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12-07

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Rumor Roundup: Another Party at Napoli's?
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Emma Baccellieri

12-05

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Rumor Roundup: Reach for the Stars
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Demetrius Bell

12-02

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Rumor Roundup: Pittsburgh Shops McCutchen
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Demetrius Bell

11-30

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Rumor Roundup: Cespedes Fallout
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Emma Baccellieri

11-28

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Rumor Roundup: You’re The One That I Want
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Ashley Varela

11-25

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Rumor Roundup: Marcell Projections
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Demetrius Bell

11-23

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Rumor Roundup: Lockout Looming?
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Emma Baccellieri

11-21

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Rumor Roundup: Show Me the Money
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Ashley Varela

11-18

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Rumor Roundup: Oh Good, a Mike Trout Rumor
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Demetrius Bell

11-16

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Rumor Roundup: Everyone Wants Someone
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Emma Baccellieri

11-14

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Rumor Roundup: A Pirate's Life for Me
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Ashley Varela

11-11

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Rumor Roundup: Triple-Digit Chapman
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Demetrius Bell

11-09

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Rumor Roundup: Sluggers Staying?
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Emma Baccellieri

11-07

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Rumor Roundup: Peace Out, Yo
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Ashley Varela

04-01

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Rumor Roundup: Panda Endangered
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Nicolas Stellini

03-31

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Rumor Roundup: Tim Lincecum, Still Exists
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Demetrius Bell

03-30

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Rumor Roundup: Who Will Save The Phillies' 55ish Wins This Year?
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Emma Baccellieri

03-29

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Rumor Roundup: The Two Most Exciting Fifth Starters Named
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Daniel Rathman

03-28

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Rumor Roundup: Battle for Fourth Place
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Ashley Varela

03-24

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Rumor Roundup: Angels Out Of Their Depth
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Demetrius Bell

03-23

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Rumor Roundup: Depth Charge
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Emma Baccellieri

03-22

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Rumor Roundup: Dodgers Consider Their Options, e.g. Zach Lee
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Daniel Rathman

03-21

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Rumor Roundup: Someday Yet He'll Begin His Life Again
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Ashley Varela

03-17

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Rumor Roundup: LaRoche Opts to See Son This Season
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Demetrius Bell

03-15

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Rumor Roundup: Keon Broxton, Front and Center
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Daniel Rathman

03-14

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Rumor Roundup: The Big Bad Bautista Extension
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Ashley Varela

03-10

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Rumor Roundup: The Big Bad Beltre Extension
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Demetrius Bell

03-09

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Rumor Roundup: Sorry, Missed Jackson
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Daniel Rathman

03-03

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Rumor Roundup: Blue Jays Get Extendy
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Demetrius Bell

03-02

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Rumor Roundup: Arroyo's Hopes Alive, If Nats Can't Find A Better Man
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Daniel Rathman

02-24

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Rumor Roundup: The Sultriest Fifth-Starter Showdown?
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Daniel Rathman

02-17

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Rumor Roundup: Cotts' Contracts
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Daniel Rathman

02-09

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Rumor Roundup: The Next Two Cubans
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Daniel Rathman

02-02

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Rumor Roundup: Staying in Searage
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Daniel Rathman

01-26

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Rumor Roundup: The Josh Reddick Extension Conversation
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Daniel Rathman

01-19

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Rumor Roundup: Diamondbacks Will Make Pollock Prove It
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Daniel Rathman

01-13

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Rumor Roundup: There Were Four In the Bed and the Little One Said...
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Daniel Rathman

01-05

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Rumor Roundup: The Slow Burn Of Ian Desmond's Free Agency
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Daniel Rathman

12-29

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Rumor Roundup: Yo Back to Motown?
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Daniel Rathman

12-22

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Rumor Roundup: On the Dodgers' No. 2 Starter
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Daniel Rathman

12-15

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Rumor Roundup: Rumors About Melancon Aboil
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Daniel Rathman

12-07

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Rumor Roundup: You Can Never Have Enough Pitching Rumors
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Daniel Rathman

12-01

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Rumor Roundup: Cueto Aims Higher
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Daniel Rathman

11-23

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Rumor Roundup: What a Lovely O'Day
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Daniel Rathman

11-16

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Rumor Roundup: Is Yovani Gallardo Worth the 13th Pick?
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Daniel Rathman

11-09

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Rumor Roundup: Wait 'Til Next Year
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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

03-24

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Rumor Roundup: Olivera on the run/Driving in the sun/Looking out for Number 1
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Chris Mosch

03-23

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Rumor Roundup: Chase Utley is 'Easily Attainable,' Though Probably Not By You
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Chris Mosch

03-20

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Rumor Roundup: Aaron-Starting Era Starting
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Chris Mosch

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The closer market is heating up, Mike Napoli may stay in Cleveland, and Brett Gardner is not unlike a couch.

Closer to closing time for closer market

Mark Melancon has been the highest-paid reliever in baseball for just two days, but his reign will almost certainly be over soon—with not just one name, but two, ready to take his place. In Monday’s Rumor Roundup, Demetrius Bell noted that the Marlins could be ready to give Kenley Jansen an $80 million deal. On Tuesday, reports surfaced that the Yankees could be ready to give Aroldis Chapman a similar contract. And on Wednesday, rumors kept swirling around both of them.

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The Nationals are setting out to make this week's Winter Meetings memorable, the Braves pursue a pipe dream, and the Marlins, well, are doing Marlins things.

Nationals shooting for stars of Sale and McCutchen?

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Andrew McCutchen is on the verge of being trade, but Shohei Otani may be staying in Japan for a while.

McCutchen talks getting deep

Last month, there were rumors of the Pirates once again entertaining the idea of trading Andrew McCutchen after entering into talks with the Nationals last summer. Although Ken Rosenthal noted that the two teams were “unlikely” to return to the negotiating table, that didn’t mean it was completely out of the question. Fast forward to December, and things have intensified to the point where Jayson Stark of ESPN is reporting that the Nationals were trying to make sure a trade was done yesterday.

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Cespedes could force out another outfielder in New York, Seattle wants veteran pitching, and Cincinnati would listen on Hamilton.

Mariners take interest in Fister

Doug Fister is "a name of interest" to the Mariners, and presumably not because they’re interested in his name’s pun potential. As reported by Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News-Tribune, the team is logically looking to add some rotation depth after dealing Taijuan Walker to Arizona last week. General manager Jerry Dipoto said he’s “still in the market for more veteran-type starting pitching—major-league-established starting pitching—to add to what we have,” which makes perfect sense for a rotation whose backend is presently composed of Ariel Miranda and Nate Karns.

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Everyone wants Aroldis Chapman and, to a (much) lesser extent, Victor Martinez, plus the White Sox just want a hefty return for Chris Sale.

Martinez drawing interest from multiple teams

Teams are beginning “sniff around” Tigers designated hitter Victor Martinez, per a report from Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe. At age 37, Martinez doesn’t look anything like the 4.7 WARP slugger that peaked with the club in 2014, but his .275 TAv and 27 home runs in 2016 made his sizable contract look a little less ridiculous. He still has $36 million on the books for 2017 and 2018, and despite a somewhat-viable bat, offers nothing in the way of defense despite Cafardo’s belief that he could handle a few games behind the plate or at first base in a pinch.

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Cespedes and the Yankees? Ozuna and the Cardinals? No lockout for the players and owners?

Yankees probably won’t be in on Cespedes

Yoenis Cespedes may keep playing baseball in New York, but it probably won't be in the Bronx. Christian Red of the New York Daily News is reporting that the Yankees have decided not to pursue the player who’s widely considered to be the crown jewel of this year’s free agent class. This is despite the fact that Yankees general manager Brian Cashman recently told reporters he would be speaking with Cespedes’ camp in the future.

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Yoenis Cespedes has his eye on five years, Edwin Encarnacion may return to Toronto, and owners are threatening a lockout.

“Growing sense” Cespedes will get five-year deal

Though the Mets are still “optimistic” about their ability to re-sign outfielder Yoenis Cespedes with a four-year deal, there’s a “growing sense” that Cespedes will be able to command a five-year contract elsewhere, according to Mike Puma of the New York Post. Per anonymous industry sourcing, the Mets are interested in four years for $100 -110 million. But if it’s possible that Cespedes could grab a five-year deal for $130 million or thereabouts—which, according to Puma, it is—then staying in Queens is less likely.

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The Padres want a big return for Wil Myers, the Blue Jays are still in on Jose Bautista, and Mike Napoli is fielding offers from multiple teams.

Padres need to be “blown away” by trade offers for Myers

Wil Myers is to the Padres what Anthony Rizzo is to the Cubs, or so says FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal. In other words, the Padres view the 25-year-old first baseman as a cornerstone of their 2017 roster and only intend to entertain offers that approach the value they’ve placed on him. For teams lacking a prospect-rich farm system, that may be a difficult task.

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Mike Trout trade speculation, Boston going after Greg Holland, and Miami bidding on Kenley Jansen.

Red Sox “aggressively” pursuing Holland

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Chris Sale and J.D. Martinez are two big names around whom trade rumors are swirling.

Tigers and Giants talk about Martinez

The Tigers have engaged in talks with the Giants about sending outfielder J.D. Martinez to San Francisco. The conversation is still in the early stages, the product of discussions at last week’s GM meetings, per Jon Morosi of MLB Network. Whether it’s to the Giants or elsewhere, Martinez’s contract status makes him a prime candidate for being dealt soon: entering the back half of a two-year extension signed last winter, with general manager Al Avila telling reporters last month that a long-term contract past that would be unlikely.

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Derek Holland wants to be a Pirate (or a Ranger), the Mariners consider cutting ties with Franklin Gutierrez and Dae-ho Lee, and the Mets explore trade possibilities for Jay Bruce.

Holland interested in Pirates and Rangers

There were two stories centering around left-handed starter Derek Holland this weekend. In the first, Holland’s agent, Michael Martini, told Rob Biertempfel of TribLive.com that the Pirates were on their short list of preferred suitors. Holland entered free agency after the Rangers declined his $11 million contract option and is expected to seek a one-year deal.

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Chapman has a big asking price, McCutchen may not be long for Pittsburgh, and Kendrick wants a new home.

Chapman reportedly wants $100 million

After playing a prominent role in helping to end the Cubs’ 108-year title drought, it’s reasonable to believe that Aroldis Chapman is probably in line for a pretty big payday this offseason. A reliever with a fastball that goes over 100 mph with alarming regularity who proved that he can be relied upon in high-leverage situations (Game 7 of the World Series, aside) is worth big money nowadays, and Chapman will certainly fit that bill.

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