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  1. Report: Tigers to make a “serious run” at Mariners shortstop Nick Franklin

    Mar 16, 2014, 8:55 PM EDT

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    Mariners shortstop Nick Franklin has been named in trade rumors throughout the off-season and into the spring. The Mets have been one team strongly linked to him. But with the Tigers hurting at the position after learning that Jose Iglesias will not be ready for the start of the regular season — at least —…

  2. Lefty reliever Bill Bray announces his retirement

    Mar 16, 2014, 8:19 PM EDT

    Bill Bray

    Southpaw Bill Bray, a six-year Major League veteran, announced his retirement via Twitter on Sunday evening. Hard for me to believe as I type this, but I am officially retiring from professional baseball. #MLB pic.twitter.com/FM0sh3SOWH — Bill Bray (@wpbray) March 17, 2014 Bray had expressed intent to continue his career in February, but he says…

  3. Dodgers designate Javy Guerra for assignment to make room for Chone Figgins

    Mar 16, 2014, 8:08 PM EDT

    San Diego Padres v Los Angeles Dodgers

    Listen, I’m as shocked as you are by the headline. The Dodgers designated Javy Guerra, a perfectly good — if flawed — reliever to make room on the roster for Chone Figgins, a 36-year-old utilityman who hasn’t OPSed above .535 since 2010. The report comes from MLB.com’s Ken Gurnick. The Dodgers, though, are deep in…

  4. Ryan Doumit, Freddie Freeman okay after injury scares

    Mar 16, 2014, 7:05 PM EDT

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    The Braves haven’t had a very fun spring. Starters Kris Medlen and Brandon Beachy succumbed to injuries, forcing GM Frank Wren to make an emergency signing of free agent Ervin Santana. They had two more injury scares in Sunday afternoon’s game against the Yankees. First baseman Freddie Freeman was hit hard in his left (glove)…

  5. No progress in extension talks between Orioles, Chris Davis

    Mar 16, 2014, 6:00 PM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays v Baltimore Orioles

    Chris Davis led baseball in home runs and RBI last season with 53 and 138, respectively. He earned a $10.35 million salary for 2014 in his second year of arbitration eligibility and will enter his third and final period of arbitration eligibility next winter after which he can become a free agent. Per MASN’s Steve…

  6. The Yankees were no-hit by the Marlins in Panama

    Mar 16, 2014, 12:14 AM EDT

    Steve Cishek

    It may be spring training, but no-hitters are always fun. Marlins pitchers Brad Hand, Steve Cishek, A.J. Ramos, and Arquimedes Camineros combined for nine innings of no-hit baseball against the Yankees. The game was played at Rod Carew Stadium in Panama as part of the “Legend Series”. Brad Hand started the game and went five…

  7. Josh Hamilton could make Cactus League debut on Sunday

    Mar 15, 2014, 11:45 PM EDT

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    MLB.com’s Alden Gonzalez reports that Angels outfielder Josh Hamilton could make his Cactus League debut on Sunday afternoon against the Mariners. Hamilton has been dealing with a strained calf suffered at the end of February. If he avoids any further setbacks, he should still be able to join the team when they open up the…

  8. Cubs will have Javier Baez start at second base soon

    Mar 15, 2014, 11:05 PM EDT

    Javier Baez

    The Cubs will start Javier Baez at second base on either Monday or Tuesday, according to Cubs manager Rick Renteria. The report comes from Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times. Baez, rated the fourth overall best prospect by Baseball Prospectus, has played exclusively at shortstop throughout his three-year professional career. As Wittenmyer notes, it would…

  9. Scott Boras says clients Stephen Drew and Kendrys Morales still willing to wait for the right deal

    Mar 15, 2014, 10:10 PM EDT

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    With about two weeks to go until the start of the regular season, shortstop Stephen Drew and first baseman/DH Kendrys Morales still remain unemployed. Both players rejected $14.1 million qualifying offers from the Red Sox and Mariners, respectively, hoping to sign big, multi-year contracts, but it never happened. Meanwhile, players like Nelson Cruz and Ervin Santana,…

  10. Despite slow spring, Jackie Bradley, Jr. likely to start in center

    Mar 15, 2014, 9:05 PM EDT

    Jackie Bradley Jr.

    Jackie Bradley, Jr. has all of five hits in Grapefruit League play through 30 at-bats, but he is still on track to be the starting center fielder for the Red Sox when they break camp and head north at the end of March, according to Jason Mastrodonato of Masslive.com. Veteran Grady Sizemore, starting Saturday evening’s…

  11. Nationals acquire infielder Brandon Laird from the Royals

    Mar 15, 2014, 8:22 PM EDT

    Kansas City Royals Photo Day

    MLB.com’s Bill Ladson reports that the Nationals have acquired infielder Brandon Laird, brother of Braves catcher Gerald, from the Royals. It is not yet known what or who the Nationals sent to the Royals in return. Laird, 26, was taken in the 27th round of the 2007 draft by the Yankees. In September 2012, the…

  12. 17-year-old Julio Urias wants to finish the season in the big leagues

    Mar 15, 2014, 7:20 PM EDT

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    17-year-old pitcher Julio Urias, a Mexican native, started Saturday afternoon’s Cactus League game against the Padres. The lefty tossed a perfect first inning, striking out two before departing. The Dodgers signed Urias in August 2012 and he made his professional baseball debut last year with Single-A Great Lakes, finishing with a 2.48 ERA and 67 strikeouts…

  13. Report: Jose Iglesias could miss most of the 2014 season

    Mar 15, 2014, 6:16 PM EDT

    ALCS - Boston Red Sox v Detroit Tigers - Game Five

    Earlier, D.J. Short wondered if the Tigers would make a play for free agent Stephen Drew after it was reported that shortstop Jose Iglesias would begin the season on the disabled list with shin splints. It may be worse than the Tigers expected. ESPN’s Jim Bowden is reporting that Iglesias could miss most of the…

  14. Despite solid spring showing, Mariners option Jesus Montero to Triple-A

    Mar 14, 2014, 11:25 PM EDT

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    Shannon Drayer of 710 ESPN Seattle reports that Jesus Montero was one of several players optioned to Triple-A Tacoma on Friday. It’s not surprising even though Montero was swinging the bat well in spring training. The former top prospect in the Yankees’ system was slashing .310/.355/.621 with two home runs. Montero showed up to camp…

  15. Doug Fister could pitch in a minor league game on Sunday

    Mar 14, 2014, 10:20 PM EDT

    Doug Fister AP

    The Nationals’ acquisition of Doug Fister from the Tigers was viewed as a huge coup over the winter, but the right-hander showed up in camp in February complaining of elbow soreness. He has made only one Grapefruit League appearance to date — a two-inning stint against the Marlins on March 2. Per James Wagner of…

  16. Jason Heyward bought his teammates PS4’s

    Mar 14, 2014, 9:15 PM EDT

    Jason Heyward

    Jason Heyward has earned just over $5 million over his Major League career, and recently inked a two-year, $13.3 million contract extension with the Braves. The outfielder is spreading the wealth, as he bought each of his teammates a Playstation 4, a gift for winning the NL East title last season. On the box is…

  17. The D-Backs weren’t kidding about the retaliation thing

    Mar 14, 2014, 8:50 PM EDT

    Clayton Kershaw, Kirk Gibson, Clint Fagan

    Back in October, Diamondbacks GM Kevin Towers made headlines extolling the virtues of protecting your teammates. Towers was particularly upset that first baseman Paul Goldschmidt was hit by a pitch and the pitching staff did nothing — no revenge. From MLB.com’s Steve Gilbert: Tuesday on his weekly show broadcast on KTAR 620AM, Towers was asked…

  18. Matt Garza on playing the Cubs: “I’m going to try to kick their teeth in”

    Mar 14, 2014, 8:10 PM EDT

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    Matt Garza has some fightin’ words for his former team. The right-hander doesn’t have any real grudge against the Cubs, as he previously stated that he enjoyed playing in Chicago, but vowed to try to “kick their teeth in” every time he’s on the hill for the Brewers against them. Via Gordon Wittenmyer of the…

  19. Jason Kipnis has a baseball-sized bruise on his back

    Mar 14, 2014, 7:50 PM EDT

    Cleveland Indians v Minnesota Twins

    Jason Kipnis was hit in the back with a Jeremy Guthrie fastball in Thursday’s 12-6 win over the Royals. He tweeted a picture of his battle scar — or in this case, battle bruise. Whoever can find where I got hit today, wins a prize! #fruitloop #dontrubit pic.twitter.com/I9PzEWt1v8 — Jason Kipnis (@TheJK_Kid) March 14, 2014…

  20. Evan Gattis reveals that he had off-season knee surgery

    Mar 14, 2014, 7:05 PM EDT

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    David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports that Braves catcher Evan Gattis had off-season knee surgery. In October, Gattis had a “dime-sized” bone chip removed from his right knee, which had been bothering him since 2006. As a result, the Braves hadn’t been using him in spring training at the same pace most teams…

  21. Josh Beckett exits spring start early with a sore thumb

    Mar 14, 2014, 6:00 PM EDT

    Josh Beckett AP

    Josh Beckett apparently got his thumb caught in a door about two weeks ago. He tried to pitch through it in his start against the Cubs on Friday afternoon but he could only make it through three of his four scheduled innings, reports Dylan Hernandez of the L.A. Times. The Dodgers are calling it a…

  22. Could the Yankees find a match for Ichiro Suzuki in the Phillies?

    Mar 9, 2014, 11:30 PM EDT

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    ESPN’s Buster Olney tweeted earlier that Ichiro Suzuki appears to be the odd man out in the Yankees’ outfield and adds that the Phillies could use outfield help. The Yankees, of course, will have recent free agent additions Jacoby Ellsbury and Carlos Beltran in center and right, respectively, and Brett Gardner in left. Alfonso Soriano…

  23. Terry Francona is optimistic about Trevor Bauer’s future

    Mar 9, 2014, 10:25 PM EDT

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    The Diamondbacks took Trevor Bauer in the first round, third overall, in the 2011 draft. They sent him to the Indians in a three-team trade in December 2012. Manager Terry Francona sees why, even after Bauer has had back-to-back mediocre showings in limited Major League action, the D-Backs took him so early. Bauer has made…

  24. Twins showing interest in White Sox outfielder Alejandro De Aza

    Mar 9, 2014, 9:20 PM EDT

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    In today’s column for the Boston Globe, Nick Cafardo writes that the Twins have interest in White Sox outfielder Alejandro De Aza. 1500 ESPN’s Darren Wolfson reported on Friday that some in the Twins’ front office are fans of De Aza’s. The White Sox will use De Aza as a utility outfielder with Dayan Viciedo…

  25. Jorge De La Rosa will get the Opening Day nod for the Rockies

    Mar 9, 2014, 8:15 PM EDT

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    Jorge De La Rosa will be the Rockies’ Opening Day starter, Troy Renck of the Denver Post reports. The Rockies haven’t made an official announcement yet. It doesn’t come as much as a surprise as his only real competition for the honor was Jhoulys Chacin, but Chacin is dealing with a shoulder strain and may…

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