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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

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

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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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Toronto tries to hang onto Encarnacion, Trumbo talks to Baltimore about staying, and a Korean slugger draws interest.

Toronto pushing to keep Encarnacion

After extending a qualifying offer to free agent Edwin Encarnacion on Monday, the Blue Jays are pushing to keep the slugger in Toronto. Early talks have been “fruitful,” at least to the extent that they’ve given Encarnacion “something to think about,” per reporting from Shi Davidi of SportsNet. But they’re certainly not the only team interested—with the Red Sox, Rangers, and Astros all listed as other possible suitors by Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal.

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Cespedes elects free agency, teams prepare to scout Holland, and the Royals explore an extension for Duffy.

Yoenis Cespedes opted out of his contract with the Mets

Mets outfielder Yoenis Cespedes will test free agency to the surprise of, well, no one. The 31-year-old opted out of his contract prior to Saturday's deadline, leaving two years and $47.5 million on the table as he pursues a more lucrative deal in free agency. The Mets are expected to extend the $17.2 million qualifying offer, which will give them a compensatory draft pick in the event that Cespedes signs elsewhere during the offseason.

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The Red Sox give Pablo Sandoval's job away, the Orioles are in a snit with Hyun-Soo Kim, and the Rangers and Indians might be the best bet for a last-second big-league swap.

Pablo Sandoval Loses His Job To Travis Shaw
After a flurry of moves that included the signing of Pablo Sandoval, the 2014 Red Sox romped to the American League pennant, then swept the World Series. General Manager Ben Cherington received many an accolade for his work, and Sandoval became an instant fan favorite.


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Tim Lincecum's showcase remains somewhere down the road. Meanwhile, James Loney might be coming to a town near you and Trevor Story might be coming to a ROY race near you.

Tim Lincecum wants to be "perfect" for potential showcase
Opening Day is only a few days away, and one notable player who more than likely won’t be ready is free agent pitcher Tim Lincecum. The former Giant, former All-Star, former Cy Young winner, etc., is still working out on his own, and rumors of his big impending showcase have thus far been greatly exaggerated.


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A closer battle in Philadelphia, urination in Queens, and another year of Ricky Nolasco clogging up your Probable Starters options.

Ricky Nolasco takes Twins fifth-starter role
That one of the largest free agent contracts in Twins history belongs to none other than Ricky Nolasco can be used as a stand-in for several larger points. It can be an example of how extreme the market for free agent pitching has become; it can be ammunition for fans frustrated with the front office; it can be a cautionary tale about the volatility of middle-of-the-rotation pitching. And in addition to representing all of the above, Nolasco and his contract can now represent something else—the Twins’ fifth starter.


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Young & Exciting Vincent Velasquez and Aaron Sanchez win rotation spots, while Brian Duensing wins more time with his family.

Phillies choose Vincent Velasquez to be their fifth starter
Position battles abound for rebuilding teams like the Phillies, but as the spring winds down, one of the biggest battles in Clearwater, Florida, has now been decided. On Monday, manager Pete Mackanin told the media that Vincent Velasquez—who came over from the Astros in the Ken Giles blockbuster earlier this winter—has won the no. 5 starter job, relegating Adam Morgan, who started 15 games for Philadelphia last season, to Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

Velasquez, who turns 24 in June, debuted with the Astros last year in a swingman capacity. He made seven starts and appeared 12 times in relief, racking up 58 strikeouts in 55 2/3 innings, a reflection of big-league-ready stuff. Chris Crawford wrote in our Transaction Analysis of the Giles trade, “At worst, Velasquez marks a strong central piece as a potential high-leverage reliever,” but the Phillies will let him start until he proves he can’t, and his ceiling could be substantially loftier than the late-inning floor.


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The Braves' outfield battle is down to three contenders, while the Orioles and Yankees try to round out their pitching staffs before Opening Day.

The Braves’ fourth outfield spot is still open to Jeff Francoeur, Michael Bourn, or Emilio Bonifacio
Nick Swisher and Michael Bourn may have been a package deal for the Braves at the 2015 deadline, but it’s almost certain that they’ll be parting ways by Opening Day. The Braves are narrowing down their bench candidates, and according to Mark Bowman of MLB.com, Nick Swisher is likely to get the boot by the end of spring training if he fails to net a trade offer. Assuming the Braves offload the veteran outfielder by absorbing the rest of his $15 million contract, they’ll still have to rid themselves of another outfield candidate to set their 25-man roster. That leaves just three outfielders to duke it out: Bourn, clubhouse personality Jeff Francoeur, and bargain backup Emilio Bonifacio.


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The challenge of upgrading on Daniel Nava in Anaheim, the Braves' surprising semi-bid on Justin Upton, and the closer who wants to be a starter.

The Los Angeles Angels are trying to acquire an everyday left fielder
The Angels are currently set to go into this season with 33-year-old Daniel Nava as their starting left fielder, joining the 2014 Red Sox, the 2011 Pawtucket Red Sox and the 2007 Chico Outlaws as the only teams who can say that. Although Nava is smashing in spring training, his PECOTA projection (1.5 WARP) and his 2015 output (Zero.Zip WARP) have a little more authority than his .500/.619/.719 Cactus League line. As a result, the Angels are reportedly looking for an everyday left fielder to replace him.


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Injuries to Andre Ethier and Carson Smith are the latest to mess with their clubs' depth.

With Andre Ethier out, Dodgers turn to outfield depth
Subscribing to the conventional wisdom that Spring Training is meaningful only in its injuries, the Dodgers are continuing with a frustratingly meaningful March. Yesterday in this space, we reviewed the deteriorating state of the team’s rotation; today, Andre Ethier reminds us not to take position player health for granted, either. The Dodgers announced Tuesday that the left fielder is expected to be out for 10 to 14 weeks with a fractured tibia.

Initial x-rays did not show any damage after Ethier fouled a ball off his leg on Friday, but results from follow-up exams were not so encouraging. Though it certainly isn’t ideal for the Dodgers to have the 33-year old sidelined until June, the team’s outfield depth makes it a little more palatable. It was already expected that the left-handed Ethier would share time with right-handed Scott van Slyke, and in his absence, left field will probably be filled by a platoon team of van Slyke and Carl Crawford. It’s something of an outside shot at redemption for Crawford, who wasn’t expected to receive much playing time after three seasons in LA that have been disappointing and injury-plagued (and, of course, expensive)—though projections suggest only continued decline for the erstwhile star.


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