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03-31

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Rumor Roundup: Montreal on the Mind
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Demetrius Bell

03-29

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Rumor Roundup: Suspensions, Extensions, and Depth
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Emma Baccellieri

03-27

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Rumor Roundup: Blindsided, Bothered, and Bewildered
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Ashley Varela

03-24

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Rumor Roundup: Drag Race
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Demetrius Bell

03-22

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Rumor Roundup: My Toothpick for a Closer
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Emma Baccellieri

03-20

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Rumor Roundup: The Waiting Game
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Ashley Varela

03-17

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Rumor Roundup: Kissing Your Sister
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Demetrius Bell

03-15

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Rumor Roundup: Everybody Hurts
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Emma Baccellieri

03-13

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Rumor Roundup: Let Me Be Your Star
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Ashley Varela

03-10

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Rumor Roundup: Bryant Beats Trout
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Demetrius Bell

03-08

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Rumor Roundup: Clash of Opposites
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Emma Baccellieri

03-06

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Rumor Roundup: Taking Sides
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Ashley Varela

03-03

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Rumor Roundup: Busy in Boston
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Demetrius Bell

03-01

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Rumor Roundup: Another Setback for Wright
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Emma Baccellieri

02-27

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Rumor Roundup: Down But Not Out
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Ashley Varela

02-24

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Rumor Roundup: Smell the Money
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Demetrius Bell

02-22

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Rumor Roundup: Blanket Approval
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Emma Baccellieri

02-20

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Rumor Roundup: Shooting for the Moon
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Ashley Varela

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

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Jose Quintana is still available and Jerry Blevins' return to New York may depend on Juan Lagares' departure.

White Sox pit Texas teams against each other for Quintana

Apparently, the baseball world couldn’t go much longer without some Jose Quintana trade rumors. Things must have been too quiet on that particular front, because there were rumblings originating from Bob Nightengale that the Rangers are stepping up their pursuit of the top man in the White Sox’s rotation. However, the rumor appeared to die about as quickly as it came to life when Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reported that he hadn’t heard anything recently about the Rangers approaching Chicago about Quintana.

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Tampa Bay wants Jurickson Profar, Minnesota wants bullpen help, and Bronson Arroyo and Justin Masterson want to keep pitching.

Rangers and Rays discussing Profar

The Rays have “checked in with” the Rangers on the possibility of a trade for Jurickson Profar, according to Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News. The conversation is only exploratory so far, but the need is clear: the Rays have a hole at second base after sending Logan Forsythe to the Dodgers last week. Though Brad Miller is an obvious in-house solution there—another position switch for him, after he moved from short to first midseason last year to accommodate the the Matt Duffy trade—the team’s apparently not closing the door on other choices just yet.

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Brad Miller prepares for a shift to second base, Matt Wieters draws interest around the league, and Chris Tillman awaits an extension offer.

Miller could move to second base

Logan Forsythe is out and Brad Miller, it appears, is in. Since the Rays dealt Forsythe to the Dodgers for right-hander Jose De Leon last week, they’ve been puzzling over how best to anchor their middle infield this season. They could net another second baseman via trade or free agency, but Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times suggests that an internal solution may play out better for the club.

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Tampa Bay wants to replace Logan Forsythe, Sergio Romo wants to sign, and New York wants to do something with Jay Bruce.

Is Romo going to find a new home soon?

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Texas may want to party at Napoli's again, relievers are playing musical chairs, and the status of Yordano Ventura's contract is uncertain.

Rangers still interested in Napoli

A reunion for Mike Napoli and the Rangers could still be in the cards, but Texas is only willing to go in if it’s on a one-year deal, according to ESPN’s Buster Olney. It’s a familiar situation for Napoli, who was reportedly in back-and-forth negotiations with Cleveland over the same terms earlier this winter, before the team signed Edwin Encarnacion to replace him.

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Tim Lincecum refuses to retire, Yu Darvish contemplates a contract extension, and Tyson Ross gets a revised start date.

Lincecum still hunting for opportunity

Tim Lincecum really wants to play baseball, probably more than most people want to do most things. His agent, Rick Thurman, told Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News that Lincecum is still preparing for the upcoming season, despite not having a) a contract or b) any publicized interest from a major-league team.

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Houston wants rotation help, Minnesota wants veterans, and Canada wants to turn back the clock.

Astros in the hunt for starters

If what Bob Nightengale of USA Today said on Twitter is true, the Astros are shooting for the stars with their latest targets in trade talks. The rumor is that Houston is in the market for a high-end starter, so they’re trying to bring in one of either Jose Quintana, Chris Archer, or Sonny Gray.

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Alex Rodriguez gets a TV show, the Tigers look for a center fielder, and the Rays add a former closer.

Tigers looking to fill center field hole

The Tigers were rumored to be a potential suitor for Gregor Blanco in the hours before he signed a minor league-deal with the Diamondbacks yesterday afternoon. But even with him now off the market, they’ve apparently still got a free agent outfielder to focus on—Peter Bourjos, who would presumably help fill the team’s void in center field. Though one of the Tigers’ first moves this winter was trading away center fielder Cameron Maybin, they haven’t done anything since to fill the space he left behind.

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The Cardinals gear up for their first arbitration hearing in years, Craig Breslow schedules a pitching showcase, and Carl Crawford contemplates retirement (maybe).

Cardinals anticipate first arbitration hearing since 1999

Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak is test-driving a new strategy with his arbitration-eligible players. According to his comments made at the annual Cardinals Care Winter Warm-Up event over the weekend, those who did not settle with the team prior to the Friday deadline will go to an arbitration hearing. It’s a relatively common tact that the front office has considered for a few years now, and Mozeliak claimed that the hard-nosed approach was intended to encourage players to work through salary negotiations by Friday’s deadline.

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New York may keep Curtis Granderson, Baltimore is unlikely to keep Mark Trumbo, and Matt Wieters is looking for a deal.

Mets may hold onto Granderson

Earlier this week there were rumors that the Mets were trying to find a solution to their outfield situation, which is awfully crowded. One of the players mentioned in that piece who could’ve potentially been traded was Curtis Granderson. However, if Sandy Alderson’s comments to ESPN’s Adam Rubin are any indication, it appears as if the Mets are feeling a bit hesitant to trade Granderson away.

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Jay Bruce is still on the block, Brian Dozier may be staying up, and the Braves want more starting pitching.

Mets’ outfield remains a little too full

The Mets still have more corner outfielders than they need, and it’s reportedly holding them back from making other moves. According to Joel Sherman of the New York Post, the club is under a mandate not to go after more relief pitching until they can unload some payroll—presumably in the form of trading away the contract of Jay Bruce or, if not him, Curtis Granderson.

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Brandon Phillips nixes a trade to the Braves, Trevor Plouffe rumors abound, and C.J. Wilson prepares for an upcoming showcase.

Phillips vetoes trade to Atlanta

Brandon Phillips exercised his 10-and-5 rights to block a deal that would have sent him to the Braves this past November, according to a report by Ken Rosenthal. It’s the third time Phillips has utilized his 10-and-5 rights in the past two years, including two vetoed trades to the Diamondbacks and Nationals during the 2015 offseason, and it appears he’s not ready to leave Cincinnati just yet.

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