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  1. Let’s not overstate the impact Yankee Stadium will have on Brian McCann

    Nov 24, 2013, 6:05 PM EDT

    Brian McCann AP

    As soon as the Yankees’ signing of free agent catcher Brian McCann to a five-year, $85 million contract was announced, the projections started rolling in. “McCann will hit 35-40 HRs with Yankee Stadium as home ballpark,” tweeted David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Others were less bold, suggesting 35 as a ceiling for the former…

  2. Twins have Jarrod Saltalamacchia on their radar

    Nov 24, 2013, 5:25 PM EDT

    Jarrod Saltalamacchia

    Now in the mix for a catcher after moving Joe Mauer to first base, the Twins could pursue free agent Jarrod Saltalamacchia, writes Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe. He suggests Salty could fetch a three-year deal in the $30 million range, which is in the Twins’ affordability range. They currently have $46 million committed…

  3. Royals showing serious interest in Carlos Beltran

    Nov 22, 2013, 11:30 PM EDT

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

    The Royals are a “serious threat” to sign free agent outfielder Carlos Beltran, reports Jon Heyman of CBS Sports.┬áThe 36-year-old has proven himself as a reliable player over the last three seasons, playing in at least 142 games each season while compiling an .860 OPS. He helped his value with a strong post-season performance as…

  4. Cardinals assistant GM Michael Girsch provides some insight into how the front office operates

    Nov 22, 2013, 11:00 PM EDT

    Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak

    David Laurila of FanGraphs had the opportunity to pepper Cardinals assistant general manager Michael Girsch with some questions. Girsch provided a great deal of insight into how the team operates in the front office under GM John Mozeliak. The Cardinals, of course, fell two games shy of winning their second championship in three years as…

  5. The Red Sox checked in with the Dodgers about Matt Kemp

    Nov 22, 2013, 10:20 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Dodgers v Arizona Diamondbacks

    While the Dodgers aren’t overtly shopping Matt Kemp, teams are aware of their outfield situation in which they have four capable players for three positions. As a result, the Dodgers have been taking some phone calls from teams interest in Kemp. The Red Sox are the latest to inquire, according to Nick Cafardo of the…

  6. Report: Jhonny Peralta has already received multiple four-year offers

    Nov 22, 2013, 9:45 PM EDT

    jhonny peralta getty

    Earlier, we learned that free agent shortstop Jhonny Peralta was seeking a four- or five-year deal in the $56-75 million range. It is far and away more than even the most optimistic would have expected for Peralta when the off-season began, but a dearth of quality at shortstop and a glut of potential suitors has…

  7. Carl Willis, Jamie Navarro, Mike Brumley all gone from Mariners’ coaching staff

    Nov 22, 2013, 9:05 PM EDT

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    New Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon will have to fill a few more vacant coaching staff positions as he readies himself for the 2014 season in Seattle. Via Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times, the team fired pitching coach Carl Willis, demoted bullpen coach Jamie Navarro to the team’s Minor League system, and first base coach…

  8. Mariano Rivera to Drew Storen: “You don’t need my cutter”

    Nov 22, 2013, 8:15 PM EDT

    Drew Storen Getty

    Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post put together an in-depth look at Drew Storen’s late-season turnaround. It’s a great read, chock full of charts and stats, but perhaps the most interesting part came in the opening paragraph. Drew Storen had the privilege of meeting Mariano Rivera. Knowing such an opportunity is fleeting, Storen asked Rivera…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

  21. 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…

  22. 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…

  23. 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…

  24. 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…

  25. 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…

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