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  1. The Orioles are unlikely to sign Josh Hamilton

    Nov 8, 2012, 9:24 AM EST

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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…

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

    Nov 8, 2012, 8:30 AM EST

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    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…

  3. Mariners could be serious player for Josh Hamilton

    Nov 7, 2012, 10:37 PM EST

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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…

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

    Nov 7, 2012, 6:03 PM EST

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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:…

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

    Nov 7, 2012, 1:01 PM EST

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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…

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

    Nov 7, 2012, 10:15 AM EST

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    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…

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

    Nov 6, 2012, 6:48 AM EST

    Atlanta Braves v Philadelphia Phillies

    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…

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

    Nov 5, 2012, 8:30 AM EST

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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…

  9. Free agency is officially underway

    Nov 3, 2012, 9:45 AM EST

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    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…

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

    Nov 2, 2012, 6:07 PM EST

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    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…

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

    Nov 2, 2012, 4:16 PM EST

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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.…

  12. Brewers general manager nixes Josh Hamilton rumors

    Nov 2, 2012, 10:47 AM EST

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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…

  13. The Top 50 Free Agents of 2013

    Nov 2, 2012, 8:31 AM EST

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    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,…

  14. The Rangers are interested in David Ortiz

    Nov 2, 2012, 8:07 AM EST

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    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…

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

    Oct 31, 2012, 1:59 PM EST

    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…

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

    Oct 29, 2012, 2:00 PM EST

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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…

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

    Oct 26, 2012, 7:47 PM EST

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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…

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

    Oct 17, 2012, 6:31 PM EST

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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…

  19. Nolan Ryan says Josh Hamilton picked the wrong time to stop dipping

    Oct 10, 2012, 10:00 AM EST

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    Nolan Ryan spoke with ESPN Dallas about Josh Hamilton‘s late season struggles.  Ryan beat back the notion that Josh Hamilton somehow quit on the team — which should go without saying, but whatever — and noted that to the extent he had issues late, it was because he was simply in an unfamiliar situation and…

  20. Rangers won’t make pre-free agency offer to Josh Hamilton

    Oct 9, 2012, 2:44 PM EST

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    This afternoon the Rangers held their season-ending press conference with reporters and among the interesting tidbits passed along by T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com is that they won’t make Josh Hamilton an offer before he hits the open market. Obviously it’s unlikely that Hamilton would have passed up free agency anyway and Nolan Ryan did not…

  21. Josh Hamilton hints at moving on after loss to Orioles

    Oct 6, 2012, 9:22 AM EST

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    If last night was Josh Hamilton‘s final game in a Rangers’ uniform, it ended pretty ugly. After Hamilton dropped a fly ball during the final game of the regular season against the Athletics, he went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts and a double-play ground ball last night. He saw a total of eight pitches. Fans directed…

  22. Josh Hamilton, Ron Washington draw blame for the Rangers’ early exit

    Oct 6, 2012, 12:12 AM EST

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    I maintain that the Rangers are baseball’s most talented team. That they’re done after one wild card game falls mostly on the shoulders of Josh Hamilton and the shortcomings of manager Ron Washington. Hamilton’s struggles are well chronicled. In the Rangers’ final nine games — seven of which proved to be losses — he went…

  23. Adam Jones gives Orioles lead with sacrifice fly

    Oct 5, 2012, 10:32 PM EST

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    The Orioles have pulled ahead again in Arlington. Adam Jones delivered a sacrifice fly in the top of the sixth inning to give the Orioles a 2-1 lead over the Rangers. J.J. Hardy led off the sixth by dumping a single into shallow right field before Chris Davis singled to right to move him to…

  24. Joe Saunders escapes jam to preserve 1-1 tie vs. Rangers through four innings

    Oct 5, 2012, 10:04 PM EST

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    Most didn’t give Joe Saunders much of a chance against the Rangers in this game, especially after seeing how Ron Washington stacked his lineup with right-handed batters, but he has allowed one run through four innings to preserve a 1-1 tie. It hasn’t been easy, though. Saunders walked Ian Kinsler to begin the game. Elvis…

  25. Orioles take early lead thanks to Michael Young error

    Oct 5, 2012, 8:52 PM EST

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    The Orioles have jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in their do-or-die Wild Card matchup against the Rangers in Arlington. Nate McLouth led off the game by smacking a hard-hit ball to Michael Young at first base, who was unable to get a handle on it. McLouth then stole second base before he was…

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