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  1. Mark Prior has officially retired

    Dec 9, 2013, 9:35 PM EDT

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    Mark Prior has attempted numerous comebacks in recent years, but the oft-injured right-hander told Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press earlier today that he has officially retired and could accept a front office position with the Padres. Prior, now 33, hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2006. He made seven relief appearances with…

  2. Rangers, D-Backs involved as market for Shin-Soo Choo reaches “critical stage”

    Dec 9, 2013, 7:17 PM EDT

    Shin-Soo Choo Getty

    With Robinson Cano and Jacoby Ellsbury off the board, Shin-Soo Choo is the biggest name remaining in the free agent market. And it sounds like he could find a new home during this week’s Winter Meetings in Orlando, Florida: Sources: Choo talks appear to be reaching critical stage. #Rangers, at least one other club in.—…

  3. Rosenthal: Chances of a Mark Trumbo trade “increasing”

    Dec 9, 2013, 6:43 PM EDT

    Mark Trumbo

    Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto has routinely downplayed a potential trade of Mark Trumbo so far this offseason, but things are heating up at the Winter Meetings in Orlando. Sources: Chances of Trumbo trade increasing. #Angels more open. #Dbacks pushing. Other teams in, all with improving offers.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 09, 2013 The Diamondbacks…

  4. Twins “making a push” for Bronson Arroyo

    Dec 9, 2013, 3:15 PM EDT

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    Minnesota has been linked to Bronson Arroyo all offseason and today the free agent right-hander told Mark Sheldon of MLB.com that the Twins, Phillies, and Angels were among the teams he’s had talks with. And now Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that the Twins are “making a push” for Arroyo with “talks gaining momentum.” Arroyo…

  5. Mariners could part with Nick Franklin and other young talent to bolster roster

    Dec 8, 2013, 7:00 PM EDT

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    If you thought the Mariners were going to call it an off-season after signing second baseman Robinson Cano to a ten-year, $240 million contract, think again. They’re only just getting started. Jon Heyman of CBS Sports tweets that the Mariners could use some of their young talent, such as middle infielder Nick Franklin, to bolster…

  6. Scout on Cuban shortstop Erisbel Arruebarruena: “You’re not going to hear from 15 teams”

    Dec 8, 2013, 5:11 PM EDT

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    Cuban shortstop Erisbel Arruebarruena had a showcase this weekend in the Dominican and MLB.com’s Jonathan Mayo spoke to a scout who was there: “He’s what you’ve been reading. He’s a very good defensive player. His glove is very close to the big leagues. The bat, you kind of think he’s one of those guys who’ll…

  7. 2013 Winter Meetings Preview

    Dec 8, 2013, 9:58 AM EDT

    Winter Meetings pic

    LAKE BUENA VISTA, FL — Greetings from the Walt Disney World Dolphin Resort, deep in the dark recesses of the happiest place on Earth. I have been down here with my children since last Tuesday, doing battle with a mouse. The mouse is a worthy adversary. Much respect for him and his hyper-efficiency at separating…

  8. Rakuten Golden Eagles may not post Masahiro Tanaka due to $20 million posting fee limit

    Dec 7, 2013, 10:10 PM EDT

    Masahiro Tanaka

    Major League Baseball and Nippon Professional Baseball recently agreed to a new posting system, altering the way Major League teams pursue Japanese talent. One of the changes capped posting fees at $20 million, meaning that if multiple teams are willing to pay the fee, the player can negotiate with them all, with only the winner…

  9. Diamondbacks showing interest in Mark Trumbo

    Dec 7, 2013, 9:15 PM EDT

    Mark Trumbo

    After Carlos Beltran signed a three-year, $45 million deal with the Yankees, we learned he had actually been offered more money by the Diamondbacks but declined in order to return to New York. Still looking to fill their corner outfield void, they are showing interest in Angels slugger Mark Trumbo, tweets Bob Nightengale of USA…

  10. Billy Hamilton likely to open 2014 as Reds’ lead-off man and starting center fielder

    Dec 7, 2013, 7:35 PM EDT

    Billy Hamilton

    Billy Hamilton was a weapon off the bench for the Reds in September as the team geared up for a run at the NL Wild Card. In 2014, Hamilton is expected to play full-time as the Reds’ lead-off man and starting center fielder, writes MLB.com’s Mark Sheldon. Shin-Soo Choo patrolled center for them in 2013,…

  11. Reds, Aroldis Chapman squelch latest rumors suggesting a move to the rotation

    Dec 7, 2013, 6:05 PM EDT

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    In what has become an annual tradition, rumors have begun to swirl suggesting Reds closer Aroldis Chapman could move into the starting rotation. The lefty has ranked among baseball’s top-five relievers over each of the past two seasons, but he would theoretically provide more value in the rotation. Neither the team nor Chapman is interested…

  12. Brett Gardner is drawing “significant” trade interest

    Dec 7, 2013, 3:09 PM EDT

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    With last night’s signing of Carlos Beltran, the Yankees officially have a surplus of outfielders. And more than a few teams are wondering if they would consider cashing in on that depth in order to upgrade in other areas. Source: Yankees receiving significant interest in Brett Gardner and willing to trade him. They're not shopping…

  13. Yankees reportedly in on everyone now that Robinson Cano is off the board

    Dec 6, 2013, 7:20 PM EDT

    Carlos Beltran

    Earlier today, second baseman Robinson Cano signed with the Mariners on a ten-year, $240 million contract, leaving the Yankees out in the cold with an infield that includes the embattled Alex Rodriguez, the hobbled Derek Jeter, the recovering Mark Teixeira, and the recently-signed Kelly Johnson. Now that they don’t have to set aside space for…

  14. Joey Votto creates foundation to help those suffering from PTSD

    Dec 6, 2013, 6:05 PM EDT

    Joey Votto

    Joey Votto contributes to a good cause on the baseball field by getting on base nearly one out of every two times he comes to the plate, and hitting for power to boot. But now he’s contributing to a great cause off the field with the creation of the Joey Votto Foundation, aimed to support…

  15. Robinson Cano signing only bad if the Mariners stop now

    Dec 6, 2013, 12:14 PM EDT

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    No, there’s very little chance that Robinson Cano will resemble a $24 million player in 2023. But at least he’s better than that now. In a world in which Jacoby Ellsbury is worth $22 million annually and middle-rotation starters get $10 million-$13 million per year, it’s hardly unreasonable to value Cano as a $30 million…

  16. Robinson Cano’s dad says the Yankees “don’t seem to want” his son

    Dec 5, 2013, 10:40 PM EDT

    Robinson Jose Cano Getty

    Last we heard, free agent second baseman Robinson Cano was reportedly on a private plane to Seattle to meet with the Mariners, who are prepared to offer him $225 million over the course of a nine-year contract. Meanwhile, the Yankees have been pretty firm about how high they are willing to go in negotiations. And as…

  17. Aroldis Chapman isn’t moving into the Reds’ rotation

    Dec 5, 2013, 10:01 AM EDT

    Cleveland Indians v Cincinnati Reds

    When the Reds fired Dusty Baker and hired Bryan Price as their new manager there was speculation that it could lead to Aroldis Chapman moving from the bullpen to the rotation, as Price had previously indicated he’d be in favor of getting more innings out of the stud left-hander. However, now that Price actually has…

  18. Reds haven’t talked to Shin-Soo Choo in weeks

    Dec 4, 2013, 10:15 AM EDT

    Shin-Soo Choo Getty

    For any Reds fans holding out hope that Shin-Soo Choo will wind up back in Cincinnati, general manager Walt Jocketty has some discouraging news: We have not had any discussions in a couple of weeks. I had one conversation with [agent Scott] Boras a couple of weeks ago. We haven’t done anything since then because…

  19. Rays sign newly acquired Ryan Hanigan to extension

    Dec 3, 2013, 4:16 PM EDT

    Ryan Hanigan AP

    As part of their trade acquiring Ryan Hanigan from the Reds earlier today the Rays announced a three-year, $10.75 million contract extension with the catcher. The deal also includes an option for 2017, which means Hanigan is now under team control through age 36. He was arbitration eligible for the final time in 2014 and…

  20. Eric Hinske joins the Cubs’ coaching staff

    Dec 3, 2013, 3:45 PM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Atlanta Braves, Game 3

    Eric Hinske isn’t wasting any time going from playing to coaching, joining new Cubs manager Rick Renteria’s staff as first base coach. Hinske played for the Diamondbacks this year, hitting .173 in 52 games to finish up a 12-season career in which he won a Rookie of the Year award and then went on to…

  21. Rays get Ryan Hanigan from Reds, Heath Bell from Diamondbacks in three-team deal

    Dec 3, 2013, 2:47 PM EDT

    Ryan Hanigan Getty

    UPDATE: Not only are the Rays getting Hanigan from the Reds as their new starting catcher, Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports that they’re also getting reliever Heath Bell from the Diamondbacks as part of a three-team trade. Bell has become sort of a punchline in recent years, but he was quietly fairly effective…

  22. Sign of a trade? Brandon Phillips not on RedsFest schedule

    Dec 3, 2013, 10:48 AM EDT

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    Rumors about the Reds trading Brandon Phillips have died down a bit since early in the offseason, but John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer noticed an interesting little tidbit that seems to suggest the second baseman remains likely to be moved. According to a press release sent out by the team to promote the upcoming…

  23. 2013 Non-tender Tracker

    Dec 2, 2013, 11:30 PM EDT

    Andrew Bailey

    We’ll be writing up the non-tenders as they come in prior to Monday’s midnight deadline. These players immediately become free agents. AMERICAN LEAGUE Angels – RHP Juan Gutierrez, RHP Tommy Hanson, INF Chris Nelson, RHP Jerome Williams All of these were expected. Hanson and Williams would have cost upwards of $4 million apiece. Williams is…

  24. Mets GM Sandy Alderson met with Curtis Granderson on Sunday

    Dec 2, 2013, 7:33 PM EDT

    Curtis Granderson AP

    While there has been some conflicting information on the Mets’ interest in a meeting with right-hander Bronson Arroyo, general manager Sandy Alderson has another free agent on his radar. FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reports that Alderson had a meeting with Curtis Granderson yesterday. We heard about a month ago that the Mets had “preliminary interest”…

  25. The Mets are not “super high” on Bronson Arroyo

    Dec 2, 2013, 8:58 AM EDT

    bronson arroyo getty

    Bronson Arroyo‘s Agent: Say, man, you have a meeting scheduled with my client? Sandy Alderson: No, don’t have one scheduled, man. Bronson Arroyo’s Agent: It’d be a lot cooler if you diid . . . A Mets official downplayed the team’s interest in Bronson Arroyo, now suggesting a meeting may or may not take place with…

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