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  1. Braves designate Anthony Varvaro for assignment

    Dec 15, 2014, 7:20 PM EST

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    Varvaro owns a 2.74 ERA over 123 appearances over the past two seasons, but the Braves designated him for assignment today in order to clear a spot for the newly-signed Alberto Callaspo on the 40-man roster.

  2. Cubs agree to one-year deal with reliever Jason Motte

    Dec 15, 2014, 6:42 PM EST

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    Motte scuffled in his return from Tommy John surgery this past season, posting a 4.68 ERA and 17/9 K/BB ratio over 25 innings while showing diminished velocity.

  3. Report: The Astros have reached a settlement with unsigned draft pick Jacob Nix

    Dec 15, 2014, 6:21 PM EST

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    Nix was set to sign with the Astros for $1.5 million this summer, but the deal was scrapped after the club failed to sign No. 1 overall pick Brady Aiken.

  4. Dodgers sign Brett Anderson for $10 million

    Dec 15, 2014, 5:23 PM EST

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    Anderson was once among the best young left-handers in baseball, but he hasn’t topped 100 innings in a season since 2010.

  5. Nick Markakis to undergo neck surgery Wednesday

    Dec 15, 2014, 5:17 PM EST

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    Markakis’ “fusion surgery” carries with it an expected eight-week recovery timetable.

  6. Cuban outfielder Dian Toscano’s deal with the Braves is worth $6 million

    Dec 15, 2014, 3:45 PM EST

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    Atlanta will also have a fifth-year team option built into the contract.

  7. The Cubs officially introduce Jon Lester

    Dec 15, 2014, 2:30 PM EST

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    “Everybody, this is Jon. Jon, this is, well, everybody.”

  8. Mets designate Gonzalez Germen for assignment

    Dec 15, 2014, 2:14 PM EST

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    Germen spent parts of the past two seasons in the Mets’ bullpen, posting a combined 4.31 ERA with 64 strikeouts in 65 innings.

  9. Rangers sign Kyle Blanks

    Dec 15, 2014, 1:43 PM EST

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    Blanks was once a top prospect in the Padres’ farm system.

  10. It’s time for the Padres to bring back the brown

    Dec 15, 2014, 1:34 PM EST

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    It doesn’t have to be kitschy or retro. But the Padres need to embrace their identity.

  11. Marlins may try to trade Dan Haren if he threatens to retire

    Dec 15, 2014, 12:45 PM EST

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    Haren is under contract for $10 million in 2015, which the Dodgers essentially paid the Marlins to take whether he retires or not.

  12. Kyuji Fujikawa’s deal with the Rangers is worth $1 million

    Dec 15, 2014, 11:50 AM EST

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    Fujikawa is 34 years old and still needs to prove that he’s fully recovered from Tommy John elbow surgery.

  13. “Rumors are the worst. Long live rumors”

    Dec 15, 2014, 11:43 AM EST

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    Don’t let baseball insiders tell you the rumors game is a waste of your time.

  14. Ryan Zimmerman is “looking forward to the challenge” of being the Nationals’ first baseman

    Dec 15, 2014, 10:47 AM EST

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    “Everyone thinks you just go over to first base and kind of hide him there, but it’s a tough position.”

  15. Jorge Posada and Jose Contreras claim they were victims of scamming financial advisors

    Dec 15, 2014, 10:30 AM EST

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    A case against their former financial advisors is underway.

  16. Brian Cashman says Chase Headley “wants to be a Yankee”

    Dec 15, 2014, 10:15 AM EST

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    Headley is expected to make his decision soon.

  17. Miller Park to get a “new fan experience” which honors Bud Selig. Um, what?

    Dec 15, 2014, 9:33 AM EST

    MLB Commissioner Bud Selig speaks during a news conference in New York

    I hope it’s a Bud Selig-themed bar. Let’s imagine what that looks like.

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