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04-18

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What You Need to Know: Meltdown in Minnesota
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Daniel Rathman

04-17

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What You Need to Know: Cueto in Control
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Daniel Rathman

04-16

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What You Need to Know: Please Send Starters
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Daniel Rathman

04-15

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What You Need to Know: Back-and-Forth Baseball
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Daniel Rathman

04-14

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What You Need to Know: Weekend Wrap-Up, 4/14
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Daniel Rathman

04-11

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What You Need to Know: A Play at the Plate
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Daniel Rathman

04-10

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What You Need to Know: Ervin Arrives
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Daniel Rathman

04-09

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What You Need to Know: You Must Learn Control
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Daniel Rathman

04-08

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What You Need to Know: The New Class of Shift Candidate
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Daniel Rathman

04-07

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What You Need to Know: Weekend Wrap-Up
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Daniel Rathman

04-04

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What You Need to Know: The Importance of Pagan
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Daniel Rathman

04-03

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What You Need to Know: Derek Norris Finds the Opposite Field
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Daniel Rathman

04-02

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What You Need to Know: Revere Does Not Go Deep
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Daniel Rathman

04-01

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What You Need to Know: Aces of the NL Central
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Daniel Rathman

03-31

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What You Need to Know: Opening Night Action
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Daniel Rathman

03-27

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Prospectus Preview: NL West 2014 Preseason Preview
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Russell A. Carleton and Daniel Rathman

03-19

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Rumor Roundup: Filling First Base
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Daniel Rathman

03-17

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Rumor Roundup: Drew to Detroit?
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Daniel Rathman

03-13

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Rumor Roundup: Competition in Coors
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Daniel Rathman

03-11

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Rumor Roundup: A New Challenger
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Daniel Rathman

03-10

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Rumor Roundup: Santana Signing Soon?
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Daniel Rathman

03-05

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Rumor Roundup: A.J. Griffin Cuts His Cutter
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Daniel Rathman

03-04

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Rumor Roundup: A Trio of Infield Updates
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Daniel Rathman

02-27

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Rumor Roundup: An Infield Fix for the Yankees?
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Daniel Rathman

02-26

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Rumor Roundup: What Ervin is Asking
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Daniel Rathman

02-25

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Rumor Roundup: The Remains of the Market
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Daniel Rathman

02-24

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Rumor Roundup: Extending Trout
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Daniel Rathman

02-20

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Rumor Roundup: Whither Santana?
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Daniel Rathman

02-19

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Rumor Roundup: Chris Capuano, Free Agent of Interest
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Daniel Rathman

02-18

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Rumor Roundup: Looking for Lefty Relief
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Daniel Rathman

02-17

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Rumor Roundup: The Team That Cried Free Agent
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Daniel Rathman

02-14

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Rumor Roundup: Extensions Afoot?
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Daniel Rathman

02-13

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Rumor Roundup: Catching Up with Catcher News
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Daniel Rathman

02-12

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Rumor Roundup: Failures to Communicate
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Daniel Rathman

02-10

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Rumor Roundup: Plenty of Arms Available
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Daniel Rathman

02-07

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Rumor Roundup: Atlanta's Extension Spree
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Daniel Rathman

02-06

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Rumor Roundup: Examining the Market
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Daniel Rathman

02-04

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Rumor Roundup: What Can Yoon Do for You?
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Daniel Rathman

02-03

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Rumor Roundup: Scoping Out the Less Expensive Starters
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Daniel Rathman

01-30

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Rumor Roundup: Orioles Adding Arms?
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Daniel Rathman

01-28

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Rumor Roundup: Extension Tension
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Daniel Rathman

01-27

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Rumor Roundup: The Best Shapers Are Back
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Daniel Rathman

01-21

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Rumor Roundup: Bringing Back Bailey
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Daniel Rathman

01-16

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Rumor Roundup: Yes, Paul Maholm Still Exists
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Daniel Rathman

01-14

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Rumor Roundup: Third Base Buzz
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Daniel Rathman

01-13

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Rumor Roundup: AL Rotation Rumblings
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Daniel Rathman

01-09

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Rumor Roundup: Abreu, Baker, and the Astros' First Base Battle
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Daniel Rathman

01-07

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Rumor Roundup: Which Teams Are in on Tanaka?
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Daniel Rathman

01-02

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Rumor Roundup: Ubaldo's Asking Price
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Daniel Rathman

12-26

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Rumor Roundup: Tanaka Time
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February 26, 2014 6:00 am

Rumor Roundup: What Ervin is Asking

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Assessing Santana's price tag, plus the latest on Jeff Samardzija and Johan Santana.

Ervin Santana’s asking price still four years, $50 million
The calendar will soon read March, and Opening Day is fast approaching, but Ervin Santana is holding firm to his demands. According to executives who spoke with CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman, the right-hander wants $50 million over four years. Matt Garza, Ricky Nolasco, and Ubaldo Jimenez got roughly that guarantee—so, in the minds of Santana and his agent, Bean Stringfellow, the former Royal deserves the same.


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February 25, 2014 6:00 am

Rumor Roundup: The Remains of the Market

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A new team checks in on Ervin Santana, the Yankees pass on two Cuban players, three teams monitor the market for Johan Santana, and more.

Ross Detwiler expands his pitch menu
Right-handed hitters teed off on Ross Detwiler last season, regardless of what the southpaw threw them in his 13 major-league starts. They hit .346 off his sinker, .357 off his changeup, and .375 off his curveball; his fastball held them to a .241 average, but they still slugged .456, in large part because four of the five home runs they tallied came on heaters.


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February 24, 2014 6:00 am

Rumor Roundup: Extending Trout

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The Angels try to keep Trout around, plus updates on Ervin Santana and Kendrys Morales.

Angels, Mike Trout in talks about six-year, $150 million extension
Earlier this winter, there was buzz that the Angels might approach Mike Trout about a long-term contract that would guarantee him more money up front, perhaps in exchange for an extra year or two in a Halos uniform. Now, Yahoo Sports’ Jeff Passan has given us a window into what such a contract might look like.


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February 20, 2014 6:00 am

Rumor Roundup: Whither Santana?

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Ervin Santana might not be Toronto-bound, plus news about Raul Ibanez' ongoing defensive adventures and Nick Franklin's future home.

Ervin Santana probably won’t land north of the border
Once word leaked that Ubaldo Jimenez was going to become an Oriole, some presumed that the Blue Jays would ante up and reel in the other remaining high-profile free agent starting pitcher. But ESPN’s Jayson Stark has heard from multiple sources that general manager Alex Anthopoulos does not intend to break the bank for Ervin Santana.

Stark wrote on Wednesday that the Blue Jays will come away with Santana only if his asking price falls into the range they have in mind. If agent Bean Stringfellow sticks to his guns, industry sources—both in other organizations and on the player-representation side—don’t believe that the Blue Jays will budge.


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February 19, 2014 6:00 am

Rumor Roundup: Chris Capuano, Free Agent of Interest

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Chris Capuano and Stephen Drew draw interest from multiple teams, and Drew Pomeranz is still a starter.

Mariners in active discussions with Chris Capuano
With Ubaldo Jimenez off the market on a four-year, $50 million deal with the Orioles, the Mariners are running out of veteran starters with whom to pad their rotation. CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman wrote on Tuesday that while the team at least kicked the tires on Jimenez and has been in touch with the still-available Ervin Santana, its top target at the moment might be Chris Capuano.


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February 18, 2014 6:00 am

Rumor Roundup: Looking for Lefty Relief

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Checking in on Oliver Perez' availability and Carlos Santana's transition to third base.

Four teams in on Oliver Perez
Two years ago, the Mariners revived Oliver Perez’s major-league career by moving him to the bullpen. He ended up spending two seasons in Seattle, the latter on a one-year, $1.5 million contract that he signed on November 3, 2012, less than five months after the Mariners brought him back to the Show. But the 32-year-old’s stay in the Emerald City might be over, with four teams in the running to become his next employer.

Cafardo believes that Perez could choose his team in the coming days so that he can report to camp and catch up with the pitchers who settled in last week. The four teams that are courting him remain a mystery, but Bob Dutton, who covers the Mariners for the Tacoma News Times, hasn’t heard anything to suggest that he might be back. First-year manager Lloyd McClendon already has a couple of lefties at his disposal in Charlie Furbush and Lucas Luetge, and the Mariners invited Joe Beimel and Randy Wolf to camp to compete for jobs.


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February 17, 2014 6:00 am

Rumor Roundup: The Team That Cried Free Agent

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The Orioles are still in the market for a starter, and Milwaukee might talk to Jean Segura about an extension.

Orioles willing to cough up a draft pick to sign a top free agent
Memo to the representatives for the free agents who declined qualifying offers and have not yet signed: call Dan Duquette. According to FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal, the Orioles are willing to cough up their first-round pick.


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February 14, 2014 6:00 am

Rumor Roundup: Extensions Afoot?

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The Angels talk contract with Mike Trout, the Royals try to decide what to do with their bullpen, and Seattle reassesses its needs.

Royals could explore multi-year deal with Greg Holland
The Royals got on the same page with their closer on Wednesday, when the sides compromised on a $4.675 million salary for the 2014 season. Kansas City Star beat writer Andy McCullough wrote in the article summing up the agreement that a longer-term pact might be in the cards.

Holland turned in a third consecutive elite season last year, recording 47 saves in 50 tries to go with a shiny 1.21 ERA that meshed well with his 1.39 FIP. He struck out 103 batters, issued only 18 walks, and served up only three home runs in 67 innings. You could easily argue that the 28-year-old was the league’s best closer.


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February 13, 2014 6:00 am

Rumor Roundup: Catching Up with Catcher News

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The Nats and Rays talk trade, Jesus Montero transitions to first, and the Twins eye Cuban free agents.

Twins eyeing two players at Cuban showcase
Infielder Aledmys Diaz and right-hander Odrisamer Despaigne, two Cuban free agents who have been (or will soon be) cleared to sign with major-league teams, will hold a showcase today. The Twins will be one of the teams in attendance.


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February 12, 2014 6:00 am

Rumor Roundup: Failures to Communicate

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The teams and remaining free agents that still seem not to be talking.

No recent contact between Indians, Ubaldo Jimenez
The Indians tendered Ubaldo Jimenez a qualifying offer. The right-hander turned it down. Since then, according to FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal, the sides have barely spoken.


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February 10, 2014 6:00 am

Rumor Roundup: Plenty of Arms Available

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The Orioles keep searching for a starter, A.J. Burnett and Ryan Madson remain available, and the Pirates look for first-base help.

Pirates dissatisfied with current first-base situation
If the season started today, the Pirates would have Gaby Sanchez splitting time with a left-handed first baseman, most likely either Andrew Lambo or Chris McGuiness. According to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe, in the eyes of general manager Neal Huntington, that won’t do.

Cafardo wrote on Sunday that there is “mutual interest” between the Pirates and Kendrys Morales, who declined a qualifying offer from the Mariners and hasn’t found many (any?) suitors on the open market. Morales’ agent, Scott Boras, isn’t afraid to drag free agents into March—as he showed last offseason with Kyle Lohse—but the pressure could turn up as Opening Day nears, because the first baseman turned down $14.1 million on his agent’s advice.


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February 7, 2014 6:00 am

Rumor Roundup: Atlanta's Extension Spree

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The Braves talk two more extensions, and the latest updates on bullpens around baseball.

Braves hope to secure extensions for Andrelton Simmons, Julio Teheran
General manager Frank Wren has been busy in recent days, locking up Jason Heyward through his arbitration years and Freddie Freeman to an eight-year, $135 million hitch that represents the largest outlay in franchise history. Joel Sherman of the New York Post believes that Wren isn’t done yet.


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