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  1. The Brewers are off to their best start since 1987

    Apr 12, 2014, 11:48 AM EDT

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    The Brewers are a major-league best 8-2 to begin the young season.

  2. And That Happened: Wednesday’s scores and highlights

    Apr 3, 2014, 6:59 AM EDT

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    The Blue Jays 2013 plan worked out pretty well for their second game in 2014. And Jonathan Papelbon shows us the meaning of accountability. In his own special way.

  3. 2014 Preview: Milwaukee Brewers

    Mar 21, 2014, 5:52 PM EDT

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    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 Milwaukee Brewers. The Big Question: Can they bounce back? The Brewers won only 74 games in 2013 after averaging…

  4. Matt Garza on playing the Cubs: “I’m going to try to kick their teeth in”

    Mar 14, 2014, 8:10 PM EDT

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    Matt Garza has some fightin’ words for his former team. The right-hander doesn’t have any real grudge against the Cubs, as he previously stated that he enjoyed playing in Chicago, but vowed to try to “kick their teeth in” every time he’s on the hill for the Brewers against them. Via Gordon Wittenmyer of the…

  5. Orioles “maintain interest” in Ervin Santana

    Mar 6, 2014, 11:19 AM EDT

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    Once the Orioles surrendered their first- and second-round draft picks to sign Ubaldo Jimenez and Nelson Cruz there was speculation that they might decide to punt a third-round pick too in order to sign Ervin Santana. It hasn’t happened yet, but Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun reports that the Orioles “maintain interest” in Santana…

  6. James Shields won’t negotiate with Royals past Opening Day

    Mar 4, 2014, 4:15 PM EDT

    Kansas City Royals v Chicago White Sox

    Impending free agent James Shields has told the Royals that he won’t negotiate beyond Opening Day, choosing to hit the open market if a deal can’t be worked out before then. Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star reports that the two sides have yet to engage in any talks, so an extension seems unlikely.…

  7. Robinson Cano wants the Mariners to bring in Kendrys Morales and Ervin Santana

    Mar 2, 2014, 12:25 PM EDT

    Kendrys Morales

    The Mariners’ signing of Robinson Cano to a ten-year, $240 million was supposed to be the kick-off to a wild off-season. When the news died down, the Mariners were reported to have shown interest in trading for Rays ace David Price, and signing free agents Matt Garza and/or Nelson Cruz. GM Jack Zduriencik only ended…

  8. Mike Olt says his vision is just fine

    Feb 23, 2014, 9:40 PM EDT

    Texas Rangers v Boston Red Sox

    Cubs prospect Mike Olt had a rough 2013. He posted a meager .739 OPS with the Rangers’ Triple-A affiliate in Round Rock. Then the Rangers traded him to the Cubs in the Matt Garza deal. With Triple-A Iowa, Olt posted a .551 OPS in 152 plate appearances. He was bothered by vision issues, a symptom…

  9. Report: Orioles and Ubaldo Jimenez agree to a four-year, $50 million deal

    Feb 17, 2014, 6:53 PM EDT

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    UPDATE: According to CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman, the Orioles and Jimenez agreed to a four-year, $50 million deal. 6:53 p.m. ET: FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reports that the Orioles and Jimenez have reached agreement on a deal, pending a physical. 6:23 p.m. ET: After sitting on the sidelines for most of the offseason, the Orioles…

  10. Matt Garza passed on a $52 million offer because “it is what it is”

    Feb 17, 2014, 1:58 PM EDT

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    Matt Garza is one cool cat. He signed a contract with the Brewers for four-years and $50 million at the end of January. But that came weeks after he passed up a bigger offer — four years and $52 million — from the Angels. Why did he pass it up? He was busy, man. Adam…

  11. David Price thinks Masahiro Tanaka affected his trade market during the off-season

    Feb 15, 2014, 8:10 PM EDT

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    David Price‘s name has been and will continue to be thrown around in trade rumors as the lefty $14 million in 2014 and is eligible for arbitration for one more year before hitting free agency. The small market Rays are expected to eventually trade Price as they have done in the past with Matt Garza…

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

    Feb 8, 2014, 7:17 PM EDT

    Atlanta Braves v Pittsburgh Pirates

    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…

  13. Ryan Braun confident in abilities heading into 2014

    Jan 26, 2014, 6:25 PM EDT

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    At the same time the Brewers were finalizing their deal with starter Matt Garza, outfielder Ryan Braun was making the rounds with the media and fans at the “Brewers on Deck” event at the Wisconsin Center earlier today. He was asked about a variety of topics, but mostly about his use of performance-enhancing drugs. Braun,…

  14. Brewers, Matt Garza agree on a four-year, $50 million deal

    Jan 26, 2014, 2:20 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim v Texas Rangers

    On Thursday, we learned that the Brewers had signed free agent starter Matt Garza to a four-year, $52 million contract. However, the deal was never finalized and talks hit a standstill. Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reported earlier that the hold-up was related to certain language included in the contract. Per Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee…

  15. All is quiet with the Brewers and Matt Garza

    Jan 25, 2014, 8:55 AM EDT

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    The latest on Matt Garza is that there’s nothing new to report. The Brewers and Garza reportedly agreed to a four-year, $52 million contract on Thursday, but the team later announced that negotiations were ongoing and that no deal had been reached. The announcement was rather odd, especially when coupled with the news that he…

  16. UPDATE: Brewers say deal with Matt Garza is not done

    Jan 23, 2014, 7:31 PM EDT

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    UPDATE: Adam McCalvy of MLB.com hears that the holdup is not related to medical concerns and that it’s just taking some time to wrap up the deal. It’s still a weird situation, as FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reports that Garza took his physical today and the Brewers were prepared to introduce him at a news…

  17. 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…

  18. Cubs and Jeff Samardzija still far apart on a contract extension

    Jan 12, 2014, 8:30 PM EDT

    Jeff Samardzija

    Last month, the Cubs reportedly offered starter Jeff Samardzija a five-year contract extension worth $55 million. Nothing has surfaced since then, but CSN Chicago’s Patrick Mooney reports that the two sides are still far apart on the terms of an extension. Samardzija’s name has popped up in trade rumors, but Mooney says that the Cubs…

  19. Rangers tell Tanner Scheppers to prepare to start in spring training

    Jan 11, 2014, 10:55 PM EDT

    Houston Astros v Texas Rangers

    The Rangers were in for a shock yesterday when they learned that starter Derek Holland injured his knee in a fall at home, forcing him to undergo arthroscopic surgery to repair the torn cartilage. He is expected to be out until around mid-season. As a result, the Rangers are scrambling to find a substitute starter…

  20. Yankees among teams monitoring Johan Santana

    Jan 9, 2014, 10:25 PM EDT

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    The Twins are reportedly interested in a reunion with two-time Cy Young Award winner Johan Santana, but they are going to have plenty of competition to sign him. Confirming reports from last month, Andy McCullough of the Newark Star-Ledger hears that the Yankees are among several teams monitoring the progress of Santana. Andy Martino of…

  21. Orioles among teams interested in Bronson Arroyo

    Jan 6, 2014, 8:58 PM EDT

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    We heard over the weekend that that the Orioles’ top priority was to add a starting pitcher, so it should come as no surprise that ESPN’s Buster Olney names them among the teams interested in free agent right-hander Bronson Arroyo. Olney writes that contract terms is the big question, but Arroyo won’t cost nearly as…

  22. The Mariners could add intrigue to the Masahiro Tanaka sweepstakes

    Jan 4, 2014, 7:30 PM EDT

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    Japanese pitching star Masahiro Tanaka will be courted by a handful of interested teams, including the Yankees, Dodgers, Cubs, Rangers, and Diamondbacks, but as ESPN’s Andrew Marchand details, it may be the Mariners who emerge victorious by the January 24 deadline. Marchand cites some reasoning laid out by Dan Szymborski also at ESPN — that…

  23. Orioles’ top priority is adding another starting pitcher

    Jan 4, 2014, 8:58 AM EDT

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    The Orioles are still unsettled at closer and could use another bat for the designated hitter spot, but Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports hears that adding another starting pitcher is the club’s “primary focus” at this time. As we have heard throughout the winter, veteran right-hander A.J. Burnett is at the top of their list.…

  24. Luis Valbuena could be the Cubs’ starting third baseman

    Dec 29, 2013, 8:30 PM EDT

    Chicago Cubs v Cincinnati Reds

    Third base has become an increasingly difficult position to fill properly. As an example, Juan Uribe has earned the biggest contract at the position this off-season, recieving $15 million over two years from the Dodgers. As a result, the Cubs may end up having to give their starting third base job to Luis Valbuena, Carrie…

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