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  1. Orioles’ top priority is adding another starting pitcher

    Jan 4, 2014, 8:58 AM EDT

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    The Orioles are still unsettled at closer and could use another bat for the designated hitter spot, but Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports hears that adding another starting pitcher is the club’s “primary focus” at this time. As we have heard throughout the winter, veteran right-hander A.J. Burnett is at the top of their list.…

  2. Rosenthal: the Dbacks will be “major players” for Tanaka

    Jan 3, 2014, 9:30 AM EDT

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    Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal writes that The Diamondbacks “cannot be ruled out as major players” for Japanese right-hander Masahiro Tanaka. The idea is that the Dbacks were already prepared to spend $140 million or more for Shin-Soo Choo and thus have that money available for other uses. Looking around the free agent market right now there…

  3. Ranking the worst off-seasons so far

    Dec 29, 2013, 7:05 PM EDT

    Robinson Cano

    Following up the ranking of the five best off-seasons thus far, let’s take a look at the five worst. 26. Minnesota Twins — The Twins won 66 games in 2013 but help is on the horizon. They have one of the best Minor League systems around and it’s only a matter of time before the…

  4. Ranking the best off-seasons so far

    Dec 29, 2013, 6:05 PM EDT

    Carlos Beltran

    We’re almost into 2014, which means we’re only about a month and a half away from pitchers and catchers reporting to spring training — the official start of baseball. Most of the big name free agents are off the board and thus most teams have already finished shopping or have done most of the heavy…

  5. Rangers GM Jon Daniels closes the book on the Nelson Cruz era in Texas

    Dec 27, 2013, 10:10 PM EDT

    Nelson Cruz

    The Rangers formally introduced free agent signee Shin-Soo Choo at a press conference earlier today. GM Jon Daniels signed the outfielder to a seven-year, $130 million deal. Including Choo’s $14 million salary for 2014, the Rangers stand at about $116 million guaranteed to 15 players, leaving them $9 million shy of last season’s Opening Day…

  6. GM who traded Shin-Soo Choo away from Seattle: “I just blew it”

    Dec 27, 2013, 11:20 AM EDT

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    Rob Neyer had a fun and refreshing email conversation with Bill Bavasi, the former general manager of the Seattle Mariners who — sad to say — didn’t exactly have a great tenure in Seattle.  But what he does have now is some refreshing candor about his judgment in trading Shin-Soo Choo for [gulp] Ben Broussard.…

  7. 2014 Free Agent Tracker

    Dec 25, 2013, 12:26 AM EDT

    MLB: Yankees-Brian McCann Press Conference

    Here’s the rundown of where this winter’s top 150 free agents are landing, continuously updated throughout the offseason. Re-signings are posted in red, while players signing with new teams are in blue. Stars denote players who received qualifying offers and thus will cost their new team a draft pick if they sign elsewhere. (Non-tenders have…

  8. A bunch of players were claimed off waivers today

    Dec 23, 2013, 9:02 PM EDT

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    Today we saw an unusual amount of players claimed off waivers. They can probably best be described as 40-man roster stocking stuffers. Here’s a quick look at the busy day of transactions: The Blue Jays claimed third baseman Brent Morel off waivers from the White Sox Morel hit 10 homers in 126 games with the…

  9. Fun with Free Agent Numbers

    Dec 21, 2013, 6:21 PM EDT

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    Another free agent domino fell earlier today as outfielder Shin-Soo Choo signed a seven-year, $130 million deal with the Rangers. With Choo gone, Nelson Cruz is the last remaining elite free agent hitter left on the board while Stephen Drew, Matt Garza, and Bronson Arroyo are some of the top remaining players beyond Cruz. With…

  10. Where does Nelson Cruz go from here?

    Dec 21, 2013, 4:17 PM EDT

    Nelson Cruz

    The Rangers have reportedly agreed to a seven-year, $130 million contract with free agent outfielder Shin-Soo Choo. While it was already unlikely that Nelson Cruz was going to return to Texas, this pretty much seals it. So the big question is, where will he land now? Bob Nightengale of USA Today has one guess: The…

  11. Shin-Soo Choo agrees to seven-year, $130 million deal with Rangers

    Dec 21, 2013, 12:35 PM EDT

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    UPDATE: CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman and Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News are both reporting that the deal is worth $130 million. That’s $10 million less than the reported offer from the Yankees, but when you figure the tax difference between the states, Scott Boras actually did pretty well for his client here. Jeff…

  12. Orioles sign Xavier Paul

    Dec 19, 2013, 3:02 PM EDT

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    One day after trading Danny Valencia for outfielder David Lough the Orioles have added some more outfield depth, with Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun reporting that they’ve agreed to a minor-league deal with Xavier Paul. Paul has bounced around a lot without getting a ton of extended chances, hitting .254 with 12 homers and…

  13. Former No. 2 overall pick Greg Reynolds is headed to Japan

    Dec 19, 2013, 10:15 AM EDT

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    Greg Reynolds, who was the second overall pick in a stacked 2006 draft, has signed with the Seibu Lions in Japan after posting a 7.01 ERA in the majors. Even at the time of the draft many people questioned why the Rockies went with Reynolds, whose upside was considered modest coming out of Stanford. Evan…

  14. Report: Shin-Soo Choo rejected a $140 million deal from the Yankees

    Dec 18, 2013, 12:30 PM EDT

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    This is interesting: Jeff Passan of Yahoo! reports that the Yankees offered Shin-Soo Choo a seven-year, $140 million contract. It reportedly came after the Yankees signed Jacoby Ellsbury for $153 million. Passan says Choo’s agent, Scott Boras, countered for more money, after which the sides parted ways and the Yankees pivoted to Carlos Beltran. That’s…

  15. Twins “remain strongly interested” in Bronson Arroyo

    Dec 15, 2013, 10:17 AM EDT

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    Even after signing free agents Ricky Nolasco and Phil Hughes to multi-year contracts and re-upping with Mike Pelfrey, the Twins are still trying to make improvements to a starting rotation that ranked last in the majors in 2013 with a hideous 5.26 ERA. The Astros finished second-worst with an ERA of 4.81. This comes from…

  16. Reds, Twins in the lead for Bronson Arroyo

    Dec 13, 2013, 9:05 PM EDT

    Bronson Arroyo

    Jon Heyman of CBS Sports is reporting that the field of applicants in the running for Bronson Arroyo‘s services has been narrowed down to four teams: the Reds and Twins, and two unnamed teams. ESPN’s Buster Olney reported earlier that the Reds will offer Arroyo a one-year deal. As for the Twins, Heyman notes that…

  17. Recapping the Winter Meetings and looking ahead to the rest of the offseason

    Dec 13, 2013, 7:10 AM EDT

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    A week in the sun and warmth is over. A week of the hottest hot stove action in recent memory preceded it. It’s pretty easy to say that a great bulk of the work teams needed to do before Opening Day 2014 has been accomplished since we tossed the last of our Thanksgiving leftovers. But…

  18. Reds have interest in Omar Infante, but need to move Brandon Phillips first

    Dec 12, 2013, 7:30 PM EDT

    Omar Infante

    Another potential suitor has joined the Omar Infante sweepstakes: the Cincinnati Reds. But, as Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY reports, they would need to move current second baseman Brandon Phillips first. Recently, the Yankees — sans Robinson Cano — and the Royals have had the strongest links to Infante. As for Phillips, the Reds offered…

  19. Report: The Mariners are still interested in Nelson Cruz

    Dec 12, 2013, 12:03 AM EDT

    Nelson Cruz

    After shocking the baseball world by agreeing to a 10-year, $240 million contract with second baseman Robinson Cano last week, the Mariners reportedly agreed to a one-year deal with Corey Hart today while picking up Logan Morrison in a trade with the Marlins. However, they aren’t done attempting to remake their offense. ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick…

  20. The Yankees turned down a Brett Gardner-for-Brandon Phillips deal

    Dec 11, 2013, 10:34 PM EDT

    Brandon Phillips AP

    UPDATE: Well, now it makes more sense. CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman was told by an NL source that before the Yankees turned down the deal, Phillips asked to the Reds re-open his contract and give him more money as an incentive to agree to a trade. Phillips has a limited no-trade clause which allows him…

  21. Report: Rangers offer seven-year deal to Shin-Soo Choo

    Dec 11, 2013, 8:07 PM EDT

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    That seven-year offer to Shin-Soo Choo we heard about earlier? Well, T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com has the scoop on where it came from: According to a source, the Rangers have a seven-year offer on the table to free agent outfielder Shin-Soo Choo and he is giving it serious consideration. The offer is less than the…

  22. Shin-Soo Choo is said to be aiming for eight years

    Dec 11, 2013, 6:52 PM EDT

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    We heard earlier today that free agent outfielder Shin-Soo Choo was looking for a seven-year, $140 million contract, but he’s actually aiming a bit higher. According to Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports, the “general sense among teams involved” is that Choo will sign with whoever offers him an eight-year deal. The belief is that he…

  23. Shin-Soo Choo reportedly wants $140 million over seven years

    Dec 11, 2013, 12:06 PM EDT

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    Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that Shin-Soo Choo wants $140 million over seven years. Buster Olney was hearing the same thing. Scott Boras doesn’t do bargains — or if he does, he does them quietly, much later and after his demands aren’t met — so this is no huge surprise. At the moment Joel Sherman…

  24. GM says Reds aren’t trading Homer Bailey

    Dec 11, 2013, 11:19 AM EDT

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    Homer Bailey is one season from free agency and looking at a huge payday, leading to speculation that the Reds might shop him this offseason. Yesterday general manager Walt Jocketty addressed those rumors–and specifically one regarding the Yankees calling him about Bailey–telling Mark Sheldon of MLB.com: I told them we’re not trading him. We’re trying…

  25. Mark Prior and The Heartbreak Club

    Dec 10, 2013, 2:20 PM EDT

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    There were two eye-opening bits of news here in this story about Mark Prior retiring. 1. I honestly thought he retired five years ago. 2. Mark Prior is still only 33 years old. The second of those bits is even more shocking than the first. He is STILL only 33? If Mark Prior had stayed…

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