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  1. Alex Rodriguez could still participate in spring training

    Jan 11, 2014, 3:15 PM EDT

    Alex Rodriguez Reuters

    OK, so maybe the Yankees will have some A-Rod-induced headaches in 2014 after all. While Rodriguez was banned for the entirety of the 2014 season by arbitrator Fredric Horowitz today, his spokesperson Ron Berkowitz told Jon Morosi of FOX Sports that it is “100 percent certain” that the suspended slugger plans to participate in spring…

  2. With A-Rod ban settled, where do the Yankees go from here?

    Jan 11, 2014, 2:15 PM EDT

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    The Yankees can finally move forward with their plans for 2014 now that Alex Rodriguez has received a 162-game ban which also includes the postseason. And they have to be pretty happy with how things have worked out. It’s easy to see the benefits of having Rodriguez off the books for 2014, as he was…

  3. MLBPA disagrees with A-Rod decision, but won’t stand behind him in legal fight

    Jan 11, 2014, 1:08 PM EDT

    Yankees' Rodriguez stands at third base in the eighth inning of their MLB American League baseball game against the Red Sox in Boston

    Now that arbitrator Fredric Horowitz has banned Alex Rodriguez for 162 games (and the 2014 postseason) for his ties to Biogenesis and performance-enhancing drugs, the Major League Baseball Players Association has issued the following statement: “The MLBPA strongly disagrees with the award issued today in the grievance of Alex Rodriguez, even despite the arbitration panel’s…

  4. Alex Rodriguez receives 162-game suspension

    Jan 11, 2014, 11:47 AM EDT

    Alex Rodriguez AP

    Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez has been hit with a 162-game suspension from arbitrator Fredric Horowitz, effectively ruling him out for the entire 2014 season. The suspension also covers the postseason. Rodriguez originally received a 211-game suspension from MLB in August due to his alleged ties to Biogenesis, an anti-aging clinic in South Florida which…

  5. Report: Alex Rodriguez decision “imminent,” ruling appears “favorable” for MLB

    Jan 11, 2014, 11:40 AM EDT

    Alex Rodriguez AP

    UPDATE: Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that Horowitz is expected to rule on Rodriguez’s 211-game suspension today. Stay tuned. 11:35 a.m. ET: When yesterday passed without a ruling on Alex Rodriguez‘s 211-game suspension, the assumption was that we likely wouldn’t hear anything from arbitrator Fredric Horowitz until Monday at the earliest. As Ronald Blum…

  6. Carlos Gonzalez undergoes emergency appendectomy

    Jan 11, 2014, 11:11 AM EDT

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    Here’s the update from the official Twitter account of Rockies outfielder Carlos Gonzalez: Carlos González was operated for appendicitis last night in Denver, presented a strong stomach pain and went to the emergency…— Car Go (@CarGoMedia5) January 11, 2014 Luckily CarGo is recovering and is stable now.— Car Go (@CarGoMedia5) January 11, 2014 Ouch. If…

  7. Homer Bailey denies that he wants out of Cincinnati

    Jan 11, 2014, 10:04 AM EDT

    Homer Bailey AP

    There has been plenty of speculation on Homer Bailey‘s future this offseason, with Reds general manager Walt Jocketty recently conceding that it will be “difficult” to sign him to an extension, but the right-hander tells FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal that he hasn’t dismissed the possibility of staying in Cincinnati. “To say that I ‘want out…

  8. Mariners likely to hire internal candidate for team president

    Jan 11, 2014, 8:56 AM EDT

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    Bob Nightengale of USA Today reported Thursday that Tony La Russa would be on Mariners’ short list for their team president job if the organization looks to outside candidates, but it doesn’t sound like the process will make it that far. According to Greg Johns of, the Mariners will likely stay in-house for the…

  9. Yankees among teams monitoring Johan Santana

    Jan 9, 2014, 10:25 PM EDT

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    The Twins are reportedly interested in a reunion with two-time Cy Young Award winner Johan Santana, but they are going to have plenty of competition to sign him. Confirming reports from last month, Andy McCullough of the Newark Star-Ledger hears that the Yankees are among several teams monitoring the progress of Santana. Andy Martino of…

  10. Bobby Parnell cleared for baseball activities

    Jan 9, 2014, 9:41 PM EDT

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    Mets closer Bobby Parnell didn’t throw a pitch after July 30 last season due to a herniated disk which required surgery, but he appears on track to be ready for the start of 2014. Adam Rubin of ESPN New York reports that Parnell has been fully cleared for baseball activities and plans to report to…

  11. Yasiel Puig gives up driving after latest arrest

    Jan 9, 2014, 8:15 PM EDT

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    Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig has been arrested twice over the past eight months for reckless driving. That has been enough for him to move over to the passenger seat. At least for now. According to Mark Saxon of ESPN Los Angeles, Puig spoke with Dodgers president Stan Kasten on Thursday and told him that he…

  12. Mariners could hire Tony La Russa as team president

    Jan 9, 2014, 7:01 PM EDT

    Tony La Russa AP

    According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today, Tony La Russa is on the Mariners’ “short list” to replace Chuck Armstrong as team president. Armstrong announced in November that he was retiring after 28 years during two separate stints with the club. The Mariners began their interview process this week with two internal candidates, but Nightengale…

  13. Report: Alex Rodriguez has discussed accepting a reduced suspension

    Jan 9, 2014, 6:20 PM EDT

    Alex Rodriguez AP

    The Baseball Hall of Fame vote is over and done with, but at least we still have the continuing saga of Alex Rodriguez to talk about. With arbitrator Fredric Horowitz expected to making a ruling on Alex Rodriguez’s 211-game suspension any day now — in fact, a decision could come down as soon as tomorrow…

  14. Reds GM Walt Jocketty concedes that keeping Homer Bailey will be “difficult”

    Jan 6, 2014, 10:10 PM EDT

    Homer Bailey AP

    Homer Bailey has been subject to trade speculation this offseason, as he’s entering his final year of arbitration and could land a huge contract on the open market next winter. The Reds are interested in keeping him long-term, but general manager Walt Jocketty told Mark Sheldon of earlier today that he understands the reality…

  15. Orioles among teams interested in Bronson Arroyo

    Jan 6, 2014, 8:58 PM EDT

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    We heard over the weekend that that the Orioles’ top priority was to add a starting pitcher, so it should come as no surprise that ESPN’s Buster Olney names them among the teams interested in free agent right-hander Bronson Arroyo. Olney writes that contract terms is the big question, but Arroyo won’t cost nearly as…

  16. Indians sign Jeff Francoeur

    Jan 6, 2014, 7:31 PM EDT

    Jeff Francoeur AP

    The Indians just announced that they have signed outfielder Jeff Francoeur to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training. ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick reported earlier this evening that the two sides were close to a deal. Francoeur, who turns 30 on Wednesday, hit rock bottom last season by batting just .204/.238/.298 with three…

  17. Stephen Drew is said to be “perfectly healthy”

    Jan 6, 2014, 6:45 PM EDT

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    In listing the reasons why Stephen Drew is still out there on the free agent market, Andy Martino of the New York Daily News cited an official with one team that the shortstop’s medicals “are raising some concerns.” Well, Rob Bradford of hears otherwise: FWIW, source with knowledge of situation says Stephen Drew perfectly…

  18. Blue Jays bullpen coach Pat Hentgen steps down for family reasons

    Jan 4, 2014, 5:35 PM EDT

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    The Blue Jays announced late this afternoon that bullpen coach Pat Hentgen has been given the year off in order “to support his family and his father’s current health issues.” Triple-A pitching coach Bob Stanley will replace him on the major league staff for the 2014 season. Hentgen served as bullpen coach for the Blue…

  19. Former top prospect Brandon Wood signs with Padres

    Jan 4, 2014, 5:15 PM EDT

    Cincinnati Reds v Pittsburgh Pirates

    Former top prospect Brandon Wood has signed a minor league deal with the Padres, reports Corey Brock of The deal does not include an invite to major league spring training, which is just the latest sign of how far he has fallen. Selected 23rd overall by the Angels in 2003, Wood was once ranked…

  20. Twins prospect Eddie Rosario suspended 50 games for violating drug policy

    Jan 4, 2014, 3:56 PM EDT

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    According to Phil Miller of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, MLB announced this afternoon that Twins prospect second baseman Eddie Rosario has been suspended 50 games for his second positive test for a drug of abuse. Word of a possible suspension for Rosario leaked out earlier this offseason, though a previous report from Puerto Rico said that…

  21. After spending 2013 in Japan, Nyjer Morgan is considering a return to the majors

    Jan 4, 2014, 2:35 PM EDT

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    Nyjer Morgan is coming off a successful first season in Japan, but he’s mulling over the possibility of bringing “Tony Plush” back to the states. One of Morgan’s new agents, Jonathan Maurer, tells Jerry Crasnick of that he’s had dialogue with 6-8 teams expressing interest in the outfielder. “Japan was a great experience for…

  22. Collin McHugh provides a glimpse at life on the fringes of the major leagues

    Jan 4, 2014, 1:49 PM EDT

    Collin McHugh AP

    Sometimes it’s easy to forget that baseball players are, you know, actual people with lives, families, and hopes and dreams like the rest of us. In his personal blog, Astros right-hander Collin McHugh provides an insightful glimpse at the experience from the perspective of a player fighting to prove himself at the major league level.…

  23. Padres sign infielder Brooks Conrad to minor league contract

    Jan 4, 2014, 12:29 PM EDT

    Brooks Conrad Getty

    FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reports that the Padres have signed infielder Brooks Conrad to a minor league contract. The deal does not include an invite to major league spring training. Conrad spent last season with the Hanshin Tigers of Japan’s Central League and hit just .175 (10-for-57) with zero homers over 24 games. He turns…

  24. Rockies co-owner Charlie Monfort pleads guilty to DUI

    Jan 4, 2014, 11:42 AM EDT

    Charlie Monfort

    According to the Associated Press, Rockies co-owner Charlie Monfort pleaded guilty yesterday morning to driving under the influence of alcohol. He was sentenced to 24 months of supervised probation and will have his alcohol use monitored. Monfort was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence on November 5 while driving through Windsor, Colorado. While…

  25. Multiple teams interested in free agent reliever Kyle Farnsworth

    Jan 4, 2014, 10:22 AM EDT

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    Zach Links of MLB Trade Rumors reports that there are 6-8 teams with “varying degrees” of interest in free agent reliever Kyle Farnsworth. He’s said to be looking for a major league contract, but nothing is considered imminent. Farnsworth, who turns 38 in April, had a 4.70 ERA in 48 appearances between the Rays and…

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