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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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01-20

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Rumor Roundup: Brew Crew Clues True?
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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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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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Chris Mosch

09-24

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What You Need to Know: September 24, 2014
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Chris Mosch

09-22

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The Week in Quotes: September 16-22, 2014
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Nick Bacarella, Chris Mosch and Nick Wheatley-Schaller

09-19

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What You Need to Know: September 19, 2014
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Chris Mosch

09-17

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What You Need to Know: September 17, 2014
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Chris Mosch

09-15

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

09-12

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What You Need to Know: September 12, 2014
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Chris Mosch

09-11

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What You Need to Know: September 11, 2014
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Chris Mosch

09-09

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The Week in Quotes: September 2-8, 2014
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Nick Bacarella, Chris Mosch and Nick Wheatley-Schaller

09-04

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What You Need to Know: September 4, 2014
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Chris Mosch

09-04

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The Week in Quotes: August 25-September 1, 2014
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Nick Bacarella, Chris Mosch and Nick Wheatley-Schaller

09-02

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What You Need to Know: September 2, 2014
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08-29

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What You Need to Know: August 29, 2014
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08-26

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What You Need to Know: August 26, 2014
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08-22

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What You Need to Know: August 22, 2014
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08-19

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What You Need to Know: August 19, 2014
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08-12

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What You Need to Know: August 12, 2014
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Running through the notable quotes from the week that was.

ERNIE BANKS PASSES AWAY AT 83

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January 26, 2015 6:00 am

Rumor Roundup: Papelbon Not Proven Closer To Milwaukee

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Trade talks with the Phillies have stalled, while Matt Dominguez faces new competition this year.

Papelbon-to-Milwaukee trade falls through
This offseason has signaled the start of a rebuild for the Phillies, who have gotten younger by trading away Jimmy Rollins and Marlon Byrd for prospects. While Cole Hamels trade talks have stalled due to the high bar Ruben Amaro has set for a return package, the discussion of flipping Hamels for younger talent is at least being had and is likely to gain momentum around the trade deadline. The next logical piece to be moved would be Jonathan Papelbon, who has popped up in several trade rumors for over a year—most recently on Thursday night when Jeff Passan of Yahoo! reported that the Brewers were in serious discussions to acquire the closer from the Phillies.

However, trade talks hit a snag over the weekend according to Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, who writes that the two clubs have not even engaged in any talks regarding Papelbon since Thursday. Haudricourt writes that the Brewers want the Phillies to sweeten the pot financially in any potential deal for Papelbon, who is owed $13 million next season and reportedly would require any team on his no-trade list (which includes Milwaukee) to guarantee his $13 million vesting option for 2016.


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Singleton might be squeezed out of Houston's outfield, and Ryan Vogelsong might be squeezed into the Giants rotation.

Jonathan Singleton could be odd man out in Houston
The Astros outfield has been in a fluid state during the past week, with the club acquiring Evan Gattis from Atlanta, bidding farewell to Dexter Fowler and, on Tuesday, formally introducing Colby Rasmus as the latest addition to the club. Assuming the Astros are done swapping outfielders, Rasmus and George Springer are virtual locks to be penciled into the lineup come Opening Day, with the final outfield spot to be sorted out come spring training. However, general manager Jeff Luhnow tipped his hand at Tuesday’s press conference, indicating that Jake Marisnick stands to be the front-runner to receive the bulk of playing time at that spot.


“I got to say, based on how Jake did at the end of last year, he’s going to be strong consideration for a starting spot,” Luhnow said. “But you know, I think part of the theme of how we’re constructing the roster is there’s options at every position. … Based on what Jake did second half of last year with us, yeah, he deserves every opportunity to be a starting outfielder, and he’ll probably get (that opportunity).”



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January 20, 2015 6:00 am

Rumor Roundup: Brew Crew Clues True?

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Milwaukee rumors give some indication of what the Brewers plan to do with Yovani Gallardo's rotation spot.

Brewers not planning to pursue top-end starter to replace Gallardo
When news first broke Sunday that Yovani Gallardo was likely headed to Texas, there was speculation as to which path the team would take to fill the rotation spot left open in Milwaukee. The trade could mean the Brewers were committing to Jimmy Nelson as a part of this year’s starting rotation, or it could be a way to free up payroll and make a run at signing James Shields or trading for one of Washington’s surplus of starters.

Gallardo was owed $13 million in his final season before free agency, but as it turns out, the priority of the deal for Milwaukee wasn’t to save that cash. The club ended up sending $4 million to the Rangers as part of the deal, in part to cover the $1 million escalator in Gallardo’s contract that kicked in because of the trade, and presumably to ensure a better return in prospects. Tom Haudricourt, who covers the team for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, talked to Doug Melvin on Monday and tweeted a few takeaways pertaining to the future of the Brewers rotation.



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Running through the notable quotes from the week that was.

KAPLER BRINGS PROGRESSIVE PHILOSOPHY TO DODGERS WINTER DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM

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A quiet winter in Texas might get sliiiiiightly less quiet, while the Phillies hopes for a Cole Hamels trade get a little clearer.

Rangers searching for catcher to back up Chirinos
Wednesday’s acquisition of Evan Gattis from the Braves leaves the Astros with five players on their 40-man roster with major-league experience behind the dish. Gattis will likely spend most of his time either in the outfield or at designated hitter, but the logjam formed by Jason Castro, Hank Conger, Carlos Corporan and Max Stassi is still something that Houston will eventually need to sort out.

Enter the Texas Rangers, who began the offseason looking to acquire a catcher to share the workload with Robinson Chirinos, a converted backstop who has dealt with concussion issues in the past. As far as in-house options to complement Chirinos, the Rangers reportedly want Tomas Telis to get more seasoning at Triple-A before relying on him at the big-league level. Jorge Alfaro is still probably a year away from The Show.


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January 15, 2015 9:52 am

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

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Answer: You're both interested in Yoan Moncada.

Zaidi confirms Dodgers’ interest in Yoan Moncada
Cuban pitcher Yoan Lopez broke the international signing record on Tuesday, inking a deal with the Diamondbacks that includes an $8.25 million bonus. Following the announcement, MLB.com’s Jesse Sanchez tweeted that the Dodgers made an aggressive run at the pitcher and were shifting their attention toward countryman Yoan Moncada. On Wednesday, Dodgers general manager Farhan Zaidi confirmed the club’s interest in the 19-year-old Cuban infielder during an interview with MLB Network Radio.

“Moncada, we’ve scouted extensively,” Zaidi said. “We have the checkbook. Young, elite talent in baseball is the most valuable asset to have, and to the extent that our evaluation of him matches or exceeds where his market goes, we will definitely be a player there. We’re doing all the homework we can.”


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Running through the notable quotes from the week that was.

JOHNSON, PEDRO, BIGGIO, AND SMOLTZ ELECTED TO HALL

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The Cardinals are rumored to be in on a bunch of big names, while James Shields is rumored to be in on a big contract offer.

Cardinals exploring market for front-of-the-rotation starter
The Cardinals boast one of the stronger starting rotations in the senior circuit, albeit one that comes with some question marks. Adam Wainwright is recovering from elbow surgery in October and Michael Wacha pitched just 107 innings last season due to a stress reaction in his throwing shoulder. Carlos Martinez and Marco Gonzales are both vying for the final spot in the rotation and could have bright futures ahead of them but neither has much major-league rotation experience.

According to Ken Rosenthal and Jon Morosi of FOX Sports, the Cardinals do like their current rotation but are “exploring trades for Cole Hamels and David Price and the possibility of signing Max Scherzer.” Each of the three high-end starters would come at a hefty price, with Scherzer reportedly seeking a $200 million contract and the Phillies previously demanding an elite prospect plus more in a return package for Hamels. With just one year remaining on his contract, Price would be the cheapest of the three to acquire and Derrick Goold, the Cardinals beat writer for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, told The Ryan Kelley Morning After on Thursday that the Cardinals have the most interest in Price.


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January 8, 2015 6:00 am

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

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The Mets could be set to go with what they've got at shortstop, while Ichiro Suzuki could be preparing to answer the age-old question, "what would Ichiro look like in a Marlins uniform?"

Mets expected to enter camp with Flores as starting shortstop

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The Rays have excess infielders, and do the Orioles have a Colby Rasmus deficiency?

After signing Asdrubal Cabrera, Rays open to moving Zobrist and Escobar
Prior to yesterday, the Rays fielded a perfectly acceptable double play tandem in Yunel Escobar and Ben Zobrist. But after reportedly signing Asdrubal Cabrera to a one-year, $8 million deal, a crowded infield that also included Nick Franklin and Logan Forsythe is even more congested. Thus it appears likely that either Escobar or Zobrist will be on the move.

In the wake of the Cabrera signing, Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports tweeted that the Rays are “open to trading Zobrist and/or Yunel Escobar.” There is the possibility that Tampa Bay could simply decide to hold on to its glut of middle infielders, with the versatile Zobrist getting more regular playing time in the outfield, but Rosenthal notes that this appears to be an unlikely final outcome.


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Running through the notable quotes from the week that was.

DAVID ROSS REUNITES WITH LESTER IN SAN DIEGO CHICAGO

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