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  1. The Reds make it official: Aroldis Chapman will be the closer

    Mar 22, 2013, 5:40 PM EDT

    aroldis chapman getty

    This was reported yesterday, but today the Reds officially announced it: Aroldis Chapman will be the closer. Walt Jocketty made the announcement at Reds camp today. He added that Jonathan Broxton will be the setup man and Mike Leake is in the rotation.  He added that he had not, contrary to popular opinion, been pushing…

  2. Shin-Soo Choo misses fifth straight game with back spasms

    Mar 21, 2013, 1:48 PM EDT

    Reds' Shin-Soo Choo prepares to hit against the Diamondbacks during their MLB Cactus League spring training baseball game in Scottsdale

    As if moving to center field at age 30 after never playing the position regularly before wasn’t challenging enough for Shin-Soo Choo now he’s dealing with a back injury. Choo is out of the Reds’ lineup today for the fifth straight game with back spasms and manager Dusty Baker seemed unsure about his return timetable…

  3. 2013 Preview: Houston Astros

    Mar 21, 2013, 1:00 PM EDT

    New look Astros

    Between now and Opening Day, HardballTalk will take a look at each of baseball’s 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2013 season. Up next: The Houston Astros. The Big Question: Will the Astros be historically bad? Maybe this isn’t the biggest question facing the…

  4. Indians send top prospect Trevor Bauer to Triple-A

    Mar 21, 2013, 12:48 PM EDT

    Trevor Bauer

    No big surprise, but the Indians have sent top prospect Trevor Bauer to Triple-A after he was in the mix for the final rotation spot. Cleveland previously reassigned Daisuke Matsuzaka to minor-league camp, taking him out of the rotation mix, but fellow reclamation projection Scott Kazmir remains in the running along with Carlos Carrasco. Bauer…

  5. Reds moving Aroldis Chapman back to the bullpen

    Mar 21, 2013, 10:52 AM EDT

    chapman getty

    Aroldis Chapman has been preparing all spring as if he’ll be in the starting rotation, but Paul Daughtery of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports that the Reds have decided to shift him back to the closer role. Chapman always wanted to remain in the bullpen and manager Dusty Baker wanted to leave him at closer too,…

  6. HBT Extra: Previewing the NL Central

    Mar 21, 2013, 8:50 AM EDT

    HBT Extra Logo

    Kay Adams and I take a quick tour of the NL Central and ask whether Aroldis Chapman can handle the rotation, whether the Cardinals can compensate for their losses, whether the Pirates can finally break .500, whether the Brewers are going to bounce back and whether the Cubs are gonna finally unload Alfonso Soriano. Who…

  7. The Giants and Buster Posey continue extension talks

    Mar 20, 2013, 5:00 PM EDT

    Posey Getty

    Last week we heard that the Giants and Buster Posey had “exchanged preliminary ideas” about a multi-year deal to buy out his remaining arbitration years. Today Jon Heyman reports that those talks continue, though there is a “decent-sized gap” between the parties. Part of that gap is contract length, with Posey apparently wanting a Joey Votto/Troy Tulowitzki-style decade deal, with…

  8. Reds send top prospect Billy Hamilton to minors

    Mar 19, 2013, 4:46 PM EDT

    billy hamilton getty

    Billy Hamilton was never really in the mix for Opening Day job because he’s 22 years old and has just 50 career games above Single-A, but today the Reds made it official by reassigning the fastest man in baseball to minor league camp. Hamilton has made the transition from shortstop to center field, but has…

  9. An international draft could be here sooner than you think. And it’s still a terrible idea.

    Mar 18, 2013, 1:01 PM EDT

    Globe

    Eric Fisher of Sports Business Journal reports that Major League Baseball and the MLBPA are negotiating to institute a worldwide draft as soon as June 1.  This in response to a provision in the Collective Bargaining Agreement that would impose additional restrictions on how much teams can spend on international signings. And, as we have long…

  10. Aroldis Chapman wants to close

    Mar 16, 2013, 9:40 PM EDT

    Aroldis Chapman

    Perhaps the biggest debate of the off-season, at least after the AL MVP award was handed out, was the benefit or detriment of the Reds’ desire to move Aroldis Chapman to the starting rotation. Chapman, behind a high-90’s fastball, finished the 2012 season with a 1.51 ERA and 38 saves. However, the Reds signed Jonathan…

  11. Scout on Aroldis Chapman starting: “Joba Chamberlain all over again”

    Mar 15, 2013, 8:32 PM EDT

    Aroldis Chapman

    Ken Rosenthal talked to a rival scout about the chance of Cincinnati Reds lefty Aroldis Chapman joining the starting rotation, and the scout wasn’t exactly a fan of the transition: “I hope they do start him, but they’re crazy if they do,” said the scout, who works for another National League club. “It’s Joba Chamberlain…

  12. UPDATE: Brandon Phillips’ comments about the Dominican Republic’s celebration not quite as critical as first reported

    Mar 15, 2013, 5:02 PM EDT

    Brandon Phillips, Craig Kimbrel

    UPDATE: Ken Rosenthal says that the comments of Phillips and others, such as they were, were not digs on the D.R. players as such. Go read his whole column here for a far more thorough handling of the comments Kernan tweeted about earlier. 5: 02 PM: I suppose it now, as they say, on: Brandon…

  13. Derrek Lee turns down Yankees, will stay retired

    Mar 14, 2013, 8:35 PM EDT

    Derrek Lee

    In the wake of Mark Teixeira‘s right wrist injury, the Yankees contacted Derrek Lee to see if he would be interested in coming out of retirement to fill in at first base. However, they are going to have to go back to the drawing board. Derrek Lee has decided to stay retired, according to source.…

  14. R.A. Dickey back on the mound for Team USA vs. the Dominican Republic

    Mar 14, 2013, 6:31 PM EDT

    Dickey Arencibia Getty

    Below you’ll find the starting lineups for Thursday night’s second-round World Baseball Classic game between Team USA and Team Dominican Republic at Marlins Park in Miami. First pitch is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. ET. TEAM USA TEAM DOMINICAN REPUBLIC 1. Jimmy Rollins, SS 1. Jose Reyes, SS 2. Brandon Phillips, 2B 2. Miguel Tejada, 3B…

  15. 2013 Preview: Cleveland Indians

    Mar 14, 2013, 3:15 PM EDT

    Chris Antonetti, Terry Francona

    Between now and Opening Day, HardballTalk will take a look at each of baseball’s 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2013 season. Today: the Cleveland Indians. The Big Question: Can the Indians be a quick fix? After following up an 80-82 season in 2011…

  16. Reds still haven’t decided whether Aroldis Chapman will start or close

    Mar 13, 2013, 4:16 PM EDT

    aroldis chapman getty

    Aroldis Chapman is preparing as if he’ll move into the starting rotation this season following two-plus years in the bullpen, but the Reds still haven’t made a final decision on his role. “I’d like to decide soon and get my team together,” manager Dusty Baker said, via John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer. “I don’t…

  17. Giancarlo Stanton back in USA’s lineup vs. Puerto Rico

    Mar 12, 2013, 7:18 PM EDT

    team usa getty

    Below you’ll find the starting lineups for Tuesday night’s second-round World Baseball Classic game between Team USA and Team Puerto Rico at Marlins Park in Miami. First pitch is scheduled for 8:00 p.m. ET. TEAM USA TEAM PUERTO RICO 1. Jimmy Rollins, SS 1. Angel Pagan, CF 2. Brandon Phillips, 2B 2. Irving Falu, 2B…

  18. The Yankees have not reached out to Aubrey Huff

    Mar 12, 2013, 2:30 PM EDT

    Aubrey Huff

    I guess Aubrey Huff knows where he stands in the universe. Brian Cashman said yesterday they’d be interested in Derek Lee, Scott Rolen, Chipper Jones and, in keeping with the “old guys who really don’t play anymore” thing, likely kicked the tires on Charlie Hayes. But not Huff: Out of curiosity, asked if the Yankees…

  19. The Phillies scout the heck out of Nebraska

    Mar 12, 2013, 9:53 AM EDT

    Nebraska

    This is kinda neat. Nebraska is no baseball hotbed, but the Phillies freakin’ own it: Three of the eight Nebraskans to appear in a major-league game last season were Phillies. There is Ruf, whom the Phillies want to man left field. Diekman is a promising lefty reliever. Tyler Cloyd, native of Bellevue, provides rotation depth.…

  20. Brian Cashman would really like Chipper Jones to come out of retirement

    Mar 11, 2013, 12:02 PM EDT

    Chipper Jones

    Chipper Jones is retired. He has said so unequivocally and repeatedly, as recently as two weeks ago. Still, when you’re Brian Cashman and you’ve lost your third baseman, first baseman and one of your corner outfielders I suppose you’re allowed to be hopeful about things: Cashman added: “If Chipper Jones wants to come back, I’d…

  21. Overcoming Torre is Team USA’s biggest win yet

    Mar 10, 2013, 7:57 PM EDT

    Joe Torre

    Four sacrifice bunt attempts in one game. I’d be pretty disgusted if it were the Marlins trying such a thing to beat the Mets in mid-August. But, no, that’s what Team USA did on Sunday on its way to topping Canada 9-4. Technically, it will go into the books at three sacrifice bunt attempts, since…

  22. U.S. rallies late against Canada to advance in WBC

    Mar 10, 2013, 7:29 PM EDT

    USA v Canada - World Baseball Classic - First Round Group D

    The U.S. rallied late against Canada to advance out of Pool D to the second round in the World Baseball Classic. Canada got on the board early thanks to a two-run home run by Michael Saunders off of U.S. starter Derek Holland. Holland was otherwise solid, allowing just the two runs over five innings of work,…

  23. Giancarlo Stanton not in Team USA’s starting lineup for Sunday’s must-win game vs. Canada

    Mar 10, 2013, 2:47 PM EDT

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    Below are the starting lineups for this evening’s World Baseball Classic game between Team USA and Team Canada. First pitch is scheduled for just after 4:00 p.m. ET. It will be broadcast on MLB Network. TEAM USA TEAM CANADA 1. Jimmy Rollins, SS 1. Tyson Gillies, CF 2. Brandon Phillips, 2B 2. Taylor Green, 3B…

  24. Team USA keeps hope alive with 6-2 victory over Italy

    Mar 10, 2013, 12:32 AM EDT

    World Baseball Classic - Pool D - United States v Italy

    David Wright hit a grand slam in the fifth inning of tonight’s contest that resulted in a 6-2 victory for the U.S. over Italy, keeping their hopes alive in Pool D. The U.S. had stayed within striking distance of Italy, trailing 2-1 entering the fifth. Italy scored twice, once in each of the first and…

  25. Canada and Mexico brawl figuratively and literally; Canada wins

    Mar 9, 2013, 6:32 PM EDT

    Canada v Mexico - World Baseball Classic - First Round Group D

    Canada kept its second round World Baseball Classic hopes alive with an emphatic 10-3 victory over Mexico today. Coming off an eight-inning 14-4 defeat at the hands of Italy, a game that was called early due to the mercy rule, Canada bounced back with impressive hitting performances by designated hitter Justin Morneau and right fielder…

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