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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

11-06

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Rumor Roundup: Another Winter, Another Tigers Closer Search
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Daniel Rathman

11-04

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Rumor Roundup: Restarting the Rumor Mill
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Daniel Rathman

03-30

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Rumor Roundup: Setting the Stage
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Daniel Rathman

03-28

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Rumor Roundup: Strong Side, Weak Side
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Daniel Rathman

03-27

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Rumor Roundup: Second Chances
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Daniel Rathman

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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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January 7, 2014 6:00 am

Rumor Roundup: Which Teams Are in on Tanaka?

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Daniel Rathman

Tanaka negotiations continue, Nyjer Morgan and Todd Coffey make major-league comebacks, and Don Mattingly nears an extension.

An update on the race to sign Masahiro Tanaka
With the holiday season in the rearview mirror, the bidding for recently posted Japanese ace Masahiro Tanaka should pick up as soon as this week. Interested teams have until January 24 to come to a deal with the right-hander, and most big-market clubs are expected to make a strong effort to do just that.


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January 2, 2014 6:00 am

Rumor Roundup: Ubaldo's Asking Price

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Daniel Rathman

Ubaldo Jimenez won't come cheap, and the Padres' Cory Luebke might be in the bullpen.

Padres could use Tommy John survivor Cory Luebke as a reliever
General manager Josh Byrnes has not done much to bolster his lineup this offseason, but the pitching staff has a few fresh faces.


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December 26, 2013 6:00 am

Rumor Roundup: Tanaka Time

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Daniel Rathman

The Masahiro Tanaka bidding begins, and both Baltimore and Grant Balfour move on from his near-signing with the O's.

Masahiro Tanaka officially posted by Rakuten
In a decision first reported by Japanese outlet Sponichi and translated by Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times, the Rakuten Golden Eagles have decided to allow their ace right-hander to move to the majors.


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The Mets try to get a power arm in return for Ike Davis, and the Rays' requests in David Price trade talks become clearer.

Mets hunting for power arms in exchange for Ike Davis
Since taking over the reins of the Mets in October 2010, general manager Sandy Alderson has done much of his best work on the trade market, exporting aging assets like Carlos Beltran and R.A. Dickey for high-end pitching prospects like Zack Wheeler and Noah Syndergaard. This offseason, Alderson is working with a much younger and less-accomplished trade chip, but when it comes to the return, he has mid-90s heat on his mind again.


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December 10, 2013 6:06 am

Rumor Roundup: Winter Meetings Day One Notes

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Daniel Rathman

The Mariners aren't done making deals, Delmon Young is attempting to play a new position, and Bronson Arroyo is a popular pitcher.

The Winter Meetings are underway in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. Here’s a look at the early buzz from the Swan and Dolphin Resort.

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