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  1. Diamondbacks showing interest in Mark Trumbo

    Dec 7, 2013, 9:15 PM EDT

    Mark Trumbo

    After Carlos Beltran signed a three-year, $45 million deal with the Yankees, we learned he had actually been offered more money by the Diamondbacks but declined in order to return to New York. Still looking to fill their corner outfield void, they are showing interest in Angels slugger Mark Trumbo, tweets Bob Nightengale of USA…

  2. Dodgers have given multiple offers to Juan Uribe

    Dec 7, 2013, 8:10 PM EDT

    uribe batting

    Per Mark Saxon of ESPN Los Angeles, Dodgers GM Ned Colletti says he has made multiple offers to Juan Uribe, but have yet to hear back. The 34-year-old free agent has spent a majority of his playing time at third base since joining the Dodgers in 2011. Uribe had a career year in 2013, finishing…

  3. Billy Hamilton likely to open 2014 as Reds’ lead-off man and starting center fielder

    Dec 7, 2013, 7:35 PM EDT

    Billy Hamilton

    Billy Hamilton was a weapon off the bench for the Reds in September as the team geared up for a run at the NL Wild Card. In 2014, Hamilton is expected to play full-time as the Reds’ lead-off man and starting center fielder, writes MLB.com’s Mark Sheldon. Shin-Soo Choo patrolled center for them in 2013,…

  4. Giants have considered Mike Morse, but may opt to get a left fielder via trade

    Dec 7, 2013, 6:50 PM EDT

    morse

    Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle tweets that the Giants have considered free agent Mike Morse to fill their left field vacancy, but they think they can do a better job making a trade. Schulman added that he would not be surprised if the team made a trade over the upcoming winter meetings. Morse…

  5. Reds, Aroldis Chapman squelch latest rumors suggesting a move to the rotation

    Dec 7, 2013, 6:05 PM EDT

    aroldis chapman getty

    In what has become an annual tradition, rumors have begun to swirl suggesting Reds closer Aroldis Chapman could move into the starting rotation. The lefty has ranked among baseball’s top-five relievers over each of the past two seasons, but he would theoretically provide more value in the rotation. Neither the team nor Chapman is interested…

  6. Cubs, Royals among teams interested in Joba Chamberlain

    Dec 6, 2013, 11:05 PM EDT

    New York Yankees pitcher Chamberlain poses during media photo day at the team's spring training camp

    Beleaguered free agent Joba Chamberlain is drawing interest from the Cubs and Royals, tweets Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News. Chamberlain, 28, has been ravaged by injuries over the last three seasons. In June 2011, Chamberlain was knocked out for the rest of the season with an elbow injury, eventually undergoing Tommy John…

  7. Red Sox, Brewers among teams to indicate interest in Logan Morrison

    Dec 6, 2013, 10:20 PM EDT

    Logan Morrison Getty

    The Marlins signed Garrett Jones to a two-year, $7.5 million deal this afternoon, effectively squeezing Logan Morrison out. Instantly, rumors began to fly involving Morrison in a potential trade. Jon Morosi of FOX Sports tweets that the Red Sox and Brewers have checked in, though nothing is imminent. Morrison has had trouble staying on the…

  8. Report: Yankees have agreed to a three-year deal with Carlos Beltran

    Dec 6, 2013, 9:50 PM EDT

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

    Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News is reporting that the Yankees have signed free agent outfielder Carlos Beltran to a three-year deal. Beltran will turn 37 on April 24, so the contract will span his age 37-39 seasons. After a pair of injury-shortened seasons in 2009 and ’10, Beltran has shown lately that…

  9. Mike Napoli agrees to two-year, $32 million deal with Red Sox

    Dec 6, 2013, 9:20 PM EDT

    Mike Napoli Getty

    Ken Rosenthal of FOX SportsĀ is reporting that the Red Sox are bringing Mike Napoli back. They have signed the 32-year-old first baseman to a two-year, $32 million deal, adding to what has been yet another exciting day of hot stove action across baseball. It’s quite the raise from last season’s one-year, $5 million deal (though…

  10. Brewers lefty Will Smith has already heard your jokes

    Dec 6, 2013, 9:00 PM EDT

    smith

    When it was announced that the Brewers had acquired lefty hurler Will Smith from the Royals for outfielder Norichika Aoki, the Internet was rife with Fresh Prince jokes, for the baseball player shares the same name as the star of the hit ’90’s sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. Smith has heard the references plenty…

  11. David Wright helped bring Curtis Granderson to the Mets with a text message

    Dec 6, 2013, 8:10 PM EDT

    David Wright AP

    The Mets made their big off-season move earlier today, signing free agent outfielder Curtis Granderson to a four-year, $60 million deal. GM Sandy Alderson had promised to make some news, especially compared to the prior off-season when the Mets were among the least active teams. Per Newsday’s Marc Carig on Twitter, Alderson had some assistance…

  12. Yankees reportedly in on everyone now that Robinson Cano is off the board

    Dec 6, 2013, 7:20 PM EDT

    Carlos Beltran

    Earlier today, second baseman Robinson Cano signed with the Mariners on a ten-year, $240 million contract, leaving the Yankees out in the cold with an infield that includes the embattled Alex Rodriguez, the hobbled Derek Jeter, the recovering Mark Teixeira, and the recently-signed Kelly Johnson. Now that they don’t have to set aside space for…

  13. Cubs, reliever John Axford showing mutual interest

    Dec 6, 2013, 6:30 PM EDT

    Division Series - St Louis Cardinals v Pittsburgh Pirates - Game Three

    Despite a solid showing in a limited sample of innings at the end of the 2013 regular season and in the post-season with the Cardinals, reliever John Axford was non-tendered as he was set to earn at least $4 million following back-to-back poor seasons with the Brewers and falling out of the closer’s role. MLB’s…

  14. Joey Votto creates foundation to help those suffering from PTSD

    Dec 6, 2013, 6:05 PM EDT

    Joey Votto

    Joey Votto contributes to a good cause on the baseball field by getting on base nearly one out of every two times he comes to the plate, and hitting for power to boot. But now he’s contributing to a great cause off the field with the creation of the Joey Votto Foundation, aimed to support…

  15. Chipper Jones is still salty about that first-pitch incident

    Dec 1, 2013, 11:55 PM EDT

    Chipper Jones

    In October, when the Braves were about to face the Dodgers in Game 1 of the NLDS, Chipper Jones was scheduled to throw out the first pitch. However, because he was rather objective about his former team’s chances — he went on the radio and said that the Dodgers would win in four games, which…

  16. MLB could reach deal on new posting system soon

    Dec 1, 2013, 11:30 PM EDT

    Masahiro Tanaka

    Major League Baseball and Japanese baseball officials have been negotiating the details to a new posting system throughout the off-season, which will have a big impact on the future of pitcher Masahiro Tanaka. Some suggested changes reported a few weeks ago included the winning team paying an average of the top two bids on a…

  17. Cardinals unlikely to tender a contract to John Axford

    Dec 1, 2013, 11:15 PM EDT

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

    Cardinals reliever John Axford is eligible for arbitration for the second time in his career and he is looking at a raise over 2013’s $5 million salary, despite posting a combined 4.35 ERA over the past two seasons. As salaries cannot be cut by more than 20 percent, he will make at least $4 million…

  18. Wanna hear Mr. T freak out over Bo Jackson’s arm?

    Dec 1, 2013, 10:45 PM EDT

    Mr. T

    Saw this on /r/baseball and couldn’t resist sharing. Via MLB’s YouTube channel: I pity the fool who challenged Bo Jackson’s arm. Sorry, couldn’t resist. Follow @CrashburnAlley

  19. Ryan Howard thinks he can be a 30-100 guy again

    Dec 1, 2013, 10:10 PM EDT

    Ryan Howard

    This is a few days old, but per MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki, Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard thinks he can still be a 30-100 guy (as in 30 home runs and 100 RBI). Howard has been slowed by injuries ever since he tore his Achilles tendon making the final out in Game 5 of the 2011…

  20. Royals utilityman Emilio Bonifacio drawing trade interest

    Dec 1, 2013, 9:15 PM EDT

    Kansas City Royals v Chicago White Sox

    In his latest column for the Kansas City Star, Bob Dutton reports that Royals team officials have acknowledged that utilityman Emilio Bonifacio has drawn “steady interest” from other teams as a trade target. The 28-year-old is eligible for arbitration for the third and final time after taking home $2.6 million in 2013. Bonifacio finished with…

  21. Braves’ off-season will take shape as they make decisions on arbitration-eligible players

    Dec 1, 2013, 8:30 PM EDT

    Detroit Tigers v Atlanta Braves

    The Braves lost free agent catcher Brian McCann to the Yankees and they have yet to make any signings this off-season, but they stand to make a ton of news as they make decisions about their many arbitration eligible players. Based on Matt Swartz’s arbitration salary projections at MLB Trade Rumors, Mike Axisa of CBS…

  22. Dave Dombrowski mum on Miguel Cabrera’s assumed shift to first base

    Dec 1, 2013, 7:10 PM EDT

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

    Following the blockbuster trade that sent first baseman Prince Fielder to the Rangers and second baseman Ian Kinsler to the Tigers, everyone on the planet simply assumed that Miguel Cabrera would move over from third base to first base while prospect Nick Castellanos would take over at third. It makes sense, as Cabrera was becoming…

  23. Indians are likely to tender Drew Stubbs a contract

    Dec 1, 2013, 7:00 PM EDT

    Drew Stubbs

    Outfielder Drew Stubbs is in line for a raise on his $2.825 million salary in 2013 as he is eligible for arbitration for the second of three years. Despite a solidified outfield with Michael Brantley in left, Michael Bourn in center, and the recently-signed David Murphy in right, the Indians are expected to tender Stubbs…

  24. 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…

  25. 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…

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