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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

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

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Also: Ruben Amaro Jr. reveals that he doesn't understand analytics *or* ruses.

Adrian Beltre is looking for a three-year deal worth nearly $60 million
Adrian Beltre is entering the final year of his contract, which means it’s time for the 36-year old to seek one final big payday. According to Jon Heyman, Beltre is seeking at least a three-year deal that’s worth $19 million per year. Beltre’s camp is using Pablo Sandoval’s contract as a baseline here, and if you value performance over age in these sorts of things, then Beltre is warranted.


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You can plan a pretty picnic but you can't predict Almonte. Meanwhile, the Cubs have balked at a long extension for Jake Arrieta, and Tim Lincecum's unemployment shows why.

Austin Jackson chose White Sox for opportunity to play center field
When Austin Jackson put pen to paper last week, the headline on the website of the Cleveland Plain Dealer read, “Austin Jackson signs with an AL Central team in need of outfield help.” The Indians were a natural fit for Jackson, even before Abraham Almonte was slapped with an 80-game suspension. Almonte’s half-season ban seemed likely to add urgency to their pursuit of the former Tigers outfielder, perhaps enough for general manager Mike Chernoff to overcome his budgetary constraints.

Alas, it wasn’t in the cards. The AL Central team that now employs Jackson is not the Tribe but the White Sox, who inked him to a one-year, $5 million contract. And the runner-up in the race to sign the 29-year-old wasn’t Cleveland, but Anaheim, according to MLB Network’s Jon Heyman.


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Edwin Encarnacion could be due for a reup, while A.J. Ellis could lose his job, if not his actual job.

Edwin Encarnacion and the Blue Jays have started up contract extension talks
This week, we’ve seen Kolten Wong and Salvador Perez each receive contract extensions. One of the next players to join them could be Encarnacion, a very different sort of player in a very different sort of situation. According to Shi Davidi of Sportsnet, Toronto has extended inquiries; the extent of his interest is unknown; his extant commitment is through 2016; while an extenuating factor could be his age.

Even though Encarnacion is on the “wrong” side of 30, he’s done nothing but improve his most valuable asset—his power hitting. In the 2015 season, he hit .277/.372/.557 with a TAv of .324 and 39 home runs, up from .268/.354/.547, .310 TAv and 34 a year earlier. He might be just another weapon in a fearsome Blue Jays lineup, but he'd be good enough to be the best hitter in a championship-quality offense.


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Unfortunately, his pitches are given to fly.

With Ian Desmond officially off the board, the offseason rumor mill is on its last legs. The spring training position battle and intriguing-opt-out time of year is only just beginning. Here are two situations in that vein that could be worth monitoring in the coming weeks…

Pending Nats fifth-starter competition, Bronson Arroyo could be a late-March rotation option
There were plenty of teams in greater need of rotation depth than the Nationals when Bronson Arroyo was deciding where to sign in late January. A host of those clubs phoned to express interest in the veteran righty, who’s now a year-and-a-half removed from the Tommy John surgery that made his old contract with the Diamondbacks a sunk cost. In the end, Arroyo chose comfort over depth-chart security, preferring the familiarity of working with manager Dusty Baker over a greater chance of locking up a rotation job—albeit with an opt-out to let him pursue the latter elsewhere.


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Michael Taylor could be the league's most important fourth outfielder, while Robbie Ray ain't guaranteed nothin' yet.

Nationals will spread the wealth when it comes to outfield playing time
When Denard Span left in free agency, the Nationals appeared poised to install the homegrown Michael Taylor as their new primary center fielder, stomaching a boatload of strikeouts to enjoy his excellent defense and electric power/speed profile. Then, in early January, general manager Mike Rizzo acquired Ben Revere from the Blue Jays, bumping Taylor back into the fourth-outfielder role he served in last year.


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The Red Sox look for bullpen help and the Rangers look to extend one of their elder statesmen.

Red Sox eyeing left-handed relievers
As the offseason winds down, teams stocking up on bullpen options qualifies as noteworthy news. Peter Abraham, who covers the Red Sox for the Boston Globe, brought us a dose on Thursday, tweeting that Dave Dombrowski and his staff are in the market for a southpaw. Specifically, Abraham mentioned Neal Cotts and Franklin Morales as possibilities for the Red Sox, who are likely hoping that one of the veterans would accept a minor-league deal and come to camp as a non-roster invitee.


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The Gurriel Brothers are coming.

Gurriel brothers defect from Cuba
In something of a stunning Monday morning development, the Gurriel brothers—the 31-year-old Yulieski Gurriel and the 22-year-old Lourdes Gurriel Jr.—are reportedly defecting from Cuba. The El Nuevo Herald had the story first, and MLB.com’s Jesse Sanchez, the go-to source for news on soon-to-be Cuban free agents these days, expanded on it yesterday. The Gurriels defections come as a surprise mainly because the two were not expected to leave Cuba without permission from the government. It appears, however, that the allure of the majors proved too strong to resist.

Yulieski Gurriel is a veteran infielder, considered one of the elite players in Serie Nacional, and would not be subject to the international bonus pools. Lourdes Gurriel Jr., a shortstop and outfielder regarded as one of the top amateur talents in Cuba, would put his first big-league employer in the penalty—assuming he signs before turning 23 on October 19th. Sanchez pointed out that “it could take several months” for the Gurriels to receive clearance from Major League Baseball, by which point the younger Gurriel might be tempted to weigh the benefits of waiting until the fall to secure a major-league contract.


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The Pirates' pitching guru is a free agent next winter, while an AL East team wants to ship Andrew Cashner across the country.

Ray Searage wants to stay with Pirates beyond 2016
Next offseason’s free agent pitching market might pale in comparison to the bonanza that teams were treated to over the past couple of months, but the market for pitching coaches could feature a marquee name.

Ron Cook of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette wrote Sunday about the value of the Bucs’ pitching coach, Ray Searage, who is widely regarded as one of the game’s best teachers, able to extract maximum value out of arms who come to the Steel City with middling reputations. General manager Neal Huntington is able to rummage through the bargain bin, confident that every pitcher he finds will exceed expectations because, as Cook put it, “Ray will make him better.” But Huntington is only guaranteed that comfort for one more year, because Searage’s contract expires at the end of the 2016 season.


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The A's and Josh Reddick might work out an extension, while the Diamondbacks could move Aaron Hill.

A’s will discuss long-term deal with Josh Reddick
About 10 days ago, the Athletics avoided an arbitration hearing with Josh Reddick by compromising at $6.575 million. Now that the outfielder’s 2016 salary is settled, both he and the club are ready to look further into the future.

According to John Hickey of the Bay Area News Group, extension talks with Reddick will commence shortly, and at the very least, there appears to be mutual interest in a long-term relationship. At the club’s weekend Fan Fest, Reddick told John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle that he was “thrilled” to hear the A’s wanted to keep him in Oakland beyond the 2016 season, his final year of arbitration. The question now is whether the sides can agree on dollars and years.


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Arizona and A.J. Pollock aren't on an extension path, while Cespedes is a possibility in Houston--or, at least, an unlikely possibility.

D’backs table extension talks with A.J. Pollock
Few players did better for themselves heading into their first tour of arbitration than A.J. Pollock, who delivered a 5.4 WARP campaign on the strength of 39 doubles, 20 homers, and 39 stolen bags. The 28-year-old bloomed late but has established himself as a star-level contributor, the sort of player teams are eager to lock up as free agency draws nearer. Unfortunately for the Diamondbacks, while they’ve accomplished a lot this offseason, locking Pollock up long term may have to wait.


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One of the Rockies' three incumbents in the outfield is about to roll over.

Orioles, Rockies discussing Colorado’s spare outfielders
The slow-developing outfield market lost another mid-tier free agent Tuesday, when the Rockies agreed to a three-year, $27.5 million deal with Gerardo Parra. Like Denard Span, who signed a three-year, $31 million contract with the Giants last week, Parra represented something of a risk after batting just .237/.268/.357 following a deadline trade to Baltimore. But the Rockies apparently were comfortable writing off that skid to Parra’s mid-year city and league change, investing in him through the 2018 season with a $12 million fourth-year option.

Colorado was always something off an odd fit for Parra, because the Rockies already had plenty of left-handed-hitting outfielders. Nonetheless, rumors tying them to the ex-D’backs outfielder persisted and eventually a deal came to fruition. Now, Walt Weiss has four lefty-swinging outfield regulars for three spots: Charlie Blackmon, Corey Dickerson, and Carlos Gonzalez all bat from that side of the plate, and Brandon Barnes and Kyle Parker are available as right-handed batters off the bench.


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The Padres and Ian Desmond fit nicely together, while Bronson Arroyo has unfinished business in Cincinnati.

Padres at least keeping tabs on Ian Desmond
Ian Desmond played shortstop last year. The Padres’ projected starting shortstop is Alexi Amarista, producer of a .205 TAv in 357 plate appearances last season. Ian Desmond is available. Which also means that, despite the obviousness of the match, he’s not yet donning San Diego’s new (old) colors.


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