Washington Nationals

    You might not guess it by looking at him, but Jayson Werth is a very good base runner. The 34-year-old veteran has stolen 37 bases in 43 attempts in three somewhat injury-plagued seasons with the Nationals. In his prime with the Phillies, under the tutelage of first base coach Davey Lopes, Werth stole 60 bases…

  8. Ervin Santana wants to sign with a strong offensive team ASAP

    Mar 7, 2014, 8:10 PM EDT

    ervin santana getty

    Earlier, we learned that the Phillies might have checked in with free agent starter Ervin Santana. But, wait! There’s more Ervin Santana news. Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports is hearing from sources that Santana wants to sign a one-year deal as quickly as possible, preferably with a strong offensive team. Rosenthal adds that the Blue…

  9. Kyle Lohse criticizes the qualifying offer system

    Mar 7, 2014, 7:05 PM EDT

    Arizona Diamondbacks v Milwaukee Brewers

    Deep into the off-season, Ubaldo Jimenez, Nelson Cruz, Stephen Drew, Ervin Santana, and Kendrys Morales were still free agents despite being productive players last season. Jimenez and Cruz recently signed with the Orioles, but the latter three still remain unsigned with the regular season just weeks away. All five rejected $14.1 million qualifying offers from…

  10. The Phillies might have checked in with Ervin Santana

    Mar 7, 2014, 6:00 PM EDT

    ervin santana getty

    The Phillies are reeling after Cole Hamels suffered a setback, pushing his 2014 debut into May most likely. They’re thin on starting pitching depth even after adding A.J. Burnett last month. As a result, they have checked in with Ervin Santana according to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe. Or maybe not. Matt Gelb of…

  11. 2014 Preview: Philadelphia Phillies

    Mar 5, 2014, 3:00 PM EDT

    A.J. Burnett

    Between now and Opening Day, HardballTalk will take a look at each of baseball’s 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2014 season. Next up: The Philadelphia Phillies. The Big Question: Can the Phillies have all of their key players stay healthy for an entire…

  12. 2014 Preview: Washington Nationals

    Mar 5, 2014, 12:00 PM EDT

    Bryce Harper

    Between now and Opening Day, HardballTalk will take a look at each of baseball’s 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2014 season. Next up: The Washington Nationals. The Big Question: Can the Nationals reclaim their throne atop the NL East? The Nationals were everybody’s…

  13. 2014 Preview: Miami Marlins

    Mar 4, 2014, 3:30 PM EDT

    giancarlo stanton getty

    Between now and Opening Day, HardballTalk will take a look at each of baseball’s 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2014 season. Next up: The Miami Marlins. The Big Question: Can the Marlins lose fewer than 100 games? The Marlins lost exactly 100 games…

  14. 2014 Preview: New York Mets

    Mar 3, 2014, 12:00 PM EDT

    Zack Wheeler Getty

    Between now and Opening Day, HardballTalk will take a look at each of baseball’s 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2014 season. Next up: The New York Mets. The Big Question: Can the Mets finish with 80 or more wins for the first time…

  15. Still no timetable for Zack Greinke’s return

    Mar 2, 2014, 5:55 PM EDT

    Zack Greinke AP

    Dodgers starter Zack Greinke left last week’s spring training debut after three pitches due to a strained right calf. According to Dylan Hernandez of the L.A. Times, there is still no timetable for the right-hander’s return. Manager Don Mattingly said, “We’re still going to be cautious with him.” Greinke was not able to throw a…

  16. Scouts from the Pirates and Brewers are watching Mike Carp

    Mar 2, 2014, 5:15 PM EDT

    Mike Carp

    Mike Carp recently offered to learn third base for the Red Sox, a move not entirely based in altruism as it would give the left-hander some much-needed playing time. Carp had a great 2013 for the Red Sox, posting an .885 OPS in 243 plate appearances, 215 of them against right-handed pitchers. But there’s no…

  17. Jake Peavy out for three days after cutting his finger with a fishing knife

    Mar 2, 2014, 4:52 PM EDT

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

    Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that Red Sox starter Jake Peavy cut his left index finger with a fishing knife. As a result, he’ll be idle three days and won’t pitch tomorrow as previously scheduled. Brandon Workman will take his place. Peavy dealt with a finger problem on his other hand — tendonitis…

  18. Ichiro Suzuki wants to play “many” more seasons after 2014

    Mar 2, 2014, 4:10 PM EDT

    New York Yankees' Suzuki runs and watches the ball after he hit a walk-off home run to beat the Texas Rangers in their MLB American League game in New York

    Yankees outfielder Ichiro Suzuki may be 40 years old but he wants to play baseball for a while longer. Via ESPN’s Wallace Matthews: “Retirement from baseball is something I haven’t even thought about,” he said. Asked how many more seasons he thought he could play, Ichiro laughed. “Not just a few,” he said. “Many. For…

  19. Cody Asche leaves spring training game with a hand injury

    Mar 2, 2014, 3:18 PM EDT

    Cody Asche

    Phillies third baseman Cody Asche was hit in the right hand with a fastball from Pirates pitcher Yao-Hsun Yang in the bottom of the fifth inning this afternoon. Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer described the uncomfortable sound as “that of a ball hitting helmet”. Asche was taken out of the game under his own…

  20. Neftali Feliz’s mechanics are “out of whack”

    Mar 2, 2014, 2:35 PM EDT

    Neftali Feliz

    The Rangers are hoping that Neftali Feliz can retake the closer’s role after Joe Nathan departed for the Tigers, but according to Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News, his mechanics are “out of whack” in the early going. Grant writes that Feliz is not getting his arm extended enough to generate velocity, which is…

  21. Dee Gordon reportedly the front-runner for Dodgers’ second base job

    Mar 2, 2014, 1:30 PM EDT

    dee gordon getty

    According to ESPN’s Jim Bowden, Dee Gordon is the front-runner for the Dodgers’ second base job. As a result, Alexander Guerrero — the recipient of a four-year, $28 million contract from the Dodgers signed in October — will start the year in Triple-A. Guerrero has had some trouble defensively at the position. Gordon may win…

  22. Robinson Cano wants the Mariners to bring in Kendrys Morales and Ervin Santana

    Mar 2, 2014, 12:25 PM EDT

    Kendrys Morales

    The Mariners’ signing of Robinson Cano to a ten-year, $240 million was supposed to be the kick-off to a wild off-season. When the news died down, the Mariners were reported to have shown interest in trading for Rays ace David Price, and signing free agents Matt Garza and/or Nelson Cruz. GM Jack Zduriencik only ended…

  23. Indians acquire Justin Sellers from the Dodgers

    Mar 2, 2014, 11:30 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Dodgers Photo Day

    Jordan Bastian of MLB.com is reporting that the Indians have acquired infielder Justin Sellers from the Dodgers in exchange for cash. To make room for Sellers on the roster, the Indians designated first baseman David Cooper for assignment. Sellers, 28, has a career .578 OPS over three seasons with the Dodgers. He has played mostly…

  24. Jose Fernandez named Marlins’ Opening Day starter

    Mar 2, 2014, 11:05 AM EDT

    jose fernandez getty

    Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald is reporting that Marlins right-hander Jose Fernandez has been named the team’s Opening Day starter by manager Mike Redmond, an announcement that shocks no one. The Marlins open up the regular season on March 31 at home against the Rockies. Fernandez took home NL Rookie of the Year honors…

  25. Guillermo Mota retires

    Mar 2, 2014, 10:48 AM EDT

    Guillermo Mota Getty

    After signing a minor league deal with the Royals back in January, veteran reliever Guillermo Mota has retired, reports Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star. Mota wanted to spend more time with his family. Mota, 40, spent 14 seasons in the big leagues. He ends his career with a 3.94 ERA in 856 2/3…

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