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02-17

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Rumor Roundup: Miami Rollercoaster
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Demetrius Bell

02-15

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Rumor Roundup: Curse of the BP 101
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Emma Baccellieri

02-13

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Rumor Roundup: Staring Out the Window, Waiting for Spring
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Ashley Varela

02-10

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Rumor Roundup: Billion-Dollar Handshakes
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Demetrius Bell

02-08

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Rumor Roundup: Down Is Up, Up Is Even Higher
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Emma Baccellieri

02-06

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Rumor Roundup: Got to Begin Again (And It's Hard)
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Ashley Varela

02-03

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Rumor Roundup: Mets Machinations
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Demetrius Bell

02-01

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Rumor Roundup: Wants and Needs
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Emma Baccellieri

01-30

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Rumor Roundup: Don't Go Changing to Try and Please Me
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Ashley Varela

01-27

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Rumor Roundup: Inward and Outward
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Demetrius Bell

01-25

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Rumor Roundup: Relievers Galore
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Emma Baccellieri

01-23

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Rumor Roundup: Don’t Call Him the Comeback Kid
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Ashley Varela

01-20

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Rumor Roundup: Hunting Starters
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Demetrius Bell

01-18

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Rumor Roundup: Must-See TV
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Emma Baccellieri

01-16

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Rumor Roundup: Ain't Settling for Anything Less Than Everything
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Ashley Varela

01-13

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Rumor Roundup: Trumbo Tumbles
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Demetrius Bell

01-11

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Rumor Roundup: Dozier Dead, Bruce Bets, and Atlanta Aces
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Emma Baccellieri

01-09

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Rumor Roundup: No, Atlanta
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Ashley Varela

01-06

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Rumor Roundup: Dinged Up and Dingers
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Demetrius Bell

01-04

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Rumor Roundup: Dozier, Baker, and the Ballpark Maker
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Emma Baccellieri

12-23

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Rumor Roundup: Three Little Players Went to Market
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Demetrius Bell

12-21

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Rumor Roundup: Messy Mets
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Emma Baccellieri

12-19

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Rumor Roundup: You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch
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Ashley Varela

12-16

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Rumor Roundup: Little Interest and Wishful Thinking
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Demetrius Bell

12-14

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Rumor Roundup: After-Market Closers
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Emma Baccellieri

12-12

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Rumor Roundup: Hasta La Vista, Bautista
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Ashley Varela

12-09

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Rumor Roundup: Rockies Dig the Long Ball
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Ashley Varela

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

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David Robertson's trade market is heating up, the Dodgers need a second baseman, and Justin Wilson is a popular target.

Robertson heating up as a trade option

Last week, the fact that Danny Espinosa skipped the Nationals’ winter fanfest foreshadowed his trade to the Angels hours later. Now comes another fanfest-fueled rumor scrap: White Sox closer David Robertson is not on the list of players slated to attend the upcoming SoxFest. Robertson has been the subject of vague trade speculation all winter, linked most recently to the Nationals. And with the biggest bullpen names now off the free agent market, it’s more likely that he’ll be in the spotlight for teams seeking relief help.

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The Red Sox pass on Jose Bautista, Greg Holland looks for a short-term contract, and Jonathan Papelbon plays the waiting game.

Red Sox pass on Bautista

Free agent outfielder Jose Bautista wanted to “work something out” with the Red Sox, but agent Jay Alou was told--via Peter Gammons--that the club had maxed out their payroll for the year. Christopher Smith of MassLive.com suggests that the Sox still have some wiggle room before they hit the new luxury-tax threshold of $195 million, but if they want to make a serious play for any other free agents this winter, they’ll need to shed some of their more substantial contracts first.

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The Rockies are itching for more power at Coors Field, the Nationals are getting less picky about their closers, and the Padres are weighing their shortstop options.

Rockies determined to find a place for Trumbo

Even if it means shifting newly-acquired infielder/outfielder Ian Desmond to an outfield-only role, apparently. After striking a five-year, $70 million deal with Desmond on Wednesday, the Rockies still appear to be gunning for veteran slugger Mark Trumbo, writes Bob Nightengale of USA Today. That could lead to a potential logjam at first base, where Desmond is reportedly expected to hold court after making the switch from shortstop to left field/center field in 2016.

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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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