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  1. Yankees among teams scouting Cuban shortstop Aledmys Diaz

    Feb 13, 2014, 6:31 PM EDT

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    Who will man shortstop for the Yankees next year after Derek Jeter retires? Well, here’s one possibility. FOX Sports’ Jon Morosi reports that the Yankees were among the teams in attendance today to watch a showcase for Cuban shortstop Aledmys Diaz in Arizona. The Cardinals, Blue Jays, Mariners, Padres, and Giants were also on hand.…

  2. The Orioles sign Suk-Min Yoon to a three-year, $5.75 million deal

    Feb 13, 2014, 9:52 AM EDT

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    Jon Heyman reports that the Orioles have reached agreement with right-hander Suk-Min Yoon on a three-year, $5.75 million deal. Yoon was the 2011 MVP of the Korean Baseball Organization. He is purported to have a 93 m.p.h. fastball, a hard slider and what scouts say is an above-average change. In 172 1/3 innings this past season…

  3. Dodgers close to signing slick-fielding Cuban shortstop Erisbel Arruebarruena

    Feb 12, 2014, 11:44 AM EDT

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    Continuing their focus on using their spending advantages to acquire talent internationally the Dodgers are close to signing Cuban shortstop Erisbel Arruebarruena, according to Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes. Arruebarruena defected from Cuba in November and held workouts for MLB teams in December. He’s considered an elite defensive shortstop, but there are lots of questions…

  4. The Yankees should hope that Tanaka is as disastrous as A-Rod

    Feb 12, 2014, 8:37 AM EDT

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    You know you’ve reached peak A-Rod Derangement Syndrome when you use his experience with the Yankees as a warning sign. That’s what Joel Sherman does today at the New York Post. Here’s the tweet teasing the article: ICYMI column http://t.co/eaIONRzUsv 10 yrs ago this wk #Yankees thought scored coup with A-Rod, now think same Tanaka.…

  5. The Yankees introduce Masahiro Tanaka

    Feb 11, 2014, 2:21 PM EDT

    Masahiro Tanaka

    The Yankees held a press conference today to introduce Masahiro Tanaka. It was the largest assemblage of media for a Yankees player introduction since Hideki Matsui came to town in 2003. But for all of the scribes and television cameras in attendance, no actual news was broken. Indeed, Yankees pressers are pretty much a game…

  6. Masahiro Tanaka charters a Boeing 787 Dreamliner for five people and a dog

    Feb 10, 2014, 11:54 AM EDT

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    Brian Cashman referred to Masahiro Tanaka as the Yankees’ third starter the other day. Not all third starters are created equal, of course. I mean, I doubt Tyler Chatwood does this: Japanese baseball sensation Masahiro Tanaka chartered his own Boeing 787 Dreamliner to fly him to New York, with the entire plane taken up by…

  7. Dodgers sign Paul Maholm to a $1.5 million Major League deal

    Feb 8, 2014, 7:17 PM EDT

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    There was some speculation earlier that the Dodgers and Paul Maholm were close to a deal, and now it’s official. ESPN’s Jim Bowden reports that the Dodgers have signed the lefty to a one-year Major League deal worth $1.5 million. Dylan Hernandez of the L.A. Times reports that Maholm can up to as much as…

  8. Cubs unlikely to land Korean righty Suk-Min Yoon

    Feb 5, 2014, 8:23 PM EDT

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    The Cubs were among the teams that scouted Korean pitcher Suk-Min Yoon earlier this week in Arizona, but it doesn’t appear as though the free agent right-hander will be heading to Wrigleyville. Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune has heard from sources that the Cubs are turned off by Yoon’s desire for a multi-year major…

  9. The Rangers are interested in free agent pitcher Suk-Min Yoon

    Feb 3, 2014, 9:37 AM EDT

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    Andrew Rickli of SportsReel Boston reports that the Rangers are showing interest in Korean right-hander Suk-Min Yoon. Just yesterday we learned that he had a throwing session in front of Orioles and Giants scouts this past Friday, so there could be a mini bidding war soon. Moon won the 2011 MVP in the Korean Baseball Organization…

  10. Suk-Min Yoon throws for Orioles and Giants

    Feb 2, 2014, 4:30 PM EDT

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    According to a report from Korean news service SBS, as translated by Dan Kurtz at MyKBO.net, free agent right-hander Suk-Min Yoon had a throwing session in front of Orioles and Giants scouts this past Friday at the University of California-Irvine. Yoon, who has served as both a starter and reliever, made about 30 full-effort throws…

  11. Cubs sign Jason Hammel

    Jan 31, 2014, 1:43 PM EDT

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    Despite rumors to the contrary the Cubs were, in fact, outbid for Masahiro Tanaka, so now Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that they’ve decided to add free agent Jason Hammel to the starting rotation. Hammel had a career-year for the Orioles in 2012, but resumed being a back-of-the-rotation starter with a 4.97 ERA and 96/48…

  12. Of course the Rangers aren’t thinking about extending Yu Darvish

    Jan 27, 2014, 3:15 PM EDT

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    Richard Durrett of the ESPN Dallas asked the Rangers about Yu Darvish‘s contract, Jon Daniels said this: “At some point, we’ll sit down and talk with him just like we would on everybody,” Daniels said this weekend at the team’s Fan Fest at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. “He still has four years on his deal.…

  13. Mariners content to add complementary players going into spring training

    Jan 26, 2014, 9:30 PM EDT

    Texas Rangers' Nelson Cruz celebrates after hitting a two run home run against the Detroit Tigers during the seventh inning of Game 6 of MLB's ALCS baseball playoffs in Arlington

    The Mariners made the biggest news of the off-season, signing second baseman Robinson Cano to a ten-year, $240 million contract. As beneficial as the signing portends to be, at least in the early going, the consensus was that the Mariners needed to a lot more to improve on last year’s 71-91 record. They were rumored…

  14. Could Ubaldo Jimenez return to the Indians?

    Jan 25, 2014, 5:30 PM EDT

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    At the start of the offseason, Ubaldo Jimenez appeared poised to leave the Indians for a big money contract in free agency, but he’s still trying to find a home with spring training just a few weeks away. Perhaps things will pick up now that Masahiro Tanaka has signed with the Yankees, but Paul Hoynes…

  15. Orioles have had “recent, active dialogue” with Ervin Santana, Bronson Arroyo, and Ubaldo Jimenez

    Jan 24, 2014, 6:05 PM EDT

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    In need of starting pitching, Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun reports that the Orioles have had “recent, active dialogue” with free agent pitchers Ervin Santana, Bronson Arroyo, and Ubaldo Jimenez. Of the three, Santana and Jimenez would both require the Orioles to give up their #17 pick in the first round of the 2014…

  16. Jon Lester says he would be willing to take a discount to stay with the Red Sox

    Jan 23, 2014, 8:42 PM EDT

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    With Clayton Kershaw signing a seven-year, $215 million extension with the Dodgers last week and Masahiro Tanaka landing a seven-year, $155 million deal with the Yankees this week, the market for starting pitching is very lucrative right now. Jon Lester is currently due to hit free agency after next season, but he told Gordon Edes…

  17. Report: The Yankees are now considering going after Stephen Drew

    Jan 23, 2014, 7:17 PM EDT

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    With questions all over their infield, many have speculated that free agent Stephen Drew could be a good fit for the Yankees. Now that the Yankees have blown past the $189 million threshold with the Masahiro Tanaka signing, CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman hears that they are considering the possibility: There has been a thought the…

  18. Brewers sign Matt Garza to four-year, $52 million deal

    Jan 23, 2014, 1:23 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim v Texas Rangers

    Now that Masahiro Tanaka is off the market the other starting pitching dominoes can begin falling and Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that the Brewers have agreed to a four-year, $52 million contract with right-hander Matt Garza. That’s quite a bit less than most projections pegged Garza for at the beginning of the offseason and…

  19. Top Cuban center fielder Rusney Castillo defects

    Jan 23, 2014, 8:39 AM EDT

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    Baseball America reports that Rusney Castillo, a top Cuban center fielder, has defected. Castillo is 26 and, because he has played for five years in Cuba’s top professional league, he is exempt from international signing bonus limits, thereby making him a totally unrestricted free agent. Well, eventually an unrestricted free agent. It’ll take some months for him…

  20. Ranking the best 1-2 rotation punches in baseball

    Jan 22, 2014, 9:25 PM EDT

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    The Yankees made headlines when it was announced that they had signed Japanese pitcher Masahiro Tanaka to a seven-year deal worth $155 million. They were in need of rotation help and satisfied that need in a big way by signing the best free agent pitcher on the market. That the Yankees signed him came as…

  21. Mets and Lucas Duda avoid arbitration with one-year deal

    Jan 22, 2014, 6:05 PM EDT

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    Masahiro Tanaka isn’t the only one getting rich today. Adam Rubin of ESPN reports that the Mets and first baseman/outfielder Lucas Duda have avoided arbitration with a one-year deal worth $1.6375 million. On Friday, Duda filed for $1.9 million while the Mets filed for $1.35 million, making the midpoint $150,000 less than what the two…

  22. Astros made $100 million offer to Masahiro Tanaka

    Jan 22, 2014, 12:48 PM EDT

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    Gonna be a whole lot of “Team X made a big offer to Masahiro Tanaka” stories coming out in the next few days now that he’s signed with the Yankees, but here’s an interesting one from Brian McTaggart of MLB.com: Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow said Wednesday the club made an offer for Japanese ace…

  23. Masahiro Tanaka will help, but the Yankees need much more than him to be a contender

    Jan 22, 2014, 12:24 PM EDT

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    The offseason distorts things. The wintertime focus on individual player signings and the underlying optimism everyone seems to have about the prospects of their local nine often makes us forget that, in baseball, one player cannot make the difference between winning and losing. Heck, sometimes even three players don’t. Just ask Albert Pujols, Josh Hamilton,…

  24. The Diamondbacks are out of the Tanaka Derby

    Jan 22, 2014, 9:14 AM EDT

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    Steve Gilbert of MLB.com says that the Dbacks are out of the running for Masahiro Tanaka. It’s unclear if it’s because Tanaka has decided on another team of if the Dbacks just dropped out of the bidding. It always seemed like Arizona was a long shot. Their pockets aren’t as deep as the Dodgers and…

  25. UPDATE: translation ambiguity: Mashahiro Tanaka is saying he can’t decide

    Jan 21, 2014, 10:09 AM EDT

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    UPDATE II: Oh boy. It’s not even that he can’t decide which team he wants to play for. He was referring to not being able to decide which Twitter avatar to use. Wow. I know when I’m beat. I am officially out of the Tanaka Tea Leaves Reading business. UPDATE: Or, maybe Tanaka is just…

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