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  1. Heyman: Yankees eyeing Carlos Beltran, Stephen Drew, Jacoby Ellsbury, others

    Nov 24, 2013, 7:05 PM EDT

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    The Yankees already made waves this off-season with their recent signing of free agent catcher Brian McCann to a five-year, $85 million deal (the largest ever for a catcher going by average annual value). However, they are still pursuing some of the biggest names still available in the free agent market, reports Jon Heyman of…

  2. Let’s not overstate the impact Yankee Stadium will have on Brian McCann

    Nov 24, 2013, 6:05 PM EDT

    Brian McCann AP

    As soon as the Yankees’ signing of free agent catcher Brian McCann to a five-year, $85 million contract was announced, the projections started rolling in. “McCann will hit 35-40 HRs with Yankee Stadium as home ballpark,” tweeted David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Others were less bold, suggesting 35 as a ceiling for the former…

  3. Yankees, Brian McCann agree to five-year, $85 million deal

    Nov 23, 2013, 6:10 PM EDT

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    UPDATE: FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reports that the Yankees and McCann have reached agreement on a deal, pending a physical. McCann will get five years and $85 million with a vesting option for a sixth year which could bring the total to $100 million. His $17 million AAV (average annual value) is the highest-ever for…

  4. Wild rumor time: Robinson Cano might have met with the Tigers yesterday

    Nov 23, 2013, 10:01 AM EDT

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    The Tigers were able to shed the monster contract of Prince Fielder earlier this week in the deal that netted them Ian Kinsler from the Rangers. Is it possible that the next step will be to pursue free agent second baseman Robinson Cano? That scenario seems extremely unlikely for a variety of reasons, but there…

  5. The Tigers and Rangers trade is just as much about past mistakes as it is about current need

    Nov 21, 2013, 5:34 AM EDT

    Prince Fielder

    In case you missed the big news last night, the Tigers traded Prince Fielder to Texas for Ian Kinsler. Detroit is sending along around $30 million. The net result: the Tigers get Kinsler and about $70 million in salary relief, the Rangers get seven years of Fielder and a $138 million bill for his services.…

  6. David Murphy’s daughter broke $12 million news at daycare

    Nov 20, 2013, 10:15 AM EDT

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    Richard Durrett of ESPN Dallas has an amusing story about how news broke that outfielder David Murphy was leaving the Rangers to sign a two-year, $12 million deal with the Indians: You can thank Jamie Kelly (@JamieSportsTalk) for getting the scoop, thanks to Murphy’s daughter and her daycare. One of Kelly’s followers on Twitter sent…

  7. Jay-Z is trying to sell Robinson Cano “as Michael Jordan, not as a baseball player”

    Nov 19, 2013, 4:20 PM EDT

    Robinson Cano

    Mark Feinsand of the Daily News quotes a baseball insider as critical of the way Jay-Z and his team are trying to sell Robinson Cano in free agency: “They’re selling him as Michael Jordan, not as a baseball player,” said a major-league official familiar with Cano’s situation. “As a guy that’s going to be a…

  8. Yankees say Robinson Cano has to get “a little more realistic”

    Nov 19, 2013, 12:31 PM EDT

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    A day after reports that Robinson Cano is still seeking north of $300 million in free agency, Wallace Matthews of ESPN New York spoke to Yankees President Randy Levine. Who said that Cano has to get a grip: “We want Robbie back; we think Robbie is terrific,” Levine said Tuesday in a telephone conversation with…

  9. Jay-Z meets with the Mets about Robinson Cano

    Nov 19, 2013, 6:30 AM EDT

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    Go this exclusive story from the New York Post for the details of a meeting between Jay-Z, and Robinson Cano‘s CAA agent Brodie Van Wagenen with the Mets’ Jeff Wilpon and Sandy Aldrerson. Stay for the hilarious, 1970s Topps traded card-quality airbrush job of Cano in a Mets uniform. As for the meeting: it was initiated…

  10. Robinson Cano reportedly still wants $310 million

    Nov 18, 2013, 2:31 PM EDT

    Robinson Cano

    ESPN New York reports: Robinson Cano has not budged off his request of a 10-year, $310 million contract, a source with knowledge of the asking price told ESPN New York on Monday. Having a bit of a trying day, so thanks for the laugh, Mr. Cano. Or thanks to the Yankees person leaking that in an effort…

  11. Jay-Z reportedly “intimately involved” in Robinson Cano’s free agency

    Nov 18, 2013, 9:27 AM EDT

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    Lots of people talked about Jay-Z as if he’d be handling all of the details of Robinson’s Cano’s free agency. Then a lot of people subtly reminded folks that, in reality, Cano is being represented by both Jay-Z and CAA, and CAA has a lot more experience in such matters, suggesting that Jay-Z is more…

  12. Robinson Cano “ready for this to go past Christmas, into January if necessary”

    Nov 16, 2013, 6:05 PM EDT

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    Long time Yankee and current free agent second baseman Robinson Cano is expected to sign a very lucrative contract this off-season, making his next deal not a matter of if, but when. So far, though, talks involving Cano and other suitors have been few and far between. At the end of September, he was reportedly…

  13. The Marlins were a contender for Robinson Cano? Really?

    Nov 12, 2013, 10:34 AM EDT

    Robinson Cano

    Silly season is upon us when it is asserted that, until very recently, the Marlins were legitimate contenders to sign Robinson Cano. But that’s what Joel Sherman says: Surprisingly, one club that comes up from time to time is the Marlins. The theory: They are further along than you think because of their accumulation of…

  14. Alderson: Mets don’t expect to give out $100 million contract this winter

    Nov 11, 2013, 9:28 PM EDT

    Sandy Alderson AP

    The Mets have some money to spend this offseason with the contracts of Johan Santana, Jason Bay, and Frank Francisco coming off the books, but don’t expect them to go after any of the big ticket items in free agency. Alderson pledges aggressive approach this winter but unwilling to go over $100 million for a…

  15. Qualifying offer accept/decline round-up

    Nov 11, 2013, 3:36 PM EDT

    Minnesota Twins v Atlanta Braves

    UPDATE: All 13 players who received a qualifying offer have declined it. ========== The deadline for free agents to accept or decline qualifying offers is 5:00 p.m. eastern time today, so I’ll update this list with decisions as they become known: – Carlos Beltran, Cardinals: Declined – Robinson Cano, Yankees: Declined – Shin-Soo Choo, Reds:…

  16. Jay-Z vs. Scott Boras

    Nov 7, 2013, 4:21 PM EDT

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    Jay-Z took Scott Boras’ big client away. And then dissed him on his album. But does he really have what it takes to make a real dent in the Boras Empire? Well, that’s kind of a loaded question. And one which obscures the fact that, in reality, Jay-Z is not sitting down at a table…

  17. Silver Slugger Award winners, as they’re announced …

    Nov 6, 2013, 6:01 PM EDT

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    Major League Baseball is unveiling the 2013 Silver Slugger Award winners Wednesday evening (6:00 p.m. ET) in an hour-long special on MLB Network. The Silver Slugger Award is given annually to the top offensive player at each position in each league, as determined by MLB’s coaches and managers. We’ll post the recipients here as they…

  18. The Rangers could shop Ian Kinsler or Elvis Andrus

    Nov 6, 2013, 2:19 PM EDT

    Ian Kinsler

    Ken Rosenthal reports that the Rangers are considering trading either second baseman Ian Kinsler or shortstop Elvis Andrus to make room for Jurickson Profar. Kinsler is guaranteed $57 million over the next four seasons, Andrus is owed $126 million over the next nine. A such, neither would be easy to move. But neither would be…

  19. The Yankees have expressed interest in Brandon Phillips

    Nov 5, 2013, 5:44 PM EDT

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    Or “checked in” as we say this early in the offseason. You know, so as not to be so obvious about it and so we won’t come off as desperate. Heyman: The Yankees, looking to set themselves up in case star second baseman Robinson Cano signs elsewhere, have checked in with the Reds regarding Brandon Phillips and also asked about free-agent second…

  20. Jay-Z could be in trouble for giving Robinson Cano a $33K watch

    Nov 5, 2013, 5:12 PM EDT

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    I’m still mystified anyone wears watches anymore, but what do I know. The fancy people seem to love them. Jay-Z is fancy and he gave Robinson Cano, who is also fancy, a $33,900 watch for his birthday. Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com reports that this may have run afoul of union rules: Section 5(B)(5)(a) of the…

  21. UPDATED: Everything about today’s qualifying offer deadline

    Nov 4, 2013, 5:10 PM EDT

    Robinson Cano

    Here’s the wrap on how Monday’s qualifying offer deadline went down. First, here’s a quick guide to the qualifying offers game: Teams are allowed to make $14.1 million qualifying offers to free agents they’ve employed for at least a year and thus secure a draft pick if they depart. That pick will come immediately following the…

  22. The Tigers will pursue a closer, will not bring back Jhonny Peralta

    Nov 4, 2013, 4:28 PM EDT

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    As is usually the case, the Tigers closer situation is uncertain heading into the offseason. That’s because the guy they finally got to stick in the role this past season — Joaquin Benoit — is a free agent.  Dave Dombrowski addressed the closer role and other matters yesterday, and John Lowe of the Free Press…

  23. The Yankees have expressed an interest in Omar Infante

    Nov 4, 2013, 9:34 AM EDT

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    Another way to read this is “the Yankees really do plan on re-signing Robinson Cano, but (a) they don’t want to be left with their pants around their ankles in the event he bolts; and (b) even if he does want to come back, it’s be nice to at least pretend we could go a…

  24. Tigers will be hard-pressed to make big signing this winter

    Nov 3, 2013, 7:10 PM EDT

    ALCS - Boston Red Sox v Detroit Tigers - Game Five

    The Tigers have made a habit of big splashes in the offseasons. Three years ago, it was Victor Martinez. Then Prince Fielder. Last winter, the Tigers signed both Anibal Sanchez and Torii Hunter. Those deals have helped them reach the postseason each year, but the ultimate prize has remained out of reach. As the Tigers…

  25. 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…

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