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  1. 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 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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,…

  5. 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…

  6. Phillies sign Humberto Quintero to minor league contract

    Nov 27, 2012, 8:37 PM EDT

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    From Jim Salisbury of 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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,…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. Angels “hot” on free agent reliever Ryan Madson

    Nov 25, 2012, 10:24 AM EDT

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    It sounds like Ryan Madson will soon have a team. According to Jim Salisbury of, “things are hot” between the Angels and the free agent reliever, who is expected to be recovered from Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery by the beginning of the 2013 regular season. The Phillies had been talking to Madson about…

  13. Russell Martin might play shortstop for Canada in the WBC

    Nov 25, 2012, 8:57 AM EDT

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    David Waldstein of the New York Times explains: [Russell] Martin, a Canadian citizen, told Greg Hamilton, the Baseball Canada head coach and director of the national teams, that he wants to play shortstop in the W.B.C. Hamilton was receptive to the idea. Canada has two major league catchers on its current roster, including Martin and…

  14. Free agent righty Daisuke Matsuzaka “likes the idea of possibly restarting in San Diego”

    Nov 24, 2012, 9:29 PM EDT

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    From Bill Center of the San Diego Union-Tribune: Daisuke Matsuzaka, whose once promising U.S. career was sidetracked by elbow reconstruction surgery in 2011, has told members of the Japanese media that he likes the idea of possibly restarting in San Diego. It seems he liked the city and the ballpark when he pitched at Petco…

  15. Michael Bowden hoping to join Cubs’ rotation in 2013

    Nov 24, 2012, 7:13 PM EDT

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    Michael Bowden was drafted as a starter by the Red Sox back in 2005 and had success in that role for the first four years of his minor league career. And yet he’s made only two career starts at the major league level against 67 career relief appearances. But that script could be flipped next…

  16. Chone Figgins designated for assignment by the Mariners

    Nov 20, 2012, 10:22 PM EDT

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    The Chone Figgins era is over in Seattle. Mercifully. From Greg Johns of comes word that the Mariners designated the 34-year-old utilityman for assignment, removing him from their 40-man roster. He’ll either be traded or released within the next 10 days, and we would bet good money on the latter. Figgins got a four-year, $36…

  17. Cubs get former sixth overall pick Barret Loux from Rangers

    Nov 20, 2012, 9:56 PM EDT

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    If you pay attention at all to the MLB Amateur Draft, you’re probably familiar with pitcher Barret Loux. The 6-foot-5 righty from Texas A&M was selected sixth overall in June 2010 by the Diamondbacks but went unsigned after a physical revealed a labrum tear in his shoulder and multiple issues with his elbow. He spent…

  18. Cubs designate Bryan LaHair for assignment

    Nov 20, 2012, 8:48 PM EDT

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    Bryan LaHair batted .286/.364/.519 with 14 home runs over his first 74 games this season for the Cubs and was named to the NL All-Star team in early July. Four months later, he’s out of the major leagues. According to’s Carrie Muskat, the Cubs designated LaHair for assignment on Tuesday night so that he…

  19. Tigers, Yankees, Red Sox among clubs interested in free agent shortstop Stephen Drew

    Nov 20, 2012, 7:31 PM EDT

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    Stephen Drew hit just .223/.309/.348 in 327 plate appearances this past season between the D’Backs and A’s. But the 29-year-old free agent is still going to attract a pretty decent market this offseason. According to CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman, the Tigers, Yankees and Red Sox are among the teams that have already expressed interest in…

  20. Yankees agree to one-year, $15M deal with Hiroki Kuroda

    Nov 20, 2012, 6:27 PM EDT

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    From ESPN’s Buster Olney comes word that the Yankees have agreed to a one-year, $15 million contract with right-handed starter Hiroki Kuroda. The deal also includes some performance-based incentives, but they’re worth less than $1 million. Kuroda was courted this offseason by the Dodgers and Angels, and was said to be considering simply heading back…

  21. Pete Rose banishment document fails to reach reserve price at auction on Saturday night

    Nov 18, 2012, 5:29 PM EDT

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    ESPN’s Darren Rovell tells this depressing tale: Pete Rose’s copy of the document that banished him from baseball failed to meet its reserve price when the auction closed on Saturday night. The document, signed by “Peter Edward Rose,” as well as by then commissioner A. Bart Giamatti and deputy commissioner Fay Vincent, received bids up…

  22. Rangers sign left-hander Scott Olsen to minors contract

    Nov 18, 2012, 4:16 PM EDT

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    From the transactions page, via MLBTR, comes word that the Rangers have agreed to a minor league contract with left-handed pitcher Scott Olsen. Olsen hasn’t made an appearance in the major leagues since the 2010 season, when he had a 5.56 ERA, 1.48 WHIP and 53/27 K/BB ratio in 81 innings (15 starts, two…

  23. D’Backs owner says Justin Upton probably won’t be traded

    Nov 18, 2012, 3:35 PM EDT

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    The Diamondbacks have been dangling Justin Upton on the trading block since the July 31 deadline, so they have a pretty good idea of what teams are willing to offer for the talented young outfielder. And it doesn’t seem like they’re expecting a match. Jon Heyman of CBS Sports heard from a source this weekend…

  24. Red Sox to interview Counsell, Colbrunn for hitting coach

    Nov 18, 2012, 2:50 PM EDT

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    Alex Speier of Boston’s has the news: According to a major league source, the Red Sox will interview a pair of long-time big leaguers about their hitting coach position(s) this week, with Craig Counsell slated to interview on Monday and Greg Colbrunn in the process of being scheduled for another time during the week.…

  25. Rafael Furcal to undergo elbow MRI later this month

    Nov 18, 2012, 1:41 PM EDT

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    The Cardinals are hoping to get some answers soon on Rafael Furcal‘s status for the start of 2013. According to Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the veteran shortstop will undergo an MRI later this month to determine whether there has been any sort of healing in his injured right elbow. Furcal suffered a…

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