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  1. The Red Sox are still steamed that a PED guy played against them in the playoffs last year

    Apr 11, 2014, 11:01 AM EDT

    David Ross Getty

    For all of the logic people try to apply to their position on PEDs, one’s visceral response — and the color of one’s jersey — still tends to rule their views on the matter.

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

    Apr 1, 2014, 5:50 AM EDT

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    Does winning on Opening Day mean anything? I dunno, ask Oakland and Seattle.

  3. 2014 Preview: Baltimore Orioles

    Mar 28, 2014, 11:03 AM EDT

    Chris Tillman AP

    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 Baltimore Orioles. The Big Question: Is there enough pitching here to get the O’s back to the playoffs? The Orioles…

  4. Scott Boras says clients Stephen Drew and Kendrys Morales still willing to wait for the right deal

    Mar 15, 2014, 10:10 PM EDT

    stephen drew red sox getty

    With about two weeks to go until the start of the regular season, shortstop Stephen Drew and first baseman/DH Kendrys Morales still remain unemployed. Both players rejected $14.1 million qualifying offers from the Red Sox and Mariners, respectively, hoping to sign big, multi-year contracts, but it never happened. Meanwhile, players like Nelson Cruz and Ervin Santana,…

  5. The Orioles are playing Nelson Cruz in center field today

    Mar 15, 2014, 9:44 AM EDT

    Nelson Cruz AP

    Well, this is fantastic. The Orioles will be a must-watch in their Grapefruit League game against the Yankees this afternoon, as Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun notes that Nelson Cruz will make the start in center field. Oh, but that’s not all. He’ll be flanked by Delmon Young in right field and Steve Pearce…

  6. The Collective Bargaining Agreement won’t be changed until it expires

    Mar 8, 2014, 9:40 PM EDT

    Kendrys Morales

    Yesterday, Brewers starter Kyle Lohse criticized the qualifying offer system. Lohse rejected a $13.3 million qualifying offer from the Cardinals after the 2012 season, hoping to get a lucrative deal in free agency. He ended up jobless well into march until the Brewers jumped in and signed him to a three-year, $33 million deal. This…

  7. Kyle Lohse criticizes the qualifying offer system

    Mar 7, 2014, 7:05 PM EDT

    Arizona Diamondbacks v Milwaukee Brewers

    Deep into the off-season, Ubaldo Jimenez, Nelson Cruz, Stephen Drew, Ervin Santana, and Kendrys Morales were still free agents despite being productive players last season. Jimenez and Cruz recently signed with the Orioles, but the latter three still remain unsigned with the regular season just weeks away. All five rejected $14.1 million qualifying offers from…

  8. Orioles “maintain interest” in Ervin Santana

    Mar 6, 2014, 11:19 AM EDT

    ervin santana getty

    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…

  9. Delmon Young is “in as good a shape as he’s been in in a long time”

    Mar 3, 2014, 1:30 PM EDT

    Delmon Young

    SARASOTA — One of the first things I saw upon entering the Orioles’ clubhouse this morning was Delmon Young wearing compression shorts and no shirt on. And you guys say you wish you had my job. I will say, though, Young looked better in that ensemble than I figured he might. It made me wonder…

  10. 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…

  11. Ervin Santana would rather sit out until June than take a Nelson Cruz-like contract

    Feb 22, 2014, 6:30 PM EDT

    ervin santana getty

    As D.J. Short wrote earlier, free agent starter Ervin Santana is drawing interest from several teams including the Orioles and Rangers. But as Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports, the right-hander says he would rather sit out until June — draft pick compensation disappears after the draft — than take a deal similar to the…

  12. Orioles, Rangers, and a mystery NL West team are very interested in Ervin Santana

    Feb 22, 2014, 4:28 PM EDT

    ervin santana getty

    With Ubaldo Jimenez off the board, Ervin Santana is the last big name starting pitcher available in free agency. Maybe not for much longer, though. Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes reports that the Orioles, Rangers, and a mystery team from the NL West team are very interested in free agent right-hander Ervin Santana. And while…

  13. Report: Orioles and Nelson Cruz agree to a one-year, $8 million contract

    Feb 22, 2014, 10:27 AM EDT

    Nelson Cruz Getty

    UPDATE: Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes reports that the Orioles and Cruz have agreed to a one-year, $8 million contract, pending a physical. The deal includes $750,000 in incentives, but it looks like a potential bargain addition for Baltimore as they attempt to make a run at the postseason. As for Cruz, settling for a…

  14. Orioles have talked to Nelson Cruz

    Feb 21, 2014, 6:05 PM EDT

    Toronto Blue Jays v Texas Rangers

    Like a college student cramming before a big exam, the Orioles are desperately trying to put together a competitive roster before spring training exhibition games begin. We learned earlier that the O’s were showing interest in Ervin Santana even after having signed Ubaldo Jimenez, and that they were “intensifying their interest” in DH Kendrys Morales.…

  15. Rangers keeping in touch with Nelson Cruz, could re-sign him if price becomes “reasonable”

    Feb 19, 2014, 6:22 PM EDT

    nelson cruz rangers getty

    The Mariners, Mets, and Orioles have all been linked to free agent outfielder Nelson Cruz over the past couple of weeks, but March is approaching and the 33-year-old remains unsigned. Could a return to the Rangers become an option if this saga continues? According to Lyle Spencer of MLB.com, the Texas front office has maintained…

  16. Pirates “continue to monitor” the Mets’ Ike Davis

    Feb 18, 2014, 6:23 PM EDT

    ike davis mets getty

    The Pirates got an underwhelming .768 OPS from the first base position in 2013 and lost Justin Morneau this winter to free agency. If the 2014 season started today, Gaby Sanchez and his .258/.337/.417 career batting line would be Pittsburgh’s primary option at baseball’s most premium offensive position. And that’s not ideal. According to Jayson…

  17. The Mariners-Nelson Cruz talks are on hold

    Feb 13, 2014, 4:20 PM EDT

    Nelson Cruz Getty

    Just a couple of days ago it appeared that the Mariners and Nelson Cruz were slated to come to an agreement. Not so fast. Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish reports that the talks between the sides are “on hold.” Why, exactly, is unclear. Could be a financial issue, could be just a change of…

  18. All signs point to Nelson Cruz landing with the Mariners

    Feb 8, 2014, 12:50 PM EDT

    Nelson Cruz Getty

    Bob Nightengale of USA Today reported Thursday that the Mariners are “cautiously optimistic” about signing free agent outfielder Nelson Cruz. Two days later, all signs point to the scenario becoming a reality: Keep hearing from industry insiders that it's a matter of time before #Mariners reach deal with free-agent outfielder Nelson Cruz.— Bob Dutton (@TNT_Mariners)…

  19. The Mariners could do a multi-year deal for Nelson Cruz

    Feb 4, 2014, 10:30 AM EDT

    Nelson Cruz Getty

    Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports that the Mariners are “amenable” to a multi-year deal for free agent outfielder Nelson Cruz. It has seemed like only a matter of time before these crazy kids get together. Unlike a lot of other teams, the Mariners would only have to give up a third-round pick to get…

  20. Market finally heating up for Nelson Cruz

    Feb 2, 2014, 12:11 PM EDT

    cruz getty

    Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe shares the info: Nelson Cruz, OF, free agent — Momentum is starting to build in Cruz’s favor. While a one-year deal somewhere is still not out of the question, there are teams with righthanded power needs, and Cruz could benefit. The Mariners remain interested, but according to one major…

  21. The Mariners could be getting serious about Nelson Cruz

    Jan 30, 2014, 10:07 PM EDT

    Nelson Cruz Getty

    FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reported yesterday that the Mariners were showing “strong interest” in free agents Fernando Rodney and Nelson Cruz. From what Jim Bowden of ESPN.com and MLB Network Radio on Sirius XM is hearing, it sounds like they could be getting serious about signing one of them: .@JimBowdenESPNxm: my sources are telling me…

  22. GM says Mariners “would love to have Nelson Cruz, but …”

    Jan 28, 2014, 10:47 AM EDT

    Nelson Cruz

    As expected the draft pick compensation attached to signing Nelson Cruz has significantly hurt the free agent outfielder’s market, leaving him unsigned with weeks before spring training begins. In speaking at the Mariners’ fan fest event general manager Jack Zduriencik was very open about the team’s interest in Cruz, but also laid out exactly why…

  23. Mariners content to add complementary players going into spring training

    Jan 26, 2014, 9:30 PM EDT

    Texas Rangers' Nelson Cruz celebrates after hitting a two run home run against the Detroit Tigers during the seventh inning of Game 6 of MLB's ALCS baseball playoffs in Arlington

    The Mariners made the biggest news of the off-season, signing second baseman Robinson Cano to a ten-year, $240 million contract. As beneficial as the signing portends to be, at least in the early going, the consensus was that the Mariners needed to a lot more to improve on last year’s 71-91 record. They were rumored…

  24. Tigers downplay interest in Nelson Cruz

    Jan 25, 2014, 1:05 PM EDT

    Nelson Cruz Getty

    Nelson Cruz is still looking for a home in free agency and the Tigers have surprised us with some late offseason additions before, so some have speculated that they could make sense as a possible match, but general manager Dave Dombrowski downplayed the possibility when asked by reporters at the team’s annual TigerFest today: Dombrowski…

  25. Players tried to kick A-Rod out of the union, threaten him with beaning when he returns

    Jan 21, 2014, 12:58 PM EDT

    Yankees' Rodriguez stands at third base in the eighth inning of their MLB American League baseball game against the Red Sox in Boston

    I don’t know if the union did everything it could in defending Alex Rodriguez in his arbitration, but it is apparently doing a piss-poor job of explaining to its players that threatening other union members for exercising their legal rights in appealing discipline from the league is a pretty dumb precedent for a union to…

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