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  1. Paul Blair: 1944-2013

    Dec 26, 2013, 9:51 PM EDT

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    Very sad news to pass along this evening, as Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com reports that former major league outfielder Paul Blair has passed away at the age of 69. An eight-time Gold Glove Award winner, Blair compiled a .250/.302/.382 batting line over 17 seasons in the majors between the Orioles, Yankees and Reds. He’s best…

  2. A bunch of players were claimed off waivers today

    Dec 23, 2013, 9:02 PM EDT

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    Today we saw an unusual amount of players claimed off waivers. They can probably best be described as 40-man roster stocking stuffers. Here’s a quick look at the busy day of transactions: The Blue Jays claimed third baseman Brent Morel off waivers from the White Sox Morel hit 10 homers in 126 games with the…

  3. Hanley Ramirez looks…different

    Dec 23, 2013, 7:06 PM EDT

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    The following pictures were posted to Hanley Ramirez‘s Instagram account earlier this afternoon. They are glorious: Something looks off here, but I can’t quite place it. New earring? Naw. Necklace, maybe? Yeah, that’s gotta be it. Follow @djshort

  4. Dodgers agree to one-year deal with Jamey Wright

    Dec 23, 2013, 6:01 PM EDT

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    According to Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times, the Dodgers have agreed to a one-year deal with veteran reliever Jamey Wright. No word yet on the exact terms involved, but after having to settle for minor league deals in seven straight offseasons, it looks like he’s finally getting a major league deal. Wright, who…

  5. Report: The Orioles are “being aggressive” in pursuit of Fernando Rodney

    Dec 21, 2013, 5:20 PM EDT

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    After nixing a reported two-year, $15 million deal with Grant Balfour due to concerns raised in a physical exam, the Orioles are moving quickly to secure an alternative for the closer role. Confirming reports from yesterday, Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish hears that the Orioles are “being aggressive” in their pursuit to land free…

  6. Where does Nelson Cruz go from here?

    Dec 21, 2013, 4:17 PM EDT

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    The Rangers have reportedly agreed to a seven-year, $130 million contract with free agent outfielder Shin-Soo Choo. While it was already unlikely that Nelson Cruz was going to return to Texas, this pretty much seals it. So the big question is, where will he land now? Bob Nightengale of USA Today has one guess: The…

  7. Nationals sign catcher Chris Snyder to a minor league contract

    Dec 21, 2013, 3:13 PM EDT

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    The Nationals have signed veteran catcher Chris Snyder to a minor league contract, according to an announcement from the team. The deal includes a spring training invite. Snyder appeared in nine games with the Orioles this past season, but spent the majority of the season at the Triple-A level. The 32-year-old backstop hit .176/.295/.308 with…

  8. Corey Hart takes out newspaper ad to thank Brewers fans

    Dec 21, 2013, 2:00 PM EDT

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    After spending his entire pro career with the Brewers, Corey Hart signed a one-year, $6 million contract with the Mariners earlier this month. In a classy gesture, he took out an ad in the local newspaper today to say thanks to the fans of Milwaukee and the Brewers organization for their support over the years.…

  9. Shin-Soo Choo agrees to seven-year, $130 million deal with Rangers

    Dec 21, 2013, 12:35 PM EDT

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    UPDATE: CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman and Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News are both reporting that the deal is worth $130 million. That’s $10 million less than the reported offer from the Yankees, but when you figure the tax difference between the states, Scott Boras actually did pretty well for his client here. Jeff…

  10. 42-year-old Henry Blanco signs with the Diamondbacks

    Dec 21, 2013, 12:00 PM EDT

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    Matt Eddy of Baseball America passes along word that the Diamondbacks have signed 42-year-old catcher Henry Blanco to a minor league contract. Blanco spent time with the Blue Jays and Mariners this past season, batting just .142/.228/.246 with three home runs and 14 RBI over 150 plate appearances. He previously played with Arizona from 2011-2012.…

  11. Marlins sign Jordany Valdespin to minor league contract

    Dec 21, 2013, 10:50 AM EDT

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    According to Joe Frisaro of MLB.com, the Marlins have signed Jordany Valdespin to a minor league contract. This confirms a report from Baseball America’s J.J. Cooper yesterday and also proves that Valdespin’s fashion sense is rather prophetic. Possibly the most-talked about .219 career hitter ever, Valdespin wore out his welcome in New York after a…

  12. Chris Colabello could be headed to Korea

    Dec 21, 2013, 10:09 AM EDT

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    Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports that the Twins have had discussions with at least one club about sending first baseman/outfielder Chris Colabello to the Korean Baseball Organization. A move is no sure thing right now, as the Twins’ asking price to let him go is said to be “higher than normal,”…

  13. UPDATE: Brett Pill reaches agreement with KIA Tigers

    Dec 21, 2013, 10:00 AM EDT

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    UPDATE: According to Dan Kurtz of MyKBO.com, Pill has reached an agreement with the KIA Tigers. 10:06 p.m. ET, Thursday: According to Andrew Baggarly of CSNBayArea.com, Giants first baseman/outfielder Brett Pill is in talks to play with the KIA Tigers of the Korea Baseball Organization. Baggarly hears that the Giants already have a deal in…

  14. Grant Balfour now drawing interest from the Rays

    Dec 21, 2013, 8:58 AM EDT

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    Grant Balfour‘s contract with the Orioles was nixed over a disputed issue with his shoulder, but that messy situation isn’t scaring off one of his former teams. According to Jim Bowden of ESPN.com and MLB Network Radio on Sirius XM, the Rays “are in” on the All-Star closer. The Rays are somewhat of a logical…

  15. John Farrell still hopeful Stephen Drew will return to Red Sox

    Dec 19, 2013, 11:00 PM EDT

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    The Red Sox acquired utility infielder Jonathan Herrera from the Rockies yesterday in exchange for left-hander Franklin Morales and minor league right-hander Chris Martin, but manager John Farrell confirmed during an appearance on WEEI’s Hot Stove show this evening that the move doesn’t mean that the team has ruled out the return of Stephen Drew.…

  16. Charlie Manuel expected to accept a role in Phillies front office

    Dec 19, 2013, 9:30 PM EDT

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    We heard back in October that the Phillies had offered former manager Charlie Manuel a job to stay with the organization. While the 70-year-old was still hoping to land another managerial job elsewhere, with the Tigers’ vacancy mentioned as one possibility, nothing ever came of it. According to Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer, Manuel…

  17. Grant Balfour’s deal with Orioles in “serious jeopardy” due to shoulder issue

    Dec 19, 2013, 7:22 PM EDT

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    The Orioles reportedly reached a two-year, $15 million deal with free agent closer Grant Balfour earlier this week, but the agreement has hit a snag. According to Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com, Balfour’s deal with Baltimore is in serious jeopardy due to issues with his physical that “need to be resolved.” While the signing was supposed…

  18. Rangers sign right-hander Daniel McCutchen

    Dec 19, 2013, 6:18 PM EDT

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    Former Pirates right-hander Daniel McCutchen announced via his Twitter account this afternoon that he has signed a contract with the Rangers. It’s presumably of the minor league variety. McCutchen hasn’t appeared in the majors since August 21, 2012. The 31-year-old spent this past season in the Orioles’ minor league system, posting a 3.43 ERA and…

  19. Report: Braves close to a deal with Gavin Floyd

    Dec 14, 2013, 5:40 PM EDT

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    Eddie A. Encina of the Baltimore Sun reported last night that free agent right-hander Gavin Floyd was close to signing a one-year contract with an unidentified team. That team is a mystery no longer. According to David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Floyd is in talks with the Braves. The two sides are believed to…

  20. Juan Uribe returns to Dodgers with two-year deal worth around $15 million

    Dec 14, 2013, 5:07 PM EDT

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    Fortunately for Dodgers fans, the idea of the team using Michael Young as their starting third baseman in 2014 was short-lived. FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reports that the Dodgers and Juan Uribe have reached agreement on a two-year deal to keep him in Los Angeles. No word yet on the terms involved. Such a scenario…

  21. 40-year-old Brett Tomko pitching in Dominican Republic, looking for minor league deal

    Dec 14, 2013, 4:20 PM EDT

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    Brett Tomko will turn 41 next April and hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2011 as a member of the Rangers, but hasn’t given up on his playing career. Blast from the past: Brett Tomko pitching in the Dominican, throwing 90-93 mph, per source. Seeing minor-league deal with big-league invite.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 14,…

  22. Picture of the Day: Max Scherzer and his WWE championship belt

    Dec 14, 2013, 3:30 PM EDT

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    We told you last month that WWE chairman and CEO Vince McMahon was planning to send championship belts to 2013 Cy Young Award winners Max Scherzer and Clayton Kershaw. Well, Scherzer has received his and decided to show it off on his Twitter account this afternoon: WWE sent me this for the CY. Gotta give…

  23. Marlins interested in Casey McGehee and Wilson Betemit to play third base

    Dec 14, 2013, 2:20 PM EDT

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    The Marlins have been mentioned as a possible landing spot for free agent Juan Uribe in recent days, but Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald hears that the club continues to look at other options to play third base: Seeking a third baseman, the Marlins are intrigued by free agent Casey McGehee, 31, who played…

  24. Red Sox sign right-hander John Ely to minor league contract

    Dec 14, 2013, 1:01 PM EDT

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    According to Alex Speier of WEEI.com, the Red Sox announced yesterday that they have signed right-hander John Ely to a minor league contract. The deal also includes an invitation to major league spring training. Ely missed the entire 2013 season while rehabbing from Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery and was given his release by the…

  25. Alex Rodriguez “optimistic” about case against MLB

    Dec 14, 2013, 12:30 PM EDT

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    Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez made an appearance yesterday at a charity event hosted by Red Sox slugger David Ortiz in the Dominican Republic. His contentious arbitration hearing against MLB came to a close last month, so he’s currently waiting on independent arbitrator Fredric Horowitz to decide whether his 211-game suspension will be upheld. With…

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