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  1. Jay-Z vs. Scott Boras

    Nov 7, 2013, 4:21 PM EDT

    jay-z getty

    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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

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

    Nov 5, 2013, 5:12 PM EDT

    Jay-Z Robinson Cano Geno Smith

    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…

  6. 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…

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

    Nov 4, 2013, 4:28 PM EDT

    Division Series - Detroit Tigers v Oakland Athletics - Game Five

    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…

  8. The Yankees have expressed an interest in Omar Infante

    Nov 4, 2013, 9:34 AM EDT

    Omar Infante Getty

    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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. Jacoby Ellsbury, Stephen Drew come up big in possible Fenway finales

    Oct 31, 2013, 1:06 AM EDT

    World Series - St Louis Cardinals v Boston Red Sox - Game Six

    As the Red Sox celebrate their third World Series victory in a decade Wednesday, the likelihood exists that several key players won’t be back in 2014. Red Sox free agents this winter include Jacoby Ellsbury, Mike Napoli, Stephen Drew and Jarrod Saltalamacchia. Ellsbury and Drew in particular delivered big games on Wednesday, with Ellsbury reaching…

  12. Projecting the 2013 Gold Glove winners

    Oct 25, 2013, 1:54 PM EDT

    Manny Machado

    Let’s go down the list: AL, catcher: Matt Wieters, Joe Mauer, Salvador Perez Mauer is still the AL’s best defensive catcher, but he played a mere 660 innings behind the plate this year, compared to 1,200 for Wieters and 1,115 for Perez. Wieters has won the last two, so he’s the favorite here. Still, I…

  13. Gold Glove finalists announced

    Oct 25, 2013, 11:16 AM EDT

    gold glove

    Gold Glove award winners are announced Tuesday, but in the meantime Rawlings just named three finalists for each position in each league: AL, catcher: Matt Wieters, Joe Mauer, Salvador Perez AL, first base: Chris Davis, James Loney, Eric Hosmer AL, second base: Robinson Cano, Ben Zobrist, Dustin Pedroia AL, third base: Manny Machado, Evan Longoria,…

  14. Dodgers (finally) sign Cuban infielder Alexander Guerrero

    Oct 21, 2013, 12:16 PM EDT

    Alexander Guerrero

    Twice already the Dodgers were said to be signing 26-year-old Cuban infielder Alexander Guerrero, first in July and then in September. Both times it was reportedly a $32 million contract and both times the deal never got completed. Now they’ll try for a third time, as Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com reports that Guerrero and the…

  15. Are the Yankees preparing for a shopping spree?

    Oct 18, 2013, 7:45 PM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays v New York Yankees

    Sources close to ESPN’s Andrew Marchand tell him that the Yankees are preparing for a shopping spree that could total as much as $300 million. Marchand recalls that the last time the Yankees unloaded that much money in a single off-season came after the 2008 season, when the Yankees committed a total of $423 million…

  16. Magic Johnson says the Dodgers aren’t going after Robinson Cano

    Oct 4, 2013, 10:15 AM EDT

    Earvin "Magic" Johnson, Don Mattingly

    Reports of Robinson Cano wanting a $300 million contract led to speculation that the big-budget Dodgers might try to steal him away from the big-budget Yankees, but Los Angeles owner Magic Johnson threw a bunch of cold water on that idea yesterday. Speaking to a group of reporters before Game 1 of the NLDS last…

  17. Jay-Z will be a good agent because of his drug dealing past, he says

    Oct 2, 2013, 9:13 AM EDT

    Jay-Z Robinson Cano Geno Smith

    I think it’s cute how Jay-Z is being portrayed as an agent lately. Yes, he’s licensed now and certified by the leagues and all of that so it is proper to call him an agent. But his company, Roc Nation, is partnered with Creative Artists Agency to do Robinson Cano‘s contract negotiations, for example, and he…

  18. Pouliot’s postseason award picks: American League

    Oct 1, 2013, 2:18 AM EDT

    Mike Trout

    Evan Longoria made his case for moving up the MVP ballot with his big game Monday, but while it’s safe to say the Rays wouldn’t have reached the postseason without him, he was still no better than the AL’s third best third baseman. It was, in fact, the year of the third baseman in the…

  19. Joe Girardi has options and leverage. Including a possible slot in the Fox booth.

    Sep 30, 2013, 9:10 AM EDT

    Joe Girardi AP

    With the Yankees season over a lot of attention will be paid to A-Rod’s arbitration, which starts today, and Robinson Cano‘s fre agency, which starts as soon as the playoffs are over.  But there is another loose end which is pretty darn important too: Joe Girardi. Girardi is a managerial free agent, essentially, as he’s…

  20. Andy Pettitte pitches the Yankees past the Astros in his final start

    Sep 28, 2013, 10:05 PM EDT

    Andy Pettitte Getty

    Yankees starter Andy Pettitte shut down the Astros tonight in his final start of his career. The left-hander allowed one run on five hits and two walks while striking out five in a complete game effort. The lone Astros run came on a Chris Carter ground out in the fourth inning. Second baseman Robinson Cano…

  21. Alden Gonzalez explains why no Mike Trout extension is forthcoming

    Sep 27, 2013, 6:24 PM EDT

    Mike Trout

    Many have assumed that the Angels will try to work out a long-term deal with Mike Trout this winter before the price tag becomes even more overwhelming, but there’s a very good reason that won’t be happening. And it has a lot to do with that hideous Vernon Wells deal still taking a toll. The Angels…

  22. Not so fast: GM says Alex Rodriguez is not skipping Yankees’ final series

    Sep 26, 2013, 3:25 PM EDT

    Alex Rodriguez Getty

    UPDATE: General manager Brian Cashman denied the New York Daily News report linked below, calling it “not accurate” and telling Andy McCullough of the Newark Star Ledger that Rodriguez has not asked to skip the final road trip. UPDATE #2: Joe Girardi also chimed in, saying he expects Rodriguez to be in Houston because “he…

  23. Curtis Granderson is looking forward to shopping around in free agency

    Sep 26, 2013, 12:16 PM EDT

    AP Granderson

    While the focus has understandably been on Robinson Cano and his reported contract demands, the Yankees have another key impending free agent in Curtis Granderson. Granderson is hitting the open market at a bad time, coming off an injury wrecked season at age 32, but his track record still puts him in line for a…

  24. Mariano Rivera has the most popular jersey in baseball

    Sep 26, 2013, 11:34 AM EDT

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    Major League Baseball just announced the most popular jerseys sold and Mariano Rivera is at the top of the list: 1.    Mariano Rivera, New York Yankees 2.    Matt Harvey, New York Mets 3.    Yasiel Puig, Los Angeles Dodgers 4.    Manny Machado, Baltimore Orioles 5.    Buster Posey, San Francisco Giants 6.    Clayton Kershaw,  Los Angeles Dodgers 7.    Yadier Molina, St. Louis Cardinals 8.    Andrew McCutchen,…

  25. Robinson Cano reportedly seeking a $305 million contract. Um, OK.

    Sep 26, 2013, 9:45 AM EDT

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    Not $300M. It has to be $305M because, I dunno, taxes maybe. Yeah, let’s go with taxes: Our @Buster_ESPN reporting that according to sources, Robinson Cano is seeking a 10-yr $305M contract this offseason.. — Kevin Negandhi (@KNegandhiESPN) September 26, 2013   Folks: it’s going to be silly season soon. Misinformation, both accidental and tactically-placed…

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