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  1. Report: Josh Johnson would prefer to pitch for the Giants or Padres

    Nov 18, 2013, 8:11 PM EDT

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    Free agent right-hander Josh Johnson has two teams at the top of his list among potential landing spots, both of whom could put him in excellent position for a rebound season. According to Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle, Johnson let the Giants and Padres know early on in the free agent process that…

  2. Roy Oswalt wants to pitch next season

    Nov 18, 2013, 7:14 PM EDT

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    Roy Oswalt was hit hard during his time with the Rockies this season, but he isn’t ready to call it a career. According to MLB Trade Rumors, the 36-year-old intends to pitch in the majors next season. The big question is whether anyone in the majors still wants him. Oswalt had an 8.63 ERA in…

  3. Padres promote Dave Roberts to bench coach, name Jose Valentin as first base coach

    Nov 18, 2013, 6:16 PM EDT

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    The Padres announced this evening that Dave Roberts will serve as bench coach next season while Jose Valentin will replace him as first base coach. This is a promotion for Roberts, who has served as the first base coach for the club for the past three seasons. He’s taking over for Rick Renteria, who was…

  4. Orioles interested in re-signing Nate McLouth

    Nov 16, 2013, 5:30 PM EDT

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    The Orioles retained outfielder Nate McLouth on a one-year deal following an unexpected strong finish last season and now they’d like to bring him back for 2014. According to Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun, the Orioles are interested in re-signing McLouth and have talked with his representatives since the free-agent signing period began. However,…

  5. Cubs prospect Kris Bryant named Arizona Fall League MVP

    Nov 16, 2013, 4:01 PM EDT

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    Cubs prospect third baseman Kris Bryant was announced this afternoon as the winner of the “Joe Black Award” for the Most Valuable Player of the Arizona Fall League, per Bernie Pleskoff of MLB.com. Bryant, who was selected No. 2 overall in this June’s draft, batted .364/.457/.727 with six home runs, eight doubles and 18 RBI…

  6. Phillies interview Carl Willis for pitching coach job

    Nov 16, 2013, 2:32 PM EDT

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    After being rejected by Pete Vuckovich, Roger McDowell, and Jim Benedict for their pitching coach vacancy, the Phillies have moved on to their next target. According to Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times, the club interviewed Mariners pitching coach Carl Willis for the job yesterday. Willis has been the Mariners’ pitching coach since taking over…

  7. Rays sign reliever Mark Lowe to minor league contract

    Nov 16, 2013, 1:15 PM EDT

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    The Rays have their latest reclamation project, as ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick reports that the club has signed reliever Mark Lowe to a minor league contract. The deal includes an invitation to spring training. Lowe, 30, posted a 9.26 ERA over 11 appearances with the Angels this season before he was given his release his June.…

  8. Bryce Harper and the Nationals could be headed to a grievance hearing next winter

    Nov 16, 2013, 12:28 PM EDT

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    Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post passes along some interesting (and to my knowledge, previously unknown) information on the unique contract arrangement between the Nationals and outfielder Bryce Harper and why it could lead to a grievance hearing next offseason. Harper, the No. 1 overall selection in the 2010 draft, reached an oral agreement on…

  9. Rick Renteria interviewed for manager jobs from his house after hip surgery

    Nov 16, 2013, 11:15 AM EDT

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    Cool story from Corey Brock of MLB.com about new Cubs manager Rick Renteria, who has had a pretty wild ride over the past six weeks. He required hip replacement surgery on October 4 which prevented him from flying, so the Cubs, Mariners, and Tigers all visited him at his home in Temecula, California to discuss…

  10. The Twins really want to land a starting pitcher

    Nov 16, 2013, 10:04 AM EDT

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    The Twins are making it a priority to land a significant starting pitcher this offseason, with Matt Garza, Ricky Nolasco, and Bronson Arroyo among the reported possibilities. And Darren Wolfson of 1500 ESPN hears that they are willing to go to great lengths in order to meet their goal. Hear tonight #MNTwins would go as…

  11. Tigers could prefer Brian Wilson for closer

    Nov 16, 2013, 8:57 AM EDT

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    It was reported earlier this week that the Tigers and veteran closer Joe Nathan had “mutual interest,” but ESPN’s Buster Olney hears that the team may end up going in a different direction. Depending on where dollar figures fall, DET's preference among available closers may well be Brian Wilson,coming off his strong '13 showing.— Buster…

  12. Report: Logan Morrison drawing “significant” trade interest

    Nov 14, 2013, 11:02 PM EDT

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    The Marlins continue to insist that slugger Giancarlo Stanton is unavailable via trade, but it appears that Logan Morrison could be had. While no deal is considered imminent, FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal and Jon Paul Morosi are reporting that Morrison is drawing “significant” trade interest. Aside from Stanton, Morrison was the Marlins’ most-asked about player…

  13. Could Mike Napoli return to the Rangers?

    Nov 14, 2013, 10:15 PM EDT

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    Mike Napoli spent two years with the Rangers before latching on with the Red Sox last offseason. Now there’s increased chatter that a return to Texas could be in his future. Some executives are convinced that Texas will emerge as Boston's greatest competition for Mike Napoli; his 1B play an eye-opener for scouts.— Buster Olney…

  14. Illness will keep Alex Rodriguez from being questioned by MLB tomorrow

    Nov 14, 2013, 9:18 PM EDT

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    As Craig wrote earlier, Alex Rodriguez was scheduled to be questioned by MLB tomorrow before his hearing resumes, but it’s not going to happen. You see, he’s a little under the weather. Source: A-Rod has informed MLB that he will be unable to meet with its officials in NY tomorrow. He is ill.— Tim Brown…

  15. Talks regarding changes to the Japanese player posting system have hit a snag

    Nov 14, 2013, 8:40 PM EDT

    Masahiro Tanaka

    We heard more details on proposed changes to the Japanese player posting system earlier this week, but it’s not a done deal yet. In fact, Rob Manfred, MLB’s chief operating officer, indicated today that an agreement is not close. Barry M. Bloom of MLB.com has the details from Orlando, Florida: “What I would tell you…

  16. WWE will give championship belts to Cy Young Award winners

    Nov 14, 2013, 7:31 PM EDT

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    After the Tigers’ Max Scherzer and the Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw were announced as Cy Young Award winners in their respective leagues last night, MLB tweeted out renderings of WWE (World Wresting Entertainment) title belts for each pitcher. It was a neat idea more than anything else, but the WWE will soon give them actual title…

  17. Miguel Cabrera wins second straight AL MVP Award

    Nov 14, 2013, 6:24 PM EDT

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    It’s a repeat. Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera was announced as the winner of the American League Most Valuable Player Award by the BBWAA this evening, beating out finalists Mike Trout and Chris Davis. Cabrera received 23 out of the 30 first-place votes to accomplish the repeat. Trout received five first-place votes while Davis and…

  18. Red Sox GM Ben Cherington voted Sporting News Executive of the Year

    Nov 11, 2013, 11:30 PM EDT

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    After being the architect of a team which went from worst to first in the American League East and scored an eventual World Series victory over the Cardinals, Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington has been voted as the Sporting News Executive of the Year. The award was voted on by a panel of 31…

  19. John Maffei explains why he left Yasiel Puig off his NL ROY ballot

    Nov 11, 2013, 10:31 PM EDT

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    It’s that time of year again. Every once in a while, we’ll see a member of the BBWAA cast a vote for a hometown player for an award while a more deserving player is snubbed. It happened tonight with the National League Rookie of the Year Award, as John Maffei of the San Diego Union-Tribune…

  20. Alderson: Mets don’t expect to give out $100 million contract this winter

    Nov 11, 2013, 9:28 PM EDT

    Sandy Alderson AP

    The Mets have some money to spend this offseason with the contracts of Johan Santana, Jason Bay, and Frank Francisco coming off the books, but don’t expect them to go after any of the big ticket items in free agency. Alderson pledges aggressive approach this winter but unwilling to go over $100 million for a…

  21. Report: Mutual interest between the Tigers and Joe Nathan

    Nov 11, 2013, 8:32 PM EDT

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    The Tigers passed on Rafael Soriano last winter and decided to go in-house at closer, eventually settling on Joaquin Benoit, but they are prepared to look to free agency to fill the role this offseason. Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com reports that “mutual interest” has developed between the Tigers and Joe Nathan. After declining his…

  22. More details on proposed changes to the Japanese player posting system

    Nov 11, 2013, 7:29 PM EDT

    Masahiro Tanaka

    We heard back in September that some big changes could be coming to the Japanese player posting system. Some details on those changes are beginning to emerge. While early word indicated that the player would get more control in the process, potentially deciding among the top three bids, that apparently won’t be the case here.…

  23. Jose Fernandez wins National League Rookie of the Year Award

    Nov 11, 2013, 6:56 PM EDT

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    Marlins right-hander Jose Fernandez was announced as the winner of the National League Rookie of the Year Award by the BBWAA this evening, beating out finalists Yasiel Puig and Shelby Miller. Fernandez received 26 out of 30 first-place votes while Puig received the other four. Fernandez becomes the first Cuban-born player to win the National…

  24. Scott Boras aims for Shin-Soo Choo to top the Jayson Werth deal

    Nov 9, 2013, 5:30 PM EDT

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    Mike Puma of the New York Post reported yesterday that Scott Boras was marketing free agent outfielder Shin-Soo Choo for a contract in the range of $90 million, but ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick hears that he is aiming much, much higher. MLB teams say Scott Boras seeking a Shin-Soo Choo contract worth more than Jayson Werth's…

  25. Report: Randy Messenger and Matt Murton expected to remain in Japan

    Nov 9, 2013, 4:20 PM EDT

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    We’ve heard some chatter about right-hander Randy Messenger and outfielder Matt Murton potentially giving the majors another try after enjoying great success in Japan, but the Japan Times reports that both players are likely to return to the Hanshin Tigers for another season. Messenger, who previously pitched with the Marlins, Giants, and Mariners from 2005-2009,…

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