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  1. The Phillies’ stat guy is now a full-time employee

    Jan 25, 2014, 12:03 PM EDT

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    It was reported in November that the Phillies had finally hired a stat guy from MLB’s labor relations department, but we later learned that he wasn’t a full-time employee and that it was being referred to as an “externship.” Well, the Phillies must have liked what they saw from him because he’s now on board…

  2. 21st Century Fox to take majority control of YES Network

    Jan 25, 2014, 11:00 AM EDT

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    According to the Associated Press, 21st Century FOX announced an agreement Friday to raise its ownership stake in YES Network from 49 percent of 80 percent, thus taking majority control. The deal is expected to close by the end of March. Fox originally bought in on YES in 2012 and had the right to increase…

  3. Quote of the Day: Phil Hughes is adjusting to leaving New York behind

    Jan 25, 2014, 9:58 AM EDT

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    This quote is actually from Thursday night, but it’s too good to ignore. Phil Hughes, who signed a three-year, $24 million contract with the Twins in December, was in town for the team’s annual awards banquet at Target Field and was asked for his thoughts on leaving New York behind. Per Pat Borzi of Sports…

  4. All is quiet with the Brewers and Matt Garza

    Jan 25, 2014, 8:55 AM EDT

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    The latest on Matt Garza is that there’s nothing new to report. The Brewers and Garza reportedly agreed to a four-year, $52 million contract on Thursday, but the team later announced that negotiations were ongoing and that no deal had been reached. The announcement was rather odd, especially when coupled with the news that he…

  5. Brooklyn Nets to wear Brooklyn Dodgers-inspired alternate jerseys

    Jan 23, 2014, 10:03 PM EDT

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    The new NBA sleeved-jerseys are generally pretty terrible, but the Brooklyn Nets have found a nifty way to use the concept while paying homage to the Brooklyn Dodgers, who called the borough home until 1957. Here’s a look at Joe Johnson wearing one of them: The @BrooklynNets to wear alternate jerseys in Brooklyn Dodgers colors…

  6. Jon Lester says he would be willing to take a discount to stay with the Red Sox

    Jan 23, 2014, 8:42 PM EDT

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    With Clayton Kershaw signing a seven-year, $215 million extension with the Dodgers last week and Masahiro Tanaka landing a seven-year, $155 million deal with the Yankees this week, the market for starting pitching is very lucrative right now. Jon Lester is currently due to hit free agency after next season, but he told Gordon Edes…

  7. UPDATE: Brewers say deal with Matt Garza is not done

    Jan 23, 2014, 7:31 PM EDT

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    UPDATE: Adam McCalvy of MLB.com hears that the holdup is not related to medical concerns and that it’s just taking some time to wrap up the deal. It’s still a weird situation, as FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reports that Garza took his physical today and the Brewers were prepared to introduce him at a news…

  8. Report: The Yankees are now considering going after Stephen Drew

    Jan 23, 2014, 7:17 PM EDT

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    With questions all over their infield, many have speculated that free agent Stephen Drew could be a good fit for the Yankees. Now that the Yankees have blown past the $189 million threshold with the Masahiro Tanaka signing, CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman hears that they are considering the possibility: There has been a thought the…

  9. Carlos Gonzalez recovered from appendectomy, cleared for physical activity

    Jan 23, 2014, 7:02 PM EDT

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    Rockies outfielder Carlos Gonzalez required an emergency appendectomy two weeks ago, but the Rockies announced this afternoon that doctors have cleared him for physical activity following a check-up. As Thomas Harding of MLB.com notes, Gonzalez also had a small hernia near his navel repaired when his appendix was removed on January 10. It wouldn’t be…

  10. Marlins interested in signing Giancarlo Stanton to an extension

    Jan 23, 2014, 6:31 PM EDT

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    The Marlins and outfielder Giancarlo Stanton avoided arbitration last week by agreeing to a one-year, $6.5 million contract. The two sides haven’t discussed the possibility of a contract extension yet, but the team remains interested in getting a long-term deal done: Jennings @marlins told us they have communicated with Giancarlo Stanton their desire to sign…

  11. Brett Tomko to audition for Orioles on Friday

    Jan 20, 2014, 10:04 PM EDT

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    We learned last month that veteran right-hander Brett Tomko was pitching in the Dominican Republic in hopes of making a comeback in MLB. Well, he’ll get a chance to secure a job later this week: According to his brother, Scott, Brett Tomko will throw for O's on Fri in SoCal. Brett, 40, pitched in Indy…

  12. Chad Gaudin drawing interest from “about six teams”

    Jan 20, 2014, 8:16 PM EDT

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    Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish reports that free agent right-hander Chad Gaudin is drawing interest from “about six teams” and is expected to sign soon. No word on which teams are in the mix at this time, but we heard back in December that the Astros were interested. The owner of a 4.44 career…

  13. Derek Jeter has first on-field workout since his injury-plagued 2013

    Jan 20, 2014, 6:29 PM EDT

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    According to the Associated Press, Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter had his first on-field workout today since his injury-plagued 2013 season. After hitting off a tee in a batting cage and fielding 108 grounders at the Yankees minor league complex in Tampa, Florida, he told reporters that his left ankle is no longer an issue. Jeter,…

  14. Mets sign John Lannan

    Jan 18, 2014, 5:24 PM EDT

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    The Mets secured some rotation depth this afternoon by signing left-hander John Lannan to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training. Lannan struggled with the Phillies last season, posting a 5.33 ERA in 14 starts while dealing with a quad injury and a knee injury which required surgery. The 29-year-old Long Island…

  15. Old Time Family Baseball’s annual charity blogathon is going on right now

    Jan 18, 2014, 4:31 PM EDT

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    Just a reminder that Michael Clair’s annual charity blogathon is going on right now at Old Time Family Baseball. For those unaware, Michael is making one freshly-written post every 30 minutes for 24 hours in order to raise money for Doctors Without Borders. He’s already several hours in and there’s plenty of great content, the…

  16. Rafael Perez headed to Rangers on minor league deal

    Jan 18, 2014, 3:20 PM EDT

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    Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish reports that the Rangers have signed reliever Rafael Perez to a minor league contract. The deal includes an invite to major league spring training. Perez turns 32 years old in May and hasn’t appeared in the majors since left shoulder surgery in September of 2012. He pitched in the…

  17. Mets re-sign Omar Quintanilla

    Jan 18, 2014, 2:15 PM EDT

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    According to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York, the Mets have re-signed infielder Omar Quintanilla to a minor league deal. Quintanilla fell into significant playing time with the Mets last season, as starting shortstop Ruben Tejada was basically a forgotten man following a quad injury in May. However, the 32-year-old did next to nothing with…

  18. Chris Carpenter will take a front office job with the Cardinals

    Jan 18, 2014, 1:11 PM EDT

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    Injuries forced Chris Carpenter into retirement back in November, but he’s still going to have a presence with the Cardinals. According to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak said this morning that Carpenter is “unofficially onboard” to join the team’s front office. We first heard about the possibility prior…

  19. Picture of the Day: The Metrodome deflated

    Jan 18, 2014, 12:05 PM EDT

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    The Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome was the home of the Twins from 1982 though 2009, after which the team moved into Target Field, so it only makes sense that we check in on their old stadium as it enters its final days. Courtesy of the Minnesota Vikings’ Twitter account, below is a look at the Metrodome…

  20. Carlos Santana is still getting ready to play third base

    Jan 18, 2014, 10:57 AM EDT

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    There was a healthy dose of skepticism when it was reported in November that Carlos Santana was working out at third base, but it sounds like a position switch could actually happen. In a story (link in Spanish) by Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes, Santana said that he’s “getting ready to play third base, no…

  21. The Cubs have made a “real offer” to Masahiro Tanaka

    Jan 18, 2014, 9:42 AM EDT

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    It was reported Thursday that the Cubs were “pushing hard” to sign Masahiro Tanaka while a number of MLB owners gave the impression to ESPN’s Jayson Stark that they are “convinced” he’ll end up in Chicago. So, this report from Bruce Levine of 670TheScore.com probably shouldn’t come as a surprise at this point: Wake up…

  22. Reds discussing contract extension with Homer Bailey

    Jan 18, 2014, 8:58 AM EDT

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    Reds general manager Walt Jocketty admitted earlier this month that it will be “difficult” to keep Homer Bailey, but he still hasn’t given up hope of the possibility. Bailey, who is entering his final year of arbitration, asked for $11.6 million and was offered $8.7 million when arbitration figures were exchanged yesterday. While a panel…

  23. Padres, Ian Kennedy agree at $6.1 million to avoid arbitration

    Jan 16, 2014, 11:09 PM EDT

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    The Padres and right-hander Ian Kennedy have avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $6.1 million contract, reports CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman. Kennedy, who was arbitration-eligible for the second time this winter, earned $4,265,000 last season while posting a 4.91 ERA and 163/73 K/BB ratio over 181 1/3 innings between the Diamondbacks and Padres. The…

  24. Orioles and Bud Norris avoid arbitration with one-year, $5.3 million deal

    Jan 16, 2014, 10:31 PM EDT

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    Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun reports that the Orioles and right-hander Bud Norris have avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $5.3 million contract. Norris made $3 million last season while posting a 4.18 ERA and 147/67 K/BB ratio over 176 2/3 innings between the Astros and Orioles, so he’ll nearly double his salary…

  25. Report: Manny Machado is 6-8 weeks ahead of schedule from knee surgery

    Jan 16, 2014, 9:58 PM EDT

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    Opening Day was in doubt after Manny Machado underwent surgery to repair a torn medial patellofemoral ligament in his left knee back in October, but there’s now increased optimism that he’ll be ready for the start of the season. Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun hears from a source that things “went well” during Machado’s…

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