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  1. Julio Franco, still going at age 56

    Feb 9, 2015, 7:54 AM EST

    Julio Franco

    He’ll be a player-manager for a Japanese independent team.

  2. Report: Padres sign James Shields to a four-year contract

    Feb 9, 2015, 2:12 AM EST

    James Shields

    The Padres have reportedly signed starter James Shields to a four-year deal in the $72-76 million range.

  3. Jose Fernandez could rejoin the Marlins as early as June 15

    Feb 8, 2015, 11:25 PM EST

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    Jose Fernandez, recovering from Tommy John surgery, could find himself back in the Marlins’ rotation by mid-June.

  4. Athletics hoping to get Jarrod Parker and A.J. Griffin back in June

    Feb 8, 2015, 10:30 PM EST

    Jarrod Parker

    Despite losing Jeff Samardzija, Jon Lester, and Jason Hammel, the Athletics do not have a deficit of starting pitching, and they figure to get two more back from the disabled list in June.

  5. Sean Doolittle not expected to miss much time at the beginning of the season

    Feb 8, 2015, 9:35 PM EST

    Sean Doolittle

    Sean Doolittle has a “slight” tear of his rotator cuff, but isn’t expected to miss much time in April.

  6. Report: Padres’ most recent offer to James Shields was between $72-80 million over four years

    Feb 8, 2015, 8:39 PM EST

    James Shields

    The Padres have reportedly made a four-year offer to James Shields believed to be between $72-80 million. Shields is expected to make a decision soon.

  7. Mike Dunn avoids arbitration with the Marlins

    Feb 8, 2015, 7:51 PM EST

    Mike Dunn

    The Marlins and reliever Mike Dunn agreed on a two-year deal Sunday, avoiding arbitration.

  8. Danny Espinosa is giving up switch hitting

    Feb 8, 2015, 6:05 PM EST

    Danny Espinosa

    Danny Espinosa will bat right-handed exclusively in 2015.

  9. Marlins “have touched base” with Francisco Rodriguez

    Feb 8, 2015, 4:25 PM EST

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    It appears the Marlins are going to lose out on James Shields despite making a strong effort to sign the free agent starter. Now the club’s focus looks to be shifting to a different type of late-offseason addition.

  10. Reds avoid salary arbitration with Todd Frazier with two-year, $12 million contract

    Feb 8, 2015, 2:09 PM EST

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    According to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, the Reds have signed third baseman Todd Frazier to a two-year, $12 million contract. It covers Frazier’s first two years of arbitration-eligibility.

  11. “Only approximately 4-6″ MLB general managers voted in favor of ban on defensive shifts

    Feb 8, 2015, 12:52 PM EST

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    New commissioner Rob Manfred said last month that he might consider banning defensive shifts to help boost offensive production, but it didn’t seem like a very well-thought-out suggestion — how would you implement such a ban? — and it doesn’t sound like there’s much support for it in MLB front offices.

  12. James Shields’ decision expected soon

    Feb 8, 2015, 10:59 AM EST

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    It’s almost a consensus by now that Shields is going to wind up in San Diego, but there are obviously other teams in the mix or the 33-year-old right-hander would have already signed with the Padres.

  13. Video: MLB teams depart for spring training

    Feb 8, 2015, 9:46 AM EST

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    We’re getting close, people.

  14. Kevin Cash won’t tinker with Rays’ lineup like Joe Maddon did

    Feb 7, 2015, 11:02 PM EST

    Kevin Cash

    Kevin Cash plans to offer lineup stability in his first season at the helm of the Rays, a significant change from the way former manager Joe Maddon operated.

  15. Report: James Shields never rejected a $110 million offer

    Feb 7, 2015, 9:55 PM EST

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    James Shields said he never turned down a $110 million offer made earlier this off-season. He is expected to sign with a team by Sunday evening.

  16. Andrew Cashner open to signing an extension with the Padres

    Feb 7, 2015, 8:45 PM EST

    Andrew Cashner

    Padres starter Andrew Cashner said he’d “love to stay in San Diego”.

  17. Giants interested in finding an instruction role for Barry Bonds

    Feb 7, 2015, 7:35 PM EST

    Barry Bonds

    Barry Bonds will be back with the Giants in spring training as an instructor, but the organization is discussing giving him a more permanent role.

  18. Walt Jocketty: “I don’t know if we have a fit” for Dayan Viciedo

    Feb 7, 2015, 6:25 PM EST

    Dayán Viciedo

    After some consideration, Reds GM Walt Jocketty isn’t sure if Dayan Viciedo is a fit for the club.

  19. Chipper Jones apologizes for tweet regarding Sandy Hook shooting

    Feb 7, 2015, 5:30 PM EST

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    Former Braves third baseman Chipper Jones issued an apology today for his recent tweet regarding the Sandy Hook tragedy.

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