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  1. Padres official: Chase Headley won’t be traded

    Dec 3, 2012, 4:11 PM EDT

    Chase Headley

    That’s the report from Joel Sherman of the New York Post, so Yankees fans best set their hearts on someone else. Sherman quotes as unnamed Padres official saying, “we’re not going to move (Chase) Headley.” Headley was being talked about as a candidate to replace the injured Alex Rodriguez at third base for the Bombers.…

  2. Scott Hairston has six suitors, holds out for two-year deal

    Dec 3, 2012, 4:02 PM EDT

    Scott Hairston

    7:50 p.m. EST update: Jon Morosi says he erred earlier in reporting the Tigers’ offer to Hairston: 5:25 p.m. EST update: And now ESPNNewYork.com’s Adam Rubin is chiming back in, saying Hairston “will not be a Tiger.” 5:15 p.m. EST update: A source told FOXSports.com’s Jon Morosi that the Tigers have offered Hairston a two-year…

  3. Giants re-sign Angel Pagan to four-year, $40 million deal

    Dec 3, 2012, 3:54 PM EDT

    Angel Pagan AP

    UPDATE: Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports says it’s a done deal at four years and $40 million. ========== Even though the last we heard was that the negotiations between the Giants and Angel Pagan were “mired in molasses,” it was hard to imagine Angel Pagan signing anyplace else, so let us not be shocked at…

  4. Jim Deshaies leaving Astros to become Cubs announcer

    Dec 3, 2012, 3:45 PM EDT

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    Cubs announcers Bob Brenly and Len Kasper were one of my favorite MLB broadcasting duos, so I was sad to see Brenly take the same job with the Diamondbacks six weeks ago. Luckily for Cubs fans they’ve found a really good replacement for him in Astros television analyst Jim Deshaies, who’s leaving Houston for Chicago…

  5. Major League Baseball holding a charity auction for Stand Up to Cancer

    Dec 3, 2012, 3:33 PM EDT

    Stand Up to Cancer

    Major League Baseball just announced something very cool: a charity auction to benefit the Stand Up to Cancer. The initiative was inspired by the numerous cases of public relations officials in the sport who have been diagnosed with cancer in recent years. The auction starts now and goes through Thursday December 6 at midnight and includes…

  6. Dodgers, Rangers setting up to be top bidders for Zack Greinke

    Dec 3, 2012, 3:23 PM EDT

    Zack Greinke

    The New York Post’s Joel Sherman hears that the Rangers are “right there” with the Dodgers in the bidding for Zack Greinke, with the Nationals possibly still in the mix and the Angels nearly out of it. Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com doesn’t see anyone hanging with the Dodgers, though: But it seems pretty clear who…

  7. Nationals re-sign left-hander Zach Duke

    Dec 3, 2012, 3:17 PM EDT

    Colorado Rockies v Arizona Diamondbacks

    After spending most of this year in the minors Zach Duke pitched well for the Nationals as a September call-up and Amanda Comak of the Washington Times reports they’ve re-signed the left-hander to a major-league deal. Prior to joining the Nationals’ bullpen down the stretch Duke had been starting at Triple-A and 168 of his…

  8. Tim Lincecum is gonna put on some weight this winter

    Dec 3, 2012, 3:00 PM EDT

    Tim Lincecum

    Tim Lincecum used to be skinny. Then he got kinda buff, to be honest. Then sorta got skinny again. Each time he went up or down in weight, there was a sentiment expressed that the change will do his pitching good. So: Part of Tim Lincecum’s offseason work is to gain a little weight. Trainer…

  9. UPDATE: Brian Cashman: well, no one asked me a specific question about A-Rod’s hip

    Dec 3, 2012, 2:39 PM EDT

    Cashman presser

    UPDATE:  Cashman started the presser by saying that the first the Yankees knew that Rodriguez was having problems was when Joe Girardi pinch hit Raul Ibanez for him in Game 3 of the ALDS against the Orioles.  After the decision was made, Rodriguez told Girardi that his hip was keeping him from “firing” but that…

  10. Report: Asdrubal Cabrera’s no-trade includes Red Sox, Tigers

    Dec 3, 2012, 2:37 PM EDT

    Asdrubal Cabrera

    Some players with partial no-trade clauses choose to put the teams they really don’t want to play for on their block list. Others simply pick the teams most likely to trade for them, figuring that gives them more control over their future. Asdrubal Cabrera appears to have gone the latter route. A source told WEEI.com’s…

  11. Dodgers believe Shohei Otani will remain in Japan

    Dec 3, 2012, 2:28 PM EDT

    Shohei Otani

    Everything from a couple of months ago said that Japanese phenom Shohei Otani had his heart set on playing in the U.S., with the Dodgers, Rangers and Red Sox all pursuing him. However, Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times is told by a source that Otani may remain in Japan. Otani, an 18-year-old right-hander,…

  12. Blue Jays claim Eli Whiteside off waivers from Yankees

    Dec 3, 2012, 2:20 PM EDT

    Eli Whiteside, Matt Cain

    Eli Whiteside has been a busy guy. First the Yankees claimed him off waivers from the Giants in early November. Then he avoided arbitration with the Yankees by signing a one-year, $625,000 deal. Then the Yankees dropped him from the 40-man roster and placed him back on waivers. And now the Blue Jays have claimed…

  13. Yankees announce 4-6 month recovery timetable for Alex Rodriguez

    Dec 3, 2012, 1:45 PM EDT

    Detroit Tigers v New York Yankees - Game 5

    Making official what was reported this morning, the Yankees announced that Alex Rodriguez will undergo left hip surgery to repair a torn labrum and bone impingement. His recovery timetable is expected to be 4-6 months and because the surgery is being delayed until January in order for Rodriguez to build up the necessary strength that…

  14. Shane Victorino is fielding calls from Indians, Red Sox, Giants

    Dec 3, 2012, 1:38 PM EDT

    Shane Victorino

    Shane Victorino‘s down 2012 season will likely prevent him from getting a five-year deal as a free agent, but he’s still a very popular free agent: Cleveland is an interesting possible destination, given that the Indians are far from big spenders and already have Michael Brantley to play center field. Victorino would presumably start in…

  15. Angels still pursuing bullpen help, interested in Sean Burnett and Mike Adams

    Dec 3, 2012, 1:30 PM EDT

    Atlanta Braves v Washington Nationals

    Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto continues to search for bullpen help after missing out on Japanese reliever Kyuji Fujikawa. Fujikawa chose the Cubs, perhaps in part because he wanted a chance to be a closer and the Angels had just signed Ryan Madson to more or less fill that role. Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com says…

  16. Report: Mariners, Orioles targeting Billy Butler

    Dec 3, 2012, 1:22 PM EDT

    Billy Butler

    Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star says both the Mariners and Orioles are showing strong interest in Royals designated hitter Billy Butler. Dutton sees the Mariners as the more likely trade partner, what with their stockpile of arms that includes Danny Hultzen, Taijuan Walker and James Paxton. The Orioles also have some arms to…

  17. The market for Joel Hanrahan is surprisingly weak

    Dec 3, 2012, 1:09 PM EDT

    Joel Hanrahan

    Joel Hanrahan is an exceptional 76-for-84 saving games for the Pirates the last two years, but he isn’t drawing as much interest around the league as the team has hoped, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review’s Rob Biertempfel. The Pirates recently shopped Hanrahan to a pair of American League teams, only to get the response that…

  18. Red Sox still in on Nick Swisher, out on Adam LaRoche

    Dec 3, 2012, 12:52 PM EDT

    Nick Swisher

    Boston’s pursuit of Adam LaRoche ended with the signing of Mike Napoli, but the Red Sox are still talking to Nick Swisher, CBSSports.com’s Jon Heyman reports. ESPN’s Jayson Stark says the Red Sox are also considering Cody Ross and Shane Victorino as they seek to round out their outfield. Signing one player from that group…

  19. The Rangers are the “most aggressive” on Josh Hamilton

    Dec 3, 2012, 12:35 PM EDT

    josh hamilton getty

    Like, they’re going up to him, shoving him, knocking his books on the ground, calling him “dweeb” and stuff. Pretty ugly scene: #Rangers most aggressive team on Hamilton, according to source. Would ease sting of losing Napoli. #Brewers on periphery with Hamilton. — Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 3, 2012   Insert the “wow, it would…

  20. Vin Scully is taking over the Dodgers’ Twitter account today

    Dec 3, 2012, 12:31 PM EDT

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    Vin Scully, who celebrated his 85th birthday last week, is going to be answering questions on Twitter this afternoon: Vin Scully takes over our @twitter in 20 minutes. Seriously. Keep sending Vin your questions using #AskVin! — Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) December 3, 2012 Vin Scully is in the Tweet Seat! Follow #AskVin or on…

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