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01-23

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Rumor Roundup: Everth Cabrera is a Wanted Man
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Daniel Rathman

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

01-21

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

01-20

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Rumor Roundup: Brew Crew Clues True?
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Chris Mosch

01-19

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Rumor Roundup: Big Yields Shields
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Daniel Rathman

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

01-14

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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

01-09

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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

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

12-31

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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

12-30

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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

12-24

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Rumor Roundup: Marlins Not Really Interested In Having Exactly Three Outfielders On Their Roster
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Chris Mosch

12-23

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

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

12-16

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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

12-04

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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

12-02

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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

11-26

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Rumor Roundup: The Ace Chase, the Rays' Face, and Some Chase Waste
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Chris Mosch

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

11-20

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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

11-18

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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

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

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January 23, 2015 6:00 am

Rumor Roundup: Everth Cabrera is a Wanted Man

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Daniel Rathman

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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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 21, 2015 6:00 am

Rumor Roundup: The World Is Drunk On Burke Badenhop Rumors

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Daniel Rathman

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 20, 2015 6:00 am

Rumor Roundup: Brew Crew Clues True?

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Chris Mosch

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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January 19, 2015 6:00 am

Rumor Roundup: Big Yields Shields

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Daniel Rathman

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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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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Chris Mosch

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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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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Daniel Rathman

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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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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Chris Mosch

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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