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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

01-19

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Rumor Roundup: Diamondbacks Will Make Pollock Prove It
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Daniel Rathman

01-13

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Rumor Roundup: There Were Four In the Bed and the Little One Said...
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Daniel Rathman

01-05

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Rumor Roundup: The Slow Burn Of Ian Desmond's Free Agency
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Daniel Rathman

12-29

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Rumor Roundup: Yo Back to Motown?
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Daniel Rathman

12-22

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Rumor Roundup: On the Dodgers' No. 2 Starter
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Daniel Rathman

12-15

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Rumor Roundup: Rumors About Melancon Aboil
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Daniel Rathman

12-07

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Rumor Roundup: You Can Never Have Enough Pitching Rumors
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Daniel Rathman

12-01

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Rumor Roundup: Cueto Aims Higher
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Daniel Rathman

11-23

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Rumor Roundup: What a Lovely O'Day
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Daniel Rathman

11-16

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Rumor Roundup: Is Yovani Gallardo Worth the 13th Pick?
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Daniel Rathman

11-09

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Rumor Roundup: Wait 'Til Next Year
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Daniel Rathman

03-25

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Rumor Roundup: The Diamondbacks' Shortstop Decision Will Affect 2B, 3B, and Perhaps All Three OF Positions
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Daniel Rathman

03-24

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Rumor Roundup: Olivera on the run/Driving in the sun/Looking out for Number 1
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Chris Mosch

03-23

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Rumor Roundup: Chase Utley is 'Easily Attainable,' Though Probably Not By You
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Chris Mosch

03-20

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Rumor Roundup: Aaron-Starting Era Starting
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Chris Mosch

03-19

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Rumor Roundup: Make $50 Million Fast While Working Part-Time From Home
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Daniel Rathman

03-18

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Rumor Roundup: Experts: Matt Wieters Can Squat
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Daniel Rathman

03-17

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Rumor Roundup: Tony Cingrani Won't Start, to Start
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Chris Mosch

03-16

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Rumor Roundup: Alex Colome's Series of Unfortunate Events
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Daniel Rathman

03-12

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Rumor Roundup: The Only Thing Left That Matters Is Cuban
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Daniel Rathman

03-11

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Rumor Roundup: Olivera, Why Not Take Olivera?
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Chris Mosch

03-10

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Rumor Roundup: The Top Prospect Everybody Wants To See Replace Yu Darvish
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Chris Mosch

03-06

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Rumor Roundup: Trout Pulling the Trigger
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Daniel Rathman

03-05

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Rumor Roundup: Huston Street Might Have Relief-Ace'd Himself Into the Angels' Future
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Chris Mosch

03-04

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Rumor Roundup: Don't Call It A Committee!
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Daniel Rathman

03-03

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Rumor Roundup: Shift Happenings
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Chris Mosch

03-02

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Rumor Roundup: You Can't Predict Padres
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Daniel Rathman

02-27

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Rumor Roundup: Diamondbacks Third Baseman is on the Bobbly Chair
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Daniel Rathman

02-26

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Rumor Roundup: It's Never Too Early to Think About Extending Andrew McCutchen Forever
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Chris Mosch

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All you need to do is take on Ryan Howard's contract.

Phillies willing to pay $50 million to rid themselves of Ryan Howard
So says Anthony Castrovince of Sports on Earth, who wrote yesterday that if the team really is open to carrying that sort of salary, a deal might be in the cards.

Howard has two years and $60 million remaining on his ill-advised five-year, $125 million extension, which means that an acquiring club would only have to pay him $5 million annually through 2016. The 34-year-old could justify that investment with merely 1.0 WARP production, depending on what sort of return the Phillies would seek in exchange for the massive salary coverage.


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March 18, 2015 10:32 am

Rumor Roundup: Experts: Matt Wieters Can Squat

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Daniel Rathman

The Orioles catcher is back behind the dish, Kris Bryant will be back at third soon, and Alex Rodriguez might stay at third.

Matt Wieters sports the tools of ignorance
It had been a while since Matt Wieters last put the gear on: May 4th of last year, to be exact, when his elbow began to bark. The 28-year-old was eventually diagnosed with a torn ulnar collateral ligament that required Tommy John surgery, going on the shelf May 10th and staying there for the rest of the season.


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March 17, 2015 6:00 am

Rumor Roundup: Tony Cingrani Won't Start, to Start

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Chris Mosch

The Reds move the promising young pitcher to the bullpen, while the Mets have an eye on Brian Matusz.

Reds moving Tony Cingrani to bullpen
After outperforming all expectations during his rookie season, Tony Cingrani’s sophomore campaign was one that he surely wanted to put behind him. Unfortunately for the 25-year-old, his 2015 season is already off to a rough start with Reds manager Bryan Price informing Cingrani on Monday that he will start the season in the bullpen.

Cingrani’s deceptive delivery helped his low-90s fastball generate more whiffs than either Matt Harvey or Shelby Miller in 2013, but the league adjusted the next season and the southpaw was unable to effectively counter. He did mix in his slider and changeup more frequently but still relied on his fastball three out of every four pitches, with opposing hitters squaring the offering up more frequently and with more authority to the tune of a .210 isolated power.


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March 16, 2015 6:00 am

Rumor Roundup: Alex Colome's Series of Unfortunate Events

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Daniel Rathman

Everything's going wrong for Alex Colome, Addison Reed is making changes, Leonys Martin will hit at the top, and Hector Olivera gets another mention here.

Rays’ Alex Colome battling pneumonia
Sometimes, players favored to win position battles struggle on the field and cede their projected roles. Unfortunately, if Alex Colome does not open the season in the Tampa Bay rotation, it will likely be the result of forces beyond his baseball control.


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March 12, 2015 6:00 am

Rumor Roundup: The Only Thing Left That Matters Is Cuban

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Daniel Rathman

The hot market for Hector Olivera.

Hector Olivera has four to six offers in hand
Free-agent Rumors are few and far between at this late stage of the offseason. Those that still occasionally light up the hot stove almost exclusively revolve around Cuban infielder Hector Olivera.


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March 11, 2015 6:17 am

Rumor Roundup: Olivera, Why Not Take Olivera?

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Chris Mosch

Can't you see they're no good without him?

Padres emerging as favorites for Hector Olivera


With spring training games finally underway, we’ve gotten to the time of the year when the majority of baseball news has been about position battles, “best shape of his life” reports and the unfortunate and inevitable injuries that have left the Twitter world broken-hearted. However, this year poses the unusual situation of a potential impact player becoming available in March with Cuban infielder Hector Olivera finally being declared a free agent by Major League Baseball last Friday. Over the past week, quite a few developments have occurred in the bidding for the 29-year-old.


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The Rangers might not need to make a trade to get 30 good starts this year.

Rangers plan on looking in-house to replace Darvish
With Yu Darvish getting a second opinion today on the sprained ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow, the Rangers will make an announcement on Wednesday regarding the future of their ace. It seems likely that Darvish will be the latest addition to the long list of pitchers that have recently had to go under the knife and the Rangers next move would be to find an arm to take the right-hander’s place in the starting rotation. The Rangers obviously won’t be able to replace the production of Darvish but the early word is that they plan to fill the void in the rotation internally.

Darvish’s injury makes it likely that Ross Detwiler ends slotting in the rotation behind Yovani Gallardo, Derek Holland and Colby Lewis. As for the final spot in the rotation, Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News writes that the club’s first priority is to fill it with an internal option and that the competition for that spot is “wide open.” Grant lists Nick Tepesch, Nick Martinez, Anthony Ranaudo, Lisalverto Bonilla and Chi Chi Gonzalez as options that the team is willing to consider.


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March 6, 2015 6:00 am

Rumor Roundup: Trout Pulling the Trigger

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Daniel Rathman

Mike Trout plans to be more aggressive on the first pitch, a Cuban sensation faces possible surgery, and a Dodgers outfielder is finding his trade market lacking.

Mike Trout plans to be more aggressive at the plate
“Locked and loaded on the first pitch”—that’s what the defending American League Most Valuable Player told reporters about the mentality he’ll take to the batter’s box whenever he heads there this spring.


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The Angels closer is ready to talk extension, while the Braves might change course of a recent trade acquisition.

Huston Street and Jerry Dipoto expected to exchange extension proposals soon
Back in December, David Robertson and Andrew Miller each cashed in on elite contract-push seasons with four-year deals on the free-agent market. Robertson had established himself as a dominant reliever prior to 2014 and turned in another top-notch campaign in his first crack at the closer’s role, resulting in a $46 million payday from the White Sox. Miller hadn’t yet established himself at the same type of level prior to 2014, but his transformation from failed starting pitcher prospect to bat-missing relief ace culminated last season when he cut his walk rate nearly in half and finished with the second-lowest FIP ever by a left-handed reliever. The Yankees rewarded him with a cool $36 million.


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March 4, 2015 6:00 am

Rumor Roundup: Don't Call It A Committee!

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Daniel Rathman

The Blue Jays might have multiple closers. Chris Young is weighing options.

Manager John Gibbons refuses to commit to closer
Perhaps the most intriguing element of the Blue Jays’ pitching depth chart, reinforced only slightly this offseason with the additions of Marco Estrada and Johan Santana, is the wealth of options it gives its skipper.


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March 3, 2015 6:00 am

Rumor Roundup: Shift Happenings

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Chris Mosch

Zack Wheeler hates that darned shift, but everybody else is getting ready for it on both sides of the ball this spring.

Zack Wheeler admits he's not a fan of the shift
On Saturday morning, Mets general manager Sandy Alderson joined Dan Brooks, Dave Cameron and Ben Lindbergh on a panel moderated by Jonah Keri at the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference. The central topic the panel discussed on day two of the event was the effect the large increase in defensive shifts during recent seasons has had on the game, which prompted this interesting tidbit:


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March 2, 2015 6:00 am

Rumor Roundup: You Can't Predict Padres

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Daniel Rathman

San Diego appears poised to put Wil Myers in the leadoff spot. Meanwhile, the Angels look to a prospect, and Colon is going to try hitting 50 percent better.

Angels evaluating Alex Yarbrough at multiple spots
The Halos don’t have much in the way of high-ceiling hitting prospects, but they do have a potential Factor on the Farm. Alex Yarbrough, a 23-year-old second baseman who batted .285/.321/.397 for Double-A Arkansas last year, is attracting attention from manager Mike Scioscia as a candidate for the big-league utility job.


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