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  1. Marlins interested in free agent reliever Matt Capps

    Jan 13, 2013, 2:07 PM EDT

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    From Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald comes word that the Marlins “are among several teams in talks” with the agent for righty reliever Matt Capps. The Twins declined a $6 million club option on Capps in late October after the 29-year-old was limited to just 29 1/3 innings in 2012 because of a shoulder…

  2. Albert Pujols aiming to participate in World Baseball Classic but first wants to test his right knee

    Jan 13, 2013, 12:44 PM EDT

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    MLB.com’s Alden Gonzalez has the story: As long as his surgically repaired knee continues to feel good, Angels first baseman Albert Pujols is expected to play for the Dominican Republic in the upcoming World Baseball Classic, his agent, Dan Lozano, said. Pujols underwent a cleanup procedure on his right knee in October to alleviate some…

  3. Mets GM Sandy Alderson scouted Brian Wilson on Saturday

    Jan 13, 2013, 11:28 AM EDT

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    Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle reported on Wednesday evening that Brian Wilson has begun to turn the corner in his recovery from Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery. So it stands to reason that the free agent reliever is now starting to talk with teams that want to sign him. According to USA Today’s…

  4. Angels “not expected to be players on” righty Kyle Lohse

    Jan 13, 2013, 10:11 AM EDT

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    The Angels have been mentioned at different times this winter as a potential landing spot for free agent right-hander Kyle Lohse. But it doesn’t sound like they are even going to make an offer to him. According to MLB.com’s Alden Gonzalez, the Halos are “not expected to be players on Lohse” no matter how low…

  5. Geoff Blum takes broadcasting job with Astros

    Jan 13, 2013, 8:45 AM EDT

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    Veteran infielder Geoff Blum hasn’t formally retired from baseball, but that’s probably coming soon. Here’s MLB.com beat writer Brian McTaggart: Geoff Blum, who played five years with the Astros in two separate stints with the club, has reached an agreement to join the club’s television broadcast team, a source has told MLB.com. Blum is expected…

  6. Joey Votto’s status in limbo for World Baseball Classic

    Jan 12, 2013, 10:19 PM EDT

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    Joey Votto is hoping to play for Team Canada in the 2013 World Baseball Classic, but he underwent knee surgery last summer and must pass a physical for insurance purposes before he’s given the go-ahead. This according to Shi Davidi of Sportsnet.ca. “We have every reason to believe there will be no issue whatsoever,” Team…

  7. Nationals showing “heavy interest” in Javier Vazquez

    Jan 12, 2013, 8:57 PM EDT

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    The Nationals have a loaded starting rotation in Stephen Strasburg, Gio Gonzalez, Jordan Zimmermann, Dan Haren and Ross Detwiler. But they’re thinking about adding some depth. According to USA Today’s Bob Nightengale, the Washington front office is beginning to show “heavy interest” in free agent right-hander Javier Vazquez, who is said to be considering a…

  8. Giancarlo Stanton will play for Team USA in World Baseball Classic, Mike Trout will not

    Jan 12, 2013, 7:33 PM EDT

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    A bit of World Baseball Classic roster news. CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reports that Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton has informed Team USA officials that he plans to participate in the 2013 WBC. Angels outfielder Mike Trout has bowed out of the competition, meanwhile, according to Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times. Stanton, 23, batted…

  9. Brian Wilson almost ready to begin mound work

    Jan 9, 2013, 10:11 PM EDT

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    From beat writer Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle: I learned today that free-agent Brian Wilson has completed his long-toss program and should begin throwing off a mound soon as he bids to return from his second “Tommy John” surgery. He continues to work out under the Giants’ supervision. It’s standard procedure for a…

  10. Dodgers sign Matt Palmer to minor league contract

    Jan 9, 2013, 8:35 PM EDT

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    Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register reports that the Dodgers have signed right-handed pitcher Matt Palmer to a minor league contract. The deal also carries an invitation to spring training, though Palmer is highly doubtful to carve himself a spot on Los Angeles’ Opening Day 25-man roster. Palmer allowed two runs in two innings…

  11. Giants strike deal with Japanese infielder Kensuke Tanaka

    Jan 9, 2013, 7:02 PM EDT

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    From John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle comes word that the Giants are “closing in on signing” Japanese second baseman Kensuke Tanaka to a minor league contract. The deal is expected to include an invitation to spring training, where Tanaka will be in the running for a utility job. The 31-year-old batted .300/.350/.363 with three…

  12. MLB switching from land line bullpen phones to cell phones

    Jan 8, 2013, 8:37 PM EDT

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    MLB and T-Mobile just announced a multi-year sponsorship agreement which makes the former the Official Wireless Sponsor of the latter. That’s well and good because business is business, but it has a baseball implication too: wireless bullpen phones. The setup is going to look like this: It’ll be a joy to watch Charlie Manuel try…

  13. Michael Morse “strongly opposes” being a designated hitter

    Jan 8, 2013, 7:51 PM EDT

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    It’s a near certainty that the Nationals are going to trade Michael Morse, but FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal presents one issue that might affect talks with any potentailly interested American League teams: Morse strongly opposes being a DH, according to major-league sources. The issue, sources say, will carry weight for some AL clubs. Morse is…

  14. Alex Rodriguez to undergo hip surgery on January 16

    Jan 8, 2013, 6:34 PM EDT

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    MLB.com beat writer Bryan Hoch passes along news from the Yankees: The Yankees signed Kevin Youkilis to a one-year, $12 million free agent contract early last month and will feature him as their starting third baseman through at least the first half of the 2013 season. A-Rod’s owed $28 million in 2013, $25 million in…

  15. Yankees probably won’t welcome back Rafael Soriano

    Jan 6, 2013, 5:23 PM EDT

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    Rafael Soriano had a 2.26 ERA in 67 2/3 innings last year for the Yankees while converting 42 saves in 46 opportunities. But he has struggled to attract offers on the open market this offseason because of the draft pick (and draft pool money) that a team would have to forfeit in order to ink…

  16. Cubs might shop starter Matt Garza during spring training

    Jan 6, 2013, 3:58 PM EDT

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    This from Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe: Hard to read the Cubs, since they’re building for the future while also signing veteran pitchers. [Matt] Garza still has to show teams in spring training that his injured elbow is OK; the Cubs would listen on a possible deal. Garza missed the final two months of…

  17. Marlins say they “are not moving” slugger Giancarlo Stanton

    Jan 6, 2013, 2:40 PM EDT

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    Bill Center of the San Diego Union-Tribune reported on Saturday night that the Marlins have made contact with the Padres to inquire about their interest in young slugger Giancarlo Stanton. And now comes the big denial, via the Miami Herald‘s Clark Spencer: Simply put, the Marlins “are not moving him,” according to a source I…

  18. Brian McCann unlikely to get an extension this season

    Jan 6, 2013, 1:26 PM EDT

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    Braves catcher Brian McCann is set to hit the free agent market after the 2013 MLB season. But he is recovering from shoulder surgery and coming off a career-worst year, so contract talks are on hold. Braves GM Frank Wren told Jim Duquette of MLB Network Radio on Sunday that he spoke recently with McCann’s…

  19. Braves haven’t closed the door on re-signing Michael Bourn

    Jan 6, 2013, 12:01 PM EDT

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    Jim Bowden of ESPN.com and “Inside Pitch” on SiriusXM provides these juicy nuggets: When the Braves inked B.J. Upton to a five-year, $75.25 million free agent contract back in November, most assumed they were done with big spending. But a market for Bourn has failed to develop — largely due to the new draft pick…

  20. A look at the wall adjustments being made at Petco Park

    Jan 6, 2013, 10:39 AM EDT

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    Tom Garfinkel, president and CEO of the Padres, tweeted the following picture last week of the ongoing construction on Petco Park’s outfield walls. That black outer fence below is for construction purposes only. The new walls are represented by that large concrete barrier that can be seen most prominently in right field. For more on the exact…

  21. Chase Headley confident that his 2012 was not a fluke

    Jan 6, 2013, 9:07 AM EDT

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    Padres third baseman Chase Headley hit .286/.376/.498 with 31 home runs, 31 doubles and 115 RBI in 699 plate appearances last season, blowing away all of his previous career-bests. And he’s pretty certain he can keep that pace going forward. Via Corey Brock, beat writer for MLB.com: “I expect a lot out of myself. And…

  22. Rick VandenHurk plans to sign with a “foreign club”

    Jan 5, 2013, 10:12 PM EDT

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    From the Pirates’ official Twitter account comes word that the team has asked for release waivers on right-hander Rick VandenHurk for “the purpose of allowing him to sign with a foreign club.” We would guess that it’s a team from either Korea or Japan. VandenHurk posted a promising 2.92 ERA and 1.19 WHIP in 19 starts…

  23. Marlins have contacted Padres about Giancarlo Stanton

    Jan 5, 2013, 8:48 PM EDT

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    Via Bill Center of the San Diego Union-Tribune: It’s far too early to talk about the possibilities, but the Padres are one of the clubs the Miami Marlins have talked to regarding right-handed, power-hitting right fielder Giancarlo Stanton. Center suspects that the Fish would want infield prospect Jedd Gyorko and at least two other young…

  24. Orioles interested in Diamondbacks outfielder Jason Kubel

    Jan 5, 2013, 7:20 PM EDT

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    CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reports that the Orioles have expressed interest in acquiring corner outfielder Jason Kubel from the Diamondbacks but are “disinclined” at this point to meet Arizona’s demands, which center around young pitching. The D’Backs have an overly crowded outfield and are currently shopping both Kubel and Justin Upton. Upton has drawn serious…

  25. Lance Berkman has discussed a deal with the Rangers

    Jan 2, 2013, 9:56 PM EDT

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    FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal has the scoop: Free agent Lance Berkman still has not decided that he will play in 2013. But he is talking about a possible return with multiple clubs, including the Texas Rangers, major-league sources say. Berkman — a native of Waco, Texas — considered signing with the Rangers before the 2011 season but instead…

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