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  1. Tigers shift Gene Lamont to bench coach

    Dec 5, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

    World Series - San Francisco Giants v Detroit Tigers - Game 4

    After seven seasons as the Tigers’ third base coach Gene Lamont is shifting to bench coach for 2013, with manager Jim Leyland stressing that the move wasn’t performance-based. Leyland called Lamont “as good as any third base coach in the American League without question” and “a great baseball mind who will be there with me…

  2. Longtime Blue Jays broadcaster Tom Cheek named 2013 Ford Frick Award winner

    Dec 5, 2012, 11:28 AM EDT

    Tom Cheek

    Major League Baseball and the Hall of Fame just announced that Tom Cheek, the longtime Toronto Blue Jays announcer, has been selected as the 2013 recipient of the Ford C. Frick Award, presented annually for excellence in broadcasting by the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. Cheek called Blue Jays games from the team’s…

  3. Cubs prospect Brett Jackson “has completely overhauled his swing”

    Dec 5, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

    Brett Jackson

    Cubs outfielder Brett Jackson ranked among Baseball America‘s top 100 prospects in 2010, 2011, and 2012, but the big knock against him was a very high strikeout rate and questions about whether he’d be able to hit for a decent batting average in the majors. This year Jackson showed very good power at Triple-A, but…

  4. Great Moments in Trade Rumors: Phillies-Diamondbacks edition

    Dec 5, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

    Rumors

    Yesterday Pedro Gomez of ESPN reported that the Diamondbacks and Phillies were discussing a Justin Upton for Cliff Lee trade: Phillies and Diamondbacks are discussing Justin Upton for Cliff Lee. Money coming to AZ would also be involved. — Pedro Gomez (@pedrogomezESPN) December 4, 2012 It was almost immediately shot down by Ruben Amaro.  Later…

  5. Rays add Jamie Nelson as assistant hitting coach

    Dec 5, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    jamie nelson rays

    Yet another team has decided to go with two hitting coaches, as the Rays promoted minor league staffer Jamie Nelson to the assistant hitting coach role under primary hitting coach Derek Shelton. Nelson has been managing and coaching in the Rays’ farm system for 13 years and will also be tasked with working specifically with…

  6. Theo Epstein: free agents totally want to come to a 100-loss team

    Dec 5, 2012, 10:30 AM EDT

    Chicago Cubs President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein speaks at a news conference at Wrigley Field in Chicago

    Patrick Mooney of CSNChicago.com spoke with Cubs president Theo Epstein. And you can’t say Theo isn’t optimistic about the Cubs’ ability to attract free agents: “Elite baseball players are really competitive and I think they like the thought of being part of the solution here. Being a member of the team that finally wins a…

  7. R.A. Dickey on “The Daily Show” with Jon Stewart

    Dec 5, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

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    Last night R.A. Dickey was a guest on “The Daily Show” with host (and Mets fan) Jon Stewart: As you might expect, they talked a lot about the trade rumors swirling around Dickey.

  8. The Red Sox still have money to burn

    Dec 5, 2012, 10:00 AM EDT

    Shane Victorino

    As we all rush to make jokes about the amount of money the Red Sox gave Shane Victorino, Alex Speier of WEEI makes a good point: the Red Sox may be spending money, but they are still considerably below the luxury tax threshold, which seems to be their bright line.  As such, they are not…

  9. Professional athletes are hiring their own beat writers

    Dec 5, 2012, 9:40 AM EDT

    press hat

    Newspapers are dying and professional sports leagues are taking it upon themselves to break news rather than talking to the pesky press.  In light of that, what’s to become of Johnny Sportswriter? Why, covering individual athletes! From a recent story in the Wall Street Journal about the Brooklyn Nets Deron Williams: By all appearances, Deron…

  10. The Reds are interested in doing long term deals for Homer Bailey and Mat Latos

    Dec 5, 2012, 9:10 AM EDT

    Mat Latos

    Last season the Reds did long term deals for Joey Votto and Brandon Phillips. Now they’re thinking about locking up some pitching: they want to do long-term deals for Homer Bailey and Mat Latos, reports John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer. Bailey and Latos look to be long-term parts of the Reds rotation, with each…

  11. Photo of the Day: Spot the former Marlins managers

    Dec 5, 2012, 8:45 AM EDT

    Marlins Miami new logo

    There’s a big white board in the back of the press room with the schedule of manager media availabilities.  Some clever wag from the press has taken a red marker to note a common theme: Ozzie Guillen isn’t here this year. If he was, I suppose he’d have a colorful comment about this.

  12. Rosenthal: the Rangers, Diamondbacks, Indians and Rays are discussing a potential mega deal

    Dec 5, 2012, 8:32 AM EDT

    Justin Upton AP

    Ken Rosenthal is reporting that a potential blockbuster is brewing. Specifically, a mutli-team, multi-player trade that could involve Arizona, Cleveland, Texas and Tampa Bay with Justin Upton, James Shields and Asdrubal Cabrera being the biggest names involved. Rosenthal — while cautioning that a deal is not imminent or even particularly likely at the moment — reports…

  13. Greetings from Day Three of the Winter Meetings

    Dec 5, 2012, 7:30 AM EDT

    Farm Burger Pharmacy

    Another day dawns in Nashville, and with it comes another day of anticipation of one of the two biggies on the free agent market — Josh Hamilton or Zack Greinke — to sign someplace.  As of now the highest-ranked name from our Free Agent Tracker that has signed during the Winter Meetings is Dan Haren at…

  14. The Hall of Fame case for Tim Raines

    Dec 5, 2012, 1:44 AM EDT

    Tim Raines

    I’ve long hesitated to make the Tim Raines Hall of Fame pitch, simply because there’s a website already dedicated to the cause that does a far better job of it than I can here. Still, I figure I can have a quick go at it, and if nothing else, it means a few more people…

  15. 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…

  16. Rockies acquire reliever Wilton Lopez from Astros

    Dec 4, 2012, 11:14 PM EDT

    Wilton Lopez

    As the Denver Post’s Troy Renck first reported, the Rockies have acquired reliever Wilton Lopez from the Astros for right-handers Alex White and Alex Gillingham. Lopez was nearly traded to the Phillies for right-hander Tyler Cloyd and catcher Sebastian Valle last week, but the deal fell apart, reportedly because the Phillies’ physical brought up red flags.…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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.…

  20. 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”…

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