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  1. Phillies interview Rafael Chaves for pitching coach

    Nov 19, 2013, 10:03 PM EDT

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    The news from FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal … Sources: #Phillies interviewed Rafael Chaves for pitching coach. #Dodgers minor-league pitching coordinator, former #Mariners pitching coach — Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) November 20, 2013 The Phillies have offered their open pitching coach job this offseason to Pete Vuckovich, Roger McDowell and Jim Benedict, and they’ve been rejected by…

  2. Orioles monitoring rehab of free agent Gavin Floyd

    Nov 19, 2013, 8:49 PM EDT

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    Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun passes along this inside scoop: The Orioles have some interest in free agent right-hander Gavin Floyd and have been monitoring his progress as he recovers from elbow surgery, according to industry sources. The 30-year-old Floyd, who starred at Mount St. Joseph’s before being selected by the Philadelphia Phillies with the…

  3. Carlos Beltran, Red Sox having “serious dialogue”

    Nov 19, 2013, 7:35 PM EDT

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    The market for free agent outfielder Carlos Beltran seems to be picking up quite a bit of recent steam. Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reported this afternoon that the Orioles, Yankees and Red Sox have expressed serious interest in signing Beltran and now Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald tweets that the Red Sox…

  4. Giants remain interested in Bronson Arroyo

    Nov 19, 2013, 6:21 PM EDT

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    The Giants inked veteran right-hander Tim Hudson on Monday to a two-year contract worth $23 million, but they are not done pursuing starting pitchers. Giants assistant general manager Bobby Evans told Jim Bowden of SiriusXM on Tuesday afternoon that his team is still in contact with another veteran right-hander, Bronson Arroyo. The idea would be…

  5. Welington Castillo undergoes knee surgery

    Nov 17, 2013, 5:05 PM EDT

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    Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports that Cubs catcher Welington Castillo underwent arthroscopic surgery — as scheduled — this weekend on his banged-up right knee. The procedure was deemed a success and Castillo is expected to be fully recovered in 4-6 weeks. The 26-year-old Dominican hit .274/.349/.397 with eight home runs and 32 RBI…

  6. Wally Joyner has again left the Phillies

    Nov 17, 2013, 3:43 PM EDT

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    The Phillies announced in early October that assistant hitting coach Wally Joyner had resigned. Then Joyner changed his mind and announced that he would stay. But now he’s leaving again. Todd Zolecki of MLB.com reports that Joyner has stepped down from his role as assistant hitting coach in Philadelphia — for real this time —…

  7. Royals sign catcher Francisco Pena

    Nov 17, 2013, 2:28 PM EDT

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    As first reported by Adam Rubin of ESPN New York, the Royals have signed 24-year-old catcher Francisco Pena to a minor league contract. The Mets signed Pena out of the Dominican Republic when he was 16 years old for a hefty bonus of $750,000. The son of former major league All-Star Tony Pena, he never…

  8. There is “growing sentiment” that the Padres will trade Chase Headley this offseason

    Nov 17, 2013, 1:04 PM EDT

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    From Nick Cafardo’s Sunday notes column in the Boston Globe: Chase Headley, 3B, Padres — There’s growing sentiment that Headley will be traded this offseason. There’s been talk about an extension, but the Padres, who are now willing to increase payroll under CEO Mike Dee’s leadership, are thinking that they can improve a couple of…

  9. Daniel Bard struggling in Puerto Rican Winter League

    Nov 17, 2013, 11:51 AM EDT

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    Daniel Bard is healthy and hoping to reestablish himself in the Puerto Rican Winter League. But the experiment is not off to a very promising start. According to Carrie Muskat of MLB.com, the 28-year-old walked five batters and gave up three earned runs Saturday in his third appearance for Criollos de Caguas. He threw multiple…

  10. Rockies considering Eric Young as first base coach

    Nov 17, 2013, 10:37 AM EDT

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    Troy Renck of the Denver Post hears from a “source close to the situation” that Eric Young Sr. — a major leaguer for 15 seasons — has emerged as a strong candidate for the Rockies’ first base coach gig. Young played for the Rockies from 1993-1997 and owns the franchise record for stolen bases with…

  11. Marlins interested in David Freese?

    Nov 17, 2013, 9:12 AM EDT

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    MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro slips this little nugget at the end of his general manager meetings roundup: The Marlins are weighing whether David Freese is a realistic fit at third base. Freese is due a raise through salary arbitration and the Cardinals are ready to install Kolten Wong at second base, moving Matt Carpenter to third…

  12. Josh Johnson drawing serious interest from Royals

    Nov 13, 2013, 10:00 PM EDT

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    The Royals had a cool 3.45 team ERA in 2013 that ranked sixth in the majors, but they still missed the playoffs and Ervin Santana is expected to leave as a free agent this offseason. So, yet again, Kansas City’s front office is on a search for starting pitching. ESPN’s Buster Olney hears that the…

  13. Giants request medical records on Jason Hammel

    Nov 13, 2013, 8:53 PM EDT

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    The Giants’ hunt for new starting pitchers is on. According to FOX Sports’ Jon Morosi, the San Francisco front office has requested to view the medical records of free agent right-hander Jason Hammel — an indication that the interest level is pretty serious. Hammel posted a rough 4.97 ERA and 1.46 WHIP in 139 1/3…

  14. Mets have meeting with shortstop Jhonny Peralta

    Nov 13, 2013, 7:41 PM EDT

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    Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com has the scoop: The Mets clandestinely met with free-agent shortstop Jhonny Peralta, according to league sources. No Mets person would admit there was a meeting with Peralta, but sources on other teams said he did meet with them. Joel Sherman of the New York Post was told by a Mets executive…

  15. Clayton Kershaw named NL Cy Young Award winner

    Nov 13, 2013, 6:54 PM EDT

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    In what had to be the most obvious choice of this year’s trophy-presenting season, Dodgers left-hander Clayton Kershaw was named Cy Young Award winner for the National League on Wednesday evening. Kershaw beat out fellow finalists Adam Wainwright of the Cardinals and Jose Fernandez of the Marlins in a nearly unanimous vote by members of…

  16. Cardinals prepared to trade young starting pitching this winter for a shortstop upgrade

    Nov 10, 2013, 5:39 PM EDT

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    Cardinals GM John Mozeliak is not being shy about his primary offseason strategy: Mozeliak made it clear to us this morning that he’d like to trade a young “starting pitcher”: for a “young controllable shortstop” XM 89 — JIM BOWDEN (@JimBowdenESPNxm) November 10, 2013 There are a couple of shortstop options on the free agent…

  17. Would A.J. Burnett pull a Roger Clemens?

    Nov 10, 2013, 4:15 PM EDT

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    A.J. Burnett is a 36-year-old free agent with over $120 million in career earnings and is considering retiring to spend more time with his family. He has stated publicly that if he does pitch in 2014, it will only be for the Pirates. But the veteran right-hander isn’t going to take a pay cut after…

  18. Ted Lilly joins Venezuelan Winter League team

    Nov 10, 2013, 3:08 PM EDT

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    Ignacio Serrano of El Emergente, El Nacional and ESPN Deportes reports that veteran left-hander Ted Lilly has signed on with Navegantes del Magallanes of the Venezuelan Winter League, arriving in the South American country Saturday with the hope of establishing some MLB free agent value. Lilly has made just 13 total starts over the last…

  19. Bronson Arroyo is drawing free agent interest from the Giants, Phillies and Twins

    Nov 10, 2013, 1:52 PM EDT

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    From Nick Cafardo’s Sunday notes column in the Boston Globe: Bronson Arroyo, RHP, free agent — Arroyo reports that the Giants, Phillies, and Twins have called his agents but no offers have been made. Arroyo is the most durable pitcher in baseball and is likely to receive more interest. That durability thing is true. Arroyo…

  20. Tony Tufano is rooting for Matt Bush

    Nov 10, 2013, 12:39 PM EDT

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    This entire San Diego Union-Tribune profile on Tony Tufano — the motorcyclist run over last spring by former major leaguer Matt Bush — is worth a read. But here’s the part that really sticks out: Because of the damage his body incurred — because of all the muscles, bones and organs that caught hell in…

  21. Kip Wells retires from baseball at age 36

    Nov 10, 2013, 11:27 AM EDT

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    ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick shares the news on 36-year-old right-hander Kip Wells … Former MLB pitcher Kip Wells has retired and is pursuing a front office/scouting job, said his agent, Burton Rocks. — Jerry Crasnick (@jcrasnick) November 10, 2013 Wells surrendered 28 earned runs in 24 1/3 innings (10.36 ERA) this season with the Angels’ Triple-A…

  22. Red Sox considering free agent A.J. Pierzynski

    Nov 10, 2013, 10:13 AM EDT

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    The Red Sox are known to have interest in free agent catcher Brian McCann, but they’ll be competing for his services against some of the richest teams in baseball so backup plans are being put in motion. Rob Bradford of WEEI reports that the Boston front office has reached out to free agent backstop A.J.…

  23. “A bunch of teams moving quick” on Stephen Drew

    Nov 10, 2013, 8:55 AM EDT

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    Because he received a qualifying offer from the Red Sox and signing him will require the forfeiture of a top draft pick, there was some thought that free agent shortstop Stephen Drew might struggle to attract multiple lucrative offers on the open market this offseason. But that apparently won’t be the case. A source told…

  24. Adventures in replay at the Arizona Fall League …

    Nov 6, 2013, 10:59 PM EDT

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    Major League Baseball has begun a trial run of its new replay challenge system in this year’s Arizona Fall League and MLB.com beat writer Tom Singer is on the scene … #MLB history: 1st call overturned by replay: Salt River’s Ryan Brett called safe on steal of second — Scottsdale challenge results in out. —…

  25. John Farrell wants Stephen Drew back

    Nov 6, 2013, 9:45 PM EDT

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    From beat reporter Alex Speier of WEEI.com: Red Sox manager John Farrell, in an interview on WEEI’s Salk & Holley show, said that he believes that the Red Sox would be well served to bring back shortstop Stephen Drew in order to preserve the sort of depth on the left side of the infield that…

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