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  1. Hanley Ramirez wants to be “a Dodger for life”

    Feb 12, 2014, 7:13 PM EDT

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    From Dylan Hernandez at the Los Angeles Times: PHOENIX — In the clubhouse a day before position players were scheduled to report for spring training, Hanley Ramirez said Wednesday he wanted to be “a Dodger for life.” But Ramirez otherwise declined to talk about his contractual status, saying with a smile, “I’m a baseball player.” It was reported…

  2. Brett Wallace clears waivers, gets camp invite

    Feb 12, 2014, 6:08 PM EDT

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    Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish reports that first baseman Brett Wallace has cleared waivers and been outrighted to Triple-A Oklahoma City. He will be in Astros camp this spring as a non-roster invitee, hoping to earn back his 40-man roster spot. Wallace was designated for assignment by the Houston front office last week to…

  3. Twins GM Terry Ryan undergoes surgery for cancer

    Feb 11, 2014, 10:17 PM EDT

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    Via Rhett Bollinger, the Twins beat writer at MLB.com: MINNEAPOLIS — Twins general manager Terry Ryan underwent successful neck surgery at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., on Tuesday, the club announced. Ryan, who will remain hospitalized for two or three days, announced Monday that he had been diagnosed with squamous-cell carcinoma in a lymph…

  4. Nationals interested in reliever Ryan Madson

    Feb 11, 2014, 8:52 PM EDT

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    James Wagner of the Washington Post reports that the Nationals were among the teams in attendance at Ryan Madson‘s showcase last Friday in Phoenix and came away impressed by the free agent reliever. Madson reportedly hit 93 mph with his fastball on multiple occasions during the workout and should soon land a minor league contract…

  5. Orioles’ interest in Ervin Santana “has increased”

    Feb 11, 2014, 7:38 PM EDT

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    The dominoes are now falling quickly on the starting pitching market, and the Orioles are looking to make an acquisition before the well runs completely dry. Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun heard from a source Tuesday that the Orioles front office has increased its show of interest in free agent right-hander Ervin Santana since…

  6. Justin Verlander throws off a mound, expects to be ready for the start of the 2014 season

    Feb 11, 2014, 6:23 PM EDT

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    Tigers ace Justin Verlander underwent surgery in January after injuring a core muscle during offseason conditioning and the initial expectation was that he’d be behind his fellow rotation mates when spring training began. But that might not be the case. According to beat writer Chris Iott of MLive.com, the right-hander threw 20 pitches off a…

  7. Opening Ceremony malfunction gets MLB twist

    Feb 9, 2014, 4:32 PM EDT

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    A user on Reddit (subreddit r/baseball) posted this picture of Russia’s malfunctioning Olympic rings, photoshopped into a sort of diagram of the current talent makeup in the American League West: If we tried this for the other five divisions, which organization would be the broken ring? AL East: Blue Jays AL Central: Twins NL East:…

  8. Pirates and Kendrys Morales have “mutual interest”

    Feb 9, 2014, 3:00 PM EDT

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    Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe passes this report along in his always-info-packed weekly Sunday notes column: Kendrys Morales, 1B/DH, free agent — Morales fits what the Pirates need, a first baseman/middle of the order hitter. There’s mutual interest, but while the Pirates would love him on the right contract, they may also pursue a…

  9. Dodgers, Diamondbacks officially open spring camp

    Feb 9, 2014, 1:13 PM EDT

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    The Dodgers and D’Backs have reported to spring training in Arizona one week early to prepare for their season-opening series in Australia. Welcome scenes for those of us still stuck in winter’s grasp: First workout for #Dodgers pitchers and catchers. pic.twitter.com/DMA7ykFF8A — Dylan Hernandez (@dylanohernandez) February 9, 2014 Catching bullpen sessions in bulk pic.twitter.com/ZESwDJaUts —…

  10. Scott Elbert underwent appendectomy in January

    Feb 9, 2014, 11:50 AM EDT

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    From Eric Stephen at SB Nation’s True Blue LA: GLENDALE — Dodgers relief pitcher Scott Elbert had his appendix removed on January 28, delaying his rehab from Tommy John surgery. “It didn’t burst, but it was going to,” Elbert said. “It was hurting for a couple days and I didn’t know what it was, I…

  11. Must-click link: How each general manager might explain his team’s 2014 World Series title

    Feb 9, 2014, 10:32 AM EDT

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    Tyler Kepner has an interesting piece on the New York Times’ website with guesses on how each Major League Baseball general manager might explain a 2014 World Series championship run. It ranges from humorous — see the Cubs and Astros — to serious and insightful. Here’s the Orioles’ entry: ORIOLES, Dan Duquette We didn’t do…

  12. John Jaso “all good” after severe concussion

    Feb 9, 2014, 9:08 AM EDT

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    A’s catcher John Jaso sat out the final two months of the 2013 regular season and the playoffs due to a severe concussion that he suffered in late July when he was struck in the mask on back-to-back nights with stray foul tips. He spoke to the Oakland media Saturday at the A’s annual FanFest…

  13. Astros, Jerome Williams finalize one-year, $2.1M deal

    Feb 5, 2014, 10:01 PM EDT

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    It was reported Monday that the Astros had agreed to a contract with free agent right-hander Jerome Williams and now the deal has been made official. Via Chris Cotillo at MLB Daily Dish: Jerome Williams passes physical, making deal with #Astros official. — Chris Cotillo (@ChrisCotillo) February 6, 2014 On #Astros deal, Jerome Williams gets…

  14. Cubs unlikely to land Korean righty Suk-Min Yoon

    Feb 5, 2014, 8:23 PM EDT

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    The Cubs were among the teams that scouted Korean pitcher Suk-Min Yoon earlier this week in Arizona, but it doesn’t appear as though the free agent right-hander will be heading to Wrigleyville. Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune has heard from sources that the Cubs are turned off by Yoon’s desire for a multi-year major…

  15. Orioles sign relief pitcher Evan Meek and outfielder Jack Cust to minor league contracts

    Feb 5, 2014, 6:58 PM EDT

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    According to Eduardo A. Encina of the Baltimore Sun, the Orioles have signed right-handed reliever Evan Meek to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training. And outfielder Jack Cust got the same deal, reports Roch Kubatko at MASN. Meek will try to revitalize his major league career with the O’s after spending…

  16. Russell Wilson won’t be active at Rangers camp

    Feb 4, 2014, 10:35 PM EDT

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    Russell Wilson, the quarterback of the Seattle Seahawks, was selected by the Texas Rangers in December’s Rule 5 Draft and there’s been talk of him making an appearance this spring in camp. But if the Super Bowl XLVIII champion suits up in a Texas uniform it will only be for photo opportunities. Wilson’s agent Mark…

  17. Cory Luebke will miss entire 2014 season, could need a second Tommy John surgery

    Feb 4, 2014, 9:17 PM EDT

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    Unfortunate news from Corey Brock at MLB.com: SAN DIEGO — Padres left-hander Cory Luebke will miss his second consecutive season after it was determined that he’ll likely need a second reconstructive surgery on his left elbow. Luebke, 28, had an MRI on Friday that showed a tear in the ulnar collateral ligament in his elbow.…

  18. Freddie Freeman, Braves reach eight-year, $135M deal

    Feb 4, 2014, 8:01 PM EDT

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    It was reported earlier as an agreed-upon eight-year extension. Now the exact terms are in … Frank Wren secures franchise face. Freddie Freeman @ 8 years, $135M. — Peter Gammons (@pgammo) February 5, 2014 That’s the richest contract in franchise history (averaging $16.875 million annually) and could keep Freeman in a Braves uniform through the…

  19. Suk-Min Yoon throws for Orioles and Giants

    Feb 2, 2014, 4:30 PM EDT

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    According to a report from Korean news service SBS, as translated by Dan Kurtz at MyKBO.net, free agent right-hander Suk-Min Yoon had a throwing session in front of Orioles and Giants scouts this past Friday at the University of California-Irvine. Yoon, who has served as both a starter and reliever, made about 30 full-effort throws…

  20. Dodgers “very interested” in free agent starter Bronson Arroyo but won’t go three years

    Feb 2, 2014, 3:04 PM EDT

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    Free agent starter Bronson Arroyo expressed frustration last week about the lack of legitimate offers he’s been made this winter. But it seems as though his market is now developing rather quickly. Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that the Dodgers are “very interested” in signing the veteran right-hander and that the only hang-up…

  21. Yasmani Grandal may be ready for Opening Day

    Feb 2, 2014, 1:39 PM EDT

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    Padres catcher Yasmani Grandal underwent surgery on his right ACL last August and the belief has been that he would require a season-opening disabled list stint. But the quick pace of his recovery is suddenly igniting some optimism in San Diego’s front office. “He says he feels good and he certainly looks good,” Padres general…

  22. Market finally heating up for Nelson Cruz

    Feb 2, 2014, 12:11 PM EDT

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    Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe shares the info: Nelson Cruz, OF, free agent — Momentum is starting to build in Cruz’s favor. While a one-year deal somewhere is still not out of the question, there are teams with righthanded power needs, and Cruz could benefit. The Mariners remain interested, but according to one major…

  23. Orioles made long-term offer to Chris Davis

    Feb 2, 2014, 10:47 AM EDT

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    According to an article on ESPN.com, Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette told the crowd at Saturday’s annual FanFest in Baltimore that the O’s made a long-term contract offer to slugger Chris Davis earlier this offseason. Davis, a client of super agent Scott Boras, settled for a one-year, $10.35 million contract instead, avoiding arbitration. Davis…

  24. Dodgers raise ticket prices

    Feb 2, 2014, 9:03 AM EDT

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    From Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times: When the Dodgers announced late Friday that they had put an “extremely limited” number of season tickets on sale, they did not say they had imposed significant price increases on nearly every one of those tickets. The Dodgers now are charging as much as 140% more than…

  25. Dodgers concerned about Alexander Guerrero’s ability to play defense at second base

    Jan 29, 2014, 10:20 PM EDT

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    The Dodgers signed Cuban defector Alexander Guerrero to a four-year, $28 million contract in October with the expectation that he could immediately step in as the club’s starting second baseman. But concerns have already emerged. According to Mark Saxon of ESPN Los Angeles, Dodgers management “has enough doubts about his ability to field the position…

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