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  1. Red Sox avoid arbitration with Andrew Miller

    Feb 15, 2014, 10:45 PM EDT

    Oakland Athletics v Boston Red Sox

    WEEI’s Alex Speier reports that the Red Sox and Andrew Miller have avoided arbitration, agreeing to a one-year deal worth $1.903,125. Miller, in his third and final year of arbitration eligibility, had filed for $2.15 million while the Red Sox filed for $1.55 million. Miller was having a solid season for the Red Sox in…

  2. Giants sign Mark Teahen to a minor league deal

    Feb 15, 2014, 10:05 PM EDT

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    Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish reports that the Giants have signed Mark Teahen to a minor league deal. Unlike many minor league deals signed by veterans at this time of the year, Teahen’s does not include an invitation to big league camp at spring training. Teahen, 32, hasn’t played in the Majors since 2011…

  3. Athletics avoid arbitration with Josh Reddick

    Feb 15, 2014, 9:30 PM EDT

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    MLB.com’s Jane Lee is reporting that the Athletics and Josh Reddick have avoided arbitration with a one-year deal. Salary details have not yet been made available. Reddick, in his first year of arbitration eligibility, had filed for $3.25 million while the A’s filed for $2 million, so Reddick’s 2014 salary should end up somewhere around…

  4. David Price thinks Masahiro Tanaka affected his trade market during the off-season

    Feb 15, 2014, 8:10 PM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays' Price pitches against Boston Red Sox  during MLB American League Baseball game in Boston

    David Price‘s name has been and will continue to be thrown around in trade rumors as the lefty $14 million in 2014 and is eligible for arbitration for one more year before hitting free agency. The small market Rays are expected to eventually trade Price as they have done in the past with Matt Garza…

  5. Ryan Howard isn’t fond of platoon talk

    Feb 15, 2014, 7:05 PM EDT

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    For several years, many have suggested that the Phillies ought to platoon first baseman Ryan Howard with a right-handed hitter who can handle lefties. In the past, John Mayberry, Jr. was one option and more recently, Darin Ruf seems tailor-made for the role. Per CSN Philly’s Jim Salisbury, Howard is keeping the mindset of an…

  6. Mark Mulder’s ruptured his Achilles tendon

    Feb 15, 2014, 6:30 PM EDT

    Mark Mulder

    Angels pitcher Mark Mulder cannot catch a break. He repeatedly dealt with issues in his left shoulder, undergoing surgery multiple times before calling it quits in 2008.  After a five-year layoff, Mulder felt well enough to attempt to revive his Major League career. He was confident and motivated, and the Angels were impressed by what…

  7. Mariners avoid arbitration with Justin Smoak

    Feb 15, 2014, 6:00 PM EDT

    Kansas City Royals v Seattle Mariners

    As Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet.ca reports, the Mariners have avoided arbitration with first baseman Justin Smoak as the two sides agreed to a one-year deal worth $2.6375 with a vesting option for 2015 worth $3.65 million. The option vests if Smoak accrues 525 plate appearances in 2015. If the option doesn’t vest, the Mariners can…

  8. Mike Trout will likely bat second in the Angels’ lineup

    Feb 14, 2014, 11:05 PM EDT

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    Mike Trout started the 2013 season hitting second in the Angels’ lineup, but moved to the #3 spot when Albert Pujols went on the disabled list in late July. He produced similarly in both spots, posting a 1.015 in 405 plate appearances in the two-hole, and a .963 OPS in 223 PA batting third. With…

  9. Jeff Samardzija on extension talks with Cubs: emotional attachment “only goes so far”

    Feb 14, 2014, 10:10 PM EDT

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    The Cubs and starter Jeff Samardzija recently agreed to a salary of $5.345 million for the 2014 season to avoid arbitration. It offered nothing in the way of progress between the two sides, who have been discussing a multi-year contract extension. The Cubs reportedly offered the right-hander $55 million over five years back in December,…

  10. Juan Lagares may be the odd man out in the Mets’ outfield

    Feb 14, 2014, 9:15 PM EDT

    New York Mets v Cincinnati Reds

    The Mets made a splash this off-season, signing Curtis Granderson to a four-year, $60 million contract. They also picked up Chris Young on the cheap, and manager Terry Collins views him as a starter. That leaves one spot in the outfield between Juan Lagares and Eric Young, Jr. According to Mike Vorkunov of the Star-Ledger,…

  11. Taking a page out of the Yankees’ playbook, the Reds will enact a facial hair policy

    Feb 14, 2014, 8:35 PM EDT

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    The Yankees are well-known around the league for their rather stringent policies on grooming. Johnny Damon and Kevin Youkilis are just two of baseball’s cavemen who had to clean themselves up after signing with the Yankees. Not everyone is a fan. Rays starter David Price said last year he wouldn’t sign a long-term deal with…

  12. Abundance of “old school” types in Phillies organization intrigued pitching coach Bob McClure

    Feb 14, 2014, 8:04 PM EDT

    Bob McClure

    At the end of September, the Phillies said goodbye to longtime pitching coach Rich Dubee. Dubee had been with the club for nine seasons. In November, the Phillies announced they had hired Bob McClure to be their new pitching coach. McClure had previously coached for the Rockies, Royals, and Red Sox. Also during the off-season,…

  13. Braves minor leaguer Orrin Sears suspended 50 games after testing positive for PEDs

    Feb 14, 2014, 7:10 PM EDT

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    Braves minor league catcher Orrin Sears has been suspended 50 games after testing positive for metabolites of Methandienone, reports David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. His suspension will start at the beginning of the 2014 minor league season. The Braves selected Sears in the 24th round of last year’s draft. The 22-year-old hit .247 in…

  14. Rangers, Mitch Moreland avoid arbitration with $2.65 million deal

    Feb 14, 2014, 6:10 PM EDT

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    The Rangers and DH Mitch Moreland have avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $2.65 million deal for the 2014 season, reports Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Jon Heyman of CBS Sports adds that Moreland can get an additional $25,000 each for reaching 470 and 525 plate appearances. Moreland was eligible for arbitration…

  15. Matt Kemp: “I’m not a fourth outfielder”

    Feb 14, 2014, 6:00 PM EDT

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    Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp has played in 179 of a possible 324 regular season games over the past two years due to [background changes from night to day, summer to winter while I recount] a strained left hamstring, a right knee contusion, a frayed labrum in his left shoulder (which required surgery in October 2012),…

  16. Wandy Rodriguez says he’s ready for spring training

    Feb 9, 2014, 11:20 PM EDT

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    Wandy Rodriguez started off strong for the Pirates, posting a 3.47 ERA through his first 11 starts of the 2013 season. He retired just one batter in his next start on June 5 against the Braves, however, and soon after went on the disabled list with a strained left forearm. He would spend the rest…

  17. Nate Robertson is looking for a bullpen job

    Feb 9, 2014, 10:45 PM EDT

    Nate Robertson

    Jon Morosi of FOX Sports is reporting that free agent lefty Nate Robertson is looking for work as a reliever and has spoken with several clubs. Robertson, 36, hasn’t appeared in the Majors since September 8, 2010, when he allowed six runs in two-thirds of an inning for the Phillies against the Marlins. Robertson, however,…

  18. Orioles, Blue Jays among teams considering adding Ervin Santana

    Feb 9, 2014, 10:06 PM EDT

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    Orioles pitchers and catchers report on Thursday; Blue Jays pitchers and catchers report on Sunday. No one knows if free agent starter Ervin Santana will have a new home by then, but Jon Morosi of FOX Sports is reporting that the O’s and Jays have had discussions with Santana’s representatives at Proformance Baseball. Santana remains…

  19. Randall Delgado could wind up in the D-Backs’ bullpen

    Feb 9, 2014, 9:30 PM EDT

    Randall Delgado

    Starter Bronson Arroyo inked a two-year, $23.5 million deal with the Diamondbacks on Friday. The signing displaced two pitchers in the D-Backs’ system: 2011 first-rounder Archie Bradley and Randall Delgado, one of the players acquired from the Braves in January 2013’s Justin Upton trade. The rotation can more or less be written in ink with…

  20. Johnny Damon still open to playing — or managing — but only in the Majors

    Feb 9, 2014, 8:20 PM EDT

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    Last month, reports indicated that Johnny Damon was still interested in continuing his playing career. That hasn’t changed, but as Marc Topkin notes for the Tampa Bay Times, Damon would also be opening to managing. With either endeavor, however, Damon would only be interested in a job at the Major League level. Damon didn’t play…

  21. Rockies will retire Todd Helton’s number 17

    Feb 9, 2014, 7:10 PM EDT

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    For the first time since 1997, the Rockies will have a full-time first baseman not named Todd Helton. Helton announced his retirement in September, ending a 17-year Major League career. His Hall of Fame case will be debated in earnest the closer we get to 2018. For now, as Troy Renck of the Denver Post…

  22. Paul Maholm willing to pitch out of the bullpen if necessary

    Feb 9, 2014, 6:05 PM EDT

    Atlanta Braves v Pittsburgh Pirates

    The Dodgers made a depth signing when they agreed to a one-year, $1.5 million deal Saturday evening. With Dan Haren suffering from back and shoulder issues over the past two seasons, and with Josh Beckett working his way back from shoulder surgery last July, the Dodgers needed a fallback option in the event either or…

  23. Bill Bray, battling back from injuries, wants to pitch in 2014

    Feb 8, 2014, 11:35 PM EDT

    Bill Bray

    Reliever Bill Bray had a tough 2013. He was able to accrue just 4 1/3 innings of work with Washington’s Double-A affiliate in Harrisburg due to back, groin, and shoulder injuries. He racked up just 8 2/3 innings in 2012 with the Reds as well. Bray, however, is hoping a team will offer him a…

  24. Josh Johnson is feeling good heading into spring training

    Feb 8, 2014, 11:05 PM EDT

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    Padres starter Josh Johnson has been a Major League regular for eight seasons, but has been able to cross the 100-inning threshold just four times. The right-hander has famously had trouble staying healthy and it was the case last year after coming to the Blue Jays in a mega-trade with the Marlins. He made only…

  25. Orioles interested in free agents Joe Saunders and Chris Capuano

    Feb 8, 2014, 10:20 PM EDT

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    Jon Morosi of FOX Sports is reporting that the Orioles are talking with free agent starters Joe Saunders and Chris Capuano. The Orioles had previously shown interest in A.J. Burnett; their newfound interest in Saunders and Capuano could indicate that they have moved on in their pursuit of starting pitching. Saunders pitched for the Orioles…

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