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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

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

    Jan 22, 2014, 3:48 PM EDT

    Alex Rodriguez Reuters

    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…

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

    Jan 13, 2014, 6:22 PM EDT

    Alex Rodriguez Reuters

    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…

  5. 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…

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

    Jan 11, 2014, 8:45 PM EDT

    Jeremy Jeffress Getty

    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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. Blue Jays said to be “leading candidates” for either Ervin Santana or Ubaldo Jimenez

    Jan 5, 2014, 9:03 AM EDT

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    The great Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com shares this scoop: The Blue Jays, quiet for much of the offseason, still figure to acquire one and possibly two starting pitchers once the logjam caused by [Masahiro] Tanaka starts to resolve. The Jays are a leading candidate to sign either [Ervin] Santana or [Ubaldo] Jimenez; they have two…

  10. Photo of the Day: This is how Roy Halladay dresses up for 1980s costume parties

    Dec 31, 2013, 8:22 AM EDT

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    Happy New Year’s Eve. If you’ve come here for serious baseball news today, well, I feel bad for ya son.  But at least we have stuff like Roy Halladay dressing up like Jamie Moyer for a 1980s-themed costume party: @kmo50Moyer Fallin in love with 1986 #49 @Cubs thanks Roy and Brandi for the tribute #80scostume…

  11. 2014 Free Agent Tracker

    Dec 25, 2013, 12:26 AM EDT

    MLB: Yankees-Brian McCann Press Conference

    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. A bunch of players were claimed off waivers today

    Dec 23, 2013, 9:02 PM EDT

    Eric Surkamp Getty

    Today we saw an unusual amount of players claimed off waivers. They can probably best be described as 40-man roster stocking stuffers. Here’s a quick look at the busy day of transactions: The Blue Jays claimed third baseman Brent Morel off waivers from the White Sox Morel hit 10 homers in 126 games with the…

  13. Chien-Ming Wang signs with the Reds

    Dec 19, 2013, 8:40 AM EDT

    Chien-Ming Wang

    There are a couple of reports this morning that Chien-Ming Wang has signed a minor league deal with the Cincinnati Reds with a spring training invitation. We last saw Wang getting shellacked in a July game for the Toronto Blue Jays, in which he couldn’t escape the second inning after allowing six runs on eight hits…

  14. White Sox decide closers exist to be cashed in

    Dec 16, 2013, 6:01 PM EDT

    Rick Hahn

    It’s a world gone topsy-turvy, I tell you. Billy Beane’s Athletics are going to spend about $10 million on closer Jim Johnson next year, even though their bullpen would seem to be plenty good without him. Meanwhile, the White Sox are playing at Oakland’s old game, trading their closers as soon as they can manufacture…

  15. The Royals and Blue Jays discussed a Billy Butler trade

    Dec 12, 2013, 8:25 PM EDT

    Billy Butler

    Jeff Blair of the Globe and Mail is reporting that the Royals and Blue Jays have discussed a trade involving first baseman-slash-DH Billy Butler. He clarifies that there has been no movement on a deal beyond the initial discussions, and adds that the Jays would receive prospects along with Butler in such a deal. It’s…

  16. Now a knuckleballer, Tomo Ohka reportedly has a minor league deal with the Blue Jays

    Dec 11, 2013, 11:34 PM EDT

    Tomo Ohka Getty

    The Blue Jays already have one knuckleballer with 2012 NL Cy Young Award winner R.A. Dickey and it sounds like they are about to add another one to the mix. Shi Davidi of Sportsnet.ca reports that the Blue Jays have reached a verbal agreement on a minor league contract with Tomo Ohka, who has reinvented…

  17. Shin-Soo Choo is said to be aiming for eight years

    Dec 11, 2013, 6:52 PM EDT

    Shin-Soo Choo Getty

    We heard earlier today that free agent outfielder Shin-Soo Choo was looking for a seven-year, $140 million contract, but he’s actually aiming a bit higher. According to Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports, the “general sense among teams involved” is that Choo will sign with whoever offers him an eight-year deal. The belief is that he…

  18. Blue Jays shopping Colby Rasmus

    Dec 11, 2013, 12:06 AM EDT

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    Bob Elliott cuts to the chase in the Toronto Sun: Colby Rasmus is on the market and has been offered to two teams by the Blue Jays for starting pitching. Toronto probably wants a good, cost-controlled starter in return for the 27-year-old Rasmus, who had an .840 OPS, 22 homers and 66 RBI in 118…

  19. D’backs, Angels, White Sox agree to three-team Mark Trumbo deal

    Dec 10, 2013, 3:00 PM EDT

    Mark Trumbo

    3:00 p.m. EST update: A source told the Arizona Republic’s Nick Piecoro that the deal is done. The Diamondbacks will get Trumbo and two players to be named, and they give outfielder Adam Eaton to the White Sox and left-hander Tyler Skaggs to the Angels. Left-hander Hector Santiago will go from Chicago to Anaheim. Trumbo…

  20. UPDATE: Rajai Davis agrees to a two-year deal with the Tigers

    Dec 10, 2013, 9:00 AM EDT

    Rajai Davis

    UPDATE: Looks like the deal is done: two years with the Tigers, reports Ben Nicholson-Smith. The details are unknown. 9AM: Ben Nicholson-Smith reports that the Tigers are the frontrunners for Rajai Davis. Since, according to Smith, Davis is expected to sign quickly, it would appear that he’s crossing the Ambassador Bridge and heading for Motown. Davis…

  21. Rosenthal: Chances of a Mark Trumbo trade “increasing”

    Dec 9, 2013, 6:43 PM EDT

    Mark Trumbo

    Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto has routinely downplayed a potential trade of Mark Trumbo so far this offseason, but things are heating up at the Winter Meetings in Orlando. Sources: Chances of Trumbo trade increasing. #Angels more open. #Dbacks pushing. Other teams in, all with improving offers.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 09, 2013 The Diamondbacks…

  22. Report: Rangers, Blue Jays deal fell apart due to physical

    Dec 9, 2013, 5:49 PM EDT

    Toronto Blue Jays' pitcher Santos reacts after giving up a run to the Boston Red Sox during the ninth inning of their MLB American League baseball game in Toronto

    According to FOXSports.com’s Jon Morosi, the Blue Jays and Rangers were involved in a three-team deal last month that would have sent reliever Sergio Santos to Texas, but that the deal fell apart because another player failed his physical. Santos would have helped make up for the loss of Joe Nathan to Detroit. He missed…

  23. Delmon Young working out at first base to pad resume

    Dec 8, 2013, 9:00 PM EDT

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    You’re never too old to start learning how to play first base. Delmon Young, shockingly only 28 years old, has never played a single inning at first base in his entire professional baseball career, but he has been working out at the position lately in order to make himself more attractive as a free agent,…

  24. Rays would like to bring James Loney back if he lowers his price

    Dec 7, 2013, 11:00 PM EDT

    James Loney

    First baseman James Loney had a career rebirth of sorts in 2013 with the Rays and the team would like to bring him back, but not at his current asking price, reports Mark Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times. Loney is currently seeking a three-year, $27 million deal. If the Rays have to search for…

  25. Rangers sign catcher J.P. Arencibia for $1.8 million

    Dec 6, 2013, 12:36 PM EDT

    J.P. Arencibia

    The Rangers nearly traded for J.P. Arencibia before he was non-tendered by the Blue Jays. Now they have him anyway, signing him to a one-year deal, according to Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News. It’s worth $1.8 million and includes $300,000 in incentives, according to FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal. Arencibia, who turns 28 next month,…

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