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  1. Mets are interested in Tyler Flowers if he is non-tendered by the White Sox

    Dec 1, 2013, 6:05 PM EDT

    Minnesota Twins v Chicago White Sox - Game One

    The non-tender deadline is tomorrow and there is a chance that the White Sox could non-tender catcher Tyler Flowers. Flowers himself believes there’s slightly better than a 50-50 chance he stays in Chicago, per MLB.com’s Scott Merkin: “I put it at 51-49 in favor of staying because of the contractual conversation we’ve had before,” Flowers…

  2. Red Sox could non-tender Andrew Bailey

    Nov 30, 2013, 11:00 PM EDT

    Andrew Bailey

    Reliever Andrew Bailey‘s days with the Red Sox could be numbered. After moving to Boston in the Josh Reddick deal with the Athletics prior to the 2012 season, Bailey has made just 49 appearances in his two seasons with the Sox. He missed most of the 2012 season with a thumb injury, then had his…

  3. The Newark Bears have left the Canadian American League

    Nov 30, 2013, 10:05 PM EDT

    newark bears logo

    The Newark Bears are no longer part of the Canadian American League, an independent league. As a result, their future is very much in question, writes David Giambusso of The Star-Ledger. The Bears have had problems for a while now, drawing fewer than 500 fans per game while putting together losing teams. Due to the…

  4. Robinson Cano recently asked for $250-260 million over nine years from the Yankees

    Nov 30, 2013, 9:29 PM EDT

    New York Yankees v Houston Astros

    Robinson Cano says he never asked for the ten-year, $300 million-plus deal that was widely reported (and never discredited) weeks ago. According to Ken Davidoff of the New York Post, however, he did ask for $250-260 million over nine years: Cano’s most recent offer to the Yankees, in a meeting last week, was a nine-year…

  5. Report: Free agent Phil Hughes seeking more than two years

    Nov 30, 2013, 9:15 PM EDT

    Phil Hughes

    1500 ESPN’s Darren Wolfson is reporting via Twitter that a source close to Phil Hughes laughs at the notion that the Yankee would take a two-year deal. The Twins were reportedly interested in Hughes but Wolfson says he doesn’t see Hughes taking the team’s two-year offer if they do offer. Hughes was once a top…

  6. The Rockies’ pursuit of Justin Morneau could “heat up” soon

    Nov 30, 2013, 8:20 PM EDT

    Justin Morneau

    With Todd Helton now off to greener pastures, the Rockies need a new first baseman. You can expect them to start pursuing free agent Justin Morneau more heavily this week, tweets Troy Renck of the Denver Post. Morneau, now 32, was traded to the Pirates at the end of August after a 10 and a half…

  7. The Mets showed interest in Rafael Furcal, then reconsidered

    Nov 30, 2013, 7:35 PM EDT

    Rafael Furcal Getty

    ESPN’s Adam Rubin reported that the Mets had shown interest in free agent shortstop Rafael Furcal now that Jhonny Peralta is off the board and spending a lot of money on Stephen Drew is an unappetizing thought. Furcal is now 36 years old and missed all of the 2013 after undergoing Tommy John surgery. It…

  8. Historical precedent suggests Jack Morris will finally get into the Hall of Fame

    Nov 30, 2013, 6:55 PM EDT

    Jack Morris Blue Jays

    Tangotiger looked at past Hall of Fame results and concluded that it seems likely, based on historical precedent, that Jack Morris will, at some point make it into Cooperstown whether by the Baseball Writers Association of America, or by the Veterans Committee. Morris first appeared on the ballot in 2000, receiving 22.2 percent of the…

  9. Padres could trade from rotation depth to acquire a lefty bat or lefty reliever

    Nov 30, 2013, 6:05 PM EDT

    Eric Stults

    With an abundance of arms at the back end of the starting rotation, the Padres could make a deal to acquire a left-handed hitter and/or a left-handed reliever, suggests Bill Center of U-T San Diego. Center writes that Burch Smith, Robbie Erlin, or Eric Stults could be expendable. Smith and Erlin got their first taste…

  10. Dodgers, Hanley Ramirez working on contract extension

    Nov 29, 2013, 7:35 PM EDT

    hanley ramirez getty

    The Dodgers and shortstop Hanley Ramirez could get a contract extension done over the winter, reports Dionisio Soldevila of ESPN Deportes. Ramirez has one more year and $16 million remaining on the six-year, $70 million extension he signed with the Marlins back in May 2008. Ramirez turns 30 years old in December. Despite injuries limiting…

  11. Rays re-sign Juan Carlos Oviedo

    Nov 29, 2013, 6:54 PM EDT

    oviedo getty

    The Rays have re-signed reliever Juan Carlos Oviedo, formerly known as Leo Nunez, reports Mark Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times. The right-hander hasn’t pitched in the Majors since 2011 with the Marlins. Oviedo will turn 32 years old on March 15. He was signed by the Rays prior to the start of the 2013…

  12. Could Jhonny Peralta’s four-year, $53 million deal spur harsher PED penalties?

    Nov 24, 2013, 11:20 PM EDT

    Jhonny Peralta

    Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports makes the case that the four-year, $53 million deal shortstop Jhonny Peralta just signed with the Cardinals could be a potential driving force behind harsher penalties for performance-enhancing drug use. Peralta was suspended for 50 games last year by Major League Baseball for his involvement in the Biogenesis scandal. Peralta…

  13. With little payroll maneuverability, Angels may have to trade to bolster rotation

    Nov 24, 2013, 10:35 PM EDT

    trumbo getty

    The Angels signed reliever Joe Smith to a three-year, $15.75 million deal on Saturday, just a day after adding third baseman David Freese and reliever Fernando Salas in a trade for Peter Bourjos and prospect Randal Grichuk. As a result, the Angels have about $8 million left before hitting the $189 million luxury tax threshold,…

  14. Report: Dan Haren to sign with Dodgers on one-year, $10 million deal

    Nov 24, 2013, 9:49 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v Washington Nationals

    Ken Rosenthal is reporting on Twitter that the Dodgers and free agent starter Dan Haren have agreed to a one-year, $10 million deal with a 2015 option that vests at 180 innings pitched. The deal is pending a physical. Haren, now 33 years old, had a shaky first half of the 2013 season with the…

  15. Japanese baseball officials will try to resolve posting issue in New York

    Nov 24, 2013, 9:05 PM EDT

    Masahiro Tanaka AP

    Jon Heyman of CBS Sports is reporting that top Japanese baseball officials will attempt to finalize a new posting system in New York this week, which will impact free agent pitcher Masahiro Tanaka, the most sought-after prize from the Nippon Professional Baseball league. More, from Heyman: There is renewed hope for a posting agreement after…

  16. Carlos Ruiz surprises leukemia patient with a visit

    Nov 24, 2013, 8:00 PM EDT

    Carlos Ruiz AP

    Let’s break up the monotony of off-season transactions and rumors with a feel-good story. Catcher Carlos Ruiz, who recently re-upped with the Phillies, surprised six-year-old cancer patient Aiden Riebel with a visit. Via Paul Casella on MLB.com: With the Saint Florian medal dangling around his neck, Aiden and his 10-year-old brother, Max, were then each…

  17. Heyman: Yankees eyeing Carlos Beltran, Stephen Drew, Jacoby Ellsbury, others

    Nov 24, 2013, 7:05 PM EDT

    NLCS - Los Angeles Dodgers v St Louis Cardinals - Game One

    The Yankees already made waves this off-season with their recent signing of free agent catcher Brian McCann to a five-year, $85 million deal (the largest ever for a catcher going by average annual value). However, they are still pursuing some of the biggest names still available in the free agent market, reports Jon Heyman of…

  18. Let’s not overstate the impact Yankee Stadium will have on Brian McCann

    Nov 24, 2013, 6:05 PM EDT

    Brian McCann AP

    As soon as the Yankees’ signing of free agent catcher Brian McCann to a five-year, $85 million contract was announced, the projections started rolling in. “McCann will hit 35-40 HRs with Yankee Stadium as home ballpark,” tweeted David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Others were less bold, suggesting 35 as a ceiling for the former…

  19. Twins have Jarrod Saltalamacchia on their radar

    Nov 24, 2013, 5:25 PM EDT

    Jarrod Saltalamacchia

    Now in the mix for a catcher after moving Joe Mauer to first base, the Twins could pursue free agent Jarrod Saltalamacchia, writes Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe. He suggests Salty could fetch a three-year deal in the $30 million range, which is in the Twins’ affordability range. They currently have $46 million committed…

  20. Royals showing serious interest in Carlos Beltran

    Nov 22, 2013, 11:30 PM EDT

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

    The Royals are a “serious threat” to sign free agent outfielder Carlos Beltran, reports Jon Heyman of CBS Sports. The 36-year-old has proven himself as a reliable player over the last three seasons, playing in at least 142 games each season while compiling an .860 OPS. He helped his value with a strong post-season performance as…

  21. Cardinals assistant GM Michael Girsch provides some insight into how the front office operates

    Nov 22, 2013, 11:00 PM EDT

    Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak

    David Laurila of FanGraphs had the opportunity to pepper Cardinals assistant general manager Michael Girsch with some questions. Girsch provided a great deal of insight into how the team operates in the front office under GM John Mozeliak. The Cardinals, of course, fell two games shy of winning their second championship in three years as…

  22. The Red Sox checked in with the Dodgers about Matt Kemp

    Nov 22, 2013, 10:20 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Dodgers v Arizona Diamondbacks

    While the Dodgers aren’t overtly shopping Matt Kemp, teams are aware of their outfield situation in which they have four capable players for three positions. As a result, the Dodgers have been taking some phone calls from teams interest in Kemp. The Red Sox are the latest to inquire, according to Nick Cafardo of the…

  23. Report: Jhonny Peralta has already received multiple four-year offers

    Nov 22, 2013, 9:45 PM EDT

    jhonny peralta getty

    Earlier, we learned that free agent shortstop Jhonny Peralta was seeking a four- or five-year deal in the $56-75 million range. It is far and away more than even the most optimistic would have expected for Peralta when the off-season began, but a dearth of quality at shortstop and a glut of potential suitors has…

  24. Carl Willis, Jamie Navarro, Mike Brumley all gone from Mariners’ coaching staff

    Nov 22, 2013, 9:05 PM EDT

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    New Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon will have to fill a few more vacant coaching staff positions as he readies himself for the 2014 season in Seattle. Via Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times, the team fired pitching coach Carl Willis, demoted bullpen coach Jamie Navarro to the team’s Minor League system, and first base coach…

  25. Mariano Rivera to Drew Storen: “You don’t need my cutter”

    Nov 22, 2013, 8:15 PM EDT

    Drew Storen Getty

    Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post put together an in-depth look at Drew Storen’s late-season turnaround. It’s a great read, chock full of charts and stats, but perhaps the most interesting part came in the opening paragraph. Drew Storen had the privilege of meeting Mariano Rivera. Knowing such an opportunity is fleeting, Storen asked Rivera…

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