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  1. Padres interested in Dan Haren and Shaun Marcum

    Nov 24, 2012, 8:58 AM EDT

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    Padres general manager Josh Byrnes admitted earlier this month that Dan Haren was among the “eight to 10” starting pitchers the club was very interested in. Bill Center of the San Diego-Union Tribune said in his weekly webchat yesterday that the Padres haven’t wavered on that, though they will likely have to wait to see…

  2. Royals willing to include top prospect Wil Myers in trade for a frontline starting pitcher

    Nov 23, 2012, 10:43 PM EDT

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    After trading for Ervin Santana and re-signing Jeremy Guthrie, the Royals are determined to add a frontline starting pitcher in order to give some legitimacy to their rotation. And they are willing to go to great lengths in order to accomplish their goal. According to Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports, the Royals have dangled top…

  3. DeMarlo Hale accepts bench coach job with Blue Jays

    Nov 23, 2012, 9:44 PM EDT

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    UPDATE: Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com reports that Hale has accepted the bench coach job in Toronto. Friday, 9:44 PM: Well, would you look at that? Some actual news on this slow Friday evening. The Orioles were hoping to retain DeMarlo Hale as their third base coach, but Brittany Ghiroli of MLB.com hears that he’s likely…

  4. Andy Pettitte expected to make decision on 2013 by the end of next week

    Nov 22, 2012, 9:03 PM EDT

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    The Yankees managed to keep Hiroki Kuroda in the fold this week with a one-year, $15 million contract, but they are still waiting on word from Andy Pettitte. They should have their answer soon. Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com was told by a friend of Pettitte that he expects the veteran southpaw to make a decision…

  5. Pirates sign outfielder Felix Pie to a minor league contract

    Nov 19, 2012, 10:03 PM EDT

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    We’re at that time of year where non-roster invites function as flashbacks. Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun reports that the Pirates have signed outfielder Felix Pie to a minor league contract. The deal includes an invite to spring training and incentives based on plate appearances if he makes the major league club. Pie, now…

  6. Padres pick up club options on manager Bud Black for 2014 and 2015

    Nov 19, 2012, 8:29 PM EDT

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    Bud Black won’t have to hear the words “lame duck” anytime soon. The Padres announced this evening that they have picked up the club options on his contract for both 2014 and 2015. Here’s a statement from general manager Josh Byrnes: “Buddy has a keen insight into team dynamics and creates a great environment for…

  7. Mariners left-hander Anthony Vasquez undergoes emergency brain surgery

    Nov 19, 2012, 8:00 PM EDT

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    Scary news here. According to Greg Johns of MLB.com, Mariners left-hander Anthony Vasquez required emergency surgery last Friday after doctors discovered a ruptured blood vessel in his brain. Vasquez began experiencing headaches initially, but didn’t think anything was wrong until he had dizziness and vision problems during a throwing session last Wednesday at the Mariners’…

  8. Lance Berkman has been contacted by the Red Sox, Rays, Phillies and Astros

    Nov 19, 2012, 7:31 PM EDT

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    For someone who has been talking about retirement, Lance Berkman is a pretty popular guy. Berkman told Joseph Duarte of the Houston Chronicle today that he has been contacted by the Red Sox, Rays, Phillies and Astros, though nothing has advanced beyond “tire-kicking mode.” He’s “waiting to be blown away by an offer,” otherwise he’ll…

  9. The Cardinals get good news on Rafael Furcal’s elbow

    Nov 19, 2012, 6:29 PM EDT

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    We heard yesterday that Rafael Furcal was scheduled to undergo an MRI in order to gauge his progress from a partially-torn ligament in his right elbow. The results are in. According to Jim Bowden of MLB Network Radio, Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak said on “Inside Pitch” this afternoon that Furcal’s MRI showed that the…

  10. Rangers’ Chris McGuiness named Arizona Fall League MVP

    Nov 17, 2012, 5:30 PM EDT

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    This year’s class of participants in the Arizona Fall League included some big names like Reds speedster Billy Hamilton and Mariners prospect catcher Mike Zunino, but a lesser-known prospect ended up taking home the league’s Joe Black MVP Award. According to Jonathan Mayo of MLB.com, Rangers first base prospect Chris McGuiness was presented with the…

  11. Japanese reliever Kyuji Fujikawa has visited with the Cubs and Diamondbacks

    Nov 17, 2012, 4:01 PM EDT

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    We heard earlier this month that free agent Japanese reliever Kyuji Fujikawa was drawing interest from MLB teams. Now he’s beginning the process of finding the right fit stateside. Gerry Fraley of the Dallas Morning News reports that Fujikawa has toured the facilities of the Cubs and Diamondbacks over the past week and is expected…

  12. The Phillies’ Double-A team will now be called the Fightin Phils

    Nov 17, 2012, 2:40 PM EDT

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    After 46 years of being known simply as the Reading Phillies, the longest affiliation in the minor leagues, the Phillies’ Double-A affiliate will have a new name for 2013 and beyond. According to Benjamin Hill of MLB.com, the team announced today that they will be called the Reading Fightin Phils. Of course, along with a…

  13. The Tigers might be in the market for another outfielder

    Nov 17, 2012, 1:10 PM EDT

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    The Tigers finalized a two-year, $26 million contract with Torii Hunter yesterday, but they might not be done shopping for outfielders. While Hunter is expected to be the regular right fielder next season, left field isn’t nearly as settled. The most likely approach is a platoon, but Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski told Jason Beck…

  14. The Mets have offered R.A. Dickey a two-year extension

    Nov 17, 2012, 12:39 PM EDT

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    UPDATE: Martino adds that it’s become clear in negotiations that Dickey will sign for a deal comparable to, but likely less than, Jake Peavy‘s recent two-year, $29 million extension with the White Sox. Sure, there are worries about Dickey’s age and he throws harder than the average knuckleballer, but his asking price doesn’t sound unreasonable…

  15. The Blue Jays are close to naming their new manager

    Nov 17, 2012, 11:40 AM EDT

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    UPDATE: According to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com, Jim Riggleman hasn’t been contacted by the Blue Jays. And that’s straight from Riggleman’s agent, Burton Rocks. However, he would have interest in the job. 10:51 AM: The Blue Jays have been busy with high-profile player acquisitions this week, but they still don’t have a manager. According to…

  16. The Brewers are holding a uniform design contest

    Nov 17, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

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    Let’s face it: With award season behind us and Thanksgiving looming, it’s pretty boring out there in the baseball world. But the Brewers are doing something pretty cool right now. The Brewers began taking submissions yesterday in a uniform design contest, dubbed “Design A YOUniform.” The winner will be invited to spring training to see…

  17. Kevin Slowey is drawing some interest

    Nov 17, 2012, 9:50 AM EDT

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    Kevin Slowey didn’t pitch at all in the majors this season, but that hasn’t stopped teams from expressing interest. At least if what Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com was told can be believed. Slowey climbed Mount Kilimanjaro with R.A. Dickey last offseason, but he didn’t enjoy nearly the same success in 2012. The Indians picked…

  18. Jack Zduriencik says Mariners unlikely to be major players for Josh Hamilton

    Nov 17, 2012, 8:55 AM EDT

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    Mariners president Chuck Armstrong told Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com earlier this week that the club was weighing making a run at free agent outfielder Josh Hamilton, but general manager Jack Zduriencik downplayed the possibility yesterday. Zduriencik has spoken to Hamilton’s agent and isn’t ready to say the Mariners are out of the bidding, but he…

  19. Jose Reyes and Mark Buehrle upset Marlins broke promises regarding trades

    Nov 16, 2012, 11:07 PM EDT

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    Here’s some more fallout from the Marlins’ pending 12-player blockbuster trade with the Blue Jays. According to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com, Jose Reyes and Mark Buehrle are upset that the team broke verbal promises to them regarding trades. The Marlins do not award no-trade clauses, but club officials, while recruiting Reyes and Buerhle as free…

  20. The Nationals have been in contact with B.J. Upton

    Nov 16, 2012, 10:03 PM EDT

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    It’s officially a battle royal among NL East teams for the services of free agent outfielder B.J. Upton. Upton met with both the Phillies and Braves this week, but Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post reports that the Nationals have also engaged in some “initial dialogue” and are expected to have “increased communication” in the…

  21. Giancarlo Stanton: “I do not like this at all”

    Nov 16, 2012, 8:48 PM EDT

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    Giancarlo Stanton took to his Twitter account Tuesday to express his frustration after learning that Jose Reyes, Mark Buehrle, Josh Johnson, Emilio Bonifacio and John Buck were set to be traded to the Blue Jays. A couple of days have passed and reality has set in, but Stanton is still steamed. Peter Gammons of MLB.com…

  22. Mets hoping for “clarity” on David Wright and R.A. Dickey before Winter Meetings

    Nov 16, 2012, 7:20 PM EDT

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    Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said during the final week of the regular season that contract talks with David Wright and R.A. Dickey were his top priority going into the offseason. Six weeks later, there’s no resolution with either player. However, Alderson told Marc Carig of New York Newsday earlier this evening that he’s hoping…

  23. Ian Kinsler would switch positions if asked by Rangers

    Nov 15, 2012, 11:57 PM EDT

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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…

  24. Red Sox to begin extension talks with Dustin Pedroia

    Nov 15, 2012, 10:01 PM EDT

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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…

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

    Nov 15, 2012, 8:31 PM EDT

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    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…

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