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  1. Report: Phillies and Orioles have discussed Jonathan Papelbon

    Dec 20, 2013, 9:45 PM EDT

    Chicago White Sox v Philadelphia Phillies

    The quickly souring four-year $50 million deal the Phillies gave Jonathan Papelbon two years ago, and the Orioles’ recent fiasco with Grant Balfour  may make the two teams unexpected trade partners. MASN’s Roch Kubatko is reporting that the Phillies and Orioles have discussed a trade involving closer Jonathan Papelbon. Kubatko adds that the Phillies would have…

  2. Grant Balfour still has many things to say about the botched deal with the Orioles

    Dec 20, 2013, 8:50 PM EDT

    Oakland Athletics v Pittsburgh Pirates

    Grant Balfour isn’t going to let this issue go silently into the night. After the Orioles backed out of a two-year, $15 million contract with Balfour, the right-hander said he is considering filing a grievance. He continued to defend himself, saying that he has multiple doctors on his side vouching for his health. He also…

  3. Indians giving Carlos Santana additional resources as he works out at third base

    Dec 20, 2013, 8:10 PM EDT

    Carlos Santana Getty

    If their latest action is any indication, the Indians’ decision to have catcher Carlos Santana work out at third base wasn’t just made on a whim. As Paul Hoynes of The Plain Dealer reports, the Indians have sent infield coach Mike Sarbaugh down to the Dominican Republic to help Santana as he plays in winter…

  4. This Phillie Phanatic parody video will haunt your nightmares

    Dec 20, 2013, 7:25 PM EDT

    Phillie Phanatic gif

    The Phillie Phanatic is good for a laugh a majority of the time, whether he’s cavorting around Citizens Bank Park in his ATV, posing for pictures with fans in the stands, or rifling individually-wrapped hot dogs into the 400-level. The Phanatic, who hails from the Galapagos Islands (of Charles Darwinian fame), will be entering his…

  5. Grant Balfour may file a grievance over Orioles’ decision to back out of contract

    Dec 20, 2013, 6:35 PM EDT

    Grant Balfour

    Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports is reporting that free agent reliever Grant Balfour is considering filing a grievance over the Orioles’ recent decision to back out of a two-year, $15 million contract. Balfour contends he is as healthy as ever, and multiple doctors agree with him. It is very hard to see what the Orioles…

  6. Former Major Leaguer Gabe Kapler wants collisions to remain part of the game

    Dec 20, 2013, 6:00 PM EDT

    joe mauer getty

    [Edit: The title originally included the word &concussion& rather than &collision&, which made Kapler look bad for something he didn't say. It was an unfortunate malapropism on my part. I apologize for the mistake.] Former Major Leaguer Gabe Kapler penned a thoughtful piece about the home plate collision issue over at FOX Sports. It’s nice…

  7. Utilityman Jamey Carroll drawing plenty of interest

    Dec 15, 2013, 11:00 PM EDT

    Minnesota Twins v Tampa Bay Rays

    Jamey Carroll finished 2013 with a .518 OPS, the lowest among any hitter in baseball, minimum 200 plate appearances (per Baseball Reference). Despite his anemic offensive contributions, Carroll is still drawing plenty of interest as a free agent, reports Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish. Cotillo cites the Rays, Rangers, and Indians — as well…

  8. Indians to sign John Axford

    Dec 15, 2013, 9:51 PM EDT

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

    ESPN’s Buster Olney is reporting that the Indians are expected to sign free agent reliever John Axford. We learned earlier that Indians president Mark Shapiro was expecting to sign a reliever soon and he moved quickly in talks with Axford. Axford was non-tendered by the Cardinals on December 2 and has drawn interest from a…

  9. Report: Multiple teams eyeing Jonathan Sanchez

    Dec 15, 2013, 9:20 PM EDT

    Jonathan Sanchez

    According MLB Daily Dish’s Chris Cotillo, Jonathan Sanchez has narrowed his potential list of employers to three teams after seven or eight indicated interest. Cotillo’s source indicates there are multiple offers on the table. Sanchez started the 2013 season with the Pirates, but was released in May after posting an 11.85 ERA in 13.2 innings…

  10. Indians president Mark Shapiro expects to sign a closer soon

    Dec 15, 2013, 8:15 PM EDT

    john axford getty

    Paul Hoynes of The Plain Dealer reports that Indians president Mark Shapiro expects to sign a new closer soon. After releasing Chris Perez at the end of October, the Indians are currently without a closer and prefer to bring in one from outside rather than promote Cody Allen or Bryan Shaw. Hoynes writes that the…

  11. Former catcher Brian Schneider takes managerial position with Class-A Jupiter

    Dec 15, 2013, 7:10 PM EDT

    Atlanta Braves v Philadelphia Phillies

    Former catcher Brian Schneider has been named the manager of the Class-A Jupiter Hammerheads, an affiliate of the Miami Marlins, reports Marlins Country Radio (original credit to Drew Jenkins). Schneider retired after the 2012 season, ending a 13-year career in which he played for the Expos/Nationals, Mets, and Phillies. Andy Haines managed the Hammerheads last season,…

  12. Orioles, Grant Balfour going back and forth on potential contract

    Dec 15, 2013, 6:05 PM EDT

    Oakland Athletics v Pittsburgh Pirates

    Jen Royle of the Boston Herald is reporting that the Orioles and free agent reliever Grant Balfour are still hammering out their differences on a potential contract. The Orioles preferred a two-year deal at $6 million per year; Balfour wanted a three-year deal at $8 million per year with a vesting option. Royle’s source says…

  13. Hubris? Mariners GM Jack Zduriencik to speak at 2014 SABR Analytics Conference in March

    Dec 13, 2013, 11:00 PM EDT

    jack zduriencik getty

    Tremors from Geoff Baker’s earth-shattering piece in the Seattle Times are still being felt. At the same time the Mariners were closing in on a ten-year deal with second baseman Robinson Cano, many were questioning the authenticity and direction of GM Jack Zduriencik’s front office as a result of revelations in Baker’s piece, reliant on…

  14. Miguel Tejada is back in the news for the wrong reasons again

    Dec 13, 2013, 10:30 PM EDT

    Miguel Tejada AP

    Shortstop Miguel Tejada is once again in the news for all the wrong reasons. MLB.com’s Jesse Sanchez is reporting that Tejada has been suspended for the rest of the Dominican Winter League season after he admitted to purchasing shares in the rival Gigantes del Cibao while actively playing for Aguilas Cibaenas. From a translated version of Dionisio…

  15. Report: Gavin Floyd close to signing a one-year deal

    Dec 13, 2013, 10:15 PM EDT

    Gavin Floyd

    Eduardo Encina of the Baltimore Sun is reporting that free agent starter Gavin Floyd is close to signing a one-year deal with an unspecified team. Floyd, who was born in Annapolis, met with Orioles reps at the winter meetings but Encina specifies that the unknown team is not the Orioles. Floyd went on the disabled…

  16. Dallas Braden, who once twirled a perfect game, to showcase for teams in January

    Dec 13, 2013, 10:00 PM EDT

    dallas braden ap

    Lefty Dallas Braden tossed a perfect game against the Rays on Mother’s Day — May 9, 2010. He finished the year with a 3.50 ERA in 192.2 innings, ranking as a solid #3 option in the Athletics’ rotation behind Gio Gonzalez and Trevor Cahill. Following surgery on the anterior capsule in his left shoulder in…

  17. Reds, Twins in the lead for Bronson Arroyo

    Dec 13, 2013, 9:05 PM EDT

    Bronson Arroyo

    Jon Heyman of CBS Sports is reporting that the field of applicants in the running for Bronson Arroyo‘s services has been narrowed down to four teams: the Reds and Twins, and two unnamed teams. ESPN’s Buster Olney reported earlier that the Reds will offer Arroyo a one-year deal. As for the Twins, Heyman notes that…

  18. Orioles have interest in A.J. Burnett if he chooses to extend career

    Dec 13, 2013, 8:20 PM EDT

    a.j. burnett getty

    MASN’s Roch Kubatko reports that the Orioles are feeling out free agent pitcher A.J. Burnett‘s interest in prolonging his career. If the right-hander wants to go for one more season, the Orioles will want to start a discussion. Kubatko adds that the O’s already met with representatives of Burnett at the winter meetings in Florida.…

  19. Padres and Indians both in hot pursuit of Joaquin Benoit

    Dec 13, 2013, 7:30 PM EDT

    joaquin benoit getty

    Both the Padres and the Indians have offered two-year deals and at least $14 million in total to free agent reliever Joaquin Benoit, reports Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports. Passan’s source close to the Padres suggests the team’s deal could also include a third-year option. Should Benoit reach such an agreement with either club, he…

  20. Rays shortstop Tim Beckham to miss most of 2014 after tearing ACL in right knee

    Dec 13, 2013, 6:40 PM EDT

    Baltimore Orioles  v Tampa Bay Rays

    Sad news for the Rays. Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times is reporting that former shortstop top prospect Tim Beckham will miss a significant portion of the 2014 season after tearing the ACL in his right knee. Beckham was taken by the Rays first overall in the 2008 draft. He made Baseball America’s top-100…

  21. Report: Royals agree to a deal with Omar Infante worth about $30 million over four years

    Dec 13, 2013, 5:52 PM EDT

    Omar Infante Getty

    ESPN’s Buster Olney is reporting that the Royals and Omar Infante have agreed to a contract in which the free agent infielder will earn approximately $30 million over four years. Infante solves an obvious middle infield need for the Royals, who are loading up for a run at the AL Central in 2014. Infante, who…

  22. Multi-sport star Deion Sanders thinks Russell Wilson should “seriously consider baseball”

    Dec 12, 2013, 11:00 PM EDT

    Seattle Seahawks v San Francisco 49ers

    Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson is enjoying a nice season. His team is 11-2 and has already clinched at least a Wild Card spot, and will likely soon wrap up the NFC West. What many have forgotten is that he was once a fourth-round pick by the Rockies in the 2010 Major League Baseball draft. He…

  23. Could baseball return to Montreal?

    Dec 12, 2013, 10:05 PM EDT

    Expos in a line

    The Montreal Gazette is reporting that one of Canada’s great cities could once again be a home for a Major League Baseball team as long as a new stadium is built in the downtown area. A study was performed by Ernst and Young and the law firm BCF, which found that it would cost Montreal…

  24. Report: Rockies nearing a multi-year deal with Boone Logan

    Dec 12, 2013, 9:20 PM EDT

    New York Yankees v Toronto Blue Jays

    Troy Renck of the Denver Post is reporting that the Rockies are close to signing left-handed reliever Boone Logan on a deal believed to be three years in length and around $15 million. The deal will not be finalized until Logan passes a physical. Logan, 29, is an eight-year veteran having spent time with the…

  25. Orioles have a multi-year deal on the table with Grant Balfour

    Dec 12, 2013, 9:15 PM EDT

    Division Series - Oakland Athletics v Detroit Tigers - Game Three

    MLB.com’s Britt Ghiroli confirmed a report that the Orioles have put a multi-year contract offer on the table with free agent closer Grant Balfour. Eduardo Encina of the Baltimore Sun reports that a team has offered him a third-year vesting option, but it’s not the Orioles. He also adds that the right-hander has a two-year…

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