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  1. Royals have discussed trading prospect Wil Myers for James Shields or Jon Lester

    Nov 26, 2012, 8:34 PM EDT

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    UPDATE: Rob Bradford of confirms that the Red Sox and Royals have talked about a possible Lester-for-Myers swap. The two clubs have also discussed scenarios that would send outfield help to Kansas City and pitching to Boston, but nothing is considered close. 8:34 PM: We heard late last week that the Royals have dangled…

  2. Jeff Keppinger recovering from surgery to repair broken fibula

    Nov 26, 2012, 8:02 PM EDT

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    Tough luck for Jeff Keppinger. According to Jon Heyman of, the free agent infielder recently required surgery after suffering a break in his right fibula tripping down some stairs at his house. Keppinger is expected to be ready for spring training and his agent has been upfront about the injury with interested teams. While…

  3. Details of Evan Longoria’s contract extension with the Rays

    Nov 26, 2012, 7:00 PM EDT

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    The Rays announced earlier today that they have locked up third baseman Evan Longoria through at least 2022 with a six-year, $100 million extension. The new agreement incorporated his previous contract, which included club options from 2014-2016, and will guarantee him $133.6 million over the next 10 seasons. Courtesy of Marc Topkin of the Tampa…

  4. Yankees interested in free agent infielder Jeff Keppinger

    Nov 24, 2012, 5:01 PM EDT

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    According to Ken Rosenthal of, the Yankees have renewed their “longstanding interest” in free agent infielder Jeff Keppinger. The Yankees have Eduardo Nunez and Jayson Nix on their roster, but they are currently seeking a veteran infielder who can play third base and fill in at shortstop with Derek Jeter coming off ankle surgery.…

  5. Brett Myers wants to start, could be a target for the Twins

    Nov 24, 2012, 3:00 PM EDT

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    Brett Myers said a few weeks ago that he was open to marketing himself as a starter or reliever in free agency, but his agent, Craig Landis, told Joe Christensen of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune that the veteran right-hander is now focused on being a starting pitcher. Makes sense in a world where Jeremy Guthrie gets…

  6. Mike Napoli meeting with Red Sox this weekend and Rangers next week

    Nov 24, 2012, 1:22 PM EDT

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    We heard earlier this week that Mike Napoli met with the Mariners, but he has at least two more stops on his itinerary in the coming days. Jon Heyman of reports that Napoli is meeting with the Red Sox this weekend while Jim Duquette of MLB Network Radio on Sirius XM hears that he…

  7. Ichiro would prefer to stay with the Yankees

    Nov 24, 2012, 12:15 PM EDT

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    Ichiro is drawing interest in free agency following a resurgent final two months of the season, but his agent, Tony Attanasio, told George A. King III of the New York Post that the veteran outfielder would like to stay with the Yankees. In fact, he’s willing to wait out contract talks with Andy Pettitte and…

  8. Brandon McCarthy set to start throwing in December

    Nov 24, 2012, 10:40 AM EDT

    Brandon McCarthy AP

    The good news keeps on coming regarding Brandon McCarthy. After McCarthy was cleared to resume baseball activities earlier this month, Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports hears that the free agent right-hander is set to start throwing next month. In other words, he will have a normal offseason just a few months removed from season-ending brain…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. DeMarlo Hale accepts bench coach job with Blue Jays

    Nov 23, 2012, 9:44 PM EDT

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    UPDATE: Roch Kubatko of 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 hears that he’s likely…

  12. 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 was told by a friend of Pettitte that he expects the veteran southpaw to make a decision…

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

    Nov 19, 2012, 10:03 PM EDT

    Felix Pie AP

    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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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, 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’…

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

    Nov 19, 2012, 7:31 PM EDT

    Lance Berkman AP

    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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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, Rangers first base prospect Chris McGuiness was presented with the…

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

    Nov 17, 2012, 4:01 PM EDT

    Kyuji Fujikawa

    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…

  20. 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, the team announced today that they will be called the Reading Fightin Phils. Of course, along with a…

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

    Nov 17, 2012, 1:10 PM EDT

    Torii Hunter AP

    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…

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

    Nov 17, 2012, 12:39 PM EDT

    R.A. Dickey AP

    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…

  23. 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, 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…

  24. 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…

  25. Kevin Slowey is drawing some interest

    Nov 17, 2012, 9:50 AM EDT

    Kevin Slowey AP

    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 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…

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