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03-24

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Rumor Roundup: Olivera on the run/Driving in the sun/Looking out for Number 1
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03-23

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The Week in Quotes: March 16-22, 2015
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Chris Mosch

03-23

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Rumor Roundup: Chase Utley is 'Easily Attainable,' Though Probably Not By You
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Chris Mosch

03-20

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Rumor Roundup: Aaron-Starting Era Starting
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Chris Mosch

03-17

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Rumor Roundup: Tony Cingrani Won't Start, to Start
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Chris Mosch

03-16

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The Week in Quotes: March 9-15, 2015
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Nick Bacarella, Chris Mosch and Nick Wheatley-Schaller

03-11

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Rumor Roundup: Olivera, Why Not Take Olivera?
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Chris Mosch

03-10

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The Week in Quotes: March 2-9, 2015
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Nick Bacarella, Chris Mosch and Nick Wheatley-Schaller

03-10

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Rumor Roundup: The Top Prospect Everybody Wants To See Replace Yu Darvish
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Chris Mosch

03-05

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Rumor Roundup: Huston Street Might Have Relief-Ace'd Himself Into the Angels' Future
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Chris Mosch

03-03

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Rumor Roundup: Shift Happenings
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Chris Mosch

03-02

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The Week in Quotes: February 23-March 1, 2015
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Nick Bacarella, Chris Mosch and Nick Wheatley-Schaller

02-26

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Rumor Roundup: It's Never Too Early to Think About Extending Andrew McCutchen Forever
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Chris Mosch

02-23

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Rumor Roundup: Mookie Betts, Fourth Outfielder?
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Chris Mosch

02-23

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The Week in Quotes: February 17-22, 2015
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Nick Bacarella, Chris Mosch and Nick Wheatley-Schaller

02-19

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Rumor Roundup: The Cole Hamels Return That Amaro Turned Down
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Chris Mosch

02-18

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Rumor Roundup: A Bidding War is Building for Olivera, and the Dodgers Have Position
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Chris Mosch

02-17

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The Week in Quotes: February 9-16, 2015
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Nick Bacarella, Chris Mosch and Nick Wheatley-Schaller

02-13

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Rumor Roundup: Yoan Moncada Sets A 10-Day Countdown
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Chris Mosch

02-12

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Rumor Roundup: The Two-Thirds Cuban Roundup
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Chris Mosch

02-09

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The Week in Quotes: February 2-8, 2015
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Nick Bacarella, Chris Mosch and Nick Wheatley-Schaller

02-05

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Rumor Roundup: Like Manna From Heaven Fall The James Shields Rumors
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Chris Mosch

02-03

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Rumor Roundup: Until Ryan Howard Gets Moved, Cody Asche Might Be
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Chris Mosch

02-02

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The Week in Quotes: January 27-February 1, 2015
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Nick Bacarella, Chris Mosch and Nick Wheatley-Schaller

01-29

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Rumor Roundup: Aaron Sanchez Is This Close To Saving 38 Games and Winning Rookie of the Year
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Chris Mosch

01-27

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The Week in Quotes: January 19-26, 2015
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Chris Mosch and Nick Wheatley-Schaller

01-26

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Rumor Roundup: Papelbon Not Proven Closer To Milwaukee
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Chris Mosch

01-22

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Rumor Roundup: Jonathan Singleton Is Probably Not the Breakout Candidate You're Looking For
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Chris Mosch

01-20

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Rumor Roundup: Brew Crew Clues True?
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Chris Mosch

01-19

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The Week in Quotes: January 12-19, 2015
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Nick Bacarella, Chris Mosch and Nick Wheatley-Schaller

01-16

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Rumor Roundup: Rangers Not Interested in Max Scherzer for Backup Catcher Search
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Chris Mosch

01-15

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Rumor Roundup: What Do You and the Dodgers Have In Common?
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Chris Mosch

01-12

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The Week in Quotes: January 5-11, 2015
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Nick Bacarella, Chris Mosch and Nick Wheatley-Schaller

01-09

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Rumor Roundup: Cardinals Like Their Rotation, Intent On Improving Their Rotation At Great Cost
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Chris Mosch

01-08

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Rumor Roundup: Hot Mets Rumor: Nothing Is Likely To Occur
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Chris Mosch

12-31

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Rumor Roundup: You Are About Two Weeks Away From Being So Sick of Ben Zobrist Rumors
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Chris Mosch

12-29

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The Week in Quotes: December 22-28, 2014
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Chris Mosch and Nick Wheatley-Schaller

12-24

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Rumor Roundup: Marlins Not Really Interested In Having Exactly Three Outfielders On Their Roster
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Chris Mosch

12-22

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The Week in Quotes: December 15-21, 2014
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Nick Bacarella, Chris Mosch and Nick Wheatley-Schaller

12-18

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Rumor Roundup: Pitching at a Premium
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Chris Mosch

12-17

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Rumor Roundup: A Monster Myers Move?
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Chris Mosch

12-15

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The Week in Quotes: December 8-14, 2014
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Nick Bacarella, Chris Mosch and Nick Wheatley-Schaller

12-08

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The Week in Quotes: December 1-7, 2014
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Nick Bacarella, Chris Mosch and Nick Wheatley-Schaller

12-04

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Rumor Roundup: The Inevitability of the Dodgers
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Chris Mosch

12-03

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Rumor Roundup: The Fourth Year Is Always The Hardest
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Chris Mosch

12-01

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The Week in Quotes: November 24-30, 2014
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Nick Bacarella, Chris Mosch and Nick Wheatley-Schaller

11-26

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Rumor Roundup: The Ace Chase, the Rays' Face, and Some Chase Waste
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Chris Mosch

11-24

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The Week in Quotes: November 17-23, 2014
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Nick Bacarella, Chris Mosch and Nick Wheatley-Schaller

11-20

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Rumor Roundup: The Ideas That Dayton Moore Toys With
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Chris Mosch

11-19

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Rumor Roundup: Are the Marlins Stanton Pat?
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Chris Mosch

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Wherever Hector Olivera ends up this week, it'll probably be in California. Meanwhile, John Holdzkom might be on a path to Triple-A.

Caminero could force Holdzkom to the minors
John Holdzkom’s path from failing to make the roster of an indy ball team to becoming a valuable piece of the Pirates bullpen down the stretch all in one year was an improbable one for the lanky New Zealand native. However, it’s becoming increasingly likely that we'll have to wait some time before seeing the story continue in Pittsburgh, and that has little to do with any wrongdoing on his part.


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Running through the notable quotes from the week that was.

Kris Bryant continues service time debate with outstanding spring

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The Phillies second baseman could be traded, while the Rangers might look to Florida for pitching.

Chase Utley “easily attainable” for teams willing to pay salary
It’s no secret that the Phillies have begun to build toward the future. They’ve already traded away veterans Jimmy Rollins, Marlon Byrd and Antonio Bastardo this offseason. General manager Ruben Amaro Jr. publicly voiced the organization’s desire to part ways with Ryan Howard and is reportedly willing to eat $50 million of the remaining $60 million owed to the declining first baseman over the next three seasons. And while nobody has been willing to meet the Phillies asking price for either Cole Hamels or Jonathan Papelbon this offseason, the endless stream of trade rumors surrounding the two hurlers will surely continue through July.


But the move that would truly signal a new era in Philadelphia—at least symbolically—would be the departure of Chase Utley. Before DL stints became a yearly ritual for Utley, he perennially performed at an MVP-caliber level and helped lead the Phillies to five straight NL East crowns and a World Series title in 2008. On Saturday, Alden Gonzalez, who covers the Angels for MLB.com, tweeted that he’s been hearing that Utley is “easily attainable” if a team is willing to take on his contract.



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March 20, 2015 6:00 am

Rumor Roundup: Aaron-Starting Era Starting

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The Blue Jays appear to have committed to Aaron Sanchez in the rotation, while the Red Sox consider committing to Mookie Betts for the better part of a decade.

John Gibbons indicates Aaron Sanchez is locked into rotation spot
It was universally expected that Aaron Sanchez would slide into the Blue Jays rotation after Marcus Stroman’s season-ending ACL tear last week. In case anyone still had doubts about the right-hander’s role come the start of the season, manager John Gibbons on Thursday all but officially confirmed that Sanchez will end up in the rotation. The Jays skipper told members of the media, including Brendan Kennedy of the Toronto Star, that the 22-year-old is "pretty much locked into where he is now.”

The Barstow, California native proceeded to pitch into the sixth inning, striking out three and issuing one free pass while generating eight grounders versus a single fly. Getting opposing hitters to beat the ball into ground was the key to Sanchez’s success out of the pen in the second half last year, as he heavily relied on a two-seam fastball that averaged 97 mph and resulted in a groundball percentage just a shade under 66 percent.


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March 17, 2015 6:00 am

Rumor Roundup: Tony Cingrani Won't Start, to Start

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The Reds move the promising young pitcher to the bullpen, while the Mets have an eye on Brian Matusz.

Reds moving Tony Cingrani to bullpen
After outperforming all expectations during his rookie season, Tony Cingrani’s sophomore campaign was one that he surely wanted to put behind him. Unfortunately for the 25-year-old, his 2015 season is already off to a rough start with Reds manager Bryan Price informing Cingrani on Monday that he will start the season in the bullpen.

Cingrani’s deceptive delivery helped his low-90s fastball generate more whiffs than either Matt Harvey or Shelby Miller in 2013, but the league adjusted the next season and the southpaw was unable to effectively counter. He did mix in his slider and changeup more frequently but still relied on his fastball three out of every four pitches, with opposing hitters squaring the offering up more frequently and with more authority to the tune of a .210 isolated power.


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Running through the notable quotes from the week that was.

Giants enjoy benefits of advanced metrics and scouting when determining defensive positioning

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March 11, 2015 6:17 am

Rumor Roundup: Olivera, Why Not Take Olivera?

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Can't you see they're no good without him?

Padres emerging as favorites for Hector Olivera


With spring training games finally underway, we’ve gotten to the time of the year when the majority of baseball news has been about position battles, “best shape of his life” reports and the unfortunate and inevitable injuries that have left the Twitter world broken-hearted. However, this year poses the unusual situation of a potential impact player becoming available in March with Cuban infielder Hector Olivera finally being declared a free agent by Major League Baseball last Friday. Over the past week, quite a few developments have occurred in the bidding for the 29-year-old.


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Running through the notable quotes from the week that was.

Teams practicing shift-related drills during spring training

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The Rangers might not need to make a trade to get 30 good starts this year.

Rangers plan on looking in-house to replace Darvish
With Yu Darvish getting a second opinion today on the sprained ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow, the Rangers will make an announcement on Wednesday regarding the future of their ace. It seems likely that Darvish will be the latest addition to the long list of pitchers that have recently had to go under the knife and the Rangers next move would be to find an arm to take the right-hander’s place in the starting rotation. The Rangers obviously won’t be able to replace the production of Darvish but the early word is that they plan to fill the void in the rotation internally.

Darvish’s injury makes it likely that Ross Detwiler ends slotting in the rotation behind Yovani Gallardo, Derek Holland and Colby Lewis. As for the final spot in the rotation, Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News writes that the club’s first priority is to fill it with an internal option and that the competition for that spot is “wide open.” Grant lists Nick Tepesch, Nick Martinez, Anthony Ranaudo, Lisalverto Bonilla and Chi Chi Gonzalez as options that the team is willing to consider.


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The Angels closer is ready to talk extension, while the Braves might change course of a recent trade acquisition.

Huston Street and Jerry Dipoto expected to exchange extension proposals soon
Back in December, David Robertson and Andrew Miller each cashed in on elite contract-push seasons with four-year deals on the free-agent market. Robertson had established himself as a dominant reliever prior to 2014 and turned in another top-notch campaign in his first crack at the closer’s role, resulting in a $46 million payday from the White Sox. Miller hadn’t yet established himself at the same type of level prior to 2014, but his transformation from failed starting pitcher prospect to bat-missing relief ace culminated last season when he cut his walk rate nearly in half and finished with the second-lowest FIP ever by a left-handed reliever. The Yankees rewarded him with a cool $36 million.


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March 3, 2015 6:00 am

Rumor Roundup: Shift Happenings

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Zack Wheeler hates that darned shift, but everybody else is getting ready for it on both sides of the ball this spring.

Zack Wheeler admits he's not a fan of the shift
On Saturday morning, Mets general manager Sandy Alderson joined Dan Brooks, Dave Cameron and Ben Lindbergh on a panel moderated by Jonah Keri at the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference. The central topic the panel discussed on day two of the event was the effect the large increase in defensive shifts during recent seasons has had on the game, which prompted this interesting tidbit:


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Running through the notable quotes from the week that was.

Moncada’s record-setting deal sparks debate about possible international draft

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