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  1. Ian Kinsler would switch positions if asked by Rangers

    Nov 15, 2012, 11:57 PM EST

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    Jurickson Profar is regarded as one of the top position prospects in the game, but there’s no room for him in the Rangers’ infield as long as Elvis Andrus is at shortstop and Ian Kinsler is at second base. Rangers general manager Jon Daniels is reluctant to part with either Profar or Andrus, at least…

  2. Red Sox to begin extension talks with Dustin Pedroia

    Nov 15, 2012, 10:01 PM EST

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    The Red Sox have plenty of holes to fill on their roster this winter, but they hope to make some time to keep one of their cornerstone players in the fold for the long haul. Joe McDonald of ESPN Boston was told by several league sources that the Red Sox plan to discuss a possible…

  3. B.J. Upton met with the Braves today at Turner Field

    Nov 15, 2012, 8:31 PM EST

    B.J. Upton Getty

    After reaching a two-year contract with backup catcher Gerald Laird earlier today, the Braves are staying busy. Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports that the Braves hosted free agent outfielder B.J. Upton this afternoon at Turner Field. Both general manager Frank Wren and manager Fredi Gonzalez were on hand for the meeting. It’s not clear whether…

  4. Miguel Cabrera cruises to American League MVP award

    Nov 15, 2012, 6:47 PM EST

    Miguel Cabrera AP

    The debate has raged on for months. And now we finally have a winner. Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera was named the American League MVP this evening by the Baseball Writers Association of America. Despite the impassioned and often contentious arguments dating back to the summer, the balloting wasn’t all that close. Cabrera received 22…

  5. The Dodgers are out of the mix for Torii Hunter

    Nov 12, 2012, 9:51 PM EST

    Torii Hunter AP

    We heard a report over the weekend that the Dodgers were “aggressively pursuing” free agent outfielder Torii Hunter. While nothing can be ruled out right now with the free-spending Dodgers, it didn’t make a lot of sense considering that Matt Kemp, Andre Ethier and Carl Crawford are all locked in on long-term contracts. And it…

  6. Carl Crawford expected to be ready for Opening Day

    Nov 12, 2012, 8:22 PM EST

    Carl Crawford AP

    Carl Crawford was limited to just 31 games in the majors this season prior to undergoing Tommy John surgery on his left elbow in August. Pitchers usually need around a year to get back into game action, but position players can return sooner. That’s what the Dodgers are hoping for, anyway. Dodgers general manager Ned…

  7. Bryce Harper edges Wade Miley to win NL Rookie of the Year award

    Nov 12, 2012, 6:54 PM EST

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    Bryce Harper was named the National League Rookie of the Year this evening by the BBWAA, beating out finalists Wade Miley and Todd Frazier. He received 16 first-place votes compared to 12 for Miley, three for Frazier and one for Wilin Rosario. It was a very close vote, as Harper and Miley were ultimately separated…

  8. Shane Victorino “on the radar” for the Red Sox, Rangers, Indians and Reds

    Nov 10, 2012, 5:30 PM EST

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    Shane Victorino is coming off his worst season in the majors, but that hasn’t stopped teams from expressing interest in the free agent outfielder. Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com reports that Victorino is “on the radar” for the Red Sox, Rangers, Indians and Reds, among other teams in the market for outfield help. Victorino, who turns…

  9. Picture of the Day: CC Sabathia doing his part following Hurricane Sandy

    Nov 10, 2012, 4:01 PM EST

    Sabathia

    Courtesy of the Yankees’ team Twitter account, here’s a picture of CC Sabathia helping repaint and revamp the Hoboken Girls and Boys Club, which was flooded as a result of Hurricane Sandy. By the way, it looks like his surgically-repaired left elbow is doing just fine. Steven Miller of MLB.com notes that Sabathia’s PitCCh In Foundation…

  10. The Dodgers are “aggressively pursuing” Torii Hunter…or not

    Nov 10, 2012, 3:59 PM EST

    Torii Hunter

    UPDATE: Hold your horses, everyone. According to Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times, the Dodgers’ interest in Hunter has been overstated. Hernandez hears that Hunter’s agent approached the Dodgers, who agreed to take a meeting with him. You know how agents used to try to get the Yankees involved in order to get other…

  11. Twins talking extension with reliever Jared Burton

    Nov 10, 2012, 2:17 PM EST

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    Jared Burton had to settle for a minor league contract with the Twins last offseason following consecutive injury-plagued seasons as a member of the Reds, but he could soon get a pretty nice payday. According to Darren Wolfson of ESPN 1500, the Twins are currently discussing a contract extension with Burton. The 31-year-old right-hander is…

  12. The Diamondbacks aren’t shopping Trevor Bauer

    Nov 10, 2012, 1:01 PM EST

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    On the heels of a report earlier this week that the Diamondbacks were listening to offers for Trevor Bauer because he “fell out of favor” with some members of the organization, team president Derrick Hall told Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com yesterday that the young right-hander isn’t being shopped. Hall acknowledged that Bauer made some mistakes…

  13. One year removed from kidnapping, Wilson Ramos trying to focus on rehab from knee surgery

    Nov 10, 2012, 11:45 AM EST

    Wilson Ramos

    Yesterday marked the one-year anniversary of Wilson Ramos being kidnapped from his home in Venezuela. The harrowing ordeal has made an indelible imprint on his memory, but he told Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post yesterday that he’s much more focused on rehabbing his surgically-repaired right knee. “The truth is that I’m happy to be…

  14. Dodgers bid $25.7 million to negotiate with Korean left-hander Ryu Hyun-Jin

    Nov 10, 2012, 11:05 AM EST

    Ryu Hyun-Jin

    UPDATE: According to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com, MLB has confirmed that the Dodgers had the winning bid of $25,737,737 and have secured exclusive negotiating rights for Ryu Hyun-Jin. They now have 30 days to work out a contract with Hyun-Jin’s agent, Scott Boras. Given how much of an investment the Dodgers are likely to make…

  15. Orioles optimistic about re-signing Nate McLouth

    Nov 10, 2012, 10:52 AM EST

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    We heard a report earlier this week linking the Orioles to both Josh Hamilton and Cody Ross as potential options for left field next year, but the club is currently focused on keeping one of their surprising late-season contributors. Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun reports that the Orioles continue to pursue free agent outfielder…

  16. The Rangers tried to pry Andrelton Simmons away from the Braves

    Nov 10, 2012, 10:01 AM EST

    Andrelton Simmons AP

    In the same story that mentioned the Dodgers’ interest in Torii Hunter, Bob Nightengale of USA Today also noted that the Rangers recently tried to acquire shortstop Andrelton Simmons from the Braves. Why would the Rangers do this? Well, general manager Jon Daniels isn’t interested in giving up either Elvis Andrus or top prospect Jurickson…

  17. Mike Hampton, Tim Bogar join Angels’ minor league staff

    Nov 10, 2012, 9:30 AM EST

    Mike Hampton

    According to Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times, the Angels have hired Mike Hampton and Tim Bogar to join their minor league staff. Bogar will be the manager with Double-A Arkansas while Hampton will serve as his pitching coach. The pair were teammates with the Astros from 1997-1999. Bogar joins the Angels after serving…

  18. Red Sox agree to two-year deal, $6.2 million deal with catcher David Ross

    Nov 10, 2012, 8:37 AM EST

    David Ross Getty

    UPDATE: Rosenthal reports that Ross will get a total of $6.2 million over the two years. It’s well-deserved raise for Ross, who just finished up a two-year, $3.25 million extension with the Braves. 8:37 AM: Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that the Red Sox have signed catcher David Ross to a two-year contract, pending a…

  19. Dodgers open to discussing extension with Clayton Kershaw this winter

    Nov 9, 2012, 9:31 PM EST

    Clayton Kershaw AP

    Clayton Kershaw will make $11 million next season and is arbitration-eligible for the final time next winter, but the Dodgers are keen on making sure he’ll be around for the long haul. According to Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times, Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti said Thursday that he’s open to discussing a contract…

  20. Rays could emerge as front-runners for Justin Upton

    Nov 9, 2012, 7:15 PM EST

    justin upton getty

    The Rays may have an Upton in their lineup next season after all. While B.J. Upton declined a one-year, $13.3 million qualifying offer earlier today and is expected to land a lucrative multi-year contract in free agency, Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com hears from rival executives that the Rays might emerge as the front-runners to pull…

  21. Phillies and Kevin Frandsen avoid arbitration by agreeing to new contract

    Nov 8, 2012, 11:48 PM EST

    Kevin Frandsen AP

    UPDATE: ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick reports that Frandsen will make a base salary of $850,000. The deal includes incentives which could bring the overall payout to $1.2 million. 11:35 PM: According to Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com, the Phillies and Kevin Frandsen have avoided arbitration by agreeing to a new contract. Terms aren’t yet available, but it…

  22. Anibal Sanchez wants a $90 million deal

    Nov 8, 2012, 10:48 PM EST

    Anibal Sanchez Getty

    We’re only a few days into free agency, but we have already heard multiple reports of outrageous contract demands. Just to name some recent examples, Josh Hamilton reportedly wants $175 million while Michael Bourn is looking for $100 million and Jeremy Guthrie is seeking $34 million. Well, we can add a new name to the…

  23. Quote of the Day: Scott Boras on the Dodgers and Mets

    Nov 8, 2012, 10:04 PM EST

    Boras thinking

    Scott Boras said at the Winter Meetings last year that the Dodgers and Mets were hanging out in the “fruits-and-nuts” section among free agents rather than going after big-ticket items like they have in the past. One year later, we’re in a different world. The Dodgers don’t know what a budget is while the Mets…

  24. The Phillies have talked to B.J. Upton’s agent

    Nov 8, 2012, 9:35 PM EST

    B.J. Upton AP

    There isn’t a lot going on at the General Manager Meetings from a transaction perspective, but many teams are laying the groundwork for possible signings and trades down the road. With that in mind, Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com was told by a source that Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro, Jr. has spoken with B.J. Upton‘s…

  25. Rafael Soriano, Michael Bourn, Nick Swisher and B.J. Upton to reject qualifying offers

    Nov 8, 2012, 8:47 PM EST

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    Those free agents who received one-year, $13.3 million qualifying offers last week must decide by 5 p.m. ET tomorrow whether to accept them. David Ortiz finalized a two-year, $26 million extension with the Red Sox earlier this week, so that leaves eight players with a decision to make: Josh Hamilton, Rafael Soriano, Nick Swisher, Hiroki…

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