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12-18

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Rumor Roundup: Pitching at a Premium
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Chris Mosch

12-17

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Rumor Roundup: A Monster Myers Move?
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Chris Mosch

12-16

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Rumor Roundup: It's Hard To Make Dan Haren Happy
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Daniel Rathman

12-15

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Rumor Roundup: The Slugging Korean Shortstop, Or Perhaps Non-Slugging Third Baseman
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Daniel Rathman

12-12

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Rumor Roundup: Remember James Shields?
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Daniel Rathman

12-11

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Rumor Roundup: Yoenis Cespedes Is Always Good, Fit
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Daniel Rathman

12-10

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Rumor Roundup: A Dayton Moore-Atlanta Connection?
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Daniel Rathman

12-08

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Rumor Roundup: Interested Teams Are Way In On Chen
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Daniel Rathman

12-05

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Rumor Roundup: The Least Likely Melky Cabrera Suitor
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Daniel Rathman

12-04

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Rumor Roundup: The Inevitability of the Dodgers
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Chris Mosch

12-03

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Rumor Roundup: The Fourth Year Is Always The Hardest
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Chris Mosch

12-02

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Rumor Roundup: Lester's New Home Won't Be His New Home
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Daniel Rathman

12-01

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Rumor Roundup: A Shark in Sox?
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Daniel Rathman

11-26

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Rumor Roundup: The Ace Chase, the Rays' Face, and Some Chase Waste
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Chris Mosch

11-25

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Rumor Roundup: Revenge is a Dish Best Served Immediately
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Daniel Rathman

11-24

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Rumor Roundup: If Step One Is Making Betances Closer, What's Step Two?
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Daniel Rathman

11-21

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Rumor Roundup: Upton and Ubaldo in One Ugly Rumor
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Daniel Rathman

11-20

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Rumor Roundup: The Ideas That Dayton Moore Toys With
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Chris Mosch

11-19

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Rumor Roundup: Are the Marlins Stanton Pat?
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Chris Mosch

11-18

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Rumor Roundup: Are the Jays Preparing to Splurge?
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Daniel Rathman

11-17

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Rumor Roundup: Will Cubs Rustle Martin?
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Daniel Rathman

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

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February 14, 2014 6:00 am

Rumor Roundup: Extensions Afoot?

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Daniel Rathman

The Angels talk contract with Mike Trout, the Royals try to decide what to do with their bullpen, and Seattle reassesses its needs.

Royals could explore multi-year deal with Greg Holland
The Royals got on the same page with their closer on Wednesday, when the sides compromised on a $4.675 million salary for the 2014 season. Kansas City Star beat writer Andy McCullough wrote in the article summing up the agreement that a longer-term pact might be in the cards.

Holland turned in a third consecutive elite season last year, recording 47 saves in 50 tries to go with a shiny 1.21 ERA that meshed well with his 1.39 FIP. He struck out 103 batters, issued only 18 walks, and served up only three home runs in 67 innings. You could easily argue that the 28-year-old was the league’s best closer.


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February 13, 2014 6:00 am

Rumor Roundup: Catching Up with Catcher News

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Daniel Rathman

The Nats and Rays talk trade, Jesus Montero transitions to first, and the Twins eye Cuban free agents.

Twins eyeing two players at Cuban showcase
Infielder Aledmys Diaz and right-hander Odrisamer Despaigne, two Cuban free agents who have been (or will soon be) cleared to sign with major-league teams, will hold a showcase today. The Twins will be one of the teams in attendance.


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February 12, 2014 6:00 am

Rumor Roundup: Failures to Communicate

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Daniel Rathman

The teams and remaining free agents that still seem not to be talking.

No recent contact between Indians, Ubaldo Jimenez
The Indians tendered Ubaldo Jimenez a qualifying offer. The right-hander turned it down. Since then, according to FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal, the sides have barely spoken.


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February 10, 2014 6:00 am

Rumor Roundup: Plenty of Arms Available

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Daniel Rathman

The Orioles keep searching for a starter, A.J. Burnett and Ryan Madson remain available, and the Pirates look for first-base help.

Pirates dissatisfied with current first-base situation
If the season started today, the Pirates would have Gaby Sanchez splitting time with a left-handed first baseman, most likely either Andrew Lambo or Chris McGuiness. According to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe, in the eyes of general manager Neal Huntington, that won’t do.

Cafardo wrote on Sunday that there is “mutual interest” between the Pirates and Kendrys Morales, who declined a qualifying offer from the Mariners and hasn’t found many (any?) suitors on the open market. Morales’ agent, Scott Boras, isn’t afraid to drag free agents into March—as he showed last offseason with Kyle Lohse—but the pressure could turn up as Opening Day nears, because the first baseman turned down $14.1 million on his agent’s advice.


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February 7, 2014 6:00 am

Rumor Roundup: Atlanta's Extension Spree

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Daniel Rathman

The Braves talk two more extensions, and the latest updates on bullpens around baseball.

Braves hope to secure extensions for Andrelton Simmons, Julio Teheran
General manager Frank Wren has been busy in recent days, locking up Jason Heyward through his arbitration years and Freddie Freeman to an eight-year, $135 million hitch that represents the largest outlay in franchise history. Joel Sherman of the New York Post believes that Wren isn’t done yet.


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February 6, 2014 6:00 am

Rumor Roundup: Examining the Market

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Daniel Rathman

Updates on likely landing spots for Stephen Drew, Fernando Rodney, Bronson Arroyo, and Jose Lobaton.

Three teams have “strong interest” in Fernando Rodney
All but one of the pitchers who spent the 2013 season as their teams’ closers know where they will be playing this year. The exception is Fernando Rodney, who appears certain to move on from the Rays—now that they’ve added Grant Balfour and Heath Bell—but does not yet know where free agency will take him.

The hard-throwing right-hander, who turns 37 on March 18, has secured only one multi-year deal to this point in his career: a two-year, $11 million contract that came back to bite the Angels before he moved on to Tampa Bay. Rodney earned $2 million in 2012 on a one-year pact with the Rays, who exercised a club option to retain him for $2.5 million last year.


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February 4, 2014 6:00 am

Rumor Roundup: What Can Yoon Do for You?

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Daniel Rathman

Suk-Min Yoon and Carlos Marmol draw interest, and the Rays sort out potential replacements for Jeremy Hellickson.

Rangers interested in Korean free agent Suk-Min Yoon
Korean free agent Suk-Min Yoon, a 27-year-old right-hander who pitched for the Kia Tigers last year, has been a forgotten man this offseason, but he could provide a boost to the back of a team’s rotation or bullpen. Clubs unwilling to shell out big bucks for Ubaldo Jimenez or Ervin Santana might view him as a desirable option as the winter winds down.


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February 3, 2014 6:00 am

Rumor Roundup: Scoping Out the Less Expensive Starters

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Daniel Rathman

The latest on the cheaper free agent starters still out there.

Diamondbacks could enter the slow-developing Bronson Arroyo market
After failing to secure a frontline starter to lead their 2014 rotation, the Diamondbacks might be setting their sights a little lower: According to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe, general manager Kevin Towers is now eyeing Bronson Arroyo.


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January 30, 2014 6:00 am

Rumor Roundup: Orioles Adding Arms?

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Daniel Rathman

The Orioles hope to sign two pitchers, and the Diamondbacks might be about to get richer.

The Orioles’ plan: two arms in two weeks
Orioles pitchers and catchers are required to report to the team’s spring training facility in Sarasota, Florida, by February 13. According to Andrew Rickli of SportsReel Boston, if Dan Duquette has his way, that group will include two newcomers by the time everyone heads south.


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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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