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  1. Anthony Rendon, Danny Espinosa involved in “open competition” at second base for the Nationals

    Feb 16, 2014, 10:30 PM EDT

    Anthony Rendon

    Danny Espinosa didn’t exactly have a great 2013 season. Due largely to playing with a fractured wrist, Espinosa posted a .465 OPS, resulting in a stint on the disabled list and a demotion to Triple-A Syracuse. Anthony Rendon took over and was more or less average offensively with some hiccups on defense. Nonetheless, an upgrade.…

  2. Mark Mulder not ruling out another comeback attempt

    Feb 16, 2014, 9:20 PM EDT

    Mark Mulder

    Mark Mulder received some sad news yesterday when tests revealed that he suffered a ruptured Achilles tendon while doing agility drills prior to a bullpen session. The left-hander was well on his way to pitching again in the Majors after a five-year layoff due to persistent shoulder problems, but he now yet more adversity to…

  3. Report: Reds are “getting close” on a nine-figure extension with Homer Bailey

    Feb 16, 2014, 8:05 PM EDT

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    Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer with the report: Heard Reds getting close to 6-year deal in $100 million range with Homer Bailey. Bound to influence Indians talks with Justin Masterson. — paul hoynes (@hoynsie) February 17, 2014 Previous reports had indicated that there was an “enormous gap” in negotiations between the Reds and…

  4. Jonathan Pettibone experiencing more shoulder soreness

    Feb 16, 2014, 7:05 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v Detroit Tigers

    The A.J. Burnett signing is sounding more and more important for the Phillies with every piece of pitcher-related news that comes out, it seems. At around the same time the Phillies handed a contract to Burnett, they announced that Cole Hamels wouldn’t be ready for Opening Day due to shoulder tendinitis. Now, according to Jim…

  5. Braves expected to extend Andrelton Simmons next

    Feb 16, 2014, 6:00 PM EDT

    Division Series - Los Angeles Dodgers v Atlanta Braves - Game Two

    Over the last two weeks, the Braves have been hard at work, locking up their core for the foreseeable future. They signed first baseman Freddie Freeman for $135 million over eight years, outfielder Jason Heyward for $13.3 million over the next two years, starter Julio Teheran for $32.4 million over six years, and earlier today…

  6. Orioles are now willing to give up their pick to sign a pitcher

    Feb 15, 2014, 11:20 PM EDT

    Ubaldo Jimenez AP

    The Orioles have arguably had the worst off-season of any Major League team. They had the much-publicized contract snafus with closer Grant Balfour and outfielder Tyler Colvin, backing out of contracts with both at the last minute. They traded closer Jim Johnson and, as some have stated, whiffed on the return. Most importantly, though, the…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

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

    Feb 14, 2014, 11:05 PM EDT

    Mike Trout Getty

    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…

  15. 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,…

  16. 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,…

  17. 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…

  18. 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,…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

  21. 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),…

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

    Feb 9, 2014, 11:20 PM EDT

    wandy rodriguez pirates getty

    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…

  23. 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,…

  24. 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…

  25. 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…

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