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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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February 27, 2015 6:00 am

Rumor Roundup: Diamondbacks Third Baseman is on the Bobbly Chair

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Daniel Rathman

Tomas boots some balls, while the golden age of Nate Freiman might be over.

Yasmany Tomas struggles at third base in early spring workouts
When the Diamondbacks splurged on Cuban slugger Yasmany Tomas in late November, most teams viewed him as an outfielder. The Snakes were one of the few clubs open to giving him a look at the hot corner. That’s likely part of the reason they emerged as the high bidder in a race that culminated with a six-year, $68.5 million contract.


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The Pirates want to keep their star 'for a long, long time,' while the Mets' crowded rotation will likely squeeze out the team's top two prospects.

Pirates willing to go to “great lengths” to keep McCutchen past current contract
Andrew McCutchen is currently under what is easily one of baseball’s most team-friendly contracts, with the Pirates owing the 2013 NL MVP just $37 million over the next three years before having the option to bring him back for $14.5 million in 2018. The center fielder has emerged as one of the top players in the game and the face of the Pirates, tallying upwards of six WARP each of the past three seasons while helping the club to two straight postseason berths after the franchise had gone two decades without one.


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February 25, 2015 6:05 am

Rumor Roundup: Closer Closer to Closing Deal

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Daniel Rathman

Francisco Rodriguez will sign soon, Carlos Quentin could try first base, and Adam Lind might get a shot at non-platooning.

Brewers, Marlins appear to be the favorites to snag K-Rod
Now that Joba Chamberlain, who re-signed with the Tigers yesterday, is off the board, the veteran relief market is essentially down to Francisco Rodriguez and Rafael Soriano. CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman wrote yesterday that K-Rod might soon leave Soriano as the last man standing.


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February 24, 2015 6:00 am

Rumor Roundup: Baseball Player Fatter

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Daniel Rathman

Two stories of players putting on weight, and one of an unrequited trade demand in Toronto.

Rays’ Jake Odorizzi packed on weight this offseason
Jake Odorizzi gained 17 pounds this offseason. Jake Odorizzi claims he’s in the best pitching shape of his life. These facts are not contradictory.

At least, so says the right-hander, who told reporters that he gulped down “six or seven” meals each day—comprised chiefly of a mountain of protein—to reach his desired weight. He’s at 197 pounds now, up from around 180 last year (he was listed at 185, but that figure is a touch off from the numbers in the afore-linked story by Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times), more in line with what might be expected of a 6-foot-2 hurler aiming to reach 200 innings for the first time in his major-league career.


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February 23, 2015 10:02 am

Rumor Roundup: Mookie Betts, Fourth Outfielder?

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Chris Mosch

The Red Sox will go with the veteran in a crowded outfield; meanwhile, the Rangers might pick up Beltre's option early.

Farrell tabs Victorino as starting right fielder
Injuries derailed Shane Victorino’s 2014 campaign, as the Wailuku, Hawaii native made three separate trips to the disabled list. The final stint required an early-August surgery on two bulging disks in his back. However, Victorino’s lost 2014 season won’t cost him a spot in Boston’s 2015 starting lineup, according to manager John Farrell, who told the media on Friday, “If Shane Victorino is fully capable and fully healthy he's our right fielder. I mean, that’s pretty simple."


Health is something that is becoming harder to count on from Victorino, who turned 34 in November and in recent seasons has an injury log littered with ailments that can be attributed to his all-out style of play. However, when he’s been on the field, Victorino has been one of the more reliable all-around outfielders in the game, averaging 4.7 WARP between 2010-2013, including a five-win effort in his most recent full season. A considerable portion of Victorino’s game throughout his career has been tied to his legs, with value added both on the basepaths and as a plus defender roaming the outfield. As he enters his mid-30s, it’s reasonable to expect a drop off in performance, but for now Farrell is willing to give the veteran the nod with the hope that he’ll resemble the catalyst who propelled the Red Sox to their 2013 title.



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February 20, 2015 6:00 am

Rumor Roundup: Yankees and Moncada Spotted Canoodling

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Daniel Rathman

Five days left before Moncada's self-imposed deadline; Joba could head west; Huston Street could stay west.

Yankees held second workout for Yoan Moncada
Despite the team’s apparent efforts to keep its intentions under wraps, George A. King III of the New York Post caught wind yesterday that the Yankees welcomed Yoan Moncada to their spring facility for another private workout.


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February 19, 2015 6:00 am

Rumor Roundup: The Cole Hamels Return That Amaro Turned Down

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Chris Mosch

The Phillies' ace is sad to be here, while the Braves are looking at Jackie Bradley Jr.

Cole Hamels wants out of Philadelphia
Cole Hamels trade rumors have been a common theme this winter, with a handful of teams reported to be active in talks with the Phillies only to be put off by the high price tag Ruben Amaro Jr. has put on the head of his ace. Hamels has remained quiet throughout the offseason regarding his next potential destination but finally broke his silence yesterday to USA Today’s Bob Nightengale:


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Why Juan Uribe is no roadblock to a potential $70 million Cuban acquisition.

Bidding war likely to ensue for Hector Olivera
There's just under a week until Cuban superprospect Yoan Moncada's self-imposed intended signing date. The Dodgers and Yankees continue to be viewed as the favorites to lock up the switch-hitting 19-year-old, with the Padres lying low as a potential wild card choice. The reported signing bonus that it will take to lock up Moncada has been a topic of wide-ranging opinion. Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports writes that various team executives have given expected signing bonuses ranging from $20 million to $50 million, and that’s all before the 100 percent tax that must be paid on top of the bonus for exceeding international bonus pools.

At the end of the day, we’ll have to wait and see if the total expenditure used to acquire Moncada eclipses the Cuban-record $72.5 million the Red Sox dished out to bring Rusney Castillo to Boston last August. However, Moncada is not the only soon-to-be-signed Cuban prospect that could eclipse Castillo’s mark.



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February 17, 2015 6:00 am

Rumor Roundup: Bradley Fielding Advice

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Daniel Rathman

The Red Sox will try to coach Jackie Bradley Jr. back to success, Mets might by happy with their surplus, and Chad Gaudin exists.

Red Sox working to revamp Jackie Bradley Jr.’s swing
After signing Rusney Castillo and Hanley Ramirez this offseason, on the heels of an impressive debut by top prospect Mookie Betts, the Red Sox don’t have a whole lot invested in one of their most-celebrated 2011 draft picks. Jackie Bradley Jr. had his chances to secure a long-term role in Boston’s outfield, and he squandered them by performing so poorly at the plate that his wizardry in center field became an afterthought.


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February 13, 2015 9:41 am

Rumor Roundup: Yoan Moncada Sets A 10-Day Countdown

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Chris Mosch

The Dodgers hope to add to the Yasiel Puig comp for Moncada. Meanwhile, the Phillies can't move Jonathan Papelbon.

Moncada hopes to sign by February 23
The Yoan Moncada saga appears to be headed for the stretch run. Moncada’s agent, David Hastings, told Jerry Crasnick of ESPN on Wednesday night that his client has four or five more private workouts scheduled within the next week and intends to make a decision by February 23rd. The first of those private workouts was for the Dodgers on Thursday in Clearwater, where several high-level Dodgers executives were on hand to watch, per Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports. This is now the second time that top Dodgers front office personnel have seen Moncada in person and Hastings indicated to Crasnick that several of the other workouts held in the upcoming week will also be follow-ups.

The Dodgers, Yankees and Red Sox are still believed to be the favorites to land Moncada, but the Padres could end being a wild card in the bidding. Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports tweeted earlier this week that the Padres held a private workout for Moncada and that they “plan to be aggressive in bidding for him.” Regarding the Dodgers, it doesn’t appear any potential pursuit of fellow Cuban Hector Olivera will affect their bidding for Moncada. This, from J.P. Hoornstra of the Los Angeles Daily News Group:



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February 12, 2015 6:00 am

Rumor Roundup: The Two-Thirds Cuban Roundup

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Chris Mosch

Everybody comes out to see Hector Olivera, while Yadiel Alvarez turns some heads.

Friedman and Byrnes among top executives at Olivera’s final open showcase
It was a packed house at Hector Olivera’s final public showcase in the Dominican Republic on Wednesday, with reportedly over a hundred scouts and team executives in attendance, most notably Andrew Friedman and Josh Byrnes of the Dodgers. While the Dodgers had the strongest presence at the showcase, Ben Badler of Baseball America noted that a trio of other California teams also sent high-ranking executives to the event, with Athletics assistant GM Dan Kantrovitz, Giants assistant GM John Barr, and Padres senior advisor Logan White all attending.

Badler writes that Olivera “drove the ball with authority and out of the park to all fields” during batting practice and subsequently went 3-for-3 with a walk, hit by pitch and a pair of doubles at the event. Despite playing primarily at second base during his time in Cuba, Olivera manned the hot corner on Wednesday and is expected to be able to play either position at the big-league level.


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The Phillies are still shopping, Wilin Rosario might play some first, and the Luke Scott show is back from Korea.

Phillies could go shopping for veteran catcher and/or shortstop
General manager Ruben Amaro Jr. has said in recent days that the roster he has now is the one he expects to travel to Clearwater, Florida, for spring training. It might not, however, be the group that comes back north for Opening Day. ESPN’s Jayson Stark heard straight from the horse’s mouth that an experienced backstop or shortstop might be heading to Philadelphia before early April, even though it’s unlikely to happen before camp begins.


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