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  1. Reliever Dan Wheeler is retiring from baseball

    Feb 7, 2014, 8:10 PM EDT

    Dan Wheeler

    Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish reports that reliever Dan Wheeler has announced his retirement, ending a 13-year Major League career. Wheeler briefly pitched in 2013 with the Omaha Storm Chasers, the Triple-A affiliate of the Kansas City Royals. Wheeler was last seen in the Majors in 2012 with the Indians. He posted an 8.76…

  2. Rangers showing interest in Tommy Hanson

    Feb 7, 2014, 7:35 PM EDT

    Detroit Tigers v Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

    Jon Heyman of CBS Sports is reporting that the Rangers have spoken to free agent pitcher Tommy Hanson, potentially to include him in their starting rotation. The Angels non-tendered Hanson in early December, allowing the 27-year-old right-hander to become a free agent. Hanson posted a disappointing 5.42 ERA in 73 innings for the Angels last…

  3. Joel Zumaya calls it quits

    Feb 7, 2014, 6:55 PM EDT

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    After repeatedly trying to come back from multiple right shoulder and elbow injuries, flamethrower Joel Zumaya is calling it quits as Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish reports. Zumaya last pitched in 2010 with the Tigers. Since then, he has undergone elbow surgery three times and admirably attempted to work his way back each time.…

  4. Brian Cashman says it’s “asking too much” to expect Masahiro Tanaka to be an ace

    Feb 7, 2014, 6:05 PM EDT

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    Yankees GM Brian Cashman is doing his best to temper expectations for his $175 million pitcher. Per ESPN’s Andrew Marchand, Cashman says it would be “asking too much” to expect Tanaka to perform like an ace. Instead, he sees Tanaka as “a really solid, consistent No. 3 starter.” Cashman expects Tanaka to experience “some growing…

  5. Joel Pineiro is attempting a comeback

    Feb 2, 2014, 11:00 PM EDT

    Joel Pineiro

    Joel Pineiro did not pitch last season and was last seen in the Majors in 2011, but the right-hander is on the comeback trail. MLB.com’s Jesse Sanchez reports that Pineiro has been pitching in Puerto Rico during the off-season and he’ll make a start against a Cuban team on Tuesday. “I have had 11 years…

  6. Could the Yankees target Fernando Rodney?

    Feb 2, 2014, 9:55 PM EDT

    Fernando Rodney Getty

    Among the interesting bits of rumor fodder in Nick Cafardo’s latest column for the Boston Globe, we have this nugget about free agent reliever Fernando Rodney: There’s a feeling that a team like the Yankees may pluck Rodney, or someone of his ilk, to ensure they have another closer in case Dave Robertson breaks down…

  7. Rays could trade Jose Lobaton

    Feb 2, 2014, 8:45 PM EDT

    Jose Lobaton

    With Jose Molina and Ryan Hanigan behind the dish, Jose Lobaton is now expendable and the Rays could explore trading him, writes Mark Topkin for the Tampa Bay Times. Topkin adds that, given the vagaries of the game of baseball, they’ll likely bring Lobaton to spring training in case either of their catchers suffers an…

  8. Will the Braves be able to lock up their core?

    Feb 2, 2014, 7:25 PM EDT

    Jason Heyward

    The Braves’ winter full of arbitration cases was an indication of the problems lurking just beyond the horizon — their core of young, talented players is starting to get very expensive, and inching ever closer to free agency. The organization has been among the more thrifty in Major League Baseball lately, keeping a payroll below…

  9. A.J. Burnett bidding reportedly “a Baltimore-Philadelphia-Pittsburgh runoff”

    Feb 2, 2014, 6:05 PM EDT

    A.J. Burnett

    In today’s column for the Boston Globe, Nick Cafardo writes that it’s “a Baltimore-Philadelphia-Pittsburgh runoff” for the services of free agent starter A.J. Burnett. Burnett recently announced his intent to come back for one more season, and initially drew the interest of more than a handful of teams. However, he said he prefers to stay…

  10. Buster Posey staying mum on rule changes for collisions

    Jan 31, 2014, 11:10 PM EDT

    Posey Getty

    Whether he likes it or not, Giants catcher Buster Posey has become the poster child for the home plate collision controversy. In 2011, Posey was bowled over at home plate by Marlins outfielder Scott Cousins, suffering a myriad of season-ending injuries: a fractured leg and three torn ankle ligaments. Since then, other catchers have suffered…

  11. Add the Blue Jays to the list of teams interested in A.J. Burnett

    Jan 31, 2014, 10:35 PM EDT

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    A.J. Burnett recently announced that he will pitch for at least one more season before hanging up the spikes. That drew the attention of several teams instantaneously. The Pirates, of course, who had been waiting all off-season for Burnett to make a decision. The Orioles, in need of an upgrade in the rotation. The Phillies,…

  12. Angels sign Yorvit Torrealba to a minor league deal

    Jan 31, 2014, 9:35 PM EDT

    Yorvit Torrealba Getty

    Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports that the Angels have signed catcher Yorvit Torrealba to a minor league deal with an invitation to spring training. Torrealba will aim to provide depth behind the dish with Chris Iannetta and Hank Conger. Torrealba, 35, spent the 2013 season with the Rockies. He posted a .580 OPS in…

  13. Rangers sign Daniel Bard to a minor league deal

    Jan 31, 2014, 9:05 PM EDT

    Daniel Bard

    Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports that the Rangers have signed pitcher Daniel Bard to a minor league deal. Bard, 28, spent the last five seasons with the Red Sox, showing promise in 2010 and ’11 out of the bullpen, but has battled control issues more recently. He is currently on his way back from…

  14. Cubs sign James McDonald to a minor league deal

    Jan 31, 2014, 8:35 PM EDT

    James McDonald

    Bruce Levine of 670thescore.com reports that the Cubs have signed pitcher James McDonald to a minor league deal with an invitation to big league camp in spring training. McDonald, 29, suffered a strained shoulder after his sixth start with the Pirates last season. He did not return, finishing 2013 with a 5.76 ERA in 29…

  15. Mark Appel recovering after emergency appendectomy

    Jan 31, 2014, 7:45 PM EDT

    Milwaukee Brewers v Houston Astros

    MLB.com’s Brian McTaggart reports that Astros prospect Mark Appel is recovering well after undergoing an emergency appendectomy on Thursday. Appel should be ready in time for the start of spring training in just over two weeks. The Astros took Appel first overall in the 2013 draft. In 38 innings split between Tri-City of the New…

  16. Michael Young says the Rangers were “flat out” better than the Cardinals in the 2011 World Series

    Jan 31, 2014, 6:55 PM EDT

    Michael Young bats

    Michael Young was accompanied by manager Ron Washington and GM Jon Daniels at a press conference this evening to announce his retirement. Young went over a wide range of subjects, talking about how he is looking forward to spending more time with his family, his career in retrospect, as well as his participation in the…

  17. Tigers avoid arbitration with Alex Avila

    Jan 31, 2014, 6:05 PM EDT

    Alex Avila AP

    Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that the Tigers have avoided arbitration with catcher Alex Avila. The two sides agreed to a one-year deal for 2014 worth $4.15 million. The deal includes a vesting option for 2015 worth $5.4 million with a $200,000 buyout clause. Sherman adds that the option vests if Avila…

  18. Twins prospect Miguel Sano has high expectations for himself in 2014

    Jan 26, 2014, 11:05 PM EDT

    Miguel Sano

    MLB.com recently released their list of the top 100 prospects in baseball. The Twins, as expected, had two of the very best with outfielder Byron Buxton at #1 and third baseman Miguel Sano at #4, sandwiched between Cardinals outfielder Oscar Taveras and Diamondbacks pitcher Archie Bradley. The expectations are already high for Sano going into…

  19. Michael Young says that if he plays in 2014, it’s “a safe bet” he’ll suit up for the Dodgers

    Jan 26, 2014, 10:20 PM EDT

    Michael Young Getty

    Dylan Hernandez of the L.A. Times reports that Michael Young is still deciding whether to continue his career or retire. The infielder said that if he does decide to keep playing, it’s “a safe bet” that he will do so with the Dodgers. He will make his decision prior to the start of spring training.…

  20. Mariners content to add complementary players going into spring training

    Jan 26, 2014, 9:30 PM EDT

    Texas Rangers' Nelson Cruz celebrates after hitting a two run home run against the Detroit Tigers during the seventh inning of Game 6 of MLB's ALCS baseball playoffs in Arlington

    The Mariners made the biggest news of the off-season, signing second baseman Robinson Cano to a ten-year, $240 million contract. As beneficial as the signing portends to be, at least in the early going, the consensus was that the Mariners needed to a lot more to improve on last year’s 71-91 record. They were rumored…

  21. Bobby Jenks opens up about brush with death, painkiller addiction

    Jan 26, 2014, 8:25 PM EDT

    Bobby Jenks

    Bobby Jenks helped etch his name in history as part of the 2005 world champion White Sox roster. It seemed like the sky was the limit for the right-hander, who struck out 50 and unintentionally walked 12 in 39 1/3 innings in 2005, his rookie campaign. By 2009 and 2010, his effectiveness had been lost…

  22. Reds would like to get at least 60 innings out of Aroldis Chapman in 2014

    Jan 26, 2014, 7:20 PM EDT

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    Reds manager Bryan Price says the team would like to get at least 60 innings pitched from flame-throwing closer Aroldis Chapman during the season, reports C. Trent Rosecrans. Chapman reached 71 2/3 in 2012 and 63 2/3 in 2013, so it’s not an unreasonable expectation. Ex-manager Dusty Baker was not a fan of using Chapman…

  23. Ryan Braun confident in abilities heading into 2014

    Jan 26, 2014, 6:25 PM EDT

    Ryan Braun Getty

    At the same time the Brewers were finalizing their deal with starter Matt Garza, outfielder Ryan Braun was making the rounds with the media and fans at the “Brewers on Deck” event at the Wisconsin Center earlier today. He was asked about a variety of topics, but mostly about his use of performance-enhancing drugs. Braun,…

  24. Pablo Sandoval exited Venezuelan Winter League game with an injury

    Jan 26, 2014, 5:30 PM EDT

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    CSN Bay Area’s Andrew Baggarly reports that Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval came up lame running out a grounder in the eighth inning of a Venezuelan Winter League game last night. Baggarly writes that it appears to be a “minor” injury, fortunately. He is back in the lineup tonight. A recent report indicated that Sandoval…

  25. There are conflicting reports about Ryan Doumit’s future as a catcher

    Jan 26, 2014, 4:40 PM EDT

    Ryan Doumit

    The Braves acquired Ryan Doumit in a trade with the Twins last month, expecting him to contribute mostly off the bench as a pinch-hitter. Doumit had suffered a concussion in August. While he made a few starts behind the dish upon his return in mid-August, he contributed only as a pinch-hitter, DH, and occasional outfielder…

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