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01-23

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Rumor Roundup: Don’t Call Him the Comeback Kid
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Ashley Varela

01-20

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Rumor Roundup: Hunting Starters
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Demetrius Bell

01-18

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Rumor Roundup: Must-See TV
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Emma Baccellieri

01-16

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Rumor Roundup: Ain't Settling for Anything Less Than Everything
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Ashley Varela

01-13

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Rumor Roundup: Trumbo Tumbles
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Demetrius Bell

01-11

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Rumor Roundup: Dozier Dead, Bruce Bets, and Atlanta Aces
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Emma Baccellieri

01-09

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Rumor Roundup: No, Atlanta
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Ashley Varela

01-06

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Rumor Roundup: Dinged Up and Dingers
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Demetrius Bell

01-04

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Rumor Roundup: Dozier, Baker, and the Ballpark Maker
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Emma Baccellieri

12-23

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Rumor Roundup: Three Little Players Went to Market
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Demetrius Bell

12-21

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Rumor Roundup: Messy Mets
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Emma Baccellieri

12-19

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Rumor Roundup: You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch
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Ashley Varela

12-16

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Rumor Roundup: Little Interest and Wishful Thinking
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Demetrius Bell

12-14

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Rumor Roundup: After-Market Closers
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Emma Baccellieri

12-12

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Rumor Roundup: Hasta La Vista, Bautista
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Ashley Varela

12-09

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Rumor Roundup: Rockies Dig the Long Ball
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Ashley Varela

12-07

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Rumor Roundup: Another Party at Napoli's?
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Emma Baccellieri

12-05

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Rumor Roundup: Reach for the Stars
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Demetrius Bell

12-02

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Rumor Roundup: Pittsburgh Shops McCutchen
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Demetrius Bell

11-30

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Rumor Roundup: Cespedes Fallout
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Emma Baccellieri

11-28

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Rumor Roundup: You’re The One That I Want
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Ashley Varela

11-25

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Rumor Roundup: Marcell Projections
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Demetrius Bell

11-23

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Rumor Roundup: Lockout Looming?
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Emma Baccellieri

11-21

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Rumor Roundup: Show Me the Money
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Ashley Varela

11-18

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Rumor Roundup: Oh Good, a Mike Trout Rumor
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Demetrius Bell

11-16

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Rumor Roundup: Everyone Wants Someone
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Emma Baccellieri

11-14

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Rumor Roundup: A Pirate's Life for Me
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Ashley Varela

11-11

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Rumor Roundup: Triple-Digit Chapman
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Demetrius Bell

11-09

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Rumor Roundup: Sluggers Staying?
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Emma Baccellieri

11-07

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Rumor Roundup: Peace Out, Yo
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Ashley Varela

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

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The Gurriel Brothers are coming.

Gurriel brothers defect from Cuba
In something of a stunning Monday morning development, the Gurriel brothers—the 31-year-old Yulieski Gurriel and the 22-year-old Lourdes Gurriel Jr.—are reportedly defecting from Cuba. The El Nuevo Herald had the story first, and MLB.com’s Jesse Sanchez, the go-to source for news on soon-to-be Cuban free agents these days, expanded on it yesterday. The Gurriels defections come as a surprise mainly because the two were not expected to leave Cuba without permission from the government. It appears, however, that the allure of the majors proved too strong to resist.

Yulieski Gurriel is a veteran infielder, considered one of the elite players in Serie Nacional, and would not be subject to the international bonus pools. Lourdes Gurriel Jr., a shortstop and outfielder regarded as one of the top amateur talents in Cuba, would put his first big-league employer in the penalty—assuming he signs before turning 23 on October 19th. Sanchez pointed out that “it could take several months” for the Gurriels to receive clearance from Major League Baseball, by which point the younger Gurriel might be tempted to weigh the benefits of waiting until the fall to secure a major-league contract.


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The Pirates' pitching guru is a free agent next winter, while an AL East team wants to ship Andrew Cashner across the country.

Ray Searage wants to stay with Pirates beyond 2016
Next offseason’s free agent pitching market might pale in comparison to the bonanza that teams were treated to over the past couple of months, but the market for pitching coaches could feature a marquee name.

Ron Cook of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette wrote Sunday about the value of the Bucs’ pitching coach, Ray Searage, who is widely regarded as one of the game’s best teachers, able to extract maximum value out of arms who come to the Steel City with middling reputations. General manager Neal Huntington is able to rummage through the bargain bin, confident that every pitcher he finds will exceed expectations because, as Cook put it, “Ray will make him better.” But Huntington is only guaranteed that comfort for one more year, because Searage’s contract expires at the end of the 2016 season.


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The A's and Josh Reddick might work out an extension, while the Diamondbacks could move Aaron Hill.

A’s will discuss long-term deal with Josh Reddick
About 10 days ago, the Athletics avoided an arbitration hearing with Josh Reddick by compromising at $6.575 million. Now that the outfielder’s 2016 salary is settled, both he and the club are ready to look further into the future.

According to John Hickey of the Bay Area News Group, extension talks with Reddick will commence shortly, and at the very least, there appears to be mutual interest in a long-term relationship. At the club’s weekend Fan Fest, Reddick told John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle that he was “thrilled” to hear the A’s wanted to keep him in Oakland beyond the 2016 season, his final year of arbitration. The question now is whether the sides can agree on dollars and years.


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Arizona and A.J. Pollock aren't on an extension path, while Cespedes is a possibility in Houston--or, at least, an unlikely possibility.

D’backs table extension talks with A.J. Pollock
Few players did better for themselves heading into their first tour of arbitration than A.J. Pollock, who delivered a 5.4 WARP campaign on the strength of 39 doubles, 20 homers, and 39 stolen bags. The 28-year-old bloomed late but has established himself as a star-level contributor, the sort of player teams are eager to lock up as free agency draws nearer. Unfortunately for the Diamondbacks, while they’ve accomplished a lot this offseason, locking Pollock up long term may have to wait.


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One of the Rockies' three incumbents in the outfield is about to roll over.

Orioles, Rockies discussing Colorado’s spare outfielders
The slow-developing outfield market lost another mid-tier free agent Tuesday, when the Rockies agreed to a three-year, $27.5 million deal with Gerardo Parra. Like Denard Span, who signed a three-year, $31 million contract with the Giants last week, Parra represented something of a risk after batting just .237/.268/.357 following a deadline trade to Baltimore. But the Rockies apparently were comfortable writing off that skid to Parra’s mid-year city and league change, investing in him through the 2018 season with a $12 million fourth-year option.

Colorado was always something off an odd fit for Parra, because the Rockies already had plenty of left-handed-hitting outfielders. Nonetheless, rumors tying them to the ex-D’backs outfielder persisted and eventually a deal came to fruition. Now, Walt Weiss has four lefty-swinging outfield regulars for three spots: Charlie Blackmon, Corey Dickerson, and Carlos Gonzalez all bat from that side of the plate, and Brandon Barnes and Kyle Parker are available as right-handed batters off the bench.


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The Padres and Ian Desmond fit nicely together, while Bronson Arroyo has unfinished business in Cincinnati.

Padres at least keeping tabs on Ian Desmond
Ian Desmond played shortstop last year. The Padres’ projected starting shortstop is Alexi Amarista, producer of a .205 TAv in 357 plate appearances last season. Ian Desmond is available. Which also means that, despite the obviousness of the match, he’s not yet donning San Diego’s new (old) colors.


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December 29, 2015 6:00 am

Rumor Roundup: Yo Back to Motown?

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Yo might go back to Detroit, the Dodgers keep looking for a no. 2 starter, and Yaisel Sierra is officially a name to know.

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Will it be Jose Fernandez? Will it be Scott Kazmir? Will it be Madison Bumgarner? Probably not the last one!

Dodgers still fishing for Jose Fernandez

Just about all of Andrew Friedman’s pitching plans have gone awry to this point in the offseason, and as Christmas approaches, none of Zack Greinke, Aroldis Chapman, or Hisashi Iwakuma is in line to wear Dodger blue on Opening Day. But while the Dodgers might have grown a little more desperate in their efforts to patch the void left by Greinke’s departure and otherwise upgrade their pitching staff, it doesn’t appear that they’re desperate enough to meet the Marlins’ asking price on Jose Fernandez.

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Your favorite team could trade for Mark Melancon and Todd Frazier. What a time to be alive!

Pirates would move Mark Melancon in the “right deal”
After seeing the Red Sox pay the Padres a king’s ransom for Craig Kimbrel and the Astros do the same to the Phillies for Ken Giles, teams with high-end closers to offer are doubtless intrigued by the possibility of cashing them in for a bevy of prospect talent. The Pirates boast the defending major-league saves leader, Mark Melancon, who capped off 51 Pittsburgh victories in 2015 and is entering his final season of arbitration eligibility. General manager Neal Huntington told reporters Monday that while the team is planning to keep both Melancon and top setup man Tony Watson, the former could be available to teams willing to pay through the nose.

With free agency on the horizon after the coming year, Melancon wouldn’t command the same sort of package that Kimbrel—extension through 2017 with a 2018 club option—or Giles—under team control through 2020—did, but the 30-year-old has the whole “proven closer” thing going for him, and the trade-market supply is rapidly dwindling. Two names are already off the board, and a third, Aroldis Chapman, might be untouchable for all the wrong reasons, with domestic-violence accusations casting a shadow over his character and uncertainty over his availability for part of the 2016 season.


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As we head into the winter meetings, rumors are finding matches for Kazmir, Leake, and a pair of Boston arms.

Starting pitchers were flying off the shelves before the Winter Meetings could even start, so here’s the latest from that segment of the free-agent landscape…

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Johnny Cueto turns down $120 million, while the Mets chase Zobrist.

D’backs offer $120 million; Johnny Cueto says “no thanks”
Hours after the Tigers took Jordan Zimmermann off the market with a five-year, $110 million deal, we learned that the Diamondbacks did their best to snag the offseason’s other second-tier starter, Johnny Cueto. MLB.com’s Steve Gilbert reported Sunday night that general manager Dave Stewart put a six-year, $120 million proposal on the right-hander’s desk, only to find that even that lofty sum wouldn’t be enough to secure his services.


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In which a writer puts Joe Panik for Shelby Miller in your head, for no good reason; in which Dallas Keuchel pines for South Texas real estate; and in which Darren O'Day is the lead.

Everyone is interested in Darren O’Day
Well, almost everyone. Close enough to everyone that O’Day should be able to get just about whatever he wants on the open market, where the decreasing fascination with closers should reward one of the majors’ best setup men with money previously reserved solely for those who work the ninth inning.


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