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01-30

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Rumor Roundup: Brandon Beachy Cares Not For Your Impatience
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Daniel Rathman

01-28

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Rumor Roundup: Only Half Of These Rumors Concern Kevin Correia
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Daniel Rathman

01-27

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Rumor Roundup: The Dodgers + Yoan Moncada Is So Obvious
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Daniel Rathman

01-23

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Rumor Roundup: Everth Cabrera is a Wanted Man
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Daniel Rathman

01-21

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Rumor Roundup: The World Is Drunk On Burke Badenhop Rumors
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Daniel Rathman

01-19

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Rumor Roundup: Big Yields Shields
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Daniel Rathman

01-14

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Rumor Roundup: One Of Alexi Ogando And Max Scherzer Likely To Sign Next Week
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Daniel Rathman

01-13

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Rumor Roundup: Three Stories About NL West Teams Pursuing Pitching
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Daniel Rathman

01-12

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Rumor Roundup: Tigers Talk Big About Scherzer
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Daniel Rathman

01-07

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Rumor Roundup: Flushing Out Their Arms
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Daniel Rathman

01-06

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Rumor Roundup: Rasmus All About the Orioles?
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Daniel Rathman

01-05

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Rumor Roundup: Haren Not Feeling Fish
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Daniel Rathman

12-30

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Rumor Roundup: Blue Jays Interested in This Francisco Rodriguez Fun Fact
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Daniel Rathman

12-29

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Rumor Roundup: Tigers Like Tiger, Tigers Say
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Daniel Rathman

12-23

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Rumor Roundup: Troy Tulowitzki Won't Be a Met... Maybe
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Daniel Rathman

12-19

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Transaction Analysis: Bringing the Band Back Together... Again
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Daniel Rathman and Wilson Karaman

12-19

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Rumor Roundup: Kenta Maeda Will Not Be Appearing In This Feature (Beyond Today)
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Daniel Rathman

12-16

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Rumor Roundup: It's Hard To Make Dan Haren Happy
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Daniel Rathman

12-15

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Rumor Roundup: The Slugging Korean Shortstop, Or Perhaps Non-Slugging Third Baseman
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Daniel Rathman

12-12

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Rumor Roundup: Remember James Shields?
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Daniel Rathman

12-11

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Rumor Roundup: Yoenis Cespedes Is Always Good, Fit
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Daniel Rathman

12-10

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Rumor Roundup: A Dayton Moore-Atlanta Connection?
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Daniel Rathman

12-08

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Rumor Roundup: Interested Teams Are Way In On Chen
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Daniel Rathman

12-05

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Rumor Roundup: The Least Likely Melky Cabrera Suitor
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Daniel Rathman

12-02

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Rumor Roundup: Lester's New Home Won't Be His New Home
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Daniel Rathman

12-01

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Rumor Roundup: A Shark in Sox?
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Daniel Rathman

11-25

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Rumor Roundup: Revenge is a Dish Best Served Immediately
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Daniel Rathman

11-24

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Rumor Roundup: If Step One Is Making Betances Closer, What's Step Two?
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Daniel Rathman

11-21

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Rumor Roundup: Upton and Ubaldo in One Ugly Rumor
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Daniel Rathman

11-18

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Rumor Roundup: Are the Jays Preparing to Splurge?
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Daniel Rathman

11-17

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Rumor Roundup: Will Cubs Rustle Martin?
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Daniel Rathman

09-29

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What You Need to Know: September 29, 2014
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Daniel Rathman

09-26

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What You Need to Know: September 26, 2014
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09-23

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What You Need to Know: September 23, 2014
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09-22

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What You Need to Know: September 22, 2014
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09-18

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What You Need to Know: September 18, 2014
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09-16

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What You Need to Know: September 16, 2014
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09-15

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What You Need to Know: September 15, 2014
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09-10

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What You Need to Know: September 10, 2014
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Daniel Rathman

09-09

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What You Need to Know: September 9, 2014
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09-08

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What You Need to Know: Sept. 8, 2014
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Daniel Rathman

09-05

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What You Need to Know: September 5, 2014
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Daniel Rathman

09-03

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What You Need to Know: September 3, 2014
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08-28

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What You Need to Know: August 28, 2014
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08-27

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What You Need to Know: August 27, 2014
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08-25

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What You Need to Know: August 25, 2014
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08-21

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What You Need to Know: August 21, 2014
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08-20

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What You Need to Know: August 20, 2014
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08-18

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What You Need to Know: August 18, 2014
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08-15

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What You Need to Know: August 15, 2014
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January 30, 2015 6:00 am

Rumor Roundup: Brandon Beachy Cares Not For Your Impatience

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The two-time Tommy John survivor will wait before signing this winter, while Jurickson Profar is recovering nicely.

Brandon Beachy in no hurry to sign
The link above goes to the first in a series of tweets from FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal, relaying a statement from Rob Martin, who represents Brandon Beachy. To save you the trip to Rosenthal’s timeline, here is the quoted statement in its entirety:


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January 28, 2015 6:00 am

Rumor Roundup: Only Half Of These Rumors Concern Kevin Correia

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The Indians are counting on more from one of their stars, while the Astros are talking to [quizzically stares at cue card for 15 seconds before saying] one of the best pitchers available.

Indians expect more steals from Michael Bourn
The first two years of Michael Bourn’s four-year hitch with the Indians have been a boon for the player and a disappointment, if not an abject disaster, for the team. Bourn has raked in $20.5 million in exchange for 1.6 WARP, sliding both defensive and at the plate, and virtually collapsing on the base paths.


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January 27, 2015 6:09 am

Rumor Roundup: The Dodgers + Yoan Moncada Is So Obvious

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The Royals haven't ruled out bringing back their ace, but that's a far cry from bringing back their ace; the Brewers and K-Rod might be stuck with each other; and the Dodgers workout Moncada.

Royals have yet to close door on James Shields
Don't mistake that statement, straight from general manager Dayton Moore and relayed by Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star, for a sign of serious discussions between the right-hander and his most recent employer. Moore is keeping in touch with Shields, but a reunion is still unlikely. The GM himself said, “I’m not sure there’s a fit.”


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January 23, 2015 6:00 am

Rumor Roundup: Everth Cabrera is a Wanted Man

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The Blue Jays might be interested in an infielder with legal troubles, while the Orioles might demand a substantial return if they let Dan Duquette go.

Jays might look at Everth Cabrera to play second base
The Jays have a new catcher, a new third baseman, a new first baseman, a new left fielder, and possibly a new second baseman, if Devon Travis, who came over from the Tigers for Anthony Gose, wins the job out of spring training. For all of general manager Alex Anthopoulos’ efforts, though, the keystone might still come down to a competition between Ryan Goins, Maicer Izturis, and Steve Tolleson, if Travis—whose prospect stock varies depending on whose opinion you seek—fails to impress in Grapefruit League play.

Adding another veteran option with upside might thus be tempting. The Jays have some recent history of buying low on players with makeup concerns (Colby Rasmus) or performance-enhancing drug ties (Melky Cabrera), and CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman tweeted Thursday that they might be prepared to go bargain hunting in the same bin.


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January 21, 2015 6:00 am

Rumor Roundup: The World Is Drunk On Burke Badenhop Rumors

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The Blue Jays and Nationals could be in on Burke Badenhop, while Jonny Gomes might find a fit in Atlanta.

Blue Jays, Nationals in talks with Burke Badenhop
After padding their lineup, most notably with the additions of Josh Donaldson and Russell Martin, the Blue Jays could still use a little bullpen depth to replace the departed Casey Janssen. So could the Nats, who’ve been busy in recent days, exporting Tyler Clippard to get Yunel Escobar, and then breaking the bank for Max Scherzer. FOX Sports’ Jon Morosi says those two clubs are eyeing a fellow right-hander whose mediocre strikeout rates belie his middle- and late-inning utility.


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January 19, 2015 6:00 am

Rumor Roundup: Big Yields Shields

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With Scherzer off the board, James Shields is going to be a hot topic. The Tigers are interested.

Tigers keeping tabs on James Shields
Now that former Tiger Max Scherzer is no longer the star of free agent show, ex-Royal James Shields is. FOX Sports’ Jon Morosi tweeted Friday that Scherzer’s most recent employer is at least kicking the tires on Shields to take over his vacated rotation spot.


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The Texas right-hander's bad medicals won't stop a team from signing him, per reports. Meanwhile, Daniel Nava's going to chuck switch-hitting.

Alexi Ogando expected to sign next week
A three-win pitcher as recently as 2011, Alexi Ogando was non-tendered by the Rangers on December 2nd, falling victim to the “what have you done for me lately?” nature of the business. What he’s done lately is post a 6.84 ERA over just 25 innings of major-league work last year, before UCL trouble in his elbow forced him to the shelf, and that wasn’t worth a raise over his $2.6 million salary for 2014.


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THe Diamondbacks, Rockies, Dodgers, Giants and Padres are linked in various combinations to James Shields, Yoan Lopez and Dillon Gee.

Yoan Lopez poised to break international signing record
While many are waiting for the Office of Foreign Assets and Control (OFAC) to clear infielder Yoan Moncada to sign with major-league organizations, a countryman and namesake is likely to beat him to the punch.


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January 12, 2015 6:00 am

Rumor Roundup: Tigers Talk Big About Scherzer

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The Tigers "have to have" their ace, while the Diamondbacks don't have to have a catcher, and Carlos Peguero doesn't have to have a clue at the plate to draw suitors.

Do the Tigers “Have to Have” Max Scherzer?
On Friday, a team official told Tony Paul of the Detroit News that finding a way to re-sign the right-hander is a must. We don’t know if that’s the prevailing viewpoint within the front office, but Paul’s tweet indicates that at least one decision-maker feels that Scherzer must be retained at all costs.


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January 7, 2015 6:00 am

Rumor Roundup: Flushing Out Their Arms

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The Mets may finally be ready to deal one of their veteran arms and Brandon Beachy could be ready to choose his new home.

Mets preparing for trade talks about surplus pitchers
New York Post beat writer Mike Puma wrote Tuesday that calls about the Mets’ extra starters are likely to ramp up in the coming days. The three pitchers in question are right-handers Bartolo Colon and Dillon Gee, and left-hander Jonathon Niese, who’d likely command the heftiest return.


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January 6, 2015 8:35 am

Rumor Roundup: Rasmus All About the Orioles?

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Rasmus' suitors are dwindling and Ichiro may land in the NL.

Colby Rasmus impressed with overture from Buck Showalter
Orioles skipper Buck Showalter visited with free agent outfielder Colby Rasmus over the weekend with a two-pronged mission: gauge Rasmus’ questionable makeup and persuade him to come to Baltimore. We don’t yet know whether the club is comfortable with the former. We do, however, have reason to believe that the former Blue Jay is sold on the latter.


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January 5, 2015 6:00 am

Rumor Roundup: Haren Not Feeling Fish

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Marlins having trouble selling Haren on Miami, Giants out on Shields, in on Zorilla, and Rox sticking with Rosario, add Hundley.

Dan Haren still unwilling to pitch for Marlins
It’s been nearly a month since the Marlins got Dan Haren—plus $10 million to cover his 2015 salary—from the Dodgers in a deal that also involved Dee Gordon and Andrew Heaney. They acquired Haren knowing that he’d stated a willingness to retire if traded away from his hometown of Los Angeles but hoped to sway him to join a club that appears to be a burgeoning contender. According to Joe Frisaro, who covers the Fish for MLB.com, they’ve made little headway in that respect.


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