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  1. Cubs sign Pedro Strop to a one-year deal to avoid arbitration

    Jan 17, 2014, 6:31 PM EDT

    Chicago Cubs v Cincinnati Reds

    The Cubs and 28-year-old reliever Pedro Strop have avoided arbitration with a one-year deal worth $1.325 million, reports Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times. This was Strop’s first year of arbitration eligibility. The Cubs acquired Strop along with Jake Arrieta in a trade with the Orioles on July 2 last season. They sent Scott Feldman…

  2. Derek Holland required microfracture knee surgery

    Jan 14, 2014, 10:13 PM EDT

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    Gerry Fraley of the Dallas Morning News shares the update: The Texas Rangers acknowledged on Tuesday that left-hander Derek Holland underwent micro-fracture surgery on the left knee last week. The procedure underscores why the Rangers have said they are planning on Holland to be out until the All-Star break. In the surgery, Rangers medical director…

  3. Astros may make Jason Castro available

    Jan 5, 2014, 9:50 PM EDT

    Houston Astros v Oakland Athletics

    Catcher Jason Castro was the Astros’ most productive player throughout the 2013 season but they may make him available in a trade depending on the development of catching prospect Max Stassi and their ability to sign Castro to a contract extension, writes Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports. Castro, 26, is eligible for arbitration for the…

  4. Astros sign Jesse Crain

    Dec 31, 2013, 2:49 PM EDT

    Jesse Crain

    Hey, actual news on December 31! Jesse Crain has agreed to a one-year contract with the Astros, who add the veteran right-hander to a bullpen mix that also recently added Chad Qualls on a two-year, $6 million deal. Crain was having a career-year for the White Sox when shoulder problems derailed him in late June.…

  5. 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…

  6. Padres trade outfielder Jesus Guzman to the Astros for shortstop Ryan Jackson

    Dec 18, 2013, 6:23 PM EDT

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    MLB.com’s Corey Brock passes along word of this minor transaction … More #Padres action: The team has traded Jesus Guzman to the #Astros for INF Ryan Jackson. — Corey Brock (@FollowThePadres) December 18, 2013 Guzman, 29, is a .259/.324/.418 career hitter in 930 plate appearances at the major league level. He’s limited defensively to the…

  7. Rockies acquire Drew Stubbs from Indians for Josh Outman

    Dec 18, 2013, 1:50 PM EDT

    Drew Stubbs

    It sounds like the Rockies are committed to playing Carlos Gonzales is center field after trading away Dexter Fowler, but they’ve picked up an alternative just in case. Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that the Rockies have acquired Drew Stubbs from the Indians in exchange for left-hander Josh Outman. Stubbs is probably best suited for…

  8. Report: Rockies acquire Brett Anderson from Athletics

    Dec 10, 2013, 1:54 PM EDT

    Brett Anderson Getty

    4:32 p.m. EST update: FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal is reporting that the Rockies are acquiring Anderson from the A’s in return for left-hander Drew Pomeranz and right-hander Chris Jensen. Anderson’s addition will likely leave Juan Nicasio and Jordan Lyles battling for one spot in Colorado’s rotation. The A’s still have six starters without him, a total…

  9. Rockies trade Dexter Fowler to Astros for Jordan Lyles

    Dec 3, 2013, 5:25 PM EDT

    Rich Dauer, Dexter Fowler, Pedro Alvarez

    Trade rumors have been swirling around Dexter Fowler for a while now and the Rockies have sent the center fielder to the Astros in exchange for right-hander Jordan Lyles and outfielder Brandon Barnes. Fowler is 27 years old with two seasons remaining before free agency and the Astros’ payroll is so low that the fact…

  10. Angels sign Wade LeBlanc

    Nov 11, 2013, 2:20 PM EDT

    New York Mets v Miami Marlins

    Stockpiling rotation depth, the Angels have signed Wade LeBlanc to a minor-league contract after inking Chris Volstad to a minor-league deal last week. LeBlanc posted a 5.40 ERA in 55 innings for the Marlins and Astros this year and the 28-year-old left-hander has a 4.51 career ERA in 417 innings spent mostly as a starter.…

  11. Red Sox bench coach Torey Lovullo to interview this week for Cubs’ managerial opening

    Nov 3, 2013, 4:01 PM EDT

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    Now that the World Series has concluded and the champagne-soaked streets of Boston have begun to dry, members of the Red Sox coaching staff can begin adding their names to interview lists for the various managerial vacancies around the majors. According to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com, Red Sox bench coach Torey Lovullo plans to do…

  12. Cubs interviewed Brad Ausmus for manager job

    Nov 2, 2013, 9:54 AM EDT

    Brad Ausmus

    Add another name to the list of candidates for Cubs manager. Tony Andracki of CSNChicago.com reports that the Cubs interviewed Padres special assistant and former major league catcher Brad Ausmus for their managerial opening yesterday. He becomes the sixth reported candidate to interview, joining former Mariners manager Eric Wedge, Diamondbacks manager A.J. Hinch, Padres bench…

  13. HardballTalk’s Top 150 Free Agents for 2014

    Nov 1, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Robinson Cano

    This year’s annual free agents column has expanded to a top 150, though I’m writing up just the top 55 (it was going to be 50, but I couldn’t help myself). The rest are presented in a list. Not included are players whose contract options are sure to be exercised. Players are ranked based not…

  14. Report: A.J. Hinch and Rick Renteria will receive second interviews with Cubs

    Oct 26, 2013, 5:24 PM EDT

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    We learned yesterday that former Mariners manager Eric Wedge is going to interview for the Cubs’ manager job next week, but it appears that there could be some early favorites among the other candidates. Sources: Hinch, Renteria will get second interviews with #Cubs. Wedge interview will be Tuesday. Cubs already have spoken to him by…

  15. Projecting the 2013 Gold Glove winners

    Oct 25, 2013, 1:54 PM EDT

    Manny Machado

    Let’s go down the list: AL, catcher: Matt Wieters, Joe Mauer, Salvador Perez Mauer is still the AL’s best defensive catcher, but he played a mere 660 innings behind the plate this year, compared to 1,200 for Wieters and 1,115 for Perez. Wieters has won the last two, so he’s the favorite here. Still, I…

  16. Handicapping the Cubs’ managerial candidates

    Oct 22, 2013, 4:04 PM EDT

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    The job isn’t as sexy as the openings in Washington and Detroit, but the Cubs manager job is up for grabs and today Dave Kaplan of CSNChicago.com handicaps some of the candidates with the help of an anonymous former GM who adds his thoughts. Upshot, if you believe the GM views the world the same…

  17. Report: Rick Renteria has emerged as a “clear cut favorite” for Cubs manager

    Oct 19, 2013, 3:31 PM EDT

    Rick Renteria

    It was reported earlier today that the Cubs still had Red Sox bench coach Torey Lovullo on their radar for manager, but it appears that one candidate is the early frontrunner for the gig. The support for Rick Renteria is staggering and he has emerged as clear cut favorite to be #Cubs manager— Bob Nightengale…

  18. Heyman: The Astros could make a play for Shin-Soo Choo

    Oct 19, 2013, 2:47 PM EDT

    Shin-Soo Choo Getty

    We’re not ready to fire up the hot stove quite yet, but CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman passes along this interesting nugget on a potential surprise suitor for impending free agent Shin-Soo Choo: The Houston Astros, whose lowest-in-baseball payroll of $25 million or thereabouts was a mere fraction of most teams, may consider making a run…

  19. Cubs have Red Sox bench coach Torey Lovullo on their radar for manager

    Oct 19, 2013, 11:25 AM EDT

    Torey Lovullo AP

    The Cubs have already interviewed Manny Acta, A.J. Hinch, Dave Martinez, and Rick Renteria for their managerial vacancy, but they aren’t done with their search. According to Patrick Mooney and Dan Hayes of CSNChicago.com, multiple sources have suggested that the Cubs will want to talk with Red Sox bench coach Torey Lovullo. Of course, Lovullo…

  20. Cubs interview Rays bench coach Dave Martinez for manager job

    Oct 17, 2013, 7:42 PM EDT

    Dave Martinez Getty

    Confirming reports from earlier this week, Carrie Muskat of MLB.com passes along word that the Cubs interviewed Rays bench coach Dave Martinez for their managerial vacancy today. Martinez has been the bench coach for Tampa Bay for the past six seasons and has interviewed for manager jobs with the Indians, Blue Jays, and Astros in…

  21. Cubs interviewing Rick Renteria and Dave Martinez for managerial vacancy

    Oct 14, 2013, 7:44 PM EDT

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    We heard last week that the Cubs had interviewed former Indians and Nationals manager Manny Acta and former Diamondbacks manager A.J. Hinch, but there are some other names in the mix. Jesse Rogers of ESPNChicago.com reports that the Cubs met with Padres bench coach Rick Renteria today in California. The front office is expected to…

  22. Report: Cubs appear to have “a very short list” of serious candidates for manager

    Oct 10, 2013, 7:55 PM EDT

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    We heard various reports and speculation that the Cubs were willing to go all out in order to make Joe Girardi their next manager, but now that we can cross that possibility off the list, it’s time to take a look at the realistic candidates for the job. CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reports that the…

  23. Cris Carter said he gave Alex Rodriguez a talking-to

    Oct 3, 2013, 12:30 PM EDT

    Yankees' Rodriguez stands at third base in the eighth inning of their MLB American League baseball game against the Red Sox in Boston

    This is fun. Ex-NFL player Cris Carter ran into A-Rod down in Florida when A-Rod was getting ready to come back this year and they had a little chat. Carter said that he was concerned about PEDs and A-Rod’s P.R. problems and how his example impacts children and stuff. Then it got good. He said…

  24. Astros decline $3 million option on Philip Humber

    Oct 3, 2013, 10:15 AM EDT

    Houston Astros v Boston Red Sox

    Philip Humber turned a strong spring training into a job with the Astros, but then went 0-8 with a 7.90 ERA in 55 innings split between the rotation and bullpen. Not surprisingly the Astros have decided to decline his $3 million option for next season, giving him a $500,000 buyout that makes him a free…

  25. Astros claim Raul Valdes, Indians claim Tyler Cloyd

    Oct 2, 2013, 8:15 PM EDT

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    The Phillies performed a 40-man roster cleanup on Wednesday afternoon and two of the players that were removed have landed with new organizations. Raul Valdes, a left-handed reliever who posted a 7.46 ERA in 35 innings this season for Philadelphia, has been claimed by the Astros and Tyler Cloyd, a 26-year-old starting pitcher who had…

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