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  1. Nationals “remain confident they will get” Adam LaRoche

    Dec 5, 2012, 7:25 PM EDT

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    Adam LaRoche slugged 33 home runs and tallied 100 RBI in 154 games this summer for the Nationals while also earning Gold Glove honors at first base. But he hasn’t found much of a market this offseason. Which has the Washington front office feeling good. FOX Sports’ Jon Morosi reports that the Nationals “remain confident…

  2. Andrew Cashner injures right thumb in hunting accident, needs three-month recovery

    Dec 5, 2012, 6:52 PM EDT

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    Rough offseason development here for San Diego. According to MLB.com’s Corey Brock, starter Andrew Cashner suffered a puncture wound to his right thumb when a friend sliced him with a knife while the two were dressing meat during a recent hunting trip. He had surgery to repair a lacerated tendon and needs three months of…

  3. Nate Schierholtz “getting a lot of play” from AL East teams

    Dec 5, 2012, 6:20 PM EDT

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    Pretty steamy headline up there, is it not? ESPN’s Buster Olney reported earlier today that the Yankees were the “early frontrunner” for free agent outfielder Nate Schierholtz. But they may have some competition within their own division. According to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN, the 28-year-old has been “getting a lot of play” from American League…

  4. Giants re-sign Marco Scutaro to three-year, $20 million deal

    Dec 4, 2012, 11:24 PM EDT

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    From FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal comes word that the Giants have re-signed infielder Marco Scutaro to a three-year contract worth a total of $20 million. The Giants were holding firm on their two-year offer to the 37-year-old native of Venezuela before the Cardinals swooped in and tried to work out a deal. The Yankees were…

  5. Reds close to re-signing outfielder Ryan Ludwick

    Dec 4, 2012, 11:07 PM EDT

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    Ryan Ludwick is apparently staying in Cincinnati. Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports reports that the Reds are “getting close on a deal” for the veteran outfielder. It’s likely for two years and a little under $20 million. Ludwick batted .275/.346/.531 with 26 home runs and 80 RBI in 125 games this past season for the…

  6. Rays work out trade with Marlins for shortstop Yunel Escobar

    Dec 4, 2012, 10:43 PM EDT

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    From CBS Sports’ Danny Knobler comes word that the Rays and Marlins are close to a trade that will send shortstop Yunel Escobar to Tampa Bay in exchange for infield prospect Derek Dietrich. Escobar was acquired by the Marlins as part of last month’s blockbuster trade with the Blue Jays, but Miami never really planned…

  7. Mariners interested in Dodgers shortstop Dee Gordon

    Dec 4, 2012, 10:25 PM EDT

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    MLB Network’s Peter Gammons reported Monday that the Dodgers are shopping young shortstop Dee Gordon. Now at least one suitor can be identified. According to Scott Miller of CBS Sports, the Mariners are going “hard” after the 24-year-old speedster, who has tallied 56 steals in 143 MLB games. Other teams have likely also been calling.…

  8. Rangers put Josh Hamilton talks on hold as they focus on free agent right-hander Zack Greinke

    Dec 4, 2012, 9:52 PM EDT

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    CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reports that the Rangers have put negotiations “on hold” with Josh Hamilton as they try to sign free agent starter Zack Greinke. FOX Sports’ Jon Morosi tweeted earlier that the Dodgers were looking like the “clear favorite” for Greinke, but Heyman says the Texas front office is showing “signs of determination”…

  9. Cardinals offer assistant hitting coach job to Bengie Molina

    Dec 4, 2012, 8:48 PM EDT

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    Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch has the scoop: The Cardinals will offer Bengie Molina the role of assistant hitting coach. The move will allow him to join, for the first time in their major-league careers, his younger brother Yadier on the same team. Molina, 38, last played in 2010, ending a career that…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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.…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

  21. 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.…

  22. 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…

  23. 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…

  24. 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…

  25. 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…

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