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03-05

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Rumor Roundup: Huston Street Might Have Relief-Ace'd Himself Into the Angels' Future
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03-03

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Rumor Roundup: Shift Happenings
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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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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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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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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

11-17

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The Week in Quotes: November 10-16, 2014
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Nick Bacarella, Chris Mosch and Nick Wheatley-Schaller

11-10

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The Week in Quotes: November 3-9, 2014
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Nick Bacarella, Chris Mosch and Nick Wheatley-Schaller

11-03

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The Week in Quotes: October 27th-November 2nd, 2014
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Nick Bacarella, Chris Mosch and Nick Wheatley-Schaller

10-27

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The Week in Quotes: October 20th-26th, 2014
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Nick Bacarella, Chris Mosch and Nick Wheatley-Schaller

10-20

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The Week in Quotes: October 13-19, 2014
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Nick Bacarella, Chris Mosch and Nick Wheatley-Schaller

10-13

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The Week in Quotes: October 6-12th, 2014
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Nick Bacarella, Chris Mosch and Nick Wheatley-Schaller

10-06

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The Week in Quotes: September 30-October 5
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Nick Bacarella, Chris Mosch and Nick Wheatley-Schaller

09-30

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The Week in Quotes: September 22-29
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Nick Bacarella, Chris Mosch and Nick Wheatley-Schaller

09-25

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What You Need to Know: September 25, 2014
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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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The Pirates want to keep their star 'for a long, long time,' while the Mets' crowded rotation will likely squeeze out the team's top two prospects.

Pirates willing to go to “great lengths” to keep McCutchen past current contract
Andrew McCutchen is currently under what is easily one of baseball’s most team-friendly contracts, with the Pirates owing the 2013 NL MVP just $37 million over the next three years before having the option to bring him back for $14.5 million in 2018. The center fielder has emerged as one of the top players in the game and the face of the Pirates, tallying upwards of six WARP each of the past three seasons while helping the club to two straight postseason berths after the franchise had gone two decades without one.


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February 23, 2015 10:02 am

Rumor Roundup: Mookie Betts, Fourth Outfielder?

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The Red Sox will go with the veteran in a crowded outfield; meanwhile, the Rangers might pick up Beltre's option early.

Farrell tabs Victorino as starting right fielder
Injuries derailed Shane Victorino’s 2014 campaign, as the Wailuku, Hawaii native made three separate trips to the disabled list. The final stint required an early-August surgery on two bulging disks in his back. However, Victorino’s lost 2014 season won’t cost him a spot in Boston’s 2015 starting lineup, according to manager John Farrell, who told the media on Friday, “If Shane Victorino is fully capable and fully healthy he's our right fielder. I mean, that’s pretty simple."


Health is something that is becoming harder to count on from Victorino, who turned 34 in November and in recent seasons has an injury log littered with ailments that can be attributed to his all-out style of play. However, when he’s been on the field, Victorino has been one of the more reliable all-around outfielders in the game, averaging 4.7 WARP between 2010-2013, including a five-win effort in his most recent full season. A considerable portion of Victorino’s game throughout his career has been tied to his legs, with value added both on the basepaths and as a plus defender roaming the outfield. As he enters his mid-30s, it’s reasonable to expect a drop off in performance, but for now Farrell is willing to give the veteran the nod with the hope that he’ll resemble the catalyst who propelled the Red Sox to their 2013 title.



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Running through the notable quotes from the week that was.

Players, managers weigh in on possible pitch clock


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February 19, 2015 6:00 am

Rumor Roundup: The Cole Hamels Return That Amaro Turned Down

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The Phillies' ace is sad to be here, while the Braves are looking at Jackie Bradley Jr.

Cole Hamels wants out of Philadelphia
Cole Hamels trade rumors have been a common theme this winter, with a handful of teams reported to be active in talks with the Phillies only to be put off by the high price tag Ruben Amaro Jr. has put on the head of his ace. Hamels has remained quiet throughout the offseason regarding his next potential destination but finally broke his silence yesterday to USA Today’s Bob Nightengale:


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Why Juan Uribe is no roadblock to a potential $70 million Cuban acquisition.

Bidding war likely to ensue for Hector Olivera
There's just under a week until Cuban superprospect Yoan Moncada's self-imposed intended signing date. The Dodgers and Yankees continue to be viewed as the favorites to lock up the switch-hitting 19-year-old, with the Padres lying low as a potential wild card choice. The reported signing bonus that it will take to lock up Moncada has been a topic of wide-ranging opinion. Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports writes that various team executives have given expected signing bonuses ranging from $20 million to $50 million, and that’s all before the 100 percent tax that must be paid on top of the bonus for exceeding international bonus pools.

At the end of the day, we’ll have to wait and see if the total expenditure used to acquire Moncada eclipses the Cuban-record $72.5 million the Red Sox dished out to bring Rusney Castillo to Boston last August. However, Moncada is not the only soon-to-be-signed Cuban prospect that could eclipse Castillo’s mark.



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Running through the notable quotes from the week that was.

Padres continue busy offseason by signing James Shields

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February 13, 2015 9:41 am

Rumor Roundup: Yoan Moncada Sets A 10-Day Countdown

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The Dodgers hope to add to the Yasiel Puig comp for Moncada. Meanwhile, the Phillies can't move Jonathan Papelbon.

Moncada hopes to sign by February 23
The Yoan Moncada saga appears to be headed for the stretch run. Moncada’s agent, David Hastings, told Jerry Crasnick of ESPN on Wednesday night that his client has four or five more private workouts scheduled within the next week and intends to make a decision by February 23rd. The first of those private workouts was for the Dodgers on Thursday in Clearwater, where several high-level Dodgers executives were on hand to watch, per Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports. This is now the second time that top Dodgers front office personnel have seen Moncada in person and Hastings indicated to Crasnick that several of the other workouts held in the upcoming week will also be follow-ups.

The Dodgers, Yankees and Red Sox are still believed to be the favorites to land Moncada, but the Padres could end being a wild card in the bidding. Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports tweeted earlier this week that the Padres held a private workout for Moncada and that they “plan to be aggressive in bidding for him.” Regarding the Dodgers, it doesn’t appear any potential pursuit of fellow Cuban Hector Olivera will affect their bidding for Moncada. This, from J.P. Hoornstra of the Los Angeles Daily News Group:



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February 12, 2015 6:00 am

Rumor Roundup: The Two-Thirds Cuban Roundup

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Everybody comes out to see Hector Olivera, while Yadiel Alvarez turns some heads.

Friedman and Byrnes among top executives at Olivera’s final open showcase
It was a packed house at Hector Olivera’s final public showcase in the Dominican Republic on Wednesday, with reportedly over a hundred scouts and team executives in attendance, most notably Andrew Friedman and Josh Byrnes of the Dodgers. While the Dodgers had the strongest presence at the showcase, Ben Badler of Baseball America noted that a trio of other California teams also sent high-ranking executives to the event, with Athletics assistant GM Dan Kantrovitz, Giants assistant GM John Barr, and Padres senior advisor Logan White all attending.

Badler writes that Olivera “drove the ball with authority and out of the park to all fields” during batting practice and subsequently went 3-for-3 with a walk, hit by pitch and a pair of doubles at the event. Despite playing primarily at second base during his time in Cuba, Olivera manned the hot corner on Wednesday and is expected to be able to play either position at the big-league level.


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Running through the notable quotes from the week that was.

Beane assures fans that team has high expectations despite roster shakeup

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