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  1. Dodgers interested in trading for Cardinals’ Skip Schumaker

    Dec 4, 2012, 8:14 PM EDT

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    From CBS Sports’ Danny Knobler comes word that the Dodgers have expressed interest at this week’s Winter Meetings in the Cardinals’ Skip Schumaker. A holdover from the Tony La Russa era, Schumaker batted just .276/.339/.368 in 304 plate appearances this summer for St. Louis. He barely played near the end of the year after the…

  2. Jeff Keppinger wants a three-year, $12 million contract

    Dec 4, 2012, 7:43 PM EDT

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    Free agent infielder Jeff Keppinger is currently recovering from a broken right fibula that he suffered at home last month when he fell down a set of stairs. But that injury hasn’t diminished his asking price. According to Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com, Keppinger is looking for a three-year contract worth close to $12 million. The…

  3. Dodgers’ first offer to Ryu Hyun-Jin falls “a tad short”

    Dec 4, 2012, 6:58 PM EDT

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    It appears that Ryu Hyun-Jin may remain in Korea. The Dodgers put forward a $25.7 million posting fee early last month for the right to negotiate exclusively with the 25-year-old left-hander, then made a long-term offer to his representatives this week from the Winter Meetings in Nashville, Tennessee. But it “fell a tad short,” Dodgers…

  4. Giants exercise 2014 options on Brian Sabean, Bruce Bochy

    Dec 4, 2012, 6:21 PM EDT

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    From columnist John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle comes word that the Giants have exercised options for the 2014 season on manager Bruce Bochy and general manager Brian Sabean. The decision was made easy by 2012’s World Series championship, along with the great success that the franchise has enjoyed over the past several years.…

  5. David Wright to take physical for extension Monday

    Dec 2, 2012, 6:38 PM EDT

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    Adam Rubin of ESPN New York reports that third baseman David Wright will take his pre-signing physical — required to finalize his newly-agreed-to $138 million extension with the Mets — on Monday. There’s no reason to think it won’t go smoothly. Struck early Friday morning, the eight-year extension is the richest in franchise history, besting the…

  6. Nate Schierholtz drawing interest from nine teams

    Dec 2, 2012, 5:20 PM EDT

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    From ESPN’s Buster Olney comes word that nine teams called the representatives for outfielder Nate Schierholtz in the first 12 or so hours after he was non-tendered on Friday evening by the Phillies. The Yankees, who are in the hunt for a right fielder, are one of the teams that expressed quick interest. Schierholtz batted…

  7. Competing executive thinks Rays will trade James Shields

    Dec 2, 2012, 3:57 PM EDT

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    Jayson Stark of ESPN.com provides the quote: “Just look at the contract,” one AL exec said. “He’s got this year and next year left. So he’s got more value now than he’ll have a year from now. They’re very analytical about everything they do. It just makes sense that now’s the time.” The Rays owe…

  8. Rangers “recently met with” free agent Zack Greinke

    Dec 2, 2012, 2:36 PM EDT

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    Here’s the report from Jon Heyman of CBS Sports: The Rangers, hoping to lure top free-agent target Zack Greinke with their winning ways and strong roster, recently met with the pitcher, sources said. The Dodgers are widely considered the favorite for Greinke because of their seemingly-endless budget and the right-hander’s desire for a record-breaking deal. But the Rangers can…

  9. Royals express sympathy, offer thoughts and prayers in wake of Chiefs player’s murder-suicide

    Dec 2, 2012, 1:11 PM EDT

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    Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher killed his girlfriend and the mother of his three-month-old daughter, Kasandra Perkins, on Saturday morning, then drove to Arrowhead Stadium and put a bullet in his own head in front of Chiefs general manager Scott Pioli and head coach Romeo Crennel. It’s an unspeakable crime and tragedy, to which members of the…

  10. Rangers considering trade for knuckleballer R.A. Dickey

    Dec 2, 2012, 11:59 AM EDT

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    The Royals have already been identified as one of the six or seven teams interested in executing a trade for the Mets’ R.A. Dickey. Now we can identify another. From MLB.com’s T.R. Sullivan comes word that the Rangers are also very interested in acquiring Dickey and plan to meet with the Mets at the annual…

  11. Ichiro Suzuki’s agent says he’s now talking to other teams

    Dec 2, 2012, 10:33 AM EDT

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    Tony Attanasio, the agent for Ichiro Suzuki, seems to be growing frustrated over the lack of attention his client is drawing from the Yankees here in early December. Via George King of the New York Post: “At the beginning we talked a lot but since that time, zero,” Attanasio said. “As far as we are…

  12. Jurickson Profar slumping badly in Dominican Winter League

    Dec 2, 2012, 9:05 AM EDT

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    It’s foolish to read into statistics that fall over a small sample size, but we’ll pass this note along anyway. According to Gerry Fraley of the Dallas Morning News, Rangers infield prospect Jurickson Profar was on the Tigres del Licey bench for the fourth time in the past five games on Saturday due to a slump.…

  13. Carlos Santana leaves game in DWL with bruised leg

    Dec 1, 2012, 10:02 PM EDT

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    Minor scare down in the Dominican Winter League. From ESPN’s Buster Olney comes word that Indians catcher Carlos Santana fouled a ball off his right leg — near the knee — during a game Saturday while playing for Leones del Escogido. He left with a limp, but Olney says trainers are “not concerned” at this…

  14. Several teams interested in trading for R.A. Dickey

    Dec 1, 2012, 8:28 PM EDT

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    The Mets have been trying to sign R.A. Dickey to a multi-year contract extension. If it doesn’t work out, they’re likely to trade him at some point this winter. And they will not lack for potential suitors. Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports that the Mets “have fielded calls from six or seven teams” that…

  15. Cardinals interested in free agent lefty Sean Burnett

    Dec 1, 2012, 7:03 PM EDT

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    The Cardinals’ most glaring need this offseason is a reliable left-handed reliever. And it appears they’ve begun to seriously consider the available options. According to MLB.com Nationals beat writer Bill Ladson, the Cards have expressed interest recently in free agent southpaw Sean Burnett, who posted 2.38 ERA in 56 2/3 innings this past summer for…

  16. Aroldis Chapman will be on innings limit in Reds’ rotation

    Nov 28, 2012, 10:13 PM EDT

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    Aroldis Chapman is going to enter spring training next February as a starter. Should he also emerge as one, there will have to be a limit on the amount of innings that he throws in 2013 because he topped out at 71 2/3 frames as the Reds’ closer in 2012. But that innings limit won’t…

  17. Angels “letting clubs know” that Jordan Walden is available

    Nov 28, 2012, 8:58 PM EDT

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    The Angels finalized a one-year free agent contract with Ryan Madson on Wednesday afternoon and intend to use him at closer. Which leads us here: According to Jayson Stark of ESPN, the Angels “were letting clubs know today” that 25-year-old right-hander Jordan Walden is available through a trade. Walden served as the Angels’ primary closer…

  18. Orioles considering reunion with setup man Koji Uehara

    Nov 28, 2012, 7:41 PM EDT

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    The Orioles had one of the best bullpens in the major leagues this year, compiling a fifth-ranked 3.00 ERA. But they’re still thinking about making some pretty significant upgrades to it this winter via free agency. According to Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun, the O’s have interest in a reunion with setup man Koji Uehara,…

  19. Delmon Young underwent ankle surgery earlier this month

    Nov 27, 2012, 10:02 PM EDT

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    Jeff Keppinger is not the only free agent who is recovering from unexpected offseason ankle surgery. According to Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports, outfielder and designated hitter Delmon Young underwent an ankle procedure on November 10 to remove painful bone spurs and smooth out some jagged cartilage. Young is fully expected to recovered by the…

  20. Phillies sign Humberto Quintero to minor league contract

    Nov 27, 2012, 8:37 PM EDT

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    From Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com comes word that the Phillies have signed catcher Humberto Quintero to a minor league contract. The agreement also comes with an invitation to spring training. To many, the move probably seems like a reaction to the 25-game amphetamine suspension handed down this afternoon to starting catcher Carlos Ruiz. And it does…

  21. Mike Napoli is top free agent priority for Red Sox

    Nov 27, 2012, 7:13 PM EDT

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    Free agent slugger Mike Napoli has drawn interest from several different organizations this winter. But we can probably already identify the frontrunner. According to Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald, the Red Sox have made Napoli their top free agent pursuit and are considering all other potential free agent signings to be secondary. And Boston has enough…

  22. Phillies, Red Sox, Yankees, Orioles, Cubs and others have inquired about Giancarlo Stanton

    Nov 25, 2012, 5:06 PM EDT

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    The Marlins have stated that they’re not shopping young slugger Giancarlo Stanton, who is still inexpensive and the last consistent source of offensive production on their active roster. Of course, that hasn’t stopped teams from calling. A major league source told Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe this weekend that “the Phillies, Red Sox, Yankees,…

  23. Red Sox engaged in ongoing discussions with Nick Swisher

    Nov 25, 2012, 3:32 PM EDT

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    A number of teams, including the Mariners and Rangers, have expressed interest this offseason in free agent outfielder Nick Swisher. But the Boston Red Sox might be the favorite to actually land him. According to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe, the Sox “have had ongoing negotiations with Swisher and his agents” over the past…

  24. According to survey, “87 percent of Marlins fans feel ‘furious and betrayed’ by the team ownership”

    Nov 25, 2012, 1:15 PM EDT

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    The Miami Herald took a survey last week of 400 different Marlins season-ticket holders in the hope of getting a feel for how the fanbase is viewing the organization’s latest blatant firesale and that firesale’s primary architect, owner Jeffrey Loria. You could probably guess without peeking what the results of that survey were going to…

  25. B.J. Upton expected to sign with new team this week

    Nov 25, 2012, 11:41 AM EDT

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    Most highly-coveted free agents will wait until the Winter Meetings (held in early December) to begin seriously considering their options. But a few pieces of the offseason puzzle typically fall into place a little early. And this year will apparently be no different. Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times writes in his Sunday column…

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