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  1. Cuban right-hander Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez is drawing plenty of interest

    Jun 29, 2013, 1:32 PM EDT

    Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez AP

    Here’s your introduction to Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez, a Cuban right-hander who is poised to get the next major payday among international players. Gonzalez, 26, has taken up residency in Mexico while he waits to be unblocked by the U.S. Treasury Department. That could happen as soon as next week, reports Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com. While…

  2. Casey McGehee, Hector Luna tearing up the Japanese Leagues

    May 2, 2013, 1:17 PM EDT

    Casey McGehee

    A month into NPB play, the leading hitters in both the Central and Pacific Leagues are former major leaguers playing in Japan for the first time. Here are some early numbers: Central League – Hitting Hector Luna: .402/.462/.624, 3 HR in 117 AB Matt Murton: .362/.400/.474, 2 HR in 116 AB Tony Blanco: .346/.423/.841, 16…

  3. HBT Weekend Wrap

    Apr 15, 2013, 8:20 AM EDT

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    God, wasn’t that family thing/working/cleaning/ thing a pain in the butt this weekend? Kept you from paying attention to baseball? Yeah, me too. Thankfully, then, here is everything you missed that mattered: Jose Reyes is gonna be gone a while. Josh Hamilton continued to distinguish himself. As the hour gets late in the bar, everyone…

  4. Settling the Score: Saturday’s results

    Apr 14, 2013, 8:49 AM EDT

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    The Marlins are an awful team, but they’ll be worth watching this year when Jose Fernandez pitches. Fernandez, 20, tossed six innings of scoreless ball Saturday in Miami’s 2-1 victory over the visiting Phillies, yielding only two hits and two walks while striking out five. He boasts a high-90s fastball and offset it well on…

  5. Jacket 1, Jose Fernandez 0

    Apr 13, 2013, 8:45 PM EDT

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    Marlins starter Jose Fernandez can throw a baseball better than all but a few human beings on planet earth. He had just singled and driven in the Marlins’ first run of the game to break a scoreless tie — his first career hit and RBI as well — but it was a jacket that really…

  6. Jose Fernandez strikes out eight Mets in major league debut

    Apr 7, 2013, 3:48 PM EDT

    Jose Fernandez

    A week after the Marlins shocked everyone by announcing his callup, 20-year-old Jose Fernandez allowed one run in five innings and struck out eight Mets in his major league debut Sunday. Fernandez, regarded as one of the game’s top five pitching prospects, was expected to spend the bulk of the season in the minors. In…

  7. Marlins top prospects all land on the disabled list

    Apr 3, 2013, 3:11 PM EDT

    Christian Yelich

    Besides Giancarlo Stanton and maybe right-hander Jose Fernandez, the Marlins’ shining light this year was going to be their remarkable Double-A outfield; Christian Yelich is one of baseball’s very best prospects and both Jake Marisnick, who was acquired from the Blue Jays in the Jose Reyes trade, and Marcell Ozuna rate comfortably within the top…

  8. Handicapping the NL Rookie of the Year race

    Apr 2, 2013, 6:30 PM EDT

    Jedd Gyorko

    The AL had an historic Rookie of the Year class last year, but this year, the NL appears to have the stronger group of the two leagues. The one issue: a lot of these talents are likely to have to wait until June or July for their opportunities, if they come this year at all.…

  9. Jose Fernandez, 20, makes Marlins’ Opening Day roster

    Mar 31, 2013, 10:27 AM EDT

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    Surprising news this morning out of south Florida. According to beat writer Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post, the Marlins have purchased the contract of top pitching prospect Jose Fernandez, adding him to their season-opening starting rotation. Fernandez, who doesn’t turn 21 years old until late July, was the 14th overall pick in the…

  10. Puerto Rico ousts two-time champ Japan from the World Baseball Classic, heads to Championship Game

    Mar 18, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

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    There will be a new World Baseball Classic champ this year, as Puerto Rico eliminated Japan last night, winning 3-1 at AT&T Park in San Francisco. Alex Rios led the charge, singling in a run in the first inning and hitting a two-run homer in the seventh. Puerto Rico starter Mario Santiago shut down the…

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

    Mar 12, 2013, 7:18 PM EDT

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    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…

  12. Cuba eliminates Chinese Taipei from World Baseball Classic with 14-0 victory

    Mar 9, 2013, 9:20 AM EDT

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    After being crushed by Cuba earlier this morning, Chinese Taipei has been eliminated from the 2013 World Baseball Classic. Cuba topped Chinese Taipei 14-0 in a game which ended in the seventh inning due to the mercy rule. The big blow was an eight-run sixth inning. Frederich Cepeda, Yasmany Tomas, Jose Abreu and Alfredo Despaigne…

  13. Can Japan be beat? Previewing the World Baseball Classic

    Mar 1, 2013, 10:00 AM EDT

    Ryoji Aikawa, Koji Yamamoto, Osamu Higashio

    While we’re still a week away from any World Baseball Classic play in North America, the tournament kicks off in Japan and Taiwan on Saturday (Friday night in the U.S.), with eight teams in two pools participating in round-robin play. Pool A (Japan, March 2-6): Brazil, China, Cuba, Japan Pool B: (Taiwan, March 2-5): Australia,…

  14. Video: Giancarlo Stanton was beaned during batting practice today

    Feb 20, 2013, 2:31 PM EDT

    Giancarlo Stanton

    The Marlins have one legit superstar left. And this is what happened to him in BP today: The pitcher was Jose Fernandez. And unless Jeff Loria paid Fernandez to do this as revenge for Stanton’s critical comments following the big Jose Reyes trade, it was an accident. Stanton says he’s OK. He said he didn’t…

  15. Baseball America’s annual top 100 prospects list is out

    Feb 19, 2013, 12:16 PM EDT

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    Baseball America released its annual “Top 100 Prospects” list today and as always it’s a must-read, especially since it includes for every player scouting grades for each of the five tools. Rangers shortstop Jurickson Profar tops the list, followed by Orioles right-hander Dylan Bundy, Cardinals outfielder Oscar Taveras, Rays outfielder Wil Myers, and Marlins right-hander…

  16. MLB.com unveils its Top 100 prospects

    Jan 29, 2013, 10:37 PM EDT

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    The fine folks at MLB.com just finished counting down who they believe to be baseball’s Top 100 prospects over on the MLB Network. The full list of youngsters can be found here, along with expert analysis from prospect maven Jonathan Mayo. We’ll share with you their Top 25: 1 – Jurickson Profar, SS (TEX) 2…

  17. MLB switching from land line bullpen phones to cell phones

    Jan 8, 2013, 8:37 PM EDT

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    MLB and T-Mobile just announced a multi-year sponsorship agreement which makes the former the Official Wireless Sponsor of the latter. That’s well and good because business is business, but it has a baseball implication too: wireless bullpen phones. The setup is going to look like this: It’ll be a joy to watch Charlie Manuel try…

  18. The Giants sign Scott Proctor to a minor league deal

    Jan 2, 2013, 2:40 PM EDT

    Scott Proctor AP

    I think the only time we at HBT ever talk about Scott Proctor is when he signs a minor league deal someplace. So in that spirit, let us note that Scott Proctor has signed a minor league deal someplace. From the TC Palm: Veteran Major League Baseball right-handed pitcher Scott Proctor has agreed to terms…

  19. 2013 Free Agency Tracker

    Dec 23, 2012, 9:36 PM EDT

    Zack Greinke, Ned Colletti, Magic Johnson

    We’ll be updating this one throughout the offseason. Players are listed based on their ranking in the Top 111 Free Agents. At the bottom is a listing of free agents who signed before the ranking came out, and we’ll be adding signings of players who didn’t make the top 111 as they come in. (Update:…

  20. Must-click link: Ranking the sexiest general managers, 1-30

    Dec 19, 2012, 2:13 PM EDT

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    OK, this is amazing. Following new A’s shortstop Hiroyuki Nakajima calling general manager Billy Beane “extremely sexy and cool” during his introductory press conference yesterday David Brown of Yahoo Sports–we’re partners now, you know!–has analyzed all the general managers’ sexiness and ranked them: Ranking the sexiest GMs in baseball 1-30 Someone may want to hide…

  21. Hiroyuki Nakajima says he signed with the A’s because Billy Beane is “extremely sexy and cool”

    Dec 18, 2012, 6:25 PM EDT

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    Things got a little steamy today at the press conference introducing new A’s shortstop Hiroyuki Nakajima: We’ll save you from any Brad Pitt jokes because they’re all pretty much played out at this point. Nakajima got a two-year, $6.5 million contract with a $5.5 million option for 2015. The 30-year-old shortstop batted .311/.382/.451 with 13 home runs…

  22. A’s sign Hiroyuki Nakajima for two years, $6.5 million

    Dec 17, 2012, 6:08 PM EDT

    Hiroyuki Nakajima

    The A’s moved quickly on to their backup plan after losing out on Stephen Drew, signing import Hiroyuki Nakajima to take over at shortstop, according to FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal and others. The San Francisco Chronice’s Susan Slusser reports that it’s a two-year, $6.5 million deal with a $5.5 million option for 2015. Nakajima, 30, hit…

  23. Dodgers putting $100 million into stadium renovations this winter

    Dec 10, 2012, 9:30 PM EDT

    Dodger Stadium

    The Dodgers aren’t just putting insane amounts of money into their on-field product. They are also making some changes to Dodger Stadium. According to Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times, Dodgers part-owner Magic Johnson said during Hyun-Jin Ryu‘s press conference this afternoon that the team is putting $100 million into stadium renovations this winter.…

  24. Now that Zack Greinke is in the fold, the Dodgers could try to lock up Clayton Kershaw

    Dec 10, 2012, 8:00 PM EDT

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    It’s possible that Zack Greinke‘s six-year, $147 million deal won’t be the biggest contract the deep-pocketed Dodgers give out this offseason. According to Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times, Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti said during the press conference for left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu earlier today that it’s possible the club could explore extension talks…

  25. Dodgers sign Korean lefty Hyun-Jin Ryu for $36 million

    Dec 9, 2012, 5:27 PM EDT

    Ryu Hyun-Jin

    For all of the bluster, there was never really any doubt this would get done: the Dodgers signed Korean left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu just before the Sunday afternoon deadline. CBSSports.com’s Jon Heyman reports that it’s a six-year, $36 million contract that includes an opt out after five years if Ryu tops a certain number of innings.…

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