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05-26

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What You Need to Know: Your Meats and the Royals' Pitching Go Up in Flames
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Daniel Rathman

05-22

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What You Need to Know: Bummed!
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Daniel Rathman

05-21

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What You Need to Know: Ump Show!
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Daniel Rathman

05-20

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What You Need to Know: As Predicted!
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Daniel Rathman

05-12

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What You Need to Know: Bombered!
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Daniel Rathman

05-08

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What You Need to Know: Smoked!
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Daniel Rathman

05-06

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What You Need to Know: No Way
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Daniel Rathman

04-30

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What You Need to Know: Silence!
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Daniel Rathman

04-29

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What You Need to Know: HIS NAME IS... !
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Daniel Rathman

04-24

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What You Need to Know: Shenanigans!
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Daniel Rathman

04-22

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What You Need to Know: Ike!
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Daniel Rathman

04-16

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What You Need to Know: Canoooooooooooo!
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Daniel Rathman

04-15

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What You Need to Know: Matt Harvey's 'Weird' Return
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Daniel Rathman

04-09

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What You Need to Know: Yo, Adrian
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Daniel Rathman

04-07

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What You Need to Know: Baseball Happened, Will Continue To Happen
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Daniel Rathman

03-25

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Rumor Roundup: The Diamondbacks' Shortstop Decision Will Affect 2B, 3B, and Perhaps All Three OF Positions
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Daniel Rathman

03-19

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Rumor Roundup: Make $50 Million Fast While Working Part-Time From Home
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Daniel Rathman

03-18

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Rumor Roundup: Experts: Matt Wieters Can Squat
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Daniel Rathman

03-16

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Rumor Roundup: Alex Colome's Series of Unfortunate Events
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Daniel Rathman

03-12

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Rumor Roundup: The Only Thing Left That Matters Is Cuban
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Daniel Rathman

03-06

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Rumor Roundup: Trout Pulling the Trigger
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Daniel Rathman

03-04

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Rumor Roundup: Don't Call It A Committee!
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Daniel Rathman

03-02

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Rumor Roundup: You Can't Predict Padres
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Daniel Rathman

02-27

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Rumor Roundup: Diamondbacks Third Baseman is on the Bobbly Chair
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Daniel Rathman

02-25

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Rumor Roundup: Closer Closer to Closing Deal
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Daniel Rathman

02-24

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Rumor Roundup: Baseball Player Fatter
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Daniel Rathman

02-20

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Rumor Roundup: Yankees and Moncada Spotted Canoodling
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Daniel Rathman

02-17

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Rumor Roundup: Bradley Fielding Advice
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Daniel Rathman

02-11

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Rumor Roundup: Phillies' Dream: Veteran Who Catches AND Plays Shortstop
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Daniel Rathman

02-10

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Rumor Roundup: Mysterious Blob Will Attempt To Eat Yoan Moncada Next
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Daniel Rathman

02-09

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Rumor Roundup: Dayan Viciedo's Home Runs Are the Least Wanted Home Runs
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Daniel Rathman

02-06

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Rumor Roundup: How Many Trades Would it Take to Makes Shields a Cub?
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Daniel Rathman

02-04

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Rumor Roundup: Andruw Jones is a Candidate to Fill a Void
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Daniel Rathman

02-02

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Rumor Roundup: The Right-Handed Reliever You Covet For The Seventh Inning Might Still Be Available!
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Daniel Rathman

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

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February 25, 2015 6:05 am

Rumor Roundup: Closer Closer to Closing Deal

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Francisco Rodriguez will sign soon, Carlos Quentin could try first base, and Adam Lind might get a shot at non-platooning.

Brewers, Marlins appear to be the favorites to snag K-Rod
Now that Joba Chamberlain, who re-signed with the Tigers yesterday, is off the board, the veteran relief market is essentially down to Francisco Rodriguez and Rafael Soriano. CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman wrote yesterday that K-Rod might soon leave Soriano as the last man standing.


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February 24, 2015 6:00 am

Rumor Roundup: Baseball Player Fatter

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Two stories of players putting on weight, and one of an unrequited trade demand in Toronto.

Rays’ Jake Odorizzi packed on weight this offseason
Jake Odorizzi gained 17 pounds this offseason. Jake Odorizzi claims he’s in the best pitching shape of his life. These facts are not contradictory.

At least, so says the right-hander, who told reporters that he gulped down “six or seven” meals each day—comprised chiefly of a mountain of protein—to reach his desired weight. He’s at 197 pounds now, up from around 180 last year (he was listed at 185, but that figure is a touch off from the numbers in the afore-linked story by Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times), more in line with what might be expected of a 6-foot-2 hurler aiming to reach 200 innings for the first time in his major-league career.


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February 20, 2015 6:00 am

Rumor Roundup: Yankees and Moncada Spotted Canoodling

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Five days left before Moncada's self-imposed deadline; Joba could head west; Huston Street could stay west.

Yankees held second workout for Yoan Moncada
Despite the team’s apparent efforts to keep its intentions under wraps, George A. King III of the New York Post caught wind yesterday that the Yankees welcomed Yoan Moncada to their spring facility for another private workout.


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February 17, 2015 6:00 am

Rumor Roundup: Bradley Fielding Advice

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The Red Sox will try to coach Jackie Bradley Jr. back to success, Mets might by happy with their surplus, and Chad Gaudin exists.

Red Sox working to revamp Jackie Bradley Jr.’s swing
After signing Rusney Castillo and Hanley Ramirez this offseason, on the heels of an impressive debut by top prospect Mookie Betts, the Red Sox don’t have a whole lot invested in one of their most-celebrated 2011 draft picks. Jackie Bradley Jr. had his chances to secure a long-term role in Boston’s outfield, and he squandered them by performing so poorly at the plate that his wizardry in center field became an afterthought.


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The Phillies are still shopping, Wilin Rosario might play some first, and the Luke Scott show is back from Korea.

Phillies could go shopping for veteran catcher and/or shortstop
General manager Ruben Amaro Jr. has said in recent days that the roster he has now is the one he expects to travel to Clearwater, Florida, for spring training. It might not, however, be the group that comes back north for Opening Day. ESPN’s Jayson Stark heard straight from the horse’s mouth that an experienced backstop or shortstop might be heading to Philadelphia before early April, even though it’s unlikely to happen before camp begins.


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The Padres move on to the next thing, while the Tigers talk Dioner.

Padres expect to bid “aggressively” for Yoan Moncada
No team has had a splashier offseason than the Padres, under the command of first-year general manager A.J. Preller, who added James Shields to his rotation late Sunday night. Now that the 2015 roster is close to set, Preller—previously the director of international and professional scouting for the Rangers—has his sights set on a piece for the not-too-distant future.


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The Reds apparently will pass on the former White Sox slugger, while the Marlins are sniffing Frankie Rodriguez.

Reds considered, likely to pass on Dayan Viciedo
Power hitters can be hard to come by these days, so players who crank 21 homers and collect 46 total extra-base hits don’t often get released the following winter. Dayan Viciedo, who on January 12th agreed to terms with the White Sox on a $4.4 million salary for 2015, became a rare exception to that rule just 26 days later. Chicago ultimately decided to cut him loose and pocket most of the money, save for the $721,311 in termination pay that Viciedo is still owed.


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The Cubs are kicking tires, but might not have room for the last marquee free agent; meanwhile, Matt Albers is chasing a record again.

Cubs might have some wheeling and dealing ahead of them
In yesterday’s Roundup, Chris Mosch surveyed the James Shields landscape with news that the right-hander might finally put pen to paper by the end of the week. The Cubs were a late entrant to the slow-developing fray, as David Kaplan of CSN Chicago reported that they were “kicking the tires” on the former Royal, now that his price is believed to have come down. But if Wrigleyville is to become Shields’ next home, Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer might have other machinations in store.


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February 4, 2015 10:42 am

Rumor Roundup: Andruw Jones is a Candidate to Fill a Void

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The Indians want a hitter, everybody wants a Cole Hamels, and Yoan Moncada is available.

Tribe seeking a right-handed hitter
There isn’t much left in the way of position-player talent on the free agent market, with role players and spare parts populating the remaining list. That’s okay by the Indians: CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman tweeted early Tuesday morning that all they’re looking for is someone who can hit from the right side and do so on the cheap.


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One of the relievers still to be had, and one of the San Diego moves still (perhaps) to be made.

Multiple teams in contact with Jared Burton
As the calendar turns to February and the days before pitchers and catchers report tick down, the free-agent market remains well stocked with right-handed relievers. Francisco Rodriguez and Rafael Soriano are the most notable, but several others are still hoping to latch on before spring training begins.


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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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