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  1. Ruben Amaro thinks the Phillies will be contenders if they stay healthy

    Jan 15, 2014, 8:55 PM EDT

    Ruben Amaro, Jr Ryne Sandberg

    Bob Ford of the Philadelphia Inquirer profiled Phillies GM Ruben Amaro as his team is about a month away from reporting to Clearwater, Florida for spring training. You’ll be hard-pressed to find a prognosticator willing to bet on the Phillies winning the NL East or even competing for one of the two Wild Card slots,…

  2. Diamondbacks sign Josh Collmenter to a two-year extension, avoiding arbitration

    Jan 15, 2014, 8:25 PM EDT

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    Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that the Diamondbacks have signed reliever Josh Collmenter to a two-year contract extension, avoiding arbitration. The deal is worth $2.425 million and has one club option and one mutual option. If both are exercised, the deal could be worth $6.5 million. If neither option is exercised, Collmenter will still…

  3. Royals sign Brad Penny to a minor league deal

    Jan 15, 2014, 7:55 PM EDT

    Detroit Tigers v Baltimore Orioles

    Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish is reporting that the Royals have signed free agent starter Brad Penny to a minor league deal with an invitation to spring training. Penny will be one of eight pitchers invited to big league camp with the Royals. After a disappointing 2012 season, in which he posted a 6.11…

  4. What can the Dodgers expect from Clayton Kershaw over the next seven years?

    Jan 15, 2014, 7:18 PM EDT

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    Per MLB.com, the Dodgers locked up Clayton Kershaw for seven years at $215 million earlier today. Dodgers president Stan Kasten is hopeful that the club will make the deal official by Friday morning. The news caused our eyes to jump to the horizon, wondering how the lefty will fare between now and 2020. But first,…

  5. Orioles sign outfielder Tyler Colvin

    Jan 15, 2014, 6:35 PM EDT

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    Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun is reporting that the Orioles have signed free agent outfielder Tyler Colvin. It is believed to be a Major League deal. Colvin, 28, spent the last two seasons with the Rockies. He hit well in 2012, finishing with an .858 OPS in 452 plate appearances, but suffered a collapsed…

  6. Even after locking up Clayton Kershaw, Dodgers could still pursue more pitching

    Jan 15, 2014, 6:05 PM EDT

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    The Dodgers may have just locked up starter Clayton Kershaw for the price of $215 million over seven years, but they may not be spending yet. Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that the Dodgers could still add more pitching. Getting involved on Japanese pitcher Masahiro Tanaka would require approval from ownership, but they could…

  7. John Axford learned from Cardinal coaches that he was tipping his pitches

    Jan 12, 2014, 10:30 PM EDT

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    Indians reliever John Axford was a Cardinal for less than two months, including the post-season, at the end of 2013, but it was invaluable. Per John Lott of the National Post, Axford learned from his Cardinal coaches that he had been tipping his pitches. On John Axford’s first day with the St. Louis Cardinals, his…

  8. Cubs and Jeff Samardzija still far apart on a contract extension

    Jan 12, 2014, 8:30 PM EDT

    Jeff Samardzija

    Last month, the Cubs reportedly offered starter Jeff Samardzija a five-year contract extension worth $55 million. Nothing has surfaced since then, but CSN Chicago’s Patrick Mooney reports that the two sides are still far apart on the terms of an extension. Samardzija’s name has popped up in trade rumors, but Mooney says that the Cubs…

  9. Derek Holland unmasks the culprit behind the fall that sent him to the DL

    Jan 12, 2014, 7:20 PM EDT

    Derek Holland

    They say that dog is man’s best friend, but in Derek Holland‘s case, dog was his biggest enemy. As ESPN’s Richard Durrett details, Holland says his dog caused him to fall and injure his knee on the stairs. It was Holland’s dog, Wrigley, a boxer, who caused the starter to buckle on the stairs of…

  10. The MLBPA is not happy that Rob Manfred and Tony Bosch will appear on 60 Minutes

    Jan 12, 2014, 6:30 PM EDT

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    The Major League Baseball Players Association is writing the latest chapter in the drama that is this entire Alex Rodriguez situation. After Rodriguez was given a 162-game suspension by arbitrator Fredric Horowitz, MLB executive Rob Manfred and Tony Bosch of Biogenesis will appear on 60 Minutes tonight to expound on the ordeal. The MLBPA had…

  11. Johnny Damon still wants to play baseball

    Jan 12, 2014, 6:05 PM EDT

    Johnny Damon

    Johnny Damon is now 40 years old and didn’t play in 2013, but he has yet to fill out the paperwork to end his 18-year Major League career. In fact, as Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports, Damon would be willing to report to spring training if an interested team would like to bring…

  12. Rangers tell Tanner Scheppers to prepare to start in spring training

    Jan 11, 2014, 10:55 PM EDT

    Houston Astros v Texas Rangers

    The Rangers were in for a shock yesterday when they learned that starter Derek Holland injured his knee in a fall at home, forcing him to undergo arthroscopic surgery to repair the torn cartilage. He is expected to be out until around mid-season. As a result, the Rangers are scrambling to find a substitute starter…

  13. Mark Mulder credits Paco Rodriguez for spurring his comeback attempt

    Jan 11, 2014, 9:50 PM EDT

    Mark Mulder

    MLB.com’s Alden Gonzalez has a wonderful piece up in which he details Mark Mulder’s attempt to make a comeback in 2014 after nearly six years since he last pitched in the Majors. The whole story borders on too improbable to believe, but perhaps the most interesting part of the story is how the comeback attempt was conceived:…

  14. Blue Jays abandon idea of turning Jeremy Jeffress into a starter

    Jan 11, 2014, 8:45 PM EDT

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    In November, Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports reported that the Blue Jays were planning to move Jeremy Jeffress from the bullpen into the starting rotation. Two months later, Passan reports that the Jays are abandoning that idea, preferring to continue using Jeffress as a reliever. Jeffress, now 26 years old, was drafted by the Brewers…

  15. Phillies pitching prospects Adam Morgan and Shane Watson to miss most of 2014

    Jan 11, 2014, 7:35 PM EDT

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    After several years of dealing with a barren farm system, the Phillies have slowly been able to restock the lower ranks with some talent with plenty of upside. Pitchers Adam Morgan and Shane Watson are among those giving Phillies fans something to look forward to as the duo ranked sixth- and eighth-best in the organization,…

  16. Alex Rodriguez has been invited to play for the Long Island Ducks

    Jan 11, 2014, 6:10 PM EDT

    New York Yankees v Minnesota Twins

    Alex Rodriguez may not be able to play with the Yankees during the regular season, but he may be able to play baseball nonetheless. The Long Island Ducks of the Atlantic League, an independent league that is not associated with Major League Baseball, have invited Rodriguez to play for them this season. Via Mark Herrman…

  17. Twins, Red Sox interested in Korean pitcher Suk-Min Yoon

    Jan 10, 2014, 11:10 PM EDT

    Suk Min Yoon

    Peter Gammons tweets that the Twins and Red Sox have shown interest in 27-year-old Korean free agent pitcher Suk-Min Yoon, and suggests the Giants would be a good fit for the right-hander as well. The Twins’ interest in Yoon, represented by Scott Boras, is interesting given that they have already spent a lot of money…

  18. Red Sox will continue to discuss a contract extension with David Ortiz throughout the season

    Jan 10, 2014, 10:05 PM EDT

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

    David Ortiz may be 38 years old, but he hasn’t shown any signs of slowing down yet. He is coming off of a season in which he posted a .959 OPS and unfathomably productive during the post-season when he helped the Red Sox win the World Series. Ortiz is also eligible for free agency after…

  19. If you have $5,000 and faith in the Astros, you could be a millionaire

    Jan 10, 2014, 9:15 PM EDT

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    Nick Mathews of the Houston Chronicle tweets that the Astros have the odds stacked against them to win the World Series in 2014 — 200-to-1 odds, in fact. Saving us from having to do the math ($1,000,000/200), he adds that if you wager $5,000 on the Astros to win it all and they do, you’ll…

  20. Nationals and Stephen Strasburg agree to a one-year deal, avoiding arbitration

    Jan 10, 2014, 8:46 PM EDT

    Colorado Rockies v Washington Nationals

    The Nationals and right-handed starter Stephen Strasburg have agreed to a one-year, $3.975 million deal with performance bonuses, avoiding arbitration. The report comes to us from Jon Heyman of CBS Sports. Strasburg, 25, was eligible for arbitration for the first time and is entering 2014 with the momentum of back-to-back solid seasons. He posted a…

  21. Indians and Justin Masterson will discuss a multi-year contract extension before arbitration

    Jan 10, 2014, 8:05 PM EDT

    Justin Masterson

    Indians starter Justin Masterson will file for salary arbitration on Tuesday in his third and final year of arbitration eligibility. Paul Hoynes of The Plain-Dealer reports that the Indians and Masterson will discuss a multi-year extension in the days leading up to the official filing of arbitration figures. Masterson, who turns 29 years old in…

  22. Orioles sign Alexi Casilla to a minor league deal

    Jan 10, 2014, 7:25 PM EDT

    Alexi Casilla

    Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun reports that the Orioles have signed middle infielder Alexi Casilla to a minor league deal with an invitation to spring training. Casilla spent the 2013 season with the Orioles after they selected him off of waivers from the Twins in November 2012. In 125 plate appearances, Casilla posted a…

  23. Derek Holland injured his left knee in a fall at home, likely out until mid-season

    Jan 10, 2014, 6:26 PM EDT

    Derek Holland

    Gerry Fraley of the Dallas Morning News reports some bad news for Rangers fans on Twitter: lefty starter Derek Holland injured his left knee in a fall at home and earlier today underwent arthroscopic surgery to repair torn cartilage. Fraley adds that Holland is likely out until mid-season. Fraley spoke to GM Jon Daniels, who…

  24. Royals have no interest in platooning Mike Moustakas

    Jan 10, 2014, 6:05 PM EDT

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    Since earning a promotion to the big leagues in June 2011, Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas has compiled a meager .606 OPS against left-handed pitching. In 2013, his third season in the Majors, he finished with a .546 OPS against southpaws. So when the Royals acquired infielder Danny Valencia — author of a career .879…

  25. Brett Tomko still drawing interest from half a dozen teams

    Jan 5, 2014, 10:45 PM EDT

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    Zach Links of MLB Trade Rumors hears from a source that “about half a dozen teams” have expressed interest in free agent pitcher Brett Tomko. We learned a couple weeks ago that he plans to audition for teams this month in an attempt at a comeback as the 40-year-old right-hander hasn’t thrown a pitch in…

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