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  1. Smart money on Hanley Ramirez, Jay Bruce in prop bets

    Mar 12, 2014, 5:55 PM EDT

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    Bovada released its player prop bets for the 2014 season on Wednesday, providing odds on the AL and NL MVP and Cy Young races, as well as MLB’s home run leader. Here’s a look at what I consider to be the best bets in each category. Please do note, though, all information here is for…

  2. Edwin Jackson sidestepped game plan, threw all fastballs on Friday

    Mar 8, 2014, 6:15 PM EDT

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    Edwin Jackson gave up three runs on four hits in his start against the Indians on Friday, but that wasn’t the shocking part of what happened. Unbeknownst to manager Rick Renteria and pitching coach Chris Bosio, Jackson threw all fastballs in his outing — 50 of them. Via MLB.com’s Carrie Muskat: “I think maybe, as…

  3. UPDATE: Ervin Santana is prepared to wait “days” before signing

    Mar 8, 2014, 5:10 PM EDT

    Kansas City Royals v Seattle Mariners

    UPDATE: While recent reports have indicated that Ervin Santana is looking to find a team as soon as possible, FOX Sports’ Jon Morosi reports that the free agent right-hander has not set a deadline and is prepared to wait “days” before signing with a club. The wait continues. 1:15 p.m. ET: More intrigue. Enrique Rojas…

  4. Blue Jays could go young in rotation with Drew Hutchinson, Marcus Stroman

    Mar 6, 2014, 2:16 PM EDT

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    With J.A. Happ struggling and reportedly dealing with back issues, the number of openings in the Toronto rotation has increased from one to two. According to MLB.com’s Gregor Chisholm, Drew Hutchinson is now looking like a good bet for one of those spots, with Happ, 2012 first-round pick Marcus Stroman, Todd Redmond and Esmil Rogers…

  5. 2014 Preview: Miami Marlins

    Mar 4, 2014, 3:30 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 Miami Marlins. The Big Question: Can the Marlins lose fewer than 100 games? The Marlins lost exactly 100 games…

  6. Expanded instant replay is off and running

    Mar 3, 2014, 9:19 PM EDT

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    There was a little bit of history this afternoon, as MLB’s new expanded instant replay made its debut in a game between the Blue Jays and Twins. We saw it in the bottom of the sixth inning after Twins outfielder Chris Rahl was called safe at first base when a throw from Blue Jays shortstop…

  7. Jose Reyes: “Playing on the turf every day is going to beat up your body”

    Feb 27, 2014, 11:19 AM EDT

    Injured Toronto Blue Jays player Jose Reyes smiles as his team plays the Tampa Bay Rays in their MLB American League baseball game in Toronto

    Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com wrote a lengthy Jose Reyes article about how the Blue Jays shortstop plans to be healthier and more productive and more active on the bases this season. Pretty standard “spring training optimism” stuff, but it includes Reyes’ thoughts about playing on Toronto’s turf and they were pretty interesting: The 30-year-old said…

  8. Mike Schmidt is joining the Phillies’ broadcast team

    Feb 26, 2014, 8:37 AM EDT

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    Jamie Moyer and Matt Stairs are already on board as new Phillies’ announcers. Now here comes a Hall of Famer: Mike Schmidt will join CSN’s broadcast team this season for all 13 Sunday home games at Citizens Bank Park, the Daily News has learned. Schmidt, a 12-time All-Star with the Phillies, will join play-by-play man…

  9. Buster Olney doesn’t think Vizquel, Tejada, Nomar were shortstops

    Feb 24, 2014, 6:00 PM EDT

    Buster Olney

    Let the record show that I gave fair warning: I thought Buster Olney might adjust his lists from Monday’s ESPN Insider column after being presented with the glaring omissions. Alas, I was ignored. The bulk of Olney’s column today was designed to point out how totally not overrated Derek Jeter is. He dives into the…

  10. Pirates claim Brent Morel off waivers from Blue Jays

    Feb 24, 2014, 4:46 PM EDT

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    Pittsburgh claimed Brent Morel off waivers after the third baseman was designated for assignment by Toronto. Morel was the White Sox’s starting third baseman as a 24-year-old rookie in 2011, but hit just .245 with a .653 OPS in 126 games and has played sparingly in the majors since then. Chicago waived him in December…

  11. Jose Bautista is in The Best Shape of His Life

    Feb 24, 2014, 6:15 AM EDT

    Toronto Blue Jays' Bautista looks into the stands between innings during a MLB American League baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays in St. Petersburg

    We heard about Melky Cabrera being in The Best Shape of His Life last week. Well, he didn’t work out alone. He had teammate Jose Bautista with him, and Bautista characterizes the purpose of those workouts: “It was kind of easy and natural and we just decided to start earlier than we normally do,” Bautista said. “We…

  12. Jamie Moyer, Matt Stairs to man the Comcast booth for the Phillies

    Feb 11, 2014, 1:40 PM EDT

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    Now this is fun: Todd Zolecki reports that Comcast SportsNet will announce Jamie Moyer and Matt Stairs have joined its Phillies broadcast team as early as tomorrow. They’re just finalizing the contracts. Both Stairs and Moyer played for the 2008 World Series champs and both seem — from this distance anyway — to be a lot of fun. Bonus: with those…

  13. Pirates and Kendrys Morales have “mutual interest”

    Feb 9, 2014, 3:00 PM EDT

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    Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe passes this report along in his always-info-packed weekly Sunday notes column: Kendrys Morales, 1B/DH, free agent — Morales fits what the Pirates need, a first baseman/middle of the order hitter. There’s mutual interest, but while the Pirates would love him on the right contract, they may also pursue a…

  14. Ranking the bullpens: 2014 edition

    Feb 7, 2014, 9:00 AM EDT

    Detroit Tigers v Atlanta Braves

    We tried this with the rotations the other day. Once again, I’ll be dipping into my 2014 projections here to rank the bullpens. To come up with the following bullpen ERAs, I simply combined each team’s seven highest-IP relievers, according to my projections. AL Royals – 2.93 Red Sox – 3.14 Athletics – 3.16 Rangers…

  15. Picture of the Day: Jose Reyes is dedicated

    Feb 3, 2014, 10:01 PM EDT

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    The East Coast was hit hard with a snowstorm today, but that didn’t stop Blue Jays shortstop Jose Reyes from stepping outside to play catch. Check out this picture Reyes posted to his Instagram account this afternoon: Now that’s dedication. This is a good time to remind you that pitchers and catchers report to Blue…

  16. Ian Kinsler rejected a possible trade to the Blue Jays

    Jan 30, 2014, 9:41 AM EDT

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    Shi Davidi of SportsNet reports that the Jays had two potential trades fall through this offseason: one for Brett Anderson, one for Ian Kinsler. The Anderson deal fell through due to the Jays’ concern over his health. Kinsler was a different matter: But a potential deal was scuttled by the three-time all-star’s no-trade clause, leaving…

  17. Blue Jays remain interested in free agent starters Ubaldo Jimenez and Ervin Santana

    Jan 29, 2014, 7:31 PM EDT

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    Ken Rosenthal shares the buzz at FOXSports.com: The Toronto Blue Jays, in need of another starting pitcher, might finally be preparing to pounce. The Jays have yet to make an offer to a free-agent starter, according to major league sources. But they have done extensive background work on right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez, digging into his medical…

  18. Jamie Moyer interviewed for the Phillies’ announcer gig

    Jan 23, 2014, 10:15 AM EDT

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    Brad Lidge pulled himself out of the running to replace Gary Matthews as the Phillies’ television analyst and now Todd Zolecki of MLB.com reports that Jamie Moyer interviewed for the job. According to Zolecki the “top candidates” for the gig are Moyer, Mitch Williams, Mickey Morandini, and Kevin Stocker. Doug Glanville apparently removed himself from…

  19. Ranking the best 1-2 rotation punches in baseball

    Jan 22, 2014, 9:25 PM EDT

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    The Yankees made headlines when it was announced that they had signed Japanese pitcher Masahiro Tanaka to a seven-year deal worth $155 million. They were in need of rotation help and satisfied that need in a big way by signing the best free agent pitcher on the market. That the Yankees signed him came as…

  20. Of course you want to read the pitch for A-Rod: The Movie

    Jan 22, 2014, 3:48 PM EDT

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    UPDATE: Well, it appears as though the Post has taken the pitch and the story down. Was it b.s.? Was it the next zillion-dollar media project and no one wants it seen yet? NO MAN CAN SAY! 3: 48 PM: Well, it’s not called that. It’s a book pitch, actually, which is simultaneously being shopped…

  21. The Arbitrator’s Decision: Creatively Counting to 150

    Jan 13, 2014, 6:22 PM EDT

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    I’ve received a copy of the complaint Alex Rodriguez has filed in federal court seeking to overturn the arbitration decision against him and naming the MLBPA as a defendant as a result of their alleged failure to advance and aid in his defense. A full copy of the documents can be read here. I have…

  22. Tony Bosch: Alex Rodriguez wanted to start an 800-homer club

    Jan 12, 2014, 9:15 PM EDT

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    Interviewed by 60 Minutes for Sunday’s show, former drug dealer Tony Bosch says he first met with Alex Rodriguez in 2010 and subsequently gave him numerous performance enhancers and supplements over the following two years, including the banned substances testosterone, hGH and insulin growth factor. Bosch said upon meeting Rodriguez the former MVP asked him…

  23. Blue Jays abandon idea of turning Jeremy Jeffress into a starter

    Jan 11, 2014, 8:45 PM EDT

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    In November, Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports reported that the Blue Jays were planning to move Jeremy Jeffress from the bullpen into the starting rotation. Two months later, Passan reports that the Jays are abandoning that idea, preferring to continue using Jeffress as a reliever. Jeffress, now 26 years old, was drafted by the Brewers…

  24. Scout: “I could tell, on the day, when Jhonny Peralta was off the steroids”

    Jan 8, 2014, 10:16 AM EDT

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    This is interesting and, thankfully, has nothing to do with the Hall of Fame: Jeff Pearlman sat down and talked with former major leaguer Brian Johnson, who currently serves as a scout with the San Francisco Giants. The entire podcast is here, but Jeff has extensive excerpts from his conversation over at theScore. Johnson has a…

  25. Royals sign Ramon Hernandez

    Jan 7, 2014, 12:16 PM EDT

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    Kansas City has signed veteran catcher Ramon Hernandez to a minor-league contract with an invitation to spring training, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com. Hernandez is coming off a two-year, $6.4 million contract with the Rockies, but he only made it through one season in Colorado before they cut him loose. Last year he played…

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