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  1. Hisashi Iwakuma won’t participate in World Baseball Classic

    Nov 11, 2012, 5:14 PM EDT

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    Yu Darvish isn’t the only Japanese starting pitcher planning to skip the 2013 World Baseball Classic. From the Associated Press, via NBCSports.com, comes word that Hisashi Iwakuma has decided not to pitch for Japan and “will instead focus on preparing for his second season with the Seattle Mariners.” Iwakuma inked a two-year, $14 million contract…

  2. Reds have been “talking to” free agent Joakim Soria

    Nov 11, 2012, 3:59 PM EDT

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    The Reds are considering moving left-hander Aroldis Chapman into their starting rotation next season. So they’ll need to make an addition or two this winter in order to beef up the back end of their bullpen. FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reports that the Cincy front office has been “talking to” free agent right-hander Joakim Soria,…

  3. Blue Jays considering reunion with Shaun Marcum

    Nov 11, 2012, 2:40 PM EDT

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    Here is Bob Elliott of the Toronto Sun: The Jays called to inquire about the market price for former Jays right-hander, free agent Shaun Marcum, who went 20-11 with a 3.60 ERA in 44 starts for the Milwaukee Brewers in two seasons after being dealt for Brett Lawrie. Marcum is only 30 years old and…

  4. Indians want young starting pitching for Asdrubal Cabrera

    Nov 11, 2012, 1:47 PM EDT

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    Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported late last week that the Cardinals have interest in acquiring shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera from the Indians this offseason. And if the source giving information to ESPN’s Buster Olney is to be believed, there might just be a match: Not surprisingly, the Indians have targeted young starting pitching as they begin…

  5. Nationals’ top priority is re-signing Adam LaRoche

    Nov 11, 2012, 12:50 PM EDT

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    Not that it should come as any sort of surprise, but Nationals GM Mike Rizzo told Jim Bowden of Sirius XM on Sunday morning that his “number one” priority this winter is to re-sign slugger Adam LaRoche. Second priority is adding a reliable starting pitcher, either through a trade or a free agent acquisition. LaRoche,…

  6. Yankees confident they can re-sign Pettitte, Rivera, Kuroda

    Nov 11, 2012, 11:34 AM EDT

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    CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman provides the scoop: The Yankees have faith they can make deals with pitchers Mariano Rivera, Hiroki Kuroda and Andy Pettitte — surely more faith than they can do a deal with Rafael Soriano at the moment. The Yankees expect to try to work something out with Rivera in the coming week, especially now that Soriano has rejected the $13.3-million qualifying…

  7. Red Sox unlikely to pursue Indians’ Shin-Soo Choo

    Nov 11, 2012, 10:26 AM EDT

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    The Red Sox have been linked to a range of different players — free agents or not — this offseason. But we can probably already rule out one particular guy. According to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe, the Red Sox are unlikely to risk a trade for Indians outfielder Shin-Soo Choo because he’s one…

  8. Twins sign catcher Eric Fryer to minor league deal

    Nov 11, 2012, 9:03 AM EDT

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    From MLB.com’s Rhett Bollinger comes word that the Twins have signed catcher Eric Fryer to a minor league contract. It’s possible that the deal will carry an invitation to spring training, but the 27-year-old backstop won’t stand much of a chance of cracking the Opening Day roster with Joe Mauer and Drew Butera already locked…

  9. Melky Cabrera attracting interest from at least five teams

    Nov 10, 2012, 8:45 PM EDT

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    You know the story by now. Melky Cabrera was busted for PED use this summer, tried to skirt his 50-game suspension by building a fake supplement supply website, and then walked out on his Giants teammates without apologizing or saying goodbye after his plan was foiled. But he’s very talented. And that’s all that really…

  10. Andre Ethier is “not on the trading block”

    Nov 10, 2012, 7:02 PM EDT

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    ESPN’s Buster Olney reported late last month that the Dodgers were “open to the idea” of trading away right fielder Andre Ethier this offseason. But it doesn’t sound like it’s going to happen. A source told Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times on Saturday that Ethier is “not on the trading block.” Presumably because the…

  11. Walt Weiss named the Rockies’ new manager

    Nov 7, 2012, 11:54 PM EDT

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    Waiting until late into the night Wednesday, the Rockies officially named Walt Weiss the sixth skipper in franchise history, succeeding Don Baylor, Buddy Bell, Clint Hurdle, Jim Leyland and Jim Tracy. Tracy resigned shortly after the 2012 season. Weiss, who played for the Rockies from 1994 through 1997, was chosen for the opening over active…

  12. Mariners could be serious player for Josh Hamilton

    Nov 7, 2012, 10:37 PM EDT

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    FOX Sports’ Jon Paul Morosi wrote earlier today that free agent outfielder Josh Hamilton “is on the Orioles’ list of targets” this offseason. And he will apparently have another unexpected suitor. According to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, the Mariners “look like a possible new entry” in the Hamilton sweepstakes. Something that M’s GM Jack Zduriencik…

  13. Mets making progress in extension talks with R.A. Dickey

    Nov 7, 2012, 9:55 PM EDT

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    The Mets made the easy decision last month to exercise a $5 million club option for 2013 on R.A. Dickey. But now they’re working on a multi-year extension with the knuckleballer. And working hard. Dickey told Marc Carig of Newsday on Wednesday night that negotiations have “progressed” and that he feels the “franchise is going in…

  14. Red Sox expected to pursue trade for Justin Upton … or not

    Nov 7, 2012, 8:48 PM EDT

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    Michael Silverman of the Boston Herald brings the knowledge: The Arizona Diamondbacks are once again actively shopping outfielder Justin Upton, and despite the appearance of the Red Sox on Upton’s no-trade list, that would not prohibit a trade of the 25-year-old to Boston, according to a major-league source. Players frequently insert names of teams they are willing…

  15. Brian Matusz underwent abdominal surgery last month

    Nov 7, 2012, 7:32 PM EDT

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    From MLB.com’s Britt Ghiroli comes word that Orioles left-hander Brian Matusz had surgery last month to repair a torn muscle in the lower part of his abdomen, officially termed a rectus abdominis tear. Matusz pitched with the injury for the final three months of the regular season and was fully aware that some kind of…

  16. Finalists announced for Rookie of the Year, Manager of the Year, Cy Young and MVP…

    Nov 7, 2012, 6:03 PM EDT

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    This year, the Baseball Writers Association of America is revealing finalists for its eight major awards before actually rolling out the trophies next week. Those finalists will be announced in an hour-long special on MLB Network beginning at 6 p.m. ET. We’ll list the names as they come in… Rookie of the Year American League:…

  17. Orioles still awaiting the arrival of Henry Urrutia

    Nov 6, 2012, 10:07 PM EDT

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    The Orioles signed Cuban defector Henry Urrutia to a minor league contract with a $778,500 signing bonus back in July and were hoping that he’d arrive in the United States in time to get a feel for Double-A ball. But the Double-A season has been over for seven weeks and Urrutia has yet to step…

  18. Blue Jays not close in search for new manager

    Nov 6, 2012, 8:59 PM EDT

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    MLB.com’s Gregor Chisholm has the update: The Blue Jays’ search for a new manager temporarily will be put on hold this week while Alex Anthopoulos attends the annual General Managers Meetings in Palm Springs, Calif. The meetings are set to run from Wednesday until Friday, which means for at least a few days the quest…

  19. Diamondbacks sign Eddie Bonine to minor league deal

    Nov 6, 2012, 7:43 PM EDT

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    Hey, look — news that isn’t election-related! FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reports that the Diamondbacks have signed right-hander Eddie Bonine to a minor league contract. The deal will pay him a $500,000 salary if he cracks the MLB roster. Bonine posted a 4.63 ERA in 68 innings (one start, 46 relief appearances) in 2010 with…

  20. Yu Darvish will not participate in the World Baseball Classic

    Nov 6, 2012, 6:35 PM EDT

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    Rangers right-hander Yu Darvish announced through an official press release on Tuesday evening that he will not be pitching for Team Japan in next spring’s 2013 World Baseball Classic: After much deliberation, which has included a lot of consultation with my coaches and trainers, I have decided that I will not play in the upcoming World…

  21. Bartolo Colon’s deal could be worth as much as $6 million

    Nov 4, 2012, 5:05 PM EDT

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    The A’s announced Saturday that they had signed veteran right-hander Bartolo Colon to a new one-year contract. And now Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chonicle has the full financial details: Despite Colon’s age and his suspension, the A’s will pay him $3 million next year, and an incentives package could push the deal to between…

  22. Rockies’ search for new manager down to four candidates

    Nov 4, 2012, 3:49 PM EDT

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    From Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post: The Rockies’ managerial search has reached the final four: bench coach Tom Runnells, veteran slugger Jason Giambi, former Rockies shortstop Walt Weiss and current Diamondbacks third-base coach Matt Williams. Williams is the only one who hasn’t had a formal interview, but that will change Monday when he sits…

  23. Nationals likely to cut ties with left-hander John Lannan

    Nov 4, 2012, 2:53 PM EDT

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    The Nationals did not make free agent right-hander Edwin Jackson a qualifying offer by Friday night’s deadline and would seem to have an opening in their 2013 starting rotation for a guy like John Lannan. But Lannan probably won’t be given that shot. According to Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post, “people familiar with the…

  24. Padres could be a fit for Dan Haren this winter

    Nov 4, 2012, 1:48 PM EDT

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    Free agent right-hander Dan Haren had a frustrating 2012, posting a pedestrian 4.33 ERA across 176 2/3 innings while fighting a lingering lower back issue. Haren should still find plenty of interest on the open market this offseason, but if he would rather do a one-year “prove-it” style of deal to reestablish his value, there’s…

  25. Dodgers might want a reunion with Hiroki Kuroda

    Nov 4, 2012, 12:30 PM EDT

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    The Yankees are expected to attempt to re-sign starting pitcher Hiroki Kuroda this offseason and should have ample funds to get the contract done. But they’re going to have some competition. Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe writes in this week’s Sunday notes column that Kuroda “may be the most sought-after pitcher in terms of…

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