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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

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

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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.

The World Series is over, and the offseason is upon us. That means it’s time for rumors, and regular roundups of those rumors at BP. Here is the first of the fall:

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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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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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