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  1. A.J. Burnett bidding reportedly “a Baltimore-Philadelphia-Pittsburgh runoff”

    Feb 2, 2014, 6:05 PM EDT

    A.J. Burnett

    In today’s column for the Boston Globe, Nick Cafardo writes that it’s “a Baltimore-Philadelphia-Pittsburgh runoff” for the services of free agent starter A.J. Burnett. Burnett recently announced his intent to come back for one more season, and initially drew the interest of more than a handful of teams. However, he said he prefers to stay…

  2. Buster Posey staying mum on rule changes for collisions

    Jan 31, 2014, 11:10 PM EDT

    Posey Getty

    Whether he likes it or not, Giants catcher Buster Posey has become the poster child for the home plate collision controversy. In 2011, Posey was bowled over at home plate by Marlins outfielder Scott Cousins, suffering a myriad of season-ending injuries: a fractured leg and three torn ankle ligaments. Since then, other catchers have suffered…

  3. Add the Blue Jays to the list of teams interested in A.J. Burnett

    Jan 31, 2014, 10:35 PM EDT

    a.j. burnett getty

    A.J. Burnett recently announced that he will pitch for at least one more season before hanging up the spikes. That drew the attention of several teams instantaneously. The Pirates, of course, who had been waiting all off-season for Burnett to make a decision. The Orioles, in need of an upgrade in the rotation. The Phillies,…

  4. Angels sign Yorvit Torrealba to a minor league deal

    Jan 31, 2014, 9:35 PM EDT

    Yorvit Torrealba Getty

    Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports that the Angels have signed catcher Yorvit Torrealba to a minor league deal with an invitation to spring training. Torrealba will aim to provide depth behind the dish with Chris Iannetta and Hank Conger. Torrealba, 35, spent the 2013 season with the Rockies. He posted a .580 OPS in…

  5. Rangers sign Daniel Bard to a minor league deal

    Jan 31, 2014, 9:05 PM EDT

    Daniel Bard

    Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports that the Rangers have signed pitcher Daniel Bard to a minor league deal. Bard, 28, spent the last five seasons with the Red Sox, showing promise in 2010 and ’11 out of the bullpen, but has battled control issues more recently. He is currently on his way back from…

  6. Cubs sign James McDonald to a minor league deal

    Jan 31, 2014, 8:35 PM EDT

    James McDonald

    Bruce Levine of 670thescore.com reports that the Cubs have signed pitcher James McDonald to a minor league deal with an invitation to big league camp in spring training. McDonald, 29, suffered a strained shoulder after his sixth start with the Pirates last season. He did not return, finishing 2013 with a 5.76 ERA in 29…

  7. Mark Appel recovering after emergency appendectomy

    Jan 31, 2014, 7:45 PM EDT

    Milwaukee Brewers v Houston Astros

    MLB.com’s Brian McTaggart reports that Astros prospect Mark Appel is recovering well after undergoing an emergency appendectomy on Thursday. Appel should be ready in time for the start of spring training in just over two weeks. The Astros took Appel first overall in the 2013 draft. In 38 innings split between Tri-City of the New…

  8. Michael Young says the Rangers were “flat out” better than the Cardinals in the 2011 World Series

    Jan 31, 2014, 6:55 PM EDT

    Michael Young bats

    Michael Young was accompanied by manager Ron Washington and GM Jon Daniels at a press conference this evening to announce his retirement. Young went over a wide range of subjects, talking about how he is looking forward to spending more time with his family, his career in retrospect, as well as his participation in the…

  9. Tigers avoid arbitration with Alex Avila

    Jan 31, 2014, 6:05 PM EDT

    Alex Avila AP

    Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that the Tigers have avoided arbitration with catcher Alex Avila. The two sides agreed to a one-year deal for 2014 worth $4.15 million. The deal includes a vesting option for 2015 worth $5.4 million with a $200,000 buyout clause. Sherman adds that the option vests if Avila…

  10. Twins prospect Miguel Sano has high expectations for himself in 2014

    Jan 26, 2014, 11:05 PM EDT

    Miguel Sano

    MLB.com recently released their list of the top 100 prospects in baseball. The Twins, as expected, had two of the very best with outfielder Byron Buxton at #1 and third baseman Miguel Sano at #4, sandwiched between Cardinals outfielder Oscar Taveras and Diamondbacks pitcher Archie Bradley. The expectations are already high for Sano going into…

  11. Michael Young says that if he plays in 2014, it’s “a safe bet” he’ll suit up for the Dodgers

    Jan 26, 2014, 10:20 PM EDT

    Michael Young Getty

    Dylan Hernandez of the L.A. Times reports that Michael Young is still deciding whether to continue his career or retire. The infielder said that if he does decide to keep playing, it’s “a safe bet” that he will do so with the Dodgers. He will make his decision prior to the start of spring training.…

  12. Mariners content to add complementary players going into spring training

    Jan 26, 2014, 9:30 PM EDT

    Texas Rangers' Nelson Cruz celebrates after hitting a two run home run against the Detroit Tigers during the seventh inning of Game 6 of MLB's ALCS baseball playoffs in Arlington

    The Mariners made the biggest news of the off-season, signing second baseman Robinson Cano to a ten-year, $240 million contract. As beneficial as the signing portends to be, at least in the early going, the consensus was that the Mariners needed to a lot more to improve on last year’s 71-91 record. They were rumored…

  13. Bobby Jenks opens up about brush with death, painkiller addiction

    Jan 26, 2014, 8:25 PM EDT

    Bobby Jenks

    Bobby Jenks helped etch his name in history as part of the 2005 world champion White Sox roster. It seemed like the sky was the limit for the right-hander, who struck out 50 and unintentionally walked 12 in 39 1/3 innings in 2005, his rookie campaign. By 2009 and 2010, his effectiveness had been lost…

  14. Reds would like to get at least 60 innings out of Aroldis Chapman in 2014

    Jan 26, 2014, 7:20 PM EDT

    aroldis chapman getty

    Reds manager Bryan Price says the team would like to get at least 60 innings pitched from flame-throwing closer Aroldis Chapman during the season, reports C. Trent Rosecrans. Chapman reached 71 2/3 in 2012 and 63 2/3 in 2013, so it’s not an unreasonable expectation. Ex-manager Dusty Baker was not a fan of using Chapman…

  15. Ryan Braun confident in abilities heading into 2014

    Jan 26, 2014, 6:25 PM EDT

    Ryan Braun Getty

    At the same time the Brewers were finalizing their deal with starter Matt Garza, outfielder Ryan Braun was making the rounds with the media and fans at the “Brewers on Deck” event at the Wisconsin Center earlier today. He was asked about a variety of topics, but mostly about his use of performance-enhancing drugs. Braun,…

  16. Pablo Sandoval exited Venezuelan Winter League game with an injury

    Jan 26, 2014, 5:30 PM EDT

    pablo sandoval getty giants

    CSN Bay Area’s Andrew Baggarly reports that Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval came up lame running out a grounder in the eighth inning of a Venezuelan Winter League game last night. Baggarly writes that it appears to be a “minor” injury, fortunately. He is back in the lineup tonight. A recent report indicated that Sandoval…

  17. There are conflicting reports about Ryan Doumit’s future as a catcher

    Jan 26, 2014, 4:40 PM EDT

    Ryan Doumit

    The Braves acquired Ryan Doumit in a trade with the Twins last month, expecting him to contribute mostly off the bench as a pinch-hitter. Doumit had suffered a concussion in August. While he made a few starts behind the dish upon his return in mid-August, he contributed only as a pinch-hitter, DH, and occasional outfielder…

  18. Jason Kipnis open to discussing a contract extension with the Indians

    Jan 26, 2014, 3:50 PM EDT

    Jason Kipnis

    Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain-Dealer reports that second baseman Jason Kipnis is open to discussing a contract extension with the Indians. The two sides will likely begin talking during spring training. Kipnis, however, does not want contract talks to distract him during the regular season, as MLB.com’s Jordan Bastian writes. Kipnis, who turns 27…

  19. Brewers, Matt Garza agree on a four-year, $50 million deal

    Jan 26, 2014, 2:20 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim v Texas Rangers

    On Thursday, we learned that the Brewers had signed free agent starter Matt Garza to a four-year, $52 million contract. However, the deal was never finalized and talks hit a standstill. Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reportedĀ earlier that the hold-up was related to certain language included in the contract. Per Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee…

  20. Sandy Koufax presented the NL Cy Young award to Clayton Kershaw

    Jan 25, 2014, 11:15 PM EDT

    Clayton Kershaw Getty

    Major League Baseball’s award winners were presented with their hardware tonight at the Baseball Writers Association of America dinner at the New York Hilton. Hall of Fame managers Bobby Cox, Tony La Russa, and Joe Torre were honored. Wil Myers and Jose Fernandez picked up their Rookie of the Year awards for the American and…

  21. Livan Hernandez likely to join the Nationals in spring training as an instructor

    Jan 25, 2014, 10:40 PM EDT

    Washington Nationals starter Livan Hernandez pitches against the Atlanta Braves during the third inning of their National League baseball game in Washington

    Mark Zuckerman of CSN Washington reports that Livan Hernandez says it’s “99 percent” that he will be a part of Nationals’ spring training as an instructor. Hernandez turns 39 on February 20 and did not pitch in 2013, so it’s reasonable to believe his time as a player is done. Hernandez last pitched out of…

  22. Brewers sign Jeremy Hermida and Joe Thurston to minor league deals

    Jan 25, 2014, 9:30 PM EDT

    Boston Red Sox v Seattle Mariners

    The Brewers Player Development Department reported on Twitter that the team signed outfielders Jeremy Hermida and Joe Thurston to minor league deals. Hermida, who turns 30 on Thursday, has been besieged by injuries, including a sports hernia suffered at the end of April 2012. In 2013, he worked his way back with Triple-A Columbus, an…

  23. Indians to unveil statue of Jim Thome on August 2

    Jan 25, 2014, 8:20 PM EDT

    Seattle Mariners v Minnesota Twins

    Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain-Dealer reports that the Indians will unveil a statue of Jim Thome on August 2. Thome, who still has not officially retired, has hit 612 home runs over a 22-year Major League career. 337 of them came in 13 seasons with the Indians between 1991-2002 and a second stint in…

  24. With Michael Young considering retirement, GM Jon Daniels wants him to retire as a Ranger

    Jan 25, 2014, 7:10 PM EDT

    Michael Young AP

    About two weeks ago, we learned that infielder Michael Young is thinking about retiring after 13 full seasons in the Majors. Young, 37, split time between the Phillies and Dodgers last year, posting a .730 OPS. He has shown mediocre power in each of his last two seasons and his defense has been less and…

  25. Now a Tiger, Joba Chamberlain is excited to have a beard

    Jan 25, 2014, 6:05 PM EDT

    Joba Chamberlain Getty

    Getting away from the limelight in New York, and all the stress and expectations that come with it, might be just what Joba Chamberlain needs to get his career back on track. He logged 42 innings last season, the most he has pitched since 2010. He’s had Tommy John surgery, surgery on his ankle, and…

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