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Josh Johnson retires from baseball
Josh Johnson has decided to retire from baseball after spending parts of nine seasons in the majors.
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Report: Angels close to a multi-year deal with Luis Valbuena
The Angels are reportedly close to inking free agent third baseman Luis Valbuena to a multi-yaer contract.
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Astros avoid arbitration with Mike Fiers
The Astros and Mike Fiers agreed on a $3.45 million salary for the 2017 season, avoiding arbitration.
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Raines to wear an Expos cap, Pudge to wear a Rangers cap on their Hall of Fame plaques
There is little if any controversy to be had about the caps this year’s inductees will wear on their Hall of Fame plaques, but in case there was any doubt at all, it was put to rest this afternoon at...
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Brewers sign Neftali Feliz
The Brewers have signed Neftali Feliz to a one-year, $5.35 million contract. There are some performance incentives in the deal that could push it to $6.85 million. Feliz will likely open the 2017 season as...
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Marlins acquire starter Dan Straily from the Reds
The Miami Marlins have acquired starting pitcher Dan Straily from the Cincinnati Reds. In exchange, the Reds will receive right-handed pitching prospects Luis Castillo and Austin Brice and outfield prospect...
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Jorge Posada highlights 16 one-and-done players on Hall of Fame ballot
Jorge Posada surprisingly received very little support on the 2017 Hall of Fame ballot.
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Tim Raines, Jeff Bagwell, Ivan Rodriguez Elected to the Hall of Fame
Raines makes it on his final turn on the ballot, Bagwell his seventh. Rodriguez is a first-ballot Hall of Famer.
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Tigers acquire Mikie Mahtook from the Rays
The Tigers bolstered their outfield by acquiring Mikie Mahtook from the Rays on Wednesday.
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MLB’s Twitter account polled fans about the Hall of Fame. The results were… something.
MLB polled fans on Twitter about players on the Hall of Fame ballot. If it were up to the respondents, no one would be elected to the Hall of Fame this year.
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Angels sign Kole Calhoun to three-year, $26 million extension
The Angels and Kole Calhoun agreed to a three-year, $26 million contract extension on Wednesday.
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Bryce Harper lobbies for Matt Wieters and Greg Holland
Nothing is happening as the baseball world waits four more hours for the Hall of Fame announcement. Question: why do it at 6pm? For MLB Network ratings? Let’s be real, there are “Golden Girls...
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Indians sign Brandon Guyer to a two-year extension
The Cleveland Indians and outfielder Brandon Guyer avoided arbitration by agreeing to a two-year, $5 million contract with a club option for 2019. The Indians acquired Guyer from the Rays at last year...
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Sarasota County to build the Braves a new spring training facility
The Braves have trained at Walt Disney World for several years. The lease is up, however, and they’ve been on the hunt for a new facility for some time. Disney is just too geographically remote from...
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Raines, Bagwell: similarly snubbed . . . until today?
There will be something quite appropriate about Raines and Bagwell entering Cooperstown together.
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Edinson Volquez’s brother was stabbed to death in the Dominican Republic
Horrible news for Marlins stater Edinson Volquez: Jorge L. Ortiz of USA Today reports that his younger brother has been stabbed to death in the Dominican Republic. Brandy Volquez was just 25. He was...
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Diamondbacks sign Gregor Blanco
The Arizona Diamondbacks have signed outfielder Gregor Blanco to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training. Blanco hit a mere .224/.309/.311 in 106 games with the Giants in 2006. It was...
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Braves ink Blaine Boyer to a minor league deal
The Braves signed veteran reliever Blaine Boyer to a minor league contract on Tuesday.
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Report: Rays nearing a deal with Shawn Tolleson
The Rays will bolster their bullpen with Shawn Tolleson. A report indicates the two sides are close on a deal.
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President Obama pardons Willie McCovey
McCovey pleaded guilty to tax evasion in 1995.
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Jake Diekman will miss at least half of the 2017 season
Jake Diekman will have surgery to help alleviate his ulcerative colitis. He's expected to miss at least half of the 2017 season.
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The Blue Jays and Bautista have reached a one year deal
Bautista is back on a one-year deal with a mutual option for a second year.
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The Cardinals will know their punishment for the Astros hacking scandal soon
We’re pushing three years since the incident in which former St. Louis Cardinals scouting director Chris Correa hacked into the Houston Astros scouting and analytics database. It’s been a year...
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Rangers sign Josh Hamilton to a minor league deal
The Texas Rangers have signed Josh Hamilton to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training. Not at all surprising. The Rangers released Hamilton last August, but that was simply to make...
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A-Rod to host a reality show featuring broke ex-athletes
He is not a broke ex-athlete, of course.
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Great Moments in Not Understanding The Rules
Bill Livingston of the Cleveland Plain Dealer is a Hall of Fame voter. In the past he has voted for players who used PEDs, but he’s never been totally happy with it, seeing the whole PED mess as a...
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Hall of Fame voters are making news, not exercising democratic rights
Hall of Fame votes will be public beginning next year. Some voters are whining about it.
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Report: Astros remain in contact with the Athletics on Sonny Gray
The Astros are still reportedly in contact with the Athletics on starter Sonny Gray.
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President Obama Welcomes the Cubs to the White House
He got what every White Sox fan wants: a Cubs jersey and a lifetime pass to Wrigley Field.
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Royals sign Duffy to five-year, $65M extension
The Kansas City Royals have signed starter Danny Duffy to a five-year, $65 million contract extension.
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Phillies sign outfielder Michael Saunders
The Phillies have signed free agent outfielder Michael Saunders to a one-year, $9 million deal. Saunders was an All-Star in 2016 due to his wonderful start, but he cratered in the second half of the season...
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Jose Bautista and the Blue Jays nearing a one-year deal
A deal which makes sense for both player and club.
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Padres sign Trevor Cahill
The Padres have signed Trevor Cahill to a one-year, $1.75 million contract. As recently as the middle of the 2015 season it looked like Cahill’s career would meet a premature end, but after being...
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Verlander: 'I’m too old to be part of rebuilding process'
The Tigers have sent some mixed signals this winter, and if they do start to rebuild, there’s one key member of the team who doesn’t want a part of it.
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Report: Blue Jays closing in on a deal with Jose Bautista
The Blue Jays and Jose Bautista are reportedly close on a contract.
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Collin McHugh calls out Donald Trump for criticism of John Lewis
Astros pitcher Collin McHugh was among those who took to social media on Saturday after Donald Trump disparaged Congressman and civil rights leader John Lewis on Twitter. During NBC News’ “Meet...
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Report: Mets want two prospects for Jay Bruce
The Mets haven't had any luck trading Jay Bruce thus far. The club is reportedly seeking two prospects.
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Chris Carter is talking to the Orioles and Rangers
Free agent first baseman Chris Carter has been linked to the Orioles and Rangers, per agent Dave Stewart’s comments to Jim Bowden and Jim Duquette of MLB Network. Stewart has discussed his client with...
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The Cardinals could go to an arbitration hearing for the first time since 1999
Cardinals GM John Mozeliak is planning on taking two players to arbitration hearings this winter, per a report by Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. The club was unable to settle with right-...
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Report: Ian Kinsler could be a fallback option for Dodgers
According to the Boston Globe’s Nick Cafardo, Tigers’ infielder Ian Kinsler could be a “possible fallback option” for the Dodgers if talks with Twins’ second baseman Brian...
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Report: Indians could be considering Jose Bautista
Despite reports that the Indians were done fishing in the free agent pool this offseason, FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal hears that the club is still in conversation with several players, including “...
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Russell Martin and Freddie Freeman to join Team Canada in 2017 WBC
Reports from Sportsnet’s Shi Davidi and Ben Nicholson-Smith confirmed two more additions to Team Canada’s roster for the upcoming World Baseball Classic: Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman and...
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Report: Carl Crawford might be ready to call it quits
According to the Boston Globe’s Nick Cafardo, a Dodgers official believes that free agent outfielder Carl Crawford is ready to retire from Major League Baseball. Crawford, 35, was released from the...
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Anthony Bass is eyeing a return to MLB
Free agent right-hander Anthony Bass is reportedly looking for a major league deal in 2017, and MLB.com’s Jason Beck reports that the 29-year-old is already in talks with “five or six teams....
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Report: Neftali Feliz close to deal with Brewers
According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, free agent right-hander Neftali Feliz is reportedly close to signing a deal with the Brewers. The 28-year-old has also been linked to the Dodgers and Nationals over...
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Yankees and Dellin Betances still $2 million apart in arbitration
The Yankees have yet to agree to terms with right-handed reliever Dellin Betances, according to FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman. The two are reportedly $2 million apart from agreeing on a sum; Betances...
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Diamondbacks sign Chris Iannetta to one-year deal
Free agent catcher Chris Iannetta signed a one-year contract with the Diamondbacks, as confirmed by the team on Friday night. According to Nick Piecoro of AZCentral.com, the deal is set at $1.5 million. The...
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Yangervis Solarte picks up two-year deal with Padres
The Padres announced a two-year deal with infielder Yangervis Solarte on Friday night, with club options through 2020. Solarte was entering his first year of arbitration with San Diego and will be covered...
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Report: Rangers sign Tyson Ross to one-year deal
TR Sullivan of MLB.com reports that the Rangers have signed right-hander Tyson Ross to a one-year contract. Per Yahoo Sports’ Jeff Passan, the deal is for $6 million with incentives. Ross, 29, is...
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Cubs, Jake Arrieta avoid arbitration with one-year, $15.637 million deal
The Cubs reportedly agreed to a one-year, $15.3675 million deal with right-hander Jake Arrieta on Friday, per FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman. Arrieta is entering his third and final year of arbitration...
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Padres, Wil Myers nearing a six-year, $80 million+ contract extension
Myers hit 28 homers and drove in 94 in his All-Star 2016 season. He just turned 26.
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Dodgers trade infielder Micah Johnson to the Braves
The Dodgers have traded infielder Micah Johnson to the Braves for a player to be named or cash considerations, the team announced this afternoon. Johnson had two brief stints with the Dodgers in 2016,...
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Harper, Nats avoid arbitration with a $13.625M deal
The Nats control Harper through the 2018 season.
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Orioles, Zach Britton avoid arbitration with a one-year, $11.4 million deal
The Baltimore Orioles and closer Zach Britton avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $11.4 million contract. Questionable move, tactically speaking, by the Orioles. If it were me I would’ve...
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Derek Jeter gets permission to build an anti-paparazzi fence
There was a time in the country when if a fabulously wealthy person wished to be left alone he’d build a fortified compound well outside the city limits and have its massive grounds patrolled by...
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Jean Segura and the Mariners avoid arbitration with a one-year, $6.2 million deal
Jean Segura and the Seattle Mariners have avoided salary arbitration by agreeing to a $6.2 million, one-year contract. He made $2.6 million with the Diamondbacks last year. He was traded to the Mariners in...
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Matt Garza has opinions on birth control
The offseason can be hard on some players. Sure, if you’re a hunter or if you like to travel or if you’re super involved in charities or something your schedule is pretty full between November...
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Mets, Lucas Duda avoid arbitration
The Mets and first baseman Lucas Duda agreed to a $7.25 million salary for the 2017 season, avoiding arbitration.
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Phillies, Freddy Galvis avoid arbitration
The Phillies and shortstop Freddy Galvis avoided arbitration by agreeing to a $4.35 million salary for the 2017 season.
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Report: Trumbo willing to sign for three years, $40-50M
According to a report, Mark Trumbo is willing to settle for a three-year deal in the $40-50 million range.
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Indians, Trevor Bauer avoid arbitration
The Indians and Trevor Bauer agreed to a $3.55 million salary for the 2017 season, avoiding arbitration.
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Cardinals, Matt Adams avoid arbitration
The Cardinals and Matt Adams have agreed on a $2.8 million salary for the 2017 season, avoiding arbitration.
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Will catchers soon have headsets in their helmets?
Teddy Cahill of Baseball America tells us about a new innovation in the never-ending struggle to speed up games: catcher headsets. Just as quarterbacks never call their own plays anymore and, instead, have...
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Hall of Famers on character, PED's, sabermetrics
But they do not all talk persuasively.
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Joe Maddon says the 2017 Cubs are going to be “authentic”
Cubs manager Joe Maddon likes the cosmic, big picture stuff. He comes up with themes and slogans for entire seasons or parts of seasons. Thinks about larger and broader motivational things and talks about...
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Giants, Conor Gillaspie avoid arbitration
The Giants avoided arbitration with third baseman Conor Gillaspie on Wednesday.
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Report: Athletics close to signing Santiago Casilla to a two-year deal
The Athletics are reportedly close to signing reliever Santiago Casilla to a two-year contract.
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Christian Bethancourt is pitching in the Panama Winter League
Padres catcher Christian Bethancourt logged an inning on the mound in the Panama Winter League.
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Mets, Zack Wheeler avoid arbitration
The Mets and pitcher Zack Wheeler agreed to a one-year contract on Wednesday, avoiding arbitration.
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Mariners trade Mallex Smith and two players to Tampa Bay for Drew Smyly
As mentioned in the story about the Braves-Mariners trade, it looked like Seattle was going to flip outfielder Mallex Smith, who they just acquired from Atlanta. And flipped him they have, along with two...
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Minor league umps make more, get a higher per diem than the players
Minor league umpires have a union and just negotiated a new contract to cover the next five years. In addition to some quality of life things such as hotels with interior access (i.e. no Motel 6s) and...
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The Braves and Mariners trade young players
UPDATE: The Mariners have now flipped Mallex Smith to Tampa Bay, along with two minor leaguers, for starter Drew Smyly. 2:49 PM: The Braves and Mariners have made a trade involving four young players: ...
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Cubs to visit White House before Obama leaves office
This despite the fact that one of the co-owners of the Cubs will be part of the Trump Administration.
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Seth Maness: the test case in short-circuiting Tommy John surgery
Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Disptach has a must-read today about the comeback of former Cardinals pitcher Seth Maness. Maness injured his UCL last year and went under the knife. But rather than...
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Twins sign Ryan Vogelsong to a minor league deal
The Twins have signed Ryan Vogelsong to a minor league deal with an invitation to spring training. Vogelsong missed over two months last season after being hit in the face by a pitch. He didn’t pitch...
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Backman says Alderson is blackballing him
Thing is, it would not take a blackballing for Backman to be seen as an undesirable managerial candidate.
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Athletics sign Trevor Plouffe
The Athletics signed third baseman Trevor Plouffe late on Tuesday evening.
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Dodgers formally announce Kenley Jansen signing, designate Micah Johnson for assignment
It took nearly a month, but the Kenley Jansen signing was made official on Tuesday by the Dodgers.
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Dodgers avoid arbitration with Vidal Nuno
The Dodgers and Vidal Nuno agreed on a $1.125 million salary for the 2017 season, avoiding arbitration.
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Report days, full-squad workout days released
The first Spring Training workout dates, both for pitchers and catchers and full squads, has been released for all 30 of the Major League clubs. Pitchers for every team except the Nationals and Dodgers...
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Twitter Mailbag: Dumb Answers to Your Good Questions
In which I speculate why Manfred is meeting with Trump and tell you how to be a better parent.
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Rob Manfred is meeting Donald Trump today
You may want us to keep politics out of baseball, but baseball has never stayed out of politics.
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Top prospect Luis Robert leaves Cuba
We used to say “defects” from Cuba in these sorts of stories. I’m not sure if that terminology is still accurate given the changes in the political landscape and the new approach to...
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Alexi Ogando signs with a Korean team
Pitcher Alexi Ogando has signed with the Hanwha Eagles in the Korean Baseball Organization. Ogando, 33, posted a 3.94 ERA and 29/23 K/BB ratio over 32 innings for the Atlanta Braves last season. Ogando...
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Report: Rays sign Colby Rasmus
The Rays inked free agent outfielder Colby Rasmus on Monday.
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Max Scherzer won’t pitch in WBC due to stress fracture in right finger
Max Scherzer has a stress fracture in the knuckle of his right ring finger, but he's still expected to be ready for spring training.
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Murray Chass defends his blank Hall of Fame ballot on MLB Network Radio
On Sunday, blogger Murray Chass wrote a column explaining why he submitted a blank Hall of Fame ballot. He’s a “small Hall” guy, which means he has a higher standard for players getting...
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A slow news day collection of links
January is always slow, but today is crazy-slow in the world of baseball. Really, not a substantive baseball happening since that Manny Ramirez story yesterday. This has left me to tweeting my close...
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Kirk Gibson inducted to the (college football) Hall of Fame
Former Tigers and Dodgers great and 1988 National League MVP Kirk Gibson has been inducted to the Hall of Fame! The College Football Hall of Fame, that is. The inductees were announced this morning. In...
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Manny Ramirez signs with the Kochi Fighting Dogs in Japan
Manny Ramirez will be playing independent league baseball in Japan in 2017.
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Report: Dodgers close to minor league deal with Jose Miguel Fernandez
Cuban infielder Jose Miguel Fernandez is reportedly nearing a minor league deal with the Dodgers, according to MLB.com’s Jesse Sanchez. The 28-year-old was granted free agency in April 2016 after...
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Murray Chass intentionally turned in a blank Hall of Fame ballot
With 34 players on the Hall of Fame ballot, blogger Murray Chass felt none of them were worthy of enshrinement in the Hall of Fame.
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Rockies continue extension talks with Carlos Gonzalez
The Rockies are still working on an extension offer for Carlos Gonzalez, Colorado GM Jeff Bridich says (via ESPN’s Jim Bowden). The 31-year-old outfielder is one season away from polishing off the...
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White Sox sign Everth Cabrera to minor league deal
Middle infielder Everth Cabrera picked up a minor league contract with the White Sox last week, according to a report by La Prensa in Nicaragua. The 30-year-old has not played professional baseball since...
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Report: Orioles could prioritize draft pick over Mark Trumbo
The Orioles haven’t ruled out Mark Trumbo‘s return to Baltimore in 2017, but a recent interview with ESPN’s Jim Bowden suggests that their interests may lie elsewhere. Per Bowden,...
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Jorge Rondon signs one-year deal with Chunichi Dragons
Not a month after signing right-handed reliever Jorge Rondon to a minor league deal, the White Sox released the righty to pursue a one-year contract with the Chunichi Dragons of NPB, according to Baseball...
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Royals and Braves reportedly interested in Trevor Plouffe
Free agent third baseman Trevor Plouffe has reportedly been drawing interest around the league, says Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe. The Braves and Royals are rumored to have shown interest alongside the...
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Report: Brewers sign infielder Cody Decker
Free agent Cody Decker reportedly signed a deal with the Brewers on Saturday, per a report by FanRag Sports’ Tommy Stokke. Decker posted a cryptic tweet to that effect earlier in the day, but declined...
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Royals sign Brandon League to minor league deal
The Royals signed right-hander Brandon League to a minor league deal on Saturday, according to MLB.com’s Jeffrey Flanagan. The 33-year-old is one of 22 non-roster invitees and was picked up along with...
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Report: Brandon Moss drawing interest from Orioles
The Orioles netted a serviceable outfielder and potential leadoff hitter in Seth Smith during Friday’s trade with the Mariners, but comments from Baltimore GM Dan Duquette suggest that the club’...
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Nationals hire special assistant De Jon Watson
The Nationals added De Jon Watson to their pro scouting department on Friday, per MLB.com’s Jamal Collier. Watson will serve as a special assistant to Washington GM Mike Rizzo. No stranger to the...
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Report: Dodgers are considering Neftali Feliz
Despite tying up a significant portion of their payroll in Kenley Jansen last month, the Dodgers are still looking for bullpen help. According to Jon Morosi of MLB Network, the club is reportedly...
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Phillies to expand protective netting at Citizens Bank Park
The Phillies plan to extend their protective netting at Citizens Bank Park for the 2017 season.
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Royals trade Jarrod Dyson to the Mariners for Nate Karns
The Mariners made a second trade today. On the heels of the Seth Smith–Yovani Gallardo deal, they have acquired Jarrod Dyson from the Kansas City Royals for pitcher Nate Karns. The speedy Dyson, who...
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Mariners trade Seth Smith to the Orioles for Yovani Gallardo
The Mariners are hoping for a bounceback year for Gallardo.
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Minor league team to allow dogs at every home game
A lot of major and minor league teams have “Bark at the Park” days or some other branded promotion in which they allow fans to bring dogs to the game. They may happen one or two times a year....
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The Braves are a “stealth landing spot” for Brian Dozier
While they seem like a basic part of our world now, years and years ago, back when the earth was young, there were no trade rumors about Brian Dozier. It’s hard to picture that world, but carbon...
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There is an attendance incentive in Edwin Encarnacion’s contract
This is not something you see every day: Jon Heyman reports that Edwin Encarnacion‘s new contract with the Indians has a clause via which he can get around $1 million a year extra based on the Indians...
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Report: White Sox sign Geovany Soto to a minor league deal
The White Sox signed veteran backstop Geovany Soto to a minor league contract, according to a report.
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Report: Brandon Phillips blocked a trade to the Braves
Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips reportedly blocked a trade to the Braves two months ago.
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Chris Berman won’t be calling the Home Run Derby anymore
Chris Berman is transitioning to a new role with ESPN and won't be calling the Home Run Derby anymore.
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Alex Rodriguez will not attempt a comeback in 2017
Alex Rodriguez is expected to serve as a "special advisor" to Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner in 2017.
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Sorry Dan Shaughnessy, Edgar Martinez was 'feared'
"Fear" is a dumb reason to vote for someone for the Hall of Fame. But if you're gonna rely on it, at least be consistent.
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Wanna run a team’s Twitter account?
MLBAM has put up a post announcing job openings for the position of “In-game social media coordinator” for the Angels, White Sox, Reds, Rockies, Yankees, Blue Jays and Nationals. There’s a...
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Gavin Floyd signs with the Blue Jays
The Blue Jays have re-signed righty reliever Gavin Floyd to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training. He was with the Jays last year too, but was shut down last June with a sprained...
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The Indians make the Edwin Encarnacion signing official
The deal was struck some time ago, but today the Cleveland Indians officially signed Edwin Encarnacion to a three-year, $60 million contract with a club option for 2020. Encarnacion didn’t take his...
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Andy Pettitte’s Hall of Fame case is going to be a hot mess
Not because of his merits as a player, but because of the arguments his candidacy will inspire.
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Ray Searage would advise his pitchers not to pitch in the World Baseball Classic
The World Baseball Classic is set to kick off in March. For the Pirates, none of their pitchers are participating, but catcher Francisco Cervelli (Italy) and outfielders Andrew McCutchen (USA), Starling...
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Darin Ruf falls 14 days shy of qualifying for salary arbitration
Darin Ruf won't qualify for salary arbitration as a "Super Two" after all.
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Chad Bettis says he’s now cancer-free
Chad Bettis underwent surgery for testicular cancer last month. His doctor declared him cancer-free.
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The A’s have reached out to Mark Trumbo
Jon Heyman reports that the Athletics have reached out to free agent slugger Mark Trumbo. As we noted the other day when we wrote up the Top 10 Free Agents Still on the Market post, the Athletics actually...
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Report: Talks heating up between Rangers, Tyson Ross
The Rangers have reportedly gotten aggressive in their pursuit of free agent pitcher Tyson Ross.
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Imagine Mike Trout declaring himself a free agent . . . tomorrow
From the “fun thought experiment on a slow news day” file comes an article from Nathaniel Grow over at FanGraphs. Though it’s not purely a thought experiment because it’s based on a...
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Jung-Ho Kang kicked off of Korea’s World Baseball Classic squad
The manager of Korea’s World Baseball Classic squad, In-sik Kim, kicked Pirates infielder Jung-Ho Kang off of the country’s World Baseball Classic club today, Yonhap News Agency reports: “...
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Rajai Davis signs with the A’s on a one-year deal
The Oakland A’s announced last night that they have signed Rajai Davis to a one-year, $6 million deal. Davis, who led the AL in stolen bases last year, his lone year in Cleveland, was previously with...
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Arizona Diamondbacks sue to get out of Chase Field
The Dbacks have claimed the 19-year-old ballpark is in need of major renovations. The county has called that bluff.
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Diamondbacks sign Rubby De La Rosa to a minor league deal
The Diamondbacks added bullpen depth on Tuesday, signing Rubby De La Rosa to a minor league contract.
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Diamondbacks, Royals make a minor trade
The Diamondbacks sent outfielder Peter O'Brien to the Royals in exchange for pitcher Sam Lewis on Tuesday.
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Orioles sign Jesus Montero to a minor league deal
The Orioles inked troubled 1B/DH Jesus Montero to a minor league contract on Tuesday.
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Reds sign Drew Storen to a one-year deal
The Reds signed veteran reliever Drew Storen to a one-year big league contract on Tuesday.
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First baby born in Chicago in 2017 was named “Wrigley”
Fun fact: I know someone who says that when her mother was in labor, a couple of hours before midnight on December 31 one year, the doctors approached her and asked if she wanted them to slow the process...
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The Giants are interested in bat-flipping KBO product Jae-gyun Hwang
Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports that the Giants are showing interested in Korean third baseman Jae-gyun Hwang. Hwang, who held a showcase for roughly 20 MLB teams back in November, is 29 and has a pretty...
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Hot yoga caused Hunter Pence to smash some dude’s car
Sometimes the headlines are enough. In this case I promise you that it is in no way misleading. The story comes from closer Mark Melancon over at the Players Tribune. Today he writes about how he came to...
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The Cubs are close to re-signing Munenori Kawasaki
As far as signings go this is about as minor as it gets, but the player in question is fun, so that’s worth noting. Sports Hochi reports that the Cubs are close to re-signing Munenori Kawasaki to a...
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Manager of South Korea’s WBC team considering cutting Jung Ho Kang from roster
Pirates third baseman Jung Ho Kang doesn't have the best reputation in South Korea, which may influence the country's WBC manager to remove him from the roster.
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Matt Adams is in the best shape of his life
Cardinals first baseman Matt Adams has reportedly lost 25 pounds heading into the 2017 season.
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Will the Nationals extend Dusty Baker?
Dusty Baker is entering the second year of his two-year contract with the Nationals. If his contract isn't extended, he could leave after the upcoming season.
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Top 10 remaining free agents on the market
Jose Bautista needs a job. Who will give one to him?
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Video: Mike Trout gets a touchdown ball from Carson Wentz
Mike Trout got a nice souvenir from Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz during Sunday's game against the Cowboys.
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David Ortiz is in a new TurboTax commercial
David Ortiz is starring in a TurboTax ad to kick of 2017, his first as a retired baseball player.
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Blue Jays reportedly considering Brett Gardner, not Bautista
The rumor mill isn’t done with Jose Bautista just yet. Two days ago, Jon Morosi of MLB Network reported that the 36-year-old outfielder had engaged in contract discussions with the Blue Jays. It...
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Report: Royals could be interested in Pedro Alvarez
The Royals could give the Orioles some competition for free agent Pedro Alvarez‘s services in 2017, per a report from the Boston Globe’s Nick Cafardo. While the infielder/DH is still in talks...
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Report: Indians can’t afford Rajai Davis after spending on Encarnacion
If Indians want Rajai Davis back, it’s going to cost them. A report from Terry Pluto of the Cleveland Plain Dealer revealed that the club has interest in bringing their center fielder back on board in...
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Pirates designate Willy Garcia for assignment
Per the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Bill Brink, the Pirates cleared a roster spot for the newly re-signed Ivan Nova on Saturday, designating outfielder and top prospect Willy Garcia for assignment....
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The Blake Swihart outfield experiment is over
Blake Swihart won’t be making any appearances in left field during the 2017 season, per a report from Rob Bradford of WEEI.com. In fact, the only place the Red Sox want to see him is behind the plate...
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Report: Twins still waiting for trade offers on Brian Dozier
If you want Brian Dozier, now’s the time to make your pitch. At least, that’s the message the Twins appear to be sending to the second baseman’s suitors this week. La Velle E. Neal III of...
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Report: Teams won’t give Jason Hammel more than a one-year contract
Free agent right-hander Jason Hammel is having difficulty finding a landing spot this winter, according to a report by FanRag Sports’ John Perrotto. “Many teams” appear reluctant to take a...
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The Top 25 Baseball Stories of 2016 — Full Countdown
And with that we can close the book on 2016: 21,744 runs, 42,276 hits and 2,820 errors.
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Top 25 Baseball Stories of 2016 — #1: The Chicago Cubs Break the Curse and Win it All
We don't believe in curses, but we believe in transformation. The Cubs were transformed in 2016.
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Top 25 Baseball Stories of 2016 — #2: Jose Fernandez killed in a boating accident
One of the most exciting and electric players in the game died at only 24 years-old.
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Top 25 Baseball Stories of 2016 — #3: Vin Scully calls his final game
Don’t be sad that it’s over. Smile because it happened.
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Top 25 Baseball Stories of 2016 — #4: David Ortiz’s historic farewell season
Not many go out on top. Big Papi did.
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Top 25 Baseball Stories of 2016 — #5: Alex Rodriguez’s career comes to an end. Probably.
If it is over, though, it was one of the greatest and strangest careers in baseball history.
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Report: Blue Jays and Jose Bautista’s representatives engaged in active contract discussions
The Blue Jays are reportedly engaged in active contract discussions with Jose Bautista's representatives.
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Top 25 Baseball Stories of 2016 — #6: Ken Griffey Jr. gets a record 99.3% of the Hall of Fame vote
Everyone knew Griffey was going in. But why was his vote total so high?
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Top 25 Baseball Stories of 2016 — #7: Baseball gets a new Collective Bargaining Agreement
Remember when the union and the league used to be adversaries?
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Top 25 Baseball Stories of 2016 — #8: The Year of the Reliever
Andrew Miller dominated in the playoffs and relief pitchers took center stage all year long.
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Top 25 Baseball Stories of 2016 — #9: Bryce Harper tries to Make Baseball Fun Again
And takes all kinds of heat for saying that the sport is "tired"
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Top 25 Baseball Stories of 2016 — #10: Aroldis Chapman gets baseball’s first domestic violence suspension
It was 30 games and didn't seem to harm his career in any discernable way, but it was historic all the same.
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Top 25 Baseball Stories of 2016 — #11: The Drake LaRoche Saga Tears the White Sox Apart
In which a 14-year-old boy was called a "leader" of a major league baseball team and was treated as if he killed in action.
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Top 25 Baseball Stories of 2016 — #12: Tim Tebow plays baseball
He's "a farce" who "stinks" and whose game was described as "ugly" and "awful." But Tebow plays on.
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The Braves’ 1995 starting rotation was referenced in Run the Jewels 3
John Smoltz, Tom Glavine, and Greg Maddux were referenced in a song off of the recently released album Run the Jewels 3.
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Top 25 Baseball Stories of 2016 — #13: Ichiro Becomes the All-Time Hit King
No one tell Pete Rose about this headline.
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Mike Trout bought every Eagles player a pair of Nikes
Mike Trout is ingratiating himself with the Philadelphia Eagles.
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Top 25 Baseball Stories of 2016 — #14: Bartolo Colon hits a homer
We’re a few short days away from 2017 so it’s a good time to look back at the top 25 baseball stories of 2016. Some of them took place on the field, some of them off the field and some of them were...
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Top 25 Baseball Stories of 2016 — #15: The Jose Bautista-Rougned Odor Fight
Odor had 165 hits in 2016. 164 with his bat and one with this right cross.
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Top 25 Baseball Stories of 2016 — #17: Yoenis Cespedes shows off his wheels
And I'm not talking about his base running.
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Top 25 Baseball Stories of 2016 — #18: MLB adopts “The Chase Utley Rule”
Chase Utley will be remembered as a great player. And as a guy who caused MLB to change its rules.
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Report: Red Sox interested in Trevor Plouffe
The Red Sox are reportedly interested in free agent Trevor Plouffe, who could fit in a platoon or utility role.
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Top 25 Baseball Stories of 2016 — #19: Jenrry Mejia permanently suspended for a third positive PED test
As a player, Mejia's career wasn't all that memorable. He'll certainly be remembered now.
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Top 25 Baseball Stories of 2016 — #20: The lifespan of a ballpark gets shorter
This crumbing ruin will soon be replaced.
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Top 25 Baseball Stories of 2016 — #21: Chris Sale freaks out, shreds White Sox throwback jerseys
These 1983 throwbacks did not bother him a bit. He was less a fan of the 1976 numbers.
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Top 25 Baseball Stories of 2016 — #22: Trevor Story and Gary Sanchez make big rookie splashes
They didn't win the Rookie of the Year Awards, but they got people talking.
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Ross Ohlendorf signs with the Tokyo Yakult Swallows
Jerry Crasnick of ESPN reports that pitcher Ross Ohlendorf has signed with the Tokyo Yakult Swallows of Japan’s Central League. He’ll make $1.6 million and could earn an additional $400,000 in...
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Top 25 Baseball Stories of 2016 — #24: Ryan Howard and Ryan Zimmerman sue Al Jazeera
Howard may not hot for power like he used to, but he and Zimmerman knocked their accusers out of the park.
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Top 25 Baseball Stories of 2016 — #25: Curt Schilling fired from ESPN
We start our annual top-25 countdown with the same man who held #25 in last year's list. We can't quit you, Curt.
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Report: Cardinals join Dodgers in pursuit of Brian Dozier
The Twins have at least two teams very interested in second baseman Brian Dozier.
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Colorado Rockies sign Alexi Amarista to a major league deal
Jon Heyman reports that Alexi Amarista signed a one-year major league contract with the Rockies with a club option for 2018. Big news for the day after Christmas I guess. Amarista was non-tendered by the...
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Report: Giants sign Michael Morse to minor league deal
Veteran infielder/outfielder Michael Morse has reportedly struck a minor league deal with the Giants, according to Baseball America’s Matt Eddy. After posting a .275/.390/.391 line through 45 games...
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Elvis Araujo to play for Chunichi Dragons in 2017
The Marlins finalized their two-year, $16 million deal with right-hander Brad Ziegler on Friday, designating left-hander Elvis Araujo for assignment in the process. According to Clark Spencer of the Miami...
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Athletics sign Norge Ruiz to minor league deal
Right-hander Norge Ruiz is set to receive a $2 million signing bonus from the Athletics, according to MLB.com’s Jesse Sanchez and the San Francisco Chronicle’s Susan Slusser. The club signed the...
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Dodgers officially re-sign Turner to four-year, $64 million deal
The Dodgers' star third baseman is poised for a return to Los Angeles in 2017.
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Angels sign Ben Revere to one-year, $4 million deal
The Angels signed outfielder Ben Revere to a one-year, $4 million contract on Friday, per a club announcement. The 28-year-old stands to make another $2.25 million in incentives depending on the number of...
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Alex Avila returns to the Tigers on a one-year deal
The Detroit Tigers have announced that they signed Alex Avila to a one-year deal. Avila, of course, played for the Tigers between 2009 and 2015, having been with the organization since he was drafted in the...
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Mike Napoli may soon sign up for his third tour with the Texas Rangers
T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports that it’s a “strong possibility” that the Rangers will sign Mike Napoli. The Rangers were in the bidding for Edwin Encarnacion, and now that they lost him...
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Encarnacion turned down bigger offer from Athletics
Was it the right move?
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The Red Sox and Yankees could meet in London in 2018
The Boston Herald is reporting that the Yankees and Red Sox could meet in London in 2018. Talk of regular season baseball games in London has been circulating for some time now, but the Herald quotes...
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Braves sign Ender Inciarte to a five-year, $30.525 million extension
The Atlanta Braves have signed outfielder Ender Inciarte to five-year, $30.525 million contract extension. There is a club option or a sixth year. The deal gives Inciarte a $3.5 million signing bonus, and...
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Press is pretty selective when judging Schilling’s character
Schilling gained Hall of Fame support after attacking Muslims. Attacking the press, however, was apparently a bridge too far.
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Report: Indians sign Edwin Encarnacion to three-year, $60M contract
The defending AL champion Indians have made a big splash, signing Edwin Encarnacion to a three-year, $65 million contract.
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Major League Baseball suspends four minor leaguers for using drugs
Four minor league players have been suspended by Major League Baseball for positive drug tests.
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American Legion to require ballplayers to show “proper respect” for National Anthem
American Legion baseball is a grand American tradition. So too is our National Anthem. So too is freedom of speech and the right to protest. If you’re a Minnesota American Legion ballplayer, though,...
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Manny Ramirez’s wife says he’s in talks to play again
Manny is working out hard. Will he play again?
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Former Padres, Tigers GM takes a job with the Nippon Ham Fighters
Kyodo News reports that Randy Smith, the former general manager of the Padres and Tigers who, for the past few years, has worked for the Padres once again, has accepted a position as a senior advisor for...
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Pirates sign Ivan Nova for three years, $26 million
Nova had an excellent second half after being traded to the Pirates. The Pirates may have gotten a bargain.
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