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  1. Basically every single free agent has declined their teams’ qualifying offers

    Nov 9, 2012, 5:41 PM EDT

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    There are some still trickling in — and it’s possible I may have missed one — but it appears as though every single free agent who was given a qualifying offer by their team has declined them. Josh Hamilton, Adam LaRoche, Michael Bourn, Rafael Soriano, Nick Swisher, Hiroki Kuroda, Kyle Lohse and B.J. Upton have…

  2. The Rangers max offer to Josh Hamilton will be three years

    Nov 9, 2012, 9:14 AM EDT

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    In other words, the Rangers are really not that interested in signing Josh Hamilton. Bob Nightengale reports: The Texas Rangers don’t plan to offer prized free agent outfielder Josh Hamilton more than a three-year contract, according to a high-ranking team official, which likely will lead to the Rangers severing ties with the 2010 American League…

  3. Anibal Sanchez wants a $90 million deal

    Nov 8, 2012, 10:48 PM EDT

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    We’re only a few days into free agency, but we have already heard multiple reports of outrageous contract demands. Just to name some recent examples, Josh Hamilton reportedly wants $175 million while Michael Bourn is looking for $100 million and Jeremy Guthrie is seeking $34 million. Well, we can add a new name to the…

  4. The Phillies have talked to B.J. Upton’s agent

    Nov 8, 2012, 9:35 PM EDT

    B.J. Upton AP

    There isn’t a lot going on at the General Manager Meetings from a transaction perspective, but many teams are laying the groundwork for possible signings and trades down the road. With that in mind, Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com was told by a source that Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro, Jr. has spoken with B.J. Upton‘s…

  5. Rafael Soriano, Michael Bourn, Nick Swisher and B.J. Upton to reject qualifying offers

    Nov 8, 2012, 8:47 PM EDT

    Rafael Soriano Getty

    Those free agents who received one-year, $13.3 million qualifying offers last week must decide by 5 p.m. ET tomorrow whether to accept them. David Ortiz finalized a two-year, $26 million extension with the Red Sox earlier this week, so that leaves eight players with a decision to make: Josh Hamilton, Rafael Soriano, Nick Swisher, Hiroki…

  6. The Silver Slugger Awards are announced

    Nov 8, 2012, 6:05 PM EDT

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    This year’s Silver Slugger Award winners are being unveiled tonight during a one-hour special on MLB Network. The Silver Slugger Award is given annually to the best offensive player at each position in the American League and National League and is voted on by coaches and managers. We’ll run the winners down here as they…

  7. Mike Adams says Josh Hamilton “is a different guy sometimes”

    Nov 8, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

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    After spending one-and-a-half seasons in Texas reliever Mike Adams is not expected to re-sign with the Rangers as a free agent, but on his way out the door he had some interesting comments about Josh Hamilton. During an MLB Network Radio interview, Adams said of his fellow free agent: Josh is a special talent and…

  8. The Orioles are unlikely to sign Josh Hamilton

    Nov 8, 2012, 9:24 AM EDT

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    Some national writers were saying yesterday that the Orioles would be players for Josh Hamilton. A local Baltimore writer, however — Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun — says that’s not likely given the specualted $175 million price tag: The Orioles have never given out a contract like that. And they aren’t going to make franchise…

  9. Hunter Pence is going to be back with the Giants in 2013

    Nov 8, 2012, 8:30 AM EDT

    Hunter Pence Reuters

    Pop quiz, hot shot! You traded for an outfielder in the middle of the year who often looked helpless at the plate. He was a nice guy and had character, though, serving as a great cheerleader. And hey, you won the friggin’ World Series, so it’s not like his presence in the lineup every day…

  10. Mariners could be serious player for Josh Hamilton

    Nov 7, 2012, 10:37 PM EDT

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    FOX Sports’ Jon Paul Morosi wrote earlier today that free agent outfielder Josh Hamilton “is on the Orioles’ list of targets” this offseason. And he will apparently have another unexpected suitor. According to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, the Mariners “look like a possible new entry” in the Hamilton sweepstakes. Something that M’s GM Jack Zduriencik…

  11. Finalists announced for Rookie of the Year, Manager of the Year, Cy Young and MVP…

    Nov 7, 2012, 6:03 PM EDT

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    This year, the Baseball Writers Association of America is revealing finalists for its eight major awards before actually rolling out the trophies next week. Those finalists will be announced in an hour-long special on MLB Network beginning at 6 p.m. ET. We’ll list the names as they come in… Rookie of the Year American League:…

  12. The Orioles are going to make a run at Josh Hamilton

    Nov 7, 2012, 1:01 PM EDT

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    Jon Paul Morosi reports that the Orioles are interested in Josh Hamilton: Hamilton is on the Orioles’ list of targets for left field, according to a source with knowledge of the organization’s plans. Hamilton has started more games in left field than center over the past three seasons, and the Orioles have an opening there…

  13. Brewers signing Zack Greinke is “a long shot” despite chat with general manager

    Nov 7, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

    Zack Greinke

    Brewers general manager Doug Melvin admitted yesterday that he recently chatted on the phone with Zack Greinke, leading to speculation that the free agent returning to Milwaukee might be possible. Melvin stressed that he simply likes talking baseball with Greinke–which is something he’s said in the past as well–and added that the right-hander “didn’t tip…

  14. Ryan Howard is in the Best Shape of His Life

    Nov 6, 2012, 6:48 AM EDT

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    Man, it’s starting early this year. Take it away Ruben Amaro: Amaro said Ryan Howard’s offseason conditioning program has already shown results. “I think he’s lost a significant amount of weight, which bodes well for him,” the GM said. Good for Howard. And good for Amaro for making it safe for all general managers and…

  15. Josh Hamilton wants $175 million? Good luck with that, dude

    Nov 5, 2012, 8:30 AM EDT

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    I want to find a genie in a bottle who bucks convention and doesn’t mind it when you wish for more wishes. The odds of that happening are about the same odds as Josh Hamilton getting what he wants: From someone who knows these things: Josh Hamilton’s asking price is 7 years and $175M. #Rangers…

  16. Free agency is officially underway

    Nov 3, 2012, 9:45 AM EDT

    Zack Greinke Getty

    As of 12:01 a.m. ET this morning, MLB free agency was officially open for business. Free agents are now free to negotiate and sign with any team. Zack Greinke and Josh Hamilton headline this year’s crop, which isn’t nearly as impressive as ones we have seen in the past. Still, many believe that we could…

  17. Josh Hamilton, David Ortiz among free agents to receive qualifying offers

    Nov 2, 2012, 6:07 PM EDT

    Josh Hamilton AP

    Under the new collective bargaining agreement Type A and Type B free agent designations have been ditched in favor of teams needing to make a “qualifying offer” to free agents in order to receive compensation for their departure. Qualifying offers are basically one-year deals for the average salary of the top 125 highest-paid players, which…

  18. Rangers make qualifying offer to Josh Hamilton, but not Mike Napoli

    Nov 2, 2012, 4:16 PM EDT

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    As expected the Rangers made a qualifying offer to free agent Josh Hamilton, ensuring they’ll receive a first-round draft pick as compensation if he signs elsewhere as a free agent. They did not, however, make a qualifying offer to Mike Napoli, so the free agent catcher can walk without the Rangers getting anything in return.…

  19. Brewers general manager nixes Josh Hamilton rumors

    Nov 2, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

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    Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel asked Doug Melvin about rumors that the Brewers will make a strong run at Josh Hamilton via free agency and the general manager more or less shot them down. “We’ve got the connection with [hitting coach] Johnny Narron but we don’t have the connection with U.S. Bank,” Melvin…

  20. The Top 50 Free Agents of 2013

    Nov 2, 2012, 8:31 AM EDT

    Josh Hamilton

    Earlier this fall I counted down the top 111 free agents of this offseason. Since then, several players have had their options picked up or contracts extended, taking them out of play.  With the free agent signing period beginning tonight, it’s a good time to update that list and count them down once again. Up first,…

  21. The Rangers are interested in David Ortiz

    Nov 2, 2012, 8:07 AM EDT

    David Ortiz Getty

    Yesterday I said I’d be utterly shocked if David Ortiz wasn’t back with the Red Sox in 2013.  I still will be, but Ken Rosenthal reports that there is at least some competition for Big Papi’s services: The Boston Red Sox are not alone in their pursuit of designated hitter David Ortiz. The Texas Rangers also have expressed serious interest…

  22. A twist on the “baseball is dying” thing: the NBA is killing it!

    Oct 31, 2012, 1:59 PM EDT

    Kurtis Blow

    Saying that the NFL is more popular than baseball is both (a) true; and (b) old hat. It has become such an obvious thing that I didn’t even blink when I heard Frank DeFord say it for the ten millionth time just this morning, and most of what Frank DeFord says drives me kinda bonkers. But how…

  23. Free agents can sign starting at 12:01AM Saturday

    Oct 29, 2012, 2:00 PM EDT

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    The season is over and the hot stove is upon us. It used to be we had to wait a while until players filed for and then signed in free agency. It doesn’t work that way anymore. Guys whose contracts have expired immediately become free agents after the season ends (i.e. last night) and signings…

  24. Amid Josh Hamilton rumors, Brewers owner says pitching is priority

    Oct 26, 2012, 7:47 PM EDT

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    While CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reported Thursday that the Brewers are “seriously considering a run” at free agent outfielder Josh Hamilton, Brewers owner Mark Attanasio said he’s more interested in addressing his team’s pitching problems. “We’ve got the No. 1 offense in the league,” Attanasio told the Journal Sentinel’s Tom Haudricourt. “We know that’s working. We…

  25. An early guess at Team USA’s WBC lineup

    Oct 17, 2012, 6:31 PM EDT

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    If Derek Jeter‘s broken ankle didn’t take him out of the mix for the World Baseball Classic the moment it happened, today’s news that he needs surgery definitely makes the issue moot. But as unfortunate as Jeter’s injury is for the Yankees, it’s not necessarily a bad thing for Team USA in next spring’s World…

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