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  1. 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,…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. Phillies could get creative to find room for Darin Ruf on the roster

    Feb 8, 2014, 9:30 PM EDT

    New York Mets v Philadelphia Phillies

    By weighted on-base average (wOBA), Darin Ruf (.354) out-hit every Phillie except Chase Utley (.356). PECOTA, the projection system found at Baseball Prospectus, projects Ruf to be more valuable than All-Star Domonic Brown in 2014. And yet, most are expecting Ruf to start the season with Triple-A Lehigh Valley. It makes logical sense. The Phillies’…

  11. Red Sox showing interest in bringing back Joel Hanrahan

    Feb 8, 2014, 8:25 PM EDT

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    Despite posting a 9.82 ERA in 7 1/3 innings and having to undergo surgery on his right elbow last season, the Red Sox are considering bringing reliever Joel Hanrahan back, according to WEEI’s Rob Bradford. The Sox traded for Hanrahan and Brock Holt in December 2012, sending Ivan DeJesus, Mark Melancon, Stolmy Pimentel, and Jerry…

  12. Dodgers sign Paul Maholm to a $1.5 million Major League deal

    Feb 8, 2014, 7:17 PM EDT

    Atlanta Braves v Pittsburgh Pirates

    There was some speculation earlier that the Dodgers and Paul Maholm were close to a deal, and now it’s official. ESPN’s Jim Bowden reports that the Dodgers have signed the lefty to a one-year Major League deal worth $1.5 million. Dylan Hernandez of the L.A. Times reports that Maholm can up to as much as…

  13. Selig: Washington is a “prime candidate” to host the 2017 All-Star Game

    Feb 8, 2014, 7:05 PM EDT

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    Commissioner Bud Selig says that Washington, D.C. is a “prime candidate” to host the 2017 All-Star Game, reports James Wagner of the Washington Post. The Lerner family, which owns the Nationals, has been making a concerted effort to bring the midsummer classic to the nation’s capital. Selig was light on specifics, but made a point…

  14. Jeff Samardzija and the Cubs settle, avoid arbitration

    Feb 8, 2014, 6:00 PM EDT

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    Per ESPN’s Jesse Rogers, starter Jeff Samardzija and the Cubs have agreed on a $5.345 million salary for 2014, avoiding arbitration. Samardzija had filed for $6.2 million while the Cubs filed for $4.4 million. Their agreed-upon salary is ever so slightly above the $5.30 million midpoint between the figures submitted by the two sides. Samardzija’s…

  15. Ryan Madson threw some 93 MPH fastballs in an audition

    Feb 7, 2014, 10:50 PM EDT

    Ryan Madson

    Completing the next step in his attempt to revive his Major League career, reliever Ryan Madson threw some baseballs in an open audition for about 15 teams today in Phoenix, Arizona. As ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick reports, the 33-year-old right-hander was able to get his fastball up to 93 MPH, which impressed the representatives of some…

  16. The Nationals could be a late suitor for A.J. Burnett

    Feb 7, 2014, 9:55 PM EDT

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    With spring training inching ever closer, the A.J. Burnett sweepstakes gathers more and more intrigue. The Phillies are reportedly very unlikely to land the right-hander, leaving the Pirates and Orioles as the most likely suitors. But as Jon Heyman of CBS Sports suggests, the Nationals could emerge as a late suitor: Though a person with…

  17. Former Rockies outfielder Ryan Spilborghs announced his retirement

    Feb 7, 2014, 9:00 PM EDT

    Ryan Spilborghs

    In a column for the Denver Post yesterday, former Rockies outfielder Ryan Spilborghs announced that he has hung up the spikes, ending a seven-year career in the Majors. Spilborghs, now 34 years old, hadn’t played since 2011. He spent the 2012 season with the Triple-A affiliates for the Rangers (Round Rock Express) and Indians (Columbus Clippers).…

  18. Reliever Dan Wheeler is retiring from baseball

    Feb 7, 2014, 8:10 PM EDT

    Dan Wheeler

    Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish reports that reliever Dan Wheeler has announced his retirement, ending a 13-year Major League career. Wheeler briefly pitched in 2013 with the Omaha Storm Chasers, the Triple-A affiliate of the Kansas City Royals. Wheeler was last seen in the Majors in 2012 with the Indians. He posted an 8.76…

  19. Rangers showing interest in Tommy Hanson

    Feb 7, 2014, 7:35 PM EDT

    Detroit Tigers v Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

    Jon Heyman of CBS Sports is reporting that the Rangers have spoken to free agent pitcher Tommy Hanson, potentially to include him in their starting rotation. The Angels non-tendered Hanson in early December, allowing the 27-year-old right-hander to become a free agent. Hanson posted a disappointing 5.42 ERA in 73 innings for the Angels last…

  20. Joel Zumaya calls it quits

    Feb 7, 2014, 6:55 PM EDT

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    After repeatedly trying to come back from multiple right shoulder and elbow injuries, flamethrower Joel Zumaya is calling it quits as Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish reports. Zumaya last pitched in 2010 with the Tigers. Since then, he has undergone elbow surgery three times and admirably attempted to work his way back each time.…

  21. Brian Cashman says it’s “asking too much” to expect Masahiro Tanaka to be an ace

    Feb 7, 2014, 6:05 PM EDT

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    Yankees GM Brian Cashman is doing his best to temper expectations for his $175 million pitcher. Per ESPN’s Andrew Marchand, Cashman says it would be “asking too much” to expect Tanaka to perform like an ace. Instead, he sees Tanaka as “a really solid, consistent No. 3 starter.” Cashman expects Tanaka to experience “some growing…

  22. Joel Pineiro is attempting a comeback

    Feb 2, 2014, 11:00 PM EDT

    Joel Pineiro

    Joel Pineiro did not pitch last season and was last seen in the Majors in 2011, but the right-hander is on the comeback trail. MLB.com’s Jesse Sanchez reports that Pineiro has been pitching in Puerto Rico during the off-season and he’ll make a start against a Cuban team on Tuesday. “I have had 11 years…

  23. Could the Yankees target Fernando Rodney?

    Feb 2, 2014, 9:55 PM EDT

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    Among the interesting bits of rumor fodder in Nick Cafardo’s latest column for the Boston Globe, we have this nugget about free agent reliever Fernando Rodney: There’s a feeling that a team like the Yankees may pluck Rodney, or someone of his ilk, to ensure they have another closer in case Dave Robertson breaks down…

  24. Rays could trade Jose Lobaton

    Feb 2, 2014, 8:45 PM EDT

    Jose Lobaton

    With Jose Molina and Ryan Hanigan behind the dish, Jose Lobaton is now expendable and the Rays could explore trading him, writes Mark Topkin for the Tampa Bay Times. Topkin adds that, given the vagaries of the game of baseball, they’ll likely bring Lobaton to spring training in case either of their catchers suffers an…

  25. Will the Braves be able to lock up their core?

    Feb 2, 2014, 7:25 PM EDT

    Jason Heyward

    The Braves’ winter full of arbitration cases was an indication of the problems lurking just beyond the horizon — their core of young, talented players is starting to get very expensive, and inching ever closer to free agency. The organization has been among the more thrifty in Major League Baseball lately, keeping a payroll below…

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