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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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December 6, 2013 6:00 am

Rumor Roundup: Fixing a Hole

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Daniel Rathman

Pittsburgh looks at Loney, and the Red Sox search for an Ellsbury substitute.

Pirates prefer James Loney among available first basemen
If general manager Neal Huntington could have his pick of the first-base litter at a reasonable cost, rival clubs believe they know who he would choose. ESPN’s Jayson Stark tweeted on Wednesday that teams that have been in contact with the Pirates have come away thinking that Loney, who spent the 2013 season with the Rays, is the apple of Huntington’s eye.


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December 3, 2013 6:40 am

Rumor Roundup: Re-Upping Ramirez

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Daniel Rathman

The Dodgers consider an extension for Hanley Ramirez, and Bronson Arroyo awaits an offer.

Dodgers discussing extension with Hanley Ramirez
General manager Ned Colletti has been relatively quiet so far this offseason. Apart from a one-year, $10 million pact with Dan Haren that fortified the rear of manager Don Mattingly’s rotation, fans waiting for a big splash have not gotten it. For now, it appears, the biggest news is likely to come from within.


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November 27, 2013 6:00 am

Rumor Roundup: Replacing the Departed

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Daniel Rathman

The Pirates look for a lefty-hitting first baseman, and the Tigers talk to Brian Wilson.

Pirates seeking long-end platoon partner at first base
At the end of August, the Pirates obtained Justin Morneau from the Twins to bolster their offensive output at first base by providing a lefty-hitting complement to Gaby Sanchez. The one-plus month rental, at the cost of outfielder Alex Presley, went okay: Morneau posted a .370 on-base percentage in 92 September plate appearances, then batted .292 in the playoffs, though he did not hit a home run.


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November 26, 2013 6:00 am

Rumor Roundup: Beltran to the Bronx?

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Daniel Rathman

Carlos Beltran is the Yankees' top target, and the Blue Jays are eyeing available starters, including Jeff Samardzija.

Carlos Beltran is Yankees’ top target
General manager Brian Cashman nabbed his first free agent last week, when Brian McCann agreed to a five-year, $85 million hitch with the Yankees that includes a vesting option for the 2019 season. If Cashman has his way, Beltran will soon join McCann in the Bronx.


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November 22, 2013 6:00 am

Rumor Roundup: Third Baseman for Sale

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Daniel Rathman

David Freese is a popular trade target, and the Nationals' rotation plans are still uncertain.

Angels in Talks to Acquire David Freese
The Rangers and Tigers may have already consummated the offseason’s biggest trade, but those fearing a drought between now and next month’s Winter Meetings might not need to worry too much. According to FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal, the Rangers’ division rivals in Anaheim are working on a swap of their own.


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November 18, 2013 6:00 am

Rumor Roundup: Veteran Help Wanted

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Daniel Rathman

The Orioles are after Carlos Beltran, and the Twins want to sign a starter.

Carlos Beltran on Orioles’ Radar
We knew the Red Sox and Yankees were among the teams vying for the services of one of the best active postseason hitters. Now it appears we can add a third American League East team to the mix.


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November 15, 2013 6:00 am

Rumor Roundup: AL Rotation Rumblings

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Daniel Rathman

A Tiger trade might make room in the rotation for Drew Smyly, and the A's try to bring back Bartolo Colon.

Tigers Open to Shuffling Rotation
Our fantasy writers pined throughout the 2013 season for Drew Smyly to find his way into the Tigers’ starting five. If general manager Dave Dombrowski is to be believed, they will get their wish next year.


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November 12, 2013 6:00 am

Rumor Roundup: The High Price of Free Agent Pitching

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Daniel Rathman

Ricky Nolasco and Ervin Santana are asking a lot, Stephen Drew is about to make some money, and a familiar starter resurfaces as a knuckleballer.

Ricky Nolasco and Ervin Santana Shoot for the Moon
Want Nolasco? That’ll cost you $80 million over five years. Want Santana? Prepare to shell out $100 million—and your highest unprotected draft pick, since the right-hander turned down a qualifying offer from the Royals.


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November 8, 2013 6:00 am

Rumor Roundup: Backup Planning

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Daniel Rathman

The Yankees make a point of appearing to be interested in second basemen other than Robinson Cano. Also, Grant Balfour is popular.

Grant Balfour a Popular Relief Target
Teams in need of late-inning bullpen arms have no shortage of choices in this year’s free agent crop. One of the most popular in the early going appears to be Balfour, who spent the last three seasons with the Athletics and was Oakland’s closer in 2012 and 2013.


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November 6, 2013 6:00 am

Rumor Roundup: Another Winter, Another Tigers Closer Search

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Daniel Rathman

Joe Nathan could be a fit for the Tigers, Carlos Ruiz could be headed to Colorado, and Rafael Furcal might be a fit for the Mets.

Tigers Looking for an Experienced Closer
Dave Dombrowski’s seemingly eternal search for a ninth-inning force continues this offseason, as Joaquin Benoit ponders his future in free agency. The 36-year-old Benoit performed well during the final season of his three-year, $16.5 million contract, recording 24 saves in 26 regular-season chances while amassing a 2.01 ERA and 2.90 FIP. Benoit is “in the mix,” but Dombrowski has a host of choices in this winter’s free-agent crop.


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November 4, 2013 6:00 am

Rumor Roundup: Restarting the Rumor Mill

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Daniel Rathman

The Dodgers pursue a super-rotation, the Marlins want your youngsters, and the Cardinals could trade pitching for a shortstop.

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The Astros have a new plan for their minor-league starters, and the regular season is set to kick off with a showdown in Texas.

The Astros take center stage in the last Rumor Roundup of the offseason, as they prepare to kick off the regular season against the Rangers at Minute Maid Park on Sunday night.  

Astros unveil new minor-league pitching development plan
While the major-league club heads into the season with bleak short-term hopes, general manager Jeff Luhnow is focused on improving the Astros’ player development system. And, after a year of talent acquisition through trades and his first draft last June, Luhnow is now implementing a new system for developing the pitchers that will come through the Astros’ pipeline and hopefully one day land in their big-league rotation.


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