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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

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

    Mar 9, 2014, 8:15 PM EDT

    Jorge De La Rosa Getty

    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…

  4. Padres, Chase Headley unlikely to get a contract extension done

    Mar 9, 2014, 7:35 PM EDT

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    Jon Heyman of CBS Sports writes that the Padres and third baseman Chase Headley appear unlikely to agree to a contract extension before he heads into free agency. The club offered him an unknown amount over the winter, but talks dissipated. Headley had a breakout season in 2012, finishing with an .875 OPS and a…

  5. Dombroski: Tigers aren’t interested in trading Rick Porcello

    Mar 9, 2014, 7:10 PM EDT

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    Refuting recent reports that the Tigers were taking offers on starter Rick Porcello, GM Dave Dombroski told the media that the team isn’t interested in trading any starting pitching and hasn’t fielded any offers on their pitching, per Tony Paul of the Detroit News. Porcello has been the subject of trade rumors for a while…

  6. Twins reportedly offered Ervin Santana a three-year deal

    Mar 9, 2014, 6:05 PM EDT

    Ervin Santana

    Jon Heyman of CBS Sports is reporting that the Twins have offered free agent starter Ervin Santana a three-year deal. The right-hander has been mulling one-year deals from the Blue Jays and Orioles and has stated that he prefers a one-year deal, which doesn’t bode well for the Twins’ chances of signing him. In the…

  7. Yankees considering using Alfonso Soriano as back-up first baseman

    Mar 8, 2014, 11:25 PM EDT

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    Over his 15-year career, Yankees outfielder Alfonso Soriano has logged time at five of the eight non-pitcher positions on the diamond. The only three positions he hasn’t played are catcher, first base and right field. He might make it six this season. ESPN’s Andrew Marchand reports that manager Joe Girardi has kicked around the idea…

  8. B.J. Upton, Dan Uggla not exactly knocking anyone’s socks off this spring

    Mar 8, 2014, 10:50 PM EDT

    B.J. Upton

    Outfielder B.J. Upton and second baseman Dan Uggla had miserable 2013 campaigns for the Braves, finishing with a .557 and .671 OPS, respectively. Both players finished with batting averages well under the Mendoza Line with 150-plus strikeouts. It was ugly. As the Braves flipped the calendar over to 2014, there was a sense of optimism…

  9. 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…

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

    Mar 8, 2014, 8:30 PM EDT

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    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…

  11. 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,”…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

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

    Mar 7, 2014, 8:10 PM EDT

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    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…

  17. 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…

  18. The Phillies might have checked in with Ervin Santana

    Mar 7, 2014, 6:00 PM EDT

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    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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

  21. 2014 Preview: Miami Marlins

    Mar 4, 2014, 3:30 PM EDT

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    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…

  22. 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…

  23. 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…

  24. 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…

  25. 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…

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