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  1. One thing Miguel Cabrera won’t miss about Prince Fielder: protection

    Nov 22, 2013, 7:15 PM EDT

    Miguel Cabrera

    Upon hearing the news that the Tigers had traded Prince Fielder to the Rangers for Ian Kinsler, Miguel Cabrera appeared to be mourning a bit on Twitter, posting a collection of pictures involving the two during their time in Detroit. It was a humanizing moment for a player who has given us no choice over…

  2. MLB stadiums will bulk up security measures in 2014

    Nov 22, 2013, 6:55 PM EDT

    World Series Cardinals Red Sox Baseball

    The Associated Press is reporting that fans should expect to pass through a metal detector to gain entry into any Major League stadium in 2014. John Skinner, security director for Major League Baseball, said that some aspects of the screening process will be left up to the teams, but metal detectors are likely to be…

  3. Jhonny Peralta seeking a four or five-year deal in the $56-75 million range

    Nov 22, 2013, 6:05 PM EDT

    jhonny peralta getty

    Free agent shortstop Jhonny Peralta is seeking $56-75 million on a four- or five-year deal, tweets Joel Sherman of the New York Post. The former Tiger has drawn interest from a handful of teams, including the Mets and Yankees, but he might have to settle for less to sign a deal. Earlier, Jon Morosi of…

  4. Jose Canseco had goats in his car for some reason and got pulled over

    Nov 20, 2013, 11:00 PM EDT

    Jose Canseco

    Former Athletics slugger Jose Canseco has had one of the most baffling — yet entertaining — Twitter feeds over the last few years. His feed got a little more interesting today when he tweeted a picture of his car after being pulled over by police. He had goats in his car, for some reason. Just…

  5. Diamondbacks designate reliever Tony Sipp for assignment

    Nov 20, 2013, 10:05 PM EDT

    Arizona Diamondbacks v Colorado Rockies

    The Diamondbacks announced that they have designated reliever Tony Sipp for assignment. The transaction gave them room on the 40-man roster for outfielder Ender Inciarte. They also added pitcher Bo Schultz to the 40-man as well. Sipp has shown promise as a reliever over the years, with the Indians from 2009-12 and with the Diamondbacks…

  6. Royals have had internal discussions about trading for Brett Anderson

    Nov 20, 2013, 9:22 PM EDT

    Brett Anderson Getty

    On Twitter, ESPN’s Buster Olney says that the Royals have talked about pursuing Athletics starter Brett Anderson. As Ervin Santana is seeking more than $100 million in free agency, the Royals are looking elsewhere for their starting rotation needs. The Athletics exercised the $8 million option on Anderson’s contract for the 2014 season. He has…

  7. Tigers, Rangers agree to trade involving Prince Fielder and Ian Kinsler

    Nov 20, 2013, 8:24 PM EDT

    Ian Kinsler

    Minutes ago, Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reported that the Tigers and Rangers had been discussing a trade involving first baseman Prince Fielder and second baseman Ian Kinsler. Apparently, talks progressed quickly because both teams have agreed to a trade, Heyman reports. Another player could be involved in the trade, but that has not been…

  8. Tigers, Rangers discussing trade that could involve Prince Fielder, Ian Kinsler

    Nov 20, 2013, 8:00 PM EDT

    Prince Fielder

    Jon Heyman of CBS Sports is reporting that the Tigers and Rangers have discussed a trade that would send first baseman Prince Fielder to the Rangers and second baseman Ian Kinsler to the Tigers. In terms of OPS, the Rangers had the second-worst production from their first baseman in the American League, beating only the…

  9. Henry Blanco wants to play one more season

    Nov 20, 2013, 7:35 PM EDT

    Seattle Mariners v Kansas City Royals

    Free agent catcher Henry Blanco wants to play one more season in the big leagues before calling it a career, tweets Tim Dierkes of MLB Trade Rumors. Blanco, now 42 years old, spent the 2013 season between the Blue Jays and Mariners, appearing in 50 games total. He was only able to muster a .474…

  10. Mets have had internal discussions about trading for Ryan Braun

    Nov 20, 2013, 6:55 PM EDT

    braun getty

    Matt Cerrone of Metsblog is reporting that the Mets have had internal discussions about pursuing Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun, per people connected to the team. Recently, Brewers GM Doug Melvin said that the two teams would make a good match as trading partners. The Mets are looking to move first baseman Ike Davis and the…

  11. Mets suffering from “sticker shock” on free agents

    Nov 20, 2013, 6:10 PM EDT

    Division Series - Detroit Tigers v Oakland Athletics - Game Five

    Ushering in a “new day” for the Mets is a bit more difficult than GM Sandy Alderson anticipated. Per Mike Puma of the New York Post on Twitter, the Mets are dealing with “sticker shock” in the current free agent market. Puma writes that the Mets were hoping to pursue free agent shortstop Jhonny Peralta…

  12. Ruben Tejada could file a grievance against the Mets over service time

    Nov 17, 2013, 11:45 PM EDT

    Washington Nationals v New York Mets

    Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports is reporting that Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada is considering filing a grievance against the Mets over a service time issue. As Passan notes, Tejada was the team’s final call-up in September, earning the promotion on the 10th. They handed out three promotions on the 1st of the month, one on…

  13. Clayton Kershaw presented with the Branch Rickey Award

    Nov 17, 2013, 11:05 PM EDT

    82nd MLB All-Star Game - Batting Practice

    Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw already has plenty of awards to fill up a trophy case. The lefty just won his second NL Cy Young award, he took home the NL Gold Glove award for pitchers in 2011, and he won Major League Baseball’s Roberto Clemente Award last year. He was given another award last night…

  14. Brewers GM Doug Melvin thinks the Mets could make a good trading partner

    Nov 17, 2013, 10:00 PM EDT

    Ike Davis

    The Brewers need a first baseman, that much is obvious. Long time outfielder Corey Hart is one option, and one that Brewers GM Doug Melvin has certainly considered. Melvin, however, is looking towards the Big Apple as a creative way to round out his roster, noticing that the Mets will be open to moving Ike…

  15. Giants GM Brian Sabean says Buster Posey won’t move to first base

    Nov 17, 2013, 9:05 PM EDT

    World Series - San Francisco Giants v Detroit Tigers - Game 4

    Days after the Twins announced they are moving catcher Joe Mauer over to first base full-time, Giants GM Brian Sabean shot down speculation that the team would do the same with catcher Buster Posey, per MLB.com’s Chris Haft. “When we signed him to an extension, we considered him as a catcher, and those numbers he…

  16. Rangers could deal middle infield depth to address other needs

    Nov 17, 2013, 8:10 PM EDT

    Ian Kinsler

    As Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News points out, the Rangers have a surfeit of middle infield depth. At the Major League level, they have Ian Kinsler and Elvis Andrus signed to lengthy contracts as well as Jurickson Profar. Beyond those three, prospects Rougned Odor and Luis Sardinas are waiting in the wings. With…

  17. The Blue Jays may be willing to swap Jose Bautista for pitching help

    Nov 17, 2013, 7:05 PM EDT

    Toronto Blue Jays' Bautista looks into the stands between innings during a MLB American League baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays in St. Petersburg

    Despite the recently debunked trade rumor involving Jose Bautista and the Phillies, started by radio personality Howard Eskin, the Blue Jays may still be willing to move him for pitching help according to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe. Cafardo writes that the Jays are looking to add multiple starters. Given the dearth of quality…

  18. Tigers bring on Wally Joyner as their new hitting coach

    Nov 17, 2013, 6:00 PM EDT

    wally joyner getty

    Hours ago, we learned that Wally Joyner had resigned from his position as assistant hitting coach with the Phillies to “pursue other opportunities”. It didn’t take long for another opportunity to present itself. Ken Rosenthal is reporting that Joyner is joining the Tigers to become their new hitting coach. He’s moving from one of baseball’s…

  19. Want to watch 25 minutes of Andrelton Simmons defensive highlights?

    Nov 16, 2013, 11:25 PM EDT

    Andrelton Simmons

    If you follow me on Twitter, you’ve probably seen me tweet about this ad nauseam, but it is my duty to share this and spread the Gospel of Andrelton Simmons as far and as wide as possible. Someone on YouTube did yeoman’s work and put together 25-plus minutes of defensive highlights involving the Braves shortstop…

  20. Olney: Drew Stubbs drawing trade interest

    Nov 16, 2013, 10:45 PM EDT

    Drew Stubbs

    In a column behind ESPN’s Insider paywall, Buster Olney writes that Indians outfielder Drew Stubbs is drawing trade interest from multiple teams. The 29-year-old is entering his second year of arbitration eligibility and is projected by MLB Trade Rumors to take home $3.8 million. Although Stubbs has posted a sub-.700 OPS for three consecutive seasons,…

  21. Joe Torre thinks Derek Jeter would take a reduced role if it would help the Yankees

    Nov 16, 2013, 10:05 PM EDT

    derek jeter getty

    Joe Torre managed the Yankees from 1996 to 2007, coinciding with the vast majority of shortstop Derek Jeter‘s playing career. If anyone knows the guy, it’s Torre. Jeter is coming off of an injury-plagued 2013 season, logging a meager 73 plate appearances in 17 games. Because of his age (39) and questionable ability to stay…

  22. James Shields open to staying in Kansas City beyond 2014

    Nov 16, 2013, 9:30 PM EDT

    Kansas City Royals v Chicago White Sox

    Per ESPN’s Jim Bowden, starter James Shields hasn’t discussed an extension with the Royals but is opened to staying in Kansas City beyond 2014 if the option should present itself. Shields will earn $13.5 million in the last year of a four-year extension signed in 2008 while with the Rays. Shields, who turns 32 years…

  23. Alderson: 2014 will be “a new day” for the Mets

    Nov 16, 2013, 8:45 PM EDT

    Sandy Alderson

    Mets GM Sandy Alderson recently said he won’t target players expected to take home a nine-figure contract, like Jacoby Ellsbury or Shin-Soo Choo, but he did state that the 2014 season will be “a new day” for the franchise. Newsday’s Marc Carig writes that Alderson spent 45 minutes on the radio, between WFAN and ESPN…

  24. Does St. Louis have the biggest homers in MVP voting?

    Nov 16, 2013, 7:55 PM EDT

    yadier molina getty

    Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina finished in third place in the National League MVP voting, ever so slightly behind Diamondbacks first baseman Paul Goldschmidt in second place. Pirates center fielder and winner of the NL MVP Andrew McCutchen received 28 of 30 first-place votes; the remaining two were given to Molina by two St. Louis area…

  25. Max Scherzer doesn’t want the Tigers to trade him

    Nov 16, 2013, 7:00 PM EDT

    max scherzer getty

    Tigers hurler and winner of the 2013 AL Cy Young award Max Scherzer told MLB Network Radio that he doesn’t want the Tigers to trade him even though he is eligible for free agency after the 2014 season. Via ESPN: “I don’t want to be traded,” Scherzer said. “I got a great thing going in…

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