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  1. And That Happened: Tuesday’s scores and highlights

    Apr 9, 2014, 6:18 AM EDT

    Ryan Braun

    A ton of guys had multi-homer games yesterday. Ryan Braun led the pack with his three. I’m sure that won’t bother anyone.

  2. Report: Mets turned down O’s offer of Zach Britton-for-Ike Davis over winter

    Apr 5, 2014, 4:00 PM EDT

    Ike Davis AP

    According to a report, the Mets turned down an offer from the Orioles over the winter that would have netted them left-hander Zach Britton.

  3. 2014 Preview: Tampa Bay Rays

    Mar 28, 2014, 1:25 AM EDT

    Evan Longoria

    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 2014 season. Next up: The Tampa Bay Rays. The Big Question: Is this a championship offense? The Rays have led the American League in ERA…

  4. Rays shave their heads for a good cause

    Mar 16, 2014, 11:27 AM EDT

    maddon shave

    From Roger Mooney of the Tampa Tribune comes the following photo of Rays manager Joe Maddon getting a close shave Sunday in camp. Matt Joyce, Ben Zobrist, James Loney, and Jake McGee were among the other participants in “Fortune Favors The Bald,” a charity event for pediatric cancer. Ava finishes the job on #rays Maddon…

  5. Brewers “making push” to sign Mark Reynolds

    Jan 16, 2014, 6:53 PM EDT

    Minnesota Twins v Cleveland Indians

    CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reports that the Brewers are “making a push” to sign free agent Mark Reynolds, who is said to be “leaning toward” signing with them. Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports also hears that a deal is close. It was reported earlier this week that the Nationals had expressed interest in Reynolds, but…

  6. Ranking the best off-seasons so far

    Dec 29, 2013, 6:05 PM EDT

    Carlos Beltran

    We’re almost into 2014, which means we’re only about a month and a half away from pitchers and catchers reporting to spring training — the official start of baseball. Most of the big name free agents are off the board and thus most teams have already finished shopping or have done most of the heavy…

  7. 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…

  8. Dodgers considering bringing back Michael Young as their regular third baseman

    Dec 14, 2013, 8:58 AM EDT

    Michael Young Getty

    The Dodgers are flush with cash, but it can’t buy them everything. According to ESPN’s Buster Olney, the team is considering bringing back free agent Michael Young as their starting third baseman. As Olney explains, the reason for this is because the Dodgers “believe increasingly” that free agent Juan Uribe could be headed elsewhere. Reports…

  9. Rays re-sign James Loney for three years, $21 million

    Dec 13, 2013, 5:27 PM EDT

    James Loney

    Now that the first base market has shaken out a bit the Rays have re-signed James Loney to a three-year, $21 million contract, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com. Loney was hardly a sought-after free agent last offseason, signing a one-year, $2 million deal with Tampa Bay. He got off to a hot start for…

  10. Brewers, Rays and Pirates in the mix to acquire Ike Davis

    Dec 11, 2013, 7:46 PM EDT

    Ike Davis Getty

    The Mariners took two first baseman off the board earlier today by agreeing to a deal with Corey Hart and acquiring Logan Morrison from the Marlins. Could Mets’ first baseman Ike Davis be the next domino to fall? While nothing appears to be imminent, Jim Duquette of MLB Network Radio reports that the Brewers, Rays,…

  11. The Brewers are talking to James Loney

    Dec 11, 2013, 3:29 PM EDT

    James Loney

    The Brewers used to have Corey Hart at first base and tried to bring him back. Then they were rumored to be into Logan Morrison. The Mariners jumped in front of them on both counts because, apparently, they want all of the first baseman. Heck, they now have both of those guys and Justin Smoak.…

  12. Marlins discuss Logan Morrison with Pirates, Rays

    Dec 9, 2013, 3:50 PM EDT

    Logan Morrison

    Now that the Marlins have gotten older and worse by signing Garrett Jones, the smarter teams are coming out of the woodwork in pursuit of Logan Morrison. FOXSports.com’s Jon Morosi says both the Pirates and Rays have had conversations regarding the first baseman. John Perotto of the Beaver County Times reports that the Pirates and…

  13. Delmon Young working out at first base to pad resume

    Dec 8, 2013, 9:00 PM EDT

    delmon young getty

    You’re never too old to start learning how to play first base. Delmon Young, shockingly only 28 years old, has never played a single inning at first base in his entire professional baseball career, but he has been working out at the position lately in order to make himself more attractive as a free agent,…

  14. 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…

  15. Rays would like to bring James Loney back if he lowers his price

    Dec 7, 2013, 11:00 PM EDT

    James Loney

    First baseman James Loney had a career rebirth of sorts in 2013 with the Rays and the team would like to bring him back, but not at his current asking price, reports Mark Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times. Loney is currently seeking a three-year, $27 million deal. If the Rays have to search for…

  16. The Rockies’ pursuit of Justin Morneau could “heat up” soon

    Nov 30, 2013, 8:20 PM EDT

    Justin Morneau

    With Todd Helton now off to greener pastures, the Rockies need a new first baseman. You can expect them to start pursuing free agent Justin Morneau more heavily this week, tweets Troy Renck of the Denver Post. Morneau, now 32, was traded to the Pirates at the end of August after a 10 and a half…

  17. The Rockies consider James Loney their fallback option after Justin Morneau

    Nov 28, 2013, 9:00 AM EDT

    James Loney

    We’ve heard that the Rockies are interested in Justin Morneau for their open first base job. But if that doesn’t work out, Troy Renck of the Denver Post reports that James Loney is the fallback option.They still want Morneau, however, Renck says, and he believes they can get him on a two-year deal given that…

  18. Rockies interested in Mike Napoli, James Loney, Justin Morneau

    Nov 14, 2013, 2:14 PM EDT

    mike napoli getty

    Reports have varied regarding what type of offer the Red Sox have made to re-sign Mike Napoli, but in the meantime Troy Renck of the Denver Post reports that the Rockies have expressed interest in the free agent first baseman. Colorado’s first-round pick is protected, so signing Napoli would cost them a second-rounder instead after…

  19. 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…

  20. Hot Button: Meaning of MVP

    Oct 30, 2013, 10:15 AM EDT

    David Ortiz AP

    Question 4. Statement: In baseball, the MVP award unequivocally should go to the best player. Strongly agree. Of course. What other option is there? 44.8% Agree. In close races, I might consider team performance and big moments. 40.7% Neutral. 2.7% Disagree. “Most valuable” is different. Factors like clutchiness and team performance must be considered. 9.2%…

  21. 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…

  22. Gold Glove finalists announced

    Oct 25, 2013, 11:16 AM EDT

    gold glove

    Gold Glove award winners are announced Tuesday, but in the meantime Rawlings just named three finalists for each position in each league: AL, catcher: Matt Wieters, Joe Mauer, Salvador Perez AL, first base: Chris Davis, James Loney, Eric Hosmer AL, second base: Robinson Cano, Ben Zobrist, Dustin Pedroia AL, third base: Manny Machado, Evan Longoria,…

  23. The Rays are willing to press their luck with James Loney

    Oct 11, 2013, 11:39 AM EDT

    James Loney

    James Loney‘s 2013 season was a pleasant surprise. And it sounds like the Rays are prepared to gamble that it, and not his miserable 2012 is more representative of what he’ll do going forward. The Tampa Tribune reports that the Rays are interested in re-signing their first baseman and Loney reportedly has an interest of…

  24. Jake Peavy finally a postseason success with Red Sox

    Oct 9, 2013, 2:18 AM EDT

    Jake Peavy

    In truth, a four-game series was probably the best-case scenario for the Red Sox. Sure, sweeps are great, but there’s nothing wrong with being tested a bit. And not only did the Red Sox pass their test with flying colors, but they got to use Jake Peavy in their Game 4 victory over the Rays…

  25. The Rays’ all just wasn’t quite enough

    Oct 9, 2013, 12:58 AM EDT

    Will Middlebrooks, Yunel Escobar

    The Rays used 22 of their 25 players in Tuesday’s loss, and they were one inning away from turning to their Game 5 starter. Still, no matter how much Joe Maddon maneuvered, there was no outgunning the Red Sox this week. It was plenty close. The Rays got the break they needed in the second…

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