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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

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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Daniel Rathman

12-19

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Rumor Roundup: Who Likes Ike?
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Daniel Rathman

12-10

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Rumor Roundup: Winter Meetings Day One Notes
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Daniel Rathman

12-06

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Rumor Roundup: Fixing a Hole
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Daniel Rathman

12-03

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Rumor Roundup: Re-Upping Ramirez
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Daniel Rathman

11-27

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Rumor Roundup: Replacing the Departed
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Daniel Rathman

11-26

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Rumor Roundup: Beltran to the Bronx?
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Daniel Rathman

11-22

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Rumor Roundup: Third Baseman for Sale
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Daniel Rathman

11-18

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Rumor Roundup: Veteran Help Wanted
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Daniel Rathman

11-15

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Rumor Roundup: AL Rotation Rumblings
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Daniel Rathman

11-12

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Rumor Roundup: The High Price of Free Agent Pitching
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Daniel Rathman

11-08

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Rumor Roundup: Backup Planning
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Daniel Rathman

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February 7, 2014 6:00 am

Rumor Roundup: Atlanta's Extension Spree

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Daniel Rathman

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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February 6, 2014 6:00 am

Rumor Roundup: Examining the Market

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Daniel Rathman

Updates on likely landing spots for Stephen Drew, Fernando Rodney, Bronson Arroyo, and Jose Lobaton.

Three teams have “strong interest” in Fernando Rodney
All but one of the pitchers who spent the 2013 season as their teams’ closers know where they will be playing this year. The exception is Fernando Rodney, who appears certain to move on from the Rays—now that they’ve added Grant Balfour and Heath Bell—but does not yet know where free agency will take him.

The hard-throwing right-hander, who turns 37 on March 18, has secured only one multi-year deal to this point in his career: a two-year, $11 million contract that came back to bite the Angels before he moved on to Tampa Bay. Rodney earned $2 million in 2012 on a one-year pact with the Rays, who exercised a club option to retain him for $2.5 million last year.


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February 4, 2014 6:00 am

Rumor Roundup: What Can Yoon Do for You?

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Daniel Rathman

Suk-Min Yoon and Carlos Marmol draw interest, and the Rays sort out potential replacements for Jeremy Hellickson.

Rangers interested in Korean free agent Suk-Min Yoon
Korean free agent Suk-Min Yoon, a 27-year-old right-hander who pitched for the Kia Tigers last year, has been a forgotten man this offseason, but he could provide a boost to the back of a team’s rotation or bullpen. Clubs unwilling to shell out big bucks for Ubaldo Jimenez or Ervin Santana might view him as a desirable option as the winter winds down.


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February 3, 2014 6:00 am

Rumor Roundup: Scoping Out the Less Expensive Starters

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Daniel Rathman

The latest on the cheaper free agent starters still out there.

Diamondbacks could enter the slow-developing Bronson Arroyo market
After failing to secure a frontline starter to lead their 2014 rotation, the Diamondbacks might be setting their sights a little lower: According to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe, general manager Kevin Towers is now eyeing Bronson Arroyo.


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January 30, 2014 6:00 am

Rumor Roundup: Orioles Adding Arms?

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Daniel Rathman

The Orioles hope to sign two pitchers, and the Diamondbacks might be about to get richer.

The Orioles’ plan: two arms in two weeks
Orioles pitchers and catchers are required to report to the team’s spring training facility in Sarasota, Florida, by February 13. According to Andrew Rickli of SportsReel Boston, if Dan Duquette has his way, that group will include two newcomers by the time everyone heads south.


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January 28, 2014 6:00 am

Rumor Roundup: Extension Tension

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Daniel Rathman

Jason Kipnis is open to staying in Cleveland, and David Ortiz seeks a multi-year deal.

Jason Kipnis is all ears if the Indians want to discuss an extension
For Indians general manager Chris Antonetti, the past few days have brought both good news and bad news on the extension front. Cleveland Plain-Dealer beat writer Paul Hoynes wrote on Monday that the team has given up, at least for the time being, on reaching a long-term agreement with its ace, Justin Masterson. But that report came on the heels of a promising statement from second baseman Jason Kipnis, who told reporters at Sunday’s fan fest that he is “absolutely” open to negotiating a multi-year hitch.


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January 27, 2014 6:00 am

Rumor Roundup: The Best Shapers Are Back

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Daniel Rathman

Danny Espinosa aims for a bounceback, and—despite a former teammate's claims—Ryan Doumit is not done behind the plate.

Yep, it’s that time of year again: Danny Espinosa is in the best shape of his life
Nothing says spring training is near like tweets and articles about players who claim to be fitter than ever. Enter Danny Espinosa—and MLB.com’s Andrew Simon, the reporter with whom he spoke over the weekend. According to the Nationals infielder, the club has not closed the door on his days as an everyday contributor, and Espinosa hopes to prove worthy of taking back the keystone in Viera, Florida, over the next two months.

It’s tough to overstate how disastrous the 2013 campaign was for Espinosa, who chipped in 3.6 WARP in 2011 and 2.1 WARP in 2012 before falling off a cliff. The 26-year-old was never a particularly disciplined hitter—he struck out 166 and 189 times in his first two big-league seasons—but the Nationals derived plenty of value from his power-and-speed tandem, as well as his above-average defense at second base. Last year, all of those things fell by the wayside.


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January 21, 2014 6:00 am

Rumor Roundup: Bringing Back Bailey

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Daniel Rathman

The Reds try to extend Homer Bailey, and the Nationals consider reshaping the back end of their bullpen.

Reds “optimistic” about extension talks with Homer Bailey
As more and more high-end pitchers sign long-term extensions with their first big-league teams, those who don’t become hot commodities when they reach free agency. That, in turn, increases the incentive for pitchers to test the market and makes it more difficult for smaller-market clubs to retain them.


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January 16, 2014 6:08 am

Rumor Roundup: Yes, Paul Maholm Still Exists

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Daniel Rathman

The Rangers contact a seemingly forgotten veteran starter, while the Mets and Pablo Sandoval put the skids on a couple of reports.

Rangers reached out to Paul Maholm
Several days ago, we learned that Rangers starter Derek Holland had suffered a knee injury in a fall at his home, and details later surfaced that it had happened when he tripped over his dog. The left-hander needed microfracture surgery on his left knee, so the Rangers must prepare to do without Holland at least through the All-Star break and possibly deeper into the summer.

Right-hander Nick Tepesch is the most likely candidate from within the organization, but it appears that general manager Jon Daniels is at least exploring the possibility of adding a veteran free agent starter. That news comes straight from one of the still-unemployed hurlers: former Braves southpaw Paul Maholm, who told ESPN and SiriusXM’s Jim Bowden that the Rangers are among the clubs that have phoned his agent.


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January 14, 2014 6:00 am

Rumor Roundup: Third Base Buzz

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Daniel Rathman

The Yankees talk to the Padres about another infielder, and Mark Reynolds receives interest.

Yankees chatting with Padres in search of infield depth
General managers Brian Cashman and Josh Byrnes have already combined for one trade this offseason: a November swap that sent minor-league reliever Ben Paullus to San Diego for minor-league infielder Dean Anna, who was deemed expendable when the Padres faced a 40-man roster crunch.


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January 13, 2014 6:00 am

Rumor Roundup: AL Rotation Rumblings

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Daniel Rathman

The Indians seek to extend Justin Masterson, and the Rangers try to replace Derek Holland.

Indians expect to discuss long-term pact with Justin Masterson
With more than five years of service time under his belt, Justin Masterson has one more year of arbitration eligibility left before his first chance to hit the open market. The 28-year-old right-hander took home about $5.7 million in 2013, when he forwent his hearing by agreeing to that salary on January 18, and the Tribe is once again hoping to come to terms with his agent, Randy Rowley.


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The latest news from a mostly stagnant rumor mill.

Astros’ first-base job up for grabs
The Astros will almost surely be irrelevant in the 2014 playoff picture, but prospect enthusiasts will eagerly await the first wave of talent working its way through the farm system. Four of the top five prospects in the pipeline boast 2014 ETAs, and Jonathan Singleton could earn a promotion to the majors on Opening Day.

That news comes straight from the horse’s mouth, as general manager Jeff Luhnow told reporters on Wednesday, “it’s going to be a good, healthy competition.” Jose de Jesus Ortiz of the Houston Chronicle relayed the quotes, and noted in a subsequent tweet that the spring training battle could be a five-way race.


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