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  1. Yu Darvish has start pushed back to Friday because of the weather

    Jul 3, 2014, 8:43 PM EDT

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    As a result of the change, Yu Darvish could now be available to pitch in the upcoming All-Star Game.

  2. Rangers sign Scott Baker

    Mar 28, 2014, 3:51 PM EDT

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    Released by the Mariners earlier this week, right-hander Scott Baker has agreed to a new minor-league contract with the Rangers. Texas was in the market for rotation depth with Yu Darvish, Matt Harrison, and Derek Holland all hurting, but Baker was a mess in Mariners camp and missed nearly all of the past two seasons…

  3. Nationals release right-hander Chris Young

    Mar 25, 2014, 7:13 PM EDT

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    Chris Young proved he’s recovered from thoracic outlet surgery this spring by posting a respectable 3.48 ERA and 1.16 WHIP in four Grapefruit League appearances for the Nationals. But there’s no spot for him on Washington’s major league roster and so he was let go in a round of cuts Tuesday in camp. Young did…

  4. 2014 Preview: Seattle Mariners

    Mar 25, 2014, 12:30 PM EDT

    Robinson Cano

    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 Seattle Mariners. The Big Question: Robinson Cano and . . . then what? The Mariners certainly made the biggest…

  5. Mariners release right-hander Scott Baker

    Mar 24, 2014, 8:32 PM EDT

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    According to Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish, the Mariners granted Scott Baker his release today. Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times reports that he asked for his release after declining an assignment to Triple-A. Signed to a minor league deal over the winter, Baker appeared to have a rotation spot to lose after Hisashi…

  6. Taijuan Walker to resume throwing Thursday

    Mar 4, 2014, 7:40 PM EDT

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    Taijuan Walker was shut down last week after he was diagnosed with inflammation in the bursa of his right shoulder, but Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune reports that he’s scheduled to resume throwing Thursday. Walker has been limited for most of the spring, so even if all goes well Thursday, it’s expected that…

  7. Mariners sign Scott Baker

    Jan 29, 2014, 1:48 PM EDT

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    Scott Baker, who missed all of 2012 and most of 2013 following Tommy John elbow surgery, has agreed to a minor-league contract with the Mariners. Baker signed a one-year, $5.5 million deal with the Cubs last offseason, but experienced multiple setbacks in his recovery and ended up making just three starts in September. Before blowing…

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

    Jan 26, 2014, 9:30 PM EDT

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    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…

  9. Mariners, Indians “emerging as favorites” for Scott Baker

    Jan 18, 2014, 10:51 PM EDT

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    Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish reports that the Mariners and Indians are “emerging as favorites” among the 5-7 teams that have expressed serious interest in signing free agent starter Scott Baker. Baker missed the entire 2012 season due to Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery and made only three starts for the Cubs in 2013,…

  10. 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.…

  11. 2014 Free Agent Tracker

    Dec 25, 2013, 12:26 AM EDT

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    Here’s the rundown of where this winter’s top 150 free agents are landing, continuously updated throughout the offseason. Re-signings are posted in red, while players signing with new teams are in blue. Stars denote players who received qualifying offers and thus will cost their new team a draft pick if they sign elsewhere. (Non-tenders have…

  12. Mariners management called dysfunctional by former skipper and front office personnel

    Dec 8, 2013, 8:53 AM EDT

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    If you read one thing today, make it this Seattle Times profile of the Mariners’ front office. Geoff Baker, the author of the piece, talked to former M’s manager Eric Wedge, former special assistant Tony Blengino and scouts who are still affiliated with the team. What he found wasn’t pretty. A taste: One of those…

  13. 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…

  14. Braves score four times in ninth to lower magic number to 1

    Sep 20, 2013, 6:03 PM EDT

    Atlanta Braves' Brian McCann celebrates hitting a RBI single while playing the Chicago Cubs during the ninth inning of their MLB National League baseball game in Chicago

    The Braves busted open a 5-5 game with four runs in the ninth to beat the Cubs 9-5 on Friday and clinch at least a tie in the NL East with the Nationals scheduled to play later tonight. All four runs in the ninth came after Freddie Freeman was intentionally walked by Kevin Gregg to…

  15. Scott Baker tosses five shutout innings in first start since 2011

    Sep 9, 2013, 11:19 AM EDT

    Scott Baker

    Cubs right-hander Scott Baker was terrible while rehabbing from Tommy John elbow surgery in the minors, posting a 5.46 ERA in eight starts along with reports of mid-80s velocity, yet yesterday in his first MLB start since 2011 he tossed five shutout innings against the Brewers. Baker obviously hasn’t provided the type of return the…

  16. Scott Baker will make his Cubs debut as a starter Sunday

    Sep 6, 2013, 11:19 AM EDT

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    After initially saying they planned to use him as a reliever the Cubs have switched course and will give Scott Baker a start Sunday against the Brewers. It’ll be Baker’s first game action in the majors since 2011, as he missed all of last season and nearly all of this season following Tommy John elbow…

  17. Cubs have no plans to use Scott Baker in the rotation

    Sep 3, 2013, 10:47 AM EDT

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    When the Cubs signed Scott Baker to a one-year, $5.5 million contract they were hoping he’d return from Tommy John elbow surgery at some point during the first half and resume being a solid mid-rotation starter like he was for years with the Twins. Instead he experienced multiple setbacks in his recovery and is just…

  18. Scott Baker to begin minor league rehab assignment Sunday

    Jul 11, 2013, 7:35 PM EDT

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    When the Cubs signed right-hander Scott Baker to a one-year, $5.5 million contract over the winter, they were hoping that he would be fully recovered from Tommy John surgery by the early part of April. It didn’t turn out that way, as he suffered a setback with his elbow during his first Cactus League start…

  19. Scott Baker diagnosed with right elbow strain, expected to miss first half of 2013 season

    Mar 24, 2013, 5:30 PM EDT

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    Scott Baker‘s ongoing recovery from Tommy John elbow surgery just got more complicated. According to beat writer Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune, Baker was diagnosed Sunday by Cubs doctors with a muscle strain in his right elbow — the same elbow that was surgically-repaired last April. Baker entered spring training hoping to crack the Cubs’ Opening…

  20. 2013 Preview: Chicago Cubs

    Mar 20, 2013, 6:37 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 2013 season. Up next: The Chicago Cubs. The Big Question: Is Theo Epstein pushing the Cubs any closer to contention? He most definitely is,…

  21. Scott Baker shut down with elbow inflammation

    Mar 19, 2013, 1:20 PM EDT

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    Scott Baker was sent for an MRI exam after experiencing elbow soreness during his ugly spring training debut yesterday and now the Cubs have shut his comeback from Tommy John surgery down. Patrick Mooney of CSNChicago.com reports that the Cubs are “suspending Baker’s throwing program” and he’s scheduled to be examined further by the team…

  22. Scott Baker sent for precautionary MRI on right elbow

    Mar 18, 2013, 7:15 PM EDT

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    The Cubs have been aiming for right-hander Scott Baker to join their rotation at some point in April, but after a bumpy Cactus League debut yesterday, he’s now being sent for an MRI on his surgically-repaired right elbow. Baker, who is currently working his way back from Tommy John surgery, gave up three hits —…

  23. Scott Baker expected to join Cubs rotation in mid-April

    Feb 23, 2013, 10:19 PM EDT

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    Gordon Wittenmyer, who serves as a beat writer for the Chicago Sun-Times, explains this situation: Cubs manager Dale Sveum said he anticipates right-hander Scott Baker getting his first spring start sometime in the middle of March, then opening the season on the disabled list and – barring setback – making his Cubs debut sometime in…

  24. Cubs “leaning toward” using Carlos Villanueva as reliever

    Feb 15, 2013, 12:48 PM EDT

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    When the Cubs signed Carlos Villanueva to a two-year, $10 million deal in December it was assumed that he’d be in the starting rotation, but now Carrie Muskat of MLB.com writes that they “seem to be leaning toward using Villanueva out of the bullpen.” Villanueva said all the right things about filling whatever role is…

  25. Joe Saunders’ deal with Mariners worth $6.5 million

    Feb 8, 2013, 6:23 PM EDT

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    UPDATE: FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reports that Saunders will make $6.5 million and could earn an additional $1 million with incentives. The deal includes a mutual option for 2014. 4:49 PM: It’s not official yet, but Joe Saunders has agreed to a one-year deal with the Mariners and Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com says it’ll be…

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