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  1. Tonight in Jack Morris hyperbole

    Dec 28, 2013, 10:15 PM EDT

    Jack Morris

    In last week’s edition, Jack Morris was “never once not the best pitcher on the mound” according to Bill Madden of the New York Daily News. Jerry Green has managed to exceed that amount of hyperbole though in his latest column for The Detroit News. Green argues that Morris will likely miss out on being…

  2. Cory Luebke could contribute out of the Padres’ bullpen

    Dec 28, 2013, 9:00 PM EDT

    Cory Luebke Getty

    28-year-old lefty Cory Luebke is working his way back from Tommy John surgery. Rather than return to the starting rotation, where he was when he was injured early in 2012, Padres GM Josh Byrnes suggested that Luebke could contribute out of the bullpen, according to Corey Brock on Twitter. The Padres are still looking for…

  3. Indians, Justin Masterson both receptive to contract extension

    Dec 28, 2013, 7:30 PM EDT

    Justin Masterson Getty

    In today’s mailbag column, Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer writes that both the Indians and starter Justin Masterson appear to be receptive to the idea of a contract extension. Masterson, who turns 29 in March, is eligible for arbitration for the third time and can become a free agent after the 2014 season.…

  4. Commissioner’s office will make sure Masahiro Tanaka doesn’t “repay” Rakuten

    Dec 27, 2013, 11:06 PM EDT

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    Japanese pitching superstar Masahiro Tanaka is expected to earn upwards of $100 million when the bidding process among Major League Baseball teams is all said and done. According to Rakuten Golden Eagles president Yozo Takibana, Tanaka said he would like to help out the Golden Eagles, with whom he played for seven years in the…

  5. Rangers GM Jon Daniels closes the book on the Nelson Cruz era in Texas

    Dec 27, 2013, 10:10 PM EDT

    Nelson Cruz

    The Rangers formally introduced free agent signee Shin-Soo Choo at a press conference earlier today. GM Jon Daniels signed the outfielder to a seven-year, $130 million deal. Including Choo’s $14 million salary for 2014, the Rangers stand at about $116 million guaranteed to 15 players, leaving them $9 million shy of last season’s Opening Day…

  6. Five teams showing interest in Sam Fuld

    Dec 27, 2013, 8:00 PM EDT

    Sam Fuld

    Free agent outfielder Sam Fuld has received offers from five teams, reports Zach Links of MLB Trade Rumors. They are all Minor League deals with an invitation to spring training. Fuld has spent the past three seasons with the Rays after coming over from the Cubs in the Matt Garza trade. He hasn’t done much…

  7. Report: Angels the favorite to sign Mark Mulder

    Dec 27, 2013, 6:23 PM EDT

    Mark Mulder

    Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe is reporting that the Angels have emerged as the front runner to sign Mark Mulder. He writes that an incentive-laden deal could be reached soon. Mulder is 36 years old and hasn’t pitched in the Majors since 2008 but is eager to make an attempt at a comeback. He…

  8. Raul Ibanez’s deal with the Angels finalized

    Dec 27, 2013, 6:05 PM EDT

    Raul Ibanez

    Last week, the Angels reportedly reached an agreement with free agent Raul Ibanez. The deal was finalized after Ibanez passed his physical today, reports Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register. The deal has a base salary of $2.75 million and it can increase to as much as $5 million based on incentives. Ibanez will…

  9. Report: Dodgers nearing deal with reliever Chris Perez

    Dec 23, 2013, 12:18 AM EDT

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    Dylan Hernandez of the L.A. Times is reporting that the Dodgers are nearing a one-year deal with free agent reliever Chris Perez. Financial details of the deal are not yet known. Perez had spent the past four seasons as the closer for the Indians, but increasing ineffectiveness and some non-baseball-related incidents made him more trouble…

  10. Brett Tomko plans to audition for teams in late January

    Dec 22, 2013, 11:08 PM EDT

    Brett Tomko Getty

    Brett Tomko is on the comeback trail, currently working out in California and is hoping to audition for a team during spring training, according to Zach Links of MLB Trade Rumors. MLBTR’s Charlie Wilmoth writes that Tomko is consistently in the low 90’s with his fastball, which is good news for the right-hander, who will…

  11. Yasmani Grandal likely to begin 2014 season on the disabled list

    Dec 22, 2013, 10:30 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v San Diego Padres

    Padres catcher Yasmani Grandal suffered a torn ACL on July 6 when Nationals second baseman Anthony Rendon slid into him on a play at home plate. The initial timetable for his return was set between 9-12 months and that appears to still be the case, according to Bill Center of the Union-Times. Grandal underwent surgery…

  12. Dylan Bundy making progress after Tommy John surgery

    Dec 22, 2013, 9:25 PM EDT

    Toronto Blue Jays v Baltimore Orioles

    Orioles pitching prospect Dylan Bundy has begun to throw from 45 feet as he continues to make strides on his way back from Tommy John surgery. The right-hander, who was the #2 overall prospect as ranked by Baseball America entering the 2013 season, went under the knife in late June and isn’t expected to be…

  13. Lyle Overbay’s phone hasn’t been buzzing much this winter

    Dec 22, 2013, 8:20 PM EDT

    New York Yankees v Tampa Bay Rays

    In today’s column for the Boston Globe, Nick Cafardo reports that free agent first baseman/DH Lyle Overbay hasn’t drawn much interest thus far in the off-season. Overbay turns 37 years old next month and has posted a below-average adjusted OPS in each of the past three seasons (88, 95, 87; 100 is average) but he…

  14. Free agent reliever Tony Sipp drawing some interest

    Dec 22, 2013, 7:10 PM EDT

    Arizona Diamondbacks v Colorado Rockies

    Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish is reporting that free agent reliever Tony Sipp is drawing interest from multiple teams, though the left-hander isn’t expected to reach an agreement with any of them soon. Sipp, 30, spent the 2013 with the Diamondbacks after four seasons with the Indians. He posted a 4.78 ERA in 37.2…

  15. Justin Turner could be a fit for the Twins

    Dec 22, 2013, 6:05 PM EDT

    Milwaukee Brewers v New York Mets

    Darren Wolfson of 1500 ESPN is reporting that the Twins have checked in on free agent utilityman Justin Turner. Turner was non-tendered by the Mets on December 3, allowing him to enter free agency. Since becoming a regular contributor to the Mets in 2011, Turner has hit at about the league average, contributing his penchant…

  16. The Rays are in no rush to trade David Price

    Dec 21, 2013, 11:00 PM EDT

    david price getty

    After the Mariners signed second baseman Robinson Cano to a ten-year, $240 million contract two weeks ago, many predicted that the next shoe to drop would be a trade with the Rays for David Price. But reports indicated that the Rays would only let go of the left-hander if the Mariners included Taijuan Walker in…

  17. Report: Co-owner of the Golden State Warriors interested in buying the Oakland Athletics

    Dec 21, 2013, 10:00 PM EDT

    Division Series - Detroit Tigers v Oakland Athletics - Game Five

    The East Bay Express is reporting that Joe Lacob, one of two owners of the NBA’s Golden State Warriors along with Peter Guber, is one among at least three potential investment groups interested in purchasing the Athletics and building a new stadium on the waterfront in Oakland. The authors, Steven Tavares and Robert Gammon, add…

  18. Chris Colabello rejects offer to play ball in South Korea

    Dec 21, 2013, 9:05 PM EDT

    Chris Colabello AP

    Earlier today, we heard that Twins had been in discussions with at least one South Korean team about first baseman/outfielder Chris Colabello to the Korean Baseball Organization. The Twins were reportedly asking for compensation in excess of $1 million, which is about double what he will earn in 2014 as a Major Leaguer. Mike Berardino…

  19. Tonight in Jack Morris hyperbole

    Dec 21, 2013, 8:10 PM EDT

    Jack Morris Blue Jays

    Over the years, staunchly traditionalist baseball writers have had to stretch further and further to make their Hall of Fame case for Jack Morris. At first, all they felt was necessary was pointing to his career 254 wins, which would tie him 13th all-time (out of 56) with Red Faber for the most wins by…

  20. If Orioles don’t bring in new closer, Tommy Hunter the “clear favorite” to take over for Jim Johnson

    Dec 21, 2013, 7:15 PM EDT

    Chicago White Sox v Baltimore Orioles

    The Orioles’ closer situation is well-publicized at this point, considering their signing-then-unsigning of Grant Balfour was in the headlines for a while, and we also learned they have talked with the Phillies about Jonathan Papelbon and have shifted their focus to free agent Fernando Rodney as well. MASN’s Roch Kubatko reports that, if the Orioles…

  21. Fun with Free Agent Numbers

    Dec 21, 2013, 6:21 PM EDT

    Shin-Soo Choo Getty

    Another free agent domino fell earlier today as outfielder Shin-Soo Choo signed a seven-year, $130 million deal with the Rangers. With Choo gone, Nelson Cruz is the last remaining elite free agent hitter left on the board while Stephen Drew, Matt Garza, and Bronson Arroyo are some of the top remaining players beyond Cruz. With…

  22. Brian Kenny’s hypothetical Hall of Fame ballot is… interesting

    Dec 20, 2013, 11:01 PM EDT

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    Brian Kenny is not an official Baseball Hall of Fame voter. If he did have a vote, however, it’d go a little something like this: My HOF ballot: Maddux, Thomas, Raines, Biggio, Schilling, Martinez, McGriff, Glavine, Mussina, Trammell. @CHConfidential — Brian Kenny (@MrBrianKenny) December 20, 2013 In the interest of full disclosure: I do not…

  23. Report: Phillies and Orioles have discussed Jonathan Papelbon

    Dec 20, 2013, 9:45 PM EDT

    Chicago White Sox v Philadelphia Phillies

    The quickly souring four-year $50 million deal the Phillies gave Jonathan Papelbon two years ago, and the Orioles’ recent fiasco with Grant Balfour  may make the two teams unexpected trade partners. MASN’s Roch Kubatko is reporting that the Phillies and Orioles have discussed a trade involving closer Jonathan Papelbon. Kubatko adds that the Phillies would have…

  24. Grant Balfour still has many things to say about the botched deal with the Orioles

    Dec 20, 2013, 8:50 PM EDT

    Oakland Athletics v Pittsburgh Pirates

    Grant Balfour isn’t going to let this issue go silently into the night. After the Orioles backed out of a two-year, $15 million contract with Balfour, the right-hander said he is considering filing a grievance. He continued to defend himself, saying that he has multiple doctors on his side vouching for his health. He also…

  25. Indians giving Carlos Santana additional resources as he works out at third base

    Dec 20, 2013, 8:10 PM EDT

    Carlos Santana Getty

    If their latest action is any indication, the Indians’ decision to have catcher Carlos Santana work out at third base wasn’t just made on a whim. As Paul Hoynes of The Plain Dealer reports, the Indians have sent infield coach Mike Sarbaugh down to the Dominican Republic to help Santana as he plays in winter…

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