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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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March 28, 2013 5:00 am

Rumor Roundup: Strong Side, Weak Side

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Daniel Rathman

The Blue Jays have a superstar roster, but the decision to carry 13 pitchers leaves their bench extremely thin. The Royals will also consider starting Eric Hosmer in right field.

Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos spent the early part of the offseason shuffling pitchers onto and off of his 40-man roster through minor trades and waiver claims. Amid the scrounging effort, during which it seemed as though no pitcher could hit the wire without being claimed by the Jays, Anthopoulos acquired Jeremy Jeffress from the Royals for cash considerations on November 8. Now, in order to retain Jeffress, Anthopoulos could leave first-year manager John Gibbons with a suboptimal roster.

Blue Jays to open season with three-man bench
Since Jeffress, a former top-100 prospect, onetime Zack Greinke trade piece (Brewers to Royals), and three-time Drug Prevention and Treatment Program violator, is out of options, the Jays had two choices: carrying him on the active roster or exposing him to waivers. According to MLB.com beat writer Gregor Chisholm, who spoke with Gibbons on Wednesday, they chose the former, putting 13 pitchers on their 25-man squad.


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March 27, 2013 5:32 am

Rumor Roundup: Second Chances

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Daniel Rathman

Devin Mesoraco will keep the backup catcher job in Cincinnati, and recent injuries could keep the Padres' infield situation fluid for much of April.

Mesoraco retains number-two catcher job with Reds

The Reds kept Devin Mesoraco in the majors for the duration of last season, even though the young catcher scuffled in a cup of coffee at the end of 2011 (.180/.226/.360) and was not overly impressive in Cactus League play (.250/.295/.450). Once considered among the top catching prospects in baseball, Mesoraco ranked as the second-best minor leaguer in the Reds system in back-to-back years, according to Kevin Goldstein, who also billed him as the 24th-best prospect across all organizations and positions entering 2012.

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March 26, 2013 5:00 am

Rumor Roundup: Platoon Havens

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Daniel Rathman

Potential roster moves could leave the Athletics and Orioles juggling multiple platoon options.

Could a player who was unable to stick with last year’s cellar dwellers find a home with a team that won 94 games and captured its division title? Apparently, the answer to that question is affirmative—or, at least, the A’s are trying to make it so.

Athletics could send Hiroyuki Nakajima to Triple-A Sacramento
Late last week, Oakland claimed Nate Freiman off waivers from the Astros, who had plucked the first baseman from the Padres in the Rule Five draft earlier this offseason. Houston turned out to be a poor landing spot for Freiman, especially after general manager Jeff Luhnow obtained Chris Carter from the A’s, further fortifying a first-base mix that already included Carlos Pena and Brett Wallace. But Freiman’s trip back to San Diego, which nabbed him out of Duke University in the eighth round of the 2009 draft, was interrupted by Billy Beane’s waiver claim.


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March 25, 2013 5:00 am

Rumor Roundup: Center of the Fold

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Daniel Rathman

The Red Sox could put Jackie Bradley on the Opening Day roster, Shelby Miller appears to have the fifth rotation spot locked down, and the O's could deal Luis Ayala.

The last week of spring training offers a prime opportunity for near-ready prospects that are still in major-league camp to impress their teams’ coaching staffs and shed the “near-“ from their labels. Today’s Roundup features three young players who are on the verge of doing just that.

Red Sox willing to carry Jackie Bradley despite service-time concerns
In Fort Myers, Florida, the Red Sox temporarily have an extra roster spot to work with, because David Ortiz will begin the season on the disabled list with a sore Achilles. Manager John Farrell said over the weekend that he intends to mix and match in the designated-hitter slot during Ortiz’s absence, and general manager Ben Cherington brought in several options for that arrangement this offseason, including the lefty-swinging Mike Carp and Lyle Overbay and the right-handed-hitting Jonny Gomes.


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March 22, 2013 5:00 am

Rumor Roundup: Dearth of Infield Depth

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Will Woods

The Dodgers may have a packed rotation, but it's a different story in their infield. It also looks like Aroldis Chapman's days as a starter are over.

Happy March Madness, everybody! It’s the only tournament we’re actually less excited for as it moves along, and somehow everyone’s okay with that. No matter—we’ve got baseball news: The Dodgers are juggling their infield, the Yankees are looking “fill vacancies at Scranton,” and The Man is holding down Aroldis Chapman (and he likes it that way).

Hanley out eight weeks; Dodgers look inward
Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez will have surgery today to repair a torn tendon in his left thumb. Ramirez sustained the injury diving for a ball in the World Baseball Classic final, when he could have been sitting in a protective formaldehyde tank like every other baseball player does at this time of year.


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March 21, 2013 5:00 am

Rumor Roundup: Turnover in Miami

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Daniel Rathman

Jacob Turner's poor spring might have him ticketed for Triple-A, and the Giants might be working on an extension for Buster Posey.

The July 2012 trade between the Marlins and Tigers, which sent Omar Infante and Anibal Sanchez to Detroit, brought three players back to Miami. Jacob Turner, the Tigers’ top-ranked prospect entering the 2012 season, was the centerpiece of the return package, which also included Rob Brantly, now the Marlins’ starting catcher, and Brian Flynn, an intriguing but still raw pitching prospect.

In late August, the Marlins promoted Turner—who had struggled in his first two big-league stints with the Tigers—back to the majors, and he performed well, allowing no more than three earned runs in all but one of his seven starts. Turner collected only 29 strikeouts in 42 2/3 innings, but he also issued only nine walks, surrendering less than one base runner per inning, with the benefit of some batted-ball luck. All in all, it was a strong showing for a 21-year-old, and Turner was widely expected to retain his spot in the starting five heading into 2013. 

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March 20, 2013 5:00 am

Rumor Roundup: Not Breathing a Sigh of Relief

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Daniel Rathman

Ryan Madson suffers another setback, and Matt Hobgood is converting to relief.

When Ryan Madson signed an incentivized, one-year, $3.5 million contract with the Angels in late November, the right-hander was “confident he [could] be ready by Opening Day.” That plan was derailed when Madson dealt with soreness in his surgically repaired elbow in early February, but manager Mike Scioscia still expected him to take over the ninth-inning job “at some point in April.”

Madson suffers setback in return from elbow surgery
Of course, Scioscia’s revised timetable rested on a detour-free spring for the 32-year-old Madson, who, prior to undergoing Tommy John surgery in April 2012, had not encountered an arm-related injury since 2009. Alas, it was not to be.


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March 19, 2013 5:00 am

Rumor Roundup: Diamondbacks in the Rough

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Daniel Rathman

The Diamondbacks are nearing a decision on their number-five starter, and the Indians hope to extend two of their young position players.

Of the three pitchers who entered the spring in a competition for the final spot in the Diamondbacks rotation, Tyler Skaggs has the highest upside and likely the brightest future. Jason Parks ranked the lefty as the team’s number-one prospect and, since Justin Upton was shipped to the Braves after the list was published, Mark Anderson would have considered Skaggs its best under-25 talent. The 21-year-old shouldn’t need to wait long for his next major-league look, but after being optioned to Triple-A on Monday, he will need to pitch well in Reno to earn a trip back to Phoenix.

Diamondbacks’ rotation battle down to two
Skaggs’ demotion came on the heels of a disastrous start to the Cactus League season, which saw him surrender 16 runs (11 earned) on 14 hits and eight walks over just nine innings. Manager Kirk Gibson attributed the lefty’s struggles in a weekend outing versus the Padres to “thinking too much,” and the ticket to minor-league camp may simply be the organization’s attempt to help Skaggs clear his mind. Regardless of the motive behind the decision, the result is a two-horse race for the opportunity to round out the starting five, pitting Patrick Corbin against Randall Delgado.


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March 18, 2013 5:00 am

Rumor Roundup: The Hole in the Plan

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Daniel Rathman

Dayton Moore's off-season dealings have left him without an adequate offense, and multiple teams are searching for back-up backstops.

Royals general manager Dayton Moore spent the first half of the offseason overhauling his rotation—at the cost, in part, of his top prospect, Wil Myers. And although Moore was able to obtain Wade Davis, Ervin Santana, and James Shields, he did little to address the Royals’ offensive concerns, one of which was and is the performance of right fielder Jeff Francoeur

Were Myers still around, the Royals might have had a ready-made replacement for Francoeur. The 22-year-old could have displaced the veteran with a strong spring, or supplanted him before the All-Star break with an encore at Triple-A Omaha, where he hit .304/.378/.554 in 99 games last year. But Kansas City’s starters ranked 26th in the league with a 5.01 ERA in 2012, and Moore decided that the rotation was a more pressing concern—pressing enough to overlook a short-term need and create a void that he is now scrambling to address.

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March 15, 2013 5:00 am

Rumor Roundup: On the Block, or On the Clock?

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Daniel Rathman

The Rangers seem to have a plan with Elvis Andrus' upcoming free agency, and the Indians have several options to round out their rotation.

Four months ago, and two-and-a-half months before the Braves acquired Justin Upton from the Diamondbacks, the Rangers were considered the favorites to land the right fielder. Unfortunately for Texas, Kevin Towers’ insistence on obtaining a young shortstop became an impasse in his negotiations with Jon Daniels, who had two at his disposal, but did not view either of them as expendable. The Rangers would not part with Elvis Andrus or Jurickson Profar, and the Diamondbacks would not send Upton to Arlington without one of them coming back.

But in the backdrop of those talks, it appears the Rangers were quietly shaping their plans to resolve the enviable shortstop logjam, looking one winter ahead instead of focusing on the present. As CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman wrote on Thursday, the most likely scenario has Andrus on the trade block next offseason and Profar being groomed in the meantime to fill his shoes.

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March 14, 2013 5:00 am

Rumor Roundup: Royally Flushed

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Daniel Rathman

The Royals' rotation picture is becoming clearer, though the team is still clinging to all of its starters, and multiple teams are calling Brennan Boesch.

The Royals liked Luke Hochevar more than most other teams in June 2006, when they made the University of Tennessee standout the first overall pick in a draft that also included Evan Longoria, Brandon Morrow, and Tim Lincecum. Seven years and numerous plot twists later, it appears that the Royals still hold the right-hander in higher regard than their counterparts around the league.

Dayton Moore’s price tag turns teams away from Hochevar
According to CBS Sports’ Danny Knobler, teams that have called the Royals to inquire about Hochevar have found the going rate surprisingly high for a pitcher that, based on WARP, has yet to produce even a single one-win season. The 29-year-old Hochevar is two years away from his first tour of free agency, but general manager Dayton Moore’s busy offseason—which brought Wade Davis, Ervin Santana, and James Shields into the fold—seemed to make him expendable.  


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March 13, 2013 5:00 am

Rumor Roundup: Trouble at the Doc's Office

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Daniel Rathman

Roy Halladay had a disaster start yesterday, leading to questions about the Phillies' chances in 2013, and the Diamondbacks are shopping John McDonald.

Despite an even .500 finish last season and a similar 81-win projection for 2013, PECOTA gives the Phillies a one-in-four chance of reaching the postseason this year. Those odds would plummet, though, if Roy Halladay were unable to recover from a down season marred by shoulder trouble to do his 4.0 WARP part. 

Should Phillies fans, fantasy owners be concerned about Roy Halladay?
And, if the veteran right-hander’s outing on Tuesday offers any indication of the results to come, the Citizens Bank Park faithful ought to be fidgeting about their team’s 2013 hopes.


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